Supreme Test For Champion Jumper: J. E. Griffiths Crack Steeplechaser Assigned 174 Pounds for Feature at Belmont Park Terminal., Daily Racing Form, 1919-06-20


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SUPREME TEST FOR CHAMPION JUMPER J E Griffiths Crack Steeplechaser Assigned 171 Founds for Feature at Belmont Fork Terminal NEW YOKK N Y June 19 Tins recent ilcci sion of the National Hunts authorities in England to restrict the toy weight on steeplechase entries in the Grand National to 175 iMjunds will be received with general satisfaction by owners of great steeplechasers generally It is interesting to note that it has seldom hii i ened that a horse has been en ¬ abled to pack such a crushing impost successfully over a course like that at Aiutree admittedly the most exacting in the world worldIn In view of the announcement by the United Hunts management that Frank J Bryan the Iiandicapper of the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association has allotted 174 pounds to Americas greatest stee ¬ plechaser The Brook in the race next Saturday at Belmont Park Terminal for the Great United Hunts Steeplechase it would appear that Mr Bryan has about placed the top weight on the Griffith champion championThere There is such a variation between the ability of The Brook iiud those which arc arrayed against him that it has become necessary for Mr Bryan to pjace The Brook up near the maximum impost The distance of two and a half miles over the Terminal course which is conceitedly the most difficult in this country will bo certain to ask the great little son of Troutbeck the question when a glance at the other allotments is made madeTRUE TRUE AND TKIED OPPOSITION OPPOSITIONBrooks Brooks 150 a speedy and sure jumper Warlock a manytime winner this year in the 1arr silks which gets in at 148 Stonewood Skibberecn and Lej Marsouin at 143 each Doublet 142 Duettiste 140 Crest Hill 139 HibltT 139 Koyal Arch 139 W P Knebelkamp 139 Trumiiator 137 Turmoil 135 Pussy Willow 135 Bal cock 134 Belle o the Sea 131 and Melodrama 130 are the others which will take issue with The Brook with the race promising to be one of the blue ribbon events of the timber topping game this year yearTime Time was when such crackajacks as Bourkc Cockraii 147 Trouble 178 Good and 1lenty 170 and others among American steeplechasers packed high weights successfully At Kockaway in 1885 Mammouist carried 175 pounds to victory while in thc OakJiielgo Oiwac1 Piping Itock in 1912 High Bridge won with 170 pounds up upIat Iat Oakley carried lt 9 in the Woodbine Steeple ¬ chase at Toronto in 185 while in the Street Kail way Steeplechase at Woodbine in 1897 Lion Heart toted the heaviest weight ever carried successfully on this continent when he won with 179 pounds Imperialist poundsFor won this race in 1901 with 173 pounds For IMS inches it is generally admitted that The Brook is the peer of any horse which has over sorted colors over the jumps in any country and it will be interesting to note just what he will do with his impost of next Saturday as he is cer ¬ tain to start bar accident between now and that time

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