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ENGLISH AND FOREIGN.

The World says that, by the arrangement recently entered into between the Dowager Duchess of Montrose and Sir Frederick Johnstone, the latter is to pay her Grace one-third of the winnings of Macheath and the other horses that have been leased to Sir Frederick for their racing career. The Duchess ha,s expressed her determination never to visit another racecourse —this year at any rate. The English correspondent of the Australasian writes :—": — " I cannot help remarking that the public have, beyond doubt, to some extent lost faith in Fred, Archer. Now, Ido not for a moment think there is any real cause for this, and I hope the victory of Galliard may remove it, but it is generally believed that Fred. Archer has a large interest in the horses trained by his brother, and, therefore, instead of an animal shortening in the price current with Archer up (as was the rule a short time ago) the reverse is often the case, if Charley Archer has in the same race a much-fancied and heavily backed candidate. This was particularly the caae last year, when Wallonstein beat Portissimo for the Alanchester Cup, and again in this Two Thousand Guineas, Galliard declined from 3 to 1 to 9 to 2 in the last half -hour. As it turned out Galliard, as mentioned above,

_____ — ■*" / won by the jockeyship of his rider, whilst tho In other's horse was nowhere. Still it if almost ! a pity i'\ Archer does not declare that^he has no interest m his brother's horses (if he liaifnot) for, at tor all, however much of his career has b'sen above buspiciou, there are certain to be the worst, of ru ours the first time a horse of C. Archer's (heavily backed) just beats ,by a head another prominent favourite ridden by the brother." ■ • The Prince, a brown colt by Balfe out of Lady .Sophie, who ran a good third for the Guineas, has since been sold privately to Mr "Adrian" for £10, OOOand certain contingencies. The Prince was the property of Messrs JBlanton and Brewer (the owners of Robert the Devil), and the colt was to remain in Blanton'a hands to be trained until after the Derby. George Fordham, who rode three winners on the second day of the Newmarket .Second Spring mooting, was on May 12th at ihe head of winning jockeys with 32 victories. There will be great rejoicing among the friends of the veteran if lie retains his position to the end of the year, • > - ! The weather on Derby day morning was beautiful, the sun shining brightly, and the air fairly cool, Immense crowds left for Epsom Downs, and the city presented a remarkably empty appearance. The Prince and Princess of Wale 3 and the Duke and Duchess of Connaught were amongst the spectators. Numerous Americans were present, including Lorillard, Ted Brock, and Waltoa. After the race Wood (St. Blaise's jockey) was cheered loudly as he returned to be weighed. .The winner, St. Blaise, was partly owned v by ,the Prince of Wales, Lord Arlington, and Sir Frederick Johnstone, and they shared over £80,000 on the race. The Prince and Princess of Wales gave a brilliant party in celebration of the victory. Walton, the American bookmaker, lost heavily on both Derby and Oaks. Altogether on the Epsom and Newmarket meetings he dropped £20,000. ,„v , Archer rode three winners on the first day of Manchester races, five winners on the.'second day, and one winner on the third day. Prince Batthyany has registered his late father's colours and will probably carry on the racing establishment. ' ' The eleven starters for this year's Derbyform the smallest field for that race for the last sixty years, so small a number not having contested the blue riband of the turf since Emiliu* won it for Mr Udny in 1823. „ , . Not a single filly ran in the Derby this year. Mr Gerard has now won the Ascot Royal Hunt Cup two years running ; last year; with S weetbread and this year with Elzwir, ,,., „ That grand horse Tristan still pursues, his victorious career, for as will -be seen by. this issue he has won the Epsom Gold Cup and the rich Hardwicke Stakes at Ascot, .in addition to the Ascot Gold Cup. Mr Lorillard's Derby and Leger winner Iroquois made his reappearance -on the turf at Ascot, but could only get second' to Tristan in the Hardwicke Stakes. Mr Keene, however, picked up a couple of good, stakes .with his colt Blue Grass. St. Blaise lost the Grand Prix de Paris by half a length.

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ENGLISH AND FOREIGN., Otago Witness, Issue 1650, 7 July 1883

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ENGLISH AND FOREIGN. Otago Witness, Issue 1650, 7 July 1883

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