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NOTES BY HIPPONA.

Tiik. first forfeit for tho Melbourne Cup, which fell duo on Monday last, has not had the effect of diminishing the list to any great extent, for the large number of 101 still remain in. Of those withdrawn, tho most notable np.rao is First Demon, and he was so well dealt with that thoro are .few who thought ho would be found missing from tho list at this early stage of the proceedings, but it is more than likoly holms broken down. The Hon. J. .White still has seven representatives opposite his name, but it will be some relief to those who have backed Oudeis and Liverpool for New Zealand events to ceo the pea-run through their

name. And mention of the Grip Lodge team by-tho-bye reminds mo that AVolcomo Jack waa supported for the New Zealand Cup in -Dunedin several days back, and although tho amount taken was small, tho backers, I understand, wore those who ought to know something about the movements of the stable. Tho Hon. W. llobiuson returned from Sydney thw week, and a littlo bird whispers me that Liverpool will bo first favourite for the Christchurcli Derby when the flag falls, Beyond tho usual balance-sheet and election of tho Committee,there was no business of interest transacted at tho Auckland Racing Club's annual meeting on Monday last. Itis pleasing, however,to knowthattho past season has been a .successful financial ono, for tho accounts showed a credit balance of .11,220 Ms -id, against £9-15 Hs Od during tlio season of ISB2-83. The Committee mot yesterday for the purposo of taking the programme for next Reason into consideration, but from what I can hear there is littlo likolihood of tho added money being increased to any oxtont. It is proposed to hold tho Spring and Summer Meetings on tho usual dates, and tho Autumn Meeting will in all likelihood be changed to Easter Saturday and Monday. At Sylvia Park on Monday last, Lovebird produced n filly to Musket. It is to be hoped that tho Company will have luck with tho youngster, for on looking over Lovebird's pedigree, I find she it; a rare bred ono, being got "by Macaroni (who won tho Two Thousand ftuinonßUnd Derby) from Bottcr Half. Lovebird on the dam's sido goes back to the same blood as Kelpie, the niro of Maid of Honour, Secundus, The Clem, Jessie, and many others who have distinguished thonißolvos on tlio Australian turf. At a meeting held on Saturday last at Mr.l, Watlio's Hotel, it was decided to get up an afternoon's sport on Saturday, the .'iOlli of AugiM*. Tho gathering will be hold on the old Epsohl racecourse, and tho following programme of events was drawn up:—Distance Handicap Trolling Kaco of IfirfnVß., with silver cup of the same valuo added ; Handicap Schooling llunlle Race of lOsovs.; Maiden Trotting Race of lOsovh. j Novel Flat Haco of L'Ohovh.; Consolation Trot of lOsovs., and Hack Raco of 10-ovs.

The New Zealand Cup acceptances show tho only malcontents of any note are Taiaroa, Mischief, and Nonsense. Taiaroa'a absence from tho list i.s hard to explain, for ho was leniently treated, and from all accounts lie in in tho best of health. Tho race in yet three montliH off, and littlo light has been thrown on owners' intentions, but at tho present time I think tho winner will bo found among the following eight :—July, Salvage, Oudeis," Vanguard, Sir Bediverc, Fusilier, Turquoise, and Johnny Faulkner.

While at Sylvia Park on Saturday laat, Major Walmsley informed mo that tho directors of the Stud Company propose to hold their next yearling ealo hor6 in tho first week of January, and send a shipment to Australia tho same time as last year. The youngsters will bo selected for each market, and it is needless to say that amongst thopo booked for Sydney aro tha colts out of Sylvia and Onyx, for it in pretty well certain there are no Xew Zealanders who care to go to threo figures for a yearling. If they po decire, however, a private salo can bo effected for either of tho pair, or in fact any of the youngsters tho Company havo for disposal. Tho following yearlings have been honoured with liamCH this week :— Grey coll by Mnskcl-Mttld ot Athol (full liruilicr In Krnpp) .. .. C^NXON Hrowu colt by jMuskiitr-I'unKawore-woro (full bnit.licr to Ti-lfonl) Hiucadikh Brown colt by Musket-Oiii'la .. AVTILMCRY Fruni ('hriHtcliuvch papers I learn that a commission has been executed in favour of Tim Whiilli.T for tho Now Zealand Cup to the. extent of about £'2,000, it, being got on at 100'b ,to 0 mid 7. •Tobnny Faulknor has also been backed to win £1,000, and Sou'wester has supporters at 100's to 12. Trenton still keeps at the head of the Derby limitations, hi price being I to 1, while (i to 1 can be obtained about Krupp and Liverpool. A good deal af business has nlso beon transacted in local circles «inco tho Cup acceptances appeared, but the (inly line worthy of note is Krupp's owner taking 100 to 0 about him for tho big twomile race.

At the Palo of Tnsmanian thoroughbred stock in Dunodin the other week, the following prices were realised :—

Hny yenrllntf colt, by Manuk-n-Tlio West. by goUiuiHtime .. ..Mr J. ilazlelt Oo Hay yonrlinK ™lt. by Manuka-Miss Jackson. by Urrvtu(imp.) ..MrßO'lirien 100 Drown yearling 'Illy Tasmania, by Manuka -'/. Uali (Tasnian'sdiun), by I'clur Wilkins .Vrl>. O'Brien 12;} UnyyeurliiiK filly,by Manuka-I'UHsyfCapt. Webster's dam), uy Cervus limp.) Mr.l. Hazlutt 00 Five ycnr-ild (feldintf fiatcrs, by St. Al!»ins, dam "oy l'etcr Wilklns ..MrU.O'lSrlcn 100 The Xew Zealand Stud Company intend lo place Antcros at the disposal of Waikato hrccckri) this season, and he is to stand at tho low ligurc of four and five guineas. Cap a-pie will travel in the various country districts about Auckland, and such a handsome and we!! brod ouo should not be iorgotten by those who havo suitable mares. "" Mr John Elliott, the well-known Waitura breeder, has purchased Prince George, by Musket —Georgia, for stud purposes. I unrler.-tand the price paid was £300.

Early Bird, the winner of the big event at tho recent Wellington Steeplechase Meet ing, has gone into E. Cutt's stable at I hristchurch. Ho was bred in 1572 by Major Morso, of Wnngnnui, nnd comes of a good stock, being by Day Dawn out of Chance, full sister to Rovoke, and dam of Dead Shot, siro of Mata. He never raced as a youngster, but from tho oarly ogo of two years was put to the stud, at which ho continued up to last season, when it was determined to sco what ho could do ovor sticks. Since then Early Bird has run seven times, winning threo ovonts, and running second in the other four. Tho following table (writes "Mazeppa ") may prove, interesting as showing how backers came out of their transactions on some of tho principal races during tho season just ended : —

Notk.—Whore two or more tota'isntors were working on one race the avemgc dividend is stated.

It will be noticed that of the twenty-two races mentioned in tho above table, no less than thirteen were won by the first favourites. Tho greatest surprise of tho .season, so far as tho big races were concerned, was tho victory ot Tho Poet in tho Wellington Cup; and accordingly wo lind tho dividend on that event is the largest in tho list. From a calculation I find that if a man had taken tho bookmaker's odds at the post and put one .sovereign on the favourite for each of tho 22. events mentioned he would havo won exactly £20, tho result being that he would havo come out £11 to (■he good on the whole series of transactions. Taken all in all, I don't think the bookmakers had a particularly profitable) season. Aw to tho investors on the totuiisator, the yentiireof £1 on the favourite in the machine in all twenty two races would have turned in a gross profit of £1(5 9s.

Referring to tho English Derby, a London writer says :—" Mr Hammond, the ownor of St. Gation, began life an a Newmarket stable-boy. In process of time he became too heavy to ride, and ho then took to touting, and, a3 ho was blessed with keen eyes and sharp wits, ho quickly won a confadorable snm of money, developed into a professional backer, and from that chrysalis i.tato ho blossomed forth as tho ownor of a stud of racehorses. Mr Hammond, during the last few years, has won upward of £80,000, He has been very tacky, and.

as a proof that be is favoured by fortuno I may mention that he netted a large sum over Dutch Oven's Leger. Mr Hammond waa able to back hisliorso to win a heavy stake without mv h outlay, asi St. Gatien was at 33 to 1 after tho Two Thousand. I hear he wins £30,000 by St. Gatien, and in addition he had iSJO on Harvester. Sir John Willoughby has not cleared more than £3,000 on the week. He would have won a good stake by Queen Adelaide. Tho Danebury commission for Busybody was £2,500."

Name of Race. Favourite. I Geraldine Cup Tasman .. C.J.C. Welcome Stakes .. Livo:-;;.>o't New Zealand Cup .. .. XoiHi::.,-; C.J.C. Derby .. .. .. Ouil.-:i.-s Canterbury Cup .. .. . We'.-jomo Jack.. Auckland Spring Handicap .. JJuorilaiul Hutt Park .Sprint,- Handicap .. Miss J::un D. J.C. St Andrew's Handicap.. Lady Emma .. Auckland Cup Sa'vasro Auckland K.C. Handicap .. Tin. WhirHer .. C.J.C. Midsummer Handicap.. Cheviot .. Wellington Cup (Vaiiguard Dunedin Cup Sou'-v.-estcr D. J.C. Handicap |Soa-woster Wanganui Cup I The Poet.. Napier Handicap Sou'-wester Taranaki J.C. Handicap .. N'ormanby C.J.C.GreatAutumnHandicap Var.guard Auckland Easter Handicap .. Nolaon Ti^",rti Cup Tasman .. Gru. :' National The Agmit Hawke's Bay Steeplechase .. I C'lareiiey .. Odds about Favourite. fi to 1 agst 2 to 1 agst 5 to 2 agst 2 to 1 on 5 to 2 on 5 to 2 agst 2 to 1 agbt 5 to 1 agst G to 4 ajjst 6 to 1 on . Evens 2 to 1 ag.st Evens 2 to 1 agst 0 to 4 agst 4 to 1 agst Star9 3 9 8 6 1 6 11 G 10 6 11 Winner. Liverpool Tasman .. Oudeis Welcome Jack.. Maori .. The Poet.: Taiuroa .. Salvage .. _ Libeller .. Cheviot .. .. The Poet.. Lady Emma .. Lady Emma The Poet.. Son'-wester Nbrmanby Vanguard / Administrator ( Kadamea Tasman .. The Agent Clarence Odds about Winner. 6 to 4 agst 2 to 1 agst 4 to 1 ugst 2 to 1 on 5 to 2 on 3 to 1 agst 5 to 2 agat 7 to 2 agst 6 to 1 agst 2 to 1 agst Evens 10 to 1 agst G to 1 agst 3 to 1 agst 2 to 1 agst Evens 6 to 5 agst 4 to 1 ugst i to 1 agst 10 to 1 agst 3 to 2 ugst Evens G to i agst Totalisator] Dividend. £2 0 0 7 0 0 1 9 (i 19 0 1 3 IS 0 I 3 7 0 1 19 0 ! 2 10 0 4 0 0 2 6 0 14 10 0 G 11 0 5 5 G 3 fi G 3 15 6 2 15 0 2 17 0 8 U 0 2 16 0 2 7 6 2 10 0 7 to 4 agst 3 to 2 agst Evens G to I agst 9 4 8

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