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WON BY RANK OUTSIDER

BLACK WATCH IN THIRD PLACE United Press Association—By Klcctric Telegraph— Copyright. LONDON, 6th Juue. All roads and railways leading to Epsom were packed with a never-ending stream of traffic for the Derby, which has been run there every year since 1780, except during war years. The event continues annually to attract ever greater crowds, although those remaining away who listen-in to the wireless description had a batter idea of the progress of the race and knew the result earlier than the majority of those at the course. The weather Was fine and warm, with dull intervals. After a long, rainless spell the course was rather hard. The King and Queen, the Prince of Wales, and the Duke and Duchess of York motored down. Following is the result:— DERBY, STAKES, a sweepstakes 6£ 100 soys, with 3000 soys added. For three-year-olds; colts 9.0, fillies 8.9; one mile and a half. Sir H. Cunliffe-Owen's b. c Felstead, by Spion Kop—Felkington 1 Sir L. Phillips's b c Flamingo, by Flamboyant—Lady " Peregrine 2 L. Neumann's b c Black Watch, by Black Gauntlet—Punka 111 3 There w"ere nineteen runners. After three false starts Flamingo begun best and led to Tattenham Corner, where Felstead took charge and led the remainder of the way to win by ajength and a half from Flamingo. Black Watch was six lengths away third. The favourite, Fairway, was never prominent,, and Sunny .Trace, the second favourite, was well placed to Tattenham Corner,- but then dropped right out. The time, 2min 34 2-ssee, equals., the previous best, that of 'Call Boy last year. The winner was at almost forlorn odds. Fairway was a decided favourite, with only . a point separating Sunny Trace and Flamingo. Black Watch was seven points. shorter than Felstead, but. the pair of them could not have-been in the market to any great extent. At the same time they were not at a 100 to 1 quote. Last year the Derby winner, Felstead, ran only four times as a- two-year-old, the best he could do being to finish second to a moderate in a two-year-old handicap at a very small meeting. This year he started in the Two Thousand Guineas, being in the betting at a similar price to that in the Derby, and in the race he was noticed finishing fast in sixth place. Anyway his form drew no comment of any. consequence from the critics, who centred all their discussion on Flamingo, who won the Two Tliousand. Further details of Felstead and his win will have to be awaited by mail. His breeding is.of interest, of course, for he is by a Derby winner in Spion Kop, who scored in 1920, and on that occasion Felstead's owner, Sir H. Cunliffe-Owen, sufplied the third horse in Orpheus. 'After Flamingo's victory at Newmarket last month he was commonly accepted as a real Derby colt. After the race for the Two Thousand the "Sporting Life" stated: "Flamingo is an ideal horse for the Epsom course. He gave one this impression by the way he bowled down the hill from the Bushes in the Two - Thousand Guineas. The son of Flamboyant is cast in the right compact mould to act well on the Epsom gradients, and he^tays well. It looks as though he could have gone up to the leaders at any point of his race, and Elliott, his rider, subsequently confirmed this view. 'I had the race won just when I wanted, though Royal Minstrel gave me just one second's uneasiness when he headed my mount going into the Dip.. However, when I shook Flamingo' up he answered with the gameness I expected of him.' Flamingo sweated before the race, but as Jack Jarvis, his trainer, remarked, he was nothing like as excited as he was at the last meeting,"and lie will get calmer with experience." New Zeal.indera were interested most in Black Watch, and no ■ doubt many, hoped the colt from the Australian mare Punka would fill first place. Black Watch was bred by Mr. J. B. Reid, and was offered for sale as a yearling at the Second October Sales of 1926, but failing to reach his reserve was withdrawn, and was afterwards leased to Mr. P. P. Gilpin, acting bu behalf of Mr. Ludwig Neumann, who won the One Thousand Guineas of 1909 with Eleetra, and the Oaks of 1915 with Snow Marten. Punka did most of her racing in New Zealand, and won the N.Z. Oaks at Riccarton in 19"18. Black Gauntlet, the sire of Black Watch, is by John o' Gaunt. Black Watch was a particularly wellperformed two-year-old, winning three of his five races, the Gimcrack Stakes at York, the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood, and a two-year-old plate at Wolverhampton. . . .

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WON BY RANK OUTSIDER, Evening Post, Volume CV, Issue 133, 7 June 1928

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WON BY RANK OUTSIDER Evening Post, Volume CV, Issue 133, 7 June 1928

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