Tributes to one of racing's greats

TRIBUTE has been paid to one of horseracing's most famous and influential characters who has died after a protracted battle with cancer.Successful owner and multi-millionaire tycoon Robert Sangster who helped change the face of thoroughbred breeding died at his London home on Wednesdayaged 67.

TRIBUTE has been paid to one of horseracing's most famous and influential characters who has died after a protracted battle with cancer.

Successful owner and multi-millionaire tycoon Robert Sangster who helped change the face of thoroughbred breeding died at his London home on Wednesdayaged 67.

Newmarket racehorse trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam, began his career training at Sangster's famous Manton training and breeding complex in Wiltshire.

He said: "If it wasn't for Robert, I wouldn't be training in the position I am, he was a superb man, without Robert racing won't be the same, it's a great loss."


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Sangster took Chapple-Hyam on as a first-time trainer, and the young recruit repaid his confidence by winning the 1992 2,000 Guineas with Rodrigo De Triano, heralding a run of big race wins for the partnership.

The trainer is enjoying his first season training out of Newmarket since returning from a spell in Hong Kong, has two horses owned by Sangster in his string, including Harrison Point, which has already won two races.

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Sangster's wealth originally came from the Vernon pools company, which he inherited, and which he sold in 1988 for £90 million. He dominated the breeding and owning worlds in the 1970s and 80s, and twice won the Derby and was five times leading owner.

Alistair Haggis of Newmarket Racecourses said: "We were really saddened by the news, Robert Sangster has been a huge figure in racing for many years, owning and breeding so many great horses.

"His colours were carried to victory so many times at Newmarket and we are all very saddened at the loss and wish to extend our condolences to his family, he will be greatly missed."

Mr Sangster is survived by his third wife Sue and four sons. A funeral is due to be held at St Pauls in Knightsbridge, London on April 19.

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