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The first royal Derby winner as Sir Thomas, owned by the Prince of Wales (later King George IV), starts at odds on - the first such Derby favourite) - and beats his main rival Aurelius. The runner-up goes off at 5-2, with the other nine contestants dismissed as `high odds against all the rest'. The Prince bought Sir Thomas after the colt had won his only juvenile race, but he made no further impression on the course after Epsom or at stud.


Even though he wins by eight lengths, no-one takes much notice as Tap On Wood, ridden by Ernie Johnson and trained by Barry Hills, scores at the third attempt in the juvenile maiden at Pontefract. Tap On Wood won five more races that season and the next year launched Steve Cauthen's British career by landing the 2,000 Guineas and two other races.


Snurge and Richard Quinn finish only fourth to Monsun in a Group 2 at Cologne, but the six-year-old picks up enough prize-money to become the top UK earner on the Flat, taking over from Pebbles. His final total was pounds 1,283,892 compared with the filly's pounds 1,182,140 and came from wins including the St Leger, the Canadian International and the Grand Prix de Deauville. His total was eclipsed by Singspiel, whose wins included the Dubai World Cup and the Japan Cup.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 8, 2004
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