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Mrs. Susan Magnier

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Susan Magnier is the daughter of famed Irish trainer Vincent O’Brien, one of the legends of the Turf who won 42 classic races in Europe during his career

She was raised at Ballydoyle House, Cashel, County Tipperary, which is now the site of the training establishment of Aidan O’Brien (no relation) in Ireland

Resident: Coolmore Stud in Fethard, County Tipperary, Ireland

Family: husband John Magnier is the managing partner of Coolmore-Castlehyde %26 Associated Stud Farms

Originally from Fermoy, County Cork, John Magnier’s family established a strong tradition in the south of Ireland for standing top class National Hunt stallions. Operating since the 1850s, the Magnier family has been associated with a long sequence of top class National Hunt stallions, including Cottage, Fortina, Wrekin Rambler, Even Money and, greatest of all, Deep Run, who was champion National Hunt sire for the 14th successive year in 1993

A breeding and stud expert, Magnier has the ability to syndicate and manage stallions and has made Coolmore one of the biggest stud operations in the world. Internationally renowned stallions such as Sadler’s Wells, Peintre Celebre, and Danehill currently stand at Coolmore in Ireland, while Coolmore’s Kentucky-based Ashford Stud is home to Stravinsky, Royal Academy, and Woodman

John Magnier, who served in the Irish Senate for a period in the late 1980s, has been a member of both the Irish racing industry’s two governing bodies, the Irish Horseracing Authority (IHA) and the Turf Club. He was nominated to the IHA in 1994 by order of the Minister for Agriculture having previously served for many years on its predecessor, the Racing Board (also by Government appointment)

The Magniers have five children

Best horses: Sue Magnier has owned/co-owned countless top class performers, including this year’s stars, Montjeu and Giant’s Causeway, the classic winners Desert King, King of Kings, and Entrepreneur, and the Cheltenham Festival winners French Ballerina and Attitude Adjuster

Sue Magnier’s yellow colors with a black star have long been familiar in jumping circles, but in recent years the Magnier family has become more directly involved in ownership of top flat horses, often in association with Michael Tabor

In partnership with Tabor, she has finished ninth, seventh, and ninth again in the British owners’ standings over the past three years. In 2000, up to Oct. 16, the partnership lies in fifth place, with six victories and just over £1 million in prize money. However, this information is misleading, as Sue Magnier also has shares in most horses that run under Tabor’s name alone, and Tabor also holds sixth place in the standings with seven wins and a further £675,000 in prize money. In Ireland, where she is listed separately from Tabor, she finished second (behind Tabor) in 1999 and is currently (Oct. 9) well clear in this year’s owners’ title race, with 34 wins from 27 horses and IR£1,249,730 in prize money

In 2000, her two star performers have been Montjeu, who has won three group I races, including a devastating victory in the King George VI %26 Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, and Giant’s Causeway. Dubbed “The Iron Horse” by the media, Giant’s Causeway won an amazing five consecutive group I races and his only career defeats have been second places in the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. She has plenty to look forward to next season, as Minardi (twice), Beckett, and Sequoyah are all group I-winning juveniles

Has horses in training in Ireland with her brother, Charles O’Brien, and with Aidan O’Brien; in England with Henry Cecil, John Hills, George Foster, Luca Cumani, John Gosden, and Michael Stoute; in France with Andre Fabre.

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