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[Gossip bx Old Idexxitt.] First Flight, is under suspicion, and they say he may not start at Auckland. Reputation’s owner says that this colt is intended for the Auckland (hip. Mr John Daly, the A.J.C. handkapper, while chatting about the worries of weightadjusters, remarked that ho has in his scrap book .an account of an extraordinary incident chronicled in England. Sixteen horses were nominated in a certain race, and all declined the engagement! A feature of tho trotting meeting at Ballarat on 28th ult. was the appearance in the saddle of Miss Atkinson, who rode her own pony, Valazn, in tho Miners’ Handicap Tt-.J. Miss Atkinson rode in a divided skirt, with a white blouse and yellow sash, and a lady's hunting hat. Val:m> started second favorite, but finished iast but one. Bonny Helen may perhaps be spelled until the autumn. With Thrai only recently “ up,” Flora Macdonald presumably half ready, Specialform ditto, Martin* unlucky, and Quarantine queer, I like John Barleycorn as well as anything in the Otago Handicap, to be decided at Wingatui on Boxirg Day. The ‘Sportsman’ recently published statistics showing how favorites bad fared in Engli.-h flat races from the beginning <>f the season (March 23) up to September 24. The record came out as follows; Races run 1,110, favorites won 599, ran second 276. third 146. unplaced 289. The latest about the totalizator in New Smith Wales is from the Premier, who says that tho Government have their hands full of questions that are urgent, and tho totnlisator is not urgent. “Glencoe” reports that Koova, winner of several important handicaps last season, has changed hands, and will in future carry tho same colors as Birkfui. She is to be trained by J. M. Cameron. If tho Australian jumper Hullawarra wins a race in England, it will be with a good horse's weight, judging by the exalted opinion formed of him by the gentleman who allotted the weights for Grand Softon Steeplechase, which was to’ have been run on November 12 last. Bullawarra was placed at the head of the list, with the great French horse Lutteur HI., each having 12.7. This was paying the Australian a very high •compliment. Tho Now Zealand-bred Kakvh, now in Australia, fluked the Hurdle Race at Warwick Farm on 28th ult. Sydney ‘Telegraph ’ reports : With only one hurdle left to jump, the race appeared to be at the mercy of Compromise, who had a little earlier gone to the front, and bad his opponents well beaten. But Compromise got, too close to the hurdle, hit it very hard in front, and fell. That left Rajah in charge, and, thouah dog tired, he hung cut just long enough to win from Honeybag, who had tried repeatedly to ehirk his task, and, running down most of the obstacles, lost a lot of cronnd. Mr E. J. Watt’s Athcnic. Qucenliko, and French Rose have gone into H. Raynor's stabels at R.andwiclc, and are in regular training again. In his recently-published •Reminiscences,’ the prominent trainer 8. Darling attributes the deterioration of the English thoroughbred to inbreeding to Galopin and St. Simon. Among tho millionaire sportsmen at the front is Mr James De Rothschild, the owner of Apothecary, winner of Clearwoll Stakes, at Newmarket, a few weeks ago. Mr Rothschild is attached to General Juffre's staff as a motor despatch-carrier. G. Meddick, who won the Melbourne Cup on Kingsburgh, celebrated his 18th birthday by riding two winners at Newcastle (N.S W.b Fred Winter, tho Kaiser's first jockev, was among those unfortunate British subjects in Germany who were put in prison when tho war broke cut. At latest advice he was still a prisoner. Atora, winner of this year's Ballarat Cup. is a stable companion of the Bendigo Cup victress, Traquette. and is owned by hie trainer, Mr P. T. Heywcod. Atora, now seven years old, is a grandson of Carbine. Wardha, winner of the Manchester November Handicap, is by Wargrace, eon of Carbine. In one of the back numbers of the * Australasian ’ there was an article on what constitutes a stayer. In ordinary | practice says tho writer) a stayer means i a horse lacking brilliancy, but capable of I keeping up one pace for a long distance. 1 The general opinion is that a horse capable of calling up ah rilliant burst of speed | is not likely to bo endowed with the ca- ; pacity of maintaining that pace long • enough to win over a distance. Dividend, if the definition suggested be correct, may be cited as a true staver, and ho proved conclusively that Poseidon' failed in that respect, but Poseidon was the better racehorse. He had a dash at the end of a | race, which stood to him as long as he had not been kept on the stretch too long, and ho was a temperate goer. Dividend waa a one-pace horse. In the AustraH' , n Cup. as a three-year-old, with only 7.0, he made steady running almost from the start, hut ext the filniisli T-ord IJUin’s Daughter, who had run second in tho Newmarket Handicap, ran over him for speed. As a five-year-old Dividend galloped Poseidon to* a standstill in the Champion Stakes, and also in tho Cumberland Stakes at Randwick. Abercorn waa another genuine stayer. Tom Hales, who rode nearly all the best horses in Australia in his time, assured “Terlinga” that he could not say which was the best horse he had ever ridden, but he was sure Abercorn was tho best stayer. Ho had never ridden a horse that could last so long at his “absolute top” as Abercorn. Carbine had the great horse’s little dash at tho end ol an ordinarily-run race, which enabled him to wait and beat Abercorn, but when in the Melbourne Stakes of 1889 Antaaua was put in to make the pace a cracker from the jump-off Abercorn fairly beat Carbine first, and then stalled off the final rush of Melos. This was the finest race among good horses that we have ever j seen or expect to see.

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THE TURF, Evening Star, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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THE TURF Evening Star, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914