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A special general meeting of the Dunedin Jockey Club was held at Philp’s Hotel last night for the purpose of considering the rules of racing as agreed on at the conference of delegates of the metropolitan clubs held at Wellington lately. Mr H. Driver occupied the chair, and there were about twenty members present. The Chairman stated the object of the meeting, and said that some of the resolutions which would be laid before them were purely technical and could be passed without hesitation, while others, the Committee thought, might be discussed as fully as possible. They were all aware that the Dunedin Jockey Club from the first had taken up the ground that the sum of money which country clubs holding two meetings in the year were obliged to give in stakes should not exceed Ll5O per diem. The club had always supported that because the country clubs could afford that amount, and not L2OO. The Committee recognised that by the present rules an injustice was done to some of the country clubs, and they tried in every,, way in their power to have it rectified. . The clubs at Cromwell, Dunstan, Blacks, and other places had formerly almost, as much money in stakes as Dunedin, but of later years they had found it difficult to : find the amount, and therefore this rule obliging them to give L2OO per. diem had a very serious effect on them. It was that view that the president of the club (Mr George M’Lean) held at the Conference, but he was over-ruVd, and it was impossible to get their view of the matter adopted. His (Mr Driver’.;) own impression of the matter was that what affected Hawke’s Bay, Canterbury, Wellington, and other places did not, in the same sense, affect Otago, and for that reason special legislation was required for this district, A suggestion would be made that a conference be held in Dunedin at Exhibition time; and be thought ilj.was a good one, as the question could then be fairly fought out. It was important that the Jockey Club should keep in touch with the metropolitan clubs, because it was plain that one could not race without the other. * The Secretary pointed but the rules in which only slight alterations had been 1 made, and read the first resolution, as follows “ That the alterations and additions agreed upon at the conference of delegates of the various metropolitan clubs held at Wellington on the 31st July,. 1889,.be adopted by the Dunedin Jockey Club, so far as (here follow the numbers of forty-three rules) are concerned.” Mr Gourley moved and Mr Miller seconded the motion for the adoption of the rules named, which was carried. The second resolution was as follows: “That in rule 17 the words ‘in the official calendar ’ be deleted, and the words *in a newspaper, a copy of which must be forwarded, prior to the meeting, to the secretary of the metropolitan club of each district,’be inserted in lieu thereof." Mr Miller moved and Mr M. Fagan seconded the adoption of the resolution,, which was carried. The portion of rule 17 referred to reads as follows“ The programme of each meeting in which the added money is LIOO or upwards must be advertised in full once at least in the official calendar.” The next resolution was as follows; “ That subsection 6 of rule 22 be deleted ; that subsection 7 of rule 22 stand as subsection 6, and that it be altered to read as follows;—‘Subject to the foregoing rules and the rules of racing, there shall be no restriction as to the amount of money added by any club holding one meeting dotring the year or at which the totalisator is not used.’ ” —The resolution was adopted. ' The subsections referred to read as follows : —“ Any club holding one meeting in the year must give a sum of not less'than LIOO per diem' in stakes. Subject to the foregoing rules and the rules of racing, there shall be no restriction as to the amount of money added by any club bolding meetings at which the totalisator is not used.’’ . - -■ The next resolution—“ That in. rule-186 the words ‘ Ist day of October, 1889, be deleted, in order to place in lien thereof a date to be named at a conference to be held at Dunedin during the Exhibition meeting ” —was also adopted. RulO' IS6 provides that the rules shall come into operation oh the Ist day of October, 1889, and any other rules of racing shall from that time be annulled. The Secretary intimated that the next resolution was;—“ That, seeing the members of the Dunedin Jockey Club have considered it necessary to disagree with some of the proposed alterations made by the conference held at Wellington on 31st July last, the following reasons for so doing shall be-j respectfully forwarded to the various metropolitan clubs :—(1) That a rule .obliging all programmes to be advertised in'the official: calendar is not of sufficient importance to justify the extra expense, and consider the alterations suggested in the resolution justcarried will meet all that is required. (2) That if the amount per diem for one meetingis raised to LIOO it will seriously affect some of the small meetings in this district which have heretoforebeenwellcouducted. Thelawasat present works without complaint or abuse, and there seems no good reason for changing it. (3) That the members of the club regret that the conference did not agree to the proposal made by its delegate regarding the amount of stakes to be given, as provided by rule 22, subsection V.—namely, that the amount be reduced from L2OO to Ll5O per diem for clubs holding two meetings in the year, or allow the present fixed amount to be applicable to clubs within a reasonable radius of large centres of population; and are of opinion that the present' law so seriously affects several long-established and well-con-ducted country clubs that they strongly urge the Committee to continue its efforts in the direction indicated, and would further suggest that a conference of delegates from the metropolitan clubs be arranged to meet; _ in Dunedin during the Exhibition meeting." Mr Godrley had pleasure in moving the adoption of the resolution. He was sure that if a conference were held in Dunedin, and the views of the Dunedin Jockey Club were clearly put before the meeting, the members would see that the club had every reason for making their request, and would willingly give in to them. It was quite evident that the circumstances that governed Otago in this matter were not applicable to Canterbury and Auckland. Many of the smaller clubs in Otago had been in existence as long as the Dunedin Club itself, and not one word had been said against them; and so long as that was the case, so long should' they be allowed to race, even although they only gave LSO a day. Mr Fagan seconded the resolution. .. „ Mr F. Meenan endorsed all that ba(l been i said. The resolution was agreed to nuani-< mously. ■ ,J - : It was agreed to forward a copy of the' resolution to all the metropolitan clubs mid to the country clubs as well. Mr;GoDRLEY moved a vote of thanks to the chairman. Mr Driver deserved the best thanks of the Dunedin Club and of. every country club for the active and intelligent; interest he took in this vital question from\ the start. The motion was carried by acclamation.

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DUNEDIN JOCKEY CLUB., Evening Star, Issue 8008, 10 September 1889

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DUNEDIN JOCKEY CLUB. Evening Star, Issue 8008, 10 September 1889