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THE TURF IN AMERICA.
Batesville, Arkansas, Jan, 24th, 1842. The “Spirit of the Times" has kept you advised of what was going on in the New World. The defeat of “ Old Boston" has caused quite a sensation, and his match with Fashion is the most sporting affair we have had since the match between Eclipse and Henry. I am still firm in my faith, and when Boston is beaten, I shall believe it, not till then. The get of Trustee are performing well, and Fashion has placed him on the highest pinnacle of fame, Glencoe's star is on the ascendant, and the performance of Reel, a three-year-old, out of Imp. Gallopade, has made him the crack of America. Reel made her race under a hard pull, unscathed by whip or spur, in 7 min. 40 sec. -7 min. 43 sec. The Metaric course is a fast one, but this was a most extraordinary performance. The game Luda, a daughter of the lamented Medoc, was beaten by her. Gallopade was imported into Canada-she is by Catton, so is Trustee. This speaks much for that stock.
The great “Peyton Stakes, "thirty subscribers, at 5,000 dollarseach, is beginning to be talked much of,-Herald, by Plenipo, out of our Imp. Delphine, is rather the favourite, while the Great Western (out of the celebrated Black Moira), by Imp. Luzborough, is deemed by many as a formidable entry. I do not think, under any circumstances, more than eight will come to the scratch ; the stake is rather heary for these hard times, were it reduced to one half, it would make a more sporting affair.
Every crack in America, save one, bas been beaten this past fallshe belongs to Colonel H. and her “ides of March,” if they come at all, will be in February, but I have no fears on that score. It is hard
say in the match between Boston and Fashion, which has the call. The filly having distanced the old horse in 7m. 425.-7m. 48s. (John Blount winning the first heat) leads many to believe she can run right over him, but those who think correctly on the subjeet, believe this race no test of Boston's game and speed. He had been made sore from his hard race the previous week with Mariner, and it was evident he was“ sulky," and not himself. His speed is clearly demonstrated from his race with Charley Carter, winning three miles in 5m. 368. and the next in 7m. 40.
When pointed for a match, I have no fear of his sulking, or of his not being fine as silk,- Old Arthur trains him. Laird, the trainer of Fashion, has deservedly acquired great reputation. He is the former trainer of Mingo, a horse, in my opinion, equal to any thing ever bred in America. Joe Laird, a chip of the old block, jockies Fashion, while NO XVI.-VOL. III.- NEW SERIES.
my favourite, Gil Patrick, will cross the pig skin on the old horse. If every thing should be right, the race would be worth a trip across the Atlantic.
Coronation's defeat caused some astonishment even in this wooden country. He evidently was defeated from the want of work. From what I have been able to glean, I should say, that the Colonel, in the breeding stud has disappointed the expectations of his friends. Plenipo has not yet had a fair trial, but he does not seem to take so good a start as Priam. If Crucifix had been mine, I would have tried Touchstone in preference to Bay Middleton.
The good folks of England should never have parted with Priam. Here he has been tasked too severely. His colts have iminense speed and game, but by many are deemed defective in stamina ; and his serving so many mares in a season, is not calculated to do away this objection. Judiciously crossed, he is the surest chance of any horse in America, for sweepstakes colts.
Imp. Tranby, when all began to despair of him, is gaining reputation by the performances of Creath, Lady Contor and others. Imp. Sarpedon, has in Wellington and Duane, a couple of No. l's.—so good that they challenged the Priams for 5000 aside, which was declined, from what cause I know not. It is somewhat remarkable, that Priam, has no 4 yrs. old on the turf, of standing. His 3 yrs, old, are great, but saving Monarch and the Queen, none of them figure after that age—and they both gave way early.
I think that the Queen in her palmy days, and Fashion now, would be about an even thing.
The Consol stock are winning finely. Miss Foote, got by him, out of Imp. Gabrielle, made a tremendous race at Orleans-best 3 in 5 mile heats. Torch-light, by Imp. Glencoe, won the first heat in 1:47 -2d in 1:49.—Miss F. won the 3d heat in 1:48—4th in 1:50. She and T. L. made a dead heat (the 5th) in 1:50.—Humming Bird won the 6th in 1:54, and Miss F. the 7th and race in 1:55.
Have you seen Mr. Broadman's letter in the “Spirit," touching the comparative speed of English and American horses? He is sweet on the foreigners, and though I cannot agree exactly with him, am compelled to admire the style in which it is written, and the forcible manner in which he illustrates his positions by the production of facts, which are worth a thousand arguments. Your's truly,
N. of ARKANSAS.
ROYAL THAMES YACHT CLUB. The monthly meeting of this Club took place on Thursday, March 3d, at the British Hotel, Cockspur-street, the Commodore in the chair, when the revised list of yachts for the ensuing season was submitted to the members for any corrections that might be necessary. The new yachts coming out this season, are the Mystery, 25 tons, Lord Alfred Paget, (this is the Iron yacht which was launched on Thursday, March 17th), the Pet, 7 tons, Messrs. Wanhill, of Poole, the Smile, 8 tons. F. Livermore, Esq., the Cruizer, 25 tons. G. Gibbs, Esq., and the Red Rover, 9 tons., J. Steward, Esq. The election of officers for the ensuing year then took place, when it is needless to say that the same gentlemen who have so efficiently filled their respective posts, were unanimously re-elected, and the Commodore again took the chair, which he so worthily fills. The opening trip was settled to take place on Thursday, March 24th, when the Commodore expressed his intention of hoisting his flag on board the Sabrina. The Yachts to rendezvous at Greenwich, at half-past 4, and proceed down the River in company. T, E. Snook, Esq., has sold the Widgeon, 20 tons. to F. Thomas, Esq., and the former gentleman is going to build again. The coming season is expected to be a very brilliant one, as a great number of new members have been selected, and many new yachts will be added to the list. The Phantom, 20 tons., the property of J. F.Silby, Esq., of Poole, is for sale, the price asked is £470, and no doubt, will soon be obtained. I am sorry to inform you of the decease of Mr. Hubert Fry, the marine artist, he left England for Ancona, a few months since, in the Falkland, Captain Appleton, and on the 31st of January last, when within 15 miles of Port, the Falkland was driven ashore, and Mr. Fry and four of the crew were lost. Among the gentlemen about to be proposed at the next monthly meeting, is Fountaine Hogge, Esq., of Shouldham Hall, Norfolk, the owner of the Thetis,
OXFORD UNIVERSITY AQUATIC CLUB, LONDON. The members of this club held their first general meeting for this season, on Tuesday, March 1st., at Searle's.
The financial report was laid before the meeting, which gave great satisfaction, as it shows the Club to be in a state of great prosperity; the officers were
hen elected. (Mr. Maberly was re-elected Stroke.) Monday, Wed. nesday, and Friday, are the days appointed to go out with the Club eight.
DAVY DEADE YE.
REVIEWS OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.
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The Art of SHOING Horses, by the Sieur de Solleysel, translated
with Notes, by F. C, Cherry, Veterinary Surgeon, &c.—London, Longman and Co. This is a translation of the work of a Mons. de Sollysel-published more than a hundred and fifty years ago, and in whose pages, says the translator, are to be found
many posed discoveries, new principles, and improved practices of later years, as regards the shoeing of horses.—The work is plain and practical.-But why Mr. Cherry should adopt a different spelling for
shoeing" from the rest of the world, we are at a loss to know.Throughout the work the word is spelt “ shoing.” This is a silly conceit, and grounded on a basis of affectation as foolish as it is false. Ruff's GUIDE TO THE TURF, for 1842.—R. Ackermann, Regent
This is a practical work which will prove of infinite service to the lover of the Turf, It is very neatly got up, containing the nominations in England, Ireland, and Scotland for 1842 and 1843, with the performances of the two year olds and winning horses in 1841, lengths of the different courses; colours of the riders, with a vast number of additions; a full and classified digest of the laws of racing and betting ; winners of the Derby, Oaks, and St. Leger; races to come; the Newcastle, Manchester, and Newton handicaps; with a copious index to the horses engaged, arranged according to their ages. copies have been neatly bound as pocket-books, and they may thus truly be called “ The Turfite's vade mecum."
TO READERS AND CORESPONDENTS.
Will our Correspondents oblige us by writing on one side of their Paper only? It will save many blunders and typographical difficulties.
"A Leaf from the Note Book of an Irish Fly-fisher," is a very “Sibylline leaf” indeed; so much so that it will not suit us.
Mr. B. must let us see a Specimen of the proposed Series, before we can give a decisive answer.
We have not yet set eyes upon the Coursing Picture from Durham.
Mr. Lynn is thanked for his attention in sending the returns of the Liverpool Coursing Meeting.
" The Sports of the Far West,” and “Foreign Rifle Shooting,” came to hand just as we were going to Press.
A FEW WORDS ON THE ROAD-SAFETY DRAGS
STRAY PAGES FROM MY SPORTING
AUTHOR OF THE
ANGLER IN WALES."
A TEMPLAR."- '-CHAP. IV.
THE GAME LAWS-BY
NEWMARKET CRAVEN MEETING-BY RIDDLESWORTH
1. THE RIVER SIDE, BY HACKER, AFTER WILKINSON
2. A VIEW OF NEWMARKET HEATH, BY GEORGE TATTERSALL.