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GOLD CUP CLASH

BOIS ROUSSEL V. ROCKFEL

English followers of racing are looking forward to the meeting of Bois Roussel and Rockfel in the Ascot Gold yup. Rockfel, whose wins last year included the One Thousand Guineas and Oaks, is already in form. Starting at odds-on, she easily won the March Stakes, a mile and a-quarter race, at Newmarket recently, and those who hold that she equals Pretty Polly and Sceptre are more than ever certain they are correct in that opinion. Bois Roussel has not raced in England since winning the Derby, and subsequent to that race was beaten into third place in the Grand Prix de Paris. Towards the end of last year he and Rockfel were weighted for the Three-year-old Handicap at Newmarket, and, applying the weight-for-age scale, Rockfel was rated slightly the better.

Perhaps they may meet before the Ascot Cup, as it is likely both will be entered for the Coronation Cup, weight-for-age, 1J miles, which is run at the Derby Meeting at Epsom. It is not every horse that is suited by that peculiar track, but Rockfel and Bois Roussel are winners on it.

The 1937 St. Leger winner, Chulmleigh, was expected to be one of this year's Ascot Gold Cup field. It was thought he might win that race last year, but being difficult to train, he had to be withdrawn. It was hoped he would stand training this time, but he has already proved a hopeless case, and has been struck out of all engagements. He •will commencfe at the stud? 'next year.

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GOLD CUP CLASH, Evening Post, Volume CXXVII, Issue 114, 17 May 1939

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GOLD CUP CLASH Evening Post, Volume CXXVII, Issue 114, 17 May 1939

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