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Some few week 3 back (prior to Hie- decision of the Derby, which Ard Patrick won) tho cable informed us that the Newmarket; Stakes was won by Aid Patrick, but that he was disqualified and the race awarded to the Carbine colt Fowling Piece, who finished second in the rao». By the latest mail to hand full particulars of the race are received, and it is found that Ard Patrick only defeated Fowling Piece by a head. In, alluding to the race the "Special Commissioner" of the London Sportsman writes «» follows :— "Fowling Piece was drawn on tho extreme inside, with Ard Patrick and Minstead next in order, but very quickly after th© start Fowling Piece crossed the Beckbamptou colt, and so they came on to the Bushes, where Jlin?tcad was beaten. At that point Cannon was holding Ard Patrick clo^e- reefed, and had »eaminsly taken the measure of the iield ; indeed, the race looked as good as over, -and when Fowling Piece came across somewhat from risrht to left and was by way «f challenging the big son of St. Florian, Cannon just sat still and never a.«ked hi* mount for an effort. As they parsed the public and Tattersall's slands Ard Patrick was winning without the- semblance of an effort, but if in the last 50 yards he was getting into difficulties, .is judges near the winning-post declared, he mu-st have fainted out of it in a strangely sudden manner, and certainly Cannon never put pressure on him for an extra effort. My own belief was, and is — for it is confirmed by the jockey — that he had always won his r«cp. Still, it is not Mornington Cannon'" habit to ride flash races in t!i« way of drawing a finish needlessly fine; and ths extreme tr ne'e-mesa with which he handled his mount is suggestive of apprehension that Aid Patrick might turn it up if really asked the question.

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THE DISQUALIFICATION OF ARD PATRICK., Otago Witness, Issue 2520, 2 July 1902

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THE DISQUALIFICATION OF ARD PATRICK. Otago Witness, Issue 2520, 2 July 1902