Portraits of Celebrated Racehorses of the Past and Present Centuries: In Strictly Chronological Order, Commencing in 1702 and Ending in 1870 Together with Their Respective Pedigrees and Performances Recorded in Full, Volume 4

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Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1888 - Provenance: Ribblesdale, Lord
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Page 64 - The ring stands pale ; forth speeds the tale, which sundry doubts inspire, From east to west, from north to south, it travels o'er the wire ; From Richmond unto Middleham this message quickly passed — "Your conqueror of conquerors has bowed his head at last.
Page 64 - He need never hope to catch him ; He'll distance him to certainty. What horse on earth can match him ? They're whizzing o'er the TYC, and either scorns to flinch ; They've passed the Champage Starting Post, and neither gains an inch. " The Dutchman in a canter ! Nat can't get up. No — wait ; He's...
Page 61 - ... pretty good and bred well, the Voltaire colts did not rank very high when Martha Lynn threw Barnton and Voltigeur to him. They were generally heavynecked and heavy-fleshed, and it was these peculiarities which made Lord Zetland and one or two more of the Jockey Club men dislike Voltigeur when Bobby Hill marked him as a yearling at Doncaster, and begged his lordship to have a look at him. Their verdict was pretty well confirmed when the colt came up before Mr. Tattersall, and the " Take him away...
Page 64 - So thought the hosts at Ascot, as past the chair he flew, Some ten lengths first, and well-nigh burst the heart of Canezou ; Lord Zetland, and Job Marson too, the maxim dared to doubt, The colt at Aske his power can task, and put his pride to rout.
Page 64 - quoth Lord Eglinton ; " Ye Yorkshire sceptics, know The Flying Dutchman ne'er shall strike the Tartan to a foe ; For two full seasons not one steed his prowess dared to stem, And your Voltigeur he'll vanquish as he did the whole of them." Then thus outspake Lord Zetland — " Old time and fate, I trow. Are weaving Leger garlands for my Derby-Winner's brow ; That o'er, fling down the gauntlet, and I will take it up ; Old England against Scotland, and the prize shall be the Cup.
Page 64 - Now Marlow finds, to his dismay, his temper's not too sweet — As if there coursed throughout his veins a prescience of defeat. Like Kirby's " Lazy Lanercost," the young- 'un coolly lags, And never cares to budge an inch till
Page 64 - First, Fobert leads the favourite ; while, close upon his rear, Stalks lanky Jack ; while James, the black, acts as a pioneer : 'Mid air the dusky digits of that sporting exile float ; A cut-away enfolds his form, a Tartan tie his throat. On Bobby Hill and Voltigeur, as guard of honour, waits The stalwart Richmond farrier, who fitted on his plates ; To tempt him, though the puissant Kings of Europe should combine, He wouldn't prick his champion for a Californian mine. Nat puts him in a canter ! why,...
Page 64 - Of scores of voices that proclaim the welcome sound " They come !" First, Fobert leads his favourite, while close upon his rear Stalks Lanky Jack, while James the Black acts as a pioneer ; Mid air the dusky digits of that sporting exile float ; A cutaway enfolds his form, a tartan tie his throat. " Make way, my friend ! The Dutchman...
Page 64 - Though The Flying Dutchman lost the race, 'twas but by half a length : Doubt as ye will, his heart is still as strong as Spanish steel. And o'er Knavesmire 'gainst that verdict he will enter an appeal.

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