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and aristocratic than was its wont. You missed the pomp and circumstance of the rural magnates : you found four days too many for your patience, as well as for the provision of sport. There is a good deal of money given. £1,000 well applied would ensure three days of remunerative racing, and, consequently, good fields. The race for the principal northern two-year-old stakes--the Champagne—brought out Van Tromp and Planet as competitors, the latter being beaten on two points—pace and lasting. This, of course, gave Lord Eglinton's colt another lift in public esteem and a better rate of exchange to the hedgers, who took long odds about him for the Derby. year the Leger was destined to outstrip all its predecessors in the amount of obscurity and doubt and devilment by which it was ushered in. All the world know that all manner of plots were in contemplation and progress to rob and ruin all those who backed or betted against anything engaged in it; and every man you met had his own version of the conspiracies. The day-indeed, the whole week—was superb, and although the saints relished it as the palate does asafotida, it was a goodly tryst. Some folks in Doncaster are opposed to the races for conscience sake: these are the people, I suppose, who, to mark their principle, charge a thousand per cent. more on that occasion for their wares than they are worth. The snivellers in the north are by everlasting odds the most offensive party in that district of the kingdom. “Because they are virtuous (over the left) there shall be no more cakes and ale !”.... Come we to the second act of the farce-the getting up of the St. Leger race. Having been duly advertised that Sting had won his trial with The Hero, in a canter; that Fancy Boy could n't be beaten, inasmuch as a couple of gentlemen of the ring, originally employed to back Sir Tatton Sykes, had done the other thing, and got on Mr. Meiklam's nag—wherefore they must make Bill, or the baronet, or both, as safe as bowl could do it; that Bill was not to be “had,” being in safe custody of
“The three black graces-Law, Physic, and Divinity ;" that Brocardo was the broth of a boy, a leetle fattish, but uncommon fast, and so our public rated him, till
The saddling bell Called forth reality, and broke the spell. Wednesday “t'Leger" anniversary filled the town, as aforesaid, with company and rumours. The friends of Sir Tatton Sykes presently learnt that Captain Pitt, the reputed owner of that bizarre animal, had bestirred himself to keep all right, and that William Scott sweated in the morning, with the view to ride, and had also put on the brandy-and-water muzzle. In the event of Scott not having been able to ride, William Oates, his trainer, was to be put up--a young man whose general character is as good as any of his profession can boast-better than too many of them can lay claim to. .... Bill Scott did ride soberly and well, winning, as everybody knows, by a clear moiety of a length, Iago finishing very brilliantly at his quarters. The pace which Tom Tulloch forced to his utmost for his length-a mile-was very severe, the time really being about three minutes sixteen seconds. A vast many versions of " the play" in this race have been sent out, with none of which I agree. It was a true test of the quality of every horse that ran in it on the day. Sir Tatton won because he was the freshest of the first rank; Iago's was the best, the truest performance, regard being had to his late labours at York: non semper arcum tendit
Apollo. The Two-year-old Stakes Foreclosure won, beating Slander....but scarcely in her form--they did not send Van Tromp for this. All things, however, had in account, this was an achievement which ought not to be lost sight of. As some return for capital, Tom Tulloch walked over for the Foal Stakes, and Iago won the Threeyear-old Stakes-a dollop of more than a thousand pounds. I must not set my seal on the meeting without stating that in his race for the cup-save the mark !-The Hero sailed away from his field as a Bermudian clipper would from the Lord Mayor's barge. What a pair of three-year-olds for one man to have in his life, Venison and The Hero! I have said nothing about the Great Yorkshire Handicap, not being very partial to issues of its class, and that they only interest those immediately concerned in them. Without wasting space on any small deer, we come to the final meetings of the season, at Newmarket.
The First October opened with the defeat of Sir Tatton Sykes, by Iago for the Grand Duke Michael. They told you the former horse wasn't fit, any more than his rider: he certainly ran a cur--that is, the quadruped—whatever might have been the reason. Here, too, Sting made a manifestation of his racing pretension, by winning the St. Leger in a really honest form : but he has been an ungainly courser. Of the youthful races no more need be said than that Isis won the Hopeful and Slander the Rutland. The Second October is an occasion of considerable account. Its last celebration was brimfull of sport, and some good racing to boot. The first sensation was caused by the announcement that Sir Tatton Sykes was scratched for the Cesarewich; the second, the winning of that event by Wit's-end, a most middling nag. The Clearwell was won in a most straggling field by Glentilt-said, by the very knowing, to be the stable representative for the Derbythis was not a flattering sample, at all events, of his quality, verb. sap. ..., The weather had at last changed, and from frying, according to the custom in this climate, had receded to freezing. But the ardour of the turfite had in no way abated, so on he went till the Sabbath put an end to his career.... And now, to sum up our eventful history, the Houghton was put on the scene, as they put your villains and their deeds in the melodramas, in utter darkness. There was a fog 'as substantial, though far from as palatable, as pea-soup, and of a like hue. Alarm was the favourite for the Cambridgeshire, almost up to the time of running, when he gave way to a colt subsequently named the Prior of St. Margaret's. Sting was second, giving 21lbs!.... The race was truly run, perhaps; but it was run under false colours : “dun-ducketty mud" isn't the light for fine riding. Clementina, with a penalty of 7lbs. up, was within a head of Coningsby, for the Criterion. This filly had too much of it during the season, to have fair lines from such a trial. The course, always a trying one, in this instance should not be held to have been a convicting one also. To catalogue the fun would be to perpetrate a twice-told tale-enough to set down its moral. If there be any faith due to promises, then did the season of '46 close with more goodly hopes for the turf than ever set upon its twilight, full of “a glorious morrow.” But a day or two ago I received the first volume of the “ Racing Calendar,” with the intimation that a second would make its appearance early in the present year. Added to this there is Ruff's business-like litile book, and Dorling's “Racing Almanack," and many another literary bantling of the turf. What a contrast with “the good old times !” when the leading journal of this kingdom scouted as infra dignitate the publication of Tattersall's betting in its columns. What palmy days racing will have marked when Tattersall's List shall be itself a journal !
THE ANNUALS.-HEATH's Book OF BEAUTY. 1847. With Beautifully-finished Engravings, from Drawings by the first artists. Edited by the Countess of Blessington. London: Longman and Co.--The embellishments of this volume consist of fancy sketches of the heroines of Byron's poetry. They have been---that is, the graven images-most unmercifully handled by the majority of those who have publicly reviewed them. Such fate, too, waited on more than one of the originals. Gulnare was by no means a generally prepossessing personage, and Laura was undeniably fie, fie! It is fit to say, the painters' presentments are in excellent keeping with their models. The first of this pair, as pourtrayed by Mr. Corbould, is just the style of lady we should not desire to be left alone with; and the latter precisely the one we should. It's no wonder Mr. Beppo suffered in the way he did : his lady, as handed down to us by Mr. Hayter, is nothing less than an allegory of Doctors' Commons... The character of these imaginations is not to our taste. Haidee, by Corbould, is anything but what Byron drew; and Zuleika !-if ever there was anything of the feminine gender in its teens that we could not have stomached, it would have been such a Zuleika as Mr. Wright has given to the Book of Beauty. Still, there are some gems. Medora is one. So is Kaled, the beautiful exceedingly” of Lara. As a literary composition, it is not necessary to deal with this work, whose purpose is purely pictorial.
The Keepsake. 1847. With Beautifully-finished Engravings, from Drawings by the First Artists, engraved under the Superintendence of Mr. Charles Heath. Edited by the Countess of Blessington. London: Longman and Co.--This is in every way an unexceptionable volume. It is exquisitely got up: it is replete with matter void of offence, and furnished with some articles of considerable taste and talent. The frontispiece is remarkably delicious, and so is the last engraving—“Florence," after Wright. These annuals come recommended to us, moreover, by a melancholy interest : they are bright children of a fast-departing family. What if the cause of its ruin was unthrist! it ran a glorious career while it lasted,
and has left behind many memorials of hot-pressing and typographical elaborateness, an honour to the mechanical literature of the day-Do small thing when letters had nothing else to boast of. hope these brilliant twins may have a long life, and a profitable for their godfathers and godmothers.
GUIDE TO THE TURP; or Pocket Racing COMPANION FOR 1847. By W. Ruff. London: Ackermann, Regent-street.-This most useful manual has appeared for several years at the close of the racing season, replete with matter essential for all who are concerned with the turf, either professionally or for amusement. It is now announced for publication twice a year-namely, in the winter and spring quarters; in the latter to contain the January and March nominations, and other seasonable additions. The racing public are much indebted to Mr. Ruff for this admirable little work. It is a most portable and pretty pocket conspanion; it is cheap, and it is complete : what more would they have ?
THE ANALYSIS OF THE HUNTING-FIELD. R: Ackermann, Regentstreet.--Every writer is distinguished, more or less, by a certain peculiarity of " style,” and scarcely any one in a greater degree than the author of this very capital work. To him, we believe, we must award the credit of having relieved sporting literature from a “sober sadness" and dry monotony of detail that, however good in proper time and place, bad begun to tell, on the sæpè, if not semper cadendo principle. We have to be sure, in the annuals, almanacs, and so forth, many a time and oft, had gentlemen ready and willing to be facetious at the expense of field sports; but then, unfortunately, a want of knowledge bat too generally accompanied a want of wit, and so the laugh went at instead of with them. In both these items the author of the “ Analysis”—and we see no reason for attempting to conceal the name or hide the light of Mr. Surtees—in both these respects, we say, he has a very long and strong pull. In the first instance, without ever making the least fuss about it, he has enjoyed an experience as a practical sportsman that few men could surpass; and in the next, he possesses naturally a quickness of observation and easiness of expression which carry forth with the most complete success the scenes and characters he would depict. Occasionally, perhaps, his humour becomes a little caustic; but whenever this is the case, he is sure to show good cause for it; and the man or the measure that Mr. Surtees singles out for a quizzing, we may rest tolerably satisfied, only gets what he deserves. Let the reader just take that glorious creation, “Captain Shabby Hounde," or old “Bullwaist the blacksmith,” from the work before us, and then say whether he ever recollected harder hitting or finer sketching.
The newspaper essayist, by which we mean the man who fills his columns with matter chiefly independent of momentary interest, has more often than not a very up-hill game of it. People look to their paper for what is doing, or what is to be done, and, allowing the leader” to be swallowed entire, ought to be about the extent of hard reading expected. This we believe to be more especially the case with your hard riders. After drawing them gently through the betting at Tattersall's, horses for sale, meets of the week, runs on record, grand steeple-chases, and deciding courses, we are inclined to rate it as something very superior that will induce them to enter on an article without a known name, a date, or a decision, to be found from one end of it to the other. In fact, of all the many schemes of the kind put on trial, and by good men too, we know but of a couple on sporting themes that ever came to a really successful issue. The first of these was “ The Gentlemen Jocks” of “Shamrock;' the second, "The Analysis of the Huntingfield,” both published piecemeal in the columns of Bell's Life in London, both written in the same workmanlike and amusing spirit, and both, we are happy to add, emanating from gentlemen who, either “fore or aft," had lent a hand to the Sporting Magazines.
“The Analysis of Hunting" is in every respect Mr. Surtees' best work, from the very simple reason that it is a subject, or rather a series of them, best suited to his style. Despite Mr. Lockhart's prophecy in the Quarterly, we begin to fancy, after all, and especially after reading this, that novel-writing is not “ Jorrock’s” forte. He appears constantly to despise the art and elongation necessary, as the slang says, “ to sustain an interest.” A dashing, faithful sketch, if you like; a hint or so of how he'll make a story of it; and then, just as you think he is going right into it, his humour runs riot with the preliminaries, and he whips off with some most singular and effective finish. One of the best and one of the most tantalizing of these we must give from the well-considered paper on lady fox-hunters, merely premising that Sir Resper Smashgate is supposed to be slightly smitten, and that Henrietta herself is quite agreeable:"
“ Henrietta Cottonwool, of course, being of the same way of thinking as Mamma'-indeed, ' Mamma's' opinions must have been chiefly derived from the daughter-has determined not to let the season close without a final effort for our hero. Accordingly, she has eulisted one of those convenient articles called a cousin, that women know so well how to use either as suitors or cat's paws, to attend her to the meet. Well she looks, as she sits on her horse ; and if the animal was only as well turned out as she is, she would do urcommonly well. There is not one woman in a hundred with the slightest idea about either a horse or a carriage. Thin legs and long tails are all they look for in a saddle-horse. Small legs, however, would not exactly do for Henrietta; for she is a good load, though her well-formed back and waist are admirably developed by the close-fitting evenness of her well-made London habit. The hat, loo, becomes her. It rather fines than fulls her plump, healthy cheeks; and the maid has given some extra labour in the brightening and arrangement of her fat-dressed hair. Most young women look well in hats and habits. But here comes Sir Rasper bearing down the road like a man-of-war in full sail. He comes at the pace of the regular five or six days a week man, who knows to a minute how long it will take him to do' each meet. You can tell at a glance that he is a workman; everything bespeaks it, from the hat on his head to the spur on his heel. What an age of anxiety-what a world of time is often comprised in a brief, unpremeditated moment like the present! A glance, a look, a word, and the thing is done! Sir Rasper greets our fair friend with the hearty cordiality of a halfway-met, agreeably-surprised fox-hunter. He is pleased with the attention of so fine a girl. A tinge of pink per