Apologues Melbourne Cup Race: Australian Cracks Meet and Beat Each Other Incidents of Races, Daily Racing Form, 1907-12-26


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APOLOGUES MELBOURNE CUP RACE. Australian Cracks Meet and Beat Each Other. Incidents of Races. When at Melbourne, Australia, November 11, R. L. Clelands five-year-old bay horse, Apologue, won the Melbourne Cup, he made a sterling performance. The horse won by a scant lengtli under 107 pounds in 3:27. with Mountain King, winner of the Victoria Derby, second, and Poseidon fifth. Poseidon is four years old, the cup crack of Australia, and carried 143 pounds in the race. He was thoroughly beaten, though. Tliere were nineteen starters. Apologues time was" but three-quarters of a second behind the American record, Judge Dennys 3:2G1, made under 105 pounds at Oakland in February, 1S9S. It has stood because two-mile races are so scarce in this country. Apologues race was worth about 0,000. At the same famous Flemlngton course, before an enormous crowd, Poseidon won the ,500 Melbourne Stakes at one and one-quarter miles In 2:12, with A2C pounds up. Apologue, 129 pounds, was second to him. Poseidon won in a canter by two lengths. Evans, who rode Apologue In the Melbourne Cup, on his way back to the scales, was swaying in his saddle, while his. face was white and drawn with exhaustion. He rode into the inclosure, however, and then, instead of dismounting, slipped to the ground a limp heap- Earnshaw, the trainer of Apologue, sprang to the jockeys side and lifted him up. The boy was in a fainting condition, but he had not played his part right out yet. He still had to weigh in before the horse could be declared the winner. He was carried to the scales, and, half sitting on them, half propped up against them, with, his saddle beside him, he managed to bold out long enough to have the weight checked. It was all right, and at the announcement of this the jockeys last ounce of nervous energy deserted him, and he sank to the floor in a dead faint. There was consternation for a minute or two, and nobody knew exactly what had happened. Evans was carried into the Inside room, where Sir Thomas Fitzgerald examined him. He found that the boy was suffering merely from weakness and exhaustion, and ordered stimulants and rest. It turned out that Evans had "wasted off" ten and one-half pounds in two days by means of severe Turkish baths. R. L. Cleland, the owner of Apologue, is a New Zealander, and went over to Melbourne especially to see his horse run in the Melbourne Cup. "I bought him, In conjunction with another man, for ,040 as a yearling," he said, "and I have always had a great opinion of him. He is a splendid stayer, and always has a fast finish left in him. He was just beaten out of a place In the Auckland Cup, which Is two miles. In that race two horses dead-heated for third place, and Apologue was just behind them, but a week before that race he struck a. stone while galloping and his foot festered up, so that he had to be rested till within four days of the race. I am more than ever certain that he ought to have won the Caulfleld Cup. I think he was a better horse than Poseidon at the weights. He Is the first New Zealand bred and owned horse that has won the big race." T. H. Sbattook, an employe at Tyler and Companys, Ballarat, was the holder of Apologue, the Melbourne Cup winner, In Tattersalls sweep. His win would be worth over 5,000 to him. It is noteworthy that Tattersalls winning tickets in both the Caul-field and the Melbourne Cups were held at Ballarat. Apologue, sure enough, was bought after the race to go to India. The price was 2,500. The deal was brought off by R. G. Baldocly of Bombay, an Importer of Australian horses. It is said that the purchaser Is the Chief of Kagal, who races, chiefly in Western India, under the nom de course of "Mr. It. R. S." The Chief of Kagal is a Continued on second page. APOLOGUES MELBOURNE CUP RACE. Continued from first page. brother of the Maharajah of Kholapore, and has long raced on a fairly large scale. Apologue is to fulfill his, immediate weight-forage engagements In Australia before being taken to India. Should he, however, acclimatize properly, there is no doubt whatever that he will be at the top of the tree. Great Scot was probably the best class waler that has yet won the Viceroys Uup, but Apologue will go with an even greater reputation. Owners find It a very elusive race to win. There was the case not so long ago of Friar Tuck, liought from the Duke of Portland by Mr. J. C. Galstaun for 0,400. The horse had run third to Ard Patrick in the Derby and- third to .Sccptrje iu the St. Leger, besides having won in the interval. That form was good enough to win a Viceroys Cup. Only the horse In make and shape and temperament was never filled for export lo. India. He got fever straightaway, and at once became a desperate roarer. Before long he was passed oil to Australia for use in the stud, but soon itfterwardj Ue Uipre,

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