AUCKLAND TROTTING CLUB'S AUTUMN MEETING.
Observer, Volume XXIII, Issue 34, 9 May 1903, Page 15
AUCKLAND TROTTING CLUB'S AUTUMN MEETING.
A large number of enthusiastic race-goers patronised Alexandra Park la;t Sat/urday, and were given a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon's spoil under the. programme of the Auckland Trotting Club. This was the opening day of the A.T.C.'s Autumn Meeting. Both trotting and pony events furnished good sport. Though first favourites were unsuccessful in every instance, there was fairly close betting on the winners, and no sensational' prices wece paid. The management , under the supervision of Mr ('. F. Mark, secrelarv, left, no room for fault -finding. With a similarly successful issue for their second (lav's racing this week, the club should have reason to he fully satisfied with the result of their fixture. .*. .». .». Porirua stable out of luck. Mr Monk has bought Mr " 1). Cordon's " share in Ostiak. O. Jenkins's record for the present season to date is 77 wins. Out of eleven, Thompson Handicaps, ex-hacks have "won seven. Oracle, recently tried over hurdles, at Hawkes Hay, shaped very creditably. ' / Taranaki men speak well of Oat in as a jumper, and expect him to do well this winter. A Wellington wii: -r says that Bellman is considered one of the fastest, junipers ever seen ip the colony. The hi ok stuck to the ' Avondale ■ .1.0. right through . their meeting. They 'had another splendid day last week for their second day's racing. Seaton Delaval is at the head of the winning sires list for the twoyear-olds of the season to date, with £2480. Up to the close of the Wellington Autumn Meeting Treadmill headed the list of winning two-year-olds with tlt;7o. Cackle, by Reflector-Busybody , ran in four races at Riverton, won three of them, and was placed thin! in the other. Canni' Chiel has -.t , ;t l.icM-n l's sequence of seconds and thirds. Perhaps his owner will now have better luck with him. Takapuna Winter Meeting opens on Saturday, Hith inst. Acceptances for the first day's racing are due tomorrow (Friday). Nutcracker's owner bought his horse at Timaru for £2fi, won £2r> with him, and then sold him for another £25, besides pocketing a bit from betting. Some spectators at Timaru are of opinion that lOst. 121 b (instead of flst. 121 b) would not have stopped Lady Lilian from winning the Timaru Cup. Cruciform holds the record for the New Zealand St. Leger Stakes, her time being .Sanin. 8 2-ssec. Kelburn's time, 3min. Osec, is exactly the same as that made by Altair, the first winner of the race, in 18flfl. During the course of an address at Clunes (Vie.) recently, a Presbyterian minister asked the congregation to pray for the King's conversion from figuring as an owner of racehorses, nnrt said he did not believe the King's sainted mother would have approved of him running racehorses. Forth's first pony win .• . vnndale was no fluke. He had a .■.."•.end tvt-y win on the last day, and, for a previous winner, paid a very irood dividend. If there had heen a third pony race he would have been good enough to repeat Sonica's performance at Ellerslie, and to win all three. The Empire Handicap, which forms the chief event of the Takapuna Jockey Club's Winter Meeting, V.t=; the appearance of making a fine l-|m. race. The evenness of the field and the known form of the contestants make the race apparently very open. Of the thirteen horses forming thefield at present, not more than one or rwo can be safely written out, and allowing for a slight reduction -in the number on acceptance day, these will still remain sufficient material for a most interesting race. Speculation on this event is likely to bo very keen.
Acliilles 1 hock injury i& not Considered serious. ' ' I .Johnson will ride Fakir in the Wanganui Century Hurdle Race. The Lady Lilian double at Riccarton took about £2000 out of Dunedin layers' books. Djin Djin is still resting in the paddock, but will be put into commission shortly. Cannongatc, Tresham, Mars and Iladyn have been nominated freely for the various jumping events of the Wanganui Jockey Club's Winter Meeting. From Wellington come rumours of certain interesting disclosures that are likely to be made to the W.J.C. stewards in connection with the recent meeting at the lli:.tt. The winning double at Wellington Autumn Meeting — Shrapnell and Tsanta. -was welt backed at Wellington Most of the bookmakers there. h.id to pay out on their double books. Secret Society had two first;; ; nd one second at South Cuueibury .Meeting. He would have had threi; lusts if Lady L.lian had ,je :n out ci ■lie way. lie >s now to !>e ire.l over Indies! A Southern exchange .says that Lady Lilian's performance in winning the Timaru Cup in 2.10 under 9st. 121Ij was one of the finest handicap performances ever seen on the Washdye course. The totalisator returns of the Avondale meeting were £2564 short of last years Autumn Meeting turnover. This, coming on top of the shrinkage at Kllerslie, is somewhat ominous. The figures are still high, however, compared with those of a season or 1 wo back. At Kcdbank (Australia) recently, four horses started in a race, when a horse named Mulga 11. ran last. But as the first and second horses went inside a post, and the third was proved to have raced at an unregistered meeting, all three were disqualified, and the extraordinary result was that the last horse was declared the winner. Two of J l yland's circus horses — Hostage and Mishap— ran at the Timaru Meeting, but neither of them met with -any success. Hostage, howhowevcr, has about 40 races to his credit in Australia, and want of condition prevented him from doing good ' work at Timaru. He created some amusement in the paddock by his antics when being dressed down. l'orirua's defeat by Kelburn in the N.Z. St. Leger Stakes at Wellington was a big surprise to most race-followers. Kelburn's appearance is good oiiough for anything, but, excepting that he showed some form at Riccarton, he had, until the Wellington Meeting, run disappointingly. Lavalette showol up prominently in this race, which was, perhaps, a greater surprise than Kelburn's victory. " Dagonet," in the' London Referee, says : --Crime has made marvellous advances in its organisation and its comfort of late years. It avails itself of all the latest luxuries of civilisation. I have already heart! of an association which has been formed with large capital, and which intends to operate on the turf by the Marconi system at the earliest possible moment. There was just a field of four in the Timauu Cup Handicap, run at the South Canterbury J.C. Autumn Meeting. Lady Lilian, with 9st. mil), won without effort in 2.10 for t he J 1 in. Secret Society (7.7) was second, Zealous ((J L 10) third, and ArdnalT (Bst.) unplaced. Seeing that Lady Lilian carried only 2tb short of 10st. her neilci tuance was a big one. Of course her Rice ut.oa form had prepared backers for her victory, and she started an odds on Tavoi rite. A really good pony has generally a fair chance in moderately good company in a short-distance race, but very few turfites will " have " a pony in a field of horses. Consequently, when the small ones do win they generally pay handsome dividends. Orange and Blue at Avondale is a case in point. She is a great pony amongst ponies when well, and though the Waitakerei field was,_with one or two exceptions, a very-modorate one, only 32 tickets went on Mr Ban's pony. She paid the nice dividend of £20 11s.