Other Yorkshire Studs - Z
Mouldron, Aske, Richmond, North Yorks
Owner: 4th Marquis of Zetland
Notes: Until recently the current Marquis of Zetland was very keen of all aspect of racing. However this former Senior Steward of the Jockey Club seems to have lost interest in the last few years, and the stud is now I believe closed, indeed it is Lord Zetland's lack of interest in racing that prompted one of his tenants, Peter Calver (who formerly managed Zetland Stud) to retire from training at the end of 1999. Until the late eighties the stud was named the 'Mouldron Stud'. The best winners it has bred in recent years are Bibi Mah (dam of Jukebox, Stewards Cup 1970) and the Mel Brittain trained First Musical (Sprindrifter S, 2nd.Firth of Clyde S L in 1998 and 2nd Wm Hill Handicap 1999). Historically however the Dundas family loom large in the history of Yorkshire racing and breeding. The famous 'Aske Spots' colours of the Dundas/Zetland family were first registered in 1774, the family having bought the Aske estate in 1770. The 2nd Earl owned the immortal Voltigeur who won the Derby and St.Leger of 1850, indeed there is a Voltigeur memorial gate at Aske Hall. Voltigeur's best son was the homebred Vedette, who won the 1857 2,000 Guineas and was the grandsire of St.Simon. The family also built Hurgill Lodge stables close to the old Richmond racecourse and recruited first Harry Peacock and then Bill Watts to train there, both with great success. In later years they have been most closely associated with Redcar racecourse of which the family own 20%. However Lord Zetland stood down as Chairman of Redcar in June 2000 as part of an audicious £100m plan to move the course 2 miles away. This plan later fell through, although Lord Zetland is still pursing opportunities in this area. The current Lord Zetland was responsible for introducing the very popular Comcast Teeside 2yo Trophy, to Redcar and the courses' other big race is Zetland Gold Cup. Before the death of his father the 4th Marquis (Earl of Ronaldshay as he was then) lived at Copt Hewick Hall near Ripon where a number of horses were also kept. Prior to taking over the family estates he had a successful career in business (toy manufacturing) and before becoming Chairman at Redcar he was Managing Director. In addition he has been a director at Catterick and a steward at Ripon and Cheltenham, Wetherby and Aintree. For a history of the Zetland branch of the Dundas family please visit this website. There is also an Aske Estate website.
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