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Lady Lonsdale with Havana Grey (photo: Richard Kent)

11 Feb 2019

Tweenhills supporter Lady Lonsdale dies

Lady Caroline Lonsdale sadly passed away over the weekend aged 75. Along with Richard Kent, she was the breeder of Havana Grey, the Gr. 1 winner by Tweenhills sire Havana Gold.

Caroline, Countess of Lonsdale, was an avid supporter of Tweenhills’ stallions for many years and she sent her Dark Angel mare Blanc de Chine to Havana Gold in his first season, 2014, with the resulting offspring being the five-time Stakes winner Havana Grey.

While Havana Grey was not owned by Lady Lonsdale – he carried the grey, purple diamonds of Global Racing Club and Mrs Elaine Burke – she did have horses in training herself, often running under the Lowther Racing banner. They were mostly fillies and included Delizia, Frances Stuart and Peach Melba.

All of those mares are linked with Tweenhills stallions as Delizia is in foal to Havana Gold, Frances Stuart has a yearling by Charm Spirit and Peach Melba, a Listed winner in 2017, will visit Zoustar. Shadwell purchased a full brother to Havana Grey for 115,000gns as a foal last November.

Blanc de Chine resides with the Countess's other mares at Richard Kent’s Mickley Stud in Shropshire.

Mark Johnston trained Peach Melba and also had another Listed winner in 2017 for Lowther Racing, Izzy Bizu. Lady Lonsdale also enjoyed Royal Ascot success with Marouble in the 1985 Norfolk Stakes.

We would like to express our sincere condolences to Lady Lonsdale’s family and friends.


Lady Lonsdale with Havana Grey (photo: Richard Kent)

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