By cablegram we publish to-day, intelligence that the greatest race in the worls had been run, viz., the English Derby, if^ e we may predict that excites mors " interest throughout the English-speaking nations than any other sporting event. The Mel bourne Cap holds the most prominent place in the hearts of "sport 3," who for years have made the Southern hemisphere their adopted home, but still there remains a desire to ascertain the result of the great English race at the earliest moment. It will be seen from the latest betting, that the winner, and the horses named as placed, have been warm favourites for many months past, and from this we may conclude that the pace has been hot, and a most satisfactory and exciting race has no doubt been the result. The winner of the Two Thousand Guineas, Petrarch, is placed fourth, while Julius C;e*ar, who ran second on that occasion, i« placed before his previous conqueror. We append the latest betting received by the last English mail, which shews the position the favourites then held :— 5 to 1 against Petra-ch ■ G— 1 ~ Skylark 7— 3 ~ All Heart 8-1 ~ Mineral Colt — 1 „ F'.rerunner 11 — 1 lr I ardrada 11 — 1 ~ Great lom 20 — 1 ~ M. de Fligr.v 20 — 1 ~ Advance 20 — 1 „ Wild Tommy 33 — 1 ~ Bay Wyndham 33 — 1 ~ Julius C<-e3ar 40—1 ~ Coltnesa 40 — 1 „ Fett-rlock I. Mineral colt, owner, Mr. Baitazzi. S. Forerunner, owner, Mr. Cookson. 3. Julius Caasar, owner. Captain Mattel. 4. Petrirch, owner. L-ird Dupplin. 5. Skylark, owue-. Lord Falmouth. A well known English sporting writer, in speaking of the Derby horses, writes : Mineral Colt.—Mr. Alexander Baitazzi has two, Buccaneer and a Blair Athol colt engaged, the former being respectively from Mineral and Lady Bertha, and the latter oufe of Deception. The only one of the lot who has been seen in public is the Mineral Colt, and if there is a better in the other pair, I should look upon the Derby as virtually over. I have no doubt, however, that he is the best of the trio, and the one Mr. Baitazzi will rely upon. He is a great bay colt, almost sixteen hands high, with quarters powerful enough for a dray horse, and perfectly sound. He bears on his off hoof the signs of a blister, but the leg is now as sound as possible, and does not cause his owner or trainer the slightest Uneasiness. He ran four times, being unsuccessful on three occasions—the July and Scotchworth. Stakes at the Newmarket July fixture, and the Middle Park Plate. He, however, won the rich Dewhurst Plate in the most decisive fashion, and landed for his owner one of the largest coups of modern times, beating the much-fancied Springfield as he liked, though bo greatly was Mr. Houldsworth's horse fancied that he was backed against the field. Forerunner. —Mr. Cookson has also in his name in the Derby, Forerunner, by The Earl or Palmer out of Preface, who was bought at that gentleman's sale for 300 guineas, and if leoks and actions go for anything, he should be a nailer, as he is a splendid mover, and as sound as a belL He was beaten by Springfield in his first attempt (the Prince of Wales Stakes), at York, but was at the time backward. In two subsequent races—the Nursery Plate at Ayr, and the Bedford Stakes at the Newmarket Second October—he won like a racehorse, and will, I am persuaded, play a prominent part in the great races of next season, as he has a tremendous stride, and when fully extended covers an immense scope of ground. Julius Cresar. —Captain Machell nominates Juliuß Cassar and King Puffin in the short races, and the former also in the Derby. Julius Ctesar was bought for the great sum of 3300g., at Lord Aylesford's sale by RobertPeck, but he has grown vicious, and has to be exercised in blinkers. The other two can be passed over. Julius Ccesar, moreover, is in the same stable as Forerunner. Petrarch (winner of 2000 Guineas). —He ran last season only once, viz., in the Middle Park Plate, which he won like a thorough racer, and as it is the most valuable two-year-old race of the year, the performance immediately placed him at top of the tree. He belongs to the illustrious Laura family, being by Lord Clifden, out of that famous dam, and, therefore, half-brother to Lemnos, Fraulein, and Ashfield, and will, I am convinced, very nearly win the double event. He stands uj yards of 15 hands 3in., and excepting, perh;os, his faulty-looking hocks, is the beau ideal of a Derby. Skylark —Skylark has run on four occasions, and has been successful each time. He commenced by winning the Gladiatenr Stakes, beating M. de Fligny by a length; and at the same meeting, the Newmarket July, he also secured the Chesterfield Stakes from a large field, Helenist and Gilestone being his immediate followers. In the First October, he took the Hutland Stakes, and in the Second October he was credited with a Post Sweepstakes. The writer from whom we have quoted the above, at the close of an exhaustive review of the most celebrated three year-old colts nominated for the Two Thousand and Derby, sums up as follows, and it will be seen that he places two of the horses for the Derby :—" It will be seen I regard Petrarch, Skylark, Forerunner, All Heart, the Mineral Colt, and Clanronald as the best of the Derby lot; and narrowing down these, I shall select Petrarch er Forerunner to do battle for me in that race."
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THE DERBY., New Zealand Herald, Issue XIII, 26 June 1876
THE DERBY. New Zealand Herald, Issue XIII, 26 June 1876
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