The Prince of Wales was highly elated at the success of his colours the first time of asking on a flat race course. This was when Counterpane secured the Maiden Plate at Sandown Park last month, and as a souvenir of the event his Royal Highness presented John Porter and Fred Archer with a jewelled breast-pin each. The race for the Northumberland Plate, of lOOOsovs, two miles, for horses three years old and upwards, was run at Newcastle on June 30. Mr R. Vyner's Stone Clink, 7st 61b, won by a neck. At Newcastle on July 1 the North Derby of 500sovs was won by Mr Perkins' bay colt Hawkeye. Lord Hastings' colt Melton had a walk over for the Gold Cup. Of the Epsom meeting an English correspondent writes : — Iv the Epsom Cup only Radius and Raffaello opposed Bird of Freedom, who had been tried up to his very best form, which was equivalent to saying he would win with stones m hand. Odds of Btol on and 10 to lon were freely offered, and m many instances laid. One youthful plunger laid £2000 to 200; Mr C. J. Merry, who almost as cautious as was his father, but not quite, waxed bold with £1600 to £200. (The owner of Dundee, Doncaster, &c, would never have risked losing so much to win so little.); Another gentleman credited with having cut; his wisdom teeth sported £1000 to £100, and they all, along with hundreds of others, found themselves m the wrong box. The Bird was beaten into fits by Radius, whose recent form was bad m the extreme, and the disconsolate looks of his backers changed to forcible language when Archer, on unsaddling, openly said " the horse has been poisoned." And certainly he looked a sorry plight, shaking, shivering, and scarcely able to stand on his feet. That there was foul play is the general belief, but no one expects that the crime will ever be brought home. Ryan is surely the most unfortunate of trainers; afterthe race his face was the very picture of distress, while that of Archer was as long as his legs. Mr Douglas Baird (a cousin, but a very different gentleman to Mr "Abington") bore up manfully, and said little. His luck is excruciating m the extreme ; he bought B. of F. for £6000 last autumn to win the Cambridgeshire, but he went amiss and never ran till now since he won for his former owner (Mr Tidy) the City and Suburban Handicap of 1080sovs and the Epsom Grand Prize of 367750v5. Minting won the Grand Prix so easily that Archer actually pulled him into a walk before reaching the winning-post. Archer has now ridden the winner of the Grand Prize of Paris three times, his victories prior to his success on Minting have been on Paradox last year, and Bruce m 1882. Tom Cannon on Althorp rode his sixth Ascot Gold Cup winner, his previous successes having been on Petrarch m 1877, Isonomy m 1879 au4». 1880, Robert the Devil m 1881, and Foxhall in^S 1882. Archer has not yet won the race, it being one of the few important events that have not fallen to his share. Ormonde has now won for his owner the sum of £15,646 m stakes, made up as follows: — Post Sweepstakes at Newmarket Second October Moot ing last year, £500 ; Criterion Stakes, £906 ; Dnwhurst Plate, £1602; Two Thousand Guineas, £4000; Epsom Derby, £4700; St. James' Palace Stakes, £1500 ; and Hardwick Stakes, £2438. Odds of 2 to 1 on Ormonde for the St. Leger are already freely laid. Neither The Bard, Minting, nor Bendigo figured at the Ascot meeting. Of the meeting between Melton and Ormonde the Field says :— There was the greatest curiosity to see the former, who has not appeared m public since the First October meeting at New-
market. The announcement of his great wonderful trial with St. Gatien, m which he had easily defeated that hor.se at even weights, of course enhanced the interest of his meeting with the Duke of Westminster's horse. Melton looked a perfect picture of a racohorso, on a smaller scale than Ormonde, of course, but showing as much quality. He had got more muscular, and altogether looked trained to the hour. There was a disposition to back him at the last, but still the Ormonde men mustered strong, and 100 to 30 was freely laid. There were three other runners — Ducat, Selim, and Coracle, the latter to make running for the favourite, which he did to the best of his ability. It was at the turn into the straight when the outsiders were done with, and the two good horses singled themselves out, that the excitement commenced. Ormondo took up the running, and Archer called upon Melton, but he never reached the great horse's quarters. Georgeßarretbwas sitting perfectly still on his horse, whose grand stride seemed to leave his opponent the further he went, and, amidst loud cheering and much enthusiasm, Ormonde won with the greatest ease b 3' two lengths. He had a great reception on his return to the weighing paddock, and all that was noble and fair pressed forward to greet him, and offer congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Westminster, who, with most of their relatives, were present. A great horse indeed ; and it is not too much to say that he would have beaten Melton to-day at even weights. There will be little difficulty now m assigning Ormonde a place among the two or three best horses this country has produced. The figures of the leading jockeys up to June 11 were as follow : —
During the following week Wood rode seven winners and Archer five, making their scores 55 each.
Mounts. Lost. \Vnn. Archpr F ISii ... 1315 ... s') wood a - 155 - m - 48 Ktt.G 235 ... 192 ... 43 Watts, J 10l - 121 ... 30 Cannon, T 14 ... 7o ... 29 Barrett. F ISB ... 102 ... 24 White, A 98 ... 82 ... 1(3 Fagan, J 159 ... 54 ... 13 Loates, C 77 ... (55 ... 12 Lashmar.W 9i ... 82 ... 12 tVoodburn. J. ... 102 ... 00 ... 12 Hobinsou, W. ... 80 ... 70 ... 10
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ENGLISH., Otago Witness, Issue 1810, 30 July 1886
ENGLISH. Otago Witness, Issue 1810, 30 July 1886
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