Heroes and Heroines of the Grand National

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Biographical Press, 1907 - Horse racing - 436 pages
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Page 190 - MY DEAR TOMMY, — Let me know for certain whether you can ride for me at Liverpool on The Lamb. I dreamt twice last night I saw the race run. The first dream he was last and finished amongst the carriages. The second dream, I should think an hour aftenvards, I saw the Liverpool run.
Page 11 - The Weaver, Sam Weller, and British Yeoman, bore the ' blue and black cap' in turn ; but Lottery was the only one he cared to talk much about. His friends used to laugh at this ' Horncastle horse,' who was lamed with larking the day he got him, but he always said, ' You may laugh— you'll see it come out ; ' and well was his patience rewarded. When the horse had ceased to defy creation with Jem Mason under...
Page 190 - He won by four lengths, and you rode him, and I stood close to the winning post at the turn. I saw the cerise and blue sleeves, and you, as plain as I write this. Now let me know as soon as you can, and say nothing to any one. "Yours sincerely,
Page 1 - The second horse to save his stakes ; the winner to pay ten sovereigns towards expenses. No rider to open a gate, or ride through a gateway, or more than 100 yards along any road, footpath, or driftway.
Page 76 - It is stated that the water jump opposite the Grandstand has been altered by my instructions, and that it was thus made a large and dangerous leap. This is not at all correct. In the constant preparation of this artificial fence the workmen had gradually diminished the depth of the ditch till it had become a mere splash of water, and I desired that it might be restored to its former dimensions in every respect. This was done and no more.
Page 177 - ... The party gazed with silent wonder ; and Mary, fresh from the groves of the academy, gave a wide range to her thoughts ; and her young imagination, bounding away from the dull realities of reason, soared afar in the realm of elysinm. She heaved a sigh, and a packet dropped from her bosom. Frederick picked it up, and was in the act of handing it to his sister, when, observing the caption, truant-like he opened the queer-folded parcel, and began to peruse it. Mary did not notice the accident. "...
Page 1 - The Grand Liverpool Steeplechase — A sweepstakes of 20 sovs. each, 5 forfeit, with 100 added ; 12 st. each, gentlemen riders ; 4 miles across the country ; the second to save his stake, and the winner to pay 1 o sovs. towards expenses ; no rider to open a gate or ride through a gateway, or more than 1 oo yards along any road, footpath or driftway.
Page 267 - ... minister of Buddha several taels, and placing her left hand on her heart, began to turn the handle of the machine gently with her right. Probably she did not work hard enough for her prayers to be successful, for the bonze with an encouraging look said, "Faster! faster!" La-oo wound on for nearly a quarter of an hour, at the end of which time the bonze informed her that her supplications had been favourably received. After prostrating herself again before the image of the goddess, she left the...
Page 39 - Since the preceding year, sundry alterations had been made. There was then one field of turf on leaving the course, and one previous to entering it. In the first of these the turf had been pared off by the plough, in the second by the spade, and the square lumps of turf and soil being loosely scattered about, made it as uneven and distressing a piece of ground for horses to gallop over as is possible to conceive. Every other field in the line was fallow, with the exception of the two previous to...
Page 77 - The rail is about 3 feet high, strongly made and leaning towards the water. It is a very large but perfectly fair leap, and I do not remember any serious accident befalling a horse except in one instance, when a fine Irish horse broke his back, but this happened in consequence of the frost.

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