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Carbine is now 5 years old, was bred by the Auckland Stud Company, is by Musket out of Mersey, by Knowsley out of Clemence. Ho was bought as a' yearling by Mr D. O'Brien, and sold by him shortly after ho ran in the Victorian Derby to his present owner, the Hon. Davkl Wallace. Carbine is without doubt the greatest -horse that has been brought to light in the Australian colonies, and has won in stakes alonn something like £25,000. The following are the great horse's performances. :— As a two-year-old he won all his engagements, which were as under :—Hopeful Stakes, Christchurch Tattersal's meeting : Middle Park Stakes, Christchurch Summer; Champagne Stakes, carrying 9st. 131b, Dunedin Autumn ; Champagne Stakes, Christchurch Autumn, and at same meeting Challenge Stakes. He then left; his native' land, and' first ran as a three-year-old in the Victorian Derby, for which he started a red hot favorite, but only got second to Ensign—a most unaccountable performance, a« he was acknowledged at the time to be;a .vastly superior horse to Mr White's gelding. The next day he ran away with the Flying Stakes, and followed this up by taking the Foal's Stakes. " His next appearance was again at Flemington, whe;n after running third to Sedition in the Newmarket Handicap, and second to Lochiei in the Australian Cup (to. both of whom he was giving away heaps of weight on the age scale) he won in gallant style the Champion Stakes, meeting for the first time his redoubtable opponent Abercorn, who finished,.second. Th%i Loch Plate also fell to, him at ,4;lie same meeting. .Tourneying to Sydney he ran second to Abercorn in the Autumn Stakes, but that day covered himself with glory by securing the Sydney Cup, carrying 9st, and running: the two miles in 3min 31sec--a performance never before achieved in tne colonies by a three-year-old. Melos, 3 yrs, Bst 21b, was second ; Abercorn, 4 yrs, 9sr. 41b, third. His other wins at the Randwick Autumn Meeting, rere the All-Aged Stakes, the Cumberland Stakes, and the A J.C. Plate, This closed his three-year-old career. His first appearance as a four-year-old was in the Caulfield Stakes, when he suffered defeat, Dreadnought just beating him. At Flemington, where he next came out, he ran third to Abercorn in the Melbourne Stakes, Melos splitting the pair. The Melbourne Cup was his next journey, and here, with lOst on his back, ne ran a good second to Bravo, Bst 71b. He then won the Flying Slakes, ,but ran unplaced in the Canterbury Plate, which was taken by Abercorn. This was the first and only time that Carbine did not finish in a situation. At the Flemington Autumn he won the Essendon Stakes. In his second venture for the Champion Stakes he" ran much below his true form, and had to be content with third place, the prize being taken by Melos. The other two weights for-age events at the same meeting, however—the All aged Stakes and Loch Plate—fell to him. Going to Sydney, he secured the Cup for the second time, carrying 9sfc 91b, his oilier wins at the meeting being the Autumn Stakes, the All-aged Stakes, the Cumberland Stakfes and A J.C. Plate. Coming out as a five-year-old, Carbine won in somewhat hollow ' fashion the Spring Stakes and Craven Plate,. two weight-for-age events, at the A^J.C. Autumn Meeting. The cable informed us a few days ago of his victory in the Melbourne Stakes, and now he has crowned all his previous victories by the greatest handicap ■ performance yet recorded in the annals qf racings—"Pressi"

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THE MELBOURNE CUP WINNER., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2562, 5 November 1890

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THE MELBOURNE CUP WINNER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2562, 5 November 1890