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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 10418, 13 September 1897
THE D. J.CS HUNT CLUB RACES.
Favorites; won. seven of the eight events on Siturday. Rosslyn fairly-outstayed Rebel in the Hunters' Hurdles, and nothing else had Buckley's chance j Lord Rosslyn bad a soft thing on in the Kensington HandU cap, this, however, being a bib of luck, inasmiioh as his most dangerous opponent Venus, who, by the way, is to bo trained In Dunedin for her New Zealand Cup engage* ment, was left at the post, and had the ore taken outof her inaßomewhat hasty raftt« seoure a handy position ; Belmont smothered his opponents for pace in the Winter Hurdles, as he did last year; Captain, elected favorite because of Mr R. E.-Harley getting the mount, had practically a walk-over in the Maiden Hunter*' Steeplechase; Arline easily defeated St. Ouida in the Shorts; the Trot - was bo good a thing for Beware that, though not propeily going until the second mile, she managed to win from the unlucky pony Blackie in a breaking finish; and the Welter was won by. Jane Eyre half a mile from home, : Lady Somnus pursuing with lameness and nothing else making a show after Musket's run had died out. The only non-favorite to win was Masterpiece, and he was doubly lucky—firßt, in that Nat, who "must have won bar accident, fell, and secondly in having such a masterly rider as James Cotton the elder to keep him up. Masterpiece looked more like falling than any horse in the race, the ugly way he has of carrying his head low being apparently a source of danger, but Cotton kept him on his legs, and the luck pulled him through. The accidents of the day resulted harmlessly to men and horses, and everything passed off quietly, without protest or hitch of any kind. Messrs Mason and Roberts put £2,637 through the totalisatprs, or £I76J more than last year. The following concludes our report:—
HUNT CLUB CUP, of 59 sovs. Second horse 10 sovs. About two miles and a-Kalf. ' -
25 —Mr Lane's Masterpiece, by Master Agnes, 11.7 ... (J.Cotton) 1 21J-Mr Smith's Bebel, 12.7 ... (Mr L.Smith) 2 7»—Mr Herbert's Comeaway, 11.5 • (MrF. Harley) 0 9S}-Mr Skinner's Nat, aged, 11.12 (Mr Wynn-Williams) 0
Masterpiece rushed to the front, but was parsed in a furlong by Nat, led over the first fence, where. Comeaway baulked, having to be put at it a second time before he got over. Nat was leading Rebel by a couple of lengths at the log double in frout of the stand, but at the second of the logs Nat just tipped with his front hoofs and turned a somersault, shooting his rider through the air. Mr Williams was on his feet again in an instant, and tried to catch Nat, who, however, trotted 50yds "on his own," and it was then too late to remount. Rebel, who had been lying in Nat's wake, ran off at tho same fence, and by the time he had gone back and jumped it Masterpiece had a lead of two-thirds of a furlong from Rebel, Comeaway a similar distance from tho second. Along the back stretch Rebel improved his position, but struck the fence heavily, and though he struggled on he had no earthly show, Masterpiece, who also was done, winning by half a dozen lengths. Comeaway fell at the last hurdle, his rider escaping unhurt. Time, smin Dividends : luside, £6 12a; outside,- £2 103.
WELTER HANDICAP, of 40 sovs. Second, 5 sovs. Seven furlongs. 2481—Mr Craig's Jane Eyre, Boz—Governess, 10.S (J.Young) 1 18/J—Mr Swan's Lady Sommis, 10.12 (M'llroy) 2 .411—Mr Dvvyer's Victim, 10.9 ... (Burns) 3 Also ran: 721 AMershot (11.2, M'Grath), 17 Musket (9.10, T. Chapman), and 37 Dun Joseph (0.0, M'Comb).
Lidy Somnus, away first, was steadied nud went on third, behind Musket and Jane Eyre, for a couple of furlongs, when Musket died away and Jane Eyre took a lead of which she was not deprived, winning easily from Ltdy Somnus (who seemed to make no effort at all) by three or four lengths; Victim just beating Dun Joseph for third place. Time, lmin 37;f3e0.. Dividends, £1 16s and £1 7s.
A.J.C. SPRING MEETING.
There was a good attendance at Randwick on the opening day of the spring meeting, and splendid weather prevailed. Alaska won the Hurdle Race, Zitella the Trial Stakes, and King Cloves the Kensington Handicap (for which twenty-two started). The principal events resulted as follow : A.J.C. DERBY, a sweepstake of 30 sovs each, with 500 sovs added. The owner of the second horse 100 sovs, and the owner of tho third horse to save his stake. One mile and a-half. Mr \V. Du.sgan's b c Amberite, by CarbineDuenna, 8.10 ... (Harris) 1 Mr 11. C. White's b c Clarion, by - > Clare, 8.10 -"(Moron) 9 Mr \V. Bailey's bo Metford, b'y CarbinoMarohesa, 8.10 (Delaney) 3 Mr A. M'Cracken's bo Patriot, by Autonomy —Bangle, 8.10 ~. „ o Batting i C to 4 on 'Amberite, 4 to 1 against the others. Clarion was the first away, followed by Amberite, Metford, and Patriot in the order named. The positions were unaltered to the sheds, where Metford and Amberite closed with the leader. Entering the straight Amberite was in command, and Metford fell back third. The favorite ran home easily. Time, 2min 45seo. EPSOM HANDICAP, of 1,000 sovs. Second horse 200 sovs, third 100 sovs from the prize. For three-year-olds and upwards. One mile. Pvobiu Hood. 6 9 (M'Hugh) 1 Survivor, 8.13 (Cooke) 2 Zeno, G. 12 (Marsden) 3 Also started: Vivian. Callatina, Projectile, Kelso, Aurea, Waihine, Crerae D'Or, Chief, Sortie, Devoted, Phillip, Feu-de-Joie, Motto, Insulator, Australian, York, Ace of Diamonds, Geology. Betting: 6to 1 against Aurea, 7 to 1 Devoted and Motto, 12 to 1 Ace of Diamonds, 100 to 3 the winner. At half a mile Robin Hood was in the van, with Survivor and Phillip next. At the bend Robin Hood got clear of his companions, and increasing his lead at every stride at the turn was two lengths to the good, with Survivor, Phillip, and Zeno next. At the home distance Zeno displaced Phillip, but Robin Hood ran in an easy winner. Time, Imin 401aec.
SPUING STAKES.. Oue mile aud a-half. W.f.a, I'ositano... ... ... ... j True Blue ... ... '" 2 con ;; 3 Nine started.
Betting : C to 4 againßt Coil, 9 to 2 Battalion, 6 to 1 Hopscotch, 12 to 1 Positano. Hopscotch made the running to the halfmile post, and was then deposed by Holbrook, but entering tho straight Hopscotch led again with Positano on the outside, and True Blue and Coil improving their positions. At the distance Positano had the field beaten, and won by three lengths. Time, 2min oG^sec. TURF CHIT CHAT. [By The Admiral.]
The Governor and party will be visitors to Riccarton at the November meeting. A record weight has been allotted to Messrs Millers' champion Redleap, his impost for the Findon Harriers' Cup, a two mile welter steeplechase, being 16 4 ! Thi3 is far and away the heaviest apportionment ever awarded in Australia and, probably, in the world. Just before the last Bteamer left Melbourne Aurum was backed to win the V.R.O. Derby for a level century, and an offer to lay £SOO on him on the same terms failed to lead to business. Ten to 1 bar Aurum wa3 on offer for the race.
At Palmcrston North on Tuesday last, Alexander Hall, Thomas Long, and Joe Donnelly (jockeys), Frank Reid and Jameß Sweeney (trainers), and Allen Bedford were charged with assaulting Samuel Thacker by striking- him over the head with a stick. After hearing the case, Mr Greenfield, S.M., said the theory of the defence that the collision wa3 an accident might havo been believed but for the subsequent behaviour of the accused. The Magistrate also said that
the sooner larrikins understood they could not molest peaceable citizens en their way home from businfS3 with impunity the better for them. If the assault nad been a serious one he would have sent them to gaol without the option of a fine ; but, as it had not been serious, he fined Hall and Sweeney 40j eacb, in default fourteen days' imprison-
La grippe being still prevalent, it should bo known that this terrible epidemic, can be expelled from the system bv the judicious use of Conaneßt's Cough Cordial.—[Advt.]
ihenfc, and the remainder of the accuta 120s, in default seven days' imprisonment. Costs of court 23a, witnesses' expenses 20s, and counsel's fee £2 2i were also allowed. Mr Fitzherbert gave notioe of appeal in the case of Reid, Long, and Donnelly, on the ground that the evidence did not prove that they were abettors in the offence.
~ The action in which Mr P. Grant, of the firm of Barnett and Grant, bookmakers, is Claiming £6OO damages from the * Weekly Press,' is not to be proceeded with, the newspaper having agreed to refrain from publishing the plaintiffs name In the club's official «Racing Calendar' as a disqualified person.
It is a pity that some rule cannot be devised compelling owners to scratch their horses within a reasonable time before a raoe ia run. Presumably from the fact that he was known to be the more forward of the two horses in the stable, Maremma was freely backed last week by the public for the Kensington Handicap, and, peculiarly enough, the bookmakers had money for this horse coupled with the Shorts candidates, and at a false price; while on the other hand when an inquiry was made for Lord Rosslyn, with either Arline or St. Ouida, the answer invariably was returned that all the money that way was gone. Those who had noted these facts were therefore not taken aback on Saturday forenoon when the scratching pen was applied to Maremma ; indeed, I had sounded a note of warning as to what was likely to take place in Thursday's Chit Chat. Tuesumof £304 was paid away in stakes in connection wit'i the Hunt Club meeting. Tho
principal winning amounts were:—Hon. G. M'Lsan. £42 15s ; Mr J. M'Kewen, £3B ; Mr J. P. Lane, £3S ; Messrs M. Allan, R Brown, and H. Craig, £33 53 each; Mr J. Jeff j , £2S 10s. The totalisator tax on the £2,637 handled amounted to £39 lis 6J. The Tahuna Park stewards do not intend to quietly submit to the South Islaud Trotting Association's decision that they must find some other day thaa Boxing Day for their summer meeting. In a letter forwarded to that body they point out that Palmer3ton is forty-one miles distant from Danedin, and that it i 3 a racing meeting, with only two trotting events on the programme, that is being held there on December 26. They, therefore, ask the Association to pass the Tahuna Park programme for that day.
The South Canterbury meeting begins on Thursday. The following horse 3 may run forward : Hunters' ITurilles.—Rossly.v. Maiden. —Fu i.m ex. Cup.—Skirmisher or Brito.marti:. Welter.—Douule Event.
Hurdles. —llex. Flying.—St. Ouida.
The rule prohibiting bookmakers from admission to tho Forbury racecourse wa3 relaxed on Saturday, and no objection was taken to members of that class. This lends weight to the idea that the licensing of bookmakers i 3 contemplated by the D.J.C. iu the near future.
A London cable states that Harden, the English professional cyclist, has sailed for Australia.
In consequence of his brilliant win on Saturday, Positano ha 3 been installed a decided favorite far the Metropolitan Stakes to be run at Bind wick to morrow, while Coil has receded to 100 to 5.
A Melbourne cable states that the tenmile cross country championship was won by Cuming in 60min - 203e0.
A Wellington telegram says:—"For the Wellington spring meeting on November 24 and 26 the added money and distances are the same as last year. The Exhibition Handicap is recbristened the Wellington Handicap. The Wellington Cup money at the summer meeting will also be the same—viz., 500 so vs."
The return eribbage tournament between the D. A.B.C. and N. E.L.C. took place on Friday at Wood's Hotel, when the latter team were returned the victors by 37 game 3 to 32. The match was characterised by the most friendly feeling. Mr M'Lellau, in presenting the trophies for the best individual performances to Mes3rs W. Grindley and F. Finnegan, thanked the Dabs for the pleasant evening that had b:cn spent in their company, and hoped that at some future occasion Bueh friendly encounters would b'2 renewed, a wish that was echo-d by Mr Hunter in responding.
SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 10418, 13 September 1897
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