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ENGLISH AND FOREIGN.

Fred Archer had early in October scored over 200 wins during the season, and he is therefore pretty aure to top hia previous big records. The value of the Champion Stakes, divided betwoon Mr Lefevre'B Tristan and Mr'L, de Bothnchild's Lucerne, waa £1690. This .is the third yeav m aaccesDion that Tristan can claim winning honours in thi3 race, although ia 1882 he finished a dead heat with Thobais. tho stakes being divided." During hia carder Tristan' has won for hia owner tho grand total of £22,910 in stakes, made ap aa follows : In. lßßo, £186S 10s; in 1881, £877: in 1882, £6041 • in 1883, £7828 ; ia 1884, £3521 ;" to this must be added £2370 won in" Frarcoe, It is uuderatood that Tristan will cow tako leave of the.turf and join hia owner's stud at Chamant,

Sir John Willooghby appears to have had enough of _ racing, after a short and merry career. His horse 3 were put up at auction on Ootober 9. Queen Adelaide, who as a yoarling cost Sir John WilJoughby 3600 guineas, and Harvester, who at the .Bale of Lord Falmouth'a stud last April was purchased for 8600 guinea's, were offered among the othors. In neither case was the reserve of 3000 guineas reached, and both returned to their old quarters.

A writor in Land and Water has tho following anont the • crack English jockey .-—A friend of mine not long since in walking into hia hotel in a county town saw a groat crowd round tho door, but he could see nothing to attract their attention but a neat brougham' waiting iv the street opposite the hotel, while a tttllish thin yonnjr man was leaning against the doorpost talking to the friends by whom he wtt3 surrounded. Ou asking the waiter what whu going on, the latter almoßt with awe said "It's Me Marcher, air!" — a pause, and my triend nob seeming to be bo terribly thunderstruck and overcome as tbo white -waistcoated man expected, be ratber came down a little and said, with about the same condescending "sort of air that the keeper of a tame lion who was trying to induce you to pat him might assume, "He's very haffable sir, you can speak to him I A MltK in 2.0^. Tho fine trotting of Maud 8. das been beaten by tho pacer Johnston, and that by no losb than 3t( sec. Johnston's previous best time waa 10 aec, and this he haa reduced to 2.6^. Tho performance took place afc the Chicago Driving Park on October 3S3 S and is thus described: ".The event of the day was the «ucccsbiul attempt of Commodore Kittson's pacer Johnston to lower hiß record, of 2.10. The conditions were most favourable for. speed, and the mark sot promises to stand at the head of the list for a long time. Johnston was brought out and given a warming-up heat in 2 19g. Then he and Riohball came out, and the judges announced that they would be charted about four lengths apart,' not to pace against each other, but each in an attempt to beat his own record, Riohball's being 4.12^. , They were given the word, both going fast and i level. Johnston reached the first quarter in 32 seconds, a-2.oß.gait. Soon after passing tbe quarter-poßt Biohball made a veiy bad break, and was jogged tho roat of the way without any attempt to make time. In tho meantime Johnston bad reached tho half in I.Q3A, doing ; the quarto/ in 31$ Beconds, after whfoh tho crowd became very excifedj for they know, barring accidents, that tho record would bo beaten. Tho throe-quarters was reached in 31$ sees moro, or 1.36 for the distance, and .then- the crowd fairly went wild. Down, the homestretch Johnoton came seemingly faster than 'ever, and he finally dashed under the wire with hundreds of watches showing that he had accomplished the distance in 2.06^, having paced the last quarter in 31 .£ sees, or at i the rato of 2.05. The hqraa and his driver, John Splan, were loudly cheeied, and Mr Woodmansee, manager for Commodore Kiteson, was heartily congratulated." Aftor the performance Bplan Gaid to an interviewer: "I had a good strong hold of Johnston all the way to the half-mile pole, and I. never began driving him at all until we rounded into the homestretch, and even then I did 'nothing but rouse him tip a little with the lines. It was only after we got inside the distance thai X spoke to him, and he went away from as if he was just from the barn for exercise. Everything was in the horsed favour, and he did just what I expected him to do — that is, pace a mile a good deal faster than it had ever been done before. His fastest mile this season was the ono in 2.10 at Milwaukee, and previous to that he he had never gone better than 2.11^ ; so yon see that a drop from there to 2.06.t was quite a job. I didn't know to a certainty that he could do it, because I bad not been trying him every week to find out. A horse will stand one grand •drive, but when you come to ask him to do his very beat every week he will begin to .get sick of it, and the minute a trotter or pacer strikes that frame of mind ho is not going to beat his average^much. And that is why lam not going to drive Johnston anpther mile this season at the very top of his speed. Next spring I shall go along easy with him, just as I have done this year, and if no bad luck befalls him he will go 4a4 a mile close to two minutes. I know that sounds like pretty big talk, but but when you come to look at the matter carefully there ia nothing unreasonable or extraordinary about it. The horse can speed a quarter of a mile now at better than a two-minute gait, an^ as he ia young, sound, game, and of the imjftoving kind, I don't see anything in the way of his- learning to go a mile at pretty near the rate of -speed that ho now chows for a quarter." The closing event of the day was the attempt oE the paoißg mare Minnie' R., hitched to a waggon, wJv,h running mate, to boat her own record of 2.05. In this she was successful. The first quarter waa paced in 31q-, tbe halfmile in I.ol§, tho tbveequavters in I.SIJ, and the mile in 2.08 J. The best time at this way of going' is Weßtmont's 2 01J. The third quarter in. this heat wa3 paced in,/29f; or at the rate of 1.59 for tbe mile.

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ENGLISH AND FOREIGN., Otago Witness, Issue 1723, 29 November 1884

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