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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 8038, 15 October 1889
No doubt if a suggestion had been made,, say five or ten years ago, that a lady should appear mounted on a bicycle in jthe public streets, it would have occasioned a shock, .amounting to little less than a disaster,, in all respeotable circles. Vet that event has now come about, says the London correspondent of the 'Liverpool Mercury.' The lady's bicycle has not made much headway in London, but in Coventry the other day I notioed a lady riding a bicycle, and very comely she looked. The machine is,, of course, not the ordinary high»w»heeled class, but an adapted form of the Safety, with backbone so bent that the pedals may be easily reached, and the dress of the rider yet kept clear of the wheels or'the framework. She is seated directly over her work, balanced in the same position as is the male rider. The action is more graceful than that of the tricycle, and progress seems to be more easily made. There is always of course a possibility of falling over the side. Except for this one danger, the bicycle for ladies should be as safe a mount for general purposes as the threewheeler,
Volga ha 3 been scratched for the Caulfield Cup, and Centaur for the Melbourne Cup. Bravo is still favourite for the Caulfield Cup at 100 to 16; Don Giovan is quoted at 100 to 8, The Charmer and Moorbank 100 to 7, Scottish Chief and Meteor 100 to 6. For the V.R.C. Derby 2 to 1 is laid on Dreadnought, 6 to 1 against Singaporo, Richelieu, and Dunkeld. Sultan has been an absentee from the Riccarton training ground since Thursday, and disquieting rumors are in circulation concerning him. Dudu and Merrie England are reported to be in better condition than the other Canterbury representatives for the New Zealand Cup. Final acceptances for the Caulfield Cup are due this afternoon. The race is run on Saturday next. Cuirassier is said to be very much amiss. Had he and Corunna trained on satisfactorily their owners anticipated winning more than one event at our Exhibition race meeting. Captain Russell, who recently joined the Atkinson Ministry, is president ot the Hawke's Bay Jockey Club, an owner of racehorses, and a true sport. Both he and the Hon. E. Mitohelson will be present at the Exhibition meeting-. The fancy double for the C.J.C. meeting is Tirailleur for the Cup and Cynisca for the Derby, about which 100 to 8 has been accepted. Tirailleur, fit and well, promises to htart at a very short price for the New Zealand Cup. The ' Australasian' of Saturday last says: —"The principal feature of the week has been the strong support awarded to Bravo for the Caulfield Cup, for which race he is now first favorite at 100 to 14, which is the best price on offer. Oakleigh conequeutly has receded to 100 to 3. The Charmer is another genuinely-backed candidate, all the money down to 100 to 8 having been taken. Dunkeld is firm at 100 to 7. The betting on the Victorian Derby is almost solely confined to Dreadnought. For the Melbourne Cup Carbine has given place to Singapore, who now rules as favorite at 100 to 10. Anta'us well maintains his position, anything over 100 to 8 meeting with ready acceptance. Benzon has been backed to win several thousands down to 100 to 6, a price which is now difficult to obtain; and Melos and Tradition have friends at 100 to 6." It is stated that Dunkeld has been sold to Mr W. Sayer. The entries for the Melbourne Stakes, w.f.a., of one mile and a-quarter, on the first day of the V.R.C. meeting, are: Silvcrton, Bravo, Sinecure, Rudolph, Abcrcorn, Singapore, Carbine, Scottish Chief, BeD/,on, Chicago, Don Giovan, Tradition, Loyalist, Newmaster, Melos, Cardigan, Manton, Antiuu?.
'' Augur" has the following:—" Mr Charles Murray has favored me with a perusal of all the correspondence relating to the purchase of theNewZealandcoltMerrieEngland. Itis quite evident that he and Mr Brodribbhave been treated very sourvily. I cannot understand why there should have been a local buyer so handy to give 1,000 guineas for the colt, ' with all faults.' New Zealand racing men are not, as a rule, over anxious to purchase 'unsound horses,' but in this case somebody seems to have jumped at the chance. Before closing with the local purchasers, the executors of the late Mr Robinson ought to have communicated with Mr Murray, and then determined to send the colt to auction, when, in all probability, this •unsound' colt would have realised 1,500 guineas. The general opinion in Victoria in sporting circles is that the local buyer who gave 1,000 guineas for Merrie England waa acting on behalf of a friend. It is a remarkable coincidence that while the misguided Victorian, in the full belief that he owned the colt, was freely backing Merrie England for the V.R.C. Derby, somebody in the southern colony was just as freely backing him for the New Zealand Cup." In Auckland the quotations on the New Zealand Cup are—loo to 33 Tirailleur, sto 1 Merrie England, 6 to 1 Dudu, 8 to 1 Sultan and Occident, 10 to 1 Recluse, 12 to 1 Wolverine.
From yesterday's Ghristohurch * Star' we take the following:—"Sultan slightly bruised one of his heels while exercising at Riccarton laßt week. The injury is not serious, and the horse will probably resume his usual work to-morrow. Mr Gollan's horses are expected to arrive from the North to-morrow."
This is from the 'Weekly Press':—A number of Christchurch railway employe's recently subscribed amongst themselves and purchased a book in "Adam Bede's" sweep on the Hawkesbury Handicap, and six tickets were lucky ones, a third horse being amongst the number. The total prizes amount in all to L.3,000, which will be distributed amongst some fifty to sixty hands. I have it on the very best authority that over L2OO per week throughout the racing season, and considerably more during the spring of the year, goes out of Christchurch alone for tickets in sweeps in Australia, THE VICTORIAN EVENTS. [By Electric Telegraph.— Copyright.] [Per Press Association.] MELBOURNE, October 15, (Received October 15,1889, at 11.30 a.m.) Bravo's price for the Caulfield Cup is 100 to 18, while Meteor has advanced to 100 to 13. Singapore is first favorite for the Melbourne Cup, being backed down to 100 to 14, which is now the best offer. Moorbank is reported to have done a wonderful gallop on Sunday morning, but the stable has not yet made a move. Carbine ran a mile and a-half at Flemington this morning in 2min 46sec.
SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 8038, 15 October 1889
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