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NOTES BY HIPPONA.

The acceptances for the Christchurch Mid summer Handicap, which is run on New Year's Day, caino to hand in tho oarly part of the week. Out of tho good number who woro nominated, tho race has dwindled down to oight, tho following boing tho names and imposts of those who have cried content:—Tiisman, 9st 71b; Vanguard, Oat 61b ; Taiaroa, 7st 121b ; Iko, 7sfc 41b ; Tim Whilller, 7st; Lady Evelyn, 6st 121b; Wapiti, 6st 71b ; Leodogran, fist. To thoroughly tost the Musket—Slandor colt, his owner is vory ambitious of having a cut at Welcame Jack at woight-for-ago, and if all goea well, it is proposed that the two-year-old shall meet the champion in tho Railway Plate on the first day of our Summer Meeting. This event is run over a threo-quartor mile course Auckland Gup betting, etc., will bo found in another part of this issuo. The New Zealand Stud Company havo made arrangements with Me T. S. Clibborn to hold their second annual sale in Sydney on tho 28th of January next. Seven yearlings will be submitted, comprising the colt by An teros—Sylvia, and five colts by Musket out of Onyx, Rosette, Atlantis, Realisation and Titania. A filly by Musket —L'Orient will also bo sent over, and arrangements have been made to ship the youngßters by the e.s. Te Anau, which leaves for Sydney on the 13th of January. Local " sports " will be glad to hear that at a meeting of tho Taranaki Jockey Club last week it was agrood to remove the disqualification from Mr B. Coyle. It is agreed on all hands that Coyle has boon a much ill-used man in the matter, ho having been made to suffer for the sins of others. Horso-owners should boar in mind that the Bweep of 13sovs. for the Auckland Cup is due at tho post. Chaudler and Dressmaker wero taken to tho Thames this week for the purpose of taking part in tho Thames meeting, which takes place on Friday and Saturday next. The pair were in charge of J. Rae. "Grand Flanour" intends drawing his consultation on the Auckland Cup on or about Tuesday next. The full complement of subscribers have nearly been received, and, as usual, it will bo drawn in the presence of a committee and tho press. " Grand Flaneur" has forwarded me an invitation to bo present. _Djir...WJ«flffaSf h AWttteoaHg 'Vtiarrto'a success. This year they offer over£4oo to be run for, the two chief events being for £100 and £85. The Club own ono of the finest country courses in the colony, which together with grand stand,, cost £3,000. The railway runs on. to the course. Last January races were an immense success, and the Auckland visitors said they had never attended a better country race meeting. Whangarei is only seven hours' steam from Auckland. At the fettling over the Takapuna Spring Meotinij, Mr Robiirtson's two-year-old colt by Muiikot out of Slander came into some notice ior the next Melbourne Cup, being backed to win about £8000, the taker getting it at 1000's to 3, 4, and 5. Mr Robertson took a couple of thousand of the amount, Mr J. Marshall's Thunderbolt was also backed to win £2000, and 1000 to 5 each was written against the Auckland-bred colt Nordenfeldt, Oudeis, and Welcome Jack. At Tattersall's Club on Wednesday night Bob Ray took 1,000 to 40 about Ike for the Dunedin Cup. Lady Emma was aleo supported to win 400 at 100's to 10; and 1,000 to 30 was taken about Clogs. Mr Sydney James, the Secretary of the Dunedin Jockey Club, has forwarded me a printed card giving the official weights for the principal events at their big meeting in February next. I may mention that the first sweep of ssove. for the Cup is due on Saturday next, as well as acceptances for the Hurdle Race, Publicans' Handicap, and Stewards' Purse.

Mr P. Butler's two-year-old colt The Shah, by St. George—Red Rose, has been added to the list.

Out of the 47 brood mares owned by tho New Zealand Stud Company, 31 have been served by Musket this season, 10 by Lealinus, and five by Cap-a-pie. Lurlino, full sister to Lure, has been served by Anteros and Musket, while Mata's dam Raupo is amongst those who have visited Cap-a-pie's harem.

St. Leger has again been thrown out of training, and will now be relegated to stud duties.

The Taranaki Jockey Club have decided upon the following programme for their Autumn Meeting :—First Day: Maiden Plate, £50; Steeplechase, £60; T.J.C. Handicap, £250; Welcome Stakeß, £30; Novel Race, £25; Flying Handicap, £75. Second Day: Derby, £100; Handicap Hurdles, £50; Hack Hurdles, £30; Autumn Handicap, £125; Nursery Handicap, £40; District Handicap, £50; Consolution Handicap, £30.

On the appearance of the weights for the Dunedln Cup (writes " Mazeppa,"), LadyEmma was immediately installed first favourite; but the continual inquiries for Vanguard have had the effect of forcing him up in the market during the past few days, and he is now as good a favourite, if not firmer, than the mare. July is also nominally on a par with these two, though he is not so much asked after as either. Lady Emma has been backed at 100 to 10; Vanguard at 100 to 8 fo* pretty heavy sums ; and Fusilier has been supported in Christchurch for £1,000 or more at 100 to 5 and' 100 to 6. Other wagers that I have heard of are—Mokoia, at 100 to 3; Adamant, 100 to 3; Necklace and Welcome Jack, each 100 to 5.

In the last issue of the "Australasian " to hand, a Sydney correspondent thus speaks of the Auckland-bred youngsters owned by the Hon. J. White:—Matchlock, a son of Musket and Yatterina, and resembling Tremando somewhat in conformation and stylo, is doing steady work. The other Musket colt from Onyx is only just broken, and has not made his debut on a metropolitan course yet. The Hon. Jas. White has an idea that the Musket progeny are better served with time, consequently these youngsters have not received an early tuition. After the lengthy controversies which appeared in tho columns of " The Australasian" in ro early two-year-old racing, tho career of these youngstora should be watched with interest.

Mr T. O'Brien, of the well-known Aus tralian firm of Messrs Miller, Jones, and O'Brien, intends to take a trip to New Zealand for the good of his health. It is said £10,000 has been offered and refused for a colt by Sterling from Casuistry, a candidate for the next English Derby. Perhaps after the.race as many shillings would buy him.

"Martini" relates an incident which occurred at the recent Wellington races, and is forcibly indicative of the .slips between cup and lip. A Wellington gentleman went to the totalisator to put a pound on Potaka in the Hack Kace. Potaka's number was 7, and Dan O'Connell's 8, and the indignation of the the investor when he found that a number 8 instead of a number 7 ticket had been

given him was only equalled by his delight when Dan OConnell won the race. Of nis feelings when the Irishman was disqualified and a big dividend paid on Potaka, this deponent sayeth not. A peculiar sporting case was decided at Poxton recently. The Foxton Racing Club brought an action against S. M. Baker to recover the Bum of £1 Is, amount of subscription fee for the season of 1884-1885. The defendant had acted as a steward and member of the Club during last year, and this year had sat on the Committee and voted on questions affecting tho financial administration of the Club, and had remained a member live weeks after tho subscription was due by the rules of^he Club. After tho subscription was payable defendant sent in his resignation as a member of the Club, owing to a private difference with a member of the Committee, and on being asked to pay the subscription declined to do bo. Tho stewards considered they were appointed to guard the interests of tho Club, and had therefore brought the present action. His Worship, in giving Judgment, said the case was a moat unusual and extraordinary one. He had never mot a case of tho kind before, nor had his attention been drawn to a similar one. Personally, on several grounds, he would nrefer not to havo to deal with the matter. But, viowing tho matter from a strictly legal standpoint, hovvevor much defendant might in honour be bound to pay his subscription, he could not be legally made to pay it. Tho partnership was a m»st peculiar one. It was not of an ordinary character, and yet the members wore banded together for a certain fixed purpose. He failed to see that a legal consideration had been shown, although defendant was in honour liablo for tho sum, and he could quite understand why members of racing clubs had to resort to tho posting of a member. Still, honestly, as a matter of law, he must hold defendant was not legally liable, and a nonsuit would be given. Darebin's half brothor, Prometheus, who was so highly, thought of when being propared for tho Melbourne Cup, two seasons ago, is to be put into work again. Captein Haimes, of Melbourne, has achieved tho object ho had in view when ho gave £2,000 for Rapidity andDugenio, for last month tbo latter had a colt foal to tho former. This little stranger is therefore full brother to Archie.

Tho English stallion Wild Oats is doad. Ho was purchased at tho break-up of tho Cobhara Stud in 1881 for 2,000 guineas.

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NOTES BY HIPPONA., Auckland Star, Volume XXVI, Issue 5441, 20 December 1884

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