1834. F.ibumry 13, ll.—Vfiu-lbsrough Annual. IV'lmnry ?1, 2'.—Wnirarava Autumn. Kohruary 21, 22, 23.-Duriedin Autumn. February 21, 22 — U'airarain Autumn. February 28.—Turukina Annual. .March (i, 7.-Wans;anui Autumn. M»ieh 13,14.—Oamaru Autumn. .March 17. • Wallaoo County Annual. March 17.—Waverluy-Wak-.tara Autumn Ma.ch 17 -Egmont Annual, .-larch 17,18.—Hmvku's Bay Autumn. March 17,18.-Groymouth Aulumn. March 21, 20.-Rceftuu Autumn. March 2G, 27.—Ncl-on Annual. March 25.—Healhcoto Autumn. April 1, 2.—Taranaki Autumn. April 3, 4.—Ashburton Autumn. April 14, 15.—Auckland Autumn. April 14, 15 —Canterbury Autumn. April 21, 25.—Timaru Annual May 2J. -Grand National Steeplechases (Canterbury) ilay 21.— Dunedin Winter.
NOTES BY BEACON,
Batting quotations have altered a little during the week, July having hardened somewhat, and is now pressing Nonsense for pride of place in the list. Taiaroa has gone back, from the impression that the Cup race will not be his journey, and Captain Webster has taken his position. Welcome Jack, Tbo Poet, and Tasman have been more in demand, and their priceß have therefore shortened somewhat, but Turquoise and Johnny Ifaulkner have receded, owing to lack of support. Prices are as follow •—
DUNEDIN CUP. 5 to 1 a;cst Uonsonso C— 1 —July luO — 12 Oudeis 100 — 10 Lndy Emma 100 — 9 Welcome Jack 100 — B Vuiifriunl 100 - 9 — C.iptaiti Webster 100 — 8 Tasrnan 100 — 8 Silvio 100 — 0 Turquoise 100— 0 Tabroa ICO — 0 Tho Poet 100 — 0 Sou'wester 100-■ 6 Siesta 100— 5 Johnny Faulkner 100— 5 Cheviot 100 —0 -— llippoiiamia 100— i Minerva 100 — 3 Adamant. 100 — IS Mata
Tho thoroughbrod entire horse Bedouin has (say.i a correspondent of tho Cromwell Argus) passed into the hands of Mr Hugh M'Phurson, of Matukituki Valley. His stock show themselves (it candidates for tho Cromwell Derby when they becomn old enousrh.
A meeting of tha Tuiipekii County Jockey Club (says tho local Times) was held iu tho Town Hall on Tuesday ovening. There was a fair attendance, showing that considerable interest is taken in tho movement. Mr S. P. Craig was in the eimir. The Kwrctary (Mr 11. P. Thompson) reported that £80 had already boon promised, and that soveinl parts of tho town and district had not yet been canvassed. It was resolved to hold the races about the end of March, and tho meeting was adjourned till Friday evening for the purpose of electing stewards and arranging a programme of events.
The Poot has by winning tho Wellington Cup incroased his penalty for tho Dmiedin Cup to Mb, making his weight 7st 51b. Salvage has by his victories at Wellington also increased his penalty to '.lib, making his weight for our race Hit.
Mr 11. Goodman has sold Violin to Mr J l'Meming.
Tho Western Star reports that at a meeting of tho local Jockoy Club on Wednesday evening, tho committee appointed to examine the ground offered by Mr Marshall as a course reported that, although in other respects suitable, it was ton small for tho purpose. It was theroforo decided to negotiate for the use of tho paddock in which tho races were hold hist year. Progress was reported to have been made in tho arrangements for the forthcoming meeting, and it was intimated that ono or two gentlemen had expressed an intention of offering cups for competition. .Rumours aro current that wo aro about to loso some of our bost horses, Welcome Jack and Clarenco boing allotted to Australia, and Tasman to Tasmania. I should not be greatly surprised if Mr Pilbrow's pair wero sent fora run across tho water, for that gentleman told me early in tho spring that ho might try a campaign in Australia with his pair of cracks ; but I scarcely oxpect to see Tasman leaving this countiy, oven for that of his birthi A Southern paper understands that. Mr T. Mortimer, of Pine Bush, has disposed of his Btud of racehorses to Mr B. Swain.
Tokomairiro races aro fixed for April 3 and
Owners of horses aro reminded that norni-
nations close to-d:iy (Saturday) for the following events at the Dnnedin meeting :—Selling Knee, of GO sovs; Novel Handicap, of 100 so vs; Tramway Plate, of 80 sovs; and Marshall Memorial Stakes, of 150 sovs (weight for age, with penalties and allowances). On the same day acceptances are duo for the Champagne Stakes, of 150 sovs; Publicans' Handicap, of 100 5OV8; and Stewards' Purse, of 120 sovs.
In a cricket match between trainers and joekeysatMelbournolateiy,theformer]\TowZealand rider Roddy M'lvor scored 40 and 14 out of totals of 114 and 78, while he also took thirteen of the trainers' wickets in their two innings. The English jockey Barlow, who met with some bad accidents while riding at Australian race-meetings during the past twelvemonth, passed through Dunedin a fow days ago on his way to take up an engagement in ilawke's Bay.
On Saturday afternoon (aaya tho Oamaru paper) Meases Fleming and Hedley offered the well-known thoroughbred horse Sorcerer, and the roadsters Goldfinder and Cossack, for public sale; but owing to tha vendor's prices not being reached, thoy were withdrawn. A Flumpton Park Racing Club ha3 been formed jvt Christehurch, and tho first races under its auspices will bo held on March 11. A programme of about £IGO in value has been arrnnped, and tho principal stakes will be the Cup Handicap of 40 sovh ; Flying Handicap of 25 sovs ; and Time Trot of SO sovs. Mr G. G. Stead's valuable mare Poll, which broke her pastern joint last October, lias had to bo destroyed. Davy Jones had very reluctantly to shoot her on Thursday night, as she was suffering so much from tho broken joint. The Hororata Race Club have a balance of £38 to tho good, and have fixed their autumn meeting for April 11. Tho Tijiaru Cup trophy will weigh 95 ounces and bo worth £CO. Nominations for the Canterbury Great Autumn Handicap of 300 sovs, Easter Handicap of 150 sovs, and Steeplechase Handicap of 200 sovs close this day (Oth). A case of interest to racing men came on in the Ohristchurch Resident Magistrates Court on Monday, and is reported as follows: —John Hiller v. C. J. Champion (secretary Ohoka and Kyretou Jockey Club). Mr Gresson for plaintiff, Mr Stringer for defendant. This was an action brought to recover the sum of £20, being the value of the stake alleged to have been won by the plaintiff's horse at tho Ohoka and Eyreton Races, held on November 30 last. It appeared from the evidenco that there were five acceptances fov the race in question, viz., Mor, Helena, Zillah, Chester, and L'.idy May, and they passed the post in the following order: —Mor, Helena, Chester, Zillah, and Lady May. Upon Hie conclusion of the race, the plaintiff, the owner of Chester, lodged a proteßt against Mor, Helena,, and Zillah, on the ground that they had won advertised prizes of £20, contrary to the advertised programme, which was as fullows : —" District Mat Raco, 25 sovs. For horses that have never won an advertised prize of £20. Distance, 1J miles. Weight forage." A meeting of tho Stewards was held on the course to consider the protest, at which meeting it was proved that the horses protested agaiust had actually won "advertised " prizes of £20, but that the owners had received less than £20 by reason of deductions being made fiom tho stakes in the ordinary way. Evidence was adduced before the Stewards as to the construction of the words " advertised prize of £20," and after deliberating for some time the Stewards decided that in racing parlance the words meant " net" prize of £20, and accordingly disallowed the protest upon the foregoing facts. Mr Stringer contended that the defendant was not liable, and that the decision of the Stewards in the matter was final and conclusive, they having acted throughout in a bona fide manner. He quoted from Oliphant on Horses, Smith on Contracts, and the Canterbury J.C. Rules. Ho also contended that if the plaintiff's protest was to be upheld, notwithstanding the decision of the Stewards, the plaintiff would not bo entitled to tbs prize, as it would leave only two horses in the race and it was expressly provided that the prizes would be withheld if less than three horses started. Mr Gres3on contended that the decision of the Stewards was not final, and that they had placed an erron - ous construction upon the words in question, and therefore that the plaintiff was entitled to the amount claimed. His Worship, in giving judgment, said he regretted that the matter had not been referred to the C. J, Club for their decision, as proposed by the plaintiff's solicitor, as it was a matter peculiarly within their province. He said, however, that personally he thought the words in question taken in conjunction with the rule of theC. J.C. quoted by Mr Stringer, would bear tho construction placed upon them by the Stewards, and that they were right iu their decisiou. He moreover agreed that even if he had been of the contrary opinion, he ought not to interfere with the decision, inasmuch as tho Stewards had acted throughout in a bona fide and impartial manner. He would therefore give judgment for defendant with costs and solicitor's fee.
The match between Mr James Gibson's Ontcast and Mr Allen Fiu-nell's Lockhead was run at the Kaituna Valley racecourse on Wednesday last. Dick Webb rodo Outcast, and N. Scott rode Lockhead. The result wag an easy victory for Lockbead, the start of 100 yards in half a mile proving by far too much, as only somo 12 yards less separated tho horses at the finish. The course was very bad, the horses having to run through two pools of water nearly lcDee-deep. The same horses were afterwards matched to run round the course (Ga chains). Outcast won this race. There were soveral other impromptu races amongst the many horsemen present, and several good " spills " —so says the Express. The full programme for Nelson races on March 20 and 27 showsjthat £456 will be given in stakes, the principal events being the J.O. Handicap, of 120 sovs ; Town Plate Handicap, of 75 sovs ; two Hurdle Handicaps, of 40 sovs each ; and a District Hurdle Rtico, of 30 sovs ; Maiden Plate, of 30 sovs ; and District Handicap, of 30 sovs. Nominations for the handicaps close on March 8. According to the West Coast Times, the Westland Racing Clnb have at last called a meeting to consider whether a programme is to be issued for a meeting at Easter. It is to be hoped that if a meeting is to bo hold, the lr.ouey will be worth ownera' while to run for. This canuot be the case unless the public, especially eomo ol the leading shopkeepers— who reap the most benefit from an influx of people into tho town—are moro liberal than they have been in the past. As a matter of fact, the support in the shape of subscriptions, outside of tho money paid by members of the Clnb, is ridiculously small. Some of those persons who carefully avoid assisting tho Club to make the racing a. success would be the first to cry out if a meeting were not arranged for. TII9 Greymouth meotin? is fixed, as usual, for March 17 and 18, and the dates of the Reefton ' fixture are, it is understood, March 20 and 27. It is probable that the Totara Jockey Club will hold one day's racing some Umo in the beginning of April; while the Hokitika races, if there are to be any, will bo held as usual on Easter Monday and Tuesday, the 14th and 16 th of April. A Keefton paper relates that tho rider of the thoroughbred Kore narrowly escaped drowning in Stony Creek a fow days ago. It appears that the two horses Rore and Liability were coming through from Greymouth, and had only one unbridged creel: ta cross where tho mishap occurred. Liability got across safely, but Ilore lost her footing, and threw her rider into deep water. The maro rolled over seven or eight times, and got badly cut about tho legs. They reached Reefton the same evening, where they had to remain until the weather moderated, nearly all the rivers north of Reef ton being unbridged. [It will bo noted that while we aro told all about the horses the name of the man is not thought worth giving.] A novel jockey club has been introduced in the Wanganui district under the name of tho Kai-iwi Jockoy Club, all tho members of which are Maoris. A programme has been issued for races to bo held on March 14, in which added money to tho extent of £80 is to bo given. The iirst, third, and fifth races are for Maoris only, and the horses are to bs ridden by Maori jockeys, the rest being open to Europeans. All the stewards and officers are Maoris, and in anticipation of the ovent, a number of Natives have horses in. training at Kai-iwi, about 10 miles from Wanganui, and at several Native settlements in the locality. A Welliugton telegram to the Wanganui Herald saya that one evening last week a good deal of betting was done on the Wanganuj
Cun and Derby. For tho former, Bayurd was backed to win £1000, at HlO to 12 and in • Tho Laird, 100 to 12 (tk); Lnonata, Tim Whilllor, Tho Poet, Libeller, uml Normanby, 100 to 10 (tk) ; Buzzard, Mischief, anil Turquoise, 100 to 8; Alma and St. Clair, 100 to 5 (tk) ; tho rest, 100 to 5 to 2 (olf). The race promise-! to bo a good betting nna. Bayard, Tho Liird, Ahn*, Administrator, Normanby, Buzzard, Comet, and St. Glair r.ro backed for moat money. Dorby: Ahua, 100 to 2-1 (tk); Consul, 100 to 25 (tk) and 100 to 20 (olf); Refrigerator, 100 to 10 (wanted); Musketeer, 100 to 15; 100 to 10 anything else According to a Wairarapa paper the general opinion is that the Foxton race meeting was a thorough success in every respect. It is hoped tho Foxton Club will get up a small Winter meeting, about tho same time as tho Palmerston one. Tho prizos need only bo small, and if a meoting were organised so as to follow tho others, tlmro would bo four close together— viz., Turakina, Fielding, Palmerston, and Foxton—with sufficient time between each to allow tho horses a rest. About £280 will bo given in stakes at tho Fielding Faster races, the principal events being tho Fielding Handicap of 100 sovs, Hurdle Handicap of -10 sovh, and Winter Oats Handicap of 30 sovs. Tho stewards of tho Tinui Racing Club appointed to examino the new racecourse reported favourably as to its suitability. They recommended that the races bo held ou ClilF FJat, near tho mouth of tho Maungapakeha. It was decided that tenders should bo invited for putting the course into good condition. It was resolved that at tho ensuing meeting tho stakes bo same as la3t year, with the exception of additions to tho value of some of them.
" Spur " wrote in his training notes the day of the Wellington Cup race that tho "event of tho previous morning was undoubtedly the two-inilo gallop of The Poet and Salvage, who wont twice round, easing oil' on the soft ground. At the finish Salvage had the best of it lijmi couple of chains; and no wonder, when it is considered that The Poet is to havo about 3ist better terms to-day.1 I wonder how "Spur" knows tho weights tho two horsos carried. I'll guarantee that if it was known down this way that The Poet and Salvage had been having a spin together tha former would have been considerably more fancied for the Cup than he was.
At a meoting of tho Committee of the Auoka land Racing Club liold last week it was agreed to offer a premium of 50 guineas for trm best design of a grand stand, to be erected at Kllerslie, capable of accommodating 2500 persons, with suitable offices for the officials of Hl3 Cub, luncheon-room, bars, lavatories, and ladies' retiring-room. A match for £40 between Mr Rutherford's Sportsman, and Mr Douglas' Quilp came off on tho steeplechase course, To Awamutu, last week. Quilp led from start to finish, and won a3 he liked. Neither horse baulked. The public weie very indignant at tho lessee of tho paddock, Mr W. K. Carter, imposing an entrance fee of 2s on every horseman who entered the course during the match, and thoy spoke of it as unbecoming extortion. Mr H. M'Lean has purchased the JHippocampus—Venus Transit filly from Mr M. 11. Smith. Mr Sherratt has purchased from him tho Diomedes mare Verbena, with Javelin foal at foot.
The race meeting at Waiuku, advertised for February 5, will not take place, the number of entries not being sufficient to warrant the committee in attempting to carry out the programme. The salo of the Auckland Stud Company's yearlings is thus described by the Sydney Morning Herald :—" Yesterday afternoon the first lot of yearlings ever sßnt to this Colony from tho New Zealand Stud and Pedigree Company wore submitted for public auction by MrT. S. Clibborn, at Greenslead, the residence of Mr H, S. Gibson, Hand wick. There was a very fair attendance, but buyers were scarce, and the biddings—save for the Onyx colt — were anything but brisk. The first led into tho ring was the brown colt by Musket (imp.) from Onyx (the dam of Sardonyx). Mr Wentworth opened fire with a bid of 500gs, but soon retired from the contest, which was left to tho Hon. James White and Mr Dakin (who was acting for Mr Pearson), and tho colt was finally knocked down to the Hon. James White for 1200gs. A brown colt by Musket from Lyra (imp.) went to Mr T. Lamond for 180gs. _A bay or brown colt by Musket from Realisation (imp.) was passed in at lOOgs; and a bay or brown colt by Musket from Pungawerewere, which showed lameness, failed to attract an offer. The fillies were more fortunate, and a powerful brown by Musket from Sister Agnes (imp.) was secured by Mr M. Fennelly for 230gs. Mr W. Kelso bought a bay filly by Musket from Pearl Ash; and a bay filly by Musket from Hannah fell to tho nod of Mr W. A. Long for 200js. A bay filly by Musket from Rangi found a purchaser in Mr J. S. Smith for 140gs; and a bay filly by Musket from Eryciua was knocked down to Mr W. A. Long for SOgs.
Mr J. Whittingham's cult Ironmaster, by Tubal Cain—Coquette, and therefore halfbrother to Progress, won the Maiden Plate, and ran third in the Coburg Handicap at Moonee Valley on the 19th ult. In America, as in England and Australia, writes "Augur," there are numerous instances of the success of tho descendants of old sires. Glancing over the Spirit of the Times a few days ago, I discovered that Leamington was 2i years of age when he begat Irocjuois, who made the American-bred racehorse famous in the annals of turf history by wiunirjg the English Derby and St. Leger. Lexington sired Duke of Magenta (a great lacehorse) when he was 24, and Bonnie Scotland got Luke Blackbarn and Glidelia when he was 23, and George Kinney, another distinguished American performer, when he was no le3s than 23. Here Yattendou got his best sons, Chester and Grand Flaneur, in the decline of his life; and the Peer begot Darebin when he was 23 ; and his celebrated rival Commotion was foaled only a few weeks before his sire Panic died. Maribyrnong is now in his 21st year ; and if restricted to a few mares we may see his stock go on winning the big two and three-year old races. Angler and The Marquis will probably, in'the last years of their lives, beget something that will outshine Robinson Crusoe, Progress, Newminster, and Grand Prix, because, though the former is 20 and the latter 24, they are confined to a few marea of very choice blood. Traducer is another whose name was not made until he began to enter the autumn of his life, for he was 12 years old when Lurlino and Calumny were foaled ; and before his time The Premier and King Alfred were very successful much later in life. Argus Scandal's stock, too, may be expected to be better in his old age than they were in his youth. Members of the ring complain that the settling over the last three metropolitan meetings has been very shy indeed. Some of the small fry have had the bad taste to belch out the names of several good men who have not happened to be present to settle over the last meeting, but who are sure to como to time. We have no sympathy- with backers who bet and have no chance of paying, but it is hardly fair that those who are sure to meet their engagements should have their names bandied about as defaulters. It would be much better to post them at once than deal in unworthy innuendoes.
It is said that Mr John Crozier has purchased the St. Albans stud, and that Mr James Wilson meditates a trip to the Old Country. > According to the report handed in by ths secretary of the Australian Jockey Club, at the annual meeting last week-, the Club appears to be in a very satisfactory position. _ It is not cheering to read that the nominations for the Champagne Stakes, Derby, and St. LegeV have fallen away, but this will no doubt not be the case in tho future. The adding of £300 to the Champagne and St. Leger, aud £500 to the Derby is sure to prove attractive, and we may most assuredly look for larger fields for these races,
For the two big events at the Victorian Autum Meeting the following weights have been declared:— NEWMARKET HANDICAP, Of 300 sov.». Bt. lb. St. lb. ■ Ffjingpin .. 10 8 Liberator .. 711 Welcome Jack ..9 7 G-Vdcn Butterfly .. 710 Larpent ..9 7 Merman .. 7 10 Boolka ..9 7 Bovcawen ..7 9 Morputh ..9 6 Athena ..7 0 Chuclcatcr ..9 4 Sixlouaia ..7 9 Royal Iri-hman .. 9 S Eißij.. ..7 9 Pell Moll ..02 Ironhand ..78 SegenUoo ..9 2 Mkldleruarcll ..7 7 The Israelite .. 9 1 Kiuilius ..7 7 Euclid ..0 1 Victrcsa ..7 7 Glencoe ..9 0 Kathleen ..7 7 Soldier Boy ..0 0 llowlonjf ..7 0 llyratia ..9 0 Cassiopeia ..7 0 TrumpYosa .. Sl3 Sti'.iouer ..7 0 Linda.. .. Sll Lord Wilton .. 7 f> Pliant™ .. S 11 Grosvcnor ..7 5 Waterloo ..' 8 11 i-is;iior .. .. 7 S Promeihens .. 8 U Primus ..7 1 Hiiriicaiio .. S 11 />rdidulce .. 7 i LcC-ami .. BJO Cj|)j.;cturc .. 7 3 Napier .. SlO Pivcicin Stone ..7 3 tquireen ..8 3 Beeswax ..7 3 SC Lawrence .. S S King's Head ..7 2 Ofca .. ..8 8 Haiilee of the Ililla 7 2 Malua .. ..8 7 Torpedo .. 7 * Countntuan . 8 7 Bcauinc^t .. 7 1 Old Gold .. S 7 StJohn ..7 0 Ringwocd ..8 7 Halifax ..7 0 Di k Hattoraick ..8 7 Ctmeriuo .. 0 12 Fir.t D.-mon ..87 Krirnstjne .. « 12 Santa Claua .. S 6 Too Too .. 0 12 Sir Garnet ..8 0 Priestefs .. 0 10 Duenna .. SO Black Diamond .. (i 10 Little Sister .. S i Mary .. ..BID Here's Luck . 8 i Chloris .. 0 10 Copra .. ..8 4 Versrv .. .. 0 10 Sloih .. ..S3 Country Boy .. 0 10 l.'ricahoneue .. 3 2 Lyons Lady ..0 9 Tho Exeter . 8 2 Uaibcrto ..0 8 Mistake .. S 2 P^ganini ..0 9 Cooialnh ..8 0 lihumel ..0 8 Mddington .. 7 3 Pailloroo ..0 7. Kgcrtou .. 7 13 Tho Urono ..07 Busanio .. 713 Claudius ..0 7 Virago.. ..713 Permit ..07 Privateer .. 712 I-ady Beatrice ..07 Claptrap .. 7 12 Pvretto ..0 7 AUSTRALIAN CUP, Of 000 sova. St. lb. Bt. lb. Commotion .. 10 5 Sardius .. 7 12 Navigator .. 9 13 Arcliiu .. 7 11 Thu Druintmr .. 0 1 first Demon .. 710 Gueswork :. 0 2 Kim? of the Vale .. 7 6 Calnia .. .. S 13 SintaUlsras ..7 0 Martini-Henry .. Bli Whcatinoat ..76 Corblanuu .. 8 10 Merman ..7 6 Stockivell ..8 9 80.-ivawen .. 7 4 Sweet William ..8 9 Noodle.'. ..7-1 Magnet .. S 0 Grosi-onor ..7 0 PollMell ..3 7 Astronomer .. 0 13 :-v«enhce .. S 7 Old Gold .. 0 12 Nehohs .. S 8 Lo»bia .. .. 012 Chuck^tor . 8 5 DoiK-aater .. 0 10 Morpolh ..3 6 Conjecture .. 010 Warwick .. S 4 Ferryman .. 010 Off C"lour ..S3 Camcriiio ..0 8 Knclid .. ..8 2 Vorjry .. .. (i S Pollia .. ..SO Victre.-s ..0 8 i.iii"wood .. 713 Attache1 ..0 7 Lc Grand .. 712 Hobatt.. ..0 7 Aide-de-Camp .. 712 Agitation ..0 7 Ole.-.coo .. 7 12 Omelette ..0 7 The followers of Segonhoe aro once more trying to prejudice his chance by backing him before the weights are out. Tor the Newmarlsej.
Handicap somo J.'fiOOO has been taken about the brothoi' to Iliehmond at 1000 to 30, and, according to Mr White's policy this season, it is quito on the cunl.H that backers will not get a run if tho owner does not like his weight. ENGLISH AND FOREIGN. Voiy fow of tho crack two-year-old* of 1883 are engaged in this year's English Derby, which is not likely to fall to tho beat three-year-old of the year. When the mail left, the filly by Hermit out of Adnlaido was favourite at 10 to 1, the only others backed being Fritz and Harvester, The Adelaide filly cost about £3500 m a yearling, and last year sho got back her pur-chase-money by winning the July Stakes and tho Dowhurst Plato.
Nominations for tho 10,000 Eclipra Stakes, to be run at Sandenn in 18SG, closed on December 11, but they had not been made public when tho last mail loft.
Sporting circles in England circulate tho rumour that an American millionaire is to establish a gigantic racing stud there. He will not eonhno himself to American horsos.
The jockey Wood has purchased Heath Villa at Newmarket, from Sir J. Asdey, for £3500.
Tho Hurl of Craven, a well known sportsman, die-! in December, at the early age of '12.
There has been very little betting over the Derby, and tho Great Epsom race will not bo as interesting as usual, so many of tho best two-year-olds being missing from tho nominations. At present tho Adelaide filly is favourite at 10 to 1; while Harvester and Fritz figure at 100 to 8.
Sir W. J. Clarke purposes purchasing three or four of the clovore3t steeplechasers ho can obtain in Australia as a pre.-ent to his son in England, Negotiations have already been entered into by the Suubury baronot with a view to tho purchase of Blackthorn and Abdallah. More unlikely things may happen than the winner of tho V. lt.O. Grand National Steeplechase carrying the silk at Aintreo next season ; while old Abdallah will probably figure with the hounds at Melton Mowbray.
AH the brood mares, stallions, foals, and horses in training tho properly of tho association which formerly raced under tho colours of the late Count do Lagrange were to be sold by public auction, without reserve?, at the Tattersall TranQais, Fat is, about the end of last month.
M. Lefevre is lying seriously ill at Chamont. Tho popular French sportsman has been in poor health for somo time, and was unable to be present at the back end meetings at Newmarket. His condition exhibits such slight improvement that it is beginning to excite anxiety. Petronel has gone to the stud. The following tablo shows the principal winning sires during the past season :—
No. of Rites Ammict. Hermit, by Newininster .. 2'J Oi SO tiOl Galopin, by Veilette ..9 3!) iu 735 Speculum, by Vedette .. 23 61 I<,«rß Salvator, ky'Dnllaf .. 8 17 11,745 Ser ing, by Oxford .. 10 2.1 11,073 See Sow, by Buccaneer ..17 62 9 SSO Hampton, by Lord Clifden .. 10 18 8 757 ISosicrucian, bv Bead-man .. 17 32 8.C50 Macaroni, by Sweetmeat .. 12 22 7,715 Sprinjilkld.'bySt. Albans .. 14 22 7.659 Albert Victor, by Marayas .. 10 39 7,4,7 Petrarch, by Lord Clfden .. 11 10 7.005 Wsuloek, by 1 ord Clifden .. 0 13 0,973 Lowlander, by D.vlesman ..11 21 O,Wi4 Cauiballo, by'fanibuscan ..19 37 (i,033 Mecgregor, by Macaroni ..14 29 0 414 Craig Millar, by fclair Atbol.. 13 20 0,407 Diiica3ter,byStook«rcll .. 8 22 G.3J5 Queen Messenger, by Trum-
poler .. ..7 13 0,U2 Strathconan, by Newmingter 17 SS &,G2S Cremorne, by Parmesan .. 11 24 4,9 8 Uncaa, by Stcckwell .. 8 20 4,«!0 Adventurer, by Newminster 7 19 4,021 Roaebery, bySpo=u!um ..2 G 4,27! Kiaber, by Bu-cmier .. (i 18 4,US John Davis, by Voltiiteur .. S 1-1 4,131 Wild Oats, by Wild Duroll.. 15 20 4.119 Brown Bread, l.y Weutheibit 6 IS 4,071 HnirAthol, by Btockwcll .. Is! 24 ii,970 King Lu,l, by Kintf Tom .. 13 27 • ii OiiO Beiuelcre, by Kosicrauian .. 8 1:1 3,bSS Nunehsin, by Oxford .. S 14 3, SO Thur.derbolt, by Stockvcll .. 12 22 3 273 Tynedalo, by Warlock ..1 10 3,23J Kingcraft, by King Tom ..22 17 8,013 Lord Lycn, by Stockwell .. 6 IS 2,9 :G Ths following; comparative table fliows tho positions of tli3 chief winning stallions for the past tirco ycara: — 1881. 1832. 18S3. .11 £ £ Hermit .. .. 27,222 44,1'0S SO 801 Uulojpin. .. .. 3,»51 5 723 15 735 Speculum .. .. 10,214 11,2*8 11,87:1 >alvator .. .. 1,01 L ■ I.S9J 1!,74j .Sterling .. .. 1,953 4.152 11,073 See Saw .. .. JU.fßi 2 990 9 :«0 Hampton .. .. — 7,?17 b 7f:7 Uoß!crucian .. .. 10 701 17,058 h (J.-O Macaroni .. .. 6,090 18.772 7.715 Spiiugfield -. .. 2.070 8,371 7 S.-.9 Albert Victor.. .. 7,712 10,'iiO 7,i37 Petrarch .. .. — (i'J7 7,<;05 Wei.lcci; .. .. 0,940 7,i"9 0,073 fAiwldiider .. .. 1,059 5,1-25 (i,B!i! Caiubillo .. .. I,OJ(i 6,3:0 fl.iJl.t : Ha'irrDitor .. .. 2,202 Ufiil 6 411 iJiaU-Jiilkr .. .. T,i 4,13.1 0,407 Unncaater .. .. 7 2(11 4.3 0 G,''ii Qneon'B McaseiiKcr .. 3,('3S 1,500 (i,142 Strathcouan .. .. 11,572 9,7;'S 5,t;21i
Ossian won the most money in stakes last year, his total being £9121; Galliard won £8072; Tristan, £7028; Supfirba, £0181; St. Blaise, £5547 ; Reprieve, £51US; Wild Thyme, £4275.
Two years ago, after JToxhaU's Cambridgeshirs victory, the most extravagant stories were circulated respecting his owner's gifts to trainer, jockey, and all concerned, which stories were entirely untrue. It seems, according to a contemporary, to have been very much the fame kind of thing in the case of Beudigo. French, his trainer, announces that he did not receive a present of £1000, as has been stated, and that he has severed his connection with Mr Barclay because he only received 40 to 1 to the amount of £12 10s, whereas thero was a previous arrangement that ho was to be "on "a pony at these odds.
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