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The great sporting event, the Doncaster St* Leger, came off as usual on the 12th of September. The weather was not favourable, and the course bad not its customary attendance of fashionable visitors, but in mere numbers it was not deficient, the railway sending thousands of persons to witness the Leger who never before saw Doncaster. This was the running : — Betting at starting— 9 to 4on Flying Dutchman (t. freely), 15 to 1 agst Vatican, 15 to 1 agst Nunnykurk, 100 to 6 agst, Old Dan Tucker, 20 to 1 agst Herbert, and 40 to 1 agst any other. After a delay of three or four minutes, arising from Honeycomb and Elthiron having broken away, a good start was effected, Saucy Dick taking the lead, followed by Herbert and Vatican, Old Dan Tucker and Thringarth next, and in the rear Nunnykfrk, Elthiron, Honeycomb, and the Flying Dutchman ; the latter got into the ruck before they were over the gravel road, and at the hill was fifth, and at the mile post was in advance of Old Dan Tucker. Saucy Dick and Herbert maintained their positions to tht Red-bouse turn, where they were beaten — the running being .taken up by Vatican, the Dutchman waiting on him. At the distance the latter deprived Vatican of his lead, was clear of him at the stand, and won in a canter by two lengths, amidst cheering, loud and prolonged, from all parts of the course. Nunnykirk drew towards the leading horses at the turn, caught Vatican at the distance, and beat him for the second place by two lengths. Honeycomb who came at the last, finishing a bad fourth. Elthiron was fifth, and Old Dan Tucker sixth. Run in 3 mm. 20 sec. This is the third St Leger Lord Eglinton has carried off, his previous success having been with Blue Bonnet in 1842, and with Van Tromp, half-brother of the Flying Dutchman, in 1847. The issue of the race is all against the fielders. Lord Eglin ton's friends are good winners, but the noble lord himself had only one bet on the race, having taken 60 to 5 that his horses were first and second. The time was precisely the same aB the two preceding years, when the race was won by Surplice and Yon Tromp, the latter being a half brother of the Dutchman, and bred in the same stable. The Flying Dutchman is a dark brown horse, with no white about him except saddle marks ; stands about fifteen hands three inches high, has a lean head, rather^Roman nose, and prominent forehead ; full fiery^eye; carries his ears a little back; strong neck, which he bows a little ; fine deep shoulders ; good girth, measuring five feet six inches ; round-shaped barrel, powerful back, very strong quarters, well let down; good thighs, immense arms, very large bone, rather stringy pasterns, and thin, light, blood-looking tail ; he stands rather over at his knees; is quiet-tempered; a firm, level horse; measures nineteen inches round the arm. The Flying Dutchman was' bred in 1846, by the late Mr. Vansittart. Won the Derby of 1849 by half a length, beating Hotspur, Tadnsorrsfid twenty-three others. There is a great match to be run at one of the Newmarket October Meetings, between Surplice, Yon Tromp, and Justice to Ireland.

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Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume VIII, Issue 413, 2 February 1850

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SPORTING. DONCASTER ST. LEGER. Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume VIII, Issue 413, 2 February 1850