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Evie Stockwell: Coolmore founder John Magnier’s mother has died at the age of 97
by Scott Burton
Evie Stockwell, one of Ireland’s most respected purebred breeders and mother of Coolmore founder John Magnier, has passed away at the age of 97.
Stockwell has enjoyed great success with the house horses trained by Aidan O’Brien that raced in her late husband Tom Magnier’s blue and brown silk.
These include Breeders’ Cup winners Juvenile Turf Hit It A Bomb and the Fairyland Speedster, who landed the Cheveley Park Stakes at age two and the Flying Five on Irish weekend a year later.
Stockwell passed away less than a month after the death of her twin sister, Lady Mimi Manton, with whom she campaigned for We Are Ninety with coach Hugo Palmer.
Stockwell moved to one of Ireland’s most successful National Hunt nurseries when he married Tom Magnier of Grange Stud in 1947, and he remained a highly respected figure in the sport after his death in 1962.
Stockwell revived the family’s colors in 1996, the same year O’Brien took charge of the Ballydoyle team.
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John Magnier: son of Evie Stockwell and founder of Coolmore Farm
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“She was an incredibly special lady,” said O’Brien. “We first met her when we came to Baldwell and she was a very wise lady.”
“All the way it has been great to give us advice, and we’ve had many good foals for her, Fairyland probably one of the best lately.”
O’Brien added, “She had an incredible interest and understanding of horses and was a great judge of the horse. She was very passionate about horses.”
He was the first betting horse to run in Stockwell Silk Kitzawho was bought at Goffs for 78,000 Irish balls whose racing career included a neck defeat to Tarascon in the 1998 Irish 1000 Guineas, then held the same last place behind Winona at the Irish Oaks that season.
hard and fast Lahinch She produced three high-profile performances in the span of 18 days to wrap up the juvenile season in 2001, finishing fourth at Cheveley Park before landing the Tipperary Listed race, then losing by heading into Group 2 Rockfel Stakes again at Newmarket.
But Lahinch’s main contribution to Stockwell’s fortunes came through her daughter Liscanawho won Group 3 Ballyogan Stakes for David Wachman, then fathered three sons and daughters to break the 109 mark in the Racing Post rankings in several years, all of whom are silk “Madonna Blue” and begotten by War Front.
hit by a bomb He won the Breeders’ Juvenile Turf Cup in Keeneland barely a month after his debut and after a delayed return to the event added two more group-level efforts the following year.
By then his sister sister brave Anna He had already won the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot and Cheveley Park in the fall.
Three sources He also proved more than useful, placing fourth at Dewhurst with a US Navy flag and filling the same spot in the 2000 Irish Guinnesses behind Romanised.
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A £925,000 purchase by MV Magnier in Tattersalls, Fairyland made its way through the year of events, winning the Marble Hill Stakes and Lowther’s in York before making it four of five at the Cheveley Park Stakes.
After finishing fifth in the 1000 Guineas, the highlight of the three-year-old Fairyland season came with her victory in Ireland’s first sprint, The Flying Five, after which Stockwell described her grandson’s purchase of the year-old Fairyland as “brave”.
When asked if she would race in the fourth, she dismissed the idea and told the press that Fairyland would be visiting Galileo.
In addition to John, Stockwell’s three other children have left a significant mark on the thoroughbred world: son David today runs Castlehide and Grange Studs, while daughter Anne is married to Tony O’Callaghan, owner of Tally-Ho Stud.
Peter was also a successful breeder at his Brittas House stud and passed away in January 2019.
Evie Stockwell will rest at Railroad House, Farnalin, Fethard, County Tipperary, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
The funeral will take place at Holy Trinity Church, Fethard, on Monday, September 12 at 2 p.m., followed by a private burial at Old Kilcromper Cemetery in Fermi.