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[The following reports of the Epsom and Ascot Races will be read with interest by our sporting sub EPSOM RACES-THE DERBY DAY, JUKE 1.

The metropolitan pic-nic-London's one great " day out"-came off with even more than its usual eclat, bustle, and excitement, on the 1st June. There is no mistake about it, in spite of all that has been said and written to the contrary, the Derby Day increases in interest and importance each year. Nor does the influx of railway passengers seem at all to influence the attendance of the elite of the course.

Every place is equally crowded, the day is hot, and all are getting impatient, as the bell rings, and the police at last set to work to clear'the course, a work apparently, of superhuman difficulty, but which is at last accomplished, and the Aunt Sallys, stalls, weigh- ing machines, hawkers, dogs, and booths are succes- sively ejected. Then comes the first race, about which no ono cares a straw, which people only look at because they are tired of looking at one another, just as they do now and then at "Jane Shore" on a boxing-night before the pantomime. A little inter- val and again the course is cleared, and the excite- ment begins to rise. By and by, amid a hum of expectation and anxiety, "the" horses come out in twos and threes. The excitement grows deeper and deeper as they range themselves at the starting-post, where a good deal of difficulty is experienced in getting them into line, so much so that it is 20 minutes to 4 ere the flag falls definitely, and, amid a deep silence, away they go, emerging in a few seconds on the top of the hill in a cluster which apparently a sheet would suffice to cover. Another second and the cry is "Hats oft' !" and the vast multitude, looking white with up- turned faces, stand bareheaded in the sun. The horses sweep by like a whirlwind, and almost within a minute the Derby is run and won.

Electric and Lord of the Manor were the first to show in advance, but on going up the hill Gallus and Lord of the Manor*were seen leading the way, with Promised Land, Nimrod, Reynard, Volcano, and Phantom next. In the extreme rear were Schuloff, Trumpeter, and Polonious. They ran with little alteration to the top of the hill, where Promised Land showed in advance, with Nimrod, Reynard, and Gallus next ; Trumpeter, who had been lying in the rear, drawing up. Promised Land went on with the running round Tattenham-corner, with Volcano, Musjid, Trumpeter, Marionette, and Ticket-of-Leave in dose pursuit. On entering the straight some crowding and confusion occurred, for Volcano was knocked right out of his stride, and he sent Musjid with him. The lot was soon righted, and Musjid waited upon Promised Land to about the half dis- tance, where he came out and won by half a length ; a neck between the second and third, and the same between the third and fouith. Marionette was fifth, Defender sixth, Newcastle seventh, Gamester eighth.

Gladiolus and Sir Hercules next. The last lot com-

prised Schuloff, Electric, Lovett, Lord of the Manor, Nimrod, and Balnamoon.


The Oaks Stakes, 50 sovs. each, h.ft.; for 3-year old fillies, 8st. 71b. each. The second to receive 100 sovs. ouf of the stakes. Mile and a half; to be run on the New Course. 168 subs.

Lord Londesborough's Summerside,

by West Australian . (Fordham) 1 Mr. J. Clark's Scent, 8st. 71b. ... (J.Mann) 2 Mr. J. Lowe's Wild Rose, 8st. 71b. ... (L. Snowden) 3 Mr. W. S. S. Crawford's Mayonaise

8st. 71b. (Wells) 4 The following also ran :-Rosabel, Eller, Ariadne, Little Agnes, Allegra, Schism, Woman in Black, Souvenir, Prelude, Lord Glasgow's filly by Orlando, and Meg Merrilies. ^

The Race.-Directly Mr. Hibburd lowered his flag Allegra assumed the lead, Rosabel and Souvenir taking the second and third places ; Schism followed next on the far side, Physalis filly sixth, with Prelude at her quarters ; .and then came the ruck, in the .centre of which were Mayonaise and Summerside, the Woman in Black-being last'of all. At- the mile-post Souvenir luid á slight lead of Allegra, and the lot got

closertggether as they travelled along the top ridge of the far side of the'course,' but at this point we were unable clearly to define the exact positions, in conse- quence .of'the hazé; hut the leading rank still remained the same. On coming round Tattenham corner Souvenir was itf' difficulties, and speedily, re- tired from the premiership^ The running was now taken ujj by Prelude, followed by Schism, and the favorite drew forward from the middle of the ruck and placed herself next in order. Prelude and Schism dropped back t again tired of the pace¡ on entering the {straight, and Mayonaise came to the fore, and Summerside took up a position on the lower side next to her. This couple were sue

ceeded by Prelude, Wild Rose, and Scent, and so the five raced from the distance. On approaching the

Grand Stand, Prelude had shot her bolt, and J Mayonaise was likewise evidently in trouble. ( Sum- merside came out opposite the betting enclosure the instant she was called upon by Fordham, and respond- ing gallantly she cleared the remaining portion of the distance, and won cleverly by half a length. Scent held on to the finish in a game manner, and beat Wild Rose for second place by a head only. Mayonaise was merely enabled to obtain fourth place a neck from Wild Rose ; Prelude was fifth ; Adriane^ sixth ; Meg Merrilies seventh ; Woman in Black eighth ; Little Agne3, Schism, the Physalis filly, and Allegra, were next. The last three beaten off were Eller, Souvenir, and Rosabel. .


In anticipation of the Queen's visit extraordinary preparations were made in the royal stand and on the course, for the opening day's sport. Her Majesty, however, did not arrive, important State business doubtless preventing her from witnessing the pro- ceedings. Since last year, £400 extra has been given from the race fund, and this sum ha3 been wisely used io establish new and popular stakes. Alterations and improvements on the course we are annually called upon to notice, and this year we are not exempt from this duty. Among the most important of them is the removal of the old betting stand, which used materially to impede the view of the new mile. The stands have been thoroughly cleaned and repaired, and they quite glistened in their whiteness under an un-

clouded sun.

The principal events of the first day's races are as

follows :

The Trial Stakes of 5 sovs. each, with 50 added, for 2 yr. olds and upwards, was won by Mr. T. Parr's Sedbury, beating Ardour, Fadladeen, Fright, [and 10


The Ascot Derby Stakes of 50 sovs. each, for 3-yr. olds, was won by Sir S. Monck's Gamester, beating Brother to Sydney and Phantom.

The Gold Vase, given by Her Majesty, added to a Sweepstakes of 20 sovs. each, for 3-yr. olds and up- wards, was won by Mr. W. Day's Schism, beating Leamington, Tournament, Miss Cath, and Black Tommy.

The Ascot Stakes of 25 sovs. each, 83 snb3., 55 of whom pay 5 sovs., was won by Mr. C. Bernard's Rouble, beating Prince of Denmark and Com- promise.


The only item of importance on the second day of the races was the following :

The Royal Hunt Cup, a piece of plate value 200 sovs., by subscription of 10 sovs. each, with 100 added. Winners extra. New mile. 60 subs. Col. Pearson's King-at-Anns, by

Kingston, 3 yrs., 7st. 21b. (Britton) * Air. W. Day's Schism, 3 yrs, 6st. 91b. (J. Adams) *

[This was a dead heat between these two horses.]

Followed by Brother to Sydney, Lord Nelson, Zuyder Zee, Tiara, Mentmore, Glenmasson, Kestrel, Blackthorn, Star of the East, Botany, Adamas, Queen of the South, Gulliver, Fleet, Lord Berkeley, Sam Spode, Twilight, Glenbuck, Gracchus, Wrestler, Ariadne, Harry Stanley, Artless, Turret, Petra, Orleans, Artist, Lord of the Manor, Marseillaise, Wanderer, Mutineer, Eller, and Woodburn.

For the deciding heat.-6 to 5 was alternately betted on each, King-at-Arms having the call at the close. Schism made play at the distance, where she was beaten, and King-at-Arms won at his ease by two lengths.