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SPORTING.

V.E.O. SPRING MEETING. Melbourne, Yesterday. _ The third day’s racing of the Victoria Racing Club’s Spring Meeting took place at Flelhington to-day. The Oaks Stakes, a sweepstakes of 26 sots each, 5 ft, with 300 added. Royal Maid,-by King of the Ring—Maid of AllWork, 1; Tourmaline, by Fireworks— The Gem, 2 ; Declamation, by Tim Whiffler [imp) Talkative, 8. Won easily.’ Time—2mins 44secs. THE WELLINGTON^3UP. , Wellington, Yesterday. The' following are the nominations for the Wellington Cup, 1881 :—Hinemoa, Louis d’Or, Grand Duchess, Piscatorius, Libeller, Slander Filly, br filly by Hippocampus—Yatterina, br colt by Yattendon —Peeress, Volunteer, Amulet, Fleur de Lja, Hilda,' The Poet, The Painter, Zealandia, King Quail, Grip, bay filly by Cassivelanus —Envy, ch g by Castaway— Mist, Sir Tatton, Diosma, Danebury, Dauphin, Matakau, Foul Play, Badsworth, and Sir George. Further entries are expected by mail. TRAINING NOTES. [by telegraph.] Christchurch, To-day. Not much work was done on the racecourse'this morning, most of the teams being exercised on private ground. The Dauphin is now first favorite for the Derby at 2to 1. He will be ridden by Ray. Matakau was backed heavily for the Cup last night. THE 0. J.C. HANDICAP.

The acceptances for the principal handicap ofjthe Christchurch Spring Meeting are not so numerous as might have been expected from the large entry, only eleven paying the second instalment of the sweep, from a nomination of sixty-five. Of course the sending of Sir Modred and the others comprising Mr Prince’s . team to Melbourne, helped to lessen the numberof competitors. I fancy the most of those left in the race will now see the post, and there should be a good race for it. Le Loup (9st 81bs) ran a grand horse last year at this meeting; carrying Bst 91bs he almost walked in for the Handicap. In the Cup, nothing could ask him to gallop; and even with a 71b penalty up, the Christchurch Plate proved an easy victory for Mermaid’s son. Were he in as good fettle now as he was then, there is nothing in the race that I would sooner stand; but a bad leg has prevented his trainer from sending him along very fast, and on that account he will not strip in first-class condition. That Le Loup can both carry weight and stay over a distance, he has conclusively proved, and he may possibly run into a place. Grip (Bst 61bs) has been a very warm favorite for the race for some time back. As a three-year-old, he commenced his career by running second to Hornby for the Derby. At the time he was by no means fit, and many thought that Grip would have turned the tables had his condition been better. His next venture was for the Dunedin Cup, of 1879, won by Mata with Bst 91bs up. He was the chosen of the stable, but did not run up to his private trial, and Foul Play finished a long way in front of him. On the second day of the Dunedin meeting he confirmed his Derby form, by beating Betrayer ’pretty easily in the St. Leger. This was his last appearance on the turf, having - enjoyed a spell all through last season. The horse must have done a good trial or two, as the stable have backed him to win the Cup also. If Grip is good enough to have a say- at weight-for-age in the Cup, the Handicap is certainly over. Volunteer (Bst 21bs) has proved himself an unmistakeable duffer up to the present time. He was greatly fancied by his friends for the last Dunedin Cup, and he finished a quarter of a mile behind Sir Modred. Perhaps when it is his day out he will do something wonderful, but until he reems his present bad reputation, it would not be wise to invest on him. Chancellor (7st 121 b) is possessed of plenty of speed but is, unfortunately, one of the biggest curs in the land. He has run his two best races for this event—second to Maritana on the-first occasion and beating her on the second. ; If in good humor he may make it hot for the most of the competitors; but I can’t stand a horse with a temper like his at any price. Libeller (7st 111 b) is quite another sort of gentleman to Chancellor. Built rather on the small scale, he will never shine under a heavy weight, but a gamer bit of horse flesh never carried a saddle. In the Auckland Cup he had the misfortune to come to grief and kill his rider (Nolan) or he would have gone very near winning our Northern neighbor’s big event. At almost exactly the same weights as they carried in the Cup, Libeller beat Foul flay in both the Grand Stand Handicap and Stewards’ Handicap; and with 9st up he won the Hawke’s Bay Racing Club Handicap. His next race was for the Wellington Cup, in which he had to play second fiddle to Natator (Bst 11b), carrying 7st 4lb ; but with Bst 41b in the pigskin he won the Racing Club Handicap. At Wanganui, Libeller’s bad luck stuck to him, as he ran second to Randwick in the Wanganui Stakes, and occupied the same place°in the Cup, won by Sir George. At the last autumn meeting he did not get a place in the Great Autumn Handicap, but wontheFlyingHandicaponthe second day. These are not all the seconds that Libeller ran last year, besides a few thirds, but they are the principal. He has been doing good work under Mr Mason’s charge at Yaldhurst, and from the satisfactory manner in which he has acquitted himself in private trials, his trainer thinks he has a big say in the Handicap, and the little son of Yatterina has been supported down to 4to 1. I hope Mr Walters won’t have the bad luck to run second again this yean Lady Emma (7st 101 b) has a great number of admirers, but I don’t think she will even get a place. She certainly won the Great Autumn Handicap with 6st 131 b, and the Easter Handicap carrying 7st 31b. In both these races the distance was more to her liking, and I prefer The Governor to the Great Autumn winner. The Governor is not burdened with weight at 7»t. All through last season this colt was never in good fettle, although he ran fairly well in the autumn. At even weights he defeated Lady Emma twice at the last Dunedin meeting, and at a difference of 101 b in his favor, Mr Horsford’s horse holds at least Lady Emma safe. I don’t think he is a very brilliant animal at his best, yet I would not be a bit astonished if he were to turn up the winner. The Dauphin (6st 101 b) is a doubtful starter, as he is also accepted for the, Derby. Should his owner: elect-to send him forthiaevent in preference", ought td 'ruh'djretty for-

ward.pm;ThTOeryear-elds (with the exception of i Mata) have; neyer. shaped welh in the and; I certainly .prefer the chance of some lof the older ; horses. MatakftH (fet lOlb) is, another, Derby candidate*- , .Thei stable have, accepted for both Def end DfandicaPr with, thia colt and fhe Dauphin, , and aa yet it “°V Bflff on segral - oonrasiß,shat; whether, she c*n .fita^wft. miles-nat:;'a etw»ghl>ace ,remains proved./ Ini .the, yOnp showed better staying-,qualities,than Tnost^, people thought, i.she; Efa9P*HW>jiißWt! piuw here will besi bit livelier all the way %hn” it'was at the initial fixture of the season, and I-don’t think Hilda - will prove the finish. Louis jy be; j^p^ld^Mtnmenttwe ! of the usually Russley stthle. The only credentials that this~colt possesses is his breeding (Traducer— Rupee),and until he showß abilily ito gallopi it. would he as’well- ! to leave him alone; - To sunt up, ! I• think the! 1 race will.lie between Grip,' Libeller, TheGovernor/andperhaps Le Lbup,: and will place them : ?: .• / Ordp 1 .. IiIBKEEER ' il2;. Thb GoVERNOB 1.. ... 3 , 'f

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SPORTING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 493, 4 November 1881

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SPORTING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 493, 4 November 1881

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