Principal owner, businessman and philanthropist Sir Robert Ogden dies aged 86 | Horse racing news

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Sir Robert Ogden: had great success over jumps and on the flat

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By Scott Burton

Sir Robert Ogden, whose famous purple and pink checkered silks were worn successfully on jumps by stars such as Voy Por Ustedes and Exotic Dancer before successfully concentrating on the Flat, has died aged 86 years.

Self-taught and proud Yorkshire son who first built his fortune through the quarrying, construction and mining industries, Ogden became one of the first developers to spot the potential of London’s Docklands. A generous donor to Yorkshire charities, including those related to cancer palliative care, he was knighted in 2001.

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Portrait of Sir Robert Ogden, who died aged 86

Portrait of Sir Robert Ogden, who died aged 86

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Long-time racing director Barry Simpson described him as “a big believer” in both racing codes who “provided a lot of opportunities”, while Nicky Henderson recalled “wonderful times” with “many beautiful horses”.

After owning the champion for the first of three occasions in 1997, his jump rope became even more important in the first decade of the new century.

“The most exciting two days of racing we’ve had were at the end of the 2001 season and the final two days at Sandown,” Simpson said.

“He was trailing the late Norman Mason by around £150,000 and we had a great run, with Fadalko finishing second behind Edredon Bleu, Marlborough winning the alternate Gold Cup and then Ad Hoc winning the Whitbread the next day. It was extremely exciting and it went down to the very last race.”

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The Queen Mother presents Sir Robert Ogden with the Whibread Gold Cup at Sandown

The Queen Mother presents Sir Robert Ogden with the Whibread Gold Cup at Sandown

Courtesy of Lady Ogden

As well as Marlborough – the first of four Cheltenham Festival winners from Ogden – Henderson has also enjoyed great success with horses such as Iris Royal and The Market Man.

He said: “We had a wonderful time and they were beautiful horses. I used to go stand at Sicklinghall for York or see the horses in the fields. He lived a very, very full life.

“Horses and racing were his passion and we were very lucky to be involved. I know he did some flat races at the end, but I think he was a National Hunt man all the way, he loved his jumps.”

Voy Por Ustedes and Star De Mohaison achieved the Grade 1 novice fighter double in the Arkle and Royal & SunAlliance Chase at the 2006 festival, while Voy Por Ustedes became Ogden’s most decorated hunter at the highest level , adding the 2007 Queen Mother Champion Chase, the 2009 Ascot Chase and a pair of Aintree Melling Chases to his CV.

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Voy Por Ustedes (Robert Thornton, left) en route to winning the 2007 Champion Chase

Voy Por Ustedes (Robert Thornton, left) en route to winning the 2007 Champion Chase

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