Some Effects of Spanish Racing, Daily Racing Form, 1919-03-07


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SOME EFFECTS OF SPANISH RACING A cessation of hostilities has affected the sport encouraged by M. de Neuter in Spain, which will no doubt have a favorable and reflex action on the small breeders in the south of France. There the small farmers still regret the days when M. Vincent of Tarbes was an adept in placing mares conditionally with the landowner and guaranteeing liim a certain remunerative sum for any foal passing muster with the trainer who visited his place 011 behalf of the owner. When this custom died out with the introduction of the yearling sales at Deauvillt the costs and risks of sending yearlings so far from home calmed the initiative of Uie small breeder, who became dependent on the small owners at Pau, Marseilles and the region generally. But little relief was accorded them by the creation of racing at San Sebastian, where they were swamped by the superior class of animal sent down from the stables of noted breeders in the absence of racing in France. M. de Neuter found an opening, and has become not .only an authority on sport in the peninsula, but has undertaken the management of the stable of King Alfonso. With the royal example given them the nobility of Spain have taken to racing, and a Spanish Societe dEncouragement has been formed, under the presidency of the Count de la Cimerra, with the intention of giving a Grand Prix in Spain, where a sum of 250,000 pesetas is to be the guerdon of the winner. The season, which has hitherto been prolonged owing to the absence of sport in France and Belgium, will now be materially shortened. The meeting at San Sebastian takes place in September, and is intended to replact; the fixture at Baden-Baden, which presumably will be but little patronized by French owners. Paris letter to London Sportsman.

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