Down The Years.
On this day in . . . 1810 A classic example of `handsome is as handsome does' with Derby success for Whalebone, who starts 2-1 favourite in a field of 11 and wins easily under William Clift from The Dandy. He was variously described as ``shabby to the eye'' and ``looking like a Turkish pony'', but despite this Whalebone won 20 races.
His influence on racing has been conspicuous with Hyperion, Stockwell, Bend Or, Spearmint and Gladiateur just a few of his distinguished descendants. 1967 An Irish 1-2 in a field of only five for the Lockinge at Newbury, although not in the order generally expected as the four-year-old Bluerullah, owned and trained by Seamus McGrath and ridden by Bill Williamson, gives 8lb and a three-quarter-length beating to Bold Lad, star juvenile of the previous year.
Bold Lad was hot favourite after an unlucky fifth in the Guineas, but neither he nor any of the other four contestants won a race between them in 17 attempts after Newbury. 1995 A first success for Amrak Ajeeb, trained by Ben Hanbury and ridden by Mark Rimmer, who starts joint favourite for the sevenfurlong maiden at Kempton and wins in good style from Supreme Thought.
Amrak Ajeeb had three successes the following year, including in the final of the Mail On Sunday series, as well as a race at Newbury and a handicap at the Ebor meeting. As a five-year-old he was runner-up to AliRoyale in the Earl of Sefton at Newmarket and was later sent to race in the UAE.
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Jun 3, 2005|
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