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NOTES AND COMMENTS

(»S "SIR LANCELOT.")

Breeders and owners of yearlings should note that entries for the- follow ing classic races at future meetings of the Wellington Racing Club close on Friday next at 9 p.m.:—Wellesley Stakes, 1919 ; Wellington Stakes, 1920; North Island Challenge iStakes, 1920; and New Zealand St. Leger Stakes, 1921. No money is required at time of entry.

At the Waikanae Stud, Vicereine (Birkenhead —Roie) has foaled a chestnut filly to Boniform. Baby Bebe (Bezonian — Blue Water) has foaled a brown colt to Martian. Both visit Boniform this season.

Increasing the distance of some of the sprint races at the local Winter Meeting did not decrease the size of the fields, but made more interesting contests. At the Spring Meeting it is proposed to increase the distance of the Rimutaka Handicap from seven furlongs to a mile, and the October Hack Handicap from five to six furlongs. The value of the Wellington Handicap it is proposed to increase from 500 to 650 soys, the Shorts Handicap from 350 to 400 soys, Pearce Handicap from 400 to 500 soys, Juvenile. Handicap from 300 to 350 soys, and Nainai Handicap from 250 to 300 soys. The proposed increase in stakes compared with last spring amounts to 400 soys. Advice has been received' from the front that L. Stowe has been badly '■Wounded. Stowe was a well-known horseman in the Hawkes Bay district before he enlisted.

Almoner will not fulfil his engagement in the Amberley Cup, as he is now on the-way to Sydney. His stable mate (Melee) has only 6.13 to carry. Sir George Clifford has both Adjutant and Brambletye/ engaged. ■ The latter and Disdainful are nicely placed in the middle of the handicap. H. Burt, who was connected with the Porirua stable before he went into camp, has since been rejected for military service.

The spring meeting ,of the Otalri Maori Racing Club will- be held on Monday, 23rd September, Dominion Day. Owners and trainers are reminded that nominations for all events and entries for the Maidenl Plate close on Monday next at 8 p.m., with Mr. 0. J. D'Ath, xecretary, The Otaki telegraph office closes at 5 p.m. Mr. I. G. Duncan has purchased 1 Bonny Helen,- and the well-performed daughter of Boniform is now in the paddocks, at Waikanae. She is in foal to All Red and is to visit Bezonian.

Rose Pink, held under lease from her breeder, has been purchased by Mr. Whitney. At the conclusion of her racing career she will go into the local owner's etud.

Very satisfactory nominations have been received for the spring meeting of the Dannevirke Ttacing Club. Handicapsvare due to-day and acceptances close on Tuesday next at 8 p.m. with Mr. Walter Dobson, secretary. At the same time entries close for the Trial Plate.

Since the war began two great Australian studs, Segerihoe and Shipley, have been dispersed, and it is now announced that, another is to go to the hammer at Muswellbrook on 12th September. This is Mr. E. R. White's Merton Stud, which ho started about 18. years ago with 1 Dalmeny and Kingsley, and carried on in a mild, way till ho got Flavus, when a great season of success set in. After the decline of Flavus, Mr. White, tbajiks mainly to Mr. W. A. Allison, of London, 'fortunately secured the French crack, Kenilworth, who quickly made a name for himself .as a sire, a.nd now ranks as one of the best dozen in Australia. Mr. White from boyhood has been enthusiastic about horse-breeding. He has been, and is,. a very fine horseman himself, and 1 was once a crack polo player, and nobody better knew the value of the thoroughbred than he, while his father bred the finest remounte in Australian Consequently the break-up of his stud will come hard to him. He returned from England some time ago fully determined to play some betterpart than a looker-on in the war game, but as his two sons had enlisted, and had gone to the war, he had nobody' to leave in care of the estate and stud, and for some time he has been selling cattle and land, and now the stud is to go. It is currently rumoured that when the lireak up takes place he will offer his services to the Empire. Mr. White has about 50 brood mares and 25 yearlings to catalogue, fyi addition to iKenilworth and two other stallions.

Tho English Derby winner Gainsborough registered another good performance just prior to our last files leaving England. He met Planet (who had run second in Manchester Cup, with 8.13), and that good performer Dansellon, at weight-fpr-age in Newmarket Gold Cup, over two miles and 24 yards, and won cleverly from Planet. The winner went out an odds-on favourite.

Ono of the first acts of the new committee of the V.R.C. was to appoint Mr. E. L. Baillieu hon. treasurer, Mr. L. K. S. M'Kinnon chairman, Mr. W. Leonard vice-chairman, and Mr. E. W. Ellis (chairman), Captain C. E. Hobson, and Mr. W. H. Johnston stipendiary stew•ards.

Mr. A. Yuille was, at the annual meeting, elected an honorary life member of the V.R.C. This was as a return for the valuable services rendered to the club by Mr. Yuillo as member of committees and lion, treasurer. Mr. Yuillo was a member of committee for 26 years and hon. treasurer for 22 years. Particulars oE horses, especially those imported from England, which are engaged in the four big spring events in Australia are always interesting. Cog dOr, one of the fancied candidates fortho big events, is an imported gelding, five years, by Fowling Piece—The Jabard, and is owned by Mesers. Robinson and Clark, and trained by R. Bradfield, who has' had many imported horses through his hands during recent years. Cog dOr, although a- five-year-old, to English time, has not done a great deal of racing, but one outstanding performance waa his defeat of. a great colt, Gay Crusader, at a difference of 111b, in th« Cobum Produce Stakes at Newmarket in April, 1917. Previous to that, as a two-year-old, ho defeated that good English performer, Grand Fleet, and ran five furlongs 134- yards in lmin 7 3-ssec. His last two appearances in England were over 1^ and 1^ miles. In the former, with 9.1, he ran third to Argosy (8.10), and in tho longer race, with 8.5, ran sixth, if Cog dOr is a stiyer, his mission is likely to bo the Melbourne Cup, for he has only 8.11 in that event, compared with 9.4 in the Epsom Handicap, 9.3 in the Metropolitan Stakes, and 9.0 in the Caulfield Cup.

The stallion* Aurum, by Trenton—Aura, was sold at auction in Melbourne this month for 10 guineas. Aurum has had a somewhat chequered career. He was bred at the St. Albnns stud in 1894 by the late Mr. W. P.. Wilson, and was one of the greatest three-year-olds ever seen in Australia. His best performance was registered in the spring of 1897, when he carried 8.6 as a three-year-old into third place in the Melbourne Cup. After the Autumn Meeting at Flemington in 1898 Aurum was sold to Mrs. Lnngtry foil £5000, and was shipped to England. He was tried in England and found to be well up to the English standard, but he

failed to stand training, and never raced. Ho got very few foals when retired to the stud, and when Mr. J. O'Keefe visited England a few years ago he brought back Aurum with Traquair. After the death of Traquair Mr. O'Keefe sold his horses, and Mr. E. V. GJoller bought Aurum for 130 guineas. He subsequently passed him on to the late Mr. Maurice Quinlan.

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NOTES AND COMMENTS, Evening Post, Volume XCVI, Issue 54, 31 August 1918

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