THE TWO THOUSAND GUINEA.S.
The finish for this race was one of the closest ever witnessed. "Iv fact,"observes a sporting writer, "a cart sheet would have covered the first four." The " Sporting Times" says : —" The exact form of Petronel was not known, as there was nothing good enough in the stable to try him with. He did more than he was asked to do with Advance, who, however, was looked upon as toe uncertain to j tidge by. We know that he is a good horse, but we do uot know how good,' was the answer to the questions of friends. He takes very much after his dam, Crytheia, a speedy mare tbat the Duke of Beaufort. owned about 15 years ago. It was a happy thought sending a speedy mare- like Crytheia to Musket, the champion long distance runner of our time. "Dick Dunn, the ready-money bookmaker, was fortunate enough to buy a hack of Captain Machell. The price was £100, aud £5 was given back for luck. '<Put the £5 on Petronel, and you will get your hack for nothing," said the Captain, and "Richard" did with a vengeance, winuiug nearly £3,000 on the race. " Vigilant" iv the "Sportsman" says: "It is superfluous to say that the success of Petronel was wonderfully well received, and the duke, who has been such a martyr to the gout, was present to see his old jockey, Fordham, repeat the Vaubau triumph in the blue and white hoops ot Badminton. Although it was no secret that Petronel was beaten when tried, thoso connected with Cannon's stable won by the victory of Musket's son, but perhaps- the heaviest winner on tho race was Sir John Astley, one of whose last bets was 4000 to 240, taken ' for Fordhara's sake.' " RACING RESULTS.
Manchester Cup (run May 19).— Isonomy, syrs. 9st 121bs, (Cannon), 1; The Abbot, 3yrs, 6st Slbs, (Luke), 2: Horizon, 3yrs, 6st 51bs (Bell), 3. French Derby.— M. Lefevre's Beauminet, 1.
French Oaks. —M. Lefevre's Versigny, 1. Great northern Handicap.—Ellangowan, 4yrs, 6st 81bs, 1 ; Blue Beard, 3yrs. 6st 2lbs, 2 ; Reveller, 4yrs, 7st, 3. Gruiat Cheshire Stakes.—Humbert, 4yrs, 7st 71bs, 1; Manderin, aged, Sst lllbs, 2 ; Lace Shawl, 4yra, 6st lib, 3. Beaudesert was scratched for the Derby on the 14th May.
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Sporting., Auckland Star, Volume XI, Issue 3108, 29 June 1880
Sporting. Auckland Star, Volume XI, Issue 3108, 29 June 1880
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