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THE TURF IN ENGLAND.
BANK HOLIDAY; RACE MEETINGS
(From Our Special Correspondent )
LONDON, August 7
Bauk holiday race meetings appear to como and go with whirlwind sudden- ness. It seems (our racine correspond- ent, "Centaur." writes) only a short time ago that vie wcio engaged in the Easter Monday meetings, and in the interval there was, of course, the AA'hit Monday meetings, and now, at the mo- ment of writing, we have just com- pleted'those set apart for the'August Bank j-ioliday-at Sandoivn-poik, Birm- ingham iu the Midlands, and Ripon in Yorkshire. The function at Sandovvn nark was much interfered with by the lightning hir.AC-of cngincdrivers and firemen, who, without notice, caine out in sympathy with the tew oath-break- ers in tho London police. The result was that tho race special trains from Waterloo to Eshcr were cancelled. Tile effect on the attendance was.marked, but nevertheless it is astonishing what a lot of people managed somehow to get to the place. The Sandown au- thorities offered very poor «»takes, so that they would not suffer much, if at
As regards the winners, two iu par- ticular can bo singled out for special notice. One was Golden Melody,, nu old horse. Ho had rua extremely well fo.r the Goodwood I'late under n light weight, and on that form he held -an unde ninbio.chance lor the North Surrey Handicap ol two miles at Sandown park. The race was supposed to rest G"jtucpu him 'and Warwick, but there was only one in it at the only nlaco that matters-the vviuning post. Golden Melody, with Donoghuc in the saddle, won easily from Warwick, with a few odds and ends of others now hore. The chief two-ycár-ol.d winner was Major McCalmout's Lu Daupbiue, a chestnut Tctrarch filly, which had run well at Goodwood. It had been disclosed then that she was much fancied, and so her success now in a far simpler task was a forcgono conclusion. She, too, won easily. A conspicuous loser was Ava- tar, who was caught on the post and beaton a head for the Maiden Plato by Sir Carl Meyei'.s Ninon. The loser is not fulfilling the high promise ho showed in the spring, and it is clear sow that he has-been overrated. Ho belongs to Sir Edward Hulton, and is one of those trained bv AA'ootton at Epsom. A strong favourite in Lady Symline, trained bjT Prank ' Hartigan, was beaton for the Lubbock Sprint Handicap also by a head, and then there was au objection to the winner, Mr. Bovvcn's Clarice, on the ground of boring, hut ii was not sustained. At Birmingham Mr. Pat Hnrtignn's tuen threo.-year-old Monteith won thi» chief event"-the holiday Three-year-old Han- dicap-and at Ripon the leading race was won hy the Newmarket-trained Skager Rack, a bad.Jiorse, hut the others happened to be worse at the weights !
Fiom Sandown-park to Brighton was not. a far cry, and ^moreover the usual racing army was reinforced enormous- ly by the holiday crowds on the Sontli
Coast. They carno in swarms, and it mattered nothing apparently that the racing itself was poor. 'lhc oublie had only one desire-to engage itself in a vast picuio. Certain"»' tits chief featuie of the opening day at Brigh- ton, apart, ol tours«?, from the ¡ireat crowd, was the success in the Brighton Stakes, which was a mile and a half handicap, ot His 'Majesty's Jutland. This horse had been equal favourite with Irish Elegance for the Hunt Cup at Ascot, and he had run badly. A little later he was favourite for the Newbury Summer cup. won by Arion, and again it- wai, noticed that he would not show of his best. The King'» trainer was much upset, because lie
knew what the horse was capable of at home. Once again later, however, the horse was beaten for the Duke of Cam- bridge Handicap on the July course at Newmarket, and yet such is the faith of the public that they "stood'' u.m again. They are to be congratulated, for the horse at last rose to the occa. sion. He found everything to his lik- ing, with none of the opposition cap, able of seriously worrvmg him, and so he carne away at his pleasure at tho finish to win in good style. There was tremendous cheering, and so the public generally telt they had not "picnicked" iu vain.' aud that Uiçy. really liad been
fortunate to seo such a rare and phas- ing thing as a victory for one of the King's horses.
As- regards other events, wo saw n great ganihle fail to fructily on one of Mr: J. B. Joel's horses, Tho Plough. It was not Mr. Joel's, hut the public's, money winch made lum a hot 2 to 1 on chance. lins horse had won in the easiest possible ninnnci ut Liverpool, and he had not bten put up in the weights owing to a misunderstanding. To do justice to all concerned, there- fore-the handicanper and other own-
ers in the race-Air. Joel very sport iugly ngreod t«j put up a 71b. ]K*nalty ns overweiirht. The tact that hu did I so did not influence the lesult, «is, mimi!; the 71b., he would still not have beaten tin» Dnko of Portland's Dumb AA'aiter, who ran away with the race, being never caught. "The truth is that The Plough is ono ol those horses thal must have everything their own way to win. It was so al Liverpool, and it was not so nt Brighton, for because
ho could not at once catch Dumb AA'aiter ho sulked and relused to do his best. 1 don't think he will start odds on again in a.handicap.
Ah regards other winners, on the first-day Linton very easily won n sell, ing plat'», and was then bought by Mr. AA". Mumfoid for GIO guineas io go to India. She is of the right stamp for that countrj", and theiclore ¡i very judicious buy. Second ' t.v him wa.» -Air. J. Ii. Joel's Souiàn, once second for the Middle-park Plate, mid used as a charger in the war iu Franco by his son, Lieut. H.' J. Joel, of the luth Hussars. The ex-charger will win a race, too. Adopted and Marcia Blanche woie the winners nmontr two-.vcar-olds, and the rest of the racing is really not worth talking about.
A CRAZE FOR RACING.
LONDON, August 1*.
Someone was trying the other day to diagnose the racing lover which ha» at- tacked so large a section of the com- munity (writes "Contour," our racing coi respondent). The virus unquestionaoly exists but its origin is not so clearly defined. Broadlj' speaking, it is symptom- atic of the craze of the moment for ex- citement, relaxation, and money-spenuiug. If half that tho bookmakers sa»- is to be believed, then th.oj- aro losing money consequent on so many favourites win nin, and therefore the racegoers must be winning money wnere usually they ino losers in the Jong run. Here, there- fore, is a probablo reason why the fever rages unabated. Naturally, the people find racing popular, and an irresistible attraction, it they con get moncv easily and qniekly thereby. There will, of courtse, be a rudo reaction. But that is another story, the telling of which does not press at the moment. But it will inevitably havp to be told, all the bame!
Racing provides an easy outlet both for money and for emotions. AVhether tho racegoer wine or loses, he gets that ex- citement which he is craving for, and the fact thut the expenses, apart alto- gether from the- chancos of winning or losing, are heovj", is made quite a minor matter. Another reason for the huge attendances which show no sign of dim- inishing is tuat no one wants to work now. Ilveryone wants to make holiday aud play, and onlj* thoie will work in order that oilier«? may play, if they are paid oxtravugontlj', and out of all pro- portion to their work. The racegoer
waa always used to being fleeced in the * old far-off days, hut now he has to pay very high railway fares, exorbitant prices for 'accommodation, and meals, and appalling charges if ho must employ con- veyances to reach racecourses not act- ually tuuehed by railnaj-s.
During the week under review,.. enor- mous crowd« were attracted to the race meetings in the sourn at Brighton,- Lewes, and Folkestone, whilo the people.of tho Midlands flocked to Nottingham, and in the north-east of Enjiand to Rcdcar. Tho arrangements at Brighton were ap- pallingly bad, and the accommodation hopelessly inadequate but then it was
merely a repioduction of-the impossible ' state of affairs at Epsom. . -
As the racing in tho week under lcview , has been only third-class, comment need
only'be briei, I may mention the race , for the Brighton Cup, a mile and a quar-
ter ovent for three-year-olds, which only , brought out two horses in African Star , and wilson.' The former is owned by a Huddersfield woollen manufacturer ,n Air. Theodore Martin, and the other Uj the South African magnate, ' Sir Abo
Bailey. At Goodwood in the previous , week AA'ilson hod won a handicap, and Africnn Star' had been third 'for the Chesterfield Cup. The latter's, li6wever, was the better form, und he wals? made favourite for ' tina Brighton raie. Ho justified the choice by winning''easily. He is a son of Snnstar, and a very fair socond-claräs-three-v'ear-old. It was for- tunato for him, however, that* Mr. Persse was afraid of the hard ground and Tough stnto of the course, und eo would not chance running Sir Hedworlh JJeux's Sir Douglas, w-ho at Goodwood for the Gor- don Stakes had given 211b. and a beating to Chat Tor, II Munton-lrained'three-year old. The point I irish to mate is that at Lewes at the end of the week Chat Tor, backed to a very shoit price, easily won the chief handicap. AA'c must infer from this that Sir Douglas continues to make steady improvement, andi ha6 al- ready qualified to be taken seriouslj' into consideration for the St. Leger next month. All going well vvillii'hnn. he is sure to be n formidable rival.to Buchan for tho last of (he classic races, and some good judges, indeed, are prepared to seo him win.
Mention of races lo come is a reminder thal entries closed last week tor the Cesaiewilch mid Cambridgeshire. Both these popular handicaps leceived extra oidiuarilv big entries,"the long distance race netting 97 and the Cambridgcshiie 89. .Yet it is beyond dispute thal.lhere K a shortage ol horses of three years old* und ovei. I need hardly-suy, there- fore, that (hi 97 in the Cesaren i tell are an extraordinarily mixed collection, and include a number that would uot be out of place iu selling huidlo races. Neither the Derby winner. Grund Parade, nor the Ascot Gold Cup winner, By Jingo, is en- tered, but Alec Taylor, .the famous Man- ion trainer, who won the race-last year with Air Raid, holds a strong hand. Grund Parade is also missing from the Canibridgeshiie, but that erstwhile cele- brity, The Panther, is one of the 80, ns WPI) ns the most famous hoi se of the era-Irish Elegance. He will have to' be placed on of about the 10 stouo mark, otherwise it will not be possible to get a number of the 'rags" on the minimum mark of 6 stone.
Both the breedei.-i' races al Noltinghnui were won bv odds on favourites. That for Iwo-.vear-olds mis lakeu by Sir L'd vv.isd llulton's AA'imasii, n big colt by Stoinoway from AViiiootba. The dum was an extraordinarily big and fine maro. As a two-year-old she was ju the first-close, bul ¡is a three-year-old she quite failed to justify her íccord when competing for the classic races. Now, at the stud she hoe produced tins nice winner Wim.isn, who,, although far. from being the best of hie age, is nevertucless a colt w'nn a nice future, so far ¡is one can judgo at picsent. Golden Orb, who won tho race on the following duv for (hree-jeai olds, is a balf-biother io Dark Legend, the be.-t horse m India. .This is the first race Golden Orb has won rs n three year-old. and it is quite conceivable that ho will be heard of ni connection with the Cambridgcshiie.