Robert Sangster
British businessman
Robert Sangster
Robert Edmund Sangster was a British businessman, thoroughbred racehorse owner and breeder. He was British flat racing Champion Owner five times and his horses won 27 European Classics and more than 100 Group One races, including two Epsom Derbys, four Irish Derbys, two French Derbys, three Prix de l'Arc de Triomphes, as well as the Breeders' Cup Mile and the Melbourne Cup.
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Moody makes it a perfect 10 of group 1 glory
Brisbane Times - over 4 years
Peter Moody's monumental effort at last weekend's super Saturday Stradbroke meeting at Eagle Farm had the champion trainer heralded as the most successful group 1 winner in Australia for this racing season. Moody's group 1 wins in the Stradbroke and Queensland Derby took his tally to 10 winners at the elite level; four of his horses have supplied the wins. Black Caviar has been Moody's shining light, winning five group 1s - the VRC Patinack Classic, the MRC CF Orr Stakes, the VRC Lightning Stakes and the Robert Sangster and The Goodwood staged by the SAJC. His grey import Manighar won three group 1s - the VRC Australian Cup and the ATC double of the Ranvet and BMW at Rosehill, while last Saturday's Eagle Farm winners Brambles (Derby) and Mid Summer Music (Stradbroke) made up the 10 wins. After last Saturday's racing, Moody had amassed a staggering $13,612,680 in prizemoney. All bar Bram
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Tattenham Corner - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
As part of his riding agreement with the owner Robert Sangster and legendary trainer Vincent O'Brien, Eddery was allowed stallion shares in racehorses he had ridden. After the 1984 season he had to choose between El Gran Senor and Sadler's Wells
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Johnny Letts relives his Melbourne Cup winning rides - Cootamundra Herald
Google News - over 5 years
With little speed on early and a couple of the favourites not keen to lead, Letts took up the running on the Robert Sangster-owned stallion around the 2000m mark. “No one wants the front in a Melbourne Cup, it's too tough,” he said
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Crist: BC 2012 move, Lasix debate ripping sport apart - Paulick Report
Google News - over 5 years
For the last thirty years, all they've done is to sell off the best of the best to Robert Sangster,The Arabs, and the Japanese. They have bred obscenely large books of mares to stallions that had no business being in production
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Lambourn legend Hills hands reins to son - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
Hills has given top-level success to some of the sport's most successful owners, including with Hawaiian Sound and Ascot Gold Cup hero Gildoran in the colours of his late, close friend Robert Sangster. His most recent Classic winners,
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Prizemoney Increases In Adelaide - The Virtual Form Guide
Google News - over 5 years
The first week of the carnival will be 'Ladies Day' on April 28, featuring the Group 1 Sportingbet Classic (1200m) – also known as Robert Sangster Stakes – as well as the Group 1 Schweppes Australasian Oaks (2000m) and Group 2 Queen Of The South
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Without their cricket god Tendulkar to worship, what will a whole generation ... - Evening Standard
Google News - over 5 years
Time was when the Isle of Man was known for not much beyond those strange cats without tails that were indigenous to the island and the various tax exiles - anyone from the novelist Richard Adams to Robert Sangster and Nigel Mansell - who took up
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International Spotlight: King George winner fit for racing royalty - Thoroughbred Times
Google News - over 5 years
Nelson Bunker Hunt won it twice and Paul Mellon once, as have Khalid Abdullah, Robert Sangster, and Daniel Wildenstein. Even Bing Crosby chimed in with a victory. It is the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-G1) and on Saturday at Ascot it
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Federal funds key to longer runway - Warwick Beacon
Google News - over 5 years
Board member Robert Sangster questioned if this was the last of additions to the Interlink project. “Hopefully it will close out costs to the project,” Dillon answered. With the retention of AvPORTS that will take over the operation of the state's
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10 top sporting fakes, frauds and tricksters (part 2) - The Roar
Google News - over 5 years
They re-inscribed it for 1980 winner Beldale Ball, owned by Robert Sangster and his then wife, now Lady Susan Renouf. But Lemon discovered this was not the first time that same cup had been recycled. When it was awarded in 1953 it was already a
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Timely masterclass from Murtagh - SkySports
Google News - over 5 years
Last Updated: June 3, 2011 6:23pm There's the famous story that following El Gran Senor's agonising Derby defeat to Secreto, when Lester Piggott walked past Vincent O'Brien and Robert Sangster and muttered "missing me?" Johnny Murtagh isn't the type to
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Sister Madly To Join Sadler - The Virtual Form Guide
Google News - over 5 years
However she has been placed multiple times at Group 1 level, finishing second in the Flight Stakes (1600m) and third in the Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m). Sister Madly has raced 13 times for two wins and six placings with prizemoney standing at
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Derby stands alone as ultimate test of steel and ability - Irish Independent
Google News - over 5 years
It has been said that when Robert Sangster and Co crossed over to America in the early 1970s that it was Derby winners they were looking for. They came back with The Minstrel and that was that. The modern-day Coolmore operation has disappointingly only
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Beaded holds off Love Conquers All in Doomben 10000 - Thoroughbred Times
Google News - over 5 years
... (6.71-furlong) race in good form, with a Group 3 win, a third-place finish in the Lexus VRC Newmarket Handicap (Aus-G1), and a runner-up finish by a neck in the Sportingbet Classic Robert Sangster Stakes (Aus-G1) in her three previous starts
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Corey Brown looks to join select jockey group - The Daily Telegraph
Google News - over 5 years
... has managed four placings in major races - including her last two starts when third to champion Black Caviar in the Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington and the unluckiest of seconds to Response in the Robert Sangster Stakes at Morphettville
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Odin's Raven brings landmark triumph for Norton trainer Brian Ellison - Gazette & Herald
Google News - over 5 years
The star juvenile, ridden by Willie Carson, carried the colours of Robert Sangster, who had bought the colt only 24 hours earlier. Memories of that triumph were resurrected at a gale-ridden Carlisle on Monday when Risky Art, ridden by Graham Gibbons,
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Doomben 10000 Early Odds and Horse Racing Tips Black Caviar Defection Changes ... - Release-news.com (press release)
Google News - almost 6 years
Beaded recently finished second in the $225000 Robert Sangster Stakes and third in the $1 million dollar Newmarket Handicap behind Black Caviar and Crystal Lily. The emerging horse Beaded has an impressive 50% win-rate and 94% place-rate in eighteen
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Breeding brilliance - Irish Times
Google News - almost 6 years
Coolmore is the dream-come-true of the visionary trainer Vincent O'Brien, his son-in-law, John Magnier, who hails from a family of Fermoy-based stallion masters and Robert Sangster. Horses need time; they also require calm and security
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Sangster
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2004
    Age 67
    Sangster died of pancreatic cancer in London, on 7 April 2004, aged 67.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1985
    Age 48
    Sangster married Lilley in 1985, divorcing in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details By his first wife he had three sons, Guy, Ben and Adam, and a daughter, Kate. With Susan Lilley he had two sons, Sam and Max. Sangster went into tax exile from the United Kingdom in 1975 and moved to the Isle of Man. Towards the end of his life he spent much of his time in Barbados and Australia.
    He had bought Swettenham, a 200-acre stud farm in Cheshire, when he was 28 and in 1985 he paid £6 million for the famous Manton House stables near Marlborough in Wiltshire.
    More Details Hide Details This became the centre of his racing operations in Britain. He first installed Michael Dickinson as the trainer but replaced him with Barry Hills, then Peter Chapple-Hyam and, latterly, John Gosden. Sangster largely withdrew from buying at the yearling sales, instead selling horses bred at his own studs. He won his final Classic with Rodrigo de Triano in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in 1992, but saw horses he had bred win major races for other owners, including Dr Devious, who won the Derby in 1992, Balanchine, which won the Oaks and the Irish Derby in 1994, and Carnegie, which won the Arc in the same year. In 1993 Sangster sold his interest in Coolmore, although he retained breeding rights to a number of stallions, notably Sadler's Wells and Danehill. His later breeding operations were focused mainly on Australia.
  • 1983
    Age 46
    In 1983 Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum paid $10.2 million at the Kentucky Sales for a yearling called Snaafi Dancer and two years later Sangster and his associates paid a record $13.1 million for Seattle Dancer.
    More Details Hide Details In response to these escalating prices, Sheikh Mohammed arranged two meetings in Dubai, the first with just Sangster and John Magnier, and a second including Vincent O'Brien and others. Although the details of these meetings were not revealed, what followed was a slump in bloodstock values at the sales of 1985 and 1986. Sangster's thoroughbred racing and breeding empire included interests in England, Australia, Venezuela, the United States, Ireland, France and New Zealand. In the early 1970s he partnered with Magnier in developing the now common practice of shuttling stallions between the northern and southern hemispheres, helping to internationalise racing in Australia.
  • 1979
    Age 42
    Sangster continued to invest in yearlings in partnership with associates that included Danny Schwartz, who had made a fortune as a builder in California, and, from 1979, Stavros Niarchos, the Greek shipping tycoon and sometime rival of Sangster at the sales.
    More Details Hide Details In the mid-1980s competition, largely with buyers from the Middle East, pushed prices to extremely high levels. The average price at Keeneland's July Select Sale rose from $53,000 in 1975 to more than $600,000 in 1984. In the same period the average at Newmarket's Houghton Sales climbed from 7,600 guineas to 92,500 guineas.
  • 1977
    Age 40
    Between 1977-84 Sangster was Britain's leading owner five times. There was a second Derby win in 1982 with Golden Fleece; three Prix de l'Arc de Triomphes, with Alleged, twice, in 1977 and 1978, and with Detroit in 1980; a Melbourne Cup victory with Beldale Ball, again in 1980; and a win in the Breeders' Cup Mile with Royal Heroine in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details Initially, these horses were sold on to stand at stud for syndicates at vast profits. The Minstrel, who had cost $200,000, was sold to America for $9 million; Alleged, bought for $175,000 as a two-year-old, went to Kentucky a year later for $16 million. These profits funded further purchases but by the mid-1980s, beginning with Be My Guest, Coolmore began to have its own champion sires in residence. Two of Sangster's horses, Caerleon and Sadler's Wells, the latter bred at Sangster's Swettenham Stud, went on to be among the most successful stallions in the world. Sadler's Wells's legacy to Coolmore included Galileo and Montjeu, outstanding sires in their own right.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1971
    Age 34
    In October 1971 at Haydock Park, where he was sponsoring the Vernons Sprint Cup, Sangster was introduced to John Magnier, a stud farmer from County Cork who was then aged 23.
    More Details Hide Details Sangster entered into partnership with Magnier and the legendary Irish trainer Vincent O'Brien, investing in the Coolmore Stud in County Tipperary. The trio became known as "the Brethren". Their idea was to use Sangster's money to buy up the best yearlings at the Keeneland Sales in Kentucky, cornering the line of horses bred from the stallion Northern Dancer. Trained by O'Brien at his Ballydoyle stables these horses would go on to success on the track and command enormous fees standing at stud. In 1975 they paid just under $1.8 million for a number of young horses, including The Minstrel, a colt by Northern Dancer out of Fleur, who went on to win the Epsom Derby in 1977. With the success of The Minstrel, Sangster and his partners established themselves as among the world's leading racehorse owners, going on to extraordinary success.
  • 1969
    Age 32
    He started buying successful fillies with the aim of breeding his own horses and had his first win in a major flat race with Brief Star in the 1969 Ayr Gold Cup.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1960
    Age 23
    Sangster was married and divorced three times. In May 1960 he married Christine Street, leaving her in 1976 (divorcing in 1978) for socialite Susan Peacock, the ex-wife of Australian Liberal Party politician Andrew Peacock.
    More Details Hide Details That marriage did not last, with Sangster having well-publicised affairs with Jerry Hall and Susan Lilley.
    Sangster was introduced to thoroughbred racing through a friend, Nick Robinson, who recommended a bet on Chalk Stream, a horse owned by his grandfather, Sir Foster Robinson, in the 1960 Lincoln Handicap.
    More Details Hide Details Chalk Stream finished unplaced, but Sangster bought the horse as a wedding present for his fiancée and sent him to be trained by Eric Cousins. The horse won the Liverpool Autumn Cup that year and the Jubilee Handicap at Kempton Park the following May, hooking Sangster on racing.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1936
    Born
    Born on May 23, 1936.
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