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An incentive has been given to interest in the American game of baseball by the receipt of information that the firm of A. G. Spalding and Bros,, of New York and Chicago, have decided to present a valuable championship cup to the clubs of New Zealand, and similar emblems to Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia, to be competed for annually. The conditions are those usual in such contests—that any club winning thecup for three successive years shall become its permanent owners, thus providingthe nucleus of a aeries of interprovincial matches. Mr A. 6. Spalding, it will be remembered, is the gentleman who took two American baseball teams on a tour round the world last year, playing exhibition matches, and he may be said to be almost at the bead of the exponents of the game in Yankeeland. Messrs Spalding also announce their intention to offer a special trophy, to be called the Spalding International Cup, to be competed for by the representative teams of the colonies. These inducements should be enough to make a big boom in baseball this season, when added to the undoubted interest of the game. Speaking of this, the ‘Australasian’ says;—“ Once let the public become educated up to the beauties and intricacies of baseball when played in its integrity, and it is bound to follow, as the night the day, that they will accord it a very generous support. The game is a legitimately good one, and only requires to be understood to become extremely popular with all classes.” Mr D Scott, of Wanganui, has sold the throe-year old Armament—Cornelia filly, Omaha, to a Southern sportsman for L2OO. The best work at Caulfield is being done by Meteor, Moorbank, Boz, and Manton, while Green Isle is doing good work at Flemington. Sinecure did a strong gallop at Flemington yesterday, but it did not please the touts. Scottish Chief has been scratched for all engagements at the Caulfield meeting. At Melbourne Tattersall's last night there was a good deal of wagering over the Melbourne Gup; 500 to 750 was taken about Singapore, 2,000 to 200 about Carbine, and 4,000 to 400 about Antaeus. Moorbank has advanced to 100 to 12 for the Caulfield Cup. Recluse and Cyclone arrived at Riccarton on Tuesday by the Manapouri. Mr Gollan’s horses are expected to put in an appearance to-day. Sultan made his reappearance on the Riccarton training ground yesterday, but was restricted to walking exercise. Wagering on the New Zealand Cop is confined mainly to Tirailleur and Dudu, though there is now a tendency on the part of local sports to back Occident, who is undoubtedly doing the best work at the Forbury. A contemporary says;—“A curious personal incident in the Eton and Harrow match at Lords is that Mr Jackson, the captain of the Harrow Eleven, is the son of the Financial Secretary to the Treasury,

who promised him L 5 for every wicket he bowls, as well as a guinea for every run he makes. Last year he took eleven wickets and made two large scores, and consequently received about LISO. This year he takes somewhat less, owing to the fact that he only batted once. His runs were 68 in number, realising L7l Bs, and he secured five wickets, thereby winning a further L 25, or a grand total of L 96 Bs,”

Mr H. Gourley, jun., left for Melbourne this afternoon with the hurdle racer Civis, a 12.2 pony, and a 13.3 pony. Givis has performed here creditably, having beaten Peter Osbeck and Garibaldi on one occasion in a race of two miles and a quarter at the Porbury.

At the Blenheim races to-day Lambkin won the Hack Hurdles, paying a dividend of Lls 16s; Victress the Shearers’ Purse, and Oceala the Hurdles,

ASHBURTON RACES. ♦ The following events were decided this afternoon Hurdles, of 35 eove. One mile and a half. Little Arthur 1, Cymaro 2, Royalty 3. Time, 3min 2seo. Dividend, Ll 14s. R.C. Handicap, of 60 sow. One mile and a-quatter. —Eriu-go-Braeh 1, Rosebud 2, Little Shamrock 3. t Time, Zinin 12 3-6seo, Dividend, L2 9s. THE MELBOURNE EVENTS. [dv Electric Telegraph—Goftbioht.J [Per Press Association, i MELBOURNE, October 17(Received October 17j 1889, at 12.15 p.m.) There was a great run on Moorbank for the Caulfield Cap last night, 100 to 30 being eventually taken. In consequence of this support Bravo has gone back a point in public favor. Manton is still well backed down to 100 to 10. Chicago has been knocked out of the betting for the Caulfield Cup, but is being backed for tbs Melbourne Cup at 100 to 6. Antmus has advanced for the Melbourne Cup to 100 to 10.

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 8040, 17 October 1889

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE. Issue 8040, 17 October 1889

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