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THE V.R.C. MEETING. THE OAKS DAY. MELBOURNE, November- 4. • The weather was beautifully fine for the ladies'day of the V.R.C. meeting, though a strong wind was blowing. There was an excellent attendance, including the gubernatorial party and the English cricketers. Backers opened badly, Saddleup, heavily supported for the Hurdles, sustaining a pronounced defeat from Legs, who appeared to cross uncommonly close to the favorite when making for the rails towards the finish. Majestic, who carried 2lb over, delayed the start of the Spring Handicap by his fractiousness, but succeeded in getting away in the ruck, and came with a great run from the distance. Betting was extremely brisk on the Flying Stakes, each party being very confident. The victory of Aurum caused intense and enthusiastic cheering, loud, long, and continued. Essex ran a good colt, but when Delaware ran to the front he dropped back last, though coming with a splendid run just below the distance. Essex carried 41b over his weight. SECOND HURDLE RACE, of 200 sovs. Second 135 sovs, third 15 sovs. Two miles. Legs, 10.9 (Hoysted) 1 Saddleup. ICU! ... ... (J. E. Brewer) 2 Response, 11.7 ... ... ... (Kennedy) 3 Eight others ran. Betting : 5 to 1 against Saddleup, 5 to 1 Legs, 10 to 1 Response. The Don led for a mile, when he retired gracefully, Sheoak taking up the running. The favorite made his effort at the distance, but Legs raced past him, winning easily by four lengths, a length separating second and third, Sheoak, Murdoch, and Insurance following in that order, The Don last. Time, 3min SPRING HANDICAP, of 200 sovs. Second 50 sovs. One mile and a-quarter. Mr J. Scobie's br hj Kallara, 5 yrs, 8.3 (F. Bum) 1 Mr W. R. Wilson's br c Majestic, 7.0 (D. Callinan) 2 Mr J. T. Cbirnside's bv hj Straightfire, 7.0 t fi. (Gleal) 3 len others ran. Betting : 7 to 4 against The Grafter, 4 to 1 Majestic, 10 to 1 Kallara. Parthenopieus was first away, but was soon passed by Kallara, who was never headed afterwards, and though Majestic was catching him at every stride towards the finish the latter suffered defeat by half a length, the same distance between second and third j then came Moonlyong, Parthenopteus, and Fitzroy, with Canoona last. Time, 2min 103ec. FLYING STAKES, of 200 sovs. Second, 50 sovs. Weiffht for age. Seven furlongs. Mr W. R. Wilson's b c Aurum, by Trenton—,fAur,'J,yre. ~•;•„ - (H.J.Morrison) 1 Mr J. Wilson's b f Key (H.Holmes) 2 Mr W. Duggan's b c Amberite ... (M. Harris) 3 Also started: Essex and Delaware. Betting : Even money on Aurum, 3 to 1 against Key, 4 to 1 Amberite, 6 to 1 Essex. When the barrier lifted Key rushed to the front, followed by Essex and Delaware. Six furlongs from home the favorite took command, with Delaware, Amberite, and Key following. With their heads fairly turned for home, Delaware suddenly retired, leaving Amberite and Aurum battling together till inside the distance, where the favorite had the Derby winner settled, but had to sustain the final dash on the part of Key, who sufl'ered defeat by half a length ; Amberite (a neck away) third, Essex fourth, and Delaware last. Time, lmin 30isec. OAKS STAKES, of 300 sovs. Second horse 50 •sovs, and third 20 sovs. For three-year-old fillies, 8.10. One mile and a-half. Mr W. K. Wilson's br f Elusive, by Trenton— Eleusis ... (H. J. Morrison) 1 Mr b. Horderns ch f Mirella, by Nordenfeldt— Miriam... ... ... (E cieal) 2 Colonel S. Campbell's br f Zitella, by Trenton— Waiting Maid (A. C. Delany) 3 Betting : 5 to 2 on Elusive, 4 to 1 against Mirella. 6 to 1 Zitella. The favorite was first away, taking a length and a-half lead from Mirella right round and till approaching the entrance to the straight, with Zitella'two lengths away. On rounding the home turn Mirella drew up, heading Elusive a furlong from home. A terrific struggle then ensued, during which each in turn headed the other, and eventuated in the favorite squeezing home by a short half-head, Zitella four lengths away. Time, 2min 44-sec. SECOND NURSERY HANDICAP, of 200 sovs. Second 50 sovs. Five furlongs. U Vr°i -r IN. Leek) t Little Widow, ~5 (K.Clcal) t lhe Pirate king,/.5 (Holmes) 3 Thirteen others ran. Betting : 3 to 1 against Little Widow and Msjasty, 6 to 1 Novus, 12 to 1 The Pirate King. Novus, Sparta, and Marie Corelli were first away, Novus leading into the course proper. Little Widow joining issue half a furloDg from tho post, the pair were locked together, finishing a dead heat. The Pirate King was four lengths awav, followed by Majesty and Marie Corelli, with The Sauoy Girl last. Time, lmin 53ec. The owners divided. VETERAN STAKES, of 200 sovs. Second horse tt Tr 1° 5? vs> ona mile and a-half. Hon. H. C. Dangar's b or br hj Po9itano ( 8.10 Mr S. Miller's b hj Bundook, 7.6 ... (S (J C Carson) t Catspaw, 8.5 , ... (Guinane) 3 Eight others ran. Betting : 3 to 1 each against Positano and Bundook, 10 to 1 Catspaw. A beautiful start. Bundook was the first to break the line, followed by Paul Pry and Positano. The latter fell back to eighth position round the back of the course. Bundook led into the straight, where Positano came with a strong run, apparently winning by a good head, but tho judge declared it a dead heat. Catspaw was third, five lengths away ; then came Paul Pry, Dreamland, and Amnesty. Time, 2min 363ec. The owners agreed to divide. THE C.J.C. MEETING. CHRISTCHURCH, November 4. The following final payments have been made : New Zealand Cup, of 1,500 sovs. Two miles Day Star 9.0, St. Paul 8.7, Waiuku 8.6, Skir'JTo 7.13, Strathbraan 7.12, The Brook 7.12, Cannonshot /.12 Lord Rosslyn 7.12, Epaulet '_y' r ,. Hr i rla 7.6, Leda 7.5. Venus 7.4, Primula 7.3. Sir Lamicelot 7.3, St. Conon 7.3. xr,mma Welcome Stakes, of 100 sovs. Four furlonc* Proposal, Nihilist (by Stepniak-Sincerity), Preney s Garde (Apremont-Becky Sharp), Conspirer Jlorcze, Altair, Circlet. Conqueror, La Reine Moncneff Djm Djin, Cornea (by St. GeorgeRetina), Dundas. fa Derby Stakes, of 750 sovs. One mile and a-half.-Gold Medallist, Mountebank, Defiant Bloomer, Multiform, St. Conon ' Oaks Stakes, of 300 sovs.-Argon. Goldleaf Miniature Weary, Bracelet, Bloomer, Sequin 10 - 0 ' Kaiti «*^32 Riccakton Welter. Handicap, of 150 sovs Six furlongs. Boreas 10.5, Jewel 10 3 DouMp Event 10.2, Marino 9.9, Manawanui 9 6, Defiant 9.5, Bizirre 9.1, Remorse 11. 8.10, Weary 8 9 Upmorse 8.9, Alcestis 8.7, Vulcan 8.5, Paladin' 8 5 Arson 8.0, Zephyr 8.0, Colebeckß.o. xalaam t,& ' Ladies' Purse, of 100 sovs. One mile and a-ha f.-Double Event 12.7. Chaos IL9, Barman 1013, Starshot 10.13 Cactus 10.12, BiuKiTt 10.11, Black Eagle 10.5, Powder Monkev 10 2 Stanley 10.2, General Wolfe 10.0. y ' The following nominations have been received : Maiden Plate, of 150 sovs. One mile.-Femalo Franchise, Windermere, Kidmen, Dotterel Ut Ursot, Miniature, Mountebank, Rangetinder Bloomer, Crescent, Alcestis. ' Shorts, of 50 sovs. Four furlongs.-Wedlock Uirnwallis, Windermere, Jib. Lady George Rancour Bisley, Mauser. Paladin, Spectrum/Molly Darling, St. Melhn, Vogengang. Auction Handicap, of 50 sovs. Five furlongs —Cornwall!?, Colebeck. Windermere, Jib, Stanley' SP ln 1 n - e !l, , . Bls ] ey ' Cherrystone. Paladin, Spectrum St. Melhn, Vogengang, Molly Darling, Rancour Lady George. ' Dr W. J. Barry, of the London Athletic Uub, and the world's champion at hammer throwing, is on a visit to Australia. He is a graduate of Queen's College, Cork; stands O't 4in in |heighr, weighs 17st, and is magnificently proportioned. In hammer and shot throwing he has fewrivals, and only one*, and that a countryman named J. Flannagan who can extend him. He divided the shot championship of England in 1889 with R. £,'„,, en ' P uttin K th e shot 39ft Bin. In IS? I ™,.* 011 ~ th 40ffc 8in ' and in 18 92 with 42ft lOim. He won the hammer championship m 1885 with 108 ft lOin, in 1889 with 130 ft, in 1892 with 133 ft 3in, in 1894 with 126 ft BAin, and in 1895 with 132 ft lliin In 1892 ho pub up the world's record with 137 ft, and again recently, when winning ''the Northern counties championship, he made new world's figures with 138 ft HWin. He figured at the athletic gathering "at Melbourne on the 24th ult., and had no difficulty in winning the hammer championship, with

119 ft 9in. T. R. West (unattached) was next with 86ft, and D. J. D. Bevan (M.H. and H.) third with Soft 6in. Dr Barry's figures constitute a Victorian record, the previous best being 93ft Bin, by W. J. Doolan, at Melbourne, in November, 1896. In the putting the weight championship Dr Barry was also victorious, though he did not beat Victorian record. He put up 36ft against D. J. D. Bevan's 33ft 9Ain. T. O'Connor holds the Victorian record with 38ft; 4jiu. Dr Barry did not make any serious attempt to beat the record in this competition, preferring to wait till he had been longer oil' shipboard. Mr H. Musgrove has announced his intention to return to Australia and prosecute a certain Melbourne newspaper for alleged libel in connection with the tour of the Australian baseball team.

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE, Issue 10463, 5 November 1897

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