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ENGLISH RACING.

(FROM OTJR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)

London, July 9.

The all but worthless Maximilian, fo r whom Robert Peck gave tho preposterou 8 sum of 4,100 guineas in 1876, no longe r stands out as the highest-priced yearling on record. At the sale of Her Majesty's yearlings at Hampton Court, oh Saturday, a beautiful filly by St. Simon out of Quiver, and therefore whole sister to' the Oaks winner and Legor favourite Momoir,actually fetched five thousand five hundred guineas. Tho bidders were J no. Porter, Sherwood (for Colonel North), Lord Marcus Beresford (for Baron Hirsch), and the Duke of Portland. His Grace sensibly stopped at 6,000 guineas, and the prize (if prize it can be called) eventually fell to Baron Hirsch, who also paid 1,000 guineas for a weedy sister to Sainfoin. Tho real gem of the sale, which realised a total of £14,285 (beingan average of 714 guineas per animal), has in all probability fallen to lucky Lord Randolph Churchill. This was a half-brother to Fitz-Hampton, by Springfield out of Lady Blnks, knocked down for 1,750 guineas only. Captt. Machell had tried The Deemster so highly prior to Ascot that the stable thought! the closo finish which the beautiful Siphonia made in the Coventry Stakes With Mr Leigh's crack twe-year-old must be a fluke. Therefore when the pair met in the Grand Two-year-old-Sfcakes of 2,000 soys. at Kompton Park last Friday (The Deemster on this occasion being penalised 101b) the greatest interest was manifested in the result. Both parties stuck well by their representatives so that tho ring were eventually able to offer 6 to 5 against either of the cracks and 20 to 1 bar 2. The other runners were Sir F. Johnstone's Fu9e (a half-sister to St. Blaise and Candlemas by Bend Or), Mr Goater's Saxon King and IbeDukeofßeauforb'sSimonetta. Ifewae a beautiful race—such a one, indeed, as you don't often see. Sitaonetfca could nob go the pare, but the other four ran almost in a line'to tbO distaiicfi. Here Fuse took up tbe running and came on with a slight advantage Of Siphonia and The Deemster. A slashing struggle ensued. The spectators expected each moment to see the outsider compound, but dosspite Cannon's and Robinson's frantic riding, neither Siphonia nor Tho Deemster could quite get up, and Fuse won by a short head from the first named ; Mr Leigh's colt likewise, beaten a head, only third. The proverbial sheet would have,easily covered the trio. ■'■ -,'■■■':, ■•■

Despite pouring rain, JOusiffe's stable brought off a very pretty coup on Saturday last ab Kempbon Park, when the richest handicap of tho summer, the Princess Of Wales' Stakes of 2,ooosovs, was landed by Mr.C. J. Merry's Deuce of Clubs, aged, 7«b 131b* wbicb beab Mr Ransford'e Lifeguard, Lord Cholmorideley's Screech Owl and eleven others easily over a straight six furlonga. The first and third were equal favourites at 9 to 2, Lifeguard being an outsider. The question which is the best two-year 1 old of the season, was satisfactorily answered ab Leicester on Tuesday, in the Portland Stakes, reduced this anniversary in value from 6,000 guineas to 3,500. Ten of Our very smartest youngsters went to the post at even weights, the field including such celebrities as the unbeaten Peter Flower and Orvieto, tho French .cracks Gonverneur and Reverend, Mr Milner's beautiful Gavotte, ; Colonel North's SimoniaU, and tho dark Mar ton• hurst and Enniskillen. Betting ruled 11 to 10 Peter Flower, and 7 bo 2 Orvieto; and these two even bually ran clean away from the rest of the field, and raced home together. At one time Lord Durham's colt appeared to hold a distinct advantage,-bub Orvieto, running on stoutest, eventually won a bard-fought battle by half a length ; Reverend a bad third. Orvieto, by Bend Or—oub of Napoli (by Macaroni—oUb of Sunshine), belongs to Houldsworth, and made a successful debut in the .New Stakes at Ascot. This was only, the colt's second essay. The Prince of Wales' Stakes of 0,500 sovereigns for three-year-olds, over a mile, attracted a sploudid field, Surefoot, Memoir, Semolina, Alloway, Oddfellow, Le Nord, ■ Janissary, Huttou Gonyers, and an outsider named Mumedosa, all putting in an appearance. Surefoot was- favourite at 5 to 2, 7 id 2 being laid against Memohy 4 to 1 Oddfellow, 6 to 1 Le Nord, 100 to 7 Janissary, and 50 to 1 others* i , v >

;Tbe policy pursued with the uncertain son of Wisdom and Miss Foote in the Two .Thousand was successfully repeated .here. Driving Surefoot to the' front early in the rabe, Liddiard kept him there, and won,all out fromlMeinbir by two lengths, Alloway a poor third." The Duke'd filly hever.reached Mr Merry's Colt, or the latter would probably cub it. Afber bhe race, the best offer against Surefoot for the Leger was 4 tol. :";';'; . : :" ; '

The gfratidlybred Freemason (by Barcaldine, dub of Geheimniss) is developing into a ew'art) miler. At Windsor o» Saturoay,glyihg away 4 lot b£ weight' (carried 9sb 51b), bhe four-year-old : beab Gay Hampton, True Blue? 11., .Anbibes, Admiral Benbow and five others in the Summer Handicap. The first July meeting with its inevitable .accompaniment of morning and evening salsa q{ thoroughbred afcocfc jj

progress at Newmarket this week. The chief event of Tuesday was the JulyStakes, once the most important two-year-old race of the year, and even now almost a classic. Seven nice-looking youngsters went to the posb, the favourite being the Cbamanfe-bred Beauharnais (by ArchiducBoile Henrietta), which won so easily at Ascot. Odds of 11 to 8 were laid on Baron de Rothschild's crack, and comfortably landed, an unnamed colb by HamptonRustic Queen alone making any sorb of fight with the carrier of the blue and yellow hoops. Beauharuais is one of the lot of yearlings Baron Rothschild bought from M. Lefevre last autumn. Both sire and dam ran well on bhe turf. Archiduc more particularly will be remembered as a " big pob " for the autumn handicaps of 1884. He was third to St.Gatien in the Ce3arowitch, and fourth to Florence in the Cambrideeshire, starting as equal favourite with Mr Hammand's mare for latter.

At the yearling sales on Tuesday, Mr Douglas Baird gave 2,000 guineas for a brother to Geologist, and Mr D. Cooper (the Australian) 1,500 guineas for a brother to, The Rejected. Both are exceptionally good-looking youngsters. The first named is, of course, by Stirling—Siluria, and the latter by King of Trumps—Accepted. On Wednesday morning Lord Dudley paid tho tip-top price of the week, viz., 3,000 guineas for a magnificent bay colt by Barcaldine oui of Junket, the sister to Hippodrome (dam of Deemster), and the same everting the yearling sister to Heresy was knocked down to him for aa many pounds. A sister to Energy likewise fetched 3,000 guineas, Mr Humar Bass being the buyer. The Cumberland Plate on Tuesday resulted in a curious fiasco. By some misunderstanding, the field started before the flag fell, and ran the whole distance ere the blunder,was discovered, the favourite Tyrant, which carried 9sb winning by half a lengfeh from Barmecide, Propriety, and seven others. Tyrant was originally backed against the field, but when tbe mistake transpired and the stewards ordered tho issue to be fought out again, 11 to 8 was betted against the heavy-wejgbb. The second journey proved, as anticipated, too Bevero an effort for Mr Singer's horse to compass and Mr Burton's Barmecide (by Barcaldine —La Trappe) won in a canter from Lily of Lumley and Propriety.

At Newmarket on Wednesday the Zetland Plate for three-year-olds, a new race, worth 500sovs., failed to attract Sainfoin ; and Mr Milner's Janissary (by Isonomy-Janebte) was backed against a field of four at evens. A tremendous set-to resulted between the favourite, Lord Zetland's Fontainbleau and Mr Houldsworth'a Ponza(thirdinthe Oaks), Tom Cannon's riding eventually getting the last-named home a neck in front of Janissary, with Fontainbleau a bead behind third.

Heaume is now favourite for the Leger ab 5 to 1, 11 to 2 being betted Memoir, 7 to 1 each Sainfoin and Oddfellow, 8 to 1 Blue Green, 10 to 1 Surefoot, 50 to 1 Hubton Conyers, 100 to 1 Janissary. The meeting of Sainfoin, SurefoOb, and Amphion in the Hardwicke Sbakes ab Ascob on Friday was on bhe whole the most remarkable event of a remarkable week. Surefoob's success in the Mile Biennial on Wednesday bad heartened-up his party a bib, and they once again Btood the son Of Wisdom against Sainfoin. The latter started a red-hob favourite ab evens, 2 to 1 being laid against Surefoot, 6 to 1 Amphion (not much fancied because of bhe distance), artd.2o to 1 each Nunbhorpeand Hayradditi. The latter.led to the turn for home, where it fell back beaten, and the two favourites came into tho straight: together. Ab tbe far end of the grand stand Sainfoin had taken the measure of Surefdot. Here, however, Amphion bore down upon bhe struggling pair, and sboobing ahead with the race in hand won in a canter by a length from Sainfoin ; Surefoot (4 lengths off) a bad third. The inference derived from this rate is thab bur three-year-oldeire pnly moderateiiaiid thai) the Leger has become a singularly open race. The smart backer who took £3,000 to £1,000 Surefoot for the Doncasber race before tbe Prince of Wales' Stakes musb now feel rather sick, the current offer being ton. Memoir is favourite ab 4b01,6 bo 1 being offered Sainfoin, 7 to 1 Heaume, 8 to 1 each Oddfellow and Blue Green, and 20 to 1 St. Serf. There will certainly be a lob of betting on the Leger this year. Colonel North's party had a smashing week at Ascot, dropping their Epsom winnings and much besides. On dit tho Nitrate King'a losing account with ono bookmaker alone ran out five figures. His unsportsmanlike conducb in the running of Philomel for tbe three-mile Alexandra Plate on Friday, after this beautiful mare's severe races in the Royal Hunt and Gold Cup on Wednesday and Thursday, was severely commented on, and no one felt sorry when the moderate Netheravon beab her.

Capb. Mucbell had £2,000 on The Deemster for the Coventry Stakes on Tuesday at an average of 2 to 1, and Orvieto was a tremendous pjunee for the New Stakes. Mr Houldswbrtk told everyone the son of Springfield and Napoti was the highost-tried youngeterhe'd ever possessed, and Mr Cox and Mr Cooper (the Australian who trains in Ryan's stable) won a. pot of money by its victory. The lucky Duke was almost reconciled to the defeat of hia favourite, Semolina in the Coronation Stakes by the magnificent race which St. Serf ran against Martagon in bhe. Rous Memorial. This was another of the splendid finishes of a week rich in them- Laureate'was favourite, bub neither Jack Hammond's brack nor any of the other older horses were in ib with the two three-year-olds. They ran neck-and-neck, or rather beadand-head, up the straights—St. Serf finally beating Martagon, just as Heresy did Semolina and Simonian Gavobte in tbe last stride.

The Northumberland Plate has lost much of ibs original prestige since the venue was removed from Newcastle Town Moor to Gosforbh Park. Ib is still, however, emphatically the big midsummer handicap of the north of England, and the occasion of high holiday throughout Tyneland. On Wednesday a dozen runners went to* the post, tho favourite (ab 7 to 2) being Mr Jas. Lowther's Hounsditch (by Peter—Clarissima), which won rather from Col. North's Royal Star and Ohas. Archer's Lady Grace, both popular place fancies: Mr Wvner's Fallow Chat, the second favOurite ab 5* bo 1, finished last. ■■''■'■''..''

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ENGLISH RACING., Auckland Star, Volume XXI, Issue 202, 27 August 1890

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