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DONCASTER RACES.

[From the Liverpool Albion, September 23.J ** These national races come off during the past week, and were attended by as many distinguished personages as in any former year, and certainly by a larger number in the aggregate of her Majesty's lieges than on any previous occasion. The stewards for the races were the Earl of Zetland, Viscount Clifden, and Lord Stanley. The following are the leading events : On/Tuesday, the Great Yorkshire Handicap was won by Mark Taplep, 1; Harricot, 2 ; Priestess 3 ; ten others started ; won by a head, a length between second and third. On Wednesday, the roost exciting contest ever known for the St. Leger took place, the first race ending in a dead heat. Eight started, namely, Voltigeur, Russborough, Bolingbroke, Windischgratz, Beehunter, Pitsford, the Italian, and Chatterbox. At the start for the first heat Beehunter took a clear lead immediately after quitting the post, followed for a few strides by Russborough, and then by Windischgratz, I Russborough lying next, in company with Chatterbox and Voltigeur, Italian and Pitsford in the rear. The rearmost horses closed with the ruck in rising the hill, and before they had got to the milepost Pitsford was in advance of Ruseborougfa. Half way between there and the Red-house he went up to Beehunter, forced the pace, and headed him round the tnrn, Bolingbroke and Ruasborough waiting on them, the Italian and Voltigeur, the latter having been disappointed in attempting to go up, lying in the rear. At the bend of the rails, about a quarter of a mile from home, the two leading horses were beaten, and were passed- by Voltigeur and Bolingbroke, the former leading afyut three. parts of a length. -Next to them, from the distance came the Italian, amf'outtids 1 of them,^ fourth, Russborough. This lot ran well together to the stand, when Bolingbroke was disposed of. Russborough then went up, but coming in collision with Bolingbroke, drove him against the Italian, which deprived him of a fair chance of winning. Be this as it may, Raasborough cleared them in a few strides from the chair, and Robinson, by one of his splendid efforts at the finish, made it a dead heat— • Marson, who evidently looked for danger on the left instead. of on the whip hand, having to use the " persuaders' 1 to save the race. Bolingbroke was beaten nearly three lengths. The Italian was fourth, and Beebunter fifth. Run in 3 minutes 21 seconds. Shortly afterwards the deciding heat took place. Betting 6to 4 on Voltigeur, who laid a couple of lengths from the Irish horse until within the distance, took the lead from him half-way up, and cleverly won by a length. Run in 3 minutes 24 seconds. The cheering, waving of hankerchiefs, and throwing up of hats, on the winner returning to the scale, lasted at least ten minutes. Such a scene of excitement, we venture to affirm, has never been witnessed on this or any other race* course; indeed the St. Leger of 1850, third in succession carried off by the winner of -the Derby, and the second for which a dead heat was ever run, may be fairly pronounced one of the most memorable on record.

On Friday the Doncaster cup was won by Voltigeur, the Flying Dutchman second. The betting opened at 11 to 2 on the Flying Dutchman, and closed at 4 to 1, taken freely. The favourite took the lead at starting, and was so far in advance, for more than two miles, that 10 to 1 was offered on him. Voltigeur, however, began to draw up from the bend, caught him at the stand, headed him three or four strides from home, and won by half a length. The distance two miles and a half, was run in 4 minutes 54 seconds.

Match against Time. — Sir W. N. Younge performed the arduous task of running a mile, and leaping 100 hurdles, 3 feet six inches high, in 18 minutes and 30 seconds, on Monday the 13th inst. (the time specified in the agieement being 25 minutes.) The field in which the above was performed was not at all favourable, being a amall rectangular one, with much grass ' in it, high lands, and a little on the descent. The course was an oval, with four hurdles on l the ascending, and sis on the descending side, | 15 yards apart. The feat was performed in thei following order and time : — The first 10 hurdles were cleared in 1 minute; the second, 14; the third, 2; the fourth, H; the fifth, 2; the sixth. 2i; the seventh, 24; the eighth li; the ninth, 2j; and the tenth, 2. A minute's rest between each 10 hurdles. The cheering of the spectators was loud and universal at the conclusion of the match, which was very cleverly performed, although Sir William was neither in health nor spirits. New Act to Shorten Acts ok Parliament. — Among the statutes of the late session was one "for shortening the language used in Acts of Parliament." It contains eight concisely worded sections, and, according to the provisions, very considerable improvements are expectdd to be made' in future acts. Subsequent acts, it is expected, will not' contain a provision to alter or amend. They will be divided into sections,^ without any introductory words. It will be sufficient'to cite the year of the reign of a former act ; the word " expedient " will become obselete. There will be no need of interpretation clauses nor of others respecting repealed provisions, and all future act* are to be deemed public acts, unless declared to the contrary. The act is to commence and take effect from and immediately after the commencement of the new session of parliament.

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DONCASTER RACES., Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume X, Issue 469, 1 March 1851

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DONCASTER RACES. Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume X, Issue 469, 1 March 1851

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