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ENGLISH AND FOREIGN.

Of the late Prince Batthyany the Field BavH « The deceased, Gustavus Batthyany, was a scion of the princely Magyar family of that name. In 1835 ho visted the Curragh during the June meeting, wherehe was the guest of Hon. John Craven Westenraat the Turf Club in KUdare, and he thus early showed his sporting predilections. Owing to the failure of the attempted revolution in his native land and the imprisonment and death of his nearest relatives. Count Batthyany became a naturalised Englishman, dividing hiß residencebetweon the capital and Newmarket. To field sports and horses, like all his countrymen, he was greatly attached. In the shires he attempted to emulate the performances of Henry Marquis of Waterford, Lord Macdonald, Col. Charrettie, Squire Osbaldeston, Mr Powell, and others of the 'first flight' of that period ; but, although he was a bold and daring rider, the brush fell but seldom to his share ; nor as a jockey was he able to successfully oompete with the leading Corinthians of his day, although he dearly loved to don the silk, and was ever ready to proffer his services in the pigskin to anyone in want of a rider. In the early days of coaching no better put together team or handsomer equipage was to be Been in the Row ; and yet Count Batthyany was no great adept with the whip. He was 80 years of age at the time of hiadeath." The Jockey Club have, m consequence of the suspicious manner in which Mr Radmall's horse Brilliancy was ridden at Sandown Park, warned that owner and the jockey R. Wyatt off Newmarket Heath for ever. Wyatt was last season ninth on the list of winning jockeys with 38 wins out of 236 mounts. The New South Waleß sportsman, Mr W. A. Long, had his horses in Mr Radmall'B stable. The French Two Thousand Guineas (Poule d' Essai) was won at Longchamps on April 22nd by M. Lefevre's colt Regain, beating nine others; the One Thousand by M. Staub's Stockholm, whodefeatedMalibranandsix more.

As much as 25 to 1 was laid on Lowland Chief having won the City and Suburban after the horses had passed the post. The judge's verdict was, however, in favour of Roysterer by a head. Mr Clark, who on that occasion adjudicated upon his thirty-first City and Suburban race, described the finish very minutely. He says Lowland Chief came up within the last three or four strides, when Gallon twice struck Roysterer, aud the Earl of Rosebery's candidate responding, got to the fore at the very last moment, securing the victory by a headi • Lord Rosebery only had £10 on the victory, and regrets that he disappointed so many of 'his friends in consequence of the horse having been beaten in his trial. The trainer, Joseph Cannon, also had only £10 on Roysterer. ' The ring were large winners by the victory of Roysterer. _ At Epsom the accusations maae against Mr Herbert Rymill by S. Mordan were withdrawn, and that' jockey, placed the appended document in the hands of his late employer, who generously accepted the apology:— "I, Samuel Mordan, do hereby beg to apologise in every sense of the word to Mr Herbert Rymill for having aspersed that gentleman's character as an owner of horseß. The accusations I made against Mr Rymill were without any foundation in r fact, and I regret very sincerely that I should have made any statement derogatory to Mr Rymill.'-rS. Mobdan. Epsom, April 17th, 1883." ; Walter E. Spencer, a Nottingham jockey, training and riding for M. Barbie Exaudon, Mexico, having been engaged by that gentleman for ' five years, left Paris last autumn, taking two horses with him. Since then he has won for his employer the Mexican Derby, Great Handicap, and Great Challenge 'Cup, and in every instance Spencer rode, as well as trained, the winners. . The first day of the Newmarket First Spring meeting was quite Fordham's day, as, by winning six races out of eight in which he rode, he beat all the records except his own at the Bibu'ry'Club meeting in 1867, when he rode in seven races and won six, while for the other he rode a dead heat, but was defeated the second time of asking. At this Newmarket gathering Fordham rode' in all 11 winners', aad he now heads the list of winning jockeys for the season with 26 wins out of 63 mounts ; C. Wood comes next with 24 out of 87 ; F. Archer, 24 out of 74 ; E. Martin, 11 oat of 51. It will be seen that Fordham's average is also by far the best. ■Fordham can now claim to have ridden seven winners of the One Thousand Guineas inMayonaise (1859), Nemesis (1861), Siberia (1865), Formosa (1868), Scottish Queen (1869), Thebais (1881), and Hauteur (in 1883). Hauteur was found to be so lame when she reached th,e starting-post previous to running that Fordham was very nearly bringing her back. 'Mr P. Lorillard's colt Massasoit was allowed a jwalkover in the Biennial Stakes of 150 soys at Newmarket— about the only Buccess the Yankees.have had this season. An Italian sportsman, the Chevalier Ginistrelli, scored a win at Newmarket in a two-year-old stake with the Italian-bred filly Lina. The contests for the Two Thousand Guineas and the One Thousand Guineas were the finest on record, as will bo seen by an account of them in this issue. Each was won by only a head, and about a similar distance only separated second and third. The Liberator, winner of the Liverpool Grand National, in 1879, was sold at New market in April for 50 guineas. The purchase was on behalf of W. Manser, and the aged son of Dan O'Connell and Mary O'Toole will probably be used to lead the youngsters of the stable in their work. The .Rev. John Russell, so well known in Devonshire and elsewhere as a veteran foxhunter, is lying seriously ill at his rectory, at Black Torrington, being now almost unconscious, and unable to take food. At the outbreak of the illnesß Mr Russell went to Bude, with the idea that the sea air would benefit him, but now his medical men do not expect him to rally. The Prince of Wales sends daily inquiries after Mr Russell's health.— [Since the above was in type a later paper has come to hand with the announcement of Mr Russell's death, at the advanced age of 88. Mr Russell followed the hounds to within a few months of the time of his death. — BeaconJ After the result of, the Two Thousand Guineas, betting on the Derby took place as follows : —

4 to 1 aget Beau Brume] U _ 2 Galllard 11 — 2 — Th* Prince 7 _ 1 Goldfield 8 — 1 — Ladielaa LI — 1 St. Blaise il 20 — 1 agßt Highland Chiei 26 —1 — — Royal Angus 33 — 1 Energy 40 — 1 Highgrovo 60 — 1 Sigmophcno.

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ENGLISH AND FOREIGN., Otago Witness, Issue 1648, 23 June 1883

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