Sir Ernest Cassels Career: English Racing Baronet and His Turf and Financial Achievements, Daily Racing Form, 1921-10-07


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SIR ERNEST CASSELS CAREER English Racing Baronet and His Turf and Financial Achievements. BY E. E. CODSSELL. The death of Sir E. Cassel came with tragic suddenness, though for some time it had been known that he was failing in health, and only this last month an announcement had appeared that in future the yearlings which he bred would be sold at auction annually. In fact, this seasons yearlings are to be sold at Newmarket September 29. Sir E. Cassel, who was born in 1852, wns the son of a small banker in Cologne. He came to England at the age of sixteen years and secured employment with a Liverpool firm. The tale goes that his salary was .50 per week, but Sir Ernest Cassel always laughingly denied this, saying he was not so cheap as that and that he never received less than 0 a week. After three years he came to London and the knowledge he had picked up in the northern city served him well in later life. In London his name soon began to be mentioned in big financial deals and when he retired from business about ten years ago his fortune was estimated to be about 0,000,000. His bene-fnctions were world wide. He wns a great friend of the late King Edward VII., who always stayed at Sir E. Cassels palatial home, Moulton Paddocks, Newmarket. This is probably one of the finest training establishments in the world. Sir Ernest Cassels colors were registered in 1895. His best year was probably 1903, when his horses won 1921.sh8,370. In 1901 he won the Two Thousand Guineas with Handicapper. This was a lucky victory and the horse specially disappointed his owner later. After his racing career Handicapper went to Belgium as a stallion, but did not do well. HIS BIG DISAPPOINTMENT. Sir Ernest Cassel suffered a great disappointment in 1912 with Cylgad, when that horse broke. down after winning the Newmarket Stakes, in which he easily beat Tagalie, as well as Lomond and White Star. Had he kept sound he would in all probubilitj have won the Derby. Cylgad is now the leading sire at Moulton Paddocks and is the sire of that good horse Tangiers, though before he came along he was rather a disappointment. Hapsburg, which Sir Ernest bought for about 0,-000 as a yearling, was a high-class two-year-old when he won about 2,500. The next year he won the Eclipse Stakes and the Champion Stakes. He was beaten three lengths by Durbar II. in the Derby. Hapsburg is also at the stud, nut Ills offspring have not yet made that great impression which one anticipates from the son of a good son of Desmond. There are, however, some magnificent yearlings and foals by him at present at Moulton Paddocks. Another good horse owned by Sir Ernest Cassel was Solitaire, which won the Ascot Gold Vase; Bunarosa was winner of the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom, aud Troubadour was winner of the Ccsarewitch in 1914. Sir Ernest Cassel also owned a real good staying mare in Gadfly, which was the dam of Cylgad. He spent an enormous amount of money in acquiring good horses and never hesitated to pay a big price for mares. As long ago as 1913 he gave 5,000 for two high-class mares in Trepida and Wethers Well, and he also paid about 5,000 for Vivid. None of these mares has yet produced a winner worthy of her lineage. It may be that to some extent Sir Ernests lack of success on the turf was due to til fact that he had a fondness for using his home-bred stallions. It is not yet known what will happen to Moulton Paddocks, where Mr. Marshall Fields horses are at present being trained. No doubt the settlement o the estate will cause some rearrangements of the plans of the American owner.

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