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The anticipations of an immense attendance on the Heath on Thursday were quite fulfilled,', notwithstanding some threatening indie itions of a continuance of the rain which commenced over night, and falling at intervals in light showers bad the effect of cooling the atmosphere and laying the dust-on the roads, although it produced no impression on the course, which wa« still us hard as granite. < >

The race for the Emperor's Plate haï of late year* been much more attractive than any other event of the meeting. It acquired an additional attraction this year from the day being chosen as the only one on which Her Majesty honoured the meeting with her presence. , __

Thousands therefore who bad determined ?on a visit to Ascot selected this day as beinfc the most important and fashionable. Accordingly, from an early hour, the roads from Windsor to Ascot exhibited extraordinary scenes of gaiety and animation. Public vehicles and private carriages of every description, following in rapid succession, formed an unbroken line

as they approached the Heath. So many carriages were never seen on the ground «ince "railroads were established. Tim Grand, Stand presented a brilliant array of company, amongst whom were number» of elegantly dressed ladies. The other stands were thronged with spectators, and the crowd of pedestrians scattered over the Heath was immense. The distinguished leaders ond patrons of the turf mustered numerously, hut we missed from the aristocratic circle the new Chancellor of the 'University of Oxford and the Duke of Richmond, whose presence at the installation ceremonies prevented their

appearance at Ascot,

. As the time (half-past one) for the first race approached, the roofs and balconies of the stands were densely filled with eager gazer«, by whom . lie royal cortege was discovered advancing np the Now Mile'.- a. very- few minutes alter the

appointed hour.

Slowly the caUacade approached, headed by the Earl of Besuoroog-h, the Master of the Moya! Buckhounds"; Mr. Davis, the Royal Huntsman, with attendant huntsmen and out- riders in the roi al livery, immediately preceded the open landau in whicb »at her Majesty, accompanied by his Royal Highness the Prince of Willes and her Majesty's illus'rious guests, the Duke of Genoa and Grund Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The second carriage contained his Royal Highness Prince Albert, the Princess Royal, the Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, and the Duchess of Sutherland. The cortege consisted of «even other carriages, containing the guests and suite

of her Majesty.

As the procession passed up the Course the Queen was received with the respectful and affectionate greetings of her loyal subjects, which she acknowledged with her wonted condescension. Similar loyal demonstrations »ere made by the multitude assembled on the Course in front of the royal stand whenever her Majesty approached the window.

The bky, which had been lowering darkly all the forenoon, cleared up «oon after the arrival of the Queen, and the day continued uninter-

ruptedly fine to the close.

The Emperor ot Russia's Vase, manufactured by Messrs. Hunt and Roskell, wns exhibited after the race in front of the Steward's Stand. It is a magnificent and beautiful piece of work-

manship, designed in the renaissance style by

M. Veehte.

After the race for iho'Nyw Stakes-at a quarter past lour-her Majesty and the royal

cortege quitted the Heath in the same order, and accompanied by similar loyal demonstra-

tions as on her arrival.

The sport was every way worthy of the loyal countenance, and the contest between the Derby hero of 1851 and the St. Leger hero of 1852 for the Emperor's Plate was truly worthy of so magnificent a price. Had not Teddington swerved at the finish the victory would have been more distinctly achieved.

A Piece of Plate, value 500 so vs.. the grift of his Majesty the Emperor of all the Russians, added to a Sweepstakes of 20 so vs. each ; for 3-year-olds, 6st 101b ; four, 8st 51b ; five, 9st ; six ami aged, 9st 31b ; maris and 'geldings allowed 31b. AOout two miles and a half. (¿2 Mibs).

Mr. J. M. Stanley's Teddington, by Orlando,

5 yrs, 9-t . (J. Maison) 1 Lord Exeter's Stockwell, 4rs,' "

8st 51b. (Norman) 2 Capt. Lime's .Niiinvhammer 3yrs,

6st 101b.." . ;.. (Wells) 3

The following also ran : Defiance, Lady Evelyn, Kingston, The Indian Warrior.

After, taking their pn paratory cauter they were piraded before the Queen, and on return- ing into the Course they were immediately called to the post, by the starter. At tue first signal the exciting contest commenced. Indian Witr.ior led the way, Kingston taking second place. Stockwell third, and Teddington fourth, with Ninnyhninmer, Lady Evelyn, and Defiance close together in his wake. In Indian file they proceeded at a snout; pa<-e down Swinley hill into the bottom, where Stockwell passed Kingston, and on entering the Obi Mile Course, he went to the front, Indian Warrior falling hack ; Teddington then drew into the third place, Ninuyliammer being fourtli ; the others beuten off at long intervals. After rounding the turu into the s might Teddington gradually neared the front. At the distance, followed by Ninuyliammer, he passed Kingston, and at the half distance be reached Stockwell ; a most interesting race with, the two ensued, Tedding- ton, df spite a little swerving to the left, achieved

the victory hy a head { the second beating the I , third three lengths ; Kingston was fourth, Lady Evelyn fifth, and Defiance.sixth, Indian Warrior trotted in last. Kau in 4 minutes 33