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Merrie England and Chain Shot were scratched on Thursday for their Victorian engagements.

The members of the Auckland representative football team are angry at the statement made by several Southern papers that a professional trainer accompanied the team, or was in some way connected with the duties of getting them in condition. They give the statement an unqualified denial, and seem to think it grossly unfair that such allegation should be made. The Aucklanders themselves admitted that a professional trainer was engaged at Auckland before the team was selected, but local footballers were well aware that no professional trainer accompanied them South. Soudan, Tongariro, Rob Roy, Dandelion, and Marmara were shipped to-day at Wellington per Hauroto for Melbourne, Of the fourteen acceptors for the Now Zealand Cup, Occident alone comes from Otago; Recluse hails from Wanganui; British Lion from Greymouth; Whisper, Jet d’Eau, and Tirailleur from Hawke’s Bay ; Masthead from Blenheim; and Dudu, Sultan, Springston, Merrie England, Scots Grey, Alsace, and Wakatipu are owned and trained in Canterbury. More than one of these horses is at present under a cloud, and probably there will be more defections before the starter’s flag falls on the sth prox. For the Derby seven horses have paid up, and if we were to presume to offer a “ tip ” at this early stage it would be Tirailleur for the Cup and Cynieca for the Derby, with Scots Grey as “ cock-boat.”

Mr E. Cutts last week shipped to Grey mouth, to Mr James Jones, the AlbaayTrinket filly, purchased by him at the sale of Mr Horsford’s stock last year. Percy Martin left Napier on Saturday with Tirailleur, Renata, and Jet d’Eau; while Whisper was shipped by the same vessel. They arrive at Lyttelton to-morrow, and Mr Gollan’s team will be located at Yaldhurst. Some surprise has been expressed at neither Dreamland nor Pearl Powder accepting for the Welconao Stakes, so that Hawke’s Bay has no representative left in this event.

Of Friday’s doituja on the training track "Senex ”in tbs 8 Press’ says :—"The first to work were Cynisca, British Lion, and Ateaoa, Each of, these, though on the track at the same time, worked at respectable intervals, and did not exceed good half pace. Dudu put in long striding work, moving in her best style, and looking very bright and well. Morjie England, who had done no work for three mornings, with sweaters on, moved round the plough at a good swinging pace, and trotted back to his box to aU appearance sound, but there were present some who detected lameness forward, others who declared be was wrong in the hock, and some who thought him lame fore and aft, and though he walked like a horse in difficulty of some kind, I really confess that Icannot locate the seat of it, and as to whether it is likely to permanently affect the colt I cannot say with any degree of certainty. It is a bad time for anything to happen to a horse engaged in important races, especially when the animal is one {that requires a lot of winding up, A good judge told me this morning that it is one of Merrie England’s feet that is bruised, but he does not anticipate anything serious, other than that Lunn may have to ease the colt in his work for a few days. Sultan, who has been under suspicion from a foot ailment for some days, but who put in an appearance on Wednesday morning, was out again this morning, and, with White in the saddle, went twice round the plough at threequarter pace, moving a little short at first, but going very well, and pulling up all right. He oast a shoe on the journey. Wakatipu put in medium pace work twiceronnd in bandages. Ruby and Springstonwereputtogother, and ran half the length of the straight at three-quarter pace, improving it before they were joined by Peers wick, who took them along once round at a solid pace, the round being done under 2min4oseo, Springston and the colt finishing very well. Ruby had something the worst of the weight to all appearances. Recluse, looking as sound as the proverbial bell, and in healthy condition, came on with sweaters over his neck and shoulders, and put in twice round at an even pace. He has not grown a great deal since the autumn, but barring fa ‘ cough ’ which he showed after his arrival, he appears very well, and has evidently done some work. Son-of-a-Gun, walking round, was on the ground, but was not stripped, and his owner evidently does not intend going on with him. The best work of the week of the Cup horses working at Riccarton has been done by Dudu, British Lion, and Springston, eachQ of which has been at work every day, while others have been easier, notably Sultan, Merrie England, Lorraine, and Sun-of-a-Gun. Cynisca and Peerswiok, of the Derby lot, have been most constant in their work, the mare being the most forward.”

The boating season was opened at Port Chalmers on Saturday afternoon, bnt owing to the inclemency of the weather the procession of boats had to be abandoned. The various crews, including those from the Otago Rowing Club, in charge of Messrs Dick and Provo, with a large number of other gentlemen, assembled shortly after 3 p.m. at the Port Chalmers Rowing Club’s, new boathouse, Mr E. G. Allen (vicepresident of the P.C.H.C.) then addressed a few words of welcome to the visiting oarsmen, and in an appropriate speech declared the season duly opened. The healths of the Otago Rowing Club and of Mr Dick (the captain) were drunk amidst oheers.


(By Electric Telegraph—Copyright.] [Per Press Association.]

MELBOURNE, October 21 (Received October 21,1889, at 12.15 p.m.)

A disposition has been evinced since the result of the Caulfield Cup to back Btavo for the Melbourne Cup, and 100 to 7 is now the best offer.

Carbine has been removed from Fleming,ton to Caulfield.

Ramage, who rode the winner in the Caulfield Gup, declares that Boz won comfortably. Although Boz, was well supported he was not a bad horse for the Bing. Grippe, his trainer and owner, won L 4,000, but there were «b fieavy winners.

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 8043, 21 October 1889

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