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[Gossip by Old Identiit.] Mumura (9.9) won the Rakaia Cup last Saturday week, easily defeated Eaglestone (9.12) and five others, including the once-on-a-time-fancied Trireme. The District Handicap at this meeting produced an exciting finish between Federal and Master Hamilton. ‘ Lyttelton Times ’ reports thus: There was some delay before the judge marie the official announcement, before doing which he ordered the clerk of the course to bring back Federal, Master Hamilton and Moneymaker. When the three horses were 'lined up in front of the judge’s box, C. Emerson, the rider of Master Hamilton, made himself very prominent, asserting loudly and repeatedly that his mount nad won. The judge, however, eventually placed Federal first and Master Hamilton second. A meeting of the stewards was subsequently held, when Emerson was called on for an explanation of his conduct to the judge. Emerson stated that he was of opinion he had won, but if ho had said anything to which exception could be taken he was prepared to apologise, which he forthwith did to the judge and stewards. Sir George M‘Lean will have eight yearlings to send to Sydney for the autumn sales this season. Tho colts have been already operated on. Mr Charles Selby, who died in England lately, had seen 67 successive races for tho Derby. Atora was tho only horse of any account in the Ballarat Cup, and he won easily. As long a price as 100 to 1 was laid against Ecuador, who finished second in the Ballarat Cup. An old story about the 1867 Ballarat Cun is re-told by _ “ Terlinga.” Exile fell dead after passing the post, and it was at once assumed that some miscreant had poisoned him. Mr Keighran offered a reward of £SOO for the conviction of the “ nobbier,” hut eventually it was decided that at all events the horse had not been “wilfully poisoned.” Possibly the trainer had been in the habit of stimulating (doping it would be called now) Exile with drugs, and had overdone it, hut Dr Bleazby seemed to think that at all events there had been no foul play. While the excitement was at its height Eli Jellett —then a young member of the pugilistic brigade—gave tho poisoning theory a hoist on. He was celebrating in Ballarat during tho race week, and was arrested by the police for making too much noise. For fun he told the police he was the man who poisoned Exile. This got into the papers, but next morning Jellett knew nothing of ,the confession, and it was soon established that his story was just a silly hoax. Nothing came from the offering of a reward, and very soon the notion that the horse had been got at died out. With the exception of Russia, the United States leads ■ the world a,s far as horse-breeding is concerned. These two countries between them possess 51,769,165 horses, and of this number Russia is credited with 30,720,165, and the United States with 21,040,000, while Germany is at the head of the other European nations with 4,345,000. Austria-Hungary comes next with 4,264,571, France has 3,094,000, and Great Britain 2,151,376. Thrax is said to be amiss again, and it juuaaaia to b« serious this time.

Fabrikoff Is now in Derrett’s stables. * Lyttelton Times * says it is understood that the colt has been bought by Mr A. 'Kie Martini-Henry mare Jacinth, who gave the turf a high-class horse in Poseidon in 1903, but whoso subsequent produce have been downright moderates, has this season produced a colt to Cardinal Beaufort, a son’ of John o‘Gaunt (by Isinglass). From the Auckland papers I learn that Prince Merriwee, who was fancied for the Auckland Cup, struck his leg at exercise and was merely walking at the beginning of this week. Allegation is said to be doing well in his training at Ellerslle Sandstream, now ten years old, paid a sensational dividend in the Borough Handicap at Woodville. . Croesus, who won the Maiden Plate at Woodville, is a three-year-old halfbrother to the crack two-year-old Desert Gold, being by Royal Fusilier—Aurarias, by Malster—Aurous, by Wallace. Rewi Poto, winner of tho Wood vHu Handicap last week, is by Mamapoto from The Boyne, daughter of Merriwee. According to an Australian writer, Quito a number of leading jockeys are talking of declining to renew thoir retainers, bocause the stables to which they, arc allied have been out of luck, and, being required by their employers, they were forced to forego much more attractive mounts. “Phaeton," in his notice of the death of Bungebah, says that this great Australian sprinter was a rough, coarse-lookirg gelding that met the eyes of H. Bayne;', the well-known trainer, when he chained to see the Grandmaster gelding at Havilalf somewhere about 1889, and the Sydney trainer came in for a good deal of chaff over Bungebah. It is mentioned that at that time they bred a number of harness and road horses at Havilah, and the “ wags *’ declared Rayner had purchased a coacher for a thoroughbred. As a matter of fact, Aveline (the dam of Bungebah) did have a foal by a coacher the year before she produced Bungebah to Grandmaster, and to this day the famous sprinter is held up jui an illustration to support the theory of saturation. Jack Beale has got a riding license again: It is conditional, and the granting was accompanied by a severe caution. For the Forbury Trotting Club’s meeting on the 27th and 30th January the stakes amount to £3,290, an increase of £290. The Dunedin Gup is up to £650, and the Forbury Handicap to £450. There are 82 acceptances for the seven handicaps at the D.J.C. races at Wingatui on Saturday, and a good crowd are entered for the Trial. Stakes, also run the same day. Experts like the chances of John Barleycorn and Golden King in the Otago Handicap, and I think that Rongahero should not be overlooked. Flora Macdonald, if really well, * would be a very good thing for this race, but she is supposed to be not quite ready. There is abundant promise of * good meeting,

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THE TURF, Issue 15681, 21 December 1914

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THE TURF Issue 15681, 21 December 1914

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