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THE BACK FOR THE DERBY.

By the arrival of tlio R.M.9. Valelta at A I ban v, till following particulars of tliu great English race are to hand, dated June 7th .— The race for the Derby was run on Wednesday, m glorious weathor, and m the presence of what is generally estimated v a bigger crowd than hiu ercr before witnessed the event. The Prince and Princeii of Wales, their children, and several other representatires of Royalty were present. The field consisted of thirteen honu-9, anil Lord Mnrcus Beresford had little difficulty m starting them. Only a couplo of failure* [occurred, and two minutes aflrr three o'clock the i>iirrial to go wai given to a good start. The Dukp of Portland's The Turcophonn was only started to make the running, and lie fiillllled his mission admirably. He was takon to the head of affairs m the first 100 yards, and led the field along nt a (road pare, his nearest attendant* being Bed Star and Gulliver, with Hoiioran. Miguel, and Morglay lying r»ry liaiidy, wliilo Kldorado and Laureate, neither of whom teemed inclined to do his bett. were last. At the outset, the Turropl'une cuiiliuucd to advance through the furzo*, and was well at the head of affairs six furlongs from home. Tbon Eldorado wtu

ncurly knocked down by Guy Hampton, and Cannon g< t his foot out of tho stirrup, and could neTer net it back ngnin. Another mi»hap at this part of the ran wai the break* down <f Clover, the winner of the French Derby, who »m cannoned against and fell, injuring himself so badly that it is extremely doubtful whether he wili ever be able to race again. The* Turcophone could not last longer than the final bend, where Miguel, Gulliver, Enthusiast, and Oonovan all gave him the go by, whilo Laureate, Pioneer, and Eldorado were gradually working their way up. Gulliver, Knlhusiast, and Laureato were m trouble directly afterwards, and for a moment the name of Miguel was shouted, but the shouts only camo from tlioso who had backed him, for he could make no impres*i m upon Durornn. Indeed tho latter's success w*s assured fully » quarter of a mile from home, and ho won at easily as any Derby victor that lias gone before him. The official verdict was a length and a hslf. hut it could havo been increased to a considerable extent. Much praise is due to T. Loatei, whose first Derby mount it was, for the manner m which he rode, for, whilst obeying his instructions to the letter, be displayed patience and coolness, which are sometimes wanting m more ex(perionced riders, and the Duke of Portland could not have mado a better choicn when loft without a jockey through Bfr Leopold de Rothschild enforcing his claim upon the services of F. Barrett. Donovan's was :v thoroughly popular victory, and it. i» remarked that the present may be fnirlv s-.t down as the Portland year. His Grace, although a comparatively new patron of the national pastime, elands m tho position of having won the Derby for the year m succession, a performance that bn« nut bren achieved by any owner since tho lao Sir Joseph Hawley's colours were carried succe»»ful!y by Beadsman and Mu»jid m 183H and 185(1. Donovan has now won close upon £';i7,000 m stakes, of which 1*21,000 have bven secured this year, and his owner's winnings look like be.'ng increased to an enormous extent before tho close of the

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THE BACK FOR THE DERBY., Timaru Herald, Volume XLIX, Issue 4602, 27 July 1889

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THE BACK FOR THE DERBY. Timaru Herald, Volume XLIX, Issue 4602, 27 July 1889

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