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THE ST. LEGER-DAY.

16m September. The contrast presented by the aspect ot the gathering on Doncaster Mocr within the last few years is a striking one. Through causes which it w'unnec ssary here to dw.'ll upon, the races hai assumed a purely business character. The course was denuded of all those attractions which made Ascot aud Goodwool such delightful reunions, and the meeting was rapid.'y losing the prestige which itt past glories flung around it. But a change, going far <o re-establish tha old order of things, has Ukn place. The z°alous co operation of all well-wishers to its prosperity has made Doncaster what it used to be before the spring up of so many provincial meetings -the headquarters of the Northern Turf True, its moor does not exhibit, at least in the siine form, the galaxy of rank and beauty that 50 years since gladdened the (yes our forefather?. Toe Fitzwilliams, the Stanleys, the Vanes, the Saviles, the Dundasrs, and the Pauletts do not come in the]pomp and pride of coach-andsix, and, with their families and retinue of servans, fill the quiet little town for the week. This railway age has changed all that. Still, the course to-day presented such a spectale a? Goodwood only could rival, and in one particular not exhibit. For here, in addition to the long an ay of grand seigneurs and ladies of high degree, were the people, in densely-packed ranks, taking as great an interest in "t'Leger" as their betters, and having only the one obje.'t before their eyes that had brought many of them such long distances from their homes. The distress in' the North happily no longn tended, as last yfar it did, to keep back the masses from the manufacturing towns, and the unmistakable type of that class was present in great numbers. A larger assemblage has not been seen on the moors for some years. Nor was the cau«e that had brought this great asssrub'y together unworthy of such a presence. Though the lot was generally considered rather a moderate one, still they were the progeny of m'ghty sires, whose fame has been bruised abroad throughout the world. The sons and daughters of Voitigeur. Newmister, Kingston, and Blink Bonny, descendants of yet more illustrious names, were met to contct r or the great prize, as their ancestors had done before them, and in pretence of thosj whose forefathers had ■witnessed t v eir triumphs aud defeat renew the struggle for equine fame.

And that strangle promised to be an exciting one. The changes that the lea ling favorites had gone through withh the last few months, the equivocal p sition held by Lord Clifden, the unceasing hostility exhibited towards h'tu by so many influential members of the rinsr, rot to mention the mystery attaching to the movements of other horses in the race all contributed to invest it with an unusual interest. The "shuttlecock," as Lord Clifden had been termed, seemed de.- fined to deserve his name to the last. Yesterday fluctuating from 7 to 6 to 1, he this morning was first favorite at 4 to 1, but a leading bnok-m ikiT speedily drove him from tbat position, and ivenger again took the lead. The Banerer was firmer, and was backed for some money at 6 to 1. Previous to the race, however, another change took plrce, and Lord Clifden wa' again elected to the premier-hip, Avenger and the Banker bein^ respectively s 1 4J ami 6to 1. As they were marshalled past the stan 1 in single file the blooming condition of most of them «lLited marked admiration Lord Ctifden looked as well as horse could possibly do. B.ue Mantle's style of going was much fancied and National Guard's app arance won him many friends. Queen Bertha anu The Ranger did not command any enthusiastic commendation, and Borealis though universally admired, was admitted t> ha too much of a pony for a Leger winner. The start was a bad one for the favorite, he being lefo full thw e lengths behind, and n consequence wa9 thought to he entirely out of the race He, however, showe '■ him elf not unworthy of his blood, and Cbborne, most judiciously obe in? orders, did not hurry him urtil he pot over the hill, when he b-'gan to acf, and went through his hor«es in an in'tnnt. At the finance he was in front, with Queen Bertha nnd Borealis alone near him. On they came amid the roa r of many voices an with the gaze ofthousands fixed on the strupglp. Vainly did Wells call upon Queen Bertha, and Challoner urge on the game little daughter of Blink Bonny, It was not to be, and. amid great cheering, Lord Clif.'en won in the mostgal'ant style by hnlf a length. It would le useless to attempt a descripton of the scene after the race, for desfening cheers broke forth as '* No. 10" was lioisteci as the winner. Lord St. Vincent, naturallj overcome with excitement, rushed down from the stand, shouting: that " Lord Clifden wastbebert horse ia the wor.'d," and when he appeared in the betting ring he was creeted wifh a tremendous ovation. Lord Clif len and Johnny Chborne, when they returned to weigh in, were hailed with immense cheerii'g, hats beine thrown up in all directions. Edwin Parr, ns he led the horye from the ground, was also enthusiastic illy congra'ulated by thi ci owd. It was doubtless fe't that the rare was a triumph over the machinations of the bookmakers, and the illnatured spite of people who libelled the ttainer and qupsiioueU hi 3 ability, fcinpulaily enough, the Martjuis, who was second to Caractacus for the Derhv like Lord Clifden obtained the fiwt place at Doncaster. The Ft. Leger Stakes of 25 sovp. each, for 8 yearolds: colts, 84 !0lb; fillies, 8r slb. St. Leger Course. 1 mile 6 furlongs and 132 yards. 204 subs. Lord St. Vincent's I.ord ClifJen, by Newmin-sfcor-Tbe Slave, <$t 101b ... (J. O.borne) 1 Mr. T Valentine's Queen Berflia, Bst filb (We.ls) 2 Jfr. I' Absou's UoreiiHs, B^t s!b (Ohai loner) 3 Mr. H. Owen's Golden Pledge, B,t 101b (Pordham) 4

The following also ran :— Light Bod, Clarior, Dr. ] Syntax The Serf, Avenger, Jarnicoton, Blondin { Blue Mantle, The Hanger, Prince Lee 800, Onesander. Cairneastle, Columbia, National Guard, ' and Donnybrook. Midgcly weighed for Amazonian, whoge number was hoisted, bujj she did not go to the post, b . ' .Betting : ICO to 30 against Lord Glifdea sto 1 against Avenger, 0 to 1 against the Hanger, 7 to 1 against Queen Bertha. 10 to 1 against Golden Pledge, 100 in 7 against Borealis, 100 to 6 against Blue Mantle, 25 to 1 each against The Se;f and Donuybrook, 40 to 1 against Cairncastle, 50 to 1 against Onesander, and 1000 to 15 against National <iuard, The Rao*.— After about eight failure?,; the lot were sta« ted at a quarter before 4 o'clock, being exactly half an hour behind the appointed time. Blue Mantle, who had once or twice been ob-tinate in joining his horses, jumped away first, but was almost immediately passed by Dr. Syntax, who was followed - 5y Plue Mantle, Princa lee Hoo going on third, The SerHqflfth; Caimcastle, National (iuard, CJarinr, and OnesaTftfwJieing at the head of the ruck, JarnLcoton, Blondin, aiflKLord Clifden, who got badly off, bang many lengths Ih>4he rear. On rising the hill,' Lord Cl if Jen was fully a osadred yards behind, and the ling resounded with deriSwe^ghouts about Lord Clifdeu being bea<en. On pa^singtbe mile-post, Dr Syntax held a clear lea-i of Blur Maiife who wis followed hy Prinoa Lee 800, Lord Stamford's pair being next, Banger sixth, Queen Bertha seventh, W Golden Pledge nexK Approaching, the -rifle "butts, Lord Clifden, who had hitherto been completely oub of the ruce, rapidly neaicd his horses, apd, with Queen Beriha, Golden Pledge, The Banger, and Borailia came round the bend with the straight, where The Banger, at the distance, momentarily hsld asUght lead, but suddenly dropping back, left Queen Bertha and I ord Clifden in front, Borealis and Golden Pleige striving hard to keep up with the pair. It wa? clear thr u-^hout the strugele that Lord Clifden would win, and, despite the eff >rt of Wells on Qu;en Bertha, be failed to cb;e up the gap between them, and Lord Clifden, amidst the roost deafening cheers, passed tne judge half a length in front of John Scott's mare. Queen-Bertha beat Borealis by four lengths, and three ftngths in the rear of Mr Tanson's filly, finished tfcldea Pledge The Ranger was Avenger-

sixth, C'arior seventh, Blue Mantle eighth, and the next thrj» were Dr. Syntav, T.ii>ht Bob, and National Guard. Piince L c Bot walked iv with the crowd. The Rarger biokc down, but not lu^ly.

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THE ST. LEGER-DAY., Otago Witness, Issue 626, 28 November 1863

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