Friend of Kings is Dead: Lord Marcus Beresford, Master of the Stud for Two English Monarchs, Passes On, Daily Racing Form, 1922-12-17


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FRIEND OF KINGS IS DEAD Lord Marcus Beresford, Master of the Stud for Two English Monarchs, Passes On. LONDON, England. December 16. Lord Marcus Beresford, master of the stud of King George V. and long affiliated with the turf ventures of Englands royal family, was found dead in his bed this morning. He had been troubled with a weak heart for some time. If Lord Marcus had lived until Christmas he would have been seventy-four years old. Lord Marcus was one of a remarkable trio of brothers. The eldest of these was Lord William Beresford, for whom Tod Sloan rode during his meteoric career in England. Lord Marcus Beresford was always fond of the turf. In 1883 he was the starter for the Jockey Club and some time later he became the manager of the royal stud, then maintained by the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VII. He managed the royal stable for thirty-two years. Watts and Jones were the royal jockeys and the horses were trained by Richard Marsh. In his younger days he was a fine cress-country rider himself. It was on the advice of Lord Marcus Beresford that the Prince of Wales withdrew Persimmon from the Two Thousand Guineas in 1S9G in order to reserve him for the Derby. The strategy was successful and the colt scored a historic victory in the Epsom classic. Lord Marcus was remarkably successful as master of the royal stud. One of the fine mares which he bred was Lisma, the dam of Omar Khayyam. In the reminiscence which the Hon. George Lambton wrote for a London newspaper some months ago he referred to Lord Marcus : "The says and doings of Lord Marcus would fill a book and a devilish i amusing book it would be. He is the wittiest man in the world, the best of friends and a pretty sort of enemy."

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