Advance made his debut on the Australian turf on Saturday in the Newmarket Handicap, in Which race, although unsuccessful, the New Zealand crack showed galloping abilities of a high order. He was apparently always in a good position and'made a great fight for victory, but the thumping impost told Its tale, and the son of Vanguard had to strike his colours to the lightly-weighted favourite. With such an immense list of entries to compile adjustments for, it almost invariably happens that one or other of the light weights 'gets thrown into the handicap, and thus we see year after year one of the bottom division carrying off the great autumn sprint. Australian turf writers opined that this would be the case this year.also, but we in New Zealand would not hear ot the defeat of our champion, and his downfall must have cost Maoriland sportsmen many thousands of pounds. We have the consolation of knowing that Advance, although beaten, was by no means disgraced.
■ The next meeting of the Avondale Jockey Club it has been decided wM take Blace at Ellerslie. The Avondale Club, which is nothing if not energetic is going J for the most extensive alterations and Siprovements at their own ground, hut owing to some quite unavoidable delays it Ss found impossible to get things ready Z the Autumn Meeting. The Auckland Racing Club was then approached, the |-^_r,sf=3S^ ___s_js^-5«£HsS the alteration of venue the Avondale Uu will be tided over a difficulty, wnin r goers will have the comfort of the big enclosure at head-quarters.
As the betting market showed Wakeful proved the "good thing tor «c get Handicap that she-was «*«*£ be, and as the daughter **!»*s£ it Insomnia was carrying a 101b penalty only goes to- show [ how Mr »^ 0 _ ald , fl estimated her ability- «r throughout, mare was with th iWK n g dl3 _ running on the ■ outtme, uu tance, after a «la«h, n r f w ß° 01 7t and won by _nd Advance she drew out threequarters of a^engtm i « gt as , Wje, viz., W6h; w"° " h case , Tije stable anticipated would be the cose «t y yrakeM night.
Pad's two-year-old now runs a long Mr steaas. iwu jw" latest success was unable to extend tne laiamnsi tuapiou. ..
There would appear to a POBSiblUty of an appeal to law in connection witn tne lord from the lady who races as Mr l-w -aids" The latter has been advl^ a"*f counsel that as the lease was purer P«sonai It consequently terminated witn tne Stt of the lessee. On the other hand the deceased sportsman's «ec*utors h*™ received an opinion exactly to tlie con S and are, therefore, un ikely to band over the colt until compelled to do so. This, as there is said to be no chance of •Mr Theobalds" relinquishing her claim to have Volodyovski returned, means the matter will have to be settled in the .law courts "'Mr Theobalds" will be remem.erea as the owner of Survivor, and no St the desire to see her colours carried to the front in the Derby, more than the mon-tary gain attached to winning, has a lot to do with the stand sihe Is taking.
As was generally anticipated, Finland tad' very little difficulty In Placing the V U.C. St. Leger to his credit. In fact tne race looked such a"moral for.the, ion of Bill of Portland that only two hotses w*re found willing to come out against him. J-ne time taken 5 for the 1? miles compares favourably with that recorded by Jf™™ and Parthian, but is slower than was registered by The Officer and Bobadil. it is thirty "six years since the annua contest for the Red Ribbon of the .ictorian turf ■was inaugurated, the late Hon. J. White Wlnn'ng it six times..
The result of the Anniversary Handicap iat Wingatul came as-somewhat of asnrpriae on Saturday. Pampero was elected favourite, but Strathuairn was so well backed that he was very little behind in tbe' quotations. Neither, however, succeeded, in. filling a place, the winner tuinhig up In Mr J. McKewan's Nihilist, the son of Stepniak running home half a length la front of! Cameo, after a fine finish, while the ex-Aucklander Hermosa was three lengths further away.
The American stallion, Kingston, who Is 17 years bid, was recently lusured for the large aiim of .£15,000. Kingston, who is the she of Ballyhoo Bey'and King's Courier, -Was on: the turf, nine years, and during that time ran in 138 races, only flnl_hin_ ' out of a place four times. His stake winnings totalled just short of £28,000.*
The biggest weight yet successfully carried in a Newmarket Handicap is »•<*. which was the impost Bungebah ran home with in 1891.
The V.R.C. will continue their Autumn Meeting at Flemington to-morrow, when the principal event run will be the Champion Stakes, over 3 miles. There are several conditions attached to the race, one being that unless the race is run in 5m 455, or under, the«added money will be reduced to 500sovs, and the second and third money to 150 and 75sovs respectivelyr but the stewards, having regard to the state of the course, may, if they think fit, at any time up to one hour before the time fixed for starting, vary or alter the conditions as to the time within which the race is to be run. At present there are fourteen engaged, among them being Advance. 1 fancy the winner will come from La Carabine, Finland or Maltster, and as the firstnamed is such a splendid stayer she should just about win.
What a nailing good mare Mr W. H. Mate possesses in Fulminate. Only the other day she made a runaway race of it in the Challenge Stakes at Sydney, carrying 9.0, and now she has only just been defeated by a light weight in the Newmarket Handicap, when carrying the welter weight of _.10. Truly the honours of the race rest with the daughter of Gossoon and Percussion, for she was equal to finishing in front of Advance, although at weight for age sho was meeting our crack with a little the worst of the deal. The Welshmen supported the brown mare most loyally, and must have been heavily hit in consequence.
The Auckland horses who completed at the Thames meeting on Monday last did not by any means have a good time, for 1 notice, with the exception of Balbirnie's win in the Maiden Plate, the other events on the programme were annexed by local and country representatives.
According to some of the critics this sea. son's English three-year-olds are v very moderate lot. As two-year-olds they were continually turning the tables on one another, and, as racing men know, that, as a rule, points to all-round mediocrity more than anything else. However, In England, as in the colonies, it is usual to take a. pessimistic view with regard to the three-year-olds at the commencement of the season, and then later on proclaim one of the number "a wonder—best seeu out for years."
There was a great scene of excitement at Flemington at the finish of the Newmarket Handicap. It rarely happens that intercolonial feeling runs so high as was the case this year. Victoria to a man went for Wakeful, New South Wales was solid behind Fulminate, while New Zealanders had gone for the gloves on Advance. When these three representative horses were seen to be desperately fighting out the issue the hoarse roar from the excited crowd was simply tremendous, and recalled the wonderful scene on the same ground when that public idol, Carbine, proved victorious in the Melbourne Cup with the record weight and in record time.
Although Lady Howitzer was made a scorching hot favourite for the Welcome Stakes, run at the Otahuhu T.C. meeting last Saturday, she was never able to foot it with Certain, who, from a good start, made all the running, and won with the greatest of ease by four lengths.
The Dunedin Jockey Club has no reason to feel dissatisfied with the result of the Autumn meeting. The sport was very good throughout, while speculation proved brisk, the sum of £18,387 going through the totalisator as against £16,931 for the corresponding meeting last year. The presence of some of the Indian troops proved an additional attraction on the concluding day, when the attendance was very largeand altogether the meeting may, be summed up as a most distinct success.
Once gain has La Carabine proved what a wonderfully good mare she Is over a distance. Ia the Essendon Stakes on Saturday the daughter of Carbine and Orotava was found equal to putting down at weight for age the Melbourne Cup winner Clean Sweep, and the Derby winner, Malster. Sir Rupert Clarke without doubt possesses a champion in the chestnut of no mean order. It is somewhat curious to find that the two best equlnes in Australia today are both mares, La Carabine being the long distance crack, while Fulminate is easily the best of the sprinters.
Balbirnie appears to be showing considerable improvement in form of late, for utter many disappointments, she somewhat easily placed the Maiden Plate to her credit at the Rotorua races last week. At the Thames meeting on Monday she accounted for the Maiden Plate, and in the Miners' Union Handicap she was only just beaten by Moment. Later on In the day the daughter of St. Leger was sent out to compete In the Railway Handicap, but again the little chestnut mare had to put up with second place to Highlander.
Clean Sweep's withdrawal from the Australian Cup was am unpleasant surprise for backers, says th. Sydney "Referee," and as there is nothing wrong with him, must be taken to mean that his owner has an eye on the Sydney Cup, in which the black colt has 8.7—0r 21b less than he
weighted at for next Tuesday's race. Good three-year-olds generally play v prom ;. part in the Sydney Cup, and as five of that age have won with Sst or over, it cannot be said that Clean Sweep has anything approaching a prohibitive weight. Another Victorian evidently In reserve for this side is Aurous, who is engaged in both our big events. It has been given -out that an Injury to one of her legs caused her retirement from the Newmarket, but even if the trouble is sufficiently serious to prevent 'her taking part at the V.R.C. meeting,, shb will have plenty of time to recover before the Done-aster Handicap. Aurous beat Maltster very easily In the Caulfield Futurity, and the style In which the latter won the St. George Stakes on Saturday considerably enhanced the value of the form, displayed by Mr Macdonald's filly, who has ouly 6.13 in the Doncaster. Handicap. "Last year a three-year-old, Sequence, just missed with 8.5, and the two previous years It was won by horses of that age—namely. Vigorous, 7.8, and Syerla, 7.2.
The Victorian Amateur Turf Club came out a long way on the wrong side of the ledger over their recent Autumn Meeting, which was held at Caulfield last month. It is stated that their loss will be quite £2000, for in acceptances and forfeits alone they received £500 less tUan last year.
According to a writer in an exchange recently received from America, many changes and improvements are said fo be scheduled for the Tanforan. track of the San Francisco Jockey Club. One of the most Important feature, is the building of fifteen to twenty cottages during next summer for the convenience of horsemen. These cottages will i.c located just outside fhe grounds, and can be purchased or rented for a percentage of cost. In this village of cottages will be a clubhouse for owners, trainers, and the older jockeys, with amusements, such as ten-pin alleys, billiards, rifle galleries, aud other pastimes. There will be a trap shooting ground, and twice a week a meet of hounds, so that those who wish to take a drag and fences can do go. For . the younger element there will be n schoolhouse and teacher. It is believed, and very reasonably, that such surroundings will eventually make for a great advance along the line of the turf's best interests. All will be brought to a higher level, and the force of such association must have Its due effect. It is a step in the right direction, and Prince Ponlatowskt, president of the club, Who is personally responsible for It, deserves the highest credit.
The late Duke of Westminster and the Duke of Portland are the only two owners who have had three horses that have wo« as much as £20,000, and King Edward VII., with the brothers Persimmon and Diamond Jubilee, can claim two, while It Is very probable that by the end* of the next season Diamond Jubilee will have reached the total of Flying Fox (£40,000), even If he does not approach the commanding figure, of Isinglass (£54,935) and Donovan (£57,285).-
Old Levanter has been put to hurdle racing again in England, and I notice that the ex-Aucklander ran third in the Sandown Spring Hurdles last week. At one time Levanter was fairly good over the small sticks, and It is probably with the idea of making him faster over his fences in steeplechases that the son of Captivator is being raced among the hurdlers.
A Sydney exchange states that the exAuckland owned jumper Volcano wa_ sold recently to a patron of P. Nolan's stable. The Torpedo gelding Is reported to be doing good work on the track.
In another column will be found the full programme of the Lake Takapuna Racing Club's annual race meeting, to be held in Mackay's Paddock on Saturday, 23rd March. Since this club neid their meetings 'under Metropolitan rules they haye been well carried out, and a chance has been given to horses which are not quite class enough to win races on larger courses. Arrangements have been made to run special steamers and 'buses, the return fare being fixed at 1/. Mr H. G. Grinlinton, the hon. secretary, will be at his office, Victoria Road, North Shore, on Tuesday, 12th March, to receive nominations.
The South Auckland Racing Club will hold their annual race meeting at Claudelands, Hamilton, on Saturday next. Very good fields are engaged in the various events, and Some good racing should be witnessed. The trip up the line is always an enjoyable one, and providing the weather holds fine there is sure to be a large number of Aucklanders attend the gathering.
The result of the Australian Cup came somewhat as a surprise to Aucklanders yesterday evening, for it was generally expected that Advance or Finland would be found- equal to scoring* in the long distance race. ' The winner, however, turned up in Dreamland, an aged horse by Trenton from Nightmare, who has a very poor record opposite his name. As a two-vear-old he distinguished himself by winning the Maribyrnong Plate in 1893 in good style, and afterwards he completely lost his form. He, however, showed a good turn of speed in yesterday's race, for the time given. 3.sS*i, is the fastest time the event has been run in.
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HIPPONA'S NOTE-BOOK., Auckland Star, Volume XXXII, Issue 55, 6 March 1901
HIPPONA'S NOTE-BOOK. Auckland Star, Volume XXXII, Issue 55, 6 March 1901
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