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HAWKE'S BAY SPRING MEETING. Perfect weather favored the H.B.J.C. for the opening day of the spring meeting. There was a large attendance, and the course was in fair order, though a bit holding at the back. Results : OCTOBER HANDICAP, of 100 sovs. One mile and a distance. Vedette, 7.2 ... ... ... (Woods) 1 Coeurde Lion, 6.10... ... :■ ... (O'Neill) 2 Douglas, 7.10 . v; - ... V.. (Fairbtother) 3 Won with ease by several lengths. Time, lmin 59i8e0... Dividend, £4lßs. HURDLE RACE, of 75 sovs. One mile and three-quarters. Prince Charlie, 10.10 ... ... ... (Hall) 1 Melinite. 11.7 (Moore) 2 Golden Plover, 11.10 ... ... (Fuszard) 3 Mairua was scratched. Won easily. Time, 3min 33:ee. Dividend, £2 Bs. HAWKE'S BAY GUINEAS, of 300 sovs. One mile. Mr Stead's Multiform, by Hotchkiss—Formo 3yrs, 8.10 ... ... ... (Derrett) 1 Mr Ormond's Daunt, by • DreadnoughtOrientate. 8.10 ... .... (Davis) 2 Mr Nathans Miss Emmy, Cuirassier—Eoie, 8.0 (Gallagher) 3 St. Conon (8.10) also started. Won without an effort by two lengths; Daunt a good second. Time, lmin 43 l-ssec. Dividend. £l6s.' MAIDEN PLATE, of 50 sovs. Seven furlongs Dotterell... ... i Stockville ... ... ' 2 Little Billee ... .' 3 All started. Won by half a length. Time, lmin 31 3-ssec. Dividend, £B6 ss. WELCOME STAKES, of 75 sovs. Four furlongs Captain Russell's Tigress, by Dreadnought— Tigridia ... ... ... Mr Conhop's Victoria Cross, by MedallionFlattery ... ...• .... 2 Mr G. Hunter's Nevermore, by St. Andrew— Leuore ... ... ... __ jj Time; 53 2-ssec. Dividend, £1 9s. THE VICTORIAN SPRING EVENTS. (Peb Press Association.—Copybight. J

MELBOURNE, October 4. Work was uninteresting at Flemington this morning preparatory to strong galloping to-morrow. °

Delaware and Lady Mostjn have arrived frjm Sydney; Staffs, Fleet Admiral, Miraclumj Cicero, and Sparta from Adelaide. Aurum would have started in the Narre Warren Stakes on Saturday but for the threatening outlook of the weather when about to leave Geelong. . Partbenopreus, about whom £2,000 was taken for the Caulfield Cup at 100 to 8 on the course on Saturday, previous to the mile and a-quarter race at the Hunt Club meeting, now shows signs of weakening in the quotations. He was palpably eased off wheu the pursuit of Key was seen to be hopeless. The popular opinion is that Key, who only stands 14 hands 3Jin high, is toosmall to battle successfully in the Caulfield Cup.

Ten thousand to fifty has been taken about double Trent and Dreamland for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups respectively.

PEDESTRIANISM. ENGLAND V. AMERICA. An important race, 600 yards, was decided between E. C. Bredin, the English champion, and C. H. Kilpatriok, the American ohampion, at Rochdale Ground on the 31st of July. The weather was delightfully warm and fine, and the attendance numbered about 4,000 spectators. The race was timed to start at 6 30 p.m., and just before this both men made their appearance, and were accorded a hearty reception as they walked round the track in opposite directions. The athletes were not long in disrobing, and. when they appeared, both dressed in white,. at about ten minutes to seven the excitement was great. Bredin sported a small Union Jack badge on the front of his jersey,, and Kilpatriok, as usual, carried the Star* and Stripes. Betting was brisk throughout, and a quarter of an hour before the race Bredin was a warm favorite at G to 4 on, but the closing price ruled at 2 to 1 on Kilpatriok, whilst the same rate of odds were obtainable against Bredin, who won the toss and chose the inside.. After the usual photographiDir process the men were despatched to a capital start at 6 55 p.m., the American, on the outside, at once rushing to.the front, and he was a yard ahead in the first sixty. Thiß advantage he increased to a couple'of yards in the hundred, and running strongly was fonr yards in front when a third of the distance had been compassed. Many thought Bredin was now beaten, as at half the distance he was quite five yards in the rear. Coming round the bend, however, Bredin began to lessen the gap, and at eighty yards from home was almost level with hia opponent. A grand struggle was then witnessed, each straining every nerve to the bitter end, where Bredin was adjudged the winner amidst great enthusiasm by a yard and a-half. Time, lmin 13seo.

GOLF. On Saturday Messrs D, Campbell and John Laing played off a tie for a gold medal presented by the Donedin Golf Club to the winner of the largest number of monthly matches during the past year, both having won twice. As Mr Campbell's best score was 93 from scratch, while his opponent's was 113-14=99, it was expected to be » close thing. But the result proved an easy win for Mr Laing with a soore of 110-1* =96, Mr Campbell taking 113 for the round, Ine match was thus won by 3 over the handioap. The monthly competition for the Su Andrews Cross, in connection with' thß Otago Golf Club, was played on Saturday. Ihe game was againßt "Colonel Bogey," and there were eighteen competitors. Mr W. C. MacGregor won the match with the, score of 5 holes up. The next best were MeW. S. Davidson and Mr A. Tapper with 3 up. rr

At a sale of thoroughbreds in Sydney Mr John Stephenson, of Dunedin, purchased a two-year-old gelding by Abercorn—Gvmffissastß star* * «* Defiance was scratched for the New Zealand Cup at 10 a.m. on Friday. The average reader may notbe aware that the brassard competition which took place at Melbourne on Saturday mconnection with the League of Wheelmen's carnival in thaftcity is a French product, which quickly became acclimatised in England, and is nowdestined to overrun the colonies. On Saturday three distances were embraced in the competition, and the winner of the most points is declared the holder of the brassard, whjch carries with it an honorarium of £5 a. week so long as he succeeds in holding it.

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 10436, 4 October 1897

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE. Issue 10436, 4 October 1897

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