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ENGLANDS COMING THREE-YEAR-OLDS. It Is an old maxim that in the ordinary course of events the ltest two-year-old will be the best three-year-old, for the natural reason that a really good two-year-old can gallop fast ami stay, ami being a good one of good blood ho will in a natural way also Improve at least as much as his compeers. Size may sometimes ie responsible for the upsetting of the rule, but that is only the exception which goes to prove It. The latest Derby gave proof of this, for not only was Craganour the smallest and best two year-old. but he was also the smallest and best three-year-old. On the other side Tracery may be given as un imortant example of a horse developing later in life. For years I had been excising the danger of the crazy rush to the Galopin sires, and the dangerous inbreeding to that blood before breeders and owners realized the full extent of their error. I have urged the absolute necessity of recovering the Herod line, mid now, just when many . half-hearted measures appeared likely to die out again, it seemed almost like a gift of the gods themselves when The Tet-rarch Hashed like a meteor upon the scene, an overwhelming image of the great Herod himself. The value of the colt is quite incalculable, and those to whom the Fates are kind need not fear bad luck. The late Col. Hugh McCalmont secured Isinglass, one of the greatest horses of the century, in almost dramatic fashion as he stepped oer the threshold of his racing career, and it may be that his nephew and heir has done the same. The Tetrareh was a wonderful two-year-old. and he has size enough to grow on to a wonderful three-year-old. He is a model of perfection from head to heel, and the slight droop in his quarters Is the perfection of strength. Personally. I consider him one of the most perfect two-year-olds ever seen. A small, intelligent head, splendid neck, well set in deep, sloping shoulders, deep girth, iwwerfui back aud quarters, long aud muscular arms and thighs and perfect legs and feet, with such action as is rarely seen. The rumor that he was coming; with Mr. McCalmonts horses to be trained at his own splendid stables at Newmarket is without foundation, for they have already been advertised to be let, though ossibly one day Mr. McCalmont may have some horses here. It does not appear that The Tetrareh is just the ilie swallow in Hoi Herodes summer, for his colt -rom Miss Donovan, which was taken such special are of when trained by Mr. Medcalfe last season, was a very useful one indeed, and one tlttit ought to make a good three-year-old. In the opinion of some of the best judges in France, Roxolane. the dam of Hid 1 1 erode, was the best mare of all time there, and Le Samaritaine, Ids sire, we all know was a leallv grand horse: so that Hoi Herode will not rest content with The Tetrareh alone to perpetuate the recovered line. Coreyra, which was placed ten pounds lolow The Tetrareh, was still good enough to win the Middle Park Pinto from Kennymore. which later in the Dew-hurst Plate entitled himself to rauk at least the equal of his previous conqueror. It is unfortunate that Coreyra is not in the Derby, because there are so many ills that horses are heir to that tho chief stumbling block to success might be removed from the path, and he is a fine horse, with a long stride, that requires the strength of age to perfect, aud his framework also requires maturing He might, in fact, be quite a high-class three-year-old. and lie enjoys heading his feet rattle. It was partly owing to the soft going in the Dewhurst Plate which brought about his collapse, and Capt. Dewhurst, who trains him, assured me that the costs stride so very appreciably shortened in a gallop witli Percival Keene after the heavy rain that he was prepared for defeat. His sire, Polynielus, will bo well represented next year with such colts as Coreyra. Black Jester. Honey wood and Polycrates, and each of the last-named trio is at the top of the second class. In the Free Handicap, Black Jester and Honeywood are placed nearly a stone below Coreyra and Polycrates a stone behind them, which, however, next year may show to be wrong, for the latter Is a fine colt. Kennymore is a possible classic winner, as lie is a very line horse, Indeed, and when beaten by Coreyra was both backward and "green." on account of never having seen a race course before, in the Dewhurst Plate he ran quite differently, and there Is no knowing what he may be like next year. If be tines off he may be a great horse, and if he gets bigger and coarser lie may be moderate. John o Gaunt was himself a grand horse, by Isinglass out of La Fleche. and Kennymore is much .the .same as Isinglass was on the day he won the Middle Park Plate. Cress-ingham. by the same sire, was good enough to get over OS pounds allotted him, though no chance exists of classic honors, but it is unite likely that John o Haunt may have the winner of the One Thousand or Oaks with such fillies as Torchlight and Lancaster Lady. The latter, only has three fillies placed above her in the Free Handicap, and is reckoned a stone only behind Coreyra, exclusive of sex allowance. Torchlight was too leniently treated in that race, which she won easily, and slie proved herself a good sixteen pounds better than Kings Scholar. She certainly was sixteen pounds better than Honeywood. which would place her within seven pounds or Coreyra, and well above the rest of her sex, of whom Land of Song was Considered the best. She was, however, beateeasily by Torchlight in the Free Handicap, giving the latter four iwunds. and if we put it about four or five pounds the other way it would be more nearly correct. We are not, however, dealing with the fillies until we have done with the colts, and following The Tetrareh, Coreyra and Kennymore comes the offspring of a new sire in By George, a son of Lally, whose verj nomenclature suggests something astonishing -when the colt was- tried. Black Jester was fresh from his Ascot battle with Hapsburg in the New Stakes when By George beat him so easily, and his final performance when beating Sunny Land. Longtown and other smart horses in the rich Imperial Produce Stakes was more convincing than ever. Possibly he might fail to prove a stayer, though an idea that his brilliant sire was lacking in that quality would be disputed by those who knew most alwut him. In By George he has a first-class representative, and with seven winners of eleven races Lally has gained his place among the sires likely to beget classic winners. "Warren Hill," in London Sporting Life.