"ENGLISH RACING NEWS.—BY AUGUR.
There has been a great deal of nasty talk in sporting circles as to the result of the University Boat Race. It was well-known that the bookmakers would have been hard hit had Oxford won, and this ha« given rise to tho report that certain of the dark blue 3 were bought. Others say that the two crews arranged between themselves to finish together in order to discourage betting on the event, and to baulk certain members ot the ring. It is of course needless to say that both these stories are utterly false, but the fact of their having been originated shews what heavy stakes are risked on the race. A writer in " Truth " suggests that the venue of the affair should be changed every year, and names Lakes Windermera and Bala as suitable courses.
Wo have had a surfeit of racing since I last wrot.. There have been meetings all over England, but I can only refer to these at Northampton, Newmarket, and Epsom. The principal event at the lirst named reunion is the Spencer Plate, a live-furlong race. On tho 3rd of April eighteen runners were telegraphed, Poursivunt, who ran second for the Lincolnshire Handicap, being favourite at sto 1; Cceruleus (a brother to Blue Gown), who won the Shropshire Handicap in 1875, and the Newmarket Handicap in lS7ti, waa next in demand, and several others were hacked.
The Spencer Plate]of]five,!fu__ong3: stakes. £695 time, ."li sees. Mr Baltazzis Cceruleus. oyrs.. 7st. 131b, (F. Archer). 1 Mr H'reiitliani's Wanderer, ovrs., list. 31b, (Morell). 2. Mr Howsin's Woodl.irk, lyrs.. 7st. 7lbs, (Morby), 3. Eighteen ran. 5 to 1 Poursuivant; 0 to. 1 Cceruleus: 8 to 1 Wanderer and Freemantle; 9to 1 "Woodlark; 15 to 1 to 10 to 1 the others.
The Althorp Park stakes for two-year-olds was won by a well bred youngster named Hudibras. Lord Olive, a brother to Warren Hastings being second. On the second day of the meeting the Northamptonshire stakes drew twelve to the post, old Scamp, the Croydon HurdleiKace winnei. being first favourite at sto 2 with Sst. 41b. He ran very well, but tiring under the heavy weight, could get no nearer than third to tha lightly weighted. Queen of Cyprus (6st. 101b), who scampered in 30 lengths in front of Talisman (Bst. Slbs). The fidy belongs to Tom Jennings, the trainer, and ■\*-as backed at 4to 1, but Talisman was a rank outsider.
Tiie most, remarkable feature of the Newmarket Craven Meeting was the extraordinary success of the champion jockey Archer, who, on the third day of the meeting rode the winner of every race but one.
The Biennial for three-year-olds sometimes gives a fair line for the Two Thousand and Derby. This year twelve runners came to the po-t, "the most notable public performers being Warren Hastings and Silvio. The pair •were made hot favourites, aud it is probable one of them would have won if a heavy storm of rain and wind had not come on as they were starting. Neither of the colts fled at all, and an outsider, named Grey Friar, consequently won. Lady Goiightly and Chamant walked over for their engagements. The Rood judges did not fancy their appearance. Plunger, who was entered for the Valuable Salo Stakes, did not come to tho post, and the event fell to Hidalgo, a goodlooking son of Pero Gomez, who, two hours after, won the. Newmarket Handicap.
That sapient body, the Jockey Club, met and reduced the lowest weight in handicaps from 53t. Tibs, to Ist. 71bs. I need not point out Avhat a foolish retrograde step this is. Epsom Spring Meeting was thoroughly well patronised, the ring presenting quite a Derby Hay appearance. The City and Suburban Handicaps is one of the heaviest betting races of the year, and as it is usually quite an outsider's race, the bookmakers oiF...r most tempting prices. Directly the weights appeared, Forerunner and Julius Cajsar were spotted as good things. Balbriggan, 5 years (Gst. 7lbs.), Avas also voted as well in, and Touchet, 3 years (6st.), on the strength of his Lincoln running, found many backers. The day before the race, a report Avas circulated that Julius Caesar wouldbe scratched, but on this being ascertained to be false, his position in the market became very favourable.
The City and Suburban Handicap, about a mile and a half: Stakes, £1215; time: 2 mm. ISscc.; Mr Gee's Julius Ciesar, by St Albans, Julie, .I years, 7st. 91bs.,(A.rcher), 1; Lord Rosebery's Touchet. 3 years, 6st., (Hopkins), 2: Mr Lambp.rt's Balbriggan, 5 years, 6st. 71bs., (Morgan), 3. Twenty-nine ran. 100 to 15 asrainst Touchet, 15 to 2 Balbriggan. 8 to 1 Julius Cassar, 100 to 12 Chaplet, 12 to 1 Ghost, 15, 20. 25, 10, 50. and 100 to 1 the others. For once in a Avay, backers had a great triumph, and the ring Avere mulcted for a good round sum.
Julius Cassar, it will be remembered, Avas wonderfully unlucky for a three-year-old. for although he was placed in the Two Thousand Derby, and St Loger, he never got his head lirst past the post.
Old Lilian came out looking so fresh, to run for the Great Metropolitan, that she was made faA-ourite at 2 to 1 on a field of six. She ran A-ery well, but could get no nearer than third to the four-year-old John Day, (7st. 51bs.) who Avas fancied 7 to 2.
For the Tavo Thousand Guineas run on Wednesday next, Chamant is a warm faA-ourite at 2to 1. The famous black and yelloAv of Russley, will be carried neither by Pelligrino nor Actseon, but by Morier, Avho has numberless friends at 3 to 1. A foreign wonder, named Strachino, is next in demand, and if half that is said and Avritton about him be true, he Avill win not merely the guineas, but the Derby. Silvio will represent Lord Falmonth, and as he has been very highly tried, he should do Avell. His price is S to 1. Mr M. H. Sanford, the American, has a nice colt called Brown Prince in the race, who has found friends at 2. to 1. Altogether I anticipate an exciting Tavo Thousand.
The One Thousand Guineas for three-A-ear-old fillies seems likely to draw a good field. 'Placida not being entered, Palm Flo Aver is faA*ourite. That, once time-honoured contest, the Chester Cup, will be brought to an issue the week after next. Hampton is faA-ourite at 7to 1, tbe Snail and Footstep being the only others mentioned as yet.
Immediately after the Two Thousand there will be some heavy speculation on ~he Derby. Rob Roy remains firm at 10 to 1.
The annual meeting of the ratepaA*ers of tho Whau district will be held in the Whau Lecture Hall, on the evening of the 31 st instant.
Tho Pioneer Jiwenile Templars held an entertainment last evening in the lodgeroom of the Young Men's Christian Association, W.C.T. James Lee in the chair. The entertainment was of the orthodox character, consisting of an ode, songs, and recitations.
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"ENGLISH RACING NEWS.—BY AUGUR., Auckland Star, Volume VIII, Issue 2296, 14 July 1877
"ENGLISH RACING NEWS.—BY AUGUR. Auckland Star, Volume VIII, Issue 2296, 14 July 1877
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