reached the Powburn, three fields to touch him to the ending. He won from home. Mr. A.'s horse took the the heat without the least difficulty. burn gallantly, but the Earl's refused, Second Heat.-They went away and Mr. A. won by half a field. much in the same order as at first, but

Fifth Race.—Mr. G. Hamilton for all evidently made up for mischief, the Earl-Mr. Edington for himself: and, considering the ground and the -an excellent race, and won by his fences they had to encounter, at a Lordship's horse by three lengths. swinging bat. Harbinger swerved at

The speed at which the races were the fourth fence from home, but soon contested was very great-the four caught his horses, Bravo being well miles being performed in some of in front. At the road Shamrock them in less than fifteen minutes. made the play, and they ran nearly

The country over which the racing abreast at a tremendous pace to the took place was very close, and at least last leap but two-Bravo over first, one fourth of it tremendously hilly; and Shamrock laid close alongside; the Powburn is fifteen feet wide at when, after a desperate struggle, the the place where the course crossed it latter won by little more than a neck. at one point, and the same breadth The heat was disputed on the part of with the addition of a hedge at the Mr. Knaresborough for a cross by other.

Shamrock, but the decision was ultiThe ground was very heavy in hill mately in favour of Mr. Tuthill.and close in fence, and several of From the excellence of the running, them very difficult. The course was and the good order which prevailed, not previously examined by the riders. we hope to see a full entry for this The latter are entitled to the highest race next year. rank in the sporting calendar, there having been only one fall in the five

Several Steeple-Chases have taken races. The races commenced about place in various parts of the kingtwelve, and finished at three. Lord dom, of which we can only find room Kelburne was on the ground and dis- for a brief outline. charged the duties of umpire most sa- On the 23d of March, for 20 sovs. tisfactorily to those interested in the each, ten horses started from a field near issue of the races.

Brixworth, Northamptonshire, and a TALLAGHT SHAMROCK CUP.

point in Cottesbrook Cow Pastures DUBLIN, MARCH 28, 1833.

was fixed on as the goal. There were The Steeple-Race for this Cup came

two brooks in the route, and the off yesterday over a new

fences, though not heavy, were nume

course, which to all appearanee was laid out

Mr. Evans's Grimaldi, whose for broken bones ; at two o'clock the previous performances had attached following horses started :

to him considerable interest, refused Mr. J. Tuthill's Shamrock (Owner) 1 1

the fourth fence, and threw his rider. Mr.F. Morgan's Bravo (Mr. Knares. Mr. Osbaldeston quickly re-mounted, borough)

2 2 and overtook the field, but in crossMr. H. Ryan's Harbinger (Mr. ing the first brook, Grimaldi cleared Pearse)

3 3

with his fore-feet, but fell backwards First Heat.-On the word being with his rider into the water, giving given, they started in excellent style, the Squire a cooler : this second disBravo taking the lead over the first aster left him not the remotest chance wall, which he kept until they of success. For a time no horse crossed the road, when Harbinger could claim any advantage, but after came out and headed him across a fal- the fate of the favorite had been delow field, Shamrock lying far astern. cided, the remaining ground was In taking the leap out of the ploughel strongly contested between Mr. Wes, ground, both Bravo and Harbinger ley's Lily, Mr. Tibbett’s_Enterprise, swerved and fell, and before they Mr. Soloway's Daring Ranger, Mr. could make sail again, Shamrock Wilson's Moses, Mr. Thornhill's lapassed them, and they were unable trician, and Mr. Cox's Montebello,


Lily keeping the lead till within half fences. Mr. Ellis soon gained and a mile of the winning point, when kept the lead, and but for one of she fell. Daring Ranger and Moses those accidents which can neither be then advanced, and the race ter- foreseen nor prevented, he would in all minated by Daring Ranger winning probability have been the winner. easily. Moses came in second, En- More than 400 persons were present at terprise third, Lily fourth, Jionte- Scole. A large party afterwards bello fifth, Patrician sixth, Mr. dined at the White Hart Inn, Scole, Berkeley's Outcast seventh, and Mr. George St. Vincent Wilson, Esq. in Russell's The Monk eighth.

the chair, and the day was concluded On the same day, a second Steeple- with the greatest harmony. Chase for six sovs. each was run over On the 26th, a match was run for the same ground. Seven horses 2001. a-side between Colonel Charstarted, Mr. Paleman's Blucher taking ritie's Napoleon and Mr. Clutterthe lead, closely followed by Mr. c. buck's Clipstone, rode by Mr. OsbalG. Fletcher's Don Cossack and Mr. deston, from a field at Woolscott beCox's Quaker. The remainder of tween Daventry and Dunchurch, the field (Mr. Prince's Filho, Mr. finishing within a field of Dunchurch Wesley's grey gelding, Mr. Dickens's Windmill. Clipstone took the lead, Biddy, and Mr. Reeve's Rutland) ap- was never headed, and won very easy. peared to have no chance. About a In clearing the brook he jumped 27 mile from home, Blucher gave place feet, a prodigious leap for a nag of his to the Quaker and Don Cossack, who size (14, hands). ran neck and neck till they reached On the 30th, a Sweepstakes, which the last fence, in clearing which Don had for some time been on the tapis, Cossack's size and condition gave him came off in the neighbourhood of the advantage ; he cleared the distance Amersham, in the presence of a nuof twenty-threc feet, and won by two merous assemblage of the higher class lengths.

of sportsmen. The race On the 25th, a Steeple-Chase, from 25 sovs. each, 12st. each, and the horses Brockdish Church to Scole (four came in thus:miles), for 28 sovs. each, came off in Mr. Anderson's Arbutus, Mr. W. W'eston. the presence of numerous horsemen Mr. Kent's Jerry, Captain Beecher. and spectators on foot. Of the light Lord Pembroke's Peverel, Mr. Anderson.

Mr. Fairlie's Antelope, Mr. W'. Bean. weights the winner was, Mr. Wal

Mr. Munroe's NellGwynne, a Noble Lord. lace's Silly Billy, beating Mr. S. Mr. Horn's Zigzag, Mr. Mason. Smith's Little Tom (2d), Mr. Mun- Mr. Caldecott's cho g., Mr. l'ielding, ro's Peablossom, Mr. G. Wilson's Mr. Solloway's The Daring Ran. Jack, and Mr. Gould's Fleecrow.- ger (owner), who won the NorthampOf the heavy weights (carrying tonshire Stakes, came in second, but 13 st.), the winner was Mr. Gould's ran on the wrong side of the fags. Jack oʻLanthorn beating Mr. Barker's The line of country selected comFilippo, Mr. Munro's Chipp, and menced in a field belonging to Mr. Mr. Beverley's Antelope and Van- Allen, at Chalfont. Leaving Mr. dyke.

Allen's house to the right, it crossed This was followed by a match be- the road leading from Chalfont to tween H. Monro, of Walham-le-Wil. Amersham, about a mile from the lows, Esq., and Mr. Ellis, of Shel- former place into the Valley-crossed fanger Hall, for two guineas a-side. a shallow brook, and turning short to The horses were placed near Brock- the right, ran alongside it up the Valdish Church, and the winning post ley, ending in a field close to Amerfixed in a piece of land belonging to sham. The last half mile was acress Mr. Lines of Thorpe Hall. The a long meadow without a single fence; horses started at three o clock, and the ground was light, the fences easy, went in gallant style for a distance of the distance short, and the affair altonearly five miles, over a very heavy gether more like racing than steeplecountry greatly intersected with stiff chasing. The running for the early

was for

part was made by Nell Gwynne, mile from home they were close towhich was admirably jock’d, Jerry gether, and on crossing the high road and Antelope (winner of the St. Mr. Osbaldeston went away to the Alban’s) next her; Bean making ra- left to avoid a double fence which was ther too free and over-setting his in the line. Napoleon cleared this horse. About half the distance the fence very cleverly, as indeed he did winner and The Daring Ranger came everything in the race with the exto the front, Arbutus winning in the ception of the first. Grimaldi refused end cleverly. He was ridden with several times, one near Gibraltargreat coolness and judgment. Pe- farm, when Mr. Osbaldeston was verel was not far off ; he was out- leading (a double fence), and with paced on the turf, but if the ground his chest knocked down the rail; Nahad been heavier he would have been poleon cleared it in his stroke. On in a better place.

coming out of the orchard near to On the 6th of April a real varmint Broadwell, Mr. Osbaldeston had the thing took place over six miles of the lead, and maintained it, but his horse Warwickshire country, between Mr. refusing a low style, and afterwards Evans's Grimaldi, rode by Mr. Os some hurdles, allowed the Captain to baldeston, and Colonel Charritie's get away. Napoleon, jock'd by Capt. Beecher, The superior speed of Grimaldi for 1000 sovs.—the country veryheavy, enabled him quickly to recover his lots of fences of “all sorts and lost ground, and both horses cleared sizes," several brooks, and one (the the fence together into the field, where river Lem) impracticable. The skill, the first brook was to be taken. judgment,' and nerve of the riders Here Mr. Osbaldleston, instead of are too well known to need specifica- passing between the flags, left them tion. T. Crommelin, Esq. for Col. both on his right hand. Napoleon Charritie, and Mr. Kench, for Mr. topped the whole in very grand style, Osbaldeston, selected the ground. for independently of the brook, there The conditions were that the riders was a hedge on the opposite side. At might pass on either side of the white the place where Mr. Osbaldeston took flags, placed in the direct line; but the brook, a large gap was observed, that Gibraltar-farm, where a red flag and it was a matter of surprise to was placed, should be passed on their every one why Mr. Osbaldeston . left; and that at each of the two brooks should make this his point, and distwo blue flags would be planted, be- tinctly leave both flags on his right, tween which they were to be taken. (in defiance of the conditions,) when

The start took place precisely at there was plenty of room between the one o'clock, in a field near to Berling- flags for fifty horses to pass abreast of bury-wharf-the winning-post a red one another. In about half a mile the flag near to Dunchurch Windmill. Lem crossed their line, where the The line was nearly a semi-circle, at majority of the spectators had placed the commencement, from the wharf themselves. to Gibraltar-farm--which they were To the infinite amusement of all to leave on their left hand-thence to assembled, both horses jumped into the village of Broadwell, across the the middle of the stream, and for a brook, close to Hardwick-bridge— few seconds were invisible. The Capthence to Bratt's-farm, where they tain was the first remounted, though had to jump the Lem. When the the last in, and the advantage he gained horses came to Broadwell, the last was considerable. He rode gallantly four miles were straight--the Wind- to maintain it, taking his fences mill a conspicuous point throughout. without at all deviating from his line;

Napoleon fell at the first fence, but but the superior speed of Grimaldi, the Captain quickly recovered his seat, and the easy line he took, close to the and took his line to the left, while road side, avoiding three or four very Mr. Osbaldeston went away to the heavy fences, enabled him to win the right. About three quarters of a race a clear length. VOL. VII.-Second SERIES.No. 37.


Napoleon proved himself through- this superiority: The Squire was out the contest the better fencer ; but quite awake to this, and judiciously Grimaldi's speed always gave him the availed himself of it, for he waited opportunity of recovering his ground. the whole way upon Napoleon, and Much discussion took place at the could only at the end come in a clear conclusion of the race, in consequenee length in front, always keeping his of Mr. Osbaldeston's Umpire assert- horse within himself, and capable of ing that Captain Beecher had also going by Napoleon at will, though the passed on the wrong side of the blue daring manner in which Napoleon flag. This assertion, however, was took his fence, rendered the speed of unsupported by evidence: and the Grimaldi necessary to compete with Referee, Mr. H. Robins, on return- his opponent. ing to the brook, established the fact, and stated it to both Umpires publicly, that Captain Beecher had taken the On the 11th, a Steeple-Chase for a brook conformably to the conditions, purse of 50l. and a sweepstakes of and that the Squire had gone on the 2 sovs. each, took place at the pleasant wrong side of the flag. The number town of Olney, for which nine horses of fences in the six miles was forty- were entered. --Umpires, J. W. Talfour; the first brook was the thir- bot, Esq. and T. Hall, Esq. The tieth, and the Lem the thirty-eighth. ground chosen was from a field at The whole distance was performed in Hardmead to Olney Bridge, a distwenty-one minutes. It was consi- tance of about four miles. At startdered not“ quite correct” on the part ing the ground was very heavy: A of Mr. Kench (Mr. Osbaldeston's large double fence was cleared by Umpire), after the statement of the Mr. W. Price's horse Chance, rode Referee, to prevent Capt. Beecher by Mr. Herring, a distance of twentyfrom going to scale, unless Mr. Osbal- eight feet! Within half a mile of deston was permitted to do the same, the winning-post there were three because no ground of complaint ex- wide brooks, at the first of which isted against the Captain, whereas it Mr. J. Whitworth's Magic took had been indisputably proved that the fright at one of the Hags, when Squire was distanced. It was finally Chance pushed forward, and for a agreed that it should be a drawn while kept the lead, but on reaching battle, and that each should take back the last brook, which was the widest his stakes, and all bets on the match of the three, Chance in his turn redeclared void.

ceived a check, Mr. Herring having There was another point in the mistaken the track, and followed a race, which in the eye of the Sports- circuitous route. The remainder of man looked anything but varmint. the ground was sharply contested by Some of the Squire's friends, it ap- the two horses, Chance eventually peared, had been hearing the lead in winning by half a length. Compethe Lem, by way of sounding the tent judges feel satisfied that could shore, and as he came up, stood at a

Mr. Whitworth have held an uninterparticular spot on the opposite bank rupted course, he must inevitably by way of guiding him. Every one have been the winner, so far had he who knows the Squire is aware that out-stripped the rest. - Mr. Maxey's he required no such advantage, and black horse came in third, and Mr. the determined resolution with which Luke Price's Ringtail fourth. The he took the streain proved it to be other five horses were nowhere. unnecessary.

After the race, a gentleman, in crossBoth Gentlemen rode as gallantly ing the brook on horseback, found as ever two men did. It was genes himself carried by the current towards rally admitted that Grimaldi had the the main stream, but prompt assistpuli in speed, whilst Napoleon was ance being afforded, he was quickly the best fencer : indeed the latter rescued from his somewhat perilous would have had no chance but for situation.

A Steeple Chase, long anticipated, be attributed to the knowledge Mr. and which excited great interest in Bayly is supposed to have had of the Somersetshire, came of on Tuesday country; for whilst the others bolted the 16th, starting from Bean Wood straight forward for the winning post, near Pucklechurch, with the winning this gentleman took a circuitous route, flag at Toghill, a distance of four thereby avoiding many of the fences. miles, over a country of sufficient dif- Selim at starting ran against a gate, and culty to call into exertion the skill was put hors de combat. The rider of of the horse and his rider.” The Charley had no fewer than seven falls, hedges were low, but with wide the last into a deep ditch, from which ditches, with two difficult lanes to be he and his gallant steed were with crossed, and the leaps amounting in difficulty exíricated. The rider of the whole to nearer ninety than eighty. Blackberry, when near the goal, got The concourse of spectators, particu- bewildered in a orchard, from which larly horsemen, was very numerous, he could not extricate himself in time including many distinguished families to save his opportunity. Rocket came in the neighbourhood. At twelve in second, and Blackberry third. The o'clock eight horses with their riders other horses toddled up, but most of in jockey costume appeared at the them greatly distressed. Though it starting post, (Topper, named by was but a so-so affair, bets were heavy. Mr. Codrington, having been drawn,) -The distance was done in eighteen as follows:-Taffy, rode by Mr. Bay- minutes. ly of Bristol; Rocket, by Mr. Bradley; Blackberry, by Mr. Townsend;

In the Oxfordshire Steeplc-chase noticed Moonraker, by Mr. Maythorne; Fores

in our last (p. 463), the winner is stated

to be “ Mr. Quartermaine's g. h. by Arter, by Mr. Moggridge ; Charley, by

butus, bred in Leicestershire.” We are Mr. Peel ; Selim, by Mr. Moore; led to understand that this is an error, and Stick-in-the Mud, by Mr. Powell and that “ this superior horse was bred by -Charley the favorite. The umpires Mr. Bocock, of Irby, near Grimsby, Linwere C. W. Codrington, Esq. and colnshire, who sold him when a yearling John Bayly, Esq.-Taffy was the win

to Mr. Skipworth, of Cabourne, of whom

he was purchased at Horncastle fair by ner; but this inay in some measure Mr. Quartermaine.”



T this advanced period of the of the ablest seamen of the day),

month, it will be useless, I fear, which has been kindly communicated for me to transmit to you an account to me, from different parts of the of what I have seen during the last kingdom. Indeed I am bound to fortnight with various packs of hounds, seize this opportunity of publicly re&c. &c. in the West of England, cording my deep obligations to the where I have been lately enjoying a host of friends under whose letters most delightful séjour amidst all that I found my table groaning on is hospitable and sporting. Your

Your my arrival at home last night : their readers nevertheless must know what anxious solicitude has completely has been going on there at the wind, placed me in the embarras des up of the season; and if they will richesses; and I shall in sober seriousgrant me patience until the June

ness have no little difficulty in deterNumber, I shall have the honour of mining which amongst their number laying before them a “ full, true, and I shall commence with Not to tresparticular” narration of what I have

pass on your pages, I may observe in personally witnessed, as well as a mass

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