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ASCOT HEATH RACES.
To the admirer of rank, beauty, and fashion, the Ascot Heath Meeting is immeasurably before any other. Here our young and beloved Queen, with her numerous suite and splendid equipages, condescends to grace the scene with her presence, to the delight of her subjects, many of whom come solely to see their Queen. To the racing man who visits the course entirely from a love of the sport, or an itching for speculation, the Ascot Meeting is truly interesting — it brings most of the late Derby horses again before his scrutinizing eye, and he once more discovers his mistakes," and only wonders he had not seen them before. Under the present Noble Manager, Lord Errol, Ascot Heath Races have been restored to something like their former brilliancy: Stakes for large sums have been subscribed to by all our principal Racing Noblemen and Gentlemen ; a new and elegant Stand, inferior to none in England, has been erected since last year; and the course has undergone considerable improvement-thus shewing what can be done when an influential Nobleman takes the arrangements into his own hands. The weather was beautifully fine during the week, without being too hot, and the company, particularly on Thursday, as great as I ever remember, even in Zinganee's year 1829.
TUESDAY, May 28.-_As soon as her Majesty and suite had arrived in the Royal Stand, the bell summoned the horses for
Her Majesty's Plate of 100 gs., when the following eight made their appearance :-Grey Momus, St. Francis, Sleight-of-hand, Domino, Adrian, Epirus, colt out of Bustle, and Launchaway. The betting in the early part of the morning had been even on Grey Momus against the Field, 4 to 1 agst St. Francis, and 5 to 1 each agst Epirus and Sleight-of-hand. These calculations were completely upset by Lord George Bentinck declaring a short time before the race that the Grey was somewhat amiss with a cough, and although he intended to start him, yet he had given John Day orders to pull him up the moment he found he was defeated. This was strictly honorable in His Lordship. The betting, after the declaration, was heavy at 2 to 1 agst Grey Momus, 5 to 2 agst St. Francis, 4 to 1 agst Sleight-of-hand, and 5 to 1 agst Epirus. The “Gallant Grey” made all the running to the distance post, when his want of condition became evident, and “ honest John wisely declined any further struggle. St. Francis immediately took up the running after the Grey had declined, and, although sharply pushed by Sleight-of-hand and Domino, won cleverly by a length, Sleight-of-hand cutting a much more respectable figure here than he did at Epsom. Connelly rode the winner, which immediately became first favorite for the Cup.
The second race was The Ascot Stakes of 25 sovs. each, 15 ft., and only 5 if declared, &c., with 100 added. The second horse to receive 50 sovs. out of the Stakes. Two miles and a half.- Forty-three subs., twenty-two of whom declared in time, and paid only 5 sovs. each. -As this Handicap did great credit to those who fixed the weights, I sball enter into particulars, giving the “names and weights" of the
horses.-Calmuck, 6 yrs, 8st. 1315.; Industry, 4 yrs, 8st.; Joannina, 4 yrs, 7 st. 61.; The Skater, 6 yrs, 7st. 515.; Bay Hampton, 4 yrs, 7st. 415.; Cornborough, 5 yrs, 6st. 1315. ; I-wish-you-may-get-it, 4 yrs, 6st. 131b.; Slender, 4 yrs, 6st. 111b.; Bullcalf, 4 yrs, 6st.; Hyllus, 3 yrs, 5st. 108b. ; Confusionée, 3 yrs, 5st.; and Forth’s filly by Merchant out of Turquoise, 3 yrs, a feather.---The knowing ones made Industry the favorite at 3 to 1 agst, 4 to 1 agst Joannina, 5 to 1 agst Bullcalf, 10 to 1 agst The Skater, 10 to 1 agst I-wish-you-may-get-it, 12 to lagst Calmuck, 12 to 1 agst Slender, and 14 to 1 agst the winner. This race was run at great speed, the weights in every instance being below racing ones, and the lot kept close together until they got into the straight running, where Industry and Calmuck gave ар. The Skater, Bay Hampton, Hyllus, and the Turquoise filly carried on the running, each in turn looking very like a winner. At the distance The Skater and the Turquoise filly came out and finished a splendid race, ending in favor of the filly by a half a length. The lad who rode the winner could not be more than four stone in weight, and it was truly astonishing to see with what patience and judgment he rode throughout the race.
The Ascot. Derby followed, and caused some excitement, as both Lord Lichfield and Lord Exeter had formally objected to Bloomsbury's pedigree. The Corsair went off with the lead, Bloomsbury, having 5jt. extra upon him, contenting himself with the second place till a short distance from home, when Rogers let him out, and although he received a taste of the whip, yet he won by three-parts of a length, with something in reserve. Macremma was in difficulties from the start, and cut a wretched figure at the finish.--Betting : 5 and 6 to 1 on Bloomsbury.
Lord Exeter's Stamboul, by Reveller out of Galata, rode by Darling, won the 50 Sovs. each Two-year-old Stakes, three quarters of a mile-beating very easy General Grosvenor's Diploma and Lord Albemarle's Clove. Diploma was the favorite against the Field, and, as a Jockey observed, might have won “ if her heart had been in the right place."
Her Majesty's splendid Gold Vase, with a Sweepstakes of 20 sovs. each, for all ages, with sundry provisos as to extra weights and allowances—two miles-was carried off, after a smart race, by Mendizabal beating Quo Minus, Alemdar, and Confusionée.-Betting : 2 to 1 on Mendizabal, who was ridden by his old jock P. Connelly.
Mr. Thornhill followed up his good luck by winning the St. James's Palace Stakes with his favorite Derby horse Euclid, beating, without the shadow of a chance, that racing impostor, the colt by Sultan out of Velvet. Connelly rode Euclid, with any odds in his favor at starting.
A Plate of 50 sovs. for the “ inferiors was won by Captain Gardnor's Ochiltree beating a wretched Actæon colt and a spurious thing called Gold. Pavis rode the winner-Owing to the number of races it was nearly six o'clock ere this last affair“
came off.” WEDNESDAY, from some unaccountable cause, is a sadly neglected day at all our great Racing Meetings, Epsom excepted. At Ascot dulness was the order of the day, Her Majesty did not honor the
course with her presence, and this no doubt made the visitors more scanty. The racing was very so-so.
The Swinley Stakes was won in a common canter by Ion beating Barcarolle, with the odds as high as 3 to 1 on him. Pavis rode the winner.
The Albany Stakes of 50 sovs. each, for three-year-olds, was one of the best contested races I have seen for a length of time. Five started admirably together at a great pace, and kept in the same order until within about fifty yards from home, when every horse in the race was simultaneously called upon, yet so even was their speed that not a foot appeared to be gained by either. Thus they passed the Judge's Chair, the spectators from the Stand being unable to say which was first or last of the lot. The Judge decided in favor of Æther by a short head ; Nickleby second, The Dey of Algiers, Colonel Wyndham's colt, and Camellino making a sort of “dead heat” for the third place. Betting : 2 to 1 agst Æther, 5 to 2 agst The Dey, 3 to 1 agst Nickleby, and 7 to 1 agst Camellino. John Day rode the winner. A similar race took place at Ascot in 1833 between Bravo, Sir Robert, Twatty colt, and Uncle Toby: the four were within half a length of each other at the finish ; Bravo was the winner by half a head.
For a Sweepstakes of 100 sovs. each, h. ft., for three-year-oldsOld Mile--Nine subs.mEuclid, rode by Connelly, beat with the greatest possible ease Sir Gilbert Heathcote's favorite Oaks filly La Belezza.Betting : 6 to 1 on Euclid.-Every true racing man must be pleased at Mr. Thornhill's late good fortune on the Turf, for a more ardent admirer of the sport, a greater patron, or a more strictly honorable Gentleman does not exist.
The Postmasters' and Innkeepers' Plate of 50 sovs. for maiden horses of all ages closed the day's racing, and after a pretty race, Mr. Corbet's Jenny Jones, rode by Wakefield, was declared the winner ; Red Rose second, and three others of " low degree ” nowhere, one of Scott's crack lot, Roostan, amongst the number.-Betting : 6 to 4 agst Red Rose.
THURSDAY.—This was the “grand day” of the Meeting, and to the joy of the countless thousands the weather proved delightfully fine. A little before one o'clock Her Majesty and suite reached the Royal Stand, and upon Her Majesty making her appearance at the window in front, she was greeted with the most enthusiastic cheers from her loving subjects, which Her Majesty was graciously pleased to acknowledge by bowing gracefully in return. Almost immediately the bell rang for the
The Buckhurst Dinner Stakes of 200 sovs. each.-Swinley Course. Two of the late Derby horses appeared at the “call of time,” and after a beautifully contested race The Corsair and John Day were declared to have beaten, hy a length, Bosphorus and Sam Darling. Bosphorus was the favorite at 6 and 7 to 4.
The Two-year-old Stakes followed, and was an unfortunate race for Isaac Sadler. After having won, as he and almost every one else thought, by a length, with his highly promising colt Defendant, it transpired that, owing to some “mistake,” the lot had started at the wrong post.
Another start was the consequence, when Lord Lynedoch's Jeffy (Mandane colt) just won by a head from Defendant, entirely from being better prepared for a “ long day," he being only third in the false race. The following also ran :–Iris (second in the first start), filly by Nonsense, dam Ethilda's dam, Stamboul, Ten-pound-note, and Sal Volatile (ran only in the first heat). John Day rode the winner. Defendant is own Brother to Deception, and is a likely horse for the next Derby. He is engaged in a Sweepstakes at Stockbridge; the Molecomb at Goodwood ; and the Prendergast, the Criterion, and a 50 Sweepstakes in the Newmarket October Meetings. Betting, before the
mistake,” 6 to 4 agst Defendant ; after, 2 to 1 on him, and 4 to 1 agst the winner.
Now came the “Lion” of the week, The Gold Cup of 300 sovs. value, with a Sweepstakes of 20 sovs. each, P. P. The entry consisted of nineteen high-sounding names of former days, but only four dared to shew at the post, and of these one at least might as well have remained at home.--St. Francis, from his improved running, was the favorite at even against the Field, and, had the race been run in
way than what it was, he might have been the victor—but I am anticipating. St. Francis made nearly all the running, and was a half length first fifty yards from home, when he evidently had “ shot his bolt;" Caravan, with that excellent jockey Robinson, had been patiently waiting the
event,” now challenged the Saint, beat him instanter, and won by nearly a length, Ion being about a length and a half behind St. Francis, and The Dey last. A good deal of the Cup interest was lost by Grey Momus going amiss, he having been a general favorite.
Bloomsbury won the 200 sovs. Sweepstakes in a common canter from Sister to Hector, who was only started “to claim.” Rogers rode Bloomsbury
The Grand Stand Plate of 100 sovs. furnished an excellent Handicap Race to the Legs, as six out of the nine were backed freely. John Day and Mervan, 8st. 415., won by three lengths with the odds as high as 6 to 1 agst them ; Rory O'More, 7st. 131., second.
For the Windsor Town Plate of 50 sovs. for all ages (two-year-olds excepted), two three-year-olds were brought out, Drama being the fancy at 3 to 1, and the winner by two lengths quite easy, rode by Flatman ; Red Rose and Cotton quite out of luck.
The finish to the day's racing was one of those slices of luck to the Fielders which ever and anon prove the uncertainty of racing. The Corsair and John Day, with the odds of 7 to 1 on them, cantered by the Judge's Chair full two lengths before The Deputy and Marlow, but by some unaccountable blunder the 515. extra for winning the Two Thousand Guineas was omitted to be put upon the Derby tit
, and in consequence The Deputy was the winner of The Windsor Castle Stakes of 100 sovs. each. Six subs. It was an agreeable surprise to Alderman Copeland and the Fielders. It is not very often that “honest John" is caught giving a chance away.
FRIDAY.— The last day of the races was fully attended, although Her Majesty did not honor the course with her presence, and the racing
for the Wokingham Stakes and the Two Plates made a good finale to the most brilliant Ascot Meeting since 1829. It is a singular fact, that although twenty-two races were on the list, yet not a single Match, usually so common at Ascot, was amongst the number ; and to shew how desirous the subscribers were to shew sport, only one walk over took place during the week.
Mr. Thornhill's Euclid walked over for a paltry 10 sovs. each Subscription, to which there were three subscribers. There was to have been 50 sovs. added if the "mighty Stake” had not been walked over for. The running of Euclid for the Derby and at this Meeting is sure to get him friends for the St. Leger: indeed after his Wednesday's race I heard a pretty good judge offer to back him at what I thought little odds for that race.
The Wokingham Stakes of 5 sovs. each, Handicap, for three-yearolds and upwards--the last three-quarters of the New Mile had seventeen entries, of which ten came to the post, and everything in the race had backers--a sufficient proof of the judgment displayed by the Handicapper. Alemdar, &st. 111b. (heretofore a maiden), rode by Darling, won after a rattling race, without being fairly headed; The Drama, 7st. 111b., second ; colt out of Bustle, 7st. 1315., third ; and the following not placed by the Judge :- Madeira, 8st. 61b.; Industry, 9st.; Willesdon, 8st. 61.; I-wish-you-may-get-it
, 8st. 615. ; Tros, &st. 215.; colt out of Carew's dam, 6st. 1110.; and Sister to Hector, 6st. 410.-As I before observed, the betting was very animated; it closed at the following figures : 3 to 1 agst Industry, 4 to 1 agst Alemdar, 5 to 1 agst The Drama, 8 to 1 agst Tros, 10 to 1 agst Madeira, 10 to 1 agst Fulwar Craven’s filly, 12 to 1 agst Willesdon, 12 to 1 agst the Bustle colt, 14 to 1 agst Sister to Hector, and 15 to 1 agst colt out of Carew's dam.
A Plate of Fifty Pounds, for two and three-year-olds, produced a very pretty race between Clove, 2 yrs, and Appleton Lass, 3 yrs.Clove won by a neck, rode by little Cotton. Three others started, but neither had any chance of winning.–Betting : even on Appleton Lass (once about first favorite for the Oaks), and 3 to 1 agst Clove.
One other Fifty Pound Plate for the beaten horses during the week the winner to be sold for 350 soys. If demanded--Old Mile-was won by Mr. F. Craven's I-wish-you-may-get-it beating Confusionée, colt out of Carew's dam, and Bullcalf. Trenn rode the winner very steadily and well. Confusionée and William Day ran him to a head. No betting worth quoting.
I omitted to state that Lord Lichfield purchased Mr. Isaac Sadler's promising colt Defendant on Thursday for £1500 with some contingencies, should he be fortunate enough to win either the Derby or Leger 1840. It is worthy of remark, that John Day, with upwards of a score of horses in training, had only Grey Momus to run at this Meeting-a Meeting for the last five or six years so profitable to him. Perhaps he is holding back for the Goodwood.
Thus ended the Ascot Races for 1839, and that person must be fastidious indeed who was not satisfied with the sport. It only remains to be stated that the Stakes for next year are being subscribed to in a