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THE BACK FOR THE ST LEGER.

(From the Pall Mall Gasette.) , The at Leger camo very near to resulting < in one of those surprises for which it is notorious, and the last of which occurred fifteen years ago, when Caller Ou, a despised Jelling -plater, defeated Kettledrum, the wirner of.,the Derby, by a short head, Oa Wednesday, Petrarch, who started second favorite, as on previous running ho was well , entitled to do, beat Wild Tommy ; but he won by a neck only from tbe Duke of Hamilton's colt, who bad not been included any ot the Hats of "probable starters" until the day of the race 5 for he had done bo,badly both, in the Derby and the Grand ' Prix de Paris tbat his prospects of beating the favourites seemed utterly forlorn. It would be useless attempting to offer any explanation aa to the defeat and disgrace of ,Kiaber, but a concise summary of his preVioW. performances will not be without interest. As/a two-year-old he ran very ija'diy. in the July and the Stctch-floith ,' .Shakes at the Newmarket Summer Meeting. , Ho Btarted, for the third time as a two-year-bid,T*n, the Middle Park Plate, aud heavily •as 7he was backed, could ' 'noi.'gebja place to Petrarch. So fa*?,.as j this running goes,, his failure waa only' ib accordance with, what might have been eati pectedjbuthis threo subsequent races alter the .cbmpleitbri of things very, ihdoh. He concluded bis.-two-year-old career by winning/the,Dewburst Plato in excellent style, -H,nd be dfd'riojt .appear again until the ■Derby, which, it wiU be remembered, he secured iwith the utmost ease, defeating Forerunner,; Julius Cauar, and Petrarch, who c*mo next to him in the above order, Wild Tommy being among *,tbe others. Ten days afterwards he appeared at Loagchaisps, where Enguerrande and Camelia, who had run a. dead heat for the Oaks, Kilt, the winner of the / French Derby, and Wild • Tommy, to say nothing of six others, could 1 not see the way he went in the race for Hie i $rand Prix. , The St Leger waa then booked a. certainty for .him,] and the odds against him became shorter arid shorter until about three weeks ago, when they began to expand, the rumour being that he hnd shown symptoms of unsoundness. But the hostility waa not sustained, and when be arrived at Doncaster on Monday and did an excellent gallop the following morning over the conree, 2 to 1 was freely betted on him. Maidmeat,who had ridden him in his previous engagements, being unwell, the mount was given to John Osborno, one of the best and most honorable of English jockeys or trainers. But; with all this, he was' beaten some 200 yards from home, arid could only finish fourth in the rear of horses whom ho had bo decisively defeated before. His failure cannot ' _*> attributed to want of Btamina, for over a still'longeras over a shorter course he had already proved immensely superior to Wild Tommy. With regard to Petrarch the casa is somewhat different, but even his performance is utterly inconsistent with what he baß done before In the Middle PaTk Piste, as mentioned above, he made a successful debut, and among those which finished behind him was Julius Crcsar, as well ~s Kfsber. He next ran for the Two Thousand Guineas, and won very easily from Julius Gesar, who finished second. Made a great favorite for the Derby, he failed to obtain a place, and, as JuHub Ca3iar turned the tables on him, the' natural conclusion was that he could not stay. But this theory was ripset a fortnight afterwards, as he ones I more beat Julins Cjejar very easily 'over a longer course for the Prince [of Wales' Stake at Ascot. As if to ! make confusion worse confounded, he was defeated twice at tbe same meeting by such moderate animals as Coltness and Morning Star, being fourth and last in the one caia and third out of four runners in the othefi That something must have been wrong with him at the time is almost proved by the fact of his having since been supported in the stable for the Doncaster races, bnt how to. account for his defeat ot Epsom Is or seems to be impossible. Notwithstanding the prei senco of Kißber, hia supporters never lost heart, and he was heavily backed to thelsati although so much money was invested Qthe favorite that he stood at longer odds jast before the race than were procurable. twentyfour hours previously. There were seven other runners, of whom Lord Falmouth's Skylark and Lord Boaebery's All Heart wets in be9t demand at 20 to 1 each, while-Mr Houldaworth's Ooltness, Mr Gee's Julias Cjcmr, Lord Ailesbury's Hellenist, and the Duke of Hamilton's Wild Tommy mm from 25 to 100 to 1, no'price 'betDg quoted in connection with the nfutb runner, Levant, Whose misrion it was tb show the waj fori All Heart. The weather, which h|» been wet to the early P Bs * of, |fl f »y> eieirei up befew the iim apjpl^f

ftiCHBLDKB'S was - crowded housf-J|t**t«e Hall U*t night <sn the occasion of the exhibition of the pantascclfe^'"We -_ffi«e tor toe best was Wonl>y a young lady, Wth one which required a little explanation. However, all were satisfied, so no more need •fas said. To-day the last. afternoon perfoiwaace willjbe given, when presents will fie given to each child attending. In the .evening the usual exhibition will take place.

THE iKTEBPaOYINCIAL BEGAITA—A of the various boating clubs was *bel<r last evening at Warner's Hotel, for the purpose of oonsidering the question of sendIfliS * representative crew to compete at the •"JTeison regatta, to take place on 17th and IB__ prox. There was a large attendance, and Mr A. F. N. Blakiston was moved to the Mr Kilgonr stated the object for trhich the meeting had been called, and said -fthad been suggested that a selection, com*|jiiiee should be appointed that evening for -•fie purpose of choosing a crew. He had .Spoken to Mr Meliish about the matter, and -that gentleman had kindly consented to ..coacha crew, if one were chosen. On the potion of Mr Sharland, it was resolved— * That it is desirable that Canterbury should " tjerepresentedat the forthcoming ihterprovin<ial regatta to be held at Nelson." Mr J. W. pavis was of the opinion that it waa^the jdotyof the United Canterbury rowing club select & crew, and mentioned that there was a balance in hand from the last interarovincial regatta, in which Canterbury had taken part. Mr Brewster proposed that a committee be 'appointed to select a crew to represent Canterbury, to consist of Messrs -giakistoa, Meliish, Jones. Thomson, Davis. Herdson, Heanab, -and Kilgonr, with power to add to their number, three to form a .quorum ', and that members of clubs willing tooompete, be requested to send in their •names to the selection committee, who shall have full power to choose a crew, and .arrange for all details in connection with -tending the crew to Nelson " Mr Kilgonr seconded the motion, which was unani--Bously agreed to. The meeting then ad■joemed.

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THE BACK FOR THE ST LEGER., Press, Volume XXVI, Issue 3508, 2 December 1876

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