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(From Our Special Correspondent.! LONDON. June 4. The quality of the Derby field of 1012 may have been poor, but the racp last Wednesday was one of those that never fade from tho memory of those fortunate enough to see them. We have to search back more than SO years before we find the record of a grey horse winning the Derby, and the successes of fillies in the nice have been very few, the previous winners of this sex having been I--leanor, Blink Bonny, Shotover and Signorinetta a very select number for a race whose history dates back to 1780. The field for the great race numbered just a score, but of this batch at half a. dozen might as well have stayed in their stables for all the chance they had, according to the book and also according to the "bookies' " estimation of their chances of catching the judge's eye. But there have been such amazing surprises in the Derby in the past, that owners of anything with four sound legs qualified to run, can haTdly be blamed for trying their luck. Of the 20 animals saddled, Sweeper 11. was the popular fancy, and no better odds than 2 to 1 could be had about Mahe-r's mount at the iirrish. There was also a fair amount of money behind Mr Neumann's Jaeger, which started at 8 to 1, and for White .Star at tens, whilst the King's horse, Pintadpau, and Mr W. Raphael's grey filly. Tagnlip. found plenty of friends at any odds of 100 to S. _Mor dred, Catmint, Jingling Geordie. and Javelin— "street-corner certainties" — also found some support at various odds between 14 and 20 to 1, but against the rest it was practically a case of " any price you like." These outsiders included Mr Belmont's Tracery, against which 60 to 1 could bo had at any time. The race was not one requiring any lengthy description. The field got away on very even terms, but ere a hundred yards had been covered the grey Tagalie had placed a two-length gap between herself and the rest of the field. Her nearest attendants at first were Pintadeau, Orchestrion. Jaeger, and Jingling Geordie. but at half a mile Mordred took second place, only to lose it again ere Tattenbam Corner. As the field swept round this landmark Tagalie was still leading by a couple of lengths, and going apparently well within herself. Assoon as they were fairly in the line for home it became apparent that it would be extremely difficult for any of her pursuers to catch the grey, upon whom Johnny KiefT was taking matters very quietly. He bad no nppd to trouble, for long prp thp winning post was reached it bec___n« dear that the grey filly had the race in hand, and in the last furlong she was going faster than anything. Jaeger made a gallant effort to overhaul the filly, but died away in the last 50 yards, and was beaten a good four lengths. The most exciting part about the race was undoubtedly the struggle between the King's horse Pintadeau and Tracery for third place. The pair finished locked together about a couple of lengths behind Jaeger. Most people were hoping that the King's representative would secure place honours, but the judge save Tracery third place by a short head. They -were well in front of Jingling Geo/die. who was fifth. Farman was sixth, and Sweeper 11. next. The display of the favourite was astonishingly poor. One expected the winner of the" Two Thousand Guineas at least to show speed for a mile, but Sweeper distinctly failed even to do this. The time of the race was 2m 33 4-ss, which is slower than the times made by Suns tar. Lemberg, and Spearmint, but faster than any other time for the Derby. Tagalie was bred by her owner, and is a daughter of Cyllene, to whom belongs the credit of the remarkable achievement of having sired no fewer than four winners of the Derby, namely. Cicero, Minoru, Lemberg, and Tagalie. Wednesday's winner is out of the grey mare Tegale. by Le Sancy out of The Other Eye, by Common. No other filly has ever won the One Thousand Guineas and the Derby.

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THE GREY MARE'S DERBY., Auckland Star, Volume XLIII, Issue 169, 16 July 1912

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THE GREY MARE'S DERBY. Auckland Star, Volume XLIII, Issue 169, 16 July 1912