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RACING PERMITS. COUNTRY CLUBS' CLAIMS. A deputation representing the Country Racing Clubs' Association waited upon the Minister of Internal Affairs (Hon. F. H. D Bell) at Wellington yesterday with reference to tho allocation of the additional rotalisator permits available under the I Gamine Act, 1914. Those present wore : The Hon. W. H. Herries, Mr D. H. I Guthrie, M.P., Mr E. W. Alison, and Mr I Bruce (president of the Association). | The deputation asked that when the per- | mits were restored the claims of the clubs which had been abolished by the Racing Commission should receive first consideration. The Minister stated that tho position under Mr Hunter's Bill was that every applicant must be considered. Applications would be received from any club desirous of applying. He agreed generally with the points presented by the association, nr-d was grateful for their offer of assistance. What the Government had arranged was that no permits would be granted, until after the General Election. He could not have it imputed to the Government that the grants- were "jobbed" in any way. Applications would bo invited from any club'up to December 10, after which no applications would be received. He had asked a member from each side of the House—Messrs Hunter and Davoy (who also represented the two islands) —to go round and see the courses; and give him general advice. Ho would also ask tho Racing Conference for advice, and would similarly consult the Trotting Conference. Ife would have to deal with hunt clubs himself. Ife would pay attention to what tho association recommended, but the ultimate decisioti must bo with the Minister. Ho had taken the course which seemed best to get rid of political bias, and in a nndtitudo of counsellors he hoped to arrive at a fair solution. He could not give the absolute right of guidance to the association any more than to the Trotting Conference", but he would naturally be guided by people of experience.

RACING IN NEW SOUTH WALES. The final day of the A.J.C. meeting, postponed on account of the rain last Saturdav, was held yesterday. The principal event, the Dow ling Steeplechase, about 3m, was won by Don Q., with Lonisbrook second, and Wadden third. Four others started. The ex-New Zealander led throughout, and won easily bv 20 lengths. Time,. smin 31^sec. "At Tattersall's (Sydney meeting) the City Tattersalls Handicap, !.>!, for which there were 12 starters.' was won by Off a by four lengths from Tofua, with Willow Green third.

VICTORIAN TRAINING NOTES. _ At I'Tcmington yesterday Wnorak railopcd six furlongs in lmin 20sec. Bon Ton 10 furloiiL's' in 2min 20sec, -'arliia 11 furlongs in 2min 39sec, Kingsbmgh and Ulva's Isle a mile in lmin s2sec, Uncle Sam 10 furlongs in 2tnin 26s n-, Sir Alwynton nine furlongs in 2min ."sec, I'syltyx'nine furlongs in 2min Csec, Moonbria "six furlongs in lmin 20fec, Cagou a mile in lmin 46sec. and Mountain Knight five furlongs in lmin sscc. At Caulfiokl Sir Solo traversed nine furlongs on the sand in 2min 2sec. De Gama seven furlongs in lmin 35sec, ('. iadwvtt 10 furlongs iu 2rriiu 18J»ec, St.Cf.r\v\ne a mile on the grass in lmin 454s !c, a-id Lilyveil and Aleconner 10 fur! mgs in 2min 15issc. LADIES' GOLF. The Wellington ladies' provincial golf tourney reached the semi-final stages yesterday. In the provincial ■championship Miss "Brandon beat Mrs Gibbon by 8 up and 6 to play, and Miss Wood beat Miss Sybil Abraham by 6 up and 5 to play. The final will bo played to-morrow. The following are the best scores handed in in the junior medal competition of the Otago Ladies' Golf Club : Miss M'Jntosh (gross 106, handicap 25) 81, Miss Sim (gross 122. handicap 36) 86, Miss Ogston (gross 126, handicap 36) 90. TENNIS FINANCE. JDILOOO IN THREE DAYS. The takings at . the, gates during the three days upon which the Australasian team were engaged in wresting the Davis Cup from America totalled £II,OOO. This information has reached the Australasian I.awn Tenuis Association, whose authorities Pre looking forward to receiving a substantial sum as their half-share of tho net profits. Huge tiers of seating erected round three sides of the. courts cost certainly not less than £3.000. The structures carried daily over 12,000 spectators.

Australasia also receives a third of the profits of the preliminary ties, which her representatives played against Canada, Germany, and the British Isles. Altogether there should be a- larue sum. to swell the funds of the Australasian Association, and it is expected that over £3,000 will be distributed amongst Hie various aitiiiated State associations. The attendance and gate receipts were by far tho largest that have been known at any tennis fixture. A world's record in both has been established. . CRICKET. The Cricket League will commence ■competition matches to-morrow. This is the seeond season, and there are now nine teams pltiying. One team has dropped out, and two new ones have been secured —Orokonui Home and Railways. The diaw for to-morrow's, matches is as follows :- Hillside A v. Hillside B, Orokonui v. Tramways, Hayv.ards v. Railways. Reid and Cray v. Y.M.C.A.. Standard a bye. All matches will be played on the ground'of tho first-named club. On Labor Day (.Monday) Standard will meet Seacliff. Standard team : W. Butler. R. Finder, F. E. liolleyman, A. Paine, A. Ellis, W. Jarnuui. A. M'Ketwie, J. Richmond, G. JWd, 11. Reeves L. Quest, A. Jelly. Following are the weights for the Winton Cup, 8.11. llesione 8.6, Sombrero 8.5. ' St. Aidun 7.10, Directoire 7.10, Obolns 7.4, King Torrent 7.4, United Service 7.4, Peerless 7.2, Feodor 6.10. Pride o' Clntha 6.10, Lord Frederick 6.10, Goldfish 6.7.

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