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TAPANUI RACES. The first day's race* concluded in • raging gals, accompanied by a downponr of hail and rain, which prevailed for the greater part of tho afternoon. The earn. of £2,640 was posed through the totalisator, a decrease of £268 compared with, tho same day last year. Concluding results:— Crooketon Opm Trot. lira. —Kiwi (25 sen) 1, Konra.patkin (27sec) 2, The Sprintw (27boc) 3. Also started! Lowlander (21»ec) and Tin Barn (27sec). Won by about 60 yds. pullinfir np. Time, 4mm, 14seo. Welter Handicap. 4f.—lcilma (9.13) J, Ngapata (8.7) 2, Pretty Jane (9.9) Z. Pleasure Bent 9.5 and Benefit S.B alto started. Won by a length. Time, 54|«eo. Ladies' Bracelet. l£m.—Little Wolf (11.0) 1, Vital Spark (10.7) 2. The onlv etarters. Won anyhow. Time, 2min 30 sec. MARLBOROUGH MEETING. BoisteTons weather attended the opening day yesterday of the Marlborough Spring Meeting, but there wae a fair attendance in spite of the wind and dust. The totalizator bandied £5.350, as against £5,936 on the opening day last vear. Rene (8.5) won the principal event, the Blenheim Handicap, ljm, by a head from Peronilla (8.10) and two otfiers ; time, 2mra 12teec. Plunder accounted for the Maiden Hack and Spring Handicaps, and Peronilla easily defeated Mount Victoria, Mowbray, and Sleeves in the Flying Handicap, 6f, ran In Imin 18sec. An inquiry was held into the running of Early Rose, and M'Maher was cautioned and fined £2 for waving his whin when coming into the] straight. The Otahuhu Trotting Club's meeting was opened at Alexandra Park yesterday in fine weather. The- Otahuhra Handicap, 2m, was won by Wallace W. (6sec), with Lady Wilmington ifisec) second., and Hova (llfjco) third, time, 4min 51isec. Tho Electric Handicap, Ira, was won by BLuia Gray (lOsec) by a neck from Lord John (laec); time, 2min 7i?ec. THE "TOTE." Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. SYDNEY, November 19. (Received November 19, at 9 a.m.) The Labor Caucus of the New South Wales Parliament will assemble to-dav to decide | the- question of tho introduction of the | totalisatoT. It Is. believed that feeling favors the movement therefor. The racehorse Tartan has dropped dead. I FOOTBALL. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. I SYDNEY, November 19.

(Received November 19, at 10.20 a-m.) The New South Wales Rugby Leagnf are considering the report of the e»nfer« ence held in Melbourne on November 2 on the proposed amalgamation of the Leagui and Australian football rules.

The League have secured residential premises at the United Service Cflnb, in order to afford facilities to visiting team*.

SPORTS PROTECTION LEAGUE. A full meeting of the Otago branch oi the New Zealand Sporte Protection Le&gct{ was held last night, Mr R. Martan pra siding.—Correspondence received from th( head branch of the league stated that i| •was intended to -write to pariiamentarj candidates throughout the Dominion, asfe ing them the following question*:—(l) Wil you maintain the right* of the people an{ the tree enjoyment of all legitimate sporty and oppose any curtailment of their statT tory privileges and connection therewith! (2) Are vou in favor of the principle thai all recreation grounds not used for private gain should be exempted from local rates? A number of candidates had Teplied to these questions, but several had so far nos done so. —It was left in the hands of several members of the local committee to personally see the Dunedin candidates and get jra answer to these questions. The secretary was also instructed to communJcate with the branch secretaries with a view to their seeing the candidate* in their various districts.—A large amount of routine business was transacted.

FOOTBALL AND THE WAR At this week's meeting of the Canterbury Rugby Union a letter was received from the New Zealand Union, forwarding a circular letter to unions requesting that donations be passed by affiliated unions through the New Zealand Union towards the Empire defence fund. The New Zealand Union had agreed to give 50 guineas. It was resolved to give 25 guineas towards the fund, and to point out to the parent body tha assistance given to the local furds. WEDNESDAY CRICKET. St. Kilda played Taieri .and Pensinsula. B on the Caledonian Ground yesterday afternoon. St. Kilda, batting first, compiled 219 runs for the loss of four wicket*, and declared the innings dosed. A. K. Edwards 82, Jones 60 (retired), Shepherd 51 (retired), G-. Edwards 13, and Fogarty 7 not out batted for St. Kilda. laieri and Peninsula B had lost two kickets for 21 Stevens 11 not out and Lee 6 not out —when the game had to be abandoned owing to the rain. G. Edwards took two wickets for 15 for St. Kilda.

"While nt thei post for the Otaio Plot* at Riecarton last week, Guiding Way kicked Multiply on the inside of the off forcing, and made an ugly gash. It will bo some time before the Gbborns torso is fit. to race again. Rinaldo ha* been sold by Mr J. B. R«i<i to the- North Island sportsman who races a-* "Wire Tokcna." and has gone into 7. Tiliey's *table at. FordelL The price paid is gft'id to have hrtn a substantial one. The principal winners of stakes at the VR.G. Spring Meeting were: Mr L. K. S Mackinnon (owner of Kingsburgh, winner of the Melbourne Cup), £7,490; P. R<--cer* and J. Rivera (owners of Carlita, winner of the Derby), £3,514; Sir William Cooper (in whose name Mountain Knight rani. £2.838; X. Falkener (owner of the Maribyrnciig Plate winner), £2,060.

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SPORTING, Issue 15654, 19 November 1914

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SPORTING Issue 15654, 19 November 1914

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