THE DONCASTER ST. LEGER. (From our Own Correspondent.) London, 11th September.
Although scarcely equal in point of interest to suoh famous anniversaries as those of 1863, 1874, and 1880, the Donoaster St. leger, brought to as issue yesterday, fully maintained its prestige as tho champion race of the world. The field was not largo, and owing to tho absence of Buoh three-year old celebrities as St. Simon, Duke of Biohznond, and Buabybody, could in no Benßo bo termed representative, bnt it nevertheless included the winners of the Two Thousand and Frinoe of Wales'a Stakes at Asoot, as Vail aa one of the dead-heaters for the Derby. From the date of his runaway victory in the Two Thousand, Scot Freo was marked down a "good thing" for the St. Leger, andbut for his subsequent defeat by Harvester in the Payne Stakes (when notoriously unwell), he would have started an even money ohanoe. The ring, oddly enough, never took to him. The " leviatbian" bettors had always money to lay against Mr. Foy's colt ; in faot, so pronounced did the opposition become on Monday that for a couple of hours it seemed doubtful whether Soot Free or Sirßeuben 'was first favourite. Harvester, Queen Adelaide, and Sir Eeuben are all in one stable, and up to noon no one knew whether the first-named or the last was most fanoiod. Then, however, Sir Reuben was supported in an unmistakeable manner, Harvester falling back to 7 to 1, whilst the great Derby "tip," Queen Adelaide, was friendless at twenties. For a long time Mr. Robert Peck's Suporba (who, it will be remembored, ran second to Busytody in the Oaks) was almost as} good a f avonrite as Scot Free, but a few days before the race tho filly mot with an acoident and went baok in the betting. Others fanoied for the raco during the munmor were The Lambkin (second to Little Duok for the Grand Prix), Cormeille (who beat Harvester at Goodwood), and Cambusmore — the Duke of Westminster's seleoted. THE ST. LEGER, Legor Day broke bright and fine, and dense orowds flocked into Donoaster from a very early hour. At the Subscription Booms the previous evening a strong demonstration broke out against Scot Free and in favour of Superba. Kir Beuben had retogradod in the betting, bnt the Lambkin was very firm. In the paddock Suporba (without doubt a lovely filly) made most friends, though good judges opined that she would not stay the course. Scot Free lookod hard as nails, and his connections statod his victory to bo a mere question of standing up. The Lambkin was noted as a great leathering onatomor, just raited to the Donoaster course, and sure to be there or thereabouts at the finish ; but neither Cormeillo nor Hormitago seemed "class" enough. Of Jewitt'a facto — Harvester, Queen Adolaide, and Sir Reuben— tho last-named was most fanoied. Harvester's legs were heavily bandaged, and he appeared to movo rather gingerly. Amongst tho outsiders. Cambusmore and Sandiway found many f nends. They were both trained to the minute, the filly especially boing a perfect piotnre. Tho ohiof featuros of the bettini? during the half hour immediately preceding the great event of the day, wore the continued Bupport awardod to Suporba, and a rush to back Tho Lambkin 1, 2, 3. The latter was the best favourite of anything for a place, though 0 to 1 could be had about hia winning ohanoo. Thb St. Liger Stakes of 25 soya each, for thon threo-year-olds. Mr. E. C. Vyner'B b c Tho Lambkin, by Camballo— Mint-sauce, Oat (J. Watts) 1 Puke of Westminster's ohf Sandiway, by Doncaster— Clemenco, Bst 111b (G. Barrott) , ,_' 2 Jlr. E. Peck's b f Superba, by Sterling Highland Fling, Bst lllb (0. Wood) ... 3 Doncaator Cup, Somertou, Harvoator, Scot ' Froo (late Donald II.), Boy&l Fern, Hermi- 1
tage, Cormeflle, Sir Bonbon, Cambusmore, and Queen Adolaido also started. Hotting at Starting.— 4 to 1 agst Scot Free, 5 to 1 agßt Superba, 11 to 2 agst Sir Reuben, 11 to 2 agst Harvester, 9 to 1 agst The Lambkin, 100 to 8 agst Queen Adelaide, 100 to 7 agßt Cambusmore, 20 to 1 agst Cormcille, 40 to 1 agst Hermitage, 40 to 1 agsb Sandiway, 1000 to 7 agst Royal Fern, 1000 to 2 ayst Doncaster Cup, 1000 to 2 agst Somerton. THE BICE. After several breaks away, in which Royal Fern was the principal sinner, Mr. M'George dropped his flag and Cambusmoro rushed to the front, followed by Sandiway and Hormitarfe, with the others in a clump, and Doncaster Cup and The Lambkin (who began very badly) lost. Archer at once steadied Cambusmore, and Hermitage took the lead, ovidently bent on trying the cutting down tactics so successful iv Rayon DOrs year. M. Lefevre's colt was followed by Harvester, Superba, Somerton, and Corraeille, with tho favourite, Sandiway, and The Lambkin lying off, and Doncaster Cup (a long way bonind) last. In this order thoy ran to the Red House, where Cormeille and Somerton were beaten, and The Lambkin took the second place, with Sir Reuben, Superba, and Scot Free olose up. The latter soon began to roll about in groat distress, thereby nearly causing an accident, as The Lambkin, in trying to get clear of him, interferod with Sandiway, and all but brought the filly on her head. This could not, of course, last long. A yell from tho ring proclaimed the favourite's retirement, and almost at tho same moment Hermitage compounded. The Lambkin was now leading well from Sir Reuben, Sandiway, and Superba, with nothing else in the raoo. The former gave way at the distanoo, upon whioh Wood, timing his effort splendidly, drove Suporba to the front with a tremendous spurt. Mr. Peck's filly looked all over the winner for a few seconds, but at the critical moment she faltorod and: broke down badly ; Sandiway (alsodeßperatelyriddenJpassedher.butcould not quite reach Tho Lambkin, who won a fine race by a length, three parts of a length botweon second an i third. hirßeubonwas fourth, and Queon Adelaide fifth. The others pulled up. Time, 3 mins. 14 sees. Stakes, .£4300.
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THE DONCASTER ST. LEGER. (From our Own Correspondent.) London, 11th September., Evening Post, Volume XXVIII, Issue 101, 25 October 1884, Supplement
THE DONCASTER ST. LEGER. (From our Own Correspondent.) London, 11th September. Evening Post, Volume XXVIII, Issue 101, 25 October 1884, Supplement
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