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ENGLISH AND FOREIGN.

In commenting on Bendigo's victory in the Lincolnshire Handicap tbe Australasian's English correapondent says : —Mr Bwclay bets but little, aud was only a very small winner ; I believe be had no more than £150 on at 7 or 8 to I. The public, remembering laßt year's Cambridgeshire form, would not be denied, and the outlays of the public genorally brought the horse to tho very short price he started at. Of course the ring lost heavily, as, indeed, it did throughout the week, as on one day not only did every first favourite win, but every second favourite was second, a reoord I never remember to have seen before, une fielder at the end of the week told me that it was not till the twenty-eighth race of the week that he won at all, aud then he won £12, having lost sums varying from £100 to £500 on each of the previous twenty-seven. It seems wonderful now winners can be so pioked in the first weok of the year's raoing, and after a long four-months winter.

An accident, which caused the death of a stable boy and two racehorses, occurred latoly in one of tbe rides at Chantilly. The trainer, named Kent, was exercising hia horses .in the Route do Lions when he met Webb's lot coming in an opposite direction. Just as they were pasuing, Bivron Schickler'a colt St, Liurent broke away and dashed with great violence against M. R, Hennesy's filly Roublarde. Tbe boy whb was riding the latter was thrown to a distance ; bio back and thigh were broken, and he died in a few minutes. Both horses had legs broken, and were slaughtered. M. Staub, whose colours have been carried in England by Stockholm, and wbo was known as tbe owner of Escogriffe, Le Destrier, and other horses, died last month.

In commenting on the result of the Lincolnshire Handicap a Home paper says ; — Bendigo is another proof of the good results obtained by not forcing a colt too early, and we are persuaded that all owners who can afford to keep their horses at two-years old, and not try to make their two-year-olds keep them, will always gain iv the long run by letting their youngsters eat the happy corn ot idleness un il they attain the age of three years. Ben Battle's son never sported silk in public when two years of age, and has never since been overdone in the matter of work, nnd the .consequence is that atter oarrying off (.wo of our greatest handicaps he is now, at five years old, perfectly sound in wind and limb, and probably more able to go a greater pace and to sustain a severe finish than at any former period of his career. " No. 8 " was successful in the Lincolnshire Handicap, and Touans was similarly numbered last year. Both Bendigo and Tonans were the favourites at the start, and each' previous to winning had run second for the Cambridgeshire. On April 10, the date when the last mail left, Paradox was in great demand for the Two Thousand Guineas and Darby, quotations being as f ollowb :—: — TWO IH>US\ND GUINEAS. 7 to4a<,'-,t Pjr«d-ix 7-1 Child of t'uo Mts4 TOO — 8 Luminary DBRRY. . 470 to 10 "> a -at Paradox 6 _ 1 M-ItOD 100 — 8 Roya' Hampton 100 — 8 .Luminary 100 — 7 Child of the Mial 3'» _ i — st. Helena 40 — 1 - — L&ngwell 40 ~- 1 Rlsingham 50 ... l Guidon Ray 50 - 1 Ducat The Derby will be run on Wednesday next, June '3, The." Sportsman" regretß to announce the death of Mr R R. Christopher. The deceased, who was in hia seventy-second year, waa much respected, and for many years ably fulfilled the post of bon. secretary to the TattersalP« Subscription Rooms. Mr Christopher throughout his connection with the turf took a deal of interest in breeding as well aa raoing horses, and the best that ever sported the scarlet and white oap was Plebeian, who won the Middle i Park Plate, after a close race with Per Se Galopin, and Holy Friar, The year previous i Madeira— also his property— followed Petraroh j home for the Blenkiron prize, and it was only this winter that he was praising a youngster [ out of the last-named mare by Plebeian, now trained by John Dawson. This colt, who, of course, is disqualified for the Derby, was the last horse that carried Mr Christopher's colours.

The Bendigo colours were in great force at Croxton Park races, fo- the first f our races on the card foil to the share of Mr H T. Barclay, and in three successive Instances he rode his hoises to victory. Several of the sporting clubs in Manchester having arranged for tbe results of the racing being sent by telephonic communication from hounas abutting m tho course, tho Racecourse Committee took steps to frustrate their designs. In front of the known or suspeoted centres screens of oanras or hoarding were erected, whioh effeotually shut out from the windows any view of the, racing or number-board, while to prevent tho wiring a,way by the repo»tera of rumigZß ia each evcu't \n tlma to aftcrw cf

speculation away from the scene of aotion, the windows of the weighing-room were frosted over. ( The French flat racing season was inaugurated in the Bois de Boulogne yesterday, whan largo fields contested most of the events. The chief item was tho Prix dv Cadran,-for four-year-oldsj for v/hich M. Lafevro's Archiduo was opposed only by Vt. Aumont'e FraDiavolo, and, with 4 to 1 on him, the son of Consul won in a oanter by twenty lengths ¥. Webb had tbe mount, and he rode another winner in Martin Pecheur I for fcho Prix de Ohevilly, while E. Rossiter, who has lately entered into an agreement to ride for tbe Duke da Castries in France, sported the colours of that nobleman twice during the afternoon.

Mr Arthur Coventry will in future confine his attention to flat-raoing so far aa riding is concerned, and will not again ride in a hurdle race or steeplechase.

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ENGLISH AND FOREIGN., Otago Witness, Issue 1749, 30 May 1885

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