Archiestown a Genuine Champion, Daily Racing Form, 1917-01-30


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ARCHIESTOWN A GENUINE CHAMPION. Concerning a remarkable exhibition of weight carrying ability at the Windsor meeting on January 13. London Sporting Life of January 1.". said: "The outstanding feature of a capital days racing at Windsor on Saturday was the performance of II. S. Persses Archiestown. trained by Percy Whil-aker. in the chief event, the Riverside Hurdle Handicap. At the December meeting here the son of Sir Archibald carried off comfortably a similar prize, with 172 pounds in the saddle, beating Shacealiac. with I Say the same distance behind, in a field which also included Green Falcon. White Prophet. Vermouth, Dabher. Redwood, St. Reuve. Mollys Birthday, Rallyhist ami Perimac. The going on that occasion was fairly good, but on Saturday it was. if not exat tly heavy, decidedly holding. That Ar.-hies-tovvn should win as easily as he did. therefore, under the increased burden of 17." pounds, stamps him as a hurdler of the highest class. Mac* curiosity was felt as to whether he or Waterbeil, which is of the same age and was in receipt of eight pounds, would start in t!::- greater demand, but the point was quickly settled by bookmakers offering _ 2 to 1 Waterbed, 3 to 1 Archiestown. and 10 to Tfg "bar" two. There were, of course, certain fluctuations, in the course of which Archiestown could be supported at as liberal odtls as 4 to 1; but the rates mentioned above were those which governed the situation at the start. There was only one "springer" in the field, this being Stainton. whose friends were so numerous that he eventually touched 5 to 1 and 11 to 1. The acumen with which bickers hail handled the position was demonstrated when the three leading fancies were the three whose numbers were hoisted at the judges box immediately after the finish. After Ednnms Pelle, which had won a selling race here in December, had made the greater part of the running. Archiestown came out with a iong le:d over the final flight of hurdles, and soon after clearing these, must have hail some ten or twelve lengths advantage. Passing the stands, however. In- appeared to be tiring rather so that Stainton and Waterbeil finished much nearer to him than would otherwise have been the ease. Possibly this was tlue to Parfrement taking matters a trifle easily, or it may have been that in the Sticky going on this part of the track the Royston h irse found him-elf unable to act witli quite the same facility as at other stages of the contest. However, as already stated, he won with three lengths to spare, and is now entitled to be regarded as the champion hurdler. Waterbeil ran well indeed again, but is obviously inferior to Archiestown. which, besides presenting him with eight pounds, administered a hoilow beating."

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