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THE ST. LEGER STAKES

FAILURE OF PASCH

SCOTTISH UNION'S STAMINA

(By Air Mail, from "The Post's" London Representative.) LONDON, September 8. Right .up to the "off" Mr. H. E. Morriss's Blandford colt Pasch was favourite for the St. Leger Stakes, run at Doncaster yesterday. G. Richards, his rider, was confident of success. One sporting writer stated:*— "In an admittedly bad year, in which more than half of the candidates have no pretensions on breeding to stay the St. Leger distance, it appears futile to look beyond Pasch for the winner, more especially as he possesses all the necessary initial speed to outpace those of doubtful stamina, like Glen Loan, Scottish Union, and Challenge." However, Scottish Union won with Challenge second and Pasch third. There were only nine runners. Sir Abe Bailey's Ramtapa had been significantly backed at the last call-over. It ■was stated that the horse had done a good trial at Manton. Scottish Union is a bay colt by the Two Thousand Guineas and Derby winner Cameronian out of Trustful, a Bachelor's Double mare who has also been responsible for the sprinter j Coroado and for Lover's Path. Scot-! tish Union is the seventh foal of his dam. He is of the No. 19 Bruce Lowe family, his sire belonging to No. 1 family. Bred at Sledmere, he cost Mr. James V. Rank 3000 guineas as a yearling. He was one of the best-looking colts in the race. UNEXPECTED DEFEATS. In the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown, Scottish Union was unexpectedly beaten by Pasch,.and N. Cannon, his trainer, could not account for that form. In all his races he has been a free goer. He had also run second in the Two Thousand Guineas and the Derby. He had pleased his trainer in his recent performances at home, and the stable had by no means abandoned hope that he would win a classic prize at the third time of asking, though it had only been decided ten days ago to run him. This fact caused some anticipators to leave him out of their reckoning. The winner's share of the Leger prize was £10,465. B. Carslake, the jockey, was well pleased with his mount the day before. ■The only one who could put in a strong effort was Challenge, who got within half a length of Scottish Union a furlong from the winning post, but Scottish Union was going strongly at I the end to Avin by a neck in 3min 11 3-ssec. J I OWNER'S MANY INTERESTS. Owner, trainer, and jockey were heartily cheered. Mr. Rank is a Yorkshireman, born and educated in Hull.!

He has very large commercial enterprises there today. Mr. Rank and his father are not only very successful business men but great sportsmen. Mr. Rank, sen., is a millionaire miller who has given very large sums to Methodist organisations. Mr. J. V. Rank breeds Great Danes, Irish wolfhounds, and cattle, as well as racehorses. He took up racing on a big scale only a few years ago, and in 1934 he bought the famous Druid's Lodge racing establishment near Salisbury, where his flat racers are trained by N. Cannon, and his National Hunt horses by G. Evans. With the exception of Lord Derby, Mr. Rank has won more in stakes this season than any other owner. With Epigram he won the Goodwood Cup and the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Ascot. Another of his wins was the Newbury Summer Cup with Black Speck. Scottish Union will be kept in training another season, and he will be a formidable competitor for Ascot Cup honours. He does not run again this year. Pasch is to be retired to the stud.

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THE ST. LEGER STAKES, Evening Post, Volume CXXVI, Issue 92, 15 October 1938

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THE ST. LEGER STAKES Evening Post, Volume CXXVI, Issue 92, 15 October 1938

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