Tracerys Defeat by Cantilever, Daily Racing Form, 1913-10-15


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TRACERYS DEFEAT BY CANTILEVER. The defeat of Tracery by Cantilever in the .0,000 Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket October 1, was not altogether unexpected, because on the day previous Lord Harewoods colt had defeated Bachelors Wedding in the Sixty-fourth Triennial Produce Stakes in such easy fashion as to suggest that Tracery would liud it a dillicult task to give him 34 IKiuuds and a beating. Such proved to be the case and .Cantilever won easily enough by two lengths. Tracery made a gallant effort despite his 147 pounds and defeated all the others but had to succumb to a colt that may himself prove to be a high-class race horse. Editorially, London Sporting Life said of the race: "The defeat of Tracery in the Jockey Club Stakes yesterday came as the crowning disaster of a season more disastrous to the reputations of supposedly good horses than any other within living memory, and it only remains for The Petrarch to go down before one of his opponents at Kempton Park next week to make the tale of tragedy absolutely complete. That nothing of the kind will happen to Mr. McCalmonts ilyiug gray, however, is what everyone hopes for, but under the altered conditions of going it really is unsafe to be , too confident about even such a certainty as he appears to be. To return, though, to Tracery, it is to be noted that his defeat was brought about by one of our much and apparently deservedly maligned three-year-olds, which, however, was receiv ing something like three times the amount of poundage provided for in the weight-for-age scale for the present month. The question as to whether Prince Palatine or Tracery is the better animal appears to have been settled by yesterdays race, as the former carried exactly the same big weight to victory in this event last year when Lorenzo, then three 1 years old, received 33 pounds only 1 pound less ; thiih Cantilever and was beateu out of a place. Perhaps, however, it is unfair to compare Lord Harewoods colt unfavorably with Lorenzo, though 1 as both were long in coming to their best form, such comparison may not be altogether unjustified. How wonderful is Cantilevers improvement can be best arrived at by a study of this years "book," which shows that less than a month ago he was desparately hard put to it to present S pounds ! to a moderate animal like Gravelotte at Doncastcr, while at Stockton Light Brigade gave him 5 pounds and simply played with him. The latter performance surely makes out Light Brigade to be a long way in front of his contemporaries. But there! It is clearly unsafe to prophesy anything concerning tlie present crop of three-year-olds. Amidst all the confusion, however, one must not forget to congratulate 1 Lord Harewood and Ills able young trainer, College Leader, on their great triumph yesterday, although it would almost appear as if a St. Leger - were thrown away when it was decided not to run i the son of Bridge of Canny and Lighthead for the , last of the classic eveuts. Time, too, may prove that Tracery was set an ! altogether Impossible task yesterday, and it must not t be overlooked that the market provided some sort of guide to the result, as bookmakers were content t to accept to 4 about Mr. Belmonts horse while . his conqueror started at no longer odds than C to a 1, the two being separated by Aleppo, which, however, - proved to be no match for Tracery at the e weights, though he succeeded in accounting for a a good round sum on being placed third.

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