I learn from Ghristehurch that Waiuku is hot gross in condition as reported, and that he is perfectly sound. Word from Christchurch states that St. Paul is in perfect health, and that when he landed after his trip he was as lively as a kitten. The colt is in great favour with the early risers. It is said Mr Wilson benefitted in bets to the extent or £3,000 by the victory of Merman in the Cesarewitch Stakes, the commissioner being Mr W. T. Jones. Says a Victorian writer:—Amberite was well backed in doubles on the two Cups, and a large amount will be taken out of the ring should the Melbourne Cup be Won by Aurum, Positano, Coil, Fucile, or Wait-a-Bit. Amberile having been such a strong fancy makes it rather bad for those who are desirous of investing upon any of the favourites in the Melbourne Cup, tire bookmakers being in such a position that they cannot offer better than a cramped price. It has been stated that Aurum is likely to be sent to England soon after the Melbourne Cup meeting, providing he is sound ; but the stable connections deny it. When Mr W. K. Wilson was in England a short while ago he placed Aurum under offer to Mrs Lahgtry for 7,000 guineas, but that owner declined to invest more than 5,000, and a sale was not effected. The other day Mrs Langtry re-opened negotiations for the purchase of Aurum, and by cable offered Mr W. R. Wilson a big price for his flyer. This was by providing lie would run Aurum through his Victorian Spring engagements as their joint property, Aurum to be sent to England subsequently. Mr. Wilson saw many objections to such a partnership, and tlie bargain was declined. Our London correspondent writes : —The few plungers who ventured to lay 10 to 1 on Galtee More for the Leger experienced ah awful moment when at the distance CJielandry swooped down upon the Derby winner and all but overset the odds. Moray Cannon rode magnificently and if the filly could h#,ve maintained her effort another minute she would have won. As things were Mr Gubbins' crack only got home by half a length. Before the race backers accepted 6 and 7 to 1 about him for the Cesarewitch in which he has 9st 31b to carry. Afterwards 10 to 1 was for a time offered. Wood, of course, says he could have won any distance and that Galtee More was never, extended. Experts on the other hand opine Velasquez Avould have upset the favourite had Lord Roseberry preferred him to Chelandry. Commenting on the result of the Caulfield Cup the "Argus" says:—Parthenop;Bus is generally regarded as having been unlucky in the Caulheld Cup. He no doubt got a bump or two, but that is only to be expected in a race like this, ,It is doubtful if he would have won under any circumstances, as Amberite finished full of running. Ayrshire finished well, but as usual he took a lot of straightening when the pressure was on. The great track horse, Rosella, cut up badly. She had every chance of winning, as she was in a splendid position at the turn. She quite failed when' called upon to make her effort. Trent travelled badly, in the market towards the close, and this indication as to his chance was not without value, as the much-talked-of son of Trenton never once showed up. Amberite has incurred a 101b penalty in the Melbourne Cup. The Carbine—Duenna colt was weighted at 7,st Blb, consequently his weight is now Bst 41 b. A couple of young Sir Modreds have arrived in England from America. They are accompanied by a large team of horses belongingio Mr P. Lorillard.- • . ■ A Melbourne sportsman has received a letter from a Mend in " the States," who writes that a syndicate is being formed in
New York for the purpose of buying a number of Australian steeplechasers, which are either to be sold on arrival in America or to be raced. At present there is no steeplechasing in the united states, and it is principally with the view of introducing the sport that the syndicate is being formed.
Referring to Gray's starting machine, ] Avhich is being tried in England, Mr W. R. Wilson, who returned to Melbourne the other day alter a lengthy visit to England, says that he saw many evidences of prejudice on the part of a section of the English sporting public, but he had little doubt that the machine would be ultimately adopted generally in England. He saw Carbine at Welbeck Abbey, and the Australian hero looked in fine stallion condition, the luxurious life which he leads on the well-grassed estate of the Duke of Portland being easily imagined by_ his burly figure. The progeny of Carbine, which will be racing in England next season, Mr AYilson praises in ecstatic language, and he predicts for Carbine a very successful career as a sire in his new home. Trenton also was looking splendid, and his blood and reputation as a getter of brilliant Tacehorses are much valued.
The great Irish colt Galtee'More has won £24,977 in stakes alone. Daystar is now a strong local favourite for the New Zealand Cup, having advanced to 6to 1. St. Paul is quoted at 7to 1. At the annual meeting of members of the Ohinemuri Jockey Club the following Committee was elected : Messrs H. Moore, Short, McClelland, Brenan, Lawless, McGruer, Wick, Dickey, Nicholls, H. Steedman, T. Seaver, and Dr. Forbes,
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MISCELLANEOUS., Auckland Star, Volume XXVIII, Issue 249, 27 October 1897
MISCELLANEOUS. Auckland Star, Volume XXVIII, Issue 249, 27 October 1897
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