The following foalings are reported :— Mr Duncan McNicol's Lottie, by Muskapeer —Ladybird, colt to St. Hippo. Mr J. G. Ralph's Recovery, by Nordenfeldt— Fishgirl, brown filly to Soult. Mr L. D.' Nathan's Campania, by Robinson Crusoe—Campanilla. colt to St. Hippo. Mr R. Burkes Miss Stead, by Leolinus—Miss Laura, filly to Cuirassier. Mr Thomas Morrin's Forme, by Nordenfeldt —Formo, eh c to St. Leger. Mr Thomas Morrin's Rose of Wellington, by St. Leger—Fleurette, eh f to Hotchkiss. Mr Thomas Morrin's Bangle, by MusketLocket, b f to St. Leger. Up to date there are nine fillies and six colt foals at Wellington Park this season. The following mares owned by Mr J. C. Booth have been brought down from the Waikato, viz., Bay Bess on a visit to Seaton Delaval, Polish to be mated with St. Hippo, Jenny to visit St. Leger, and a Muskapeer mare who visits Soult. At the Kirkham stud, in New South Wales, Trafalgar, clam of Dreadnought, has dropped a filly foal to the imported Gossoon. The brood mare Bridal Rose, disposed of at the last Wellington Park sale, foaled a colt to Hotchkiss recently at New Plymouth, but the youngster was accident'ly drowned in a creek a few days after birth. At the Hon. J. D. Ormond's stud farm, Thame, by Sword Dance—Lady Mersey, has produced a filly to the defunct Dreadnought ; and Legacy, by St. Leger— Yattacy, has foaled a filly to the same sire. All Mr Ormond's mares will be covered by Flintlock, St. Andrew or Spinfeldt this season.
THE DEFEAT OF POSITANO. In referring to the running of Positano in the Metropolitan Stakes the racing scribe of the "Sydney Telegraph" remarks : For such a hot favourite—2 to 1 being taken in a field of two and twenty— Positano cut up roughly in the Metropolitan yesterday, and of course he has receded in the two cups quotations. It is the usual thing to make excuses for the defeat of all such favourites, but in Positano's case the explanation probably is that he did not relish being asked to travel so fast in the early stages of the race, and being " earned off his legs" was not able to display his true form. His rider was quite justified in trying to keep within handy reach of the leaders, for had he fallen further behind he may have become so crowded in the ruck as to be unable to get out again. In some quarters Positano has lost caste considerably since his defeat, but that he is a racehorse of high class there is very little doubt, and he is not li-ely to be long in redeeming much of his lost reputation.
AN ENGLISH INNOVATION. We were recently lamenting the fact that Galtee More and Persimmon had no ■joint engagement (says "Man of the World "), but the plucky managers of the Ling-field Park Meeting are about to make a bold bid, which we sincerely hope will bo generally accepted. A grand prize of 3,000 sovereigns, added to a sweepstakes of a " monkey," and a cup or other trophy, value 200sovs, to the winner, is to be run for at weight-for-age over the Lingfield straight mile—one of the very best in England —on Saturday, October 2nd. Entry is by invitation only, and these have been issued to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, for Persimmon ; Lord Rosebery, for Velasquez ; Mr Gubbins, for Galtee More ; Mr Worton, for Victor Wild ; Mr Bassett, for Clorane; Mr McCalmont, for Knight of the Thistle; Mr Sullivan, for Winkfield's Pride; and Mons. Lebaudy, for Count Schomberg. j
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STUD NEWS., Auckland Star, Volume XXVIII, Issue 220, 22 September 1897
STUD NEWS. Auckland Star, Volume XXVIII, Issue 220, 22 September 1897
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