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faster they flew when it pressed upon them; and the Aquiline in a few tacks passed the Vestal, and in two or three more had to bear up to allow the Wildfire to go clear of her ; she then gained considerably on the Wildfire, and threatened to pass the Sappho ; but from some extraordinary cause, which for a long time was quite unaccountable, she fell a-stern, and was again in the last position,
“ Meantime the steady breeze serenely blew,
And fast and falcon-like the vessels flew."
On turning our heads to look at the Wildfire, she was evidently in distress ; the squall had carried away her foremast wire shrouds, whilst on the larboard tack: she immediately put about, and the damage was repaired without loss of time. The Lalla Rookh had been making most of the squall, and increased her lead considerably. But as soon as the wind fell lighter, both Vestal and Wildfire came up rapidly with the weatherly yachts, and passed both Aquiline and Sappho, the Wildfire lying over fearfully, and her foremast bending towards her lee-how in an extremely threatening manner; still her venturesome crew cracked on her desperately, regardless of all risks, and apparently totally heedless of springing spars and rigging. On nearing the Nore another squall was observed hanging in threatening attitude, and which soon after bore down upon the yachts with heavier violence than any of the previous ones. The majestic Lalla Rookh dashed along in beautiful style, and for a time the race appeared entirely her own. The Aquiline seemed to revel in heavy squalls, and carried her main-gaff-topsail through the whole of it, and here again she showed her weatherly qualities, and passed the Sappho, and gained rapidly upon the Vestal. But again the wind fell away, and Aquiline fell into the rear, nor were their positions afterwards altered throughout the day; and the race was finished in a light breeze, and on a fine summer's evening, in the following order :
H M. 8.
7 41 50 Sappho
7 46 10 Aquiline Vestal
7 53 20
H. 8 8
The Wildfire, as will be seen by the time of arrival, was entitled to the prize, having saved her time with Lalla Rookh, and ten minutes to spare.
Vestal was also within her time of Lalla. Taking into consideration the long distance sailed (which in a direct course out and home is near 60 miles, and the tacking must have made it from 70 to 80), and the variableness of the wind, which veerd a good deal during the day, the vessels were exceedingly well matched. The Wildfire was sailed by Herbert, of Portsmouth; and although much credit is due to him for his skill and daring, we have seldom seen a yacht more recklessly handled. The celebrated Jack Nicholls sailed the Vestal, and certainly we never saw her handled better. Pittuck, another matchsailing jockey, sailed the Sappho, and, with but one exception, when he stood too far over to the southward on the beat back, she was cleverly bandled. The unfortunate Aquiline disappointed her admirers ; but there appears more than one reason for her so doing; we understand her pumps were hard at work during the greater part of the tacking
back, some of her upper seams, it is supposed, having been overlooked and left in a leaky state by the caulkers when hauled up at Harwich a short time ago ; but from whatever cause the leakage arose, it is quite clear the progress of the yacht must have been materially impeded with upwards of a ton of water (as was found on first applying the pumps) rolling from stem to stern in her bilge. She was sailed by Griggs, of the Daring cutter, who is now her captain ; her sails did not stand quite so well as those of the other yachts during the match: and she appears rather too much by the head, her trim having been slightly altered since last year. Several yachts accompanied the match ; and the commodore of the R.T.Y.C., Lord Alfred Paget, was aboard the Prince of Wales steamer throughout the day; and notwithstanding the heavy showers which accompanied the squalls, everybody appeared to enjoy the match, which was full of excitement from beginning to end ; and we question if there was a man aboard any one of the contending yachts but was wetted to the skin from the clouds of spray which at times flew half-mast-high over the noble vessels.
ENGRAVED BY HACKER, AFTER A PAINTING BY HARRY HALL, OF NEWMARKET.
This high-bred pupil of Tom Dawson's, whose luck sadly needed a fillip,' is a brown colt, standing fifteen two-and-a-half in height.” He has strong quarters, drooping towards the tail, and a good back and loins, while the same term may be applied to his brisket, shoulders, arms, thighs, knees, and hocks. His neck is strong, and he has rather a coarse head, which is not improved by small lopped ears, and a dull eye. He carries his head straight, and is a horse of good bone, quiet temper, and whole in his colour, with the exception of one white coronet on his near hind foot. His feet are remarkably large, a quality which helped him not a little in the Derby, which was run in 4 seconds worse time than his sire's—a pretty convincing proof of the dwelling nature of the ground. For several years back his owner, Admiral 0. E. Harcourt, has trained two or three horses every season with Tom Dawson, at Tupgill, and principally of the Liverpool blood. Sir-Abstrupus earned one or two good races for him, but his success set in with Ellerdale, who was bad to beat over Knavesmire. She went to the stud in 1851, and her first foal, Ellermire, by Chanticleer, has proved herself, though light and undersized, a capital performer at all distances. Ellington was her second foal, and the result of this judicious cross between the blood of the speedy Selim and the stout Tramp, has been to place a Derby wreath on the Dutchman's brow, in the very
that his three-year-old stock were stripped. Wardersmarke, by Birdcatcher
(whom few Yorkshiremen can pass over), is the old mare's present twoyear-old produce ; her yearling is an own sister to Ellington, her foal a filly, by West Australian, and she has this season visited Touchstone.
Ellington's first appearance was at York August, where, with “ 7st. (Ashmall)" on his back, he ran fourth to Mosquito for the Eglinton Stakes. On the following day, he won the Colt Sapling Stakes by a neck from Gildert. He had his race in hand a hundred yards from home, and Alderoft had left off riding him when the ever-wakeful Job Marson took the rails from his napping junior, and darted up to him with a “Chifney rush,” which set the Stand in a roar of delight, and all but cost the Admiral £200. Mr. Richard Johnson, the judge, informed us afterwards, that Job's rush on that occasion was the most “ electric" that ever met his judicial eye. Ellington's next appearance was for the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster, which he won, with 10 to 1 against him, by three-quarters of a length, beating Bird in Hand (Job Marson) 2, Vandermusin (Charlton) 3, Overreach (Wells) 4, Artillery (Basham) 5, Mary Copp (Bartholemew) 6, and The Danube (A. Day) 7. This victory made him a very fair favourite for the Derby, all the winter, which was enlivened by a myth about his stable at Middleham having had its lock partially forced by a band of nobblers. All the public's fond hopes were, however, not a little dashed at the York Spring, by his defeat for the Spring Biennial, after a severe head and head finish by Fisherman, to whom he gave 6lbs. The race was only run three-quarters in earnest ; hence his party, who considered him far from fit, by no means lost heart, and Mr. Parr considered that the trial was quite high enough for the Derby. Chester's Dee Stakes told a different tale ; and although, after all, Stanhope was behind him with a pile of Danebury money on his back, and a large field to boot, the Derby winner-elect showed temper, and cut it the moment Bird in Hand challenged him. The consequence was, that his owner could hardly be persuaded to send him south, and scarcely a soul cared to look at him when he was saddled at Epsom ; but his trainer, and one or two others, were right loyal in their support to the last, and were rewarded accordingly. After some strong indications of temper at saddling, he thought better of it at the post, and, steered by that clever young Manchester youth, Thomas Aldcroft, who has hoisted the “ French Grey' flag of the Admiral on him in all his victories, he won remarkably cleverly. The stakes reached £5,475, making his winnings up to this point £6,225. Twenty-three others started, to wit-Yellow Jack (Wells) 2, Cannobie (R. Sherwood) 3, Fazzoletto (Nat)4, Vandermulin (Charlton), Aleppo (Marson), Bird in Hand (Osborne), Wentworth (A. Day), Cotswold (Sly), Rogerthorpe (Rogers), Fly-by-Night (Bartholomew), Forbidden Fruit (Harrison), Pretty Boy (Foster), Dramatist (G. E. Sharp), Artillery (Basham), Newington (Whitehouse), The Prince (T. Sherwood), Wandering Willie (Templeman), Puck (Quinton), Mr. Verdant Green (J. Mann), Astrologus (G. Mann), Coroner (J. Goater), and Bay Hilton (Ashmall).
Ellington is engaged in the North and South of England Biennial, and the Great Yorkshire Stakes at York August; the Liverpool St. Leger ; and the Doncaster Stakes, Don Stakes, and St. Leger at Doncaster ; but 8lbs., 7lbs., 7lbs., and 10lbs., are the "extra" imposts which his Derby win has entailed upon him respectively in the first four.