A New Star Light On The Sky Over The Bay
The Rising Star Light
Rider: R B Moller
Distance: 1-1/2 miles
It was a thrilling race and the thousands of race fans who attended the second day of the Annual Race Carnival were unanimous that just to have seen the classic event was reward enough for the afternoon spent in the Race Course.
Record Prizes In Cash Sweep
As was generally expected, the holder of the winning ticket No.68172 received the record prize money of $141,380.05 while the second and third prizes amounted to $10.394.30 and $20.197.15 respectively.
The Immortal Battle
LIBERTY BAY forged ahead of the others in approaching the gate and was caught under the chin as the gate went up, lifting it up on its haunches.
The thousands of spectators watching the start of the Champions were given an early thrill
KING’S WARDEN immediately took the lead when the three horses were eventually started.
LIBERTY BAY, which secured a three lengths lead before rounding the first bend, overhauled KING’S WARDEN.
LIBERTY BAY maintained this lead and increased it to four lengths before reaching the Rock.
SILKYLIGHT, however broke away from KING’S WARDEN just before the last bend was reached, and on entering the straight.
The result left little doubt as to which was the better pony.
1938, after The Champion Stakes, there were lots of anecdotes about :
– a rumor that Hugh Mailand was so arrogant and over-confident that cost him the race.
The Victory Prove
SILKYLIGHT and CONFUSION BAY, [instead of LIBERTY BAY which had been withdrawn from racing since the Champion Stakes], another duel would be witnessed over the 1-3/4 mile course.
SILKYLIGHT had won the ‘triple crown’.
He went on to a notable future.
1938-11-19 SILKYLIGHT won the Hongkong St. Leger in a record 3 minutes 29 and three-fifths seconds.
The St. Leger Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at Doncaster over a distance of 1 mile, 6 furlongs and 132 yards (2,937 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.
Established in 1776, the St. Leger is the oldest of Britain’s five Classics. It is the last of the five to be run each year, and it is raced over a longer distance than any of the previous four.