DATES OF COMING EVENTS.
NEW ZEALAND. January 22—Wellington Cup January 29—Takapuna Cup
"HIPPONA'S" NOTE BOOK,
Nominations for the Newmarket Handicap and' Australian Cup, the two leading events of the V.R.C. Autumn Meeting, were cabled across this week. Far the sprint event there are 84 nominations, and the long-distance race has secured an entry of 51. Major George's colt Seahorse figures in each event, and another noteworthy nomination is Bobadil. Merriwee, the three-year-old hero of the V.R.C. Spring Meeting, is entered for the Australian Gup only. The Auckland-bred colt Lord Cureton (by Hotchkiss — Lady Cureton) also appears in the entry list lor the long-distance race.
Mr A. F. Scott, owner of Bluejacket, came up from Napier In the early partof the week, i understand that he has decided to keep the colt in Auckland, and he will continue to be trained by Peter Chaafe.
Messrs L. P. and N. A. Nathan have decided to send a team to take part in the Wellington Racing Club Summer Meeting, which takes place on January 22 and 24. The team, I understand, will consist, of Explosion, Eosella, Bedd'ington, and Hastings, and they will be shipped by their mentor, George Wright, in the s.s. Flora on Saturday next. In addition to the Wellington Cup of 650sovs and a piece of plate, 1\ miles, there are two important races to be decided at the meeting in the Wellesley Stakes (for two-year-olds)' and the Wellington Stakes (for two and three-year-olds). Bedding-ton claims an engagement in both races, and Eosella figures in the Wellington Stakes. J. Gallagher, the well-known horseman attached'to the stable, will, of course, accompany the team. The many friends. of Messrs Nathan will wish them many successes on the Hutt racecourse at the Empire City,
The yearling brother to Battleaxe knocked down for 57gs at the Wellington Park sale was Bought for a wellknown Wellington sportsman. The colt was shipped to his new home yesterday.
The Hon. J. G. Ward having taken over the portfolio of Colonial Secretary, t!he conduct of racing matters ■will in future be in his hands so far as Ministerial control is concerned. Probably before the next Racing Conference meets Mr Ward will go exhaustively into the question of totalisator permits, and will be prepared to submit for the delegates' approval a list of clubs to whom licenses should issue.
There is a, movement on foot to establish a Pony and Trotting Club in Hamilton. Numerous offers of support have been received. from all parts of the district, and a meeting of those interested will be held in a few days, when the matter will be definitely settled.
Writing of the English two-year-olds, Mr Allison says:—We seem likely to have Democrat established as the Derby favourite. Giving this good anfl hardy gelding full credit for his many excellent performances, 1. should always prefer Forfarshire to him whenever they meet under equal conditions, and there is no certainty that Diamond Jubilee will not be his master another year. There is the more reason for anticipating this because the stock of Sensation notoriously do not improve with age, and very few of them stay more than a mile. Democrat certainly appears to stay right Avell, but there have been many two-year-olds in similar case that have nevertheless failed to get a mile or more the following year. Diamond Jubilee, on the other hand, comes of a fine staying breed, being own brother to Flprizel 11. and Persimmon. Moreover, they have a way of < developing late. Florizel was never anything like at his best till he was a four-yearold, and Persimmon, good three-year-old that he was, gave a relatively better show as a four-year-old when he won the Ascot Cup in such smashing style. There is no knowing how good Sir J. Blundell Maple's St. Nydia may not be as a. three-year-old. This lengthy, far Btriding daughter of St. Simon looked a bit of a commoner as a yearling, and she was not so freely engaged as are most of Sir Blundell's. She is in the Derby and Oaks, however, and if she. were to land that double event — a not altogether remote contingency —her owner would be recompensed, indeed, for all past bad luck. Old Buck, who finished second to her in the Criterion, is a very fine gelding indeed, and he will see a better day. It- is not very long since he was added to the list, and he cannot be expected to dp himself justice yet awhile.
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DATES OF COMING EVENTS., Auckland Star, Volume XXXI, Issue 8, 10 January 1900
DATES OF COMING EVENTS. Auckland Star, Volume XXXI, Issue 8, 10 January 1900
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