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Our Mosgiel contemporary says that Mr Melrose has had another stroke of bad luck in losing his last purchased trotter, and that there are parties in Dunedin willing to back Anneau d'Or against time, the mare to do the three miles in eight minutes. " ' " ""« Negotiations are now' going on in Mel* bourne for a skating match between " Pro* feasors" Simmons (formerly of this pity) and Aginton for the championship of Australia, now held by the latter. Simmons wanted to make his own conditions, but Aginton did not agree, and when the mail left nothing had been decided. At the Moonee Valley (Victoria) races the pony Orator, lately owned by Mr Sounness, of Gore, won a mile event in lmins3sec; with Bst 21b up. At the Elsternwick Park races held on the 18th inst. Mr A. J. JCeith's Random (owner up) finished second in the Time Handicap Trot, of 100 sovs, two miles', covered in 6min lSJsec. Random starred at SOsec behind, the winner, Eilby, haying ssec behind.

The circular recently issued from the Colonial Secretary's peparpment; to Resident Magistrates, containing instructions as jio the rules that should govern the issue of totalisator permits, has been wif pdrawn. The annual meeting oi'fhe Canterbury Jockey Club was held yesterday. The treasurer (Mr jS. jG. Stead)' in his report said: Metropolitan clubs are at times charged with selfish legislation, but the slightest consideration must show that the leading clubs' in New Zealand when imposing restrictions with a view to checking the abuße of the totalisator have been actuated solely by a desire to protect WR hedge it round with such rujes as shoulc| tend to preserve' it as a higfi-clais sport. Racing, as sport, is undoubtedly » post enjoyable amusement to those who have aJnßt appreciation of it, and the totalisator wiphj|j certain limits is an excellent method of providing the funds necessary to <»rry it on successfully; bat the community'as a whole should look upon raping as an amusement only, and hot as the 'pusjness 'of life, wjiioh it is gradually becoming jo a class pf racg goers recently oreated by what may ba termed *' totalisator meetings.," Jt is, thetef fore, earnestly to be hoped that the restrictions suggested by the Colonial Secretary will put a stop to the useless and pernicious meetings, as unless the use of'the totalisator be confined within reasonable limits it would be infinitely better for the general morality that racing should be entirely abolished than .that such a gigantjc evil should flourish fit jfeur midst. ' " "" (By Elxotbio Telkoraph—OopnaoHt.] [Pkb Pbsss AssoaufioK.J THE NATIVE FqOTBALLERS. MELBOURNE, Mat 20. Playing the Victorian game here yesterday, Warbrickfs team Scored ten goals and eleven behinds to two goals ""and three be, hindß by the Wanderers.

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 7919, 29 May 1889

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE. Issue 7919, 29 May 1889

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