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ABOUT ADAM DEEE AND SIR MARTIN. Two American -Bred Horses Winning Favor in the Stud in England. It was a little unfortunate that the first box to Which i was taken was that of Adam Bed.-, as I felt inclined to stop there fcr the rest of the afternoon. There may be two or three other stuBJeaa in the country to equal him for size and power, but it is a long time since I have sin one. He must stand marly Id. 3 and his bone, power and subclaim- are extraordinary. His girth is enormous and be has magnificent quarters. He is quite a horse of th. StoekweU type, yet arlthaal a suspicion of coaiseu-ss and I am assured that he has the action of a Meed pony. His rotor is all in his favor, as he is a rich dark Chestnut, wilh a white stoik-■• - on the off Mad leu. He was hied in America, but. being by Adam Grace Gumberta. bus an American blood iii his veins and is in our Stud Book. His owner hoped to v. in the Derby with him, but be made t!ie mistake of only sending him to this country about two months before the race took place, of course Cannon had no chance of getting him fit in time and. to make matters worse, ha went lame in his quarters. In spite of this, he had the best of a rough gallop at home and as the race could do him no harm, he was alliwed to take his chance at Bps..m. though, of course, in the circum-atances, he made no shew. Hi- next appearance eras iu the Brighton Cup, in which Beraeta Beauty had no trouble in giving him thirteen panada, but. he won a couple of minor events that season. As a auitter of fact, he new r came to his real form until Hearing the close of the fi II cving year, wjion he carried off toe Duke of Y.rk Stakes at Kemptou and the ten pounds penally did not atop him in tie- Cambridgeshire. PoaoiMy, his best performance eras in the Dak • of Cambridge Handicap as a five-year-old. in which he made a gallant, though unsuccessful attempt to give Santair twenty pounds for the year. His active car-a r wax terminated in an unfortunate niiiia r. He had done lis morning work on Lie Kacecoarse Side, and was walking home, when he fi 11 in rroaaiag a read. This resulted in the want pair of brokt ■ knees that his trainer has ever seen. He still has a lump on the off one as big BS a Inns egg. This, however, la a mere eyesore; in other respects his legs and feet are perfect, and he should be an ideal mate for light, weedy mares. Sir Martin as He Now Is. Sir Martin, which was in an adjoining box, is also a dark chestnut, with a white blaze on his fare, and a little white on his m-ar hind heel. He probably stands a couple of inches lower than Adam Bede, but possesses great bona and substance. He has plenty of length, but is well ribbed up and beautifully coupled. I shall always regard him as one of the most unlucky horses ever foaled, and as a climax, owing to the Hanover blood in his veins, he is not in our Stud Book, though he is none the worse for that. I believe lie ran well in America as a two-year-old. and. iu his first race in this country, a welter handicap at Newmarket, romped home under 13d pounds. This performance caused him to start favorite in the Derby, with a fractional call of Minora, and I think that he ought to have won it. He was going well indeed, and had just rounded Tottenham Corner when he pecked so badly that his jockey was shot over the rails. I have always maintained that he did not fall, as, had he done so. he could not possibly have finished close up with the leaders, and Cannon fully bears me out in this, stating that, when he was caught, he hail no mark of any sort on him. Such a weight as 119 pounds was bound to stop him in the Hunt Cap, but he was third in the Cambridgeshire to Christmas Daisy received sixteen pounds and a year, and won the Challenge Stakes and the Durham Stakes. In the following season his trainer had him at his best, he was in the "Jubilee" at a weight at which he could scarcely have lost it, but King Edward died, and the meeting was abandoned. He proved what a good thing the Kempton race would have been for him by easily disposing of a rattling good band for the Coronation Cup at Epsom, but there was something radically wrong with him when Bayardo almost dis-taaced him for the Gold Cup. as he could scarcely walk off the course. He had some bad attacks of 1 skin disease, and though he ran until he was seven years old only won one more race. This was his i last — the Ellesmere Welter Handicap — in which he carried 140 pounds and gave all sorts of weights 1 to eighteen opponents. — London Sportsman.