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- FIXTURES. August 12th, 14th, and 16th—C.J.C. Grand National. August 15th — Christchurch Hunt Point-to-Point Steeplechases. August 28th— Amberley Steeplechase Club Annual. September 3rd— Marton J.C. Spring. September 10th— Dannevirke B.C. Steeplechase. September 11th and 12th— Ashbuhon County R.C. Spring. NOTES AND COMMENTS (By Sir Bedivere.) The Rangitikei Racing Club proposes to hold its annual race meeting on 25th and 26th March. The fixture will thus come in between those at Opunake and Masterton, and there being very little racing in the centre of the Island at this season the dates referred to should prove most satisfactory. Sir Frederick Johnstone, who won the Derby with Highland Chief in 1883 and Common in 1891, recently died in England. He had not been present at a race meeting for a long time prior to his death, but he retained a keen interest in the sport to the last. Mr. Harvey Patterson's stallions Menschikoff and Vasco, together with several brood mares and a number of yearlings, were due to arrive at Lyttelton this week and will join their owner's newly-acquired stud at Meadowbflnk. Mr. John Lynch, who raced Golden Rose and other horses, and bred Rooßevelt and Coromandel, died recently He had for many years resided in the Coromandel district, where ho had a farm. Not to be outdone by the Egmont Club, the Taranaki Jockey Club has determined .to cater for horses capable' of winning w.f.a. events, v and the conditions of its first venture in this respect have now been framed. The race in question, which is to be known as the "Taranaki Stakes," will be run over a. six furlong course, and is to be open to horses of all ages. Penalties ranging from 31b to 101b are provided for, and maiden performers will receive allowances of from 51b to 101b. The Auckland Club is putting on an additional classic event, in the shape of a St. Leger— it seems rather a pity that there should be more than one Derby, Oaks, and St. Leger in this country— and other clubs are, I know, about to provide additional w.f.a. and special-weight events. It seems therefore quite certain that in the near future, probably next season, a crack three-year-old will have every opportunity of earning £5000 in this Dominion in other than handicap races, and the all-round increase in stake values that is continually being made can but have the effect of giving the breeding industry a most decided fillip. Judging by studmasters' recent experiences buyers of yearlings are slow to realise that with their increasing opportunities of winning valuable prizes well-bred young thoroughbreds are annually becoming more desirable property. This fact must eventually strike home, however, and not only will breeders be encouraged to import fresh blood in the shape of Jinglish-bred mares, which are badly wanted out here, but we may perhaps eventually see a stallion of theßronzino type reach these shores. The money is here, vide the offer of 1000 guineas made to Mr. George Currie last season for his Traquair colt ; it is only a matter of providing the right class of goods, and although we many mares with the invaluable Musket, Traducer, Fisherman, and now Castor blood in their veins which may always be expected to produce horses of class, it is high time the Home market was again thoroughly exploited. From, what I bhw of the Newmarket and Doncaster sales in 1907, I have no doubt that there is ample opportunity of acquiring such young matrons as are required at reasonable prices, ' and I feel convinced that the subsequent return from saie of the progeny of such mares in this Dominion would amply recoup a breeder for his enterprise in importing them. George Dawson, who trained many celebrated horses, including Donovan, Ayrshire, Sanfoin, and Melton, died at his residence, Warren House (Eng.), on 14th June. The Duke of Portland, the Duke of Westminster, Lord Hastings, and Lord Londonderry were among his patrons, and in 1889 his stable won iio less than £73,000, of which Donovan contributed £38,667. These figures, I believe, still stand as world's records. J. H. Prosser continues to progress favourably towards recovery, and is now quite able to receive visitors. G. Price and A. Oliver looked him up yesterday. Lady de Vere, who scored at the Manawatu Hunt Club Meeting, will probably be seen out in hunters events at Riccarton next week. Captain Jack and Hunakahu arrived from Auckland to-day, and will go South (in charge of E. J. Rae) this evening. -Although Mr. A. Belmont failed to win the French Derby with Vulcain, he recently secured tho Brooklyn Derby (U.S.A.) with his colt, Rock View, by Rock Sand out of Golden View. There were only two runners, but the stake was worth only 410 soys to the winner, i and the distance was a mile and a quar* ter. Rock View had a week earlier beaten Prince Engene foi* the "Withers," and odds were laid on him for the Derby, which he won by three-quarters of a length. The proprietors of the Hurst Park course lost no time over the erection of new stands in place of those burnt b> the Suffragettes. Day and night shifts of workmen were promptly employed, and the new buildings, composed of steel and concrete, were expected to be in readiness for the club's July Meeting. A colt of Penury, from Lady Flora, and a filly by the same sire from Lycia, each of whom belongs to Sir James Carroll, arrived from Auckland to-day, and will go into J Lowe's stable at Trentham. Sir G. Clifford has sold the three-year-old fiUies Lady Graveairs (by Gravitation—Lady Annie) ' and Parachute (by Gravitation— Safeguard) to a Sydney sportsman. Nothing definite, says "Whalebone," has yet been made public as to the projected trip to Australia by J. Rae's team. All the horses engaged at the Australian Jockey Club's Spring Meeting are very forward, and would not require a great deal of galloping to have them ready to race. Under thege circumstances the matter may be left over till" the last minute, so that the probabilities can bo better gauged. The gen* eral impression at Ellerslie is that the horses will not be taken across, but this, of course, is only surmise. Mr. M. M'Lean has been elected a committeeman of the Auckland Racing Club. He previously held this position when resident in tho North.

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THE TURF, Evening Post, Volume LXXXVI, Issue 34, 8 August 1913

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THE TURF Evening Post, Volume LXXXVI, Issue 34, 8 August 1913