Article image
Article image
Article image
Article image
Article image
Article image
This article displays in one automatically-generated column. View the full page to see article in its original form.

THE ENGLISH DERBY.

The " Glasgow Weekly Herald V London correspondent writes m to the number present : — Where io great a oonoourse is gathered together, appearances are apt to be deceptive, but I think I am expressing a general sentimnnt when I say that, spite of the fine weather and the exceptionally favorable circumstances, the attendance wai smaller than the average. Whether this be the preliminary sign of the docadouco of the sport, I must leave persons of more experience to decide But bo this as it may, my duty is to record a fact, and that faot, as far as it has come under my own observation for the. past few years, is that a considerable falling off has occurred at Epsom. This, indeed, has been so marked that people who have recently visited the Heath and beheld the Derby for the first time have been inclined to depreciate the impressiveness of the sight as a mere spectaole. The " Herald's" sporting correspondent writes: — Ignoring at onoe the hill, with its champagne luncheons, and the ring with its shouting speculators, the critics betook themselves to the paddock — the pleasanteat purt of all Epsom — a large meadow, with delicious shade from the Durdon beeches on one side. There they had an opportunity of looking over the twenty runners for the race, all of them being walked about there during the afternoon, and saddled previous to the race. The candidates most liked were Oouronne de Fer, George Frederiok, Lrolinus, and Eostrevor. In the betting the highest place was taken at last by Mr Merry's representative, Glenalmond, who appeared to be in the highest perfection of condition, aud who bade fair to follow in the footsteps of Doncaster, the winner last year. Atlantic, one of Lord Falmouth's pair, who, despite the faot that he had an enlargement of the knee, caused by an accident in the train on Monday, found many followers. He was not, howevar, nearly so good a favorite as his Lordship's other horse, Aquilo, who was considered by his trainer superior to Atlantic, but was not liked by the critics. Oouronne de Fer, suspected of being a roarer, but the best two* year-old of last season, found great favor in the paddook and in the ring on account of appearance and condition, but was not so strong a favorite as he had been. George Frederiok, who is named after the second son of the Prince of Wal«, born, strangely enough, on the 3rd of June, looked far better than he did when he ran third a few weeks ago for the Newmarket Biennial, and oreattd a more favorable impression than anything. Leolinus, who finished second for the last Chester Cap, and is, like Atlantio and Aquilo, trained by Matthew Dawson but owned by Sir Richard Blakley, is a good commanding horse, and was muoh admired. Trent, another in the same stable, is a hardy wesr-and-tear little animal, but not quite enough for a race like this. Eoossais, the last of the formidable Anglo-Frenoh team for the Derby, was not disliked in the paddook, but was universally condemned as soon as he began to canter. Tipster and Kin« of the Tyne, both belonging to Mr Johnston, but trained in different stables, nnd turned out well prepared, but were of inferior dais to several of the favorites. The Verfcumna filly, who was brought into prominent notice yesterday by a victory gained by her stable companion, the great Kaiser, is a lengthy, good-looking mare. .Reverberation, who ran a dead heat with Miss Toto for the Newmarket Biennial, and finished in front of George Frederick, reoently fell lame, and had evidently not got over it. Rostrevor is a handsome horse, and was perfectly trained, but the rest were all commoners,| whose chances were fairly represented by the long

odds betted against them. Mr M'George had the field under his command in fair time, and, finding them in excellent lino, sent them off Bt the first attempt. Volturno, showing the way to his stable companion, Georg < Frederick, was the first to appear in adranee, but aftar going about 200 yards, gave way to Tipster, who held the command until -they reached the top of the hill, when he retired. Mr Johmtone's other representative, JEinsj of the Tyne, then assumed the lead, with Volturno lying in close attendance, and thisJatter passed him again before they got into the straight run for home. Sis mission wai now, however, accomplished, and George Frederick, who was last at the start, but had been rapidly making up hw . leeway 5 , heading his opponents one by one, dispossesied his stable companion of the command, and ultimately won with the greatest ease by a couple of lengths from Couroune de For, a neck behind whom was Atlantic. The performance of George Frederick was undoubtedly a great one, and his success met with tho heartiest applause. This is the first Derby Mr Cartwriglit has secured, butit was tho third time Custance had been victorious in the race, Thormnnby and Lord Lyon haying been ridden by him. AH the superstitious pooplo were in high feather over the roiult on account of the coincidence referred to above, and the Prince of Wales was good-naturedly chaffed by his friends on so curious a oiroumstance. Oouronne de For showed himself a great animal by overcoming his infirmity to such an extent, and he is evidently a fur better stayer than his stock usually are. Atlantic, who won the Two Thousand Guineas easily, beat in this contest Aquilo, who was " nowbore" in the Biennial, though. Lord Falmouth and the trainer considered the latter the better of the pair. Leolinus, Trent, Aquilo, and Eostrevor — the first three, like Atlantic, trained by Matthew Dawson— were so closo together that the judge could say nothing as to their relative niurits. Ecossuis run fast, but noon tirod ; and Reverberation, suffering from oracked Win, was never dangerous, a remark whioh will apply to the Vertumna filly, and to all the others , not nlrea'ly mentioned. THE BAOB. Some delay took plaoe in the saddling paddock in getting through the business there, and it was throe o'clock before the competitors began to defile out of the paddock on to the course. In the preliminary cantor Whitehall showed the v«ay, followed by First Lord and Selsea Bill, then c»me Kin* of' the Tyiufl^ Belford, and Algebra, with the others folW^^^ ing in rapid succession, the last of all the oantor being Reverberation. -They got to ths post at 3.14, and two minutes later the flag fell to an excellent start, King of the Tyne showing an advanoe for a faw strides, but Volturno settled down with the lead, followed bv King of Tvne, Tipster, Selsea Bill) Atlantic and Whitehall following, with Trent on tho outside next GHenalmond, Rostrevor, and Couronne de Fer. When they had fairly got into the furzes Tipster took his oolors to the front, followed by Volturno, King of Tyne, Trent, Aquilo, Rostrevor, Oouronne de Fer, Reverberation, G-lenalmond, and Algebra to to the top of the hill, about a mile from home, when Tipster still had Volturno for his attendant, Ecossais now lying third, with King of Tyne fourth, these being succeeded by Aquilo and Rostrevor, while behind were Couroune de Fer, Whitehall, Atlantio, and George Frederick. Reverberation soon dropped back to the tail of affairs, and the colors of Glenalmond were also in the rear. Tipster gave way half vrav down the hill to King of Tyno, who led into the straight, where he was headed by Voltunor again, but directly they were in a line for home, Mr Cartwrigkt's outsider was beaten, and George Frederick took up the running, and won in a common canter by a couple of lengths from Oouronne de Fer, Trliila Atlantio was third, a neok behind Oouronne de Fer, then m a line limsuod Leolinus, Trent, Rostrevor, and Aquilo, with Vertumna, Selsea Bill, Algobrn, King of Tyne, Sir Arthur, Volturno, Ecossais, Glenalmond, First Lord, and Tipster. The last pair were Whitehall and Reverberation, the latter pulling up exceedingly shin sore, while Belford did not pats the post. Timp, at taken by Benson's chronograph, 2 min. 46 sec.

This article text was automatically generated and may include errors. View the full page to see article in its original form.
Permanent link to this item

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/NOT18740904.2.13

Bibliographic details

THE ENGLISH DERBY., North Otago Times, Volume XXI, Issue 968, 4 September 1874

Word Count
1,360

THE ENGLISH DERBY. North Otago Times, Volume XXI, Issue 968, 4 September 1874

Working