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Death of Lady Anne Cavendish-Bentinck

LADY ANNE CAVENDISH-BENTINCK, a great supporter of racing, a successful owner and horsewoman, has died at the age of 92.


Lady Anne Cavendish-Bentinck

  PICTURE: Dan Abraham  

One of Britain's richest landowners - she was listed at 511th, with an estimated £158 million fortune based on art and land, in The Sunday Times Rich List 2008 - she had several horses in training over the years.

The best was Speaker Weatherill, who landed the 1998 Great Yorkshire Chase under top-weight, but suffered a career-ending injured shortly after.

Owen Brennan, who trained for her for many years based at her 17,000-acre estate in Nottinghamshire, said on Thursday: "She was the best owner anybody could have had. She never bothered you and always understood.

"We had 68 winners together over 15 years,with Strath Royal winning 20 races and Artic Wings winning nine before sadly breaking her neck in a fall at Towcester, but Speaker Weatherill was her best horse, winning eight of his 16 chases."

Cavendish-Bentinck had a reputation for being a gruff, formidable figure but Brennan added: "She was great fun and, although she had her last horses with John Quinn in recent years, she still came down to the stables every fortnight for a chat. She was brilliant to me and my family -she gave me the yard."


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