The Doncaster meeting for 1848 was one of unusual interest. The perfecting of the various lines of railway had so far increased the facilities for Teaching the course, that the assemblage) of persons, always great, was now increased by thousands over all former years. Several important changes had also been made in the arrangements, with the view to promote the sport. The great St. Leger race was looked forward to with more than the usual anxiety. Surplice, the bone which has carried off this great prize was also the winner of the Derby, but in consequence of having been subsequently beaten in two races at Goodwood, and from the feet of a Deiby winner having so " seldom carried off the St. Leger, ie never having occurred but once before, and that so long ago as 1800, his chances were looked upon as small. At the York meeting, in August, Surplice sustained further defeats, while Flatcatcher, o promising howe, after winning six races out of eight for which he started, was beaten by Canezon, who a few days before figured in the St. Leger betting at 30 to 1. Here too another favourite, Spring Jack, who had run second for the Derby, and won two races at Ascot, was beaten by Canezou. These events operated strongly on the betting, and brought Canezou forward as the favourite, Flatoatcher and Justice to Ireland standing second and third. As the day for the races approached, Surplice was found again creeping up, and at b tatting the odds stood thus :—: — 10 to 6 against Canezou, 2to 1 against Surplice, ? to 2 against Flatcatcher, 4 to,l against Justice to Ireland. The St. Lbobr Stakes of 50 soys each, h. ft. for three years old colts, Bst. 71b., fillies, 8 it. 21b. The second to receive 300 soys out of the stakes, and the third 100 soys. The winner to pay 100 sovi towards expenses. — St. Leger course. (132 subs.) Lord Clifden's b. c. Surplice, by Touchstone, out of Crucifix, by Priam— Nat Flatman . 1 Lord Stanley's br. f. Canezou, by Melbourne, out of Madame Pelerine — F. Butler . . 2 Mr. B. Green's b. c. Flatcatcher, by Touch. stone, out of Decoy— J. Robinson . . 3 Mr. Disney's b. c. Justice to Ireland, by Birdcatcher, out of Shepherdess— S. Templeman 0 Mr. B. Green's b. c. Assault, by Touchstone, out of Ghuznee, by Pantaloon—"Wrintingham 0 Mr. Humphries's b. c. Escape, by Lanercost, out of L'Hirondelle— J.Holmes. . . 0 Mr. Allen's b. c. Besborough, by Quid, out of Speedwell— J. Marson .... 0 Mr. R, Stephenson's gr. c. Cannibal, by Cain, out of Nell, by Blacklock— Marlow . . 0 Mr. Parr's b. c. Sponge, by Ascot, out of Languid, by Langar— G. Whitehouse . . 0 10 to 6 agst Canezou, 2 to 1 agst Surplice, 7 to 2 agst Flatcateher, 4 to 1 agst Justice to Ireland. After taking the usual exercise in front of the Grand Stand, Mr. Hibburd took the horses into a line, wheeled them round to the post, but before the word of command was given, the whole were off, all well together. As the flag had not dropped, of course it was no start, and Besborough immediately pulled up, the remaining eight however went a much further distance, and for thit breach of order were fined 5 soys each, while Marson was condemned in a penalty of 2 sovi. On being brought back to the post, the signal was given, and away the lot went in beautiful style ; Assault, followed by Surplice, Flatcatcher, Justice to Ireland, Cannibal, Sponge, Escape, Besborough, and Canezou, leading at a strong pace. On coming to the hill, Assault and Cannibal were beaten, and the two gradually fell back. Immediately afterwards, Flatcatcher took the running, Justice to Ireland obtaining third place at the Gravel-road, opposite the Neatherd'i house, and at the hill second, Surplice lying next. Over the hill it was pretty evident that, with the exception of the leading horses and Canezou, the others were beaten and their chance [out for the race. Alongside the plantation at the T. Y. C, Flatcatcher made strong running, and was about three lengths in advance of Justice to Ireland arid Surplice. At the Red House the " Hibernian " was exhausted, Surplice came forward and took his place as second, and was shortly relieved of third by the mare. About two .dietanccs from home, Surplice and Canezou drew up on Flatcatcher, aad disposed of him as third. At the distance, Canesou headed Surplice, went ia front with a slight lead, which she maintained until coming to the stand, when Flatman brought his horse out, a splendid race ensued, which terminated in the defeat of the mare by a? neck, Flirtcatcher three lengths behind her, and some distance from Flatcatcher (though not placed) came Escape fourth, Besborough fifth, Sponge Bixth, Justice to Ireland seventh, and Cannibal and Assault last. Run in 3 mm, 19 sec.
The race possessing the next interest was the Cup, which was ran for on Friday the 15th, two days after the St. Leger. The entries included the names of some of the best horses in the kingdom, among which were Van Tromp, Surplice, Canezou, Flying Dutchman, Chanticleer, Cossack, &c, but three only 'started, namely, Van Tromp, Chanticleer and Ellerdale. Van Tromp was the favourite, but Chanticleer took a strong lead and kept it throughout, winning by a neck and a half, while the favourite was beaten before he got to the distance. After Doncaster, the races next in interest during the Autumn are those at Newmarket, where three meetings take place in September and October. At the first of these, which came off on the 26th of September, Surplice and Fiatcatcher contended for the Grand Duke Michael Stakes, and the winner of the Derby and St. Leger was again victorious. Surplice now stood the favourite for the Cesarewitch Stakes, to be contended for at Newmarket on the 10th of October, but the turf, like the law, is full of glorious uncertainties, and this fortunate horse was not to carry the race on this occasion :— Cb9asbwitch Starrs of 25 soys each, 15 ft, with 300 added by the Grand Duke Cesarewitch ; the second to receive 50 soys. oat of the stakes, and the winner to pay 30 soys. to the judge. (64 subscribers.) Mr. Crawford's The Cur . (S/, Rogers) 1 Col. Peel's Dacia .... (Collins) 2 Capt Harcourt's Ellerdale (J. Marson) 3 The following also started, but were not placed : — Palma, Inheritress, Surplice, Winesour, Executor, Diplomatist, Meaux, Newcourt, The Tartar, New Forest Deer, Marmillo, Panic, Dough, Ulysses, Doctrine, Chat, Cosachia, Sylvan, Hornpipe, Pillage, Camphine.jFern, Sister to Ridiculous Mus, Keraun, Passion Flower, Tophana, Hagley, Escape, f by Martin Chnzzlewit dam by Volero. 3 to 1 agst Surplice (t), 5 to 1 agst The Cur, 12 to 1 agst Dacia, 12 to 1 agst Inheritress, 15 to 1 agst Fern, 20 to 1 agst Panic, 25 to 1 agst Ulysses, 25 to 1 agst Tophana, 25 to 1 agst Meaux, 33 to 1 agst Ellerdale, 33 to 1 agst any other. T They got away from the post a few minutes before the time fixed, with a most excellent start, Dough at once rushing to the front and taking a lead of four lengths, Dacia and a, bevy of light -weights following him ; Surplice, Inheritress, The Cur, and other members of the heavy division, lying off. The Irish horse sped along at the top of his speed for rather more than half a mile, and was then passed by Dacia, who hept the pace so good that she came through the ditch forty or fifty yards in advance. Nothing approached her until she reached the nevr ground, where every, thing was beaten except four, viz., Dacia, The Cur, Ellerdale, and Palma. From this point. The Cur began to draw upon Dacia, whom he caught about ten strides from home, finally win. ning by a length, Ellerdale third, beaten two or three lengths from Dacia, Palma fourth, and Cosachia fifth. Run in 4 mm. 1 sec. Tbe last great race for the year was the Cambridgeshire Stakes, on the first day of the last October meeting, which took place on tbe 25th. The entries were numerous, and unusually good, including most of the"' best horses of the season, and gave a capital field of twenty-four. A horse named Lanesborough was the favourite, the betting being 3 to 1 against him, but his owner, though he had pledged himself to bring him to the post, failed to do so, after having played the same game for the Cesarewitch Stakes. The Cambridgeshire Stakis of 25 soys each, 10 ft, and 5 only if declared, &&, with 100 added ; the second to receive 50 soys out of the stakes, and the winner to pay 30 soys to the judge. (145 subs. 48 of whom declared.) Col. Peel's Dacia, 3 yrs, sst 91bs. (G. Brown) 1 Col. Peel's Taffirail, 3 yrs, sst. 71bs. (Collins) 2 We have no particulars of the running, and can only give the above result.
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SPORTING., Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume VIII, Issue 365, 3 March 1849
SPORTING. Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume VIII, Issue 365, 3 March 1849
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