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THE RACING IN JULY.
* What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
Thou know'st we work by wit, and not by witchcraft ;
Although Newcastle Races took place in June, and were cursorily alluded to in the review of that month's sport, they claim a short notice here touching the vexata questio-exchequer, and the general policy of their details. The amount of " added money," her Majesty's guineas inclusive, was £975; the subtractions for “ expenses” were £65 ; leaving a net balance in favour of the racing interest of nine hundred and ten pounds. The proprietor of race-horses may thus satisfy himself, should the economy of the turf enter into his speculations, as to ( what business has he i the north.” The relation in which betting now stands towards the meeting by “coaly Tyne” has been so declared that “all who run may read," and vice versa. The journals which published reports of it, speaking of the first day—a handicapless anni. versary-observed : “ The attendance showed a sad falling off both of sporting men and the public generally, who seem to have made up their minds to look upon the Monday as a dies non at Newcastle ;” while of the Tuesday, by virtue (!) of the Northumberland Plate, they were entitled to write : “ The front of the Grainger Hotel, in Market-streetthe principal betting-rooms-was almost impassable for some time during the morning ; and as the hour approached for the commencement of the races, the thoroughfares leading to the moor presented a continuous stream of moving masses proceeding in that direction." Facilis descensus !..The running, which was ample and good, did not, however, produce any incident calling for especial reference. Thursday, the popular festival of the Cup, represented the fun. Tuesday stood for the figures. Alas for the balance!“ A mad world, my masters !”...
Dost thou hear that? Thou knowest in a state of innocency Adam fell : and what should poor Jack Falstaff do in the days of villany?"...
With your leave, we will now return to Newmarket, where we parted at tlie end of last month. Nature is out for a holiday. The law of life is compensation : England hath its November—and July. The programme, which looked promisingly in the sheet-calendar, was shorn of its hope at the eleventh hour. Of the half-dozen events appointed for the first day, but a beggarly account remained at the summing up. The feature of the meeting is the July Stakes-the issue, in short, for which it stands sponsor. The anniversary of this influential two-year-old trial is the first day of the three. This year, as it was last, the result was calculated as a foregone conclusion. Grecian, it is true, was a better favourite than "the pot” of '51 ; but when odds are laid on one, in a stake mustering twenty or thirty nominations, so far as relates to business, “ eadem est ratio.” liere added money is out of the question. Now and then, the list announces a " dirty half-hundred," as tifty,
pounds used to be denominated in gallant Erin ; but that is the exception—the rule is rubbers. Where is the money to come from? At Newmarket the Jockey Club keeps open house as regards the turf. There lies the heath at anybody's service, “ free, gratis, for nothing." The racing estate is common : no stand-palaces rear their heads for rents of thousands a day. There's no income, and no outgo-consequently, I had almost said ; but that would have been a non sequitur... Tuesday, July the first, presented those who visited “ the other side of the ditch" a very meagre bill of farc-two courses, and one of them but poor stuff. This consisted of a Handicap of 20 sovs. apiece, 5 ft.; New T.Y.C. IIalf-a-dozen ran ; and Trinket, the worst in the ring -4 to 1 against her-won in a canter. The July Stakes, over the same course, had 26 subscribers, and a field of five--a bad field of five! The last betting was £9 to 4 against Brother to Elthiron, the odds at one time being 7 to 4 on him. But he was booked to win “at any price." The race admits of no observation, beyond the fact that, as soon as they had settled to their running, George Whitehouse went to the front, cut down his horses as he pleased, and landed the favourite first, in a hand canter, by two lengths. Claverhouse was second, Livermere third, Bull's-eye fourth, and Songster last. Two matches paid, et roilà tout ! Wednesday's sport covered more paper. Five events were set down for discussion, and all produced races. The first was a Produce Stakes of 200 sovs. cach, h. ft., for two-year-olds ; four subscribers ; New T.Y.C. One of Lord Exeter's brace of nominations having died, and the other paid, the stakes came off a match between Weathergauge, with 5 to 4 on him, and the colt by Old England out of Science. It was a pretty spurt, the favourite having the best of it all through, and winning by a length. A Handicap Plate of 100 sovs., Bunbury Mile, had a muster of half-a-dozen. The betting—the round division up in the stirrupswas 3 to 1 against St. Fabian, 3 to 1 Sardanapalus, 4 to 1 Visite, and the same Pulcherrima. They ran, with various changes, to the cords, where Pulcherrima went alongside St. Fabian, who was leading, and the pair made a rattling finish of it, the half-bred mare winning by half a length. The length of the tail told against the science of the handicapping. A Sweepstakes of 10 sovs, each, for all ages over two years old ; four subscribers, and all at the post ; course same as the last. Odds : 2 to 1 against Harp, the same about the Knight of the Thistle, and 3 to 1 against Æolus. The favourite did as she liked with the race, finally winning in a canter by a couple of lengths. Æolus was second ; and Sir Robert Pigott claimed the winner, according to the articles, for £150. A Sweepstakes of 10 sovs, each, for two-year-olds; last half of Bunbury Mile ; four subs., and all runners. They laid 6 to 4 against France, and the same about Cotton Lady. However, Fidgetty Girl collared Cotton Lady, and they went at it ding-dong—the Girl ultimately the best by a head. The Town Plate of 50 sovs.-"dirty half-hundred," as aforesaid --for three year-olds ; last mile and a distance of B.C. Betting : 6 to 4 on Theseus, 7 to 4 against Trinket. A fine race between the pair ended in favour of the colt by half a length.
Thursday, with less genial weather, and an early summons, was not as holiday-like as either of its predecessors. The sports opened with a Handicap Sweepstakes of 15 sovs. ench, 10 ft., for all ages over two years old ; from the start for the Bunbury Mile to the finish of the New T.Y.C; four subscribers, and all went. They laid 6 to 4 against Lon
ginus, 3 to l agaiust Knight of the Garter, and 7 to 2 against Gay Lass, The favourite made the running from end to end, and won easily by a length. Lord Glasgow was-last. A Plate of £50 (iterum "dirty balf') for all ages ; last half of B.M. Half-a-score came together for this prize
-money being a rarity rather-at 3 to 1 against Cotton Lady, 4 to 1 Barbara Bell, and 5 to 1 Fidgetty Girl. If for Barbara you read Laura, they make a nice nuncupative party on paper. Fidgetty was the first off, with Cotton Lady hard at her heels; the Lady, however, very soon claimed precedence, which she maintained to the chair, winning cleverly by a length ; Diligence was second. Now came the event of the dayand a bit of green fat for the fielders. The Chesterfield Stakes ; last half of B. M. ; 30 subscribers ; eight were telegraphed for this issue, with 7 to 4 on one-Lapidist, 5 to 1 against Bay Rosalind, and 10 to 1 against anything else. This was all but a canter over for Col. Anson's filly. The moment the flag fell Bay Rosalind went to the front clear of everything, made her own pace-a good one-and won by three lengths ; Lapidist was second, Ambrose behind him a couple of lengths, and a bad tail with Hirsute at the tip of it. The meeting concluded with a walk over, which was in this wise, and deserves mention. A Sweepstakes of 10 sovs. each, for all ages, 3 subscribers, New T.Y.C. ; Colonel Peel's Longinus paid, and St. Ann and The Moor being mounted, Lord W. Powlett and Mr. Armstrong “ agreed to divide Col. Peel's stake, and St. Ann walked over.” After deducting six guineas for jockeys, and fees for scales and per centage, from a ten pound note, it would be news for the million to hear that change remained out of it! Surely such a burlesque ill becomes the scene where it was enacted, And here is a sample of cause and effect at the metropolis of the turf. The time in which the July Stakes is stated to have been run was one minute eighteen seconds : distance of the New T.Y.C. five furlongs and 136 yards. As a comment upon this quality of pace, the journal in which it was given contained the following paragraph-" As the time in which the last-mentioned race"-the July Stakes-" was run will excite some surprise, we should state that the horses were started a considerable distance behind the starting post.” So that the distance actually run over, or to be run over, is by no means regulated by the nominal length of the course appointed for a race, but is a matter wliolly dependent on the starter's discretion-or want of it...... All this must be reformed : such modern instances read like libels, in these days of progress. Emerson, the essayist, has an axiom that bears forcibly on this point. “ All men," he says, “ know better than they do." Wisdom is the practical development of knowledge; and Shake. speare, whose philosophy is for all ages, tells us.
“ It depends on dilatory time." Carlisle races were contemporary with the July Meeting at Newmarket. They were put on the scene with a very sporting company, headed by Lords Lonsdale, Strathmore, and Drumlanrig, as stowards. The money was not much, as the phrase goes, the total given-expenses deducted and profits added—being a net £455. But there was a deal of sport for it, and a display of spirit that places of higher pretension do not exhibit. The railways, too, carried people on a principle that shames the golden age. As the property of those Institutions waxes less and less in market value, and as their products dwindle,