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SPORTING.

♦ — ■ [EUROPEAN MAIL.] The final meetings at Newmarket, at which the Cesarewitch and Cambridgeshire, the Clearwell, Middle Park Plate, and the Criterion, are run for, have been held during the past October. The Cesarewitch, one of the great autumn handicaps, was won by Cherie, a three: year-old filly, belonging to Mr Naylor, the owner of Macaroni ; the veteran John Davis, an aged horse, whp in his tittle ran well under heavy weights, and who has since been tried at steeplechasing, being seconc 1 , carrying only ■ 6st ■ 121bs. The Cambridgeshire was won by Vestminster, a three-year-old, purchased for 90 guineas at the sale of the Duke of Beaufort's horse 3. His forelegs are very infirni, an d some good judges thought it much : more likely he would break down altogether than that he would win. The race for the Cambridgeshire, however, iB run up a steep hill, and the stress is consequently thrown much more upon the locks than upon the forelegs of the competitors. The winner of the Oesarewitch was greatly fancied, as, with all her penalty, Cher'ie's weight was < only 6st : ; but. she was outpaced from the first. The two races have never yet been won by the same animal, and it seems that the preparation for the longer r;ice destroys the speed necessary for the ahorter. The two-year-old races were of the highest interest and importance. For the valuable Middle Park Plate, Sunshine, the best two-year-old tilly probably that has been seen for many years, and Kingcraft, carried 71bs extra, and Frivolity 41bs extra. These penalised horses ran first' second and third. Sunshine was the favorite, and would have won but for Kingcrafts's knocking her ont of her stride in the last iifty yards, and boring upon

her so much that her jockey could not use his whip. This let up Frivolity, who won by a head from Sunshine, Kingcraft being third, beaten a similar distance. Fourteen others ran, but were well beaten. Penalised horses have not hitherto shown to advantage in this race, which is on a severe course, and after the race the Derby of next year seemed settled, very short odds being asked for figaingt two— Sunshine and Kingcraft — Frivolity not being entered for that race. Since then, however, the Criterion (so called, apparently, on the principal luous a non lucendo, because it is not a "criterion)" has been run, and Kingcraft been well beaten by Hester, and he has fallen into some discredit in consequence. He has been at work ever since Ascot, however, and is not an "every-day 1 ' horse ; he ha,d not recovered from his race for the Middle Park Hate when he for for the Criterion, and some excuses may be made for him, He is a son of King Tom, however, and King Toms do not usually improve much from two to, three years old : Sunshine is a filly, and fillies have mostly done badly for the Derby, so that the impression gains ground that the winner of ne^t yeaj'n <{ Blue Riband has not -yet been out. The fillies of this year are, beyond question, unusually good, and it is seldom indeed that such clippers as Sunshine, Hester, and Frivolity, have been bred in the same year.

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SPORTING., Grey River Argus, Volume IX, Issue 623, 15 January 1870

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SPORTING. Grey River Argus, Volume IX, Issue 623, 15 January 1870

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