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[BT " COHMON."] "• Common's name can now be added to ■ -HKe scanty list of racehorsos returned as winners of the three great classic races. in the the Old Country, viz., the Two „ Thousand Guineas at Newmarket, the Derby at Epsom, and the St. Leger, rnn over the celebrated Town Moor at Doncaster.- The previous winnere of the' triple crown comprise Mr Bowes' Mt • Australiau, in 1853 ; Count de Lagrange's Gladiator (the avenger of Waterloo), in 1865 , Mr Sutton'B Lord Lyon, in 1866 ; and the Duke of Westminster's Ormonde, in 1886. Common is a rich-brown horse, standing 16 — 1, with a lean'head, strong arched neck, good oblique shoulders, great depth of girth, good barrel and ribs, with powerful back and loins ; his quarter, pasterns, and thighs are muscular, his arms immense, and he baa good hooks and knees. He is by Jsonomy, out of Thistle. The dam has, although 16 years of age, never thrown anything smart before. She is by Scottish Chief, out of The Flower Faf ety, by Wild Dayrell, and could gallop 'a bit herself. She won four races, carrying Sir Frederick • Johnßtone's colours, amongst them being the Champagne Stakes at Stockbridge, and the Findon Stakes at Goodwood. Thistle seems to improve with age, for we ' .find <fa&'oi the best two-year-olds so far ' .this season claims her as her dam. This - is Goldfinph, sired by the mighty Ormonde: Isonpmy was by Sterling (1868) out of Isola— Bella (1868), by Stockwell. This year's Derby winner is therefore a _, ".gentleman," Common is owned by Lord Alington and Sir Frederick John--stone (a racing partnership has existedfor « great many years between these sportsmen), and right well has Common compensated these gentleman for the great disappointment they received when their.. horse Friar's Balsam broke. down when at the zenith. of his fame. The Derby of 1891 will long be remembered as one of the best day's racing on record, for the course was a sea of mud, and we have to go back to Daniel Q'Rourke's year — nearly'^O yeaps ago — fcr a parallel }p. the matter of -weather. The jockeys were-ia a- sad plight, and the veteran jph.n Ogborne (now close on 60 years of , age) especially looked as though h,e had b3en damped in a mud cart. Watts presented a truly lamentable spectacle, . apd Barrett's face had enough mud on it to plant potatoee in. When- the ground ' |s ye.ry heavy going it is supposed to be all againat long'striding horses, and yet two jborses, each having an enormous stride, -finished first and second. The following amusing scrap of conversation was oveiheard at Epsom this year, . It speaks, for itself. The subject of the conversation was Judge Hawkins, called by his criminal pals the " hanging judge":— First Pal— "That's Orkina hover there; 'im a torken to Lord Alington; nice beneverlent old cove to look at, ain't- 'c?" Second Pal— "Tusj that didn't stop 'is givin 1 me five of the very best, simply becorze by accident I mistook somebody else's 'ouse and plate chest for my "own— sorter .'mistake which might 'appen to fcenybpdy^

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SPORTING NOTES., Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XXXIII, Issue 11378, 21 September 1891

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SPORTING NOTES. Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XXXIII, Issue 11378, 21 September 1891