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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 7957, 12 July 1889
Gipsy Prince was scratched for the New Zealand Cnp at eleven o’clock on Wednesday morning.
Our special at Wellington wires“ The Wellington Racing Club’s steeplechase meeting, which is net down fox Saturday, promises to bo one of the most successful that the club have ever held, provided they have fine weather. Unless the weather clears to-morrow the steady downpour through the week is certain to make the going pretty heavy. The club hare extended free invitations to all the members of the Legislature and to visiting Pressmen. The day’s sport opens with the Trial Steeplechase, of twe miles, for which eleven out of seventeen have paid up. Of those left In I like Defamer (list) best, as in the Napier Park Steeplechase, with a stone less and inferior cattle to meet, he led for two miles and a-half, and at that distance could have won. Meat to him I fancy Madcap. For the Hurdles (one mile and three-quarters) twelve have cried content. Chemist (18it 2lb), who won the Napier Park Hurdles (two miles) with 12st 41b np, after running second in the Steeplechase with ISst 101b, must command a lot of respect and is sure to start a warm favorite. If this game son of The Painter is beaten, I think it will be by either Waterfall (10.7) or Rossiter (8.12). For the Flying Handicap, six furlongs, ten are left in, and Pretender (7.7) and Rewarewa (7-5) should fight out the finish; the latter for choice. For tbs Ladies' Bracelet there are eight entries, and the Napier horse Kahn is voted a good thing. If the pot is upset, 1 think Alcinoas the most likely to do it. Then follows ths big event —the Wellington Steeplechase, three miles. Panic (0.5), the hero of the Napier Steeplechase, which he won easily with Ost, Is the pick of the bunch, thongs Defamer (10) and Orient (11.10), I expect, will finish close np. If there is to be a surprise, Oceola (10) will be the agent. Forth* Winter Handicap, one mile and a-qnarter, ten are left in, and the race should be a straggle between Strenuous (8.6), Rewarewa (7), and Akatea (6.12), who I expeet to finish in that order. The Selling Hurdles ought to be a gift to Orlando.
CYCLING NOTES. The recent rains coming after the heavy frosts made the roads so soft and muddy &■ to almost put a stop to riding, even la town, and only a few adventurous men attempted it. But two days sun and breeze have worked wonders, and the roads are getting rideable again. Two Timaru cyclists during the late frosts left Fairlie Creek one afternoon for a ride to Bnrke Pass. The weather on leaving was glorious, but on entering between the hills, after leaving Silvcrstream, it became bitterly cold, and although the sun could be seen shining on the tops of the hills, it was, comparatively speaking, dark below. After crossing the Opibi the scenery was grand. At several places streams which were wont to run down the side cf the hill into the river were completely frozen np, and to the unaccustomed eye presented a rather novel appearance. The cold now becoming intense, the cyclists went at racing speed for Burke Pass. A few miles before reaching the hotel several streams were ridden over on the ice with perfect safety. A start was made on the return journey at 4.45, and as the evening was now closing in the air was even more keen. At one stage the riders were obliged to alight and run on foot with their machines, the cold being unendurable while riding. They arrived safely home at 6.53, after a ride which they are not likely to forget for some time. An exchange says that a cyclist in Brisbane has just imported a tonring bicycle, built to his order by the well-known English firm of Rudge and Co., who wen instructed to fit a tap on the end of the backbone, so that water might be stored fer drinking purposes. This peculiar " tank ’* is filled from a hole in the backbone near the head. Another pecnliarity about the machine is that the hubs are made wider apart than usual, so that a can with a spirit lamp may be swung between, and coffee boiled as the rider tours through the country ! Two strong steps are also affixed to the backbone for standing on when riding down steep hills, the small wheel being made extra strong for the pnrpose. The above is rather a tall yarn, bnt I give it for what it is worth. The writer of the article quoted suggests that the machine would be of good service on club runs, when the backbone could be filled with small ale, and each member earry his own pint pot! As to the steps for riding down hill, every rider knows how destructive to the bearings, etc., is riding on the step, and the little wheel-would require something special te stand the strain, I fancy. However, I commend the backbone beer tank suggestion to my esteemed friend, Captain Burn, of the D.C.C. He would find no l a ß(?h>g of members if he led the way np Saddle Hill on a warm day. Ss) urs.
SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 7957, 12 July 1889
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