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Edward Stanley, 19th Earl of Derby

Edward Richard William Stanley, 19th Earl of Derby (born October 10, 1962) is a British peer. He is known for ownership of the racehorse Ouija Board and for the failure of his controversial plans to build houses and an industrial estate on 160 acres of greenfield land he inherited in Newmarket, Suffolk.



Edward Stanley (known as "Teddy")[1] was born to Hugh Stanley and his wife Rose "Rosie" Stanley (née Birch). He lives at Knowsley Hall near Liverpool,[1] and also has a residence in London.

Stanley is married to Caroline "Cazzie" Stanley (née Neville), Countess of Derby and the daughter of The Lord Braybrooke of Audley End. The couple have three children: Henrietta, Edward and Oliver. His eldest son, Lord Stanley (b. 1998) was appointed a Page of Honour to Elizabeth II in 2008.[2]

Stanley inherited the title of Earl of Derby in 1994, upon the death of his uncle. He is the owner of the popular Knowsley Safari Park, the biggest park of its kind in Britain, and the Stanley House Stud on Hatchfield Farm.[citation needed]

Thoroughbred Horse Racing

The Epsom Derby was named after the 12th Earl of Derby while The Oaks was named after the 12th Earl's house near Epsom. The 19th Earl has followed his forebears with a participation in horse racing and is the owner of a stud farm managed by his brother, The Hon. Peter Stanley. Home to the family's broodmares, the Earl's policy is to sell their colts and race the fillies. The Earl currently owns Ouija Board, winner of seven Group/Grade 1 races, including the Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks and Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf in 2004, and the last-named race again in 2006. She also won the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot in June 2006. She was third in the Japan Cup following that last win, and was retired after going lame before her intended final start in the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin in December 2006. Ouija Board won over three million pounds in prize money. She is now due to be a broodmare in the Earl's breeding operation. The Earl has published a book about her, 'Ouija Board, A Mare in a Million'.

The 19th Earl's Grandmother, Catherine, was a well known racehorse trainer in Wiltshire notably College House, Lambourn from where she sent out the Schweppes Gold Trophy winner Ra Nova, amongst others.


Derby's proposal to monetise his Hatchfield stud farm in Newmarket, Suffolk has met with opposition from a number of sources,[3] including a campaign group, Save Historic Newmarket.[4] The proposed site, on his estate to the north-west of the town, was identified by Forest Heath District Council.[3]

Campaigners have argued that the Earl's plan to build up to 1,200 houses and a large industrial estate would hamper efforts to preserve Newmarket as a potential World Heritage Site, and is unnecessary as the town and surrounding area have a large surplus of vacant houses.[3] They have also argued that potential increases in traffic might make it difficult for local horses to access their exercise grounds,[5] although such movements often cause traffic jams for regular commuters.[3]

The Earl has rejected the criticism, stating that only 600 homes would be built by 2021, with the possibility of another 600 by 2030. Following some objections he has made alterations to the proposals, along with additional amenities including a cinema. The Earl has also claimed that some of those objecting to the proposal contributed to the original consultation, where they did not raise any objections.

I believe Newmarket will continue as a hugely successful headquarters of racing. And I would argue that it is far better to have someone who understands racing and its concerns working on this development than someone with no interest at all.

—William Stanley[3]

The point of Newmarket is that there is nowhere in the world like it. If you turn it into a big industrial complex you cannot train and breed horses here, and something unique and valuable is gone forever. We don't want to be just another dormitory town for Cambridge.

—Rachel Hood[3]

On 1 February 2010 Newmarket Council rejected the Earl's proposed development,[6] and Derby then applied to the district council for permission. On 2nd June, the district councillors unanimously rejected his plans[7].

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