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Observer, Rōrahi XV, Putanga 842, 16 Huitanguru 1895, Page 15
Cap and Jacket
BACING FIXTURES. Feb. 13 & 14— Egmont B.C. Summer. Feb. 20 & 21— Taranaki J.C. Autumn. Feb. 20, 21 & 23 -Dunedin J.C. Autumn. Feb. 23— Otahuhu Trotting Club. Mar. 7 & 8 -Wanganui J C. Autumn. Mar. 18-Papakura Racing Club. Mar. 19 & 20 — Hawke's Bay J.C. Autumn. Mar. 23 -Dunedin J.C. Anniversary. Mar. 26 & 27— Napier Park B.C. Autumn. April 15 & 16— Auckland B.C. Autumn. April 15 & 16— Canterbury J.C. Autumn. May 18 & 34— Takapuna J.C. Winter. June 8 & 10— Auckland B.C. Winter. AUSTKAIiIAN. Mar. 2— Newmarket Handicap. Mar. s— Australian Cup. DUNEDIN CUP. During next week another Dunedin Cup will be run and won. Though up to the time of writing little interest in the approach of the Southern event has been shown in Auckland, no doubt on the day it will draw considerable attention from this way. The final payment for the Cup is due on Monday next, when three or four of those at present engaged will probably fall ' out. Even then a good field will be left to decide the issue, and if only Prime Warden, Lady Zetland, Skirmisher, Casket and Outpost come to the post a good race will probably be witnessed by Southern ! spectators. The select of Hobbs' stable will probably start favorite. Lady Zetland's late form leads us to suppose ! that if the other string, Prime Warden, is a better, that the opposition will have to be very warm to beat that stable. The most likely of these from what I can father are Skirmisher, Outpost and Casket. . ly own fancy rests with Lady Zetland. Aquatate is- a bad puller. Creel, by Carbine, has developed ameness. Carnage is reported doing well at St. Albans. * Patron and Cobbity are both dome well at Flemington. ° Quiver is likely to be well backed for the Australian Cup. I Magazine is to be thrown out of work for a time, owing to his injured foot. Apsley, the hurdler, is thought to have an outside chance in the Australian Cup. j Searchlight, sister to Bloodshot, is stated to be a perfect demon as regards temper. Backers are warned against be- i Mending the Newmarket Handicap favorite, Malolo, too freely. He is a difficult horse to train, and may not come to the post. Mr Donald McKinnon has a promising filly in Lufra. The little mare is green yet, and even now sViows undoubted pace, and is a plucky one withal. Lufra is only a pony to look at, but is well made. Most of our good horses are away South just now, and directly, there will be a few more following, so that what with those already gone, and those who leave for Napier later, the course at Ellerslie will be very quiet as regards training matters. Five or six to one seems a short price for a race like the Australian Cup at this stage. Harvesterwill in all probability touch evens for that event, and as he is, I fancy, an almost certain starter, backers at five and six to one have not any the worst of it. I heard something the other day that enabled me to understand why Mr Joe Chadwick, in the J Tee/% Prean, was so furious because the Auckland people wouldn't swallow the Bloodshot-Bluenre affair quietly. Gee Gee Stead is the Chairman of Directors of the Weekly Press Company. Joe was simply ' barracking ' for his employer. The mind's eye of the punter just now is turned Flemington way, the Newmarket Handicap and Australian Cup being the attraction that way. It requires no small modicum, of lack to pick the big sprint event, but to spot the double, Cup and Newmarket, is a bit beyond the general order. The Prince of Darkness himself must befriend the successful one.
Barmby was priced the other day. £400 was asked. ' Spectator's ' choice for the Dunedin Cup is Outpost. Maunlicker, two-year-old brother ,to Bluefire, is growing very much like his sister. The Harvester has been going in fine form at Flemington. Cobbity is also doing well. The Dunedin Cup will be run on ! Wednesday next, 20th inst. The final payment is due on M6"riday, 18th inst. The new owner of Carbine is also the possessor of the only Musket horse at 1 the stud in England, viz., Petronel. Casket has gone through a good [ solid preparation for the Dunedin Cup, aud I .must be given an outside chance. ' Spectator,' of the Christen urch Referee, thinks Outpost possesses a big show in both Dunedin and Publicans' Handicap. A Riccarton writer thinks Lady Zetland could have won the Midsummer Handicap with another stone on her back. It is thought Mr G. G. Stead can hardly lose the 3rd Challenge Stakes. He has Bluefire, Bloodshot, and two untried 2 year olds engaged. Geraint broke down badly in the Post Handicap at Riccarton, at the recent meeting there. It is not likely he will race again for a considerable time. One of Mr W. Forrester's Newmarket Handicap candidates, All There, won the Canterbury Park Selling .Race on the 2nd inst. He was bought in after winning easily for .1*55 Acceptances for all events of the Otahuhu Trotting Club's Autumn Meeting close to morrow (Friday) 15th inst at 10 p.m. Acceptances will be received at either Otahuhu or British Hotel. The A.R.C., notwithstanding the petitions of more than (50 members of the Club, decided not to reinstate J. lluddv in his old position at Ellerslie. A new caretaker, Mr Hill, has been appointed. Neither of Butler's pair — Au Revoir or Liberator — is likely to be dangerous in near approaching events. Au iievoir is very sore, and was an absentee from the tracks last week. Old Lib., until just lately, has been having a spell. Sir George Clifford's colt Colbeck is in work again, and he looks like standing alright. Colbeck was fancied a lot for the last Wellington Cup, and his name was being whispered about for that event, when he suddenly passed out. James "Wattle, of Auckland, sported silk at the recent C.T.C. midsummer meeting. He had the mount on Reflector, and Southerners give him credit for riding a good race. Reflector is voted a rogue, and Jimmy got him into second place. The nominations received last Friday by Mr Lockhart for the Otahuhu Trotting Club's Autumn Meeting were good, taking the events right through. The chief event, the Cup, however, drew only nine. The pony events have filled well, as have the Maiden and Selling Trots. Evidently The Dancer is to be tried over longer distances than he has hitherto essayed, he having been nominated for some of the Ik miles eveut in the South. It is hardly likely the big grey would be nominated for such races unless Wright had an idea that he would stay better than most turfites think. Aquatate spoilt what little chance she may have had in the Christchurch Midsummer Handicap by running herself to a complete standstill. She is a tremendous puller. She made the running the first part of the journey, running the first four furlongs in 50 sees. At the finish Lady Zetland smothered all opposition, cantering home a winner in 2 mm. a7i sec. Hack races in the Auckland district have not, so far, caught on. The reason, I think, lies with the conditions of such races as obtain here. When conditions read ' for horses which have not won a race of such and such a value,' it renders eligible horses, which, though they may have failed to actually win races, are good class. Under the circumstances a runner up in an Auckland Cup could come out immediately afterwards and compete in a hack race, if his owner were so inclined. At Avondale, a punter in the crush, uncomfortable, and overburdened with a j superfluity of loose silver and a pound note, could not manage to support the latter, which dropped — a dirty piece of paper lucre — fluttering to the ground. The punter stooped quickly. At that same moment another's eye — a bookmaker's spied the dirty note and stooped. Who would not for a pound ? Two hard hats, coverings for a couple of similarities, met in dire collision, and both fared ill— but the bookmaker had the pound. However, the rightful owner received his money promptly on his explaining the note was his own. and Jiot a stray one.
Hova is being indulged in swimming-exercise. Lady Zetland will now have to carry Sat 81b in the Dunedin Cup, the ijlb penalty for her recent victory bringing her impost to the above. MaMo and Vanitas were equal favonrites at Sydney and Melbourne, for the Newmarket Handicap according to the latest /teferee, at 100 to 7 each. . v kirniisher seems to be doing better in his work South. If this horse can be got really well I would sooner have him than anything else for ihe Dunedin Cup. Esparto, a Dunedin Cup candidate, has an uncomfortable habit of stopping in his work on the track, and refusing to budge further than his own inclination leads him to do. The Chatham Island Cup, a weight for age race over two miles, was won by the ex- New Zealander, Addington, who was sent to the Chatham Islands about twelve months since as a broken down colt. Southern track touts are not in love with Hippomenes 1 chance in the Dunedin Cup. Outpost is doing well, and Skirmisher is coming on. Wolseley, Aquatate, Victim, and Esparto are considered outclassed. The second in the N.Z. Cup won the Auckland Cup ; the second (?) in the Auckland Cup won the Wellington Cup. To complete matters, the second, in the Auckland Cup ought to do the trick in Dunedin. This is Lady Zetland.— Zetland.—Christchurch J'eferee. Barmby must have a decent show of scoring at the Dunedin meeting next week. He is an improving colt, and if only on his running with Saracen — another horse showing great form just now — Barmby must take some beating in anything he. may be slipped for. Last week's Christchurch betting quotations show little straight-out wagering on the Dunedin Cup. Prime Warden and Lady Zetland were favoxirites at 3 and 4 to 1 respectively. Outpost, Skirmisher and Casket were quoted at Bs. Hippomenes and Wolseley at 10's ; others 15 to 20 to 1. The C.J.C. Autumn events this year promise to be more than usually interesting, notwithstanding the absence of such as St. Hippo and Mr itatbboue's great mare Merganser. The big events have filled well, and good quality as well as quantity is likely to figure in the issues. Adam has so far succeeded only in proving himself a duffer. Or else there is something wrong in his performances. At one time, bar his temper, I thought he might be a fair colt. It may be he wants time. If that is the case, then his owner requires a dsal of patience, for Adam is very slow coming on.