June 3, 5 and .7. — Auokland E..C. Great' Northern Steeplechase. June 21 and 22. — HawkeY Bay J.C. • . Winter. •. •.--., . June 28 and 29. —^Napier Par.k- R A C •Winter. ' • • ■ July 6 and 7.— Gifeborne R.C. Winter. In the getting, to J the end of the Derby course dn 2mi(riY 36 Sun star "put up the second. vibest itdme on record ,the best having been made by Leniberg-, who got home, last year in 2^ mm. 35 l-ssec. It is -not'uninteresting to note, in ' conrt'ectiiion 1 " with - the time question, that iduiing the past ten years the ;Derby ; twice ibeen run in slower time/than it was ibv" Kettledrum, who won ' as long ago as 1861 in 2min. : St. Am ant took 2mvn. 45 2-ssec; to cotver' the ..course, and Qrby occupa'ed . Srhin: 44sec. The slowest time on recdrd was that registered by Ellington) in 1856, viz., 3 mm. 4sec. When one considers the severity of. the course, and that it is about two chains o\*ex a mile and a half in length, one must admit that any horse capable of breaking . 2min. 36isec. needs to be to use /himself. Seeing that S^nstar (the cablegram has • at -length'! seen fit to send us some account of ihe race) won apparently, as he l*ke|, he must be a considerably better colt' than was generally believed. Instead" of the critics telling us that the present three-year-old, with the 'exception of Mushroom, are a moderate lot," we shall no doubt now learn from them that -in Sunstar England possesses least one three-year-old of exceptional' excellence. Wells, who rode the Derby winner twice Tunning, had r a trange notion, and wpuW never, ride without a potato :ln his pocket. . This potato had ibeen him as a child by an old woman who was supposed to be a witoh. It was hardly larger than a ii:g pea and as haid as ia stone. He. : believed, that it. 'br^ouight him luck. Speaiking of chaTims, says "Boondi" in the Referee. Mr Leopold Rothschild possesses a, little figure carved out of Maori . greenstone, which he has great belief in 5 as a mascot. It came into : hi's possession just before hisjhore St.' Amat won. the Derby of I^o4, and started a regular fashoon for little green. gods.. Ainother well-known Owner .pf racehorses, who has been singularly successful, wears on his watohchiain a five-pointed ]star made of silver, FMch is said|tp have oonSginally belonged to Napoleon. The story goes that, while out walking on the day before the Derby in 1898. Lord Marcus Beresford was caught dn a sharp rain-storm, and .haying no umbrella bofltetJ for shelter into the porch of the nearest house. Glancing up, he saw /.'n gold letters on the fanlight the word "Jeddah." . A^: that time there - was a horse named Jeddah, a rank, outsider, starting at .100 to 1 at a race meetang- a ,few days .after thfe experience iof. Lord Berlelsifblrd's .in the house, and he accepted the omen,, and was one of the few to profit by : the victory.
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