16 JUNE 1950, Page 6

Lady Margaret's (not Lady Maggie's) achievements in the May Races

must constitute almost a record in that historic fixture. I doubt whether any college boat club ever had nine boats in the races before—for Trinity, which is the only larger college, was divided till the last war into two separate clubs, First and Third,

Out of the nine five, including, of course, the first boat, won their oars by going up a place each night ; those who did not were in most cases frustrated by the boat in front of them making a bump

before they could catch it. But it is the first boat's achievement that dominates everything. Bumps at the top of the river are notoriously hard to register, and to make one every night; and make it in each case before the boat in front had got a third of the way over the course is astonishing. There is no doubt that the Lady Margaret crew is faster than the University boat (with six Lady Margaret men in it) which beat Oxford, and its performance against the foreign Crews in the Grand at Henley will be watched with peculiarly eager expectation. * * * *