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R)R L 12.000,


Loxiiox, April 12.

That the Leicester I'iincc of Wales's Stakes of L1'2,000 (the richest race ever known) should have been won by the Duke of Portland—the wealthiest, bar the Duke of Westminster, of the two hundred odd subscribers—and that the two "golden squires, Mr " Abington " Baird and Mr R. C. Vyner should have run second and third, was surely eminently delightful and appropriate, if just a wee bit aggravating. Not that Mr " Abineton " made much out of the race, for the L 750 second money will not even cover his forfeits. He is, however, better off than Mr " Manton," whose forfeits on the race amounted to L9OO, and Mr Perkins, who, but for Chitabob's accident, must have made a bold bid for victory.

Saturday afternoon was delightfully fine, and the attendance at Leicester all that the Executive could possibly expect. The Prince of Wales was there, and so was His Grace of Portland, with his Jiancte, and her mother. A big field of sevenleen turned out to oppose Donovan, who, however, looked so superior in quality to anything else, save, perhaps, Gay Hampton and Pioneer, that hardly another animal was backed. The Ring fielded staunchly, in the hope that Donovan, like his dam, Mowerina, and his sister, Modwena, might fail to stay, but the weight of money told more and more as the day progressed, and at the start backers who wished to be on had to lay 7t04 on the crack. Mr Abington's Pioneer was supported for a heap of money at 6 to 1, and a little went on Gay Hampton at 10 to 1, Enthusiast at 100 to 7, and Royal Star at 33 to 1. Bar these 100 to 1 could be had. The place betting was unusually brisk with regard to Pioneer and Gay Hampton, 6 to 4 on each being freely laid. Enthusiast was supported at 100 to 30, Royal Star at 6 to 1, and Minthe at 10 to 1. The story of the |race is simple as A B C. St. Patrick and Napoleon (mistaken by many for Gay Hampton) made the running for three-quarters of a mile, when the favorite came through his horses with the race well in hand. Pioneer promptly challenged, and the pair shot right away from the reßt of the field. Mr Abington's colt could never, however, get on terms with the Duke of Portland's colt, who won in an easy canter by two lengths ; Minthe four lengths away, just managing to deprive Enthusiast of the third place. The effect of the race was to promptly dry up the Derby betting—"even money on Donovan " being for a long time the best available offer. Pioneer's running was also considered good enough to make him a certainty for the City and Suburban, and from 100 to 7 he sprang at a bound to 4 to 1.

The Excehior Breeders' Foal Stakes introduced us to a Kingsclere youngster, of whom more should be heard in Lord Alington's Bena (by Petrarch— Siren), who beat a hot favorite in Mr Abington's Hackler (by Petrarch —Hackness) after ono of the finest finishes witnessed this season, Tom Cannon's roguish True Bluo 11., who disappointed so many at Lincoln, mado a runaway race of the Leicester Spring Handicap. Acting under his father's instructions, Monty Canuon made his own running, and the beast, never being collared, ran generously enough and won hands down by four lengths from a pulling-up field. Tho only other race at Leicester I need mention is a six-furlong handicap worth 200 sovs, in which the Australian-bred Ringmaster followed up his ignominious display at Lincoln by running a splendid race with Mr Evelyn's Heptarchy and ten others and winning in the gamest manner, after coming twice, by a length. The horse was, of course, at once objected to, as he has not fulfilled the rule which obliges an animal born out of England to compete in two weight-for-age races before running for a handicap, but for some reason or other the stewards overruled the objection. He is owned, apparently, by a Mr J. E. Savill, and trained privately, apparently. AT NEWMARKET. Cold, wet, miserable weather signalised the Craven meeting at headquarters this I week ; but the sport, on the whole, was fair. The Crawfurd Plate, true to its traditions, fell to an outsider, Prince Soltykoff's jady filly Love-in-Idleness (by Mask—Lucetta) defeating the favorite Aintree (penalised for its Liverpool success), Mr Abington's Master Bill, and nine others, after a desperate race by a neck only. The Fitzwilliam Plate, a new race for two-year olds, worth 800 sovs, and run over the Rous course (five furlongs), also produced a fine finish, Tom Cannon (who is unequalled as r hnndlor of young-

titers) just landing the well-backed Belmont (by Beau Brummel out of Jessica) a neck in front of Mr Rose's Bel Demonio (by Robert the Devil—Lady Abbess) and tho Duke of Hamilton's Lauro (by PetrarchSongstress), nine others being behind them. On Wednesday the black-and-white jacket of his lucky Grace of Portland was carried three times to the front successfully out of four attempts. On two of these occasions, however, the stable had not sixpence on, the animals concerned having been beaten in their trials. The Column Stakes, for three-year-olds, was just an exercise gallop for the superb Melanion (by Hermit— Atalanta), who fully justified the plunging price of 4 to 1 laid on his boating Pantomime and three other moderate beasts. In a three-year-old plate over the Ditch Mile the Duke introduced us to The Turcophone (by Galopin—Lady), who started at 100 to 8, and just beat Mr Rothschild's highlybred Roswal (by Kisber—Hippia), Mr Abington's Maynooth running third. In the next race—a two-year-old plate, over the last five furlongs of the Ditch Mile—His Grace won with Elsie (by St. Simon out of Larissa), who, starting at 10 to 1 in a field of eleven, beat Lord Dudley's Beggar-my-Neighbor cleverly by a neck. The chief event of Wednesday, however, was tho Balraham Plate, of 600 sovs, over the Rowley Mile. For this a moderate field of nine faced the starter, old Exmoor (8.8) tnd Theodore (8.8) being equal favorites at 4 to 1, whilst 5 to 1 was laid Johnny Morgan, and 6 to 1 each King Monmouth (aged, 8.12) and the German Hortari (4 yrs, 7.5). The last-named animal won easily from King Monmouth, with Mr Tom Jennings's Father Confessor third. On Thursday, in the Craven Stakes, Gay Hampton showed very different form to what he did at Leicester, beating the highly tried Freemason (by Barcaldine—Geheimniss) after a punishing finish, in which the latter swerved all over the place, with Krishna third, and such as Iddesleigh, Arquebus, and Zeno unplaced. April 26.

A cold wind, accompanied by frequent drenching showers, made Epsom Downs the reverse of a pleasant locale for racing on Tuesday and Wednesday last. Nevertheless, a goodly crowd availed themselves of the admirable train service from Victoria on both afternoons, and, everything considered, they had nothing to complain of in the way of sport, as the fields were large and the finishes close. The finest surprise on Tuesday was the defeat of Mr Leo De Rothschild's magnificent looking two-year-old Lactantius, in the Westminster Stakes, by Lord Gerard's queerly-named Overveen, the first of Energy's get that has appeared on a racecourse. After his Brocklesby second to Semolina, Lactautiuß was tried pounds superior to Wayland—an animal that has since won several good races—so that this

Westminster Stakes (worth 500 sovs) looked a real good thing for the son of Petrarch and Koumiss. There were eight runners, and "the talent" (as backers like to be called) laid 5 to 4 freely on Lactantius, 4 to 1 being on offer against the Liverpool winner Barbette, 10 to 1 Overveeu, and 100 to 8 any other. An outsider led to the distance, where Overveen and the favorite came right away, and ran a slashing race home, Lord Gerard's colt getting the best of it at the Bell, and winning by half a length; Barbette (a length and a half off) third. The Great Metropolitan Stakes is one of the few long-distance handicaps that survive. Run over a quaint figure of 8 course of two miles and a-quarter, it on a_ fine afternoon presents one of the prettiest sights I know ; but on Tuesday a furious storm of wind and rain spoilt everything completely. Of the seven runners Mr Vyner's Fallow Chat (4 yrs, 7) was favorite at 9 to 4, 3 to 1 being laid Phil (5 yrs, 8.10), 4 to 1 CotUlon (4 yrs, 8), 100 to 12 Drizzle (5 yrs, 7.4), and 10 to 1 any other. Last year's winner, Tissaphernes (o yrs, 7.0), was not fancied, owing to its having changed its trainer, and run several times in hurdle races during the winter. The five-year-old son of Xenophon and Twitter proved, however, equal to making all tho running and winning by a length. At the turn for home Tissaphernes had the favorite and Cotillon alone to fear, and Fallow Chat was beaten half way down the straight. Cotillon then challenged, and a fine race ensued, of which most of us expected to see Mr Rothschild's horse get tho best. Opposite the stand it was touch and go, but George Barrett rode Mr Noel Fcnwiek's cx-hurdle-raecr with rare resolution, and held his advantage of nearly a length to the last, Fallow Chat running a bad third.

The Priucn of Wales had a turn of hick at Manchester on Eastor Monday, where his chaser Magic, ridden by Jones, landed tho Lancashire Steeplechase, of 1,000 sovs, from Savoyard, Spahi, and a capital field including such cracks as Ballot Box, Kilworth, Gamecock, M.P., andEtCctera. Mr Abington's Bellona was favorite at 5 to 1, 6 to 1 being laid against that foreign impostor Et Cetera, 7 to 1 each Savoyard, Tethard, and Sorrento, 9 to 1 Magic, and 10 to 1 each Ballot Box and M.P. Savoyard looked like winning at the end of three miles, but was fairly outstayed by the Prince's horse, who won amidst tumultuous cheering by three lengths, holidaymakers to a man having backed " t'e Princes moke." A RACECOURSE TRAGEDY. Ever since Mr Leybourne's triple coup with Goldseeker at Doncaster the public has been on the look out for the second coming of that remarkable animal, and directly the weights for the City and Suburban Handicap appeared the four-year-old son of Miser and The Swallow was rushed to the position of second favorite. The money laid out was, however, solely the public's. Mr Leybourne himself, his trainer Walters, and the stable connections genorally did not put on a penny. This was because Walters persistently declared the horse was not" cherry ripe " yet, and Would be run to a standstill at the end of five furlongs, Tho Btablc is ft

small one, and without trial tackle, consequently Walters had only his opinion to guide him, nevertheless after the colt's final gallop on Saturday ho again repeated the following dictum: "Goldsecker's very well, but a bit soft yet. Ho will be in prime fettle (quite 141b better than he is now) by Kempton, and I should reserve him for the Jubilee Handicap if I were you." This course Mr Leybourue determined on, but a number of his friends and employed (he is the proprietor of the Buxton Bon Marche, a sort of Whiteley's) having backed the horse for the City and Suburban, and young Tom Cannon having been engaged to ride it, was resolved to givo the B.P. the harmless satisfaction of a run for their money. The stable made no secret of the policy they were pursuing, and the Ring offered 25 to 1 fruitlessly till the owner himself declined a bet of 1,000 to 30, when Goldseeker finally retired to 50 to 1 offered. Little Cannon had no instructions, save " don't finish the horse when he's beaten," and naturally imagined, like everyone else, that his mount would bo pumped out at the end of five furlongs or so. Nineteen runners went to the post for the big race, that abominable flat-catcher The Baron once again finishing up a roaring hot first favorite at 5 to 1 to win and evens for a place. Wise Man (very firm throughout) stood at 11 to 2, 6to 1 being laid freely against Bullion and 8 to 1 Ashplant, an eleventh hour demonstration. Of the outsiders, Veracity at 100 to 6 and Felix at 20 to 1 were most fancied.

The story of the race is soon told, as, to the intense chagrin of all concerned, Goldseeker made every yard of the running, and won in a canter by a length and threequarters. Half way up the straight Bullion made a gallant attempt to overhaul the leader, and so did Wise Man and Fullerton, The first named was certainly second best; but, having no place orders, little Allsop pulled him out when pursuit seemed hopeless and left Fullerton and Wise Man to run second and third. To appreciate the grimness of this fiasco to the full one merely requires to add that Goldseeker will now have to put up a 14ib penalty at Kempton, which brings his weight up to 9st lib. The faces of Walters and Mr Leybourne (neither of whom are precisely racing tyros) presented a rich treat to the Ring, who naturally rejoiced greatly in the turn-up. The lucky Heath House stable subsequently introduced us to another smart youngster in Lord Hastings's Pink Pearl (by Blair Brummel—lrish Pearl), who was well backed and won the Hyde Park Plate, of 500 sovs, for two-year-olds, easily from Mr Lowther's M'Morrow, Captain Orr Ewing's Tostig, and a large field. ' Vanity Fair,' commenting on the victories of Lochiel in the Australian Cup and Autumn Handicap at Flemington, under

heavy weights, remarks that the climate of New Zealand must be specially beneficial to horseflesh. Neither Prince Charlie himself nor any of Prince Charlie's progeny (bar perhaps Pre3tonpans) ever managed to get a mile and a-quarter, much less two miles and u-quarter, in this country. Yet we iind Lochia! (bred at Marden), after a bringing up and training in New Zealand, easily able to negotiate both these distances, and to beat large fields of Walers into the bargain. The pending invasion of the English turf by the Hon. Jame3 White's promising young Chcsters is cordially welcomed by the sporting Press. Wednesday's ' Bird of Freedom' says :—" No more gratifying announcement has appeared of late than that which tells us of a proposed consignment of blood stock from Australia to this country to be trained for engagements in the old home of their great-grandsires. The Hon. James White, the leading racehorse owner in Victoria, and one of the best judges of racing and of thoroughbred stock to be met with, intends sending over, in June next, four yearlings, two two-year-olds, and three good old 'uns, and placing them with our famous trainer, Matthew Dawson, to be prepared for their several contests here. The two-year-olds are entered in our Derby of next year, and, we may take it for granted, would not be sent so far did they not givo promiso of becoming worthy champions for their enterprising nominator. This is the kind of ' federation' one likes to see and prefers to any other, and the bond of union it will bo likely to set up seems to promise lasting and solid results. Ono even goes so far as to horo that ono of these arrivals from the great South may win the Derby of 1890, as this would give encouragement to thoir plucky and sportsmanlike venture, and doubtless lead to the spread of this friendly rivalry, which may ha ve the additional ad vantage of improving our breed of horses. That the Hon. James White should havo paid our great trainer the compliment to select him in preference to younger members of the profession is gratifying to us all, Matthew Dawson being the acknowledged representative head of his calling with us—an equine Dr Arnold, in fact —as none are more ready to admit than the entire body of his fellowprofessionals. With such an addition to his already greatly-increaßing stud, Exning will presently put Heath House in the shade, and its young proprietor will have to say of his uncle, as jockeys used to say of Chifney and Robinson : ' You never know when they'ro done with, or where they are likely to have you next.' The Orizaba, by which vessel this valuable and iD every way important freight will bo brought to us, is to leave Sydney early in June; so wo may look for its arrival about the middle or end of July, just before Goodwood. Few ships will have been more intently followed from point to point of each spot it touches at on her voyage than will be the Orizaba by oil who view in the right light and with the proper amount of satisfaction a new departure which 6eems to foreshadow results so vastly important, and which may, indeed, be said to ))e of national concern,"

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