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U.K.: FRENCH COLT EMPERY WINS EPSON DERBY, WITH WOLLOW, HOTTEST DERBY FAVOURITE FOR TEN YEARS, FINISHING FIFTH.


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The French colt Empery owned by Mr. Nelson Bunker of the United States won the English Derby run over one and a half miles at the ??? race course in England on Wednesday. (2 June) The hottest favourite for the derby in ten years, Wollow, was left struggling far behind and finished only fifth losing British punters seven million pounds (11,900,000 U.S. dollars). It was a first defeat for the 11 to 10 favourite, unbeaten in six previous races.
Lady Beaverbrook's Relkino was second and Mr. A. Oldrey's Oats finished third of 23 runners. Irish-trained Hawkberry, owned by Mr. Lawrence M. Gelb of the United States, finished fourth.
Empery's win gave English jockey Lester Piggott his seventh derby win, to beat the previous record of six wins held by Steve Donoghue.
British punters staked 25 million sterling ($US47,500,000) in bets on the race--the most coveted horse race in the world.
The victory was worth GBP111,825 ($US223,650) to Mr. Hunt and the race was worth a total of 'GBP' 165,650 sterling ($US331,300).
The film is serviced with English commentary by Peter Bromley of Thames Television. A transcript appears overleaf.
SYNOPSIS: The French colt Empery own the English Derby, the world's most coveted horse race, at Epsom in England on Wednesday. The favourite, Wollow, was left struggling and finished only fifth losing British punters seven million pounds. Empery's win gave jockey Lester Piggott seven derby firsts, establishing a new record for wins. For a commentary on the final stages, here's Peter Bromley of Thames Television, London.
Empery is owned by Nelson Bunker of the United states, and his daughter Elizabeth led the colt in after the race. In all, British punters bet 25 million pounds sterling and Mr. Hunt won almost 112 thousand pounds.

Reference 4905/76
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Issue
Can 16053
Source THAMES TELEVISION, LONDON
Restrictions Restrictions on certain uses may apply, and may vary from those listed.
Time code
Date original 2 JUNE, 1976
Duration 0.46
Technical C/M V/P N/T MAG
Subset Reuters TV - RTV Post 1957
Location EPSON, U.K.
Sound PART NATURAL, PART ENGLISH COMMENTARY
Colourbw

1. GV PAN Vitiges leading at the 2 furlong mark, followed by Relkino, Oats moves up into third place Wollow lying 4th, Empery moves into lead at 150 yards and holds lead to win, followed by Relkino second, Oats third. 0.30
2. TV Winner Empery led in by his owner as crowd cheers 0.46
BROMLEY: "And it's two furlongs to go and it's Vitiges in the lead and Relkino having a battle royal. It's Vitiges on the far side and Relkino, Empery's in third place then comes Oats and Wollow has a lot to do and he's not making up much ground at the moment and it's Relkino that hits the front from Empery and Lester Piggott, Vitiges comes next and Wollow is beaten. They have 150 yards to go and Empery comes sailing through. Lester Piggott is going to beat Steve Donoghue's record. Empery for France. Empery wins the Derby. Relkino is second, Oats is third then comes Hawkesberry."

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TELERECORDING PETER BROMLEY
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