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COLOMBO DEFEATED

SENSATION IN DERBY

WINDSOR LAD SUCCESSFUL

JOHNSTON CEITICISED

United Press Association—By Electric Telegraph—Copyright." (Beceived 7, 10.30 a.m.) . . , ■ LONDON, June. 6. Previously unbeaten Colombo met his "Waterloo in the Derby, Stakes at Epsom today. It was one of the most sensational defeats in the long history of the race, and it'will provide a topic of discussion for years to come. Colombo did not fail, as Orwell did two years agtf, because he* was- completely lacking in- stamina, but he proved just not quite good • enough at the end to cateh o the pair, who led him into, the straight. Many critics are satisfied to place the blame for the defeat to the Australian.jockeyVW. E. Johnstone's inexperience in such races. The result of the race was i— THE DEEBY STAKES, a- sweepstakes of £100 each, with £3000 added- ■ second 10 per cent,, third 5 per cent., ana breeder of the' winner £500: for • colts and fillies; about 1J miles. H.H. Maharajah of.Eajpipla's\b c ' Windsor Lad, by Blandford— : Eesplendent, by By George!, 9.0 (C. Smirke) ;;..'. 1 Lord Wodlavington's br c Easton (bred in France); by • Dark •Legend—Phaona, 9.0 (G Bichards) ......';",......;...- 2 Lord Glanely's b c Colombo,: by Manna—Lady Nairne; 9.0 (W. ■ B. Johnstone) ..;............ 3 Also started:—Bondsman, D.O (J. Childs); Pride of the Chilterns, 9.0 (P* Herbert); Patriot King-, 9>o (G. Bezant); Hbrnsey Bise, b.O (G. A. Taylor); Fleetfoot, 9.0 (W: Wells): Bathmore, 9.0 (M. Beary)f; Baron' Munchausen, 9.0 (Cliff Richards); On Top 9,0 (J. Caldwell); Umidwar, 9.0 (H Wragg);. Badruddin, '■ 9.0 (F. V6x); Ahshah, 9.0 (E. Perryman); Medieval' Knight, 9.0 (S. Donoghue); Admiral Drake, 9.0 (E. C. Elliott); Primero, 9,.0 (C. Bay); Valerius, 9.0 (E.A. Jones');' and Tiberius, 9.0 (G. Nicoll); . ' . It was a- magnificent race. Medieval Knight got badly away. Colombo was the" early leader;' from BonSsman; Easton, and Windsor Lad, but Colombo lost ground at the top" of the hill and was on the outside rounding Tattenham , Corner, .where Windsor Lad, Medieval Knight," and Easton were well, placed.. 'Windsor, Lad and' Easton led into the straight,1 where, Colombo was still going well, - but the favourite faltered a hundred yards from the 'finish,, and though he gallantly came again hs. was.unable to- catch the leaders, Windsor Lad.winning by a length from Easton, with Colombo still a neck away. Naturally everybody is • now, discussing Colombo's defeat, many debating Johnstone's; tactics. Johnstone says: " I was not unlucky. I had every chance." The "Chronicle" says: "The world is asking how and why Colombo lost. I believe from my own' and the jocV key's evidence that Colombo was lured to destruction. Donqghue raced, Medieval Knight. to ~ the front, and '.• Johnstone accompanied him. Fleetfoot suddenly came alongside Medieval Knight and, both soon, slowed in; front of Colombo, checking the favourite, whom Johnstone had io pull out to the middle of the course. Smirke : then dashed Windsor Lad into the opening made by Medieval Knight.... Some jockeys estimate that Windsor L^d gained a hundred yards, on Colombo at the straight entrance." ' ■'.'.'■" ''' ' ' ' . ■ The "Clironicle": adds that" the plaia fact/is that Johnstone 3s inexperience lost the race. ..:,.■■■->/■■ The"Ps.ily Telegraph's" iacing expert says that there is no excuse for Colombo ?s. defeat. He was well placed throughout, and the only possible inference, is that h"e was beaten by his inability to stay'one and a half miles. Though Johnstone rode him vigorously he was unable to produce the necessary speed in the last,two furlongs. ; Smirke has not loing resumed riding after suspension. ~ He' was third on the winning'list in 1927. His stealing of the inside position : rdunding Tattenham Corner is described by the "Evening News" as the best bit. of ; daring riding in the Derby for years. ;. His. Majesty gave the; customary dinner to members of the Jockey" Club. There, were fifty guests, all men, and they included the; Prince of Wales, the Duke of York, the Duke of Gloucester, Prince George, and Lord Harowdod.

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COLOMBO DEFEATED, Evening Post, Volume CXVII, Issue 133, 7 June 1934

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COLOMBO DEFEATED Evening Post, Volume CXVII, Issue 133, 7 June 1934

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