(By WHAUEBOXE.) , James Scobie's claim that Katiga is the beet bit of horseflesh for her inches that Australia ha 6 ever seen is contested by another Flemington trainer, J. Fielder, who asserts that the daughter of Eye Glace is not comparable with either Fitzroy or Cinder Ellen. With I Fitzroy, Fielder won seven or eight 14.1 ' pony races in Sydney. The little »on ot , Russley finished fifth (behind Ayrshire, . Battalion, Aurum, and Wart-a-J>it) in i the Australian Cup of 1898, and in the 1 following Spring he carried 7.11 to vie- ' tory in the A.J.C. Final Handicap, one and aquarter miles. Cinder Ellen (Trenton —Cinderella) finished eecond to Lieutenant in the V.A.T.C. Windsor Handicap of 1886. Her rider (J. 6mrth) made his run too late on that occasion. Just afterwards Cinder Ellen (8.8) suifered defeat by half-a-head in the V.R.C. Van Yean Sta'kee, the winner toeing no lees distinguished a performer than Merman (9.3). Thie time Smith took the mare to the front at the abattoire, and she failed in the last etride. Whenehe came into -the possession of 'Mr. F. W. Purches, Cinder Ellen was successful in the V.B.C. Autumn 'Handica-p, of one mile and five furlongs. Fielder declares that there was never any question of Fitzroy and Cinder Ellen toeing able to pass the 14.2 standard. In hie opinion the performance of Cinder Ellen in rUßiiing Merman to a head placed her in » class above any Ketiga is likely to attain. Merman won the Willianletown Cup, and was purchased at a high figure by Mre. Lily Langtry (afterwards Lady de Bathe). Merman proved himself the greatest long-distance racehorse in England. James Woodburn, the famous English jockey, died recently in a. London infirmary. He wae S"J yeare of age, and leaves one daughter. In the 'eighties and early 'nineties Woodfcurn was on* of the most prominent jockeys in England. He could go to scale aW light weight, and consequently hie service* ■were in great demand. He eerved hie apprenticeship with Sanderson, at Hambledon, and at the age of eighteen, when he only weighed cix stone, wa* first jockey to the stable. ' He had * good average number of ■winners every year, but his best season was 1889, when he won the One Thousand Guineae on I Minthe. and the Oaks on L'Atobeeee de I Jouarre. The same year he won the i Royal Hunt Cup on Dog Rose, aiid the Liverpool Autumn Cup on Philomel. Woodburn never had the good fortune to ride the winner of the Cesarewitch or the Cambridgeshire, but on Tonans, in the last-named race in 1883, he finished only a neck behind the famous Bendigo, about whose merits so little was known then that he wag allowed to start at 50 to 1. The neareet Wood'burn got to winning the Derby was when 'he finished eecond on Gouverneur. His light weight was against him in the classic races, ac owners naturally hesitated about engaging him when it meant putting up two stone or more deadweight. He, however, rode many winners of big handicaps, notably the Lincolnshire Handicap on Fulmeh and Lord George, the City and Suburban on Fullertoii, the Manchester Cup on Baimbraland Shanorotna, the Ascot Stakes on Belinda, the „ Royal Hunt Cup on Sweetbread, the Stewards' Cup on Dog Rose, the Ebor Handicap on Buccaneer, and the Liverpool Autumn Cup on Philomel and Piraeus. In commenting on the prospects for the next English Derby, an English writer singles out Tetrateina and Sir Galahad ac the most likely pair, and says Tetratcma has simply marvellous speed, and he has better legs than any of the previous good horees got by The Tetrarch. There is indeed no fear of hie standing a reasonable amount of training, and if 'he can get a mile next i year he would be pretty sure to beat i anything else, but wonderful sprinter* do not alwaye stay, and I do not think that Tetratema has altogether the prae» pect of style and character of a great three-year-old of good Derby clase. Hie pedigree, however, is a grand one, for ie his dam Scotch Gift there ia Hampton at the top through Ayrshire, and at the bottom through Devonshire Lase, with Kt. Simon twice in the middle, and a j third through Atalanta (th« I dam of -Ayrshire), with The Palmer, I Scottish Chief, and Hermit making up the remainder. Then his sire The Tetrarch requires no foueh. Priric* Galahad is a much finer horse, and, ia my opinion, is far and away the gTandpst two-year-old of the year in style and character. He is a chestnut Bon of Prince Palatine out of Decagone, which only ran twice, and created a deep impression in the minds of all good judges each time. At Ascot he was backward and unfurnished, and though he only had Fiddle-de-dee and Pelops to beat he could do no more than win with th* greatest ease, and just at that time both Fiddle-de-dee and Pelops could gallop fast enough to tickle up anything that was not in good racing trim. After that the "Prince" wont amiss, and could not run before the Dewhurst Plate, which he won very easily from Orpheus, etc. Xow I saw this seven-furlong race from a hundred yards or- so the stand fide of the Buehes, where it was clear enough that Prince Galahad had hie opponents all strung out and the race completely at his mercy as they passed mc, and he was raci.ng with great," long strides and with 'beautiful smooth action without being fully extended. The opinion I formed was that he was one of the best two-year-olde and one of the best style of "two-year-olds I had seen for a long time, and nothing but accident or illness can prevent his growing into a very three-yonr-old indeed. Xow that the Jockey Club has put the Bloodstock Breeders' Association in ita place, says an English writer, it ie not for roe to write any more on that subject, except to say that all sportsmen who have practical knowledge of the I question will be glad to note that the I Totalisator project has been deemed un- ! worthy of mention, while its corollary, the amalgamation of racecourses, has been practically "turned down." The new proposals seem to be all on tho right line, though some of them may press too hard on small but long-estab-I li*hed meetings, and it should never bi- ! forgotten that but for Sandow Park and the other Park meetings which followed in its wake there would have been ; no racing at all at the present day with|in easy distance of London. These are proprietary meetings, no doubt, but they would never hare been established at all had they not been proprietary.
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TURF NOTES., Auckland Star, Volume LI, Issue 51, 28 February 1920
TURF NOTES. Auckland Star, Volume LI, Issue 51, 28 February 1920
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