NOTES AND COMMENTS
(By Sir Bedivere.) Owners and trainers are finally reminded that acceptances for the Wairarapa Summer Meeting are due at 8.30 p.m. All telegrams must be despatched prior to 8 p.m. j
At a meeting of -'the Wellington District Committee yesterday F. D. Jones, H. Pritchard, J. Walker, T. M'Cann, and H. W. Clay were granted trainers' licenses. ."..•.
My remark yesterday to the effect that Bon Ton would .only need to do an attractive gallop in order to become favourite for the Auckland Cup was verified earlier than expected. About the first man 1 met, when walking down Willis-street after writing up my notes, said, "They ar© backing Bon Ton to-day ; he must have done a good gallop." tio the telegraphed report of the work kt Ellerslie proved, tor it seems he beat Quarantine over a mile and a quarter decisively. Still later I received a telegram from a prominent trainer, for whose judgment 1 have every respect, which read as f ollows : — ' 'Potoa working beat Beldame, Culprit Railway." Gallops In private are, however, very apt to prove misleading, as most of us know to our cost, and although Potoa, despite his bodily weight, majr succeed in the twomile race, I am still inclined to prefer B,on Ton and Sea Pink. "-The -'Auckland' papers have persistently been reporting rumoure to the effect that Solta.no may not see the post on Saturday, but it m hardly likely that Mr. ..Lowry will withdraw him at this -stage. Nor do I take it that my friend at Ellerslie had this idea in hi» mind when he handed in tm telegram. No, he evidently was impressed by Beldame's performance yesterday in beating her 6table mate by two lengths over the distance which they will be required to run. Beldame was of •coulee quite smart as a two-year-old, whfen she ran second to Winning Way for the Welcome Stakes (EoatMg Autumnus, Ermengarde, Bon Ton, and others), and second, again to Winning Way, for the Great Northern Foal Stakes, in which she held Ermengarde, and Haskayne. behind her. In this form sh<> ifl remarkably well in the Rail-way' at 7.2/and all that can be argued against. her is that she ran disappointingly both at TTentham and at Riccarton' this season. Soltano is called upon to meet, her on 281b worse terms than w.f.a., and exceptionally brilliant colt though lie is, on© could scarcely him to beat her if she has really struck form.
A friend of mine, who has just come down from Palmerston North, tolls me that lip there Midnight Sun is an easy favourite for the Mftnawatu Cup. Wolf, he may, of course, pull through, but it is going to be no simple task for. him. If hViiad'lhore brilliancy, and was thus able to secure a handy position throughout his races; his' chance would be an excellent one. A He 1b invariably away back among the ruck when the first few, furlongs are being traversed, however, and on Saturday he will have a big n<jld either to get through or to go round. Bandiera and Gladiole seem to be the fii^t and second favourites for the Fitzherbert Handicap, but Sanguinary should run well, and, if the going should be firm, Eocene will take sojno beating.
Mr. W. Hall, secretary of the "Wanganui Jockey Club, is in Wellington, en route for the West Coast, where he will spend his Christmas holiday. He reports that the rise immediately in front of the six-furlong post at Wanganui has been cut away, and that the turn approaching this spot has been regraded and banked.
Mr s C. Patereon, steward of the Wanganui Jockey Club, has been appointed to act as deputy stipendiary steward, at the West Coast holiday fixture*.
Danny -Maher will, as hitherto, act as first horseman for Lord Rosebery next season , and remain a free lance in other respects.
The brothers Frank and Stanley Woptton, each of whom has definitely relinquished race riding, are due to arrive in Australia eihortly on u holiday. They v will subsequently return to England and follow the occupation of trainers. Since his arrival in England in 1906 Frank has Had 3863 mounts, 880 of which were on, winners— this up to 13th November. He has never been lucky, enough to«pilot the winner of the Derby, but he won tho Oak* on P«rj>lfc, the St. Legor on Swynford, and tho Grand Prix on Houli.
By all accounts more rain ha& fallen in the Manawatu district than in Wellington, and last week the going at Awapuni was distinctly holding. Few courses dry up so quickly as that on which the Manawatu Cup will be decided on Saturday, however, and if'the weather now remains even reasonably fine it will be a ease of racing _on the top of the ground. Special trains will leave Wol-, fington for the racecourse platform each day, returning immediately after the decision of the last race.
Elopement and Killaloo, who claim engagements at Carterton, had a rough trip over from Blenheim, and were considerably knocked about. It js improbable that the former will be* able to start on Saturday.
The following account of the race after which Marton's rider and trainer were disqualified for two years appeared in the Daily Telegraph :— "ln a field of nine which started in the Hurdle Race at Rosehill on Saturday, 13th December, the New Zealand horso Marton 'opened' favourite, and for a while he retained that position. Subsequently he receded half a point. Marton was handicapped to carry 12.10, ahd after being last over the first hurdle took charge in the straight, and led past the stand. Marton continued to bo one of .'the first two until Foothold assumed control upwards of three furlongs Irom home, and tho kte coiner, drawing away from that point, Avon by a, big margin. Marton was third to. negotiate the last obstacle, but h© beat Wadden Home for second money. As Marton had lost a lead cloth during the race, alloged to weigh 221b, he- was disqualified for fcho race, and Wadden's owner will receive the 10 sova s6t apart for second pla<:e. Marton, therefore, carried 11.2 instead of his handicap weight, and then only ran a. poor eecond, so that his backers blundered , badly in electing him to the reBpohßiblo 'position of ' favourite. If m? ■inucu farther behind Martou, .would have
finished had ho carried his full allowance can only be glided at. The Rosehill Hurdle Raco was a poor affair generally. The field spread out at an early atikge, and viie iirßt three runners to enter on the last mile ami a-quarter nllod the places at. the finish Neither King's Lucre, Treat, Cumin, or Nonda 'ever gave their supporters a look in, and tht aldormanic-looking Warrabinga, who is related to So Shy, ..Grandguard, Kilt*, Arigonia, and others, was rounding tho home turn when the winner passed the' judge. For some time the. starter was unable to determine the proper post from which to despatch Hurdio Race field, but ultimately tho right onov, w&a chosen."
Mr. Wiiliam Brown has decided to lot tho Flemington trainer, James Scobio again try his hand upon Piastre, who, wiiile in R. O'Connor s. stable, won tho Melbourne Cup, Essendon Stakes, Loch Plate, Champion Stakes, A.J.O. Autumn Stakes, and Cumberland Stakes, and reached the top of the woe. Piastre has a leg which is in tho comse of being blistered, aiid tho blister having been got rid of the horse will bo sent to Melbourne without delay, Horses oi the typo of Piastre are very rtfro.--Sydr.cy Daily Telegraph.
The accuracy o( tlio news cabled to the effect that 55,000 guineas has boon offered and refused for Lombon; jh*v be doubted. First-class racehorse, though ho was, Neil Gow beat him a short head for the Two Thousand, and both Swynford and Bronfcino put him down in ttso St. Lcgoi\ He won the Derby, St. James's Palace Stakus, Eclipse ' Stakes, Jockey Club Stakes", Champion Stakes, Lowther Stakes, and tho Sondown Foal Stakes as a threo-year-ok) , and the following year he scored in tho Coronation, Cup, the Doncastor Cup, and (for the secoud time) in tho Champion Stakes and the Lowther Stakes; Swynford, whom, ho had defeated in the Coronation Oup, beat him at 51b by a length and a-half for the Princess of Wales 7 * Stakes, and at level weights for the Eclipse Stakes (decisively by four lengths), bo leaving vory little room for doubt that ho was tho better colt of- the two. Lemberg cannot, therefore, bo classed as a really great horse, and it seems straugo that a larger sum Bhould have been offered, lot alone refused, for him than for any other thoroughbred. Ho belongs to tho ex- Australian who made a huge pile out of Broken Hill, and . races in England as "Mi*. Fairie," and is by- Cyllene from Galicia, dam of Bayardo, by Galopin— Isoletta, by Isonomy.
Thero's no "hea,vy going" with one of O'Connor and Tydeman's chronographs. Sweet and smooth they run— dead on time to tho tick. From 35s at The Jewellers, Palmorston North. — Advt.