A field of seventeen appeared at the post for the St. l-eger, the largest since IS7I. Sir Bevys carried more flesh than he did at but he still looked very fit. Rayon d'Or was the same weak-necked, leggy colt that he was in the spring. Ruperra looked fitter than he did at York, and Exeter had fined down into a splendid specimen of a powerful thoroughbred. The others require no special comment, and on the whole were an ordinary lot. An easier win than that gained by Rayon d'Or has seldom been seen. The nearest approach to it was that of Don John, who took up the running after
the first hundred yards and passed the post five or six lengths in front of the second. It cannot be said that it was a populai win, as the French horses have been running so in-and-out this season. Thcro was hardly a cheer when the winner returned to the paddock, r.nd it waß quite evident that the vie tory of the second or third would have been much more popular. The running of Rayon d'Or in the Two Thousand and the Derby is quite inexplicable. Kir Bevys, the Derby winner, was never dangerous, though he ran well for a mile. Isonomy was made a great favourite for the Doncaster Cup, but only just managed to pull through, owing to his being driven on to the rails,and had a narrow escape from being aent over, his jockey's leg absolutely brushing somo of the spectators The St. Legeb Stakes of 25sovs. each. For three-year-olds. Colts, Bst. lOlbs. ; filliee, Sat. 51bs. 1 mile 0 furlongs 132 yards (270 subs.) F. De Lagrange'n ch c Rayon d'Or 1 Holdsworth's oh c Ruperra 2 Wanton's ch c .Exeter 3 Protectionist, Alchymiat, Lansdown, Marshall Scott, Muloy Edris, Salteador, White Poppy, Squeaker, Zut, Sir Bevys, Visconte, Jessie Agues, Bobbio Burns, and Palmbearur, also ran. Betting: 3 to 1 each against Sir Bevys and Rayan d'Or, 100 to 15 agaiust Ruyerra, 7 to 1 against Lansdown, 20 to 1 against Salteador, 25 to 1 each against Zut, Visconti, and Exeter, 33 to 1 against Palmbearcr. After three or four failures the flag foil to a moderate start, Visconti showing the way, followed by Rayon d'Or, Ruperra, aud i'almbearer. After going a couple o£ hundred yards Visconti was pnlled back, Rayon d'Or going on in command. As they disappeared over the hill the Frenchman waa still leading, followed by Alehymist, Zut, Ruperra, aud Muley Edris. At the conclusion of a milo JLansdown drew into sixth place. At the Red House Alehymist was done with, and Rayon d'Or came on with an undiminished command of Ruperra, Muloy Edris, Sir Bevys, with Exeter and Bobbie Burns next. At the half-mile post Muley Edris died away. Coming round tho bend a wide gap separated Rayon d'Or from Ruperra, and tho race was over as far as they were concerned. Exeter here took third place, with Palmbnarer, Sir Bevye, and Bobbio Burns struggling after him for the chance of a situation. At tho distance the Derby winner was completely Bpnn out, and Rayon d'Or going on, won easily by five lengths from Ruperra, who beat Exeter a length for second placo ; Palmbearer fourth.
Value of the stakes £6550. Time, 3mins. 2lsecs. Doncaster Ccr, of 30050v3. Weight for age, with penalties aud allowances. 2 miles i furlongs. Mr. Gretton's b c Isonomy, 4yrs., -Jsi. 31b5.... 1 Lord Kiilmouth's b f Jnunette, 4yr3., Ost. ... 2 Lord Durham's ch h Glendale, 6yrs., 9at. ... S Monk also ran. Betting 100 to 15 on Isonjmy, 100 to 12 against Jaunette. Monk mad-j the running for Isouomy to the old milspost, when he went up to hia stable companion aud at the bend deprived him of the lead, Monk giving way to Glendale and Jaunette who were pulliug double. At the distance Glendale got his head in front for a few strides, but resigned to Jannette, who crossed in front of him aud piuned the favourite on the rails, and Cannon sent several hats flying as his leg scraped the rails. For a few strides the odds seemed in jeopardy ; but when fairly "in a corner" Isonomy I ulltd out an effort, and won by a head, amidst great cheering; a bad third. The sales of thoroughbred yearlings, owing to the bad times, were not nearly so good as usual, and many were sent back unsold; still, the pick realised as long prices as usual. The following are the highest prices mad« during the four days, tnouLjh several sold from 500 guineas to 600 guineas each :—Bay colt, by Doucaster out of Euxine (Jlr. Manuington), 1000 guineas ; chesnufc colt, by King Lud out of Lufra (Captain Machell), 1000 guineas ; chesnut colt, by Hermit out of Lady Audley (Mr. W. S. Crawford), 2200 guineas; chestnut colt, by Speculum out of Lilly Agnes (Mr. Marsh), SOO guineas ; bay filly, by Maccaroni out of Polly Agnes (Mr. J. Dawson), 7SO guineas; brown colt, by Cremorne out of Caller Ou (Lord Rosebury), 1500 guineas ; chesnut filly, by Doncaster out of Highland Fliug (Mr. Moon), 1000 guineas. Old Turfite.
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DONCASTER MEETING., New Zealand Herald, Volume XVI, Issue 5622, 22 November 1879
DONCASTER MEETING. New Zealand Herald, Volume XVI, Issue 5622, 22 November 1879
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