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Pulce, Astarte, colt by Mus out of Belvidere, and a filly by Muley Moloch out of Dryad. At Brighton, The Laird walked off with a Sweepstakes, and ran a good second to Lady Wildair, beating Symmetry and Captain Phebus. From Goodwood, The Laird was vanned to Newmarket, where, in the First October Meeting, he was not placed in the "Hopeful"-won by the Maid of Orleans-but partly recovered his loss of character by winning a Handicap Stakes, at 8st. 7fb., from filly by Slane out of Seakale, 7st. Îfb., and Petrowna, 7 st. 2lb. For the Second October Meeting, The Laird surprised many of the old ring-goers by winning the Second Class Fifty Pounds Plate, beating Loadstone, filly by Hornsea out of Industry, Rigolette, Deodora, Corinthian Tom, and Landlord. The Laird-o'Cockpen stands engaged on the Derby, the Gratwicke Stakes, and two other races at Goodwood. He is trained by Mr. Kent.
To pick here and there, I come to an Oaks filly of much promise, viz., Mr. Bowes's AS-YOU-LIKE-IT, a bay filly by Touchstone out of Emma, and of course own Sister to Cotherstone. I am inclined to believe that this fine filly was never at any period of last season up to "concert pitch," nevertheless her performances may be called "highly respectable." Her maiden appearance was at Goodwood, where she was beaten by Refraction for the Ham Stakes; and in the same Meeting she ran a "dead heat" for the second place (in a race won by Lord Eglinton's Britannia) with Mr. Wreford's Wedding Day. Asyou-like-it is named for the Column Stakes in the Craven Newmarket Meeting, for the One Thousand Guineas Stakes in the First Spring Newmarket Meeting, the Oaks, the Produce Stakes at Newcastle, the Gratwicke Stakes at Good wood, and the Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster. Most of my Readers will remember how badly Cotherstone ran when two years old, and how wonderfully he improved when the " pear was ripe." "Tis possible that his sister may "improve on acquaintance." She is trained by John Scott, at Whitewall, near Malton, Yorkshire, and her present Oaks figure is 25 to 1, with many takers.
I now come to one of the best youngsters in the extreme North country; I allude to Mr. J. Merry's COLLIER, by Sheet Anchor out of Florentia. This colt commenced his successful career at Stirling, where he defeated Pythia and John Harris: at the same Meeting Collier won the King's Park Stakes, beating Mildew, with lots to spare. He is engaged in the Derby, the Northern Derby at Newcastle-on-Tyne, the Great Yorkshire Stakes at the York August Meeting, and the St. Leger at Doncaster. This colt is remarkably well bred, and is a beautiful goer; why the betting men lay forty to one against him I cannot tell, unless they think that a horse from the the extreme North cannot win a Derby-perhaps they may one of these days "burn their fingers."
Some time ago a great fuss was made about the promising qualifications of Robert Hesseltine's FITZALLEN, but now the Hambleton party seem as quiet as mice-have they got all their money on, "think ye?" Fitzallen is a bay colt, was got by The Saddler out of Fitzroy's dam, and ran only once in public, when he was beaten by the gelding Mid-Lothian for the Tyro Stakes at Newcastle. The subsequent
running of the gelding led "our Robert" to suppose that Fitzallen was good, and the "office" sent to Manchester, just after the Doncaster gathering, brought the "pot" up to 30 to 1, with scarcely a layer: now, alas! the "favorite" has hardly a friend to "bonnet him up"-so much for consistency on the Turf! But after all, betting men are like sheep going to water, for only let one "bell-wether" take the lead, and the flock are pretty certain to follow. Fitzallan is engaged in the Derby, the Northern Derby at Newcastle, the Liverpool St. Leger July Meeting, the Great Yorkshire Stakes in the August Meeting, and the St. Leger at Doncaster. It is hinted that he will be entered for
the Chester Cup.
I fancy My Lord George is somewhat angry with himself for omitting to nominate his fine slashing colt Cowr. for the Derby, for there cannot be a doubt, from his pedigree and performances, that the said Cowl would have been the prime favorite for that important event if his Noble Owner had given him the "chance." Cowl was got by Bay Middleton (winner of the Derby 1836) out of Crucifix (winner of the Oaks 1840); he is a bay colt, and first ran at Doncaster, where he won by a neck the Municipal Stakes, beating Kedger, Britannia, and a filly by Sheet Anchor out of Canada. At the First October Meeting, Cowl, without much difficulty, won the Buckenham Stakes, beating the colt by Camel out of Monimia, and a miserable thing of Lord Exeter's, named Adrianople. Cowl has some very valuable engagements, amongst them the Stanhope and Great Produce Stakes at Ascot, the Produce Stakes at the Bibury Club Meeting, and in the Drawing Room, Racing, and another Sweepstakes at home-quarters-Goodwood. Cow! is a horse of great size and power, and is not much unlike his celebrated sire he is trained by Mr. Kent at Goodwood Park.
Mr. Dawson's CRIM CON was sent all the way from Yorkshire to astonish the knowing ones at Newmarket in the autumn; but somehow or another the "thing did not come off right." Crim Con is a bay colt, was got by either St. Martin or Tomboy out of Huntingdon's dam. His first race was at York, where he was bowled over by Extravaganza; but at Newmarket, in the Houghton Mecting, he won at 8st. 4lb. a Handicap Sweepstakes, beating, over the Ditch Mile, Carrissima, 8st. 4lb., and filly by Jerry out of Pastelle, 7st. 2lb. At the same Meeting, Crim Con ran second, with 6st. 4lb. on him, to the Rose of Cashmere, 7st. llb., for the First Class of the Nursery Stakes, being beaten by only a neck. He is trained by the Dawsons, and is engaged in the Chester and Doncaster St. Legers.
(To be concluded in our next.)
PORTRAIT OF FLUSH,
A RETRIEVER, THE PROPERTY OF RINGWOOD. Engraved by H. BECKWITH from a Painting by R. DREWELL.
FLUSH, a liver-colored bitch, was bred by Henry Gibson Dowson, Esq., of Geldeston in Norfolk-her sire a smooth pointer, her dam a rough North Yarmouth water-spaniel. She has in a singular degree inherited the distinguishing properties of both parents, being stanch to game in field or covert, and untiring in water in the coldest weather. Her extraordinary prowess in recovering wounded game has been allowed by first-rate judges never to have been exceeded, keeping directly on the line of the fallen bird in spite of whatever fresh game may rise before her, and, although in her eighth year, will shake a rat to death one minute, and bring a jack snipe alive the next.
BY JOHN MILLS, ESQ.
AUTHOR OF THE OLD ENGLISH GENTLEMAN," &c. &c.
"I have done
As you have done-that's what I can:
It is recorded in "Eton Scenes and Eton Men," that it was one of the earliest desires of the present Sir Walter Carew to become the Master of Fox-hounds. Doubtlessly this ambitious longing was not then, and is not at the present moment, a solitary exception in the ardent aspirations of many young hearts cherished within the grim old walls of that celebrated nursery to Alma Mater. It is the national feature, inherent and innate in the bone and blood, thews and sinews of Englishmen to turn to hounds and to hunting, and all thereto pertaining, with the same constancy as the pivoted needle points to the pole. In their earliest days, and long before a razor's edge reaps a single bristle from the lip; this devotion to the sports of the field springs from its germ, and frequently, and I may add generally, becomes a rooted passion. Whether in gratifying it to excess may not be a cause of regret in entailing some dire results and evils to which flesh is heir, shall form no subject of discussion for this fair page, albeit it has formed one to occasion many a sigh and heartache from gloomy and sad experience.