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{Gossip bit Old Identitt.] Unpleasant weather for the first day of the South Canterbury races—first a raging wind, then cold. Optician, who surprised backers in the Hurdles, is an elderly gelding by Sant llario, and had rot previously won since January, when he gob home in a Bracelet at Oamaru. Charlotte got out quickest in the Trial Handicap, and led all the way. The public preferred Dinner Gong, probably because Deeley had the mount. But Deeley is having an unprofitable run just- now. He rode only ono winner at Timaru, this being The Pole, on the first day, and he did not take a mount cf any sort cn the second day. Reval is racing well. In the Shorts at Timaru he gave away from 111b to 341b to a fair field, and made them all drop away one after another. On the second day Reval had top weight for the Jockey, Club Handicap, and, though not supposed to be partial to so long a. course as a mile, the crowd made him favorite. It was a great finish, but Reval won. John Barleycorn got chopped out at the start and lost several lengths. This makes Reval’s third win this season. and entails a 51b penalty in (ho .Stewards’ Handicap, bringing his weight up t r > 8.0. Mv T.awv'lr and Slogan, the deadfa eaters for'tire South Canterbury Handicap. each carried 101b penalty. .Moonglow led to the straight, where Slogan and Sam ltd passed him.' -My Lawyer made his run from the distance, and just caught Slogan. People are arguing as to the age of My Lawyer. He is nine years old this season. Czar Kolohol is old* enough to be his father. Mosgiel started first favorite for the President's Welter at Timaru. Ho pegged away patiently for three furlongs, then ran to the front and won easily. Palisade's half-miler Red Charm won a race each day at Timaru. and won so well that it seems rather a pity site is not in the Stewards' Handicap. Berry cut fine his finish on First Glance in the Flying ati Timaru. Onlookers say that she’ could have won easier if wanted. A. Wormald, rider of Teviotdale in the Stewards’ Wetter at Timaru, was fined £5 for bunyung shortly after the start. Leading Lady stayed the seven furlongs all right at Timaru. She takes a bit of riding. Olsen managed her. At Dunedin Mr .Sligo was unable to get the jockey he engaged, and then the second jockey engaged got hurt and had to stand down. Air Greenwood has withdrawn Bimeter and Meltchikoff from the Champion Plato ai Wellington, and left Camulus in. Nones is out of the Wellesley .Stakes, Air Greenwood relying on Nenno. It is understood that First Flight, Battle Eve, Quarantine, and Holiday will he the C'hokebore representatives at Wellington. Several New Zealand Cup horses had a run in the Spring Handicap at Masterton, and Expect won with something to spare. .Vi h- earned 9.7 and did the mile and a-oupiter in 2min 9sec, he must be well, and 1 would as soon have him as anything in the Cup. if sure that he would stay the two miles. Sinapis was one of the starters. She was never near the front, and finished nowhere. That may mean nothing as a guide to her chance in the Cup. She may oe timing her preparation for the big race. Two of the Stewards’ Handicap candidates won the same day at Masterton— Crown Pearl the Stewards’ Handicap and Blue Lake the Flying. Ido not know that cither had very much to beat, but the wins entitle these two candidates to some rcsnpcl.

Air Hcnrys has made a light-topped handicap for the Stewards’, and in such a case ono naturally looks carefully at the horses near the head of the list. Autumnus at 8.13 reads nicely, so docs Chortle, also Warstep at 8.7. I note, by the way, that this mare reeled off six furlongs in Iniin Msec at Riccarton the other morning. First Glance and Chudic are deserving of respect, and lower down I like Sister Radius and Peg, and if you like a light weight, is there anything to be better recommended than Marsa? What was the matter with Anna Carlovna in the Caulfield Cup? Not in the first four at the finish! Either the form is wrong, or she met with some mishap in the race. Probably it was in this race that she broke down. Uncle Sam, the winner, won the same race two years ago. Other horses who have twice" won the same race are Paris, Hymettus, and Poseidon. It will probably be found that Undo Sam was well backed.

The Bezonian gelding Lion has been purchased from Air J. B. Reid by a patron of C. Christie’s stable, and will reach his new home to-morrow. The ‘ Lyttelton Times’ adds: The success achieved by horses trained by C. Christie has won approval from owners, and if he desired Christie could have his team considerably increased The team he has at present in work is easily the strongest I hat has been in one stable at Wingatui for many years. Wonrak whs more fancied than Mountain Knight for the Y.R.C. Derby when the last mail left.

Sir G. M’Lean's brood marc Mist died last week through bursting a bloodvessel in the lungs. She was the dam of that great horse Vladimir. Melbourne papers lecord the death of the brood mare Jacinth, by MartiniHenry from lanthe, by Chester. Poseidon was by far the best of Jacinth’s progeny, but his full brother Orcus is flic highest-priced yearling sold in Australia, as Mr Denison went to s,oSogs for him. He, however, was a failure as a racehorse. Jacinth was also the dam of Irish Corner, a full sister to Poseidon. Irijh Corner is the dam of the Epsom winner Portrush. The A.J.C. St. Leger winner Jacamar was also a son of Jacinth, being a brother to Orcus and Poseidon. He is still racing in India. The last English mail brought the nows of the death of the stallion St. Frusquin, who was destroyed during the last week of August. St. Frusquin was bred in 1893 by Mr Leopold Do Rothschild, and, in addition to proving a great racehorse, lie was a wonderfully successful sire. He raced for only two seasons. As a two-year-old he won five races, including the Dewhurst Plate and Middle Park Plate. The following season ho won the Two Thousand Guineas, and was made favorite for the Derby, but, after a tremendous struggle. Persimmon beat him by a neck, and credited King Edward with his first Derby. St. Frusrjuin and Persimmon met again in the Princess of Wales Stakes at Newmarket, and Persimmon, with 3!b the worst of the weights, was beaten by half a length. St. Frusquin afterwards won the Eclipse Stakes, another “ t'ea thousand pounder,” but he injured a sinew in the race, and was retired to the stud. During his brief racing career he wpn nine races, worth £32,960. He retired to Mr Leopold De Rothschild’s stud. His first crop of foals included Fortunatus. who, as a three-year-old, won the Goodwood Cup. Fortunatus afterwards came to Australia, and sired the Melbourne Cup winner Posinatus. Another son of St. Frusquin to do well in Australia was St. Alwyn, the sire of Lady Medallist, Moorilia, St. Ca-rwyne, X.ord Alwyne, and other good stayers. The best horse sired by St. Frusquin was St. Amant, who won the Two Thousand Guineas, Derby, and St. Leger. Flair, who realised the record price of 15,000gs as a brood mare, was another of St. Frusquin’s get. During his stud career up to the end of 1914 St. Frusquin sired 150 winners of 435 races, worth £227,240. He was by St. Simon from Isabel, by Plebeian from Parma, by Parmesan, and was a full brother to San Francisco.

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THE TURF, Issue 15630, 22 October 1914

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THE TURF Issue 15630, 22 October 1914

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