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GOSSIP OF THE ENGLISH TURF. Rhodoras Engagements this Year — Crokers Growing Estate — Colonel Walker Injured. BhadWa, Mi. Crokers inat tilly. has been en- . ii; the Due Thousand Guiin as ai Newmarket: ,*i" , *» Ilai.iwi.-ko Stakes at Ascot: The Oaks at . 0,000 SI. George Stakes and 0,000 At- s ski s at Liverpool Inning tiie English racing seanae of tMI John Reiff n Ie only six races in England, winning the Epsom Derby and Chester i in. and lmi-hing second in sne ■•;■ the primipai haadicapa. i . - regafau IS lag season begins at Lincoln Mare„ 23, which is aiieost identical with tiie open-in.- lii-ii in Aineiba at Beutiing. The Derby is ran c i Jaae 3 at Kpsi.m. Fug! tads December weather was so bad that several of the Steeplechase meetings of the south were abiinio.it !. notably those at Windsor and UngaV Id. .-. l.j.ii came Willi a flash as a sire last year, with S; eannint . Giagai. foresight. Ramroit. Yeiiov,- Peril, blaaeosa, Uatapall aad Barter, baa departed, leasing his BUntle With his son. Spearmint, mo begin* stud life next year. J hat tee staler. Miutagou. which woe the Ccsare- | | ; i , i I Mtth by lialf a dozen lengths in 190C. has been sent to the stud. The half-brother to St. Maclou a good horse, which cost the Germans .OO0. is a beautifully bred, quiet, good-tempered chestnut horse, standing 10.1 . A good chance will he afforded him at Oohbam Stud, for a number of approved dams of winners will lie taken free. He will make a splendid mate for mares of Galopin descent. Dead heats in hurdle races are not frequent, but that in the three-y ear-old selling hurdle race at riumptou a few days ago was the second in two days. The following are the dates fixed next year for the principal international races in France in 1908: Sunday. June 7 — Grand Steeplechase at Auteuil: Wednesday. June 10 — Grand Hurdle Race at Auteuil; Sunday. June 14 — Grand Irix de Paris; Sunday, October 4 — Prix du Conseil Municipal; Sunday, June 16 — Grand Prix de Deauville. Mr. Richard Crokers Irish estate, Glencairn. is situated ahestt six miles from Dublin in a very delightful neighborhood, and immediately adjoins the jAHipardstown race course. By making additions to his landed possessions. Mr. Crokers farm cannot now be far short of 500 acres, his latest acquisition iKing aliout 100 acres, which are to be added to the stud farm. Ormonde was never defeated on a race course. He ran sixteen times and won 42,325 in stakes. Little Wonder, which won the Derby in 1840, was the smallest animal to win the race, being only fourteen hands three and one-half inches. In summarizing the successful sires of the present season. Warren Hill, the excellent critic of Che Sporting Life, writes: "As matters stand. Persimmon, with Royal Dream. Mountain Apple, Perrier, Royal Realm, Rushcutter, Sea King. Your Majesty, Pearl of the bach, Persuasion. Burseough and others that ought to have won in the past season, looks like going to the head of the poll. "Next I am inclined to place Gallinule. with White Eagle. All Black. Little Goose, Miranda, French Partridge, and all Mr. Gilpins several other practical dark ones, such as Nelson, Rodney, etc., that are sure to win races. "St. Frusquin I take rlext, with Leshia, Rhodora, St. Cyril. Frugality, Dusty Miller. St. Ollalia, etc Desmond must come next with The White Knight, Sir Archibald. . xand League, Nairobi, Dripsey, Damage, etc. "Between Isinglass, Cylleno. Martagon and Orme it is difficult to decide, and possibly in another letter I may find some down amongst the ranks that will rise above them. Anyway, all the above are beyond the reach of ordinary breeders, and my search for ctining sires must be amongst the rest." Colonel W. Hall Walker got a heavy fall while riding with the Cheshire hounds last week, and was severely hurt, though he will recover. Colonel Walker created a record last racing season by winning the Gimcrack Stakes at York for the third year in succession, the successful animals being oienia in 1905, Polar Star in 1906, and Royal Realm in 1907. He headed the list of winning owners both in 1907, with a total of ,552.50. and in 1905. with the huge sum of 28,435. He is much interested in horse breeding, and breeds most of the horses which carry his colors. He used to race extensively under National Hunt rules, and won the Grand National in 1S96 witli The Sourer. The Jockey Club has created a new office of inspector of race courses, and appointed Colonel Eason Wilkinson, D. S. O., to it. The duties of the ottii ial will be that of examiner of courses, stands and general racing methods, and upon his report the Jockey Club will take action.