The budget by this -week's mail begins with the racing at Manchester. On the first day Lord Melton, eon of Melton and. tbe Ropebery mare La Rosiere, easily disposed of the opposition in the Breeders' Foal Plate, and next day The Grafter won the Prince Edward Handicap, thus completing a sequence of three wins in. this race for Australian horses, Georgic having won in 1898 and Maluma last year. The performance of The Grafter was extremely creditable, and an improvement even upon that in the City and Suburban, when he carried 41b less first past the pout. On the same day there was racing at Hurst Park, where King's Courier won a mile and a-half race in tho English record of 2min 31 2-ssec. Avidity's time, previously noted, was farter, but it was not official. King's Courier is by the fast but non-staying Kingston out of a mare whose descent ie traced from a Barb stallion, and mare presented to Piesident Jefferson by the Bey of Tunis in IFO6. Despite the fact that Mi Drake's three-year-o]d was carrying 9st, and giving weight away all round, he won in a canter, and gave further evidence of that smartness which had received striking endorsement when he beat Merry Gal and La Roche in the Doncaster Cup. The Newmarket meeting began on the 25th September, when interest centred in the Great Foal Stakes. Forfarshire was one of the starters, and he looked well, but the mib3ic did not know whether he had regained his action after his mishap at Epetrcn, so they preferred Phalaris, and had the mortification' of seeing Forfarshire walk away with the race. On the second day, says the Sportsman, tkov were two -surprises, of the real old-fashioned sort, in the October and Great Eastern Rail way -Handicaps*. For the flirt of these event • there was only a field of eight, but tin winnei, Sardonic 11, started at 20 to 1, the American mare securing the verdict by a neck in a close finish with Gossander, whe started favourite, at 2to 1. The Great Eastern Railway Handicap wa« won by the rgve-year-old Australian horse Spark 11, whose victory may be solely attributed to the fact that, owing to a pro-
traded delay at the post, Mr Coventry brought the starting machine into use. Spark 11, being an old hand at the game, was served by his experiences, and got off something like a dozen lengths in front of his field. He was never quite caught, and won by a head from "Waterhen, who ran a great mare. Spark IT is by Autseus (son of Sir Modred) out of a mare by Lochiel out of La Mode, by Albany. More than a little of New Zealand in that pedigree. The Carbine blood came out well in the Ditch Mile Nursery, in which Dundonald showed his heels to lb opponents, doin^ the distance in lmin 41soc, very good for a two- j' ear-old. Diamond Jubilee, when saddled for ihe Jockey Club Stakes, refused for ten minutes to budge out of the paddock, and they had to smash the lock of another gate to find an exit for him on" to the course. This mulishness foretold his downfall in the race. He ran well for a mile, when the weight began to tell, and Forfarshire, on the extreme ieli. seemed formidable, but Disguise II always held the winning card, and, aided by superior condition, drew away up the hill, and won :n gallant style. Jolly Tar, who had run his race in snatches, put in some good \vimi at .h'j last, and managed to beat Forfarshire ty v. neck for second money. Volodyovsld lad a very easy task to beat his solitary opponent in the Rous Memorial Stakes, and lor iho market St. Leger, the only -other rao" i;t importance, Strong Bow easily settled Irs three moderate opponents, the great lumbering helpless-looking Mahdi being allowed to m» k c a semblance ot a finish with him. Strong Bow is anything but a discredit to La Flcche."
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ENGLISH RACING., Otago Witness, Issue 2436, 21 November 1900
ENGLISH RACING. Otago Witness, Issue 2436, 21 November 1900
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