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I : | GRAND NATIONAL WINNER DIES. In , .uise.pieiiee vf C,,| 1 W. P.aird having left Newmarket, Play fair, which won the .rand National in 1888, has been destroyed at the great asm of 32 yesra, Plsyfair, which was by Ripponden oat of a half-bred man- by RatUebones out of Drayton, w.n seven yeara old when he won the Grand National, and had not previously had a verj distinguished career. He was bred i y Mr. .1. Hunt, of Gnrdecot. near Leicester, and did not appear in public until I s,s ;. when he was brought out at the I roxton Park BSeetiag for a Fanners Plate of 7-". sovereigns, au.l w,.ii in pasy fashion from the eight thai opposed him. ll.- was afterwards purchased privately hf Mr. ll. T. Barclay, whose colors be iir-t carried in the Abingdon Hunters Steeplechase at the Berks ami Oxon limit, tor w hi h he was a bad third to Johnny Long tall and Master Jack. At Winchester fe ran second to Polarlscope for the Hampshire . open Hunt Plate, at me Lincoln Autumn meeting, was third to The Sinner and Canhalu for a Hanters Flat Race, and the year was wound up at tic San-down Park December gathering bv an eaaj win in tile l-Ultie- Plate Of KN» - II LIK II- fOT lllllltls. ill which be via- ridden by his owner, in the following February be wa- sent np t rattersalls fan sale with others of ll. T. Barclays horses sad knocked down for r,i:c guineas to Mr. I now Colonel E. W. P.air.l. for whom be nia.i.. a lii-t -now In lss7 at tin- iraml Military meeting at Sandown in Man i. where be came I - uii.-t while running for the Grand Military Hunters si . • plechase. hi i ill .,i • Iloii-eiioi.i Brigade Meeting over tin- Mime ground, he carried off an Open Military Can from two opponents, and unsuccessful essays followed the Weybrhlge Hunter- Steeplechase at Sandown Soi-ond sp rina ami a Hunters Il.n Bace at ii,,- Aldersbol Divisional Meeting In May. On the following day, however, he won th.- Divisional St, epieiii.i-i . Playfair did not appear in public again until February, 1888, when al Kemptou Park he won i Hunters Hurdle Race by eigbl lesjgtbs it, in Ransom, with Aramis, Soutliam and Abu, .ml be hind the pair. He roUowi-d this i, running for in,. Grand National, for which he -tared al K to I. .n.l !i.mi tiiitet ii opponents, ol wtsom Frlgal which was dest hied to wis iin following year wa* rnnnei up ten leiiiihs behind. Usiij :in.| Chancellor i.nt..l joint favorite- al 15 to 2 each, but the lattet u.i-pulle.l up a long way from home, and l-na put lii-Kboulder out. In the tield ill. ii daj were included nid Joe and Gamecock, which had HJeen successful in the race In lv»i and lvs.. respectively. Colonel Baird bad only recentlj before the ••National" become an owner of race ho* — , ami liay fair was placed limb"- the ear.- ..t T. Cannon at Daaebnry, where he underwent bis preparation, with Mawson as bead man. Mavrson, who rode him al Alatree, died a few years ago. I nder a twelve pounds penaltj for his Liver] i vktory the sou of Ripponden was one of the field for the Grand International Steeplechase at Sandown The D -t month, but ran oiii in the course of tie ra e. II.- did not appear iii public after wards, so that liis ,-unparat iv.dy short caa ■ i- I -icepl. .baser waa rewarded bj a long rest. Londou Spot tsman.