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F. Archer has been engaged to ride in France for M. Lefevre every Sunday during the season. In the Trial Plate at Pontefract races the jockey J. Snowden won a fine race on Mr W. Shaw's Telescope, beating his (tho rider's) own horse, Bute 11, by a neck. Bend Or was to be ridden m the Derby by F. Archer, who won his first Derby, on Silvia, in 1877. At Aldershot Military Steeplechases the Prince of Waleß' br g Leonidas, ridden by Mr W. H. Johnston, Started first favourite in a field of 10 for the Hunt Steeplechase, and won pretty easily. At Longchamps Spring races, commencing on April 4th, the Prix de Longchamps, of 27,860 francs, was Won by M. Lefevre's b f Versigny, by Flagoolet— Verdure, who subsequently ran second to Elizabeth in the English Oaks. Amongst the 10 that she defeated at Longchamps was Le Destrier, who has just run into Becond place in the Grand Prix de Paris. Count De Lagrange ran first and second in the Prix de la Seine, of 560 soys, with Costillon and Ismael, and first and second in the Prix Rainbow, of 950 soys, with Rayon dOr and Zut. The Biennial Stakes, of 700 soys, was won by M. Lefevre's Beauminet, by FlageoletBeauty, -who immediately became a warm favourite for the English Two Thousand Guineas. Castillon's rider was caught napping in the Cup Race of 1050 boys., and could only make a dead heat of it with M. Blanc's Fitz Plutus, the stakes being divided. Details of the prinoipal races at the important Newmarket Craven meeting are given in another column, and by them it will be seen that surprises Were numerous, the principal upsets being that of Robert the Devil, by Apollo ; that of Mask, by Merry-go-round ; that of Merry-go-round and Brotherhood, by Fernandez (full brother to Isonoiny) ; and that of Rosy Cross, Gil Bias, and Wallenstein, by Fashion. This lastnamed filly subsequently ran second in the Great i Metropolitan Stakes, and won the Chester Cup. ' Geraldine, one of the best performers in England lost year of Mr Lorillard's horses, broke her back while at exercise on April 10, and had to be shot. Wallenstein was backed by the Yankee party in the Lincolnshire Handicap to win £40,000, and ran nowhere, while in the Newmarket Handicap he was backed for only £1300, and won easily. Writing of the candidates for the Two Thousand Guinea Stakes, the Sportsman of April 17 happened In three consecutive sentences to mention, in reverse order, the horses that on the day of the race filled the three situations. The remarks wore as follow :— "Abbot, an own brother of Charon, has been pretty well supported of late, and to-day touched 11 to 1, while, although one or two biggish bets have been chronicled to Muncaster, the Duke of Westminter's dark son to Doncastor has not touched shorter odds than 100 to 8. According to all accounts Muncastor is a good-looking colt, of considerable size and substance, and should he please Robert Peck when he is tried, it is needless to say he will stand at much shorter odds than at present. Petronel was introduced into the market yesterday in a very quiet sort of way, and there is little doubt but that the Duke of Beaufort's colt is undergoing a nice preparation for the race, for which he should beat some of the more fancied ones." The latest betting on the day of the mail leaving was , as follows :— TWO THOUSAND GUINEAS. 3 to 1 agst Brotherhood 6 — 1 Beauminet 7_l _ — Merry-go-Round 8 _ 1 Milan 10 — 1 Mask 10 — 1 Abbot 10—1 Zealot 12 — 1 — Muncaster 14 — 1 Duchess Colt 14 — l — Fernandez 18 — 1 — Petrouol 25 — 1 Fire King. DERBY,' 7 to 2 agst Bond Or (tk) 6— 1 — - Beaudesert (tk) 20-1 Apollo 20 — 1 Draycott 83 — 1 Marc Antony (tk) 40 — 1 Evasion (tk) 40 — 1 Zealot 40 — 1 Muncaster (tk) 60-1 Fire King (tk) 60 — 1 Fernandez (tk). At Epsom Spring meeting, in audition to the two big handicaps given below, it may be interesting to know that the Trial Stakes was won by Mr Pultoney's Placida ; the Prince of Wales Stakes by Lord Wilton's Cradle (Bst 41b) ; the Westminster Stakes by M. Lefevre's Tristan ; and the Great Surrey Handicap by Mr D. Milner's Magdalene (6st 31b).

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ENGLISH AND FOREIGN., Otago Witness, Issue 1491, 12 June 1880

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ENGLISH AND FOREIGN. Otago Witness, Issue 1491, 12 June 1880