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A Tuesday without racing is, indeed, a remarkable phenomenon in the height of the season, but last week no meeting began until the Wednesday, which was devoted to the Bibury Club gathering. The Champagne Stakes, in which Lord Falmouth introduced us to Britomartis, was the principal event of the clay. She is a fine-looking daughter of Wild Oats and Nike, and is the first of his present batch of two-year-olds that has yet appeared in public. It did not seem that much was thought of her at home, and, for once, the public quite neglected Archer, who actually started at the nice price of 10 to 1, and won easily. Madrid, who was favourite, could only get third, and her 7lb. penalty kept Lovely out of a place. St. Blaise, a chestnut colt by Hermit—Fusee, who had a great private reputation, made his debut in the Twenty-fourth Biennial Stakes, and had no trouble in beating The Duke and three others. The first clay of the Stockbridge Meeting, usually one of the pleasantest fixtures of the season, was completely ruined by a continuous downpour of rain, and everyone was thankful when the card was run through. Good odds were laid on the handsome Beau Brummel for the Mottisfont Stakes, and they might have been landed pretty easily had he not broken down in the course of the race, which enabled the Cremorne—Hetty colt to defeat him by a neck. Sigmophone, whose previous performances had been disappointing, secured the Stockbridge Cup from Mowerina, Althotas, and three others, all older than himself, and, though a difficult colt to ride, he was beautifully handled by little Martin. On the Friday Geheimniss was an absentee from the Twenty-third Biennial Stakes, so Laureate had really nothing to beat. The meeting of Petronel and Wolseley in the Queen's Plate excited considerable interest, and, at last, there was nothing to choose between them in the betting. The result was quite in accordance with the market, as the finish was a desperate one, and it was only in the last stride or two that Archer managed to win on Petronel by the shortest of heads. The field for the valuable Hurstbourne Stakes was remarkably select, if not very numerous, as Adriana, St. Blaise, and Tyndrum had all secured winning brackets, and the "dark" colt by Macaroni from Heather Bell came out with a great flourish of trumpets, being reputed many pounds in front of the Hetty colt. After her brilliant race at Ascot, in which she decisively cut clown the previously undefeated Rookery, backers seemed quite justified in laying 6 to 4 on Adriana; who, however, was completely out of it before reaching the distance, and the Heather Bell colt won in such easy fashion that, though his forelegs do not look particularly sound, an offer of 1000 to 100 against him for next year's Derby was promptly accepted, and, so far, he is undoubtedly the crack of his year.

Source: The Illustrated London News, July 1, 1882, p.10