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DATES OF COMING EVENTS.

February 20-I)ußedin Cup March 2—Newmarket Handicap March s—Australian Cup March 7-Wanganui Cup March 19—Hawke's Bay Cup March 26—Napier Park Cup April 15-A.R.C Easter Handicap April 16-A.R.C. Autumn Steeplechase

The Otahuhu Trotting Club hold a meetiug jD Potter's Paddock on Saturday nextGood acceptances have been received, and »n interesting afternoon's sporb should be the result

Mr J. A. Hawke, M.R.C.V.S. (lately from England, where he haa been engaged extensively in horse dealing}, has written from Wanganui to the Hawera "Star" stating that from very careful observation of the types and breeds of horses on that coast he has come to the conclusion thab thore are only two%orts—viz., hunters and draught horses—that would pay for shipping Home. In respect to hunters, he is of opinion that no country in the world i 3 in a position to furnish the English market with a better class of animal for hunting than New Zealand. There are, without doubt,

some realiy grand-looking hunters bred in this country (he says) that would pay / handsomely for shipping Home ; bub horseß ■jf that class must be landed in the English autumn—September or October—as there ia no sale for r.hem at any other season of the year. As to good draught horses, they are always saleable, and if the horae-breeders could only make up their minds to breed Us, good cart horses—animals with plenty of "size and quality—there ia always room for them in the Old Country ; and if the Government could be prevailed upon to take the matter up, and the shipping companies agree to a £10 freight, there is no reason why "the scheme should nob prove a very great success. ■ • . ■ The following is taken frem " Rapier's " notes in the "'lllustrated Sporting and Dramatic News" of December 22nd : — Kaconteur and Isingla3S were at work together last Saturday, and the more I see of the former the better I like him, whilst as

for;l : ain;g.la39^h;a. ia Tf.o all appearance abso--lately "at hifTbesb. "'Will his new two-year-old companion, follow in his steps next

Beasotujs't'he-.g-reat' question, bub before we can answer i,c we must know something more about Laveno and Lo Var.. As for the ■V former, ifc is said lhab he suffered from a mysterious lameness which prevented him from being trained; and it- is." noc certain that he will bo free from it next year, or that, if he i?, he will show himself an exceptionally good horae.- As for Le Var, a Bon of lsonomy and St. Marguerite might well be a good horse : bub ibhas nob seldom happened that wonderful tales have been told during the winter of something marvellous at Kidgßclere, and that on production fcbe animal has/been moderate. All the same, Common was an instance to the contrary, and Sainfoin very far inferior to the average run of Derby winners aa he may have been, still won the greatest of races. It seems absurd to take 5 to 1 about horses for the Derby so far ahead, and in the face of much-talked-abont dark horses, but if sixes were obtainable I should almost be tempted to back Raconteur, so great is my liking for him. The price paid for None the Wiser (7,200 guineas), is (says an English correspondent) not quite a record price for a filly, bub I think it runs a really good second to the 8,800 guineas given by the late Mr •'Abington " Baird for the subsequent Oaks winner, Busybody, at the late Lord Falmouth's famous'sale 10 years ago. The breeding of None the Wiser, however, is so good.thafc 1 doubt not, with ordinary luck, \Lord Ellesmere will nob regret his speculation. Wisdom, the sire of None the Wiser, was a poor performer on the turt, and was once Bold for something under £100, yet he lived to find his subscription full and overapplied for many times at the stud at 200 guineas a mare. These are the little ops and downs of the game which make speculation in blood stock, whether for racJDg or breeding, so fascinating. La Fleche cost 5,500gs as a yearling ;saya "Sport"), although nob one quarter i>f the sum would have been paid on the score of good looks, and not only has she won tor Baron Hirsch, and through him the charities, the enormous sum of 55,49550v5, bub she has earned, herself an svedasting name in the annals of sport. She has been with the public nothing short of an idol, and ib was fitting that bo slose her career as a racehorse she should Jecaro the Champion StaKe3 ab the headquarters of tho English. turf. The following description of an Irish steeplechase jump at Punchestown is taken ' from an English exchange :—" The height of the fence from the take-off bo where the horses jurap on the top is jusb 2fb 9in ; the grip in fronh is 6ft 6in wide and over 3fb deep, the top of the fence is a over 6ft 6in, the drop is 4ft, and the grip on the landing side is~4fb wide. Ib is very wide ab the baae, and the top slants up from the near to the off-side, as all doubles should do, and to get well on to it a horse has to jump lOfb or lift, then change, and jump into the next field. To clear the whole from field to field means.covering at least 21fb in an arc oi 25ftor.26fb, which is a very big jump." Two thousand eight hundred and sixtyJeven is the exact number of English racehorses that stripped and ran duping the past English season. Of these 1255 were two-year-olds, against 608 running in Thormanby's year. In The Flying Dutchman 8 year 264 two year-olds ran only. Less than. K)00foal8 were bred to the present 3000, and the fees of the besb sires—there were then 170 to some 400 now—were a sixth of what they.are now. The Austrians are the iargesb buyers of American trotters. A -i new electric semaphore has been erected at Oakley, America. All the judge ; has to do 13 to touch a button as the horses pass'the post, when up goes the placed horses' numbers. "Town and Country " says : "As was generally supposed, Mr H. A. Thompson failed on Monday to find purchasers for Mr 5> O'Brieu's horse, wibh the exception of £hilßon, who, it is said, will' find his way to ; Singapore shortly. Ac £200 Loyalty was passed in. . . ..The next declaration for the Newmarket handicap and Australian Cug wiU not be

due 'until the 28bhi-in**,', two days before the first-named events will be ran. Meanwhile, says the Sydney "Referee" of February 13th, there is nothing very sensational in blfe* doingß of engaged horses on the training tracks, the reports being rather uninteresting up to date. A few of the leading bookmakers are doing business over both races, bub the disinclination of the general run of backers^ to risk their money untii the day of the race approaches is unmiacakeable. Double betting is more likely, and particularly in the shops, where lista are exposed, does this form of speculation go on. The Harvester and Cobbitby doubles are already cut out with fancied Newmarkeb horses, some of which are appearing at the suburban meetings of Sydney and Melbourne. The Sydney.contingent, will nob.be a very large one this year, and will nob include any sensational horse. There is no Jeweller or Camoola for the Flemington or Caulfield touts to study. H. ,Giltinan's team is already in Victoria, consisting of Cumberoona, a good hurdle-racer, lalanbhus, and Ophir, any of which may pay their way with a little luck. The favourfte for the great sprint", Vanitas, will soon be pronounced upon by the track-watchers at head-quarters, and the other Sydney horses will probably be transferred over the Murray at the end of this week. Our team will probably include Chand Bee Bee, Alameda, Moorefield, Donation, Coolalta, Whakawatea, VVy vern, Tactician, All There, Milkmaid, Belgiorno, Waterfall, Solanum, Pilot Boy, Volney, Bendigo and Creme dOr, and one or bwo may be added. Borne of the above are engaged at Caulfield on the 23rdJ and will be shown with the colours up before the V.R.C. Meeting is introduced. The owner of Loyal by and Launceston is generally credited with a desire to shake the dust of New South Wales off hia feeb and repair to New Zealand again. The weights apportioned to the two horse 3 named by the handicappers do not at all please Mr Dan O'Brien, and he has made entries outside the colony in consequence, bub he has no present, intention of deserting Randwick. So he informed me (" Empire" in the "Sporting Review") a few days ago, mentioning, however, that business matters would take him to New Zealand, probably after the Autumn Meeting. Mr O'Brien has established * himself in most comfortable quarters on the Randwick heights, and no doubt, sooner or later, will again command a share of the good things of the turf, Fhough fortune has not smiled upon him of late. Loyalty's owner, who once ownad Carbine, will nob allow tbe champion to be spoken of as an Australian-bred horse whilst he is aboub. Carbine i 8 a great New Zealand trumpcard, bub in obher parts of the world the difference between Australia and Australasia is nob likely to be studied much. Mr O'Brien's Carbine eolb has grown into a fine animal, and, as far as looks go, is more promising bhan his sire was ab his age. It haa yet to be discovered that Cartridge inherits the gift ot galloping, but it will be very strange indeed if he does not, for his dam, St. Odille, was a flier over shorb courses. Perhaps the colt will carry the roso and black stripes with more success than Loyalty and Launceston have of late when hia time comes. Nominations for all events to be run at the Avondale J.C. Autumn Meeting close at the office of the Hon. Secretary (Mr H. H. Hayr) on Friday next. > The second payments for the Newmarket) Handicap fall due to-morrow (Thursday), The Summor Meeting of the Otahuhu Trotting Club takes place on Saturday nexb at Potter's Paddock. The acceptances appeared in our Saturday's issue. ~■ The Tanranga races bakes place bomorrow (Thursday). ■■~. . ~..,-: : Latest Melbourne betting quotations show bhab M.alolo has receded .in the market to 100. to 3 for the Newmarket. Handicap. The late T. (Jorrigan's two old horses, E3raoud and Waiver, were raffled in Melbourne the other day. ' Vanitas is a hob favourite in Melbourne at 10 to 1 for tbe Newmarket Handicap. Devon has been backed to the exbent of £4,000 for the Newmarket Handicap. Erl King, engaged in bhe Newmarket Handicap with Bsb 121b, won the principal event at the Aspendale Park races on Saturday, February 9th, carrying 9st, and winning easily. Soaton Delarel, Mr L. D. Nathan's imported horse, stands 15.3 at) the outside, and is by no means a big fellow. He is exceedingly stylish, with good quarters, and woll-ssti legs. He is a bay, with white spots on his ribs. Late advices state that Beverley and The Possible are both under a cloud at Caulfield, and thab ib is thoughb the former will be an absentee when the Newmarkeb starters are announced. In Barbarian, however, Mr Redfern has a substitute who is reckoned one of the best outsiders in tbe race. Cable news from Sydney dated February 18th state that, owing to injuries received, bhe stallion Sardonyx has been destroyed by a friendly bullet. The nature of the injuries has nob yet reached our quarter. The death is announced from Msvvera of Rewa, by Purlri-Starwater. 16 is etated that George Wright will probably compete ab the Canterbury Jockey Club'a Antumn Meeting. The heaviest weight carried to victory in bhe Dnnedin Cap wbb 9st 91b by Lurline, who was ridden by bhe presenb Yaldhursb trainer, R. J. Mason. Strath Braan.tbe Apremont-Engagement colt, has been broken to harness, and has been doing long work as a tandem leader in his owner's dog-carb. The sbarting machine is being used for all races ab bbc Dunedin Autumn Meefeting, commencing to-flay and extending over three days, with the exception of the Cup and Selling Race, on the firsb day. Acceptances for the Hike's Bay Cap p.nd Railway Stakes close on March stb. Nominations for all other events ab the meeting will be taken on the same date. Southern advices state tbab after the Dunedin meeting, Skirmisher and the rest of Mr J. B. Reid's horses will be transferred for training to Riccarton,-owing to Mr Reid taking up his residence in Christchurch. The reason, so ib is alleged, that bhe starting machine has not and will nob be baken up in America, is thab with the machine fast times would be unable bo be made. Bub while it is obvious thab flying starts are oub.of bhe question with the barrier in the way, it is somewhat curious bhab, with the exception of Merganser's record bime in the Great Autumn Handicap, the two fastesb miles and a-half registered ab Riccarbon have been started with the machine. These were Prime Warden (Metropolitan Handicap, 2min 36sec) and Lady Zetland (Midsummer Handicap, 2min 37£ sec). ' l . The arrival of tbe Australian jockey Chris Moore at San Francisco is recorded in the American papers, who expect him to get lots of riding. Filemaker, the champion American high jump horse, cleared 7ft 3£in ab the Chicago Horse Show last December. Intestinal inflammation, caused by eating the straw which composed his bedding, was the cause of the death of the Muakeb horse Tartar. Dan O'Brien has lea9ed his colt Globetrotter, by Tasman—Red and Black (a full s brother to Philson). Ib is said thab Mr Gollan's horse Bonnie Scotland may not see bhe post ab Flemington this autumn. Backers of Vanitas for the Newmarket Handicap will peruse the following with satisfaction, especially if they have got on aba good price. The notice is culled from the Melbourne "Sportsman" of the 12th February :—" No horse is doing better in Sydney. Have' a bib on. Will run the S six furlongs in the Newmarkeb Handicap under lmin 15sec. A better horse than Bnngebah."

Gaillardia is doing;aNewmarkeb preparn* tion. - '' '' ■■' ■■ • ■■■'■ ■•'■. -■ ■- \i " ■ ■ The 'Harvester is doing good' work at Flemington. • ■ ■. • ' ■ ' ■ '

The^gmonb Racing Club's Hack Sires' Produce Stakes, the inauguration of which created so much talk, has proved a most profitable race to the club, the total amount, received in nominations, acceptances and final payments being nearly as much as bhe 200sovs given in stakes. Indeed the receipts from the sources named and the Club's share of the totalisatbr money make ib not only the best from a financial point of view that the Club has ever, pub on a programme, but in proportion to the value of the stakes the beat paying of any in the colony, the profits being comparatively greater than for the First Challenge Stakes of the Canterbury Jockey Club. This shows the popularity of hack racing. The firsb nominabion hnmbered 136, and ab ten shillings each £78 was received. The second paymenb was made by no less than 110 ab 10a. giving a further sum of £55, while the third acceptance numbered? 63, and fchia gave anobher £31 10s towards tbe stake, while eighteen ab £1 each made bhe final pay ment for the stake, which is a record for a standard weight race in New Zealand and mosb probably for the colonies. £182 10s in nominations, acceptances and final payments comprise the total receipts. Everybody ab Gravesend is in love with Mr Dwyor's Maxim filly, Axiom, says the New York "Spirib of the Times." If she5 races up to her autumn trials she is certain to be a second Butterflies. It is claimed that she ran the last turlong of a three furlong trial in llrj-soc. In France anyone may own. a stallion and use him as he may choose for his own mares, bub no one is allowed to offer the services of a sballion to the public, unless the same has been examined and endorsed by competent" official authorities, tbe officers of the Haraa, so as to see whether any unaoundness of the animal may endanger the future usefulness of the equine production. Mr S. G. Cook intends to offer his stud of racehorses and yearlings for sale by public auction on Thursday, February 28th. The sale will be held atPytchley Lodge, Flemington, and will be conducted by Messrs William C. Yuille and Co. The horses in training consist of The Admiral, The Sailor Prince, The Harvester. The Merry Boy, The Parisienne, Tbe Inquisitor, The Enchanter, The Enchantress, Tho Armourer, The Merry Girl, etc. The yearlings, seven in number, are by Malua, The Rebel, Trenton, and Robinson Crusoe.

The death is reported of the well-known brood mare Nellie, who was by Tim Whiffler (E.) out of Sappho. When racing she won bhe Maribyrnong Plabe and A. J.C. Derby, and two of "her progeny, Yarran and Etra-Weenie, also succeeded in winning the first-named event. Another good one she threw was Wilga, by Epigram.

A gauge for ascertaining the age of horses has been patented by a Tennessee invenbor. The gauge consisbs of a sbeel plabe, having a taperod body portion, one of its longibudinal edges, being marked by lines and figures, and ib is said bhat the approximate age of a horee can be determined by applying the scale to its teeth. Afc fcho Johannesburg Turf Club Meeting on Boxing Day, Arquebus ran fourth in bhe Goldfield Handicap, of 300aov8, 1£ mile, whilsb Yarran was unplaced in the Merchants' Handicap on the third day of bhe meobing. Arquebus was also unplaced in the Farewell Handicap. The Dunedin J.C. have elecbed Mr H. Piper as starter for the Autumn meeting. There is a steeplechaser running in England named Norton.

lalanthus, who ran second, in the Anniversary Handicap ab Sydney, is full brobber to Mr D. O'Brien's Uchester. lalanbhug, previous to running; in the Anniversary, was second to Euroka ab Rosehill on January"l9th', "* being ■just" "beaten" a "head; Cremorne was among the runners on thab occasion, as was was Stanmoor; , ; As previously stated, the crack Victorian sprinter Fortunatus has been sold to go to India. Ib is said bhe price paid was £400, ab which figure the Newmarkeb Handicap winner reads to be a regular bargain. He should win lots of racss in the land of the i Rajahs. It takes a big weight to anchor him. Further curtailments have been made-by the V.R.C. in its autumn programme. No third money is to be given in the minor evenbs, and thus a saving of £550 has been effocted. The V.A.T.C has reduced the value of the Oakleigh Purse and Plate.

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DATES OF COMING EVENTS., Auckland Star, Volume XXVI, Issue 43, 20 February 1895

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