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RACING IN ENGLAND.

NEWMARKET. Tuesday, October 24. CRITERION STAKES, of 9SGsovs. For two-year-olds. Criterion course (six furlongs). Sir J. Blundell Maple's b or br f St. Nydia, by St. Simon— Nun Nydia, 8.6 (T. Loates) 1 Lord W. Beresfoid's oh c Old Bnck 11, 5.6 (Sloan) 2 Mi Fairin's b g Cutaway, 8.10 (Rickaby) .. 3 Simon Dale, 9.4 (M. Cannon) 0 Spartagus, 8.3 (O. Madden) *. 0 Rice, 9.1 (J. Martin) 0 Crown Equerry, 8 8 (Allsopp) ,i 0 Corner Stone, B.S (Pinlay) 0 Irresistible, 8.8 (N. Robinson)' 0 Lady Averil, 5.6 (S. Loates) 0 Betting: 5 to 2 agst Simon 3Dale, 11 to 4 St. Nydia, G to 1 Cutaway, 8 to 1 OM Buck 11. Cutaway swerved in the run home, and interfering with Old Buck 11, St. Nydia dashed iip the hill oa the far side, and gained a ready two-length verdict ; a neck between second and third. Time, lmin 19 4-5 sec. Wednesday, October 25. CAMBRIDGESHIRE STAKES (handioap), of 25sovs each, with 503 added, and 100 for the second, the third saved stake. One, mile and a distance. ■ i Captain E. Peel's -b f Irish Ivy, by Marmiton —Wild Ivy, 3yrs, 7.11 (K. Cannon) . . . . 1 Mr W. T. Jones's br f Airs and Graces, 4yrs, 8.3 (L. Reid) *. 2 Mr C. A. Mills's b f Mazeppa, 3yrs 7.10 (S. Loates) 3 Skopos, 3yrs, G. 4 (J. Reiff) „ 0 The Grafter, Gyra, 8.3 (W. Halsey) .. .-. .. 0 Sligo, syrs, 7.12 (C. Wood) ..i 4. 0 Scintillant, 3yrs, 7.5 (F. Wood) 0 Milcham, 3yrs, 6.0 (Heapy) »• 0 Ercildoune, 3yrs, 7.7 (N. Robinson) .. *-. 0 Good Luck, 3yr5,,7.6 (F. Finlay) ...... 0 Eager, syrs, 9.0 (M. Cannon) .-, 0 General Peace, syrs, 8.1 (O. Madden) .•: •* 0 Heir Male, 4yrs, 8.0 (H. Chapman) . . ■»» /. 0 Suivivor, Gyrs, 7.12 (Allsopp) .. .. »• .. 0 Sir Geoffrey, 4yrs, 7.10 (W. Warne) .. ..0 Sly. Fo^ 7.7 {Sloan) .. . % .. .„ „, ..._o_

Refractor, 3yrs, 7.6 (Dalton) .. „ „ .. 0 Oban, 7.5 (T. Loate3> •.. 0 Baldoyle, 3yrs, 7.4 (R. Jones) 0 Waterhen, syrs, 7.2 (B. Lynham) .., .. .. 0 Magistral, 3yre, 7.1 (Wetheiell) 0 Little Eva, 4yr B , 7.1 (T. Dunn) 0 Koyal Flush, 6yrs, 7.1 (Lofthouse) 0 Light Comedy,. 3yrs, 6.11 (Purkis) 0 Alice Where Art Thou, 3yrs, 6.4 (Heppell) .. 0 Betting: 7 to 2 ag3t Oban, 8 to 1 Scinlillant, 100 to 9 Airs and Graces, 100 to 8 Ercildoune, 100 to 7 Eager, Mazeppa, and Sly Fox, 20 to 1 Irish Ivy, 25 to 1 Refractor and Sir Geoffrey, 33 to 1 General Peace, Good Luck, Royal Flush, and Skopos, 40 to 1 Sligo, Magistral, Waterhen, and* Mitcham, 50 to 1 The Gralter, Little Eva, 'and Light Comedy, 66 to 1 Survivor, 100 to 1 Baldoyle, 200 to 1 Heir Male and Alice "Where Art Thou. But one slight breakaway took place ere Waterhen came along on the stand side, with Survivor in the centre and Mazeppa and Royal Flush next, whilst wide on the right was The Grafter, with Ercildoune, Irish Ivy, and Oban ■well up. As they came to the T.Y.C. winning in trouble, and Ercildoune took up the running, followed by Light Comedy, The Grafter, Waterhen, Royal Flush, and Survivor, Obnn and Irish Ivy being next in front of Eager, Skopos, and Airs and Graces, while Heir Male was last. Speeding on to the Bushes Oban was seen to be in trouble, and Ercildoune took up the running followed by Irish Ivy, The Grafter, llazeppa, Waterhon, and Airs and Graces, with Sciutillant and Mitcham next. As they left the wellknown landmark Ercildoune was still leading, being now followed by Irish Ivy, Waterhen, and Mazeppa, with Airs and Graces next. Rising the hill Ercildouna was beaten, and Irish Ivy taking tip thß running came right away, followed by Airs and Graces acd Mazeppa. Both failed to get on fighting terms with the Irish filly, who drow further ahead and won by thres lengths ; four lengths between second and third. Time, 2m in 0 4-ssec. Thursday, Octobbb 26. DEWHURST PLATE, of 143250v5. For two-year-olds. Seven furlongs. Lord W. Beresford's eh g Democrat, by Sensation — Equality, 9.3 (Sloan) 1 Princo of Wales's b c Diamond Jubilee, by St. Simon— Perdita 11, 9.2 (J. Watts) 2 Duke of Westminster's br c Goblet, by Grey Leg— Kissing Cup, 9.2 (M. Cannon) .. 3 Betting: 5 to 2 on Democrat. Democrat came away with the lead from Diamond Jubilee, with Goblet in waiting. As they reached the Abingdoa Milo bottom the trio closed, and Goblet appeared dangerous. Democrat, however, responded to the calls of his rider, and drawing away up the hill, won hy three-quarters of a length ; half a length divided second and third. The race was not timed owing to the fog. JOCKEY CLUB CUP, of 580sova. Cesarewifceh course. Mr Douglas Baird's b c Maza^an, by Martagon—Maize, 3yrs, 7.12 (O. Madden) .. 1 Mr Jersey's eh h Merman, aged, 9.2 (M. Cannon) 2 Lord Rosebory's eh c Tom Cringle, 4yrs, 8.12 (C. Wood) 3 Betting: 6 to 4' agst Mazagan, 2 to 1 agi=t Merman. Merman made the running to the Busies, •where Mazagan challenged, and speedily gettbig tho best of it, won by three lengths. WEIGHTS, ACCEPTANCES, &c. ■SOUTHLAND NOMINATIONS. Hurdles. One mile and three-quarters. — "Windermere, Typhoon, Clinker, "Schnapps, Ulysses. lnvercargill Handicap. Ono mile and ahalf.—Black and Red, St. Ouida, Edelweiss, Hippomenes. Glenelg. Farmers' Plate. — Flirtation, Conductor, Lark, The Captain, Typhoon, Harold, If. • Harness Trot. — Bedale, Lunacy, Mati, Edith, Miss Mnc, Monitor, Pry, Johnnie 111, Sinister, Hindoo, Jimmy, Lincoln's Pride, Golden Crest, Silverlight, Alice May, Miss Potts, Carlick, Felix. Saddle Trot. Two miles. — Scrutineer, Darby, Kiernst, Gordon, Hindoo, Greenlois, Archie, Pair Nell, Charily, Silverlight, Alice May, Ivy, Johnnie 111, Black Rose (pony), Maud, Gipsy's "Warning, Prophet, Sandy, The Artist, Opossum 11, Boomerang, Safety, Hawthorn, Topsy, "Weld, Fisherman. Flying. Five furlongs. — Edelweiss, Mount Clair, Goldspur, Donna Rosa, Arline, Picket, Ziilah, Musket, St. .Ouida, Decoy, First Venture. vVaihopai Handicap. Ono mile. — Arlino, Glenelg, Seabreeze, Blackpool, Edelweiss, DOc0,7, Clinker, Southerly Buster, St. Ouida, Zillah, Hippomenes. -* First District Handicap. — Loch Sloy, Pioneer, Sunshine, Flirtation, Joubert, Seadrift, ■ Jjittle John, Lark, Lady Lorraine Le Clair. Professor. Hurdles. One mile and a-half. — Windermere, Clinker, Ulysses, Typhoon, Schnapps, Pioneer. Shorts. Four furlongs. — Arline, Picket, Goldspur, Donna Ro^a, Edelweiss, Musket, Decoy, Zillah, Southerly Buster, Mount Clair, St. Patrick, St. Ouida. Firtt Venture. Two-niiio Saddle Trot. — Silverlight, Sandy, Johnnie 111, Gordon, Hindoo, ,Maud, t clix, St.. George, Darby, Alice May, Ivy, Hawthorn, Topsy, Golden Crest, Charity, Kilru&h, Opossum 11, Boomerang, Archie, Miss Mac, Fisherman. S.it.C. Handicap. One mile and a distance. — Ailine, Decoy, Scabreaze, Edelweiss, Glenelg, Hippomeuc-s, Black and Red, St. Ovid.%. Mile District Handicap. — Loch S!oy, Jou"bert, Conductor, If, Flirtation, Harold, The Captain, Lark, Lady Lorraine, Le Clair. Electric Trot. Ono milo. — Scrutineer, Bednlo, The Artist, Ivy, Greenlois, Jimmy, Garay11 owen, Fair Noll, St. George, Foremast, Fancy 111, Youns Abdallah, Safety, Maud, Gipsy's Warning, Weed, Silverlight, Darby, Sou-west-er, Hindoo, Edith, Topsy, Black" Roso, Welcome Lass. Hack Race. Ono mile.— Loch Sloy, Joubert, Doona liosa, Blackpool, Lark, Sunshine, Le Chur, Pioneer, Seadrift, Littlo John, Profeseor. Final Handicap.— Edelweiss, St. Ouida, Seabreeze, St. Patrick, Black and Red, Decoy, Clinker, Glenelg, Picket, Zillah, Hippouienes". CANTERBURY TROTTING CLUB'S HANDICAPS. Trial Handicap. Twt mile 3. — Huon Princo scr, B«r!to:i scr, Annie liooney ssec, Hothschild Boy osec, Becky Ssec.Tho Duko 6=ec, Miss Child 9sqc, Fleetwood 13sec, Instep losec, Milroy lGsoc, Royalwood lOsec, Fiowerwood lGsec, Jack II 16sec, St. Laurence IGsec, Guy Irvington 373 cc, Principal 173 ec, Dormin 17ssc, Diplomacy lOsec, Roebeck 19sec, Kilroth 20scc. Pony Handicap, One milo and a-half. — Sailor Boy II scr, Rats J>sec, Jessamine 3spc, JNYirragansert 4aec, Little Harold 6sec, Kon-I-No Bsec, VjiiiitT Fair 83ec, Ntta-9»ec, Little Magpie Cfec, Agnea lOsec, Cordelia 18sec, Farewell lGsec, Parry B. ISaec, Strides 18sec, Mihi lSssc, TwigpezTGU* 22sec, Neglected 22sec, Bonnie Bell 22-iec, Botany 22sec, Hamlet 23aec. Champion. Handicap. Tyro milet.— Cling scr, FJorrie Isec, Shylock 3sec, Vesta Nish 4aec, Mcana ssec, Thelma 7sec, Lady May 9sec, Fleigher 9sec, General Grigg 93ec, Hassan 9sec, Sin^ Sing Hsec. Three-year-old Handicap. One mile. — Weary scr, Lancewood II Ssec, Rothschild Boy 9sec, Fleel-RTood 14sec, lioyalivood lGscc, All Day ISfieo. Little Archer ISaec.

Progressive Handicap. Two miles — Mi 33 Brov.'nwood scr, Kingston 2aec, Wenlock 4sec, Jean Valjean 4sec, George L. 6sec, Boswall 6sec, Occidental 6sec, Gertie 6sec, Dora llsec, Arahura 13sec, Berlin Maid 133 ec, Autonomy 35sec, Little Harold 15sec.

Midsummer Handicap. Two miles. — Vickery scr, Young Burlington Ssec, Tho Member 9sec, Candidate lOsec, Airnont IQsec, Jessie Palm 123 CC, Sam Slick 12sec, Cling 12sec, Venu3 16sec, J. H. 16sec, The Baron 16sec, Collector ISaec, Thelma 20sec.

Electric Handicap. One mile. — Shylock scr, Hassan 3sec, Millionaire 4sec, Premier ssec, General Luck ssec, Polly Huon ssec, Ophir 7£ec, Ascot 7sec, Simon R. Bsec, Foudroyant Ssec

Dash Handicap. One mile. — C&li3ta scr, Judah 'isec, Utah 6sec, Candidate 7seo, Collector 12s i ?c, Clifton Msec, Manton 14sec, Lady Jane 18sec, Zopha 18? Ec, Silverhue 18sec, Hollis H. 18sec, Huon Prince 20sec, Carolina 21sec, Wairuna 22sec, Protest 223 ec, Honest Jack 22s ec, Lancewood II 24sc<:, The Duke 24sec.

AUCKLAND ACCEPTANCES

Trial Handicap, of lOOsovs. Seven furlongs. —St. Clements 9.12, Tauhei 9.3, Cavalier 8.9, St. Ursula 8.9, Pitch and Toss 8.4, Hastings 7.12, St. Jack 7.12, Ideal 7.12, Lillie 7.11, The Needle 7.10, La Gloria 7.10, SwiftfoOt 7.10, The Afghan 7.9, Minerva 7.8, Faugh-a-Ballagh 7.5, Halberdier 6.10, Brilliant 6.9, iiiexitenant 6.9, Little Wonder 6.7.

■ Handicap Hurdle Race, of 200sovs. Two miles.—Nor'-wes 1 / 12.8, Pokomoko 11.6, Ruby 10.9, Splinter 10.6, Favona 9.3, Verdi 9.0. NuTaery Handicap, of lOOsovs. Five furlongs.—Hongiat 8.5, Wellstock 7.10, Aleger-7.10, Yvonne 7.10, Zealous 7.9, Matam&tahaTakiki 7.6, Motor 7.5, Miss Shirley 7.5, Delilah 7.3, Landlock 7.0, Minerve 6.10. Christmas Handicap, of ISOsovs. Oae mile. — St. Clements 8.12, Br.ttleaxe 8.12, Tauhei 8.10, Waiorongomai 8.7, Red Lancer 8.4, St. Ursula 8.3, Miss Dolaval 8.3, St. Jack 7.7, Laetitia 7.5, Doctor 6.10, Porangi Potae 6.7.

HAWKE'S BAY HANDICAPS,

Hurdle Race, of 70sovs. About one mile and three-quarters. — Barbarossa 11.8, Roller 11.8, En Avant 10.9, Chance 9.7, Treed 9.0. Two-year-old Han-licap, of GOaovs. Five furlongs. — Nebility 8.5, Sirius 8.5, Paphos 8.5, Hehess'B.2, The Shannon 8.2, Governess 8.2. Christmas Handicap, of 80sovs. Six furlongs. — Autaia 9.0, Amoureux 8.10, Pistol Grip 8.3, Victoria Cro3a 7.9, Jadoo 7.0, Quiltana 6.10, Mistra 6.7.

President's Handicap, of 150sovs. One milo and a-half.— Te Hapuku 8.13, Korematuku 8.6, Jadoo 7.10, Daphne 7.10, Tirade 7.7, Lady Helen 6.10, Windfall 6.11. Hack Handicap, of 50sovs. Six furlongs. — Gold Cup 9.9, Lady Lome 9.8, Fleka 5.13, Nita 8.12, Philanthropist 8.11, St. Brigid 8.5, Niakulau 8.4, Bone 3 7.13, Mongor.ui 7.12, Tiraillement 7.5, Stasia 7.5, Quilted 7.4, Procrastinator 7.0, Geologist 7.0, Eketerini Passeropoulo 7.0, Baccarat 6.7.

Maiden Handicap, of 80sovs. Five furlongs and a-half. — Lady Lome 8.9, Coolgardie 9.3, The Dude 8.13, Mongonui 8.13, Lady Helen S.O, 11.M.5. Pinafore 7.9, Condor 7.0, Crown Prince 7.0, Impregnable «7.0, Wereroa 7.0, Notoriety 7.0.

Welter Hack Handicap, of GOsovs. Ono mile— Whuirea 10.9, Will-o'-thc-Wis|> 10 2, Uila 9.11, Philanthropist 9.11, Gold Cup jfal, Florentine 5.7, The Minoi 5.7, 'Davy Jones^3, Camiola 8.0, MoAey Musk 8.0, Mystify 8.0, Chance 8.0. New Year Handicap, of 70sovs. One mile. — Pistol Grip 9.8, Amphion 8.8, Whitirea S.B, Will-o'-the-Wisp 8.5, Jadoo 5.2, Palaver S.O. Daphne 8.0, F M.S. Pinafore 7.0, Windfall 7.0, Mistra G. 7.

MANAWATU ACCEPTANCES

Telegraph Handicap, of 120sovs. Six furlongs.— Tupuhi 9.4, Titoki 8.10, Chasseur 8.7, Anioui-euK 5.4, Torralla 8.3, Gowrie 8.0, Ostiak 7.13, Return 7.7, Tho Hemme 7.7, Sentry 7.7, ictoria Cross 7.3, Weary 7.2, The Miller 6.11. First Hurdle Race, of 120sovs. Two miles. — Tioubadour 11.6, Marina 11.3, Hangfiro 10.13, Shy lock 10.11, Derry 10.6, Light .11, Watershot 9.8, Black Dust 9.4, Voltigeur 9.3, Australina 9.0.

Ladies' Purse, of 50sovs. One mile and a-half.— Philanthropist 12.12, Marvellous 12.9, Myra 12.0, Ruapehu 11.13, Hamonga 11.0, Her Majesty 11.0, Money Musk 11.0, Chanco 11.0, Loch Inver 11.0, Protest 11.0, Halcyon 11.0, Ivy 11.0.

Manawatu Cup, of 40060v5.- Ono mile and ahalf.—Boreas 9.4, Te Hapuka 7.12, Paladin 7.11, Korematuku 7.5, First Blood 7.4, Toa 7.2, Daphne G. 9, Tirade 6.7.

Grand Stnnd Handican, of 150sovs. One mile.— Paladin 8.13, First Blood 8.3, Toa 8.1, Sirocco 7.12, Falka 7.11, Ostiak 7.8, Gowrie 7.8, The Hempio 7.7, The Miller 7.0, Gobo 6.11, Palaver G.lO, Stockade G.lO, Tho Onyx 6.7.

Hack Hurdle Race, of GOsovs. One mile and Unee-quartevs. — The Guard 10.9, Eimlock 10.5, Tho Weaver 9.13, Omnia 9.10, Hauriri &.7, Rongotea 9.3, Chance 9.3, Houtonga 9.3, Money Musk 9.3, Huka 9.0.

WYNDHAM HANDICAPS

Wyndham Handicau. One mile and a-quarler. — Artme 8.12, St. Ouida. 5.9, Black and Red 8.7, Red Banner 7.13, Edelweiss 7.30.

New Year's Handicap. Seven furlongs. — Arlina 9.10, Edelweiss 8.9, Decoy 5.2, Seabreeze 7.9, First Venture 7.3, Feneila, 7.2, Beatrice 7.0.

Flying Handicap. Six furlongs.— Arline 9.12, St. Ouida 9.10, Goldapur 8.12, Edelweiss 8.10, Mount Clair S.B, Zillah 8.2, Fir3l Venture 7.5, Fciiolla 7.4, Beatrice 7.2.

Farmers' Plate (Welter Handicap). One mile.— Black and Red 11.3, Picket 9.13, Clinker 9.3, Vixen 8.12, Donna Rosa 8.7, Letty 8.5, Gari 8.0.

Novel Handicap. Six furlongs.— lrish Gir! 9.7, Hangiatea 8.7, Laugley 8.2, Paramu 7.13, P.P.C. 7.9, Souvenir 7.5.

Handicap Trot. Two miles.— Clißrity scratch, Johnny 111 2 seconds, Si. George 4, J.J. 10, Barshee 15, Archio 17, Fleetwood Ab-Jnllah 22, Ivy 24. Hawksbury 27, Kohnra 27, Hindoo 29, Ruth 2-3, Punch (pony) 31, Opossum (maiden) 31, Maud 31, Diamond King 33, Phoebe 33, Jack 33, Little Tim 31, Tim (pony) 35, Black Roso (pony) 35.

District Handicap. One mile. — Black nnd Red 10.0, Picket 8.8, Clinker 7.12, Seabreeze 7.10, Feneila 7.2, Donna Rosa 7.0.

Handicap Trot. One mile a-nd a-half. — Harold scratch, Johnny 111 4 seconds, St. George 5, Banshee 10, Edith (lato Pansy, late Edith) 10, Jimmy 14, Yoimg Abdallah 10, Fleetwcod Abdallah 17, Ivy 18, Hindoo 20, Ruth 20. Uncle Sam 20, Punch (pony) 21, Opossum hnaiden) 21, Maud 21, Nancy Jane 23, Jack 23, The Toff 23, Tib 24, Plodder 2-1, Qynthia 21, Florence 26, Little Jim 2G, Black Roso 26.

ELLEBSLIE TRAINING NOTE?.

AUCKLAND, December I*.

Explosion continues to Lo in good favour for the* Auckland Cup. Ho worked this morning over two miles with Pokomoko. Courtier, when working on tho tan, broke the pastern joint of his off -hind leg, and was subsequentlydestroyed.

Sir G*orgo Clifford's two-year-old colt Cannio Ohiel was brought up from Christchurch in the Tarawera this morning 1 , accompanied by George Matthews, who ako brought up The Labourer on behalf of Major George. H. Goodman also cane up from Dunedin, bringing Pitch ami Toss with him,

THE CESAREWITCH. (Prize Tale in Tit-Bits.) I am — or, rather, was — a jockey. There ! now I have lost prestige in the eyes of the many thousands of people who hate '* the turf" and all connected with it; yet I am ! proud of the fact that I have been a jockey, j and prouder still to know that I was respected by my fellow-profesaionals. Had I the inclination and the ability, I could fill a book with facts gained from psr_gonal experience and observation — facts which might possibly induce readers to suspect that jockeys. a~ a class, are a3 honourable as any other set of professional men ; aye, perhaps oven more honourable, for the path of no other professional men is so thickly studded | with gaily-giided temptations; and, after all, the successful resistance of subtle temptation is the b?3t proof of honour. On the other hand, I must candidly confess that I could find more than enough material to fill a book disclosing the dark side of the turf. The public knows all about that phase of turf life, however, and unfortunately a certain section of the public — ths uninitiated, and therefore one-sided section — cannot discern the difference, so far as respectability is concerned, belwosn the jockey and the sharper. Buu enough of thi?. Everyone has heard of Tom Kenyon, the once famous jockey, but overybody has not heard a certain little story about him. Early ono evening, many years ago, Tom Kenyon was informed that Lord Clanmore wished to havo a word with him in private. Tom had just retired to rest, for he was in strict training for tho Cesarawitch at the time, but li 9 hurriedly rose and dressed. His hurry was not duo to the fact that his visitor was a peer of the realm, for jockeys often receive visits from the aristocracy ; but Lord Clanmore's father — the late Lord Clanmore — had been Tom's patron. Tho turf never knew a more straightforward and honourable sportsman than tho late lord, and no jockey i ever had a better ma3tec\ No wonder, then, that Tom Konyon hastened to meet the son of liis old master. Ho 'wondered what could bo the object of the visit, for it was generally understood that the young lord had forsaken the turf. " Good evening, Tom," was Lord Clanmore's greeting, as he shook the jockey warmly by the hand. " Are you well? " " Quite well, my lord, thank you," replied Tom ; and then, observing his visitor's careworn appearance, ho added, " I am porry to s«e you are not in the best of health." "I'm well enough," said Lord Clanmore; i " but I came to sea you on a matter of busi-

In an instant Tom was all attention. " Tom, I think I can trust you. I know that my father trusted you with many an important secret." Tom bowed. "You will remember that I sold my father's stable and every one of his much prized horses when I came into possession of tho c&tate." " Perfectly, my lord. That is why I am with Sir Eric Marsden now." " By-the-bye, how do you get on with the honourable member for West Blank! cigh? " " Excellently, my lord — almost as well as with tho late Lord Clanmore." "I am glad; but, of course, I expected as much. But I must get on with my confession — lor such it is. Do you know why I severed my connection with tho turf? " *' Because you were disgusted with it, I understand." " That was one reason, but not the only one. The fact is, my father left me practically penniless." Tom stared at the speaker in undisguised astonishment. "It is a fact, Tom. I gave up my horses, but I did not give up backing others. The result is that I am now on the very verge of bankruptcy ; and in a short time I am to marry Lady Florenco Garthwaile. Consequently, within the next few months I must, by some means or other, rais-e at least "• " Excuse me, my lord," interrupted Tom. " I — cr — that is — well, of course, you are aware that I owe my present position and my little private fortune entirely to your father. I have about £20,000 invested in Consols. I can soon realise it, and, if you don't mind, it's yours, and nobody shall know anything about it." "Your generosity does credit to your heart, Tom, but, of course, I cannot accept your clia , your offer, I mean." " I beg your pardon, my lord — most humbly. I forgot." "Besides I must raise at least £100,000. I can get a final mortgage of £10,000 on the estate, and if I lose that tho mortgagee will forucloae, and lam ruined. I have explained thus much, Tom, becaupo you havo a right to know it, as you are the one man who can help me to win the hundred them .and. I want you to why, what's the matter?" Tom Kenyon had fainted. He had heard such yarns before, and tho conclusion wa-j always a suggestion to " pull " a hor^e and deliberately lose a race, so that the pleader might retrieve his fortune by foul means. Tho thought that the son of his old master — tho old Lord Clanmore, the very soul of integrity—could stoop so low was too much .-for the jockey- Under ordinary circumstances, perhaps, Tom would not have broken down so completely, but ho had had a hard day, and for- tome time ho had been compelled lo trifle with Nature in order lo reduce- his weight so that ho might ride the "dark" horse, Sir Eric Marsden's Alpha, in theCesarewitch. " What is tho matter? " repeated Lord Clanmore, when Tom revived. "Nothing nothing," was tho reply. "I've been over-training, I expect. Go on, my lord." " Well, as I was saying, I want you to do me a favour. You know a good horse when you sea one. When next you get news of a good thing ab long odds, I waul you to let mo know. My estate ha* been disbursed on the turf; I want tlsc turf to pay a little back. I will lxiok your selection for all I am worth — or, rather, for all I can raise ; and if I win J shall never tack another horse as long as I live." Tom Kenyon could scarcely believe his ears. Lord Clanmore had not come to bribe him to go wrong, after all. It was only a " tip " ho wanted — an honest tip. Tho fceljng of relief whioh passed over Tom was, to use the jackey's own word*, simply indescribable. _ " My lord, you have asked me just at the right moment. lam to ride Alpha in the Ce.=arewitch next week. Beta and Omega are the fir.-'t favourites, and according to tho betting world, I have practically no chance with Alpha, who^e price, at present, is 15 to 1." " Do you adviso mo to back Alpha, then? " " Not yet, my lord. Tho only horso I am afraid of is Beta. Twenty-four hours beforo tho race I shall have a very good idea as to tho probable winner. If you do not hear from mo on the morning of the race, back Alpha. If I fancy any other horse id likely to beat me, you shall know its name by the first pqsfc on, tUe raoe-djiY. 1 '

" Thanks, Tom. I understand. If I hear nothing I put my money on Alpha ; if Alpha is likely to lose I shall receive a letter. V ery good." On the night beforo iho great race Tom Kenyon wrote and posted the following brief letter to Lord Clanmor3 : —

" Holol, Newmarket.

"Alpha has been out of sorts for two days. Impossible for him to win. Advise you to support B«ta. Short odds, but sure. — Tom Kenyon."

The news of Alpha's indisposition was already widely known. On tho day of the race scarcely any backers supported him, and he started at 20 to 1 against.

Tho man who was most conoorned and puzzled about the condition of Alpha was Alpha's jockey, for, to Tom's surprise, the animal seemed to recover suddenly, and at the starting-post Tom felt assured that the spirited horse would make a good bid for victory.

And Alpha did mako a good bid for victory. Slowly, but surely. Alpha and Beta gained on their rivals, until they were really the only two horses left in the race. The vast crowd oheered lustily for Beta. A. hundred yards from the winning-post the pair ran neck and neck, and Tom fait that, bar accidents, he would win.

Then, and not till then, was Tom seized with that indefinable species of torturo which one experiences when one's inclination and duty point in directly opposite directions. If Alpha lost, no one would bo surprised. Scarcely anybody, except the " bookies," would be sorry, for very few of the thousands of spectators had backed Tom's mount. Abovo all, Lord Clanmore would be saved from ruin and disgrace — and had not he himself strongly urged tho young lord to back Beta?

Only for a few brief moments did Tom hesitate. He thought of his master, Sir Eric Marsden, who had long ago set his mind on carrying off this event, and ho thought of his honour, which, up to that moment, bad remained unsullied.

That settled the matter. Hia mind wan made up. With only ono object in view — that of winning at all hazards — he urged Alpha on with whip and spur, and Alpha nobly responded, like the came horse ho waj.

The winning post was nearpd — reached — pa«sed. A hoarso roar of disappointment, a confused hubbub, and a solitary cheer hero and there told Tom plainly enough that Alpha had beaten Beta and won the Cosarewitch. And euch was the case. Alpha had won by a short head. Tom Konyon's honour was saved. Lord Clanmoro was irretrievably ruined.

" I congratulate you, old man," said the jockey who rodo Beta. " I thought I should have beaten you this lime ; but — why. what's the matter ? You don' t look over well pleased at your victory."

"Hearty congratulations!" exelaimpxl Sir Eric Marsden, his face beaming with smile.-*. ""You never rede better in your life, Tom — never."

And then, to add to Tom's discomfiture, Lord Clanmore — tho ruined Lord Olanmore — loomed in f-ight. The winning jockey, feoling sick at heart, tried to avoid him ; but Lord Clanuiore was not tho man to bo avoided.

" Tom," evoitedly whispered tho young lord in his unwilling ear; "Tom, you havo saved me ! "

Tho jockey started

" I put £10,000 on Alpha at 20 to 1." continued Lord Clanmore, " and I have cleared £200,000. I shall never forget you. Tom." fom Kenyon could scarcely believe his caw. Yet the excited pacv was evidently speaking the truth. What did it all mean?

He found nut shortly aftorwards. An envelope, marked " On Her Majesty's Service, " reached him, and on opening it Tom found, to his intense astonishment, that it contained tho letter he had written to Lord Clanmore advising him lo back Beta instead of Alpha. Tho letter had never reached Lord Clanmore, for the very good reason that Tom Konyon had, in a moment of forgetfulness, posted it without any namo or address od tho envelope. It had of course journoyod to tho " Dead Letter " department of tho G.P.0., where it was opened. Then, lika thousanda of similarly addressed — or, rather, unaddresied — missives which aro dropped into pillar-boxes every .year, it was returned lo the writer.

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RACING IN ENGLAND., Otago Witness, Issue 2390, 21 December 1899

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