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The result of the V.R.C. Derby may be expected about a quarter to six this evening, and will be at once posted at Mr M. Mendershausen's. The Dunedin Gun Club have fixed on the 3rd December as tho dato for the Exhibition Pigeon Shooting Handicap. The prizes are to be liberal, Ll5O being distributed. The entries must be made by 5 p.m. on the 27th inst.

A correspondent, over the signature of "Criterion," supplies the following : —"The Melbourne Cup race was won in ISO2 by Archer, carrying lOst 21b—twenty-Beven years ago, when the fields were small, and the horses not so fast as they are at the present time. The first candidate that catches the eye in this year's handicap is Carbine, with a crusher of lOst, Good horse as Carbine unquestionably is, I do not think there are many who believe he can carry this weight to the front and win. I place my faith in the division lying between Sst 121b and 7st 81b. The three-year-olds with anything over 7sb I consider out of it, and I dismiss them, though Martini-Henry carried 7st olb to victory, but this was a phenomenal performance, The recent Hawkesbury Grand Handicap, Metropolitan Stakes, and Caulfield Cup results throw no light on the present handicap. From the likely starters on Tuesday (about twenty) I select Melos to win, with Chicago second, and Cardigan third. BOWLING. The Dunedin Club opened their season this afternoon, when a large number of members attended at the green. Mr Somervillo (caretaker) had the ground in good condition, although it was a trifle heavy in places; but this defect will soon wear off when the ground has been played on once or twice. The ladies' pavilion, which has lately been erected, proved a great convenience, onlookers being sheltered from the sun; while a good view of tho green can be obtained. After the members had assembled on the green, Mr Max Mendershauses (president) declared the season opened in a few appropriate sentences. The opening match of the season—President v. Vice-president, consisting of eight rinks—was then proceeded with. THE AUSTRALIAN CRICKETERS. A cablegram received from London to-day states:—"The programme of the Australian Eleven will probably include three matches against England, besides one each against the Gentlemen at Lords and the Players at the Oval, and a dozen county matches." THE. C.J.C. MEETING. CHRISTCHURCH, November 2. A lot of good work was done at Riccartou this morning between two and three o'clock. Pygmalion galloped a trial at the back of the course proper, which is believed to have been satisfactory. British Lion and Dudu next started at the two-mile post, and were joined by Cynisca. After going six furlongs the lot raced home, Dudu beating Cynisca, and British Lion beiDg five lengths away. Alsace went well over a mile and a half, and Whisper covered the middle mile of two circuits in capital style. Occident moved very indifferently over a couple of miles. This horse seems to have done a lot of work, but gallops in a oonfined fashion. Sultan went a mile and a half fairly well, but his owner afterwards announced that he would not start in the Cup. Wakatipu was sent the Cup distance, with Repose to assist him the last mile. Wakatipu ran right away from the mare, and made the season's record for one round. Recluse went two miles in good style, being brought home by Cyclone, and running the last mile in lmin 49sec. Masthead traversed a mile and a-half at three-quarter speed, and pulled up with little signs of lameness. Sultan and Alsace were scratched for the New Zealand Cup at 12.30 to-day, and Jet d'Eau for all engagements at the meeting. THE V.R.C. MEETING. [By Electric Telegraph.— Copyright.] [Per Press Association,] MELBOURNE, November 2. (Received November 2, 1889, at noon.) Last night there was brisk wagering over the principal events of the V.R.C. spring meeting. Dreadnought is now favorite for the V.R.C. Derby, 13 to 8 being laid on him. Richelieu is at 6 to 1, Dunkeld 8 to 1, Rudolph 10 to 1, Prince Consort 14 to 1, the remainder 20 to 1.

For the Maribyrnong Stales Correze is a firm favorite, 7 to 4 being taken about him; 7 to 1 Hermit, 8 to 1 Utter, 10 to 1 Prelude, 12 to 1 Magio Circle and King William, 14 to 1 Riverina and Clare. Autoeus is still favorite for the Melbourne Cup at ICO to 12, Carbine’s price being 100 to 10. Knight of the Garter is well supported at 100 to 5. L 3,000 has been accepted about Melos. Cardigan is being well backed at 100 to 9. L 5,000 to LI 50 has been laid in one hand against Prince Consort. There is magnificent weather today.

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 8054, 2 November 1889

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE. Issue 8054, 2 November 1889

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