ENGLISH AND FOREIGN.
The mystery of the Grand Prix de Paris appears to be cleared up by papers to hand by this week's mail. Up to May 28th, or fifteen days before the race, no one in England seems to have been aware that Foxhall was entered for it ; but en that date Bell's Life published the following:—" Grand Prix de Paris, 1881. — Additional entries : — Mr Keene'a b o by Virgil out of Annie Bush, by Lexington, now called Bushman; Mr Keene's b o by King Alfonso out of Jamaica, by Lexington, now called Foxhall. The above horsea entered for thia race at New York in 1879, acoording to the conditions, were not included when the entries were first published iv the Bulletin Officiel after the time of closing, and were consequently omitted from the entries published in the Racing Calendar. They were subsequently added to the entries in the Bulletin Officiel, but attention not having been drawn to the addition, it was not made in the Racing Calendar." So Foxhall must have won the raoe after all j still I oannot understand how it was that his name did not appear in the list of final acceptances on May Ist. I notice that George Fordham was specially engaged to ride the American oolt in the big French race, so that the veteran jookoy will have had hia third win. ninf? mount in the Grand Prix, for he won in 1867 on Fervacques, and in 1868 on Earl. F. Aroher has never yet won this race. Foxhall was a hot favourite at 5 to 4 until Scobell wo i the Epsom Grand Prize, when the American horse fell back to 2 to I.
The following is a fuller account of the race for the Derby than came to hand by the San Francisco mail :— Betting : 6 to 5 agßt Peregrine, 5 to 1 agst Iroquois, 6 to 1 agfst Geologist, 100 to 8 agst St. Louis, 20 to 1 agst Don Falano, 25 to 1 agst Scobell, 1000 to 20 against Town Moor, 50 to 1 agafc Limestone, 1000 to 15 agat Fortissimo, Tristan, and Voluptuary. About a quarter of an hour after the appointed time, after one broakaway, the flag fell, and Iroquois, on the inside, was in a stride or two clear of his field, but in the firat furlong waß pulled back, and Fortune's Favourite took the post of honour, followed by Culloden, St Louis, and Limestone, these in Indian file, being clear of Marshal Macdonald and Don Fulano ; then oame Voluptuary, Town Moor, and Cumberland, while the last three were Geologist, Iroquois, and Soobell. Without material change they ran to tue City and Suburban post, where Fortune's Favourite was still leading from Marshal Maodonald and St. Louie, while in a clußter were Tristan, Geologist, and Don Fulano, together with Voluptuary and Town Moor, Scobell with Iroquois still whipping in. Thus they passed the mile post and through the furzes, where the colours were not visible, but when seen again at the top of the hill St. Louis had run into second plaoe. Direotlj the descent to Tattenham Corner was made, Marshal Mao donald began to fall away, and St. Louis took up the running, followed by Tristan, Marshal Mao donald, Voluptuary, Town Moor, and Scobell, Cumberland being at their heels, in front of Peregrine. Half-way down the hill St. Louis was still showing the way, while Marshall Mao donald disappeared from the van, and Tristan took second plaoe, he being followed by Town Moor and Peregrine, Marshall Macdonald, in front of Geologist and Iroquois on the inside, and Scobell and Cumberland on the whip hand. Just here Geologist and Iroquois weie rather interfered with by Marshal Maodonald, but at this time Mr Gretton's colt was beaten. Coming to the straight St. Louis was still in front, followed by Tristan, Town Mo»r, Cumberland, and Peregrine, the latter being on the rails, while Iroquois, after passing the road, was at their heels. Before this, however, St. Louis was in difficulties, as was Tristan after reaching the road, Town Moor being left with a slight lead of Scobell, Cumberland, and Peregrine, while Iroquois was a length or so behind. At the distance Cumberland and Scobell were beaten, and Iroquois took third place next to Town Moor and Peregrine, the latter of whom made his effort at the bell and for a few strides was in front ; but Aroher here brought up Iroquois between the pair, and having Peregrine in trouble a hundred yards from home, gradually drew to the front, and finally won very oleverly by half a length ; two lengths between second and third ; Scobell was placed fourth, with Cumberland fifth, Voluptuary sixth, Tristan seventh, Limestone eighth, and Geologist ninth, while the last two were Marshal Maodonald and Culloden. The tome as taken by Benson's chronograph was as under :— Start, 3 hrs 11 mm 2 eeo ; arrival, 3 hrs 13 mm 62 sec : duration of race, 2mm 50seo. Last year's time was 2 mm 48 sec.
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ENGLISH AND FOREIGN., Otago Witness, Issue 1550, 23 July 1881
ENGLISH AND FOREIGN. Otago Witness, Issue 1550, 23 July 1881
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