Sir Cedric Ohlsons Homebred, Dante, Annexes English Derby at Newmarket: First Success in Fixture for Owner and Third for His Jockey, Willie Nevett, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-11


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m Sir Cedric Ohlsoris Homebred, Dante, Annexes English Derby at Newmarket First Success in Fixture * For Owner and Third for His Jockey, Willie Nevett By Special Correspondent NEWMARKET, England. June 9.— Beginners luck was with Sir Eric Ohlson this afternoon as his homebred champion, j Dante, scampered off with the most coveted of all horse races, the Derby Stakes. ! to be the first northern-trained horse to win the premier classic since Lord Bradfords Sir Hugo, a 40 to 1 shot, beat the great race mare, La Fleche, in 1892, while earlier Yorkshire-trained horses to achieve fame and fortune in the great Epsom classic were Blair Athol 1864» and Blink Bonny 1857 , a pair owned and conditioned by the wizard of the North, Wil- I liam I Anson. Old William I Anson was said to have much enriched himself by the success of Blair Athole, a 14 to 1 shot winner. Dante confirmed the opinion that he had lost the recent Two Thousand Guineas because of an eye injury, as he started his run coming out of the dip and coasted home two lengths ahead of Lord Roseberys Midas with Lord Astors Court Martial third. King George. Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elizabeth were among the near record throng which saw the race. Dantes triumph was just as much a Yorkshire affair as those of his predecessors, Blink Bonny, Blair Athole and Sir Hugh, the last named having ended his career as a stallion at the late William A. Pallins Atgwan Stud, Kildare, Ireland. Dante was bred and reared in the East Riding of Yorkshire where his owner, the wealthy Anglo-Swedish lumber king, founded a breeding farm some six or seven years ago and is now enjoying the pleasure and achievement of owning and breeding a Derby winner that other owner-breeders have tried to do for a lifetime without success. Dante was conditioned for all his races at Middleham in Yorkshire. Made famous by the Peacock family, one of the most successful in their profession in the North, the present proprietor of that establishment being Matt, named for his MATT L. DAIGER— Has a busy week ahead making arrangements for Pim- licos week-end program. ■ late father, equally as successful as a trainer. Dante was ridden to victory by the northern jockey, Willie Nevett, duplicating his success of last year on Ocean Swell, to make his Derby winning score three, as he also booted home Owen Tudor in the 1941 renewal of that great race. Dante looked a picture as he went to the post and seldom has a Derby stakes been easier won. He is a good looking brown son of the imported Italian-bred unbeaten Nearco son of Pharos, runner-up to Papyrus in the 1923 Derby Stakes , out of Rosy Legend, by Dark Legend. It was fortunate for Sir Eric Ohlson that no one was prepared to give 5,000 for his champion colt when that was his share price as he was led out unsold at +he 1943 September sales at Newmarket. Sir Eric refused an offer of 00,000 for his colt last year after he won the Middle Park Stakes, the crowning effort of his unbeaten juvenile career, and since then all offers to buy the son of Nearco have been turned down by his lucky owner-breeder. The Oaks, which featured Fridays opening program, was taken by Lord Derbys Sun Stream, the 3 to 2 favorite, with the Aga Khans Naishapur a head back in second place. Mrs. M. Buchanans Solar Princess ran third in the field of 13. The winner got up in the closing strides to effect his score. Running time was 2:30.

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