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Full details of the Epsom summer meeting, at which Spearmint, a descendant of the Auckland-bred Carbine, won marked distinction by winning the Derby m record time, are now to hand. From London papers we extract the following : Derby Day 1 (May 30) broke beautifully line, and the scene at Epsom was up to the highest traditions. His Majesty the King was present, and between 500,000 and 600,000 of his loyal subjects were on hand to assist at tlie time-honored fixture. There did not appear to be fewer than the usual number o£ four-iii-Jiands, with their loads of prettily-dressed women and well-groomed men, but tlio motor omnibus was certainly the feature of the hill. Bright greeii Pioneers, Union Jacks, Vanguards, all loaded with people, gave a note of newness and originality to the time-honored scene. Indeed, their juxtaposition with gipsy carts and nigger minstrels was a curious combination of modern hustle with something like medieval survival. As is usual on Derby Day, the crowd, was admirably representative of every class and condition of Londoner. The usual excitement prevailed as the candidates for the Derby were being prepared, and with the issue held to be very open interest was brought up to fever heat. It was a most impressive sight as the 22 horses tiled out ot tlie paddock. Lally, on whose behalf- there had been a sharp eleventh hour rally, pleased when lie came to rattle off liis preliminary; but Spearmint was the one to make a big impression, the long-sweeping stride ot the Carbine colt being greatly admired, and after events went to support m very thorough fashion that Major Loder had excellent reason to view tho situation optimistically. Feeling was at high tension as the 22 lined up at the post. At length the cry went up, "TJiey're off!" and there was a sudden hush. Tliis wonderful hush falling on the vast crowds, was intensely dramatic. Whether ono stood to win or not by tlie result of tho race the few seconds of almost dead silence were certainly worth living through. The horses turn the corner. At once the silence is broken. "Troutbock wins!" "Picton wins!" "Malua wins!" and then, as the procession sweeps on, one great shout, "Spearmint! Spearmint! Spearmint!" as Mujor Loder's heavy bay springs to the front and gives Maher his third Derby victory.

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SPEARMINT'S DERBY WIN., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXXIII, Issue 10742, 12 July 1906

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SPEARMINT'S DERBY WIN. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXXIII, Issue 10742, 12 July 1906