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booked as a winner of either Derby or Oaks. He has, I hear, some promising young ones in his stud coming on, with a few rare good mares, and MIDDLETON as a stallion. Give him time, and he must be at the top of the tree.
I will make bold to offer another suggestion for consideration. Almost all the Stakes and Plates at Epsom are conditioned the WINNER TO BE SOLD. Although I am not unmindful of the advantages of such a condition, I think here it is too generally adopted, and prevents Noblemen and Gentlemen sending their best horses. Why not make the Cup Race as great an object of ambition to gain, as the Ascot Cup is. The Epsom Two-mile Course is admirably calculated for a display of the constitutional strength and powers of the animal; and, as the encouragement of racing is but to promote improvement in the breed of our horses, no opportunity should be lost in attempting to bring toge ther the best in the various districts throughout the kingdom, that the public may the better be enabled to form their opinions of the merits or demerits of our various studs.
The continuance of a fourth day to the Meeting gives general satisfaction; and having had a hand in the establishment of it, I am, like all others in support of their hobbies, desirous of seeing it kept up. I therefore earnestly hope the authorities will not think of making any alteration in this respect. It is a general benefit to the town and neighbourhood; and I will venture to say there is not a tradesman within many miles of the place but derives some advantage by the additional day. Nay, I have heard it whispered, that the
town of Croydon, actuated by a laudable spirit, have it in contemplation at the next meeting to give a Plate of their own.
I must now get to the post. On TUESDAY, the weather favorable, the company more numerous than on any previous first day, and five races announced by the list.
The CRAVEN STAKES of 10 sovs. each, first: three-year-olds, 6st.; four, 8st.; five, 8st. 9lb.; six, 9st. 2lb.; and aged, 9st. 5lb. One mile and a quarter, seven subscribers, and five horses at the post-viz. Goshawk, Gulnare, Oppidan, Sancredo, and Staughton Lass. Having 9lb. in her favour, Gulnare was justified in making strong running-she certainly went best pace to the distance, with Goshawk very handy at her: here he came up, made a bold rush, and won easy towards the last. The rest had no chance, though all were placed in the order I give them you. Sam Day's judgment powerfully assisted Goshawk in his triumph; and I was glad to see him win, as nothing is more beneficial to keep young ones on the Turf than a good start in their early career, and Lord Wilton is likely to prove a great acquisition in maintaining this national sport. He is well bred for it, and enters steadily and well. His uncle, the General, can read him some good lessons on the subject. His Lordship is a good gentleman jockey, and is already no mean authority on racing matters.
Bobadilla ran away with the Shirley Stakes of 25 sovs. each, beating John De Bart, a Hedley filly of Mr. Charlton's, and a colt by Woful, out of Agnes. This Bobadilla is a very awkward customer at a mile I assure you; nothing but first-raters must contend
with her at this distance. The result brought Zoe back to her old place or thereabouts for the Oaks. The next race was 100 sovs. Sweepstakes, half a mile, three subscribers, which Mr. Charlton won with Haroid, beating a wretched bad Waterloo filly of Lord Mountcharles's. At starting both bolted, and both would gladly have ran any way but for the post, if they could have got over the rails.
The Duke of Richmond, with Hindostan, a neat horse and good goer, beat another very so-so Tramp filly belonging to Lord Mount charles, the Derby Course, a match for 100 sovs. each. It was no race; for Hindostan was never touched, and won by several lengths.
The best contested race of the day was between Scapement and an Eryx filly (both two-year-olds), the first of that family, I believe, that has yet shewn in public. They went off at the top of their speed, keeping almost neck for neck to the end, when Scapement won by little more than a head; and you, Mr. Editor, I suspect, pocketed the sovs. which the veteran of Smitham Bottom had too sanguinely calculated upon calling all his own.
WEDNESDAY'S sport commenced with a match between Mr. Charlton's Galileo and Major Bacon's Carib. No sum was named; and it was reported the winner was to take both horses-the readiest way possibly of getting rid of a bad one. The Major won; but I am sure Mr. Charlton is best off, if they are to continue in training, and the Major is to take to the engagements. They are both jades, and George Dockeray's riding won it, if there was any gain in the triumph.
Capt. Westenra's Conrad, a fouryear-old nag from the Sister Isle,
completely ran away from Logic, Fille de Joie, Forfeit, and Raymond, for the Surrey Stakes of 25 Sovs. each-Derby Course. This horse will prove a teaser to some of the country gentlemen this season, if I mistake not. He is well in the Great Handicap at Bath.
The Woodcot brought out four two-year-olds, which General Grosvenor won easy with Shepherdess, the first Strephou, I believe, that has shewn. It was an interesting race, and the General may calculate he has a good chance of winning the July; but Shepherdess is not good enough for that. Eugene, Dicky Dolus, and a Nicolo Filly of Mr. Maberly's, were all together, and made a pretty fair race amongst themselves.
For the Gold Cup, value 100 sors. with 90 in specie, sixteen were entered, and the following nine came to the post:Mr. Payne's Helenus, aged. Mr. Sadler's Jocko, 5 yrs old.
Mr. Scaith's br. c. Vulcan, 4 yrs old.
Mr. Kenyon's b. f. by Filho da Puta, out
of Eliza Leeds, 3 yrs old. Mr. Charlton's ch. g. Constantine, 4 yrs. General Grosvenor's gr. c. by Skim, out of Tetotum, by Scud, 3 yrs old; and Mr. Mills's Lunacy, 4 yrs old. Three-year-olds carrying 6st. 4lb.; four, 8st.; five, 8st. 101b.; six, 9st.; and aged, 9st. 21b.-Mares and geldings allowed 3lb.
The winner of a Plate or Sweepstakes in 1828, 3lb.; if two, 5lb.: if more, 7lb. extra. The winner to be sold for 250 Sovs. &c. Two miles.
Lunacy made running, closely followed by Vulcan: before reaching Tattenham Corner she failed, shewing she neither liked the hill nor the distance. Jocko got up, with Helenus at his heels. The three ran best pace, and made a beautiful race, Helenus winning by a length. The report that Helenus had found for himself a situa➡
tion in the Pipe Office cannot be well founded; for had his bellows been much affected he could not have run against such a hill at the pace. He was indebted to Goodisson's fine hand for much of his success. Helenus was claimed, but I have not heard whether he changed masters.
THURSDAY.-If evidence were wanted to shew the vast interest the community take in this noble sport, it was fully shewn to-day by the collection of all ranks, and from all parts, to witness the contest for the Great Derby race-a Stakes surpassed by none, and only equalled by one in the kingdom. Upon no former occasion has there been such variety of opinions in picking out the winner. Most of the horses that came to the post have been favorites at some time of the year; and I may say all have been backed by the public: but the running at the several Newmarket Spring Meetings putting the merits of their horses so much upon an equality, The Colonel, who made us a first visit from the North, was held in general and deserved estimation. One fact I put on record in your work with great gratification; which is, that the baneful spirit of gambling to excess that of late years has risen up amongst the young nobility, and indeed all other ranks, is, I am happy to see, fast wearing out. Had it continued to the extent it has been going on for the last few years, it would have ultimately ruined all legitimate sport. I am yet sorry to observe the Turf is become more a matter of business with some, who have no industry to apply themselves to useful employment, than an encouragement of one of the noblest sports that characterise this or any other country. I am ready to be
Rioter Palemon John de Bart Merchant...
A. Farrell ....Wheatley came to the post. Upon the whole the horses looked more blooming and ripe than you generally see a team of Derby nags. Zinganee was certainly light. Merchant shewed that long illness had affected his otherwise beautiful frame; and Palemon was not in the twig I should like to see a horse of mine if about to start for such a stake ; but, with these exceptions, all appeared to the eye very fit. The start was pretty well managed this year; after two unsuccessful attempts they went off. Cadland took the lead at a good racing pace, The Colonel, Omen, Alcaston, and Zinganee, laying close with him. Before reaching Tattenham Corner, the others were all clearly beat. The remainder of the race was beautifully contested. If at all, Cadland was only headed for an instant by The Colonel, near the distance. The run by these two surpassed all former trials for a Derby, and to the astonishment of every one ended in a dead heat. Zinganee was third, though not placed : he got shook off full thirty yards from home; Alcaston fourth.
After the shouts of the populace
had subsided, and the proclamation of a dead heat had reached the extremity of the Downs, it was amusing to view the countenances of the sporting fraternity. What, a dead head! What is to be done? How is it to be decided? were general exclamations. The conjectures of some, and nonsense of others, who ought to know better on such subjects, is not deserving repetition.
So unexpected an occurrence created a lively feeling amongst all ranks. It was rumoured the stakes were to be divided; but that was soon contradicted, Mr. Petre having most properly declared he would not divide, but run it out; and it was settled a second heat must be run between the two after the Durdains Stakes should be disposed of.
This being done, and won by a chesnut filly of Mr. Sadler, without exciting even observation, came
THE SECOND HEAT FOR THE DERBY.
The Colonel was most in favour, and in the interval had been backed heavily at 6 to 5, and 5 to 4, it being supposed he was the fresher of the two, and was the stoutest bred. About half past four the word GO was given. Cadland went off at a good rattling pace, some lengths a head till they came to the chains, when The Colonel ran up to him and made a desperate struggle for the lead the attempt was fruitless; the air resounded Cadland, Cadland, Cadland, but he only won by half a length. The second heat was, I think, even a faster run race than the first.
Such a Derby never before was seen, and possibly never will again. Connelly got thrown early in the race, owing either to John De Bart or his rider, and was so much hurt he could not ride again during the
meeting; but, not witnessing the accident, I cannot give a precise detail of the circumstance. I have since heard one of his ribs was broken, but he is not otherwise seriously hurt.
Hitherto, it has been a too universally received opinion, that the Sorcerer horses are soft and cannot run on: here we have proof to the contrary; for Cadland had a double cross of that family, being out of Sorcery, and his sire, Andrew, was by Orville, out of Morel, also got by Sorcerer.
The Sporting World are much indebted to Mr. Petre for his noble conduct in running the race outas, by making a compromise, he might have pocketed of the public largely; for, as by the Laws of Racing (see case III.) and the decision of the Jockey Club thereon, all even bets on the field against either horse which ran the dead heat, and the odds bet and amount staked as against the other, must have been put together, and then equally divided between the parties, it would have required a firstrate calculator to settle the almost endless disputes that must necessarily have arisen; for the money could never have been produced to make stakes, and it must have entailed ruin on the most cautious and prudent.
What has occurred may again, and it behoves the Jockey Club instantly to take this subject under their serious consideration, and promulgate such a law as shall meet any future similar occurrence. I own, I consider that compromise should in no case be allowed; but I have not had time duly to consider the matter, as I know, if this does not reach you to-day, it will be useless for this month's publication. At a future time I may