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The objection laid against Ringmaster being awarded the stakes in the Great Northern Handicap, on the ground that the jockey was not a bona fide apprentice, has been overruled as frivolous. A totalieator dividend of L9l 16s was paid at the Wellington races the other day on Merlin in the Maiden Hack Race, Referring to it the * Post ’ says:—“ It is somewhat singular that the boy James, who rode the winner, is the same jockey who rode Jack in a hack race at the CartertonTaratahi meeting last year, when there was not a single investment on the winner. On that occasion James was given LI by his father, with instructions to do as he liked about putting it on his mount. Thinking the horse had no show he kept the LI in his pocket, and had the mortification to see nearly L3OO slip from his grasp. This time he took care to have the pound on, and the result was a return of L9l 165,” At Cromwell last week C. G._ Mountney, owner of a trotter named Maggie, sued the Cardrona Jockey Club for Ll6 odd, the amount of the Time Trot, which ho claimed to have won, and for five totalisator tickets on his mare. It transpired that the course was 0 shaped, it being necessary in a threemile race to go round the circle four times, then proceed up the straight, and pass the winning post. Two of the horses running in the Trot went three times round, and plaintiff was doing likewise when he was checked and told to go round once more, which he did, and came in first. The stake was awarded to one of the horses that had gone only two miles and a-quarter. Plaintiff’s protest was disallowed by the stewards, on the ground that he had gone inside a post, but he denied having done so, and was supported by several witnesses. Plaintiff said, in cross-examination, that the starter had admitted after the race that he had made a mistake and considered Forest Queen should get the stakes through his error. The defence was that plaintiff should have demanded the race to be run again, and that he was not weighed in by the clerk of scales. The Magistrate (Mr Hickson) said that he had never before had a ease like this before him ; and, like all other cases in connection with racing, it was a crooked one —putting it as mildly as be possibly could. Judgment was reserved. The Christchurch Football Club_ pay a visit to Dunedin next week, meeting the Pirates on the Queen’s Birthday and the Dunedin Club on Saturday. The Christchurch Lacrosse Club are unable to visit Dunedin next week, but will eome down at the end of August or beginning of September.

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Evening Star, Issue 7909, 17 May 1889

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE. Evening Star, Issue 7909, 17 May 1889