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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 8025, 30 September 1889
A.J.C. SPRING MEETING. (By Electric Telegraph—Copyright.) (Per Press Association.] SYDNEY, September 28. The following are the results of the principal events; — MEMBERS’ HANDICAP, ot 200 bovb. One mile and a fin long. Hon. J. White’s bo Singapore, 3 yra, Ost Bib .. 1 Mr J. Abraham’s Little Bernic, 3 yrs, 7st 91b ..2 Clytie, 7st 51b .. .. .. .3 Won by ahead. Time, Imin 57sec. STEEPLECHASE, of 400 sova. About three miles. Peter Osbeck, list 81b .. .. I Artist, Oat Sib .. .. ..2 Ten horses started. Don (0.7) came In first a neck ahead of Peter Osbeck ; but a protest by the jockey of the latter was sustained, and the race awarded to Peter Osbeck. Time, 7min 7sec. WAVERLEY HANDICAP, of 500 sovs. One mile and three-quart. rs. Mr E.'Chippondalc’s b m Ellerdale, 7st 91b ~ 1 Mr W. Gannon’s bhj Wycombe, Sat 41b .. .. 2 Mr G. R. Rowley’s br b Bluenose, Ost 41b .. 3 Eleven started. Won by half a length. Time, 3min SJsec. RANDWICK PLATE, of 650 sovs. Three miles. Weight for age. Hon, J. White's ch hj Abercorn, 5 yrs ... ... 1 Mr W. Gannon’s br hj Melos, 4 yro „ .. 2 Mr P. Butler’s br c Manton, 4 yrs .. .. 3 Four started. Won easily. Time, smin 35sec.
Abercorn’s victory in the Metropolitan Stakes has given him a 141b penalty in the Melbourne Cup, bringing his weight for that race up to lOst 101b At the special meeting of the Canterbury Jockey Club on Monday, Mr E. G. Griffith suggested that bookmakers might lay starting prices—which would really he totalisator odds—without incurring the penalty provided by rule 25. The ‘ Canterbury Times ’ expresses the opinion that, looking back at the racing at Tiinaru last week, it appears very improbable that the future winner of the New Zealand Cup was seen there. It says : —“ Wolverine looked fairly well, a bit bigger than we expect to see him in November; but his owner freely expressed the opinion that he was pounds telow his true form. Probably the owner was right—he should know better than anyone else—but after making every allowance for condition, we have come to the conclusion, possibly a very erroneous one, that Wolverine is a much overrated horse. Lorraine did no better than Wolverine, but some sort of excuse is offered on his behalf. It seems that he beat St. Malo in a trial just before Mr Clifford’s horse went to Dunedin, but was driven off the plough gallops by the rain which fell a couple of days later, and the lad left in charge during Thompson’s absence was afraid to run the risk of using the tan. When the horse went South he had been without strong work for a week, and his trainer thinks this quite sufficient to account for his defeat. We only give this for what it is worth, and as it suggests that the horse is none too sound, hackers will do well to wait until he has run another trial in public, Wakatipumade a very indifferent display in each of his engagements. He had, we believe, done a fair amount of work, but seemed incapable of going the pace, and got nowhere near the leaders at the finish.”
With reference to the sale of Merrie England the * Canterbury Times ’ has the following :—“ Pyne and Co. (the auctioneers), wishing to set themselves right in the matter, have informed us that the colt has been purchased by Mr Vernon Musgrave, o£ Dunsandel, for 1,000 guineas. The auctioneers, like good business men, will say no more ; but it was not difficult to discover that the sale at this figure was against their advice, We find, too, that the Australian buyer to whom we have referred had reason to believe he had secured the colt ; in fact, his claim for the completion of the alleged contract appears to be so strong that the sellers have made overtures to Mr Musgrave for the repurchase of the colt, Mr Muagrave, being master of the position, demands a considerable advance on his bargain. The position has lost none of its interest by the removal of the mystery, and further developments will be eagerly looked for.” In connection with the preceding paragraph, a Christchurch Press Association telegram says:—Mr C. Murray, of Melbourne, has instructed Mr Joynt, barrister, to enter an action against the executors of the late Hon, W. Robinson, as he alleges that ho purchased Merrie England from them by wire, and that they accepted his offer and conditions. They subsequently found that these conditions could not be fulfilled, and thereupon, deeming Mr Murray’s sale off, sold him to Messrs Vernon Musgrave and J. A. Randall for LI,OOO. The case comes on next week. Another mistake was made over the same stud. A telegram offering L6OO for Chain Shot miscarried prior to the sale, and Ray therefore secured him at L 450.
The Auckland correspondent of a contemporary writes From what I can hear there does not seem much prospect of any of the Aucklanders being sent down to fulfil their engagements at either the C.J.C. or D.J.C, meeting in November, Since his accident at Ellerslie a fortnight back Corunna has not undertaken any work, and though Kean tells me that the half-brother to Lochiel is now quite sound, I hear from another quarter that the colt is in a bad way. The accident, it appeers, occurred through the colt slipping, and one of bis hocks was badly injured. I have reason to believe also that Cuirassier is amiss, and it is rumored that the brother to Trenton has developed a thoroughpin. If that should, unfortunately, prove to be correct, we shall not see much more of him on the turf, for it is rarely that a horse trains on with one of those adornments. Lady Norah snd Quadrant are both, so far as can be seen, free from unsound ness, but I am told that they will both pass out of the New Zealand Cup.” A cablegram received in Oamaru states that C. Harris was acquitted of the charge brought against him in Queensland of altering a totalisator ticket. A copy of the following circular-letter has been addressed by the Westland Racing Club to each of the metropolitan clubs:— "Observing from the ‘Canterbury Times’ pf September &, 1889, that certain rules regarding racing b a Y e beep adopted by a conference of delegates at Wellington (a conference of which this club had no notice nor any knowledge regarding it, until the report appeared in the paper above mentioned), I am instructed by the Committee of the Westland Racing Club to say that this club having been appointed the Metro?olitan Club for Westland, at a meeting of Pest Coast clubs held at Hokitika on July 26, 1887, and advertised as such in the racing official organ, the ‘ Referee,’ in September, 1887) they decline to recognise the proceedings of this conference, or in any way to be bound by the rules then decided on. While quite willing to meet other metropolitan clubs and confer on any matter which may tend to benefit racing in any way, the club feels it to be due to themselves, after twenty-four years of existence, to record their protest against any interference with their district without first having been consulted.” At a meeting of members of the Auckland Racing Club held last week it was agreed to repeal the rules of racing in force, and to adopt those proposed by the Wellington conference. The feeling of the meeting was unanimous that the delegates should be backed up by the clubs. Mr J, Marshall further proposed, and it was agreed, that the secretary write to the Dunedin club asking them, in the interests of racing throughout New Zealand, to agree to the new rules, and also that a letter be sent to the Canterbury club stating what had been agreed to, and also asking them to write and urge the Dunedin club to adopt them. Rules 173 and 174, in old rules, referring to jockeys’ licenses are to be made a by-law by the A.R.C.
SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 8025, 30 September 1889
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