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NOTES AND COMMENTS

KACING FIXTURES.

August 3—Christchurch Hum Club. August 3—Poverty Bay Hunt Club. Augus: 13, 15, 17—Canterbury J.C. August, 24—PaKuranga Hunt Club. August 34—Haw-lies Ba> Hunt Club August 28—Dannevlrlw U.C

August 29—Dannevlrlie Hunt- Club. August 31—Taranakl Hum Club. September 4. 5-Marton J.C.

September T—Otago Hunt Club. ' September 12, 14—Wansanul J.C. September 21—Asbburton County B.C. September- 21—Napier Park R.C. September 21, 23—A?ondale J.C. Scptembei 26, 27—Geraldine R.C. September 28—Eawke3 Bay J.C.

Reminders., Nominations ' for the Pakuranga Hunt Meeting close to-night. .The Real Horse. An English enthusiast sums up;the ideal racehorse: When awards are being handed oui, the chipf winner is the horse able to act on any kind of going, uphill, downdale, or on the level, and the horse that can back up speed with stumina -and courage. ..".-; Bets by Cheque. An arrangement: for betting on French racecourses by cheque, similar to that recently adoptedby several English banks,is to be authorised. With the suppression of bookmakers (says Reuters Paris correspondent) persons anxious, to stake large sums found it inconvenient 'to carry large wads, of notes, and naturally an ordinary cheque, impossible to verify on the spot, is not acceptable. Now an agreement has been come to between the Societe d'Encouragement and a large French bank providing for 'an arrangement closely resembling tho State scheme : of; postal, cheques. Cheque books will be oh-jsalejfor cash at the racecourse containing ten cheques of 500, 1000, or 5000 francs. Other arrangements are also to be introduced' by which it will be. possible to obtain these cheque-books from ■ .banks against ■; sufficient;', guarantees. These ehe.ijues'caiv be.;handed in at the Paviniutuel, and each'user will "be given a number, and any sums won by him will ■.be paid automatically into his account. An office to deal with this new business ,lias already been set up in the paddock >at. iongchamp.;; The superseded book- ' makers, one paper 1, remarks, will have to become Bankers. '. Mangani. ; - Mangauiis going to have a solid following ;iu-..the '.Grand National Hurdles, in which ' he has 0.2, says the "Waikato Times." The Day Comet gelding looked •well to the eye when surveyed at Te Rapa before leaving for the South. He has not had a race since the Winter Steeples at Ellerslie, in which he was looking all over a winner till he came to grief at the 6econd''fence from home. Mangani will not have a public outing at Riccarton before he contests the big hurdles on 15th August, but as he has reached the scene early, he will have plenty of time to be topped off. The hurdle journey is',a.trying one; but Mangani should get it capably ■with his handy impost. Wiltshire Pleases. ■ "Wiltshire indicated by-the manner in which he got through his task over several of the big fences and a couple of brush .jumps at Te Rapa last week that he is now well in the right channel so far as his physical condition is concerned, says , a Waikato writer. When he came back ■ to the scraping shed after doing a couple of rounds, on which he jumped eignt fences, the Day Comet —Lady Lobelia gelding gave no indication of haying suffered from the exertion. Rather did he appear to have been improved by it, and "would not have blown a t match onti" Wiltshire has : arrived at' Riccatton, and opportunity will be taken to, school him over the cross-country circuit ori' which he is to contest the 'Grand National Steeplechase on 13th.August. More About Glendowie. According to the "Christchurch Star,," Glendowie is still the mystery horse, but the:.;last part .of the following possibly may not be taken too seriously. Glenclowie was nominated for the Homeby ■.Steeplechase and the Hunters' Plate at the Christchurch- Hunt Sleeting.-- but he was not accepted for in either event. Glendowie has not put in an appearance at.Riccarton, being under the care of W. J. '.Tomkihson at Addingtou. Judged on Ms form at Trenthanv he is a long way below-bis. best at present, and not likely to. be'a.serious contender for. Grand Xational honours. Will it be Better? "VAyNev lYork paper mentions',that C. -'-Aliidde'n, one of that city's most promineut.bookmaker!', is relii-ii^r ■ ti-oin that biisi■.^ricss;and ■ will tstai-t as » stockbroker: Ho vis a backei; as well as a bookmaker, and the, paper quoted says he won .-C.30,000 last year, when- Pctee Wrack beat Victorian . and :.Reigh Count in tho Travel's. It is added that Madden gave each of his dozen clerks a bonus of 5000 dollars (£1000) last ■year, and that his .winnings were not far from a million dollars. If that is correct, it is a wonder he wishes to give up bookmaking. ■ •■•.;. Ascot Gold Cup Winner. ■'.• The English form, over a cup course, stands just pre-eminent at the timo. Inver■'shin, although he has now- won Ascot's principal race for the second year in succession, is^only about top of our handicap class over a stayer's distance, says "Augur." It is not worth while, however, "setting up a comparison between him .and 'some other Cup winners which one' feels sure were celebrities. •'•■'.- Here is a stout liorse—British -oak all ' the way through—and ho is at an age when the thoroughbred, as a .a-aciiig proposition, is generally understood to be on a decline. What fine incentive, then, have other owners to judiciously employ their good horses ■ and keep'them in training beyond a supposedly allotted, span! „. . ; r I might interpolate by saying that Mr. Reid Walker had au idea, after last year's Gold Cup, of retiring Invershin,-but second thoughts prevailed, and whether or not these were inspired by the knowledge „ that Fairway was not intended to run, and the, doubt that Felstead would.be able to do so, the ' result has handsomely justified the policy. The runner-up, Eeigh Count, the travel--ler from U.S.A., has struck the right note -with our people, and proved,worth his passage. It is a pity, that he was here running his final race, for he is quite young as Cup contestants are reckoned—lnyershin is three years his senior—and irom the point of view of appearance it is evident that the American horse has only lately commenced to find himself in this country. So that had he been kept here even until the end of the season, it is. a reasonable theory that he would have achieved still more fame. His connections, however, in being so much pleased, are also well satisfied with their venture. Reigh Count, in this final bid, was able to fihow himself to be quite a fair stayer.

(BX "VEDETTE.")

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NOTES AND COMMENTS, Evening Post, Volume CVIII, Issue 29, 2 August 1929

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