"Nation Would Have Been Sorry": Had King George Been Absent on Derby Day--His Majestys Presence Cause of Great Rejoicing., Daily Racing Form, 1919-06-21


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NATION WOULD HAVE BEEN SORRY Had King George Been Absent on Derby Day His Majestys Presence Cause of Great Rejoicing In the following account of Derby day at Epsom Downs in the SiK rtsman of June 5 the writer says If saysIf the king had not been present today at this great Derby the nation would have been sorry thus expressing the popular view of the Englishman for sportThe his national sport The Derby of 1919 will go down in history as one of the landmarks of the British turf for it pro ¬ claimed as nothing else could do the success of the empire in a war that might have made the empire impotent It was the first occasion after armis ¬ tice day which gave the opportunity to the public to express themselves Armistice days and the days which followed were all right in their way but nobody knew what ramifications might take place and nobody knew quite where we stood The ar ¬ mistice took place six months ago and every day that has passed since has proved that the terms were founded on a rock Whether the terms of peace we have dictated are signed or not cannot matter an iota The braggards and cowards and bullies are beaten to their knees and the holding of the Derby at Epsoni was the outward and visible sign of this thisThe The breaking of the royal standard over the kings stand as the horses were cantering to the post for the first race denoting that his majesty was present gave rise to such a volume of cheering as has rarely been heard anywhere Not one person in ten thousand was able to see the king in person so great was the crowd and the distance but the royal standard represented the king Everybody could see that and for minute after minute the ovation continued It may or may not have been a record attendance but if it was not the only reason was that for everybody who was present three stayed away lncause they had decided there was no possibility of getting there From three oclock in the morning the moment it was daylight there was a neverending procession up to the course both of pedestrians and a little later of motor cars This continued without intermission till long after the Derby itself was run and the chief change one noticed from the old days was the few coaches Everything seemed to be fed on petrol and there were motor cars by tens of thousands thousandsThe The proceedings were ushered in with the Juve ¬ nile Selling Plate which fell to Hardbake the rtt5pertytfMr Jottoinleyr liudthe winner was bought in for 2750 KINGS COLORS IN FRONT FRONTThen Then followed the Stewards Handicap confined to threeyearolds and in this the king was rep ¬ resented by Viceroy a son of The Tetrarch and Sweet Vernal and the colt on his way to the post was received with vociferous cheering This how ¬ ever was nothing to be compared with the cheers which arose when it was seen that the colt was dominating his nice throughout and as he galloped past the post an easy winner Nobody is likely to realize better than his majesty that when cheers break out in a circumscribed building and those cheers appeared to be resounding such as at a imlitical meeting or a meeting convened for this or that particular purpose the value of those cheers is calculated to be overestimated It is a vastly different thing when the cheers ring out in one un ¬ broken mass of congratulation in Epsotu Downs The wonderful cheers we heard today in congratu ¬ lation to the king were not given because he had happened to win a Rice but because he has like his father before him proved himself on every available opportunity a sportsman and a man who appreciates the power of sport and realizes what sport lias done for the empire If the king had not been present today at this great Derby the nation would have been sorry sorryThe The Derby Stakes 32250 for entire colts and fillies foaled in 191G colts 120 pounds fillies 121 pounds about one and onehalf miles Lord Glanelys blk c Grand Parade P Temple man 1 1Major Major AV Astors b c 1 Indian Brcnnan 2 2Sir Sir W Gilbeys b c Paper Money Donoghue 3 Sir H Metiss b c Sir Douglas G Hulnie 41 41Sir Sir AV Nelsons b c Tangiers Piper f I ICol Col Montagus b c AVhite Heat Jelliss Lady Torringtons b c All Alone Fox 7 7Mr Mr C Garlands br c Milton G Colling 8 8Lord Lord Glanclys b c Dominion A Smith 9 9Sir Sir A Blacks br c The Panther It Cooper 10 Major I A de Rothschilds ch c lloamer I IChilds Childs 11 11Mrs Mrs F Willeys b c Bay of Naples AVhalley 12 Sir G Murrays br c Coriolanus Carslake 13 Grand Parade holding his own in a strenuous fin ¬ ish won by a half length two lengths farther off Pa tier Money was third F Barling trained the winner

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