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NOTES AND COMMENTS

(»T "6IR LANCELOT.") Excellent nominations have been received for the South Wairarapa Trotting Club Meeting. The entries for the Greytown Cup (two miles) are : Wild Daisy, Silverlocks, Little Hector, Eavenslad, Tim Doolan, Lyloc, Prize Pearl, Orangeman, Cross Battery, Red Empress, Sjambok, Fair Puritan, Goodi*ich (late Ardath), Rubicorn, Pahnda-le, Glenidol, Warlock, Shanghai, Lord Lytton. A Christchurch exchange_ states that Bimeter is being kept going with a view to taking part in the Manawatu Stakes next week. Mr. G. D. Greenwood won the race on two occasions with Emperador, who also won the Palmerston North Stakes last season.

. Gay Crusader, winner of the Two Thousand Guineas, was sired by Bayardo (Bay Ronald—Galicia), who failed in the Derby and Two Thousand, but •won ten other races as a three-year-old and £44,534 in stakes. Gay Laura, dam of Gay Crusader, is by Beppo— Galeottia, by Galopin. Gay Crusader was bred by his owner, Mr. A. W. Cox, who races as "Mr. Fairlie," and owns both sire and dam. Mr. Cox was formerly a resident of South Australia, where he made a fortune out of the Broken Hill mines. He ■ has been racing in England some years, and won the Derby in 1910 with Lemberg, who won .£41,694 in stakes. Magpie, who ran second in the Two Thousand Guineas, is by Dark Ronald (Bay Ronald —Darkie) from Popinjay, by St. Frusquin—Chelandry, by Goldfinch— Illuminata. The other place-getter, Athadra,. is by Desmond (St. Simon— L'Abbesse de Jouarre) from Lady Jess by Ayrshire—Ardmore, by Gallinule. Imported horses have played a prominent part in the decision of the Adelaide Cup in recent years. Eye Glass won the race in 1911 and 1912, Hamburg Belle in 1914, St. Spasa last year. Green Cap, who won the race on Wednesday last, is owned by Mr. J. Timms, of South Australia, who also had Aides and Di Gama in, the race. Green Cap is an imported gelding by Martagon, sire of Martian, from Emerald, by Desmond from Goldsmith Maid, by Kissber. At the A.J.C. Meeting last month Green Cap ran third in the Aiitumn Stakes, weight-for-age, a mile and a-half, won the Cumberland- Stakes, weight-for-age, two miles; and the A.J.C. Plate, weight-for-age, three miles. In the Adelaide Cup he carried 9.5.

, It is reported that L. H. Hewitt has taken up his residence in Hastings, and will do the riding for the Hon. J. D. Ormond's stable. H. Cutts arrived from South yesterday with Good Hope, Brambletye, and Gamecock. T!he last-named is to compete in the Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes. The other pair have been entered at Otaki. ■

J. Williamson, the Ellerslie trainer, and H. Price, formerly a well-known light-weight, were drawn in the recent ballot.

Beltane, who has failed to win a race this season, has been purchased by Mr. H. M. Campbell, owner of Dusky Eve, and will run in his new owner's interest at the Otaki Meeting. Colorado, who was placed in the Hurdles on the second day at Egmont, carries the same colours as Golden March. He is a six-year-old gelding by Frisco— Etesian, by Sou-Wester—Pandora, by Pa-papa—Cornelia (dam of Ahua). He has a thorough jumper's pedigree, and when more seasoned should win races in the colours of his breeder, Mr. Jas. Bull, jun. Etesian also had other progeny by Field Battery, Frisco (a full sister to Colorado), Signor, Salvadan, and Golden March. Colorado is probably the only one that has sported silk. The Provocation filly Occasion, owned by a AVellington sportsman, has joined A. Goodman's Trentham team.

Present-day trainers are bo accustomed to travelling by train's and motorcars that it could hardly be expected that they would walk- their horses from one meeting to another. The longest distance walked by any of the horses that competed at Hastings last week was from Waipawa, a distance of about 25 miles. H. King's team did the journey. Mr. Walter Armstrong, of Greytown, recently gave me some of the road performances of the old-timers. Volunteer, owned by Mr. W. L. Dorset, walked from Opaki to Napier, He won three races, including a hurdle race, and the late Mr. Henry Gaisford rode him. Mr. Gaisford considered he was the nicest and gamest horse he ever rode. Volunteer walked back to Greytown and ran three races there. Donald Taylor, of Auckland, rode him at 5 i-he- Wairarapa Meeting. The Napier J Meeting was in the early part of March, 1 Greytown on the 16th and 17th of the ;«ame month. That was in 1865. Volunteer packed his own feed both. ways. In 1861, Don Juan walked from Wairarapa to Wanganui, via the West Coast, and won a Maiden Plate. Mr. J. 0. Hayward, at present residing in Wanganui, rode him. In 1865, D. land, of Wanganui, walked Dr. Mussen's horses, Rob Roy and Primate, from Wanganui to Porirua. They raced- the first day, but did not win. That evening he walked them to Pahautanui. They raced there the following day. Primate won the Maiden, Rob Roy the Pahautanui Stakes. They then walked to Porirua;, where Primage won the Consolation on the same day. The second day of the Porirua Meeting and Pahautanui were held on the same day. In 1866 Rangitoto walked from Napier to Greytown, where he won the Maiden Plate. The following year he walked again and won another race. He walked on to the Hutt on both occasions. In 1868, Mr. R. J. Mason walked Jack Tar and Deerfoot from Paekakariki to Greytown, and won a .pony race on Deerfoot. They walked back to the Hutt and raced. In the early '60's Charles O'Malley and Rowdy walked from Napier to the Hutt and raced there. Policy, Native, Flying Jib, Maid of the Mist, and Girl \of the Period walked from Wellington "to Greytown, and raced there. All the Wairarapa horses competing at the Hutt and other meetings walked. Little Wonder walked from Greytown to Wanganui and back again. The late R. Richardson walked Misfortune from Greymouth to Christchurch, after winning the Grey Handicap in 1872. In 1869, Mr. J. 0. Haywood. walked Volunteer and Madeline from Rangitikei to Greytown. When yearlings, King Quail and Ratcatcher were led from Wellington to Napier by Mr. S. HorsfaU. J. J. Laing walked King Don and Sloper from Wanganui to Opaki, and raced them there, in 1878. Mr. J. H. Pollock rode King Don in the Hurdles, won by Desmond's Kangaroo. Other notable walking performances were those of Southern Chief, who walked from Wellington to Masteiton. He v-'oa oae rase and ran sseemd in meVkw,

Balrownie did the same performance on two occasions. He won a- double ouce and the next time ran first and second the same day. Both races were of two miles. TJhe late Mr. Sam Powell brought a horse named Butcher Boy from Nelson to Wellington. He rode him through to Wanganui, and won the big steeplechase with him. In those days the meeting was held at Aiamoho. Butcher Boy was ridden by W. Nicholson, and owned by the late Richard M'Rae, after whom the M'Rae Memorial is named.

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NOTES AND COMMENTS, Evening Post, Volume XCIII, Issue 113, 12 May 1917

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