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Sporting. THE DONCASTE R ST. LEGER.

Wednesday, September 18.

With the exception, perhaps, of the Derby, the St. Lcgei- k most iii'q u'stionahly the most popular race «i England. Although Kettledrum had engrossed nearly all the betting since his Epsom triumph, yet this great racing carnival of the north was celebrated more noisily and more successfi-lly than ever. Never were tho streets of Doncaster more crowded, and the multitude on the course was so enormous that it suffered nothing in comparison with the vast assemblage annually witnessed at Epsom on tho Derby-day. •Scarcely half the spectators that crowded each side of the running-ground from the turn into the straight to far beyond tho grand could have obtained a glimpse of the race. The defeat of Kettledrum by an outsider created a profound sensation, and it h, with a good shew of reason, attributed to the impatieneo he evinced at the starting-post. The success of Taller Ou ;rave the book-makers a turn which they scarcely expected and little lielpcd. The St. Legfb Stakes, of 25 soys each, for three-year-olds ; colts, b^t 71b ; fillies, 8-t 21b. The owner of tho second horse to receive 100 aovs out of (he stakes. The winner to pay 100 soys towards the expenses, 25 soys for the judge, and 25 soys for the stprter. St. Legcr CourseMr W. I' Anson's br f Caller Ou, by Stockwell (Challoner) 1 Colonel Towneley's eh c Kettledrum (L. Snowden) 2 Mr T. lun's b c Kildonim (Fordham) 3 3.:ror Ro' liH-.ild's b c Jains (Well*) 4 The following also ran: Billy Dwindles, The Roe, West Australian, Clarissa, Lady'Ripon, Brown Stout, Russley, by Oulston, Gardener, Camerino, Conqueror, Aurcliun, linaus, rr e Sage, Dictator, and York Minster. Betting.— ll to 8 agst Kettledrum, 7to 1 agst Xildonan, 9 to 1 agst Lady Ripon, 12 to 1 agst Imaus, 11 to 1 agst Aurelian, 100 to 6 agst The Roe, 20 to 1 agst Janus, 30 to 1 each agst The Sage and Russley, 10 to 1 agst Brown Stout, 50 to 1 agst Camerino, and 1,-" 1 ' 'to 10 agst Conqueror. lul Race.— Alter the horses had taken a preliminary canter they reached the post preci-ely at the time set down on the card, but the >tuit was delayed some time through Camerino, The Sage, Conqueror, and the favourite repeatedly breaking away. At last the cry of " They're off" arose, and Camerino was seen in. front, but, after the first hundred yards had been traversed, he was passed by York Minster, who increased the pace, followed by the favourite, next the rails, Cameriuo going on third, Lady Ripon fourth, Dicta* tor, fifth, with Imaus next ; the others, headed by Aurelian and Ihe Sage, fl\ ing in a cluster at their heels, with the exception of Brown Stout, Janus, and Conqueror, who were last, some distance in the rear. In this order they proceeded without any material change towards the hill, approaching which Lady Ripon was seen to give way, and shortly after fell into tlie sixth place. The leading horses ot the same time got closer together, and, on rounding the Fitz William turn, York Minster gave way to Kettledrum, who, with Camerino, Caller Ou, and Dictator in close at* tendance, came on with a clear lead ; Kildonan, with Imaus and Russley lying up. Pnssing the rifle butts I Kettledrum increased his lead to a couple of lengths in advance of Camerino, Dictator, and Caller Ou, who were follow ed by Aurelian.Kildonanj.J amis, and Imaus, uuri to these tlieracc appeared to be confined. On round* ing the Re I -house turn Cameriuo and Dictator were disposed of, and Culler Ou joined the favourite; Aurelian in company with Kildonan and Janus at tlie same time came on together. Kildonan hanging in the turn upon Aurelinn tore his off hind shoe off, and destroyed whatever chance he might have had, aud he shortly after was out ot the race. Approaching the distance the leading horses came on nearly abreast, the lavourite having a slight lead, loud shouts at the time accompanying every stride, "The favourite wins;" but shortly alter Caller Ou came out, and headed the favourite, who gamely struggled to tho end, but despite the utmost efforts ofL. Snowden, after one of tho longest and gamest struggles seen for some time, he was beaten on (he post by a head, Kettledrum defeating Kildonan by ten lengths for second; the latter passing the post a head in advance of Janus, who was fourth, Russley 'vas fifth, Dictator sixth, lntuus seventh, Camerino eighth, and Aurelian next. The last four were Clarissa Colt, York Minster, Billy Dwindles, and Brown Stout. The latter, who never took cny prominent position in the race, suddenly gave in on reaching the red-house Charlton imntechately stopped him, and, instead of receiving the ovations ot the multitude as a winner, he was left inglonously to find his way home, accompanied by the multitude who thronged the running- grouud. Kun in 3 mm. 14 sees,

Friday, September 21.

THE CUP DAY. The DonCASTER Cup, value 300 soys ; weight for age, with winning penalties and maiden allowances. Cup course ; about two and a-half miles. Colonel Towneley's eh c Kettledrum, by Rataplan, 3 yrs, 7st 71b (including 51b extra) (Bullock) (wo) t Mr Saxon's Brown Duchess, 3 yre, 6st 111b

(Midgley) f Mr Lincoln's br c The Lawyer (h b), 3 yrs 7st

(Grimshaw) 3 Mr A. Nichol's b c The Wizard, 4 yrs, Bst 81b

(including 31b extra) (J. Osborne) 4 Mr T. Parr's Avalanche, 4 yrs, Bst 21b (Fordham) 5 The following also ran: — Rising Sun and York Minster.

Betting.— Even on the Wizard, 9 to 2 against Brown Duchess, 5 to 1 against Kettledrum, 1U to 1 against The Lawyer, 12 to 1 against Avalanche, and 100 to 8 against Rising Sun.

The Race.— York Minster made play at his best pace to serve his stable companion, followed by Rising Sun, Kettledrum going on third, Brown Duchess next, two lengths in the rear of Colonel Towneley's horse, and some three in advance of Avalanche, The Wizard and The Lawyer bringing up the rear In this order i hey passed the Stand, and on rounding the turn Rising Sun rushed to the front and carried on the running at an indifferent pace, York Minster and Kettledrum being in immediate attendance, with the others I) ing off. Rising the hill The Lawyer ran past the favourite, and gradually approached the leaders, who ran closely together to the Red House. York .Minster, having had enough of it, then retired to the rear, having the Leger favourite in close attendance on Rising Sun, who, shortly after rounding the bend, hung out signals of distress; and the others drawing forward at the same time, the lot came on together to i he distunce, where Sir Joseph's horse was boat en and dropped back, leaving Kettledrum in possession of the lead, Brown Duchess, with The Lawyer, Avalanche, and the favourite lying at his quarters, the paco mending considerably. In this order they ran to the stand, where Brown Duchess and Lawyer ran up to Kettledrum's quarter ; but in a few strides after The. Lawyer was disposed of, and the issue was left between the two, and terminated, afier an exciting set-to, with a dead heat, the mare never fairly getting to him until ihe last stride, The Lawyer was beaten three lengths irom the two, the "Wizard was fourth, and Avalanche fifth. Rising Sun and York. Minster were laßt, and did not pass the post, Deciding Heat.— Kettledrum walked over, Colonel fowneley taking the Cup, and Mr. Saxon receiving 150 sovereigns out of the stakes.

Another Blondin.— John Snell the weli-kuown waterman and boatbuilder at Hampton, undertook to walk across the Kiver Thames on a tight-rope. The rope was a common line, used in towing barges, one inch in diuiueter, and swayed up and down in a very dangerous manner, and wus, in effect, a_ slack rope. Notwithstanding the disadvantages under which Snell laboured, he walked the rope with the utmost coolness tiud courage, and accomplished his task amid the cheers ot those assembled.

Percussion Caps.— ln future our percussion caps are to have un increased detonating power, the component parts of fulminating mercury and chlorate of potash having been rearranged under tbe careful experiments of Lieutenant-Colonel Boxer, of tbe Boyal Laboratory.— Army and 2favy Qasette.

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Sporting. THE DONCASTER ST. LEGER., Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XX, Issue XX, 21 December 1861

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Sporting. THE DONCASTER ST. LEGER. Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XX, Issue XX, 21 December 1861

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