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Theeh is a good, if somewhat chestnutby story, to bhe effect thab when Dr. William Gilbert Grace was first introduced to George Fordhauijthe man of medicine and ot cricket said to the man of racing, " Ford ham, I have been going to the Derby for many years, and I have never seen you ride a winner yet." To this Foidham promptly leplied, " Well, sir, I have been going bo first-class cricket matches for many years and I never saw you make a double figure. Honours were clearly divided from more than one side of the question. However, if the great " W. G." was present at Epsom in the year of grace 1879 he could nob subsequenbly make any such asserbion. Ford ham had by thab bime almo&b despaired of riding the winner of the Blue Riband of the Turf, and it was only by gentle pressure and a libble luck that he accepted the mount on Sir Bevys (possibly the worst colb bhab ever won bhe great classic race) whostarbed ab2obo 1, although he had been backed to win a large stake at shorter odds during the previous Chester Meeting. The course was in a frightfully heavy condition, and Sir Bevj'S was nearly last until reaching Tattenham Corner. Arrived there Fordham, wibh characteristic judgment, spobbed a tolerably good bit of going, rapidly made up the leeway, and won somewhat easily from bhe oubsiders Visconbi and Pursebearer. Archer rode bhe labe Lord Falmouth's Chariberb, who started ab 6 bo 1, and finished somewhere aboub benth or eleventh, which was nob his jockey's usual form in the race by any means, and was presumably a considerable disappoinbmenb to him. As he was going inbo bhe paddock someone remarked — " Well, Fred, you see your father can teach you to ride races sbill." "My grandmother, you mean," replied the Tinman, who was a bad loc-cr and of rather a pettish disposition. This sneer, which was apparently expressed in all earnestness and overheard by many, was simply absurd and childish to anyone who had the least ground for aspiring to be a judge of racing. Possibly poor Archer, who knew no fear when riding, and who used to come round Tattenham Corner like a shot oub of a cannon, and wibh his leg oxer bhe railing, was a few pounds better ab Epsom than Fordham, who had a little more regard for bis limbs coming round the dangerous angle just referred to \ bafc on a Bbraigbb-away course, like the Capibridgeshire, for instance, positions were rc/ereed. as there Archer's "gi and mother " had a (Tailed ft'lvrtiilnye of the 'iiiymu. ~'s#9idi'y [JtiM "--'■ \ {

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ARCHER AND HIS " GRANDMOTHER.", Tuapeka Times, Volume XXV, Issue 1977, 4 March 1893, Supplement

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ARCHER AND HIS " GRANDMOTHER." Tuapeka Times, Volume XXV, Issue 1977, 4 March 1893, Supplement