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The nominations for the Summer Races were received by Mr Percival, the secretary of the A.R.C., on the 21st Oct., and the management may be congratulated on the result, both as regards number and the quality of the horses entered. All the best known horses are engaged, and if old Templeton, Mata, Longlauds, Pinfire, Laertes, and others put in an appearance I shall expect to see the largest gathering on Boxing Day that has ever graced trie Ellerslie course. Messrs Walters, Ray, Vallance, Mclvor, and McDonald's stables are all well represented, while Messrs Hunt, Smith, Edgar, Walmsley, and Caulton have one each. Should Lone Hand, Eversley, and The Agent meet in the steeplechase there will be as much, or greater, excitement than when The Agent lowered the Northern crack's (Perfume) colour last year. Mata is scratched for the Auckland Cup. 1 understand one of Mr Farmer's nominations, Lady Elizabeth,' has already been backed to win a good round sum. She has already arrived, with Lady Gertrude, and are under the care of W. Profitt, who will be remembered as havingcharge of Repudiation last Christmas. They have taken up their old quarters at Bowman's, near the race course. The Christchurch meeting, with one or two exceptions, has been characterised by small fields but good racing, the finish in several instances being most exciting. Old Templeton seems to be suffering from age, and cannot foot it now with his younger rivals. Ho has been a wonderful honest mid persistent runner,and has well earned a more quiet occupation thau racing. He has been in work some eight years, and if my memory serves me right has never been sick nor sorry. Mr John Smith,l am sorry to see.has not made a very lucky start. His mure Maid of Honour over-reached herself in a gallop on the Saturday or day of general entry, and Keau very wisely through her ont of all engagements, and if all goes well we may expect to see her perform in the North after all first. ■ > Ti ■: Tim Whifller a good honest colt, and I think will be heard of again. Mr Walters has scored one win, but his stable seems not to have been at all in the right buckle. Grand Duchess wont back very much on the ■ trip down,' : and has hardly had time to recover, besides she is a big, overgrown-looking mare, and I think wants more time. Little Libeller is a good little colt, but I' think was too backward in condition .when, he ■went down.' Erom the running of Betrayer in the Derby one would have thought'he was a non-stayer, but in the Cup he seems to have stayed all the way; the only thing to account for this running is' {he difference in the weights. Many well-known horses are altogether non-starters. I allude to such horses as Fishhook, Mata, Lonehand, Natator and others. The great St. George was also absent, which shows Mr Lance did not underestimate the value of this colt as some people would lead the public to think. I believe he is as .much unlike his great brother Chester as a full-rigged ship would be to a cutter.' My readers will be glad to hear Mr Walters' mares, Peeress and Fanny, Fisher, have both foaled—tho former a colt to Yattendon, and the latter a filly to the same horse. The eh. mare will visit Maribyrnong, and Fanny Fisher Yattendou rigain. Mr Auckland's mare, Queen Mab, lias dropped a very nice, colt foal to. Patriarch; and visits Musket; where old Yatterina and foal are on a visit.. The' Stud Company's mare Onyx has a filly, Eangi a colt, and All Steel a colt by Kandwick, said to be the best foal dropped this year. All of them visit Musket,whose subscription, Captain Walmsley informs me, is nearly full, so owners of marcs would do well not to l)e behindhand in taking advantage of this fine stallion this season. , The Hawkc's Bay Jockey Club.bave is; sued a very liberal programme for their annual meeting on the 17th and ISth March.' The chief races are the Napier Handicap .of. 250 soys., Handicap Hurdle Race of 75 soys., and Tradesmen's Handicap of 125 soys. Mr Lance is handicapper. The nominations for Napier Handicap must1 be. sent in by Saturday, 20th December.' ,: ', ; .',,; • The Cambridge Jockey: Club have a one j day's meeting this week, which will:be almost composed of local horses." They ititend to'jhave a good meeting some time about the second week in January, or between the A;B.C. meeting and Papakura.-'. ! '■'■ . ■: The several horses engaged at our Christmas meeting are doing very well. Profitt was out on the course with Lady Elizabeth and Lady Gertrude tbia morning; also R. Thorpe with Whitefoot, Yatapa, Lalla Rookh, and Nightshade. Owen McGec has Joe Bennett and Moonlight doing, steady work, while Mr Roger's Jessie'works at the farm. Donald Taylor works his team, consisting of Maid of Athol, Malvern, Kenilworth. Milkman, and Gillie Callumfin Potter's barn paddock. Fred Matthews has Mr Bnckland's private galop, where Merlin, Marquis, Omega, Kepo, and _ Artful Joe are striding along. Ariel is going well under the care of;;Ms popular owner, while Hippocampus looks as.well as his best friends conld'wish'. i Oi I The greatlHungarian mare Kincsem has won 51 races, and never suffered defeat. She was expected over to meet the Doncaster Cup.'but failed to put in an appearance. Lord Falmouth's mare, Wheel of Fortune, has started eleven tirnes, !( and been beaten only once. She has' won for her noble owner close upon £20,000. She broke down, unfortunately, in a galop, and had to be struck out of the.St. Leger a few days before the race,,, Archer, 'she great horseman, rode brie of his own horses (Claymore) at Derby, and'won. '; A day or two after, at'exercise, it bolted,' and; Tan Against a tree, ■ killing itself immediately. He refused £500 for him just-afterhis win at Derby,. - t ■ -j ■" v .'; I notice Chester had to be struck out of all engagements at Flemington in consequence of a jar to his foot' in jumping a drain while at exercise. Mr Gretton's Iswnomy is the only animal in the annals of racing 'who ever succeeded in winning the three great wcight-for-age cups in the same year: to wit, the 'Ascot, Goodwood, and Doncaster. Only brie horse <Mr John Day's The Hero) ever 'achieved the feat during his or her racing carper. a"he Hero won the Doncaster Cupwhori.a three-year old, and the Ascot arid Goodwood Cups the following season. A further coincidence is the fact that both The Hera arid Isonomyalsowou the Queen'sVaseatAscot, prd the Great Ebor Handicap at York. ; ■" 'NlMjiop;' ♦ ' fj ; (BY TELEGRAPH;)' • -~ a ; \'A !' HAMILTON/ this dayTT WAIKATO R^WA^PXATE HAN- • Stlb ' IOOVBUb Ariel .. .. 9 7 Barri?^" !•■f if Yatapa .. .. 9 2 Sweetb.««v t->$ * ArtfulJce ...9 0 Herald' .•■■'•■to Magician .. ..8 7 Charlie . ..• \ » Orakau .. ... 8 0 Bond's filly .•;[ v " Acceptances close on Wednesday'at noon.; ; '. ' BLENHEIM, this:day.' ~ ■ The following are the weighfe; for .the Marlborough Cup, 1880:—' , \ , : 7 ..". • r'i .-. :'■■' . .;. • ' ■• 7.' Pinfire, syears ..9 2 Awatere, 5 years 7 7 Vimipne.G years 812 Introduction. Syrs17 2 Rate. 5 yours .. 810 Mapnolia, 3 years 7 0 Balmoral, SyeaTS. 8 10. Mary Stuart, 3 yrs'6 12 Grey Monras, aged 7 13 Marrcatea, 6 years 6 0 Clarence, aged .. 710 Apology, i years 6 G Loch Lomond syrs 710 Amy, 3 years . .. 010 Grip, 3 years ..7 9 Billy Kraft. 3 yrs 510 Norseman, 3 yearß 7 6 WELLINGTON, this day. CUP WEIGHTS. ; The following weights for the Wellington Cup have been declared by Mr H. P. Lance,tondicapper:- . ' ;■-. 'J£ Fishhook .. .. 97 Lara '.'.■ - : ' <>' ;8 Templeton .'. 96' York '-..-■-' ■■ •> g Mata .. i. 9 5 Repudiator :<- ■ ''i-> e'jS Maritana .. .. 810 Norseman. '• .'. «;» Natator .; -. §■ 6-Lerta :.'.;-.& 7 S-oulPlay.. •■ 8 i Comosqi..: ■■;.,; 6. -7 Chancellor ..7 13 Merlin '•.. '"■•■ ':.. ;o< 6 Pinfire .. ■ --712 Tera ■' '<.. •il'.'o a Hornby .. ••■ 710 TaDganotla r ! ..','6 S Setrayor.. ■• 710 Eata .. <•■ JJ'g cSllo :. ..7 7 Gr a? dDucheSS ::, 6 5 Toiunteer -77 Soukar ..;'•<:;. | WWU'-:: 7 5 K&duaU- ; ,6 | ,m r K > 7 4 Libeller ... ! ;■. r'6! .0 Sinking Fund .. 7 3 Loch Lomond..: ;6 O MaldofHonour.. 7 3 Laortes .. .. 0 0 a a :. ::18^r:::.:: Hniißtorm_ .. .6 0 Mmor^.. "- .. sl| Acceptances for above are xlue on 19th" December. ■: ■-•'■' ■■• ' L BUNEDIN, this day,' ' vThe Dunedin Cup weights" cause great dissatisfaction. .Mata has-been backed down to 4 to 1. " Pegasus in the ','Star" states that the Governor has purchased Chokebore and Badge in Canterbury, and intends keeping a racing stock. Grip, who ran second at last Camterbury ra<ws ; is said to be his earliest purchase. I. i

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Sporting., Auckland Star, Volume X, Issue 2995, 24 November 1879

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Sporting. Auckland Star, Volume X, Issue 2995, 24 November 1879