11/05/2013 10:55PM

Weinfeld, founder of Meon Valley Stud, dies


Owner-breeder Egon Weinfeld, founder of Britain’s renowned Meon Valley Stud, died on Tuesday at age 85, Racing Post reports.

Weinfeld founded Meon Valley Stud, located in Southampton, in 1980, and built an internationally successful stable of homebreds from foundation mares Reprocolor, Home and Away, One in a Million, and Odeon.

Reprocolor, the most successful of Meon’s mares, produced Irish Oaks winner Colorspin and three other stakes winners. Reprocolor’s descendents include three-time Group 1 winner Opera House and four-time Group 1 winner Kayf Tara, both by Sadler's Wells and out of the mare's daughter Colorspin; as well as Prix de l’Opera winner Zee Zee Top, by Zafonic and out of Colorspin. Zee Zee Top is the dam of Izzi Top, by Pivotal, a two-time Group 1 winner last year.

Group 1-winning homebreds campaigned by Meon Valley Stud via its ownership name of Helena Springfield Ltd. included Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner Milligram and Juddmonte International Stakes winner One So Wonderful.

Other top horses bred by Meon Valley Stud include Epsom Oaks winner Lady Carla and the recent standout Caspar Netscher, winner of last year’s German 2000 Guineas.

Weinfeld is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; son Mark, who currently manages Meon Valley Stud; and daughter Helena.