One of Englands Famous Tracks, Daily Racing Form, 1913-03-29


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ONE OF ENGLANDS FAMOUS TRACKS. The ancient domain of the Saxon Godwinus had d inanv owners before it was purchased in 1720 by the ;.• lir-i Duke of Richmond, the son of King Charles II. I. n,l Louise de Keroualle, the very notorious Duchess -s . i Portsmouth. The famous race meeting there was is inaugurated in isirj in the time of the third Duke. •. The races" then, aosrever, were a travesty "l the .• ■part consisting as they did of atakea of ▼cry v IrHHne value, and confined as they were to the backs fs .,,„! hunters of the nobility and gentry with seats s in rue i . i 1 1 1 1 They were all run In heats, and the I, competitors w.-rc aa ran- as angels visits, few and ,1 I :,i between. ; Iwood then took place in May. nud often pnveded the Epsom Summer Meeting. .. The i up was Instituted In 1812. and won by a i"1;1-year-old ,. named Shoestrings, the property pf Mr. r. i ,,|,.- i.iii ii was aet, however, nntil 1* 2.. that the „. event became a permanent fixture on the Iwood „1 lM,,l The celebrated Lord George Benttnck, the ex tiom r of the "Running Rein" fraud, was the real ,; r. .iiii.i. I- ui .; Iwood as we know it today, for II It waa he who laid oat the present race course, and ul hi- horses were, trained there by the John Rents. ,, rather and son. He was the originator of the „. •i, legraph board." and of iii« "parade" and "pre g. Umtnary .ant.-r." li baa been said that th *n , l ranee money annually paid by Lord George amount , .-,1 to not less than 25,000. 1 1 - waa the owner ol in, wonderful mare. Crucifix, who. m 1840. won r him it,, on, Tin Two Thousand, and Oaks. J- . i,. i was eleven times anceesaful as a two-year-old. 1 I. ,i,l Reorge Ben-luck preferred to win at Goodwood " r., any other meeting, and bis "["is. bine, white "■ . :i|, were very popular there. The tu-i Goodwood Cup was a golden trophy, ■ value 100 guineas. D waa run for on Monday. I ■ Ma] I. 1012. waa f"t tbrei yeai "ids and upwards. • ami the distance was Hire,- miles. The competitors " were of vers ladlfferenl class, and Shoestrings. ■ ■ four-year-old chestnut Blly. bj Teddy, won from III Mr BadcllB *s Small Hopes and Mr. Burghs lDl.-. *■ Shoestrings starred again the year following, but II was last of the four runners, the winnei being M ■■ Biggs --n of Hambletonian. bj name Camerton. "• I row 1M7 to 1821 Incinslve there waa no Good* " I Cup run for, but ■ gold cup was again offered for ■ competition In is--.",, when George Edwards, th. "■ "dandj lockey." won I on Lord Egremonfs Crick k eier. :i rou of Octavius ■ ntoer of the Derby. Wlni ■ ,n small and unimportant affair i n road was ■ centurj aa« can tie discovered t r „„ v gland .-u if. "Calendar" for 1800. I be raci •-thai year took place on Wednesdaj and Thursday. y. May l" and 11. The program consisted id w ■ • Items, three "ii the Oral and iw. on the second day. y. ami the runners numbered ■ iln In all. Eight ma r sera for Bv« racea! What a contrast to the fields Js ,.i |,„i.n ■ iii, lhik • f Richmond won a Hunters Plate anal I SBver Cap with Roaewood. i son i lii i- none Gomla 1 and one of the horses coni|M ting £ was Mr. Hushs 1 lurry Eeliind, which, since he was M i t I I J t j , • . • last in , uli of liis heals, may be said to have amply justified his curious nomenclature. Thirty yeara or so later, however. Goodwood was i name to coiijur, with in the sporHug world. In ls::s. for instanee. tin- stakes wen- valuable and lunneis lie numerous. 1ho Lavanl and Molecomb Stakes lieim: at events which — -till figure m the program. The famous • is Hark. iw ay won the iu that year, and Mr. Theo *■ aids l.owth. rbours. about whose pedigree there was much mystification and eoBtroreray, carried off the Goodwood Slakes. l,,r many years thia kaag distance contest waa, next to the Cup. the chief feature of the meeting, and iis deterioration from ■ Old ,, great betting handicap t iis present uninspiring Rtatna i- much to be regretted. In the thirties ih -i.-i:iiii w.i~ the principal two-year-old event, and in 1838 lhis was woaj by Mr. rTreforda Wapiti, a daughter of Caaael, which also won a Produce C Sweepstakes the next day. Second to Wapiti in the l.avani was Deception, destined afterwaida to run , second la ili - Derby and to win the Oaks. Ayear or two later the Stewards Cap was established and almost Immediately became a favorite speculative " medium, though lesv M than the Goodwood Stakes. The popblarltj of the latter may Ik- Jndgr d from c, the fact that la lsti the entries for it numbered U" 1 and Included all the best handicap performers in I raining. The race was won that year by that very F iiuestionable character, Goodman, whose mare, Orelia, defeated The Corsair and fifteen others. Mr. Byaga Cany Owen won the Stewards Cop from Cam comb and The Potentate, and Lord Egllntons Doetot Cains look the Chesterfield Cup. the chief race on the Friday then as now. from Maroon and Mus. one ,f the most seasational incidents in Goodwood his- I t,i y was ii... amaxlng victory of the despised Shannon In the Gold Cup of 1S7I. The great French ° crack. Mortemer, ridden by Fordham. was favorite thai season, and Iavoiiius. the Derby hero, was ;:ion:_-iit to be his aaoat formlable opponent. The oil. ei runners were Dutch Skater. Ripponden and Mr. 1". Moiinieys liay filly. Shannon, by Lambton -dam by Now minster Rigolette, the mount of Hunt. She vas three Mats old and carried MS pounds to -j the in: pounds borne by Pavoaias. lh-r price at the atari was. nfllciaHy, 50 to 1. but Mr. Cart Wright got I2.5O0 to S about her on the off chance of the two .racks oin- down. Tom Chaloner ami George Ford ham Were s,, Intently watching each other thai tlev oiiiie forgot Shannon, and the filly tlukily beat the Derby winner amidst great excitement by half a , length, wilh the French champion a neck behind, i nvonlns, however, won the Cap in is.72 from Albert I Victor, and ran second for it in 1S7:; to Flageolet, the third and i.-i -~t runner in the latter Reason !, -:n no less distinguished an equme performer than Cre morne. Another Cup surprise oeearied la 1882. when Friday, an onsexed son of Favonlua, started at 20 to 1. defeated Tristan, favorite at 7 to 2 on. and Chippendale. •: to 1 on. went down before the staying Dresden China in lssji ] it cannot be claimed for Goodwood that the rac In; there is now of sach blgta class as prevailed in the meetings palmy day-, when its various three-year-old events rnrariably Infteeaced the market upon the St. I.oLcr. The Cup. moreover, is merl. a shadow of it- former self, and js no longer one of the most coveted prizes of the turf season. Only 1 "the Stewards " holds Its oara, and that meioiy as , a medium for sne.tilal ion. It has constantly fallen to outsiders, recenl examples being Upset. 25-1, isst: Gangway, m I. is:it: Chaaaeur. l.", I, 1808: DDonovan Rossa. 06-1. 1001; Melayr, 40-1, una. ami Xeii.v. 25 I. 1905. The two-year-old racing is in variably Interesting and Important, and the Richmond Stakes In particular baa been woa by many good animals. in 1S77. for instance, wlieu its value to the winner was over 0,000, the field in , eluded Jannette and Sefiou. destined to win liotw ei: them the Derby. Oak- and St. Leger f the aeaaon followiaar. In is7ii the future Derby and ttaks win iters. Silvio and Placida. were -nipped .it Good s •rood on the opening day. Silvio won the Ham Stakes and Placida carried off the Halnaker. In 1881 the Richmond stake- was fought out by Dutch Oven and St. Marguerite, of whom the former afterward* created a huge surprise by winning the St. Leger. and the latter carried off the One Thousand Guinea-. The iindon stake- has also fallen to manv smart youngsters. In ls72 Caatmlere, dam of Dutch Ovea. defeated a solitary antagonist, and Thistle, afterwards dam of Throstle, the winner of the St. Lea ■ in isfM. al-o wnn the Plndoa, as did the flvlng Donranee in lST.i. the useful Sandlway in 1883 "and the handsome, but erratic. Barefoot In JsVi due can always be sure that the roanjali i a will keep the gaaae alive at gooiIw.ksI. whatever the deOclen-eie- in other departmenta. — London Sportsman.

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