Manawatu Times, Volume X, Issue 1216, 19 April 1884, Page 2
(By Flaneur m the Wanganui Herald) I did not get as tar as Feilding on; Easter Monday, but from 'all! 'Sear f those who did had a pleasant day, and some pretty good racing, although, as usual, m the hack rac6s< there was a very ancient and/fish* like odour plainly to be smelt. Frank Palmer had the mount on my selection for first honors, Skylark, but as the latter carried " a leg" Frank, could not get him home first. Palmer has not ridden for some years, but many of my readers will remem-i ber him as the rider of Quicksilver at the Aramoho (Steeplechase ; Meeting some years back, when he landed the Grand National and Maiden steeplechase on the gallant grey. Few will forget his win on Dick Turpin, who ran such a desperate race against old Shamrock (Potto) ; it was a cracker from the jump, and every one expected to see one or other of the leaders down, as neither of them were sound on their pins Frank Palmer has determined to return to the pig skin, and as he can ride 9st 7lb still,- those who want to secure a first-class and most sue • cessral cross country rider for coming events, should not overlook him, as he has always borne an unblemished character for straight riding. Gipsy ought to haye been higher up had not her Jaoy been crossed and blocked out of it. It is really too bad the way the most barefaced fool riding is passed; over at country meetings' j indeed/ : oor'n r ' Warigan ui stewards are not blameless m * the matter as I '■ have seen horses deli-* rately pulled .right across another who was fast coming up, and the .race won by tactics, which, it' the stewards had eves m then heads and used them, - would lead to the young man who did it being called . into their room the*, moment he weigh fid m and seutenced to a fine and disqualified for ab least a year If such conduct is not published, raciug will soon be a scene of jostling and vio lence, as foul play is sure to 'be re" pelled by fouler. I hope that m the future stewards wili be stewards m more than name, and do their duty: fearlessly, as when a case of bare faced foul riding takes place under their eyes, they should not wait for a protest to be lodged to wake up. to a sense oftheirduty. Verb sat sap. Ahua upheld my opinion by winning the Feilding Handicap, but lost the stakes through young Scott's foul riding. The pitcher went to the well once too often. Wattie complained bitterly to me both m Wanganui and VVaverley of Scott's ridjug on Parvenu, indeed, 1 saw it only too plainly myself at Waverley, but ,the stewards were blind and Wattie though angry was too magnanimous to lodge a protest, but will feel some little satisfaction when he reads of | the well merited fate his opponent met at Feilding. Mr Tancred had a good time at Auckland where he landed some good stakes with Consul and Administrator. The former I take to be, weight for age, about the best three- year-old we have seen on this coast this year, whilst the latter had he had a good rider on m our cup would have just about won, as it was the boy who was burst and not the horse.