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Sporting. TURF NOTES BY VIGILANT.

Tho Wellington Racing Club, judging from tho report prosontod at tho annual gonoral meeting on Wodnesday last, has not, from a financial point of view, fared very woll during the past soason. It began with a credit balance of £2to and finished up with an ovordraftof £42, and this, as the roport admits, without much having been done in tho way of improvements to tho course This state of affnirft is not the result of jiny want of Piiterpriso on the part of the ollrierß of the Club, but arr-rii horn cunseH over win :h thoy may be hu»l to have no rrvitrol In the first place, tho increased number of r.ico moctings emmed by I'io <-'-»• utfatonco of two flrsr-clu's c'.ulih in n community which is ir>t remarkable for its sporting proclivities, has considerably reduced tho avornge attendance ; and secondly, tho action of tho Epuni Liconxing Commissioners in refusing a permit for the Halo of liquor at the two last meetings has materially reduced tho amount realised by tho sale of privileges, which for the past xeuson wai wot down us .£590, against J2915 for 1884-5. And while theso damaging influences havo beon at work tho balance has not been improved by the iuoreasu in tbo valno of utakoH from .€3200 in I&S4-5 to J3803 in 1885-C, nnd by tho reduction of nomination and other fees. It will bo seen that had tho returns from privileges and fees kopt up to the old standard, which there was overy roason to oxpect, the balance w*ould havo boon nearly JSOO to tho good, ni/tv/ittatanding tho JitJQO increaso in tho Ktakox This conclusively shows that tho ('{•isiTi aro not to blamo for tho club not b"hr.j at the prosont timo in a bottor co:i-diti-.n. Tho statement thro* so far as r.ving in concornod the season has lu'cu a highly successful oiib Will bo fu'ly borne out by those who have ncuied the meetings, and tho tribute paid to Mi. Evott, tho handicappor, and to MV, Lyon, tho Soorotary, will bo fully endorsdil'. I was vory ploascd to sop Mr. Yonng porB'liulud into again takin? the offico of startor. Whatovor a fow malcontonts may ciy, Mr. Young is out and ont tho best if.irtcr we have in Wellington, and it is i;'iito the exception when ho does not got his liul'ls away on even term«. The threo new (•towards— Messrs. J. Dutliio, G. H. Scales, nii'l T. G. Macarthy— arc all gentlemen of rocognisod position and influence, and tho club may be congratulated on having secured their services. The adoption of tho Now Zealand rulos of racing, a<j drawn up by the Canterbury Club, was fully oxpectcd, seeing that tho Racing Club was almost tho only club of importance in tho colony which had not adopted thorn. Tho recognition of tho Wiingunui Club an tho metropolitan club lor that part of tho Wellington provincial diutrict north of tho Manawatu is suro to t urn out a Tory satisfactory arrangomont. Tiki task which now remains to bo under1 ikon is tho adjustmont of tho relative pu<iitioiis under tho now rules of tho two Wollington clubs. Jf thu question is approache< in a friendly spirit, it may, 1 think, be settled without any unpleasautnchs. Thoro aro f.wo points which at tho outset must be faco( % tho Racing Club, namely, tliat the ls!im>l Bay Club is Rpocially recognised as a metropolitan club in tho now rules (from which it follows that th<>y mitst also ruuogniso it oh a"uch)', and throt tlVo Bay stewards will nevor consont to submit their programmes for revision and approval by the Ruoing Club. On tho other hand the Island Bay ((towards trtll, I fancy, bo found quito willing to allow tho Racing Club to- have all tho honour and glory of supervising tho country olubs in' tho district. Tho matter should be arranged without dolay, as the disqualification clauses' of tho now codo aro so 1 strict that horse ownera will find thomsolvos in a quandary until Bomo agroement is 1 come to! My suggestion 1 ib that a cotnmitteo from each club should be dqputed to meot and confor as to tho beat moans of overcoming tho difficulty. The ontries for the Island Bay First Spring Mooting aro to bo received to-night, and from what I hoar thoy aro suro to bo very good. I do not agroo with tho Wellington qorrospondont of the Rcfcrco that tho clashing of tho mooting with tho Plumpton and Dunodin fixturon wilt affect tho nominations injuriously. j It was novor oxpocted that many horsos' would come up from tho South to this mooting, which, after all ? though not nominally so, is to all intents and purposes little more than a local affair. That meetings in Wellington can bo a success without extraneous aid has been already proved. I find that I owo an apology to the Waifarapa Jockey Club for coupling thoir uaino with those country clubs who do not advortise thoir moctings in tho Wellington papora. My friond Mr. R. R. Armstrong, tho gouial secretary of that club, will, I know, acquit me of intontionally making the mm Btatomont, and I take the first opportunity of rectifying it. It is gratifying to boo that this club intends making its Spring Meeting this, year a two days' gathoring. Tho dates fixed are tho 9th and 10th Novomber, and tho programme, which is already published, comprises 14 events, with aclclod money amounting to J8335. It is, I belicvo, yet undecided who will act as handicappor. Some vory interesting items of Wairarapa nows aro given in this week's Referco, from which I cull tho following : — " Evory one who has soon Pasha say thoy novor saw a horso do his ownor more credit for being well oared for; that, in fact, Mr. Hill's horso has grown and thickened into a grand animal. It is rumorirerl that Mr. Hill intonds sending Pasha to Napier, some say to Poroy Martin, to be goporally wound up, but at present tho horso is working at Masterton. "Administrator is vory fresh, and has ovidently done woll through tho winter, and the samo may bo said for all Mr. Tanorod's team." Speaking of Orator, Mr. Tanored's two-year-old, by tho Promier — Gossip, tho correspondent remarks that he is one of tho handsomest colts in the country, well grown too. with a beautiful temper, and thoroughly quiet. Ho anticipates that if the colt shapos properly, ho will bo sent to Canterbury to Compete in tho Welcome Stakes. The Premier (sire of Administrator and Consul) is to stand in the Rangitikei district this soason. Mr. R. Tilson, of Martiiiborougb, has purchased Ugly Back, and intends placing his sorvioes at the disposal of tho Lower Valley pooplo this season. Grand Duke, who was very poor whon ho oaino into tho Wairarapa district, is getting into stud condition vory fast, and by p.irado day, 17th Septotnbor, Mr. Kimborloy, his "Owner, will have liim in flrst-olnas trim. Thoro nro moro horses in training, and thoy nro all moro forward this year than ever beforo in tho Wairnrapa. Christchuroh betting circles during tho past wook, says the Reforeo.havo been oompletoly stagnant, so that there is nothing frosh to report in connection with the New Zealand Cup and Derby. In tho North, Brigadier seems to bo coming into greator favour every day, and is largely backed for the double. This colt is now as good a favourite for the Now Zealand Cup as anything, and is said by those who havo seen him lately to be growing into the very imago of his sire. In Dunedin, Brigadier and Tosman have been baoked at 100 to 9 and 100 to 7 rospeotively, whilo Ruby, July, and Quibble, at 100 to 4, havo boen nibbled at. In Wellington and Auckland a few investments have been mado for both Cup and Derby on Musk Rose, tho woll- bred son of Musket and Rosette, and one of Mr. Balmain's candidates. Hundreds to 7 would be readily taken about Pasha, but 100 to 8 is the longest prico obtainable. Tho ovidenco in the Warepa case has now boen published in full, and any unbiassed person on reading it must como to the conclusion that tho Dunedin stewards were fully justified in coming to the conclusion that a •windlo had beon porpotrated. It is very creditable to the Dunodin Jockey Club that it should have prosooutod the onquiry ho promptly and effectually, and the result should bo a caution to other " clover " "*rtios who aro contemplating similar coups. Tho Referee's Dunedin correspondent has tho following on the subject — "In reply to a lcttor sent by the Dunedin Jockey Club to Melbourno as to what horse left there by the To Anau, a cablegram was recoived to the offoct that Problem loft on the 20th July in care of ' Gordon.' No horse's name was mentioned in the letter of inquiry. This settles the matter. Warepa is, without doubt, tho same horse. The Club meot again next week, when, I hear, further action is likely to be taken." The statement made by the Referee's Wellington correspondent that Life Buoy has been placed in John Lunn's hands to train is incorrect. Tho old horse has boen committed to tho care of Lenihan. Very little work of importance has boen done on any of the Wellington training traokß daring the past week, tho very inclement weather having prevented much more than walking exercise and gentle canters on the Petono and Lyell Bay beaches. A Router's telegram informed us ten days ago that Trenton's price for the Melbourne Cup was 5 to 1. Of course it was palpable that there was an error somowhore, for never yet has the first favourite for the Cup been quoted at anything like suoh a short price beforo the running of the Metropolitan. In tho absence of any acoompanving statement that the horso was under suspicion, most sporting men camo to the conclusion that tho price quotod should have beon 100 to 5. From what wo havo since heard it now appears probablo that tho cable mossage was intendod to convey the news that Trenton had jrono back to 50 to 1, for that we find to bo the fact. It seems that about a fortnight ago the horse pulled np a trifle latno after a gallop at Randwiok, and it was reported later on that he had split his foot. The same evening 1000 to 20 was offered against him without takers, so that in all probability there is eomp truth in the rnmour. It would be a great pityif this splondid eon of Musket should be deprived of the chance of measuring his prowess once more against the champions of Australia at Flemington. Poor old Commotion has broken' down. The veteran wos known to be very dioky on his injured foot, and fow expected that he would stand the sovere preparation nocessary for a Melbourne Cup. What a grand old horse he has been. It is to bo hoped that when he is relegated to the stud Mr. Pearson will not allow him to leave Australia, unless it is to como to New Zealand. Lord Suffolk has given his opinion in the English papers that the best ton horses of modern timeshave been Blair Athol.Aohievement, Gladiateur, Springfield, Isonomy, Peter, Robert tho Devil, St. Gatien, Barcaldine, and Plaisanterio, and of these he is of opinion that Sprimrfleld was tho best. A writer in Baily gives as his selection the following:— Voltigeur, West Australian, Thormanby, Gladiateur, Blair Athol, Lord Lyon, Lord Clifden, Cremorne, St. Gation, and Ormonde. As it can be simply a matter of opinion, I ¦hall record my vote for GladUteur, West Australian, Bla»r Athol, Musket, St. Simon Foxhall, Isonomy, Plaisanterie, St. Gatien and Ormonde.

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Sporting. TURF NOTES BY VIGILANT., Evening Post, Volume XXXII, Issue 88, 28 August 1886

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