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DONCASTER RAGES. THE ST. LEGER DAY.

(From the Times, September 11.)

There are always features pertaining to the great races of the year which prevent the record of them lapsing' into the dull detail, of routine events. The Derby and the St. Leger have each their distinctive history, and though there may be a stereotyped similarity in some of the details, yet the chief actors in. the scene stand out with a marked individuality always fresh and new. Last year we were chronicling a story of which Lord Clifden was the hero. To-day it is Blair Athol and General Peel, whose achievements created an excitement as to the respective merits of the two horses scarcely paralleled. It was only on the

Town Moor of Doncaster that the question of whether the Derby was a true run race, whether too much was not made of the Giwml in the eariy part of it, and whether the course hero would not suit him better than Epsom Devils could be decided.

Among the vrist crowd "that ihrouLrpd th.c streets of Doncaster Jroin an early hour, bit two names, those of the favourites were on every lip—" Would Sam Scott win I'Lvjtr, or would it go toMalton ?" Nobody seemed to tJiiuk of other destination for the prize, despite tho claims of the Miner, for hnd not the Wizard a secouj string to his bow in Baragah, whom clever people continued to back, despite reporis of lameness aud breakdowns ?

I There are few more striking scenes than the approach to the course from the town on the Leger Day. Confined within a more limited space than a similar assemblage at Epsom or Ascot, the order and regularity of the vast >brong. all intent on seeing the eveut, is a sight that, qften as it has, been described, has always something of freshness about it. ! The w.enther, which had been threatening all the morning, gave a taste of its quality half' an hour, before the race by a downfall of great violence, which robbed the cantering past of much of its interest. The favourites looked inagnifl- ! cent, General Peel a different horse from what he did at Epsom, and Blair Atho! in the perfection Sof bloom and condition. The same may be said j of Ely, Cambuscan, and Baragah, the three that ! came more immediately under out notice ; but the increasing rain, whicri drove, in sheets, rendered seeing anything a difficulty. In the midst of such a storm as has not been seen since Flying Dutchman's year, the lot were despatched in excellent order, the General, Ely, Blair Athol lying in front, and maintaining this until the ; rain hid them from sight. The detailed account of the race is given below, and it is sufficient here .to say that on coming into the sight, the "olours of General Peel, Cambuscan, Ely, and Blair Athol were seen in the vim ; that at ihe distance a shout was raised, " Cambuscan wins," while the General, near the rails, seemed rather ia, ditficul--ties, ana Blair Athol, corning out at the Stnnd, proved the correctness of the Derby running, and landed tne green and yellow jacket amid as much cheering and excitement as could reasonably be expected under the influence of the weather. The St. Lmger Stakes of 23 soys each*, for 8-yr-old colts, &t 101b ; fillies, Bst Sib. The owner of the second hors? to receive 100 soys out' of the stakes. St. Leger course. 217 subs. Mr W. I'Anaon's eh c Blair Athol, by Stockwell (Suowden) l Lord Glasgow's b c General Peel (Wells) . . : . 2 Lord Stamford's eh o Combuscan (Edwards) 3 Mr Launde's eh c Miner (Osborue) .... 4 Duke of Beaufort's bl c Black Eock (Fordhara) 0 Mr Bowes's be Claremont (J. Goater) . . . ; 0 Mr Bowes's chc B iragab, by Stockwell (Ash- .- mall) '„,. o Mr W. S.> Cartwright's b c Ely, by Kingstoa (Custanee) ,s, s ..... 0 1 Mr J. Johnstone'a b c Knight of Snowden i (ildoroft) o Mr Pedley's eh c Brindisi (F. Adams) .... 0 Betting— 2 to 1 agst Blair Athol, 3 to 1 agst General Peel, 11 to 2 agst Mindr, 8 to 1 ag-t Barap;ah, 100 to 6 agst Cambuscan, 25 to 1 each agstElyand Knight of Snowden, 30 to! agst Claremout, and 50 to 1 agst Black Eock and Brindisi. ,Afterone failure, in which Ely, Cambuscon, Miner, and Knight of 3now,den broke away, they were despatched from the post in a drenching shower of rain, which speedily destroyed the difference in the colours of the riders, aad rendered it ail-but impossible to discern the relative positions of the horses, but as near as we could make out, with the assistance of the principal jockeys, General Peel, on the inside, got away with a slight lead, having Ely, Blair Athol, Baragah, Knight of Saowden, and Claremont »s his immediate attendants the next division being headed by Miner and Black Rock, Brindisi and Cambuscan bringing up the rear. After running in these positions a quarter of a mile, General Peel was pulled back, which left Ely ia possession of the lead, Miner going on second,' Baragah third, close in whose wake came Claremont, Ely, General Peel, and the favourite j but as they iaeared the hill Miner assumed the command, followed by Baragah, Claremont and Elyj but on rounding the bend they were joined -by the two favourites and Carabussan, this lot running in company to the rifle butts, where Baragah was observed in advance, having his stable companion in his rear: the'pair, however, were headed at the Red-house by Ely, at whose girths were General Peel, Miner,, and Cambuscon, who came on so closely together that it was difficult to discern which was leading. When fairly in the straight Ely gave way, and was immediately, headed by General Peel next the.rails, who appeared to lead as well as anything, but shortly after he was joined by Cambuscan and Blair Athol, whq ran in company to the distance, when Snowden, in attempting to Split tbe pair, was disappointed, and had to pull round and.come'up on their right, which lost him some ground, but waiting with exemplary patience to the enclosure, he came up, and in the next few strides had both his horses safe at the' Stand, and won, amid the iriost vociferous cheering, in a canter, by a couple of -lengths, General Peel obtaining the 9econd placa by a head lrom Cambuscan, who finished four lengths in advance of Miner, Ely was fifth, t ßaraaah sixth, Brindisi seventh, and Knight of Snowden next. , Black Rock and Claremont trotted m the last two.

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DONCASTER RAGES. THE ST. LEGER DAY., Otago Witness, Issue 679, 3 December 1864

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