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THE KING'S "GUINFAS."

■HIS .MAJESTY WINS HIS- FIRSTCLASSIC HACK. .iDFJKBY FAVORITE. LONDON, May 1. Tho King won the Two Thousand Guineas -Stakes — the .first of the great cla-ssiu races — at Newmarket yesterday with his colt -Minoru. He is now in the happy position of ow'ning the first iiivorilft , for the Derby,- and having an undeniable chance of repeating at F.psum the triumphs of Persimmon and Diamond. 1 Jubilee. These were when the King was Prince of. Wales, and the Two Thousand Guineas us the first classic race- he has won since he ascended the throne. It was an historic occasion on Newmarket Heath yesterday. To the lasting regret of the crowd the King was not present to .see the great victory and to hear a volume of cheering such as has never gone up from what is usually an unemotional Xewmarket crowd. The next best which could happen was that the Prince of Wales was spending that- wete-k, at- the headouarters of the turf. .- " Before the race yesterday experts agreed that Miuoru was the* gentleman of the party, and several trainers who had turned out "Guineas" and Derby winners in previous years asserted that they had never seen ;i more perfectly trained animal. UNBEATEN HORBES DEFEATED. The King's colt was considered the only renl danger to the hitherto unbeaten Bayardo, who was making his first appearance, of the season after scoring seven consecutive victories as a two-year-old in 1908. Bayardo was backed as if the race were all over, but there was a certain section of backers who* were loyal both to Minoru and his colors. The favorite was ridden by the Anglo American horseman Maher,* while Min oru had his usual pilot, Herbert Jones, of Diamond. Jubilee fame. The field altogether numbered eleven; The King's colt \v;is second favorite for the race at 4 to 1 against, and pleased one t of the largest crowds seen at Newmarket on ''Guineas" day as he cantered down to the post. ' Everything tended to make the function a brilliant one. There was a -larger attendance of members of the Jockey Club than had been seen for many years past. There were many house parties in Newmarket and ,the vicinity, and., th* members' enclosure was crowded. ; Out on? the Heath innumerable horsemen galloped down to the post or halfway down. to see the earliest stages of the race, and cantered home to see as much of the running ns possible. EXCITING INCIDENT. During the race there was a pulsating momen.t of excitement when the color* of Louvier-s were seen hanging towards those of the Duke of Portland's Phaleron. Minoru was keeping his line between the two, but in another second or so .'thiv two leaders would have closed in, and there would have been the necessity of going round and no time left in which to do it. " The experienced. Jones — once- described . by Lord Marcus Beresford ns the "jockey who makes the fewest mistakes" grappled with the situation in a moment. The effort could not be delaved! He nnist set Minoru going or fail. He shot Miijonv between the pair, and with the speed of a 120-h.p. motor-car getting out of a tight fix the King's colt in a few strides had cleared the others and was a length uhend. The Julias seemed as if he knew what it was nil about, and, sweeping along with superb action, he won the "Guineas" for the King by two lengths. NEWS SENT 10 THE KTNO. In Jess than five minutes Lord MarcusBeresford had cabled the news to thf King, and congratulations were showered on trainer and jockey, as well as on Lord Marcus Beresford. who manages the royal horses. , _His Majesty, who made a most auspicious start to this season, has now won seven races of tho valuo of £7.627. It changed. Joy and hope radiated from tiftfhw- may be favorite for the One Thousand Guineas tb-jnorrow.

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THE KING'S "GUINFAS.", Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXXVI, Issue 11876, 12 June 1909, Supplement

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THE KING'S "GUINFAS." Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXXVI, Issue 11876, 12 June 1909, Supplement

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