Edward John “Teddy” Beckett, 5th Baron Grimthorpe and 9th Baronet of Leeds, is a British peer. He was racing manager to the late Prince Khalid Abdullah who died in January 2021.
Lord Grimthorpe is the elder son of the late Christopher Beckett, 4th Baron Grimthorpe, and Elizabeth, Lady Grimthorpe, formerly Lady Elizabeth Lumley, daughter of Lawrence Lumley, 11th Earl of Scarbrough, of Lumley Castle, County Durham. He became 5th Baron Grimthorpe on the death of his father in 2003.
Lord Grimthorpe has had a successful career as a bloodstock agent, working for more than twenty years at the British Bloodstock Agency, whom he joined as his first employment, and buying horses on behalf of, among others, the Duke of Devonshire. In 1999 he became Prince Khalid Abdullah’s racing manager, succeeding Grant Pritchard-Gordon. He was responsible for overseeing the Prince’s worldwide Juddmonte Farms racing operation, which in 2011 involved 700-800 horses across ten farms in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States, and about 250 horses in training with 13 different trainers.
He has been widely praised for his contribution to a lengthy period of considerable success for the Juddmonte operation during which time the likes of Frankel and Enable carried the owners distinctive green, pink and white silks. He stood down from this role after 22 years in 2022.
Lord Grimthorpe was elected to the Jockey Club in December 2007 and in 2011 he was appointed chairman of the race committee at York Racecourse.
In 2022 he became the Executive Chairman of the National Stud; The Royal Patron of the National Stud is Her Majesty The Queen Consort.