The Woottons in Australia, Daily Racing Form, 1914-02-05


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THE W00TT0NS IN AUSTRALIA. Frank and Stanley Woottou have arrived in Sydney form England, accompanied by another Sydney -ite. W. Huxley, who has also done well in that country. Almost needless to say. they were interviewed on arrival of the Moiea at Fremantle. and Frank Woottou continued the announcements in English papers to the effect that he had practically finished riding, though he might still figure in welter and weight-for-age races. However, on his return to England it would not surprise me if he were to drop that idea, and straightway entirely go in for training. 1 have so often referred to F. Woot tons deeds that it is unnecessary for me to say more than that in fight seasons in England lie has. inclusive of dead-heats, ridden 883 winners out of 3.HI4 mounts, and was four times lirst and twice second in the winning jockeys list. During the recently-concluded season in England he only rode !1 winners as against D. .Mahers 115. but his winning percentage was 28.17 sis against the latters 2tj.!3. As there are many Inquiries as to Frank Woot tons age. it may be mentioned that he was 20 years old last month, and commenced riding in South Africa at the age of 10. He never rode in a race in Australia. Questioned as to his suspensions in England. Woottou replied to the effect they were not justi-lied. being, in some cases, the result of complaints by jockeys who were jealous of his success. This is quite feasible, too. as. no matter what the calling, the particularly successful man naturally makes enemies, and they would be only too pleased to stop his progress if possible. The two Woottons are "remaining in Australia about live weeks, but Huxley, who wishes to return in time lor the opening of the English racing season, will limit his stay to three weeks. The latter is hopeful of doing much belter than last year, when he only won :17 of the 337 races in which lie figured, his total, therefore, being considerably lower than his 52 of lit 1 1 . anil T1 of M 2. Young Huxley is well-seized of tlie possibilities In England, and therefore does not hanker after a permanent return to Australia. Huxley, who lias concluded his apprenticeship l R. Woottou. has an eye on some of those liberal retainers which come the way of a successful jockey in tlie old country. Harney Thomisoii, a well-known ex-Australian bookmaker, also came on tlie Morea, accompanied by his partner, J. Marks. In a chat about English horses. .Mr. Thompson said The Totrarch was somewhat under a cloud when he left England, and had eased in the Derby betting. Mr. Thompson furthermore stated that the colt mimed stands fully 17 hands. Inless Mr. Thompson has been misreported. The Tetrarch must certainly be "a boomer." and tlie wonder is thai particular mention of his height has not been made in English papers. One thing certain is that if The Tetrarch is a seventeen-hander. lie is almost too big to stay. Sydney Referee.

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