BLUE PETER AMD GALATEA II
(By Air Mail, from "The Post's" London Representative.) LONDON, April 27. Tho first two classics 'of the English racing season, the Two Thousand Guineas and the One Thousand Guineas, were won by the favourite and second favourite respectively. Blue Peter, owned by Lord Rosebery, won the Two Thousand by half a length from his stable companion, Admiral's Walk, and was immediately backed down to short odds for the Derby at Epsom on May 24. Neither is likely to run again before then. Galatea 11, an American-owned and French-bred filly, won the One Thousand, and her time of lmin 38 3-ssec for the mile was faster than Blue Peter's lmin 40sec, the going being appreciably firmer. There were 25 runners in the Two Thousand, and Blue Peter and Dhoti, owned by the Aga Khan, were joint favourites, with Fox Cub and Fairstone and Admiral's Walk at increasing odds. FAIRSTQNE'S EFFORT. At the end of two furlongs the field was led by Romeo 11, but he began to falter and Blue Peter, who had always been close to him, took the lead for the second time. He was challenged at once by Fairstone, Hypnotist, and, on the far side of the course, by Casanova and Admiral's Walk.' Coming out of the Dip it seemed just.for a moment that Fairstone would win, and he headed Blue Peter. Blue Peter, however, would not give in and he came again and got the better of Fairstone, Casanova, and Hypnotist. Just when it seemed that he would at last and deservedly win with a length and more to spare, Admiral's Walk came at him with a wonderful run typical of his rider, H. Wragg. Smith had to ride his hardest to win the race, which he did by half a length from Admiral's Walk. Blue Peter who is by Fairway out of Fancy Free, comes from first-class stock, and his chances for the Derby are regarded as being particularly good. He was not tiring at the end of the race. Admiral's Walk (Hyperion—Tabaris) and Fairstone (Fairway —Rosetta) both impressed, and Smith, Blue Peter's jockey, said that Fairstone was the only horse to cause him anxiety, for he hung on with great determination. A FINE FILLY.
Galatea 11, winner of the One Thousand, is by Dark Legend from > the American mare Galaday. She is in the St. Leger as well as the Oaks, and her chances are fancied. Olein started favourite with Galatea II and Aurora also well fancied. Their chances were well summed up by backers, for Aurora finished second, with Olein third. At the end of a furlong, Olein was leading in the middle of the course, arid it seemed at half-way that Lord Glanely's filly, who Is by Colombo from Grand Peace, would never be caught. Soon after that Galatea II and Aurora left the line made by moft of the other runners and chased her. Even coming down Bushes Hill Olein seemed a certain winner, but she then began to run greenly—she had never had a race before —and was caught by Galatea 11, who after that had the race won. Close to the post Aurora also caught and beat Galatea II is a big filly with great length of rein, and a big sensible.head set on a muscular neck. She is splendid behind the saddle, her low, strong quarters displaying great leverage.
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FAVOURITES SUCCEED, Evening Post, Volume CXXVII, Issue 114, 17 May 1939
FAVOURITES SUCCEED Evening Post, Volume CXXVII, Issue 114, 17 May 1939
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