Another French Invasion: Success in England Last Year Will Take Gallic Stables Across Channel This Season, Daily Racing Form, 1924-02-25


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ANOTHER FRENCH INVASION Success in England Last Year Will Take Gallic Stables Across Channel this Season. Although Epinard is not expected to face the starter in the Lincolnshire Handicap, which is the first big stake of the English flat racing season, other French horses are expected to invade England for that race and others to follow. The French plans for an English invasion this year are discussed as follows by the Paris correspondent of the London Sportsman : It looks as if the success of Epinard and Rose Prince in England last year is going to1 induce other French attempts on the English1 turf. Although Epinard is still in the Lin-j t colnshire Handicap, it is extremely unlikely, I ! so I am informed, that he will appear in public so early in the season in view of his heavy engagements later. I Sir Galahad III. in the absence of the French crack, must attract considerable in- terest, if only because of his amazing career. No one can say what the colt will do. His two-year-old and the beginning of his three-1 i year-old careers read like a page taken from, the history of the triumphs of Epinard. Possessing all the speed of Teddy, his sire, Sir Galahad HI. made a record for five fur- longs at Longchamps, and when, last spring, he won the French Guineas on the same course, people began congratulating Mr. Cohn on possessing the Derby winner. Then Sir Galahad III. suffered an inexplicable collapse and crumpled up even before horses which were not in the first flight. I True, he was third in the Derby, but he bolted in the Grand Prix and has done nothing since to re-es.ablish his reputation. An example of his uncertainty -occurred last, summer when he was beaten three lengths by Niceas, one of the best of his generation.! Yet only three days later Sir Galahad III. reversed that verdict in no uncertain manner, beating Niceas by three lengths. j Whether he will reproduce his brilliant, form in which case there are few horses that would beat him or whether he will once again dash to the ground all the hopes of- his ! supporters will only be decided on the race course. Sir Galahad III., a rather dark I brown colt, of most taking appearance, is reported to have wintered well. It is also said that Mr. Cohn may send Checkmate, a half-brother to Sir Galahad III.," to England , to compete in long distance events.

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