• Short Summary

    In a field cut down to eight by the coughing epidemic, odds-on favourite Meld wins St Leger.

  • Description

    Doncaster, Yorkshire.

    GV. Crowds and the St. Leger course. SV. Indicator Board showing jockeys and horses. SV. The Queen Elizabeth II walking to the paddock followed by Princess Royal. GV. Crowds watching horses parade round the paddock. SV. Back view of the Queen and Princess Royal watching horses parade around. CU. Pan, Meld being led round. CU. Pan, Queen walking away from paddock past crowds. GV. Horses parading up the course getting ready for the start of race, & SV. Five horses in the picture. GTV. Pan, thousands of people milling around the bookies, & STV. CU. Two men looking through binoculars. GV. Horses milling around at the start. They start to move towards the tape but E Mercer gets his head caught in the tapes and is dismounted. He is riding Lovely Vatel. Mercer rises from ground and horses start to move back for a restart. LV. Horses start to move up to tape. Tapes up and off, pan as horses race past camera and into back view down course. CU. Man looking through binoculars. LV. Pan, No 5, Daemon in the lead followed by No 13, Miss Rigton, followed by Beau Prince and Marwari. CU. Pan, Daemon still in the lead followed by Miss Rigton with Beau Prince close behind. LV. Pan, all eight horses racing in the picture in the same order as before. SCU. Man looking through binoculars. GV. Horses rounding bend to come up the straight, they pass the four furlong post still in the same order. Meld on the outside starts to close up behind Beau Prince. Meld still closing up, is now just behind Miss Rigton. Meld is running neck and neck with Daemon and Miss Rigton. Lester Piggott on Nucleus is close behind, pan as horses race up the straight with Piggott still closing up. GV. Horses race towards the finish, about a furlong from the winning post. Meld took up the running to a great burst of speed, but Lester Piggott on Nucleus suddenly began an electrifying burst. He rapidly closed up on Meld and tried to pass between her and the rails. Meld seemed to swerve and Piggott switched Nucleus to the outside. Meld passes post with Nucleus close behind. SCU. People watching. GTV. Lady Zia Wernher, Meld's owner, leading her to the winning enclosure. Jockey Harry Carr dismounts. Objection overruled.

    (Neg & Lav.) (Orig "A")

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:04:29:00 / 01:07:17:00

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