THE ASCOT MEETING.
On the first day, to quote from London's leading sporting paper, the odds of 4- to 1 laid on Simon Dale for the Prince of 'Wales' s Stakes were never in doubt, the Duke of Portland's colt coining to ,he front soon after passing the brick kilns, and winning in a canter. Good Morning looked to have well won- the Coventry Stakes a distance from home, and there is little doubt that he could have done so by a good deal more than he did, but L. Reiff eased him at the finish, possibly not realising how very quickly horses stop up the Ascot hill, and was in consequence nearly caught by Weldon on Volodyovski and by Sloan on The Parson. It was a near thing between Osbech and Baldur for the Ascot Stakes, and when The Grafter dropped away, beaten, half-way up the straight, and left Osbech in front, it looked good odds on Lord Durham winning his first Ascot Stakes, as it was certain that Osbech would stay home. But Sloan, riding a capital race, brought Baldur up with a rush, and, in a fine finish, won by a neck. Sabrinetta, being the bast public performer in the Forty-third Biennial, was made a good favourite, but the race provided the only turn-yip of the afternoon, as Galicia, a daughter of Galopin and Isoletta, who was a 10 to 1 chance, won cleverly by half a length from the Sweet Duchess filly. The Vase was easily won by Solitaire, and in the Forty-sixth Triennial Jolly Tar. increased his winning sequence to four by decisively defeating a moderate opposition. On the second day there were 20 runners for the Royal Hunt Cup, and so open' a race was it considered to be that five horses were within a point of one another in the betting, with 7 to 1 laid on the field. Good Luck and The Reeve were both at that price, 8 to 1 being laid against Harrow, Elopement, and Millennium. Two out of the five finished in the first three, without supplying the winner, Good Luck and The Reeve running second and third. Royal Flush, who won, was quoted at 100 to 7. Practically the winner led from end to end, and though he swerved at the finish and only won by a head, it was more owing to little Johnny Reiff being beaten than to the horse's distress. Good Luck, however, who also swerved at the finish, was beaten, and the winner would have been unlucky to lose had the swerve caused the head to be the other way. There was a larger field than usual for the Fern Hill Stakes, for which Blacksmith was the most fancied, but he made no show in the race, and Hercules, Mr Musker's colt by Orion out of Dunover, beat his 11 opponents comfortably. There were nine runners for the valuable Coronation Stakes, which went to increase St. Simon's winning total of the season, as his two daughters, Winifreda and Sainle Nitouche, ran a dead Jieat, their owners dividing the stakes. There was a most exciting race between "Veles and Lord Melton for the Forty-eighth Triennial, the latter — who, prior to the race, was put about as the best of all Mr Musker's young Meltons — being favourite with odds of 2 to 1 laid on fiis chance, bat, in a desperate finish, the son of Isinglass upset the odds by a head. The racing on the third day was good and interesting, the chief feature of the afternoon being a startling surprise in the Gold Clip, caused by the victory of Merman, Mr Jersey's imported Australian horse not being expected to start for the race until the last moment. The French horse, Perth 11, looked well, and extravagant odds — real old Ascot odde — were laid on his chancej but he ran badly, and, whether in consequence of the state of the ground or being upset in seme way, he r failed to sustain his reputation. It was noticeable that he ran without any of that remarkable dash and fire which have characterised all his best efforts in France hitherto. Indeed, so suddenly did he collapse in the straight that it seemed as if something had happened to him. Scintillant could not live with Merman when, the latter challenged after Perth ll's retirement, and The Grafter was a long way behind Scintillant when Merman passed the post an easy winner by two lengths The colt by Melton out of Limosa kept up the character of the family by carrying- off the valuable New Stakes in a- field of 11 runners, for which event Star Shoot and a newcomer, Energetic, were both better favourites. Champ de Mars repeated his victory of last season in the Roiis Memorial Stakes, in which Caiman made his first appearance of the present season, but failed to finish in the first three.
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THE ASCOT MEETING., Otago Witness, Volume 02, Issue 2420, 2 August 1900
THE ASCOT MEETING. Otago Witness, Volume 02, Issue 2420, 2 August 1900
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