SEEING THE CESAREWITCH.
A New Zee (lander's Experience of Newmarkot.
[By as Occasional Contributor.]
Off to thk Classic Heath—ln the Biiu>cagk—Backing the Favourite—Saddling Up—The Kunneus and Jockeys—Rack for THE CLEAKWELL STAKKS— AT TIIKDuCHESS'S Sale—l,ooo Guineas kok St. Honorat—The Cksakkwitch—St. Gatikn—John Hammond Wins £10,000—Trk Middle Pakk Plate— " Aitcmsii: Di'"—Melton to the Fore.
" You'll Iliavo a nice talo to tell Snider, Harris, Dii'akc, Billy Weston, and all tho boys whon you got back to Cliristclnirch," said my fu'iend H , as we alighted from tho Nowmurkot " special "at St. Pancras on tho evening ot tho Middlo Park Plate day, and tilrovo oil' to tho Criterion to get somo diiuior. "Yes," I admitted, "it's boon an eventful Cosarewitch. I saw Corrio Roy carry tho Alanton ' scnrlot' to the front in '82, and witnesnod Don Juan's easy victory last yoar, but noithor of thoso races can bo compared for a moment with the-exciting contest of Tuesday."
Lot mo soo, now, if I can't recall some of tho most interesting incidents of our short visit to th» head-quarters of tho turf for the benolit of your readers. Wo left London oarly on Monday morning by a Great Eastorn Company's racing train, which is made up of first-class carriages only, and does the S)0 miles in an hour and throequarters. Many of what the "Sportsman" would will " tho turf's most aristocratic supporters " travelled down with U3. Prince Soltykoff and " Jimmy " Lowthor (hobnobbing togother) wore in tho noxt carriage, and on tho platform at Cambridge I noticed Captain Macholl, Lord Vivian, and a whole host of tho " small fry " associated with Bedford Lodge. Everybody wastalking about thoCenarowitch. Rumours of sonsatiional trials filled the air. "Can Arcliiduc win with such a weight?" "Highland Chief lame?" " Will Quicklimo stay the course ?" Those and fifty similar quostions wore bandied about from mouth to mouth, and eagerly replied to. Arrived ut Nowmarket, wo had * cut of gamopie at the Rutland Arms, and then strolled up town on to tho Hoatli. A cold east wind blow up tho Cambridgeshire bill, but tho Paddock (or Birdcage, as it is raoro usually called) was snug onough, and, by hnlf-past ono all tho regular habititis had assembled in tho rings. Monday's racing was not vory interesting. Tho Ccsarewitch Trial Handicap sometimes gives the straight tip for tho big race itself, and on tho prcsont occasion tho easy victory of Stockholm's stablo companion, Tombola, caused tho former to be so heavily backed that she becamo positively first favourito. The Cloarwell Stakes, for 2yr.olds (an ovont which Archer has won no loss than nino times), attracted an unusually good fiold, considering that, on public form, it looked a gift for tho Devonshire ChumEagno Stakes winner, tho l)uko of Portmd's Langwoll. Eight youngsters opposed tho latter, tho most promising of tho lot Booming to bo a brothor to tho unlucky Goldsfield, callod Goldsmith, and owned by Sir Geo. Chotwynd. Tho iioldors botted oven money against Langwoll and 4 to 1 against Goldsmith, who, from whoro we stood, appeared to win easily, Tho truth, however, was that Archer brought up tho favourite with a rush, and just caught Sir Geo. Chotwynd'e colt on tho post, and got homo by a neck.
■ Tho weather on tho Cesarewitch day wn» crispand fresh, butsunny: in fact, thoroughly autumnal. Wo spent tho morning at Bedford Cottage, seeing some of tho Duchess of Montrose's horses sold. Hoavy reserves wero placed on most of tho youngsters, but Captain Machcll managed to socuro St. Honorat (tho 2yr.-old brother to Thebais), St. Marguerite, and Clairvaux for 4,000 guineas, and Archer, in all probability, got it bargain in speedy Prince William for £1,800. Tho champion "sprinter," Energy, on whom a resorvo of £U,OOO was placed, did not chango hands.
When a movo to tlio HenUi was mado, the rings ,\vero found to bo overflowing, and oven tho Paddock somdwhnt uncomfortably crowded. Of tho Cesarowitch horses walking about there, by far the most noticeablo proved to bo tho magnificent St. Gatien, who literally towered above such small fry as Gonfalon, Bon Mooro, and the heavilybacked Studloy. Floronco is a grand inaro, and Highland Chief and Quicklime had plonty of admirers, but Stockholm looked too slight a filly to carry 7st. 121bs. successfully oyor the sevoro Cesarewitoh course. In tho ring, Stockholm was a redhot favourite, and heaps of money went on Highland Chief and Archiduc. Witli Gibs, leas on his back, St. Qatieu would have had moro admirers than anything in tho race, but that he would out-do all records and carry an unhoard-of weight to victory in such a field seemed unlikely. Notwithstanding this, liowover, Mr Hammond's colt left off third favourite at 9 to 1, his stable companion Floronco being heavily backed for a placo at 3to 1. Towards the last anything over 4 to 1 was freely accepted about Stockholm, and 10's betted against Archiduc. Tho following are details of tho running:—
Tiik Cksarewitcii Stakes (Handicap) oi £1,102, over 2m. 2fur. 240 yds.
Mr John Hammond's St. Gation (by Rothorhill or The Rover—St. Editlia), iiyra.,; Bst. lOlbs. (Wood) 1 Lord Roseberry's Polemic, 4yrs., Gst. lib. (J. Wall) ~; 2 M. Lefovre's Archiduc, 3yra., Sst. 51bs. (Archer) ■. •..'..'..3 Mr J. Hammond's Florence, 4yrs., 9st. 21bs. (Webbj 4 Also ran : Lambkin, Highland Chief, Stockholm, Sir Reuben, Quiok.ime, Master of Arts, Bracken, Xema. Palermo, Ben Moore, Gonfalon, Studley, Crim Tartar, Postscript, and Sir Francis. •
Betting : 9 to 1 Stockholm, 8 to 1 Highland Ghief and Archiduc, 9 to 1 St. Gatieh, 10 to 1 Quicklime, Studley, Sir Reuben, 100 to 8 Ben Moore, 100 to 6 Lambkin, 20 to 1 Gonfalon, 28 to 1 Florenco, Xema, and Crim Tartar, 50 to 1 Palmero, 66 to 1 Polemic and Postscript, 100 to 1 Sir Francis and Friday, 200 to 1 Bracken and Master of Arts.
The Race.— They say Master of Arts led for tho first mile, but when I could see the field, Crim Tartar was in front, with Archiduc, Quicklime, Stockholm, and Xema close up. The favourites appeared to be all in it till about half-a-mile from homo, when the pink cap borne_ by Stockholm fell back, and tho rank outsider Polemic, going a great "bat," rushed to tho front cloar of Archidue, on whom, however, Archer did not seem to be moving. St. Oatien and Florence now came on the scene and the former, settling Archiduc, in a few strides collared Polemic, and leaving him with ridiculous ease, won in a common cantor by 4 lengths, Archiduc third, Florence fourth, Xema fifth. Archiduc was probably second best, though whether he or Florence would have won with St. Gntien out of the way it would be difficult to say. Lucky John Hammond, who began life as a stable-lad, throws in for tho nice stake cf £40,000. During the present year hehas won three such fortunes: one over the Derby, one over the Manchoster Cup, and ono over the Cosarewitch. He mado no secret of the fact that St. Gatien would win, but very few turfites could bring themselves to believe the colt was such a " nailer" as to knock evon Robert tho Dovil's record into a cocked hat.
Tho chief event of Wednesday was tho Middle Park Plate (or 2yr. old Derby), for which a highly tried "darkoy," by Stirling —Casuistry, belonging to tho Duko of Westminster, and Mr Mainley's Cora were mado tremendous favourites. Neither of them, however, could compete with the Ascot New Stakes hero Melton, whom Archer just got home before the French Xaintrailles, a very fine colt that should do wonders next year, Melton was a comparative outsider, and did the ring a turn they much required, backers on the whole getting the best of the smaller races.
Lucerne made a dead-heat with Tristan for the Champion Stakes. Odds, 6to 4, were laid on the latter, in a small field, and he would have won as easily as lie did last year, but refused to budge when collared, and Lucorne just got up. Tristan will now go to the stud. During the last four years he has won M. Lofevre £25,000 in stakes alone, not to mention bets.
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SEEING THE CESAREWITCH., Auckland Star, Volume XXVI, Issue 4536, 13 December 1884
SEEING THE CESAREWITCH. Auckland Star, Volume XXVI, Issue 4536, 13 December 1884
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