THE EPSOM DERBY.
■V By toe mall etoamer our London corre--poedeiit send* Some interesting partidulare and jottings aneat the Epfeom Derby as fol--tow.;«,**.,<.. ■''■-' -.--■: •■ •; ■ , Derby. Day broke gloriously, fine, and soon it became; apparent, to the reporters on the course tbat the attendance would be the largest since Ormonde's year. Experts paid little attention to tbe opening events, S referring to spend the time examining bhe erby fcandidiites ii the paddock. For reasons I need not particularise, Le Flecha (a filly remember) was not on view/bit the touts averred ahe wai eiol and well, and ib Tatteraall's ring ahe seemed to grow a better and better favourite every half hoar. Of the horsea la tbe paddock the French Ruell and Mr Rose'a pair were most liked. St. Angelo was voted greatly improved, but El Diablo looked fat, and the Juror* for Hatfield disappeared on Mr Maple's colt being seen. Sir Hugo walked round uhnotieed.and oddael 100 to 1 fairly represented the popalar opinion of the French Derby third Baeehteure. The final features of tbe betting were the rush on the favourite, who finished np a red-hot even money chance and. the retrogression of every other candidate. Bar one, 10 to 1 could be had and waa taken about both Rueil aad Bona vista. Then came St. Damien at 100 to 7, St Anthony, St. Angelo, and Theaaalian at 100 to 6 each; £1 Diablo at 20 to 1, Peraiative at 23 to 1, Sir Hup at 40 to 1, Hatfield ab 66 to 1, whilst Bufcentaure and Galeopals represented extreme outside prices at 100 to 1. For places, 2to 1 waa laid on La Flecbe, 5 to 1 against Sir Hugo, and 100 to 6 against Bucentaure. Tbe thirteen runners reached the post aoop after three, bat it Waa quite halt-an-hour Later before Mr Coventry dropped hia flag, and When he did let them go, the start (especially ia so far as St. Damien was eonearned) left a good deal to be desired. Sir Hugo and Galeopsia were firat away, bub Allaopb Soon steadied, and the former and Perslstive settled down with the lead, followed by Thessalian and La Fleohe, who 'held' a capital .position throughout. After going about hnlf-a-mile, Peraiative compounded, and Thessalian took up the running, With Bucentaure, Sir Hugo, La Fleohe, and St. Damien in close attendance.;.'., In thia order they ewept round.. Tottenham Cornier and into the straight, where Bucentaure rushed to.the front, followed by Sir Hugo and La Fleohe. At the distance the Frenchman bad had enough of it, and amidst deafening shouts of "The favourite wins,-' Baron Hirech's filly, challenged Sir Hugo. A moment of1 suspense, and then Babel broke loose as the outsider waa seen to bo holding bis own. 'George Barrett rode like a*demon, and at the nnmbar board La Fleche reached the outsider's neck. . Ib was, however, but an expiring effort. Sir Hugo cleverly shook her off, and won amidst each a scene of excitement as has not been witnessed at Epsom since Melton and Paradox foughb Out the Derby of '85 by three-quarters of a length. Bucentaure was an indifferent third, with St. Angelo close up fourth, and Thessalian fifth. These were a long way in front of Sb. Damien, St, Anthony and Hatfield, the 6th, 7th, aad Bth, whilst last of all came the Two Thousand, wiuner, Perslstive, and £1 Diablo, y EPSOM JOTTINGS. ' : Though Lord Bradford and the patrons of'Wadlow's stable scarcely expeoted Sir Hugo to beat La Flecbe, they were quite prepared for the strapping son of Wisdom and Manoeuvre getting a place, and had a large asm (1,2,3) at odds varying from 8 to sto 1. Lord Bradford also invested £200 it 60 to 1 about his colt winning outright. The ring experienced the moat profitable Derby tbe present generation have known. Doneaster in '73 started at somewhat longer odds (45 to 1) than Sir Hugo, but on tbat occasion a considerable sum in place money was lost on the two favourites who were second and third. On Wednesday many of the " bookies " in the Big Ring did not lay a single bet on the race. Neither Sir Hugo nor Bucee^ure was in the leaat fancied for a place by sthe public, and few cared or dared to lay 12 to 1 on La Fleehe, 1, 2, 3. The scratching of Orme made a difference of £7,000 (on the right aide, of course) to Fry's Derby book, and he never ceased laying La Flecbe. Rumour credits bim with pocketing over £20,000 on the race. Those. who remembered The Lover's successful tuaeie race with Magistrate at Epsom Spring Meeting, resolved to ignore his ignominious displays at Newmarkeb,. and stand tha Australian-owned colt for Epsom Grand Prize on Thursday. There were exactly the same number of runners as for the Derby (13), and Curio was a redhot favourite at 13 to 8, 11 to 2 being laid Mr Corlett'e dark Ich Dien, 10 to* 1 laid Lover and Perslstive, 100 to Ton the othera. Peraißtive, as in the Derby, ran very fast for seven furlongs. At the distance, however, be compounded, and > Lover, drawing out, followed by Curio, won in a canter by three lengths, President a bad third. J.hia race should be worth over £2,000, and is the* most valuable ehe Coopers have won since tbey eeme to England. Sir ,John Willoughby waa not as fortunate as usual with his yearling book on the Derby., 'He laid the regular £10,000 to £100 against Orme, La Fleche, Sir Hugo, and St. 'Angelo when they were youngsters ; in fact, the only runners in Wednesday's race who would baye "skinned the lamb" for him were Bucentaure and Thessalian.. . Unfortunately, too, though Sir John (or rather, bis agent, for Sir John is in Sooth Africa) bought back much of the money laid, against La Fleohe. At a heavy sacrifice he stood oat bis full £10*000 bet against Sir Hugo. M.Blanc backed Rueil to win £60,000 outright for the Derby, and had £6,000 on for a place. He also hedged (as he thought), by taking a level £6,000 about La Fleche, whilst the horses were.at the post. M. Blanc and his big plunges are very unpopular on the French turf, and when M. Schickler learnt that •» the Monaco man " bad taken £16,000 to £4,000 about Fra Angelico for the Prix dm Jockey Club (French Derby) of last Sunday, he at once resolved to win (if possible), with hia second string, Chene Royal. Both horses were started and finished first and second, Fra Angelico permitting the aon of The Bard to get home a length to the good, whilst Bucentaure finished a bad third.
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THE EPSOM DERBY., Auckland Star, Volume XXIII, Issue 168, 16 July 1892
THE EPSOM DERBY. Auckland Star, Volume XXIII, Issue 168, 16 July 1892
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