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Batthyany, Gustavus (Prince) (1803 - 1883)

Breeder (B),  Owner (O),  Jockey (J)


Count (later Prince) Batthyany was an aristocratic Hungarian who came to England as a young man to escape an uncongenial atmosphere at home and to live the life of a man of means in racing circles. He rode in races in England and founded his stud in 1843. He was elected to the Jockey Club in 1859; his colours were 'blue, orange sleeves, black cap'.

After installing John Dawson as his trainer in Newmarket his stable prospered, the highlight being Galopin's Derby win in 1875. The horse's stud career was followed with equal delight, but it proved the death of the Prince. He suffered a fatal heart attack on the steps to the Jockey Club luncheon room in anticipation of Galopin's son Galliard winning the 2000 Guineas. Among the horses sold after his death was Galopin's son the great St Simon.

Important successes:

Galopin   1875   (O)
Other major race(s)
(featuring horses in this database)
Goodwood Cup  St Simon   1884   (B)
Ascot Gold Cup  St Simon   1884   (B)

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