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NOTES AND COMMENTS.

j (By "Maecenas.") Mr. T. O'Neill's Orchid (Absurd— Gladiole), which has a great private reputation, has been more or less unsound .for some time past, and it has been decided to give the son of Absurd a good spell, • Up to .the present the Australian champion Eurythmic has competed in thirty races, and of these, he nas won twenty-four straight out. He has won just on £28,000 in stakes, and by the time the V.R.C. meeting has passed he may hold the Australasian' stake record, held by Carbine at £29,626. Of course, it must be remembered that in the latter's day stakes were much less. - Australian bookmakers have had severe knocks over the success of Beauford in the Epsom Handicap and Violincello in the Caulfield Cup, for, despite the fact that Tangelooma was favourite for the latter race, Violiricello has been steadily supported for the event by men who have the money to bet with, Beauford'g win was anticipated by all and sundry, and,so warm a favourite was Beau Sonlt's son made that many penciilers refused to lay him at the closings stages, of the betting. Violineello (Valena—Catgut), the hero of the Caulfield Cup, was imported from England, like many other winners of important Australian handicaps. He was not regarded as a first-class horse at Home, but was fairly successful in races run over courses up to a mile. V iolincello'6 first effort in Australia was a. irace in the Chelmsford Stakes. In thus event he' failed to show up, although it is reported that the right people supported him. Violineello is evidently good, and ."despite a penalty, must run well in the rich Gantala Stakes. In view of Violincello's win in the Caulfield Cup it is interesting to review the handicaps for the principal spring races, and a scrutiny of same will show how handicanpers disagree. The Australian Jockey Club, .Victoria Racing Club, and Victoria Amateur Turf Club (Caulfield) employ different officials to compile the weights. Each a&3 looked upon as most competenjt, and are regarded as excellent judges, yet their opinion on.the imported horse varied so much that the comparison is food for thought. In the Ensom Handicap (one mile) the A^J.C. handicapper awarded Violineello 9.9, but, remarkable tojrejate. the Victoria Racing Club's weight adjuster put 8.8 only on Violineello in the" Cantala Stakes, run over the same distance as the Epsom. The handicapping of the English horse over a distance of ground is again different, for while the 'Victoria Amateur Turf Club's handicapper let him in the Caulfield Cup at 8.13, the A.J.C. official placed 9.5 opposite Violineello's name in the Metropolitan Handicap, which' event, I may is run over a mile and five furlongs (one furlong further tßan the Caulfield Cup). We in New Zealand look on the progeny of Absurd as more brilliant than solid, and Australians hold a similar view about the offspring of The Welkin, while, strange to relate, in England very few sportsmen look on The Tetrach as a sire of true stayers, and any animal by that horse usually starts at a very, long price' in an event run over a distance of ground. Despite the prejudice, sons of Tetrach have won the last two Doncaster St. Legers (run over 1$ miles and 132 yards). In 1920 Caligula won, when Spion Kop was looked on as unbeatable, he being a three to one- on favourite. This year another son of The Tetrach in Polimarch started -at 50 to 1 for the event, and won easily. Crag-en-Eran, which started favourite, was backed down to the short price of 4 to 1 on, and in a small field failed to gain a place. With this as a guide, it may yet be premature to class -Absurd's stock as non-stayers, although: one must admit that up to the present-i brilliancy is their strong point. !

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NOTES AND COMMENTS., Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XLI, Issue XLI, 18 October 1921

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NOTES AND COMMENTS. Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XLI, Issue XLI, 18 October 1921

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