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(By WHALEBONE.) Pharos Las been retired to the stud. The Victorian trainer James Scobie is off to England. Apparently the veteran is not afraid of the sea, for in the last two years lie has had two memorable bouts with. it. First of all, when making the Christmas trip to Perth, in 1923, he slipped when unshipping his horses, and broke one of his legs. It took some months to mend, and no sooner was it sound again than the veteran went down in a storm on the way to Sydney, broke the leg again, and was laid up for some months. Scobie has booked his passage for next March. His son Norman is training successfully in England, one of his patrons being Sir Charles Hyde. At different periods Alexandra Park has been the happy hunting ground of various jockeys (saya an English writer). At one time Charles Wood used to ride a good percentage of winners on the peculiarly shaped Muswell Hill course. In later years, followers of Danny Maher experienced many succeseful afternoons here, while even later Donoghue was the jockey to shine. The successor to the riders named would seem to be Gordon Richards, who at the two most recent meetings has won no fewer than seven events as the result of ten rides. Richards had then made secure his position at the head of the winning jockeys' table. Mr. A. K. Macomber is certainly in luck's way at the moment. He won the Cesarewitch with Forseti, while «. fortnight later (remarks an English writer) he completed a remarkable double through the good offices of Masked Marvel. The last owner to record such a double was the late Mr. J. Hammond, whose successful horses were St. Gatien and Florence, and fortyone years have passed since the victories of this celebrated pair were recorded. The last French horse to win the Cambridgeshire was Plaisanterie, ■ who also won the Cesarewitch in the same year. Mr. Macomber has big interests in the American oil industry, and races on a very large scale. W. McLachlan, jun., who was Masked Marvel's rider in the Cambridgeshire, is one of the numerous Australian-born jockeys who have distinguished themselves in England (says " Sporting Life.") He rapidly came to the front when opportunities came his way, and was soon regarded as one of the most capable of the lightweights. Last spring he recorded a somewhat noteworthy feat when ho won the Great Metropolitan on Kwannon and the City and Suburban on Ulula in the same week. Sam Darling, who was, as trainer, associated with Masked Marvel's success, is brother to Fred Darling, trainer of Manna, and son of the late Sam Darling, who had charge of Galtee More, Ard Patrick, and other good horses. Big things are expected of Conquistador after his runaway success* in the Hastings Plate at NewmaTket in April, and he started second favourite for the Derby without, however, running as well as his connections expected (says "Sporting Life"). The big chestnut subsequently developed hard-pulling habits, as was seen by the way he performed at Doncaster. At Newmarket on October 17 Conquistador did nothing wrong when making every post a winning one in the Royal Stakes, and neither Warden of the Marches nor Saucy Sue could live • with him. Weston, his jockey, afterwards told the Hon. G. Lambton that the son of Stedfast was nothing like so impetuous as : in some of his previous racee, and he appears to have settled down. When. Mr. G. W. Smith, a well-known North of England bookmaker who traded as George Drake, died in July la,st, it was generally assumed that he was worth something approaching seven figures—in fact, lie was often referred to, in the loose phraseology of our time, as the millionaire bookmaker. Actually, his estate has been valued for probate at just over £131,000. At least five other bookmakers have died worth more than this sum. They are Mr. George Herrin" (£1,371,152), Mr. J. Pickersgill (£746,459), Mr. Wm. Peech (£533,699), Mr. George Cooper (£288,519), and "Parson Williams" (£163,514). Mr. Pickersgill and Mr. Peech were also Yorkshireman. Mr. Peech, when he died, was connected with a famous Sheffield steel firm, and Mr. Herring derived his money very largely from outside sources. One' of the most gruesome accidents that ever occurred at Randwick took place last week just as all the galloping was concluded. After executing pace work on the cinder track, Passing Shadow, a two-year-old gelding by Shadowland trained by Russ. Brennan, stumbled and fell. After regaining his feet he commenced to career along the "magpie" track riderless, and while so doing broke his fetlock. He then collided with the fence which divides the "magpie" from the cinders, and was impaled. The poor wretch lay prone on the cinders writhing in agony with a gaping wound in his chest and another between his hind legs. Nothing could be done to save the animal's life, and a friendly bullet from the hand of Mr. P. Johnston, track manager, put an end to the youngster's agony. The death occurred recently in New York, from colic, of Mr. W. R. Coe's stallion, The Finn (13 years), by Ogdcn —Livonia, which was a remarkably successful racehorse and stallion. He headed the list of winning stallions in 1923 with 15 winners of 23 races value 250,380 dollars. In 3923 thirteen yearling 3by The Finn which were sold at public auction averaged 5023 dollars, and he was the sire of the celebrated Zev, who defeated Papyrus in the international match at Belmont Park. In Januory, 1923, Mr. W. R. Coe bought The Finn from his joint owners. Messrs. J. E. Madden and B. B. and Montford Jones, for 110,000 dollars, but [Was completed before Zey had entered iis outstanding scries of performances. The Finn took part in fifty races in four seasons, winning nineteen and beins placed in sixteen others. When a two"-year-old the son of Ogden was sold to Mr. Louis Winans, who intended racin» him in England, but shortly after the deal The Finn, was competing in the Futurity Stakes when he was bored oi: to a fence and badly damaged, and by i mutual consent the sale was cancelled* It remembered that in 1917 Mr. W. R. Coe bought all the yearlings al Sledmere. The Finn was insured foi 1 £30,000.

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TURF NOTES., Auckland Star, Volume LVI, Issue 300, 19 December 1925

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TURF NOTES. Auckland Star, Volume LVI, Issue 300, 19 December 1925