An Estimate of Rock Sands Class, Daily Racing Form, 1915-12-31


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Sir ir as " id it an 111 " S. „. in ln no 1, at re s |i" j! st iu n- id h- I. 1. •ci :it and id and id the lie ■li ds AN ESTIMATE OF ROCK SANDS CLASS. , I have always held the opinion that Rock Sands *. line* were cast in easy places when he added his s nam" to the list of triple-crown heroes, for as a 1 three-year old he could not hold a caudle to either r Ard Patrick or Sceptre at weight-for-age in the i Eclipse Stakes and Jockey Club Stakes. Moreover. I 1 think he was lucky to win the Derby, as but for r most injudicious riding he would have been beaten J by Yiniciu*. with which M. E. Blanc made one of his many attempts to win our Blue Riband. There is none the less much to be said in praise of the ! son of Sanfoin, which, in spite of three seasons of active service, was not blessed with the best of I legs and must at various times have caused his trainer. Blackwell, much anxiety. In the matter f of pluck, however, he was a veritable bulldog, for r a gamer or more courageous horse never carried a " . saddle. As a two-year-. Id he won all his engage-re nients with the exception of the Middle Park Plate, which Flotsam won in the hands of Maher. who had ij ridden Sir James Millers colt in all his previous s races, but in consequence of Sir Daniel Coopers s prior claim he wa* replaced by W. Lane. Flotsam II won easily, and BmlMM wa* *ecoiid. but the form wa* reversed wilh the latter a fortnight later when, 1. wiih thro,- pounds the worst of the weight* and Malic lm. k in the saddle. Rock Sand won the Dewhiirst t Ilate with more than throe lengths to spare. Martin 11 rode Rock Sand when Ite decisively turned the tables s on Flotsam in the Two Thousand Guineas, but Maher r was "up" again in the Derby, the St. James Palace Stakes at Ascot, and the St. Leger, when William 1 Rufus was his nearest opponent. As a four-year-old 1 Rock Sand won the Hardwicke Stakes, beating ; Santry and Sceptre, which, receiving one pound, was beaten five lengths, and other victories includ-d I the Princess of Wales Stakes and Jockey Club 1 Stakes. Altogether the horse was a highly profitable 1 servant to Sir James Miller, after whose death he was purchased by Mr. A. Belmont, for whom he i sired Tracery in America before he was bought by • a syndicate for service in France, where lie died I not long since. — "Vigilant" iu London Sportsman.

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