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NOTES AND COMMENTS

[(BY "VEDETTE.")

.-•■- BACING TIXTUEES. : Oct. 17, 19—South Canterbury J.C. : Oct. 19—Masterton B.C. Oct. 24, 26—Poverty Bay T.C. Oct. 26, 28—Wellington B.C. ; Oct. 28-^Waverley B.C. ■ ; Oct. 28—Walkato Hunt Club. Oct. 28—Walpawa County B.C. ■ '■ Oct. 28—North Canterbury B.C. Oct. 28, 80—Gore B.C. : . . ■ , Reminders. Nominations for the Auckland Oup, Rail-; yfsy Handicap, Summer €up, A.E.C. Han-, dieap. Grandstand Handicap, King's Platfe, and Clifford Plate are due to-morrow 5 p.m. • .' ■ > -■■'■.':' .Nominations for the Carterton Meeting' close to-morrow at 9 p.m. Acceptances for the Masterton; Meeting close on Monday at 9 p.m. / Handicaps for the first day of-the Wellington Meeting are due next Tuesday. At Rand-wick. Rain fell for 48 hours prior to the third, day's racing at Randwick yesterday, when the weather was showery. Naturally, the day was spoiled, and slow times were' the order on the heavy track. Phar Lapkept up his winning way by beating Molli-' Boni Amounis, and Loquacious jri the Craven Plate. Amounis is notoriously a bad horse in soft going, and much the same must apply to Loquacious, also by Magpie. . . . : The Dominion was to the fore with wins by Home Made and Teri. Teri's success in the Suburban Handicap, demonstrates the possibilities with New Zealand horses in Australia, for he beat a useful field including Vertoy, -svho was third to ■Nightmareh. and Reonui in the Epsom Han. dicap. Teri's trip to Australia must now be proving very profitable. First Acre appears to have run a really good race in the Sydney Handicap, practically a mile and a half, and he. must be in better order now than ever before. Jaleux ran another solid and unlucky *race for a minor placing. . Trenette, the winner of the Gimcrack Stakes, is a bay filly by Treclare from Le Bergeronette. Euclare, the runner-up, is also by Treclare from Eulaere, and the third horse, Weeterina, is by Moabite from Molly Crag. Drawing Barrier Positions. Visitors to the Northern meetings with torses during the past few weeks expressed some dissatisfaction with the method employed in drawing post positions. This i is usually done in other parts by the jockeys themselves under the supervision of an official, at most times the clerk of the scales. In the North, however, the . riders, have nothing to do with this matter, and the drawing is done by an official. This state of affairs is hardly satisfactory, lor granted that the official concerned is s above reproach, in his own interests it looks a necessity to have some one present, when he arranges the draw, and this is not always the case. The rules state that post positions shall be determined by lots from a closed box under the supervision of a steward, the judge, or other official. It is granted that with tho customary big fields in the North, nodelay can be permitted between races, but it would be a much more satisfactory state of affairs if the draw for post positions was conducted in the presence of some of the riders, trainers, or other people interested in the race. '< ' Becoming Costly. . ■ Since he has been in work after his aaaenesß in Australia, Merry Mint has been a costly horse. He fell at Ellerslie in June when holding a winning chance, and at Trentham was in fourth placa twice. Lameness again intervened, and after a gallop at Hastings recently ■he was sent to Ellerslie. Not over judiciously ridden on the first day, he was beaten at the turn, but on the second day he_was very patiently handled, only to sutler over the last furlong from the attentions of Le Choucas, who bored right over on him. Merry Mint, at his place . in the handicaps, has only to keep sound to make amends, but in the meantime the tide is a long time in turning. About Sinoleton. Singleton was one of the unlucky horses ; racing at Ellerslie. In the Mitehelson Cup he received an extraordinarily bad run and occupied all kinds of positions in the race to finish a close fourth. On the second day he went right down at the start and lost several lengths. He soon gained a decent position, only to lose it in the middle stages. He came again in the straight to finish, fourth. Singleton at tunes has shown excellent form, and if reserved for a race like the Auckland Cup, might have more than an outside chance with a lightweight to carry. There is no doubt that he is a good galloper. A Smart Hack. . Refresher placed himself out of hack class at Ellerslie. The Tea Tray three-year-old has not done a great deal of racing, and he is not yet Vfect in a race, and Jng fields may bother him for a ' £/l VttlP vid DOt make the turn well at Ellershe and with a less experienced jockey on him than H. Goldfinch he might easily have been beaten, although actually in class he towered above the opposition. Refresher should develop into a very useful handicap horse with time. His dam, Hula Girl, is by Demosthenes from Rangiao, by Gold Reef. Refresher is a brother to a useful horse in -tea. Jjell. . ' • Require Time. : The juveniles Cylinder and ChrystoW look a pair who will develop into firstclass performers with a bit of age Cylinder is a. late foal—he is not yet two years old—and bred as he is^ by Limond from Cymene, by Cylgad from Hippocrene, by Spearmint, he should develop *?. ,j tit*?*. He is a solid fellow, and should be up to any quantity of weight Probably not a great deal will be seen of him until late in the season, although he may be given a race at Trentham. When the distances increase he will come into his own. Chrysology is a solid gelding and a good galloper, but he appears to bl carried off his legs in the early part of his' races. He should be a worthy, son of Desert Gold later on. So far he has disappointed his trainer, P. Davis, but the pace he has shown justifies the good opinion' held about him by those most concerned. The records of Cylinder and Onrysology will he followed with interest. Trigo Retired. ' , _ Owners in Great Britain do not believe in over-racing their ■ horses, and they go to the stud with their vitality unimpaired. Trigo, winner of the Derby and St. Leger, has had a short life on the English Turf, for he was retired to his owner's stud farm at Cloghran, where he was foaled, when the season ended. . Before making his farewells he brought oil an unusual treble by winning the Irish Leger at the Curragh. His owner, an Irishman himself, had the colt entered for. the Scottish Derby and "ihe Irish Leger, both run on the same day. National sentiment decided in favour of the Curragh event, which Trigo duly won at odds on. : Still Lucky. After the last race at Napier Park last Saturday L. G. Morris was ordered to appear before the Judicial Committee and explain why his mount, My Own, had interfered with Potency. After evidence had been heard it was decided to censure severely Morris for careless riding.. At: the Waverley Meeting Morris was suspehd- ■ ed for crossing, and later, at Dannevirke, Courageous, ridden by Morris, was deprived of' first place owing to interference with Black' Mint. Coming so soon after these misdeeds, Morris can look on him-, self as extremely lucky to 'escape again with nothing more than a censure. In Australia recently Daniels -was suspended for three months'for crossing. At this season of Australian racing one can imagine what this means to Daniels,' and it cost him the riding of Mollison. During the past few weeks two of the little-known apprentices in this island, K. Grylls and C. .Davis, have had suspension from riding tor fourteen days handed out to them for exactly the same offence as that of Morris •They offended only once. Why the differgnee m faeatment?

About Toxeuma. * ' The "four-year-old Toxeuma was produced for the sprint event at Saturday's meeting at Napier. He flattered his supporters right up till the last half-furlong, but tired somewhat in the final, stages. Toxeuma will "be all the better for the race, and he will strip a fit gelding at the Wellington Meeting this month. Not as Good as Thought. My Own was looked on as unbeatable by many £ood judges at Napier Park last Saturday. This was based on her finishing effort in the Hawkes Bay Guineas a week previous. On Saturday last My Own had every chance, and can be' counted lucky _to run second. On the showing My Own isrnot the same class as her relatives, Kunnymede, Raasay, and Simba, which three have at different times displayed galloping powers much above the average. Odds and Ends. Three Northern sprinters who should soon,pay a dividend are High Finance Awarere, and Taku Tama. All three Taced very well at Ellerslie. ■ • Motere, a three-year-old by Lord Quex trom Lovematch, is a good/galloper,'but an awkward horse in a field. A course •hke that at Te Rapa should suit him,, and ne: is, likely to be heard of when the Waikato Meeting comes rend next month. A. E. Neale turned Elysianor out in good fettle at Ellerelie. Elysianor chased Red Fuchsia home when that gelding put up the.fast time at Riccarton, so that he looked a''good proposition in a much weaker class field on Monday. Lady Quex went lame on Monday morning at Avondale. She was troubled with her knees when a youngster, and- it is* thought that the reverse way round at Ellerslie found out the weakness_ again. It was. nothing really serious, but it was decided not to take any risks. Corinax had a race at Ellerslie. He looks in good order for important engagements later on. Oil King, a chestnut- colt bjr. Chief Ruler from Cocoanut, showed a good deal of pace in the two-year-old races at Ellerslie. He should be, a useful stake-earner for Mr. J. C. Gleeson. ' Respirator ran two very useful races at Ellersliei and should be worth keeping in mind for races to come in the. North. Golden Wedding was a very fit mare at the Auckland Meeting who raced unluckily. Later on she anould be worth a thought. . . After his snowing at Ellerslie it has to be admitted that Reremoana is on the down-grade. i The old fellow may win races, but the best has been seen o£ him. He had every chance on Saturday, but was not good enough in a field that was not exactly strong. According to the "Sydney Referee," H. R. Telford races Phar Lap under lease until. 1931.' The buyer given when Phar Lap was sold as a yearling was Mr. A. J. Davidson, of Sydney. 'This* lease must be registered in Victoria. It is reported that Kick Off had' his tongue over the bit throughout the race he contested at Napier last Saturday, and this accounted for his defeat. Best Friend is being selected as an early winner, due at t any time now. Royal Parade is another Hawkes Bay improver. This pair are worth remembering, from now on. „ , v

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