(From our London Correspondent.)
London, October 22,
" The Talent, ' as backers of horse 3 are playfully, not to say derisively, etyled by the sporting proas, experienced a tragic time at Newmarket last week. The Ceaare witch—which takes the same place in England as the Melbourne Cup doaa in Australia—resulted in a melancholy " turn up," not one of the three favourites Silver, Harpenden and Atheling (each of which was backed for tons of money) even securing a place. So good a thing did good judges book this race for Silver that Prince Salty koff's colt started a 5 to 2 chance in a field of 18, whilst 11 to 10 was betted on them—l,2,3. At Doncaster, after Silver ran away from Candlemas and Gay Hermit, in (he Doncaßter Stakes, Lord Alington laid George Haughton £5,000 even on Silver -1,2,8-and accepted £7,000 to £1 ; 000 to win, Haughton's partner was so disgusted with him for taking these wagers that they quarrelled and separated. Nevertheless, when it came to racing, Haughton's judgment justified itself, as Silver was not in the first half-dozen in the Cesarewitch, let alone the first three. Atheling, another favourite, backed to win over £70,000 by Ryan's stable, finished absolutely last but one, and Harpenden was never formidable. Porhaps the hoise supported to win the biggest stake of all (though at outside prices) was, however, the Duke of Beaufort's The Cob (Hyrs. Oat. 41bs.), the hope of the powerful Manton stable, and a, vory nico looking animal. When tho Cesarewitch field camo in sight on tho flat this colt was scon to be bang in front, his nearest attendant being tho Northumberland Plate, winner, Stone Clink. Half a milo from home this pair hud tho raco to themselves, and good odds wore laid on ono or the other winning. The Cob seemed (to the horror of tho ring) certain to be the triumphant animal opposite the stnnd, but Glover ov Stone Cliuk had a bit off his sleeve,' and after the raco had beon announoed over and Tho Cob wired as the winner half ovor England, ho shot out, and rapidly overhauling his distressed rival got home by a length, Eurasian, somo distance off, a bad third
Tho winner, Mr R. C. Vyner's Stone Clink (4yrs, 7st 71b), by Speculum—Stone Chat, will bo remembered aa bowling over the odds laid- on Selby for the Northern Plato. After that, however, the lilly ran so indiflerontly in several events that shs was not fancied f'-r tho Cesnrewitch, unless as a 1, 2, 3" investment. Mr Vyuer curtainly took £5,000 to £100 about his mare at Doncaster, and repeated tho wager on the day of the race, besides accepting £500 to £50 —1, 2, 3. Ho therefore "trousers" £10,500 betides the stake*. Nob so bad for an " outsider " coup. Stono Clink's starting prico was 1,000 to 30, and the same odds could have been had about Eurasian. A shade over 10 to 1 was laid against The Cob to win, and 2 to 1 — 1, 2, 3. The Ring would have " sweatod" to a pretty figure had tho Duke's colt got Us head first past tho post. Evon as things are, tho party win a fair sum in place bets. Both Eurasian mul St. Gution ran well, the latter raoro especially keeping well up with tho leaden, notwithstanding its welter burden of 9st olbs, for nearly a mile and thrcu-quurrtiis. " Cheltea (3yrs, 7st lOlbs) showed the best of tho three-year-olds. The Middle Park Plate (of £2,225) was supposed to be a gift to tho handsome Enterprise (by Sterling-Sister to King Alfred) on whom odd.x of 7 to 4 woro laid in a Hold of eight, Mr Band's colt, liowovor, succumbed easily to Lord Calthorpe's Florentine (by Potrareh-Hawthorndulo), Mr Cotnbe'.i Maxim running third and the good-looking Timothy (brother to I'oter) fourth. Betting :7to•! nn Enterprise, oto
I njtalnst Timothy, 100 t,o 12 Florentine, 'JO to 1 Maxim. Florentine, it may bo reinombcroil, was disqualified for tho I'liimo of Walo«' Stakos at Oiiodwood last July, which ho won after n bumping flnffh with Mr Munton'i Timothy, to whom tho raco was awuidod. On Thursday Ormonde was pulled out for the Champion Stakos (across tho flat), and with odda of 100 to 1 laid on him beat Oberon and Arga Nnvis easily. Tho colt did not, however, at first seem to tako hold of hi« bit, and for a minute or two, whilst Archer was shaking him up, the feelings of the rich Frenchman who had laid, ten soparate wagers ot £1,000 to 10 on the colt must have been the reverse of enviable. However, all's well that ends well, and "froggy" won his contury, The same afternoon St.. Gatien redeemed his reputation as a stout stayer by running away from the Cesarewitch winner, Stono Ciink, Cheleoa, Atheling, Jacob, and Kudos for tho Queen's Plate of two miles over the severe ditch. Of course, Mr Hammond's famous horse now goes to tho stud, and will doubtless siro something that can raco ere long. . With regard to the Cesarewitch, I may mention chat Lord Alington had nineteen bets on the raco, and lost them all. The Duke of Beaufort says ho backed The Cob for the biggost stake he over stood to win. Tho outlay wasn't large, for the commission was capitally worked, as may be guessed who". I tell you that a first instalment was £5,000 to £15. On Lecturer's Cesarewitch, thn Duke won £13,000 Had The Cob got home on Tuesday, His Grace would have landed nearly three times that sum.
The best tip on tho race was given by a member of Tattersalla known aa " Lord Mount," who made his book for tho The Cob and barred Stone Clink. This worthy's views were much derided before the race by a brother layer. Ho thoroughly disbelieved in Stone Clink's chance, and by way of " getting a bit" out of the mare, worried a young fellow from Cambridgo, who knew nothing about racing into accepting £1,000 to £25. The ring ns a rule won heavily on the week, outsiders "lobbing in " one after another in the small races till ready-money backers were all broke. The Baron has been installed favourite for next j'ear'a Derby at 8 to 1.
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ENGLISH SPORTING, Auckland Star, Volume XVII, Issue 292, 11 December 1886
ENGLISH SPORTING Auckland Star, Volume XVII, Issue 292, 11 December 1886
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