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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE.

The race for the 1 wo Thousand Guineas was run on the 27th of April. Though called the " Two Thousand Guineas," it is now-a-days worth betwe n £4000 and £5000. The doings in connection with the race were altogether " sensational." Belladrum, on his public form of last year, stood far ahead of his competitors ; yet, for months before the race, amateur and professional bookm:i'v--rs went on laying money :i:;iin.st the horse, as no prudent men do except they " know something." Rome vague rumor "got afloat that Belladrum was a roarer ; and without really knowing anything, people laid immense sums against the horse, as if he had no chance ; till even his very owner did not know what to made of it. The end of it was that the betting-ring narrowly escaped a disaster. If Belladrum had been ridden to oulers, and had not been allowed to make strong running, he would have won in a canter, and some of the most insolent of the " leviathans " would, in all probability, have been defaulters. As it was, Pretender won by half a length; the despised Belladrum was second; and a great outsider in the French stable, Perry Down, was third. Immense sums have been laid against Belladrum for the Derby — more than can ever be " got back " again — and there is a great likelihood of his being Micces.tful. Last year the same thing occurred with Blue Gown; the year before with Hermit ! ro much for the judgment of the men whose " profession " it is to trade in their knowledge of hi»r*e flesh. The other great race of the- meeting at Newmarket was of the same character. A "roarer," Scottish Queen, who iad been beaten in her trial, won the race for the Thousand Guineas, for fillies, easily. Morna, the favorite, a stable companion of Pedro Gomez, being second. The once celebrated race for the Chester Cup took place on the sth of May. It was won by Knight of the Garter, carrying no less than 9st lib, and giving 43lbs to the second honse, St. Mungo, a very. nearly j first-class three-year-old. After 'this we ought to hear no more of the decline of the English racehorse, and his inability to. carry weight over a long course. The course for the Chester Cup is nearly 2 j miles --quite sufficient to test the staying qualities of a horse. The police have made a clean sweep of the racing lotteries and " lucky bags" that are usually so numerous just before the Derby. The promoters of several were brought up at Bow-street, and committed for trial at the Old Bailey. Thty afterwards pleaded guilty, and were afterwards by the Judge allowed to go at large upon their own recognizance to appear when called on. A large sum of money was (-■eized, which was divided among the local charities,, under the superintendence of the police. The iron has entered into the soul of Cambridge, and she is determined to leave nothing undone that may give her a hope of victory next year, when she again meets Oxford upon the Thames, " dulcis cum Zephp'is, et hirundine pinna." The Cam is to be dredged and deepened, all impediments to a good " swing " are to be removed, and let us hope that the faults which marred the style of Cambridge will all be removed too. The list of subscribers to the " Cam Improvement Fund" fills three columns of the Times ; the Queen gives £100, the Prince of Wales £50, and the Duke of Devonshire, as Chancellor, £100. The Masters of Colleges are down for sums varying from £5 to £25. Lord Justice Selwyn is the chairman, Bishop Selwyn, and many other well-known boating men are on the committee. Harvard. College has challenged Cambridge as well as Oxford to row a four-oar race in August next, from Mortlake to Putney. Both the challenges have been accepted. The pluck of the American boat-clubs, in challenging our Universities, after waiving every point of specialty in our faror, is universally recognised. , Immense crowds will be present at the races, and we venture to say that the victory of our gallant and chivalrous rivals would be received even with as great enthusiasm as that of our own crews.

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., West Coast Times, Issue 1188, 14 July 1869

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE. West Coast Times, Issue 1188, 14 July 1869

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