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THE RACE.

ST. LEGER STAKES of 25 soys. each, for three-year-olds; colts, Sst. 10lb., fillies, Sst. 51b.; second received 200 soys., and third 100 soys.; 1 mile, fi furlongs, 132 yards; 19/ subs. Mr. Launde's eh f Apology, by Adventurer —Mandragora. J. Osborne 1 Sir R. Bulkeley's eh c Leoliiras,by Caterer —Tasmania. T. Osbovno 2 Mr. W. K. Marshall's br c Trent, by Broomielaw—The Mersey. T. Cannon 3 Sir J. D. Astley's br c The Scamp, by the Bake—Lady Sophia. Parry 4 Mr. W. S. Oartwright'sb c Volturno, by Macaroni—Fairwater. Constable 0 Mr. East's b f Lady Patricia, by Lord Clif-den-—Lady Lansjford. J. Goater 0 Lord Falmouth's cb c Atlantic, by Thorinanby —Hurricane. T. Chaloner 0 Mr. A. Harrison's b f Sweet Violet, by Voltigeur—Cowslip. Snowden 0 Mr. Merry's be Blantyre, by Adventurer — Bonny Bell. Hopper 0 Mr. W.F. Fisher's eh c Restrover, by Thornamby—Lady Augusta.—Huxtable 0 Mr. Lefevre's b c Boulet, by Monarque — Creniorne. Butler 0 Mr. Lefevre's b c Feu d'Armour, by Monarque—Fleurette. Custance 0 Mr. Merry's b c Glenalmond, by Blair Athol —Coimbra. F. Webb 0 Betting: 4to 1 agst Apology, 5 to 1 agst Trent, 11 to 2 each agst Glenalmond and Feu d'Amour, 100 to 15 agst Atlantic, 7 to 1 agst Leolinus, 33 to 1 agst Scamp, 40 to 1 agst Lady Patricia, 50 to 1 agst Rostrevor, and 100 to 1 agst any other. Shortly before the time (3.15) set down for the start the toilettes of the thirteen runners having been completed, and their riders saddled, Volturno headed the cavalcade that immediately after quitted the paddock; he was followed by Apology, Scamp, Boulet, Feu d 1 Amour, and Atlantic ; to these succeeded Rostrevor, Lady Patricia, Sweet Violet, Trent, and Leolinus, Mr. Merry's pair being the two last. After indulging the occupants of the stand with a "march past," Mr. M'George, flag in hand, then walked them down to the post, and would have succeeded in getting them away the first time of asking but for Boulet, who stood still at the post, while the others ran in scrambling order to the road; Blantyre, Scamp, and Atlantic being the most difficult to stop. The second time, however, Mr. M'George was more successful, the flag being lowered to an excellent start, in which Blantyre got away in advance, but was immediately headed by Boulet (who was driven to the front to make a pace for his stable companion), followed by Scamp, with Blantyre going on third, succeeded by Atlantic; while Glenalmond, Leolinus, Rostrevor, and Feu d'Amour, were seen nearly in a line close in their track, with Trent ' and Lady Patricia lying up, whipped in by Apology and Volturno. Crossing the road the leaders closed, and as they neared the hill Trent came up on the outside, but was cannoned against, and for a stride or two he lost his place, but he was soon steadied and followed in the front rank as they streamed over the hill. On reappearing Boulet had increased his lead to a couple of lengths in advance of Leolinus, the pair being clear of Atlantic, Scamp, and Feu d'Amour to the mile post. Here Atlantic was seen to falter, and directly afterwards he dropped back into the sixth, or seventh place, and soon afterwards became the absolute last, having ruptured a blood-vessel. This serious mishap left Feu d'Amour fourth, with Rostrevor, Lady Patricia, Blantyre, Glenalmond succeeding, Scamp, Volturno, and Apology being the last three. They retained their respective positions without any material change to the Red House, where the leaders got upon closer terms, and were shortly afterwards joined by Trent, Apology, and Blantyre in the centre of the course. Five furlongs from home Boulet began to exhibit the effects of his office in forcing the pace, and shortly after he gave way te Leolinus next the rails, having for his immediate attendants Feu d'Amour, Rostrevor, and Scamp, while Trent and Apology, wide on the whip hand, ran into prominent places, and were respectively fifth and sixth as they rounded the bend into the straigh.) Rostrevor now quickly retired, and shortly after Feu d'Amour hung out signals of defeat, leaving Trent and Apology in attendance upon Leolinus to just outside the distance, when Osborne brought up the favourite, and heading Sir R. Bulkeley's colt in the next half a dozen strides, came on with a clear lead, amidst a storm of cheers, and won in a canter by a length and a half. Five lengths off Trent came third ; a similar distance dividing the latter and Scamp, who was placed fourth ; Sweet Violet fifth, and Blantyre sixth. Then came Glenalmond, Boulet, Feu d'Amour, and Volturno, so close together that it was difficult to assign them places. In the rear of these succeeded Rostrevor, Lady Patricia, and the unfortunate Atlantic, who walked in with the crowd. Time, as taken by Dent's chronograph, 3min. Kiiscc.

It was a scene of wonderful enthusiasm. The cheers did not cease with the hoisting of the mare's number, but were renewed

agciin and again as she can^e.t>^^{^e paddock. It was not alone that she was a Yorkshire mare, ridden by a Yorkshire jockey facile prviceps in his profession, and belonging to a fine old sportsman who, if not "Yorkshire too," ran very close to its borders, thatthe crowd shouted and cheered so. The mare had had had evil treatment at the hands of the bookmakers ; she had been under suspicion of being safe as well as lame, and it was fearlessly asserted that she would not I even start for the Leger, while as to her getting the course if she did, or beating Trent, it was laughed to scorn. And here she was, untouched with whip or spur, with no sign of lameness, hit legs, or any other affections, standing quite collected before the door of the weighing room, after an easy win of the fastest-run Leger (3min. 16|sec, as taken by Dent's chronograph) on record. No wonder Yorkshire cheered ; and if racing men could feel any shame, which we doubt, the gentlemen who declared that she could not get the course, and that Trent would beat her head off, ought to have felt it. Would Atlantic have beaten her if he had not broken a blood vessel, will form the subject perhaps of many an argument. It is hard to say, for Lord Falmouth's horse was going at the time of the accident as well as horse could go. But Aye will leave this to other opportunities of discussion. It has been a memorable Leger, and a great mare has won, c

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THE RACE., Otago Witness, Issue 1200, 28 November 1874

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THE RACE. Otago Witness, Issue 1200, 28 November 1874

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