"The Epsom races commenced on April 20th with most brilliant spring-like weather, which, added to the interest taken in the principal handicap, attracted an immense concourse to Epsom Downs. The course presented an unusually brilliant spectacle. The coaches were more numerous than usual at a Spring meeting, and some of the teams that will probably be found at the Magazine later in the season were out for an airing on Epsom Downs. For the chief event of the day the City and Suburban Handicap of 15 sovs. each, twenty-two came to the post, and the race was won by Dalham, Mr. T. Smith's horse. On the second day, which is usually less exciting, there was again a good attendance. Unhappily the Surrey Stakes was productive of one of those bad and fatal falls for which Epsom has an unlucky celebrity. Coming down the hill Dudain (sic) struck against a post and rolled completely over, of course crushing poor Wass, his jockey, who was picked up quite dead. No blame could be attached to the poor lad, but some precaution ought to be taken by the management to prevent a repetition of such a catastrophe."[The horse was actually 'Dudaim' [Hebrew mandrake] by Mandrake out of Olga, 1872.]
"A deplorable accident happened at Epsom this  spring. A lad in Mr. Mannington's stable was riding his master's horse Dudaim, and came round the bend hugging the rails. Jeffery, who was riding Athlete, was next him on his right hand, and was either pushed on to Dudaim by the other horses swinging round on them as they turn for the straight run in, or else Athlete hung of his own accord on to the other. In any case, Dudaim was knocked against the rails; horse and rider were thrown heavily, and the lad was killed on the spot. A hurdle was fetched from a neighbouring field, and on this the body was conveyed down the course to the weighing-room. I shall never forget the sight of that poor white dead face, which was quite visible two or three hundred yards away through one's race-glasses, as four or five men bore their sad burden along on their shoulders. A gloom was cast over the meeting, but the races proceeded."