NOTES AND COMMENTS
July 21—Wiilmata District Hunt Club. July! 28-l-South Canterbury Hunt Club. July 23, 30—Gisborne B.C.
Acceptances for the two Grand Nationals and the Winter Cup arid general entries for, the C.J.C.. August Meeting are due/onjFridayat. 8 p.m. T Weights for the Christchurch Hunt Club's Meeting are due nest Monday. If Aberfeldy, Fairy Herald, and Fairy Tidings run at the South Canterbury Hunt Meeting next Saturday, some idea may be gained of the Southern horses' form in regard to races at Riccarton. The Canterbury Jockey Club's handicappcr, Mr. W. P. Russell, will be at the South Canterbury Hunt Meeting on Saturday. A Southern writer draws attention to the physical'fitness of A. E. Ellis, who rode 'Juki and Wharnecliffe at Trentham on Saturday. There is no doubt that JrAMs had a hard race on both horses,- and only a man .in good condition could have done so well. In all races, and in jumping races in particular, the condition of the rider is almost as important as that of the horse, but unfortunately nowadays it is a fact ,of which sight is lost completely. There is no doubt that Ellis set his confreres a very worthy example. According _to the "Christchurch Star," Charlatan gave a good, exhibition in a school over eight fences at Riccarton. on Saturday. He is progressing well in his Grand National preparation, and lie will have a race at Washdyke next Saturday, when a line; on his condition will be obtained* Blue Hall accompanied The .Harp in .a' turn: over the hurdles. Te Kawa, a brilliant hurdler when racing some.time ago, showed' that, he had not forgotten how to jump by clearing three obstacles in fine, style. . . T. H. Gillett's luck was out on >Sa:ui--day, .for in addition to losing Sun Up so unfortunately at Treuthain, Satrap, a two-year-old in his stable at Riecartou, cuv' a leg while galloping. The wound bled freely, but a quick, recovery is expected. Magna Charta is pleasing track-watch-ers, at Riccarton, and is expected to ac in good order for the Grand National Meeting. ' \ Booster is to rejoin Peho in J.. W.-'Jen* nings's stable at Riccarton this week. He is reported to have put on a lot of. condition"during his spell, and- he should be a. better horse than ever next season. Jennings is also making a start on Cyne'li, a smart mare by the imported horse Cynic. ! ;The.conditions of the issuing-.of trainers' licenses by the Conference, have been amended slightly. In future trainers ..will be.placed in two grades., Recognised train-ers,-with.-regular. : teams will be. licensed as- ; -at-present, while owners who iraiu their own horses, liieu with only one liorse, and new trainers, will be granted provisional.licenses, subject to removal to the otner Rrade when.considered advisable. Holders of'provisional licenses will not be entitled to' the full, privileges of those who hold a first-grade license. . . The Licensing Committee of the Kaeing Conference had applications from a uunioer of .trotting'trainers. N, C.. I'rice was granted a trainer's license, and J. J. Kennerley, W. J. Tqm'kiuson, and J.:.Warren provisional trainers' licenses. . |J.. itennott's application, for a trainer s lietnse was not granted. , ... . ■' • A. good judge who was at the Duticjdiri Winter. Meeting, on his return Xcrtli stated that the two promising horses, in his-opinion, who raced there were Bouena and Maungamoe. Bonena has won, a gopd race'at Trentham, and the .'follow.' jg by a Sputhern writer concerning Maungamoe, ■wto^ claims an engagement in the Beaufort ;Steeplechase, at Riccarton, is of- interest:—The Riversdale-owned Maungamoe has improved a;good ; deal under George Folding's care at Wingatui, and it is only a ,matter of him training bu to shortly reward his popular owner with another /win." In the event of. Frenchman starting, in any"of the events in whieh-Maimga-nibe is due to compete in this month, another pilot will need to be secured for him, as Youngmau will be riding; Mr. W. T. Hazlett's horse in all engagements.. A. S. Ellis is spoken, of as having been given the offer. According to Southern reports, Fiunchmain is expected to make a bold showing in .the big steeplechases at the ':!eand National Meeting. He has the handy weight of ,9.10 hi the Grand National, a race" in which he finished fourth last year after running a great race, lie won the Beaufort Steeplechase on the second dajc'witli 9.2',-i' up, with lOst was beaten a-length by Tuki (10.1) in. the Liu;oln Steeplechase. ■ Frenchman has been sit Kiccarton for some weeks now to yd thr: advantage of the tracks, and, accci-l'.ng to .all accounts, he has been goum on well- in liis work. He may lie given a run 'at the Christchmx-h Hunt L'lub> Meeting. Sbnie of' the takings at the annual iiuerIsland jockeys' football match this year at.ißiccarton will go 'towards erecting. a memorial stone to the late Charles Stratford. ''. . . . 'Two'of!Mr. W. T. Hazlett's team r.ho have done well recently, according to recent reports, are Father O'Flynn and Irish. Father O'Flyun is well-known in this Island as a,good galloper when right. Many-'and'strarige are the demands made.upon the time of a.Mayor, but one received, last week'by the Mayor o£ Waimate (Mr. -'.George', Dash), who ' (says: an exchange) can by no means be called a racing" enthusiast, takes a lot of beating. "Dear Sir," -wrote a lady from' a large town in,the.South to,his Worship, ''I do not .know anyone in Wairr.ate but I have noticed your name in .the papers,. and thought you ; might, help me in putting some money on a horse .or two in the coming Hunt Club Meeting, 21st July, in your ,tpw.n." • . The successful .operation recently upon a horse of thyroid-gland treatment called forth the following from a contributor to the "Bulletin":—''This animal, which had hitherto been recognised as a bookmaker's friend, brought home the bacon.. I want to. know if that's the sort of honest and fair, dealing . that should .obtain among gentlemen that, is gentlemen. If I was to get one of the. boys to,put a 'shot', into something I .wanted livened up or steadied, according .as> the cash: came, -what would.-.- happen if i the : stewards took a rumble? Why, saliva swabbings, and analysts, and, perhaps the outer for me, with the, kids ; and the. missuses crying in va[in for .their champagne with- the porridge and their:diamond necklaces. Yet'here's an^owner allowed to get his prad doped under; the lap, :and tear down the hardearned profits of as unsuspecting and- law avoiding: a set of. men as; ever opened up with the text 'Six to four the field.' < A tough,world? Toorigl.t! Even the pony nobihty'll be hard-put'to it to-earn-a Jmng if this sort of thing goes on ."■ Lawavoiding'is sgdod; ! ■ "While the club's race meetings have again been very successful from the point of .view of the-sport, we regret that the balance-sheet shows a loss of £810:- 10s lid on the year's working,- says the annual report .of; the -Egmbnt Racing Club The decrease of .£19,335 oh the totalisator investments and £320 in gate • receipts are tna-main reasofis for' the loss, those 1 two items- representing a decrease in net revenue to the club of upwards of £1750 as compared with-the previous year. The total-taxation paid to the Government Sj r dayß', Vll/lns nmo "nted to £6181 4s 2d. In the face of a period of financial depression which has bra keenly telt. by racing clubs throughouPthe Dommioh, we consider that members may congratulate themselves that their club remains in a sound financial position although measures of economy will require to be considered' when framing next season s programme." At the annual meeting of the Oamaru Jockey Club held yesterday the annualreport states that the' weather was very bad-for each of the club's meetings. Figures .quoted Bhowed that -while, the club had incurred losses between 1921-22 and 1926-27 of £4486, it had paid to the Government by -way of totdisator tax, receipts tax, and amusement tax £0367. In addition, the public had contributed in the same period of years another £9585 in: tax' upon dividends, while owners had been; taxed to the extent of £1503 on stake*. Under, such a heavy burden, it was no-ponder that countrycluba such as this were finding.it very difficult to carry on.
As the club.received £7410 from the Grand •National Art.Union and has £5400 on deposit _at call, with a credit balance of £6733 15s lid.of assets over liabilities, it is in not such a bad position. An argument that is being revived in Sydney is the possibility of Amounis Btaying now better than as a three-year-old, when, Manfred . gave him a half-furlong start and beat him in the A.J.C. Derby. It is something that the gelding's trainer (F.. M'Grath) belieyes he will stay. Since Amounis came into his care he has had one run over a mile and a half, in the C. B. Fisher Plate, in which Pantheon showed superior stamina, and a very tired Spearfelt also headed him. It is argued that Amounis had not then been prepared for a long race, and that his brilliant wins since over a mile and a quarter in tho Chipping Norton Stakes and the Wagga Cup with 10.5 suggest that the extra furlong will not present insurmountable difficulties for him with only 9.3 on board. Those extra furlongs may, however, be the straw which ' breaks the camel'B 'back, as they have of so many horses that were not natural stayers, of the Windbag type. Amounis was not: a natural sticker at three years. Can he be made a-stayer at five? It's a problem over which much ink and thousands of pounds.will be spent. : •