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ENGLISH RACING.

A MEMORABLE CE9AREWITCH.

(Prom Out Special Correspondent.)

LONDON, October 16.

■The Newmarket Second) October Meeting was to a great extent marred by the generosity of Jupiter Pluvius, but the presence of the King and the Prince of Waies proved "a draw" which the elements were unable to combat successfully, and consequently the meeting was financially a huge success. As regards the racing, the fields as a rale ruled large, and for the chief event, the Cesarewitch, no less than 26 horses went to th-e post. They included Mr W. Bass's aged son of Father Confessor and Special Wire, Grey Tick, 6.9; Lord Howard de Walden's grand - three-yeair-old Zinfandel, 8.4; Major Edwards' old slave, Wavelet's Pride, 6yrs, 8.10; Mr "Jock" Hammond's Burses, 4yrs, 7,6; MJtfor LotiM , * smart fllly,

llammerkop, 3yrs, 7.3; and such well-triea cattle as Winkfiold's Charm, 4yrs,, 7.5; Vnlenza, syrs, 8.3; Rightful, 4yrs, 6/f; Prince Florizel, 4yrs, 7.5; and Throwaway, 4yrs, 8.3. lv spite of his big weight for a thre«-year-old, Zinf.-mdel wm quite a hot favourite, the best price against it being 5 to 1»Next in douiiiud was Mountain Rose, 3yrs, 6.10, at eights, Wavelet's Pride being at 100 to 9, with Genius. Winkfield's Charm, Trenton's sou Kauo, 3yrs, G.S; and Firmillian, well backed at very slightly longer odds. At 20 to 1 Gray Tick and Rightful were supported for good money, and against the rest all sorts of prices from 25 to 1 to 100 to 1 were readily laid by the fielders.

It is unnecessary to dwell on the incP dents associated with the race in its earlier stages. When the field swept round on the Flat tlie 26 runners came charging along like a squadron of cavalry. Wavelet's Pride retired at the Bushes and then Mountain Rose, who had been iv close attendance all the while, became very prominent on the rails, and he was apparently travelling very well. Shortly,afterwards, however, Burses shot, to the front. The name of this son of Childwick was on everyone's lips, for his jockey was looking- round at the others, thinking probably that he had all the rest beaten. A few ".moments later, however, the situation had materially altered. Mr Hammond's horse was challenged right and left by Zinfandel and Grey Tick and before reaching- the dip, a furlong from the winning post, the latter had deprived Burse* of the load. Meantime Zinfandel was gradually "'creeping up to the others. As ffe* gained ground little by little encouraging shouts were raised on the stands. These grew louder and louder when Cannon called upon the favourite to challenge in real earnest at the foot of the ascent to the winning post. The colt responded in game fashion, but his heavy burden began to tell. The horse, struggling with all his might, passed Bursas and got to within half a length of Grey Tick's head. Then, 50 yards from 'the post, the effort died away, and Grey Tick, splendidly served by his jockey Hunter, who sat still as a statue, forged ahead again, winning a grand race by the' best part of 1 a length. Burses, running gamely on to the bitter end, secured third place a like distance behind Zinfandel, with Uammerkop a few feet away fourth.

The backers of Grey Tick on th« "first past the post system" were soon luxuriating after their several methods but those who were betting in the ordinary way_were presently made uncomfortable 5y rumours of an objection which caused the bookmakers to hold their hands in the matter of paying out. Putting the matter as simply as possible," it amounts to this, that the person to whom Hunter was apprenticed having been warned off, lad's indentures were cancelled, and, as v he could no longer be entitled to an apprentice allowance of 51b, Grey Tick ought to have carried 7et instead of C.9. This was the idea of the party interested in Zinfandel, but when an attempt was made to <:ollect satisfactory evidence on the point-it was found that those who had first raised the question had relied mainly on hearsay and Lord'de Walden declined to lodge an objection thai he did not feel certain of carrying through, and next evening official intimation was given that no objection would be made, and there the matter ends.

On Tuesday the Newmarket Oaks of £450 foi- three-year-old fillies, decided over thetwo middle miles, was -easily won by. Lord Falmouth's unbeaten fllly Quintessence (St. Frusquin— Margarine), 9.11, which vanquished three others in a Tiand canter.

.For the two-year-old event, tlie ClearweU Stakes of £76£, decided over 5 furlongs 134 yards, -seven youngsters sported silk, and Sir James Miller's Cinquefoil, 9.2, was,made f slightly better favourite at 6 to 4 than Sir . Vincent's Don Paez S.lO. Backers were absolutely correct in their idea of the respective merits of this pair, i for Don Paes ran Cinquefoil to a head; but Sir W. Griffiths' filly Vincula, by Prisoner—Vistula. 8.7, caught the' judge's eye first a neck in advance of the favourite, and so brdnght off a nice 10 to 1 coup for Sherwood's stattlfer

This cleared thjgoeay for the Champion Stakes of £900, deoided over furlongs, i» which .event Mr W. Bass's famous flllsr Sceptre, 4yrs, 8.11, fwas only opposed by I/ord Ellesmere's Krooiistad, three years, 8.7, and Sir J.B. Maple's Merry Saint, three years, 8.7. At four pounds neither of these had the faintest chance of beating Sceptre unless she fell down, aud fielders" were fully justified in asking 33 to 1 Trom those who desired to Back Mr Bass's candidate. And* so were those who laid the odds on [Sceptre, for the favourite cantered sit the •head of affairs till the distance, and then, coming away, won in a walk by nearly 100 yards from Kroonstau".

Yesterday the chief item on the Newmarket menu was the Prendergast Stake 3 of £907 for two-year-olds, for which a field of seven turned, out, including Sir J. Milr ler's Cinquefoil (Sanfoin—Countess Macaroni), 8.11, which suffered defeat from Vincula on Tuesday, and was consequently: out of favour with "the talent," who declared for The Warrior, 8.5, at 7 to 4 against, and Huntly at 9 to 4 against, Sir James Miller's colt being at 9 to 2. A fine race home between the favourite, Cinquefoil, and Hands Down, 9.2, resulted in a half-length victory for Cinquefoil, the outsider beating Thjs Warrior a short head for honoprs,

The I/owther Stakes of £500, a mile and three-quarters weight for ogre race, also* fell to Sir James Miller by the aid of his three-year-old filly Rondeau, which beat the King's colt Mead and two others very easily. His Majesty had also to pnt up with second money in the Bretby Stakes of £700 for two-year-olds, his- filly PiarUihe favour-* i-te, being beaten by Mr Muskens Melton-* Britta filly Bronze Medal, 6omewhat easily*

At Kempton the rich. Imperial Produce Stakes of £2569 for two-year-olds fell to Mi , J. B. Keene, whose colt Lancashire (Kingston—<Calico), carrying 8.10, and start* ing at 6 to 4 against, won after a tough tussle from the .distance with. The Warrior five others being behind the pair. •>.. '■■■■

Yesterday's card at Newmarket was V poor affair, redeemed only by 'the contest for the Middle Park Plate, a s.lx-furlong race worth £2475, and reckoned to bo the most important two-year-old race of the? year. Many equine heroes and heroines figure in the list of winners of this event, including Melton, Minting, Donovan, Ism-> glass, Ladas, St. Frusquin, and Galtee More —since whose victory in. 1890 no winner of the Plate has figured as a winner of any one of the classics. Possibly yesterday's victrix, Major Eustace Loder's flying filly, Pretty Polly may break the sequence of unlucky Middle Park Plate winners. Without doubt she is* the best youngster of the year.: So far she has won all her seven engagements without being once thoroughly extended, and has earned £12,169, her wins including the British Dominion T.*.O. Stakes at Sandowu Park, the National ■Breeders' Foal Stakes, also at Sandowa Park, the Mersey Stakes at Liverpool,.the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster, jthe Autumn Breeders' Foal Plate, the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket, on Wetoesday last, and the Middle Park Plate. In tblf last event Pretty Polly, 0.0, a daughter c* (Jallinule and Admiration, who. has engage, ments in the One, Thousand Guineasandtbc Oaks next year, but is not in the Derby. SS oJSeed by Mr l>. de Rothschild's 19o£ Derby .candidate St. Amant, 9.3; Mr Whltv ney's Hands Down, 9.0, another possibly Derby competitor; Mr K&ene's Lancashire 9 3- Lencadia, 9.0; Andria, 8.10; and Perfe<* Love 8.7. As Pretty Polly had alread* conclusively proved hen- superiority to all her opponents, the bookmakers could not •be deemed greedy in asking backers of the lilly to lay 2tol on her chances. The only, others seriously backed were St. Amant* at 9 to 2 against, and Lancashire, at 8 to 1# twenties being vainly offered against the rest. As usual, the favourite went off at top pace the moment the barrier was rai»« ed, and soon her opponents had jornrad if tail. Keeping up the pressure, Pretty Polly had all her rivals/beaten ere the distajicf; wae reached, and had only to cinter homt to win by three lengths from. jSt.' Atnantc with Hands Down a length Mrther attVff third, and the easlng-up Lancashire a> ttMfH (behind fourth. ;.,. ~/.../ ,f _. <^j

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ENGLISH RACING., Auckland Star, Volume XXXIV, Issue 278, 21 November 1903, Supplement

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