The groat nations! esquetrian fete on Epsom Downs has been favoured with tolerably fine weather, and the attendance upon the Derby Day was quite equal to the attendance of previous yesrs. The fact that the Prime Minister's horse was tfce favourite added a novel interest to the struggle for that " blue riband of the turf"' which Lord Derby has never won.
The races began on Tuesday, ISth May. The Craven Stakes were -won by ilr. Crawford's Znyder Zee (Wells) from eleven competitors. Sir. L. Newman's Peter Flat (Bates) carried off the Manor Plate from nine rivals. The Woodcote Stakes were the prize of Mr. T. Parr's Merryman (Bates) who contended against seventeen. The Derby Stakes werernn of course on the time-honored Wednesday, Parliament adjourning that Members might <njoy the racing holiday of the season.
The Derfcy Stakes of 50 soys. each, hit., for 3-yr.-old colts, Bst. 71b., fillies Sst, 21b. The second to receive 100 soys. out of the stakes. One mile and a half. 200 subs. Twenty-three horses came to the post.
Betting at Starting. —10 to 3 agnst. Tosopbilite; 7 to 1 agnst. Eciipse: 9to 1 agnst. Ethiopian; 10 to 1 agnst. Beadsman; 10 to 1 agnst. Fitz-Roland; 11 to 1 -agnst. Aacient Briton ; 15 to 1 agnst. Ditto; 16 to 1 agnst. The Hadji; 20 to 1 agost. Happy Land; 20 to 1 agnst. East Langton; 20 to I agnst. Physician; 22 to 1 agnst SeeL bory; 25 to 1 agnst. Longrange, 40 to 1 agnst. Jordan; 50 to 1 agnst. Kelpie ; 50 to 1 agnst. Brother to Bird-on-the_Wing ; 110 to 10 agnst. Cymba colt; 1000 to 5 agnst. Pelissier.v 1000 to 5 agnst. Hairy Stanley. The Back. — Ditto and Physician were the first to ■make their appearance on the course, and they walked up it as the other competitors approached the grand stand from the paddock. The preliminary canters were quickly over, and the horses proceeded to the post in a body, and had no sooner qnitted the paddock than the spectators were started with a shont of ' they're off.l' so sadden and unexpected was the start. The Jot got away in a cluster, and a hnm of satisfaction was occasioned by the tact with which Mr. Hibburd had dropped his flag, and relieved the spectators from all suspense. Eclipse was tke first to show in advance but immediately the homes had ' got on their legß,' Physician rushed to the front, Eclipse keeping close company -with him for a short distance, when he dropped back, and Fitz-Roland went on second, Ditto, Eclipse, Beadsman, Jordan, Harry Stanley, and Cymba colt in a clnster next, and as nearly as we could make ont in the order named; ' East Langton and Pellwsier showing ont in the middle of ihs rack, Carmel toiling on several lengths in the real. At the top of the hill Eclipse rtm in to the second place, Jordan, Ancient Briton, and Toxophilite lying well up behind him, *nd King of Sardinia joining Carmel at the extreme end of c the tail.' At the mile-post Fitz. Roland re-passed Eclipse, who went on third ; Ditto and Beadsman showing well up in their wake, with Toxophilite just behind them. On descending the hill at Tattenham Corner, Fitz-Roland headed Physician, who soon afterwards gave tray, Toxophilite taking second place, with Eclipse, Ditto, Happy Land, Beadsman, the Hadji, Kelpie, East Langton, Longrange, •and Ethiopian next in pursuit. Just before reaching the road Ditto disappeared from the front, and Beadsman took his place. They ran thus to the distance, where Fitz-Ro-land was beaten, Eclipse being left with a slight lead, Toxophilite lying second, Bea.'sman third, »nd Hadji nest About half way up Eclipse declined, and Beadsman took close order with Toxophilite, quitted him opposite the Grand Stand and won easily by a length, Lord Derby's colt beatine the Hadji by two lengths for second place. Four leneths off, Eclipse was fourth, East Langfon was a bad fifth tnd Fitz-Roland sixth. The next lot comprised Ethiopian Dumfries, Ditto, and Longrange. The last fonr heaten off Jordan, Happy Land, Deceiver, and Brother to Bird-on-the Wing. Lord Glasgow's colt wasab3ointelylast. On returm nf rto scale a little sensation was created by the inabihty of Wells [Beadsraau's jockey] to draw his weight arid it was not till after Bead,man'« brMle was brought in' that he was declared 'all right.' Time.—2 minute* 54 seconds. Value of the stakes,
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Sporting., Lyttelton Times, Volume X, Issue 613, 22 September 1858
Sporting. Lyttelton Times, Volume X, Issue 613, 22 September 1858
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