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[Gossip bx Old Identity.] Though fearfully harassed by the bad weather, the Forbury Trotting Club's meeting turned in a reasonable profit. The Melbourne 'Age' is responsible for the statement that' of the 41 candidates who have expressed their views in regard to the suggested legalising of tho totalisator in Victoria, 32 favor its introduction, and seven oppose it. An Auckland writer says : " Rather a good joke was worked off on Mr Ha.yr by his brother secretary, Mr R. Wynyard, at Takapuna, which probably marks a record in tho paying out of stakes. Mr Havr was verv . confident of Monorail's ability to win, and this Mr Wynyard was aware of. Anticipating tho victory, Mr Wynyard made out the cheque for the stake*, and as soon as the horses passed the post the cheque was handed over." C. Emerson at Horotrata on Friday rode four winners and a second. Pursefoim, favorite for the Farmers' Hack 'Race at Hororata, could only get third. Middite. won comfortably. Christmas Lilv beat the more-fancied Derby Dav in the Bangor Handicap, and there was exactly the same Tesult in the Rrackendale Handicap. Flower of the West, favorite for tho Cup, led all the way. Canterbury won the Coalgatc Welter by onlv a head, and Findhorn romped home from Mamma in the Haldon Handicap. Expcct's throat was lanced last week. The 'Dominion' says that the big horse. is still in a. very had way, and it will be a considerable time before he can be put into work again. A match between tho two great pacing stallions. William (2min) and Direction I. (lmin 532 sec), was brought off on September 24 Inst at Grand Rapids, U.S.A., the conditions being a purse of £1.203, put up by the proprietary, divided 60 and 40 pe'r cent. Trio attendance was 6.C00. Rain fell, and a keen wind was not conducive to fast time. The match was for the best three in live Heats, and Wiliam won three straight heats and the match, in 2min l|sec,'2min l-isee, and 2min 2A.sec. Mr Dubiety has disposed of tho three-year-old liily Marsa by Martian—Nantes to Mr H. Taylor, and she goes into 11. J. King's stable. Wavre, the little town in Belgium which has been the scene of desperate fighting during the war. depended for its prosperity on training stables and stud farms. Tho nrincipal stable there was presided over bv Sam Hcapv, nephew of Sammy Loates* the noted English jockey of years ago, who succeeded Walter Sharp ns private trainer for M. Brugman. As to the report from Sydney to tho effect that Mr J. E. Henrys, " the premier horso handicapper of New Zealand," may settle in Australia in the near future, tho 'Lvttelton Times' says: "It seems extremely unlikely that Mr Henrys will I mako a change, much as bo may appreciate tho compliment paid him by his j Australian admirers." Alec Carter, the well-known French | jockey, who was an officer in the French I Dragoons, has been killed while, riding at the head of his regiment at the. front. Carter after being wounded, wu.s on the ! battlefield for two days before being found. He was then dead, with wounds all over his body. Carter rode'Lutteur 111. in the Liverpool Grand National this year. Spearmint appears to have sired a remarkably good fillv in Lucky Liege. In the Suffolk Nursery Plate she cut out the work at a clipping pace, and won in a canter from Barbed Wire (another daughter of Spearmint) by two lengths, covering the five furlongs in the slick time of 60krcc Mr G. D. Greenwood is sending Emperador to Palmeiston North to represent his stable at the Manawatu races, and his team for Auckland will consist of Banksia, Bimeter, Camulus, and Sutala. Eight Auckland Cup candidates spotted silk at Takapuna, but only throe of them —Monojack, Monorail, and .folic. Fille--got on the winning list. Of the former it must bo admitted, says a Northern writer, he gave evidence of 'staying on well over a two-mile journey, and with the moderate impost of 7.7*0n1y to carry on Auckland Cup day it may be expected thai F. Stenning will prepare the sturdy littlo chestnut for the event in question, perhaps in preference to Jack Delaval, who has all he is entitled to (9.0) over a twomile course. ■G. Murray Aynsky will leave for Auckland with Wars'tcp and Snub on Monday. Thrax will probably be racing again soon. Flora Macdonald is .still stanuing up to her work. So is Autunmiis. First Flight will take a lot of beating if he goes to Auckland. The death is announced of that great Australian sprinter Bungebah, who gave Carbine a hard race in the Craven Plate, and fairly ran away with tho Epsom Handicap and the Newmarket. He was 29 years old. "Milroy" remarks that. Bungebah was a hairy-legged chestnut by Grandmaster from Aveline. by Yelverton from Valetta, a. familiar Durham Court combination. Both Yelverton and Valetta were imported from England by Mr Otto Baldwin. Neither cost much money. The latter, in fact, was bought for £2O.

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THE TURF, Evening Star, Issue 15671, 9 December 1914

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THE TURF Evening Star, Issue 15671, 9 December 1914