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NOTES AND COMMENTS

(31 "SIR LANCELOT.") The nominations received for , the principal events at the Wellington Racing Club's Summer Meeting are quite satisfactory. With, few exceptions all the best performers in commission in the Dominion are engaged. According to an Auckland scribe, the withdrawal of the Waikato representative Mangamahoe from the Auckland Cup was on account of the Charlemagne 11. gelding going wrong. The yearling filly by Martian—Lichen that fell to the^nod of Mr. D. M'Leod for 475 -guineas, when the yearlings from Mr. J. F. Buchanan's Kinloch stud were put for sale at Christchurch last month, has been turned out on her owner's property at Waipnkurau.

It is reported that Mr. G. Hume has refused an offer of 1000 guineas for a filly by All Black—Martian Princess. The youngster is related to Prince Hal and All "Cerise, who ran second at Woodville.

The Woodville Cup has been increased in valno to 500 soys and the Autumn Handicap, the principal event on the second day, to 350 soys. In his training work at Riccarton Macduff has been showing signs of soreness, and he will not accompany his stable-mates to the Manawatu Meeting.

The Riccarton jockey, F. W Ellis, has made sufficient recovery from- tha injuries he received at the Canterbury Jockey Club's Meeting last month to leave the hospital. He intends to spend1 a holiday with his relatives in Southland before he resumes race riding.

Sir Samuel Hordern's champion Artilleryman is to be spelled for a, bit, and he certainly has earned the let iij) from the strenuous life; for he has started seven times this season, and has a brillrant record. He led off by being unplaced in an Apprentices' Handicap at Fleinington in August, but was not ready; but at his next start downed Sir Ibex and Night Watch in the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield at weight-for-age. He then came to Sydney, and was the closest of thirds' in the Rosehill Guineas to Elf aero and Golden Bubble. His next effort was in the.memorable A.J.C. Derby, when he dead-heated with Richmond Main. His next appearance was in the Caulfield Guineas, when he won easily from Koyai Comedy and .Richmond Main. The latter turned the tables on him in the Victoria Derby, but he had his revenge by downing his Dei-by conqueror by six lengths. As' Artilleryman has won over' £10,000 this season in prize-money alone, he bids fair to shine as one of Australia's chief winners ere he concludes his racing career. The three-year-old filly, Leila Denver, who won in convincing manner at the recent meeting of the Forbury Park Trotting Club, will be taken to Auckland to compete in the Great Northern Trotting Derby, at the Auckland Trotting Club's Meeting. Prodigal, who is to represent Mr. G. D. Greenwood at Southern holiday meetings, has been showing galloping ability in the work-outs at Riccarton. Prodigal (Danube —Lady Wayward II.) was given a conple of runs at the New Zealand Cup Meeting. He is a half-brother to Emperador. Judging by the excellence of the acceptances, the Manawatu Racing Club should have a record meeting. The first race every day is timed to start at noon. Train arrangements have been made as follow : Leave Paekakariki each -day at (5.35 a.m., stopping where required; arrive course 10.35 a.m. On the 26th (Boxing Day) only, a special will leave Wellington 7.18 a.m., picking up passengers where required; arrive course 11.9 a.m. The New Plymouth and Napier expresses will observe the usual time-table each day. On the 26th, return trains leave the course at 5.45 and 6.16 p.m., arriving city 10.4 and 10.56 p.m. On 27th and 29th, the train for Wellington leaves the course at 5.45 p.m. . • The Taumarunui Cup winner. Escaped (General Latona— Clare) is engaged in the Christmas Handicap, a mile race, on the opening day of 'the Auckland Meeting. A 71b penalty for yesterday's win will increase his impost to 7.7.

Speechmaker, who is now trained by F. D. Jones, is reported as having recently shown signs of being affected in the wind.

The grey colt Tetratema-, who is considered1 to be easily the best two-year-old in England made mincemeSt of Southern, Light Hearted, Swyburn. and Marriage in the Middle Park Plate a few weeks ago. Tetratema. who ib by The Tetrarch. from Scotch Gift, and was ridden by B. Carslake, started at 4 to'l on, and won very easily by six lengths. His share of the stake was £3175.

Mr. G. L. Stead' will be represented at the Auckland Summer Meeting by Kilmoon. Melee, Starla-nd, Golden Crozier, Bonetter, and the two-year-olds Right and Left and. Wanigan. The lastnamed is a bay filly by Nassau —Shebeen 11, an imported mare, by Veles (sire of Valido). Madame Ristori, who narrowly missed a penalty at Taumarunui yesterday, is enga-ged iv a. six furlong race at New Plymouth on Boxing Day.

Sportsmen will join me in congratulating Messrs. W. S. Glenn (a steward of the Wan'ganui Jockey Club) and A. D. M'Leod (a steward of the Wairarapa Racing Club) on being elected members of Parliament.

Although she was allowed to drop out of the Auckland Cup engagement Bonnie Maid has shown improved form since, and she accompanied her stablemates to Auckland.

Afterglow's name appeared among the entries for the Southland Cup. She was not handicapped-, and was evidently withdrawn before the weights appeared. Afterglow is reported to have become affected in the wind.

At least one other Derby is to be run in Australia before the season closes. It is that associated with the Tasmanian turf, and the final acceptors are:—Liberty Loan, by Comedy King—Cross Battery; Thrapple, by Pistol—Thorax; Sea Ditty, by Sea Prince—Rondel; Harvester, by Piastre—The Harvest; Thistlette, by Tliistlebrook—Colmetty; and Kermanuka, by Kerman —Arawaka. The race is to be decided on Boxing Day. Among the winning two-year-olds in America this season is Sea Serpent, a colt by the New Zealand bred horse Seahorse (or Seahorse 11., as he is now known). The race won by Sea Serpent was worth £90. He was sired when Seahorse was twenty years old. That stallion, who is by Nelson from Moonga, won the New Zealand Cup in 1899, was subsequently successful in England, and was latei1 bought for stud purposes in America.

The Sydney Referee 6ays that prior to'retailing to' New Zealand, Mr. WG. Stead make a present to Mr. If. Falkinor, of the threa-year-old filly Fluency (Demosthenes —Las Vegas) for etud purposes. Fluency will, be sent to Australia in time for. the next stud season.

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NOTES AND COMMENTS, Evening Post, Volume XCVIII, Issue 148, 20 December 1919

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