Europes Riding Leaders: ONeill, Archibald, Lyne, All Americans, Among Them-Donoghue and Hopper Others, Daily Racing Form, 1922-02-12


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EUROPES RIDING LEADERS ONeill, Archibald, Lyne, All Americans, Among Them — Donoghue and Hopper Others. Here we are again in the season of statistics. Nearly evcrywheie the same racing "aces" are to be found at the top of the heap for another year. This proves, e-pecially so far as jockeys are concerned, that ::ew blight stars are not appearing in any number. In Frame ONeill is a*KC more in front. Everything that i to be said of him has been said — details of his riding abilities, his family life and tiie rest. The government has rccogateed his evergreen fame with appropriate do. -orations. He has become a figure of tie- time, aad an extremely popular one. Passing to England we find DonoglHie, who has graced tiie head of the list of winning riders each year for the test BCVeu or eight, once more at the top. Of him I can only repeat what 1 wrote last rear — that he is not only one of the best jockeys that ever lived, but that lie also liolds the uariaaje distinction of showing a complete transformation so far as his tiding is concerned as he grows older. While many other riihrs were shining brilliantly in their early youth and then fading again almost as rapidly as they had developed, beeoning once mote what they had been p-eviously — simple "hack" riders content their two mounts a day — Donoghue. who was only a most ordinary jockey in the South of France and in Belgium years ago, has become at over thirty years indisputably a saddle artist. In Belgium there is little i-hange. .1. Hopper, wlo occupied aecoad plan in lflin. jumps to first rank in 1S21. lb- waa fonaerly the jockey of the Graeaeadael Stable and reasJaaea, under Vamlen-Bteea, who led the Belgian trainers for the year, to maintain the tiaditions of the establishment alter the depaiture of the master. This stable dominated the Belgian turf before the war. Its oolors were carried to victory by MB horses in I single season during that period. FOOLED THEM WITH PHANTOM HORSE." Hopper is one of three jockey brothers, nephews of the Hopper who trained Parcaldine and who drew sharp attacks upon his head when he fooled the work-watcher- by working that famous horse at night. lu Baglaad ihe work-out is considered almost a national event and in considering the chances of a horse in an important stake the sporting papers play up the trials almosi as much as the actual races. And. in fact, on the British courses these work-outs are virtual races, with regular race riders, "weighing out." ami all of the appnr- tenane.s They bare little in rommoa with the "Yorkshin gallops" on our sandy tracks, which an pompously accorded lie dignity f "work-outs." al-t hough their indication* are nine out ot tea time* iv.n ihe lie in the actual rare. This Barcatdiae was almost unknown then, but the w atehers sensed in him the great crack which he actually was. Hopper decided to fool them and announced oae evening, when ihe moon was shining brightly, that his coll would be tried at dawn the following morning. At .$ oclock in the morning lie aiiny began to march toward Limekiln, but they arrived only to learn that five horses had been galloped hours by moonlight, and nothing could they learn of the nsalt* of the affair. Some time later Pan aldiue won his up. to the great grief of the bookm.i :.eis. who were nearly ruined. The monstrous nap With the "phantom horse aroused a huge demonstration of protest. But to return to the jockevs. In Spain Archibald had the greatest Banker of winning mounts, but his ■arceaa was of mediocre njaality. His coatracl stable, decapitated by the departure of Nonvel An for France and the disappearance from racing of Cheix de Koi. gave him few chances for victory, and his occa-ional victories were won for small atabh I am! on mediocre lior-es. Dies, contract rider for "Pere" Lieux, is second, almost on even terms with Archibald. Lartea Lyne, King Alfoa-■ea Americas Jockey, holds third place, although the royal stable only seat its hor-es to the po-t sixty times during the year, winning twenty-seven races. r tor, in Le lei kl ] . a-

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