Frances Coming Steeplechaser, Daily Racing Form, 1908-12-23


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FRANCES COMING STEEPLECHASER. Under date of December 7. the Paris correspondent of London Sportsman says of a remarkably promising young cross-country horse: "On several occasions lately I have written in high praise of M. A. Vell-Picards smart young fcteeplechaser, Pharaon, and last week I spoke of him as likely to win high honors over the Auteuil country. On Sundav he won the Prix la naye-Jousselin. the last big steeplechase of the year, the .lidded money being ,000. and the distance of the race nearly three miles and a half. Pharaon is ai four-year-old gelding by St. Frusquin. out of Peoria. He ran second to Dandolo in the Grand International Steeplechase de Paris at Auteuil last -year, and he had previously won the Grand Steeple-chase dEnghicn. beating both Dandolo and Royal W Visiteur, the hero of the Prix la Haye-.Tousselln last W winter. During his short career over jumps he had jwoiL-nearly 5,000 iu stakes, and as he has not yet entered on his fifth year he should have a very brilliant career before him. The Prix la Haye-Jousselln was formerly known as the Prix de la Croix de Berny. Since the change of title it has been won by some celebrated chasers, including Prefect in 1898. Bucheron in 1819, Klllarney in 1001 and 1902, Violon II. in 1904. IDandolo iu 1905. and Royal Visiteur last year. JPharaon is a most perfect fencer, never putting a rut wrong, and I should very much like to see liltu taking nart at some future- time In the Liverpool Grand National."

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