THE TWO THOUSAND GUINEAS, -j.
LONDON, May 2. i
Under ideal April conditions — brilliant sunshine and pleasant breezes, mingled with sharp, short showers—the Newmarket First Spring Meeting opened last Tuesday, and those who were fortunate enough to attend tbe gathering were favoured with some splendid racing. The way was cleared for the decision of the first of the so-called "classic' events, the Two Thousand Guineas Stakes (which, however, is now worth £4500), for three-year-olds—colts 9st, fillies Bst 91b, and is run over a mile course. For this race there were but 11 runners, and of them Sir J. Miller's Rocksand, by Sanfoln— Roquebrune, ridden by the American jockey J. 11. Martin,was favourite at 0 to 4 against, three's being laid against Sir E. Cnsscl's Epsom winner Sermon, 7 to 1 against Sh- D. Cooper's St. Frusquin—Fldat colt Flotsam, a point longer odds against Mr A. James's Rabelais (St. Simon—Satirical), and tens against Sir Z. Miller's Countermark. The King's big, overgrown colt Mead had some following at 100 to 9, but against William Rnfus 33 tod was called, aud the bookmakers showed their contempt for such as Chancer, Gay Gordon. Whitochapel, nnd-Imepra-tor by offering 100 to 1 that they did not win. Flotsam and Rocksand are both trainod by Black well at Newmarket, and between/them the issue lay after the field had gone six furlongs. Up to this point they led the field, but Sermon was -pulling double, and his backers were confidently waiting to see- him cut the pair down. To their dismay directly Hasley let him have his head and "asked a question" Sir E. Cassel's horse began to falter, and Rocksand, drawing away from Flotsam, won easily by a length and a-half from his. stable companion, who in turn was a couple of lengths clear of Rabelais, Countermark boating Sermon for fourth place, and the King's horse heading a strung out rear division. Eocksand's time was lm 425, which has only been beaten thrice in the history of the race. Last year Mr Sievier's famous mare Sceptre wou iv th» "- cord time- of lm 395; in 1900 Diamond .T_bilee ran the course in lm 41 3-ss; and in 1897, Galtee More vras timed at lm 40 2-ss.
Referring to the victory of Quintessence in the One Thousand Guineas, our correspondent says: Tho race commenced bidly. two or three competitors getting entangled in the webbing of the gate, including Sunrose, who had all the worst of the starr. and got off last.' The three favourites on the stand side cut' out the work till descending the Bushes Hill, when Baroness La Fleehe was done with and dropped out, Quintessence showing the way to Skyscraper and Red Lily; but Sunrose waa fast making up her lost ground, and, taking third place in the dip. she overtook Skyscraper ascending the hill, aud finished oniv a length and a half behind Quintessence, but the latter won with plenty in hand, and It is doubtful whether tho placings would h&ve reversed had the race been run again, as seemed likely, for Prince Soltykoff did lodge an objection to the start, but as his protest was entered a a minute oftcr the expiry of the quartoi- of an hour allowed for lodging objections, it was of no avail. Skyscraper finished third, two lengths behind Sunrose. The race was run at "a slow pace, the victresses' time being 1.48, as against Sceptre's 1.-10 1-D last year.
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ENGLISH RACING., Auckland Star, Volume XXXIV, Issue 140, 13 June 1903, Supplement
ENGLISH RACING. Auckland Star, Volume XXXIV, Issue 140, 13 June 1903, Supplement
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