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Top owner-breeder Klaus Jacobs dies, aged 71

RACEHORSE owner and breeder Klaus Jacobs, who built a bloodstock empire after first developing the world's leading chocolate and temporary staffing firms, died on Thursday aged 71.

Jacobs, the owner of Newsells Park Stud in Hertfordshire, enjoyed significant success on the racecourse, most notably in recent years through the Patrick Haslam-trained Kinnaird, who carried the colours of Jacobs' wife Renata when landing the 2005 Prix de l'Opera, and Osorio, wide-margin winner of the 2003 Derby Italiano.

Jacobs' interest in racing came from his father Walther, who developed Gestut Fahrhof, now run by Jacobs' son Andreas. Asked about his bloodstock interests, the German-born Swiss citizen once described the venture as "a business, but a successful business is a pleasure for me".

Jacobs, who had been suffering from cancer, has had runners in Britain this year trained by Haslam, Sir Michael Stoute, Marco Botti, Gerard Butler and Mark Johnston, who supplied him with a Royal Ascot double in 2006 via Soapy Danger in the Queen's Vase and Linas Selection in the King George V Handicap.

Jacobs, who established temping firm Adecco, is survived by Renata, their four children and two children from an earlier marriage.

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