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Not Easy Horse To Train

Skipton has not been an easy horse to train. For some time previous to winning the Deroy he had given J. Fryer an anxious time, as be vent off his feed

Early last week he had a tooth extracted, and Immediately Improved, but even after bis success in the Derby there was real doubt whether be would fulfil hit Cup engagement. Mrs. J. J. Kitson. who received the colt as a gift from her husband, was quite prepared to wait, unless Skipton was con sidered to be at his best after bis Derby success, and a decision was not made until yesterday afternoon, when Fryer assured Mrs. Kitson that tbe colt was quite St. Thereupon tbe stable connec tions supported the colt strongly, and obtained flve wagers o! £1.000 to £75 about him. It was not until last night that tbe Sydney jockey W. Cook, who had ridden in a number of Melbourne Cups without success, was encaged (or the colt, and between that time and the Cup start be wasted to the extent of 3VS H>.. and was able to ride at only 1 lb. overweight. Cook has won most of the important races In New South Wales and Victoria, but so far the Victoria Derby has eluded him J. Fryer who trains skipton. first came into the limelight as a trainer in Aus tralia when he prepared Wotan for bit Melbourne Cup victory in 1936. Complaints Of Interference Many Jockeys complained after tbe Cup thai their mounts had met with serious interference at tbe five furlong post. D. Munro. who rode Beau Vite, thinks that interference cost him the race. Others Raid tbat their prospects had been ruined when tbev thought that thev bad good chances. The comments of Jockeys were:— W. Cook iSklptoni—At my eighth at tempt I have achieved m'v ambltlon. I was offered the mount on Monday, and before the race had to reduce 3fe lb it the Turkish baths. I was told not to bustle Skipton early, and followed instructions. Six furlongs from borne I was a long way back. Skipton then began threading his way through tbe Held, and when I asked him for an effort on tbe turn be responded so well that I thought T had tbe race won He die everything I asked, and Sntshed full of running T Unkovlcrr iSon ot Aurousl—He be gan too well. Turning into the straight he looked like winning, but he had pulled himself to the front too early, and was left without a final run D. Munro i?eau Vite>—Galllard met with a check and dropped back on me It probably cost me the race. GaJliard almost weni through the fence Beau Vtu finished well. A BreaMey i Saul i— Five furlongs from home he was going well. Palenda was interfered with and nearly (ell, and I nearly toppled over him. Otherwise he would have been closer. O Phillips (Tours Trulyl—l was luckj to stand up five furlongs from home Saul fell back on me. W Beresford <Palenclal—l met trouble at the flve. and Palencia nearly fell. E. Preston (Rlvettei—She came home well aftei meeting trouble at the five fur long post. With no interference I thinfa she would nave run a place. N. Perclval iShanghaii—He ran a B. Badge: iLaureate)—He had every chsnee. He pulled hard early, and wat in front tbree from home. Tbe others finished too fast. M. McCarten (Lucrative)—He had the straight.' N. Creigbton (El Goleal—My mount tired. H. McCloud iCavalloi—My saddle slipped Just after the start. J. Purtrll < Velocity I— The other! finished too well for bim. He battled oil well. Third Woman Te Win Cap ! won the Melbourne Cup. The other: v.ere Mrs E. A. Widdls (Pairobasi and Mrs. A. Jamirson f Catalogue I- Mrs Kiison was not present to see her coll win today but wa.s represented at Firm ingtoii by her husband anri her daughter Mr. Kitson Is the licensee ol the Grant of e"caTtowl?c South Australla'ahd* at* thf age of 18 he went to Broken Hill, where Ml W J. Wallace, now South Australian starter. Mr Kitson saved his money and later openrd ? business of hi? own and subsequently became the owner of ? worked almost 24 hours a day and did health save way." said Mr. Kilson. "anil I decided ?o take on the comparative Winner Bred On Staying lints Skipton is by Maraoou. winner of till Melbourne Cup of 1935. from Cupidity When Marabou broke down in the aulumt he stood for two sea.sons at Norlhnont Park ?nd cot Skipton In His 'reom reason. Amons the pftod -"tnvers eot bi Marabou ?. Mre. Mnrconlgram. avre Con tact and Rendir.g Cupid'iv came frorr Li tr-enl Mavlnc, lamllv She ?as bj ! Psycholo?v a son of Pelet Pair* ramoiu j sr.'ind-ire. Tracery Ironi Lovelock. l>\ ! Martian, who ?rn* one of New Zraland'i srentest sire*, nt stnyers Lovelock was f ,-ismr to the JCew 7.f?l^nd Cup winner Menelaus. and thp aood brood marf i Vile Left, who vif also a sister tc Lovelock w?.- the dam of Cup winner ?tn \Vot?n (Mclhoumc. Calne Carrins -1 Inn 'Cminrlrti and Prter .laclisor J iMnnnM Valley and other prominent I races).