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Peter Burrell dies at 94.

Peter Burrell, who ran the National Stud for 34 years and owned Be My Chief, a leading two-year-old in 1989, died peacefully at his home in Newmarket on Friday night. He was 94.

Burrell had horses at Warren Place, virtually next door to where he lived at Long Hill, for more than 30 years, initially with his close friend Sir Noel Murless and latterly with Henry Cecil.

Cecil said yesterday: "Peter was a wonderful man and a very loyal friend to me and everyone here. He was a very popular man and a great character. I'm going to miss him desperately."

Cecil trained Be My Chief, whose sweep of six prizes as a juvenile included the Racing Post Trophy and Chesham Stakes in 1989. That year Burrell had a double at Royal Ascot, with Polar Boy winning the Britannia Handicap.

During his time in charge at the National Stud-from 1937-71-Burrell brought the operation from Ireland to locations in Dorset and Sussex, and then to its present Newmarket home, which he designed.

Burrell also had horses with William Jarvis and Julie Cecil, Murless's daughter, who said: "Peter was a longtime friend of my father's and he was so very good to me over many, many years.

"He was the perfect gentleman and, with the passing of Lord Howard de Walden, I suppose the last true link with the past has now gone."

His grandson Peter Burrell, who is Frankie Dettori's business manager, said: "I feel most privileged to have had him as my grandfather. He had a huge influence on my life and I regarded him as my best friend.

"One of his favourite sayings was that he'd lived so long he'd seen 'everything in life, from the horse and cart to Concorde'."

A private funeral, with family flowers only, will be held in Sussex on Friday and a memorial service will be arranged for the autumn.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Masters, Rodney
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 2, 1999
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