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[By Early Bird.] The nominations for this event' being now in the hands of the secretary, Mr Jameson, and having seen both competitors put through their facings, T think I may venture to present your sporting readers with the “ straight tip.” And, doubtless, when they remember how correct I was in my estimate of the staying powers of those animals' engaged in the Wajcanui Cup last December, they may be inclined to place some little, faitht in my present attempt at winner-finding. Before coming to the two names which will figure on the card on the 16th inst., I may as well say, by way of preface, that the stake has not filled so well as was at one time anticipated. Mr Golly made it public, in an obscure sort of way, that he was going to send one for the coveted prize; and I also saw, through the medium of your columns, that Mr Phil MoGrar was going to have a cut in with his rather wiry-looking little wild Murtagh. But neither owner has troubled the secretary, and it follows, as a natural sequence, that no animal owned by them will trouble the judge, and, just as naturally, that neither of them now trouble me in my avocation of ** tipster." To come, then, to the pair who will, in all probability, come to the scratch on the eventful day. The first to catch the eye—on the card, that is—will be ' s

Mr J. Plausible’s blk g Jim the Dodger —by The Vagabond oiifc of Fallacy, by Protection, by Slander; his dam by Vituperation by Wrangler. Weight—Burked 00-operation, misrepresentation, the evils of Pro* tection, and general uselessness. Mr A. Saunders’ br h The Statesman—by The Worker out of Pertinacity, by The Prophet, by Al. ; his dam by Freetrader by Ace of Trumps. Weight—many years of unselfish devotion to the interests of the State, economy in the public expenditure, and Frestrade for the farmer.

Of the performance of the first-named candidate, I need not here dilate at length, as I so fully detailed them when estimating-his chance for the recently-run Wakanui Cup ; and of his two performances for money since I need only , say that he has started for two prizes—viz., the Borough Licensing Stakes and the Licensing Stakes for the County of Ashburton, in the former of which he ran a rogue and finished, if I remember rightly, absolutely last. In the latter event .-hp, by dint of hard riding, and much persuasion contrived to secure the honor of last place. And it must be remembered that the convincing ground for both races was within districts in which he was. wellknown, but he did not go down with the public, in fact, they would have nothing to do with him, and the result proved that those who knew him best formed a correct estimate of his abilities. Of his preparation for the event under notice, I am free to confess I know very little. On Saturday last it was decided that the two competitors should have a canter in company, and a goodly number were present to ste how they would shape. But The Dodger disappointed his backers terribly. As soon as the old horse got at him, he at once “ caved,” and refused to try a yard, while his opponent fairly romped over him, and finished full of running, amidst the moat hearty plaudits and congratulations of his friends, and even many ardent supporters of the other stable-* expressed their admiration at his fine free style of going, and he has hardened considerably in the betting since. I have also been present at one or two of The Dodger’s earlier public trials, and his style of going on these occasions certainly did not impress me any more favorably than did his efforts in the early park of the season—in fact, the only thing .w.hicJv his canters did was to confirm me in the. suspicion which I formed of him long since, viz.—that he would develop into a confirmed “ roarer," and this I have no hesitation in affirming has proved the case. While stating that he has not done much in public, I am informed, on good aatfao-*-rity, that his owner has frequently trotted him out in private. I am advised, that &- few supporters of the stable in the out districts, proud of their favorite, haye invited his owner and a few staunch and admiring friends to partake of a cup of the fragrant Bohoa, and thereafter the. stable's candidate has been put .through his paces amidst the plaudits of his good-', natured bat not very far-seeing admirers. 1 Of course there were none of those, abominable reporters present to point but his shortcomings, but a little bird has told me that my suspicions as to his, “roaring,” or, in racing parlance; 5 “ making a noise,” are well grounded. I may as well say then, that on public triads . I fail to see him in it, and of these after- ? tea trips I know nothing beyond the not' very favorable whispers I have mentioned. The performances of Mr Saunders’ nomination are also well-known to most sporting men throughout the colony, and wherever he has run his fine straight forward style has won him hosts of friends ; but as his best journeys have been done at some distance from Ashburton, and as I have not previously reviewed these in your columns, perhaps I had better briefly notice the principal journeys of this really staunch and true performer—l say his “ principal journeys,” for to merelyl mention his minor wins, such as Boad - Board Plates, etc., would fill a copy of your paper. I find there that he has started twice for the Nelson Superinten- « deucy Cup, and was sue jessful on both , occasions in landing that coveted prize for ' his upright owner, although he had to meet first-class animals on each occasion, and even if this game son of Pertinacity had never performed another meritorious action, he should carry my money on Friday next. But this is by no means all. For the House Stakes ha has started in all five times, and succeeded four times in succession in securing a winning bracket. Each time of his running he has carried large sums of public money, the friends of his owner—and their name is legion— ■ knowing that in placing faith in him they . were not depending on a rotten stick or a' shuffler, who would fail them when the pinch came. They knew their money was on an animal who would run as true as steel, and as game as a pebble, and, as I have said, on only one occasion did he , fail them, and his supporters may rest 1 assured that he will not fail them now. At the Bakaia corner, I think we shall see his owner’s colors far in the van, And from this point out the result will never'be 1 ' once in. doubt. I am sure it will take a * much better animal than Jim the Dodger : ,J ‘

to give The Statesman the lump of dead weight he is asked to concede on Friday indeed I doubt if there is a horse in the colony who could do it, much less the «moke” who is now asked to perform that Herculean task. In short, then, I believe il;at when it is all over, wo shall find that the true friend to the working man and farmer has secured the prize, beating a crock ” owned by one who would tutn round and snap his fingers at the working man as soon he, poor dupe, had served the purpose of one of the most rank impostors and blatant demagogues who ever sought to win public favor. This, then, will be the position of the candidates when it is “all over but the shouting”— The Statesman 1 Jim the Dodger 2

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TIP FOR THE WAKANUI FORCED STAKES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 660, 12 June 1882

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TIP FOR THE WAKANUI FORCED STAKES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 660, 12 June 1882

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