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(By WHALEBONE.) The third Trotting Derby in West Australia will be held on December 26. Only State-bred horses are eligible. There are fourteen engaged, and five of them are These will receive a concession of 7 seconds to -he mile from the pacers. According to English writers, matters In connection with the English Turf badly want improvipg. Says one: It is •«_ to be hoped the Jockey Club will make different and more adequate arrangements to cope with _h e crowd at Newmarket which may be expected to witness the Cambridgeshire. The scenes on the Cesarewitch day were a scandal and provided painful evidence of an utter ,-ick of foresight and business capacity. Good old red tape! We certainly look to the headquarters of the Turf for _t- ; ample if not precept. The spectacle of the Jockey Club catechising other meetings before it has put its own house in order reminds us of " Satan rerbuking sin." The most -pleaeant feature of the October 2 "meeting was the three successes of the King, which brought forth cheers "three times three," the final appropriately being, on the occasion of Viceroy -winning the' Royal Stakes. But that -which is likely to concern Turf history the more was the complete and polished success of Tetratema in the Middle Park Plate, Bays an English writer. Never have >we seen & more striking performance by a two-year-old, and without hesitation .re are convinced that here is a son superior *_- his sire, even though that sire be the _.______ ted Tetrarch. The yo_ng_ter_; action was not alone rhythmical perfection, btrfc |t was combined with- electrical speed, which made hacks of his four opponents, two of. ■whom were winners in Southern and Swynburn. The performance "once and for all placed criticism out of joint, decapitated the captious calumniators and pessimists alike, leaving a unanimous opinion behind, namely, that Tetratema was not alone t_e best colt of his age, but a marvel. He is of better mould than The Tetrarch, while bis -boulders and feet are perfect, •which, was not so with his sire. In brief, he is The Tetrarch refined. Says an English writer: Nobody knows precisely how good Tetratema is, perhaps not even Mr. "Atty" Persse himself. Some enthusiast accepted a bet of 600 to 100 about him for 'next year's Derby. We should have thought..the bitterness experienced by those people who became worshippers of The Tetrarch would have imposed a spirit of caution. Perhaps it is a case of fools stepping in where angels fear to tread. There is ait idea that the. stock of The Tetrarch will not stay, or at any rate train on. There are few better judges than Sir Charles Nugent, and he ridicules any such farfetched theories. He has had a few "Tettrarchs" through bis bands so be to know. ' Thus a writer in an English exchange: We bave probably seen the last on a racecourse of one of the greatest "bogys" of modern times in The Panther. How anybody—and there were a few of the knuts among these—could back him to beat Buchan after -what we had seen of him since he landed the Two Thousand guineas passes comprehension. But they did, and there you are. Buchan for the Champion Stakes was one of the best 2 to 1 chances you have ever seen. 'Th c Panther, which will be probably known as flhe " £40,000 racehorse," see- • ing tbat is the reserve which bis owner once placed on him, represents an equine enigma, though there have, been other cases similar to his. An unfortunate stable viec, which be developed, has had a good deal to do with his deterioration. Writing of the question oi the introduction of the "tote" into England, an English writer pens the following:— "We have very good reason for believing that the question of the totali__-or system of .wagering will again lo_m up on a (big scale in England. Those who favour its introduction are more enthusiastic workers than the many experienced men who are dead opposed to the "infernal machine." The "parimutueV" advocates will, -we think, find a substantial 'backing from a, t>ig section of what we may term tbe lay Preas— influential general and weekly newspapers, the editors of which clearly give the office to Government officials. Now these editors are often verjr "dangerous, for a specious tale would cause them to butt in on a subject -wihi-h they understand so little. Remarkably few editors—and only one or two newspaper proprietors —are racing enthusiasts and | students. Those who do know racing, and are connected with the journals m a sporting capacity are too often thought to be prejudiced in favour of existing armngem-nts in the conduct of the Turf. It would only require the big battalions of the Press to be levelled against Government officials to cause them to "stt np and take notic.*' cf the tote. We believe that one of the main reasons why _fS-ial--m has looked askance at 'it in tbe past is » sort of ignorance of wbat the system rea-tv is. They have, ranked it among "lotteries," and the _f_n_enfo__-ist conscience has therefore been shocked at the very iie*.

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TURF NOTES., Auckland Star, Volume L, Issue 306, 27 December 1919

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TURF NOTES. Auckland Star, Volume L, Issue 306, 27 December 1919