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Tho nominations for the Melbourne Cup, as cabled from Melbourne, appeared in our Wednesday’s issue, but it is just possible that more horses will have to be added to the list, inasmuch as entries were receivable at Sydney and also at Christchurch, and we are not made aware if the names of such horses as may have been nominated at those places are included in the list telegraphed. If they are, and the list is therefore complete, the entries are much below the average of the previous six years, as will be seen by the following comparative statement :

At first sight this falliug-oflf—if the list is correct—seems unaccountable, seeing that the added money has just been raised to 5,000 sovs; but it is probably to be accounted for by the fact that the sweepstake has been simultaneously raised to 50 sovs each. The Hon. J. White’s powerful stable again ii not so strongly represented as usual, and those clever people who have been backing some of his youngsters for the Derby and Cup double will have burnt their fingers. New Zealand owners in unusual numbers appear bent on having a cut in at the big stake, for in the list I find the names of the Hon. W. Robinson’s Merrie England, Chain Shot, and Engagement, Mr G. Stead’s Maxim, Mr 1). O’Brien’s Dunkeld and Vandal, Mr C. Beresford’s Corunna, and Mr R, Burke’s Cuirassier. The appearance of these names in the lists will, like the absence of some of Mr White’s three-year-olds, spread dismay among those who have backed the New Zealanders for the New Zealand Cup and other engagements in this colony. Of course their crossing the water is no certainty, for the questions of handicap weights and of health also have to be taken into consideration ; still owners do not as a rule nominate horses for races on the other side without having serious intentions in view. Other Now Zealand-bred horses, whose prospects for the Melbourne Cup and whose running during next season will be watched from hero with interest, are Carbine, Manton, Niagara, Sommeil, Trenton, and Whakawhai.

When chatting with Walter Hickenbotham, the trainer of Carbine, after his return from Sydney, I (Melbourne correspondent of the ‘ Canterbury Times ') asked him what he thought of Manton. He declared that the son of Trhs Deuce was the finest specimen of the thoroughbred ho had ever seen. The best two-year-old that took part at the A. J.C. meeting was Antaeus, a sou of Sir Modred, who was unfortunately not entered for any of the classic events to be run at either the A. J.C. or Y.R.C. spring or autumn fixtures next season.

Son-of-a-Gun is advertised for sale by private treaty. The stewards of the House of Commons Point to Point Steeplechase—reported last week, and for which there were twelve starters—disqualified tho winner, Mr Cyril Flower, on the grounds that his horse was improperly described and not qualified to be entered, as it had previously won a steeplechase. Mr Flower explains that he entered Homo Rule, and had intended to start him, but the animal was so fractious at the last moment ho decided to ride his old horse Sultan. This candor surely comes a little late, remarks a contemporary. H. Thompson seems to have got Lorraine fairly sound again, says the ‘ Canterbury Times,’ and is hopeful of getting a race or two out of the unlucky son of Maria Theresa next season. Bell Boy, a crack American trotter, has been sold for the big price of 51,000 dollars. tochiel is advertised to stand at Russley next season, so that his racing days are evidently over. Mr H. Yeend has returned to Melbourne after a short stay in Dunedin, and took back with him the identical jacket and breeches in which he rode Flying Buck to victory in the first Champion Race ever run in Australasia. The colors were those of Mr W. C Yuillo, and had been retained in Mr Yeend’s family here ever since the eventful day. That was so long ago as October 1, 1859 almost thirty years back—and Harry was quite a mite of a boy when he won the race for Mr Yuille. The weight carried by Flying Buck was only Gat 51b, or 101b less than three-year-olds would have to carry in the same race nowadays if it were run at the commencement of the season, as Flying Buck s race

was. His time was smin 57sec, or con-1 siderably longer than the average of recent years ; but he beat no less than seventeen ( opponents. This field of eighteen is the , largest that has ever contested the race; indeed double figures have been reached; only seven times, and they were all prior to 1877—the average number of starters since ■ then being about five. Not long after his success in the big race young Yeend came over with his parents to Dunedin, where they settled down, and where, some years : ago’, the head of the family died. Harry in j the course of time developed into a coach : proprietor, and became well known on the | roads as a clever whip, but he always retained his love for the thoroughbred horse, and eventually started a training establishment. Local racing people will remember his owning the Australian-bred horses King Philip and Rory O’More, and running them in Otago and Canterbury in 1875 and the two following years. With King Philip he won the President’s Handicap at the Dunedin spring meeting of 1875-76, and also the Tokomairiro J.C. Handicap of the same season, besides running third to Pungawerewere and Right Bower in the Dunedin Cup in a field of fifteen. The following season King Philip won the St. Andrew’s Handicap at our spring meeting. With Rory O’More Mr Yeend won the Stewards’ Purse and the Grand Stand Handicap in succession at our spring meeting of 1875-7 C, but after that time both horses went radically wrong, and the King was sold for stud purposes, while Rory fell dead in a race at the Forbury. A year or two later saw Mr Yeend in Tasmania, where he picked up a grand jumper in Intrepid, a son of Smolcnsko. He won a 30 sovs hurdle race with him at Colebrook, and then took him over to Victoria, where, as also in New South Wales and South Australia, he proved wonderfully During' the two seasons 1579-SO and 1880-81 Intrepid won nine races for Mr Yeend, among them being the A.J.C. Spring Steeplechase of 150 sovs, three Caulfield races of 100 sovs each, the Bendigo Steeplechase of 100 sovs, and the South Australian Jockey Club Steeplechase of 200 sovs. In 1880-81, too, Mr Yeend carried off with Blue Ribbon, a four-year-old daughter of Derby and Derelict, the Caulfield Cup—then, however, a stake of no more added money value than 125 sovs. Fifteen horses, nevertheless, started for the race, and the performance was certainly a meritorious one. Sir W. J. Clarke then entrusted his racing stud to Mr Yeend’s care, and for that wealthy owner he has won several good stakes, while he has now in hand nine or ten horses of various ages—but mostly youngsters —that should more than pay their way if they do not belie their breeding. The most interesting pair at present attending the training ground at Randwick are Narellan and Kirkham, the two colts bred to English time for the purpose of competing in the next English Derby. Both colts will be shipped for the Old Country next month in the Orizaba, and will be in charge of D. Boose, who will, on arrival in England, transfer them to Mr Matthew Dawson, the celebrated trainer, who will prepare the Australians for their I'.ngliah classic engagements. It is to bo hoped that the two colts will turn out fair representatives of the Australian racehorse, for the undertaking is purely experimental, and, choicely bred as Kirkham and Narellan undoubtedly are, they may turn out two of the worst colts ever bred in Australia. Referring to the death of Jupp, the wellknown English cricketer, the ‘Sporting Life’ says:—Jupp’s was a hard wicket to capture. When fairly set he—well, let me have the line in by the head and shoulders “ stood four-square to all the winds that blew.” Once upon a time, though, an artful bowler of lobs, by name E. M. Grace, took his wicket. Such a ball had probably never been bowled before in a first-class match, and probably not another like it since. Mr Grace “ bowled ”it very high, as for the purpose of giving the wicket-keeper a ball to gently catch, against all the rules of the game, without the intervention of bat or bails. ishe rose like a bird and dropped like the stick of a rocket upon the wicket, and poor Jupp was out. He was angry ; he said it was not cricket ; ho returned to the dressing room in palpable “ temper,” but—he was out. Jupp was in every way a credit to the cricket-field and the class to whicli he belonged._ How many members of the team to which he was attached are living V



The energetic secretary of the Dunedin Club is away for a six weeks’ business trip up country, and, as usual, his machine goes with him wherever practicable. It appears that the bicycle riders who are to come over from Australia to the Christchurch race meeting at Christmas are professionals, and at a recent meeting of the Dunedin Club a resolution was passed to the effect that the club could not see its way to get up a special race meeting for them, as it existed purely for amateur sport, and it was felt that any departure from the rules opened up a dangerous precedent. The following comparison of the world’s records for ice skating and bicycling is interesting States. Ilicicle.

100 „ .. .. 11 HO 0 .. .6 S3 41 It will he noticed that the difference in the longer distances is much greater in proportion than in the short ones. Some record-breaking on the roads has recently been done in Australia. Mr Allen, of tho Redfern Bicycle Hub, recently rode from Sydney to Melbourne, a distance of 616 miles, in eight days, or eighty hours twenty-five minutes actual riding time; and a Mr Crawford, of Melbourne, covered 107 V miles in eight hours twenty-six minutes, quite eclipsing any previous records. This was at Easter; and Mi G. R. Broadbent on the same day rode 203 miles in twenty-three hours three minutes. Neither of these crack riders, strangely enough, knew what the other was about, though they were riding for records within a few hours of each other and visiting several of tho same places. Tho localities were Geelong and the roads westward from there. .Eoi.cs,

Mkuiodrnk Cur Nominations. 1S70 .. 03 1883 .. .. 100 1877 .. 1K1 1884 .. .. 131 1*78 .. 100 1885 .. „ Kl.'i 1870 .. 122 1880 .. .. 143 1S80 .. 109 1887 .. ..123 1881 .. 120 1838 .. .. 130 1882 .. 123 1889 .. .. 123

h. m. B. h. ra. e. J-mile .. i ,, .. .. 1 24 .. in 2 ti8 2 30 « 20 .. 0 11 r IB 08 .. 13 22 ib ” .. 30 08 .. 27 5 20 ,, .. 1 14 7 .. 04 20 oo „ .. .. 4 13 30 .. .. 2 2041

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 7927, 7 June 1889

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