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New Zealand Sporting Men.


The Sporting writer iv Melbourne Punch proceeds to deal with New Zealand racing deeds as follows:—"Touching this same ' Turf Honour of the land of the Moa, J it strikes me that tjjie vast majority of the turfy individuals who have Visited us of late years from the land of the moa haven't one scintilla of honour m the whole of their composition, and , but very shady ideas indeed of .common honesty; Ever, since the Mata episode the Australian turf—and of late years more especially the Victorian portion thereof—has been considered a happy hunting-ground for the offscourings of its New Zealand prototype. (Some of the vilest, most dastardly, and despicable deeds have been perpetrated by owners and trainers hailing-from 'the land of the moa, 'and before many days have elapsed one of the very worst of them will be exposed to the light of the day. So profitably has the little game been carried on that there is at present an organised band of turf marauders m our midst engaged m nothing else than smuggling over New Zealand celebrities (principally trotters), concealing their identity under fictitious names and wrongful entries, and fatten* [ ing on their nefarious tactics. Scarcely a steamerarrives from New Zealand but what one has or more such animals on board ; and at the present time they are lying dark—not alone on the weather bow, bub at every conceivable ppint of the compass." The'" Australian" also has been l dealing some severe .-.blows at the turf I morality of some of the New Zealanders who have been recently visiting their shores.

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New Zealand Sporting Men., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2531, 30 September 1890

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New Zealand Sporting Men. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2531, 30 September 1890

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