THE EPSOM DERBY.
Further particulars are to hand of th e running for the Derby, won by Common. Thewinnerstarteda strong favourite at 10 to 11 on, while Dorcas was next in demand at 10 to 1 against. The contest is described as under in "Sporting Life":—"As the competitors filed up the hill towards the starting-post the rain, which had partially ceased, commenced to fall in grim earnest again, and the delays occasioned by the various breaks away musb have been even more annoying to the jockeys than they were to the thoroughly drenched spectators. Ab lengbh the advance flag fell, and the great strugglo had commenced, and never wa3 the cry ' They're otr !' more welcome, as even the excitement and enthusiasm engendered by the magnitude of the struggle was fast oozing away before the onslaughts of hail and rain. Not for many years past has the Derby been decided under such thoroughly disadvantageous conditions, as the colours of the jackets, sodden with rain, became quite blurred and almost indistinct as they raced along the sky-line and commenced the descent of the hill. Taking matters in the coolest fashion, George Barrett permitted Common to keep company with Gouverneur for perhaps a hundred yards, but the insbanb his head was fairly loosed Common strodcrighb away, and won with consummate ease by two lengths from Gouverneur. There was a rare exciting tussel between Martenhurst, Cuttlestone, and The Deemster for third place, which resulted in Martonhurst obtaining the third notice of the judge. That the victory was eminently popular is certain, as despite the depressing weather influences the winner was loudly cheered as he returned to the unsaddling paddock, and the cheers were renewed when the fateful words ' All right' were shouted from the weighing-room door. In proof of the heaviness of bhe downpour it must be stated that upon returning to scale it was found that all the jockeys wore 21b overweight, whilst Webb pulled down the beam at 31b over his prescribed weight. The reason for this was so evident that the stewards of the Jockey Club, who, of course, were sent for the clerk of the scales, at once gave that official power bo pass the jockeys of the three placed animals. The race occupied 2 minutes 56 4-5 seconds. The value of the stake was £5,500."
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THE EPSOM DERBY., Auckland Star, Volume XXII, Issue 166, 15 July 1891
THE EPSOM DERBY. Auckland Star, Volume XXII, Issue 166, 15 July 1891
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