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j M. Lefevre's ill luck in the Two Thousand I Guineas has followed him in the Derby and i the Oaks. Although Ecossais had to succumb to Atlantic in the Two Thousand, M. Lefevre had in Feu D'Amour and Novateur, a pair whose two-year-old performances justified him in concluding that he had a fair chance of securing the blue riband of 1574. During the winter months Feu D'Amour has held the first place in the betting for the Derby; but regarding his performance in that race, or, indeed, whether he ran, the telegrams are silent. Of the Derby winner —George Frederick, the property of Mr Cartwright—no great expeptations seem to have been formed regarding him while running as a two-year-old. It is true that at the Newmarket First October Meeting he scored a double victory in the Boscawen aud twenty-sixth Triennial Produce Stakes, bufc the company he met on these occasions was of an inferior kind, and these performances only stamped him in the eyes of the turf critics as a moderate. Later on, at tho Ne.vmirket Houghton meeting, he ran with othf r nine competitors for the Criterion Stakes, which were won easily by the favourite, Miss Toto; George Frederick getting a fourth place only behind Aquilo, who, it would appear, was among the Derby starters. In its anticipations about the Derby the Field, in noticing Mr Cartwright's lot, has the following about George Frederick : — "George Frederick, by Marsyas out of Princess of Wales, ran in public seven times last year, and won on three occasions. His first attempt, at the York August Meeting, was a failure, as hewas defeated by Sir William Wallace, Apology, and a colt by Blinkhoolie out of Miss Hawthorn. It is only fair to state, however, that George Frederick was on the big side in condition at York, and many good judges voted he would see a better day. He did improve as the season advanced ; but, in the Middle Park Plate and Criterion Stakes, George Frederick failed to 6ecure a place, though he was thoroughly fit to run for those engagements. Geoige Frederick is a powerful colt, with nice action, and possesses many good racing points. There is fiothing, however, in the public doings of George Frederick to warrant the belief that he is a Derby horse, and we fail to perceive how he can defeat Couronne de Fer, Feu d'Amour, Marsworth, and others he will have t« meet on Epsom Downs." The stock of Marsyas, the sire of George Frederick, have not pulled off any great events during the past leason. George Frederick and Harmony are the only two of his two-year-olds who were credited, with winnings. Victoria Alexandra, a three-year-old, won two small stakes, while Louisa Victoria and Rose of Eltham, both four-year-olds, were credited with £1000 and X 314 respectively. Marsyas is & son of Orlando, and there are other two sons of thafc great horse amongst fche first-class thoroughbred sires of England, namely, Lacydes and Trumpeter. Tuk Derby Stakes, of SO govs, each, h.ft., for 3-ycar-olil colts, Sst 101 bs, and fillies Sst Slbs. Distance, about one mile and a half. Jlr Cartwright's George Frederick, 3 yrs, Bst lOlbs 1 Lord Roseberry'e tkraromie de Fer, 3 yrs, Bst lOlbs 2 Lord Falmouth's Atlantic, 3 yrs, Bst lOlba .. .. 3 THE OAKS. Again has the Frenchman been doomed to disappointment, and the defeat of Miss Toto must have been a severe blow to his hopes, as the Oaks had been regarded all along as a certainty for her. As a two-year-old, Miss Toto took first rank. She ran in five rsces, always in good company, and she won them all—bringing to her owner no less a sum than £2385 in stakes. It is not surprising therefoie that she was afc once established as a favourito at the close of the last season for the three year-old races in which she was engaged. Had she been entered for the Derby, her performances would have justified the first place in the betting being accorded to her. Regarding her chances for the Oaks, we take the following from a home sporting paper :—"ln Miss Toto, by Lord Clifden out of ToNa, Monsieur Lefevre has clearly the championess of the young ladies of the past season. The Newmarket Biennial and the Oaks are her important engagements. The former race is gaining ground every year in importance, and as several hare engagements in it this year who are likewise in the Derby, she will be able, prior to the leading races, to take the line of the three-year-old form very ac.urately. The Oaks already appears but a question of health for her, as the only really dangerous antagonist, Polyhymnia, has fallen a victim to the epidemic that is now raging in fche Kingsclere stable." Of the winner of the Oaks, Apology, by Adventurer, no hope seems to have been entertained that she would occupy a place in the first ruck of the three-year-olds. She is described as a fine muscular filly, and her performances, the best of which was winning the Home-bred Sweepstakes at the New market Houghton Meeting, gave promise that she would stay well. Oakk Starrs, of BO govs, each, li. ft. For 3-year-olds, fillies, Sst 101b each, 0"c mile and a half. Mr L-.uuida's Ajlftlogy, 3 > r«, Bst 101b .. .. 1 Mr Lefevre's Miss Toto, 3 yrs, B s t lOlbs .. .. 2 Lady I'atricia, 3 yrs, Hut 101b .. .. 3 The St. Leger, the lasfc great weight for age event of the season, has yet to Be run, aud for it no doubt George- Frederick, Apology, and Atlantic will be now amongst the favourites.

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THE DERBY., Otago Daily Times, Issue 3849, 18 June 1874

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THE DERBY. Otago Daily Times, Issue 3849, 18 June 1874