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NOTES BY HIPPONA. Tub weight for the tlirco principal events of the Hawk.;'s Bay Jockey Club Spring Meeting came to hand during the week, nnd Mr Evctt appears to have been pretty successful in bis eifoit. la the Spring Handicap, Mischief heads the liat with 9at 41b, not by any means an 'mpost that should put her out of it, for she carried Bst 10lb and beat a pretty good field in the Napier Handicap, 1J mile, iv March last, coveriog the distance in 3.15. In that event she was giving. Leonora, wh'> ran second, 211b, now the latter only r ceivei Sib, bo that Mischief should have a bit the best of the daughter of Leolinua. „If Foul Play, who has ben Watered and put iv work, was the horse of old, 9at 21b would not trouble him, but I think Tim Whiffler, with 31b less, hai a little more thau he cares for. Leonata, on past peifoi minces, is about properly plic d ni-.h Bat 31b, while Kulo (7st 10lb) should bn hard to b ;it; in fach, I take him tn be one of the best, things ia the handicap, while Kangipo (7st lib) reals about the bust of the others, five of whom are unuieri in public. Mischief (9st 71b) ajjain ha 3 a tempting; appearance in the Flying fiandicup, for f-heis no mean pei farmer over spiii t courses, Kingusk (7sc 101b) and Kubinn (7sf 71b) have no reason for complaint, aud it in form on the diy. should be among the hardest to beat. At present the Hurdles looK a £0 >d thing for either Loch Lomond, A.G., or Scud. Acceptances for the three events a>e due on the 11th of September. The Hawkesbury Handicap was to be run at a quarter to two o'clock to-day (Saturday), so that by the tim» these lines reach my readers it will be a thing of the pas-t. It seems there is a deal of mystery mrrounding Yately in Sydney, and up -to Thursday week it was not known who accorded him the. support which has made him such a red-hot favourite. Many conflictiug rumours were also in circulation concerning ht< ownership. Hales wai to have tne mount oq i atsly, while Colky was to deseit his old love Sardonyx, ai.d ride Cunnamulla. j Buttiug on the V.R.C. Derby andCuphas not been oyec brisk in Sydney and Melbourne during the p?«t week or two, aud until after the Hawkesbury and Australian Juckey Club Meetings have been brought to a close, is nut likely to brighten up. Last week, Archie unexpecied'y came into the market for >he V.R. (J. Derby, the Normanbv Stake-* winner being backed to wi.i £4,000, aud the c It is now a turn favourite at 4's to 1 takrn, while 7's to 2 are effered. His stable companion Warwick hasrecedid in con-equtnee, aud fives are now offtru asainsi him, while *ixes are freely takeD about Martini-Henry and uff Colour. For thcMelbourne Cup there isno'hingto choose between Martini-Henry, l>irk Hatteraick, and StockweU for favouritism; i( anything, the Bon of Musket and 1 ylvia cariies most of the public money. He has been supported at 1,000 to 40 to win sereial thousands, aud eventually I.OCO to 45 wus booked. Sir W. J. Clarke's represtntati'-e, Boideaux,' is al>o much fancied at 100 to 3, aud the erratic Coiiolanus hai once more been supported to win a trifle at the same odds. In locil circles a de;il of business has been t ansacted this week. For the Cup Straight out, Bordeaux has found backers to the extout of 700, it being taken at lC3'a ■ to 3, while 400 to 16 has been written against Stockwell, arid one backer took the short prica of 100 to 5 about Martini-Henry. Dirk Hutteraick, Commotion, Coriulanus, Sir Modred, and sev ral others have also had their names written to the extent of three or four hundred each. In the doubles, Derby and Cup, there has been a bit of a mn on off Colour and Martini-Henry, 15,000 altogether bsing written against the pair, while Dirk Hatteraick has still lots of admirers, he having been coupled with mo-1 of the Derby candidates. George Williams, the little Australian li^ht-weight who has been sojourning here during the winter, has been engaged to ride for his old employers, Mason and Vallance, during the forthcoming season. He leave? for Christchurch on Thursday next. Mr Lennard's pair, Dewdrop and Kenilworth, who are under J. Kae's charge at the Three Kings, have both been takeu U|r and I underhand are to be put in work for the Auckland Spring Meeting. Dewd. op has not been *cea in public since she w n the St. Andrew's Handicap at the TaKapitna Spriug gathering, the game litt ■ mare having injured herself while unriernninp her preparation for the Auckland Cup, but 1 am glad to stale she now appears to be quite sound ag.dn, Kenilworth is reported to have wintered well aud is in firstcluss condition. By winning the Hawkes-buiy Guineas i> the good time of 1,45, Kingsdaie has Bhown us that some.of his early twi-year-old foriu has returned to him. He made his firs' public appearance last season in the Two-yeai-old Stakes at Tattersall'n August Meeting, but be ran .unplaced, though he carried off the Two-year-old Stakes «.r. Hawkesbury. Kingsdale next figured in tbe Maribyrnong Plate Ht the V.B.C Meeting -and though he could not catch Nurina, beat everythiog else. This excellent performance 4e followed up with &■. victory in the Flying Stakes. Returning to his native country, Sydney, bis best performance . out of eight attempts, was winning the 'Shorts handicap at tiawkeibury, Morccau being second, aud ld.ipara third. Kiogsdale comes from a great ruoning family, there being nothirig' superior tcrhis damßosedale, who is halfsister tojinat great horse Tristan, the present champion of the JEnjrlish turf. . j Next Saturday,.and the following Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday! are the days set apart by the Australian Jockey Club for the running off of their Spring programme- > n the 'first day, the Derby is set down for decision, while the Great Metropolitan Stakes will be contested ou the second day of the meeting. From what transpired during yesterday among those who receive the "griffin by cable," I am inclined \o think that Martini-Henry will not see the post for the Eerby, but be reserved for the V.X.C. Blue Kiband ana Melbourne Cup, for which events, as i« well known, he bas been heavily backed by tbe stable. In that caee, the race should be a good thing for Warwick, while Kingsdale, if be starts,, must also have a show after bis Hawkesbury Guineas running. But it iv just possible that all calculations may be upset by Mr DeMest'e, who is keeping very quiet, for he has first-class representatives in Waxlight, Ike, and Navigator's half si.sUr, Copra, and It may be depended upon that should one of them see the post, there will indeed bo a desperate battle fur first honours. I learn that Lone Hand's owner has expressed himself satisfied with the imposts allotted the old veteran in the two event) he is nominated for at the Hawke's Bay Jockey Club Spring Meeting, and he will be shipped at an early date under charge of Tommy Cl»rk. I understand that Kalp will also be taken down in the course of a week or two. i n consequence of the Hawkesbury Edce Club Committee having passed a lesolutioD demanding ii registration feo-of six guineas from all bookmakers plying their vocation in the saddling paddock at the Spring Meeting,' considerable excitement has been oc-casioned-in Sydney sporting circles, At a' meeting of layers of the odds last weak, it was determined that .unless the Club withdrew its demand, they would subscribe a sufficient sum to provide for a day's racing at Rartdwickon the sameday as the Hawkerbury Grand Handicap is run, but whether such has been tbe case I am unable to state PiODably by this time the wielders of,the little metallic pencil have thought discretion the better part of valour, The fiSt strangers of this season at Sylvia Park made tbeir appearance early in the week, Heimit's half-sister Steppe having dropped a colt foal, and Petroleuse a filly foal. Both mares were seived by Cadogan iv Ohrutchurch. )Mr A. K. Bird, who li a conducted t'.ie spnrting columns of the "Can eibury'lim s" under the norn de plume of " Sir i aunceloi" for tome time pait, hi s left for Melbourne, :aving accepted a similnr position on the (For remainder of Sporting Notes see Supplement.)

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SPORTING., Auckland Star, Volume XXI, Issue 4098, 25 August 1883

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SPORTING. Auckland Star, Volume XXI, Issue 4098, 25 August 1883