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TURF NOTES.

I ' (By WHALEBONE.) Advices from Tasmania state that ilfe " eluded among the large number of item* b on the agenda paper for the annual r Labour Conference at Launceston « > that bookmaking on liorseracing.. an( j • r other sport be legalised in Tasmania ' The proposal is likely to receive a large 1 measure of support. a 3 A well-informed London sportinj 1 writer states that The Turk 11, who was f second to Troytown in the recent Liver--2 pool Grand National Steeplechase, was 1 at one time in a livery stable, and was - let out at £2 a day as a hunter. H e ) should certainly have been a safe mount, f To the list of game riners add Harry J iHyland, who piloted Uiandra in the 1 recent Albury Cup, sa3's a Sydney writer. > The distance was a mile and three fur--1 i longs, and when about half-nay lUlandra * was bumped heavily on to the rail; ' 'breaking the rider's leg. Hyland stuck t to hie job, and after one of the best 1 finishes seen on the cour s e won by a 1 head. He had to be lifted from the 3 saddle and carried in. There is an extremely strong feeling '' among Xew South Wales trainers that ' 'the metropolitan registered clubs should " ' substantially increase their prizeI ' money and the matter is discussed at j every opportunity. Invariably com- , i parisons are flrawn between these * ' bodies and those in other states. As an • example it i≤ pointed out that at Eagle I [ Farm, Brisbane, where the average \ I attendance i-i tSCOO per.-ons, a sum of " I £1880 a day is given in prizes. Apart from the inadequate pr ze money, it is explained that the cost of racing to the owner and the trainer has been considerably increased. One trainer in voicing his protest against the practice which obtains in some quarters of not defraying the railway freight on horses ; and lof indVectly charging admittance for I the boy who leads a horse on to the (• j course, caustically remarked: "It ie the~ I only case I have ever heard where the '. actor in the play has to pay before h* 3 can take his part." "Without the f horses," he added, "the curtain on the B equine drama could not be lifted." 3 Late London files bring particulars of. ' the first defeat of Tetratema, which Sir 1 E;. HuKon's Silvern, a colt by Polymeltus 1 from Silver Fowl, 'brought about ia the Oreenham Stakes. There were ten run* ■ ners, and while Tetratema went out oddi } on, the winner was second favourite. The 1 race is thus briefly described: "As soon ' as they could fee seen in the bad light, s Tetratema was leading in front of Alder- • sey, Silvern, Attilius, Charles Surface, - and Marcia Blanche. Half way Silvern - became, second in front of Marcla ' Blanche, Charles Surface, and Aldersey. f A furlong and a-half from home Silvern ' 1 went to the front and quickly established a clear lead. Inside the distance 1 Tetratema came again, but could never ■ overhaul the other, which won by half a length." The result caused a serisa? tion. Tetratema's defeat was said to be ■ due to the colt changing his legs about I a furlong from home, and sprawling. 1 The ground was heavy, and the winner 1 occupied 1.48 2-5 covering the straight > mile.. • • " '••'''.''■-% The success of Troytown splendidly . vindicated Mr. J. "Anthony's high , opinion of Major Gerrard's big hone I from the first time he threw a leg I across 'him, says an English writer. It 'was the famous amateur's third success in the Grand National, his previous winners being Glenslde and Ally Sloper. Mr. Anthony's first description "of Troytown was that he was more of a steam engine than a racehorse) and only recently he told the writer that he had gone fast in, . ■ flying machines, but no faster than Troytown carries him over some fences. Asked after the race if the winner is an easy horse to ride, Mr. Anthony stated that the son of Zria is, the hardest horse he has ever been on.to hold together, so hard does he pull. "My arms are fairly numbed," he said, when "he got iT)ack into the jockeys' room. "Still, he |can jump, and the "leap he made at pßecherV fairly put the -wind wp mc." jTroytown made two bad mistakes, the j worst five furlongs from home, where jThe Bore went by him, but the latter j could not sustain his effort, being » j beaten horse. I An unfortunate and quite unintentional scratching of the three-year-old Southern out of all engagements in England, is providing a topic of discussion. The idea i was to strike out a two-year-old named The stewards" of the jockey club, who have decided that the scratching must hold good, have been subjected to some criticism, but we gather, says an exchange, that the owner of the colt, Sir ■Abe Bailey, though surprised at the error, agrees with the official rulkig. One point however, which may strike the "layman is that the fact that Southern is still alive, while the animal struck out was stated to be dead, makes it obvious that the whole thins was a mistake. I wish the Jockey Club was insistent over all its rules and regulations, continues the writer. Why does it allow owners to still use assumed names when entering and running horses? Why are jockeys allowed to bet? Why is doping winked at? And why is no notice taken when horses are started ."or a race witnout any intention of winning it? These things are done every week. In some quarters, members of committees of race clubs are envied for the positions they occupy, but those who do so have in many instances only the faintest idea of the duties devolving upon the office, comments a Sydney writer. The average eommitteeman has ?nough routine work to involve the exoenditure of much valuable time, even 1 it entailed nothing else, but he has ilso to undergo the worry of the nianv )ests who desire to have persons freel rom penalties the moment they are im>osed. Race clubs install stipendiary itewards at considerable expense in order a they shall use their expert knowedge to free the sport from its fcnmritu*, but the moment an offender U ff 1, ?^ handed - oommitteemen are "Uttonholed tor the removal of the era--argo. The greater the offence the more ympathy appears to be expressed for he culpnt Xo matter how heinous the r mc may be, d committed on the raceourse there are always influential ympathisers prepared to besmirch their I hy ""° rkin S in the toesserts , s not apparent. Promoters of lov T,", g ; S a , nd those whom they emffai'r. Th left *,° manage °™ \XTi 1 y Pay hands omelv for the ignt to do so, and are the best judges.

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TURF NOTES., Auckland Star, Volume LI, Issue 140, 12 June 1920

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TURF NOTES. Auckland Star, Volume LI, Issue 140, 12 June 1920

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