Billionaire, former Man Utd owner and horse racing tycoon saves Ukrainian refugees

Irish horse racing owner and businessman John Magnier, who sold Manchester United to the Glazer family, has launched a major operation to help those affected by the war in Ukraine

EPSOM, ENGLAND – JUNE 1: John Magnier poses during Ladies Day at Epsom Racecourse on June 1, 2012 in Epsom, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

former Manchester United Owner John Magnier launched a major operation to rescue Ukrainian refugees.

The billionaire businessman paid for the group to leave the war-torn country after its invasion Russia. Families of around 20 employees at his horse shops in Ireland have been evacuated to safety in Ireland. Staff work at Coolmore Stud and Ballydoyle, where trainer Aidan O’Brien runs one of the most successful racing stables in the world.

The women, children and extended family members are among some 13,500 refugees who have arrived in Ireland since the conflict began. O’Brien said the Racing Post : “Mr and Mrs Magnier brought all their families over and accommodated them all. It was for anyone working between Ballydoyle and Coolmore who wanted to bring their families here. It’s a lot of people and it was difficult to get them out.

O’Brien said male members of the families aged 18 to 60 had to stay behind for military service. He added: “It’s shocking what’s going on, isn’t it? The men stayed behind. The children, wives, grannies and everyone else have come.”

Various fundraisers were held within the racing industry to help those affected by the invasion. The National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival was rebranded in support of the British Red Cross Ukraine Appeal. Former trainer Charlie Mann and flat jockey champion Oisin Murphy deliver aid to refugees in Poland on April 10.

Tiffany Morgan-Evans, who runs a busy pre-training farm near Newmarket with her husband Richard, has already taken delivery of a horsebox of supplies. “If this was my family, I would hope that with the situation I was in, with a truck, someone would help out,” she said. “If my husband and the team can manage at home without me, I was keen to do something to help. It is women and children who are left without a husband and have to cope with a terrible situation.”







Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and John Magnier photographed at the races in 2002
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“If this was my family, I would hope that with the situation I was in with a truck, someone would help out,” she told the publication. “If my husband and the team can manage at home without me, I was keen to do something to help. It is women and children who are left without a husband and have to cope with a terrible situation.”

O’Brien’s base staff prepare hundreds of horses for core flat season. O’Brien has been a personal trainer with Ballydoyle since 1996 and during that time has won 23 titles and dozens of major races. Among them are ten derby victories, the highlight of the summer program.

O’Brien has the favorite for this year’s competition, a horse named Luxembourg who has been unbeaten in his three starts. The top handler said earlier this week he is likely to make his season debut at the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket alongside stablemate Point Lonsdale.

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