John L. Moore, Breeder of Mtoto, Dead

John L. Moore, owner of Biddestone Stud in Wiltshire, England, and breeder of English and French champion Mtoto, died Sept. 27,  according to the Racing Post. He was 83. 

A former solicitor, Moore started his stud from scratch 40 years ago on the site of a former dairy farm.

Mtoto scored his biggest win in the 1988 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Eng-I) and won back-to-back runnings of both the Coral Eclipse (Eng-I) and Prince of Wales’s (Eng-II) Stakes in 1987-88. In France, he ran second in the 1988 Ciga Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I). 

Moore’s other stakes winners as breeder included Mutamam, winner of the 2001 Canadian International Stakes (Can-IT), and Peony, who raced for Moore and was runner-up in the 2000 Dubai Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (Fr-I). 

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