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ENGLISH TURFMEN OPTIMISTIC 1 Make Liberal Entries in Stakes Despite War Burdens. Principal Patrons of Turf Are Represented Classic Races of 1919 Also Fill Well. The list of fixtures under Jockey Club regime announced for next year would seem to have had an encouraging effect on owners, if one may judge from the entries for stakes recently closed. The response has exceeded the most optimistic expectations and must be considered highly satisfactory, for we have forty-six nominations for the Granbj Plate Division 1 and forty-five for Division 2; seventy-nine for the First Spring Two-Year-Old Stakes, sixty-six for the Exeter Stakes, sixty-seven for the Hopeful Stakes, ninety-nine for the Cheveley Park Stakes, sixty-seven for the Prender-gast Stakes, one hundred and twenty-three for the Middle Park Plate, ninety-one for the Moulton Stakes, one hundred and four for the Dewhurst Plate, and sixty for the noughton Stakes. All these are two-year-old races at Newmarket, and it should be noted that, excepting in the Houghton Stakes, the King takes the lead. Looking still further ahead, at the classic events in 1919, despite the onerous "100 sovereigns each half forfeit," we find ah entry on one hundred and eleven for the Two Thousand Guineas and only eighteen less for the One Thousand. In events of less importance the same keen desire to uphold tradition is manifest with seventy-nine subscribers to the Bedford Two-Year-Old Stakes, forty-eight to the Newmarket St. Leger, and sixty-three to the Newmarket Oaks. Nor is this gratifying condition of affairs confined to headquarters, for at Ascot there are fifty-two entries for the Prince of Wales Stakes, forty-two for the Ascot Derby and seventy-six for the Hard-wicke Stakes, -while the Bibury Club shows up well with sixty-three for the Wiltshire Two-Year-Ohl Stakes. THE TWO THOUSAND GUINEAS. Even in the remote contingency of a walk-over the Two Thousand Guineas will be worth 5,500 pounds to the winner, while the sister race, in similar circumstances, will mean 4.000 pounds for the winner. All the principal patrons of the turf are concerned, and in the former race the King is represented by two highly-bred colts, one by Bay-ardo Persepolis. and the other by The Tetrarch Sweet Vernal. Buchan, by Sunstar, and Lord Basil, by Bayardo, both home-bred, can do duty for Major Astor, and Mr. Barton and Sir A. Bailey have both nominated a brace. Sir W. J. Tatem is the most enterprising subscriber with seven, sired respectively by Stedfast, Swynford, Polymelus, Bridge of Earn, Sunstar and Lomond, which of itself represents a large outlay in stallions fees, and Mr. Black pursues him closely with five, including a half-brother to Sunstar by Polymelus, recently purchased for, on dit, 5,000 pounds from Mr. J. B. Joel, who for the nonce is without a representative, most of his yearlings having gone to America. The colt by Tracery Countess Zia was bred at the National Stud, and cost 3,600 guineas, and that by Bayardo Birds Wing, bred by Mr. Russel, was a 2,700 guineas yearling. Mr. Buchanans Splendid Spur is by Prince Palatine, and Dromio by Bachelors Double, while Lord Carnarvon depends on his own horse "Valens for his two. Radium and Roi Herode are the sires employed by Mr. Cazalet, and Mr. Clarks Knight of the Air. by Sunstar, and Drumfire, by Lemberg, are fashionably bred, and supported by his partner, Mr. Robinson, with Stefan the Great, by The Tetrarch. Marcovil is the sire of Sir William Cookes half-brother to Dark Legend, and Mr. Fraser has used White Magic for both his colts, one of which is a son of Excellenza, dam of Brown Prince. MANTON ENTRIES. One naturally looks with interest for Mr. Fairies lot, of which Munilardo is a brother to Gay Cusa-der, Lord Visto is by - Lemberg Lady Vista, Baal Gal by Bayardo Jubilee, and Oberto by Bayardo Chaunt. These, added to Maj. Astors pair, and Mr. Thorneycrofts Control, by Chaucer, Lens by Lemberg, and Toluol by Spearmint, and possibly Mr. Cazalets pair as well, should constitute a formidable team at Manton. Lord Falmouth has engaged Rowland by Picton, Mountaineer by Polymelus Quintessence, and Perion by Amadis, and if the Duke of Westminsters name is missing. Kingscleres principal patron goes one better with St. Liz by Bayardo, Bombproof by Stedfast, Blood Royal by William the Third, and a colt by White Eagle Ganderetta. Maj. Holliday has entered three, likewise Sir R. W. Jardine, who nominates a colt by Sunstar Royal Balm, another by Swynford Seathrift, and a third by Lemberg Dutch Girl, while Mr. Hultons Sabiau is by Sunstar Silver Fowl, dam of Fifinella and Silver Tag, and Avatar, a son of Lemberg and Aunt Hetty. Mr. S. B. Joel is represented by a colt by Polymelus Marmite and a half brother to Paudion by Long Set, and Capt. Loders hope is centered in Passcli-endaele, by Polymelus Pretty Polly. Lord Lonsdale and Maj. McCalmont are both doubly represented, the latter by Arch Gift, by The Tetrarch Scotch Gift and Tetra Colen, by the same sire, Sebenico. Sir William Nelson has two, sired respectively by The Tetrarch and Cylgad, and Sir W. Noble three, namely Stand Too, by Stedfast; Clarion, by Polymelus and Bruff Bridge, by Bridge of Earn. Mr. Raphael nominates two Louvois colts, dams La Croisette and Tagale respectively and J. de Rothschild is similarly represented by Roamer, French-bred, by Predlcateur and Birva, by Beppo. A striking pedigree is that of Lord Roseberys colt by Cicere Signormetta, winner of the Derby and Oaks and in the same ownership are a colt by Light Brigade Charmian and another by Swynford Verve. Mortimer Singer, who deserves better luck than has been his portion of late, is responsible for a colt by Marcovil and a filly by Sunstar, but his brother is, for once in a way, without a representative. Other notable entries are A. F. Bassets Boselyon, by Sunstar; Col. Stanley Clarkes Mandarin, by Spearmint; Capt. Colins Le Sund. bred in France, by Sundridge; Lord Londonderrys colt by Swynford; Sir George Murrays Coriolanus, by Polymelus; Sir John Thursbys Win-stanley colt; Lord Durhams Melchester, by Rochester, and Lord Zetlands 1omme de Terre, by Polymelus. "Vigilant" in London Sportsman.