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SPORTING NOTES.

The racing season, the proposed Grand National Steeplechase meeting at Timaru excepted, being now over, sporting news is slack. The celebrities of the turf are for the most part enjoying a well-earned repose, and trainers are engaged in the tuition of those youngsters who are to figure during the coming season. Some few have made their bow to the public already in the Champagne Stakes, but there are many others in the different stables who are as yet to fame unknown. I have lately been taking a tour of inspection through the various training quarters,' and a short account of the strings, including the youngsters, may be of interest to your readers. Mr Webb and Mr Redwood have both a team in work. Pending the return of Bob Ray from Auckland, his horses have not yet been taken up. At Yaldhurst, which was the first place I visited, Parthenopcens is the only animal in regular work. He is a big powerful colt, and is as far as looks go a very great improvement on his half-sister Pungawerewere. He is engaged in most of the good things of next 'season, and being by Traducer out of Atalanta, a Towton mare that could race when in the humor, ought himself to be able to gallop a bit. We shall see this season almost for the first time how the union of Traducer with Towton mares turns out. The only cases I remember at present being those of Envy, Talisman, and Sorcerer, who were all. from Azucena. Parthenopceus has also such a strong strain of the Sir Hercules blood, which invariably runs and nicks with that of Traducer, as was recently shown in the case of Trump Card, that I should not "be surprised at his proving himself a colt of no ordinary merit. If he fulfil the expectations I have formed of him, he will be no bad sulwtitute for the game Templeton, whose racing days, considering the enormous amount of work he has done,, must be nearly over. I saw the little horse in my visit to Yaldhurst looking as well and as hearty as ever, and despite the wear and tear of four seasonu' training, he may still land the blue and white victorious in a handicap where his impost is not too heavy. Two full sisters of his are running in Mr Delamain's paddocks, and from the glimpse I had at them, are, I should say, likely to keep up the family name, the youngest particularly being, though small one of the best looking young ladies I have seen in Canterbury. In •company with the last-named nag is a yearling colt out of Miss Flat, of half-mile notoriety, by Blueboy, and the young one, though scarcely showing the quality of his companion, is not a bad sort. Further afield I came across Elfin King, now out of work, and Oberon. The latter, it twill be remembered, figured unsuccessfully in the last Champagne, when, however, he was by no means fit. From his good looks and blood, however, there should be a good race when -wanted in this colt, and what a rare bred "un he is by Traducer out of the imported .Mountain Nymph, by Sir Tatton Sykes out ■of Gizelle by Stockport. The previous foal to Oberon thrown by the old mare was Titania by Malton, and shej though a little one, has already proved herself smart over short courses. Own brothers to Oberon and Parthenopceus were also running with them, and the son of Atalanta is proportionately even a more powerful colt than his brother now in work. The Mountain Nymph colt is compact and neat. In the paddock next the house Titania and Punga were enjoying their ease with the matrons of the Yaldhurst stud. The Dunedin , Cup winner was, though of course rough, looking well, as was titania. Old Mountain Nymph, considering she was foaled in 1855, begins, as might be expected, to show age; but Belle of the Isle and Miss Flat were both in good case. Polle Farine, who has much grown since I last saw her, was running with them. Though . not a successful performer up to this time, she ought, shonldMr Delamain not put her in work again, prove successful at the stud. She is now furnished into a fine roomy mare, and her blood is undeniable. Close by her aide is a nice fißy by Traducer from Miss Flat, showing all the quality one might have expected from her aristocratic lineage. Before coming away I interviewed Blue Boy. Should Mr Delamain have any luck with this handsome son of Beadsman, he should, with the high class mares their owner possesses, prove, ; as I have before said, the cheapest Bargain at the Spreydon sale. Since Monaghan's departure, George Rowland has been in temporary charge of the Yaldhurst stable, but Mr Delamain is making arrangements for obtaining the .services of a competent trainer. By the way, my friend "Nimrod," of the Saturday jttiorrtiscr, is, as is usual with him, hard *on mc for an error which must have been patent to every one. I acknowledge my fault with reference to the pater nity of Korari; but, to foUow the example lie has set mc, may I humbly enquire of him ■who Lord Folworth is, and what is the pedigree of Liliro, who, "Nimrod" informs Iris readers, won the English Derby. lam glad to hfar that the formation of a Coursing Club in Christchurch is now an -accomplished fact. At the preliminary meeting, lately held, a committee was formed to draw up a code bf rules, to. frame a programme for a day's coursing, and communicate with the authorities to obtain leave for the same. There are even now quite enough dogs here to afford a fair day*s aport, and before next season I have every reason to.believethat several lovers of the leash intend'importing dogs from Australia and England. , I learn from the Australian papers that Hawthornden, the winner of the sensational Leger of 1870, has lately nearly succumbed to an attack of inflammation. It would have been a thousand if such a good, horse had been lost as a sire, as the prices brought for his yearlings prove the estimation in which he is held by Australian breeder*. "With the exception of Fisherman and Gang Forward, he is, I think, the highest priced horse ever imported to the colonies. By telegram I learn that the brilliant but ' in and out runner Petrarch has won for Lord Lonsdale the Ascot Cup. Skylark, whose two-year-old career was almost an unbroken succession of victories, being second, and Coomassie, a wonderfully good performer over her own distance, being third. The King Tom blood th* late Baron Rothschild so persistently stuck to is always dangerous at Ascot, and its value out here has been sufficiently guaranteed by the numerous successes of Mermaid. This additional win of Petrarch's will no doubt be gratifying to those breeders who have patronised Pro- * tomartyr and Anteros. Mr R. Richardson has disposed of Pensorcso to Mr Haasall. Pensoroso is by "Towton out of Cassandra, and is now in foal to Albany. \ hunting correspondent sends mc the following ileitis in reference to the meet at Lceston this week:—" We met at 12.30 at Loe's Hotel, the weather being rainy, and the attendance both of. riders and spectators small. We threw off at Mr Lawrence's about one o'clock, Mr F. Brittan on Frostfish acting as master for the first time, and in that capacity he gave, as was expected, every satisfaction. Only about half a dozen followed. The run led in the direction of the racecourse, and after making a circle of about seven miles, we killed in front of Mr Lawrence's house. The .going was all over grass, and the fences small The line was srlected by Mr Woodman, who deserves every credit fnr the way in which he discharged his task. This gentleman rode well forward on old Mormon, and his son and Mr Mitchell were also'well to the fore. A pedestrian accompanied the hunt, and by catting corners managed to be close up at the finish. The huntsman rode Te Kooti, and the whip Dan O'ConneU. The run, all tilings considered, was a very good one, Rob Ray arrived from Auckland per Taupo on Wednesday, bringing with him Bide-a-wee. SCTBABw

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SPORTING NOTES., Press, Volume XXVII, Issue 3720, 23 June 1877, Supplement

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