Minoru's success makes the third time his Majesty King Edward has been successful in that most coveted of all races — tlie English Derby. In 1896, when Prince of Wales, his Majesty won with Persimmon, and four years later with Diamond Jubilee; but the King does not own this year's winner, which he merely holds on lease, with some others, from Colonel W. Hall Walker, by whom he was nominated fbr all his two and three-year-old engagements. When two years old Minoru started on six occasions, but while he won at his first appearance — Great Surrey Foal Stakes at Epaom — lie failed in each of the others, though being placed in four races. In hia winter quarters, however, Minoru must have made the improvement hoped for, and early this season he beat nine opponents in Greenham Stakes at Newbury, amongst the conquered lot being Valens, who ran second, and on whom 11 to 10 was wagered. Subsequently Minoru won the Two Thousand Guineas, in which the other places went to Phaleron and Louviers. Minoru has some other valuable engagements awaiting him this season, including St. James's Palace Stakes, .Atlantic Stakes, Duchfss of York Plate, Sussex Stakes; St. Leger, Kigsclere Stakes, and Sandown Foal Stakes. Louviers is evidently a good colt. Of seven starts at two years old he »vas only once out of a place, while he beat the opposition in Zetland Plate and Coventry Stakes, the lot behind him in the latter race including Minoru, who started favourite. Since running third in Two Thousand Guineas, Louviers b.»at the One Thousand winner, Electra, and others in Newmarket Stakes — a race the result of which often bears directly on the Derby. Louviers has other engagements of note this season, and his meeting with Minoru in the St. Leger \frill be looked forwajd to with world-wide intorest. William IV. — third in the Derby — is also in the St. Leger. He was rather a disappointment last season, and in each of four starts was unplaced. The English Derby was first run in 1780, when Diomed won, and on occasions it attracted a very
big "field." For' instance, when Caractacua won, there were 34 starters, while 33 ran in Teddington's year, and 32 when Cossack won, and on seven other occasions there were 30 -or 31 starters. When Si'gnprinetta, who started at 100 to 1, won last year, there were 18 competitors in the Derby, and the race was worth to her owner .£6450> On two occasions the Derby resulted in a dead-heat. St. Gatien and Harvester divided the prize, but Cadlandand The Colonel ran off, and the former won. By Avinning Two Thousand Guineas and D<srby Minoru has done what St. Amant, Galtee Moore, Imdaa, Isinglass, Common, Ayrshire, Ormonde, and. some other good performers achieved in their respective years. • ■>,
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BY "ACHILLES.", Wanganui Herald, Volume XXXXIV, Issue 12786, 3 June 1909
BY "ACHILLES." Wanganui Herald, Volume XXXXIV, Issue 12786, 3 June 1909
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