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TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —In your issue of the 23th inst. I notice you give Mr Melrose as an authority that Auneau d’Or can be backed in Dunedin to break eight minutes for three miles. Now, Mr Melrose, as an old owner of trotting horses, must know that such effusions cannot be looked on as of a friendly nature, as it is well known Anncau d’Or’s best time for three miles is Smin 45sec, and it is equally well known that she was backed by her stable followers last Friday and failed to get within three furlongs of the winner, who got homo in 9min lOsec. I have treated several such insinuating would be-public-attracting notices in the Press with the contempt they deserved, but as Mr Melrose has so far forgotten himself as to allow his name to be attached to the statement referred to, I have much pleasure in informing him that he can have the leg-up on the mare, and I will find backers to his heart’s content that Smin 40aec can beat him five times out of six, and for tho odd time I’ll back Smin 30sec.— I am, etc., H. J. Smekdon. Dunedin, May 31. [Our correspondent has fallen into an error. Tho ‘Taieri Advocate’ mentioned that some parties in town were willing to back his own mare against time,— Ed. E S.]

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THE TROTTER ANNEAU D'OR., Issue 7922, 1 June 1889

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THE TROTTER ANNEAU D'OR. Issue 7922, 1 June 1889

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