TOD SLOAN INTERVIEWED.
In the course of a ohat with a newspaper man in October last, Sloan spoke of his intended return to America, and proceeded thus : — I shall be- back in England on April 1, or very near it. I shall begin riding at once, of course, and go steadily through with it, I hope. I shall not take quite so many mounts as I have done lately. By the way, speaking of that, there is one thing I wish you wou'd contradict plumply. People say I have picked and chosen what I would ride. It is false ; I never have done so, not once. Either Lord William Beresford or his agent settled it for me, and I took whatever came through them. I think my winning average would have been, better if I bad distinguished between one horse and another offered me. I know I have riddan animals here I wouldn't in America, and won on them, too, once or twice,. I will ride for Lord William next year. The Prince of Wales has second claim. I see that a wrong idea has got about that I might "perhaps" ride for his Royal Highness ; but the facts are that John Watts ia, and of course remains, the Prince's first jockey, and his 'Royal Highness will have second claim on me as well as M. Cannon. I shall ride for the Prince and Lord William in accordance with my contracts and for other owners, also, but in theii case I sign nothing ; 'and, I repeat, I shall take work a bit easier next year. As for this one, I feel I have earned a rest, and I am going to take it right away, barring that business in the States which has to be done. When I return I shall take a house in London. It will be convenient, I think. England agrees with me, and so do the people. Everybody has been kind, and I have made friends — everybody that is but the begging-letter writers. A few are trying to imitate my style of ridin^ hut to try is not to succeed always. lam not frightened. I was a bad rider originally, and grew so discouraged that I made up my mind to give up racing, when a friend advised me strongly not to — himself the best jockey of those parts and at that time. He is too heavy to ride now. Well, I buckled down to the thing for a couple of years, I studied the anatomy of the horse, tried several styles of riding, gave them up, and at last hit upon this, which I have practised and stuck to since. Why lam not alarmed at other riders trying it is that of the hundreds who have endeavoured to copy me in the States only one has done so, and he is winning many races; so it looks as if the thing were all right when you can do it. I don't diet myself, and never have done in any way. I eat and drink and sleep all I want to.
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TOD SLOAN INTERVIEWED., Otago Witness, Issue 2338, 22 December 1898
TOD SLOAN INTERVIEWED. Otago Witness, Issue 2338, 22 December 1898
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