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THE VICISSITUDES OF A DERBY WINNER.

The career of St. Gatien, who divided the Derby jfter a dead heat with Harvester, affords a remarkaole illustration of the vicissitudes of a racehorse. In addition to doubtful and unfashionable parentage, he was snch a mean, common lookiag yearling that his breeder ordered his trainer to sell the colt by auction during one of the autumn meetings at Newmarket soon after he was broken. The colt had previously been offered for sale privately at £100 to several people at Newmarket, including Hayhoe (Mr Rothschilds, trainer), who consented to take the youngster in liquidation' of an acconnt of £50, but declined to give the " century." As Sherwood had only two or three horses at the time, he consented to train the colt at thirty shillings a week ,instead of at the standard charge of fifty shillings, on condition that Major Brace made it up to him if St. Gatien turned out well. He won all three races for which he started at two year old, and as his owner continued anxious to sell, St. Gatien was purchased by Mr Hammond for £1400 during the winter, with a contingency of "another £1000" if he won the Derby. Harvester on the other hand, cost £8600 guineas at auction only a* month before the Derby, and the dead heat between the pair has been waggishly compared to Herring's well-known picture of " Saint Giles and Saintf James. Sir JohnWilloughby is an oflicer in the Guards, but unlike the Macnabs, who boast of the possession of a boat of their own at the flood, Mr HammonJ began life in Golding's Btables; at Newmarket- From that employment he worked his way into the position of confidential commissioner to many of the trainers and jockeys at Newmarket — a vein of racing ore which has secured him a fortune. — London World.

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THE VICISSITUDES OF A DERBY WINNER., West Coast Times, Issue 4736, 7 October 1884

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THE VICISSITUDES OF A DERBY WINNER. West Coast Times, Issue 4736, 7 October 1884

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