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THE GRAND PRIX

ENGLISH JOCKEY'S LUCKY MOUNT 1 I j SHOWERS OF KISSES BY J OWNER ] i (I'ilOil OUR CTVV COUEtSPO.NDEJfT.) j LONDON, June 28. The French horse, Admiral Drake, who came over to run in the Derby, at Epsom, -where he finished last, won the Grand Prix at Longchamp on Sunday, ridden by Steve Donoghue. This is the most valuable race on the Continent, and when the jockey got back to the scales he was greeted by the delighted owner, the well-known impresario, M. Leon Volterra, in true Continental fashion, receiving many kisses on both cheeks. But the gratitude was deserved, for the win came only after a thrilling struggle. Foulaubin was second, and Easton, runner-up in the Epsom Derby, ridden by Gordon Richards, was third. Within the memory of living racegoers, there has not been a more beautifully-run Grand Prix at Longchamp, and the two English jockeysSteve Donoghue and Gordon Richards—came in for enthusiastic and well-earned praise. Donoghue, who had been engaged at the last minute to ride Admiral Drake, rode a remarkable race. He had gone to France on a busman's holiday, fresh from his Ascot triumph on Brown Jack and a Windsor victory on Saturday, and by mere chance he was offered the mount after having already watched two races from the stands. Coming out of the bunch, at the home straight, few realised how he managed to get into the vacant space near the rails, which could apparently barely have accommodated a cat. He gave a marvellous display of horsemanship. The Maharaja of Rnjpipla's Washington had taken the lead after a slow start, and later, coming out behind the little wood on the other side of the course, Lord Woolavinglon's Easton was leading, and was galloping splendidly, well in front; of the field. It was not until he was a quarter of a mile from home that Easton was overtaken by Foulaubin, who was beaten when almost on the post. Admiral Drake showed how unlucky he was when finishing last in the Epsom Derby, in which he was struck into, for on this running, although the distance of the race was a mile and seven furlongs, against the mile and a half at Epsom, he would have given Windsor Lad plenty to do. Lord Woolavington and the Maharaja of Rajpipla, owner of the Derby winner, Windsor Lad. who had been talking to President Lebrun in the j grandstand, also congratulated Dono- I ghuc. j Richards' Winner i Gordon Richards had to make a: forced landing 70 miles from Paris] when flying with some friends on Saturday evening from Brooklands. Because of a storm over France they landed at Poix, completing the journey by car and not arriving until the early "hours of the morning. Richards ! rode the winner of the third race thisj afternoon, showing great dash in the | way he brought his horse out to win.: The crowd scurried to the back of; the stands to meet him on his relurn : and gave him a chorus of braves. ' Saturdays Tumult On the previous day there had been : great disturbance at Longchamp, and ! racing had to be suspended. The trouble arose over the bad start, of the. second race. El Kantara. the favourite. ■ and another horse failed to get away and an outsider won. Angry backers, first booed and whistled, then insisted ' on having Die race rerun or being j given back their money. When both j proposals were rejected the fun began. Portions of the crowd swarmed the \ course, brushing aside the few gendarmes in their way and calling on the remainder to follow litem to the paddock. Dragoons stopped the rush temporarily, but it. was soon resumed over a wider front. Portions of the railings were demolished and the supporting posts uprooted for use as cudgels. Soon after a dozen bonfires! were blazing on the parched lawn within the course and some wooden! betting booths were set alight. The j Prefect of Police arrived and vainly i counselled calm. More gendarmes fol-! lowed him in batches, but fragments; of the crowd continued to wander; about the gardens behind the stands, j holding violent little meetings and j shouting their slogan, "Pay back."; Finally, a notice was posted announc-i ing that all money would be refunded. I including the price of admission for the I clay. The crisis instantly dissolved. I Having gained their point, the demonstrators formed up in queues ti* i wait another two hours for their; money back. :

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THE GRAND PRIX, Press, Volume LXX, Issue 21248, 21 August 1934

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THE GRAND PRIX Press, Volume LXX, Issue 21248, 21 August 1934

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