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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 8055, 4 November 1889
The Dunedin Green was opened an Saturday with a match President v. Vice-presi< dent. No less than eight rinks were played, and the Vice-president's side won by t8 points. The green Was true, though perhaps a trifle heavy, On the Caledonian Ground sides were marshalled by the Treasurer and Secretary. Three rinks were played, and the Treasurer's side won by 3 points. Mr John M'Gregor (on behalf of Mr C. F. Grccnslade, one of the vice-presidents) presented to the club a handsome hand-bell, and expressed the hope that it would often be used to assemble the members together to enjoy a pleasant game at b'owkAt Roslyn a friendly game was played among the members, three rinks being formed. During the afternoon the members were invited to adjourn to the bowl-house, where the president had thoughtfully provided " afternoon tea" in the shape of light refreshments.
RICCARTON TRAINING NOTES.
CHRISTCHURCH, November 4.
The work at Riccarton this morning was of little importance, Alsace galloped a mile and a-half at nearly top, and British Lion, Dudu, and Cynisca accomplished a similar task, Dudu going best of the lot. Rose Argent led Scots Grey over a mile and a« half at three-quarter speed, and went much freer than the Cup candidate. Recluse covered a couple of miloa steadily, and a number of others, including Occident and Peerswick, took walking exercise.
THE C.J.C. MEETING.
[From Ocr Own Reporter.]
CHRISTCHURCH, November 4,
The weather is dull, but there is every prospect of a continuance over the week of the remarkably dry weather which has prevailed here so long. The Riccarton course is consequently very hard, and there should be some record breaking during the meeting. The attendance of visitors is nothing near so large as is customary at this period, many "sports" evidently holding themselves in reserve for the Exhibition meeting at Dunedin at the end of the month.
Proceedings open to-morrow with the Spring Hurdles, which, despite his weight, I expect Ahua to about win, his closest attendants being Tornado or Satan. Of the eight acceptors for the Cup I decline to regard with favor the chances of Wakatipu, Scots Grey, Recluse, Whisper, or British Lion. The latter is not within measurable distance of his stable companion over a two-mile course; Whisper is not class enough; Recluse's preparation is not forward enough, to say nothing about his ability to carry such a great impost; I have doubts about Scots Grey's soundness, whilst I am aware that the owner of Yaldhurst stands very well about Mr Gollan's colt and full brother to Chicago. Moreover, on recent running Mr Stead's representative cannot have a 100 to 1 chance. This leaves me Tirailleur, Dudu, and Occident to treat with. The latter will carry a lot of Otago money, because he has been doing good honest work at the Forbury, but it cannot bo disguised that he has not been tried with any good cattle; therefore the stable have been at a loss to fairly gauge his capacity. He had a good gallop yesterdav, but I am not satisfied that it was sufficient to warrant me in selecting him as the winner; however, I confidently expect him to run into a place. Dudu has for weeks done the most honest preparation of all the Riccarton horses. During the whole of that time she has been without ailment of any kind, and her owner makes no secret that she has done all that has been required of her. As she can admittedly stay, the only question open to doubt is her ability to carry 9st to the end of a fast two miles, which I expect tomorrow's journey to be. Whatever beats her will assuredly win. Tirailleur's performances at Napier stamp him as a really good cott, and as he had no difficulty in winning at Napier Park when he carried Bst 71b over a mile and a-quarter, I cannot see why the son of Musket, under a featherweight, should not successfully negotiate a fast two miles. He will be steered by Collelo, who is not likely to lose his head. Summing up the position, I think it will be a hard fight between Tiratlledr and Dudu, and expect them to finish in that order, with Occident as the nearest attendant. The Welcome Stakes should furnish an interesting match between the Chokebore and Yaldhurst representatives—Pygmalion and Moraine—but either Ben Trovato or Reprisal may effect a surprise, for both will be handy at the finish.
The Riccarton Welter will go to Repose, Cyclone, or Apros Moi. On the second day the Derby constitutes the central event, and I expect Cynisca to be served up a warm favorite. I confess, however, that lam prejudiced against this speedy filly, and expect her weakness to be found out before one and aquarter miles have been covered. I prefer the chance of Renata or Peerswick, but would go no further than Scots Grey if the latter were Al, but I am afraid thst one of his forepins is anything but reliable. Mr Webb's gelding is not forward enough to become my fancy, and as Mr Gollan's representative not only pleases the eye but has a good private reputation, I shall plump for him. The Canterbury Cup decision will so greatly depend on the form shown on Tuesday that I must perforce leave it alone. THE V.R.C. MEETING. [By Elbotrio Telegraph—Coptrioht.J [Per Press Association.] MELBOURNE, November 4. (Received November 4, 1889, at 12.30 p.m.) At Flemington yesterday Chicago was sent two miles on the tan in 3min 35sec, and Bravo a mile in lmin 49Jyec. This morning the majority of the Cup candidates were given their final polish. Chicago did a mile on the tan in lmin 49sec, Pakeha and Man ton seven furlongs in lmin 33£ sec, Singapore and Sinecure half a mile in 54sec, Benzon in 57£ sec, Bravo and Oakleigh 52isec. The betting market is very fluctuating, but the following are approximately the correct figures : 100 to 33 agst Melos 100 —lO Chicago 100—8 Knijrht of the Garter 100— 7 Carbine 100 —(i Cardigan, Antioua, Bonzon, Lonsdale, Richelieu, and Rudolph 100 100 i Bravo, Chetwynd, and Oakleigh 100 sort, Carrington 100—2 BluenoßC 100 1 The remainder.
Lonsdale 13 at present under a cloud. Your correspondent's tip is Chicago, Antmus, Prince Consort.
SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 8055, 4 November 1889
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