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[Gossip bt Old Identity.]

Mr M'Bride, of Queenstown, spent some of his Obsano winnings in buying Hops, a horse that is meant, it is understood, for the country meetings. The value of the Melbourne Cup to the winner was £7,490. Those who were left in the rush to catch boats for England from France shortly after the commencement of the war included an. ex-jockey named James Covey, who was 83 years of ago and an invalid. In his day Covey was a jockey of some celebrity, riding Black Tommy when that horse finished second to Blink Bonny in the Derbji of 1857. It is not intended that Sir Solo shall return to New Zealand from Melbourne for the present, a>nd he will be trained at Caulfield. When the weights for the Melbourne Cup came out and the leading bookmakers sent out their prices, Kingsburgh's owner took £14,000 to £7l, and could have had more. He just took it on the off chance. "Terlinga" addst Foulsham knew very little about the horse at the time, but. thought him promising. He was a maiden until he surprised him by winning a little race at Rosehill in August. M'Laehlaii rode, him, and stilt the horse weni put at

any odds. On at least four occasions after that Kmgeburgh was well backed, and failed, so that, inclusive oi his purchase money and keep, he must have been owing Mr M'Kinnoii a good deal of money until he won the Cup. His races against Uly.-Ts Isl°. and Barlow in Sydney were fair trials. but they said nothing as to how ho mitdit fare in a strong two-mile race. St. Carwyne, of ootirse, had never shown that he could run out two miles, but ho had won two good weight-for-age races, oncof them at a mile and a-half, and he oni.v had to eive Kingsburgh 31b. Kingsburgh has been Sir William Cooper. Isaac Foulsham will continue to train the horse. According to one who knews, Alexandra, the dam of Kingsburgli, dia not want for pace. She was trained at Flemington, but though she showed more than average galloping ability, was not persevered witn, and went to the Shipley stud. A Victorian" turf scribe 6ays that many Scotsmen backed Kingsburgh because <"* tho historic incidents the name recall*. The Cup winner was christened after .in estate in the north of the Isle of Skye. Mr MTvinnon, owner of Kingsburgh, visited Skye recently, and was presented with a parchment acknowledging him as chief of the Mackinnons. A sister of Mr Mackminon owns an estate in the south of Skye, and Mr Mackinnon stayed at Duisdalo House while on his visit. Kingsburgh is by Wallace. The V.R.O. Derby afforded an instance of an owner l investing too early. One of the owners of Carlita accepted £SOO to £SO about that filly. Had he delayed operating until the day of tho race bis £SO could have been placed at twice the rate of odds named. ... The Sydney colt Giru injured one of Ins legs at his last public appearance, and was put on one ade for repairs. Accounts regarding the condition of Uncle Sam continue to be contradictory. The trainer of that fine horse ought to be the best authoritv, and he has expressed tho opinion that Uncle Sam's damaged leg will yield to the proper remedies. There are not wanting those who regard Uncle Sam as the beet horse in Australia. It was stated in Melbourne during the Cup Meeting that the V.R.C. may deein it good policy to reduce stakes a little until the war "is over. Xo reason was assigned for the> TefusaJ of De Gama's nomination by tho V.A.T.C., savs tlie Melbourne 'Argus.' So good » horse as Do Gamii, who has won eight races, will beimich missed, specially by some turf speculators who have won a small fortune in bets on him. Writing about the New Zealand Cup, "Terlinga" says? Bridge was credited with 3min 25sec when he won. and lie has never been above jumpers' flat form in Australia, but in Sydney last month a man who saw Bridge's Cup race gave me a feasible explanation of the time. The field was, he says, started a hundred yards in front of the proper mark. My informant timed what was supposed to be) the first half-mile, and it took the leader 47sec. I have often wondered how a horse lik* Bridge could possibly have galloped two miles in 3min 25eec, and this seeme the only possible explanation.

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THE TURF, Issue 15655, 20 November 1914

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THE TURF Issue 15655, 20 November 1914

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