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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE.

j ■.'.• •'• THE r /^ C; --'"i' >n outsider^wiNs;'f;-:" ; ? 7 :'" _- ;•■ MELBODRNE, 'NoVtejibeb Zt v The weather.partially cleared up towards noon. ; yesterday, and though ..there were' occasional showers a good strong wind; with - the sun shining forth brilliantly at jiWes made the running track fairly good.lthough . somewhat heavy... The first race was started ' during a shower. The finish was one of the . finest-ever seen at Flemington. The Hon. H. C. Dangar was much annoyed at Pairtheriopreus being so heavily backed for.the Cup after presumably, sold, expressing, his intention of.taking; Fielder off Positano, but.whencoavinced.of the, bona fides of the sale i allowed matters to stand. _• Delaware was scratched on the course for the Cup.. Results:— ...•••,■; -..-.' Lii • •■_ ••.■..•"-..',■..•'-•" HURDLE RACE, of 250 sovs. ..Second"~dO sovs,^ ; third 25 sovs. Three miles. . Lucid, 9.12 .... ' ... .. .... (W. C. Knight) 1 Insurance, 12.3 ... : ' ... : ...(.Mooney)-2 Goldfihder, 10.5 -... ' '...-' ; ..(Powell) 3 Seven others started. .-'.;..■' •Betting: 4to 1 against Response, 6 to 1 Lucid, 7 to 1 Goldfinder. "■'• Won by a long half-length. Murdoch, Sammy Brass, and Response fill, while Becdigo lost his rider. Time, 6min 15Jseo. RAILWAY HANDICAP", of 200 sovs. Second ' BO sovs. Six furlongs. ; - .Fortunio, 7.10...: ... ... (\y. Kedfearn) 1 1nter1ude,.7.9... ... ...(Lewis) 2 Loch Marie, 8.0 ... ... (L. Cook) 3 Twelve others started. : Batting :,5 tolFortiinio. Won by half a length, the Barao distance between second and third. Staff* was fourth, Valorous fifth. Time, lmin 15J«c. NURSERY HANDICAP, "of 200 sovs. Second ' 50 sovs. Five furlongs. Mi W. Kelso's br c Essex, by Sweet WilliamMyall Queen; 9.2 ..; _ ... (H.Cook) 1 Mr R. Chirnside's b g Cordite, 7.9... (Findlay) 2 Mr W. Clarke's ch c Hainault, 8.9.... (Quinn) 3 Sixteen others ran. Betting : 0 to 1 against Essex. Won with the - greatest ease by four lengths. . The Pirate King walked in, having been left at the post. Time, lmiu ssecv .: . . MELBOURNE CUP, of 3,000 sovs. Recoud horse , 500 sovs and third 200 sovs out of the stakes. Two miles. :Mr W. Forrester's ch hj Gaulus, by Gozo-- •' Mr Xy. I'orrester s br g.The Grafter, by GozoIndustey,4 yrs, 7.7... .... (\V. Redfearn) 2 ■Mr w. «. Wilsons b cAnrum, by Trenton— Aura, 3 yrs, 8.6 ... ... (H. J. Morrison) .3 ■Also started: Battalion (9.4), Coil (9.3), TiHie' Blue (91), The Chevalier (3.0), Ayrshire (85), The" M £T',?°7 (8 A 4 < B2 >- Toreador (8.0), Wait- %%& <s°\, De ™ n (7-13).. Mischief (7.13), Fucile* ■«■■• l'/?Sr t^enof:, ; us , (7 - 12 >- Fleet Admiral (7.10), Trent (7.9), Dreamlaud (7.8), Sortie (7.8), Amberite '■ss The Hypnotist ■(7.5), Koha? (7.4), Manfred(7.o). Amnesty(tJ.l2), Bundook(6.11). Clarion (G.S), Rosella ((i.7). Betting: C to 1 against Pcsitano, 7 to 1 Coil, 10 to 1 Wait-a-Bit, 12 to 1 Amberite and Gaulus, 14 to 1 Ayrshire, Fucile, and' Parthenorams, 16 to 1 Trent, 20 to 1" Aurum, 25 to 1 The Merry Boy, Toreador, Battalion, and Clarion, 33 to 1 The Grafter, Bundook, and Rosella, 50 to 1 to 100 to 1 the others. Positano was the first to move, followed by Wait-a-Bit. At the tan crossing PobU tauo, Wait-a-Bit,. and. Bundook were leading, but passiDg the stand the. positions were Koha a length iu advance of Bundook, then coming Fleet Admiral and Mischief, while Coil, Fucile, and Battalion were the last three. At the bridge, one mile from home, Mischief led from Bundook, Fleet Admiral, and Aurum, with Koha, who had broken down, a long way in the rear. Bundook took command "at the six-fur-long post, whilst Coil came through his field into the leading division. Bundook swept into the straight iu advance of Coil, The Grafter, and Gauluß, but at the distance Tha Grafter took a two-lengths' lead, Gaulus chasing him and just managing to catoh him on the post, winning a great race by half a head. Aurum was third, four lengths away, with Bundook fourth. Then in order came Coil, Positano, Clarion, Dreamland, Amnesty, Wait-a-Bit, the last three being The Merry, Boy, True Blue, and • Fucile. The Derby winner was never prominent in any portion of the race. Time, 3min 31seo. The first half-mile occupied 56Jsec and the last five furlongs lmin 3J3e'c The connections of Forrester's stable threw in for a big stake, backing both hones, but having most money on Gaulus. STEEPLECHASE, of 200 sovs. Second 35 sovs, third 15 sovs. About two miles. Whernside, 10.3 , (Mooney) \ Walter. 119 ... • ~. ... (Wniiams) 2 Zanoma, 10.3 ... ~ (Laverty) 3 ■ Also started: 'Vigil, Ditto, Peveril, Albany, The Vicar, and Songster. Betting : 3 to 1 against Whernside. Won eatily by five lengths. Time, 4min 14Jjec. YAN YEAN STAKES, of 200 sovs. Second 50 sovs. One mile. Elusive, 8.3 (Morrison) 1 l>u 1]t ry.95 (Powell). 2 kallara S3 ... (Holmes) t Piofire, 0 7 (Hearne) t Twelve others ran. Betting : 6 to 1 Elusive. Won by three-quarters of a length. Time, lmin 42$ec. NOVEMBER 3. Cup Day broke just as most people hoped it would not. The Government Astronomer had predicted light rains and high winds, but it was fondly hoped that for once his tip, or at all events the first half of it, would not bo realised. But when the curtains wero drawn at daylight the rain was descending steadily, black clouds were banked up in all directions, and the outlook was just about as unpromising as "the elements could well have made it. As the breakfast hour arrived, however, affaire overhead brightened considerably, the sun preped through the clouds, and glimpses were had occasionally of a bright blue Bky. So things went on until about one o'clock, a passing shower or two being encouutered in the interim. The remainder of the afternoon was as bright as could have been wished for. The attendance, nevertheless, suffered considerably compared with last year's. - Comparatively little interest was taken in the opening events, but as soon as the way was cleared for the Cup the immense crowd at Flemington seemed to be seized with restlessness and eagerness, which became more marked as the time of starting drew near. Clarion was late in reaching the post, and there was a delav of nearly ten minutes before Mr WaUon gave the order "Go!' Until the horses actually were sent away on their journey a confused hubbub arose from the spectators, but this died away into silence as every pair of eyes became focussed upon the moving mass on the running track. Delaware forfeited at an early hour, leaving twenty-niue to battle for the rich prize. Despite his recent eccentricities on the track, Positano found plenty of friends, who backed him so consistently that ere the field had assembled at the post he had deposed Coil from the position of first favorite. Coil, who was a strong second favorite, was in'Bptendid condition, and Wait-a-Bit fit to race for a kingdom. Amberite, who Was in great nick, attracted large crowds, as did Gaulus, who had been trained to the hour. Aurumj too, mado many friends. Without much delay they took up their positions behind the barrier, Positano being 6n the rails, with The Chevalier next, Aurum, Fucile, Gaulus", Anibcrite in the centre; while on the outside were Parthenopreus, Trent, and The Grafter. When the barrier was released, Positano got quickly on lub legs, and, with Trent, The Chevalier, Koha, and.Gaulus, formed the first division until they reached the course proper, where Wait-a-Bit came through and led for a furloog, but resigned in favor of Koha. As the-field thundered past the stand a little further on Bundook deposed Koha and carried the horses along at a merry pace out of the straight and along the riverside, with Mischief and Fleet Admiral to bear him company, Aurum', Waika-Bit; and Dreamland beiDg handy. Koha fell back to last at. the bridge, where Mischief joned Bundook. This pair Were three lengths in advance of Aurum and Coil, who "hitherto had been among the back divisiori; but began to improve their positions', and The Grafter also commenced to make a fori ward movement. Mischief took temporary command at the abattoirs, but Bundook again got level with her at the shedß.wherb Aurum.and The Grafter were in pursuit; and Coil, Gaulus, Positano, and Battalion on their way.towards the leaders. Bnndook turned the home corner.in safety, tut The Grafter was bard upon him, and outpaced the Mill Park horse after .a short-stru'gglei .Then Anrum, Coil, Dreamland, and Positano appeared ;on the scene, and as they a* proached tbe ; distance Gaulus shot out itr

pursuit of his "stable companion, who had placed a couple oi lengths between himself and the field. Inside the half-distance Gaulua gradually' began to close the gap, and, steadily gaining on The Grafter, caught him about a hundred yards from the post. They raced together for a few strides, and then Gaulua, asserting himself, forged ahead, and gained the judge's verdict by half a head. Aurum, who held a promising position all the way, could not paes it with the Warwick Farm pair at the end of the journey, and passed the post four lengths behind Gaulus. Bundook ran a good horse, but after making most of the running ju9t failed to get a place. Considering the hetvy state of the track Coil acted well under his burden, but Amberite never flittered his friends. Fucile ran most disappointingly; so did Parthenop»as. The much-fancied Positano failed to tun up to expectations, and Trent was never dangtrou3. Fleet Admiial kept in a leading division during the greater part of tho race, but died out when it came to real racing. Mischief ran a good mare, but could uot live to the end of the jiurney. For the first time since the inauguration of the Cup the unique spectacle was afforded of two equine brothers belonging to the samo owner fighting cut a determined battle for the great handicap of the season. The result was received by the crowd with an outburst of cheeis. The 'Argus' quotes Gaulus's starting price at 14 to 1, and the ' Age' at 10 to 1. Mr W. T. Jones, the whilom owner of Newhaven, who is now in England, netted £5,000 by Gaulus's victory. .• Mr Forrester laid J. R. Sn.itb, the breeder of Gaulus, £I,OOO to nothing. Mr Forrester's stable connections and personal friends won a good stake, Mr Forrester having been sanguine of the merits of his two candidates. Gaulus acted well in the heavy going. The mud was so thrown up at the back of the course that Callinan had both his eyes bunged up. The attendance yesterday is estimated at 75 000. - Callinan, the rider of the winner, in the course of an interview, said : " I got well away, and, leaving the straight, about ten horses were in front of me. Kunning along the riverside I found that I was falling away from the main body, and commenced to shake Gaulus up. Nearing the sheds I made a great rush up to the leaders, and for a time feared that the effort had taken all out of my mount. Sweeping round the corner into the straight I lay about seventh. Through the leaders accidentally swerving outwards I manager), by getting close ia to the rails, soon to secure such a place !;hat by making a leap I was able to pass Aurum on the outside. I then found that Gaulus was third, having The Grafter immediately ahead, with some other horse nearer the rails. Tne winning post now came in sight. Oa getting alongside of Aurum Gaulus seemed uncertain on his legs for a moms-nf, and lost some ground until I could get him into a fair swing again, and I did not come level with The Grafter until very close to the finish. Then it became a neck-and-neck race, and I won, they say, by half a head. Mr Forrester guve me the choice of riding either The Grafter or Gaulua, but as I kuew more about Gaulus I stuck to him." Continuing, he said : "I regarded Positano as a sure win before we s'aried." Apart from the stake Mr Forrester won £IO,OOO. In the Caulfield Cup Gaulus was galloped on. The injury, however, was not serious, and he picked up wonderfully well since. It was only after the Caulfield Cup that Gaulus was backed in earnest. There were several other gpod winners by Gaulus's victory. The big prize in Tattersall's sweep was drawn by two young men at Liwrencc, named George Martin and George Morrison. The former is the son of a watchmaker, and Works in his father's shop. Morrison, who is rather delicate, lives with his widowed mother. It is said to be Martin's first try, but Morrison has speculated twice before without striking anything. They laid the owner of the winner £I,OOO to nothing, and as the sweep filled, it is estimated that they will divide clobo on £13,000 between them. RICCARTON TRAINING NOTES. CHRISTCHURCH, November 3. At Riccarton this morning St. Paul, Oma, Day Star, Haria, Primula, and Venus each put in very slow pacing work. St. Conon finished in front of Skirmisher at the end of a mile on the grass, which was run strongly. covered the same distance in a second longer time by herself. Waiuku_cantered two rounds, galloping home the last half mile at top. Strathbraan covered two miles _at strong three-quarter pace. Lord Rosslyn ■~ galloped a mile and three-quarters, assisted by Fulmen part of the journey. He had rusts on his neck, and appeared to go very well. The Brook, Britomart, and Euroelydon were not out before breakfast. The latter galluped a capital mile and a-half on the plough yesterday afternoon. Rangcfinder led Dottrell at the end of Beven furlongs. Boreas, Blazer, Starsho:, and Lady George put in fast work. Bloomer, Vedette, Sedgebrook, Powder Monkey, Vulcan, Wedlock, and Mr Osmond's team did good half to threequarter pace work. Goldleaf has been Ecratched for the Stewards'. ROWING. The Otago Rowing Club have started the season's club racing with the Senior Fours, the first heat of which was rowed on Monday evening between the following crews : G. Reid (stroke), Martin, Maclean, Horn, Grierson (cox). P. J. Priest (stroke), Matheson, M'Leod, E. Macassey, Watson (cox). A close contest resulted. Riid led between the wharves, but Priest spurted and managed to secure a win by a couple of feet. The second heat was rowed last night on smooth water between E. Y. Priest (stroke), D. Munro, E. Thomas, W. Youne. T. Mackay (cox). _EI Woodward (stroke), Shand, Statham, Moody, i.. Macassey (cox). Mr Provo got the crews away together, but Priest, rowing the quicker stroke, obtained a lead which he held until near home, when Woodward 6purted and a dead heat resulted. This heat will be rowed again this evening at six o'clock. The Waikouaiti 11. C. have decided to hold their annual meeting on New Year's Day, as usual. The programme, which shows stakes to the value of £lO9 10s, has been passed by the D.J.C. Acceptances for the Taieri races close tomorrow evening. Licenses will be issued to bookmakers for the meeting.

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 10461, 3 November 1897

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE. Issue 10461, 3 November 1897

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