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The unbeaten French filly Oceanic, who waa f. x ve^ , to play a ProCQiusnt part ia the English Oaks, strained her-ielf in a gallop a fewdays before that race, and had to be scratched Mr J. H. Moore writes that on finding that tho Autenil Grand Steeplechase would be run on a Sunday he immediately scratched The Liberator, who was handicapped at top weight but was never in better trim in hi 3 life. Tom Cannon won LIOOO by his riding of Isonomy in the Manchester Cop, Mr Gretton having put him on a thousand to nothing just before the start. Curiously enough Cannon rode Isonoroy's grand-dam Isoliue when she won the same race 17 years ago. Fordham rode five winners and two seconds at Salisbury Races on May 20th and 21st. Sir Wilfrid Lawson, the ranting teetotaller, made his annual objection to the House of Commons adjourning for the Derby day, but he and his party were ignominioualy defeated by a large majority. Amongst the rubbish which he gave vent to wag the following:— " With regard to holiday, what holiday waa there in a man sitting all day on a stand under a cloud of dust, and surrounded by a crowd of roaring blackguards, to see 20 jockeys make 20 horses gallop as fast as they could for three minutes ? If racing was a national amusement, ?I> was drinking. Yet, what would be thought if Mr Bass or Mr Coope were to propose that the House should have a special day for drinking.—(Laughter.) To call horseraclng sporfc was nonsense. If it were for Bporfc, owners could ran their horses in a park, and see which could run fastest.—(Laughter.) It was to get money; an attempt to live by the wits. The whole system of racing was an organised Bystem of rascality and roguery from beginning to end; and he hoped new members of that House would help him to give a final blow to a practice which was somewhat mischievous and altogether contemptible." The whole four days of the great Epsom gathering were-entirely successful, though the ground t was so hard that many good horses were withdrawn from the minor eventß for fear of a break-down, The attendance was greater than ever, and over L6OOO was taken in en. trance money to the grand stand. The Derby was a wonderful race, Bend Or having been Bhut in till near the end, and ODly jaafc getting up in time to beat Robert the Devil by a head! The principal races are given in detail below. I he Oaks was a complete upset of public fancy, and most of the sporting papers totally ignored the chances of either Jemmy Howlett, Bonnie Marden, or War Horn—who finished first second, and third—with the exception of Bell's Life, which expected Jemmy Howlett, Evasion, or Veraigny to prove the winner. With the exception of Mariner, Fire King Proctor, and Death or Glory, all the horses thafc ran in, the Derby are engaged in the St. Leger. R. Weedon, a well-known jockey, who had recently accepted au engagement abroad, died in May of inflammation of the lungs. The Duke of Westminster, owner of Bend Or, does not bet; nor has he much occasion to, seeing that his income amounts to LBOO.OOO per annum, which would enable him to spend L2OOO a day, and yet have a cash balance at the end of the year. Up to May 28th F. Archer had ridden 39 winners out of 109 race 3, G. Fordham 29 out of %(£, W. ood 28 out of 138 > H- L«ke 24 out of 136, T. Cannon 22 out of 9a The result of the Derby was known in New York 25 seconds after it was run. W. J. Ansou trained both first and second fillies in the Oaks. Having accomplished the unparalleled feat of winning the French and English Derbies in the same week by a head, F. Archer will retire from the saddle for some time. His injured arm gave him much pain at Epsom, and by medical advice he will now seek the reat which is absolutely necessary. Kinasem has gone to visit Verneuil, at Kisber. ' A sensational cablegram from London dated July 12th, appears in * the Melbourne papers as follows: — Much excitement has been caused in turf ciroles in consequence of the statement that the Duke of Westminster's colt, Bend Or, which won the Derby this year, was changed as a, yearling with Tadcaster, belonging to the same owner. It seems that the stud-book haa been badly kept. The Jockey Club declines to> decide) on the question of the Derby (stakes* which were claimed by Mr Biewex,. owner of Robert the Devil, which ran second. It is expected that Tattersall's will decide that the. bets on the Derby are not affected by this dispute. We may add that Bend Or is by Doncaster—Rouge Rose; while Tadcaster is also bjp Donoaater.

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ENGLISH AND FOREIGN., Otago Witness, Issue 1497, 24 July 1880

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ENGLISH AND FOREIGN. Otago Witness, Issue 1497, 24 July 1880