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SPORTING.

By Argus.

" No Jupiter qnldom omnibus plooot,"

PONSONBY played Grafton on the Domain Ground on Saturday, and won an exciting match by eight points to nil, T. Whiteaide and H. H, Davy getting trys, which Arneil failed to convert into goals; and JBraund got a goal from the field by a magnificent drop of about CO yards, the ball only Just clearing'the tape. The rapid passing which ended In a try by Whiteside was the best hit of that class of play I ever remember to have seen. Today, Auckland and Peotonby play their first match on the same ground. These clubs were to have met on the 3rd Instant, bnt only ten Aucklanders turned ud, and neither club brought a ball, so the match was postponed till the first blank day, which happened to be to-day. The following teamß have been chosen; Auckland—Bindon (2), Coleman, Culpan, Croxton, Carter, Mathias, Murphy, Mackay, Moginie, O'Connor, Pearson, Stewart, Henderson, (captain), and White. Ponsonby—T. Macky (captain), Arneil, Sfceen (2), Whiteside (2), Braund, Davy, McConnell, Keesing, Clayton (2), Stewart, Hanna, and Pilkington.

Auckland and North Shore played a drawn game in the Domain on Saturday last, neither side scoring, though Auckland seemed to have the best of it if anything. The attendance a,t these matches was the largest seen this season, and the public seemed to take a great interest in the contests. But it is a, pity that the on-, lookers should allow their feelings to so far overcome them, as to cause their intrusion on tbe field of play. On (Saturday the crowd frequently interfered with the players by pushing forward across the touch and goal lines,

Several horses of good pedigree and appearance have arrived from Wanganui, and are now stabled at Mr Frank Quick's establishment, in Victeria-street. There are four cross-country animals. Two of them named respectively Bullseye and Katipo, and a third unnamed, are by Dead Shot, Mata's aim ana another big sightly chestnut, whose pedjgree I cannot ascertain, named Harkaway. The last and least of thebvmch is. a tiny fancy pony, which is said to have a good reputation as a trotter. Th,ese animals should soon find purchasers, as the jumpers will be useful during the hunting season, aud would be eligible for thePaknranga Hunt Club races. Prometheus is so favourably spoken of by the Australian Turf writers, that people in Auckland, who have backed him for the y.E.C. Derby and Cup. don't desire to lay their, money off. Tho colt is a half brother to Darebin.

A footballer got excited in town on Saturday night. There was a "scrimmage, and he kicked five " behinds," got one *'touch-down," and secured one "goal" (only they put the a before the o this time), Frank Hewitt got beaten by'a yard »nd a half in his 50yd. match with Farrell on June 10th. The race was ran in the Agricultural Society's grounds, in the presence of a large crowd. Hewitt was the favourite. The time of the race was taken as 5 l-sth sees, I don't hear any more about the Huck-step-Walsh walking match. Has it fallen through?

Darebin has suffered from another attack of his old enemy, rheumatism, since his brilliant coup in Adelaide, and has been nnable to leave for Melbourne in consequence, Reform, who won the steeplechase at Adelaide recently, was sold after the race

f *or fl 00-, T1 >a*^"ttesortof:iora7onr Auckland sports should go in for. He must be cheap at the price. Hanlan has the habit of saying that tho latest man he rowed was the best man M ever rowed. Elliot, Trickett, Layccck, and Boyd came m for tins puff in turns. « fiSv dragon says " that the name of the best man Hanlan ever rowed is neither Elliot ror Boyd, Trickett nor Laycock. Nor is it Courtney or Piley, or any other of the wonders of the United States who fail i! signally to bo wonders directly there s a for a display of tbeiiwonder* fui ability. I presume he reserves w_l. lace Rosa. We shall see. In the "Referee" ? fn Apnl .ftr "Pe»dW' writes'js follows:-" We are as good as we can hone to be, unless a second Hanlan is developed and unless we can develop him. So far' Hanlan is unique-take him away, and we a tf yclS'arUnningfightWithth?

Among the latest Southern items m sporting news, I hear that George Belcher the well known bookmaker, and who was in past years equally well known in the Fl7-_ ha. s, been, assisting at Mace's benefif at Christchurch. And, in passing, it M be interesting to record that it was Belcher who gave Professor Miller his first lesson, in the noble art of self-defence. Edwards, the long distance pedestrian, who will be well remembered by Auck landers as being the champion walker here at the period of the visit of Harris, Hewitt and Bird to our shores about ten or eleven years ago, has been matched against a ned named Clifford for a six days'contest for £100 a-side, to start on July 3rd, at Geet f'TT 0f thoae wllom I mention above Jack Hams is now a bookmaker on.the New Zealand circuit, and perhaps the most respected of his class in the colony. Frank Hewitt is in Sydney, where he has kept kotels, promoted pedestrian sports, made books, and, at latest, again appeared on the track. _ird,-well Bird went to quod In Tasmania a, heap of years ago, and his present whereabouts is unknown. Photo', graphs of all the quartette are still to to seen at the Occidental; and very few who have made Jack Hanis's acquaintance lately would recognise the picture of-a lean muscular athlete in full running cos. tume, as representing tho younger days of tbe tall and imposing metalliciau. The "Bulletin" says that a New Zealand bookmaker, now in Sydney, is posted at Christchurch Tattersall's.

[From our London Correspondent.]

LONDON, May 8. THE TWO THOUSAND GUINEAS. As_ the result of the first of the great classic races will havo been forwarded to you by cable, I need only refer to it briefly. The day (April 27) was dull and wet, and the assemblage at Newmarket smaller than is usual an tho Guineas anniversary, Speculation, however, proved brisk directly the Ring assembled, for with the winter favourite Dutch Oven scratched, and Gerald under suspicion the race seemed the most open known for years, and up to the very last 4 to 1 ivaa freely laid on tho field. When business began tbe French colt Executor was favourite, and in strong demand at 4 to 1 and 7.t0 2, the Northern colt Porsebearer and the Kings, clerc filly Shotover being also fancied. Eighteen started, and the story of the race, as will be seen from the appended details is very Bimple,

Tho TWO THOUSAND GUINEAS SVAKKS. a BUbjciption ot lOOeovg. each, h ft, for tnree year olds; colts Sit, Allies Bat 9ib ; tne second received Sklsova, snd the third saved stake. R.M. <l mile 17 yards). 9Jsubs.

Duke of Westminster's ohf Shotover. by Hermit-Stray Bhot, Bst Dlb (T. Cannon) .. I Lord Bradford's b c Qnickllm*, by Wenlock -Duvernay.SstlC.WooJ) J ™ ~. J Mr R. S. Evans's bo Marden, by Hermit^B_rcheitl_a, 9<t (K. Wyatt) J AjV'S. 3 Mr O. Perklns'e b c Pureebearer, by Scottish Chief-Thrift, Sst (J. Osborne) .. ™. .. _\ Adrastus, Paragon, Southampton, Carlyle, Laureate, Bailed, Antarctic, Executor, Alban, Comto Alfred, Sachem, Gareth Berwick, and Zeus also ran. Betting at the start was:—loo to 30 against Executor, 9 to 2 Pursebearer, 10 toi Shotover, 100 toB each Sachem, Marden, and Paragon, 20 to 1 each Laureate and Zeus, 22 to I Quicklime, 25 to 1 Perwick, 33 to 1 Comte Alf ied,so t'rj I each Carlyle and Southampton, and 100 to 1 Gareth,

THB RACE,

Southampton made the rnnning at his best pace, with Paragon, Comte Alfred, Shotover, Quicklime, Marden, and Purse* bearer lying well up, until the Bushes wero reached, where Tom Cannon was observed to be holding Shotover as though in a vice, while all those around were doing their utmost to keep theit places. Down Bushes Hill the issue was reduced to a certainty, bar accidents, and eventually Shotover cantered home a remarkably easy winner from Quicklime and Marden. Pursebearer was fourth and Gareth fifth, Time, lmin. 53secs. Value of the stakes; £5,000. Shotover is by Hermit, from Stray Shot, by Toxcphilite, her dam, Vsga, by Stockwell out of M*ndicant; by Touchstone. Vaga was purchased by Mr Chaplin at the dispersal of Sir Joseph Hawley's stud, and Shotover was bred at Blankney, She is a chestnut, with a star on her face, and stands near 15 hands 2^in., but ska is a wondertully deep-bodied mare, with great muscular development, and is true in her shapes, with uncommonly good legs and" big' open- feet. Robert Feck bought her,for the Duke of Westminster as a yearling tor I,4ooguineas, aud she ran once or twice unsuccessfully as a two-year old. Shotover is engaged ia the Derby, Oaks, St. Leger, and otbar great races. After the Guineas, the filly became favourite for the Derby at 5 to'l, Bruee receding to 11 to 2, and Kingdom to 8 toi. She was also backed to win the treble event of One Thousand, Derby, and Oaks at 14 to I, . THE POT BOILS OVER. The winner of the Two Thouiand Guineas was not destined to retain her. pride Of place as favourite for the Derby long. On the following Friday the Ona Thousand Guineas was tun, and as Shot. over looked well, backers plunged "wildly, laying 4tol on her. The pot, however, boiled over, for St. Marguerite collared her in the dip, and beating her in a few strides, won rather easily by a head, THE CHESTER CUP, In old times, the race for the Cup at Chester was the greatest of all tbe Spring handicaps, but latterly it has much deteriorated, and on th,e present anniversary, though the attendance was. as large as over, the eventot the day attracted scarcely more attention than its fellows. I append details in a brief form :— Tho CHESTER TRADES CUP Of "500 80VS>i, added to a Handicap Sweepstakes of 25som each, 15ft,; seoond received 100 soys. and the third 50, i winners extra. Old Cup (nearly twq miles and a quarter). 37 subs. Lord Roseberry's eh h Prudhomme, by Cymbal—Prcude, sjts, Bst 41b (Lemaire).. 1 Mr L. do RothsohUd's br c Pilgrim, 7st 111b . (Barrett) „ .. .. .. „ .. 3 Lord Bradford's b h Retreat, syrs, Bst 111b (white, scarlet sleeves, black cap), P. Archer) ~ „•■ .. ..*..< .. 3

Also ran : Fiddler, Brown Bess, The Chirper, and Danube. Betting at the start, 7 to 4 against Retreat. 3 to 1 against Brown Bess, 7 to 1 against Piudhomme, 100 to 12 against Fiddler and Pilgrim, aud 10 to 1 against the Chirper and Danube. When fairly past the Grosvenor, bridge Brown Bess was well beaten, and rapidly losing her place left Pilgrim in command from Danube aud Frudliomme, with Retreat, some three or four lengths away, next. As they came into the straight Danube and the favourite hung out signals of distrees, and Prndhomme, closing with Pilgrim, drew away without the semblance of an effort from the distance, and won in the commonest of canters by a length ; Retreat, pulling up, was a very bad third, just in front of Brown Bess, fourth; Fiddler was fifth, and Danube trotted in last. Time by Ben. sou's chronograph, lmin, 34secs. Value of the stakes, £947. 7-

The ONE THOUSAND UUINH&S STAKES. a subscrlcllon of 100 boys each, h ft, for three-year-old fllllea. Bit 121b: seoond reoeived 280 bovk, and third saved stake; R.M. (I mile if yards).

Mr W. S. Crawlurd's St. Marguerite, by Honnlt-Devotlon (C. Wood) ~ ..I Duke of Weutmlnater'a 8 hoto ver (T. Cannon) 2 M»,li, de Rothschild's Nellie (G.Fordharn).. S Aotrcss, Gaydene, and Matitorncs also ran, Betting : 4 to 1 on Shotover,' 10 to 1 each against St Marguerite aud Nellie, 25 to'l Gaydene, 40 to 1 Maritornes.

Half-way down the hill Gaydene and Mft'Uornes were beaten, and Shotover took tho command, with St Maiguerite next,but at the Dip the latter joined the favourite, and, getting the advantage, won Iby a head; a neck divided second and third. Gaydene was fourth, and Actress last. Time, lmin 55 2-ssec. Value of the stakes £2,900., St. M arguerito is sister to Thebais, the One Thousand and Oaks winner of 1881, and was trained by Sherrard at New« market/ She won several big; races as ft two-year old, and is a smart little mare.

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SPORTING., Auckland Star, Volume XIII, Issue 3704, 24 June 1882

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