The Late Lord Mintos Riding Ability, Daily Racing Form, 1914-03-18


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THE LATE LORD MINTOS RIDING ABILITY. The universally regretted decease of Lord Minlo. former governor-general of Canada, which occurred iu India recently, just at the moment when tlw comiMjtence of amateur riders in England is form-in" a fruitful topic of conversation and inviting comparison between the ability of the present gentlemen iockevs and those of the past, writes "Senejr," and will cause many of the old-timers to recall to memory some of bis performances in the saddle. Without achieving absolute greatness in the saddle in the days when there were giants in the land, for he was a contemporary of the late .1. Maunsel Richardson and other exceptionally line riders, Lord Minto, or Lord Melgund. as he then was, earned a considerable reputation for himself as a fearless aud most competent, if rather an unlucky horsemen. He rode four times in the Grand National, his mounts being Defence in 1S74: .Miss Hungerford in 1S75; Zero in 1S70, and Earl Marshal iu 1S77, and was generally believed to have broken his neck when Zero came down at A alen-tines Brook, but, although he recovered, it was a long time liefore Mr. Roily that being his noui de c0,irse entirely recovered from the shock. He won the Grand Steeplechase at Anteuil in 1874 on Miss Hungerford, and many other good races were included in the category of his wins, including the University yiijpestablished by Lord Rothschild when he was an undergraduate at Cambridge.

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