NORTH OTAGO RACES. The weather was fine but dull, and the course fast. Unfortunately the starting was indifferent, this being the only fly in the ointment as regards what must otherwise have been voted a successful meeting. The fault was not entirely with Mr Harley, who had a poor lot of jockeys to contend vritli, and t"hcy -did not give him that assistance that be might reasonably have expected. Where the starter was in fault, was in failing to line his horses up to the barrier as soon as the totalisator was shut down. Ar> a result the later events were started much after time, and visitors from Dunedin had to leave the course before the concluding event was run. The totalisator turnover for the day was £11,171. as against £11,017.1 last year, making £25,223 for the meeting, an increase of £1,299. Mr Henrys, who acted as judge, had to declare a dead, heat between two of the horses, which he had handicapped. After the Bracelet the Judicial Committee incpiired into the running of Canterbury, the winner, whose running was in marked contrast with his form on Saturday, and after an exhaustive inquiry found that there w-as not sufficient evidence to justify interference with the judge's decision; in other words, thoy returned the Scotch finding of " Not proven." In the Trial Stakes Martiques won very easily, Helicon splitting the filly and Tester. There were five starters for the Redcastle Handicap, of 200sovs, lm, John Barleycorn (8.9, by Sarto—Brisca) being made favorite. Fender (7.3) and Troon (6.13) were slow in finding their feet, while Flower of the West (7.7) gained a good break, but was quickly steadied. Sho led the field to the five-furlong post, with Briar Patch (7.4) at her quarters, and John Barleycorn a couple of lengths away. Approaching the rise John Barleycorn was taken to the front on the outside, and went on for a short length win from Briar Patch, with Fender, who came very fast from the back, a couple of lengths away. Time, lmin 42 2-ssec. The Ladies' Purse Handicap, 65sovs, 7f. was won by Canterbury (11.1, from ' Pilgrim's Progress—Suzannah), who got up just in time to beat Outram (10.0), with Steperina (12.6) third. There were five other starters. Time, lmin 32sec. The winner, who was favorite, was ridden by Mr W.. A. Parsons. Fender and Afton Loch were withdrawn from the Waitaki Handicap, I'so iovs. sf, leaving the following starters : L Obsono 9.0, 4 Clvnelish 9.4. 3 Charnilla 8.10, and Angelina 7.0 (bracketed), 2 Meltchikoff 8.4. On the jarrier being raised it was seen hat Clynclish wa,s bndi* lefr, and hat Obsono and Meltchikoff were in the •an, with Charmilla and Angelina a couple >f lengths away. Meltchikoff (by Mensihikoff —Lady Melton) had the top weight n trouble a furlong from home, and Angelina coming with a wet sail was beaten or first honors by a long head, with )bsono a length away. Donovan rode the vinner. Time, lmin 2 l-ssec. This was I'rainer "Billy" M'Donald's third win at he meeting. Reantyform was struck out of the Nurery Handicap. lOOsovs. 4f, leaving six minors. A bad start was effected—Down 8.3), Thaddeus (6.12), and Oriadne (6.12) icing left. The other trio practically ran .11 the wav to the post in this order : 3ellshil-e (7.5), Bonsign (8.3), Varnish 7.5). The son of Tv-wr.?hirc-—Canter-itiry Bell, who was ridden by Lloyd, won iy a short, length, while a neck separated Consign and Varnish. Time, 48 4-ssee. 3onsi)gn was favorite. !
Ten was the main for the "Windsor Handicap, lOOsovs, 6f. Parlovna (7.9) quickly took charge, and led Floralino (7.13) and Miss Finland (8.4) to the straight. At the half-distance Trireme (7.9) and Kilaloo (6.12) joined the leaders, and a fine' finish resulted, the judge being unable to separate the last-named pair, with Miss Finland a head away. Time, lmin 16sec. Trireme, by Treadmill—Chryseia, was piloted by J. Board, and Porter had the mount on Kilaloo, by Kilcheran —Prelude. Miss Finland was favoriteThe sport was concluded with the Parkside Welter, lOOsavs, 6f. There were nine starters, and the placing was* : Carolus (8.12). bv Charlemagne ll.—Nautiioid. 1, Federal "(7.10) 2, Charlotte (9.6) 3. Won by a length. Time, lmin 16sec. All Ready was favorite.. The winner was fifth in order of betting. SOUTHLAND RACES. The Summer Meeting of the S.R.C. concluded yesterday in fine weather and before a. record attendance of the public. The racing was up to a high standard, and speculation was very brisk, the sum of £14,817 passing through the machine, making a. total of £29,247 for the meeting-, a? compared with a total of £27,961 for the summer meeting of 1914. Concluding results : Electric Trot, llOsovs, lm.—lvan C (15sec) 1, Louvain Chimes (15sec) 2, Red Streak (13sec) 3. Twelve others. Won all the way. Time, 2miu 29 2-ssec. Ivan C paid a substantial dividend. Southland Stakes, 105sovs, for three-vear-olds. lm.—Honcstv (9.8) 1. Golden Rupee (7.12) 2. Cortes (7.5) 3. Also started : Wharfinger (7.7). Won by half a length. Time, lmin 43sec. Winner favorite. Final Handicap, 200sovs, lm.—Peg (8.0) 1, Martian Maid (8.4) 2, Russo (7.12) 3. Others: Rongahere (7.7) and Punchinello (6.7). Won by a nose, Russo four lengths away. Time, lmin 42 5-ssec. SALE OF BLOOD STOCK. One of the biggett blood stock sales held in the Dominion was conducted at Alexandra. Park, .Auckland yesterday. The principal sales were :—Bay colt, by Elysian—Lady Hester, 375g5, to Mr T. H. Lowrv; bay filly Kev. by Elvsian—Lady Gwen, 220g's, to'.Air H. S.' Wilson; Mr W. G. Stead's br filly, by Martian—Hope Diamond, 250gs, to Mr W. J. Douglas (Napier); bay filly, by Boniform—Drought, 250gs, to Mr M. Alexander (Hawera); bay fillv bv Boniform—Culrov. 375g5, to Mr W." Casev : Mr Lown-'s *br fillv, bv Finland—La" Cloche, 230gs, to" Mi- W. Douglas: bay filly, by Finland—War Task, 2Sogs, to Mr Lysnar (Gisborne). The Greymouth Trotting Cup (harness), 2m, yesterday provided the finest race ever decided on Victoria Park. It was won by Makomako (Ssec) by a length from Lady Poole (7see). Time, 4min 56 l-ssec. Warstep's victory in the Auckland Plate on Saturday brines her winnings to date to £6,220. " First Glance's time (2min 5 l-ssec) in winning the North Otago Cup establishes an Australasian record for a mile and aquarfcer. The best time previously recorded for the distance in the Dominion was 2min 6sec. This was established bv Counterfeit, when she. won the Stead Gold Cup at Riccarton in 1911, and equalled by. Reputation in the same race, in November last. The Australasian record ffimin o.Ueel was put up by Son of the Marsh, at Randwick in 1909." Weights for the Wairio Cuv>. 200sovs, l.lm : liesione 9.3, Golden King 8.11, I Feodor 7.8, Peerless 7.7, Mis. v ]Uilerman i 7.3, Rongahere 7.2, Biarritz 7.0, Pleasure. Bent 7.0, Pretty Jane 7.0, Punchinello 7.0, j Wharfinger 7.0!
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SPORTING, Evening Star, Issue 15692, 5 January 1915