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[Gossip by Old Identity.] Splendid nominations have been received for the D.J.C. Summer .Mooting. They number 249, or 26 more than la.,t year. The principal handicap each day is " up. ' Quality is well leprecenled all along tin* line. So far as I an; able to judge, the decision of the Otago iii.-iiu-: t onnnilt-.. . nph-'id-iug the n, lie' Pretty .fane ease, was thoroughly juttitiod. Ihe tuniier e.idcnco negatived interference and also showed that the club’s Judicial Committee had a queer way of conducting the inquiry. There arc 24 acceptors lot a;e Aiuxi.uul Cup. if Princo .Mernwce is well he will be hard to beat. Tho same may be said of Sinapin, and First Flight’s weight i* very reasonable. Tho Soutiiiand Racing t’lub offer £3,000 in stakes at their meeting on tins 2nd ami 4th January. .Nominalnans for all events close on the lltli inst. C. Christie’s team at the Laieri is me strongest wo have ever had about here sinco tho Stephenson-Hazkdt days of Gipsy Grand and Co. Air O. IC Wise is now working at Oamaru a younger sister to Charlotte, named Chtiricville. Do Gama was not permitted to remain long in later:‘.-s. he has Kv.-imi-.-d training after a few days’ sped. I>e Gama w certainly one of tlio stars of the Australian turf to-day, as his record of six firsts, one second, and one thin! in 10 starts since ho loft Now Zealand testily. This horse's winnings in stakes in Victoria amount to £2,33/. A capital suggestion made to me at the Forbury this week is that there should bo three handicappers for trot-tin;; in the South Island, one for tho West Coast and part of Canterbury, another for mid-Can-terbury, tho third’for Otago and -Southland, and that every handicap should go before, tho three, and every race bo witnessed by one of them, so as to guard against surprises from horses that show form at small meetings not usually attended by tile handicappers for tho bigger meetings? By this arrangement all the form would come under review. At the sale at helloing of .Mr Donald Fraser’s thoroughbreds by Advance anti Martello. the highest- prices realised were : A yearling colt by Advance—.Seagull, 241 guineas; yearling colt by Advance-—En-deavor, 200 guineas ; black colt by Advance—Ballarat, 80 guineas. Traquctte, ono of Australia’s best two-yoar-oftls last season, won the Bend-go Cup ou the 25th November. She has taken a while to strike form this season, but may now do well. There is a strong agitation in -Sydney at present for tho legalisation of the totalisator In New South Wales. Tho crack steeplechaser Swedish Lad was once sold in >ydnoy for £22 10s. Sardauapale, the crack French three-year-old. is reported to be in England, at a well-known stud farm in Herts. The colt left Chantilly tins morning after war was declared. Tho dd-eetor of Demounts in England gave permission to commanders of cavalry to leave behind at depots all good malts, and, in consequence, very few in..res u.-m to the Continent with the English Expeditionary Force. These, agents are said to have exercised an admirable restraint when confronted with thoroughbreds. Hero ami there they took geldings, when no strong objection* were raised. The one-time well-known Amor’tan horseman Tod jjloau is in the service of the French .Hod Crises, driving motor {imbalance to and from the front. ills .Majesty King George was rating horse i in England when tho nisi m.iil loft. Tho latest success of the royal colors was in Rous Memorial stakes, which Friar Marcus (Cicero —* Cm Via), 9.3, won from Lamphigh 8.7. and Night Bell. 8.7. Friar Marcus .vent out- at odds on. and won easing up. Tho death is announced of Mr J. B. Haggin, probably the best known of tho American breeders of bloodstock, owing to a number of Australasian-bred horses going to his Rancho del Paso Stud, in California. Mr llaggin died at ids Newport home, at .Rhode Island, on September 12. At ono lirno Rancho del Paso was the largest stud in the world, os it contained about £OO mares, and among tho sires used there were Sir Modred, Maxim, and Dare-bin. These, three, stallions were performers of note iu the colonies, and all three proved .-nicce.-sfui sires in the Dniled States. At one time or other Mr Haggin bred the winner of probably every big American stake. 31 r Huggins fortune has been estimated between 50,€€0,000 and HXhCOO.OOO dollars. lie owned a number of mines, bis operations extending from Alaska to Chile. His interest in the. famous Anaconda sold for 9,003,(XX) dollars. Another mine, in South America, was so rich that ho built a railroad 80 miles lon*-, at a cost of 2,000,000 dollars, to carry its ore. to market. Tho New Zealand-bred Valhalla won Ids first race iu Australia on 21st November by accounting for 11 others in Flying Handicap at Canterbury Park, New South Wales. -Six of tho dozen, runners had backing, but Valhalla was favorite. When ho commenced playing up. and broke through tho barrier it was feared that ho would repeat a previous performance by dwelling at the post. But Valhalla commenced so quickly that ho was able to take charge of the field after going two furlonas. and he streaked up the hill with a lead of four lengths. That practically won the race for Valhalla, who hung out just long enough to scramble homo a nock from the imported mare Arlan/.a.

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THE TURF, Evening Star, Issue 15668, 5 December 1914

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THE TURF Evening Star, Issue 15668, 5 December 1914