Derby Candidates Under Suspicion, Daily Racing Form, 1914-01-05


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BERBY CANBIBATES UNBER SUSPICION. Within my knowledge no attempts have been made to speculate on the Derby since the Hat racing season terminated. As for the great classic event of next year, the apathy is easily explained the fact being that several of the reputed crack two-year-olds are for one reason or another under more or less suspicion, as, for example. The Te-trarcli and Kennymore. while it is admitted that Stornowav is a confirmed roarer, so that I fear Mr. L. iiullon will have still to wait before finding solid consolation for the disapitointnients experienced with Lomond and Sliogun. No one says anything definite against the Hying grey, who did such hril liant work for his sporting young owner, and demonstrated himself by far the best of his age, but. in spite of the confident assertion that he is all right, there is no getting away from the fact that, after being very tight in the market during the summer at the ridiculously cramped odds of 5 to 2. lie has been cold-shouldered ever since the mishap which prevented him from taking part in the Kemp-ton Park Imperial Produce Stakes, which was to have been his last race before retiring into winter quarters. It will 1h a thousand pities if there is anvthing wrong witli the remarkable son of Red Ilerode, but beyond question the doubt exists, and it is not reassuring that his work consists for the most part of being ridden and led in walking exer cise. In the circumstances, it is not to be expected that anyone not intimately associated with the Chattis Hill stable will venture to supiwrt him until he has been seen in public again. Mean while, let us hope, for the sake of all concerned, that there is no cause for fear, and it is certainly something in his favor that engagements have re-cently been made for him as far ahead as Ascot. 1915 Concerning Kennvmore, which is an cxceptionally good-looking colt bv John o Gaunt, bred and owned bv Sir John Thursby, there were good judges among the critics at Newmarket who suggested the pessi-bilitv of his wind going wrong, but perhaps Alee Taylor will have more trouble with his joints, and they may have been responsible for his deferred debut in the Middle Park Plate, when, like many another beginner, he ran green, and was beaten by Corcyra and Stornoway, receiving four pounds from the one and seven pounds from the other. Benefited by the experience, however, he gave an entirely dif fi-ent exhibition a fortnight later in the Dewhurst Plate, in which he turned the tables very decisively on Lord Londonderrys colt, which, however, was tackling him at a comparative disadvantage and was in fact attempting to give ten pounds. Aid-ford is unfortunately touched in his wind, and Brakespear disappointed after making a promising start witli consecutive victories in the Chesterfield Stakes at the Second July meeting and the Prince of Wales Sweepstakes at Goodwood. All the same, the son of Snearmiut is a fine colt, and has so far wintered extremely well. Rather unfortunately as matters turned out Ilappv Warrior was retired from the Derby under cover of the minor forfeit, .but Mr. J. B. Joel has still a chance with either Parhelion or Black Jester, as has Captain Forester with Bv George, the quondam stable companion of Aboy-eur, the sensational hero of this year. Courageous was not only highly tried in private, hut acquitted himself of two smart performances on the race course before he met with the mishap which laid him bv the heels after his meritorious defeat of Siller and others in the Exeter Stakes,: but happily he has quite recovered, and is reported to be making satisfactory progress. "Vigilant" In Loudon SiHUts-man.

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