The Mace for the Grand Prize of Paris.
[BY ODE SPECIAL CORBESPONDENT.]
The following interesting desctiption of the race for tha Grand Prize of Paris, in which the English Derby winner, St. Blaise, was defeated, same to hand by the mail. It will be noticed that the accomplished horseman Cannon was on the winner, and not Archer, as generally supposed : —
The GRAND PRIZE OF PARIS of 1 000 soys. added to a Sweepstakes of 10 soys each, 2ift, for three-year-olds; colts, Bst 91b, fillies. Sst 61b; second received 100 eovs, and the third 200 out of the stakes. About one mile seven
furlongs. 107 subs. Duke de Castries's oh c Frontin, by George Frederick—Frolicsome, Set 91b (T. dannon) 1 Sir F. Johnstone's cb c St. Blaise, by Hermit —Kusee, Sst 91b (F. Archer) 2 Count b c Farfadet, by Nougat— Farandolo, Bst 91b (Dodge) 3 Also ran: Satory. Regain, Attendez-moisai-l'Orme, Derviche. and Reveuse.
Betting: 5 to l on St Blaise, 4 to 1 against Frontin, 9 to 2 against Farfadet, 23 to 1 against Regain, and 10 to 1 agoinßt Satory.
Reveuse and Satory cut out the work, with Farfadet, Froutiu, and St. Blaise following in tbe order named, and Derviche last. When half a mile had been covered, the latter ran through his horses, aud making the pace a cracker, soon led by four lengths, with Keveuse next, and Frontio, Farfadet, and St. Blaise lying well together. A quarter of a mile from home Reveuse and Derviche were done with, and Frontin coming to the front soon bad St. Blaise ia close attendance, with Farfadet, Regain, and Satory next. At the distance this trio also retired, and the race was left to the English and French champions, Of the many fioe finishes this year, this was the finest. At first the Duke de Castries's colt appeared to have the best of it, but amidst breathless excitement, and such a din of cries as could only be heard in France, St. Blaise gained inch by inch. On they came, locked together in fiercest contest. Both Archer and Cannon rode like demons, and as the pair swept past the post, apparently neck and neck, each party wilaly proclaimed its cttampion had won. A moment's suspense, and then Krontin's number (2) went up. Uver what followed it would be pleasant to draw a veil. When Parisians are greatly excited they fairly lose their senses. Such hat-throwing, screaming, flag-waving, singing, cries of " Vive Frontin," and groans for " perfide a lbion," has, I should hope, seldom been seen at Longchamps before. It was a disgusting sight to the bold Britons who had come over to make expense* by laying odds on St. Blaise, and back tg Paris they betook themselves as fast as vehicles could c*rry them. The Grand Prix was run iv 3_in. 20secs. Value of the stakes, £5,996.
Frontin, though now owned by a Frenchman, is in reality an English horse, being by George Frederick out of Frolicsome, lie did not distinguish himself greatly as a two-yaar-old, but won several good stakes early this spring, which led to his starting favourite for the Prix dn Jockey Club (or French Derby) at Chantilly. This he won in the hands of F. archer, though not without some difficulty, the colt only just winning by a head af te> boreing the second, Farfalet, right across ihe course.
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The Mace for the Grand Prize of Paris., Auckland Star, Volume XX, Issue 4066, 28 July 1883, Supplement
The Mace for the Grand Prize of Paris. Auckland Star, Volume XX, Issue 4066, 28 July 1883, Supplement
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