French Flat Racing Starts: ONeill Begins This Years Work with a Winning Mount, Daily Racing Form, 1922-03-26


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FRENCH FLAT RACING STARTS « CNeil! Begins This Years Work With a Winning Mount. — * Veteran Winkfield Outfinishes Hayncs — Betting Much Lighter Than in Past Years. — — -♦ SPECIAL CORRESPONDENCE. PARIS. Fiance, March 17. — The flat racing teases stalled day before yesterday at St. Cloud. The weather was springlike anil topcoats were quite uncomfortable until after the fifth race. when the sun became low. Tin; gate was most satisfactory, almost equal to last season and quite in excess of anything we have seen at Autenil the past lew weeks. Commander J. K. L. Ross represented the home racing talent. He was much interested watching the horses in the paddock and also the racing. Next week he is going to England for the Grand National and will then return to France for a few weeks before sailing froi.i Cherlxmrg early in April for America. The usual opening -vent, a claimer. was won by Cinna, and Frank ONeill, after getting off flying, was always in front and hung up his first win for the sesssa, which pleased him tremendously. The Prix St. Cloud. ,000. for three-year-olds, was an easy victory for Marcel Boussacs Grillemont, ridden by the old master, George Stern. "Gene" Leighs new importation. Haynes. rode three times for his stable. In the last race on the Macomher cast-off. El Kantara, by Yoter. lie was beaten a short head by Mantacheffs Boy Prince, by Prince Palatine. Winkfield up. Haynes is alert at the post and will probably do all right as ] soon as iie drops his stirrups a couple of holes. They all do it after riding here a short time. ONeill, McOee and Gamer, and Loftus did also before he went home It would have been all light to have hail Haynes ] win on his first days riding, hut Winkfield was on the better horse and we thought also outfin-tshed the newcomer. Walter Miller made hi« reappearance ii one of the Due Decazes horses during the afternoon. They were an unruly lot at the barrier and twice broke away. Each time Miller was away well and. wlr-n the tapes went up. be and ONeill were off in front, showing at least he had not lost his hand as a post rider. His mount ran well for about half of the journey. While the racing was inteiesling it was not exlreinely high ol class and the peseta did not to lie really wakened up to the sport. The i betting was light. In one event only two tickets were sold at the 6269 guiehcT. In 1020 the 00 am! 99 ratchets were crowded, while the old re- 1 liable :?2 ones were deserted. Now the contiary is the rule. Hard times are making things more normal. Tom Murphy started a couple from the Macomher ] barn without result. One. however. Kills, can be i classed as a rogue. The Grand Prix de Nice will be run there next week and after that meeting the Riviera season will begin to fade away until ] next year. Paris is beginning to fill up now and the first of the Amciean visitors are commencing to arrive. 1 It was remarkable how advanced in condition the i horses all were at St. Cloud. The open winter has certainly allowed trainers to get ready. •

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