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V.R c. SPRING MEETING. First Day.—Saturday. The weather was fine, though windy and dusty. After being badly left at the post in the Melbourne Stakes Positano ran up into fourth position at the home turn, but failed to sustain the tremendous effort. Dalaney, on Coil, appeared to take matters too easily after silencing Delaware and Wait-a-Bit inside the distance, but still Battalion’s victory was a wonderfully good performance. Aurum showed a cut on the near hind leg after the- Derby, accounted for by being galloped on when making an effort to get up on the inside just before rounding the home turn. Two Victorian backers were heavily hit over Aurum’s defeat, having forestalled the stable and refusing to lay any money off. Number 13 on the card won four races during the day. Results :

MAIDEN PLATE, of 200 sovs, Second 50 sovs. _ ■. One mile. Mv H. C. White’s Clarion, by Carbine—Clare, .. - (H. Cook) 1 Mr J- M Sweeney’s Koha. 4 yrs ... (Holmes) 2 Mr G. Fairbairn s Pinfire ... (J. Murphy) 3 Also started: Alva, Amnesty, Erl Queen, Snapshot, and Titheridge, who finished in the order named. Batting: 6t04 on Clarion. The favorite did not get away too well, but won easily by six lengths. Time, Imin 4G36C. MELBOURNE STAKES, of 5 sovs each, with 2oU sovs added. Second 50 sovs. Weight for age. One mile and a-quarter. Mr M’Arthur’s Battalion, 6 yrs, by Battailous, nr ,tr ••• (R- Lewis) 1 Mr t ,£:l lley , s Coil > 4 yrs - °-° - (A. Delaney) 2 Mr J. Wilson’s Key, 3 yrs, 7.7 ... (P. Dowling) 3 Also started: "Wait-a-Bit, Toreador, Delaware The Merry Boy, Fucile, Bloodshot, True Blue, Positano, and Auraria. Betting : 2 to 1 against Coil, 20 to 1 Battalion. Positano refused to budge till all the others were twenty lengths ahead. Delaware and Wait-a-Bit were forcing tho pace, followed by Key and Positano. The leaders remained much the same till the distance, when Coil joined issue, and had the race apparently at his mercy till Lewis brought Battalion along with a tremendous run, winning a great finish by a head; Key was only a neck away third, the others finishing as named. Time, 2thin 9^ieo. HOTHAM HANDICAP, of 5 sovs each, with 200 sovs added. Second 59 sovs. One mile and a-half. Mr W. Bailey’s Metford, by Carbine—Mar- ■ chessa, 7.5 (Sixsmith) 1 Surge, 7.0 (Smith) 2 Gaulus, 8.5. (Callinan) t Canoena, 8.4 (A. Brown) t Seven others started. Betting : 2 to 1 against Metford. Metford took command at the distance, winning easily by two lengths; half a. length between the second and Gaulus and Canoona, who ran a dead heat for third place. Time, 2tnin VICTORIA DERBY, of 23 sovs each, with 1,000 sovs added. Second 200 sovs, third 100 sovs. One milo and a-half. MrW. Duggan’s b c Amberite, by CarbineDuenna, 8.10 ... ... ... (Harris) 1 Mr W. R. Wilson’s b c Aurum, by Trenton— Aura, 8,10 ...- ... ... (Horrtson) 2 Mr J. Rowen’s b c Fleet Admiral, by Richmond—Foitstep, 8.10 (Lewis) 3 MrW. R; Wilson’s bre Manfred ... (Gardiner) 4 Also started: Eiridsdale and The Hypnotist. Betting: 2 to 1 on Aurum, 3to 1 against Amberito.

From a splendid start Manfred was the first to break the line, followed by Eiridsdale, Amberite, and Aurum. Up the river side Aurum ran up third, whilst at the mile post Fleet Admiral raced, up alongside Amberite. Racing along the back Fleet Admiral further, improved his position, and on rounding into the straight Manfred, Eiridsdale, and Fleet Admiral'were neatly abreast, with Aurum. coming fast on the out-, side. Just below the distance the favorite looked like winning, but Harris brought Amberite along with a dash, that apparently settled him, as he finished four lengths behind the Carbine colt. Fleet Admiral was thi?d a length away ; Manfred, four lengths and a-half away, fourth; Eiridsdale fifth; and The Hypnotist lost. Time, 2min 39isec. MARIBYRNON6 PLATE, of 23 sovs each, with 1,000 sovs added. Second 300 sovs, and third 150 sovs. Five furlongs. Mr J. East’s b f Lady Mostyn, by Neckersgat— Miss Mostyn, 8.5 ... ... (K. Moran) 1 Mr W. Kelso's br c Essex, by Sweet WilliamMyall Queen, 8.10 ... ... (H. Cook) t, Mr F. Fielder’s eh c Vigorous, byAbercom— Lady Vivian, 8.10 * '... ... (F. Fielder) t MrW.T. Jones’s b.or brc.Cardaman ... Also started: Hainault, The Pirate King Ormuz, Moonshee, Ranfurly, Standish, Rossi common, and Cordite. Symmetry was seriously injured during the journey to the course, rearing up on being frightened by a train! Betting: 5 to 2 against Standish, 6 to I Ormoz and Vigorous, 7; to 1; Essex, 2Q to 1, Lady Mostyn. At the distance Lady Mostyn came away, ginning with the greatest ease by three lengths. Time, Imin 4faec. COBURG STAKES, of 3 sovs each, with 200 sovs added. Second 50 sovs. One mile. Mr W. Forester's The Grafter, by Gozpr- - _lndußtrVj iyys, 8.2 ... ... (Callipan) 1 Fitzroy,7.9 _ ... ... ... (Houseman). 2; Interlude, 7.2 ... - (Lewis! a Nineteen

Betting; 2to l against The Grafter. Won with the greatest , ease by four lengths. Tune, Imin 42j3e0.

October 31. The takings yesterday wcrp £2OO over last year’s. ■ i;. Wagering was dull last night. Coil and Amberito are equal favorites-lor the Cup at. 7to 1. Aurutp has receded-to 100 to 2, the bookmakers evidently being of opinion that he is an unlikely starter. At Flemington this morning Dreamland galloped a mile and seven, furlongs in Stnin 29isec, moving nicely, Aurum, with a bandage on the injured leg, cantered slowly. The leg shows no symptoms of swelling. Flemington trainers are • unanimous in the opinion that Aurum’s-mishap did not influence the result of the -Derby. One backer outside the stable laid in all £7,500 to £5,000 on Aurnm.

- CYCLING. At .the League of Wheelmen’s carnival in .Sydney the championship of Australasia, one' mile, was won by Walne (Queensland), with Tebbutt (Victoria) 2, Green (England) 3, and Forbes (New Zealand) 4." Time, 2min 19 3-saec. • Platt-Betts endeavored to lower Lesna’s five-mile record of 9min 59aec, bnt owing to an accident to his pacer he only carried out the distance in lOmin SSsec. The Auckland Cycling Club held their spring meeting at the Domain cricket ground on Saturday afternoon; The attendance was considerably over 5,000. The following are the details of the principal cycling events in which visitors rode;— Auckland Cycling Club’s Handicap, of three distances.—First distance, one-mile; J; Chalmers, •K*yds (North Otago;, 1 ;..W. Irwin, 160 yds (Auckland), 2; W. F. Ramsay, 80yds (Auckland), 3. lime,2min 381-ssec. Second distance, two miles: J. Chalmers, 130 yds (North Otago), 1; W. F. Ramsay, 13° yds (Auckland), 2; G. H. Lethaby. 1-dyds (Christchurch), 3. • Time, smin 23sec. ihird distance, three miles: J. M’Dowell, lOOydb (Hastings);!; JT. Chalmers, 230 yds (North Otago), ?.! Jr 165 yds (Carterton) 3. Time, Bmin Chalmers wins with 13 points, taking ~((l; and Ramsay second, with £5. Two-mile Challenge Shield Scratch Race. First prize, value .£lO 10s.—A. R. Barker (Christchurch) 1, T.- Clarkson (Christchurch) 2, T. W. Blade (Carterton) 3. Time, Crain 40 l-ssee. Half-mile BicvcleHandicap.-C. Curtis, 45yds v IRitchie, UOyds (Ch< istchurch), W-IV Ramsay, 55yds (Auckland), 3. Time, limn 14 2-ssec. , Five-mile IntervrowncialScratch Race.—A. I!: jrker (Christchurch) 1, T. Clarkson (Christchurch) 2, A. J. Campbell (Auckland) 3. Time, 15mm 2 4-osec. Auckland Wheel Race Handicap. Two miles.—G. Hyamson, lOUyda (Auckland), 1; C. Curtis, 150 yds (Auckland), 2; R. Hendry, 80yds (Auckland). 3.. Time, smiu 10 2-sscc. , Die Multicycle Race, for which there weio live entries, including the Dunlop triplet, was won by Barker and Clarkson (of Christchurch; from scratch.

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 10459, 1 November 1897

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