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Island funeral for St George.

Byline: GRAHAM GREEN

THE island of Grand Bahama was expected to grind to a halt yesterday for the funeral of Edward St George, the multi-millionaire racehorse owner who played a major role in putting the region on the map both as a tourist mecca and as a business centre.

It was anticipated that around 10,000 residents would join local politicians and members of the business community in attending the event that - with no church on the island large enough to cater for such a gathering - was being held in a park alongside the beach.

St George, whose black and white Lucayan Stud colours were among the best-known in racing, died last week in a hospital in Houston, Texas, following a heart attack. He was 76.

The best horse owned by St George was arguably the David Loder-trained Desert Prince, winner of the 1998 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, but he also achieved a notable feat when Continent and Bahamian Pirate provided him with a 1-2 in the 2002 July Cup.

Bahamian Pirate's victory in this year's Nunthorpe Stakes was his most recent Group 1 success.

St George was one of those rare individuals who made his racing pay for itself and similarly Grand Bahama, where he lived, has prospered through the developments he has been responsible for with his friend Sir Jack Hayward. Among the dignitaries at the funeral, which was being televised, was the island's prime minister.

A memorial fund is being set up in St George's name to benefit Grand Bahamians and their medical, educational and social concerns. It will be administered by his widow, Lady Henrietta St George, and the family.

With a shortage of seats on flights to the Bahamas over the holiday period, many of St George's trainers and friends within racing in Britain were unable to attend the funeral, but they will have the opportunity to pay their respects at a memorial service, for which a date has still to be arranged.

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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 30, 2004
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