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RACING FIXTURES.

KoTomber 30, December I—Feildini: J C. December 2, 3-S. Canterbury J C. December 7. B—Woodville Dist J C December 10, 12-Taumarunui R.d December 26, 27—Dunedin J.C December 26—WaipuKurau J.C. December 26, 27—Westland E C December 26, 27—Taranaki J.C. December 26, 27, 29—Manawatu R.C. December 26, 28, January 2, 3—Auckland B.C. SSZS" «" 3J- January 2-Greymouth J.C. December SI. January 2—Walrarapa B.C. December 17—Waipa 8.0.

The Takapuna Meeting will be concluded on Monday. The Feilding Meeting will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, and the South Canterbury Meeting on Friday and Saturday.

Nominations for the Manawatu Summer Meeting close next Friday, at 9 p.m. Forfeits for the Palmerston North Stakes are due at the same time.

Acceptances for the Woodville Meeting close on Friday next, at 9 p.m. Winners at Feilding are liable to be rehandicapped. Weights for the Auckland Cup and Railway Handicap are due to appear next Friday. On the same day general entries Trill be taken, and first forfeits are due ior the Great Northern Foal Stakes, Great Northern Derby, and Royal Stakes. Apart from the FeiMing Cup, the acceptances received were very good for the meeting which opens next Wednesday At present it looks as if the Kowhai Hack Handicap may have to be divided, but in the other races the number of acceptors is within that prescribed by the authorities. .

Possibly some of those left in the Feilding Stakes are due to oversights on the part of their owners, but at the same time the promise of a really good field should be redeemed. There are seven two-year-olds whose weights range from 6.6 to 6.1. lhc, greatest difficulty with them will be to. obtain light boys. Of those who have dropped out of the Feilding Cup, several have engagements in other races during the day. Others are from stables already represented, while the majority of the remainder are horses whose recent form does not justify their being in the race. Favouritism should be decided between Rowley and Paitonu. In the Flying Handicap Covent Garden and Arrow Lad should have plenty of friends. Degage is in steady work again at Trenthain, and looks well after her holiday. Her two-year-old half-brother by Lackham is also in commission again. It is doubtful if any horse in Trentham has improved more during the last few months. He is the ideal cut of a racehorse, and if looks go for anything he will make a name for himself.

Grand Knight, Wild Pigeon, and Staghunter all apparently thrived on their racing at Riccarton, and they are in great order at present. The two-year-old has sharpened up as the result of his races, while Wild Pigeon has also become more solid looking. Grand Knight is in great fettle, and should soon win a race. This trio should pay their way during the holidays.

Royal Duke, Oratrix, and Deluge will represent H. B. Lorigan's stable at JTeilding next week. Royal Duke lightened •up a little on the trip back from Riccarton, but he is now in good health again. There is nothing the matter with the other pair. S. J. Reid will have Panther, Chit, and Historic at Feilding. Panther probably is the most improved horse, and he is likely to do better soon than even his Masterton win suggested. Chit has become rather inclined to be "on her toes" or late. Select, the other two-year-old in the stable, is going on well, and should prove a better proposition than Chit. D. M'Cauley will have Tresham and Royal Picture at Feilding. The latter looks particularly well, but his Levin form was disappointing, for he put up a very weak effort at the end.

Mr. W. E. Bidwill has presented a 100----guinea cup to the Wairarapa Racing Club,'to go to the owner of the winner of the Wairarapa Cup at the club's jubilee meeting. Mr. C. Elgar, another steward, will give a similar trophy for the Wairarapa Cup at the 1929 meeting. Meteoric, a five-year-old brother to The Cypher and Battlement, who was purchased as a yearling for 1200 guineas, has been a complete failure an>l was sold recently for 70 guineas. In the course of an article on "Great Riders," a writer in the "Australasian" has the following:—"Tom Hales was a great judge of pace and a master of tactics. He was also vigorous, but it is doubtful whether any rider of note, past or present, combined such determination and vigour as 'Bob' Lewis. It is perhaps the practice of the day to extol the living and forget the dead. As Thomas a'Kempis wrote, 'And ■when he is out of sight, quickly also is he out of mind,' but it is only necessary to remember Lewis's vigour in winning the Melbourne Cup on Trivalve, and the many other races he won with the aid of his right arm, to agree with our contention. Of the present-day riders.-'Pike may be more artistic, Dempsey may have a prettier seat, and Duncan, Toohey, Davidson, Jones, Cairns, and a few others may have some qualifications that Lewis does not possess, but it is by results that men are known, and Lewis is the doyen in that respect." Nassau has not done much good at the stud since going to Australia. For the period extending from Ist August to 31ut October of this^season he had three winners of five races worfh £3095. There is no limit to insurance in these days, but insurance by a backer against a jockey getting a fall in a hurdle race or steeplechase is something decidedly new. Horse and Hound," London, states that this scheme was given a trial at Enghien (trance) on 22nd September. You insured your bet by paying a premium of 10 per cent, on the value of the pari-mu-tuel stake ticket in hurdle races and 20 per cent, in steeplechases in the event of the jockey being thrown from the horse It is explained that the jockey had to be thrown completely out of the Raddle for the insurance to become operative, but Jf he held the reins after his-fall that did not invalidate'the insurance. When'the jockey was thrown stake-money was returned less the insurance premium If the jockey remounted, you received back ymiv stake, and, if m such circumstances tne horse won or obtained a place, you !*mo P ♦°fc' ai edjn tbe divifie"d just the Mine as the holder of an ordinary uninsured ticket. _ On the first day the inno™'°J. 7 a. 8 tned .at Enghien these insurance t ckets were issued at only four booths and claims had to be put in during the same afternoon. They could not be colfected at the town offices of the pari-mu-tuel. A deal of interest evinced in the scheme, as it anticipated that, if it took the fancy of punters, it would be adopted on other French courses The Aga Khan ia noted for the hi«l> prices he pays for yearlings, and he does not strike more, than his share of bargams He gave 10,500 gns. for Gay Baby (by Gay Cnisader-Tete-a-Tete) as a yearling, and that filly, now a three-year-old. wonherfat™ at her fifteenth attempt atHamilton Park on 27th September. Tne value of the race was only £167 In the same week, at Newmarket, the Aga Khan's three-year-old Fete (by Tetrat?ma-Coii-fey), whose yearling price was 12,000 gn ß had the thiftr race of her career, and, improving upon her two previous efforts, ran second with 7.9 to Highborn 11. (10.0) in the Snailwell Stakes. As the two fillies 3°!""-T cost 22-500 gns., a first prize of ±.167 between the two up to the beginning of last month was poor recompense for a Die outlay.

Colorado having disposed of the Derby ami St. Leger winner, Coronach, in deceive style, at four j'ears old, it seemed as though Lord Derby would be able to claim the leading weight-fov-age performer on English soil this year. However, a French-bred horse in the shape of Asterns wag on hand at Newmarket on lltli October to try conclusions with his Englishbred rival in the Champion Stakes, which event was run over a mile and a quarter. Each horse-carried 9.0, so that it was a fair test in the matter of poundage, and Asterus scored a narrow victory. Asterus, vrho carried the colours of M. M. Boussac is a descendant of the French-bred sire Teddy. The latter is a son of the Flying Fos horse Ajax. With rezard to Colorado, its ui/derstood that he is not to be further raced.

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RACING FIXTURES., Evening Post, Volume CIV, Issue 128, 26 November 1927

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