07/23/2002 11:00PM

Lord Weinstock, British owner/breeder, dead at 77


Lord Weinstock, one of Britain's leading owner/breeders, died at his home in London on Tuesday after a long illness. He was 77.

Weinstock was part-owner with his father-in-law, Sir Michael Sobell, of Troy, winner in 1979 of both the Epsom Derby and the Irish Derby, and Sun Princess, the winner in 1983 of the English Oaks and the St. Leger Stakes. He also campaigned six-time Group 1 winner Pilsudski, the winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf at Woodbine in 1996, Irish 2000 Guineas and Champion Stakes winner Spectrum, and 1980 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes winner Ela-Mana-Mou. The most recent of his Group 1 winners was Golan, who took last year's 2000 Guineas and who will contest the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes on Saturday.

Weinstock, who had been managing director of the General Electric Company in Britain from 1963 to 1996, was the owner of Ballymacoll Stud, which had been purchased by Sobell from Dorothy Paget. He was predeceased by his son Simon, who had managed the family's racing and breeding interests until his death in 1996 at the age of 44.