TO THE EDITOR. Sir,— The New Zealand Cup will be won and lost on the sth November, and as a vast deal of uncertainty prevails as to whether wagers made in connection with the Hon. W. Robinson’s horses prior to that gentleman’s decease are on or off, it would be well that the matter was decided one way or, the other immediately. According to the rules of the Dunedin Jockey Club (and I
i nm given to understand that they are the . same as’those of the Canterbury J.C.), they , are unquestionably cancelled, as your sporting contributor stated. Mr Roper, the secretary of Tattersall’s, contents himself in answering an inquiry with curtly stating that they hold good, and does not state on what the decision is based. This is unsatisfactory in the extreme, On the ore hand we have a rule laid down by the metropolitan clubs whicn admits of no misinterpretation, and clearly states that in the case of the death of the nominator all wagers are off; and on the other hand we have a decision from the hands of the secretary of an institution called Tattersall’s, asserting with questionable brevity that they hold good. Now, which are we to believe ? To my mind it may well be asked whether Tattersall’s can set aside a rule laid down by the jockey clubs. Something should unquestionably be done before settling day, or we shall certainly not find it characterised by promptness. Even now the “bookies” differ. Those who, either by good luck or management, have laid little of Merrie England and dray loads of Chain Shot, do not doubt for a moment that the wagers hold good, and snort with anger if the contrary is suggested ; whilst those who have more Chain Shot than they know what to do with, and have less .Merrie England than they care about, are quite open to conviction the other way. And backers feel much the same way. Unless the matter is settled immediately, wo shall have an unsatisfactory settling. Fancy winning LIOO over the full brother to Chicago, and being asked to “ take Lsonow and the remainder when the Merrie England and Chain Shot backers had satisfied themselves that it was right and proper to pay !” — I am, etc., Tirailleur Dunedin, October 17.
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ABOUT WAGERS., Evening Star, Issue 8040, 17 October 1889
ABOUT WAGERS. Evening Star, Issue 8040, 17 October 1889
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