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Success of French Horses
OUR English Sports Corre-
spondent writes: The French raids on our valu- able races continued with such success last week that they added £7,709 to the prize money already won and brought the total taken out of the country since the start of the flat-racing season to £35,805. Not only did a French stable bring off an old-fashioned coup in the Cesarewitch with Monsieur l'Amiral, but five other races were won by horses bred, owned and trained across thé Channel. All this hap- pened at Newmarket. In the Low- ther Stakes Marsyas won his fifth successive race in England making the total stakes to his credit here into £8,191. He is a grand horse and seems just as dominating at a
mile and a half as at two miles and three-quarters; it was at the former distance that he showed himself much too good for the King's im- proved four-year-old, Rising Light.
It is small consolation that the Cesarewitch winner is owned in
partnership by two Britons, H. Bar- nard Hankey and Ian Henderson, both resident in Paris, and was rid- den by our own Harry Wragg, now approaching his swan song as a jockey. The horse was bred and trained in France and the money won in bets as well as stakes goes out of the country. Emile Char- lies who may be said to have en- gineered the coup, is a Belgian, but
trains in France. Preliminary proof that he "knows his onions" came when he won the Cambridgeshire in 1928 with Palais Royal IL Mr. Hankey has also marked the books of this sceptred isle before work- ing another coup successfully when he won the Royal Hunt CUD with priok some years ago.
This year he went to Charlier in June and said: "Can you buy me a Cesarewitch winner?" Charlier replied: "Yes, I have the very one for you; he runs at Longchamp tor morrow." So Monsieur L'Amiral, who it was within Charlier's know- ledge had won the French Cesare- witch last year, changed hands and the trainer set about getting him ready for the big handicap. How successfully he did it everybody now knows. A substantial commission , was placed with English bookmakers a week before the race and the lucky owners averaged 42 to 1 for their money. They were surprised that the starting price was as much as 33/1, but the explanation, I imagine, is that nobody else except a few small punters backed him.
^HILE the French did so well at
Newmarket last week, we de- rived some comfort by the complete eclipse of their dual challenge in the Champion Stakes, won by the erstwhile champion sprinter, Honey - way, who was running for the first time over a mile and a quarter. Coaraae; last year's French Derby Winner was beaten by Ijis year younger stable companion, 'Goyama.
FLIGHT FLEW HOME: If wot Flight first, daylight second, ofter Bernborough broke down in the L. K. S. Mockinnon Stakes ot Flemington on Derby
Doy. As the picture shews Australia's champion mare won with ridiculous ease from Tea Coke, Spam and First In.
but neither was in the first three, Honeyway being followed home by Claro, second in this year's Irish Derby, and Radiotherapy, with Gulf Stream, our Derby second, fourth. It was a great performance by Honey way, who now retires to the stud, valued at £72,000. At any rate his owner, Lord Milford, has sold a half share in him to a syndicate for £36,000 and is keeping the other half share himself.
Claro, beaten only a length and a half in this distinguished field, is
sure now to start favourite for the Cambridgeshire* in which, with 8st. 21b., he seems to have about 101b. less than he ought to have had. Furthermore, he can meet Langton Abbot and Signalman, both of whom were behind him in the Champion Spikes, on 81b. better terms. He may not win, but he certainly has
a favourite's chance.