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The first event at the Palmerston meeting after our messenger left the course yesterday was the Spring Handicap, of 25 sovs. Only three started—Alanna (who had to put up a 101b penalty, this bringing her weight up to 8.6), Patrick (7.6), and Carina (6.10). Alanna was made a hot favorite, it being considered good enough to lay 2 to 1 on her. The result justified this confidence, for the mare waited on the others till in a line for home, and then simply smothered them. The div-dend was LI lis. The public were also right in their selection for the District Handicap, of 20 sovs, the horses finishing in the order of their preference on the totaliBator. Vortex (6.5) won with the greatest ease, with Skip Jack (8.4) second, and Philippa (8.2) third; the unplaced horses being Rajah (8.9) and Redoubt (7.0). Vortex fc a three-year-old by Gorton out of Fairy. The dividend was L2 3s. The Consolation was contested' by the three horses that entered—Seacliff (8.7), Civis (8.0), and Home Rule (7.9) and the race was undoubtedly the best of the day. Home Rule and Seacliff made the pace for two-thirds of the journey, when Home Rule was beginning to have enough of it, and everyone concluded that Seacliff would win easily until half way up the straight, when Civis came with a most determined rush, and Seacliff swerving when inside the ropes, Civis just got up in time and landed the nice dividend of L 4 la. The District Hack Race was a soft thing for Skip Jack, with Philippa second, and Siren a poor third. Mayflower, the other Btarter, threw her rider at the start. The meeting passed off without protest or dispute of any kind, and the races were run promptly to time, thus enabling the southern visitors to see the finish, and catch the express train for home. Mr G Wynne, the hon. secretary, deserves credit for the completeness of the general arrangements, and the stewards discharged their duties efficiently. Messrs Mason and Roberts passed L 1.565 through the totalisator. The following handicaps have been declared for the Auckland spring meeting : Prince ok Walks IIAKDicAr —Hilda 8.12, Leoriaa H 7, Lady Norah 8.7, Leopold 8.7, Corunna 8 6, Antelope 8.5, Cissy 8 0, Raglan 7.13, Fabulous 7.10. l'inlire 7 7, Lochness 7.4, La Daupniiic 7.4, Kruption ~ ■!, Patchwoik ('. 10, Prudcnco 6.7, W. E. Gladstone '• i. Memorandum 0.5, Miss Stead 0.4, Cartridge 03, Dolosa CO. Hurdlbs.— Orangeman 11.12, Ma Petite lino 11.3, Pretender 10.12, Catling 10.0, Clive 10.0, Landeccr 9.12. Huno 910, Kaiiuna 9.7, Hailstorm 9.7, Alfred 9.5, Seaweed 9.0.

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 8036, 12 October 1889

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE. Issue 8036, 12 October 1889

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