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which preceded the Meeting, as well as the unsettled state of it during the week, from which, very probably, many declined risking the chance of braving “ the pitiless storm,” while the paramount duty of using every exertion to house the “waving sheaf" prevented others from attending their annual festival, which Doncaster Races ever appeared to be to the neighboring agriculturists. Indeed the rain had for days fallen in such torrents that in the neighborhood of Doncaster numerous fields were all covered with water, and presented one large expanse of flood, from which cause it may necessarily be inferred that the course would be very deep and heavy, which was the case, particularly that portion from the far side of the IIill to the Red House Corner. The other parts of the course were certainly much better in order than could have been anticipated, attributable to their superior drainage. All the arrangements and appointments were conducted with their usual order and precision. The running of the Meeting was certainly a golden harvest to the Leviathan Stable of the North (Scott's), who reaped a far greater portion of grain than their neighbors, winning the Champagne, the St. Leger, the 200 Sovs., and the Gascoigne Stakes, as well as the Gold Cup, and others, which comprised the great wealth of the several Stakes. That credit is due to the trainer for such unexampled success, no one will deny; but still some allowances ought to be conceded to the chances that others in the same profession possess, when it is considered that the fortunate Stable perhaps possesses eight, nine, and ten times the number of horses that are in the care of their contemporaries; and therefore comparisons do not lie in such
But the recital of the sport will go a more agreeable pace than any other theme, and therefore we proceed to its detail.
Monday, September 16.-The morning cleared up, and we had fair skies to commence with. Our old lead-horse, the Fitzwilliam, as usual took precedence of the week's sport, with four subscribers, all of whom shewed Mr. Orde's b. m. Bee's-wing, by Dr. Syntax, dam by Ardrossan, 6 yrs (J. Cartwright).. Mr. Howard's b. f. Antigua, by Mulatto out of Alice by Langar, 3 yrs (T. Lye) Mr. Bowes's ch. h. Epirus, Brother to Elis, by Langar out of Olympia, 3 yrs (W. Scott). Mr. Osbaldeston's br, f. Alexandrina, by The Saddler out of Ebbertston's dam, 3 yrs (J. Harrison), 4 The odds were 3 to 1 on Bee's-wing, and the running would have justified 20 to 1 being laid upon her, for she went away, and had completely beat her field and won het race in the first half mile. Her owner had afterwards 3000gs. offered for her, which he refused. A Handicap Stakes succeeded, for which only a brace shewed forth.
Duke of Clereland's b. c. Kremlin, by Sultan, 3 yrs, 6st. 101b. (T. Benson).. 1
Lord Chesterfield's br. f. Industry, by Priam, 4 yrs, 7st. 91b. (T. Birbeck) Betting : 6 to 4 on the conqueror of the mighty Harkaway.-Industry endeavored to do all the work, certainly in a very lazy manner, going a very so-so pace until near the Red House, when a little more activity was indulged in. The winner of the Oaks, however, with all her industry in name, could not in practice secure her reward; for Kremlin, at two distances from home, took the lead, and with it the bounty, was never after caught, and won cleverly.
The next event was one of the Lions of the Doncaster Meeting--the Champagne Stake---a race which always possesses some bearing
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upon the betting for the Epsom Derby and the following Leger, many a winner of it having been backed for those Stakes at a dear cost : but there must be losers to produce winners.-Of 21 subscribers the following came up to the Red Cottage :
Lord Westminster's br. c. Launcelot, by Camel out of Banter (W. Scott)..
Mr. Osbaldeston's ch. f. by Belshazzar, dam by Whalebone (P. Connelly)
The following not placed :-Mr. Jaques's b. f. Interlude, by Physician out of Comedy (J. Holmes) ; Mr. Blakelock's ch. f. by Curtius out of Fancy by Osmond (S. Templeman); Duke of Cleveland's br. c. Brother to Euclid, by Emilius out of Maria (J. Day); Lord Eglinton's b. c. Doctor Caius, by Physician out of Rectitude (T. Lye); and Mr. Orde's b. f. Queen Bee, by Liverpool out of Bec's-wing's dam by Ardrossan (J. Cartwright). Betting : 6 to 4 agst Lamcelot, 3 to l agst Queen Bee, 5 to 1 agst Brother to Euclid, and 6 to 1 agst Interlude. After two slight mistakes they got pretty well away together, Mr. Blakelock's filly having the lead, Interlude and Mr. Osbaldeston's filly going side by side, and Launcelot well up behind; all the others laid close to him. Thus they ran for about a quarter of a mile, when Launcelot came to the front, and seemed in earnest to fill his binns with Champagne, but Nelson almost immediately challenged him, and to it the two set, bumper for bumper, to the ending post, where, after a very severe contest, in which both received punishment and drew claret, Launcelot was declared the winner by a neck. He is certainly a good-like and improving sort of horse, a little like his brother Touchstone in shape, and is engaged in both the Epsom Derby and the Leger ; but cre I could say he had a chance for either, I should require to be satisfied that he had (which he promises) improved much upon his present form. Interlude landed forth, and Mr. Blakelock's filly fifth.
Her Majesty's gracious Gift was the next boon offered, which, as no one would throw down the gauntlet to challenge the Marquis of Westminster's br. h. Cardinal Puff, he walked over, and pocketed the Sovereigns—and thus ended the first chapter.
TUESDAY.—The all-important day looked to long in prospective, anticipation, and conjecture, now broke forth in beautiful array-fine clear skies, o'er which Sol's golden mantle shone conspicuous. These temptations, however, failed to create that bustle in the streets at early morn which a few years ago we were wont to see in the arrivals of all sorts and kinds of vehicles. The town lacked that scene of olden time until near the period of starting, when the bustle commenced, and a pretty fair gathering mustered together on the Town Moor to see another Leger.
The Two-Year-Old Produce Stakes, which generally comes as a preface or dedication before opening the Leger drama, produced nothing to nobody but the Lord of Eaton Hall; for His Lordship, having yesterday got all the Champagne with Launcelot, the subscribers willingly permitted him to take the Sovereigns in these Stakes in the same way as Cardinal Puff, by walking for it.
The Cleveland Handicap, therefore, preceded the great event.
Mr. Tilburn's bl. c, Master Allen, by Alteruter, 3 yrs, 6st. 5th. (G. Francis) 7.
And now the bell rang for saddling for the St. LEGER, a summons that never fails to create many heaving bosoms, which nothing but the final issue of the battle can remove: and how oft does that event turn painful suspense to feelings of transport or disappointment! However, the hour of trial must come, and here we have a fine field of fourteen good-like horses, displaying all the beauties of fine symmetry, high condition, and matchless elegance before an admiring throng of thousands. Major Yarburgh's b. c. Charles XII., by Voltaire out of Laurel's dam (W. Scott) Mr. Thornhill's ch. c. Euclid, by Emilius out of Maria by Whisker (P. Connelly)....
The following not placed:-Colonel Cradock's b. c. The Provost, by The Saddler out of Rebecca (s. Templeman); Lord Eglinton's b. c. Malvolio, by Liverpool out of Comedy by Comus (T. Lye); Col. Craufurd's b. f. Dolphin, Sister to Sinbad, by Priam out of Mermaid (J. Holmes); Mr. Ramsay's b. or br. c. Easingwold, by Mulatto out of Eve (J. Cartwright); Mr. Allen's br. c. Fitz-Ambo, by The Saddler or Tramp out of Nerissa (J. Marson); Mr. Dixon's b. c. Hyllus, Brother to The Hydra, by Sir Hercules (S. Day); Mr. W. Ridsdale's b. c. Bloomsbury, by Mulatto out of Arcot Lass (S. Rogers); Lord Westminster's ch. c. The Lord Mayor, by Pantaloon out of Honeymoon (G. Nelson); Mr. Wormald's gr. c. Bolus, by Physician, dam by Comus out of Lisette (R. Heseltine); Lord Lichfield's bl. c. The Corsair, by Sir Hercules out of Gulnare (J. Day); Mr. G. Clark's br. c. Dragsman, by St. Nicholas out of Olive-leaf (W. Macdonald); and Lord Kelburne's b. c. by Jerry out of Purity by Octavian (G. Calloway). As the horses drew to the start, the weight of favor and speculation bore upon
the several horses as follows :-7 to 4 on Charles XII., 5 to 1 agst Bloomsbury, 9 to 1 agst Malvolio, 12 to 1 agst Euclid, and 25 to 1 agst Provost ; none of the others being either backed or named.
About four o'clock they all drew together to the Corner, when The Lord Mayor did not appear to relish any participation in the trial ; the Dragsman seemed to wish the drag chain on; and The Provost entertained the opinion that to support the dignity of his office he ought to copy The Lord Mayor's example. These then were all of the lot that shewed any symptoms of discontent. At last, after one disappointment, they got well off, Fitz-Ambo being the first horse, but only remaining so for a few yards, when Euclid passed him, Charles XII., Malvolio, Provost, Bloomsbury, Hyllus, and Fitz-Ambo being all in a clump at his side, and all the others well up except Dragsman and the Purity colt, both of whom were in the rear, and the latter, on gaining the summit of the hill, fancied he had gained the pinnacle of fame, and therefore contented himself with stopping and returning to the place from which he started. In the order described they all went to near the cross road, when Scott went away with Charles XII., leading his horse about two lengths to the top of the hill, where The Lord Mayor resigned his chain of office, and The Corsair declined. Scott now went on with his lead, many tongues exclaiming “ he's going to play Don John's part over again :" indeed, from this portion of the course, the race lay only with Charles and Euclid, all the others being tailed, and their chances of success, “ like fairy dreams, faded away, having given way to the severe pace which Charles indulged through the very deep ground from the hill to the Red House ; at which place Bloomsbury, Bolus, Hyllus, and Dolphin were all beat off. From this point Charles came on with the play, leading about two lengths, and followed by Euclid to about the distance, when Scott rather sobbed liis horse, and Euclid challenged him. The contest now began, and sure am I that a finer or more interesting contest was never witnessed, both horses running as straight as a line, head and head, as true as steel, punished every yard to the ending post, when the Judge declared the event to have ended in a DEAD HEAT amid tremendous cheering, Euclid's
position was on the inside close to the rails, and so pressed was he for room, that in attempting to whip his horse he, Connelly, could not hit him, but struck at the heads and shoulders of the populace stationed outside the rails. The other horses in the race, which were sadly tailed away, came in in the order I have enumerated them, with the exception of the Purity colt, who, as before stated, did not run the course through. The pace was a good one, and was run in 3 minutes 27 seconds, which, considering the state of the ground, was good time. (Some provincials state the time 3 minutes 25 seconds, but such statement is erroneous.) Connelly declared that had the event not been a dead heat, he should have felt compelled to have complained of his being pressed upon the rail, which prevented, he conceives, his certain chance of winning.
In order to give the two invincibles as much time as possible, the Four-year-old Stakes was agreed to be run in the interval between the first and second contest (an unparalleled event) for the St. Leger. For this only two shewed
Mr. W. R. Ramsay's br. c. Lanercost, by Liverpool (J. Cartwright)..
Duke of Cleveland's b. c. Alzira, by Voltaire (J. Day) Lanercost carried the favor at 6 to 4 on him and the Stakes, by taking the lead, never being headed, and winning very easy by two lengths.
And now came the SECOND CONTEST for the important LEGER. The two horses and riders eyed each other as they approached the start with every feeling of caution and suspicion. The style of running between each other, however, was reversed : both appeared to desire to wait, and in consequence they walked a few yards, when Connelly set off at little better than a slow canter to the hill, when he increased the running to a strong pace, going away through the soft ground in which Scott had before taken the same liberty, and leading Charles about three lengths, which ground Scott regained between the Red House Corner and the distance. At this point the two again closed, and certainly performed the former struggle over again, both horses again running as true and straight as a line, in which Charles near the Stand appeared beat, but came again, and, after the finest contest ever witnessed, won his race by only a head. Thus ended a Leger, which has in the Annals of the Turf no parallel, and which perhaps will never again be equalled. Two truer, gamer animals never met each other, and sure we are that we speak the truth when we assert we should have felt amply repaid if we had travelled 100 miles without any other interest than that of witnessing the important event.
The great Lion of Epsom, Bloomsbury, it will be seen cut no figure (commensurate with his character) in the
race at all : indeed the horse was truly not like what he appeared at Epsom: he was much lighter, and had in addition a cracked heel. Wise folk, who say they know or who pretend to know the cause, assert that since his arrival at Hambleton, he was attacked with diabetes, a complaint said to be produced there in wet seasons by the water being impregnated with a sediment washed by the showers from the heather, and which finds its
way into the several springs! Be this as it may, the form of the horse certainly could not be his Derby form, which, if public running can be relied upon, declares him the best nag of the year, seeing how
he beat Euclid so easy in the race in the South, and could not get near him in the North.
The second race for the Leger was run in 3 minutes and 45 seconds.
Wednesday.--- The weather this day was again fine, with the exception of an occasional slight shower. The sport, however, was only very S0-80 ; and, as is always the case the day after the Leger, a very poor muster appeared on the course. In truth it would be very desirable if the managers of the Meeting would condense the Wednesday's sport and Friday's into one day, and make the Meeting four interesting days instead of giving five, which comprise two of little or no interest.
Sleight-of-Isand, aided by Scott, decoyed the Foal Stakes into his owner's pocket by walking over.
The Doncaster Stakes was won very easy by Kremlin (T. Lye) beating Cardinal Puff (W. Scott) cleverly by a neck.
The Selling Stakes produced four, who set a value of 200 sovs. upon their nags; and the victor proved The Quack, by Physician, beating Memento, the Priam filly out of Rowton's dam, and Twig very easy. The winner was not claimed, but afterwards sold to Fulwar Craven, Esq., for 250 sovs.
The Corporation Plate then closed the day's sport, being won by Lord Eglinton's Opera (T. Lye), at two heats, beating Humphrey, The Diver, and Brother to Prizeflower.
Thursday.--On awaking we found a lowering sky and a gloomy morning, which soon cleared up, and was supplanted by a blooming day. The interest of the Cup too drew numerous new comers to the town, and the streets presented nearly as busy an appearance as on the Leger day ; but still, like it, deficient of what days gone by have shewn.
The Three-Year-Old Stake of 200 sovs. each, h. ft., was the first appointment, for which, out of 15 subscribers, but three appeared :
Mr. Bowes's b. c. Epidaurus, Brother to Elis, by Langar out of Olympia (W. Scott) .. 1 Lord-Lichfield's bl. c. The Corsair, by Sir Hercules out of Gulnare (J. Day)
Lord Chesterfield's b. c. Bloomsbury (S. Rogers) Bloomsbury again secured favor by finding friends, who advocated him at 7 to 4 and 2 to 1 on him, while 3 to 1 was laid agst Epidaurus.—The result, however, proved no race, for Epidaurus won very easy by two or three lengths, the winner of the Derby being beaten before he reached the Red House-another proof that he could not be in his own form.
The Gascoigne Stakes succeeded, and tempted two corporate officials and Kremlin to shew:
Lord Westminster's ch. c. The Lord Mayor (W. Scott)..
Duke of Cleveland's b. c. Kremlin, by Sultan (T. Lye) Betting: 5 to 4 on The Provost, 6 to 4 agst Kremlin, and 6 to 1 agst the Lord Mayor.- Kremlin made all the running to nearly the distance, where he gave way, and Provost appeared to have won his race cleverly, The Lord Mayor being in difficulties and running at his side in trouble ; but he waded through to the end, out-struggled Provost, winning his race cleverly by only half a neck. It appeared to us that Provost is a little inclined to gib when collared.