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between these two. Wassailer is a very pretty course for specwon, it is true ; but if we abide by tators to see a race, and strongly Lord Nelson's motto, “ palmam reminded me of the description qui meruit ferat," we must give given of it in one of your Numthe palm to John Day for win. bers of “auld lang syne,”-viz. ning this race out of the fire. " that it is situated as it were Wassailer was dead beat more in an amphitheatre." It is, howthan a quarter of a mile from ever, a trying course for the home ; and nothing but the ex- legs of "holiday” horses, as quisite riding and admirable Cornelian evinced in his race for judgment of John Day, coupled the Gold Cup. I think the with Terror's jock not riding to Dorsetians might make a much orders, could have placed the better course on other parts of Gold Cup in the possession of these extensive downs, if they that veteran sportsman, Mr. would take the trouble. Biggs. So much for NATIVE's Again, he states that Firman judgment. With respect to this beat Whisk and Elspat for the race, I can say that I have been 501. Plate: now the truth is, that in the habit of seeing most of Whisk did not happen to be in this the provincial meetings, coupled race, but it was our old acquaintwith the “top-sawyers” at New- ance Wassailer. NATIVE is right market, Epsom, &c. from my in stating it to have been a severe youth up, and am now verging race. into the vale of years; and al- After this comes a long cock though I have seen much quicker and bull story about the Handirun races, yet I do not recollect cap, where Omen, Gilbert, and having ever seen a more true or the Centaur filly ran the wrong closer contested race than this. side of the post. The fact is,
In the next place, Native that Cowley was making smart states that the race for the Dor- running on Omen, Gilbert and setshire Stakes “was, perhaps, the Centaur filly following close one of the most beautiful races, behind, Whisk and Bacchanal over the most splendid course in lying by. The New Mile Course, England, ever witnessed.” This over which they were then runI cannot subscribe to: the race ning, is a curved one ; and as the was won easily by Brownlock ; sun was then shining very strong Coronet had no chance through- in Cowley's eyes, he did not happen out. At starting, Coronet (and to see one of the posts in the not Brownlock) went off, lead. bend of the course; and instead ing, with Brownlock in the rear, of going round this post, he went and so they continued until Tom straight on to the next; and GilCowley thought fit to give Coro- bert and the Centaur filly, being net a view of Brownlock's stern, too much in a hurry to notice the and Coronet, spite of all Trenn's blunder, followed his example ; efforts, was unable to repay the and consequently these three compliment: Cowley had the were distanced.
John Day, on race in hand from the beginning. Whisk, as I said before, being Neither can I agree with NATIVE behind with Bacchanal, observed that Blandford is " the most the mistake, and profited by it splendid course in England." It accordingly. Whisk won in a VOL. IV. -SECOND SERIES.-No. 20.
canter: so that I am unable to
proper and injudicial on a racefathom NATIVE's meaning about course. And, indeed, if we take John Day“ lifting his horse,” as notice, we never find these races got he won too easy to have any occa- up by any of the racing men, but sion for lifting the mare. It was in general by a pack of would-be a horse to a hen affair-Baccha- sporting characters-mere carpet nal having had whatever running knights—anxious to show off a might have been in him taken out seat, with doe-skins and silkof his corpus long before this jackets, before the eyes of some race; and no wonder! for the
score of love-sick lackadaisical poor devil had been only two or
young ladies, who deem the three months before qualified to heroes must be men of wondrous run for a gelding's plate; and metal that can screw sufficient yet, notwithstanding this, he was courage to the sticking place to canrunning in almost every race of ter gently up to a hurdle, and vault the Meeting! If this was not lightly over it on the back of a enough to sour his temper, I well-tutored hunter. Why, Sir, don't know what is: and as to
such leaps are nothing more than his bolting, perhaps it was a hint
we may see daily practised in from the poor brute to his mas- the riding-schools in town; and ter that he had had enough for as to racing, it's all my eye and the day: and which hint his Betty Martin. If these youths master would have done well to want to leap in downright earnest, have taken, instead of exposing let them go steeple-chasing, him in the way he was exposed, and not interrupt a race course running three or four heats fol- with their buffoonery, where they lowing without the shadow of a
have no business--for nine times chance, and then brought out out of ten their jumpings end in the next race agaiust fresh horses, a wrangle. with less chance than he had for
Trusting that NATIVE will the previous race.
This does not take this hint all in good part, and, look like the judgment Mr. Far- ere he again attempts to give a quharson has displayed in pre- returned list of a day's running, vious races with his other nags. that he will not forget to qualify
Pardon this digression, Mr. himself so as to perform his task Editor, but I am a stickler for faithfully and properly, I remain, the rights of beasts; and it galls Mr. Editor, wishing every sucme to the quick to see such a
you, generous and noble spirited ani
Your constant reader, VIDI. mal as the horse abused. No blame can be attached to Cowley London, Nov. 7, 1831. and his companions in ill-luck for running the wrong side of the
P. S. After concluding the post; it was entirely the fault of Sol's bright rays, which dazzled above, I read the excellent obsertheir eyes and cut them out of vations of Hippos on Clipping ; the race.
and I think it but just to state, I coincide perfectly with NATIVE that hough once inimical to in his remarks on hurdle-racing, this practice, yet observation has which I consider to be highly im- convinced me
convinced me of its utility.
Three winters ago, having read for how much better does a well marvellous accounts of horses clipped horse appear than one in dying from lock-jaw that had his shaggy winter's coat? And as been clipped, I was afraid to to their being more liable to take venture: however, having an old cold, it is no such thing, provided hack that I did not much value, I the stable men pay them but was prevailed on to allow of his common attention. For myself, I undergoing the process, and from think that he who has once had that time I became a convert to horses clipped will ever continue clipping What is the conse
to do so. quence of this? Why, instead of One circumstance at Blandhaving my nags come home now ford Races, not a little singular, after a day's work with their seems to have escaped the notice long penfeather jackets as wet as of NATIVE; and which I wonder if they had been dragged through at the more, as he appears to have a river, and in this state requir- paid greater
attention to the ing the stable to be kept open, Ladies than he did to the racing. with the men at them for two or The circumstance to which I three hours to get them perfectly allude is, that at Blandford Races dry, to the annoyance of them- they sport a female Clerk of the selves in their wearied state, and Course, and, above allother things, disturbance of the other horses- an unmarried one. I could not now that clipping has been in- help thinking it rather outré to troduced, on a horse coming see a fair lady weighing the jocks; home after a long day, and re- and when they came to change ceiving at the hands of the groom their jackets, or put on a flannel a common wisping and washing sweater or two to make them out of the feet, with the other preponderate in the scale, to see little et ceteras, not occupy- them standing as cool as cucuming altogether half an hour, bers before the fair damsel, or at he is fit to be bedded up, least full in her view, with doefed, and left to his resi: and if skins all unbuttoned, I deemed it this does not flog the old method to be a pretty particular considerI am mistaken. Added to this, able tarnation queer sight I guess; horses work vastly better, and are but prenez garde! prenez garde! not so quickly blown; and though Mr. Editor; I must hold hard, last, not least, it adds consider- and come to a conclusion, or you ably to their appearance-thus will think this a terrible ouvruge combining the utile with the dulce: de longue haleine.
T ARPORLEY HUNT MEE TING.
SIR, BET EING present at Tarporiey them; accordingly, I cannot give
Hunt Races, I beg to send you any information of the runs you an account of them in as during the week, but I undergood a way as I can. Having all stand they have had some very my horses ill with distemper, good sport. Many anticipated prevented me from hunting with that there would be a great deal
of company in the Forest, but two miles, 5 subscribers, of which the weather was so very bad it three came to the post-Lord kept a great many away: there Derby's Roseleaf, Mr. Johnson's was, however, a very respecta- Jupiter, and Mr. Nanney's Georú ble attendance. Being only one giana. Jupiter went away at a day's race, the list shewed for rattling pace, closely followed by
The first was a Two. Roseleaf, Georgiana being about year-old Stake of 20 sovs. each, two lengths from them. In this for which five entered, and all way they kept until half a mile came to the post — Sir T. Stan- from home, when Roseleaf challey's b. c. by Champion, Mr. lenged Jupiter, and so they ran Beardsworth's b. f. by Catton, to near the distance: at this time Mr. Nanney's br. f. Kitty Fisher, Georgiana got close to them ; Mr. Turner's ch.c. Scrivener, and she then went up to the other Mr. Armistead's ch. f. by Teniers. two, and they kept together for They all came away at the first a short distance. Jupiter being start (and a very good one it beat off, Georgiana and Roseleaf was), keeping all together un- ran a severe race home, which til two distances from home, was won by Georgiana by half a when the Teniers filly and Kitty neck-ridden by Calloway; RoseFisher shewed in front. The leaf by Spring, and Jupiter by Teniers filly a little after got Darling. before Kitty, and looked like A Hunters' Stake of 5 sovs. each winning ; when, within a few for horses not thorough-bredyards of the ending post, Cal- Sir H. Mainwaring's Thimbler loway made a very good rush and Mr. Walmsley's b. g. by with Kitty, and it was declared Gulliver. Thimbler made all the a dead heat. Morris Jones rode running and won cleverly-rode the filly by Teniers very well. by Spring; the other by Darling. The next heat Darling was put The last race was for a Cup on, but Kitty took the lead, made with 15 sovs. in it, for maiden all the running, and won easy at horses not thorough-bred, the last.
property of Cheshire Farmers. The next was a Match between Six came to the post, which, after Sir Richard Brooke's b. f. by a scrambling race and a great General Mina and Sir H. Main- dispute, was given in favour of waring's ch.h. Hawk's-eye. The
The Mr. J. Cliffe. They were the latter took the lead, and won by very worst lot of race horses I a length, badly ridden by some ever saw come to a post.-The Gentleman's hunting-groom; the Meeting on the whole was very latter in good style by White good. house.
BARABBAS. All-Aged Stakes, 10 sovs. each, November 7, 1831.
AMENDED RULES OF THE JOCKEY CLUB.
AT a meeting of the
Stewards that much uncertainty had pre
Club, held at Newmarket on the tion of the Rules and Orders o 1st of November, it was stated the Jockey Club, and therefore it
was thought proper to declare where the matter in question octhat they apply to all races run curred; and the parties must
agree at, and engagements made for, in writing to abide by the decision Newmarket ONLY—the Jockey of the Stewards of the Jockey Club having no authority to ex- Club." tend their Rules and Orders to And it was resolved, That from any other place; although they and after the last day of the prehave, for the sake of greater sent year the Rule 20 (relating uniformity and certainty, recom- to the validity of nominations) be mended the adoption of the same void and of no effect--And that Rules to the Stewards of other Rule 25 be altered as follows: Races.-Also, that the Stewards “No person shallstart any horse of the Jockey Club will not re- unless he shall have paid all ceive any references of disputes former stakes and forfeits to the from any places except those at Keeper of the Match-book bewhich the Rules and Regula-fore the time fixed for starting the tions of Newmarket shall have first race of each day on which he been declared to be in force in intends to start his horse.” the printed articles of those And it was further resolved, Races.
That at the expiration of each It was also resolved, That from meeting a list of all Stakes and and after the last day of the forfeits due at Newmarket shall present year, Rule 6 should be be exhibited in the Coffee-room altered as follows:
at Newmarket; and that a simi“ If any dispute arising else- lar list, and also a list of all where than at Newmarket shall stakes and forfeits due elsewhere, be referred to the Stewards of which the persons claiming them the Jockey Club, and they shall shall transmit (free of postage), think fit to take it into considera- be posted at Mr. Weatherby's tion, the matter must relate to office in Oxendon Street. Horse Racing ; the facts or points For the Rules and Orders of of difference be reduced into the Jockey Club, we refer our writing, and be sent by or with readers to the Sporting Magazine, the sanction of the Stewards vol. xxiii. N.S.
AN EPISTLE FROM LEICESTERSHIRE,
BY WILL CARELESS.
Contents :-He waxeth ambitious, and claimeth a high statiov.- Visit to Nottingliam
-The Castle and the Races.—Sir Harry Goodricke and his Establishment at Thrussington. — Cub-hunting. – Opening of the regular Season at Brookesby.Advice to incipient Meltonians, with a moral and sententious Conclusion.
IN these tumultuous times, better his
condition, I see no rea. Mr. Editor, unless a man puts son why WILL CARELESS should himself forward, he has but little not get into office. With this chance to obtain preferment; and view he solicits your suffrages, as every one seems anxious to gentle readers ; and as he is not