Belgian Racing and Riding, Daily Racing Form, 1907-12-24


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.. BELGIAN RACING AND RIDING. i Belgium is making considerable headway as far as racing is concerned, and this year the gathering in Park Paddocks for the December sales has been quite cosmopolitan. As far as flat racing is concerned, there were 160 days, or twelve more than last year, and the amount of the added money camo to 00,420, increased by the entries and forfeits to 07,100. Talion. the Belgian-bred sire, stands at the head of the list, showing how he has Improved during the past two years. His progeny have won 0,430 under both rullugs, and he has for the time being taken the position formerly held by Trazegnies, which, with Magistral, is the only Belgian sire which has won over 0,000 during the past year. The largest slice of the. cake lias fallen to the stable of M. Brugmann, whose enterprise has been amply rewarded and has placed Slmrpe, who. trains the horses carrying his colors, at theliead of the list of trainers as having led In 118 winners, while Breze, who trains for Mr. Ribeaucourt, tho Robaix sportsman, has had to be content with securing ninety-two brackets for his owner. G. Ashman and J. Stanton come third and fourth Nwitji eighty-six and sixty-five winners respectively, and then a fair average is shown by the Belgian train ers. Volckaert, Keipe, Vandensteen and Douliere. Heapy, the stable jockey of M. Brugmann, never in want of a ride when he is free, naturally holds the prize he deserves at the head of the list of winning jockeys, with 184 brackets, catching tho eye of the judge 124 times as second, and eighty-seven as third, while on 225 occasions he only captured a ducks egg. The next most successful rider was, T. Miller, with 121 wins, eighty-one seconds, and sixty-five thirds out of 381 mounts. F. Slade Is third, and then come In order Kerchove, .Shat-well, Killean and George Stern, the French jockey who has ridden 1-30 times in Belgium and shows an excellent average of thirty-four wins, thirty-three second place, and twenty-seven third.

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