The -weights for the Newmarket HandicaD and Australian Cup, the two principal Events to be run at the V.R.C. Autumn Meeting, came to hand during the week, and more than usual interest Is attached to them this year owing to the presence of the New Zealand champion Advance and the Aucklander Seahorse. In awarding Advance 9.11, Mr Dakin has given the vanguard hprse his full deserts, but the black horse holds such a splendid record that it would be hard to say how the weight adjuster could have possibly treated Mr Douglas Gordon's representative more leniently.
Iv the long-distance race, the Australian Cup, La Carabine, owing to her fine peiv foraances last season and her splendid staying abilities, has been awarded pride of place with 9.13 opposite her name. Paul Fry comes next with 9.8, and then follows Advance with lib less. Seahorse, 8.12, has been kept well in his place, and there does not seem much inducement offered to Major George to take the son of Nelson across the water to compete in the big 2i mile event.
Nor'-west is bounding along with his usual free style in his daily work. He was given three rounds over the schooling hurdles yesterday morning, and the way the Sou-wester horse flew the obstacles was quite a treat to witness. He is greatly fancied for the Takapuna Steeplechase, and although loaded with the heavy burden of 12.12 he will, I think, be found one of the hardest to dispose of in the crosscountry event.
It seems a pity that it has been decided to hold the farewell demonstration to the Contingent on the same day as the Takapuna race meeting, as it will have a very prejudicial effect, on the suburban gathering. There is sure to be a very large number of people stay in town to take part and witness the procession that would otherwise journey across the water and attend the races.
The Victorian trainer, Jas. Scobie, promises to play a strong hand in some of the big autumn fixtures. In the Australian Cnp he has no less than six real good ones to represent him, viz., La Carabine, DrearoItind, Clean Sweep, The Bride, Malster. and Miitlades. The latter is thought very highly of on the other side, and with only 7.7 may have something to say In the settlement of the long race.
Sir Rupert Clarke has named his two-year-old by Bill of Portland from Happy Land; Commonwealth. It is remarkable that the name was not appropriated before. The colt cost 700 guineas when put up -with three other two-year-olds belonging to the late Mr W. R. Wilson.
The gelding Rex has been put into work again at Ellerslie, and the old fellow looks Tcally well, iris legs appear to be perfectly dean and sound, and If looks go for anything the chestnut is far from being done witn.
Peerage seems to be showing improved form in his work. He was sent a once round gallop on the tan with Admiral Hawke yesterday morning, in which the ♦latter hod no chance at any part of the Journey -with the Southerner. Peerage ihoulfl go very near winning the Maiden Plate at the Takapuna meeting next week.
Mr (Bob Sutton) Sevier's examination by the stewards of the English Jockey Club was funny. He criticised racecourse arrangements generally. Strongly pressed as to Mis motive In offering to bet six thousand to four against ore of ihe American horses to the owner, his reply was: "If he had taken it I should have known it was a red-hot cert., and I should not have been lone before I had £20,000 of my own money on it."
the ex-Aucklander Ditto, who was eased |pr a few weeks, is now in work again at Kanflwick.
Tue Sydney "Rcferoe" says: "An Mfclster 1$ not engaged in the V.R.C. St. Leger, lie can be counted a pretty sure runner for the 4.J.C. St. Leger, and a winner as well.
I The jumper Pavona !s a daily attendant 1 on the Ellerslle tracks, ■ and the big Regel aorse appears to be standing up to his Work in a very satisfactory manner.
St. Ursula is looking well, and appears to move very freely in her tasks. She was Well backed for the Takapuna Cup in conjunction with Nor'-west for the Steeplechase during the week.
Winter specula.ioc on the P'tgllsh Derby - «as been very limited of late years, but Jhe coming Derby is, according to "Vigii Wt," likely to be productive of a good deal ■~•;■ of.winter betting. At the head of quotations stands Volodyovski, 9 to 2 being offered against that promising colt. Toddlng^ ton has been backed at 9 to, 1, and belief apjears to be entertained that he will next 1 year be able to prove that the reputation ':: *9 SoQuired in early life was well, dwaervutf. received support at 20 to 1. This : SVU Of Florizel 11. and Rosalie has carried r. A .'.wlon're in public but twice. At Aa.ot te iv:fln third for the Forty-eighth TL\e:iuUi, -vVsioi winning and Lord Melton fiuiibipg lecond, whilst at the first of tha JJewjnar.kof gatherings "behind the Ditch Dor'•■•lps ran a dead-heat with Veles f<\r tLe Inly Stakes, a division following. 250 to 200 was betted against a lot of four "mix C 4." The horses chosen were Volo'lyo/ski, )U>rd Bobs, Star Shoot, and Orcaid.
" H Is expected that racing will boom In Sooth Africa after peace Is proclaimed.
The steeplechaser Kotowai is being spelled near Sydney. It appears the ex-Auck-land mare cut one of her legs badly when she woa at Raiidwick in the spring, and has not raced since.
Betting on the Takapuna meeting still remains quiet, backers no doubt having their attention taken up with the Wellington meeting. There, is practically no alteration in the late prices quoted, Formula and Bluejacket being the favoured ones in the Cup, while the chances of Nor'-west, Straybird, and Tarragon are thought most of in the Steeplechase.
Mr Stead evidently possesses a smart filly in the Auckland bred Cruciform. The daughter of St. Leger and Forme had< no trouble in defeating the nine other youngsters opposed to her in the Nursery Handicap, run at Wellington yesterday, which event she won by several lengths in the good time of lm 2 2-ss.
Mr J. B. Williamson, of Auckland, purchased the bay mare E'pine, by Sweet William from The Thorn, at the sale of the Tocal Stud, held in Sydney yesterday. The mare has been stinted to the ex-New Zealander Medallion.
The four-year-old Fourire, by Palais Royal out of Fourchette, has been purchased by the French. Government for iHOOsovs, and will stand at the l,e l.'iv Stud. During his three seasons on the turf Pourire won 19 races of a total value of £1U,433.
Eton, who has been doing stud duty for some tini<» past, is now in work again tit EHerslie, He showed the touts yesterday morning that he had not forgotten how to gallop, for the brown sou of Castor showed .some of hi.s old dash in a spin with his stable mate, Coronet.
In the Wellesley Stakes, run at' the Wellington meeting' yesterday, Mr Stead's colt Menschikoff again demonstrated what a slippery customer he is over a short journey. The son of Stepniak got well away and never leaving the issue in doubt ran home six; lengths in front of the field.
An attempt is being made to get the disqualification inflicted on Adam SUirving in connection with, the ex-Aueklauder's riding of Redeemer at Flemington removed. A petition on the matter has been presented to the V.X.C. Committee, who will deal with it at their next meeting.
Mr E. T. Barnard, formerly V.R.C. :md V.A.T.C. handicapper, who bus been ailing for some years, is now seriously ill. Mr Barnard is in receipt of £500 a your from the V.R.C. as a pension. This amount was passed in the boom days.
Renown had little trouble in placing the Wellington Cup to his credit, which event the son of Dreadnought won very easily by three lengths, in the fast time of 2.& V.5. Ever since the weights were first declared the Hon. J. D. Ormond's colt has been in great demand, and he was sent to the post a very warm favourite in yesterday's race.
Formula is looking and going well at Ellerslie. She was sent once round with Kuight of Athol, Motor, and St. Ona ou Tuesday, but the trio had no chance with her, for she finished fully four lengths iv front of Motor.
The V.R.C. intend making an alteration to the grandstand promenade at Flemington. It is to be widened from 25ft to 50ft, and half will be laid in tiles and half in grass. This improvement should be greatly appreciated by patrons, especially the ladies, in the wet weather.
A rather funny incident is reported to have happened at a recent suburban meeting, when a "dead 'uu" got home. The bookmaker who had the horse to lay would have made a good sum over the horse's defeat, as the animal was a strong favourite. He tells the yarn against himself that he would have made about £250, and was debating in his mind whether he would tell the man who was to have a proportion of the winnings whether he would say he had won £150 or £100, when something happened, and the horse won.
By the s.s. Wilcania, which left London on Monday, writes our London correspondant, Mr H. C. White's horse Skopos and the New Zealand bred Waiuku return to the colonies. The former is bound for Sydney, and the latter will be transhipped there for New Zealand. They are in charge of Carr, who has already made more than ten voyages with horses between this country and the Antipodes, and has invariably satisfied his employers. Owing to the New South Wales regulations, Waiuku as well as Skopo.s has had to undergo the Mallein test for glanders. England appears to be about the only country in the world where the importation of horses is absolutely unrestricted by any regulations as to their being free from disease, but we won't let any one bring a cow or sheep alive into the country at any price. Funny, isn't
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"HIPPONA'S" NOTE-BOOK., Auckland Star, Volume XXXII, Issue 19, 23 January 1901
"HIPPONA'S" NOTE-BOOK. Auckland Star, Volume XXXII, Issue 19, 23 January 1901
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