SPORTS AND PASTIMES.
THE DERBY RACE
MOST THRILLING ON RECORD
LONDON, June 4
"The most sensational Derby on record." This was the estimate formed of to-day's contest for the famous cen-tury-old stakes, the most classical event" of the Turf. • .■ . London, rb usual, emptied itself for the occasion, and a gloriously sunny day favoured the immense4 throng that made its way. to' Epsom. Over, 500,000 people witnessed the gieat race, the gathering being graced % the presence' of: the Kinar ar.d Queen and other Royalties. When King George and his consort arrived at the course, and again when they made their appearance on f.ie balcony of the Royal stand, the cheering was deafening, and seldom have mqnarchs had such a Derby Day reception. THRILLING RACE.
The race -was full of thrill, of course, and there were incidents that followed that made it.even more exciting than usual.
Tho betting was very heavy. Craganour hardened towards flag-fall, Shogun weakening slightly, and a moment bofore the start Craganour was a firm favourite at 6 to 4 against, Shogun was at 6;s. Louvois 10's, Great Sport 20's. and Aboyeur at any prices. Several betters took a sporting shot >with the last-named at 100 to 1 against.. "When the barrier" rose Aboyeur was firist .away from Aldegond. Craganour, ami Shogun and was still leaf ling when tin) horse*, entered the straight, with Cmjran.-ur on his heels. Shogun's jockey was unable to get through in the press at i,lio distance, although he got his mount over to the rails. He had Ao Ml hack. Craganour overIwvuled -Ahoyeu' but the latter came again, when Louvois made a terrific j run at the lavt moment, and the three psss'sd the pofit almost abreast. Tho Midge priced them a:-, follows: - Mr 0 I-, -f may's be Craganour, \>\- Desmond — Veneration 11. Q?ei<n <. 1 Mr A. P. CVnKffe's b c Aboyeur, by <>.'smond--Paw.kv (Piper) ... 2 Mr W R.iphaei't; b c Louvois, by Isb-glasf— St Louvaine (Saxby) ... 3 IHF, AfTERMATH. Great Sport w.asa very solid fourth, and Shogun, -w-ith Frank Wootton up, anived seventh. There was considerable bumping when ncannpj the end of tho race, and although Mr Cunliffe. Aboyeur's owner, was sporting enough not to .enter a. prflcst, tho stewards took action, calling r.poc Piper and other jockeys for cMilananons of their riding. '. Then came th-0' sansation of the day. ri he public had been jubilant over the -vk-lory of the favourite. When a f.avo«iite wins the Derby, the Ensom crowd usually goes mad with delight. A>though the flag was flying showing that the case was still under considernuon.' nobody dreamed of anything untcward happening. And when'after a protracted inquiry tho officials disqualified Cnaganour and. placed Aboyeur first, Great Sport taking third place, the silence that marked the Monster nation and dismay of the people was just as significant as their joy over' the favourite's win. The bookmakers were the only, happy on os. They had hardly written Aboyeur's name at all, while Craganour had boon very heavily backed.
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SPORTS AND PASTIMES., Wanganui Chronicle, Issue 12883, 17 June 1913
SPORTS AND PASTIMES. Wanganui Chronicle, Issue 12883, 17 June 1913
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