How Tracery Won The Eclipse Stakes., Daily Racing Form, 1913-08-16


view raw text

HOW TRACERY WON THE ECLIPSE STAKES Tracerys success in the 50000 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park July 18 was easily achieved Ihe race is at a mile and a quarter and with 140 pounds on his back Tracery ran the distance In 213 The time was slow but In view of tho fact that the going was quite heavy it represents a fast run race King George was present and viewed the running of the big race with lively Interest The net value of the event t V Tracerys owner was 43675 and if he supple ¬ ments this by winning the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket next October his total winnings wll have passed well over the 100000 mark As to the race itself London Sportsman of July 19 said saidThere There was a big attendance at Sandown Park yesterday and his Majesty whs present to see the race for the Eclipse Stakes The course had been immensely benefitted by therecont rains and yielded perfect going Racing opened with a counle of Selling Plates which may be briefly disposed of Journeyman was never gravelling smoothly In the Milburh Plate and though he raised hope wh n he deprived Amami of the lead soon after turning into the Straight he could not get out of the way of Blackstone who won easily Ballyoukari and Red Finch the respective mounts of Maher and Wootton were the prevailing tips for the Ditton T Y O Plate but though the former came out the better he in turn had to knock under to the filjy by Rodney out of More Noise who took up tl e running at the halfjourney and won coni fOrtaoly by a couple of lengths The way was now clear for the Eclipse Stakes the field for which stopped short at seven Lorenzo did not put n ah appearance but tljls caused no surprise as though he had accompanied Tracery from New ¬ market there was no intention to run him as long as the big horse was all right the fact being that the son of Rock Sand and Topiary Is particularly higlicouraged horse apt to get a bit above himself In the paddock he was ridden all the time and sweated a lot but he was sober of temperament stud John Watson had him in the perfection of hardy muscular racing condition In ¬ deed for allrouiHl grandeur he simply dwarfed his opponents Dawsou Waugh was superintending the final touches to Louvois and had good reason for being proud of his condition and workmanlike appearance but while hopeful of winning he like everyone else could not fall to be impressed with the Palace House champion The Cliattls Hill cow panlous Hoseworthy and Bachelors Wedding o which the latter but recently picked up the Irish Derby for Sir W Nelsoji both looked fit and well and as much could be claimed for Lomond to see which run Mr Hulton had snatched a respite from the law courts Nor could any fault be found wltii either Hector or Olscau Bleu of which the latter was the extreme outsfder of the partv gallantly as he carried himself in the canter canterTho Tho parade was in the order of the card and ditto the canter namely Tracery Hector Oiseau Bleu Lomond ouvols Bachelors Wedding and Roseworthy and all strode out In the preliminary burst up the hill and past the stands to the stari ing post which was reached with praiseworthy punctuality Meanwhile the wagering had shown Tracery In the light of a strong favourite with odds of 2 to 1 finally laid on him and best be friended of the others were Lomond and Louvois between whom there was nothing to choose it sixes After a few minutes delay during which Lomond was just a little inclined to be fractious Mr Coventry sent them away to a perfect start bit not quite as quickly into his stride as the others the favorite Immediately figured in the rear though all were close together First to break the line was Bachelors Wedding which settled down slightly in front of Roseworthy with Hector Oiseau Bleu and Louvois next Before reaching the railway gate however Tracery on the outside had pulled his way Into third place and directly afterwards swept by Roseworthy leaving Bachelori Wedding still in command and so to the turn Iiiti the straight when Lomond made a shoot for the inside but Was checked and had to steer to the left Ills bolt however was soon shot and with Bachelors Wedding also holding out signals of dis ¬ tress Tracery full of vim came to the front and having disposed of Rosewortiiy momentarily looked like being tackled by Louvois but a light flick of the whip sent him out again like an arrow from u bow and clearing the threeyearold in half U dozen strides he went on to win in hollow fashion by four lengths It was all round a delightfully smooth stylish and withal decisive performance on thu part of Mr Belmonts crack which de ¬ finitely showed his superiority in class to thu threeyearolds but for all that Louvois accom plishcd quite sufficient to justify additional confi ¬ dence In his ability to win the St Legcr Ho cer ¬ tainly threw up his head in what might In ordi ¬ nary circumstances have been considered a rather suspicious manner but this is accounted for by tho fact that the ring of his bit sharply pinched his lip when Saxby drew It through to prevent him hanging hangingThe The Eclipse Stakes brought handsome reconv pense to Mr August Belmout for the mishap to Tracery while contesting the Ascot Gold Cup There may not be quite so much glory about the Sandown race as is attached to the event won by Prince Palatine but the value of the Eclipse Stakes to the owner of the winner is nearly two and a half times as much as the Ascot Gold Cup to be exact 8375 sovereigns as against 30JO sovereigns The victory was immensely popular Tracerys owner being present and receiving hearty congratulations It was the first time he had seen the colt run and the lucky owner was evidently thoroughly delighted not only with the performance of the son of Rock Sand but with the enthusiasm shown by the public Tracery pulled up fresh and sound

Persistent Link:
Local Identifier: drf1913081601_2_5
Library of Congress Record: