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GALATEA II THE OAKS

THRILLING FINISH

WHITE FOX WAS UNLUCKY

(By Air Mail, frwn "The •'ost'*" London Representative.)

LONDON, June L

Whereas Blue Peter won the English Derby as he liked, without causing his admirers one qualm, Galatea 11, two days later, provided a thrilling finish in the Oaks. Indeed, it seemed to onlookers that Mr. E. Esmond's French-bred filly White Fox seemed likely to steal a march upon the Manton "good thing," but the verdict was a head in favour of Mr. R. S. Clarkfs filly Galatea 11, trained byJ. Lawson and ridden by R. Jones. The teainer is of the opinion that her winning margin cannot be taken as the measige of her superiority over. White Fox. He said: "She is inclined to stop as she fets in front, and that is, why White ox was able to get so close." . The jockey confirmed the trainer's opinion, saying: "I could have won more easily, As it was, I was never in danger of defeat, even -though I won only by a head. When White Fox drew close, Galatea II saw her shadow, and she had the situation well in hand. It was a fine win, and my mount is a grand filly." . Mr. Clark bred Galatea II at his small stud at Livarot, in Normandy. The filly is a half-sister to the two-year-old Trois Pistoles, a smart North Country-trained colt. Mr. Clark is a fine horseman, but he can seldom be induced to visit a racecourse, as he is a non-betting owner and races purely for sport.

THE RACE DESCRIBED.

From a good start the only horses rather slowly into their stride were Kitty Frisk and Ballathie. Olein was actually away first, but was promptly joined by Titbit and Aurora, with Wilhelmina n racing alongside and just in front of Galatea 11, Sugar Kandy, Romany Night, and Curtain Call, with Arsenal last. A steady pace was set up the'hill, none of the jockeys apparently being very keen to make the funning. At the top of the hill Olein Strode into the lead, being followed by Ella A., while Jones took Galatea II to the outside and moved up into third place in front of Aurora .and Titbit, with White Fox now last of all. except the tailed-off Castilian Pnncess. As they turned into the straight after rounding Tattenham Corner, Olein and Ella A. were challenged by Galatea 11, who shot ahead at exactly the same place as Blue Peter had done in the Derby. White Fox came through on the inside round the turn and started a strong run. It looked as If there might not be room for Elliott to get through, but he managed to foree x a passage and White Pox went after Galatea II in great style. The leader was shortening her stride m the last 100 yards, and with White Fo£ putting in a great finish it was only by^a head Siat Galatea n held off the determined challenge of the French fillyThree lengths away Superbe was third, Sonsie Wench fourth, Arsenal fifth, and Royal Truce sixth.

JOCKEY'S LUCKY ESCAPE

Coming down the hill to Tattenham Corner Curtain Call fell, and passed the post riderless, her jockey, W. Nevett, receiving a shaking. He said that his mount struck into the heels of a horse in front, and he was fortunate to be thrown clear, considering that he had 14 or 15 horses behind him. White Fox had been interfered with when Curtain Call fell and dropped back almost to last, but when she regained the balance of her stride she made up a tremendous amount of ground, although lucky to get a clear run on the rails. The question will inevitably arise as to whether Blue Peter, the Derby and Two Thousand Guineas winner, is better than Galatea H. A strong point in favour of Lord Rosebery's colt is that he won the Derby in three and three-fifths of a second faster time than Galatea II took the Oaks. The solution is not likely to be found before the final classic race, the St. Leger, is run at Doncaster on September 6.

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GALATEA II THE OAKS, Evening Post, Volume CXXVII, Issue 152, 30 June 1939

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GALATEA II THE OAKS Evening Post, Volume CXXVII, Issue 152, 30 June 1939

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