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made some precious mistakes in ’47. I cannot regard the prices quoted against the Derby horses for the present year as sound, or likely to be turned to account. This, of course, is not the time or place to enter upon an analysis of the question ; but looking upon the running in 47 as a guide to that which shall succeed it in '48, my advice is, deal not at the present prices current.
WINNER OF THE ST. LEGER, 1847.
ENGRAVED BY E. HACKER, FROM A PAINTING BY HARRY HALL,
Van Tromp, bred by Mr. Vansittart in 1814, was got by Lanercost, out of Barbelle, by Sandbeck, her dam Darioetta, by Amadis, out of Selima, by Selim-Pot-8-o's—Editha, by Herod.
Lanercost, bred by Mr. Parkin in 1835, is by Liverpool, out of Otis, by Bustard. As in the case of Hetman Platoff
, the world was beginning to judge him as a stud horse a little prematurely ; though now, however, he ranks as perhaps the most fashionable stallion of the day. He has certainly the best of the past season, there being five-andtwenty winners out by him, including Van Tromp, War Eagle, Mr. Martin, The Swallow, Luminous, Crozier, and Ellerdale, the best mare
of her year.
Barbelle, bred by Mr. Vansittart in 1836, had only one produce previous to throwing Van Tromp, a filly-foal by Muley Moloch, in 1842. She (the dam) was a tolerably good runner at three years old, and can claim the gratis sometimes allowed, either as a winner or dam of a winner.
Van Tromp is a dark brown horse, with no white about him, stands fifteen hands two inches and a half high, with a clean and rather small head, upright small ears, strong neck, good shoulders, great depth of girth, very muscular arms and knees, strong back and quarters, a little drooping towards the tail—which he carries close to him—very muscular thighs, good hocks, large bone and feet, and of a very quiet temper.
PERFORMANCES. In 1846, Van Tromp—then two years old.-ridden by J. Marson, won the Mersey Stakes of 25 sovs. each, with 50 added, at Liverpool, beating Lord Caledon’s Wanota (2), and the following not placed :- Mr. Merry's Maid of Motherwell, Mr. Osborne's Tyrone, Mr. White's Infringe, Mr. Watt's Chat, Lord Stanley's Meeanee, Mr. Mytton's Miles' Boy, Lord Zetland's Helias, and Lord G. Bentinck's Projectile. 2 to 1 against Van Tromp. Won cleverly by a length.
At Goodwood, ridden by J. Marson, he won the Lavant Stakes of 50 sov. each, 30 ft., beating Mr. Payne's Clementina (2), and the following not placed :-Lord G. Bentinck's Archness, Mr. Ford's Millwood, Duke of Richmond's Halo, Mr. Worley's Wintonia, Lord G. Bentinck's
Vice-Consul, Lord G. Bentinck's Bethphage, Lord Exeter's Cossachia, and Mr. Ellis's f. by Ion out of Ranvilette. 6 to 4 against Van Tromp. Won by a head.
At Doncaster, ridden by J. Marson, he won the Champagne Stakes of 50 sov. each, b. ft., beating Mr. Mostyn's Planet (2), Mr. Scott's Christopher (3), Captain Harcourt's Ellerdale (4), Lord Zetland's Helias (5), Mr. Taylor's George Hudson (6), and Mr. Hargreave's Spem Gregis (7). 2 to 1 against Van Tromp. Won by a length.
At Newmarket Houghton Meeting, at 8st. 7lb., he received 50 ft. in a Match against the Duke of Bedford's Eothen, 7st. 71b.
In 1847 Van Tromp, ridden by J. Marson, ran third for the Derby at Epsom-Won by Mr. Pedley's Cossack, Mr. Bourerie's War Eagle second, and twenty-nine others not placed. 7 to 1 against Van Tromp, who was beaten four lengths from War Eagle, and five from the winner.
At Newcastle-upon-Tyne, ridden by J. Marson, he won the North Derby of 25 sovs. cach, with 100 added, beating Lord Zetland's Helias (2), Mr. Taylor's George Hudson (3), and Mr. Conway's Christopher (4). 2 to 1 on Van Tromp. Won by a length.
At the same meeting, ridden by J. Marson, he won the Gateshead or Lottery Stakes, of 10 sovs. each, with 50 added, beating Mr. J. Scott's Tim Whiffler. 5 to 1 on Van Tromp. Won easily by four lengths.
At Liverpool, ridden by J. Marson, he won the St. Leger, of 25 sovs. each, with 100 added, beating Mr. Mostyn's The Swallow (2), and Mr. L. Fox's Executor (3). 5 to 1 on Van Tromp, Won easily by half a length.
At Goodwood, ridden by J. Marson, he ran second to Mr. Mostyn's Planet for the Racing Stakes of 50 sovs. each. Duke of Richmond's Red Hart also started. 5 to 2 on Van Tromp, who was beaten by half a length, being amiss at the time.
At Doncaster, ridden by J. Marson, he won the St. Leger Stakes, of 50 sovs. each, h. ft., beating Mr. Pedley's Cossack (2), Lord Eglinton's Eryx (3), and the following not placed :-Mr. Mostyn's Planet, Mr. L. Fox's Philosopher, Mr. Meeson's Jovial, Mr. Mostyn's Swallow, and Mr. Pedley's Foreclosure. 4 to 1 agst. Van Tromp. Won by two lengths.
At the same meeting he walked over for the Gascoigne Stakes of 100 sovs. each, 30 ft.
SUMMARY OF VAN TROMP'S PERFORMANCES.
850 The Champagne Stakes, at Doncaster
1075 He also received a Match forfeit of
50 In 1847 he started seven times, and won five :The North Derby Stakes, at Newcastle-upon-Tyne
470 The Gateshead or Lottery Stakes, at Newcastle-upon-Tyne 350 The St. Leger Stakes, at Liverpool
Van Tromp's only engagement at present is the great Four-year-old Stake at Goodwood, in which he and his old enemy Cossack may fight out the “ who shall ?"
Of Lord Eglinton, the noble owner of Van Tromp, it is unnecessary to say much here. He is well known as one of the most honourable and straightforward men on the turf, and, we are happy to add, has evinced a spirit and judgment equal to his high principle. It is seldom, since his coming fairly on, that Lord Eglinton has been found without two or three really good horses in his stable; and as this makes his second St. Leger in five years, we may count him as having enjoyed a fair share of
His lordship’s horses are now trained in private by Fobert, at Middleham, and very well and carefully ridden by Job Marson, assisted by young Prince and others, when occasion may call for their services.
" THE FORTUNE OF WAR."
ENGRAVED BY J. SCOTT, PROM A PAINTING BY D. CUNLIFFE.
“ And then-he falls."
“ Never mind, sir-never mind a bit of a scramble or two, for it's all the fortune of war! Keep your hold, harden your heart, and at 'em again!'
When the noble Roman-Brutus, Cæsar, Cato, or whatever the gentleman's name might happen to be—found he must go, his great object became to fall with grace and dignity: rather different, perhaps, from the case of the noble fox-hunter, who, when he sees he really is in for it, essays to fall with “ ease and comfort to himself," as the magicstrop men say of the shavers. This unquestionably embodies the great secret in the scientific art of falling--a science, by the way, that has scarcely ever yet been treated with that consideration and effect its importance deserves. Every man who pretends, in the very least degree, to ride to hounds, ought to expect and be proportionately prepared for his share of mishaps ; indeed, we should be rather inclined to believe some of our show-off customers might he actually gratified by a harmless roll or two occasionally. It is a very exploded notion to suppose that any number of falls denote bad horsemanship, as any scarcity in the article give indirect evidence of good. Heroes, who never venture on the water, are not very likely to be “found drowned ;” and, on the same plan, the bold hunters who never take a fence are not in any immediate peril of being knocked over by one. The fall, in fact, is more or less a sign of some courage, determination, or “foolhardiness," as the unsympathising spectator would christen it; while, as far as the proof of horsemanship goes,