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THE V.R.C. MEETING. MELBOURNE, November 5. 'Key was very unfortunate in the Flying Stakes, having split one of her hoofs in the Melbourne Stakes, in addition to which she gotabad position below the distance before making her final run. The judge's decision in the Nursery and Stakes caused much caustic comment. Novus apparently held a decided advantage over Little Widow at the finish of the Nursery, whilst the 'Argus' states in relation to the concluding event: "It may be mentioned without prsjudice that the judge's decision did not give general satisfaction, even the backers of Bundook being of opinion that Positano won by a head." One thousand two hundred and fifty-three more railway passengers were carried to the course yesterday than on the same day last year, representing an increased revenue of £578. THE C. J.C. MEETING. CHRISTCHURCH. November 5. The latest Cup betting is : 6tolagstDay Star, St. Paul, and Lord Itosslyn 7 1 Epaulet 8 1 Waiuku 10 1 • Haria and Cannoushot 12 1 Skirmisher 20 1 The Brook, Leda, and Sir Launcelot 33 1 Venus 50 1 Strathbraan, Primula, and St. Conon. j RICCARTON TRAINING NOTES. CHRISTCHURCH, November S. j St. Paul cantered twice round the plough, and Strathbraan and Haria performed similar work. Day Star covered two circuits on the grass at half pace. Cannonßhot, after going a circuit at three-quarter pace, ran a mile in lmin 533 ec, Paladin going with him for about six furlongs and pulling off at the half-mile post. St. Conon was less sore after a strong brush up over several furlongs than on Wednesday, but The Brook, who ran a circuit on the plough with Primula in 2min 47sec, was very lame. Venus moved freely over two rounds. Lord Rosslyn covered two rounds slow. Sir Lancelot covered two circuits on the grass, going very free and pleasingly. Leda, with a featherweight, registered a mile and a-half in 2min 44sec, the last mile in lmin on the grass. Waiuku went twice round, strongly each time, comine fast down the straight. Skirmisher travelled the Cup distance, going all the way soundly, and running the last mile in lmin 51£ sec, finishing well. Useful work was performed by Bloomer, Marino, Quiltiri, Sedgebrook, Starshot, Vedette, Defiant, Daunt, Target, Blazer, and Belle Clair, the two latter running a good six furlongs together. Vanilla, Social Pe3t, and Female Franchise arrived after break/ast. Motto, Conqueror, Altair, Dundas, Proposal, Prenez Garde, Moreze, Nihilist, La Reine, the Retina and Melusina fillies, Circlet, Leparto, and Ben Farley did pleasing work on the grass. TAIERI RACES. The following are the acceptances: Trial Stakes.—Belmont 8.10, Miss Otley 8 4 Blackpool 8.2, Goldlink 8.0, Wimbledon 7.10, Far Niente 7.7. Two-mile TjioT.-Beaconsfield scratch, Doubtful 6sec. Harry Sneaker 9, The Miller 15. Prince 20, F„ UI 2, 26 ; ? re , mier 2 s . Miss M'Phee 28, Minnie Grey 00, Blackie 30. Cur.—Hippomenes 9.5, Jane Eyre 8.6, Lady Lear 7.7, Silverstream 7.3, Maydawn 7.0, Hipponous 6.9. NoVEU-The Winchman 8.8, Musket 8.3, Comrade 7.11, Mishap 7.0. „ Rewards' PimsE.-Lady Somnus 10.7, Victim 9.11, Silverstream 9.7, Maydawn 9.2, Bentley 8.2. Far Niente 8.0. Mile and A-half Trot.—Beaconsfleld scratch, Doubtful 4sec, The Miller 11, Prince 15, Fury 19, Rabbi 15», Premier 21, Miss M'Phee 21, Zoe2l, Wags 23, Minnie Grey 23, Blackie 23, Miss Ettie23. o Flving Handicap.-Jane Eyre 9.3. Red Lancer °-}k Victim 8.5. Lady Lear 8.4, Quickshot 11. 7.12, Hipponous 7.4, Sequin 7.4, Miss Otley 7.2, Blackpool 7.0, Wimbledon 6.9. Selling Race -Stockfish 9.0, Musket 8.5, Comrade 7.13, Go'dhnk 7.7, Oberon 7.4, Mishap ROWING. The final heat of the North End Boating Club's Trial Fours was rowed off last evening, when Breen (stroke), Mitchell, Brown, Taylor, Scoble (cox) beat Dick (stroke), Abrim, J. Wright. G. Wright, Erndge (cox). This was a splendid race, both crews keeping well together until about halfway, when Breen gradually drew ahead. In front of the shed Dick spurted, but was unable to overhaul Breen, who won by about a length. Captain Wall acted as starter and Mr D. Smith as judge. The dead heat between Woodward and E. Y. Priest's crews (O*ago Rowing Club's Senior Fours) was rowed off yesterday morning, Woodward being adjudged tbe winner. There was a heavy cross ssa, and both boats shipped a quantity of water. The final heat was disposed of last night, when the following mot : P. J. Priest (stroke), Matheson, M'Leod, E. Macassey, E. Thomas (cox). .& C ' Woodward (stroke), Shand, Moody, Statham, T. Mnckay (cox). Priest dashed away from the start, and had Becured a length's lead at 150 yards; passing the " three legs " he was nearly two lengths to the good. Woodward quickened his Btroke and endeavored to reduce the gap, and although he made a plucky effort was unable to get up. This is the third year in succession Percy Priest has stroked a crew to victory in the Senior Fours. CYCLING. The relay ride start from Bluff to-day (Friday) at 3 p.m., and the message is expected at 12.30 tomorrow morning. As fine weather is assured, no doubt the Dunedin ridfrs will keep well within time. The message will be brought in by Messrs W. Begg (Otago Club) and W. Bell (Dunedin Club). After being signed by His Worship it will be taken on to Evansdale by Messrs S. Stokes and C. Home {Otago Club). Twelve members of the D.C.C. journeyed to Saddle Hill last night and met the district men in a euohre tournament at Crow's Hotel. After a tough fight the district pulled off the honors by 29 games to 28. A London cable to-day says that Merman haa accepted for the Liverpool Cup.

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Evening Star, Issue 10463, 5 November 1897

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE. Evening Star, Issue 10463, 5 November 1897