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The Doctor administered to her a pill not very palatable, by passing her, and winning very cleverly by half a length. Apothecary at the last got up to about two lengths of them, and gained the third distinction. It is but justice to remark, however, that Deception only reached the course on the morning of running, having come two hundred miles on the Grand Junction Railway, which, added to her carrying over-weight, and being indeed but so-so jock’d, very probably tended to tarnish those laurels which she gained at Epsom, and which but for those untoward circumstances not improbably, in my estimation, might have gained an additional sprig.
A Produce Stakes, two miles, only brought out two Sir R. W. Bulkeley's ch. c. Ginger Blue, by Recovery out of Miss Patrick, 8st. 316. (S. Darling) I Lord Derby's ch. c. Aeronaut, by Velocipede, 8st. 6lb. (T. Lye) The betting was 6 to 4 on the loser, but surely a more sorry pair was never pitted together. Aeronaut, in running (if such it could be called), broke down, and consequently it ended like a walk over ; and the sooner both animals walk out of training the better for their owners' pockets.
A Match for 150 sovs., both two-year-olds, T. Y. C., followed Lord Stanley's bl. f. Hoyden, by Tomboy out of Rocbana, 8st. (T. Lye) Mr. Mostyn's b. f. Princess Elizabeth, by Dr. Syntax out of Queen Bess, 8st. 2/b. (S. Darling) Seven to 4 and 2 to 1 on Hoyden, and she justified her public favor, by making all the running, and winning very easy. Hoyden is decidedly a very fine filly, with, I fancy, good racing propensities. She is the first scion of Tomboy's stock which has appeared in public, and bids fair to do honor to his fame. She was during the Meeting matched at 8st. 415. against Lord Eglinton's ch. c. Doctor Caius, 8st. 71b., one mile, for 500 sovs., h. ft., at the next Liverpool July Meeting.
The Mersey Stakes, for two-year-olds.
Duke of Cleveland's b. c. Brother to Euclid, by Emilius out of Maria (T. Lye)., 2
The following also started but were not placed :-Mr. Fowler's b. c. Mogul, by Saracen out of Minikin (S. Darling); and Mr. Parkin's b. c. Broadwath, by Liverpool, dam by Albany, grandam by Tiresias out of Turban's dam by Hambletonian (H. Edwards). Six to 4 agst the Duke of Cleveland's, 2 to 1 agst Mogul, 3 to 1 agst Broadwath, and the winner disregarded. The usual characteristic of young assemblages took place, a false start; but they ultimately got well off, and then they proved pretty good company up to within a short distance of home, when De Clifford went a-head, and won his race easy by three quarters of a length, the second and third running each other to a head.
The Maiden Plate concluded a very long day's diversion, which was won by Mr. M‘Donough's gr. c. The Friar (G. Calloway), at four heats, beating a Field of eight other virginities. And here I must declare, if anything can on this earth be found to take away the gusto for sport, even from thorough-bred Sportsmen, it is such as the occurrences of this day, which comprised a tedious spinning out or wasting of time, by which the company was kept on the course from one o'clock until between nine and ten at night; and at this hour to have the prospect of a long five miles journey to Liverpool to take your dinner is sufficiently annoying in prospect to destroy both pleasure and appetite, to say nothing of encountering cookee's amiable temper at the
prospect of his talents and abilities being frustrated, and all the delicacies being out-done or over-done by the Race Authorities' procrastination, that thief of time, which, I trust, will never steal so much upon our too good nature again.
Wednesday.—This day beamed with delicious weather, and a very numerous attendance on the course, among whom the presence of the Lancashire fair witches embellished and much adorned the panorama.
The Sefton Stakes for fillies. Once round. Mr. Allen's b. f. Antigua, by Mulatto out of Alice by Langar (J. Marson).. Lord Derby's br. f. Velocity (M. Jones) Col. Synge's b. f. The Heather Bell, by Y. Blacklock or Alcaston out of Sylph (J. Cartwright).. 3 Duke of Cleveland's b. f. Eliza (T. Lye). Velocity went first in favor at 5 to 4; 5 to 2 agst Antigua, and the same agst Eliza.—The favorite made running for some way, when sweet Eliza sung the air “ From thee, dearest, I must go,” but her song proved only a short ballad, for Antigua, when most profitable, sang
Away, away!” and won her race very cleverly, nay easy, by a length, and plenty to spare.
The Foal Stakes failed to produce a contest, the forfeits being all secured by Mr. Mostyn's Papineau.
Now came the great Lion of the gathering, the Great Trades' Cup, so called, but in the shape of a large Silver Flagon of immense size, nevertheless of beautiful workmanship and very classical design, which, together with the Stake, no small sum, induced a very large Field to appear to contend for the honor and the siller.They were as follow:Major Yarburgh's b. c. Charles XII., by Voltaire out of Laurel's dam, 3 yrs, 6st. 6lb. (G. Francis) I Lord Eglinton's br. h. St. Bennett, 5 yrs, 8st. 5lb. (T. Lye)
The following also started but were not placed:~Mr. Bowes's ch. h. Epirus, 5 yrs, 8st. 13fb. (H. Edwards); Mr. Fowler's br. h. Heron, 6 yrs, 8st. 11lb. (S. Darling); Mr. Heseltine's br. h. Slashing Harry, 5 yrs, 8st. 71b. (R. Heseltine); Sir T. Stanley's b. h. Cowboy, 5 yrs, 8st. 7td. (S. Templeman); Mr. Ramsay's br. c. Lanercost, 4 yrs, 8st. 61b. (W. Weatherill); Mr. Copeland's b. h. King Cole, 6 yrs, 8st. 6lb. (Marlow); Mr. Denham's b. c. Compensation, 4 yrs, 8st. (Whitehouse); Mr. Fowler's ch. c. Gilbert Gurney, 4 yrs, 7st. 71b. (J. Dodgson); Capt. Healey's ch. g. Van Buren, 5 yrs, 7st. 61b. (Wm. Oates); Mr. Cooke's ch. m. Rachael, 5 yrs, 7st. 6lb. (J. Cartwright); Mr. Allen's b. c. Percy, 4 yrs, 7st. 2tb. (T. Nicholson); Mr. Ogden's b. c. Harpurhey, 4 yrs, 6st. 1215. (Bond); Lord Miltown's ch. m. Cruiskeen, 5 yrs, 6st. 6lb. (Dunne); and Mr. Brown's b. c. Hopeful, 4 yrs, 6st. 6lb., carried 6st. 8lb. (W. Cotton). The view of the Field was certainly most interesting and animated, and presented a picture truly beautiful. The scale of favor at this moment ran thus :-5 to 2 agst St. Bennett, 5 to 1 agst Charles XII., 5 to 1 agst Lanercost, 10 to 1 agst Compensation, 12 to 1 agst King Cole, 15 to 1 agst Cowboy, 25 to 1 agst Hopeful, 30 to 1 agst Percy, 30 to 1 agst Harpurhey, 100 to 3 agst Van Buren, and 50 to 1 each agst Cruiskeen and Slashing Harry. The lot, after one slight disappointment, got away well together--indeed it was a very pretty start, Lye following his last year's example by cutting away with 'St. Bennett to make the running - Charles XII. lying second, Hurpurhey third, Slashing Harry fourth, Cowboy fifth, Van Buren sixth, Heron seventh, and the others all in good positions excepting Gilbert Gurney, who, it was stated by some parties, was merely brought to the post to win certain bets about his starting ; but these were rumors, and after-hours will perhaps bring out the truth or falsehood of the statement. To return, however, to the race. St. Bennett went on leading in the order
described for about half a mile, when Harpurhey went by Charles XII., and took the second place, the latter lying third ; and thus the lot went to the Canal side, when Cruiskeen went up, and along with other two accompanied St. Bennett, Lanercost being close with them to about the distance, when Charles XII. with great ease passed St. Bennett, secured the lead, and won his race very cleverly by about a length from St. Bennett. Lanercost was third, and only beat about two lengths; Heron fourth, Harry fifth, Cruiskeen sixth, Rachael seventh, Cowboy eighth, and Van Buren ninth.
The winner, Charles, is a very fine powerful horse, stands 16 hands, with great substance, and no doubt will run a prominent horse in the Doncaster St. Leger ; but still I should doubt his abilities to defeat the winner of the Derby if he (Bloomsbury) continues, as he now is, fit and well to run on the day of battle. That a three-year-old should win this great prize, be it remembered, is no very great performance. We remember Inheritor at the same age achieving the same victory against, I fancy, a better Field, and yet he was, no question, inferior to winning a Leger. Nevertheless, the ease with which Charles the Twelfth won, and his undistressed condition after the race, will induce every judge of a race-horse to award to him a fair degree of superiority, and which, no doubt, his future performances will establish. At all events, his victory rose him in the scale of Leger betting from 11 to 1 up to 4 to 1.Francis's riding I must in justice say was a fine specimen of horsemanship.
The Derby Handicap succeeded--a great event in this Meeting, but, like all followers of important personages, gained but little attention.
Lord Eglinton's b. f. Bellona, by Beagle, 4 yrs, 7st. stb. (T. Lye)
Captain Healey's ch. g. Van Buren, 5 yrs, 8st. (R. Heseltine) The following also started but were not placed:- Lord Eglinton's br. g. St. Andrew, 4 yrs, 7st. 1210. (J. Cartwright); Mr. F. R. Price's br. 9. Captain Pops, 4 yrs, 7st. 8lb. (H. Neale); Mr. Critchley's b. h. His Grace, 5 yrs, 7st. 61b. (Whitehouse); Mr. Attwood's b. f. Armelle, 3 yrs, 6st. (G. Francis); and Lord Miltown's ch. c. Lepreuchaun, 3 yrs, 5st. 8lb., carried 5st. Illb. (Cotton). Bellona was the favorite at 2 to 1; 4 to 1 agst Captain Pops, and 5 to 1 agst Harpurhey.- The Handicap proved futile in creating a race, for Bellona won the Stakes very easy.
The Ladies' Plate, another heat-ing affair, finished this day's sport, and Lord Eglinton's Potentate, disliking like myself long days, made short work of it; for he gave himself little trouble to win the fair ones' prize, at two heats, in a canter, beating three others.
Thursday.-Showery and uncomfortable weather.
The first event was the Liverpool St. Leger Stakes, and, Leger like, created no little speculation and interest on the respective merits of Kremlin, whose Newmarket performance had been denominated counterfeit, and Hetman Platoff, half-brother to Don John, who on this occasion made his debût before a public audience. Although five shewed, the two were only considered as having a chance, and consequently it might be literally looked upon as a Match.-The Field comprised Mr. Bowes's b. c. Hetman Platott, by Brutandorf out of Sharpset's dam, 8st. 8lb. (H. Edwards).. I Duke of Cleveland's br. c. Kremlin, by Sultan out of Francesca, 8st. 8lb. (T. Lye) Mr. Fowler's br. c. Profligate, by Emancipation out of Billicgsgate, 8st. 81b. (S. Darling) Lor: Miltown's b. f. Medea, by Drone out of Pasta, &st. 316. (II. Neale) Lord figlinton's ch... Zoroaster, by Priam, 8st. Alb. (S. Templeman)
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From the circumstance of Charles's winning the Cup, the Stable became in estimation, and Hetman Platoff before starting was consequently backed at evens against the Field, while 3 to 1 was laid and taken freely by the friends of Kremlin, who made nearly the whole of the running at a fair good pace, and even up to the distan looked like a winner ; but almost immediately after, Edwards, with an assumed displuy of difficulty, got the lead, kept it, and won—I should say very easy-by a length and half, flogging repeatedly; but whether the whipcord hit Hetman, or his rider's boot, or neither, this deponent saith not; he, however, believes no pain ensued from the strokes or stripes administered on the occasion, which has produced another candidate for favor in the Doncaster St. Leger, the winner being afterwards freely backed at 1l to l. Zoroaster, who has hitherto always exhibited bad temper and very inferior running in public compared with his private performances, which are declared to be very superior, was run in his clothes, but the experiment proved of no avail, for the horse evidently never attempted to run in the least degree towards winning.
Hetman Platoff is certainly a very good-like horse, of a fine frame, stands about fifteen hands and a half high, and has most beautiful action. Curiosity will no doubt be stretched to its utmost bounds to ascertain whether Charles the Twelfth or he be the superior nag. However, the public, from the tried worth and integrity of both respective owners, I should say, will have every protection in backing either, as both are decidedly straight-forward runners for victory. Hetman was after the race backed for the Leger at 11 to 1: he had a curb, I observed, when he ran for this race.
The Two-year-old Stakes produced a very sorry Field of a braceSir T. Stanley's ch. c. Rabbitcatcher, by Birdcatcher out of Lena's dam, 8st. 71b. (S. Templeman), 1 Lord Stanley's ch. f. by Velocipede out of Roseleaf, 8st. 1tb. (T. Lye).. The winner was backed at 6 to 4 on him, and won as he liked, easy, by two lengths-neither I should fancy to be good for much.
The Hooton Stakes of 20 sovs. each, h. ft., with 100 added (not to be given if walked over for), twice round, gave us a curiosity in racing annals-viz. a start of but two, and they were
Mr. Ramsay's bl. h. The Doctor, 5 yıs, 9st. 3lb. (J. Cartwright) .....!
Mr. Ramsay's br. c. Lanercost, 4 yrs, 8st. 5tb. (W. Weatherill) Of course, as both horses were one gentleman's property, and run merely to get the 100 sovs., there was no betting on the event, and Mr. Ramsay declared before starting to win with The Doctor, which declaration he acted upon.
Her Majesty's Plate, heats, two miles, concluded the day's bill of fare, and was walked away with by Lord Eglinton's Potentatc.
Friday.-Tremendous wet and uncomfortable weather, and a consequent very bad attendance.
The Knowsley Dinner Stakes.
Mr. Mostyn's b. c. Hugh Lupus, by Priaw out of Her Highness (S. Darling) 6 to 4 on Wayward : Charlatan, however, put the odds at defiance, and won easy, the whole company being moderate.
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The Stand Cup succeeded, and brought the following Field :-
The following also started but were not placed :- Mr. Ogden's Harpurhey, 4 yrs, 7st. 5lb. (J. Bond); Mr. F. R. Price's br. g. Captain Pops, 4 yrs, 7st. 5tb. (H. Neale); and Lord Stanley's br. f. Velocity, 3 yrs, 6st. 5ib. (G. Francis). The odds were, 5 to 2 agst Compensation, 3 to 1 each agst Harpurhey and Maid of Monton, and 8 to 1 agst Velocity.-Compensation compensated his owner for any disappointment on former occasions by taking the lead, never being headed, and winning very easy by three lengths—a quality of running which he certainly never exhibited in his performance in the slightest degree for the Trades' Cup, and many of his backers for that event did not scruple, after this race, to assert that he had never been run to win the Trades Cup; “ but losers will cry," and whether their assertion be true or false I leave for future inquiry.
For the Grosvenor Stakes, Lanercost (rode by Cartwright) beat easy Antigua, never being headed : and Lord Stanley's br. f. Hoyden walked over for the Stanley Stakes.
The finale of the Meeting then came with the Selling Stakes, heats, once round, which was won at two runs easy by Mr. Etty's br. c. The Quack beating three others.--The Quack was claimed, according to the articles, for 150 sovs., and afterwards re-purchased by Mr. Etty at an advanced price.
Thus closed the Liverpool July gathering, which I believe will next year be condensed into three days' sport-four days being considered by the gentlemen supporters of the Turf too long a detention of their time. Liverpool, July 22, 1839.
SIR JOHN SMYTH'S HARRIERS.
" If the harmonious thunder of the field Delight thy ravish'd ears, the deep-flew'd hound Breed up with care.”-SOMERVILE.
D ring my course to the tern Counties, I arrived at “beautiful and delightful Bath,” and, after spending a few hours in this fashionable city, started for Clifton, thence across the ferry, and came at once upon Ashton, the princely residence of Sir John Smyth. As you enter the park, the kennels stand back on the right and left. On entering the Upper Kennel, you come at once into a spacious grass court, and thence into the hunting kennel : beyond this is another grass court, and from this you come to a large court for bitches at heat. Having thus described the Upper Kennels, on entering the Lower, you are at once introduced to a large grass court for bitches and their whelps, and a most careful set of matrons did I here see, with their
all around them; and from the number of brood bitches and whelps in this court, it is quite evident that the means for recruiting the pack for future sport is well attended to.
I here saw
a very neat-looking lurcher (captured with some poacher by Sir John's keepers) fostering some favorite hound puppies ; and also noticed one fine old bitch of the