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Report, bk c, by Kettledrum, out of Pop-gun by Ellington (Mr Green)
Drop Scene, ch f, by Rataplan, out of Amanda (Mr James)
Br f by Cape Flyaway, out of Lady Caroline by Orlando (Mr Quayle)
B c, 2 yrs, by the Arab Minaret, out of Gilwell Fairy (Hon Mr. Ogilvie)...
Br c by Neptunus, out of Stockade by Stockwell (Mr W Day)
BROOD MARE, THE PROPERTY OF MR. J. NEWTON.
Blanche by Birdcatcher, out of Camphine by The Provost; covered by The Earl (Mr
Bird of Eve by Leamington, out of The Flapper by Touchstone; covered by Cape Flyaway (Mr Peart)
Corybantica by Fandango, out of Victoria by Melbourne; covered by Underhand (Mr
Bracelet by Touchstone, out of Manacle by Emilius; covered by Dalesman (Mr
Lady of the Lake by King Tom, out of The Incurable by The Cure; covered by Lecturer (Mr Watson)..
Nebula by Longbow, out of Meteora by Melbourne, with a colt foal by Newcastle, and covered by Exchequer (Mr Heslop)
Lufra by Windhound, out of Maud by Loup-garou, with a filly foal by Cape Flyaway, and covered by Dalesman (Mr Pedley)
Underhand, b h, by The Cure, out of Contraction (Mr Wintringham)
Ding Dong, b m, by Kettledrum, out of Stella by West Australian; with colt by Van
MR. WRIGHT'S BROOD MARE.
Fascination, b m, by Wild Dayrell, her dam Lady Lurewell by Hornsea; covered by
Jasper, ch h, 5 yrs, by King Tom, out of Flash of Lightning by Velocipede, out of Dido (Mr Twiddy)
At Doncaster, by Mr. Johnson:
BROOD MARE, THE PROPERTY OF MR. T. T. Parker.
Eleanor de Montford by King Tom, out of Tasmania's dam by Picaroon; covered by The os. Earl (Mr Bennett)
MR. EYKE'S BROOD MARES.
Desdemona by Iago, dam Hersey (Bay Celia's dam); served by Brown Bread (Mr
Moresca by Don John or Jago, dam Black Bess by Camel; served by Brown Bread (Mr Lawrence)
Meta by Iago, dam Palma, with a filly foal by Knight of Kars, and served by him again (Mr Desler)
MR. DENCHFIELD'S YEARLING.
Br f by Xurullo, dam Locket by Brocket (Mr. Hart)
MR. W. HUDSON'S YEARLINGS.
Ch c by Cathedral, out of Lily of Killarney by Daniel O'Rourke (Mr Foy)
Bf, 2 yrs, by Birdhill, dam by Kingston (Mr Lawrence)
B yearling f by Oxford, out of Cotton by Knight of Kars (Mr Fobert)
STATE OF THE ODDS.
BETTING AT TATTERSALL'S, ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH.
"There he sat, and, as I thought, expounding the law and the prophets, until on drawing a little nearer, I found he was only expatiating on the merits of a brown horse," BRACEBRIDGE HALL.
WAY BILL:- -Features of the Month-Hunting News-Sale of the Royal Harriers-The Clerical Congress on National Sports-Racing of the Month -The late Earl Derby-Coursing.
HE past month has been fertile in curious events. Exeunt Selling Stakes. A stale old horse like John Davis would in all probability have won the Cesarewitch if his leg had not failed him; a ninety-guinea plater, with fore legs as dickey and bandaged as a hack's at Barnet Fair races, lands a £1,900 Cambridgeshire, and £12,000 in bets; £200 in bank notes are taken up from the very table of the Newmarket Subscription Rooms and its owner "never sees it noe moor ;" and the Goodwood authorities, brought at last to a sense of what is politie, by the shrunken dimensions of the entries for their leading stakes, harden their hearts to give £2,000 added money. Last year they only gave £1,150, exclusive of the Queen's Plate. "The Rhadamanthus of the Turf," as being one of the house party, was muzzled on the point, although always wonderfully valiant against the Doncaster Corporation for any short comings.
The Belvoir hound list for 1869 is not out. By the list of last year there were eleven couple of stallions in the kennel. Up to the 24th they had killed 23 brace of foxes, but after the 14th, the scent failed them very much. On the morning of the Doncaster Cup Day, they killed a leash at Bescoby Oaks, and John Walker the celebrated ex-huntsman of the Wynnstay seldom enjoyed a morning more. There are plenty of foxes in the home country, but on the Lincolnshire side they are short. The scent with the Grove has been bad. They did not begin until September 2nd, on account of the late harvest and the dry weather, and up to October 24th they had killed 13 brace and run 6 brace to ground. They have a capital entry, and as good as they look. We never heard of any pack killing forty brace as the Fitzhardinge had done a week before October was out. The ground in Leicestershire is fearfully hard, and the fences very blind. The Quorn and Mr. Tailby's are in good trim, and Melton Mowbray is very full of hunters. There are the usual reports of some very "hard and fast" men coming down, but if they do come they generally fail to take the change out of "the old uns." The Holderness have had excellent cub-hunting and abundance of cubs, but unfortunately one morning they killed two brace. The master is in great form, and his stud first-rate. He has sold four hunters for 1,600 gs., and has a dozen clippers left. This hunt, like the York and Ainsty has lost its first whip (Ned Wilson) by death, and it will be hard to replace so good a man.
The Badminton have done pretty well, despite the bad scent. Up to October 26th, they had been out 39 times, killed 25 brace of foxes, and run 11 brace to ground. The York and Ainsty have supplied poor Bill Powter's place as well as they can, with a first whip, who has been previously under Collisson. The country is swarming with foxes, and "Peter" has a heavy task before him. The subscription for Powter's widow goes on well. It is a curious thing that he was just about to insure his life in the Accident Insurance Company. quisite papers were in his house, and if he had not delayed signing them and paying the premium, his widow would have got £1,000. The late Mr. Robinson was a bad bargain to the office. When he broke his leg four years ago out hunting, he had only paid the premium the night before; he also received a payment when he had concussion of the brain; and his executors received £1,000 when he was drowned.
Sir Watkin Wynn's entry comprises 18 couples, which is 5 more than last season. They are from seven couple of bitches, all of them bred at Wynnstay with the exception of the Albrighton Crafty. The Duke of Grafton's Boniface and the Albrighton Finisher claim 1 couple between them, and the rest are by their own stallions. Painter, a dog which John Walker esteemed next to Royal, is the sire of five couple, Senator of four couple, Statesman of three and a-half, and Stormer of two. The two latter are sons of the celebrated Royal, of whose stock John Walker entered 26 couple, or exactly half a pack.
The giving up of the Prince of Wales's Harriers came with rather a sharp shock upon the Windsor people. It was thought that as a new house had just been built for the huntsman there was no chance of change, and no once seems to know why it was determined on so suddenly, except that really the Prince of Wales cannot bear the expenses which are thrust upon him by her Majesty's partial retirement from public life. At all events, it could not be expected H.R.H. would support them any more, and when Windsor asked the Queen to do so they must have pretty well anticipated a negative. They were "not a very sorty lot, eighteen to twenty inches, and with not the best legs and feet." Such was the verdict which a very experienced master of harriers gave in when he was asked about them at Tattersall's. They "received" at the kennels for a week, and did not come up to Knightsbridge. The Windsor spirit was stirred to its depths on the point, and Mr. Roger Ekyn, the member for the town, was most indefatigable in the movement to keep them. Of course the opposition paper denounced the whole thing as "a low Radical dodge." Be that as it may, a large number from the Royal Borough showed up on Monday, with Sir Robert Harvey, Mr. Ekyn, Charley Wise (whom Eton boys know well), and other hunting burgesses, and, what with them and masters of harriers, the place was wonderfully filled. We also noticed Colonel Kingscote and the Master of the B.V.H., while Mr. Villebois stood on Mr. Tattersall's right, with Sir Robert Harvey beside him. Lord Petersham's horses, "Squib," "Hullands Ward," "Horse Chesnut," and "Sheeter Pam," were put through the crucible, and then the crowd drew up closer to see the strange sight. Old Cheerful, an eight season hunter, and 19 couple of entered hounds, 4
couple of unentered, and 7 couple of puppies were in a lot, and Mr. Tattersall put them up at 200 gs. There was no response, and when he said 130 gs. Sir Robert closed with him, and there was a loud cheer at the announcement that Berkshire was not to lose them. The seven horses averaged rather more than 63 gs. Morris Dancer, a clever jumper, went first at 45 gs. King has ridden him as well as Studley (47 gs.), and Blanche (91 gs.). The last named was a very pretty white mare, about 16 or 17 years old; it was said that £80 was paid for her some four years ago. Sir Thomas Lennard's agent was in the gallery and nodded with an energy which "brought down the house." At 90 gs. he would have no more of it, and 91 gs. closed it, and those who had come expecting to have her cheap as a brood mare went empty away. Forester (91 gs.) and Waverley (40 gs.), both two clever ones, had been ridden by the master, Lord Bridport. Antelope (70 gs.) had only been purchased a few weeks, and Sir Robert Harvey took him; and the dun Dunrobin, on which George the whip was generally seen, went considerably above what some "young men from the country expected. One declared twice over in the most solemn tones that he could run faster than Dunrobin. There was no betting or anything else to stay for, and we left, Mr. Payne selling horses "well known with the Prince's Harriers, &c.," "the yellow barouche on elliptic springs," and hied forth just in time to hear that Hester and Grimshaw had won the Criterion, and Lord Falmouth's cracks had gone down.
The Church Congress have been busy with the "recreations of the people." One Derby clergyman informed his audience that "horse racing corrupted the national morals and life under the name of sport, and that aristocratic gunners are said to have their pigeons blinded of one eye that they may fly in a particular direction from the trap! Dancing weighs most on his mind, because he invariably sees "little children and old women begin to hop about, when a dance tune is played. in the street or at the harvest home." Still he is much "exercised" on the point; he does not, like Mr. Spurgeon, say that men should dance only with men, and women with women, but he considers with another brother of the cloth that "the presence especially of the clergy and also a good deal of preparatory exhortation in church and out is necessary" to keep the dance blameless. He doesn't seem to have the sense to see that all this highly prurient and laborious exhortation on the part of the clergymen is eminently suggestive to the youthful mind of the very thing they deprecate. Fancy taking the opinion of such weak vessels upon the tendencies of a great national sport! This interesting shepherd is opposed to foreign dances, and thinks on the whole, that the Scotch reel "combines the maximum of disciplined exercise with the minimum of familiarity." Still, he is for resuming the morris dance, as harmless to the performers and picturesque for the lookers on.
The opening day of the First October Meeting was worthy of note, from the fact that the card did not contain a single £50 Plate. Indeed, the authorities sadly neglected their old favourite, and it only appeared four times during the week. The fields, on the whole, were perhaps larger than is usual at head-quarters, there being quite enough racing to have furnished two fair days' sport; but it was rather un