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THE STRAIGHT TIP FOR THE WAKANUI CUP.

[By Babiy Bied.] As the time for the contest for tins event draws near, I doubt not that some hints as to the chances of the three horses and one “screw” engaged will prove of interest, and having watched the usual canters I will endeavor to present you with the “ straight tip. ” To begin, then, your readers are no doubt aware that the nominations are as follows : Mr Flaherty Pat’s g g Irish King, by Erin-go-Bragh—Crazy Jane. Mr P. C. Wurn ell’s br h The Radical, by Lawyer—Miss Fidget. Mr Windbag's bit h Artful Joe, by The Q uack—Calumny. Mr J. C Weighson’s b h The Farmer, by Agriculturist—Bonny Blue Byes. To take Mr F. Pat’s nomination first. Ido not think he is quality enough for a hard run race such as the one under notice will doubtless be. His only previous performances, so far as I am aware, have been his attempt for the County Cup on two occasions, getting a bad beating for both. Still, if his rather doubtful leg does not srive his trainer too much trouble, he may make it ratner -warm going- av too — finish. A rumor has gained ground that Irish King is merely out for an airing, and to make the running for the son of Agriculturalist, but I do not place much faith therein, as his popular owner has told me that, fit and well on the day, his horse shall go to win if he can, of his ability to do which, as I have said, I am very doubtful. The Radical is another gentleman for whom I have no fancy, good and game horse as he undoubtedly is. He has lately undergone a course of physic, and of course had to be eased in his work, which certainly does not tend to improve his chance in my opinion, albeit his party : appear to be pretty and are putting down the dollars on his chance rather freely ; but he will carry no money of mine, even if he faces the starter, which some seem to look upon as doubtful, thinking that his owner will, at the eleventh hour, elect to send him for the Ashburton Plate, for which I think he would have a great say. However, that may be, and for whichever event Lis owner dons silk, I know his supporters will have an honest run for their money. Mr Windbag’s Artful Joe, next on the list, is not a goodlooking moke, and close inspection only bears out the unfavorable impression I at first formed of his appearance. A short, shaggy mane on a rather bullet head, with heavy jaws and a thick-set neck, rather short legs, (slightly knock-kneed), and a most wicked eye, are not to my mind the characteristics of an animal to be trusted for the Wakanui Cup. If he only possessed the foot and good temper of his great ancestor, The Libel —whose blood he inherits through his dam, Calumny and he were in a straight running stable, I should look no further for the winner. But considering the stable from whence he comes, and his past performances, which are well-known to the public, I will have none of him. He has certainly been backed by a few in the district, but I fail to see what he has ever done to merit public confidence. He started his career by getting a situation in the Inangahua District Plate against very moderate cattle. He was then given a rest for some time, the next event for which he was pulled out being the Ashburton Borough Stakes, which he also managed to appropriate, the quality of the held aaain being only moderate. His owner then seemed to think him “ great guns, and had him saddled up for the Mayoral Cup, which event resolved itself into a match between Mr Stewdlander’s blk h Speculation (by Victor Hugo) and Mr Windbag’s representative. Artful Joe was looked upon as a very good thing by his owner ; in fact, in hackneyed parlance, he thought it “ all over but the shouting, and had a most tempting banquet prepared at his private residence, at which to invite his supporters on getting the judge’s verdict. But, alas, the pot boiled over, as other pots have done before, and Speculation was landed a winner by a head, amidst the most deafening cheers. Speculation was anything but fit on the day, and therefore on this form I cannot look on Artful Joe as a “ moral.” His stable, too, of late have not been so fortunate as of yore. For the last Borough Stakes they thought they had something quite good enough to beat Mr Harryson’s Auctioneer (by Barter), and resorted to a rather contemptible dodge on the eve of the contest to damage the latter’s chance, but the game little son of Barter won as he liked from the representative of the shady stable, the latter failing to secure even the honor of a place. So, looking at all the circumstances, not a penny of mine shall this 1 doubtful gentleman carry. H now come to a very different animal, Mr J. C. Weighson’s bay horse The Farmer. In appearance the son of Agriculturist is one of the tabst well-bred looking gentle’

men that .ever carried the"’pig-skin,., the, ; Joe. bay of iTnmeM6„^e,~ahd_^OT^r eyes set in a'lrfostslfapelyhead on w neck which at pnce ? prpclaims the, fashionable . biopflHf; manSroh*l£b t%rf so far has the Coleridge ownA^^rabb^ sentJirtp dqi&Hh l Ordwthatthe fopowers of own \^ayVjthd thus be enabled the [extent. The Fattnet has, f understand, ,-done a most satisfy tory trial, atiswering the questions put to him in E a manner which TefTnothing to, be tpialp ate not. alwayrifflndex to'public running, but m this case, I feelpure .The, I’fipoier will not betray Teposed in him. Speaking n bf trials reminds me that gome of. _ the outside. supporters of Artful Joe are not at all satisfied with r the ' wpiGH he; h«s; answered some of qTOsfipu’s r&bked him, and I should not beaStpriswl to See him recede considfefeably in :the betting-before: the competitors are- marshalled at the post. Certain It'is that' The Tarmer will start with long odds on him, such confidence have Bid public in the party to whom, the horsesibelongs, ' as: also in his ' ability to stay t6A distance. Even now he .is backed down to L s. and d. level against the: field,-and’plenty"of money to be, had at that.l BefprO ' the start I may have cause, to alter .jSy opinion with regard to thei respective , positions of Irish King, Artful Joe, pad-Thel EadicaV but at present I think it is Alcorn’s new drapery store against A pint of Quill’s beat: that the fiat of therjmdge .will' be-rr r TEOS FARMER ••• j: ArtfuJ Jeeli Theßadical ... ••• ••• " IriahKXng _ • • • 4

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THE STRAIGHT TIP FOR THE WAKANUI CUP., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 502, 26 November 1881

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THE STRAIGHT TIP FOR THE WAKANUI CUP. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 502, 26 November 1881

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