"Everything comes to the wise man who waits " says the proverb. When Sir Jno. Blundell Maple gave 6,000 guineas for the famous Plaisanterie's first yearling many shook their heads and predicted he would never see' it back again. At two years of age this appeared only two likely to prove true. , Childwick was more or lees of a cripple all the season. Last, summer the colt made his first appearance on a racecourse at Ascob in the Prince of Wales Stakes and was unplaced. In the Autumn, however, he defeated Orme in the Limekiln Stakes at a difference of 331bs and accounted for Canning, Glengall and one or two others in the Doveridge Plate at Derby. Thia summer Childwick debuted nowhere in the Gold Vase at Ascot, but his obvious staying powers attracted attention to his chance for the Cesarewitch, and when it was seen that he was given 7sb 91b many at once backed him, Unfortunately, Sir J. B. Maple had nothing to try him with over two miles and a-quarter, so he and the stable supported him bub moderately, and up to the laßt 100 to 5 could be had. Childwick, nevertheless, won them auite £20,000. The •'certainty" of this year's Cesarewitch was Filepa, a filly trained in a stable notorious for its successes in the great long distance handicap. She ,had won such a trial that Goater pooh-poohed defeat, and money was simply piled on •• the Findon filly." Though the weather on Cesarewitch Day was depressingly cold, rainy and foggy, the rings were crowded and speculation brisk, there being most money for the highly • tried Findon certainty, Filepa (4yrs, 7sb). Twenty-three runners went to the posb including three previous winners, Ragimund, Burnaby and Cypria. Goater'a Filepa was favourite at> 4to 1; then came the French Calliatrate (4yrs, Bsb 131b), the Oaks victress Aimiable (3yrs, 7ab 111b), M. Lebandy's Great Bbor winner Quilon (4yrs, 7at 21b), and Mr Ellis' Opera Glass (3yrs, 6at 31b) each of whom were well backed ab 10 to 1. Comedy (6yrß, Vat 111b), and Farndale (3yrs, 6ab 31b), found friends at 100 to 6 and Sir J. C. Maple's Childwick (4yrs, 7sb 91b), and Mr Manton's Shrine (aged, 7st 111b) were on the 20 to 1 mark. Of the outsiders Newcourb (6yrs, Bsb 81b), and Cvpria (4yrs, 7eb 111b) ab 33 to 1 had most friends. Through the mist and rain nobbing could be seen of the early parb of the race, and the field was half down the Rowley Mile before the shoub "They're coming " was raised. " The favourite^ is there," was the next cry and Sir Benjamin, Aimiable, Calibrate and Ghildwick each in turn had their names echoed by eager friends. Filepa's backers were boob out ot their mi3ery, for both she and Aimiable died away descending the hill. Childw.ck was then left in the van wibn only Shrine and cXtrate near.. The latter triel bard to overhaul Plaisantene's son, bub he drew away up the incline and won 4 lengths, Calibrate being the same distance in front of Shrine. Sen w« fourth, and there the placing* ended. Both the favourite and Aimiable n well for two miles, but the extra forlongs in heavy ground finished them. ChUdwick's victory was extremely popular, the mounts of little Bradford, by whom he was ridden, being alwayß well backed. Mr McCalmonb declined to challenge La Fleche with Isinglass for the Champion stakes He was wise in his generation for the game little mare was at her bes , and My l°afc Ravensbury, whom Capb. MacheXd tried to be inex« = The manner in which La Fleche pricked tt J?r« and ran up bhe bill was, according to those who saw '£• finish (I didn't), one of the prettiest sights ever witnessed m raoiai? and loud cheers, greeted her ac _for tbe lasb time Bhe awepb past the winning P°La Fleche now goes to the stud, and her orogeny will be watched for as eagerly as Busybody's, Plaiaantene's or Marie QMinrfc'e The firati two celebrities are X Jell ab the stud, bub Mr Merry's magnificent Loger winner, though mated for lone years with bhe mdsb succeesful sires of her day, never threw a racehorse worth sixpence.
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LONDON NOTES., Auckland Star, Volume XXV, Issue 284, 28 November 1894
LONDON NOTES. Auckland Star, Volume XXV, Issue 284, 28 November 1894
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