ENGLISH SPORTING NEWS.
ROYAL ASCOT, 1878.—THE GOLD CUP,
The Ascot Cup (the bare result of which appeared in our last issue), is run on the their day of the Royal meeting at Ascot. It is the greatest weight-for-age race of the world, and consequently a trophy greatly valued by turfites. The contest last Thursday was "the 71st, as the Cup Avas instituted in 1807. In 1845 it was re-named the Emperor's Plate, out, of compliment to the Czar of Russia: but when the Crimean •war broke out the original title was reverted to. To wiu it a horse must be possessed of the highest staying powers, for the distance is two miles aud a half, and the course a severe one. Of living jockeys Fordham (who was probably on the back of Verneuil) has proved most successful, having ridden four winners, viz., Lecturer in 1867, Mortemer in 1871, Henry hi 1872, and Doncaster in 1875. It is also a notable fact that Verneuil is the fifth French--red horse who has won the race since 1800. The Ascot Gol__ Ccf, value 1,000 soys., with 200 for the second, and 100 for the third horse, added to a subscription of 20 fcovs. each. Weight for age ; 2. miles ; 21 subscribers. Count F. de Lagrange's eh c Verneuil, by Mortimer, out of Regalia, 1 years, 3stloi~ (Fordham) 1 Viscount Falmouth's bo Silvio, by Blair Athol, out of Silverhair, 1 years, Set 101b. (F.Archer) 2 Count Lagrange's eh c St. Christophe, by Mortimer, out of Isoline (Goater) .. ..3 Won easily. Four ran. Verneuil, by Mortemer (winner of the Cup in 1871), out of Regalia (dam of Regal, Regalade, and Clementine), is a chesnut colt bred by M. Lefevre, at Chamant, aud belonging to Count Lagrauge. As a two-year-old he ran two or three -times in England, but his only victory of note was in the Buckinham Stakes at Newmarket, when he defeated Silvio. As a three-year-old he ran in no less than 14 races, winning five. Three of these were trivial French affairs, in fact the only event of importance which he secured was the Jockey Club Cup at Newmarket Houghton Meeting, when he defeated Belpheebe and St. Christophe. Silvio, by Blair Athol, out of Silverhair, belongs to Lord Falmouth, by whom he was bred. As a two-year-old he ran live times, and suffered only one defeat. His chief victory was the Clearwell Stakes at Newmarket, At three years of agegf he was unplaced to Grey Friar in the 3-year-olu Bieuuial at the Craven meeting. Ran third for the Two Thousand Guineas to Chaniant; won the Derby of £6,050, beating Glenartlmr, Rob Roy, and 14 others, also the Ascot Derby of £1,075, and ihe Doncaster St. Leger of £5,025. Finally, he ran second to Springfield for the ' Champion Stakes. St. Christophe, by Mortemer, out of Isoiine, was bred at Chu_ta_t like Verneuil. He only ran once in England as a 2-year-old, viz., in the New Stakes at Ascot, when he got third to Rob Roy. As a 3-year-old he made ten essays, six of which were successful. His most important victory was in the Grand Prize of Paris of £5,747, for which he started at the outside price of 33 to lin a field of seven. It is probable that Silvio started a hot favourite for the Gold Cup on Thursday last,andwe are rather sorry he was beaten, as Lord Falmouth has never won the event though he ran second last year with Skylark. WINNERS OF THE GOLD CUP FROM 1867. 1867—Marquis of Basting's Lecturer, _ yrs., Bst. Mlb3- • „„_.... 1868—Sir F. Hawley's Blue Gown, 3yrs., 7st. olbs. 1869—Sir F. Johnstone's Brigantine, 3-yrs., 7st. 21bs. 1870—Mr Hessey'a Sabinus, 3 yrs., 7_t. olbs. 1871—M. Lefevre's Mortemer, 6 yrs., 9at. olbs. 1872-M. Lefevr_'s Henry, I yrs., Bst. lOlbs. 1873—M. Savele - Cremorne, 4 yrs,, 83t. lOlbs. 187-—M. De_.ma_r.__ Boiard, I yrs., Bst lOlbs. 1875—Mr Merry's Doncaster, 5 yrs., 9at. 31bs. 1876—M, Launde's Apoiogy, 5 yrs., 9,.t. 1877—Lord Lonsdale's Petrarch. _ yrs., Bit. lOlbs. 1878-Count Lagrange-'3 Vernoni), ■ '•ts„ Sst. lOibs,
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ENGLISH SPORTING NEWS., Auckland Star, Volume IX, Issue 2563, 25 June 1878
ENGLISH SPORTING NEWS. Auckland Star, Volume IX, Issue 2563, 25 June 1878
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