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another "full” edition--even Brighton Autumn Meeting. Truth to say, this was much such an average as that just quoted from the banks of the Dee. The company was not in keeping with the site. In the business department all was awfully slow. Then there was, moreover, a nauseous row about weights
" and swearing, And other things past mentioning, or bearing." The “added money” amounted to £245—which, spread over two days, could scarcely hope to "command success.” In racing there are no nice degrees. Either it is brilliant, and befitting a gentle taste, or it is bad and-blackguard, that's the fact : it's no use to mince the matter. In the whole catalogue of sorry sights, there is not one more intensely sad than a leather-plate in all its details. It is difficult to conceive how such a device could have prolonged its miserable existence to the middle of the nineteenth century. Pinner was contemporary with Brighton : so was York Union Hunt Meeting : so were Wrexham Races : ditto Perth. These, beyond mention of their names, do not require comment.
Monday the 13th was the first day of the Second October Meeting at Newmarket. Strange vicissitude! As the current of events had set, in interest as well as in chronological relation, the succession was appropriate. Beyond a solitary handicap, the list contained no incidents of account. The Cesarewitch was its cynosure—with what fortune will be seen anon. It is proper to premise that the sporting accessories were promising. The weather was genial, and the ground in especial good condition. Betting was “as well as could be expected.” There was store of pigeons and Greeks, and their fanciers—the list division, Whether the prophets were present or not is, of course, a mysterylike all that appertains to them and their calling. Among the memorabilia of the meeting may be classed the line of rail from Cambridge to Newmarket. Upon the condition of the Chesterford branch, “the recording angel,” with a view to make things pleasant, drops a tear, and blots it (the branch ?) " out for ever”...... There spreads the verdant Flat ; but where are the great and the gracious, once its pride and pre-eminence? Are the aristocratic short-comings, for which the present turf-season has been so distinguished, the shadows of coming events? or shall we presently have a recompensing reaction ? Let us hope for the best. The first day's list was a sporting one-rather-as related to quantity. It opened with a Fifty Pound Plate for all ages above two years old, course across the Flat. There were four runners, of whom Vatican had the call at 6 to 4 agst. him : 2 to 1 agst. Trinket, and 3 to 1 agst. Landgrave. The favourite made the first of the running, carrying the lead to the cords, where Landgrave closed him. The pair then ran a match for home, of which Landgrave had the best by half a length. The other brace was “ nowhere." A Handicap Sweepstakes of 20 soys. each, 5 if declared, had a field of nine out of its dozen entries. Odds-2 to 1 agst. Catalpa ; 5 to 1 Coticula ; 7 to 1 St. Fabian; the same about Longinus ; and 8 to 1 agst. Lily. The course was the T.Y.C.; hence necessarily the issue was of the class called scurry. The start was a good one, and the lot kept on terms almost to the end. The finish was a very resolute one between Lily, Coticula, Catalpa, and Longinus, of which the former had ihe best by a neck,
about the same distance separating the others, in the succession assigned them. A Sweepstakes of 200 SOVS. each, h. ft., for two-year-olds, T.Y.C., 5 subs. This was run a trio : the betting 11 to 10 on Scarecrow, 5 to 4 agst. Father Thames, and 6 to 1 agst, the filly by Alarm out of Physalis. This was a match, and a bad one, between the two first in the betting, which the favourite won by half a length. Lord Glasgow's filly was a long way last. Match, 100, h. ft., first half of Abingdon Mile. Sophistry, 7 to 4 on her, beat Turtle in a canter by a couple of lengths. Fifty Sovereigns for two year-olds, T.Y.C., half a score at the post : 6 to 4 agst. Raven's-wing, 5 to 1 Little Harry, 6 to 1 Fidgetty Girl, the same about Herschel, and 8 to 1 Serendib. This batch of young ones entered the cords “all of a ruck," the favourite “yawing,” as Jack says, awfully. He was more in earnest, however, as they closed the chair, and finally won a good race-beating Little Harry, second, by a neck. Match 200, h. ft., R.M., Bordeaux, 7 to 4 on him, beat Garforth, in a waiting race, easily by a length. Revival of a Sweepstakes of 50 sovs. each, 30 ft., for three-year-old fillies, D.M., eleven subscribers. This came off a match between Iris, with 7 to 4 on her, at one time, and Hesse Homburg, at one time with 6 to 5 on her. At starting the “ odds" were even. The Oaks winner waited till near home, where Butler made his rush, and won, without much to do, by a length, A Sweepstakes of 10 sovs. each, for all ages, T.Y.C., had four nominations, and all of them at the post. They laid 5 to 2 each agst. Cerito, California, and Canterbury. But it so fell out that Pulcherrima—not thought noticeable by the talents" made all the running, and won by half a length.” Match for 200, h. ft., Lord Glasgow's Knight of the Garter received from the Duke of Bedford's Santiago. Match for 100, h. ft., Mr. Payne's Glenluce received from Sir Joseph Hawley's Songster, and thus the list was disposed of.
Tuesday—the coup day-brought lots of people-of course : but the quality did not by any means rank with the supply. Newmarket Heath is now little more than a hop, skip, and jump from Trinity-thanks to the six-mile-bottom extension. How in their spirit are the “old saws" borne out in the letter by “modern instances !” “We strain at a gnat,” says the proverb, “and swallow a camel !” Etonia went into hysterics at the hint of a station at Slough, and Granta looks on and smiles while they lay down the rail from Trumpington to Six Mile Bottom !...... The contributions from Shoreditch were liberal, and befitted the place from whence they came. What would the Queensberrys, Bunburys and Co., have thought of a third class consignment to the circle at the Duke's Stand on a great handicap anniversary ? Thus premising, it may hardly be necessary to add that the town did not wear a very distingué look in the forenoon; neither that it did not lack dodges and rumours of dodges. Betting there was in just so much plenty as backers were to be had. There were gentlemen ready, willing, desirous, riotous to lay anything with anybody that would trust them. What a study for Lavater, Sterne, or Edmund Kean-the ring on the Heath on the occasion of a great popular race! Shall I show you, reader mine, a “ bit " from such a tableau ? Observe, while all is outcry and keen encounter between amateurs and professionals, a short, shabby leg—on whom a quarter of a century of scoundrelism has set its seal-draws forth from the uproar, accompanied by a youth whose years
are still in their early teens. They are scarce out of ear-shot when the leg turns upon the lad, and with offensive abruptness exclaims
“ He von't melt it : says it ain't worth the price of the stamp: minor's stiff is all bosh!”
“ Must have it!" mutters the stripling : “ told ye I must :"-the rosy hue of boyhood livid as the colour of a corpse " can't face tonight without a monkey, anyhow you fix it !”
“Nobody you can think of that would put his name on the back ?” interrogated the tempter.
“No, d-n it, no !” shouted the tempted.
“ Well! it's a bad job !" commented the leg, “werry bad! I think I knows a chap—what sort of friends is you and papa ?”
“ Capital!” said the son: “ the old cock loves me like Venus and Adonis-go to Norfolk Island for me trust him to any amount!”
“Humph ! let-me-see! Say you're quite sure of the governorquite sure-eh ?”
And then he whispered slowly_his eyes interpreting the purpose of his question—" can you write like him?”......
That things should not be done in a hurry, the hour for starting was postponed to 2 P.M. At that time there duly came off the opening event of the day. A Sweepstakes of 5 sovs. each, for all ages, Criterion Course, 5 subscribers. They laid 2 to 1 against Grand Duchess, the same agst. the filly by Slane out of Exotic, and 5 to 2 agst. Sardanapalus. It was a very close finish, of which the Grand Duchess had just the best by a neck. The filly by Irish Birdcatcher out of Celeste fouled the Exotic filly in getting off, and came down with her jockey, but fortunately without mischief. The Royal Stakes of 200 sovs. each, 120 ft., for three-year-olds, &c., &c., with numerous conditional items, A. F., eleven subscribers, had a field of four at the post. The character of the betting is indicated by its solitary business quotation-3 to 1 on Ariosto. Midas-pursuing the principle of his stable-made the play, and lived in front to the bushes, led past them, and was first till a few lengths from home. There Flatman made use of Ariosto, and went in first, a length, in a canter. We had now reached the boiling point of excitement. The Cesarewitch, endorsed by the Jockey Club, is still the feature of the Second October week. At least a couple of dozen of the nominations had been backed by the public : the list-men were up to the scalp in it: the tips had touted to the outrance : it was a marvel of the modern mania. Post varius casus, it was thus put upon the sceneThe CESAREWITCH STakes, a Free Handicap of 25 sovs. each, 15 ft., with
300 added by the Jockey Club, for three-year-olds and upwards; the win-
6st. .......................................... Steggles 1
Mr. Hill's Hothorpe, 3 yrs., 7st. 71b. ............... Holloway 0
Mr. Rayner's Gaylass, 3 yrs., 4st. (carried 4st. 616.) J. Quinton 0 Betting : 5 to 1 agst. Hippolytus, 6 to 1 agst. Darkie (tk.), 10 to 1 agst. Sauter-la-Coupe (tk.), 10 to 1 agst. Antigone (tk.), 10 to 1 agst. Candlewick, 12 to 1 agst. Sister to Clothworker, 12 to 1 agst. Sunrise, 12 to 1 agst. Goldfinder (much higher odds offered after the ring broke up), 20 to 1 agst. Westow (tk.), 25 to 1 agst. The Italian (tk.), 25 to 1 agst. Hungerford (tk.), 25 to 1 agst. Mrs. Taft, 35 to 1 agst. Dulcet (tk.), and 40 to 1 agst. Mokanna (tk.).
As they start out of sight for the Cesarewitch Course-" from the starting-post of the Two Middle Miles to the end of the Flat'— what happened at that side of the Ditch was not visible at this. When they came into sight through the gap, the field, for so populous a one, was upon good terms. At the bushes the order of the running became more manifest, and there Barcelona was leading, Candlewick, Hippolytus, and Mrs. Taft well up, the latter going the best. The race was in this wise up to the ropes; the pace, however, having improved, the ruck did not look so even. At this point Mrs. Taft ran up, took the first place with all ease, and won in a canter by two lengths. The fourth was the favourite. The body of horses was some distance astern ; and some of the scabies were beaten “ to sticks." Among these was Cheerful, who had broken down some days before, and went to win a wager at long odds that she started. Mrs. Taft was a winner of several small stakes last year, carrying some fifty per cent. higher weights than they put on her for the Cesarewitch. No doubt the feeling of being « turned loose," which six stone on a six-year-old, accustomed to ten stone at five, must convey to a racer of any pretensions-a marvellously exhilarating effect in a crowd, when the thorough blood is up...... But as she was the worst in the race--she was the best weighted, and consequently she won-which is the end and aim of the handicap. The on dit was that Mr. Bevill had backed her for little or nothing I can easily imagine so good a judge unlikely to put his money on one in a multitude whereof-for all present turf interests and purposes-Joan is as good as my lady. We now return to racing upon the old system“the good old plan-where it is provided that the best shall win, or at least, make the most of his natural quality. The Clearwell -- rather over-loaded with penalties-had 32 nominations, and of these eight at
the post. This, considering that the stake is 830 sovs., and the forfeit 20, denoted some especial flyer in the field. So thought the ring, for they laid 6 to 4 on Elcot, 3 to 1 agst. Harbinger, and 9 to 2 agst. Kingston. What a revolution in the economy of horse-racing was effected by its great master-spirit, Lord George Bentinck! Some half a score seasons before he took the principle and practice of starting in hand, I remember upwards of an hour being expended, amid torrents of rain, in attempting to get the Clearwell under way. To the best of my memory, there were from thirty to forty false starts. The winner was ridden by old Bill Wheatley...... This launch was accomplished in a more ship-shape fashion. All the first of the ground was done almost in line. At the cords it was broken, the van being taken by Harbinger and Kingston. This pair then raced home, apparently together ; but when Job let his nag go, Kingston shook off his companion cleverly, and won by a neck. Ambrose was third, and the crack fourth. A Handicap Sweepstakes of 15 sovs. each, 10 ft., for three-year-olds and upwards, T.Y.C., three nominations, came off a match between Newport and Knight of the Thistle : 7 to 4 on the former. The favourite made a wait of it, and won—when he thought fit to come-in a canter, by a length. This was the last event on the card.
Wednesday was far from agreeable in the matter of weather. It rained as hard as it could; and the sport, so to speak by courtesy, was not of a grade to make amends for the inclemency. There was racing, indeed, more than enough ; but it was a low average. Still life is a condition of compensation, and there was a “ bit” to keep up the spirits. According to the man in the street," the directors of the Bury Extension Railway, fired, it should seem, by the success of the Chesterfield Branch, applied to the Jockey Club for permission to make a tunnel under the Warren Hill. The Jockey Club enjoyed the joke till it was time to dress for dinner. What a Godsend it must have proved on so dull an afternoon! The list opened, on the heath, with the Oatlands Plate-handicap of 50 sovs., for three-year-olds and upwards ; the Cambridgeshire course. Of the dozen entered five ran. Vatican backed against the field ; 7 to 2 agst. Sagacity, the same about Abdallah, and 10 to 1 agst. Presto. The favourite waited till pear home, then made his effort, and just beat Abdallah by a neck : Lily was third, but some distance behind the second ; Sagacity “ nowhere.” A Handicap Sweepstakes of 10 sovs. each, for threeyear-olds and upwards ; D.M. Seven were named, and all of them ran. Betting : 7 to 2 agst. Telescope, 4 to 1 agst. Eolus, the same agst. Heroine, 5 to 1 agst. Vanguard, ditto Gloom. A poor race, won rather easily by Heroine ; the favourite beaten away. The Town Plate of £50, for all ages above two years old: T.M.M. This was a match between Necklace, 5 to 4 on her, and Little Jack. The favourite coquetted with the running from the post, and finally won cleverly by a length. A Sweepstakes of 10 sovs. each, for two and three-year-olds ; four subscribers, T.Y.C., brought the quartet to the post. They laid 7 · to 4 agst. Urbanity, 5 to 2 agst. Grand Duchess, 3 to 1 agst. H. R. H., and 7 to 2 agst. Cerito. After considerable delay and trouble, caused by the latter, she consented to the right, ran as hard as she could split from end to end, and won easily by a length. A Handicap Sweepstakes of 15 sovs. each, 10 ft., for two-year-olds ; last half of Abingdon mile ; 14 gominations ; had a dozen runners. The odds were 3 to 1 agst. Lady