Foreign Turf News, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-02


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Foreign Turf News Reuters ENGLAND. Two Newmarket Trainers Quit Two Newmarket trainers, William Griggs, Jr., and Robert Emery, are giving up the British turf because they have found that training horses does not pay. Griggs, who is 27 years old, is taking over an inn at Fenstanton near Huntingdon on February 1. Griggs is the son of the famous jockey and trainer, William Griggs. He trained five horses last year, winning four races. "I have not had sufficient horses in training to make it pay. The high cost of forage and labor has forced me to retire," said Griggs. Emery, who is 36, trained ponies for Northolt before the war and was apprenticed to the late Colledge Leader. He has disposed of the 12 horses he had in training during the last flat racing season. Emery moves into an inn at Dullingham, a few miles from Newmarket on February 21. Australian Successful in England Many Australian flat race jockeys have crossed to England and quickly made good, but 21-year-old David Thomas, from Melbourne, is the first National Hunt rider to leave Australia to try his luck in England. Thomas, who arrived in Britain two months ago, had his first days racing at Plumpton, the popular little Sussex track. He greatly impressed everybody present with his finishing power on his second mount in England, Flying Cinders, trained by Major T. Hanbury, who won a thrilling race in the Brighton Handicap from Bob Turnell, on Fair Kop n., by a head. Thomas, who modestly said that he was "nowhere near the top rank in Australia," where he rode 10 winners, hopes to remain in England and make good. He said that Ron Hall, the leading steeplechase jockey of Australia, may also come to Britain. Thomas was unhurt when Young Lackey, his first ride in public in England, slipped up with him at the water jump.

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