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The Oxonians, having won the toss for choice of station, took their position on the Middlesex side, the second pier from the centre arch, and the Cantabs on the Surrey side. The start took place exactly at 13 minutes to five o'clock, both going off in admirable style, and continuing stroke for stroke to the Bishop's Walk; but as they neared the Horse-ferry, the Cantabs obtained a palpable lead, and continued in advance to Vauxhallbridge, which they passed four boats' length a-head, and continued to increase the distance, shooting through Putney-bridge in one minute and forty-five seconds before their opponents, doing the distance in thirty-one minutes. Several steamers accompanied the Match, which were crowded to excess.-The two crews, with a large party of friends, afterwards dined at the Bells, Putney, Mr. Stanley, the stroke-oar of the Cambridge boat, presiding, and Mr. Bewick, the stroke-oar of the Oxford, facing him. It is almost unnecessary to add, that the utmost cordiality subsisted between the rival crews, and the evening passed in the utmost conviviality.
We had lost sight for some time past of our old friend John Lawrence, and on inquiry learnt that he had taken a snug box at Peckham, Surreynot for the benefit of his health, for that continued very good up to last Christmas, but that he might have a longer tramp to "the Corner," where he delighted to walk in and out again, as if merely to shew that he was as blythe and gay as ever, for his was a green old age." At the beginning of the present year, however, he had a slight touch of the prevailing endemic, commonly designated "the influenza," but resisted the calling in of medical advice, for which he had a rooted abhorrence-"it was a mere cold, which he should soon get rid of," adding his repeated asseveration "that he should live to 100!" His malady increased, and it was soon evident to his friends that his "time" was fast approaching, and on the 17th of January he breathed his last, in the eighty-sixth year of his age.-Mr. Lawrence was an early and constant contributor to this Magazine, having entered the lists in 1799. He was an earnest opponent to the system of "summering the hunter," and if he did not get the best of the controversy, all his arguments tended to evince his attachment to the animal he delighted to honor. His "History of the Horse" has passed through fourteen editions, and he was also known as the author and compiler of several other works of standard reputation. Mr. Lawrence was certainly an eccentric, but if the shell was husky, the kernel was sound. He was one of the warmest coadjutors with Mr. Martin in his philanthropic exertions to meliorate the condition of the brute creation. The horse was his hobby, and he rode it with stedfastness and mercy.
On the 6th of April, after a long illness, the consequence of an accident from a fall from a horse, Mr. George Ezard, aged 42, for a long period training groom and manager to Mr. John Scott, of Whitewall, near Malton.
BETTINGS AT TATTERSALL'S IN APRIL.
BETWEEN the Newmarket Meetings some brisk betting has taken place at the Corner. running in the Craven Meeting inspired his admirers with the greatest confidence-3 to 1 was taken freely. His race for the Two Thousand Guineas-said to be one of those "mistakes" which now and then occur in racing affairs-drove him back to 8 to 1; since then he has improved in the betting, and 13 to 2 can with difficulty be got. Ilderim has found no friends at 25 to 1. The Corsair took a prodigious jump in the odds-40 to 1 was laid in hundreds on the evening previous to his race-he now figures at 7 to 1, with takers. As was predicted in our last Number, Dragsman has become a "rattling favorite ;" 7 to 1 are the outside odds, and the takers on the 25th were more numerous than the layers: he will unquestionably run a good horse. With the exception of Sleight-of-hand and King of Kelton, no others in this large Establishment are even talked of. Sleight-of-hand has many friends at 18 to 1, and the King of Kelton is said to be "coming." Euclid's form is much admired. The Dey of Algiers, after remaining stationary
until the last day, retrograded at a great pace-12 to 1 being at the close offered-something is supposed to have happened to him. The betting agst the lots are:-3 to 1 agst Scott's, 5 to 1 agst Lord Jersey's, 12 to 1 agst Mr. Thornhill's, 13 to 1 agst John Day's, and 16 to 1 agst Sir Gilbert Heathcote's.
11th. 22nd. 25th.
16 to 116 to 113 to 113 to 1
66 to 150 to 1
50 to 150 to 1
50 to 1100 tol
100 tol 100 tol
THE continuation of "How to buy a Horse," and "The Cockney in Leicestershire," are unavoidably postponed till next Number.
We have to acknowledge the receipt of several other articles. In one instance our Correspondent says, "You will perceive that the late period in the last month at which this affair took place prevented our availing ourselves of your widely-circulated Magazine to convey it to the Sporting World ;" and yet we did not receive it till the 24th of April, when all our arrangements were necessarily completed! We know, that when Gentlemen get their legs under the mahogany after a brilliant run, they are "not-i'-the-vein" to wield the "grey-goose quill;" but if they would think of their friends, who are anxious to hear of" splendid doings" in the Hunting Field, they would not put off till "the morrow what may be done to-day."
"W. S.'s" proposal is acceded to. How shall we forward his Magazine ?
"R. W. P." is informed that QUARTOGENARIAN'S "Canine Lucubrations " commenced in the May Number 1832, and were completed in the October following-six Numbers,
Newmarket Second Spring Meeting....
Steeple Chase at Carteia (Gibraltar)
Pedigree and Performances of Mr. Theo
I. PORTRAIT OF LOUTHERBOURG.——11. FANG, A SCOTCH TERRIER.
NEWMARKET SECOND SPRING MEETING.
THE Second Spring Meeting, once of much importance to the general Turfite, has been for the last six or seven years gradually falling into decay the last Meeting was decidedly the dullest I ever attended. With beautiful weather, the courses as smooth as a billiard-table, and some three or four hundred horses in work, the Newmarket people could only furnish a list of seven races for the week, not a single Match being on the card. Then again, with the solitary exception of a Two-year-old Sweepstakes of 25 sovs. each, with three subscribers, no Stakes for more than Fifty Pound Plates or Ten Pound Handicaps were advertised to be run for. Such being the state of things, the
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scantiness of visitors was not to be wondered at. Derby and Oaks bettings were of course out of the question. York Races, falling in the same week, had the effect of dividing the legs and curtailing the betting.
Tuesday, April 30th.-A Handicap of 10 sovs. each, for threeyear-olds and upwards, D. M., closed with four subs., and was won, as easy as you please, by Mendizabal, 10st. 4fb. (Connelly), beating Gimcrack, 7st. 13b., and a filly of Lord Exeter's out of Palais Royal, 6st. 10fb.-Mendizabal, if I recollect right, carried off several of the Newmarket Fifties last year, and this season he bids fair to do the same. I will just hint to Mr. Thornhill, that this horse is worthy of better patronage than running for paltry Plates or Five and Ten Pound Handicaps. Lord Exeter's filly could not have won if she had been turned loose.-Betting, 5 to 4 on the winner, and 3 to 1 agst Gimcrack, taken.
The Rowley Mile Plate sent nine to the post, and was won from the first yard by the Duke of Grafton's Courier, beating Merganser, Express, Mr. Tarleton's colt by Count Porro (dam by Corban), Sister to Pickwick, Hamlet, colt out of Wings, Sister to Margaret, Ramsay, and Cooper's Longwaist colt out of Heron's dam. The knowing ones (!) laid 7 to 4 and 2 to 1 on Merganser, and 4 to 1 agst Courier, who was very nicely ridden by Flatman. Great things were expected from Hamlet, but all Wheatley's fine riding was of no avail. "What a falling off was there!"-he was last. The Sister to Pickwick was a good third as regards the tail, which was rather long. To shew the poverty of the Field, a sporting character offered 100 to 1 agst Courier for the Derby immediately after this race.-' -This finished the first day's sport.
Wednesday. Some how or another the Newmarket men always contrive to make the Wednesdays in the different Meetings all but a blank; and in the present instance the visitors are entirely indebted to the Marquis of Tavistock for a single race.
A Handicap Plate of 50 sovs., for three-year-olds and upwards, A. F., was run for by Gimcrack, 6st. 7fb., and I-am-not-aware, 7st. 9lb. Notwithstanding the disparity of the weights (the horses being both four-year-olds), many were foolish enough to bet 2 to 1 on I-am-notaware, whose running has never been even moderate, while the other had at times shewn some decent running. In this race he had the affair settled to little Cotton's satisfaction before they reached the Bushes. Pavis did all a man could do, but was a good length behind at the finish.
General Yates's Canute, in Cooper's stable, died in the morning from having ruptured a blood-vessel while at exercise.
The amusements on Thursday were, in point of the number of races run, more than equal to the two previous days, and every now and then a bet was made upon the Chester Trade Cup, for which Caravan stood first favorite at 5 to 1 against. The company was also more numerous, and the racing, such as it was, passed off to every one's satisfaction.
Now that Grey Momus has left, we had a race for the Jockey Club Plate of £50, B. C., between Adrian and Egeria, both five-year-olds.
The betting (in fives and tens) was 5 to 4 on Adrian, who jumped off at starting, and was never fairly headed, winning in the end very easily by above a length. Robinson had a nice quiet easy four-mile ride on Adrian, while Connelly, on Egeria, was overwhelmed with difficulties throughout. Egeria, like Saintfoin, has all at once lost her running.
The Duke of Grafton's Drogheda won a Fifty Pound Plate for all ages, T. M. M., by rather more than a head, beating Egotist, Barbican, and four others. The winner was to be sold for 200 sovs. if demanded, but I did not hear that she changed hands. The Noble Duke's horses can always go the distance.
For a Handicap of 10 sovs. each, T. Y. C., there appeared at the "call of time," All-fours, 6st. 7fb.; Corban, 7st. 12fb.; and Saintfoin, 8st. 4fb.-Sam Mann, on Corban, went away at a fair racing pace, and at one time looked very like a winner. His horse, however, compounded upon reaching the cords-no new game to him--and let up All-fours, who went in front, and won cleverly by a length.-Betting: 6 to 4 on All-fours, 5 to 2 agst Corban, and 4 to 1 agst Saintfoin.-It will be remembered that All-fours ran an excellent race with Wapiti at Goodwood last season, and in the Newmarket Second October Meeting carried off the £50 Plate for two-year-olds, beating eight others. It is to be regretted that his Noble Owner omitted to name him for the Derby, for he could not have failed to have run a good race for it. Cotton rode All-fours.
The last race of the Meeting was for a Sweepstakes of 25 sovs. for two-year-olds: colts 8st. 7fb, and fillies 8st. 4fb; T. Y. C., three subs. -The betting was all on one side, 2 to 1 on Mr. Rayner's Ten-poundNote, who never gave his opponents a chance, and in the end won very easy by a good length. Lord Stradbroke's Miss Romer was second, and Lord Exeter's Raymond last.-Robinson rode the winner.
A Free Handicap, made in the last Meeting, for three-year-olds, A. F., to come off on Tuesday in the Craven Meeting 1840, found three acceptors-viz. Cæsar, 8st. 71b.; Euclid, 8st.; and Bosphorus, 7st. 7lb. The Stakes are 300 sovs. each, h. ft.
A Match for 100 sovs., New T. Y. C., was made for the coming July Meeting-Mr. Thornhill's Merganser, 8st. 10lb., against Lord Exeter's Express, 7st. 131b.
The July Stakes will in all probability bring out a large field. Lord Exeter's lot, I am happy to say, look very promising, as do also Mr. Thornhill's and W. Edwards's lots.
May 4, 1839.
Stewards Earl of Verulam, Lord Villiers, and W. R. Phillimore, Esq.
COULD our ancestors who lived in the ancient city of Verulam, and were accustomed to see the assembled Knights arrayed in all the panoply of helm and corslet, poising their lances at the quintin, or, tilting at the tournament, have "burst their cerements," and reappeared on earth, how great would have been their astonishment at