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THE OAKS DAY.

(PHOM THE HOME NEWS.)

The weather mitigated somewhat of its rigor to day ; that is to say, it was not quite so cold, but still cold enough to make summer finery look forlorn and pitiable under the leaden sky, which few gleams of sunshine enlivened. The hill was bare in comparison with former years, and the general attendance showed a decided falling off. This, of course is not surprising ; and if we wonder at anything it is that, comparatively small as was the assemblage, it was not smaller. It takes a great deal, however, as is often remarked, to make English men and women forego their holiday ; so, despite the bitter wind and threatening clouds, there were still the usual adjuncts of the scene, though curtailed in their proportions. The Oaks had been so settled and agreed upon by every one as a foregone conclusion for Achievement that all speculation on ifc was checked, and the field dwindled down to the smallest on record. Ten were nominated on the card, and of these eight only came to the post ; and, with the exception of Hippia and Bumblekite, nothing was fancied. Achievement was saddled at the Warren, and, as she came down the course, met her small field cantering up. Custance pulled up his mare opposite the Stand, and they

passed her in single file, like troops before their commanding officer. There were many investments on Hippia at the last moment, her good looks gaining her many supporters; but BuniMekite's backers must have felt, when they saw her escapades at the post, that they had leant on a very broken reed. She showed her usual temper, kicking and lashing out in all directions, and the ominous whisk of her tail was visible without the aid of a Voigtlander. When despatched the pace was so wretched that to it, or rather the want of it, we are almost inclined to attribute the result, for the modern Crucifix was beaten, and beaten easily, by Hippia; and not only that, but such a moderate animal as Romping Girl made a dead heat with her for second place. Now, though Pearson's mare may not be a stayer, nor the 'Derby course be exactly suited to her, this can hardly be accounted as her form, and we must still take the liberty of believing that if there had been something to make the running with her grand turn of speed she would have cut down her horses and got home. But she was beaten a duzen "strides from the chair, and Daley, sitting as quietly on Hippia as he had on Hermit, passed her, and landed his second great coup for his first master, amid uproarious cheering. Jockeys, now-a-days, seldom win the two great events in the same year. Templeman and Frank Butler used to have the trick of it some twenty years since, but it has remained for one of the least fortunate of the present generation, whose winning mounts are easily reckoned up in the year, to do that which some of his seniors, and supposed betters, would give half their game to be able to accomplish. Eighty-ninth Oaks.Stakes, of 50 soys each, h ft, for three-year-old fillies ; Bsfc 10lb each ; the owner of the second to receive 100 soys out of the stakes. Mile and a half. 201 subs. Baron Rothschild's b Hippia, by King Tom (Daley) 1 Col. Pearson's br Achievement (Custance) f Mr Osborne's b Koniping Girl (J. Osborne) f The following also ran : — Bumblekite, Sceur de Charite, Arapeile, Minster Bell, and Bounceaway. Betting : 3 to lon Achievement, Bto 1 agst Bumblekite, 11 to 1 ags(^ Hippia, 25 to 1 agsfc Arapeile, 40 to l*agsfc Soeuv de Charite and Romping Girl, and 50 to 1 agst Bounceaway.

The Race.— The small field, shortly after having taken their canters, met the starter, who, after one failure, lowered his flag, and the race commenced. The first to show in advance was Hippia, but when fairly in their places she was pulled back into the extreme rear, and the running was taken up by Romping Girl, who, with Bumblebile on her right, came on clear of Arapeilc. Close in their track were seen the colors of the favorite, Sceur de Charite, Bounccaway, Minster Bell, and Hippia, in which position they came up the hill ; but, when fairly in the o^d course, the wretched pace hitherto made enabled the lot to close up, and thence they ran in close company, with the exception of the two leaders, who were still seen clear of their horses as they descended the hill for Tattenhani Corner. When fairly in the straight Wells brought up Arapeile on the lower ground, and took place at the girth of Bumblekite; Achievement at the same time drew forward on the upper ground, the four running nearly abreast to the road. Here Daley, who had been gradually drawing forward, moved to the front, but in consequence of Arapeile dropping back at the same moment, he was compelled to ease Hippia, and come up on the right of the Romping Girl. The latter, as they neared the distance, was headed by Achievement, who came on slightly in advanre of the pair to the Stand. Here Daley called upon Hippia, who, answering with unflinching gameness, joined the favorite, headed^jjther a dozen strides from home, and won very 'cleverly by a length amid tremendous cheering from all parts of the stand and enclosure. Osborne, on Romping Girl, riding with great determination to the end, was just able to reach the favorite in the last stride, the pair passing the post so nicely balanced as to prevent the judge separating them, and in consequence he gave his fiat iri favor of a dead heat for second honors and money. Bumblekite finished a bad fourth, with Scaur de Charite next. The others were widely separated, the last, Bounceaway, being beaten off a long way. "Net value of the stakes, 5200 soys. Run in 2 mm. 51 soc.

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THE OAKS DAY., West Coast Times, Issue 573, 26 July 1867

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THE OAKS DAY. West Coast Times, Issue 573, 26 July 1867

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