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dom being engaged here, viz. : Waxy, Pot 8-O's., Smolenski Pavilion, Sancho, &c. In 1804 there were 19 horses entered for the Pavilion Stakes p.p. of 100 Guineas, and a majority of them accepted and started.
The following bona-fide match for 2,000 guineas, h. f., between the celebrated horses Sancho and Pavilion, arranged to be run for over the Lewes Eace Course, on July 24th, 1806, excited the greatest interest in Brighton, as the appended quotation will show: —
" Brighton, July 2Gth.—This place is all hurry and bustle with preparations for the great match at Lewes to-morrow, between Sancho and Pavilion. A report was circulated yesterday that Sancho was not well, and that bets were 7 to 4 in favour of Pavilion. It was, however, entitled to no credit, Sancho continues to be the favorite. Every carriage is taken to convey the company to Lewes to-morrow."
The following description of the race, &c, is also of great interest:—
Yesterday, the 27th, the long-expected match between the Earl of Darlington's famous horse Pavilion and Mr Mel -lish's no less famous horse Sancho, was decided upon Lewes Race Ground. The distance was four miles, equal weight, each horse carrying eight stone seven pounds. No match has taken place for a long time that excited so much interest. The people of Brighton, Worthing, and all other neighbouring towns and villages, at an early hour, began to put themselves in motion. About twelve o'clock the company upon the ground amounted to about 1,000; but in less than an hour they exceeded 3,000, and many bets were made. Sancho had been always the favourite, and for some days past the odds were 7 to 4 in his favour. On Wednesday, however, they varied a little, and came down to 5 to 4 ; but yesterday morning public opinion declared in favor of Pavilion, the odds completely changed
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