Suc­cess­ful race­horse trainer Lady Roth­schild dies aged 83

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

RACE­HORSE OWNER Lady Roth­schild has died, a spokes­woman for her fam­ily has said.

Lady Roth­schild, born Ser­ena Mary Dunn, “fought a re­cent ill­ness most valiantly” and died in hos­pi­tal in Lon­don yes­ter­day, the spokes­woman added.

Lady Roth­schild, who was known to shy away from the pub­lic eye, was mar­ried to in­vest­ment banker Lord Ja­cob Roth­schild.

The daugh­ter of Cana­dian fi­nancier Sir James Dunn, she leaves four chil­dren and eight grand­chil­dren. Lady Roth­schild, 83, en­joyed a land­mark suc­cess on the race­course in 2011, when her colt Nathaniel won the King Ge­orge VI and Queen El­iz­abeth Stakes at As­cot. Hav­ing pre­vi­ously claimed the King Ed­ward VII Stakes at the Royal meet­ing, Nathaniel stepped up to beat 2010 Derby win­ner Work­force be­fore win­ning the Co­ralE­clipse at Sandown the fol­low­ing sea­son. Nathaniel clashed on more than one oc­ca­sion with the great Frankel and ended his ca­reer with a third place be­hind the un­beaten colt in the 2012 Cham­pion Stakes.

How­ever, he be­came the first of the two to sire a Clas­sic vic­tor when En­able, the cur­rent dar­ling of the Flat rac­ing scene and a dual Prix de l’Arc de Tri­om­phe win­ner, claimed the 2017 Oaks at Ep­som.

While Nathaniel was Lady Roth­schild’s head­line horse, she also had an Ir­ish Oaks win­ner in Great Heav­ens in her blue and yel­low colours, while Pounced was a Breed­ers’ Cup win­ner for her in Amer­ica back in 2009.

Lady Roth­schild ran Wad­des­don Stud in Buck­ing­hamshire and paid a then record 4.6m guineas for a brood­mare when pur­chas­ing Mag­i­cal Ro­mance in 2006. The mare was in foal to Piv­otal when go­ing through the ring at Tat­ter­salls, but un­for­tu­nately gave birth to her foal in De­cem­ber, com­pro­mis­ing her po­ten­tial on the track.

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