« ForrigeFortsæt »
Owing to the great performance of Evenus in the last "Cambridgeshire Stakes," his sire, ALPHEUS, has become much sought after, and some very popular mares have already arrived to be put to him. Alpheus is a chesnut stallion, was got by Sultan out of Arethissa (own Sister to Araxes, Tigris, and Euphrates) by Quiz; her dam Persepolis by Alexander-Sister to Tickle Toby, by Alfred-Herod-Proserpine, own Sister to Eclipse. Here we get the Eclipse and Herod blood most happily blended. Alpheus has great power, has proved himself a sure foal getter, and his stock are magnificent creatures.-This horse is standing at Mr. Richard Gibson's, Castle Bromwich, five miles from Birmingham, where he will serve mares winners and dams of winners of a 200 sovs. Stake gratis, excepting the groom's fee of one guinea. The Birmingham and Derby Railway will prove most advantageous to those sending mares to this horse.
At the same stables stands PICAROON, a horse more likely to "pay his way" as a stallion than as a racer. This Picaroon is a neat black stallion, was foaled in 1833, got by Voltaire out of Handmaiden (Inheritor's dam) by Walton, her dam Anticipation by Beningbrough-Expectation by Herod, &c. Picaroon is the sire of Emma, Coal-blackRose, and Pantasa-the latter at this moment a good favorite for the Derby. The price of both these stallions is 10gs. each mare, and they will be allowed to cover a limited number of half-bred mares at 4gs. each.
BRAMBLE, a horse of some note in "Gaper's year," has been put into 66 quarters at Danebury, about two miles from Stockbridge. Bramble, a brown horse, was bred by Lord George Bentinck in 1840, got by Bay Middleton out of Moss Rose (Sister to Velocipede) by Blacklock, &c. Bramble is a stallion of some note if his blood be the question, and as a runner he went as 'long as his legs could carry him." He is close upon 16 hands high, with great length and substance. His terms are so ridiculously low that there can be no doubt of his getting mares of all sorts: what think you of sending a mare to such an "aristocrat" at two sovs., with a crown to the groom! winning mares and dams of winners of Racing Stakes gratis. Bramble, at three years old, won the Lansdown Stakes at Bath, one mile and a half, beating Ben-y-Ghlo quite in a canter; and on the following day won the Great Produce Stakes as easily. At four years old, Bramble won a Match for 1000 sovs. a-side over the Newmarket Beacon Course, beating The Caster by some fifty yards! Moss Rose, it is well known, was the fastest mare of her day, and always beat Birmingliam "a mile," but was defeated when they met for the St. Leger in 1830-till then she had never been beaten.
At Michel Grove Farm may be found CHATHAM, a horse that at one time was quite expected to run away with the Derby 1842. Chatham is a chesnut horse, was foaled in 1839, got by The Colonel (winner of the St. Leger in 1828) out of Hester by Camel, &c. Chatham ran very well indeed at two years old, but during the winter he went amiss, and the spring preparation broke him down: nevertheless, Lord George Bentinck, who was reported to be heavily on him for the Great Epsom Race, purchased him at a sound figure of Colonel Peel, removed him at once to Goodwood, started him for the Derby, and at the "Road" was
as good as anything in the race; but there he unfortunately broke down, and was immediately stopped. Chatham was subsequently "patched up" to win races over the T. Y. C., and in one instance was claimed, no doubt to the satisfaction of Lord George. I am free to confess that the price of covering thorough-bred mares is "monstrous:"-viz., 10gs. each! Half-breds come nearer to the mark, the figure being 4gs. each. To those who do not know the "whereabouts," it may be as well to say that Michel Grove Farm is about seven miles from Worthing, and about the same distance from Arundel, both in Sussex.
My old and respected stallion EMILIUS, I find, is in "safe keeping" at Danebury paddocks, near Stockbridge, where he will attend to a dozen mares, besides those sent by Lord George Bentinck, at 20 sovs. each, and 1 sov. to the groom. I have so much respect for the pedigree of this fine old stallion, that I cannot refrain from "giving it light" again Emilius was foaled in 1820, got by Orville out of Emily by Stamford (own Sister to Diana by Acteon). Both Orville and his son are recorded winners of our great racing events, inasmuch as the sire won the St. Leger in 1802, and the son the Derby in 1823. Amongst an immense number of capital runners by Emilius may be named Priam, Plenipotentiary (both Derby winners), Oxygen (winner of the Oaks in 1831), Mango (winner of the St. Leger), Euclid, Marcus, Preserve (the best two-year-old out in 1834), Pompey, Riddlesworth, Extempore, Ben-y-Ghlo, and a host of others of high sounding names and pure qualifications. When the property of the late T. Thornhill, Esq., his price of covering mares was 50gs. each, and I am told that nearly all the mares put to him last season have either produced foals, or are about to do so. Letters addressed to Philip Newman, Danebury, Stockbridge, will meet with every attention, and all questions answered. Emilius is the grandsire of Crucifix.
That little Derby impostor of 1840, ASSASSIN, is put down at what I think a "stiffish figure"-viz., 10gs. each mare. This little bay animal was foaled in 1837, got by Taurus out of Sneaker by Camel, &c. When this son of old Taurus won the Column Stakes, the Newmarket people were mad with joy, thinking that the Newmarket chance for Epsom was not quite "worn out," notwithstanding the dressing they had received from Day and Scott. As it was, Newmarket, Danebury, and Whitewall were all "out of the Hunt," for a little colt, the representative of an unfashionable Establishment, went forward and won-a "Little Wonder!" It has been remarked, that there never were known more of the "little legs" sent "right to the wall" than on this occasion. John Day's Melody colt was immediately christened Discord and Scott's Launcelot was supposed to be crucified for his chance at Doncaster. Assassin never afterwards stabbed his friends in the dark, and so FORTH. "We shall never see the like again!" Assassin, I forgot to mention, is stationed at Newmarket.
I have been informed that my favorite blood stallion THE PRIME WARDEN is about to "put in an appearance" at Burghley, near Stamford; in other words, the Marquis of Exeter has been prudent enough to take W. T. Copeland, Esq.'s advice and his horse. I do not know a better cross than the Cadland blood with the now almost worn-out Sultan stock; yet the Noble Marquis is so passionately fond of "his
own," that he has stuck to a "bad cause" with a perseverance worthy a better remuneration. The Prime Warden was foaled in 1834, got by the true running Cadland (winner of the Derby 1828) out of Zarina by Morisco by Muley, &c. The Prime Warden is a splendid animal, color bay, and possesses lots of good bone and muscle. As a runner this son of Cadland may be deemed "unfortunate," for on one occasion the public placed him first, but the Judge second! He also met several disappointments on the "slippery sod," the principal one being when knocked down at Doncaster when running (with a good chance to win) for the St. Leger 1837-won by Mr. Greville's Mango. The Prime Warden's stock are remarkably fine handsome racing-like creatures, and I sincerely believe, if Lord Exeter sticks to this son of Cadland for a season or two, that a "chance will come o' the spirit of his luck," which of late years has been bad enough in all conscience!
DEATH OF THE MARQUIS OF WESTMINSTER.
IT is with feelings of sincere regret that we have to announce the demise of the Most Noble the Marquis of Westminster, which melancholy event took place at Eaton Hall on Monday the 17th of February. The deceased Nobleman was born on the 22d of March 1767, and therefore at the time of his decease was in the 78th year of his age. The Noble Marquis was taken ill on Sunday the 9th, and from that time till the period of his death he never rallied, but gradually sank into the last fatal exhaustion. The Noble Family of Gros venor is of a very ancient date, traces being most authentically drawn down from the renowned Gilbert le Grosvenor, who accompanied William the Conqueror to this country from Normandy. It is foreign to our purpose to touch upon the political opinions of the late lamented Marquis; therefore we shall content ourselves by merely observing, that through his long and well-spent life he maintained a most straightforward course during the "troubled period" of the most critical mention in the politics of English History.
It is as an influential and popular Racing Nobleman that we shall fearlessly record the Noble Marquis's memoirs. To all those who are at all acquainted with Turf affairs it is scarcely necessary to state that the late lamented Marquis of Westminster was a most liberal supporter of Racing in all its multifarious branches, and few were more successful than he in winning the large as well as the minor prizes for which his popular racers contended. We do not intend to go far back, and record the splendid running of the never-to-be-forgotten Violante, or wade through the crack establishment of Eaton Hall till the memorable Doncaster St. Leger 1834, when the Marquis's gallant favorite, Touchstone, carried off the prize to the dismay of the backers of the celebrated Plenipotentiary, who till that period had never been beaten. Indeed, were we to attempt even to give a skeleton list of the victors that figured
to great advantage in the good old Grosvenor livery (yellow jacket and black cap) it would draw our remarks to an unseemly length. The Marquis was an anxious and sanguine Racing Nobleman, perhaps too much so, for upon the event of a favorite being discomfited, he would, without much inquiry, change his trainer: therefore the number that served in that capacity has been large indeed. We remember, in 1828, the Marquis of Westminster (then Earl Grosvenor) had a petted favorite called Navarino under the care of Dilly, and the horse became a great favorite for the Two Thousand Guineas and the Derby on account of his having gained a most favorable trial over his stable companions. When Navarino appeared at Newmarket, the rage to back him "knew no bounds;" yet, alas! he played "whipper-in" to the pack"-the race being easily won by the Duke of Rutland's famous Cadland.
Passing by other "disappointments" (to the thinking of the Noble Marquis), we come to the never-to-be-forgotten St. Leger in 1840, when the Noble Marquis's two horses, Launcelot and Maroon, ran first and second. All Racing men well remember what a "hubbub" there was at the time, and the " question put" whether in racing affairs a Nobleman had "a right to do as he liked with his own." Admitting that the Scotts were to a certain extent wrong, still, if the Calendar be carefully looked over, it will be plainly seen that no trainer ever did so much for the old-fashioned and popular Grosvenor Racing blood as our old acquaintance and skilful professor John Scott, of Whitewall, near Malton, Yorkshire. We know for certain that some of the "evil disposed" persons were continually annoying the late Marquis by writing letters full of "frothy and untrue tales ;" and taking all our knowledge in question, we are free to confess that these impertinent letters "broke the seal" of confidence between "master and man ;" and we may add, "more's the pity!"
In 1842 (Attila's year for the Derby), the Noble Marquis had a fine slashing colt called Auckland, which had been backed remarkably heavy, and three days before the start saw 6 to 1 in the betting on the day before the race came off, this Auckland was sent, after the "firing of some heavy shots," to 40 to 1, without a single taker. It was said at the
time that this retrograde movement was brought about by the defeat of Satirist, the trial horse. We have strong reasons for supposing that that was not the "entire case," for a change of jockeys was determined upon, and Auckland, "with all his imperfections on his head," ran a capital third, ridden by Tommy Lye.
The late Marquis of Westminster is not recorded a winner of the Derby; but his father, the Lord Grosvenor, won that important event thrice in the short space of four years; viz., in 1790, with Rhadamanthus, by Justice; in 1792, with the famous John Bull, by Fortitude; and in 1794, with Dædalus, by Justice. It must be admitted that the "Derbys" in those times and the present were widely "different affairs."
The late Marquis, however, is chronicled the winner of the Oaks on two occasions; namely, in 1805, with Meteora, by Meteor; and in 1841, with Ghuznee.
The St. Leger too at Doncaster fell thrice to the lot of the Eaton
Hall Racing Establishment, inasmuch as Touchstone carried the race away in 1834; Launcelot (after running second for the Derby), in 1840; and Satirist in 1841. These three horses were trained by John Scott.
We can easily account for the late Noble Marquis's somewhat minor success on Derbys, Oaks, and Legers, by observing that his patronage was mainly extended to Produce Stakes at Newmarket and the Chester circuit, where his loss must be deeply felt. At one period the Noble Marquis was a great supporter of the Stockbridge and other Meetings westward of Eaton Hall, but latterly he withdrew his favors, and although his principal horses in training are at John Day's, still their engagements, in nearly every instance, lie quite in "remote quarters" from "honest John's" stables.
By the death of the Noble Marquis the following nominations, amongst many others, become void, and all bets of course are off:- In the Produce Stakes at Chester, Somers (dead), the Retort filly, and the Languish and Sarcasm fillies; also the two-year-old Sister to Auckland for the 25 sovs. each Sweepstakes, and Falstaff (late Grotesque) for the Chester St. Leger.-For the Derby, Falstaff and colt by Touchstone out of Decoy; and for the Oaks, filly by Touchstone out of Laura.At Ascot Heath, six nominations for the Great Produce Ascot Stakes. -At Goodwood, three nominations for the Gratwicke Stakes.-At Doncaster, the different Stakes will be much shorn, as the following disqualifications will testify: Falstaff and colt by Touchstone out of Morea, for the St. Leger; Falstaff, for the Foal and 200 sovs. each Sweepstakes; fillies, by Touchstone out of Laura, by Camel out of Sarcasm, and by Touchstone out of Languish.-In 1846, the number of "scratches," owing to the lamented death of the Noble Marquis, is indeed too painful for us to go into.
The remains of the first Marquis of Westminster were interred in the family mausoleum at Eccleston, near Eaton, on Tuesday the 25th, the funeral being strictly private, and attended only by the immediate relatives of the deceased.
THE HAMBLEDON HOUNDS.
THIS pack, up to the present time, has had one of the most brilliant seasons ever remembered. They have been suffering during the last three or four years from kennel lameness to such an extent as to paralyse their exertions and quite destroy their power after the first thirty minutes with anything like a pace: consequently the finish was generally unsatisfactory, and the book told badly. Everything suggested by the knowing in this disease was tried, and various changes of situation for the kennel, &c. At last, Mr. Long (the Master) determined to adopt the system of allowing the hounds to run out in a large paddock adjoining the kennel, and have no bricks in the floors of the lodging-houses, for which board was substituted, and the houses are at