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THE LAST OF THE CLASSIC RACES.

SEABREEZE'S VICTORY. I From Our London Correspondent.] London, Sept. 17. The story of the St. Leger is soon told. Public faith in Ayrshire remained firm to the last, despite an alleged fit of lameness and the ominous opposition of certain well-known ' dead-meat ' bookmakers. The Duke of Portland was very angry with one of these gentlemen on Tuesday afternoon, and openly asked him what he knew or thought he knew. 'My tout, your Grace,' said the man quietly, 'thinks Ayrshire lacks stamina, and that he'll very probably " crack " a few furlongs from home.' The Duke laughed satirically, but the prediction was remembered by many the following day when that very thing happened. The Legei afternoon was splendidly fine, and all Yorkshire, as usual, mustered on the famous Town Moor. In the paddock both Derby and Oaks winners were greatly admired. Captain Machell made no secret of his faith in Seabreeze, and the stable commission executed at the post wan so large that the filly for some time became absolute first favourite. Ayrshire's friends were, however, also very numerous, and at the last he had a slight call, 2 to 1 being offered against his chance, whilst 5 to 2 could be had about Seabreeze. Orbit, on the other hand, did not make a good impression and retreated to 6 to 1, whilst ' bar three ' long prices could be had. Zanzibar at 20 to 1 had a few friends and Estafette and Stronvar at 33 to 1, were occasionally asked after. Of the rank outsiders the "Kingsclere third string Apollo, who started at 66 to 1 (and ran extremely well) was perhaps enquired for oftenest. But the general impression, however, seemed to be that the issue la> between the Derby and Oaks winners, and no oue paid great attention to the outsiders. After two false starts the flag fell, and the 17 competitors were despatched on equal terms. Ossory, quickest on hio legs, made the running, taking the field along at such a terrific pace that before a mile had been traversed, at least a dozen animals were dead out of the race. When Ossory's bolt was shot, Orbit also compounded, and thia left Seabreeze at the head of affairs, with only Ayrshire, Chillington, Zanzibar, and Aopollo threatening the least danger. Nearing home, Ayrshire drew up to the filly's shoulders, and ioud shouts proclaimed his probable victory. It proved, however, to be only an expiring effort. Almost immediately afterwards the Derby winner fell back beaten, and Seabreeze, shaking off Chillington and Zanzibar, galloped home three lengths to the good amid vociferous cheering. Chillington, Zanzibar, andApollo(placed second,thirdand fourth)finished all in a clamp heads only dividing them. Ayrshire was not persevered with, and ran sixth only. The time (3min 11 sees) was phenomenal, 3min 20see being the average.

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THE LAST OF THE CLASSIC RACES., Observer, Volume 9, Issue 516, 10 November 1888

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THE LAST OF THE CLASSIC RACES. Observer, Volume 9, Issue 516, 10 November 1888

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