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P: The time-honoured Epsom Derby will be run on Wednesday next for the one hundred and thirteenth time. Although Booavista won the 2,000 Guineas, he is not favourite for the Derby, that honour falling to La Fleche, a filly owned by Baron de Hirsch. Looking over past records I find that if the winner of the Two Thousand has started for the Derby, it has nearly always been the favourite when the flag fell, but only twelve horses have won both races, twelve winners at Newmarket have been second ab Epsom, and eight have been third, while thirty have been unplaced. It is nob often that a filly has been favourite for the Derby, but La Fleche is well entitled to the honour, for her record is a most successful one. Lasb season she started four times, and secured a winning bracket on each occasion. She opened business at the Newmarket July Meeting by carrying the citron and turquoise colours to the front in the Chesterfield Stakes, 5 furlongs, beating four other 3in 1 minute 4 l-sth seconds, and followed it up by winning the Levant Stakes, 5 furlongs, and the Molecomb Stakes, 6 furlongs, at the Goodwood July Reunion ; and the Champagne Stakes, 5 furlongs and 152 yards, ab the Doncaster September Meeting, her winnings totalling £3,415. La Fleche wa9 bred by Her Majesty at Bushey Paddock, and cost 5,500 guineas as a yearling. If she proves successful, it will be palatable to turfites in this parb of the world, as ehe has a big "smack" of old Musket's blood in her veins. She is by St. Simon from Quiver (dam of Memoir,winner of the Oaks, 1890), by Toxophilite (sire of Musket), her dam by Young Melbourne from Brown Besa, by Camel. The greatest number of starters for the Derby was in 1862, when Caractacus won, starting at 40 to 1, and thirty-four horses came to the post. In 1794, when Daedalus won for Lord Grosvenor, there were only four started. John Porter's lob in the Derby consists of the Duke of Westminster's Orme and Orville, both son 3of mighty Ormonde ; Goldfinch, another son of Ormonde out of Common's dam Thistle, and Polyglot, who represents tho joint interests of Sir F. Johnatone and Lord Alington, and Baron de Hirsch'a La Fleche. The result of the race should reach Auckland in time to be published in Thursday's Star. A cablegram of yesterday's date states the latest betting on the Derby is—9 .to' 4 against Lp. Fleche, 100 to 14 Bonavista, 9 to 1 St. Damien, 10 to 1 St. Anthony, 100 to 9 Thessalian and St, j Angelo. " i , The following shows the owners of the most-fancied horses and their breeding :— x st lb Mr I*. ~C, Rose's b' c Bonavista, by Bend Or—Vista ... ... .•• 90; Mr "11. Milner's b c St. Angelo, by Clairvaux or Galopin—Agneta ... 9 0 Mr J. A. Craven's br c St. Anthony, by St. Gatien—Sea Goal .;. ... 9 0 Mr F. C. Rose's b c Sb. Damien, by Sb. Simon—DUbanb Shore 9 0 Baron Hirsch's b f La Fleche, by Sb. Simon—Quiver 8 9 Mr A. Hoole's eh c Thessaliau, by Wisdom—Prickles 9 0

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THE EPSOM DERBY., Auckland Star, Volume XXIII, Issue 126, 28 May 1892

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THE EPSOM DERBY. Auckland Star, Volume XXIII, Issue 126, 28 May 1892