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SUNSTAR'S DERBY.

T,HE RACE DESCRIBED. S.unsrar resolved >the questions of whether he could last out the Derby course at high pressure and? what llcind of reception he would get as a "conquering- hero,?' -in a way eminently creditable to himself and gratifying- to his friends (says the "Daily jyiail, ".)■' ...; ...■•. '.. ■ ' ■ ■ -All regrets are vain. It is futcle, therefore, 'to argue what might have happened had the second, Stedfast, , got off equally well — he-. -was very obstinate and "left " -himself half a dozen lengths .or more. This \>n a j sharp course like Epsom was, of course, a serious Handicap, and lots' of people sympathetically commisserated Lord •Derby •on having, his chanco of winning the Derby prejudiced .in , such a vexatious ■ manner. ,But all the fault .lay with> Stedfast himself. Immediately on: reaching the post he evinced a repugnance for the "gate/! 3 unless it was that the throngs of : the. rje'pple;. on either side upset him.; LyiMam -vainly endeavoured to coax him. into line. An attendant tried ••the persuasive power of a whip, which, if anything, made him worse, ;ans ; when Mr. Walloughby sent thk troop on their eventful journey, Stedfast paid the penalty of his bad behavior. '

When excuses are being' made for Stedfast, or any other unfortunate whose troubles were less manifest, S.unstar must not ibe omitted. No liorse that starts ( favourite for the i)erby in a field 'of twenty-six " and wins by two lengths can need excusing, but the .fact remains as regards Sunstar that he jarred himself in front, probably under the strain entailed by coming down the hill.

■" Except, fpr that," Stern told Mr. Joel, "he would .have won with his head £ n his chest." The instructions to Stern were' to lie up handily, somewhere about fourth or fifth, until reaching tlie ' straight, after which everything- was left to his own judgment. He obeyed them scrupulously fox a long- time, during which he had iiannockburn, Phryxus, and Eton Boy in front of him, the attempt of the Chelys colt to live with this lot having quickly settled him. >But approaching • the corner the pace was still so slow thai Stern thought there would be no harm in allowing Sunstar to Astride more freely. He immediately closed)- wit'h^-B;anmodkibuxn, Vfixpm he- headed on ' entering the •straight, dashing- up on the inside and ,estaiblisjain.^>aj..clear lead. : ' Now came" the crux of the struggle for thdse who said Sunstar would no: last home. If he was to be caught .the others must set about the job quickly, for the distance • 'separating him from the judge was fast diminishing. Royal Tender made a futile effort, swerved, and then came on again to outstay Phryxus for third place. Cellini and Eton Boy were now equally harmless. Neither King William nor Piet-ri had ever been the Least bit dangerous. Half-way down the straight Stedfast was the only one with the ghost of a chance of catching the favourite. Lynham. challenged for all he was worth, and got within fighting distance of the leader. "You gave me a bit of a trig-lit, coming up like that," Stem said to him afterwards. "I picked up my/tfnlp, and it was then I felt my horse, 'go.' " It must be a sickening sensation for a , jockey on a- . Derby favourite that is winning easily to feel his mount suddenly falter urider_Jiim. Unless, however, it is a. ;bad Breakdown the impetus of the tremendous pace may carry him home safely , and happily for Sunstar and everybody concerned in his fortunes it was so in this case. Stedfast was exhausted and could do.no more, and Sunstar was widening' the gap be-t-ween them in the last fifty yards.

"Two lengths," was the official oerdict,- with Royal Tender twice the distance behind Stedfast. ; ' -

The victory of Sunstar was merely a case of a good horse coming into his kingdom, and he was deservedly and lustily cheered when Mr.. Jack Joel went, out to lead him in. Sunstar has achieved imperishable fame by winning in succession the Two Thousand, the • Newmarket* Stakes, and the Derby. .

The " Central News " learns that Mr. J. B: Joel, through his almoner, has distributed money gifts vaiying from 5s to £5 to 200 poor families in commemoration of the victory of Sunstar. .

. A group of workingr-class families,, all related, who for more than half a century have claimed the Orrell instate, near Wigan, in Lancashire, have been holdingf open-air meetings on various, parts of the estate,which is now owned by Mr. Roger Leigh; of Maidstone, Kent. The estate, it is contended, was formerly in the possession of the Taberners of Orrell, and succession is claimed by :hese families as the descendants of Mary Tabernei', who, they declare, married Holt Leigh about 150 years ago. On more than dne occasion the -case has been brought into court. The claimants look out for any empty cottage, on the estate, take possession, 'and have to. be fdrcibly ejected. More than 60 years ago Richard Ta- ; berher,: the' representative of the claimant families at that time, took up residence in a cottage on the estate, and refused to quitl until the roof* was "taken" off arid the place was made unsuitable for habitation; and' from then until now there have been many . similar epispdes in the prosecution of their claim.

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SUNSTAR'S DERBY., Grey River Argus, 17 July 1911

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SUNSTAR'S DERBY. Grey River Argus, 17 July 1911

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