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COMING TO HAND Desert Victory is training on satisfactorily for the Avonhead Hack Handicap at • Riccarton next Saturday. Mr. E. B. Rawling's New Battle —Helen Gold gelding, now rising four years, did not win a race this season while trained by H. Dulieu for Mr. M. J. Moodabe, but he recorded five seconds and two fourths in eight starts.

NOT GOING SOUTH Dunvegan, a hunter in Mrs. Campbell's stable, was nominated for the minor steeplechase on the second day of the Grand National meeting, but will not make the trip. He is to contest the Hunt Cup at the combined hunt meeting at Hastings, and after his promising second to Valky's Boy at Manawatu or> a short preparation he will be one of the fancied candidates.

A LIKEIiY JUMPER There have been occasions when Te Ranui showed quite a lot of promise in highwelght and hack distance events, and the Lord Hastings gelding made an excellent showing in the role of hurdler at Awapuni. His sire did not race, but he is well bred, being by Lord Quex from the Arbitration mare Miss Hastings, which was a winner in the hurdling branch. Further, he is an elder half-brother to Hasten.

QUICK RECOVERY Patu-Ra, which pulled up lame after running third in the Hunters' Plate at the hunt meeting at Washdyke on Saturday, was all right after cooling out, according to advice received by the owner, Mr. S. J. Newland, Wellington. Patu-Ra is to resume hurdle racing at the Grand National meeting, where he has engagements in the hack events. He will be ridden by C. A. Bowry. .

UNLUCKY AT.AWAPUNI Purchased some little time ago by Mr. W O Williams, of Taranaki, Scarteen was a 'trifle unlucky not to run the winner of the Ladies' Bracelet much closer at Awapuni last Saturday week. He was very wide out turning for home, and had a lot of ground to make up over the last fhree flirlongs. By Shambles, he Is from he Clarencelux mare Quality, thus a halfbrother to that good performer of a few years ago Vintage, winner of the Wellington Cup under 9.9.

ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS CHARLIE (Westmere). —Atoma did not start in the Flying Hack at Awapum on July 21,

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TOPICAL COMMENT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 180, 1 August 1945

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TOPICAL COMMENT Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 180, 1 August 1945

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