1936 VRC Derby winner
racehorse Talking was foaled in 1933 and was by Magpie out of the mare
Society (by Absurd)
Burnie Advocate, on November 2, 1936, reported the 1936 Victoria Derby
race as follows:
Bought recently for
£19,000, Talking returned £3,500 of his cost to Mr. Alan
Cooper by winning the Victoria Derby in brilliant style yesterday.
Talking, who also won the A.J.C. Derby at Randwick, is the outstanding
staying colt of the season.
Talking is the first of
the Magpies to win the Victoria Derby. He really outclassed his rivals
with, the exception of Mala for whom excuse can be made as his preparation
in the last week was interrupted by soreness.
Talking was a hot favourite, with Prince Quex a solid second choice
and Mala eased.
In the preliminary betting 2 to 1 was freely offered about Talking,
and some backers secured 9 to 4. However, when betting began in earnest
he firmed to 6 to 4.
There were three wagers of £700 to £400, another of £600
to £400, and £300 to £200 was booked on several
Beechwood dashed to the front at the start but Prince Quex was slow
to get going. Beechwood soon opened up a good lead from Great Feast,
Talking and Shakespeare, Prince Quex and Arbalest were the last two.
Beechwood was out about eight lengths from Talking at the six furlongs
post but as the field approached the home turn Talking began to draw
in the leader.
Beechwood was four lengths clear entering the straight, but Talking
soon drew past him, and won easily. Talking went a little wide rounding
the home turn and in the straight he shifted out a little.
Mala, who was one of the last three for nearly a mile, came home strongly
and caught Beechwood nearing the post to beat him by a head for second
place. Beechwood hung on gamely when caught and showed better stamina
Talking's rider, A. Knox, who had won the Victoria Derby before, said
after the race that his mount was always going well and was not worried
by the lead Beechwood gained.