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THE WORLD OF SPORT
(From Our Special Correspondent.)
Loudon, November 7,' IMS.
An extraordinarily thrilling1 Cambridgeshire, worthy in «very way of peac» time and the far greater excitement it would "have caused, marked the principal race at yewmaiket. It was won by a head for the Greek merchant. Mr. "Michalmos,
by the three-year-old mare Zinovia! Second ,to her, beaten.by the narrow margin indicated, was Sir Hedworih Meui's four-year-old Dansellon, and third, alto only a head away, Jivas the three-year old Irish Elegance. Close up to them was Arion, a horse of Lord Jersey's with extremely moderate form to his crcilit, and Hainault and Rivershore. The lnatnamed had been a good favorite for the race until just before the horses went to the starting post. By that time weight of money had put Zinovia at the head of affairs, and tins position was maintained when the real proof came. She carried the big weight for a thrce-year.old of Ç.7, and every credit must be given her tor having scored a signal triumph. Going strict!;: on form she should have been beaten by River shore, but it w_s-'made quite clear that tne mare had improved more with ¡ige than the cok. Tin» development had not been suggested by her form in the clasa'c races during the year, and to ac- count for the big weight the handicapper had given her one must go bick to lier form as a two-year-old. She- was undoubtedly very smart list autumn, and it is quite evident now that she is an autumn mare. Many a good nure has not come to her litest until the fall of the year, and one could quote many potable examples to prove this point.
Her great chance of winning was revealed to her trainer during the week before the race. She had apparently thriven on her preparation until one morning the very smart Bramble Twig, be- longing to Lady Nelson, and also trained, in a neighboring stable at Lambourne, was bor- rowed for the purpose of trying her. " She obviously answered the question asked of
her, and then it was tliat thjy set out to rwck
her in real tarneit.' The result was the com- paratively 6hort price at which she started. Vn questionably those associated with her expected ht-r to win by more titan a head, just as Mr. Solly Joel and his friends were full of confidence that l-verdiore would hive 'more than a head to the good as the judge's box was passed. The same may roe sala of Hainault and Not Much. However, only one can win and that one -vas Zinovia, thoiij.gh I thought Dummllon might just as cosily ha\e been a lieud in front at the finish as a head behind. His jockey seemed to fin-1 some littlo trouble in the last, furlong, and. I should hay his horse was certo'nly going faster as they Hashed past the judge than Zluova was. Irish Elegance liad won easily enough at seven furlongs, but this brilliantly speedy horse cannot stay a Cambridgeshire course. His chance will come if we should be racing at Asrot next year. He scorns marked out to bo a. Royal Hunt Cup winner. Though finishing just oitts'de a pla-\ llivcnhore did. of course, greatly disappoint, and I nm afraid we must now write, .him down as only moderate after all In this view I "am now sup-
ported by his jockey, Donoghuc, who siys tlwt the
horse could nob respond when asked to shoot out .mil nuke a supreme effort. He could only make .1 labored effort and certainly nothing in the nature of a "shoot." You will gather what 1 mean when I tay that a jockey can sit still on a well-trained horse ainT just keep _ nice, well
balanced no',d of his head. Then, directly he relaxes that hold and urges on the boree by a shake of the reins, the animal should moke what spurt he is capable of. Riversliore, aays Donoghuc, could not quicken. Two days later, when lie was competing for the Durham. Handicap, and it was thought his tusk was easier, the jockey, realised the same incapacity on the horse's part, with the result that he was again beaten out of a place. I
do not believe in remaining «--Unch to such horses. The disability is physical, I am mire, rather than mental. Were it otherwise we should probably be justifiai in calling Riverjhore a rogue, but I do not think the aspersion is just fied.
To return for a moment to Zinovia one recalls that she only cost her present owner MO guinsis as a }earling. She was bred at Sledmere, and while several of the yearlinga that year sold for four-figure sums, this daughter of Cbarles O'JIal ley and Dodragh was one tor whom there waa very little competition. One recalls that of the Sledmere yearLing« that season (1916) the filly by Spearmint--Venciation II. made 4,000 guineas No- thing ha» ¿nee been heard of her. The colt by Sunstar-Stolen >__«, made 3,000 guineas. lie became known as Somme Kies, and os a thre« year-old this season he at any rate won the New. market Stakes. Then the filly by Neil Go* Aida made 1,350 guineas. She was* named Her- self, and she has won races, while at one tim-: site was actually favorite for this Cambridgeshire, which. Zinovia lias won. I merely mention the« things-to emphasise the ups and downs of the vearhng gamble, and to show once more that the low-priced one often docs far better than the liigh-priecd one. It has alwaje been thus; year- ling defy the best judges to divine their ultimate
value as racehorses.
TheTc is not much to say about the rest of the racing. The Middle Park Plate -winner, Ste- len the Great, did not run for the Dcwhirst Plate, »hich fell by a short head to Knight of Blyth. I do not thank a really high-class two-year-old ran at the meeting. Buchan, who in Hie middle of the season was thought to be the best, was
beaten for the Criterion Stakes, and Polygnotus. could not quite concede 22 lb. to Sr A. Bailey's, Gipsy Lad for the Free Handicap. Still, both I those coila are quite good ones -wUhotlt being 1 sorospeerave champions. Mr. S. B. Joel, wbosa. horses have won ,v lot of "races- during this at- I tenuatcd season, was expected to flnixOi up well, i and ran a. number of greatly fancied ones. Yet
he could not win. a race, which meant disaster ' to the followcra of the stable and the leading; jockey, Donoghuc. Next week it «ill not be j
.without interest to touch on some outstanding testares af the season now closed.
The pilot who accompanied Prince Albert to France -waa, I hear. Major Louis Greig, who in t_a dan tabea ti» war n a tamom ScoHi¡_»
Rugby footballer. Originally in the navy; Ma jar Greig transferred to the air service, awl, Ilka Prince Albert, is attached to the Independent Force,- which is responsible for the bombing at- tacks on Germany. A bUlf-bock, Grcig's great match was ngaiast the all-conquer'iur Kew Zca landers at Inverlcith. The "All-Blacks," it will be recalled, played three half-Backs; or, rather, two halves and what was called at five-eighth. Ta deal with this novel formation, which had do morilised the Etcreotyped./cixt-and-dried tactics o| most British teams. Scotland dee'ded to play Gallagher's men at tlnir own game. A man waa sacrificed for the scrimmage, with what misgiving« will be appreciated, for Scotland has always placed supreme fairli in her dour, luird-working forwardn, and Greig wa» chosen to play behind the pack with 'Pat Munro and the late Dr. Simson. Thés« ounter-tactics did not succeed in breaking the New Zcakuidcrs* wonderful sequence of victories, but Greig carne out of the nu tell w.th distinc- tion. An old Glasgow Academy hoy, the, airman pl'ived for Scotland on five occasions, whilst h«
I was also n member of the United Services flttce«
A PRISONERS* CLUB.
A new club lias come into existence, and it :'.> per ha jw, the most exclusive in the world. Ita members, who dine together from time to time, comprise those officers who have escaped frvm captivity in Germany or other enemy countries. At present the membership numbers 41. The founder of the club is Major C. V. Fox, D.S.O., an "old contempt, ble," who was confined in Ger- many for two years and ten months. Ue only nude his escape at the fifth attempt,' and then )?. had to walk 185 miles to the Dutch frontier belora' ho was free.. Major Fox is a distinguished ¡(ports man. One recalls how in 1900 he entered tar the Wingfield Sbiills as an unknown waterman, and beat B. ii. Howell, who had won the race tu ira previously, and II. T. Bluckstaffc. At the tin;« this performance was looked on as something l.ke a fluke, but in the following summer he entered for the Diamonds at Henley and waa suecef_f_l in convincing style. Curiously enough, one "ci Major Fox's fellow prisoners in Germany was Tom Sullivan, the famous professional sculler, »who trained bim for these two races. He is ,i big man, of florid appearance, hence his nickname, "Bre*er" Fox. In training for his rates he had io war- like a liorse,. for, in Sullivan's words, he wa« always inclined to wear a Christmas puddin«; figure.
To an extent even greater than our own, th_ American a'utlioritlc* realise the value and im- portance of athletics in the training of both naval and army men. Since Admiral Suns has been in command of U.S. naval forces in European waters he bos lent his support ,to all forms of sport He has been a regular attendant at th« j««eball match« .and he has» missed very few o' the boxing "nights" at, the National Sporting Club. Now he is giving his help in promoting a British Empire and American service boxing; tournament, which is to be held in December at the Albert Hall. Ile ha« Invited the (treat Lakes Naval Training Station to send boxers at different weight« to compete with men from, the ships at present on this side of tile Atlantic. This toumamcnt"pro mises to be one of the great sporting events 'if the war. The British Navy and Army, the Air Korrr, Australian, Canadian, New Zcalaäid, and South, Airiean Forces, and the United States Navy and Army will each be represented by teams of eight, making a totol of 72 competitors, at the different weights, and the winning team -will receive a spe- cially designed trr-phy, the gift of the King. Ia addition each member of the winning team will b« presented with a souvenir. The British amy will play a successful part if such men *s Wells Basham, and Summers enter. , Compara- tively few of lAmerica's best boxers have joined up, and those who arc in uniform arc serving as gymnastic instructors in the training camp« at home, but there are one or two good men on this side. Canada, too, will be well re- presented.
A notable event in first-class football ii th» completion by ÎV. Meredith of 24 years as aa outside right. On October 26, 1691, as a young- ster of l8, straiglrt from iVales, he joined Man- chester City. "The club was then in the »econd division of tlve league, and it was the Srst sea- son of the Manchester City Club under that name. Previously they had been known a« Ardwick. Yet in October, 101S, Meredith is still playing with the City Club, and, what is more,, can bold his own with most of the right winger« of the day. He has not been in contumoai ferrice with the City, but he has played football for 24 seasons in Manchester, as when he lrft
the City he joined the Uiritei. He has helped I bot h clubs to win the English Cup, and ha« played in 46 international matches for 'Wales. .He- would have reached the half century mark" but for the war. Now Meredith, with his curious slouching ran. is helping the City "for the duration" in a >cry effective way and the club, with six victories out of rrine matches, stand» fourth m the Lancasliirc competition. Pride,of place is held by Everton, who, to justify their' distinction, went all out to beat last season'« champions. Stokes, and succeeded in a very con- vincing way. Everton now are the only un- beaten club" in the three competitions, for whilst they were scoring five goals Notts Forest wer«
losing to Bradford City. The' Forest, however... stall lead in the 'Midlands, and have one more
point to their credit than the other Notts club, the County. Their clever forward. Tinsley, could not leave his work in time to make the journey to Bradford, so he assisted the County and scred two goals. Crystal Palace continue to surprise everybody in London. They arc a fin« workmanlike side, who arc not troubled'by any
"star" who needs to be spoon fed with chance«, ' but so far their matches have been easy, and' thoogh they head the table, they have yet to prove that they are the best team.