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Rosaline-nothing else named. Flatman, on Mr. Payne's Strutaway, cut out the work, the favourite waiting. As his custom is, Charlton came in earnest at a hundred yards, or thereabouts, from home, and won easily by half-a-dozen lengths. Meliora was the worst.

The United Kingdom Trainers' Stakes, to be ridden by professional trainers of five years' standing, or who do not ride publicly, or for pay in either flat races, steeple-chases, or hurdle-races, brought out a distinguished quartet, whereof the best, or more properly speaking, the first at the finish, was Billy Richardson.

The Lancashire Oaks, thirty-seven subscribers, while the field consisted of five-Mr. S. Hawke's Midsummer first, and Mr. C. Peck's Sister of Mercy second. The odds were 6 to 5 against Midsummer, and 5 to 2 against Sortie. After "varios casus," Charlton on his old policy crept up, when the running was "free and easy"-beat his adversaries "hand over hand," and won without an effort by four lengths. The tailing terrible.

At two years old, Midsummer won The Hopeful, beating eighteen, without being named in the betting. In the York August Meeting she ran for the Convivial Stakes, won by Lord Derby's Meteora, in a field of ten, but did not get a place. She also ran at the Yorkshire Hunt Club Races, for the Farewell Selling Stakes, but was not placed.

The Selling Stakes of £5 each, with £30 added, optional selling weights, T.Y.C., five subscribers--four at the post. The odds were 6 to 4 on the Child of the Mist, and 5 to 2 against Hyacinth. The favourite won in a close race by half a length.

A Handicap plate of £60-Course, one mile and a quarter-was run for, at a hodge-podge of weight, by four, and won by Miss Emma, four years old, carrying 6st 2lbs.

i Thursday came in heavily with clouds, and a company, as its custom s, more eminent for quantity than quality. The professional gentlemen of course were busy from the setting of Wednesday's racing to the rising up of Thursday's: the long-sighted were quietly nibbling anything they could catch about Bonnie Morn, and rising at 25 to 1 like hungry pike at a minnow. Græculus Esuriens was at 11 to 1; Bonnie Morn at 25 to 1-takers on both, "Heads or tails."

But I hate such practice,

"I could a tale unfold."

The first event on the list was the Derby Handicap of £10 each, play or pay. The muster half-a-dozen : the betting, 2 to 1 on Orestes-proof the first of the excellence of handicapping; 5 to 1 against Snowdon Dunhill-Orestes won by two lengths; the second favourite beating the third in the race by the same distance, and "boots" nowhere.

From this we will hasten the venue to the magnet of the million, the Liverpool Cup, brought down to a field of nine, that finished in the fol lowing order:

...Flatman

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Mr. Murland's Ammonia, five years old, 6st. 2lbs. T. Cliff 1
Lord Chesterfield's Typee, four years old, 7st. 10lbs.,
including 5lbs. extra.
Mr. Morris's Kingston, five years old, 8st. 12lbs.
Alfred Day 3

Mr. H. Hill's Dr. O'Toole, 3 years old, 5st. 10lbs...Salter 4

Hungerford, Talfourd, Ireland's Eye, The Early Bird, and Jujube also started, but were not placed. 3 to 1 against Hungerford, 9 to 2 each against Typee and Dr. O'Toole, 5 to 1 against Early Bird, ditto Kingston, 7 to 1 against Talfourd, and THIRTY TO ONE against Ammonia, the easy winner by two lengths. Thus, by grace of handicapping and patience, she put a pleasant little stake of one thousand guineas into her owner's pocket!

A match for £100, T.Y.C., Mr. J. M. Stanley's Rosaline, three years old, 8st. 2lbs.-betting, 4 to 1 on her, ridden by Charlton-won in a canter by two lengths, beating Lord Glasgow's Coalition, four years old, 8st. 7lbs., ridden by Flatman.

For the Foal Stakes of £100 each, for three-year-olds, Mr. Payne's Boer walked over.

In the Liverpool St. Leger four only ran-Acrobat, Arthur Wellesley, Roscommon, and Horatio; with 5 to 1 on Acrobat: he made play from end to end, and cantered home first by a length and a half.

The Eglinton Biennial Stakes had six at the post, viz.—Sicily, by Touchstone, Corobus, Brother to Twinkle, Cockspur, Spencer, and Tom Hines. Betting-2 to 1 on Sicily. Won easily by two lengths; the second beating the third by three lengths.

Sweepstakes of £5 each, with £30 added—had three runners: the winner Mr. E. R. Clark's Dear Me.

Her Majesty's Plate looked like a certainty for Kingston. The work, however, was cut out by Domino, and by dint of honest running he won by three-quarters of a length: Clement rode him. Thus ended the Cup day, which, but for the race after which it is called, would have been as weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable for the fielder's anniversary as ever Aintree saw.

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Friday was a climax of abominations: weather wretched, bad attendance, and a glut of sport.

A Handicap Plate of £50: course, half-a-mile; nine ran, and four were placed-Mr. J. M. Stanley's Rosaline, first; Mr. Wilkins's Dear Me, second. 6 to 4 on Rosaline-winner by half a length, 6 to 1 against Dear Me, and the same against Voucher. Altogether it was a bad bungle.

For Renewal of the Great Lancashire Produce Stake, for two-yearolds, six appeared. 5 to 4 on the Lady of Lyons, and 3 to 1 against Cloud-the issue being the topsy-turvy of the odds-Mr. Bradshaw's Cloud first, and Mr. Inman's The Lady of Lyons fourth. The distance being so short, the half-dozen might have been covered with half-a-dozen stable suits-Cloud winning on the post by half a length—a short head between the second and third.

For the Licensed Victuallers' Handicap Plate ten ran, and two were placed. Betting-3 to 1 against Catherine Parr, 4 to 1 against Roscommon, 5 to 1 against Patience, the same against Octavia. Thus was the result-Mr. J. Osborne's Helena (half-bred), first; Mr. C. Spence's Catherine Parr, second. A slashing finish ended in Helena's favourthe half-bred winning by a neck: the tailing long drawn out.

A Produce Stakes of £200 each, for two-year-olds, was awarded to Lord Derby's Paletot, sire Touchstone, out of Canezou, beating Lord Glasgow's Miss Whip filly, and Lord Eglinton's Dirk Hatteraick. 2 to 1 on Dirk Hatteraick, and 3 to 1 on the Miss Whip filly. A stirring

race from start to finish: won on the post by "a head" in two senses of the term.

The winner

The Bentinck Testimonial-a Handicap Stakes of £10 each. Four ran, finishing with Aribbas in front, and Gamelad second. the favourite; The Knight of St. George a bad "boots."

The Stanley Stakes, for two and three year olds, gave us four runners-Mr. Jones's b. f. Excitement, in next year's Oaks, (1); Mr. Worthington's b. f. Lady Palmerston, (2); Mr. Henderson's Nelly Hill, (3); and Mr. Osborne's Cherry Brandy. The odds were 5 to 2 on Lady Palmerston, Excitement beating her by a head.

The Selling Stakes-Humphrey won, beating Voucher and Maid of Balmoral.

Third year of a Produce Match; one to the Post Course. Lord Derby's br. c. Umbriel won, beating Lord Glasgow's b. f. Miss Sarah. The Knowsley Dinner Stakes of £100 each, for three-year-olds, Lord Derby's Acrobat walked over for.

So closed the Liverpool July Meeting. We have fallen upon days in which the principle of our national sports and the object of our popular recreations is turned "clean from the purpose of the thing itself." The turf was inaugurated in England as a successor of the antique chivalry, whereby the breed of our horses should be promoted and rewarded in Olympic tryst. As long as it was merely a pastime, this goodly effect was brought to pass. The first "heavy blow" dealt to its prosperity was the introduction of the handicap, whose ostensible design was to "bring together" race-horses of all classes, by means of weight, more or less, according to quality. This looked a fair practical proposition-too practicable to be passed without a counter effort to turn it to account. The agent selected was "Roping"-"holding hard," as the term is, in the noble science. After a sufficient exhibition of this specific, the tackle "was let go with a run," and 50 to 1 greedily taken sub rosâ, five years old, with 6st. 2lb. on its back, won a pretty little fortune. 'The great discouragement" was the system of penalties for winning, instead of winning being its own reward. I am not, of course, here referring to legitimate racing, but to the spurious substitute which the chevaliers d'industrie have got up. The Two Thousand Guineas Stakes puts 8st. 71b. upon three-year-old colts, and 8st. 4lb. upon three-year-old fillies, half forfeit for nominations that do not start... The Licensed Vituallers' Great Metropolitan Stakes involves penalties of 10lb., upwards of a year's dif ference on the side of Royal Plate articles.

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To sum up the charge of desirable management, the two following items may for the present suffice: the account will of course be correct. The ubiquity of nomination leaves the identity of proprietorship a problem that would puzzle the Oracle of Delphos, were that temple of interpretation in existence. Exempli gratia.

For the Bibury Stakes, at the Bibury Club Meeting, June the 28th ult., Mr. Arnold's br. f. Hermitage ran sixth-and last...For the Great Northern Handicap, at the York Spring Meeting, Mr. Delahay named the br. filly Hermitage... For the Great Northamptonshire Stakes, at the Northampton and Pytchley Hunt Meeting, Lord Euston named the br. filly Hermitage...For the Chester Cup Mr. Hepworth named the br. filly Hermitage...And for the Wiltshire Stakes, at Salisbury, Mr. W. Smith named the br. filly Hermitage... Thus for five engagements the brown filly

Hermitage, sire Cotherstone, had five sponsors, which is not plain sailing over sea or land.

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July the 19th ult., at the Marlborough-street police-office, Frederick Harding, the alleged keeper of a betting-office and coffee-shop, 22, Panton-street, Haymarket, was summoned by the police under The New Betting Act, for that he, being the occupier of a room, No. 22, Panton-street, kept and used for the purpose of betting with persons, did receive half-a-sovereign from Lionel Rayner, in consideration of paying the sum of £3 on an event relating to a horse-race...After the usual exhibition of sheer question and answer, Mr. Preston asked Rayner what he was?...Rayner said he was a comedian. Then Mr. Preston inquired was he not in the habit of writing for a newspaper? Rayner admitted he had written something. "Under what name?" said Preston. Muggins's Dog," said Rayner. There the fun ended... Mr. Hardwicke pointed out the positive declaration of Rayner to Harding's identity, and the corroborative evidence of the constable, who was called in by Rayner to take him into custody, for obtaining money under false pretences...... This was a case, and the first of its kind under the new Betting Act— a most useful and salutary Act, passed for the repression of gambling. It was notorious that betting-offices were the means of leading persons into gambling, who could ill afford to lose anything, and who, if they did lose, seldom failed to plunge their families into ruin. It was the purpose of the legislature to remedy this mischief, and the present salutary act was passed in the expectation that it would accomplish that desirable object. The penalty imposed by the act was £100, or six months' hard labour-without a penalty. The present case being proved, he (Mr. Hardwick) should inflict a fine of £50, or three months' hard labour. The full penalty would always be inflicted on a recurrence of the offence ...Here is the premier pas in the right direction; followed by a general course upon a similar principle, the good old days of the turf may dawn again.

Newton Summer Meeting occurred on the 18th and 19th ult. As usual at most races, it opened with a Trial Stakes Handicap; five ran, and Mr. Ewbank's Snowdon Dunhill won, with 6 to 4 on him.

The Golborne Stakes, for two-year-olds, was declared in favour of Captain O. V. Harcourt's b. f. sire Chanticleer, dam Ellerdale-an easy winner, though with a 5lb. penalty.

A Handicap Plate of £50, half a mile, was won by Mr. W. H. Scott's The Cripple-6 to 1 against him-in a canter by half a dozen lengths. A Handicap Plate of £70 went to Mr. G. Robinson's Donskoy. 5 to 2 against Snowdon Dunhill, 3 to 1 against Donskoy, and the same against Mr. W. T. Park's Thalia filly. Won cleverly by half a length. Mr. W. H. Scott's br. c. sire Young Priam won the Selling Stakes, beating three; and there the list finished.

Wednesday's running commenced with the St. Helen's Purse. Five ran, and the winner was Captain Harcourt's Ellerdale filly; beating a field of four.

For a Gold Cup, value £100, the gift of the Lord of the Manor, there were eight runners. Lough Bawn, six years old, the first; Morning Star, five years old, second; and Gamelad, three years old, third.

The Scurry Handicap, half a mile, Miss Emma, four years old, won ;

beating Mr. Saxon's Antonia (2), Mr. T. Vernon's Menzie, two years old (3), and six others. This closed the Newton Summer Meeting.

The Nottingham July Meeting was run on Thursday and Friday, the 20th and 21st ult., "under the same rules and regulations as last year.' The opening race was the Scarborough Stakes; one mile and a-half. It was run a trio, between Lord W. Powlett's Sharavogue, Mr. Montague's Burlington, and Mr. Store's Wingenund. 5 and 6 to 1 on Sharavogue; and he warranted such odds, winning in a canter by three lengths.

The Robin Hood Stakes, for two-year-olds, brought out four runners; the issue in favour of Mr. J. Osborne's gr. c. Lord Alfred, sire Chanticleer, dam Agnes, despite of 71bs. extra. 5 to 4 against Lord Alfred, who won by a neck; the second and third finished close together.

For the Nottinghamshire Handicap nine ran, and four were placed. Mr. Bailey's b. c. St. Andrew, four years old, 6st. 7lb., first; Lord Chesterfield's b. f. Typee, four years old, 7st. 13lb., second. 6 to 5 against Typee, 5 to 1 against Barrel, 7 to 1 against King of Trumps, 8 to 1 against Orestes, 12 to against Lady Vernon, and 100 to 6 against St. Andrew-the winner; a warrant for the practical production of handicapping.

Plate of £40, given by the County Members, won by Mr. Montague's b. c. Motley-at 5 to 4 against him-in a canter by a length.

The Sherwood Handicap; six ran, on the following terms:-Mr. E. Bevill's br. g. Garforth, aged, 11st. 6lb. (Capt. Little), 1...... Mr. Saxon's br. g. Friendless, 6st. extra (Clement), 2...... 3 to 1 against Garforth, the same against Freedom. Won by half a length.

The Short Stakes, six subscribers, Jenny Wren, with 6 to 4 on her, won by a neck.

The Castle Handicap, Domino, with 5 to 4 on him, won in a canter by a neck; and so the first day closed.

Its policy and detail have been given with precision so "long drawn out," that it may not pass without an apologetic cause being pleaded in mitigation. So soon as the practical racing season is over, I purpose a general analysis, and a comparative consideration of the system that has been substituted for the British turf-in its instituted system-as a legitimate and serviceable national sport.

Friday opened with the Bunney Park Stakes, for two-year-olds. Mr. H. Lewis's Helena, 9st. 12lbs., ridden by Whitehouse-5 to 4 on her— won by three lengths, in a canter.

The Grand Stand Stakes, T.Y C., Mr. Bearup's Dogobert, ridden by Palmer-at 3 to 1 on him-won from the Post to the Chair, finishing first by a length.

The Chesterfield Handicap Mr. Barber's br. c. Domino won, with 3 to 1 on him, in a fast-run race, even for the short distance.

The Portland Handicap Mr. Blyth's b. c. Florist, ridden by Kendall, won by a head.

Her Majesty's Plate, Domino, ridden by Clement-with 7 to 4 agst. him-won by half a length.

The Forest Stakes of £5 each, £25 added, Gabriel walked over for, and the meeting ended.

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