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EXHIBITION RACES., Issue 7962, 18 July 1889
TO TIIK BDHOR. Sir,-Having before me tho Dunedin Jookey Club's programme lor the Exhibition meeting, I would liko to BUggest a (ew alterations in tho trotting handicaps—viz. : 1. That the six horses eligible to start in the finals ol the Exhibition and Carnival Trots be rehandicapped. 2. That the handicap for tho Carnival Trot be postponed until attar the Exhibition Trot has been decided. 3. That a new trot be added to the already very liberal programme—or to take the place of th» Disposal Stakes—to be called the " Frce-to-all Trot," of, nay, one mile and a-half; stakes, LSO; harness only. Winner to be sold by auction; proceeds to be divided between Jcckey Club and the owner cf second horee. Such a trot would take immensely both with owners and the general public, and there could be uo doubt of its euocess flnanciilly. It would also be a very novel sight to see thirty or forty sulkeys on the Forbury racecourse The postponement of tho handloap for the Carnival Trot would, I am confident, add greatly to the club's finances, because, ts tho programme stands at present, it is useless for an owner of a trotter to enter his horse for both trots, seeing that if he wins the Exhibition Trot the penalty of 15530 makes it an impossibility to win the Carnival Trot, except in the caso of a non-previous performe r thrown in (which would be prevented if rehandicapped). It being only a mile race, the penalty is therefore out of all proportion to the distance. It would also prevent any attempt being made to work a swindle, and would give every horse a chance to win; whereas, if the handicaps are framed for both trots, and a horse gets thrown in by having been run " stiff" for a considerable period, or has never trotted in public both trotß would probably be at his mercy (Random and Zenoblo, to wit); bu», if mv suggestions be carried out, such a thing could hardly occur. It wou'd also tend to make the entries more numerous, and a better return would be obtained fr m the totalipator, especially in running off the finals; beoauso if a fast trotter gets a long start the final would actually ho a walk-over, so far as the totalisator is conoerned. With Mr Dowse it would be more child's ploy to rearrange the vwious handicaps without any delay to thi programme, and would, I feel surp, give that gentleman a great deal more satisfaction personally, Mv ohjecfc in thus writing to the Pre??, and not to the Jockey Club direct on this subjeot, is to try nnd induce others interested in trotting to express their opinions, and thereby make the day'B trotting 68 successful as possible, both to the Jockey Olub and horse-owners; also, Bcoro a record for Dunedin that a day's trottine, when well carried out, is quite as enjoyable, and as free from fraud?, as the beßt-con-duoted raco meeting in the country.—l »m, etc. Fourth Day. Dunedin, July 16.
EXHIBITION RACES., Issue 7962, 18 July 1889
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