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ENGLISH DERBY DAY.

GREAT iiACE RUN IN A BLAZE OF SUNSHINE. MULTITUDE GREETS KING AND QUEEN. EPSOM, June 7. "The grey mare is the best horse, after al.'i" Derby Day was Ladies' Day, and it was "ladies first" all the way. The beautiful Tagalie won the great race with'" all the ease and 1 consciousness of a lady leading her admirers across She never faltered, never for one moment was her supremacy in doubt. The flag fell, the historic "Derby roar" "They're off!" went up in the glowing sunshine with the excited sob of tens aad tens of thousands at the tail, of it, and the brave little lady horse, with proudlyarched neck and sweeping tail, went away and up the hill like a hare. She was the only filly in the race, and a grey one at that. They were all saying in the Stand around me this morning that a grey horse never had won the Derby, and never would! So there you are! Tagalie not only won; she was supreme through every moment of the race —every inch of it. Very, very coon, nineteen gentleman-horses, with, the right spirit of the true equine aristocrat, acknewledged themselves Tagalie's faithful servants and followers. Most respectfully, and y n t ardently, they galloped in her train. All the way she was showing; them tier heels, a clean pair of them, sil-ver-plated, flashing like summer lightning. , A BEAUTIFUL SETTING. There never was a prettier race for the Blue Riband of the Turf. After all, the weather was perfect. One little spatter of rain fell just before lunch, and then the. sun came out and shone most gloriously in a glorious heaven of blue. At the caressing touch of a south-west wind little white clouds romped across the sky, like lambs. ' The air was sweet, th-j turf was green and soft —soft enough for the most tender-toed filly that ever cantered —and the scene on the Downs was. bright enough to stir the cold blood of melancholy to antics of

emotion. The crowd was tremendous. Mr Henry Chaplin, who won the Derby Hermit in 1867, and who was here to-day as bluff and as hesfrty as ever, gazed across at the Hill through his monocle and declared that he iVever remembered such a gathering. The crowd stretched without a visible break around the whole vast circle of the course, with its concentrating points around the stands and opposite on the Hill, where, as ever, all the fun of the fair raged and shrilled. At times the clatter was almost stunning, and when, just before lunch, the King and Queen drove up from the Downs station the entire seethe <.f humanity burst out in a cheer of hearty greeting. IN THE ROYAIi BOX. The King wore a morning suit and a silk hat; the Queen a smart grey, cloth coat and skirt, with a pretty grey and white hat adorned with /white feathers. The large party in the Royal box included Prince Christian and his elder daughter, Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, the Duke and Duchess of Teck, and the Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklen-burg-Strelitz. A great number of fashionable people were present, but Epsom, unlike Ascot, is not a "dressy" function; it is a popular carnival, full of the spirit and the clamor cf a go-as-you-please festival.

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ENGLISH DERBY DAY., Northern Advocate, 29 July 1912

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ENGLISH DERBY DAY. Northern Advocate, 29 July 1912

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