The Queen's Cup
This prize, given by Queen Victoria, was 'added to a sweepstakes of 20 sovs. each.' Run on Tuesday, 13 June, 1865, The Queen's Cup, also known as The Gold Vase, was a race for 3-year-olds and upwards; weight for age; with certain allowances, and winners extra, over two miles. Apart from the Vase itself, which had no stated value in deference to the Queen, the prize was £120.
There were four runners, with the betting about even on Mr. Robinson's Eltham, the favourite, ridden by S. Adams. The Times wrote that Breeze, owned by Baron Rothschild, was first out; Eltham 'rushed past him and carried on running round the top turn, when Adams indulged him with a pull, and Breeze was, in consequence, left with the lead, which she carried on into the Swinley Mile bottom. On reaching the mile post the pair closed and raced together to the road, where the Baron's filly drew slightly away, and came into the straight half a length in advance of the favourite, the pair having the race to themselves at the distance... within a stride or two of the chair (Eltham) came with a rush, and finished a splendid race with a dead heat.'
With betting 6 to 4 on Eltham, The Times recounts the following deciding heat thus: 'Eltham jumped away in front, and made the running to the first turn, when he was headed by Breeze, who led into the bottom, when Eltham drew up and waited upon the Baron's mare until half-way in the distance; he then took a slight lead, and won very cleverly by three-parts of a length.'