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[Bt The Admiral.]

There seema a prospect of seeing several New Zealand Cup candidates out under silk during the present week. In addition to those engaged at Timaru, the following are probable starters in the Avondale Cup, to be decided on Saturday :—Fabulist, St. Paul, and Antares.

Besides accounting for tho High-weight Handicap at Newmarket in July last, the little daughter of Martini Henry achieved further winning distinction. This was in connection with the Summer Handicap, of 300 sovs, one mile and aquarter, run at the Gatwick meeting, in which race, with 831 12ib in the saddle, she started with odds of 11 to 8 laid on her ability to win. Acmena made easy work of her task, for jumping off in front directly the flag went down she never surrendered the lead, and eventually won in a canter by several lengths. " Phaeton," in the Auckland ' Herald,' says that T. Taylor, who piloted Mahaki in all his important engagements, has the unique record of never once during the twenty years he has been riding been before the stewards for misconduct of any kind. Taylor has proved himself a rattling horsemau, and he can still go to scale at 7.10 without severe wasting. The vexed question of what tho average attendance at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day really i 3 has at last been satisfactorily answered. Giving evidence before the Old Age Pensions Committee in Melbourne Mr Byron Moore, the secretary of the Victorian Racing Club, estimated it at 97,000. He mentioned further that the V.R.C. have spent a sum of £250,000 on the Flemington course, and that altogether they have given £750,000 away in stakes. At their recent meeting the Marton Jockey Club adopted tho new rule of charging jockeys for admission to the course. Those jockeys who rode during the day had their entrance money refunded. This course has been found necessary to prevent the continual " ringing in" of persons who secure jockeys' licenses for the purpose of admission.

The police this afternoon made a raid on a well-known establishment in the Arcade, where it is understood that " tote " odds on the Timaru races were being laid. At the time of our goiog to press Detectives M'Grath and O'Brien aud Constable Cooney were in possession. The matter will probably occupy the attention of Mr Carew next week.

A.J.C. MEETING. Third Day.—Thursday. The meeting was continued to-day. Results : Hurdle Race. About three miles.—Alaska 1, Heron 2, Cornet '.i. Craven Plate. One mile and a - quarter. Weight for age.—Delaware 1, Positano2, Coil 3. SOUTH CANTERBURY J.C. MEETING. First Day.—Thursday. The meeting opened in wet and wintry weather. The attendance was good. Results : Hunters' Hurdle Race, of 25 sovs. One mile and a-half.— Victor 11. (10.12) 1, Rosslyn (11.5) 2, Blarney (10.0) 3. Won comfortably by a length. Dividend, £B. Timaru Trot, of 30 sovs. Two miles.—Spottiswood 1. Dividend, £2 10s. Welter Handicap, of 40 sovs. Seven furlongs.— Vandyke (10.7) 1, Double Event (8.10) 2, Ardgowan (8.0) 3. Won by a neck. Dividend. £5. Maiden Plate, of 25 sovs. Seven furlongs.— Windermere (7.7) 1. Fulmen and Conspirator were scratched. Won easily. Dividend, £3S 17s. Timaru Cup, of 100 sovs. One mile and a-quarter.—Double Event (7.0) 1, Black and Red (8.2) 2, Hippomencs (S.O) 3. Won bv a head. Dividend, £7l2s.

AUSTRALASIAN ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIPS. WELLINGTON, September 16. Patrick has informed the Athletic Club that he cannot go to Sydney for the championship meeting, as he went out of training on learning that he had not been chosen in the New Zealand team. The Hawke's Bay Union have endorsed the action of the New Zealand Rugby Union in reference to the disqualification of three members of the New Zealand team.

The acceptors for the Avondale Cup, of one mile and a-quarter, to be run on Saturday, are: Fabulist 94. St. Paul 9.2, Panoply 7.13, Antares 7.12, Lady Anna 7.9, Merry Maid 7.7, Woodstock 7.0, St. Gordon 7.4, Miss Emmy 7.3, Lufra 72, Flying Fish 67. Flying Stakes, five furlongs: St. Clements 10.0, St. Crispin 8.0, Porangi Potae 7.13, Pyroxylin 7.7, Janet 7.5, Doneraile 7.1, Repo 70, Atlanta G 9, Seabreeze 6.7, Corvette 6.7.

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 10421, 16 September 1897

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE. Issue 10421, 16 September 1897

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