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NOTES BY HIPPONA.

The weights for tho Dunedin Cup, which is to be run on tho 26th of Fobruary next, havo mado their appearance. By commencing atOst. 91b., tho handicappois have given Welcome Jack a weight that ho is master of, but it is understood tho champion is bound for Australia, so ho may bo passed over. If Oudeis is tho olippor ho is represented to bo, ho should bo about with Bst. 121b., and Lady Emma, who has 31b. lessjtnust bo reckoned woll in. July(Bst7lb) has nothing to thank the handicappers for, but I am inclined to think Sat. 51b. will not prevont Johnny Faulkner from winning. Nonsense (Sst 41b), is leniently dealt with, but to my mind tho best treated animals in the race aro Salvago and Turquoise, and should they not incur ponaltios, must take some boating. Taiaroa (7st. 101b.) has no cause for complaint, and with 7st. 41b. Ike is wonderfully well in, but i Necklaco with 21b. less, has got oil' none too lightly. Captain Wobstor(7st 21b)should have an "excellent chanco if ho is landed sound at tho post, and of those with Gst 121b and under, commend mo to tho chances of Lady Evelyn, who, if I am not mistaken, will yet win a big evont. Thero is some time to elapse boforo the raco ie run, but at the present time I think tho winner will como from one' of the following lot: — Salvage, Turquoise, Oudois, Ike, Lady Emma, Johnny Faulkner, and Lady Evelyn. The second forfeit for tho Auckland Cup and Steeplechase must bo declared and paid on Friday noxt, at 8 p.m., or tho nominator will bo liable for tho balanco of tho stako. Acceptances for tho Derby, and goneral ontries for tho wholo of tho minor ovents of tho meeting aro also duo on tho same date and hour.

The Auckland Cup quotations, etc, wil bo found on tho second page.

The last of the New Zealand Stud Company's matrons to foal was Lyra, and this week she producod a colt to Musket. The Company havo had wonderful good luck with their maros this season, and tho foals, which number thirty-five, aro all looking healthy and well. I notice that Major OJoorgo has fallen foul of the gentlemen who adjust tho weights at Christchurch. In tho Midsummer Handicap, Nelson was weightod at 7st 101b, but his owner, thinking him ill-used, put tho pen through his name soon after tho handicap was made public. If Major Goorgo, however, thinks Nelson badly dealt with, ho cannot growl at the Gst 71b apportioned Wapiti-—in fact, tliefo is a general opinion in Christchurch that tho colt is "thrown

Tho woll-known paneillor, Mr J. K. Poolo, arrived from Sydney in tho early part of tho week, and is now prepared to bo " taken down" on our Summer Moot-

Ing. Tho Now Zealand Stud Company will bo E leased to hear that Leeds, who was got by loncaster out of their highly-bred mare Stoppo, has figured prominently in another good race in England, tho colt having cnrriot 9st, ;:nd ran a dead heat with Pillory, list. 71b,, for tho Aloxundra Cup (Imndicnp) of 500sovb. Among tho yearlings to bo sold by the Company on tho 3rd 01 January is a beautiful f III> by Cadogan out of Steppe. A new plan has boon adopted by tho Dunedin " Horald " of showing tho state of tho betting in a race, by prefixing to the name of each horso the amount invested on him in tho totalisator. This givos at a glance the respect in which each liorso is held. Ring betting is now go little indulged in on the courso that tho totalisator is really the best, and ,n fact tho only test of the odds.on the horses.

" Mazeppa " says that a Dunedin man has backed Administrator to win a large amount in tho Auckland Cup at 100 to 8. Tho same authority also hears that Mr M. H.-Smith, who lately owned Hippodamia, has sailed for England.

Mr C. H. Lushington has erected four boxes near Ponrose Station for tho accommodation of his team. Thoy woro shifted there this week.

The following alterations in dates of weights and acceptances in connection with the Wellington Racing Club Summer Meeting have been decided on :—Tlio weights for the Wellington Cup will not bo declared till Monday, January sth ; acceptances on Monday, January 19th (general entry night); and the final payment beforo 10 p.m. on Thursday, February sth. Writes "Sir Launcolot" :—- "It is rumoured that a match has been made by the owners of Welcome Jack and Black Rose to run their horses for £100 aside, on the last day of th« Auckland Summer Meeting. The rumour lacks confirmation, though." The total amount put through the totalisators at the Wellington Racing Club Spring Meeting was £G,732. The Club's commission totted up to about £470. At theDunedin Jockey Club Meeting, £14,379 was passed through during the two days.

" Senex " states that Nonsense has retired to the paddock. This week a local backer accepted 400 to 40 about her for the Du'nedin Cup. St. >".imon, who was regarded as the beat horse in England, has gone amiss, and it is doubtful if lie will stand training again. This will be a sore disappointment to all English sportsmen, who were anxious to sco the two great saints, Simon and Gation, opposing each other. In appearance the two horses are said to be very dissimilar, the former being a tallish, short horse, while St. Gatien is represented a3 one of the grand, lengthy colts not often soen upon a racecourse.

It would appear as if the Eclipse Stakes of 10,000 sovereigns is likely to prove an expensive race to the Sandown Park Club. No less than 101 horses have declared forfeit at the first opportunity, and as there are four more chances ofgettingout.it does not seem probable that there will be many left in by the Spring of 1880, when tho race will be run.

Mr John Mayo has purchased Prince Imperial, by Kelpie, out of Queen's Head, for £600, from the Hon. John Eales. .

Mr A. F. Smart has determined US give up racing for a time, and the whole of his stock has been placed in Mr Clibborn's hands for sale. The lot are to be disposed of without tho slightest reserve, but the date of the sale has not yet been announced.

The dark V.R.C. Derby colt, Seahorse, who was said to have beaten Suwarrow's time, and Van away from Blink Bonny in a gallop, started for the Sandhurst Cup and Bendigo Handicap, but, although piloted by Donald Nicholson, was unplaced in each event.

I extract the following interesting itbm from " The Fio:d " :—"Never, perhaps, did the lottery of breeding receive stronger exemplification than it does now in respect to St. Gation, whose dam was driven in harness by a Sussex farmer until she collded with the railway gates at Emsworth, and then she v as virtually given away, with the result that when put to the stud she produces a horse that places on record a big performance like that credited to St.Gatien. Not that any expense was incurred in. finding suitable mates for Sfc Editha—in fact, the cheapest stallions appear to have been patronised, and !•■ the case ot St. Gatien there ai:e some doubts as to the paternity. At the time that St. Editha was put to Rothorhill, that horse was standing at Worcester Park(a station midway between London and Epsom), in company with Tho Rover—a stilty-legged horse, so broken down as to be almost a cripple—by Blair Athol out of Crinon, by Newminster

out of Mjirgery Daw. Rotherhill Had beon suffering Bovirely from influenza, and failing to sl:int the inare,sho was put to Tho Rover, andl tho produco was St. Qatien. Although fcb is protty cortain that, had tho sire and dam of St. Gatien boon offered for sale by auction previous to tho advent of the crack, (neither would have attracted a. bid, his [-edigree affords a striking instance of a succesi? in breeding Stockwefl on Newminster insitead of vice versa, which has of lato been tho fashionable way of breeding, and most justifiably; for, as wo pointed out last winter, the successes of Newminster in tho male line, and of Stock well in the female, wcire as noticeable as tho failures in the other direction, and served to point the yule to which St. Gatien is a startling and =miprising /exception."

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NOTES BY HIPPONA., Auckland Star, Volume XXVI, Issue 4536, 13 December 1884

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