ENGLISH SPORTING NOTES.
ASCOT.—THE PRINCE OF WALES PATRONAGE.
With royal patronage and royal weather, ltu-e attendances and grand racing, it is notsurprising that the Ascot Meeting of the present year was one of the most successful ever held on the classic heath. During the four days, no less than £24,265 was competed for, and I believe this is the largest sum ever ottered at one race meeting. Amongst the competitors were the winners of the"Two Thousand. St. Leper, Czarewitch, Great Yorkshire Handicap, and Cambridgeshire, of 1876; and of the Lincoln Handicap, One Thousand Guineas, Metropolitan, Derby, and Oaks-, of the present year ; also, every two-year-old of note, and the cream of onr handicap horses. On the first and third day of the meeting the Prince and Princess of Wales, with their two boys and a distinguished suite, drove to the course in semi-state from East Hampstcad Park, the seat of the Marchioness of Downshirc, whose guests they were during the week. The cavalcade wa.s headed as' usual by the master of the Buckhounds and his huntsmen, and whilst proceeding slowly up the course was greeted with enthusiastic cheering: On Tuesday, the Prince of Wales' Stakes, (£3,725) for three-year-olds, and the Ascot Stakes (1,005) were the principal dishes. In the former, Glenarthur proved satisfactorily that the Derby form was correct, by winning and easily defeating the highlytried Strathmorc and Bclphucbe (winner of the 1000 guineas); Silvio did not run. Sir George Chetwynd carried oiV the Ascot Stakes -with Chypre (7st. 31b. ),a five-year-old son of Blinkhoolie and Ess Bouquet, after a good race with Finis (7st. 131b5.), and First Spring (sst. lSlbs.) Ten ran. On Wednesday, in the Coronation Stakes (£1,300) for three-year-old lilließ, Belphojbe met Lady Golightly and two or three others at a difference of Tibs., and it was thought this would enable her ladyship to score a winning bracket. Belph<cbe, however, won ; her most dangerous opponent proving to be Manoeuvre. The -Royal Hunt Cup (£1,260), a very fashionable sprint race, and one of the prettiest sights possible, drew a nice iield of 22 of our handsomest thoroughbreds to the post. Strathmore was favorite because of his .second to Glenarthur ou Tuesday, but the winder proved to be the lightly-weighted Cxadle, by See Saw— Honeymoon, whose sire and grandsire (Buccaneer) were both successful in the same event, the former in IS.;), and the latter in IS6I.
The Ascot Derby (£1,210) was the Epsom event over again, as Silvio and Olennrthur met on equal terms. The Blue Riband winner now settled his opponent much more decisively than on the Downs, but this time the two were split by Luechero, who carried 71bs less than Glenarthur.
I forgot to mention that Skylark defeated Roscberry (and six others) forthe time-henourod Queen's Vase on the tii-st day, ho that the latter did not start for the Gold Cup on Thursday. Thia year the cup is of real gold, and a. nioat magnificent pieoe of plate, worth, with tho stakes, £2,070. The iicld numbered half-a-dozen. To be.^in with, odds of 6 to 4 were laid on Petrarch, but so much money was forthcoming for Skylark that the fielding became strong, and finally evens were accepted about Lord LoEsdale's colt. Skylark's price was 7to -1 against Coomassie 10 to 1, and it was 25 to 1 bar three. The other runners were Controversy, Wild Tommy, &nd Sugar Loaf. All went well till the final turn, when the favorite stuck his feet in the ground, and seemed disposed to stop. Aprick of the spur had no effect, but when Cannon lifted his -whip and administered two or three rib-binders, Petrarch took the bit in his teeth, and. cantered home, a gallant winner by a length. It was expocted lie would make a bid like Lecturer and Donoaeter for the three Alexandra Plate on the last day, but as he did not appear it fell to Coitne.ss. Placida. the Oaks victrix, won three crents during the meeting, shewing nice speed every time. Rob Hoy. tab, won a small race on Wednesday, but in the Biennial for 3 and i year olds, on Thursday, he had no chance with the allbut unbeaten Springfield, who also raado an example of Ecossais in the Queen's Stand Plate. As usual some nice two-year-olds made their first appearar.ee at Ascot. The winners that will probably do most in future are Attains (by Lacydes). Blanchette, and a nice bay fttty of .Lord Falmouth's named Fanette, by Lord Clifden. of Chovisaunce (a sister to Lord Lyon and Achievement). The Duke of "Westminster's Strathfleet, who was said to be better than heir stable companion, Cyprus, (winner of the Wood cote stakes) was"made favorite forthe new stokos, but had nothing to do with the finish. The winner (Lord Iloseberry's black filly, B^lliccnt) is by Cremorne out of Lynette, by J-ord Lyon. She was not at ail fancied by her noblo owner, who had only a bet of 500 to 30 about her, though he had 1000 on the favourite.
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ENGLISH SPORTING NOTES., Auckland Star, Volume VIII, Issue 2332, 6 September 1877
ENGLISH SPORTING NOTES. Auckland Star, Volume VIII, Issue 2332, 6 September 1877
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