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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE.

THE V.R.C. MEETING,

[Per Pbeß3 Association.—Copyright.]

MELBOURNE, October 28. At Flemington the weather wa3 fine this morning. . Auraria started proceedings by covering.* mile and a-quarter in 2miu 19£aec. Essex spurted five furlongs in lmin 6£sec. Dreamland traversed a mile and a-half in 2tnin 47sec, Positano taking two seconds longer, but running much more generously than usual. True -Blue exercised moderately. Toreador and'Mirella ran a mile in lmin 58j9ec, "Mirella finishing ia front. Fudle and »Surge galloped a mile and a quarter in 2min 17£3eQ; Coil and Metford registering similar time. '-.,. Amberitei and Fitzroy spun over five furlongs in lmin 43e0, Amberite wide out on the track. They then eased down, taking; 29sec over another quarter of a mile. The Grafter, in company with Clarion, put up the reoord of the morning, doing a mile and a-quarter in 2min 16isec. The Grafter will be! spepially dangerous whenever started. The Merry Boy, bearing evidence of haying undergone a, thorough preparation, put in a good working gallop over a mile and a-half. Wait-a-Bit, Ayrshire, and Manfred exercised similarly. 700 to 400 was laid on Aurum last night for the Derby, after which all the 2 to 1 on him was exhausted, the bookmakers demanding sto 2. Amberite has receded to 100 to 30. but was well backed at that price. 1.000.t0 40 was taken Eiridsdale, also 500 to 10 The Hypnotist for the Derby. The Cup wagering was fairly brisk. 400 to 48 was taken.Wait-a-Bit, 500 to 60 Aurum, 500 to 25 each Toreador and Merry Boy. 100 to 6 was offered against Trent, and 100 to 4 Parthanopsens.

RICCARTON TRAINING NOTES. CHRISTCHURCH, October 28. At Riccarton this morning St. Paul ran the last three furlongs of two circuits. Oma and Montacute did a useful mile. Culverin and Goldleaf went six furlongs in lmin 20sec, and Weary did a strong mile on the plough. Haria finished well in front of Day Star, assisted by Acone, in the last part of a mile and a-half gallop on the grass, which was covered in 2min 41 3-sseo. Both horses went in shoes and had light weight up. Waiuku did a working gallop over the same distance with General Wolfe in 2min 48sec, Cherrystone dropping out at a mile. Lord Rosslyn and Fulmen went a mile strong, the last six furlongs in lmin 23Jsec. Bloomer, assisted in the first part by Bizarre, ran a mile and a-quarter, the last mile in lmin The Stepniak— Sincerity colt and La Reine spurted .four furlongs, in 53sec 00. the grass. Skirmisher and Wedlock, after cantering a circuit, rattled half a mile off-in 51£aec. Bracelet ran the last four furlongs oi six in 54?ec. Chaos beat Monte Carlo at a mile and a quarter. Blazer did six furlongs, slowing down at the finish. Britomart galloped a circuit of the plough at an even pace ill through in 2min 42sec. Leda was walking and Strathbraan trotting. The Spinner and Crescent did strong work.

GORE RACES TO-DAY. The following results are to hand : Handicap Hurdles.—Narrate. £5 2s Farmers' PLATE.-r-Black Pearl £2 2s Ji.o. Handicap.—Venus. £3 ISs. Mile and A-iialf Trot.—Butcher Boy. £2 l9s. CARD TOURNAMENT.

On Tuesday evening the Roslyn Brigade played a return card tournament with the South Dunedin Fire Brigade. The cribbage match resulted in. a draw (nine wins each), but South Dunedin defeated Roslyn in the euchre match by twelve games to eight. ' A SWIMMING MATCH. The quarter-mile swimming race, the first of a series between Ernest Cavill and M'Cusker, the American champion, took place at the Westminster Baths, London, yesterday. M'Cusker, failing to obtain a backer, swam for the gate money. The men got away together, and Cavill quickly went to the front, leading by half a yard in the first length of the baths, a distance he increased to four yards at the end of the second length. During the fourth M'Cusker slowly overhauled the leader until the'fifth length, when they were swimming level. For some distance afterwards they swam neck and neck, and Cavill then spurted and shot ahead; but M'Cusker, answering gamely, was soon up level again. Two lengths from home Cavill made one more grand spurt, and won by three vards amidst loud applause. Time, 6min 26s"ec. CYCLING.

At a meeting of the Committee of the Dunedin Cycliog Club Messrs Bell and Crow were appointed to confer with the Otago C.C. and make suitable arrangements in connection with the relay bicycle ride from the Bluff to Christchurch. Five new members were elected. The resignation of Mr George Moodie as secretary was accepted, with regret, and it was resolved that the special general meeting on the 29th inst. be asked to confirm the Committee's suggestion of a paid secretary.

The following stages have been arranged for the relay ride, to be held on the sth and 6th November, and the following riders have signified their intention to take the message between the various stages:— Bilclutha to Milton, Messrs W. Johnston and.J. Bell; Milton to Henley, Messrs A. J. Sullivan and A. Aitcheson; Henley to Dunedin, Mesßrs W. Bell and E. Crawford ; Dunedin to Evansdale, Messrs S. Stokes and C. Home ; Evanßdale toPalmerstbn, Messrs S. Liwson and R. Skinner ; Palmerston to Hampden, Messrs W. Begg and A. Day ; Hampden to Oaraaru, Messrs Steadman and Capatick.

The case in which a Christchurch oycliat was fine J 5b and costß under the new by-law, for leaving his machine on the side walk, is to be carried to the Supreme Court on appeal.

ROWING. The Queen'a Drive Boating Club rowed off the first round of the Bloxham Fours last n:ght. There were over a hundred spectators, including many ladies. Punctual to time two crews, stroked bv A. Bell and A. Shanks respectively, left the shed and pulled slowly to the- starting post. The captain acted as starter, and got both crews off together. The race proved very exciting, as the crews pulled neck and neck until opposite the boating ahed, when Bell's crew forged ahead. . Shanks, who was pulling very strong, called on his crew.for a final spurt, but could not catch Bell, who kept forging ahead and won by about a length. The winning crew were accorded a hearty cheer on entering the shed. The next two crews, stroked by M'Donald and Smith respectively, then' had a go. Again the captain succeeded in getting both away together. M'Donald's crew were the favorites, but unfortunately for them, after going about 30yds No. 2 man's slide came off, and before it could be rectified Smith had gained three clear lengths. Macdonald, however, set to again with great determination, and gradually drew up on Smith. A cheer from the shore told them they were gaining fast. This gave them encouragement, and again they spurted, and were now at the Btern of Smith's boat. Both crewa were now rowing their very best, and kept together until the last 100 yds, when the exertion of spurting to catch Smith told heavily on M'Donald's crew, who were unable to answer Smith's final spurt, and were defeated by a few yards. To-night the second round will be rowed off, when Porter's crew meets Yeoman's crew; Pritchard'a crew meets E. Smith's crew.

At Gore yesterday Lexington won both trots, paying £6 14s in the two-mile race-and £3 12* in the mile. Lady Lear got home in the Flying, paying £2 3s; Lotty won the Hack Race, £3 3s; and Lady Somnua won the Charlton Handicap, £1 lfis.

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Evening Star, Issue 10456, 28 October 1897

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