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THE AMERICANS IN ENGLAND.

The arrhal of the crack American colt Nasturtium m England last month aroused considerable interest in sporting circles in the OKI World. This colt is accompanied by an unnamed one by Meddler out of Peg Woffington. and both claim engagements in this year's Derby. Elaborate preparations md precautions wero taken to ensure both colts being landed in England in a eound and healthy condition. On the steamer entrusted with their carriage across the Atlantic two large and commodious stables were specially erected, one for Nasturtium and the other for the Peg Woffington colt. Each of the staples was 17ft 6m in length by Bft in width, aod thickly padded from top to bottom. All the beams were similarly treated, and a thermometer was placed in both etables, so that the temperature could be taken every hour. Between the stables were placed a couple of berths with a porthole looking into each, in order that the two attendants might always have the colts under their observation. The stables were whitewashed and disinfected twice -a day, and many other precautions were taken to oaeure the horsea being landed in perfect health. The voyage across was extremely rough, but, notwithstanding this disadvantage, neither animal showed the slightest sign of fatigue, and both briskly walked about their boxes every day. They are said to have arrived in the Thames in quite as fit condition as when they left New York, and are expected to "be able to comrotnea training 24 hours after arriving at Newmarket. The chief interest its centred in Nasturtium, who was a first-class performer last season in America. In appearance the colt is very racy-looking and powerfully built. He is a bright chestnut, with a blaze face and three white stockings — two behind and one in front. Nasturtium possesses plenty of size, as he stands about 15 2i high, and is said to have good quarters and shoulders, besides being well >-et up all-round. On being safely landed, the colts were taken by special train to Newmarket, where they will be prepared for their engagements. As a two-year-old Nasturtium won three races out of five starts, and in each of lv's wins had some of the best two-year-olds in America behind him. The colt was bred by Mi J. B. Haggin at the Ra.icho Del Paso stud, and sold as a yearling. Prior to being raced he was bought by Mr A. Z. Aste for £840, and, after the colt had shown considerable promise, he was purchased by Mr W. C. Whitney, who gave 10,000dol for the colt with the intention of trying to once more capture the English Derby. Last year's Derby fell to the Whitney colours by the aid of Volodyvoski, who was leased by Mr Whitney. Nasturtium is by Watercress, who was inrmorted to America from England about four years ago, and whose stock have lately come into prominence, both in England and America. The pedigree of the colts runs as follows : —

Angelina, the dam of Ordei (who is the sire of Nasturtium's dam) ip a full tisler to St. Simon, England's crack sire, and whoso stock hjve been freely imported to the colonies by breeders to use as sires. Nasturtium has a treble strain of the Stockwoll blood in him — two through his dam and one through his sire, — besides which Watcrcress's dam is a Hermit mare. Nasturtium made his first appearance in a maiden, two-year-old, and beat 14 others ovpr five furlongs in lmin 1 4-ssec. Another of Mr Whitney's colts in Goldsmith is highly spoken of by American judges, but when Huggins saw the colts he immediately selected Nasturtium. Huggins had not, at the time of the colts' arrival, returned to England, but his head man wa; an charge of a

last year's Derby winner, Volodyovski. The Americans have captured two English Derbys up to date — one with Iroquois and one with Volodyovski, — and the decision of this year's blue ribbon, which i 3 down for June 4, will be looked forward to with considerable interest by sportsmen all the world over.

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THE AMERICANS IN ENGLAND. Otago Witness, Issue 2502, 26 February 1902

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