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I. is reported that California is to be taken over to Australia to be raced in the spring. •.•'.;,• Prophet did not put in an appearance at Trentham, but instead j vas sent to Ricarton to complete his training for the National meeting. , ; The Wairairapa Hunt Steeplechase meeting will take place on the Tara-tahi-Carterton 'Quibs course on September Ist:' There wall be four- jumping- events and three flat races. \ Not often has an owner and trainei of 'a heavily backed Derby horse had such an anxious time as did Lord Rosebery and Chas. Peck, owner /and trainer of Neil Gow, the few hours preceding the Derby. I leai*h frotn a private source in England that Lord Rosebery would never have allowed him to run, but as the public ;had backed the oolt he permitted him to take his chance and ran the risk off his 'being ruined for the rest of Ms jcareetr. Under the oiremmsitances Neil Gov/ finishing close up fourth was a brilliant performance. . ' The veteran John Porter (now /sev-enty-two years of age), formerly master # of Kingsclere, but now managerdixeotor of Newbury racecourse, has a record in connection with the D£rby which wil Itake a lot of beating. During Ms long career he started twentyseven horses for the Derby, and, won it on eight occasions with the follownig: — Blue, Gown, Bend Or, . Shotover, St. Blaise, Ormonde, Sainfoin, Common, and Flying Fox, while he ran second oh eight occasions^ with th.3 following: Pero Gomez, Peregrine, Miguel, La Fleche, Matchbox, Bait, Simon Dale, and Wiliam 111. The death of King Edward VII will •remove November 9th from the list of public holidays; but the A.R.C. .will continue to race as formerly on that date. The birthday Handicap, . which has been run at Ellerslie for so many year- on the late King's natal day, disappears from the A.R.C. programmes, and gives place to the King Edwar 1 Memorial Handicap. The memory of the beloved Sovereign will thus be kept green on Auckland's principal racecourse. Fiom Melbourne comes word of the death of Dr L. L. Smith, who used to race horses in the early sixties. He owned Lady Manners, SuttOn, Melancholy Jacques, L.L., Liberator, and any number of other horses, and later on Melodious, dam of Wallace. The last. he raced was Rescued, with whom the Caulfield trainer, I. T. Carslake, wor several races. The doctor was at Moonee Valley on May 15th, the day before he celebrated his eightieth birthday ,-and was the recipient of many congratulations. He was one of Melbourn's best known old identities. In connection -with the present interest in the bookmaker question, it is- '■ interesting to note that the banishment of bookmakers from French racecourses was decreed last June by the Sen-, ate, which unanimously agreed to a Bill making it a criminal offence publicly to lay odds against horses. The main obpect of the law was to protect the State-controlled "pari-mutuer against the competition of bookmakers. Private betting was not effected. There is occasionally a deal of difficulty in obtaining a subscription to a fashionable sire in England, and aft owner has to book. a couple of seasons ahead to make certain of one. Cic- I cro (Gyllene — Gas) is a horse whose] services are in such demand that nol. only is his list full for next year, but subscriptions have been booked for 1912, Ms fee being 200gs. Whal rm'kes tMs all the more remarkable is that Cicero who won the Derby of 1905 has yet to distinguish himself as a | sire.

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RACE JOTTINGS, Grey River Argus, 26 July 1910

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RACE JOTTINGS Grey River Argus, 26 July 1910