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VICTORIA RACING CLUB SPRING MEETING. Melbourne, Nov 5. The fourth day of the V.R,C. Spring Meeting came off at Flemington to-day. Steeplechase —A handicap sweepstakes of 10 sovs each, h. ft., with 300 added. About three miles, over such course and jumps as the stewards shall direct. Mr. J. Cunningham’s Prima Donna,

9st ... 1 Mr J. Morrison’s Trumpeter, 12st 101 b 2 Mr N. "Webb’s Himalaya, 13st 51b ...- 3

Eleven started. Prima Donna won easily. Time—7 min 4sec. Cantbbbuby Plate —A sweepstakes of 10 sovs. each, h. ft., with 300 added. Weight for age. Two miles and a quarter. Mr 0. G. Baldock’s br h Wellington, by Panic (imp)—Frou-Frou (imp), 6yrs ... ... ... ... ... 1 Mr T. Ivory’s b h Sweetmeat, by Tattendon—Sultana, 6yra *... ... 2 Mr D. M'Pherson’s b c Santa Glaus, by Glorious (imp)—Catherine Seyton, 3yrs ... ... 3 Woodlands and Royal Maid also started. The race resulted in a splendid finish between Wellington and Sweetmeat. Time —dmin Bsec.


To-morrow commences' the 0.J.0. principal meeting, and it promises to fib a most successful one: Proceedings on Tuesday will open with the Free Handicap, for which thirteen horses ’’have accepted. Billingsgate has cried content with 9st |7lb, and although this is a big weight the son of Slander is so good over the distance that he will be handy at the finish. Sir George should have a say with - Bst 81b up. Chancellor is not a likely' starter. Talent is very leniently treated with 7st 121 b, and ought to win it right out. The Poet (7st 51b) is another that must be labelled dangerous. I will place them— Sib Geoboe ... ... ... 1 _ Talent ... ... ... 2 Billingsgate... ... ... 3 Only seven horses are now left ’in the Derby, and probably one or two of these * will be withdrawn. Amulet has been well supported by the stable to win both Derby and Cup, and for the first-named event he has been a strong favorite. He commenced his career as a two-year-old in the Welcome Stakes, but a wretched start put him clean out of it. On the third day of the meeting he got away well in tile Nuraeoy Handicap, and won it hands down. Amulet’s next race was for the Dunedin Champagne Stakes. He was neither in good fettle nor running humor at the time, and never showed prominently during the contest. He did not figure any better in the Canterbury Champagne Stakes, as his rider found the £ colt’s chance of beating Somnus was hopeless ; but in the Nursery Handicap, giving Hinemoa 71b, he ran the filly to a head. On public performances, therefore, Amulet is a long way the best of the lot engaged. The Dauphin has been well supported by his friends. He was asked to carry Bst 71b in the Nursery Handicap won by Hinemoa, but failed to run into a place. Mr Cutts has put the colt through a strong preparation, and his condition is sure to be equal to anything that will face the starter to-morrow. I believe The Dauphin will be one of the first three. Bob Hay is to have the mount, and this will be a few pounds in his favor. The Peeress colt is a big, upstanding youngster, and one of whom I have a good opinion. He is in the same stable as Amulet, and, if the betting market is a certain criterion to go by. Amulet has either proved himself better than the son of Peeress, or there is something wrong with the latter. His performances at the last Autumn Meeting, when by no means fit, were very good—second to Somnus in the Champagne Stakes and third (Bst 101 bl in the Nursery Handicap. Hinemoa’s records for the past season are better than anything bar Amulet. In the Welcome Stakes she got away, hardly suffering defeat by a head. In the Nursery Handicap she occupied second place again. With Sat up, this filly and Amulet ran a close race for Nursery Handicap at the Antumn Meeting. On her public performances the daughter of Totara should have a say in the race. Malakie has never yet anpeared in public. He is by Maroro, out of Eaupo, but whether he will turn out a second Mata remains to be seen. Nonpareil will find the company too good for him, and I know nothing of Disoma. The order will be Amulet 1 The Dauphin 2 Hinemoa 3 I dont see any reason to alter my former opinion that Grip and Libeller would fight out the finish in the C. J.O. Handicap. The Governor has had to be eased in his work during the week which will tell against his chance of success, and Lady Emma or Maturka should finish in front of him. The last-named was backed by his owner to win a good stake for this event on Thursday night, and is almost a certain starter.

The Welcome Stakes has always proved an interesting contest, as most racing men endeavor to “ spot ” future Champagne Stakes and the Derby winner from amongst the competitors. Cheviot (Sir Modred’s brother) has gone wrong, and one likely youngster has had to be withdrawn. Siesta (sister to Somnus) shapts well in training, and should she get a decent start, will go very close on winning. Trinket is another lady who seems to be able to gallop. There are several Russley stable candidates in the race, but what they are like it is impossible to say. So much depends on the start that the biggest certainty may be upset, but I will give them: Siesta 1 Trinket 2 Vanguard ... 3 The field for the Canterbury Cup will be a small but a select one. Of course Mata is the favorite, and were he in first. niftna form, there would be nothing elog '• ■ : ‘ " v. .r.-.

in it. As it is, I consider him good -—-enough to win; IfGrip wins the Handicap easily, he will have a host of friends for .the Cup; but he won’t be equal to the task of beating both Mata and the Derby winner at, weight for age. Next to Mata, there is nothing’in the race that I like better than Amulet, who can both stay the distance and go fast. If anything heats the favorite, it will be the Yaldhurst colt. lie Loup must be in much better condition than the touts give him the - . Credit ofbeing, to have the ghost of a show. Matskau was backed by his'owner*to win ’ a good Stake for this event towards the :; end of last week. Until he shows his ability to gallop in public, it would be risky work investing on him, when meeting such performers as Mata, Amulet, and others. Were the Peeress colt in any other stable but the Yaldhurst, he would be better supported; but the owners of Amulet are so ready to put down their money on the son of Charm, that he must proved himself much better than Mr Walter’s fashionably bred, colt. However, private trials are often wrong, and when the colors are up the result may turn out different to what was anticipated. It will depend on Hinemoa’s running, in the Derby whether she will have a show in the Cup or not. Should Grip win the Handicap easily, he might get a place in this event. I consider Amulet a better stayer than the The Dauphin, and would back the former against the latter for a race like the Canterbury, even should the The r Dauphin prove the better of the two in the Derby. The first day’s racing may considerably alter things, but I think Mr Studholme will have to hoist the numbers thus— Mata ...‘ 1 Amulet ... ... ... 2 The Railway Plate looks like a “moral” for BxtUNQSGATE. Vestas. 1

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SPORTING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 495, 7 November 1881

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SPORTING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 495, 7 November 1881

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