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SPORTING,

Simonides, one of the best two-year-olds of the season, has been turned, out for a spell, preparatory to being got ready for spring engagements. The injuries sustained by A. J. McFlinn through a fall at Avondale were so severe that they will keep him out of the saddle this winter. Eligible, who met with, a mishap at Randwick in the spring, has made a good recovery, and he will urobably be put into r.egular work again before long. Cherry Blossom, who won the Winter Cup last year, has been leased by Mr F. Armstrong to A. J. Shearsby, who has been training the mare for some time past In the early days of colonisation in the Kaipara the first Maori race meeting was held at Atamatea, where the natives sought to emulate the custom which found great favor in Auckland i (says the North Auckland Times). The late Rev. W. Gittqs was then the dominating influence in Kaipara, and. recognising the gambling evils atsMlid/jnt on racing, he combated the proposal with all his strength. The natives were plunged into woe, for keen rivalry existed amongst the few owners as to the capabilities and speed of their steeds. So to put the matter on a sound ffooting, Mr Gittos had a club formed, of which he was president, with the proviso that betting was barred. The meeting took place on a firm sandy beach, the reverend genutleman directing the proceed--1 ings, and the first Kainara race fixture eventuated amidst enthusiastic wonder, ment and hilarity. Since the outbreak of the war there have been eleven enlistments from F Tilley's Fordell stables. At the present time its employees total just under two dozen, and not one of 'them is eligible for the first division. From what can be gathered (says the Auckland writer Whalebone) the inquiry by the Metropolitan Committee into the Goldfinch case has not yet finished. A lot of evidence promised has not yet been forthcoming. Cutts Brothers (says a southern writer) have eased up most of their tehm, and their stable is not likely to be represented at many more meetings this season. Gamecock, Good Hope and Brambletye are three of the exceptions and they are being kept in strong work, the intention of Sir George Clifford I being to send them north, in the) event of being able to gefc them to Awapuni for the Mahawatu Racing Club's meet ing this month. They are all in good health and art moving along well in theiir tasks. R. J. Mason is keeping Bimeter and Thames in commission, and they will probably make the trip to \\anganui for the winter meeting, provided the neecssary transport arrange merits can be completed. Mr F. Hall has decided to retire his two feoult mares, Merry Roe and Blenot, to the stud. Merry Roe was running with her dam, Erry Roe, when i ' o™ Pm" chased the mare and foal for 320 guineas. During her racing [ career Merry Ro.e won £7100 in stakes. ! -Bleriot cost 85 guineas as a yearlins ; and won £2600! At her best she was a ! good mare, but her most recent efforts ! were decidedly moderate. ! At the conclusion of the TTeTrington '' Racing Club's autumn meeting it was [ decided to give S.eadown a si.<-il and <' he was turned out on a farm &. -Silver stream While playing with another ! horse beadown got into a lagoon ov i the property and was nearly drown**! i i< ortunately, qne of the farm' hands \^i ' nossed the occurrence, and h,, v. as vei- \ cued. Beyond a filled joint- th* Down- j shire gelding escaped without, auv in- I jury. " * " j The Auckland Cap winner "Depreda- i turn is still on the easy list, and \ very I lame, trotting round-- the paiMo, k Th'<* '' son of Campfke is supposed <■■■) have i slipped the m;;~d,< & of his shoulci-T " ; In looking ih rough an oJd r«oe book ! the other d*v, I was struck with the: ? C£, t}? at, ■'•■'■■"■■■^s h'°. m F- D- Jones's j .stable had .; t u. particular] y unlucky at , the meetiL.u. ;;> [hoy were hi xh* places ! several t-ui^s, without actually win- j mnp; a -'i^k- 7-;u.-e (writes A runs' in ilu> ' Uinstc.i;-i--h Star). This set me think-, ing ah- iii .-.fher meetings, and 1 eventu ally v.,... : t. ff,nn;-h the record*--. The result. v;u» a hst- which will. T think tako a In -,- !,.'i..inK for ban luck, en top of coi -jsl-.h ronn. During the pre^nt sea- j snn-,, TfV v'\tin^ R;<-(-arton trailer has! s=!fi:'^d ,ij liom-.s for ninety-rim-- races, in fifn of which his horses have been ■■?• ti le money. Not many tnuoers, I should say, can show such ;». record of j , ecrisiat-...' y with fch.eir horses. The list I [of »ar- -i-juever. was limited ie eleven ! ario h. fleaci luwfT so that -.yon k-.-^ I Liiau unce out of four times that they ! 2.0* :r>U- the money, th.c bals:vice bein^ I j uaiUi v.y. of ivventy-fiv© seconds (inelud. j J ni£ U:u '?--i*u J, heats) and thii-te&fi'thirds. ! j<\ alt inai a little luck Jones would I j 'iayr' '';;i- /Hjt* good season, and as it i |is "hi- ••.■•an lock back, with the satisfaction j I tnav !n.Kfiy all his horses did him. -credit. ;r: t/beir r.jrmiiig. ! I Th«? fi^atli occurred in Germany, at j rfi'..>nd of January, of the late Mr John j GrihMTis" ffr?t Derby winner Galtee ! y,.,r.--. -c-b,. .sen of Kendal and Mor- [ <-ifii-.• :;-.-. ,-vjic. was foaled in 1894. and i Tifc o-.-liatjqucntly twenty-three years dlv, :•. «* be-iiic transferred from Graditz-'

to the Union Stud at Hoppegarten ou January 30 for 6 tud duty. In being unloaded he got his hind legs betwee* the bos and the side of the dock, with the result that he sustained injuries wfcich were evidently severe. The chief veterinary surgeon had him conveyed on. j a sledge to the stud, where he was put I in slmgs, m the hope of saving him for further stud service. That, however, was found to be impossible, for, on S,?Wg^ f x«mnat«>n, was ascertained that the upper part of his le~ nas broken beyond repair, and he was* iS&Tw t he,«ame evening. It was in IbJS that Galtee More, a winner of the Middle Park Plate, at two year ß and' the Epsom Derby in the following season—beating \elasquez in both raceswas purchased by the Petrograd and Moscow Jockey Club for 20,008 guinX in Kussia he sired many good horses, one of the best of which lai Irish Laf IQHQ cha, mp? n ,th^e-year-old there in 1903 who stood at the head of'the winning horses with the total (a record for Russia) of 109.000 roubles. Before long fe u th\ r German Government bought Galtee More for £14,000 and in Germany he proved a most successful fuffi rV- "m ie- seasons from 1908 to Ihln i\ n ft clusive > hl/ B£° ck won n» fewer of £1K ?/4 CeS/ °fi hG a S^egate value cups etc ' tO2€ther Wlth fifty-three Twill 6 men trying to S€t int« the irentham racecourse on the nod "Otoct.™ an SOeS t>arrier an^ Says ' "What horse?" queries attendant First Man: "Little Rosey " Attendant: "Pass." "IVainer 1 gO€S tO barrier and 6avs 5 "What horse?" queries attendant. Second Man: "Little Rosey " Attendant: "Pass." • man go€s to harrier: "I'm a "What horse?" queries attendant. inird man: "Little Rosey." Attendant: "Pass." Jew on railings, overhearing this conversation, tries to get in, and is collared by attendant. "Who are you?" he queries. - ' [ Jew: "I'm Little Rosey."—Exchange

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SPORTING,, Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume LXXII, Issue LXXII, 9 May 1917

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