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SPORTING

KACING NOTES FROM ENGLAND

The Christckurck Press London correspondent writes; ; On the opening day at Goodwood the meeting ot Tetratema and Orpheus, with liiu:*. Gown and Oxendon to complete a quartet, was the most attractive event, in the result Tetratema (Major D. McCalmont, rider B. Carslake) beat Orpheus (Sir H. .pualiffe-Owen, rider Hector Gray) in the King George Stakes by a length. According to Robin Goodfellow (in the Daily Mail), the beating in the case of the jockeys was more pronounced than in that of the horses. ; is a very fine rider on a free-running horse, but as a finishers we have a dozen who are his superiors. When picking tip the whip he loses control over his horses. They ewerve and run away from him, as the saying is. Orpheus did this, and was prejudiced in consequence. Except for this it would have been a nearer thing, and probably would have been a very near one "

The Daily Telegraph sporting authority describes Tetratema as simply the fastest horse in the country, for he beat Orpheus fairly enough and with something in hand, "though the latter was most indifferently ridden, his New Zealand jockey failing to keep a straight course on him,'» The three-year-old, Oxendon, rana good filly, and is evidently better than she was earlier in the year. Tetratema pulled tip sound and well, and in no sense suggested that he had had more than a good exercise gallop. Carslake rode hitu as if having absolute confidence in his ability-to win. The result proved hqvr . correct he was. _ The Morning Post describes €he King George Stakes as one of the great things of the meeting, the brilliant Tetratema having been tnore severely tested, than in any previous race. "Orphetfs is, probably better over a naile than six furlongs, but he put _up a really great effort against- the flying grey, and, if the jockeys had been reversed, the placings might have been similarly changed. Hector Gray is a remarkably fine horseman in a long distance race, but he does not shine in a sprint, in which the pace is a cracker from start to finish. Carslake was- obviously two furlongs from the finish. He never,used the' whip, but kept scrubbing away vigorously with the reins. Tetratema could not draw away from Orpheus, and just when the Newmarket, colt seemed likely to go to the front. Gray -appeared partially to lose- control. The result was that Orpheus swerved towards the stands, and thereby lost a couple of lengths. Still Carslake had to keep his mount at full stretch right to the end, and Tetratema was all out when he passed the post, a winner by a bare length. It was one of the most interesting events of the season." jThe Times comments: "Orpheus has trained light, but he ran very well indeed, without very adequate assistance " from his jockey in the closing stages of the race. Gray is much better over a distance of ground than he is in sprint races. Tetratema has not been beaten since last Jrear's Derby." At the Liverpool meeting Gray had three second places and one third. In ■the" Liver Stakes Handicap the New Zealander rode Mr. W. T. de Pledge's First Wheat, which was beaten by Lord Derby's March Along. In the Molyneux Stakes, Gray rode the same "owner's Orby's Pride, which came second, by a length, to Mr. A. H. Gunn's Fiddle-de-dee. Mounted on Sir H. Cunliffe-Owen's Morning Light he came in a length and a half behind Mr. J.

B. Joel's Black Ray in_ the Southport T.Y.C. Stakes. In the Cup Course Selling Handicap, Gray rede Mr.-H. Mfller's Gaunt Bo^, which was^ placed third, being separated by four lengths ■from Auramine (Mr. D. M. Gant) and fetor and a half Jengths from the winner, Nisus (Mr. R/ V/. Hartley). At Hurst Park 'Xirxf finished second mi the Bushey T.Y.O. Plate, riding Frusquin Star (Mr. de Pledge), the winner being Mr; Farquharson's Nakgalla.

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SPORTING, Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XLI, Issue XLI, 13 September 1921

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