- There were only six staiters for the One Thousand- Guinea Stakes won by Busybody. ' Her time waa Imm 47 sec. Hauteur's time last year was 1 mm 50 4 sth sec, and St. Marguerite's in 1882 1 mm 5.5 2 sth see. In 1881 Thebais's record was Imm 50 sec, and " that of Elizabeth the previous year 1 mm 56 sec; Wheel of Fortune's time in 1879 was 1 mm 54 sec, and Pilgrimage's in 1878 2 mm. Tho not value of the One Thousand Guineas won by Busybody is £3000, Last year the ' event when wou by Hauteur was worth £2900, It is very unlikely that Fordham will ever be able to rido again (says an English paper). His health has quite broken up, and when Mr - ' Foy asked him whether thero was any chance of his being able to rido Scott Free, he replied that he felt so weak that he feared he would, foil out of the saddle. Fordham quitted Newmarket an the evening before the Two Thousand, leaving instructions that £5 was to be put on Scot Free for him. Strange to- say n, George Fordham (a new light weight) rode iv ono of the minor events, and when the name appeared in print many thought it was "old George" himself, but it was not so, and - it is doubted if the demon will ever ride again, or if so only very occasionally, and in the mildest weather. The Leader's English sporting correspondent writes of the owner of Scot Free an follows :-— "Mr Foy is a much-roHpectcd member of the ring 1 , or perhaps i should rather say was, as nowadays he has almost retired. He came originally from Manchester, and on coming to London", curiously enough, excuted the commission for Mr Naylor for Maoaroni (Scot Freo's grandsire) for Two Thousand and Derby, ■ Since that time there have been few commis- - sions executed without his having a finger in the pie. At one time also fhe was a partner in Valentine and Weight's firm. Challoner, who rode Macaroni, now trained his grandson, so that it was like a reviving of old memories. • The once famous horseman has only been a • - couple of year's training at Newmarket, and has therefore lost no timd in making his name • famous. I had almost omitted to . mention that the Duchess of Montrose commissioned Captain Machell to price the crack before the race, that £10,000 was asked,. but that no deal was made. Also that Mr Foy had only £300 on his horse, having taken "three monkeys" after the numbers were hoisted. The nag ought to be grateful, as in bygone days he would have given them a rare touching up.;. - Up to May 8 the figures of the leading Eng- ■ lish jockey were as under : — . ;- • Jock,ey. . Mounts, Lost Worn- -* ' Archer, P. .. 107 .. 68 44 Woods, C. .. .93 .. 70' ".* 23 Watts, J. .. 48 .. S4 !! 14 L>ate3, S. .. 7,0 .. 66" .. 13 Woodburn, J. . . Co 14 . . n Under Lord Exeter's conditions Lord Falmouth receives one-third of the stakes won by Busybody and Harvester, but it must not be forgotten that the Cornish Earl iB responsible ' for the whole of the forfeits in the case of horses not running, and these amount to close upon £10,000. At a recent meeting of the Jockey Club, Sir G.'Chetwynd put the following questions, of which he had given notice— viz. : To ask the Stewards whether they are aware that it ia openly stated that a conspiracy exists between certain jockeys and so-called professional backers of horses to arrange the result of racerf for their own henefit, and if they have heard • of such statements, and believe it possible suqb, a plot exists, what stops they propose^' taking to deal with the matter at once. Lord March' replied that rumours of the character" alludeS to by Sir Geo. Chetwynd had reached' the earß of the Stewards, who admitted the possibility of the truth of such rumours, yet that ©a
formulated accusation of the sort had ever been made to them. They were, however, of opinion that their existing powers we quite sufficient to deal with any such state of affairs when direot evidence thereof was laid before them. Sir Geo. Chetwynd expressed himself satisfied with the reply of the Stewards. The value of the Two Thousand thiß year, won by Scot Free, was £4150 ; while that for the previous nine years was as follows :— 1875 (Mr Vyner's Camballo), £4550; 1876 (Lord Dupplin's Petrarch), £4100 ; 1877 (Count F. de Lagrange's Ohamant), £5200 ; 1878 (Lord Lonsdale's Pilgrimage), £4650; 1879 (Lord Falmouth's Charib6rt), £6250 ; 1880 (Duke of Beaufort's Petronnel), £4850 ; 1881 (Mr Grosvenor's Peregrine), £6150; 1882 (Duke of Westminster's Shotover), £5000; 1883 (Lord Falmouth'a Galliard), £4550.
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ENGLISH., Otago Witness, Issue 1701, 28 June 1884
ENGLISH. Otago Witness, Issue 1701, 28 June 1884
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