Winner of This Years New Oaks: Sunny Jane Best and Wins from Her One Thousand Guineas Conqueress, Daily Racing Form, 1917-08-17


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WINNER OF THIS YEARS NEW OAKS. Sunny Jane Stays Best and Wins From Her One Thousand Guineas Conqueress. Two days subsequent to Gay Crusaders Derby victory, the New Oaks was run at Newmarket, under much the same, or worse weather and track conditions. The components of the field were one less than in tlie case of the New Derby, the eleven fillies going to the pos.t being Sunny Jane, Dia-dem. Moravia. Hamnshire Lily, Nonpareil, Rliona, M Smile, Molly Desmond, Elisalexi, Daisy Square and Normannia. In the One Thousand Guineas Diadem had beaten Sunny Jane by a half length. In the ivay of reversing things Sunny Jane on tills occasion defeated Diadem by the same distance. London Sporting Lifes account of the big race for fillies reads: "A continuance of the dismal weather kept away many desirous of witnessing the decision of the New Oaks. Bad as were the conditions on Tuesday, they were infinitely worse under foot today. Ruin percolates through the light subsoil of the July course more quickly than on most tracks, but considering the torrential rains of the three previous days, it was surprising that tlie going was no heavier. In many parts of the ring ami paddock the ground had been churned into a sea of mud, and the few ladies brave enough to put in an appearance had anything but a. pleasant experience. "Throughout the night and the early morning tlie rain teemed down, but, fortunately, it cleared up as the fillies were being saddled for the Oaks. Lord DAbernon was in two minds as to starting Diadem, but in the end he decided that she should attempt to wipe out her defeat in the Derby. Her effort in the latter race had no doubt left its mark upon her, for although she had eaten during tlie night, and looked bright enough in her eoa.t and eye, she had ruii up a little light in her back, ribs. It was a trying ordeal for so small a filly to tackle two races iu the course of three days. There is but one Oaks, and a win or a "situation" in the "Ladies" classic, enhances u filly-s stud value materially. It was this, no doubt, that influenced her owner and induced him to adopt a fighting policy witli the daughter of Orby. "However, it had to be admitted that through Gay Crusader Alec Taylor had a splendid line of form for both his fillies, Sunny Jane and Hampshire Lily, albeit there was nothing to suggest that they had been galloped tbgetheK When Sunny Jane followed Diadem home in the One Thousand it was patent to tlie merest tyro that Major W. Astors-was the more backward of the two. In the interim Sufnny Jane had won a race and, according to report, had made much improvement. .Owing to her lazy style of galloping many good judges took exception to the .way she had won at the previous meeting. The Paddock Inspection. "A paddock view nevertheless disclosed the filet that there was no fitter animal in todays field; a raking chestnut, there was an abundance of hard muscle on her frame, while regarding her stable companion, Hampshire Lily, well as she appeared in herself, there was always the fear that she would break a blood-vessel. Molly Desmond attracted but little attention, and a far more stylish filly is Nonpareil, which is delightfully conpled. boasting of superb quality, and having the best of sprung ribs. Smile is on the small side and deficient in class for such company. More to tlie critics liking was tlie varminty" Moravia, which Sanderson sent to tlie post in a well-trained condition. Taken collectively, the field was a shade below the average in point of good looks and quality. "There was nothing troublesome at the post, the start being effected without any long delay. Judging by the reluctance of the jockeys in the early stages, none had orders to make a fast pace. On settling in their strides Nonpareil set a slow pace to Moravia and Rhona, with Hampshire Lily on tlie outside just in advance of Sunny Jane, Diadem on tlie left being held ill the heels of the leading division. Before tlie first three-quarters had been traversed. Sunny Jane was driven into the lead. Major Astors chestnut having Moravia and Nonpareil as her nearest attendants. "Mantons second string was showing a bold front towards the center of the course, with Diadem on her right awaiting her time. As . the field neared the Plantation Corner, Diadem moved up within striking distance of Sunny Jane, but the latter pulled out something when challenged and, but-staying the Stanley House filly un the hill, Major Astors chestnut, never once faltering, ran home a comfortable winner, emulating Gay Crusaders feat without once being touched by whip or spur. "Though beaten, Diadem cannot be said to have been disgraced, while in securing third berth Moravia landed the place money for which she was so Well backed. Then easing up in line came Hampshire Lily, Nonpareil and Molly Desmond, Smile," at a big interval, being seventh." The race was run in 2:43 and its net value was ,375. The winner. Sunny Jane, is a chestnut filly by Sunstar Maid of the Mist, the latter being a daughter of the great mare. Sceptre.

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