Royal Battle Gains Repeat at Lincoln: Wesley Brown Veteran Beats Oclirock by Three and Half Lengths; Happy Lad Is Third, Daily Racing Form, 1958-05-12


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Royal Battle Gains Repeat at Lincoln LincolnWesley Wesley Brown Veteran Beats Oclirock by Three and Half Lengths Happy Lad fs Third ThirdBy By ELI CHIAT CHIATLINCOLN LINCOLN DOWNS Lincoln R I May 10 Wesley Browns fleet Royal Battle gave his 10 rivals a merry chase in todays 15000 New London Handicap as he reached the end of the 7 furlongs dash three ands onehalf lengths in front of Peter Fullers Ocliorick It was another length back to the extreme outsider Triple R Stables Happy Lad who led Mr and Mrs A P Richards Come On Red by a length and onehalf onehalfIn In hanging up his second straight win of the season Royal Battle zipped the dis ¬ tance in 126 thus hanging up the best time of the meeting for the distance He also has to his credit the fastest 5 furlongs which lie raced in 58 in his prior start Royal Battle was supported strongly by the fans who numbered 16427 on a sunny crisp afternoon afternoonRoyal Royal Battle a sevenyearold son of Time Passes Royal Wanton was always a formidable competitor in his younger years when racing on the Metropolitan and New Jersey circuits His owner who hails from Cambridge Mass decided to turn him over to trainer Virginia Robertson for a New England campaign this yea r He made his initial start here on April 12 and finished second Since then his two winning per ¬ formances put him high on the list of local stalwarts stalwartsFisher Fisher in Saddle SaddleToday Today jockey Ronnie Fisher hustled him away from the inside berth and he was in command before the field hit the clubhouse turn Before going the quarter he drew clear and after a half mile had extended his advantage to a pair of lengths Lee Sheltons Fibre King and Fullers Goulash were in closest pursuit of the leader at this time but their early efforts were soon to tell tellLeaving Leaving the far turn Royal Battle started to draw off as the runnerups gave ground and at this point Happy Lad who was held at 113tol in the mutuels made a bid along with the wellbacked Zolt Happy Lad continued to carry his rally on the turn and into the stretch but Zolt hung before reaching the stretch stretchRoyal Royal Battle was roused with the whip Into the stretch after holding a three length advantage and he was kept to the task the entire stretch run Oclirock who had been taken under strong restraint during the early stages of the race was given his head after a half mile rHe was forced to race on the outside of the bunched field on the final turn and while his late bid was good enough to wear down the others he could not endanger Royal Battle By his victory this afternoon Royal Battle upped his earnings by 8400 and showed that he was certainly capable of carrying his top impost of 118 pounds with great success His return in the mutuels was 600

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