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SPORTING.

[TUB* JOTTINOB, BY VIGILANT.] The programme of the Wellington Raoing Club has own pnblithed, but, I i egret to say, has not ehoitod very favourable comment. So far as I can learn, the general opinion is that, as the olub could not afford to make the added money larger, it would have been better to have had the usual one day's mooting, and given about JHSO in stakes. ThecaviUerssaythatnow-a-days.(J3o and .£4O prizes are quite out of duteatany but oonntry meetings. For my own part, I think the programme a fairly liberal one, oonsidoring the difficulties tho Club are labouring under, and I have no doubt, with the favourable conditions as to nomination fees, it will attract a euffloiont number of horses to make (rood sport. I hear that the Wellington Jockey Club do not intend to issue their spring programme for some time. If the officials of the new Club had beard tho remarks made to me during the past week on the proposition to have their races on the same days as the Racing Olub'B, they would, I am sure, at once abandon the idea. Several of their own members have told me that if it is persisted in, they will withdraw their names from membership. A little reflection will show those who are advooating the out-throat game that the mere faot that it will prevent the large body of regular raoe-goers from seeing both meetings is sure to exaite any amonnt of discontent. I read in a Wanganni papor the other day » notioe of motion to be brought forward at ar aorly meeting of the Wanganui Jookey Club, to the effeot that all entries and nominations must be in the secretary's hands on 'the day of closing, no late latters with poat■mark« of the right day being accepter). It is quite time this was made the rale all over dthe oolony. The aooeptanoe of entries the •day after the stakos are closed, under any fliroumstanoss whatever, only open* the doorto fraud, and should be done away with. The institution of a Tattersalrs ;Club in Wellington is a step in the right direction, and will give an impetus to sport. There are many matters conneoted with raoing, outside the province of the regular olubs, whioh require settlement by some recognised tribunal, and if a Tattersall's Club ia properly conducted it can do muoh to make tilings go smoothly. Another useful purpose they serve ia that they afford a legitimate sphere for carrying on many of the proceedings accessory to raoe meetings, which, when carried on in a hotel or other public place, are illegal. I expect to see the new olub at onoo enrol a long list of members. An interesting description of the New 2«ftland Stud Company's park and stook Appears in the Australasian of the 19th nit. JFrom this I learn that the yearling filly by Musket out of Sylvia, consequently fall sister to Martini-Henry, has hurt her stifle, find it is doubtful whether she will ever trace. The stallion Anteros is also said to be " a bit of a wreak,' ' although the writer says lie believes the son of Loiterer and Aarasta will yet turn out a trump card for the Company. The rumour of the break-up of the aompany ia explained in the way I suggested some weeks ago, namely, that it is likely the obnoxious Bheep and cattle element will be eliminated, and the company carried on as in the days when it was known as "The Auokland Stud Company." "Augur" has finished his review of the Melbourne Cup candidates. "Liverpool," he says, " should have had a few pounds tnore; for he is a muoh better horse than Egkatos, yet I am glad that one of the New Zealanders is leniently treated, and I hope •we shall see him measuring strides with our Australian horses next spring. Liverpool is a son of King of Clubs and Idalia, the dam of Sir Modred ; he therefore belongs to good families on both sides." Aa to the result of the review, he givea the .following 3o as the bert upon paper: — Le Grand, Plunger, [Sweet William, Warwiok, Bristol, Despot, First Demon. Garfield, fiargo, Vergy, Ned o' the Hills, Wing, Wallangra, The Broker, Bonnie Bee, Pangonini, Plausible, Signor, B>heet Anchor, The Agent, Rufue, The Maid, Too Too, Mentmore, Cfopola, Bend Or, Anchorite, Liverpoool, Seahorse, and Tomboy. Why Augur leaves oat Jf&rtini Henry when he has expressed the opinion that the only time Musket's son was fit lost season was in the spring, when he oarried all bofore him. I do not know. In the Australasian of the 19th, the day of the Viotonan Grand National meeting, appoirs a list of "doubles" taken on the .Hurdles and Steeplechase. As usual, the tookmakars appear to have had the best of the betting, Chippenham, the winner of the Grand National Steeplechase not being mentioned. . It is a oommon saying that racing is a sinner's game, but it is a curiouß faot that >t Home just at present the big prizes of the '*-M are falling to the saints, bt. Simon win.' ib* Ascot and Goodwood Cups; St. Gatian' nnu dead heat for the Derby this year a St. Blaise won it outright last £„,._'. sji. Mt&urd ajao runs second for tho Two'ThJusaN CiiinW. It may be added that anXr >**•/ Tristan has figured at varioV »»«* »" «» ™ tor ° f almost all the big •<•&»• «"»» & ]%?s*s• If this goes on, it *^ »» «» B ?.« W luok ? to give horses the naiN» «< «* hol y roen of ° It is oourious faot t^* Ms 1 IW the three horses generally oontW«™d td bfl the best thrte-year-olds in Eng.\nd were not qualified to run for the Deri>7- I m ean SooUFree, Busybody, and St. Si/awn- The two, former were not entered, ana *he lastnamed who would have won it to a ob*r tainty had he been allowed to start, was dit'qnalin>d by the death of his nominator. A«st year Border Minstrel, generally admitted to be the best throe-year-old of the season, was not enterod for the big Epsom prize.

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SPORTING., Evening Post, Volume XXVIII, Issue 30, 4 August 1884

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