Wildenstein dies aged 84

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Daniel Wildenstein, who recorded one of his most notable successes when winning the 1993 Breeders' Cup Classic with Arcangues, has died in Paris at the age of 84. Wildenstein was the leading owner on the Flat eight times in France and once in Britain, winning three of the Classics of 1976 – the 1,000 Guineas with Flying Water, the Oaks with Pawneese (who also captured Ascot's King George) and the St Leger with Crow.

All Along, Allez France, Steinlen, Pistolet Bleu, Sagace and Peintre Celebre were other top-class horses to race in the blue silks of the Paris-based art dealer. Most recently, Aquarelliste won this year's Prix de Diane and Prix Vermeille and finished second to Sakhee in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Wildenstein was notorious for falling out with the trainers he employed and removed his horses from the stables of both Peter Walwyn and Henry Cecil during the 1980s after disagreements over the capabilities of Pat Eddery and Lester Piggott respectively. His French string was often on the move and only this year André Fabre lost his patronage when he switched his horses to Elie Lellouche.

Wildenstein had 130 horses in training and they will now race for Ecurie Wildenstein under the guidance of his son Alec.

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