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PRINCIPAL RACES DURING 1877.

(FROM THE PAIL MALL GAZETTE.) For the Two Thousand Guineas, which wiE this year be run for on May 2nd, there are 101 entries, and the only good two-year-old performers of the colts not engaged are Rob Roy, Rosbacb, and Chevron. Chamant, Pellegrino, Plunger, Lady Golightly, and Rover, who occupied the first live places in the Middle Park Plate, are entered, and in addition to and apart from these stands Warren Hastings. It is not often that a filly takes any prominent part iv the Two Thousand Guineas or the Derby; bat Lord Falmouth, if he prefers to keep Lady Golightly in reserve -for the One Thousand Guineas and the Oaks, has iSilvio, who showed no mean capacities last season, to fall back upon the colts' races, to say nothing of Fieldfare. Queen's Herald, and' King Clovis. It is of course impossible to say whether all these horses" will run in the Two Thousand Guineas, but if they do the Newmarket race will be something'more than a trial for the Derby, the interest of which would presumably be discounted, for, as far as can be ascertained from the running of the past season, Rob Roy, Rosbach, ujd Chevron, already mentioaed, would be

the only new-comers, unless some candidates can be found among the animals which did not run as two-year-olds and of these "dark" horses the only one at all spoken of is Actoeon, who is trained in the same stable as Pellegrino. There are 246 subscribers to the Derby, which is to be run for on May 30th, or two days earlier than the Epsom Oaks, for which there are 178 subscribers. The One Thousand Guineas is to the Oaks what the Two Thousand is to the Derby, and the issue of the ladies' race at Newmarket more often than not alters the aspect of the struggle for supremacy at Epsom. At present it seems as if the One Thousand Guineas would, be a match between Lord Falmouth's Lady Golightly and Capt. Machell's i Palm Flower, whose running in-the Prendergast Stakes at Newmarket in the autumn, when both of them were beaten by Plunger, makes them appear to be almost upon an equality. They have every claim to be considered superior to Mr Marshall's Dee, Mr Ansley's Lady Ronald, and Sir John Astley's Popldns, which are the best of the other eighty-two fillies entered ; but the winner of the One Thousand Guineas will have an awkward opponent to encounter at Epsom in Mr Pulteney's Placida, who is not engaged in the One Thousand Guineas. It would be easy to show that this filly, who won seven out of the nine races in which she competed last season, and who beat Chamant very decisively at Lewes, was, upon her two-year-old running, the best of her age ; but., then, upon the other hand, it may be argued, that if she defeated Palm Flower, Chevron, and others at Lewes, Palm Flower and Chevron beat her not less decisively at Stockbridge. However this may be, the general character of Placida's running was quite good enough to have made her seem to i have as much chance of winning the Derby as any of the present favourites, had she been engaged; and ife is so much in her favour for this season that she terminated her two-year-old career by a conclusive victory. There will be so much in the running of the three-year-olds to alter any estimate which may be formed as to the race for the Ledger in the middle of September, that nothing can be said concerning the Doncaster contest except that all the prominent candidates engaged in the Two Thousand Guineas and the Derby appear among the 210 nominations, with the exception of the Duke of Westminster's Pellegrino, Mr Mackenzie's Rob Roy, and General Pearson's Chevron. Upon the other hand, Captain Machell's Palm Flower and Mr Marshall's Dee, whose prospects must be determined by their previous doings in the One Thousand Guineas and the Oaks, have been engaged in this race, which has so often been won by fillies; and Mr Boweh's Warrior, who ran more than respectably as a two-year-old [appears among the St. Leger entries, though omitted from those for the Two Thousand Guineas and the Derby. The general conclusion to be drawn from the running of last season as it concerns the new three-year-olds is that Count de Lagrange's Chamant is a little the superior of Mr H. Baltazzi's (Plunger, who is in turn a shade better than the Duke of Westminster's Pellegrino. But, upon the other hand, the running of Mr Rayner's Warren Hastings in the July Stakes makes him out to be the superior of Chamant, and therefore of the other pair ; while Rob R.oy won both his races at "Ascot in such grand style that, though no direct line of comparison can be established, he may, for all that can be known %o the contrary, be the best of his year.

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PRINCIPAL RACES DURING 1877., Press, Volume XXVII, Issue 3670, 14 April 1877, Supplement

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