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excitement" of the last few years, without adding one feather to keep the Meeting from dropping. There seems a sad want of one of those popular Handicaps so well patronised at most of the crack Meetings:-could not the thing be done at the July gathering?

It seems to me that Liverpool gathers strength every year in racing matters, whether money or character be the consideration. The entry for the Tradesmen's Cup or Plate, value 200 sovs., given by the spirited tradesmen of Liverpool, with 100 sovs. by the Fund, added to a rattling Handicap Sweepstakes of 25 sovs. each, 15 ft., and only 5 if declared on or before the 5th of July, has the startling number of one hundred and twenty-nine nominations, including all the good, many of the middling, and nearly all the regular platers in the kingdom! I certainly wish the Handicapper a safe delivery!! The Mersey Stakes for two-year-olds has not been forgotten, for I count the names of twenty-four, most of them reported to be extremely promising. For the Derby Handicap-a most popular race in this districtwe get fifty-three horses entered; and the Grosvenor Stakes is complimented by getting seventeen signatures annexed to it. The St. Leger will be the sporting event of the day, for there are thirty-two nominations, many of whom stand in the St. Leger at Doncaster, and some of them are prime favorites for that god-send-to wit, Falstaff, Pantasa, The Connaught Ranger, The Hermit, Fitzallen, Clear-the-Way, Lycurgus, Newsmonger, and The HelmsThe other Stakes look well indeed on paper.

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One hardly knows what to anticipate about the yearly racing delights at Goodwood, the last four or five seasons having so exceeded the fondest wishes of the most sanguine Turfite! The nominations for the Goodwood Stakes and Cup are progressing so favorably that it is not for me to venture an opinion as to when the number of subscribers to each splendid event will stop. The 300 Sovs. each, h. ft., for four-year-olds, three miles and three furlongs, has sixteen names to it, but the race no doubt is left in the hands of Lord George and John Day, with perhaps the Goodwood preparation for choice. The Gratwicke Stakes, always a valuable one, has fifty-two subs. to it, therefore, if it is walked over for, it will be found worth £2600. The Ham Stakes, for two-year-olds, runs into forty-one nominations, and may throw a little light on the Derby 1846. The " Drawing Room" too is excellently furnished, inasmuch as there are twenty-eight subs. at a pony each, P. P., and three to the Bonus of 10 sovs. each. The Racing Stakes of 50 sovs. each, all the money, has 15 subs., and some high sounding names may be met with; such as Kedger, Cowl, Longitude, Pam, Lycurgus, Seaman, and the Irish Flahowlagh. The "Nassau," an Oaks-like event, puts in an appearance with a P. P. motto, and a charming entry of twenty-four fillies, many of whom have excellent characters from their "last place." There are numerous other races to be filled up, and His Grace of Richmond and Lord George Bentinck are already most active" on the Course" to do away with what few “faults and imperfections" had been "left behind."

The Newton, Newcastle, Wolverhampton, and other Meetings of the same caste, appear to be "shewing a-head" in the most satisfactory manner; and it is to be hoped that the once proud and powerful Warwick will shew forth again in its pristine and flourishing vigor. I happen to know several of the Racing Committee, and from what I can gather, there seems to have been a sort of split among them. This is to be very much regretted in such a sporting town as Warwick has always been acknowledged to be. Most of my Readers may recollect the glorious Meeting at Warwick in 1830.

In my hurry to get to Warwick, I had nearly omitted the now rising York August Meeting, which this season seems not unlikely to be one o extreme splendor. The properly-named "Great Yorkshire Stakes" for threeyear-olds had in the first instance one hundred and seven subs., but that Hand that " spares neither the lordly nor the lowly" has reduced three of the nominations. The "Handicap" goes on swimmingly; the Prince of Wales'

Stakes tells us how very popular that new Race has already become; and the other Stakes shew that the spirit of the good cause-Horse-Racing-has become in Yorkshire as exciting and animated as in the "days when George the Third was King."

Proceeding to the Great Emporium in the North, I find that Turf matters at Doncaster are in a most healthy and prosperous condition. The "Champagne" and "Old Two-Year-Olds" cannot fail to cause heavy "palpitations of the heart." The all-renowned St. Leger claims a sporting nomination of one hundred and six colts and fillies, and upon the whole the lot may be deemed "highly respectable." The Great Yorkshire Handicap is “picking up" amazingly well, and unquestionably the Doncaster Meeting of 1845 will be one of considerable brilliancy.

The three Newmarket Autumnal Meetings shew a decided increase of Stakes, and as money is scarcely ever "found wanting" at " head-quarters," we may anticipate a capital finale to the season.

And so, gentle Readers, I leave my "fond anticipations" in your hands, sincerely hoping that I have not drawn my picture in too large or in an exaggerated point of view.

January 25, 1845.

SPORTING INTELLIGENCE.

RACING INTELLIGENCE EXTRA.

THE BENTINCK TESTIMONIAL.-The first proposers of a subscription for a Testimonial to Lord George Bentinck for his valuable services in support of the best interests of the Turf have had their proposal responded to in so liberal a manner by the elite of the Sporting World as to call forth an expression of their warm gratification. It is their intention forthwith to take some steps towards carrying into effect the object of the subscription, and they have obtained the consent of the Dukes of Beaufort, Bedford, and Rutland, the Earls of Chesterfield and Eglinton, and Mr. Byng, to act as a Committee for that purpose.

Doncaster St. Leger 1846.-It will be seen, on reference to p. 92 of the present Number, that there are one hundred and fifty-three Subscribers to this great event, 48 more than for the present year; and that Lord Chesterfield and Colonel Anson have each seven, Lord Eglinton five, the Marquis of Exeter four, Lord Albemarle three, and Mr. W. Scott nine nominations.

The Kingston Stakes at Beverley.-We are informed that the Kingston Stakes run for at Beverley last year, for which Mr. Tuting's b. g. Corodino, by Physician, 3 yrs, came in first, and Mr. Hesseltine's b. f. Marian Ramsay second, have been decided in favor of Mr. Hesseltine, the latter having made an objection to Corodino on the ground that his Stake was not paid before starting; and therefore the Stakes have been paid to the owner of Marian Ramsay.

Alice Hawthorn-Mr. Plummer, not having obtained his price for the season (1200 sovs.) for Alice Hawthorn, she has been sent to Mr. C. Peck's stables at Malton, to be trained on his own account.-A Yorkshire Paper says, Mr. Plummer has generously proposed to give the whole of the money she may realise to the inhabitants of Easingwold provided they will construct a branch railway from that town to the Great North of England Railway.

Mr. Irwin's St. Leger colt Pickpocket is now called "Ould Ireland." Mr. A. Johnstone's Derby colt out of Rebecca is now named "Annandale." Mr. R. Stephenson has purchased Mr. Brown's b. c. by Inheritor out of The Commodore's dam, and named him "Sheraton."

Mr. R. Skelton, of Driffield, has purchased of Mr. Fox his gr. yearling colt by The Lion out of Rebel's dam, and named him "Wallace."

Mr. Ashworth, of Manchester, has purchased Mr. Harker's Leger colt Robert Burns.

Mr. Alderman Copeland has purchased of Mr. F. Sharratt, of Walsall, his yearling colt by Liverpool.

Lord Verulam has sold Robert de Gorham to an Irish Gentleman-the price is said to be 700gs.

Lord Eglinton's old horse The Potentate, winner of upwards of forty races, has been turned out in His Lordship's park for life—a due reward for faithful service.

Mr. Brown, Clerk of the Races, Warwick, died on the 15th of January from an attack of paralysis.

Mr. Bell's ch. c. Harpstring, by The Bard out of Golden Drop, recently died at Hambledon. He was engaged in the Derby 1846.

Mr. John Scott's brood mare Sister to The Lord Mayor, in foal to Velocipede, died on the 21st of December.

Lord Glasgow's horses recently shot were- -He-has-a-Name, Deerslayer, three-year-old Sister to Give-him-a-Name, and a three-year-old filly by Voltaire out of Snowball.-Give-him-a-Name is in future to be used as a hack.

ROYAL THAMES YACHT CLUB.

At the Monthly Meeting of this Club, held at their rendezvous, the British Coffee House, Cockspur Street, on the 2nd of January, after the minutes of the preceding meeting had been confirmed, Mr. Reynell brought forward the motion of which he had given notice for the expulsion of Mr. Henry Fowler, for having published calumnies against the Club, which the majority of the Members (48 to 3) had declared to be gross and scandalous libels; and, after he had made an apology, for subsequently reiterating those calumnies which he had so recently retracted. Under these circumstances, he (Mr. Reynell) deemed him "unfit for the society of Gentlemen," and moved that he be expelled.-Mr. Fowler was desirous to read his vindication, but as he admitted he had nothing new to advance, the Club almost unanimously deprecated their time being taken up by "his nonsensical trash ;" and on the ballot being taken, there were found 42 black to 8 white balls.-Mr. Fowler was then told he was no longer a Member of the Club, and he left the room amid considerable cheering, complaining that justice had not been done him.

Presentation of a One Hundred Guinea Cup.-After Mr. Fowler had retired, a letter was read from Lord Saye and Sele, announcing his intention to present the Club with a one-hundred-guinea Cup, to be sailed for by yachts not exceeding 25 tons, "in commemoration of the Commodore's return to the office he had held for so many years with credit to himself, and advantage to the Society:" His Lordship adding, that "he should feel obliged by their acceptance of a case of Champagne for the day of the Match, that the Commodore's health and prosperity to the Club might be drunk."

This gratifying letter was vociferously cheered, and entered on the minutes, and a letter of thanks ordered to be forwarded to the Noble Lord.

The Commodore then suggested that it should be called "The Belvedere Cup," in honor of His Lordship, and that the Match should start from Erith, within sight of the Noble Lord's mansion at Belvedere, and sail round a buoy a few miles on this side the Nore, and back to Greenwich. The subject is to be taken into consideration at a future meeting.

After some routine business, the Club proceeded to ballot for the Members proposed at the last meeting, when George Hyde, Esq., South Parade, Brompton; Henry Briggs, Esq., Loughton, Essex; and W. H. Oliphant, Esq., Hill House, Acton, were declared to be duly elected.-Several other Gentlemen were then proposed, to be balloted for at the next meeting.

The schooner Dolphin, 217 tons, has been purchased by C. J. Perkins, Esq., of Chipstead, Kent, and will be added to the Squadron.

THAMES REGATTA.

A Special General Meeting of the Members of this Club was held on the 20th of January at the British Coffee House, Cockspur Street, Charing Cross, J. B. Bishop, Esq. in the chair.-The report of the last year's Regatta was read, from which it appeared, that the receipts amounted to 8487. 19s. 3d., and the expenditure to 7147. 16s. 7d., leaving a balance of 1347. 2s. 8d.

Among the subscribers to the present year are, the Duke of Northumberland, the Earl of Ripon, Viscount Castlereagh (the President), the Vice Chancellor of England, the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the Royal Thames Yacht and all the leading Clubs on the River. The official report of the result of last year's Regatta was also read, describing the winners in the several contests.-A vote of thanks was then passed to the Chairman, and the meeting separated.

PEDESTRIANISM.

On Monday, the 6th of January, a Match for 100 sovs. a-side came off on the Hatfield-road, two miles beyond Barnet, between two noted runners, William Sheppard of Birmingham, and William Jackson, called "The American Deer," the contest being which should perform the greatest distance within an hour. The ground selected was from the 13th to the 12th milestone, and they continued for ten miles without any apparent advantage, when Sheppard first seized the handkerchief held out to denote the starting crease, but immediately fell, Jackson close up. Jackson still proceeded at surprising speed, but finding his opponent did not continue the race, he slackened his pace, and at the termination of the hour he was within 100 yards of the 11th mile. As several bets were pending on the winner doing 11 miles within the hour, and as it was stated that from some mismanagement in placing the stones the distance between the two was more than a mile, the ground was measured, and found to exceed it by 12 yards, so that, from the referee's report, Jackson performed 11 miles 40 yards 2 feet and 4 inches within the hour-a feat unparalleled in the annals of pedestrianism.-The referee rode with them in a chaise the whole distance, and a large body of horsemen accompanied the men, the bipeds keeping the quadrupeds in a good sweat.

On the 27th, a five-mile race between the two men for 50 sovs. a-side came off at Gannick Corner, a mile and a half beyond Barnet, and, from their extraordinary performance in the preceding Match, an immense concourse of spectators assembled-the distance being a mile out and return, measured towards London. Jackson took the lead, which he maintained nearly the whole of the distance, Sheppard waiting upon him the whole way, and being but a few yards behind him. The speed throughout the race was most extraordinary. The first two miles were performed in 10min. 10sec., and four miles under 21min. In going up to the fifth mile, the men appeared to increase their speed, and Sheppard ran right up to his opponent, and they were together for about fifty yards, when Sheppard, almost within sight of the distance-post, gradually headed his opponent, and won by about four yards, accomplishing the five miles in 25min. 45sec. It was admitted to be the finest race ever witnessed.

SHOOTING EXTRAORDINARY.

A shooting Match, hitherto unequalled, took place recently at Bardsey, near Wetherby. Mr. Waite, of Burley, matched himself to shoot 100 pigeons in 100 minutes for a wager of 100gs.; to have two traps, and four double-barrelled guns, at 15 yards rise. Instead of occupying 100 minutes, the Match closed in favor of Mr. Waite in 48 minutes, being 52 minutes under the time. 125 birds rose from the traps, of which 103 fell within 60 yards, the distance stipulated; 13 fell out of that distance; and 9 got away, missed, or slightly hurt. He suffered somewhat severely from the great physical exertion required in accomplishing this task, and from the recoil of the guns. Soon after the commencement of the Match he offered to back himself to kill 100 birds in 60 minutes.

Fine Arts.

THE MAIL CHANGES.-THE GRAND ENTRANCE TO HYDE PARK.

FORES, PICCADILLY.

We have received two Prints from Messrs. Fores, that, named as above, deserve commendation for the successful manner in which they represent their individual incident. Of the two we prefer the first-named. It is a better study, contains more of design, is more concentrated in true effect, and is besides, from a painting put on the easel expressly for Sir W. W. Wynn, warrant enough for its high finish. The subject is simple-the interior of a stable with the mail change" of three bays and a grey, with, in the phrase of the song, "their heads where their tails should be," ready to turn out. The "help" is putting the finishing stroke to his preparations. The arrangement is good, and managed with Herring's usual effect, quiet, but with a deal of truthfulness.--The "Grand Entrance to Hyde Park" may be recognised easily enough without any description from us. The "Entrance," in its architecture, is enough in itself for a print. The life given to the scene by the "sunt quos curriculo" is an addition, however, absolutely necessary to mirror the subject aright, and exhibit " Hyde Park Corner" in its true English dress.-The two prints do the publishers much credit.-Bythe-by, we have one remark to make on the last. Pollard has got eighteen horses in the foreground, seventeen of which are in the same position: it gives an uniform effect, but it looks very formal.

A PAMPHLET IN DEFENCE OF THE GAME-LAWS, BY THE HON. GRANTLEY FITZHARDINGE BERKELEY, M.P.

The operation of the Game-laws has recently occupied considerable public attention, thanks to the meddling of a particular party desirous of annoying the resident Gentry of the country, and the eagerness of the Daily Press to seize upon any subject to relieve the dearth that at times, like an author's poverty, stares the Editors of the "Daily's" in the face. By way of passing remark, it is about the worst topic they could have handled, for the reason, that, practical in all its bearings, slashing, ad captandum, arguments are unsuited to it. Mr. Berkeley's pamphlet is, we presume, to be considered an answer to these the principal assailants of the Gamelaws. They seem to think so, if we may judge from the onslaught that has been made upon it; but, although roughly handled, there is more in its pages than a dozen articles can beat out of it. We have not space to go into Mr. Berkeley's arguments: we have some points of disagreement with him; but the Paper in our present Number by CECIL will be found to assimilate very nearly. The landowner's moral and legal right to the game we think undoubted, and the policy of its being continued so no less unobjectionable. We believe poaching to be the employment of the worthless and abandoned, and not the resource of the indigent laborer, and that its temptations are not to be resisted by the idle and profligate. One difficulty in dealing with game as a property is the not being able to assign to it at all times an immediate ownership, the same as a sheep or a horse. It is the game of Lord this here, and Sir Richard Somebody-else there, and this shifting right to the fee-simple shakes the honesty of many a round-frock reasoner, who cannot conceive the possibility of its belonging to half a dozen, and he not one of them. A strict administration of the laws to correct and keep this feeling in check would be a considerable corrective. We do not agree with Mr. Berkeley in the denial of the right of shooting to the tenantfarmers. Say what he may, it does not work well. The farmer is too often the sufferer, and shews it by his indifference to the fate of the game and the presence of poachers. This tells against the preserver, and the depredator makes his market of the two. The pamphlet, however, gives us good practical information-the materials to form an opinion on, instead of the opinion itself. It is subject to criticism form the style in which it is written, being somewhat redolent of the personal pronoun, and too evidently the production of an aristocratic pen. This was not quite wise--it gave too good a handle to the assailants to lay hold of, for whom his reply was meant.

BETTINGS AT TATTERSALL'S-JAN. 27.

We have to announce some highly important changes in the "management" of the "DERBY machinery" since our last "patent was out." First and foremost comes the fluctuation of ALARM, who at one period of the past month found layers at 15 to 1 agst him. Now, however, the alarm has subsided, and the Premier is again "esta blished" at something like the old figure.-KEDGER has been paying a "quiet few,

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