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SPORTING.

1 * Tdhf Notes by Vigilant. Tho aooeptancoi for the Wellington Cup are due on the 21 bt instant. At present nothing has been backed straight out, bat I havo hoard of Stoneyhurst and Speoulation being taken at 100 to 4 for the double Auokland Cup and Wellington Cap. The weights for the Island Bay Summer Mooting are not due until after the Auckland mooting The betting on tho Auokland Cap is completely paralysod by the favouritism of Hfconcyhurdt All the best judge* ajfroe that unlosq there it Home thing very g.x>ri in the haul-ground, the Cautorbury DerUy and <»up winnnr ••an linidly lose tho big Northern handic tp if ''D n n-nt for it, which, by tlia way, I nuy i iforin my readers is by no means a oerfcainty, even although he is at preient booked at anything over 2to 1. I hear good acoounts of Foul Shot, whn is said to b) going like a steam engine, and ulao of Torbedo, a four-ye*r-old, by Musket— Fanny Fisher who, in consequence of being on the shelf the greater pare of last season, has ■lipped in with 6st 01b. If he is within a stone of as good as his breeding denotes, he should prove an uncommonly' hard nut to crack. Another outsider who is nibbled at is Capsize, who I hear is a oertain starter, and on his running at Island Bay uhonld be able to Btny, for in each of tho races he won ho was going more ntrongly than anything else at the finish. With Cut 51b and iv a winning vein he is one of those most likely to effect a surprise. Tasman and the hurdle horses Medico and Xingask are on their way up as I write, and passod through Wellington yesterday. Of tho looal horses whichever Major Georgo goes for (Nelson 7st 81b, or Wapiti Gst 131b). and Radames 7st 71b, appear to be the best in. There will be the usual plethora of race mootingß throughout the colony on Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Thehandioappera at Falmeraton North and Marton-Rdngitikei have not, I notice, been as kind to Speoulation as Mr. Kvett has been in the VYelliogton (/up. At both the country meetings sbo has to meet Administrator at a difference of only 61b, tho respective weights being Bst 121b and 9d£ 41b. In my opioion, this is a miatiko th<t othor way. The Christohuroh Summer Meeting will, as uHUaI, keop a few hortesaway from Auckland, but is not likely to be at all injurious to tho Northern gatheriug in ro3i ect to the attendance. I have always loqked upon this Christohurch meeting as a mistake, and do ■till. Of those in the Cuo Handioap, I liko Captain Webstor, 7st 131b, and Leon, 7dt 31b, be»t. and of those in tho Hurdle Race, Azim, 9st, and King Arthur, list 101b. In the St. Andrew's Handioap. run at Danodiu on Saturday, 28th November, Hermitago and Taloboaror ran a dead heat. The ownors agreed to divide, and we are told that the totalizator money on both horaoa was added togother, and one dividend was paid, the baokers of oaoh horsa being paid the same. Now, nnlesa the number of subscribers on each horso was the samo, this mode of payment was altogether unfair. The baokers of Hermitage, whose price aooording to the Otago Witness wa<* 2 to 1, received more than they were- entitled to, and the baokors of I alebearer, whose price was sto 1, received too little. The proper way to deal with totalisator money whsn thero ih a dead hont is for the dividend on each horse to be calculated and than halved. The absurdity of the other muthod may be very plainly illustrated thns : Two horses, wo will suppose, Tun a dead heat, ono of whioh, out of a total of 250 in the machine, had 120 on it and the other only 10. Calculating the dividends acoo-ding to the Dunedtn preanden*;, tha baokers of eaoh horse wonld reocive ijl 14s Calculating, agiio, awarding to the only propur method, the baolrerß of the favourito would receive half of J31 175, or only 18a 6d, while the baokflM of tho outrider would receive half of £22 10<>, or .611 ss. Of oourse the amount of money paid oat is exactly the same in both methods, but it is palpably absurd to pay the baokors of the favourite, who only runs a dead heat, within a shilling or two as much as they would'have received if their horse had wou outright, ai it is that the baokers of the outsider should only get one-fonrteanth of the full winning amount under the samo circumstances. The weights tor the Duuedin Cup have made their appearance, and although they are by a different hindicapDor they wonderfully resemble the handiwork issued by Mr. Kvett for Auokland and Wellington. The principal differences aro that Stonnyhurs* is assigned Bat 31b against 7at I lib at Auckland, while Aeoot ha 9 on'y 7st 131b as againßt Bat 31b at Wellington. Those I like best are Trenton, 9stlolb; Loobiel, Bet; Ascot, lit 131b ; Fusillade, 7st 101b ; laiy Emma, Tat SUh; Hermitage, 7at 81b; Ijeon, 7at 31b; Take Misa, 6st 121b ; and Water King, Cat 7lb. The disputed double event wager, involving the large sum of £5000, between Mr. K. B. Watson and a bookmaker named Qloniator, camo np for arbitration before the combined oommitteoa of Metropolitan Tattersall's and Tattersall's Club in Sydney on tho evening of the 30th instant. The baoker, as his been already stated, claimed the sum mentioned, which he alleged he had won by baoking the donble Nordenfeldt and Sheet Anchor. Tho bookmaker, on the other hand, pro^uoed his book to Bhow that he had entered tho wager as Newstead and Sheet Anchor. After hearing the evidence on both sides the decision was given in favour of the bookmaker. I find that last week, in giving the pedigro9 and performances of Granvil'e, the Auokland! Steeplechase topweight, I took in error another horse of the same name. Grnnvillo is by Kbor out of Sybd, and is a seven-year-old horse, whioh haa recorded some remarkably good performances in Australia within the last six months. On 15th Saptomber he won tho Caulßeld Grand National Steeplechase with lOdt Gibs, beating among othors Wymbt, the winner of the Victorian Grand National. On 2 Ith October, at Mooneo Valley, ho was first with list 21bs in the Steeplechase, beating eight others He also won tho Wyndhaui Steeploohase with llßt 131bs, and on the 9th of last month finished his Australian career by parrying 12^ 71bs to victory in the Williamatown Stoeploohase. When sold ho was handicapped to carry 12at 101b in another steeplechase so that ha is evidently considered a protfcy good one. The people in Anokland, I hear, don't like him, but that is nothing, for I do not nuppoae Australians would like Macaroni if ho wore to show up there. > With reference to the reward of £1000 offored by Mr. Pearson for information which will lead to the conviction of persona implicated in injuring the racehorse Commotion, it ia stated in the Melbourne papers that one of tho stable boys reoeived £200 to lame the horse by Btriking him with a heavy blunt instrument, probably a hammer, on the fore-leg. The horse has been lamed for life. The reward will not be paid for oonyiotion of the stable boy alone. Competent judges, however, persist that the injury was the result of an accident on the wet oourse. An English exchange states that a terrible rumpus has been oreated in betting circles by the scratching of Paradox for tha Cambridgeshire, for which race .thousands. of pounds were plunged on him, both before and after the weights were announced. The charge ia that, while Parados ostensibly belong 3to Mr. Brodrick-Cloet, he is owned by a syndicate of men who never had any intention of running the winner of the Two Thousand Guineas for the Cambndgeshiro; but, knowing that he would bo backed, had left him in when the declarations were due, and havo already won heavily under the play-or-pay rule, without the risi of the start. • In reply to the insinuations, Mr. Cloot writes that when he was in New York recently ho declared openly that it was his intention to declare Paradox out of the Cambridgeshire, but that onitig to some mistake the corse was left in among the acoeptances for the race. Mr. Cloet denies betting atjiimt his own horses, and announces his intantio-i to sail out and refc're from tho turf.

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SPORTING., Evening Post, Volume XXX, Issue 142, 12 December 1885, Supplement

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