Famous Owners

Famous Owners - Flat

Horse racing in any form would be impossible without the investment of well motivated owners and some of those owners are among the richest people in the World. Flat racing which of course is the richest from of racing attracts some very high profile owners that include:

The Aga Khan

Aga KhanThe Aga Khan is a name synonymous with flat racing and top quality breeding. He recently agreed that he would return to having his horses trained in the UK, following a disagreement he had with the British Horseracing Authority four years ago. His horses are trained all over the world but he has most of his success in England, Ireland and particularly France. He has owned four winners of the Epsom Derby and this year his brilliant filly, Zarkava won the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe.

The Queen

The QueenThe Queen takes a keen and highly knowledgeable interest in horses. She attends the Derby at Epsom, one of the classic flat races in Britain, and the Summer Race Meeting at Ascot, which has been a Royal occasion since 1911. As an owner and breeder of thoroughbreds, she often visits other race meetings to watch her horses run, and also frequently attends equestrian events. The Queen's horses won races at Royal Ascot on a number of occasions. There was a notable double on 18 June 1954 when Landau won the Rous Memorial Stakes and a stallion called Aureole won the Hardwicke Stakes, and in 1957 The Queen had four winners during Ascot week. In 1984, 1986 and 1991 Her Majesty made brief private visits to the United States to see stallion stations and stud farms in Kentucky.

Ballydoyle

Ballydoyle RacingIn the days when Ballydoyle was even further off the beaten track than it is today, the yard sent out the winners of every single European and English Classic races and now has three Breeders' Cup winners too for good measure. This year they have won over 20 Group Ones and in trainer Aiden O’Brien they have probably the best trainer in the world looking after their horses.

Ballydoyle was founded by M.V. O'Brien. The Minstrel, Sir Ivor, Nijinsky, El Gran Senor, Alleged, Storm Bird and the mighty Sadler's Wells, to mention only a small handful of the greats, were all sent out from here. It is rare for a racing yard to itself attain legendary status, Ballydoyle, however, is one of the few. It is the racing arm in Ireland of the Coolmore stud Ballydoyle is headed by John Mangier

Famous Owners - NH

Although owners of National Hunt horses tend to come from all over, there are several these days who purchase large stables of horses and as such have tended to dominate the higher graded races of the sport. Three of these owners are:

JP McManus

Point to Point RacingA former on-course bookmaker at Limerick’s greyhound track, before moving into horse ownership and racing, JP McManus has rapidly become National Hunts largest owner. He has a stud farm in County Kildare and in 1982, he and his wife bought Martinstown Stud on over 400 acres in County Limerick. He is famous for his huge, and usually successful bets, and is loved by racing fans everywhere. His distinctive green- and gold-hooped racing colours come from those of the South Liberties GAA Club. Probably his most famous horse is Istabraq, a three-time winner of the Champion Hurdle.

Trevor Hemmings

Trevor Hemmings' owns over 100 racehorses and shares them amongst some of the top National Hunt trainers in the UK and Ireland. Hhis horse Hedgehunter won the 2005 Grand National at Aintree. He has many other horses who regularly run in high class races throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. Hemmings has owned many good and talented horses but his best are undoubtedly Hedgehunter and Trabolgan, winner of the Royal & SunAlliance Chase and Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup in 2005. He also owns the talented Afsoun, who is an exciting prospect for the future.

Jim Lewis

Jim Lewis is one of the better known British racehorse ownes who is particularly noted for being the owner of three time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Best Mate and also Edredon Bleu. He puts his horses with many of the leading trainers but his Gold Cup successes were achieved with one of his favourite trainers Henrietta Knight. He also has horses with the popular Venetia Williams yard. He is a lifelong supporter of Aston Villa FC, whose famous claret and blue colours his horses wear.