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THE ST. LEGER

♦ FAIRWAY MAKES UP FOR EPSOM (From "The Post's" Ropre.entatlve.) LCNDON, 21st September. The St. Lege.v, the last classic race of the I .season, -was won on the famous Demons- | ter osmi-sc on 10th September by Fair- ] way, the Derby favourite, who, on Derby . Day, confounded the experts by finishing thirteenth. Tliis was Lord Derby's fourth I St. Leger victory. He won in 1910 with Swynford, in 1919 with Keysoc, and in 1023 with Tranquil. H e did not, however, see Fairway "make good" because he has not attended a race meeting since (lie tragic death of his daughter, Lady Victoria Bullock. Lord Stanley, his son, saw the race, and exclaimed: '[Isn't that line? What a pity my father isn't here. He would have given the world to have seen Fairway make good." , Fairway won by a length and a half irom M. Jacques Witlouck's Palais Koya> 11., with Major Courtauld's Cyclonic third, and bir L. Philipp's Flamingo fourth. Fairways tune was 12 seconds better than Hook Law's last year, and in the late stages of the race lie made up a sis ; lengths' deficit, when Weston called upon i him for the crucial effort, and finished a length and a half ahead of Palais Koyal XL Ho has so far atoned for the Epsom iiasco as to earn his owner £25,501 for the Eclipse Stakes and the St. Leger. Time, 3mm 3sec. Due who was present writes:— There was no question of the Epsom tragedy being re-enacted, because lie was j not the same horse, apart from the vastly different conditions. Fairway moved with his usual precision, but there Mas dash, too, in the way he went to the start-ing-post. ' I Whatever may be thought of the field as a whole, it is a fact that they were a well-trained lot, though they differed greatly in character. For instance, there was a marked difference in type between the thick-set Marconigram and the lighterframed, leggy Buland, while Cyclonic and Gang Warily represented opposite types. The trainers of Marconigram, Lodore, and Plantago had very little hope with the ground as hard as it was. That condition was generally accepted as favouring Fairway, though Jack Jarvis seemed quite undismayed where his well-trained Flamingo was concerned. I liked, too, Palais Koyal 11., an attractive chestnut, on making a closer acquaintance with him, and it came as no surprise to see him run so well, though the surprise would have been there right enough had he maintained that command of the situation which once was his. It was while Palais Royal and Cyclonic were engaged in a breathless duel that Fairway came on the scene. Weston must have known what reserves were under hiiiij and was timing his challenge accordingly, for strongly, surely, and inexorably the favourite drew up and then into the lead, to the accompaniment of a delighted roar, which steadily swelled in volume. That was how Fairway went to his most^ meritorious victory, served not only by his own fine speed but' by stamina, too, which confounded his critics, who must now eat their words , that a Phalaris can never stay to win a St. Leger. He had been splendidly served also by AVeston's jockeyship. If he had not kept his head fully a mile from home when being led so far, he would have called upon his horse too early, and left the race there. St. Legers are not won at that point. Even when Palais Koyal 11. and Cyclonic were dangerously near home he waited to employ that finishing run which brought him victory. Weston won the St. Leger for Lord Derby on Tranquil, but I believe this was a better piece" of jockeyship in every respect. Lord Derby heard the good news in Scotland.

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THE ST. LEGER, Evening Post, Volume CVI, Issue 90, 25 October 1928

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THE ST. LEGER Evening Post, Volume CVI, Issue 90, 25 October 1928

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