The young Sir Modreds appear to have made their mark on the American turf at the very lirst time of asking. At the Washington meeting on May 10, Mr M. .Jordan's b f Faunie.J., by Sir Modred—Rosa G., won tho Patapsco Stakes for two-year-olds from a good field ; and live days later, at the Brooklyn meeting, Senator O. Hearst's b c Bullarat, by Sir Mod>cd—La I'avorita, secured the rich Hudson Stakes (lib subs), covering the livo furlongs in lmin 2A«co, and winning easily. The death of the celebrated horse Robert the Devil is announced by Home papers. At two years he won his two only engagements—the Rous Memorial Stakes, of 2,0(57 sovs, at Goodwood, and a Two-year-old Stakes, of 212 sovs, at Newmarket. At thrco years he was beaten in the Derby (of 1830) by Bend Or by only a head after a sensational race; won tho Grand .Prix de Paris, of 6,070 sovs; walked over for the Stockbridgc Biennial Stakes, of 400 sovs ; won the St. Leger, of 6,025 sovs, beating his old rival Bend Or out of a place ; won the Newmarket Foal Stakes, of 2,097 sovs, with Bend Or this time only a head behind ; won the Cesarewiteh Stakes, of I.MS2 sovs ; and won the Champion Stakes, of 2,007 sovs, with Bend Or again second, but ten lengths away. At four years he won the Newmarket Biennial Stakes, of 559 sovs; walked over for the Rosebery Plate at Newmarket; was beaten hy his old foe Bend Or in the Epsom Gold Cup (Oit .'Hb each, and with (ito 1 on Robert); won tho Ascot Gold Cup, of 1,270 sovs, and the Alexandra Plate, of 1,125 sovs, at the samo meeting. The two rivals retired to stud duties after that season, and both were very successful stallions, although Bend Or —chiefly by the aid of Ormonde and Orbit—had up to December last had much more money placed to his credit than had Robert the Devil. Bend Or's progeny had by that time won Ls9,u'!)l, as against Robert the Devil's L 21,032.
The Canterbury spring meeting is fixed for November f>, G, and 7, so that the New Zealand Cup and the Melbourne Cup will be run on the same day. I take tho following items from the Canterbury ' Times':-Beresford was accidentally poisoned with oats prepared for email birds' destruction shortly after ho took up stud duties in the Selwyn district.—A. Keith has the trotters Long Roper and Narrow Gauge in work at Heathcote, and will shortly take the pair over to Australia.—Sultan will be shipped to Sydney by the first opportunity that occurs, and will probably bo well on his way by the end of the present month.— Thompson appears to have effected a complete cure of Lorraine's diseased foot, and people who have followed tho fortunes of the disappointing son of Muiia Theresa may yet have an opportunity lo recover their losscn.
The same writer recently paid a visit to Mr Sic id's training establishment, and from his notes I lake tin: following:—" Masim has just been taken up after bis long spell, and as he came striding along the sand track he looked every inch the great horse he unquestionably is. He has not altered much since wc last saw him in public ; thickened out a bit, perhaps, and put on flesh ; but if he will only drop that unfortunate trick of over-reaching, and escape the other ills to which valuable horse llesh is especially heir, ho will do doughty service for the yellow jacket next season. Gipsy King is taking his ease in a paddock, but disports himself like a frolicsome yearling as wc approach, and to all appearance is as sound or rather sounder, for the matter of that, as when he performed thoso mighty feats at Forbury sixteen months ago. Sextant is a member of the afternoon team, and appears at last to have regained some of the substance he displayed as a two-year-old. _ If the horse has done any work —on this point we asked no questions—his great arms and quarters denote plenty of muscle; but we fancy from the way ho walks that his forelegs still occasion Mason some anxiety. Scots Grey struck us as being lighter than when he won the Challenge, but this is hardly likely to be the case, and we shall only commit ourselves to the statement that he promises to train on to the Derby colt so many of his friends predict." " We are very sorry to hear," says a Home pap'.'r, " of the ill luck that has befallen Mr W. Sugden Armitage, of Old Dalby Hall, who has lately come over from New Zealand to reside in the Old Country again, and wishing to have a couple of his favorite hunters sent over, he gave orders to that effect. The first one, All Fours, a marvel over naked wire fences, braved the perils of the deep during this very lengthy journey, and was safely in the English Channel when he took ill, and died just on tho point of being lauded. The other, Golden Butterfly, ft seven-year-old golden eheetnut horse, by Cloth of Gold out of a Golden Grape mare, a winner of many raceo out there, was a grand specimen of a hunter, and wonder
fully glover. This horse landed all right, and carried Mr Armitagc with tho Quorn and neighboring hunts this season without making any mistake. Recently he broke his leg in his exercise, and had to bo destroyed. This is not only a great loss to his owner, be being a perfect hunter, but to the district of Melton Mowbray, m here he was to have served at the stud this season, and had a great many prnmiKcs." The following arc the present odds on the New Zealand Grand National Steeplechase :
V lo I .-i-hl Irish Kiinr Id _ i lndily Torrent VI- 1 Wiitc'rMl li; - 1 Glciicoo »0 1 Presto
After giving due credit to the Dunedin Jockey Club tor the liberality to owners that it ia showing in its programmes for next season, the 'Canterbury Times' says :- " There is, however, one little particular in which the Committee appear to us to havo made a mistake In connection with the Exhibition Trotting meeting it is provided that the events shall be run in heats, and that the winners and seconds in the heats shall be penalised in tho final. Surely it is against all precedent and tho recognised order of things to alter the handicap during the progress of a race. Anyway, it is hardly calculated to bring about the straight running and close finishes desired by the Committee."
An Auckland correspondent writes to the ' Press ':—" Mr J. B. Williamson leaves for Sydney to-morrow in the To Anan, taking Shillelagh over with him ; and I hear it is quite likely that Cushla and Hurricane will also be sent over. W. Hadfield is also leaving to-morrow with Artist and Kangaroo, so thero will be quite an exodus. Both Shillelagh and Artist are entered for the jumping contests in Sydney, and Mr J . Kean has also nominated Don for the Steeplechase at Randwiek next month." The Sydney 'Referee' says that New Zealand-bred horses have won L 12,703 in stakes during the present season in Australia.
The following is a full account of the race for the Two Thousand Guineas, which resulted in the upset of such a tremendously hot favorite as Donovan. It was thought out here, when the result of the race was cabled, that some accident must have occurred in the race to prevent Donovan from winning, but it will be seen that he held a good position throughout, aud was never interfered with. The secret probably was that his jockey was too confident of heating Enthusiast, just as ho did in the 12,000-pounder Prince of Wales Stakes at Leicester three or four weeks before :
TWO THOUSAND OUINE4S STAKKS, a subscription of 100 sovs each, hj. ft., for three-year-olds ; colts 9 it, fillies 8-st 01b; the Bec-)r.d horßO to receive 200 sovs out of tho stakes, and tho third save his utake. R. M. (I mile 17yds) ; V!) subg.
Mr Doufrlaa Riird'd Enthusiast, hy Sterling— Cho-ry Duches?, Ost .. .. (T. Cannon) 1 Duke of Portland's b c Donovan, by Galonm— Mowcrina, f),t (F.Barrett) 2 Mr Abingtou's br c Pioneer, by Galopin—Moorhen, !) 3 6 (J. Watts) 3 Mr Hamar Baaa'a ch c, by Hermit—Ma fJolle, !)it (S. Osborne) 0 Lord Bradford's b c Swift, by Chippondalo—Kemorse, <ist . .. •• (Itiekaby) 0 Mr J. (irettnn'a blk o Miguel, by Fernandez— Crenm Cheese, Oat .. .. (O. Barrett) 0
Mr T. Jenninj'b'd ch o George, by Poulet—Jeannie, Oit .. .. (Nuttall) 0 Mr V. Milner's ch c Homely, by Hermit—Wifoy, Bit<Jlb (E. Martin) 0
Prince Soltykcff'a ch o Go':d, by Stirling -Lucetta, 9it .. .. .. .. (M. Cannon) 0
Betting: 85 to 20 on Donovan, 10 to 1 against Pioneer, 100 to (i G01d,'25 to 1 Enthusiast, 100 to 1 Ma Belle colt, Miguel, and Homely. George, in the centre, jumped off in front, and made the running at a rare pace, having Cold as his nearest attendant; then nearly level on the right of the lino came Miguel, with Donovan and Pioneer Hanking tho left, in front of Swift, Ma Belle colt following in the centre, with Knthusiast last. 'The latter improved his position, and after going a collide of furlongs took l.is place third from the left, behind Donovan and Swift. At a rare pace they raced across tho Hat, but at the T.V.C. winning post George had shot his bolt, and, together with Ma Belle colt, began to drop out of the race, while Donovan and Pioneer drew up on the left, with Swift and Knthusiast close up, Miguel well up on the right, and Gold, who was being ridden to keep bis place, and Homely in the centre. Kre reaching the Bnsheß Gold was in trouble, and passing that landmark the pace had told its talc on Swift, who was here added to the beaten division, while before reaching the top of the hill Gold had shot his bolt. At this point Donovan was leading with a slight advantage of Pioneer, close up lying Miguel by himself on the far aide, with Enthusiast at the favorite's heels. As they commenced tho descent tho four leaders got rid of Homely, who began to tail nil', and Pioneer on the rails joined Donovan, the pair racing together just in front of Miguel, with Knthusifist at the leader's heels. Coming down the hill, Donovan answering to F. Barrett's call got the better of Pioneer, whom he led into the dip by about half a length, and with Miguel now running in diflicnlties, Knthusiast in the centre making his effort, challenged the favorite, with Pioneer struggling on gamely next the rails. The latter, however, could never recover his lost ground, and amidst the greatest excitement Knthusiast headed Donovan halfway up the hill, and though the latter, running on, looked like getting level again a few stsides from home, Enthusiast maintained his advantage in a ding-dong finish and won a magnificent race by a head. Pioneer, three-quarters of a length off, was third, Miguel fourth ; then came Gold fifth, Swift sixth, Ma Belle colt seventh, Homely eighth, and George last. Time, lmin 45 l-saec. Value of stake, L-1,000. Phgasus.
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