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ENGLISH DERBY.

MAGNIFICENT RACE.

WINDSOR LAD WINS.

Colombo's First Defeat Causes

Sensation.

JOCKEY CRITICISED. (United P.A.— Electric Telegraph—Copyright; (Received 10.30 a.m.) LONDON, June 6. The Derby was run at Epsom today. Result: — DERBY STAKES, Of £100 each, with £3000 added; three-year-olds; colts 9.0, fillies 8.9; about one mile and a half.

WINDSOR LAD, b c, by Blandford— Resplendent (li. H. Maharajah of Rajpipla), 9.0 —C. Smirke .... EASTON, hr c, by Dark Legend— Phaona (Lord Woolavington), 9.0 G. Richards COLOMBO, b c, by Manna—Lady Nairne (Lord Glanely), 9.0 —W. R. Johnstone

Nineteen started. AVon by a length, with a neck between second and third.

It was a magnificent race. Medieval Knight got away badly. Colombo was early the leader from Bondsman, Easton and Windsor Lad, but Colombo lost ground at the top of the hill and was on the outside rounding Tattenliam Corner, where Windsor Lad, Medieval Knight and Easton were well placed. Windsor Lad and Easton led into the straight, where Colombo was still going well, but he faltered 100 yards from the finish. He gallantly came "again, but was unable to catch the leaders.

Everybody is discussing Colombo's defeat, and many are debating Johnstone's tactics. Johnstone says: "I was not unlucky and had every chance." The sporting writer of the "NewsChronicle" says: "The world is asking how and why Colombo lost. I believe from my own and the evidence of jockeys that Colombo was lured to destruction. Donoghue raced Medieval Knight to the front and Johnstone accompanied him. Fleetfoot suddenly came alongside Medieval Knight, and both soon slowed in front of Ccdoi'ho, checking the favourite, whom Johnstone had to pull out to the middle of the course.'

"Smirke dashed Windsor Lad into the opening made by Medieval Knight. Some jockeys estimate that Windsor Lad gained 100 yards on Colombo at the straight." The "Chronicle" adds: "The plain fact is that Johnstone's inexperience lost the race."

Winning Jockey's Daring. Smirke has not long resumed riding after suspension. Ho was third on the winning jockcy list in 1927. His stealing of the inside position rounding Tattenliam Corner is described bv the "Evening News" as the best bit of daring riding seen in the Derby for years. The "Daily Telegraph" racing expert says: "No excuse can be made for Colombo's defeat, as lie was well placed throughout. The only possible inference is that ho was beaten by his inability to stay the one mile and a half. Though Johnstone rode him vigorously he was unable to produce the necessary speed over the last two furlongs."

His Majesty the Kingf gave Che customary dinner to members of the Jockey Club. There were 50 guests, all men, and they included the Prince of Wales, the Duke of York, the Duke of Gloucester, Prince George, and the Earl of Harewood.

Colombo experienced his first defeat when he was beaten in the Derby. He was bought for 510gs as a yearling by his present owner, Lord Glanely, and as a two-year-old last season won each of the seven races lie.' contested, while this season he won the Craven Stakes at Newmarket and later accounted for the Two Thousand Guineas. Colombo's stake earnings so far arc approximately £20,050. W. R. Johnstone, his rider, is an ex-Australian jockey.

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ENGLISH DERBY., Auckland Star, Volume LXV, Issue 133, 7 June 1934

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