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Ipswich to Gisburne Park: they continued his journey, six miles furstarted at six o'clock in the morning, ther, making 21 miles, which he acand arrived at their destination at two complished two minutes within the o'clock in the afternoon of the day hour. Mr. Shaw reached Lincoln on following, 230 miles. This was per- Thursday night on his return home, formed in thirty-two hours.-On the and arrived at Hull the day follow7th, dined at Browsholme, 12 miles. ing. He weighed about 10 stone.-On the 8th, returned to Clitheroe, In June following the parties paid five miles, and at ten o'clock that forfeit who betted that Mr. Shaw night he took horse for Lulworth could not ride from Barton to LonCastle in Dorsetshire, with don in ten hours, using the same veyance-deeds of some borough number of horses as in the above perhouses in Clitheroe, for the sig- formance. The original wager was nature of Mr. Weld. He arrived for 100gs. but bets to a very considerat Lulworth between nine and ten able amount were depending. o'clock on Monday morning the 10th ; In December 1810, Mr. Mat. Miltransacted his business, and returned ton rode from London to Stamford, to Clitheroe on the following evening exceeding ninety miles, in 4h. 25m. at seven o'clock ; the whole being using eighteen horses. Mr. Milton 540 miles. This he performed in weighed fifteen stone. sixty-nine hours. The weather was In May 1819, Mr. W. Hutchinson very wet and stormy through the whole undertook for a wager of 600gs. to journey.
ride from Canterbury to London 1791. At the Curragh Meeting in Bridge in three successive hours, Ireland, Mr. Wilde made a bet of and completed the distance (55) miles) 2000gs. to ride against time, viz. in 2h. 25m. 51sec. 127 English miles in nine hours. On Mr. Lipscomb started from Hyde the 6th of October he started, in Park Corner early on Saturday morna valley near the Curragh Course, ing, November 6, 1824, to go ninety where two miles were measured in a miles in five hours upon eight horses. circular direction: each time he en- It was a heavy betting match at 6 to compassed the course it was regularly 4 on time, but it was a propitious day inarked. During the interval of for the undertaking. The stake was changing horses, he refreslied himself for 500sovs., and the ground was to with a mouthful of brandy-and-water, the sixty-four mile-stone on the Bath and was no more than oh. 21m. in road, and twenty-six miles back, a completing the 127 iniles--of course mile on the London side of Reading. he had 2h. 35m. to spare.
miles. horses, ten in number, all thorough- The First horse did......12 in 38 14 bred, were the property of D. B.
9......29 33 Third
.13......41 27 Daly, Esq. Mr. W. was so little fa
12......37 29 tigued that he shewed at the Turf
41 57 Club House the same evening.
28 14 On Tuesday, April 20, 1802, Mr. Seventh.
.44 37 Shaw left Barton on the Humber at
10. .32 5 A.M. to ride to London, 172 miles,
90 293 31 which he was engaged to do in twelve hours. Mr. Shaw arrived at the
(Total time, 4h. 53m. 31 sec.)
The last horse, and the fastest of Vine Inn, Bishopsgate-street, having the eight, had only to perform ten changed horses fourteen times, at 33 minutes after three o'clock, in good miles in 38min. 29sec., which he health and spirits, being lh. 37m. completed cleverly in 32min., winwithin the time. The first 84 miles ning by 6min. 29sec. he rode in four hours, and 112 miles Captain Polhill, of the 1st King's in six hours. At one stage the horse Dragoon Guards, stationed at Leeds intended for him not being ready, he Barracks, having undertaken for a
match of 100 sovereigns to walk fifty miles in five successive hours, on miles, to drive fifty, and to ride fifty, Haigh Park Race Course. The Capin the space of twenty-four hours, tain started at nine o'clock, and accommenced his arduous task on Mon complished his arduous task in 4h. day morning at one o'clock, April 17, 7m., being 53 minutes less than the 1826, on Haigh Park Race Course. time allowed. Many bets were deAs this feat had excited much interest pending on the event, which, as may in the town, it occasioned the attend- naturally be imagined, excited much ance of a numerous and respectable public interest. The Ca’tain had concourse of equestrians and pedes. relays of nineteen horses, but he only trians. At five minutes past 8 P.M.
rode thirteen of them. the Captain completed his undertaking, having four hours and fifty-five NEW CHALLENGE minutes to spare. He immediately
BY MR. OSBALDESTON. stepped into a coach, and, amidst repeated cheers, was drawn to the Barracks (a distance of upwards of four Mr. Osbaldeston has published a letmiles) by the assembled multitude.
ter correcting some inaccuracies in the Upon arriving at the Barracks, the account of his Match as given by the coach was drawn up to the Officers Daily Journals; but as they do not in door, and after the Captain had any material degree apply to, or invalialighted, the company sang the Na- date, the statement of our valued Cortional Anthem. The following is a respondent TASSEL, we refrain from return of the times and distances as noticing them. The completion of completed:
the performance, however, in the time rounds. miles.
in which it was accomplished, having Walk
.24..........19 .3 19 given rise to various contradictory opiDrive ........ .13.........101
.0 54 nions, and having in consequence proWalk 7 ......... 5. ...l
duced a fresh challenge from the Squire, Ride .10......... 8
.O 23 Ride .30.
1 12 unparalleled in the history of any Drive
.13. 103 .O 46 Sporting, and hardly to be believed, Walk .15.
249 he shall speak for himself, and also Drive 12......... 93
give his own explanation why he did Ride 10......... 8
.O 26 Drive .13. .10.
not put so much money in his pocket Drive 7...
az Rumour with her hundred tongues Walk
8......... 6 .1 34 has given to him : Drive
4......... 31 .0 17 “There are men, I have no doubt,” Ride .12......... 93 .0 41
can do it (the match) Walk 8......... 6.1
says Mr. O., .. 31
in the time I did it, and in much less, miles. h.
who only ride 7 stone, if they are to Walk.........50.........10 21 Drive.........50......... 4 24
be called men. Many fox-hunters and Ride .........50. 2 42
even jockeys, before the performance,
thought it impossible to do it in nine 17 27 hours, but now the very same men Rest......... 1 38
say any fool can do it. If they are 19 5
correct, pray what can a wise man do?
Double at least; but perhaps no wise Total, 186 rounds, of three-quarters man will be fool enough to try!~400 of a mile and 104 yards cach. In miles in 17 successive hours and 12 the last round Captain P. finished minutes will puzzle all the Wise Men his arduous task by running, at the of the East ! It is the
which conclusion of which he appeared very man is obliged to maintain, with such little worse for the exertion.
short intervals between every four On Thursday November 9th, 1826, miles, that distresses him, from which the same Gentleman undertook for a the muscles have not time to recover. considerable wager to ride ninety-five Two hundred miles in 10 hours would
be no performance to talk of-putting ment in the paper, and also to add the on the extra steam of six miles an following challenges to the whole world, hour tries the wind and strength. but of which one at least, I should A man riding 14 stone could do it in imagine, may be selected for their 10 hours if a good horseman, sound adoption. I have named large sums, wind and limb, and with good pluck. because, in my attempting or accomWhoever accomplishes it in 8 hours plishing any of them, I should incur and 42 minutes, riding 11st. 3lbs., a great expense, and risk my health will find his stockings tied up
and stamina, and it is not worth my tighter than he ever had them tied up notice for less. I address myself to before,' to make use of a waterman's all the sporting men in England, and phrase.
surely as a body they can stump 56 Various rumours have gone the ready' against me alone if they abroad as to the sum I won, and great think it a good catch.' Should no exaggerations exist: soine say 10,000l.; man or body of men come forward to some, 20,000l. ; and
take up any one of my offers, I trust 36,0001. After cleducting all ex- I shall not be bothered with "It is penses, I shall not net more than nothing to doman old woman can do 1800l., owing to the supineness and it—and a jockey can do it in eight bad advice of my friends. They hours,' and so on. 1 merely back would not exert themselves for me, myself on my own stamina and dea nor would they allow me to back my- termination ; and a man of my age self in the Ring ; because, they challenging all the world to back a said, I should spoil the betting, and, man of any age against me is unpaif I would only be quiet, they would ralleled in the history of any Sporting, get plenty on for me. I followed and hardly to be believed. "I will, their advice, but they never bet a however, appear at the scratch whenshilling for me, but kept humbugging ever called upon, both with the needme to the last, 'It was all right!' ful and my own carcase ready for the They knew I would have betted 3, 4, and even 5 to 1 on the match two “ The following are my offers ;nights before, and kept me quiet to fill
THE CHALLENGE. their own pockets at 6 to 4, which they did pretty handsomely at my ex
“ I challenge any man in the world, pense. I never was afraid of any
of any age, weighing or carrying my thing but sudden indisposition, and at
weight, to ride any distance he preno one period of the match would I fers from 200 to 500 miles, for 20,0001.; have taken 10 to 1 about the nine but if he will only ride 200 or 250 hours; I had time enough to dine miles, I will ride for 10,000l. Or I with the Lord Mayor of London, and
will ride against the jockey of seven do it in ten. My friends advice to
stone whom they talk of backing, to keep quiet was something like the ad
ride 200 miles in eight hours, receive vice given to Dawson, who was exe
ing 30 minutes for the difference becuted for poisoning the horses at New
tween seven stone and eleven stone; market. They persuaded him a par
or I will take 10,0001. to 30001. or don was close at hand, even up to the 20,000). to 6000l. that I ride 200 moment of his execution, merely to
miles in eight hours, which, it must keep his mouth shut, as
be allowed, would be a wonderful pertell no tales,' they say.
formance for eleven stone odd; and I think almost impossible--at least, a
single accident would lose the match, “ Having been pestered to death by and I should scarcely have time to so many inquiries about the match, mount and dismount. I am always and having been chaffed so much about to be heard of at Pitsford, near Northa jockey doing it in eight hours, I ampton. GEORGE OSBALDESTON. thought it best to put a complete state
“Pitsford, Wednesday, Nov. 16.”
To run him a hundred miles along the
road : TO MR. OSBALDESTON.
To walk, trot, and gallop him three miles
To ride him over the highest leap :
plished his last great match at to be the property of the owner at this Newmarket, it very justly places him time-November 8th, 1831. at the head of all extraordinary per
To walk him a mile. formers as a rider: and no doubt To walk him ten miles. can be entertained, after all the va
To run him a hundred yards. rious matches he has won, that he is
To run him a mile. so without any exception (as far as has
To hop him a hundred yards. been yet proved); and that we have
To jump him one standing jump. never met with his equal. It would, therefore, be no small feather in the
To jump him one running jump.
To jump him in height. cap of any one who could be found to vanquish him in a great number of
To jump him-hop, step, and jump. performances, all of which I should To play him a game at Quoits. justly consider are precisely what he To play him a game at Billiards. most excels in. If, therefore, he should To play him a game at Fives. be disposed to accept the following To play him a game at Cricket. Challenge, he has nothing to do but to
And, to wind up, I will produce a cartapply to you for my terms and address. horse not more than 14 hands high that Yours, &c. A. B. shall walk, trot, and gallop any cart
horse he can produce of whatever age
and size he may be. THE CHALLENGE.
P. S. Should the above be accepted To run him a mile across the course: Mr. O. will find my age, weight, and To run him four miles across the country: size very nearly his own.
NEWMARKET THIRD OCTOBER OR HOUGHTON MEETING.
SIR, THE weather still continues fine whole there is a foreboding somebeautiful, and the company numer
Hunter's face after losing his money: ous, having nearly all its old sup- it may be a sort of happy indifference, porters present, with many new ones : but I am afraid it is something more yet over the whole hangs a particular awful. gloom which I cannot define or de- MONDAY—The Rural Sweepstakes scribe, unless it is the want of money. of 100 sovs. each, for colts, 8st. 71b. ; At the same time a horse with any- fillies, 8st. 3lb., then three years
old, thing like pretensions, or a young
D.I.--To this there were five subscrione with fashion in his pedigree or bers, but three only came to the post: promise in his appearance, fetches the Duke of Richmond's Elvas won prices hitherto unknown. It cannot it quite easy, rode by Boyce; Lord be the political state of the country, Lowther's Smolensko colt second; for here you see Whig and Tory, Lord Exeter's Tramp colt, his dam Reformer and Anti-reformer, “hand Augusta, third, not near enough for a and glove” together, and almost fine race. hand in pocket. Plenty of horses The Criterion Stakes followed, one in good health, and plenty of races of great interest, as it is supposed to on paper, and on some particular open a sort of “ book of fate” of races plenty of betting ; but on the what is to happen for the Derby and
Oaks next year. To this there were Lord on the occasion, with “ not the thirty-six subscribers of 30 sovs. each, ghost of a chance !" Let Captain 20 forfeit: nine started, and the rest Rous after this use bis Crutch how he paid. As soon as they formed the may, he is no longer an object of pity. line after starting, they came well Sir M. Wood's Louisa colt, 7st. beat together to within 200 yards of home: Mr. Thornhill's Cavenham, 8st., 200 the two favorites then singled them- sovs. T.Y.C. Chapple on the winner, selves out, and made a most beautiful Connolly on the loser-fine riding on struggle, whipping to within thirty both sides, and won by a head only. yards of the end ; when George Ed- Lord Chesterfield's pretty Titania wards again took his horse, The Mar- beat the pretty Mr. Wagstaff out of grave, by the head, and sent him in 300 sovs. by beating his Streamlet, decided winner after a severe race. Across the Flat, at 8st. 71b. eachColonel Peel's Archibald ran a good Connolly on the successful one, and second: he is a most beautiful horse, Robinson on the beaten onemoccabut his vanquisher had too much sioned, no doubt, from being the worst stride for him when in difficulties. mounted. Boyce was his jockey, and had it not Lord Exeter pocketed the Pocket in his power,
I believe, whatever Stakes of 150 sovs. each, h. ft. five losers might think, to make any change subs., for merely cantering his Miss whereby to better his condition. The Catton filly over the Ditch Mile. rest exhibited very slender qualifi- Sir M. Wood won One-third of a cations.
Subscription of 25 sovs. each, the BeaHandicap Plate of 1001. for four, con Course, beating Varna with his five, six years old, and aged horses, Lucetta. The latter had the lead Across D. 1.–For this we had a long list of the Flat, at a moderate pace to all apgreat names, and eight actually pearance; still it is one that oftener started. They came Across the Flat places her first than in any other. very well together; but as soon as any- TUESDAY, we had a list of five thing like difficulties were met on the The first for Fifty Pounds, for way, tlie pretty arrangement became horses of all ages, beginning at two distorted, and terminated in as ugly years, a feather, the last three miles of a race as ever was seen, proving at B. C., the winner to be sold with his the same time to every capacity that engagements, if demanded, for 300gs. the Handicap was one of the worst -Twelve started, principally those of ever made. Bustle, named by Lord tender years; and as the distance was Lowther, won by a neck, rode by great, they were obliged to be wise Chapple; Mr. Rush's Guildford, with their mirth. Scipio ran in first roule by Tom Robinson, second. by a length, role byChapple ; Mr. These horses would not have suffered Ongley's Pandora second (G. Edmuch in character if they had been wards), who claimed the winner. last instead of first; neither have they The other ten went where they could, added to it by winning, in conse- and though many of them ungovernquence of the light weights they car- able, still not exactly where they ried. The great dons got bad places, liked. and filled them worse.
Mr. Henry's Agreeable, with the mus again pulled up very lame. greatest good nature, beat Mr. Chif
Lorel Mountcharles's Bassetaw, ney's Pigmy colt, the T. Y. C. for Sst. 4lb. rode by Robinson, beat easy 300 sovs. : but why Pigmy, being only at the last Mr. Thornhill's Earwig, three years old, should carry equal 9st. (Connolly). This race ought weights with Agreeable, who is four, not to be called a match.
we cannot imagine, unless Mr. ChifCapt. Rous's Crutch, at the great ney, who is one of the most agreeable weight of 9st. 7lb. (Robinson), beat men living, was determined not to be Lord Mountcharles's Brutandorf colt, outdone in playing the agrecable by 7st. (Pavis), in the words of a great either Mr. Henry or his horse.-G.