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THE COMING ENGLISH DERBY.

The following extract from the pen of "Vigilant," of the Sportsman, will be read with interest by oar spirting readers :— " Those that l>y their doings are entitled to be considered in the first class of Derby candidates were the four animals that filled the leading berths in the Middle Park Plate —Chamant, Pelligrino, Plunger, and Lady Golightly. The last of these is a sweetly pretty filly, and a wonderfully smart public public performer. Some day or another a mare will be again credited with the Derby, though at present Eleanor and Blink Bonny stand out as the only animals of the sex that have secured the prize. Lady Golightly has great claims for Epsom honors, and for the bold bid she made for the Middle Park Plate. I should not be surprised if she were to gain success. The mare is in good work now, and Matthew Dawson is certain to make a great deal of improvement in her, but it wonld scarcely be policy to depend upon a filly for the greatest race of the year, seeing how differently some of the sex ran in the summer to what they do in the spring and autumn. Chamant, Pellegrino, and Plunger were each colts that time promised to do much for, and they are, I think, the animals from whom the r>erby winner will spring, unless Kobert Peck tries Morier to bathe superior of Pellegrino. The four best two-year-olds of last season engaged in the Derby are all in the hands of talented trainers, Jennings having charge of Chamant, Peck of Pellegrino, Joseph Hayhoe of Plunger, and Matthew Dawson of Lady Golightfy. The early form of Chamant was moderate, but it must not be forgo' t£n that Jennings did not see him till the week after the Derby, when he was sent from France, and he was not fit till the antnmn, when he demonstrated hie excellence by winning the Middle Park and Dewhurst Plates. Many of the French horses that have done well as two-year-olds in England have gone off in a

remarkable manner afterwards, but I think that in Chamant we have at last Tom Jenning's long-threatened second Gladiateur, and the running of the colt points clearly to him as the probable winner of the Derby. The Epsom contest will take a lot of win- ! ning this year, because several animals that did well as juveniles were susceptible of much improvement, and those that are at present considered cracks may fail to sustain the characters which they earned as jiaveniles. For the dark candidates, as represented in Morier, Actseon, and Bay Athol, I confess a most wholesome dread, but of the trio I should like to be commended to Morier, who will, I expect, prove a good racer. At the same time, in looking for the winner of the Derby, I must stand public form in preference to private excellence, and, as already intimated, the four placed horses in the Middle Park Plate are those from which the Epeom winner may spring, and as Chamant was equal to winning the two most important races of his juvenile season he may be regarded as likely to credit Count Lagrange with the Derby.

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THE COMING ENGLISH DERBY., Press, Volume XXVII, Issue 3688, 5 May 1877

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THE COMING ENGLISH DERBY. Press, Volume XXVII, Issue 3688, 5 May 1877

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