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tholomew to ride their nags for the Derby. For the issue—had the jockey in dispute ridden both, as the practice is at Astley's, it would have been all one. If there was to be a “shy,” it ought to have been between the Lord of Knowsley and Mr. Clarkson. Ultimately it transpired that Bartholomew would be on Neville, and that Templeman would be on Dervish : the pair of “prads” selected to beat the field with such fortune as will be seen à l'avenir. Following the pleasant passages of the anniversary, we encounter bits such as this :-“ This is to certify that I have this afternoon examined a brown horse” (whose backers were thus done brown) -“ The Trapper” (denomination most appropriate), " and consider him unfit for the Derby.” Thus said Mr. W. : Field, of 224, Oxford Street. The black board likewise contained a great many notices, declaring bets off on the Derby with certain parties who had neglected to “come to the scratch.”
Racing began with the Carew Stakes, eight subscribers, and five at the "scratch.” 5 to 2 laid on Capt. Lane's Ephesus-a clever winner, Then was hope and trepidation on the tip-toe : the course was cleared for the Derby, whereof the details were in this wise :
The DERBY STAKES of £50 each, h. ft., for three years old colts 8st. 71b., fillies 8st. 21b.; the New Course (217 subs.) Mr. Gully's b. c. Andover by Bay Middleton, 8st. 71b.
A. Day 1 Baron Rothschild's b. c. King Tom, by Harkaway, 8st. 71b. Mr. Gully's b. c. Hermit, by Bay Middleton, 8st. 71b... Mr. Copperthwaite's b. c. The Early Bird, by Birdcatcher 8st. 7lb.
Twenty-three others ran. Betting : 5 to 2 against Dervish, 7 to 2 against Andover, 8 to 1 against King Tom, 10 to 1 against Wild Huntsman, 12 to 1 against Neville, 14 to 1 against Hermit, the same against Hospodar, 20 to 1 against Marsyas, the same against The Early Bird. 25 to 1 against New Warrior, 40 to 1 against Knight of St. George, 50 to 1 against Alembic, the same against Canute, 1000 to 15 against Bracken, 1000 to 10 against Champagne, the same against Woodcote, the same against Welham, the same against Middlesex, the same against Grey Plover, and the same against Papageno. The row began with Autocrat—like his Imperial fellow-brute in the Danubian provinces—and so the quadruped fell into a hole, as it is to be hoped will the biped Old Muscovite Nick in due course of time. When the legitimate go was effected, Hospodar made running, with a ruck of tag-rag for company, and a miscellaneous sequitur. Up the hill and over the high ground the pace was wretched, and the lot a long tail with a tip to it, hight, Autocrat--becomingly placed. Down the slant, from the mile post to Tattenham Corner, they went fast, and no thanks to them. At the turn, tribulation prevailed exceedingly. There Hermit, hitherto dwelling in the solitude, came out, and I saw at a glance to his cost—'Tis one thing to win over Newmarket and to lose over the Surrey Downs. At this point of the race, Dervish was doing his best to beat himself and veteran Sim Templeman by two equestrian operations, carrying his rider on his back, and putting his shoulders out of their sockets. Alfred Day, with a bright look out, was skimming the rails, and thus they entered the distance for the crowning wreath. Here Dervish cried “ enough,” and the Derby two-hundredand-seventeen dwindled into a match between Andover and King Tom, the former going in first by a length in a canter!... Neither DERVISH
nor Neville got a place, the quarter within the judge's pen beingAndover 1, King Tom 2, Hermit 3, and The Early Bird 4. The finish was a “finish”-vide the Times of the 7th ult.
“Although vast sums of money were dispursed in the course of the previous afternoon at Tattersall’s, numerous impediments to smooth going presented themselves. Unfavourable reports of absentees were rife (who was the noble gentleman ?), and complaints of the tightness of money were heard on all sides. One gentleman, who was present at the commencement, suddenly sounded a retreat, and was hotly inquired after at the close. Another, who was generally deep in liabilities, was reported quite gone ; but as he had been hit hard on the Metropolitan, his absence did not occasion much surprise. The list of “cleared out for the levant” comprised several others, whose liabilities in the aggregate are very heavy... In short, to a large number of persons, it was about the worst “ settling day'' ever experienced...P.S. Since the foregoing appeared in type, it has transpired that "a man of rank,” in the language of Sam Slick, has “ absquotilated, and cut dirt for Canidy”...
N.B. I had almost forgotten to observe that though the winner ran in Gully's name, and was ridden in his colours, he is the joint property of Mr. Padwick and Mr. Gully, the former better known on the turf as Mr. Howard.
The defeat of Dervish, though a sore disappointment to his noble owner, was a “ godsend” to the ring. It would have been shocking bad” settling if he had popped in his head first. According to all accounts, he ought to have done so ; such is ever the ratio of the losers' logic ; for he ran faster than anything in the race, thus pumping his lungs into a vacuum, and was pulling double at the distance, before he was done ; but when Sim called upon him to go with Andover, he shut up (as an empty bladder does) instanter, as his enemies always protested he would do...
“ Harry, thy wish was father to the thought," refused to make the slightest effort, and was beaten for a place by The Early Bird, who here, as well as in his own country, proved himself the best of the Irish division ; quite apropos, inasmuch as Dervish was thrown over by four in lieu of one, thus crowning an Hibernian Bull with a Birdcatcher's son.
Turning to the Epsom Handicap, we have evil luck again triumphant. Seven started for it, and, as they launched into the straight running, Mishap and Banstead struggled to overrun The Druid, whereupon he ported aboard of Roebuck, and upset him, and Mishap finishing first, became Good Fortune.
The Epsom Cup, Derby Course, 35 subscribers of £10 each, hnd a half-dozen at the post. Betting : 5 to 2 on Rataplan, won by Kingston, 3 to 1 against him. The Durham Stakes of £5 each, half a score of runners, Vaultress won on the post by a neck. The Great Exhibition Handicap, The Assayer, three years old, carrying 5st. 101b.—that is, 2st. 111b. under two-year-old training weight-won by making use of his " feather?' down the hill.
To the grateful atmospheric characteristics of Thursday reference has been already made. The sport began with the Epsom Four-Year-Old Stakes, 4 io 1 on Dabchick, and he cantered in leading by half a dozen
lengths. The Two-Year-Old Stakes of £10 each, 27 subscribers, introduced a field of eight. Even on Para against it, 3 to 1 against Bessie. This brace of female friends fought for supremacy with a fierceness familiar to the fair sex, Ultimately Bessie won, and down went fortune-telling... The Grand Stand Handicap had five competitors, Miss Bolton the best of the bundle by a length-Domino a shocking bad third. The Selling Stakes of £5 each came off a quartet, wherein Pebble played first fiddle...Her Majesty's Hundred Guineas Mr. Greville as befitting won, with Adine. The Cobham Handicap, 6 to 4 against Orinoco, first in the market, and 7 to 1 against Eliza, last in the market. Eliza, “first in the throng," won.
Finis--the third day... Friday was absolutely a racing dies non. It poured in town, and drenched in country. In the Grand Stand lawn “circulation,” moral as well as material, “was both difficult and dangerous ”—the latter transcendent. “ The ring was formed early, but business was uncommonly flat, scarcely anything being in demand but Meteora and Bribery. Indeed, one can't be astonished at this, seeing that the legs couldn't keep their feet, “on account of the slippery state of the" (Albert Smith facilis discensus) “steep lawn." If my reader has ever been at Smithfield beast market before daylight on a morning in Ember week, he may form some idea of the “emerald meadows of Cachmere,” provided upon Epsom Downs by the spirited Clerk of the Course, for the patrons of his Olympian pavilion. At two P.M., the pageant was put upon the scene, and the company over the instep in the mire. The Members' Plate was an exciting spectacle, being "won in a canter by three lengths" by Defiance, with 7 to 1 on him.
Speculation was now cock-a-hoop for the ladies. The Oaks' affections were centred in Meteora, ten per cent. better fancy than Dervish for the Derby. At three P.m. precisely “off she goes. All sorts of sympathy was secured for the daughter of Cyprian ; but like her stable associate, the son of the Duchess of Kent, she was doomed to succumb to a superior—Mincemeat having the issue in hand all through, and winning by a length and a half. Thus neither Dervish, nor Neville, nor Meteora fulfilled the mission for which they were chosen. Here follow the particulars of the Oaks for 1854. The Oaks Stakes of 50 sovs. each, h. ft., for three years
old fillies 8st. 7st. each; the owner of the second filly received 100 sovs. out of the stakes, and the winner paid 100 sovs. towards the police and regulations of the course, and 30 sovs. to the Judge ; one mile and a half, run on the New Course (156 subs.) Mr. Cookson's br. f. Mincemeat, by Sweetmeat, out of Hybla, by The Provost
Charlton 1 Ld. Derby's b. f. Meteora, by Melbourne........
Marlow 2 Ld. Bruce's cb. f. Bribery, by the Libel.......
Flatman 3 Mr. Gregory's ch. f. Lady Bird, by Irish Birdcatcher...
Aldcroft 4 Eleven others ran. 6 to 4 on Meteora, 4 to 1 against Bribery, 10 to 1 against Mincemeat, 15 to 1 against Malmsey, 20 to 1 against Sortie, 25 to 1 against Mishap, and 30 to 1 against Lady Bird. Won by a length and a half, three lengths between the second and third, two lengths between the third and fourth, Diana and Honeysuckle were next. The latter was six and a balf lengths behind the winner.
The Railway Handicap Plate-thirteen starters-Glenstrae-4 to 1
against him-won. The First Great Surrey Foal Stakes, of £10 each, twenty-two subscribers, was run a match between Champagne and Middlesex_11 to 8 on the latter-won by the former. The Derby and Oaks Stakes of £5 each-fourteen subscribers—had nine runners5 to 2 on Vaultress-won by Child of the Mist, by a length. The winner was objected to on the ground that her number was taken down from the telegraph, after a declaration that she would not start had been made.- Newspaper report.
The race was claimed by the owner of Vaultress, on the ground that Child of the Mist's number was taken down before starting, and the horse was scratched. The case was heard by the Stewards the Tuesday after the races, and the following decision given :
“ The Stewards of the Jockey Club having heard the evidence with respect to the Derby and Oaks Stakes at Epsom, are of opinion, that although Child of the Mist's number was taken down by desire of his owners, while the horses were proceeding to the starting post, yet as the person sent by them to prevent him from running did not arrive in time to carry out their change of intention, the horse must be considered the winner of the race.
FRANCIS VILLIERS.” “ Vaulting ambition that o'er leaps itsell,
And falls on the other side." The Foreign Visitors' Handicap Plate of £100, for all ages, brought out eight to “sublime” the meeting. Assayer, with 7 to 4 on him, wonand down went the rush for the Railway Station-Sic transit gloria for the snob at settling.
Gain—as we have seen in the preamble to Epsom Races—is the especial object of the popular tryst. In the interval, separating it from Royal Ascot, took place the inauguration of the People's Palace at Sydenham. On Saturday, the 10th of June, 1854, we were told by The Times of the 12th ult. :
“ Her Majesty the Queen opened the Crystal Palace. That Palace, it is proper to state, is no product of sentiment or philanthropic enterprise, but a strictly commercial speculation, undertaken with a DELIBERATE VIEW TO PROFIT—videlicit, upon the sheer principle of a gin palace—and the very antipodes of its prospectus. Times' report continued :-“ Little could be seen of the flower show, with which Paxton had brightened up the palace and park (?) in special honour of the day and of Royalty,” a courteous arrangement called “putting the cart before the horse.' There was a want of water too, to play the fountainsin plain words, there was a Committee-purse hydrophobia. “But it is not given to human enterprise to be complete all at once-Q.E.D. in two years. Certainly not-in such a term, a house as big as a county town has never yet been got up without tin. On the day of this ominous ceremonial, the wet-nurse of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales murdered her six children-expressing her regret they were not forty! The scene of this tragedy was West End, adjacent to Claremont Park, where died the hope of Great Britain, Charlotte, wife of the reigning King of the Belgians, and daughter of George the Fourth. Is there, in the annals of the world, a catastrophe such as this ?
Virago having physicked the fortunetellers for the Great Metropolitan Stakes-Epaminondas having basted Dr. O'Toole and Domino, the
selected of the Sphynx-Hermit having shown that touching IIermit, the oracle was not "Ruby bright” in the Two Thousand-Virago having thrown Meteora into the shade for the One Thousand—Andover having upset the Soothsayer, who said Dervish or Neville must win the Derby, and Mr. Cookson having served the same savant similarly by thrashing Honeysuckle with his daughter of Sweatmeat and Hybla—we will pass on to Ascot Heath Races.
Before we enter upon this courtly four days' course, we will allude to the legal incident which occupied the dies non Wednesday, in the Court of Queen’s Bench, wherein the Queen proceeded against Alleyne and others, who were represented by her Majesty's Attorney-General, to show cause against the rule to show cause why the writ of error upon the judgment in this prosecution should not be quashed on the ground of the same having been sued out with a view to a compromise, and for the purpose of enabling such compromise to be effected. Ten arguments having passed between this functionary and Lord Campbell
, in one of which the learned Judge told the AttorneyGeneral that he was now appearing for the defendants, who were accused of imposing upon the Attorney-General—to which the gentleman rejoined that “ he might, perhaps, have contracted some prejudice in farour of the defendants. If the brief had not been delivered to him (from briefs the Lord deliver us), it was possible he might have taken another riew of the case. Under these circunstances, he thought he had better retire”-a conclusion in which we emphatically sympathise — " and in order to afford the parties an opportunity of retaining another counsel, he hoped the court would allow the case to stand over till to-morrow.
Mr. Edwin James, Q.C., said, “ he would offer no opposition to the application"—the de novo being a pleasant proceeding in banco-so the case was postponed accordingly, Thus Captain Kennedy and the Alleynes are about to promote quite a new performance.
Tattersalls, June 12th, 1854.-If tke proceedings of this afternoon are to be regarded as any criterion, betting during the summer months is not likely to be very onerous. The effects of the late disastrous Derby settling were apparent both in the thinness of the attendance, and the amount of business transacted. The latter calls for little remark, the Ascot events being very delicately touched upon. It was evident, however, that Kingston and Rataplan were in request for both these engagements ; the chief investments of the latter, however, were for the Cup, for which Virago and Stockwells were struck out. Omoo, likewise, was scratched for all his Ascot engagements; and Shunting, it was stated, had been left in the Stakes by mistake. For the St. Leger, 1000 to 400 was taken about King Tom, and 8 to 1 rather freely about Dervish6 to 1 being his closing quotation. The introduction of a new Derby favourite, for 1855, "Græculus Esuriens,"' Anglicè “ The Hungry GREEK,” was the only important feature of the afternoon.
As “coming events cast their shadows before," I am instructed to conclude that this courser, with the nominal mauvaise plaisanterie, is not the real "Simon Pure ” of the party. Nous verrons, on the other side of '54.
Opening at 25 to 1, he speedily advanced, after a heavy outlay, to 17 to 1-a point more was afterwards laid, and offered while the room continued open. His stable companion, Bonnie Morn, to get on whom-Mr. Bowes’s alter aliter "Aurifer"-everybody was equally eager,