Unusual Precautions at Royal Ascot, Daily Racing Form, 1914-06-17


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■ , : • - - i i t t e ; . tl i e ■ ■ - ;- UNUSUAL PRECAUTIONS AT ROYAL ASCOT. London. Rug., June Hi. — Never before were such. precautions taken to guard members of the royal family from the suffragettes as were taken today at tlie Ascot r.oe c iiuse. The opening of the lead teg Society race meeting found mere than 1.000 London policemen ami hundreds of detectives from Scotland Yard assembled on tin- historic course a re enforcements fur tin- regular Berkshire county police forte, which had been mobilised in full strength. The six -mile route from Windsor Castle to the coarse Was lined all the way by policemen. The militants, m spite of the queens threat to cancel the real f the seasons social engagements, showed themselves more determined thaa ever to obtain publicity for their cause by attacking the Uing. The arrangements for guarding the entrance to the royal enclosure on the rate cours" were more stringent than ever. Fvery applicant for a ticket hail to be Vouched for by some responsible official. I he track was closely guarded anil there ware triple rails to prevent anj unauthorised persons from reaching it. Day and night men accompanied by watch dojs have patrolled the course, anil alarm guns have been placed in position around the stands and lawns. A large contingent of resident Americans wee among those invited to the royal enclosure. These Included Walter Mines Page, the American ambassador ami Mrs. Page, witli members of the embassy staff; Mrs. Nicholas Long north, Philip J. Roosevelt, Mr. and Mr-. Cornelius VaniderbDt, and Colonel Edward M. House of Texas, Mrs. John Astor and a number of others. Prancing on either side of the kings carriage rode Lieutenant Colonel Sir Frederick Pouaonbi ami Major Oliver Wigmm, the royal equerries, attired in the orth !"X -ilk hat-, morning coats and dark riding breeches ami jack boots, while scarlet-clad gro s escorted a doaen other carriages bearing members of the royal family ami the principal court officials and uue-ts from the cast le. For the mere male, a Prince Albert or atorning oi.it. with a silk hat. is absolutely insisted nnon for today and Thursday, the two state days. The women who thronged the reserved Inciosures sported their newest and most exponsive costumes. For them rating i; of minor importance compared with the necessity of out-dr sslng their rivals ami friends. Th- roval inclosure contained everybody -.ho i- anj body. wh«!. tin- hoisting ol the roval standard in dleated thai the king ami tpe-en hail taken their places ami gave the signal for the races to com- mence. This was Princess Marys flrst Ascot Tin racing :- nominally controlled by the stewards of the Jockey Club, but as the heath is roval property, and nit -i of the prize- are given by the king. ii. dk narch himself ha- the la.-t word in everything. lb appoints hi- own stewards, bandicappers ami Judges, am! ha- his own private police court in which offenders are dealt with by Sir John Dick Inson, chief magistrate from Bow Street. Sir .bin was on di.t.v for the lir-t time today. takln 1 1 in the -t mil- are devwti d to the upkeep of tin- course and the provision of subs tan tia! prises, but King George lets the public on the course withe,; charge. Many important rati- will be decided during the four days, the principal events I d. iv being tie Gold Vase, presented hy King r;eorge. value . MM , with ,000 in specie added, distance two in lie* the Ascot Stakes, a two-mile handicap, .al |10. MM, and th- Coventry Stakes, vain- 1914.sh,000, foi two-year-olds, distance live fur, longs. Tomorrow th,- chief event i- the valuable Royal Hen Cup. On Thursday the Gold Cup. one of the most coveted trophies in Europe, is inn. The him, let- several entries, ami will attend I ea.h day. The v-ci siai. -. a handicap of twentj sover dgns each, ten sovereign* forfell with two tb.uissud ,.|,- i- addetl. tii- three-year-olds and upward i: two mile-, was won by .1. A. tie Rothschilds lour year-old bay colt.Broadn I.by Voter Wild Thynpe. carrying s i ounds. ||. Brushwoods live year-old j chestnut horse. ,*sparagna, by Little! in -Nats, lot i pounds, wa- second, and II. Crallaas lve-year-o!d 1 chestnut horse. The Culler, by Gull — Lady Teazle, tip nounds third c a B a j n . , , j, . j J J , The Cold Vase of the value of two hundred sov I ereigns ami given by King George, in addition to 1 sweepstakes of twenty sovereigns each, with four hundred sovereigns added, for hrec-ycar-olils ami 1 upward. at two miles. was won by Lord 1 Derbys three-year-old bay fillv. Glorvlna, by De- l inond — Feneration II. .with P. c. Htekeya three-year- I old bay colt. Ciiicinnatus. by Santol Countess Back- 1 Ingham, second, and L. Boltons four year-old bay colt. Thistle ton. by Solinian — Fair Jean, third. Tlie Prince of Wale- Stakes of fifty sovereigns -each, half forfeit, with one thousand sovereigns . I Sdded, lor three year olds, at about a mile and live l furlongs, was won by the Duke of Devonshires . chestnut colt. Marten, by Marco Cheshire Cat. with ! King Georges chestnut colt. Brakespear, by Speni 1 mint Gulneaben, second, and Sir K. CuaneUa buy 1 colt. Seipio. by Cicero—Cyme, third. The Coventry Stakes of ten sovereigns each, with , one thousand sovereigns added, for two-year-olds, at five furlongs, was won by W. M. Savills cheat- . nut Illy. Lady Josephine, by Sundridge — Americus iirl. with C. P.. lstnays chestnut colt. Costello. . by Marco — Perjury, second ami J. B. Joels brown . filly. Bright, by • Sundridge " Parle, third. 1 i

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