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Some interesting observations are also made by the Sportsman's special concerning the race for this world-famed two-year-old event. Nothing could have been more satisfactory, he writes, than to see the first three in the Middle Park Plate meet to fight their battle over again. Democrat looked a lot better than he did on the Middle Park Plate day, and Diamond Jubilee improves each time he is seen out. Goblet is a model of.compact symmetry. Marsh was not without hope of reversing the Middle Park Plate form, and knowing that Democrat would start at what I still think a falto price I inclined to the brother to Persimmon, who, will, I feel pretty sure, catch the American gelding next year, though he has failed to do so this. The mist and fog were so bad that no race could be seen until the horses were near the Bushes ; but this much I could see of the Dewhurst Plate, that the generally circulated repgrt that Democrat was never headed is all wrong. I am aware that Sloan and, I believe, Watts agree with this report ; but if Democrat was not the last of the three runners as they came down into the "dip I have been provided with eyes in vain. Sloan handled his mount almost exactly as he did in the Middle Park Plate, and brought him up opposite the public stand with a well-timed and well-sustained effort. Diamond Jubilee ran as true as steel, but he was for the time being overmatched. The winner, however, did not get home quite bo easily as at the last meeting, and a& the second seems clearly to be a reformed character, I shall stand the thoroughbred to be the better of the two when thpy meet next year. 1 think, at the same time, it is considerable odds on Forfarahire beating them both.

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THE DEWHURST PLATE., Otago Witness, Issue 2390, 21 December 1899

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THE DEWHURST PLATE. Otago Witness, Issue 2390, 21 December 1899