WATLING STREET SCORES
The result of the 1942 English Derby was a triumph for Lsrd Derby, for Watling Street is a product of his own stud, the three-year-old colt being by Fairway from the Rabelais mare Ranai. Fairway was bred by Lord Derby, being by Phalaris from Scapa Flow, by Chaucer. During his racing career Fairway won 12 races of a total value of £42,722, his successes including the St. Leger and Eclipse Stakes. Of his earlier produce, Blue Peter was the 11939 winner of the Derby and Two 1 Thousand Guineas, Pay Up won the Two Thousand Guineas in 1936, and Tide-v/ay took the One Thousand Guineas the same year. Fairway has headed the sires' list in England on more than one occasion, and an ownbrother, Pharos, headed the list in 1931, and later headed ■' the list in France. Lord Derby had previously won the Derby in 1924 and 1933 with Sansovino. (by Swynford) and Hyperion (by Gainsborough) respectively. Big Game Fails. —English critics had hinted that Sun Chariot, who won the fillies' race, the Oaks, for the King on the opening day at Newmarket, would prove to be superior to Big Game, who carried the Royal colours in the Derby. The fact that Big Game was unplaced in. the .colts' classic now makes it evident, that the judgment was sound. A Weakness. —Although Big Game was "got by Bahram, a- winner of both the Two Thousand Guineas and Derby in 1935, the King's colt was from Myrbbella, a pure sprinter. True, the dam was brilliant .over short courses, but it is now evident that her son is not a true stayer. The King/ through' Sun Chariot, made history when' his filly won the Oaks; it being'tHe first occasion on which a ruling monarch had won the event, but th% completion of a great double proved to be beyond Big Game. • Rival Merits.—As a two-year-old Watling Street did not impress critics, but the fact' that he was of a raking type pointed to his doing better with age. He did win a race in his first season, the Littleport Plate, but when opposed to stronger company in the Middle Park Plate he could not do better than finish fourth, although a slow getaway did not assist him on that occasion. The winner of the Middle Park Plate was Sun Chariot, with Ujiji and Gold Nib filling the minor placings. : Promising.—Having his third start under silk, Boulder Dam got on the winning list at Hastings on Saturday when lie took the maiden event. This Tiderace gelding belongs to a good family, for his dam Symballo has earlier been represented by the speedy Symcony and The Crooner. But for unsoundness the latter might have gone much further.
Likely Sort. —Although he had to be content with second place in the Hastings Maiden on Saturday, Tawhainui is a type who should go on improving. He is a younger full-brother to Dannev^rke, who has done well in Australia, and to Poutatau. He comes from the same family as Nightmarch, Chide, Silver Ring, etc. His dam, Tripping, is a daughter of Dainty Step, who was a good handicap performer in her day. In New Quarters.— Originally trained at Trentham, Miner's Hope is now an inmate of A. Jenkins's stable at Opaki. He was given a run in the scurry event at Marton, coming home strongly without being a possibility for a place, and he improved to run third in the maiden event at Hastings. He is a three-year-old by Croupier from the Hunting Song mare Gold Vein, who traces back to Sharkie, a prominent colonial family not traceable to an English taproot. Gold Vein raced for two seasons without doing anything for herself.
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SPORTING, Evening Post, Volume CXXXIII, Issue 140, 16 June 1942
SPORTING Evening Post, Volume CXXXIII, Issue 140, 16 June 1942
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