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SPORTING.

| Notes by Sentinel. |

E. Barnes has taken over the Boyal Lodge stables, and has good roomy boxes at his disposal. At present the occupants are three mares— Klima by Vanguard,' and the Foulshots Off Chance and Secrecy. It was expected that the last | named would have been got ready for some of the events at the Grand National meeting, but I hear she will cot be seen out until spring. The trio are wintering well. . Tiritea, Donald McKinnon, The Hero, St. Simon; and Mutiny are among the entrants for the Victorian G.N. Hurdles, and Mutiny, St Simon, Dart, and Donald McKinnon for the G.N. Steeplechase. Mr Marcus Daly, known as the Montana Copper King,- and a wellknown American sportsman, has offered Mr Gubbins, owner of Galtee More, the Two Thousand Guineas, Newmarket Stakes and Epsom Derby winner, 125,000 dollars for that famous racehorse. Bonovoree, who used to be in Mr D. Enigh't's stable, was sold the other day in Auckland for J&lOs. On the last Saturday in May, at Newmarket, Melbourne, a nicely-bred yearling by a son of Newhaven't sire, from 6 mare by imp. Glorious, and having a strain of Panic blood in her veins, was sold for a guinea. Calves hereabouts bring more than this sum. The Captivator stallion Captor, owned by Mr J. W. Scott, Whakamara, was. ridden to the hunt lately. Though the horse had not had a saddle on his back for over a year, he was ridden within 10 minutes after being girthed up, going as. quiet as the proverbial lamb. I hear that Captor is to be leased for the incoming season. I saw a finely-grown filly by Vanguard from a Gladiator mare the other day, and if lookß go for anything she should be able to gallop. She is owned by Mr J. O'Reilly, and is being broken in at Manaia. We are now about the end of our tether for this season's race meetings. Perhaps it is about time. (The growth of racemeetings in this district have been decidedly on the increase this season ; next year the number of meetings may be more than they have been in the racing year soon closing. I'm firmly of opinion that had the Government not interfered by introducing totalisator restrictions that the unregistered ' meet* ings would not have been seen to the' same extent as they are. ' ' I am sorry to say that whilst flat racing is on the increase that trotting is very much on the decrease. West Coast sportsmen do not seem to take kindly to trotting ; either it is too slow, or there is too much of the " ways that are dark and tricks that are vain " about it. That trotting does not oatoh on is to be regretted. It is a useful sport, and introduces a valuable class of horses, but from what I have noticed it will take a long time before it occupies a place in public favor. Most of the clubs that have been started on the West Coast are, I am sorry to say, not in a very good way. The Wanganui, Manaia, Stratford, and New Plymooth clubs are all defunct, and I hear that it is quite on ttje cards that there may not be another trotting meeting at Normanby. I also learn that a good many of the stewards of the Hawera T.C. have had enough of trotting. The Normanby. Trotting Club is the oldest established in Taranaki, and had it not been that pony racing wae introduced at the last meeting the gathering would have been a signal failure. .As soon" as racing is introduced it acts as a " draw " and if trotting meetings have to be bolstered up by such an introduction, it is a sure sign that trotting is on a bad basis. One great drawback to trotting meetings hereabouts is that good, bad, and indifferent are nominated for tht same event. Thus a system of handicapping has to be introduced that makes the handicappers* task a most difficult one. For instance, in a 2£ mile trot the limit may be 60 Bee; thus the race often becomes a procession, and the result is foreseen sometimes before a mile has been covered. People won't go ,to see processions at raceß whatever they may do at Becord Beign time, and it is in its " slowness" that most object, to in trotting. Another point that handicaps trotting heavily in public estimation is that the, people are the pigeons and the owners the hawkes. Until more " go" can be introduced and more security felt about " the slow horses who try, and the fast ones that don!t" it is impossible tktt trotting can occupy the position it snould. Confidence is. sadly wanting at New Zealand trotting meetings. ' In Auckland Waiuku has been backed for the New Zealand Cup, up to £1800 at 100's to 4. Pyroxylin has been leased by an Auckland . racing man, and is now in T. HocUon's stable. Tfie Otago correspondent of the ' Beferee says that Nat is going great guns at the hunting meets. Mr Joseph Thompson « the ex-Aus-tralian bookmaker, is said to have lost close on £10,000 over this year'B Liverpool Grand National Steeplechase. 149 entries for the Caulfield Cup. Euroclydon is the only N.Z. horse entered. Taranaki owners are well represented' ,in the nominations for the Wellington R.OTs Winter Meeting. I hear that several owners of promising hunters are II whipping the. cat " because they did not nominate for the Maiden Steeple and Hunters' Steeple. Two are entered for the first-named event and four for the second, our old friend Rambler being one. of the quartette. >V A three-mile trotting match for £200 aside between General Traoey and Sam Slick took place at Christohuroh last week. The first named won in 7min 40£secs. : Git an a, dam of. .the Hawera-owned Btallion Gipsy King, died last week at Berwick, Otago. A Beferee correspondent in noting the fact says that the mare burst a blood vessel in the foot, of all strange places and the necessary reBtraint to which tthe was subjected for curative treatment set her struggling in the box, with the result that she had ruptured an artery. She was supposed to be in foal to Vanguard. I have seen it stated that "Mr C. Archibald' purchased Levanter aB a year* ling, but this is .not so, as the gelding was five years old when Mr Nolan disposed of him._ When his present owner came to look at Levanter he was being cornfed, with a view to competing in a Farmers' Plato at the Manaia races, and was in Jack MeCarten's charge. " I reckon ho had a heavy mortgage over that Farmers' Plate ""says •Jack, " but as soon as 'Mr Archibald' looked him over I saw it was all up, and I pat a halcer on the horse' and his new owner led him away." It iB reported that a match for £20 aside is* to come off shortly between The Flower and Exes, two Taranaki ponies! The race is to be over hurdles. Bradshaw, Ulysses, Dummy, Muscatel, Claymore, Kaitoa, and The Friar are among the entrants for the 0.J.0. Beaufort Steeplechase Handicap. Mr B. H. Nolan sustained a loss on Sunday through the death of a promising yearling by Gipsy King — Sula. ■ Gitana, the dam of Gipsy. King, was imported from New South Wales by

{ - 11. - 1.* 1 . 1 !.' 1 '» -*a. Sir Hercules Robinson, and .comet from some of the best racing families in the colonies. Rapid Bay, rire of Gitana, is full brother to Neckerskt. who TSri of Dunlop, a Melbourne Cup winner and ' stallion Yattendon, sire ofChttfer and the unbeaten Flaneur. Giptyg dam Zingara, is by H Barbiere by FXmro. A fine picture of Secrecy tmmn In last week's Referee. TlieWSTd«|! cnbed as the property of Mr O'DrbooU, bne is not, and never was owned bj him: her owner is her breeder, Mr D. Eforiies! Manaia Road. Mr O'DrisooU bS » lease of the flying hurdler.

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SPORTING., Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XXXIII, Issue 3581, 28 June 1897

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