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2 to 1 agst Lord Jersey's lot. 3 to 1 agst Scott's lot. 12 to 1 agst Thornhill's lot.
3 to 1 agst Cæsar (taken). 7 to 1 agst Dragsman.
8 to 1 agst Dey of Algiers (t.)
28 to 1 agst Bulwark (taken).
30 to 1 agst Erin-go-bragh.
40 to 1 agst Lord Mayor.
66 to 1 agst Deception (t.)
Tuesday. This was indeed a grand day, and rendered highly interesting by the Two Thousand Guineas Stakes, for which Cæsar, the "crack" favorite, was an immense attraction. The odds in the morning opened at 4 and 5 to 1 upon him, at which price sums to a large amount were betted. As the day advanced, the fact of his only having two opponents forced him up into even greater favor; and at the post, 7, 8, and even 9 to 1 was laid upon him against the Field.— The race was run at great speed, the Gulnare colt making the running, Cæsar never making an effort to pass him till they neared the hill, where they were head and head, and thus they ran home a desperate race, the Judge deciding in favor of Gulnare by a head! Æther was scarcely a length in the rear. The astonishment of the speculators was great at a regular outsider defeating the "crack."-After the excitement had in some degree subsided, offers were made by several gentlemen to back Cæsar at odds agst the winner for the Derby. The winner, now called The Corsair, was beautifully rode by Wakefield; Cæsar equally so by Robinson, and John Day did everything in his power to improve Ether's chance. This race reminded me of the celebrated race for the same Stakes in 1836, when Bay Middleton beat Elis by a head.
The rich 300 sovs. Sweepstakes, worth to the winner a snug £1500, was won by barely a head, and that with great difficulty, by Don John beating Alemdar, Morella, and Caroline Elvina. The distance was over the B. C., and Don John's legs were in such a state that no confidence could be placed in him: it was a lucky "pull through" for Lord Chesterfield. The betting was about 6 to 5 agst Don John, 3 to 1 agst Morella, 4 to 1 agst Alemdar, and 8 to 1 agst Caroline Elvina. Harry Edwards rode the winner with great judgment.
Mr. Pettit's St. Francis, with 7st. 12ft. (Connelly), beat Dædalus, 7st., and I-wish-you-may-get-it, 6st. 12fb., A. F., for a Sweepstakes of 100 sovs. each, after having been backed heavily at 3 to 1 on him.
The Queen's Plate brought out four four-year-old fillies, and occasioned some betting at the following figures: 7 to 4 on Joannina, 5 to 2 agst Mecca, 5 to 1 agst Vespertilio, and 8 to 1 agst I-wish-youmay-get-it.-Vespertilio and Joannina made a good race until about forty yards from home, when the former made a rush, and passed the Judge's Chair a length a-head, ridden by Chapple; the other two had no chance.
In the evening some very spirited engagements were made on the Derby. The friends of Cæsar, not at all daunted by his defeat, backed him freely at 7 to 1, and offered 5 to 4 in large sums on him against The Corsair. The average odds ran thus :
6 to 1 agst Dragsman (t.) 7 to 1 agst Cæsar (taken). 8 to 1 agst Dey of Algiers (t.) 10 to 1 agst The Corsair (t.) 16 to 1 agst Ilderim.
20 to 1 agst Euclid.
25 to 1 agst Bulwark (taken).
30 to 1 agst Valaincourt.
30 to 1 agst Sleight-of-hand (t.)
40 to 1 agst Accelerator.
40 to 1 agst Domino (taken). 40 to 1 agst Epidaurus. 40 to 1 agst Bloomsbury (t.) 60 to 1 agst Deception. 60 to 1 agst Chimborazo. 100 to 1 agst King of Kelton (t.) 100 to 1 agst Tros.
Wednesday-Grey Momus was again suffered to walk over for the £50 plate, B. C. With four hundred horses in training at Newmarket and its neighbourhood, it is somewhat strange that the Stockbridge nag should be allowed to carry off the Plates without opposition. Grey Momus, although now "a prince of terrors," is not unconquerable.
A Handicap Sweepstakes of 10 sovs. each, for three-year-olds, D. M., was won in a common canter by Courier, 7st., beating Merganser, 8st. 61b.; Egotist, 7st. 13b.; and a colt from Rogers's stable, 8st. Very little judgment was shewn here: Courier had run "well up" in several races, and yet was allowed twenty pounds from Merganser, whose running has always been moderate. A. Pavis rode the winner.
A lot from the great Northern Stable left for Epsom this morning, -Very little betting in the evening, at the following prices ;
Thursday. This was a busy bustling day; the interest excited on the Thousand Guineas was very great, and much money was depending. It is somewhat remarkable that neither of the favorites are in the Oaks.
After Grey Momus had followed up his previous good fortune by walking over for the Queen's Guineas; and Mr. Newton's Vicuna, at 7st. 71b. (Pavis), had beaten Duke of Portland's St. Peray, 8st. 71b. (J. Day), in a Match for 100 sovs., the great event of the day came off. Canis made severe play through the greater part of the race-too much, I should say, for her own welfare, Cara lying in her wake, and ready at any time to go up; George Edwards, however, waited until within about a distance from home, when he called upon his filly, and she at once shewed her superiority by taking the lead to the end, and winning easily by a good length; Alexandrina was third, about three lengths, having run much better than the Squire had anticipated: two others were no-where. George Edwards came all the way from Paris to ride Cara, and was heartily congratulated on his success by his brother jockeys. George has always been a favorite at Newmarket.
The Clarendon Stakes, after some finessing, was walked over for by Epidaurus (Brother to Elis), Cæsar and he dividing the forfeits. Bloomsbury withdrew his Stake.
Lord Tavistock's f. by Taurus out of Mona received 20 sovs. from the Duke of Rutland's Flambeau.
The betting in the evening was rather heavy. The only changes since yesterday were in Cæsar and his companion Ilderim: the former was elected first favorite at 6 to 1, and Ilderim receded to 30 to 1 offered. The Oaks was mentioned occasionally, 8 to 1 being offered on the Field-Deception the favorite.
Friday. This was the best racing-day of the week: no less than six races were run. It is a curious custom with the Newmarket people to make the last day's racing the most attractive to the general turfite. Such, however, is the case. No betting in the morning.
A Handicap race, for all ages, A. F., was won by Quicksilver, 7st. 7b. (Rogers), beating Adrian, 7st. 11fb., by a short head, and Egotist, 5st. 4lb., by three lengths.-Even betting on the winner.
For a Sweepstakes of 10 sovs. each, for all ages, D. M., a pretty little Field of six came to the post, and some animating betting took place at 3 to 1 agst Columbine colt, 4 to 1 agst Arethissa filly, 4 to 1 agst Lyster, and 5 to 1 agst a Cain colt of Lord Lichfield. The race was won in a canter by the Arethissa filly, admirably ridden by little Cotton. When I say that the winner was to be sold for 100 sovs. if demanded, and was not claimed, it will give a pretty good proof of the characters of the horses. The Columbine colt would not start.
The Newmarket Stakes, the last great race to test a Derby favorite excepting the Rowley Mile Plate in the next Meeting, brought out several by-gone Derby favorites to have their last kick. The Duke of Portland ran Cænis and Polydorus (the Tragedy colt), and the betting men took 6 to 4 he won. Besides these two the following ran:Montreal, Montezuma, Brother to Plenipotentiary, and Tros. John Day on Polydorus made the running for Canis at a good racing pace, the others lying well up until they reached the ropes, where Robinson, finding Brother to Plenipo's chance out, declined any further struggle. At this point Tros was also in trouble, nor did Polydorus's chance look well after the horses had entered the ropes. Montreal, Montezuma, and Cænis ran a splendid race home, the former winning by a-head, Montezuma second, and Cænis hardly a neck behind the winner. Pavis rode the winner, as he always does, very well. After this race Montreal was backed at 45 to 1 to win the Derby.
A Sweepstakes of 100 sovs. each, four subs., was won very cleverly by Lord Stradbroke's Oaks filly, by Priam out of Memima, ridden by Flatman, beating two others of no note. Betting, 3 to 1 on the winner.
A Handicap Stakes of 10 sovs. for all ages, T. Y. C., was won by Fifer, 8st. 2fb., beating Egeria, 9st.; Arsenic, 8st. 2lb.; colt out of Advance, 6st.; Basil, 7st. 2fb.; and a colt by Flexible out of Chapeau de Paille, 6st. 6fb.-Betting, 5 to 4 on the Fifer, who had the best of the race throughout, and won in the end easy by a length, rode by Flatman. Egeria was second. Lord Stradbroke is all at once in
A Sweepstakes of 10 sovs. each, for two-year-olds, T. Y. C., was won, after a fine race, by a colt by Jerry out of Mandane beating Mr. Rayner's Ten-pound-note, Mr. Pettit's Miss Romer, and Colonel Peel's ch. f. by Velocipede out of Malibran. The winner is the property of Lord Lynedoch, and was ridden by John Day. This was the last race of the Meeting.
During the day the following was the average state of the odds on the great events to come:—
THE ADELPHI'S BUDGET FROM LEICESTERSHIRE.
LEICESTERSHIRE VACANT, PROCEEDINGS THEREON, DEBATE ADJOURNEDRUNS WITH LORD HASTINGS AND MR. MUSTERS-PREMATURE CLOSE OF THE SEASON WITH LORD SUFFIELD-REVIEW OF HIS SEASON, WITH A FEW REMARKS ON THE GO-A-HEAD SCHOOL OF FOX HUNTING-LORD HASTINGS' HOUNDS, AND CONCLUSION OF HIS SEASON.
LEICESTERSHIRE is again vacant, and as yet no one has been found to take the country. It has been offered to the Marquis of Waterford, Lord Chesterfield, and the Duke of Beaufort, and declined by all, though we understand that Lord C. would not object to taking it for a season could he find a successor in Northamptonshire. Lord Wilton was solicited to take the country as an ad interim administrator, but he is too good a conservative to imitate Louis Philip, though we have no doubt he would have proved equally able as our ruler, and have restored the juste milieu in our now turbulent county, there being a violent schism just now between the older Meltonians and the Leicestershire Gentry, who have been accused of dictation to their betters, and termed diplomatic Fox-hunters. Diplomacy in Fox-hunting! what will Mrs. Grundy say? There has been a meeting of covert proprietors at the Three Crowns, Leicester, at which it was agreed by Lord Wilton, as the representative of Melton, that Lord Hastings should draw Prestwould, as was wished by Mr. Packe, one of the representatives of the county here, and in another House to us of minor importance. It was also agreed that the coverts should be managed by a county committee said committee to pay rents and charges for damage. This resolution, if carried into effect, would save the next possessor of the country £2000 a-year, but we are not without hopes that it will be, as Leicestershire now numbers more decided Fox-hunters among its County Gentry than it has done in the memory of man, and such a step would tend greatly to emancipate them "from the undue influence of the Meltonians, which has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished" nem. dis.
Monday, 18th.-Met the Marquis of Hastings' hounds at Gracedieu : found, and had a pretty burst on to the Forest of twenty minutes, when pug went to ground, but being dug out, and a few minutes law allowed him, he went well away over Bardon hill: here unfortunately a fresh fox jumped up in view of the greater part of the pack. Head, however, held on his way with four or five couple of hounds after the first fox, across Shaw lane to Markfield, where he was headed, and turned to Stanton under Bardon. A considerable check was the consequence, and though the rest of the hounds came up, we could not again get on to terms with our fox, and after a quarter of an hour's slow hunting lost.
Tuesday. Met Lord Suffield's hounds at Bunney, the bitch pack. Trotted off to the Highfield gorse: when about half through the covert, a large dog fox jumped up, and eighteen couple of hounds ran close to him through the barer parts of the covert, but on his reaching a thick piece, about twenty yards wide at the edge of the covert, they all stopped; not a hound faced: the fox luckily broke covert across a grass
field, and then turned to the Old Wood, ran through it, and then to the Round hill wood, passed along the bottom, and then went over the open to Keyworth. The fox was viewed by Lord Rancliffe, Mr. Story, and Head, the Marquis's huntsman; but Treadwell, seeing a hare going in that direction (he might have seen twenty), insisted that there was no fox, and cast his hounds in the directly opposite point. Having lifted the hounds, first in one direction and then in another for half an hour nearly up to Stanton, he gave it up as a hopeless case-hopeless indeed, as in our opinion he never after the first cast was within three fields of the line of the fox. We proceeded to Franks gorse, and soon found, but after remaining about twenty minutes, the fox was viewed and pronounced a vixen. The hounds were taken away, but unfortunately the fox left at the same time, and took the direct line for Kinoulton, whither the hounds were proceeding; was viewed about three quarters of a mile from that covert, a tally-ho given, to which the hounds unluckily went, and killed her just inside the gorse, heavy with cub. A fox was found, but did not go away for half an hour; then only made a short ring, and ran back into the covert. Not wishing to have a second accident, we proceeded to the Curate, which was drawn blank. Just as the hounds were coming out, a halloo was heard at Parson, and thither Treadwell cantered with commendable alacrity; arrived, and viewed a fox proceeding leisurely along the valley: the hounds were quickly on the scent, our interesting friend immediately quickening his pace, and away we raced down to Kinoulton, Captain Pearson and Mr. Taylor of Ratcliffe having the lead, their path over four fields being over a line of gates, which they took at the top of their speed; at Kinoulton a momentary check, and then another race up to the covert, where there was a long check; then hunted slowly to the Widmerpool plantations, and lost. The scurry lasted about seventeen minutes.
Wednesday. Met the Marquis at Leake Pithouse; found in Gotham Wood, had a scurry up to the Thrumpton plantations, ringing round them, and lost. Found another ringing fox, whom we did not kill.
Same day met Mr. Musters's hounds at Stragglethorpe. Found at Colston Basset; ran through Owthorp up to Cotgrave wolds, and lost near the village. Found a second fox at Langar lane end, who ran up to Colston; then turned down the Vale of Belvoir towards Harby gorse, leaving it to the right, and on to Jericho, where there was a check: they hit upon the scent outside the covert, and went at a fair pace down to Elton, where pug took sanctuary, and, being in the Duke's country, was safer than if at the shrine of the holiest saint in the calendar. The time up to Jericho from Colston was twenty-five minutes at the best pace, equal to that of the Belvoir pack, as was observed by several of the Vale Sportsmen who were out.
Thursday and Friday being Croxton Park races we did not hunt. Saturday-Met Lord Suffield's hounds at Grimston. Drew the gorse there blank, but found at Lord Aylesford's covert; ran up to Grimston village, then turned back, passing the gorse where we found, to Shoby Scoles. Up to this point we went fast, but after ringing round the Scoles, we got back to the Aylesford covert, and lost. There was a second similar run in the afternoon, and thus terminated Lord Suffield's first and last season in Leicestershire. The fixtures for the ensuing week were advertised, but owing to peculiar circumstances, as the news