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beating another-John Day again course distanced them, the reriding the winner.
maining heat was won by Whisk, The Second Day commenced rode by John Day again !-Conwith the Dorsetshire Stakes of found that fellow, Sir, if I would 25 sovs. each, two miles, which not almost back him on a jack-ass
won by Mr. Radclyffe's against any provincial thoroughBrownlock beating Coronet. This bred horse and rider in the kingwas perhaps one of the most beau- dom. He's up to anything, I tiful races over the most splendid know; and I'll tell you why-becourse in England ever witness- cause I saw him, when about half ed. It was neck-and-neck nearly a distance from home, being two the whole way, at speed: old or three yards perhaps behind Brownlock, however, took the the other, actually lift his horse lead at starting, made play, was from the ground, somehow, with never headed, and came in by a his hands and knees, and giving length, rode admirably by Cow- him a shove, in a manner peculiar ley--Trenn doing all he could to himself, beyond his adversary, on Coronet.
came in as quietly as could be, as A Fifty Pound Plate for three if nothing out of ihe way had hapand four-year-olds, twomile heats, pened !--and this he did more than was won by Mr. Gould's ch.c. Fir- once. Now, if the Jockey Club man beating Whisk and Elspat. decide this to be fair running, I The first heat was won by Whisk, will with pleasure beg Mr. John but eventually carried off in the Day's pardon for the assertion in next two by Firman, jockeyed in my next; in the meantime refirst-rate style by Trenn, who did taining him, without a fee, for contrive to give John Day the go- whenever I may require his paby, though not without a strug- tent engine of one-horse power* ! gle, and a pretty severe one, being But there were other thoroughabout three of the best heats ever bredsaye! and cocktails also, run over Blandford course. besides osses, Mr. Editor, that
A Handicap Sweepstakes of looked quite longing for a start 5 sovs. each, 10 subs., heats, over for the Maiden Plate as well, that the New Mile, concluded the wouldn't have been at all backsport. It was won by Mr. Biggs's ward, at least not very, I take it, Whisk, in two heats, beating Bac- on the ringing of the Belle! in chanal, Omen, Centaur, and Gil- coming to the post too, especially bert. During the first heat the in a Private Match or Produce three last, finding, I suppose, they Stake - animals that wouldn't ran no chance of winning in the have required the all-prevailing usual way, thought fit to cut off influence, even of Day! to have the angle of one post by about
be missome twenty or thirty yards, taken on this “particular point, coming in first; but as this act of my opinion being merely backed
* I was much amused with John Day ; for, instead of cantering up like the others previously to starting, he used to bring up his horse in a sort of jog-trot go-cripple pace, as if the veriest beast alive wot couldn't canter ; and then, in passing the stand, he would fetch him a lick over the flank, with a “come-up, you brute;" which, coupled to his knowing look, worth two of any one else, can only be appreciated by those who know the man.
by theory, which is ever liable to but little credit on the sporting misconceptions ! It is a much- celebrity of those concerned. I lamented circumstance, Sir, that am induced to record such opinion at these races the “
poor girls” for the purpose of expressing my haven't an opportunity of dis- satisfaction that Blandford has playing “their agility” by run not followed the example of other ning for a “certain article" that counties and other towns, it being must be nameless
too much the fashion of the age “Oh! no, we never mention it :"
in which we live to make a raceneither is there any jumping in
course a sort of raree-show for all sacks, nor bobbing for live eels, kinds of absurdities. nor grinning through horse-col The ordinary was tolerably well lars, nor jack-ass running, nor attended, and at the second ball hurdle leaping; but everything is upwards of 250 persons were preconducted in the true sporting sent - Mr. Portman at a very style of racing, which I trust will short notice, in the kindest and never be departed from so long ablest manner, undertaking and as the Turf (I don't mean the performing the office of Steward Book !) shall last. Nothing in of the Races (in the absence of Mr. my opinion can lessen more this Drax, who happened to be sick). legitimate sport than the intro So much, reader, for the Blandduction of frivolous amusements, ford races, written in great haste, as above described. Cocked-hat and containing, I fear, many misstakes, hurdle racing, and all takes, particularly the Racing Casuch nonsense, may do very well lendar, having lost my catalogue for a stop-gap for an extra day, or
on the Down, and consequently for a hunter's or spring meeting; writing from memory; though in but I consider them as highly the main I hope it will be found derogatory to the character of a quite correct. -Yours, &c. regular meeting, and reflecting September 26, 1831. A NATIVE,
A FEW LINES ON CLIPPING.
AVING been a constant horse very liable to take cold.
reader of the Sporting Ma- Now, with regard to the first, I gazine for some years past, and answer, that, putting aside the adhaving seen but few articles on vantage of saving time (and it is Clipping, I am induced to trou no small consideration to Gentleble you with a few lines, in the men who keep four or five hunters, hope that the results of experience besides perhaps an equal number may have some weight with those of covert hacks, gig-horses, &c.), (and they are, to my knowledge, it has a most beneficial effect on not a few) who entertain un
a horse's condition. Having a founded prejudices against it. I galloway, which from particular have found that many Gentlemen circumstances I much value, and think it is of no use except to which is in winter so long-coated save the groom the trouble of as not only to render it impossicleaning a horse properly, or ble for any groom to dry him elbow-grease, as it is vulgarly before night, but also to reduce termed; and that it renders a his flesh and condition, I was
induced three winters ago to try taking cold. Indeed, after that the effects of clipping, and the period, it hardens them, as it braces horse is now in as good or better their fibres, and checks violent condition in winter than in sum- sweats, which a clipped horse so
Ten minutes walking will seldom gets into. I cannot help take him cool and dry into his thinking it peculiarly adapted for stable, and his liveliness and pace coach-horses, as it would enable evidently shew the improvement them to stand the crack pace at in his health. As to their liability which most coaches now go, to catch cold, I have never had a with half the waste of flesh and horse of mine do so, and I do not strength ; and the horse-keepers believe it has that effect after the (as they are called, I believe) first week, and a little care dur- might easily learn to do it. Should ing that time is well bestowed; you think these few lines worth not allowing them to stand long inserting, you shall hear again when heated ; and a cloth thrown from, Sir, yours, &c. over them, if kept long at the door,
Hippos. will effectually prevent horses West Kent, Oct. 10, 1831,
LINLITHGOW AND STIRLINGSHIRE HOUNDS.
the hounds would be in Linlith. mencing, when the landscape gowshire in the course of ten will be brightened by the glow of days. I believe they are to have burnished woods and the gleam- the honour of attending the Caing of scarlet coats, and the wel ledonian Gentlemen at Kelso in kin ringing with the roar of the the current month. jolly hounds. I yesterday visited A brown gelding of great bone Barnton, the head-quarters of the and symmetry, three parts bred, Linlithgow and Stirling hounds bought from Mr. Wilkie of Orwhen they are with us, though miston : a chesnut gelding, bred I grieve to say that their “visits" in Yorkshire, equal to 12 stone, are, like those of a superior race bought of Mr.M.Wilkie of Easter to us frail mortals, few and far Mains: a light bay gelding, a between. However I don't sit
remarkably neat horse: a brown down to grumble, but to say what bay mare, of uncommon good I saw.
I found the following form, bought of Norman Shairpe, nags (see the end of this paper) all Esq. of Bloustain, and a capital in the highest heart and condi- huntress : two other bay horses of tion--well fed-no cost, no labour superior shape and breeding. spared. I found that the hounds The above are for Mr. Ram. were in the east country, and had say's own riding. The hunting begun the ball already, by rat- nags are of course at their post in tling up the sharp-nebbed nursery Berwickshire.--Ever yours, brats, to make them quit their
September 30, 1831.
VAGUS. mammy's apron-string; in short, cub-hunting had commenced. The P.S. I found Pilgrim there in lad who was the master of the his box: he is an elegant racer; he ceremonies to me said he believed won at Musselburgh in July last.