Defeat of the Favourite,
How sceptre Lost the Race.
A London correspondent writes as follows:—Another hot Derby favourite " bowled over " — another certainty "gone to the wall." Sceptre, daughter of the Ivng's horse Persimmon, should have undoubtedly carried off the great race. Sceptre was the people's hope and choice. Already she had won two of the five " classics." It was time that a filly carried of the Blue Riband. Twenty years had elapsed since Shotover won; and the great Blink Bonny " double event " of 1857—she scored, as Eleanor had done before her in both Derby and Oaks—seems I'kely to be never repeated.
But what strange fatalities attach to great Derby favourites. Macgregor, the Ivussley champion, and warmest favourite within recollection, ran fourth in in 1870. Bruce, the idol of backers, ranfourth in 1882. Surefoot, the " softest thing "■—on paper—ever known, performed the same trick in 1890. And now Sceptre, backed before the event for half-a-million, follows suit and does likewise.
It was seventy years since a K'ng of England had seen the Derby, and there a full representation of other royalties present.
But let mo hasten to brief description of the great event. Fowling Piece was the first away, but on settling down, the pony, Csardas, made the running I from Fowling Piece, Ard Patrick, and Royal Lancer. At the mile past, Ard Patrick and Sceptre (whom the populace called " Spectre" by way of variety) improved their positions, and the iilly came round Tattenham Corner so full of running that a great jubilant shout went up from thousands of throats, " The favourite wins." However, just as her chance seemed brightest, she dropped right out, and Ard Patrick coming ou clear of Rising Glass and Friar Tuck, won in a canter by three lengths, while by the same margin Rising Glass kept Friar Tuck out of second place. Sceptre, who was not persevered with, finished fourth, and then the others came in an enormous tail, with Caro bringing up the rear.
Coronation Derby will be long remembered rather as an eventful than a great celebration. Disappointment at the final issue of the race was palpable and unmistakeablc, and prudent folk took the earliest opportunity of shaking tho mud of Epsom from their feet.
Ard Patrick's fortunate owner is Mr " Jack " Gubbins, an Irish gentleman and sportsman. The now celebrated horse is Mr Gubbins' second Derby winner. Galtce More was his first, in 1807, when Lord ltoscbory ran second with Velasquez, whoso half-brother Ard Patrick is. Previous to Galtce More, no Irish-bred hors-; had ever succeeded at Epsom. News of the 1897 victory sent sporting Ireland wild with delight, and on the famous Galteo More Mountain, after which tho equine celebrity was named, huge bonfires were lighted in celebration of this further humiliation of the Saxon.
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Coronation Derby., Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume XXVI, Issue 7224, 4 August 1902
Coronation Derby. Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume XXVI, Issue 7224, 4 August 1902
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