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NOTES AND COMMENTS

(II "SIR LANCELOT.")

Post Haste did not accompany the rest of F. D. Jones's team to Wingatui, owing to a slight mishap which occurred on Saturday leaving, him a trifle sore. According to a Southern paper, it is unlikely that ho will do any more racing for a long time, the present intention being to spell him for twelve months. Consequent on an accident when he was a ' youngster, it seemed doubtful if he would ever stand a preparation. He has, however, done well so far, standing up to his work well and showing a lot of speed. It is hoped that another long rest will he beneficial, in which case he may be equal to picking up a stake in good company. The brother. to Flying Start certainly showed a nice turn of speed when he won the Ruapehu Handicap at Wellington last month. He did not get away well, but galloped through the field to score by three lengths, leaving ,the six furldhgs behind in lmin 14 l-ssec. '

It was cabled a few weeks ago that at the close of the racing season in England, "Mr. .Fairie" (in private life, Mr. A. W. Cox) headed the list of winners in prize money. ■ i More recent advices show that "Mr. Fairie" stood quite alone among the successful owners, for, while ho headed the 1 list with a total of. £11,751 in stakes, tho next largest winner was Lord Derby, with £5375, as against his total of £18,273 in 1913, on which occasion "Mr. Fairies" winnings were £2693. "Among other winners last year was Mr. E. Hulton, £2644. This is rathor a new experience for Mr. Hulton, who, with Mr. B. Wootten as trainer, won £24,669 in 1913, £14,969 in 1914, £8742 in 1915, and £13,764 in 1916. In addition to being the most successful prize-winner last year, "Mr. Fairie" was also first in the list of breeders, thanks to the successes of Gay Crusader, and in this department he was followed by Lord Derby. The latter owner bred the most winners, but Crusader's success in the classics put "Mr. Fairie" in the much-coveted place. So far as jockeys are concerned, S. Donoghue, J, H. Martin, and V. Smyth occupy the most prominent places, in that order. Breeders of blood stock in Australia will,- however, be most interested in the list of winning sires. Bayardo (Bay Ronald—Galicia) is an easy first, with a total of £12,337, of which £10,180 was contributed by Gay Crusader. Polymelus (who is by Cyllene from Maid Marian, and has several descendants in Australia) was represented last year by winners of £7369, and of the other sires tho most successful were Orby (Oi-me—Rhoda B.) £5796, Dark Bonald (Bay Konald—Darkie) £5527, Glasgerion (Gallinule—Excellenza) £4093 13s, Chaucer (St. Simon—Canterbury Pilgrim) £3969, Henry tlie First (Melton —Simena) £3951, Symington (Ayrshire—, Siphonia) £3507, Bridge of Earn (Cyllene —Santa Brigida) £3501 10s, St. Frusquin (St. Simon—lsabel) £3498, Lomond (Desmond—Lowland Aggie) £3448 10s, and Eoi Herode (Le Samaritain—Roze- ■ lane) £2833. These figures are small as against thcfte of former yars, but it must be rmembered that alongside the old scale of prß'-war times present-day stakes do not compare at all favourably. It is the order that counts. .-.-.'

C. Emerson's parents received word this week that he was more seriously hurt than was at first anticipated. He has several ribs broken on ono side and the other side is badly crushed. Hie injuries will keep him out of the saddle for some time. . ;

It was reported from Chrietchurch early -in the' week that Biplane had developed'a habit of hitting himself while galloping, and would require to be eased in his work. Doubt was expressed as to the Comedy King colt being taken to Wanganui. There could not have been much amiss with him, as Mason arrived at Wanganui a few days ago with Biplane, Lovesick, and Missouri.

The three Northern horsemen, J. Conquest, H. Turner, and J. Preston, all of whom were injured at the recent Takapuna are reported to be progressing favourably. Word has been received that the wellknown trainer, A. Wilson, who went away with a recent reinforcement, is returning to New Zealand. Another local trotting enthusiast, Mr. R. Dick, was wounded in France, but is now in the fighting line again. J. Br^e held the reins over Lord Agapanthus and Agasenia in their engagements at the. Nelson Trotting Club's Meeting this week. Both horses showed vastly improved form, and Agasenia appropriated the Richmond Handicap in 3min 45sec. Lord Agapanthus bettered any of his previous efforts by covering the two miles in the Trotting Club Handicap in 4min 59 3-ssec, finishing third/ while in the Dash Handicap he got over the mile in 2min, 27 2-ssec, but more than met his match in InvictU6.

Tinopai, the seven-year-old daughter of Stepniak—Mignon, by winning the Te Kuiti Cup on Saturday 'last, placed a record to her credit in connection with that event which is likely to stand for all time. Saturday's Cup was the fourth time she had her number elevated as the winner, Mr. R. Hannori's candidate having previously won as a three, four, and 1 five-year-old. As a six-year-old, the Waikato mare was not a competitor, the stable connections relying solely upon Tinoreka, who, however, failed to run into a place. It is also noteworthy that on each occasion that Tinopai succeeded, H. Robinson has been in the saddle. Tinopai has had her full share of racing since she first graced the Turf as a two-year-old in the spring of 1912, when she was known as Jeu d'Esprit. A glance over the records reveals the fact that the daughter of Stepniak has won no fewer ■than eighteen races, while up to the close of last season she was placed second on sixteen and third on eight occasions. Her total unplaced performances up to that time was forty-five. She has worn particularly well, and, judged on her, recent effort, it seems safe to concludes that her days of usefulness on country courses have hot yet terminated. A. Rae, who entered the ranks of the benedicts last week, has forsaken the callinr; of a horseman^ and enters on commercial duties.

R. Gooseman, the veteran . Hastings trainer, is handling a two-year-old sister to Indigo, who gives some promise. The well-known horseman, W. Ryan, who used to be associated with the Endeavour Lodge stable, went into the Cl camp this week. Parable and Jupiter are the only Dunedin-owned winners of the Dunedin Cup since the race has been run at Wingatui. . Dunedin horses were more successful when the race was run at Forbury Park, where Lady Emma, Adamant, St. James, Occident, Tempest, Casket, Gipsy Grand, and Lord Roslyn scored. ■•' '

Disdainful was reported to be seriously amiss after running at the C.J.C. Midsummer Meeting; but apparently her trouble was nothing of a serious nature, as she has been nominated at the* Akaroa Meeting. , Acceptances for the Dannevirke Racing Club's Autumn Meeting on 27th February close on Wednesday next' at 9 p.m., with the secretary, Mr. Walter Dobson.

A Press Association telegram from Melbourne states that Desert Gold, with M'Lachlan up, ran half a mile in 52|sec, going,well within herself. I'lio complete programme for tha Wnirarapa Racing Club's Autumn Meeting,

to be heW a.t Tauherenikau on 14th and 15th March, appears in our advertising columns to-night. .'Nominations close on Friday, 22nd February, at 8.30 p.m., with the secretary, Mr. C. J. Carlyon, Featherston.

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NOTES AND COMMENTS, Evening Post, Volume XCV, Issue 41, 16 February 1918

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