Voix Du Nord: the Lupin winner was bred at Van Zuylen's Haras de VaravillePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Voix Du Nord owner-breeder Van Zuylen dies
DUTCH banker Baron Thierry van Zuylen, a popular figure in French racing circles, died in London on Sunday. He was 78.
A brother to Marie-Helene van Zuylen - the wife of Baron Guy de Rothschild and mother of current France Galop president Edouard de Rothschild - he was educated at Harvard and pursued a career in finance.
Oneof the first notable horses to carry Van Zuylen's silks was Le Haar, winner of the Prix Jean Prat and third in the 1957 Prix du Jockey Club. Le Haar was champion French sire in 1963, the year his son Exbury won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Van Zuylen's most recent star horse was Voix Du Nord, homebred at his Haras de Varaville and winner of the Criterium de Saint-Cloud at two and Prix Lupin at three.
Other big-race winners for Van Zuylen included Astaria (Prix Jacques le Marois, Prix Vermeille), Duc De Gueldre (Prix Lupin), Perrault (Arlington Million, Hollywood Gold Cup) and Ramsin (Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, Prix du Cadran).
Van Zuylen dispersed much of his breeding operation at Arqana in 2008, including Voix Du Nord's dam Dame Edith.
Van Zuylen's daughter Cordelia trains at Chantilly.