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[Gossip by Old Idextity.]

Backers began well at the V.R.C. races, their favorite for the Maiden Plate, Hush Money, winning by four lengths. She is owned and trained by the veteran Jas. M'ilson. who used to own First King. So. too. in the Maribyrnong Plate. Red Signal started firet favorite, and won after a desperate finish with Three Star, who misbehaved at the post and did not get well away. Donna de (lama, a New ZealanderJ was prominent for half a mile. Record time, lmin 2sec, was equalled ny Bed Signal in winning the Maribyr'"iig Plate. This timo was put, up by T.-aquette Iwt vear, ::nd also bv Beiagoon in IUI2, ar-a by Bee Bee in ISO 3. Tlien eatno a sensation for the betting men. Gladwyn and Remuneration weie Mio only two at short prices for the llotham Handicap, and the outsider Uncle Matt won anyhow, after leading practieally tbe whole way. Undo Matt will be reicerabeaed as tho winner of tho Launceston Cup.

For tho V.R.C. "Derbv the r.ublic made Mountain Knight favcrite. Woorak being next choice. After these it was almost a. cast of "any ■price." Carlita*s admirers were able to get lour; odds, and Aristxus. who finished second? was. at the- extreme rnd forlorn price

This was Carlita's twelfth laee. She had won fonr times before the V.R.C. Derby, and was five times second. "What stood against her for tho V.R.C Dei-Ivy ir.'is the fact that eho finished fifth in the s.vdnev Derby. She was a foal at foot when "Meters Rouse Bros, bought her and her dam, Couronne, for 125gs. at Mr J. B. Reid'rf dispersal sale in New Zealand. Couronne died while on the way to Sydney.

R. Lewis, who was successful on Car'ifa- in the Victoria Derby, has ridden s'\ winners of the three-year-old classic —viz., Maltster, Hautvillers. Sylvanhe. Alawa, Wolowa, and Carlita.

Tho third pacer in succession for the ] imtsrs -was adminTetered in tho Molt>cmm<* Stakes. In a way this was the i-reatect surprise of the three, for Carlita certainly c.ught- tiol to have been entirely overlooked in the Derby, whilst the Hotham result was merely a handicap iip=et. and they are common. People think ihcy

. in pick weight-for-age mees. In tho Mvlbournfl Stakes tho crowd gut -woefully astray. lilyveil, Cogou, Tlathloa. Postoatus—that was tho order of the betting. ftnd noli one of the four secured a. place! Philio made the running to the distance, fit. Carwynne headed him 100 yards from borne, and won by o. neck from tho finfshing, .and X.ilyveil was last.

De flama, who led the field homo in '' '• V.R.C C-oburg Stakes, was s. bit of a ;;*il>pointment when he first wont to Ausi:oia. and his party lost a lot of money ver him. before the tide turned. One*

.'m "New ZeaJander struck his form he ■j'licklv atoned for past shortcomings, and *<m. amongst other races, the V.A.T.C fT'-athei-lis Handicap. Tie is a four-yen r«ld chestnut by Va3CO -from Tea Cup by •' iievening from "Loving Cup by Melton.

'llia first Melbourne dip was -run on ■Vr.vrmber 7. 1861. Tho winner was Mr V Do Mestre's Archer, who carried 9st 71b. Archer won next year with IPst 21b ii(-. Xo other horse has "won two Melbourne Cups, though several have at-i-mpted tho fc-ifc. Mr "Do Mestie is still n'ive. and resides in New South Wales. 'I ho race when inaugurated was under tho nana cement of tho Victoria Turf Club. The first Cup meeting -under the auspices f-i t'uo Victorian Racing Club was held ;•; 186-1, to this year it was the jubilee i t:r> meeting of the V.R.C. During the entire period only 11 Just have got home, these being i An-her in 1862. "The Barb in 1866, Tim Whifflor in 1867. Don Jium in 1573, Martini Tlenrv in 1883, Caa-'uino in 1890, XewI.aven in 1896. Merriwee in 1C39. Rewnue f-i 1901, Apologue in 1907. and Trinoe l'oote in 1909. Kingsbnrgh, tho Melbourne Cup_ surprise tbi3 vear. scored his maiden victory to the Carlingford Mile, doing the distance with 8.7 up, in Irnin 4'2.Lsee. At the A J.C. spring meeting on the first dashe conceded libra's- Isle 81b. and ran him to a neck in the Trial Stakes, the inile and r< quarter being cut nut in 2niin _Bi.sec. Tie made no show, with 7st up, in tho Metropolitan, but on the third ilay of the meeting he was (carrying 7st 01b! a good s.-eoiid'to Barlow_(7st 1011.) in the Sydney Handicap, one mile and a-half. the time being 2min 33'.sec. On the concluding dav he was thud (carrying Sst> to Crey>i.ear (6st 71b), and Aimed (9st lib) in the Waverley Handicap, one mile and three-quarters. The time was otniti 4Asec. The }>unter who had the pluck to back on such credentials would probably find it hard to refrain from backing every horse in the race.

Seven winners of the Melbourne Cup carried over 9.o.—viz.. .Archer (1861), ?7: Archer (1862), 10.2; Glencoe (1868), 0 1: Malua (1884), 9.9: Carbine (1890). 10.5: Patron (1894), 9.3; and The Grafter .'1898), 9.2. The dead heat between Wnrstep and Indigo was the end of the 32nd race for the New Zealand Cup. No horse has ever won this Cup with a greater weight than 8.9. TiiaUi.'m. Vanguard, and Lady Zeltand each had 8.9. Only four horses have ever carried over r '. 9 in" the subordinate places in this race, viz., Nelson, second with 9.10 in 1886, Emoclvdon second with 9.11 in 1903. and Los Angelos third with 9.3 in 1911. New Zealand Cnr» winners are thus tlassified by sex: 21 entires, 8 mares, 5 geldings—total 34, including two dead heats. Nobody knew on public form., up to the judge's decision, whether Warstep could stay the two miles; yet the crowd made her favorite. A great compliment to Murray Aynsley's judgment. Sixty-six horses were handicaps! for this year's New Zealand Cup, and 10 made the final payment.

Didn't Balboa miss a good .show Tor this cup by not accepting with 7.3! The sensation of the C..T.C. meeting is the disqualification of First Flight for second place in the Derby. Has Sir G. Clifford nver suffered such a thing before? This vear was Mr Lowry's first success in tho C..T.C. Derby. BalHoa. the winner, \\ as bred by Mr Duncan at the Waikanae stud, got by Yarco from Nerves, by Birkenhead—Shot, by Albany. This runs into old-fashioned breeding on the dam's side. Balboa was bought as a yearling for 30 guineas! Congratulation* to Mr M'llr'ule. ..I Queenstown, owner of Obscmo, and to Bob M'Kay, his trainer, on tho result of the Steward's Handicap. This horse is now nine years old, anil MTvay has had the handling of him during all his effective i areer. I well remember the time when it was doubted whether he could realkstay a sound six furlongs. : Concerning the Welcome Stakes ,i{ Auckland, "Phaeton" writes: Arran, who led the field borne in the race, is probably susceptible of more improvement than any of his rivals, and when it is said that he is possessed of a frame that, will aliow of much development it may be inferred that Mr .T. M'.Nicol has once again a promising colt to carry his colors. Gold Lac carries m niuc 1 more dashing appearance than when he scored at Avondale In September. The half-brother to General Latour seemed to be a little unfortunate at the start for tho Welcome Stakes, and it was some distance before he got properly on his legs; but he was coming along all right in the straight. There ia, I reckon, a good race about Gold Lac.

Rencontre, who dropped dead while l.«ing exercised at Riccarton, proved herself one of the srparteat two-year-olds that figured on the Xe«- Zealand turf last season, her victories including the (Ireat Northern Foal Stakes and C\J.C. Champagne Stakes. She was got by Obligado tixjm the Sir Lancelot mare Tournament. A 4 the dispersal sale of the Cambria Park Stud, in 1912, Tournament and her filly foal (Rencontre) were bought by Mr G. D. Greenwood for 165 guineas. "Last lesson Rencontre's earnings in stakes amounted to £1,930. Ariitaraa, who ran second in the V.R.C. Derby, Is a gelding His only credentials not a maiden back race at the .litto town »f Pannvure and a two-year-old handicap it Flemington. "Torlinga," wrote just After the race : " Personally T am not going to pay *ny attention to the Bcihs running

until I see it confirmed. Perhaps Carlita and all the rest of the starters, except Newberry and iNaxberry, are butter than Mountain Knight—he- only beat two—hut I don't believe it." He adds that Womak ran like a green colt, and that M'Laohlan said Mountain Knight was hanging out all the way. The same, writer's summarv of the race for the Melbourne Gun is interesting: Oagon'a rider evidently had orders to see if ho would do better in front than ho hud done in recent races. Posinatus was at tho same game, and they went at each other. For six furlongs they carried on .running at a pace which caused a great stringing out of tho field. At tho sheds both were done, and along tho bend (.Jim and Sir Alwynton wore tho leadens, with tho hard-ridden Kingsburgh handy, and Undo .Sam coining tast on the outside. Carlita, who had been well placed, died away at the sheds, and Giru was done with at tho turn, but no sooner had Sir Alwynton and Kingsburgh led intot he straight than there were loud cries of " St. Carwyno wins." The white-faced chestnut drew almost level with the- leaden?, hub before they reached the beginning of the new stand he was failing. The other two, who had run abreast for about three furlongs, could not bo overhauled. They were locked together until tho l:eginning oE tho lawn, when Kingsbiirgh began to get the better of tho struggle, and. vigorously ridden to the end, he got away, and won bv a neck.

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THE TURF, Issue 15648, 12 November 1914

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