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ENGLISH SPORTING NEWS.

VIA BRINDISI.

[Written Specially for the "Star," by ;■ : ' '; "Augur."] I gladly comply with your request that] I should throughout 1877 supply you with a monthly quota of such sporting news as I think may interest Colonial readers. Tho commencement of the year is the dull season as far as racing is concerned. With tho exception of some paltry hm-dle racing at suburban Kingsbury, there has not been a single meeting- of note during tlie last month. Tho snorting.papers are consequently extremely hard up for subjects to descant upon, and as hotting.ls'a- dead letter, are perforce obliged to fall back on the statistics of last season. The list of winning owners is interesting, but scarcely gratifying, for a Frenchman, Count J. de Lagrange^ heads it, Avith a total nearing £18,000. When Aye remember that only one race across the Channel, viz., the Grand Prizo of Paris, is open to British horses, it is really annoying to see so much good English gold carried over to France every year. Nor is the prospect before us consoling. Chamant, a French! colt, is .favourite for this year's Derby, and had Jongleur and Verncuil—first and second in the Criterion Stakes—boen entered, it would he a fact that the first, second, and third favourites for the blue riband of 1877 hailed from France. Three English noblemen arc next on the list of triumphant owners, and can all boast of having Avon over £10,000 in stakes. They are Lord Dupplin, Viscount Falmouth, and Lord Rosebery. The two last-named aro the most popular men on the turf, and Avith good cause. They race fairly and squarely, and their backers always knoAV they Avail get a run for their money. Potratch tops the li&tof winning horses, thanks to his three great A'ictorics at N ewmarkel, Ascot, Bnd Doncastcr. His total is over £11,000. Next comes Chamant with £6000, a grand sum for a two-year old to have won, and v/ven if bis career next year should prove a failure, he will yet be a cheap horse to his owner. The defunct Lord Olifden h'-ads the column of Winning sires Avith Macaroni second. So much for statistics. The gallant Captain Avho opened an early book on the Derby has done so well that he is almost '■round," as the saying is; i.e., he avill not much care what horse wins. Chamant is linn at (3 to 1; Pollogrine, Bto 1: Rob Roy, 10 to 1; Lady Golightly, 20 to 1; Bay Athol, 25 to 1. The Two Thousand Guineas has not been tilked about much as yet, but Chamant's price is quoted at 3to 1, a ridiculous price. But backers never learn, and the bookmakers know it. Last year at this time Petrarch's price was 9to 1. Yet he saAV 25 to 1 before the day. With the new year came the entrances for the Ascot Gold Cup and Spring Handicaps. Tho former is richer by £500 than usual. There is now £1000 added: This may account for the unusual number of 36 nominations, of which several are sealed. -Ail the stars of 1876 should meet at Ascot—Kisber, Petrarch, Camelia, Warrior, Palmflower, Hopbloom, and Rosebery being amongst the entries. I should like to accept 10 to 1 about Rosebery. Let him only improve this winter as he did last, and it Avill take a great horse to beat him. The All-Aged Stakes at Ascot has filled remarkably well. The most notable entry i 3 Springhcld, as yet unbeaten. He Avill meet fliers h-^re in Craun, Tair, and Petrarch. 120 horses are entered for the Lincolnshire Handicap, and 12S for the City and Suburban. The Chester Cup and Grand National shew sad signs of decadence. It is a pity the Roodee at Chester cannot be made less dangerous. Most of the fashionable jockeys refuse to ride there now on the plea that it is simply a longseries of break-neck Tattenham corners. JSjThe acceptances for the Croydon Hurdle Race are to hand. It is a race which is becoming Aery popular, and several celebrated flat race winners are prominent in list. Hampton, the Goodwood Stakes victor, with list. 101b. will be a strong favourite the " Sporting Times " thinks, but at present Hopbloom and Broadside at 100 to 8 each head the quotations. The American horses which Mr M. H. Sanford brought over early last year, did miserably bad the whole season, and the time test may now be considered a failure. Preakness, the best of them, has been purchased by the Duke of Hamilton for £SSO, and ao»s to the stud. He should prove a great sire, blending as he does the finest strains of English and American blood. The Duke of Montrose gaA^e £2000 for Hopbloom the other day. The colt Avon the Hunt Cup at Ascot last year, and was second for the Cambridgeshire, These were his best performances. ' In my opinion ho would have been dear at half the price. The rumour that Count Lagrange possessed a better two-year old than Chamant in Beaupere has been silenced; for if this was so why should he refuse £13,000 for the first-named ? gUThe Waterloo Coursing Cup will come off towards the middle of next month. There is not much betting uoav, but there soon Avill be. The perpetrators of the gigantic tnrf fraud upon the Conntpss de Goncourt haA'e been captured, , »nd Avill pay a severe penalty for their ingenuity. The chief robber has apparently found swindling a lucratiA-c game, and is still worth money. A j large sum was quietly ottered for his escape I whilst in the police court, and but for the A'igilance of the officers it would certainly have been effected. The chief topic of conversation at the Club 3is the defeat of the All England Eleven in Austra- ! lia. There is some talk of trying to persuade an . Antipodean Eleven to come over and try conclusions with the gentlemen teams of EnglandWeston, th-^ pedestrian, failed to accomplish the feat he declared he Avas able for, and after walking-505 miles gave in. He is certainly no wonder. Rinking is going out of fashion, and the proprietors of the gorgeous temples for this / amusement, many of them iust opened, ana beginning to dread bankruptcy. I can think o' _ nothing else to say this month, but hope to wri' cc at Greater length in February. Augdt _

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ENGLISH SPORTING NEWS., Auckland Star, Volume VIII, Issue 2199, 22 March 1877

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ENGLISH SPORTING NEWS. Auckland Star, Volume VIII, Issue 2199, 22 March 1877

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