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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 10469, 12 November 1897
THE C. J.C. MEETING. [By Our Own Reporter. ] CHRISTCHURCH, November 12. Never was a heartier ovation given at Riccarton than that accorded the Hon. J. D. Ormond, his trainer, and the hero of the Juvenile Stakes. The Squire of Karamea is such a good sport that there was a feeling of general disappointment when his representative got left in the Derby, and it was fitting compensation that his colors should triumph in the succeeding event. He has no fixed ideas as to which of his colts is the superior, and if his own judgment had been consulted Daunt would have been scratched ; but Waddell, recollecting the game fight for five furlongs that Daunt made with Multiform in the Guineas, and having the son of Dreadnought cherry ripe, begged that the latter might run. Still Mr Ormond himself did not fancy his chance, and had only a solitary pound invested, while, as everybody knows, if he has a fair show of winning he invariably backs his horses liberally. The public shared his opinion, as the state of the “ tote ” investments showed, most people who backed the top weight doing so because of the liberal odds he offered. Bearing in mind the credentials, of Multiform and Gold Medallist, it- was the height of madness to back Daunt with his penalty for the Wanganui win. IE the race were run again, Mr Stead’s colt would prevail five times out ot six. Mr Stead does not attempt to excuse the defeat, admitting that he was fairly and tquarely beaten under the circumstances. The colt was in perfect health and in tip-top condition. Ihe result was entir ly '’u >to his slowness in beginning. He was fourth when the tapes were released, and having to thread Jhis way through his horses he was always chasing Daunt. Extraordinary to relate, the judge made tfce finish only « head between the pair, bub no one was able to discern such proximity. Dundas showed a great turn of speed, as he: was fully six lengths to the bad on entering the straight, but came with a surprising run. No doubt some portion of the demonstration in favor of Mr Ormond was due to the unthinking po’. lion of the public imagining that Uniform’s running exhibited a strange reversal of form. The simple facts are that Uniform, on the strength of a great trial, was heavily supported for the six furlongs, the stable connections backing him strongly ; but nob only was ho slow to move, but Dcrrett declares he could not raise a gallop on the Tuesday. Yesterday, served by the distance and weighty he fairly galloped over his field. The Metropolitan was a pretty race, bub the public had no diffi. oulty in fixing on the purest goads. What ought to have been the. Gup winner was always handy, and thongh yoifng Chaafe did not ride with the best judgment in. the world he made no serious blunder. Target, who was trodden on in the Stewards', ran well, but Skirmisher again disappointed his supporters. In the High-weight Handioap favoritism was divided between Primula, Uanslopogaas, Starshot, and Fulmen, the latter having a call in the betting. The knowing ones from North Otago all but scooped the pool. Besides backing Remorse heavily, they had. most of the “ tote ” money, and if the horse had been able to resist Thomson’s challenge they, would have won a handsome sum. ■ Fulmen ( light to have been the . winner, as he was almost the last to move, yet finished quite close. The Shorts proved a soft thing for The Spinner, who had been doing good track wot k. 7 My selections for the third day’s events are as follow ; Nursery Handicap.— Dundas 1/Altair 2. Oaks.— Bloomer 1. J.C. Handicap. Eurocdydon 1, Haria 2 Leda 3. Canterbury Cup.— Multiform 1. Avon Welter.— Mabino 1, Remorse 11. 2. Defiant 3. Curragh Steeplechase.— Violence 1, Power 2. Electric Plate.—Mr Stead’s beat. The probable starters for the Electric Plate are Vedette (8.11), Daunt, Gold Medallist, and Sir Launcelot (8 2), Blazer (7.13), Nihilist, Conqueror, and Dundas (6 6). For the Cup, Waiuku, Day Star, and Multiform are likely starters, though the race may possibly bo reduced to a match between the sons of Leger and Hotchkiss. The Oaks field may comprise Goldleaf, Argon, Bracelet, Bloomer, and Sequin. The following are the acceptances for Saturday : Spring Nursery. Dundas 8.12, Altair 8.9 Nihilist 8.3, Lepanto 8.3, Prenez Garde 7.9, Proposal 7.7. Cornea 7.7, Fatigue 7.7, Monogram 7.7 Circlet 7.7. Jockey Club Handicap.— Euroclydou 9.9, Uniform 8.11, Sedgebrook 7.8, Double Event (weight not sent), Marino 7.7. Haria 7.6, Lord Rosslyn 7.5, Vanilla 7.4, Quiltiri 7.2, Leda 7.1, Target 7,0. Fulmen 6.7. Avon Welter.— Defiant 9.10, Jewel 9.9, Double Event 9.9, Marino 9.8, Umslopogaas 9.1, Culverin 8.13, Belligerent 8.12, Manawanui 8.10, Remorse 11. 8.2, Paladin 8.2, Remorse 7.12, Rangefinder 7.9, The Spinner 7.9, Alcestis 7.7. B A London cablegram states that Merman is regarded as a doubtful starter for the Liverpool Autumn Cup, consequently he has receded to 33 to 1.
SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 10469, 12 November 1897
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