Leopold De Rothschilds Only Derby.: Exultation with Which He Viewed His St. Amant Win the Great Epsom Race., Daily Racing Form, 1917-06-22


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LEOPOLD DE ROTHSCHILDS ONLY DERBY. Exultation with Which He Viewed His St. Assent Win the Great Epsom Race. Mr. Leopold de Rothschilda ambition, tike nil port men wna ■■ win the Derby. It was only by a narrow margin thi pleasure was denied him in 1 -! .. when the late King Edwards he wus Prince of Waiis at the time leisimmon just got the bet! r of St. Prasqaia. Eight years later, however, e.uiie the memorable day for the dark blue. yellow cap. The rain had been strongly in evidence before the time came on for "the" event of tin-Near, ami it culminated in a violent thunderstorm while the eight, runners were at the post, amongst them being St. Amaat, ridden by Kempton Cannon, for the deceased aportamnn. The favorite wna the French -bred none Goavernaat, ridden by Morning - ton Cannon, and there were also two others John o Ganat and Henry the First -in better demand in the wagering Mian St. Ansnnt, whose sire, singularly, was st. Prusquin. St. Amant. Who bad previously won the Two Thousand Guineas, and was adorned with blinkers. Went down to the starting i»osl in f.ir from good style, and when they were lined up. Kempton Cam. on subsequent!] told the writer, he had to ask the starters assistant to give him a "wake up" with his whip. .Ms jockey also touched him and at this psychological moment the barrier was rained, and a risieat peal of thunder broke over the Downs. Kempton Cannon held the opinion this so startled his mount that lie dashed off at an alarming speed. "I did not attempt to check him." he added, "but when I drew clear of the others. I steadied him aaaaewhat uenru the hill. Be slightly slipped making the turn into the straight, but by this time I bad a fairly good lead." The Fortunate Winners Excitement. Meanwhile "Mr. I.eo." as he was more popularly I noun, wsj Watching events in his accustossed place just in front of the press Im». Though this special earner was set apart for the stewards of the Jockey elub. no one questioned his right to In- there, and another deceased gentleman iu Lord Russell of Kiliowea was always on Mr. de Rothschilda left when his judiei.il duties permitted. The running worked "Mr. I.e.." into a state of gre:tt excitement, and when the horses were fairly in Una for home, he repeatedly turned to the reporters and said: "Ive won." "Will he be aught " A quarter of a mile from home there was just a suspicion of danger when Mr. George Thursby made his effort on John oGntint. Kempton Cannon, base-ever, it was noted, had bad a look round, but in thSJ last eighth there was no doubt as to the success of St. Amant. "Mr. Leo" did not wait for the hoisting of the numbers, but dashed down the steps leading to the unriddling enclosure.. He slipped slightly owing to the sodden condition of the ground, and his silk hat went flying. This was quickly handed to him. and he went into the surging crowd on the course to lead his horse in. The excited spectators fairly mobbed the fortunate owner, and it was some time before the police could get a char path for him. He presented a quaint figure when he appeared. lie was soaked through, and his face as white as a sheet. When the excitement had somewhat cooled down, he remarked: "I am indeed a happy man." Subsequently he lavished gifts to commemorate the victory. — London Sporting Life.

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