Can you help man re­search­ing ec­cen­tric race horse owner?

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A MAN has launched an ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion about the life of one of Chal­font St Giles’ most ‘ec­cen­tric’ vil­lagers.

Me­dia re­la­tions di­rec­tor for Wil­liam Hill, Gra­ham Sharpe, came across the story of wealthy race horse owner Dorothy Paget, who lived on Nightin­gales Lane, while writ­ing a his­tory of his own com­pany, called ‘Wil­liam Hill, The Man and The Busi­ness’.

Mr Sharpe says he is now re­search­ing the life of Ms Paget, who died in 1960, for a bi­og­ra­phy and wants to know if any­one has any in­for­ma­tion, sto­ries or gos­sip about her which you can share.

Mr Sharpe said she was ex­tremely well known be­cause she owned a huge num­ber of race horses which won all of the ma­jor races - the Grand Na­tional, the Derby, the Chel­tenham Gold Cup and the Cham­pion Hur­dle, along with many more.

Her story is, he said, ‘par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing’ be­cause she tried to live as a recluse, slept through the day and only put her bets on - which were of­ten huge amounts - at night, when the races had been won, based on her oath that she did not know the re­sults be­fore­hand.

“She was a larger than life char­ac­ter that fas­ci­nated the pub­lic at large. She never gave a pub­lic in­ter­view dur­ing the whole of her life but she was a fig­ure that you would see at the big race meet­ings,” said Mr Sharpe.

He added: “Imag­ine now, some­one’s horses win the Na­tional, but the owner wouldn’t talk to the press. It would be chaos.”

And said: “I al­ways thought for years, wouldn’t it be nice to write a book about her - there’s never been any about her. I’ve writ­ten quite a lot of rac­ing books and al­ways wanted to do this.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Sharpe, Ms Paget put a lot of money back into the com­mu­nity but ‘didn’t want any­thing in re­turn’.

He added: “Her name is very well known in rac­ing folk­lore but the de­tails about her re­main elu­sive.”

Liken­ing the search for in­for­ma­tion about her to that of a jig­saw, Mr Sharpe added: “The horses were prob­a­bly bet­ter known than her.”

If you have any in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Mr Sharpe on 07803 233 702 or email our let­ters page at buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth. co.uk.

Gra­ham Sharpe wants your mem­o­ries about Dorothy Paget, pic­tured right

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