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REASON NOW CLEAR

DERBY WINNER" S RISE IN

POPULARITY

The reason for April the Fifth's quick rise in popularity for the Derby between the date of the Two Thousanet Guineas and the Epsom classic is now made clear by English exchanges just, to hand.' On 14th May he won the Marlborotigh Plate, one mile, at Gatwick? in- & canter, and a.'week later'he stored a- convincing- vie-' tovy over; two other Derby candidates, Firdaussi and Spenser, in the Derby Trinl Sweepstakes,1 one and a half miles, at Lingfield. ' Tlie : successes sent him up to joint "sixth', favourite for the classic.

Commenting on the win in the Derby Trial Sweepstake*) ''Robin Goodfellowy"' the "Daily Mail's"! sporting critic; says:— "Can Tom Walls, a trainer of horses in the morning artd in actor and theatrical manager for the rdst o£ the day, win this year's Derby? . . . •

"This question demands serions attend tion aince his colt April the Fifth won the Derby Trial Sweepstakes at Lingfield on Saturday, though his claims-to'considera-tion' we're well founded when he. finished sitfth in the Two :Thousand Guineas, He beat Miracle, Loaningdale, Rolling Kock, and others on that occasion. On Saturday he won by two lengths from the Ag'a Khau's;rl'irdaussi, with, Mr. Somerville Tattersall'g Spenser third a neck behind that horse. The rade Jvas run over a course of the same length as that of the Derby and similar to it ;in other respects.'The pace was good all the way, so that stamina was well tested.

"They went too fast for Spenser from the start, and his jockey was soon pushing and scrubbing him to keep within ten lengths of the leaders. This colt is certain to be outpaced in the dash for position which occurs in the first half-mile of the Derby. He will probably make up ground: in the straight, but hia style <Jf racing is usually unsuccessful .in that race. His connections were probably disappointed by his display on Saturday. If he had "won comfortably they would have, been delighted, not only by the success of the moment, but by the credit which would have been reflected upon Orwell, who is regarded at .Manton as much the better colt."

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REASON NOW CLEAR, Evening Post, Volume CXIII, Issue 153, 30 June 1932

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REASON NOW CLEAR Evening Post, Volume CXIII, Issue 153, 30 June 1932

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