At a recent meeting of the National Hunt Committee m England an. attempt was made to alter the rule which places a horse last when it is disqualified for interfering -with another competitor. The proposition was to amend the rule so that, except m the case of foul riding, the horse should be awarded the position m the race next following that for which it had been disqualified. This practice obtains m some countries on the Continent, and it does seem hard (writes "Pilot") that when, at the finish of a race, a horse rolls on to another as the result of sheer exhaustion, and m consequence is disqualified even if it finishes first, its owner should not participate m the prize-money. More particularly does this apply m jumping races, where we occasionally see horses finish so tired that their riders are troubled to keep ! them from bumping into each other, and i if they do collide, and one is disqualified, ! second money goes to something that per- , haps finishes 50yds away. Of course, such j a rule might lead to a jockey taking risks 1 m the belief that if he were disqualified i for first place he would be .able to put up a. defence that would assure his mount second money. Possibly a majority of the members of the Committee looked at the matter m that light too, as after a long discussion the amendment was rejected. The Tasmanian Government refuse to institute proceedings for the recovery of the tax due on the extra twopence on 'Tattersall's tickets. In the House of Assembly on November 13 Mr Metz asked the Treasurer whether the Government intended to take any action to recover the amount alleged to be due to the State owing to short payments under the stamp duties on certain lottery tickets, and if not, why not Mr D. C. Urquhart replied No. The Solicitor-General is of opinion that technically the issuers of Tattersall's tickets are liable to the increased duty; that the practical difficulties m the way of recovering the increased amount would probably prove insurmountable. Substantially, all' the duty that was intended : toy be imposed has been paid to the Government. Yearlings m South America realise big money. Details are to hand of recent sales a& which the youngsters sold up as high as 3,155 soys. No fewer than, twenty realised upwards of 1,000 soys. The American, sportsman Mr Clarence Mackay is sending his yearling colt byMeddler out of Won by Waiting to England. He is to be trained ; by : S. Darling at Beckhampton. His owner has nominated the colt for the Derby and St. Leger of 1909. The youngster cost 3,000gs as a yearling. The Cliristchurch Racing Club resolved to issue licenses at ten guineas. .Mr C. Hoed Williams,, president, telegraphed to Dr Findhvy: "My club's intention is to comply with the requirements of ' the Gaming x\ct m a fair and liberal spirit. Bookmakers' fee, ten guineas, and. a very convenient enclosure arranged for them." In reply Dr Findlay telegraphed : " Many thanks for your telegram. I think it is very gratifying* to see that the Christchurch Racing Club is showing an example to the rest of the clubs of ' thi j Dominion m its treatment of the bookmakers." A drastic Bill for the further suppression of gaming was introduced m the ! South Australian Assembly by the Prem-er^ ! It provides that money paid as the result] of betting may be recovered, provided that action for its recovery be taken within I three months from the date of paying ; ! that members of • the police force, acting ] under orders, are pot to be, 'convicted or l deemed accomplices ; that witnesses cannot • claim privilege on the ground of evidence ' tending to incriminate; that allegations of I ownership of premises and the running of 1 races are to be accepted, as prima facie! proof, and occupancy of premises to be I with the knowledge of the owner. The \ Bill also prohibits the publication of infor- j matioh as and also the advertisements of tipsters ; while betting ! notices and placards are not .allowed to be | exhibited.' i The Leolaiftis mare Uranium has started j three times ihis season, and won each race. ; " Glencoe " reports that Gold Crest looks well, and . appears fit for any amount of racing yet. He I ' is m active work all the : time, but 1 rti\\ i probably not start at any • of the ChrktA'as meetings. i . Ghoorka, winner of the 1905 .Dunedin : Cup, has just completed a light season at the stud. . y Mooltan, who gave Apologue such a, fine race iri the Melbourne Cup,, has been turned out for a spell. D. Maher is certainly m great form m England this season, his winning mounts from March .18 to Octobelyll being ninetytwo out of ' 350 rides, or a percentage of 26.28. ; Hackler, the noted Irish thoroughbred, stallion, who gave the* tiirf many winners, including Hackler's Pride and St. Brendan' died just before the last English mail left! He lived twenty years. ( London writers paid the Sydney lad, Frank Wootton, a very high compliment after he had won the Cesarewitch Stakes on Demure. One of the writers remarked that Wootton's services -were an asset of ! incalculable value, and he never rode a j better race m his life ; it was like unto Sloan's best efforts. No jockey could have displayed greater skill. Not for a single t moment did • he lose his nerve, and the victory for Demure was largely dtie to the admirable way m which she was handled by her pilot— a boy still m his fifteenth year. Another good horse has been allowed to go out of England, the Duke de Gramont having purchased Gbrgos from Mr Arthur James. Gorgos won the Two Thousand Guineas, but was so. badly knocked about m the St. Leger that he could not be trained afterwards. Slieve Gallion has left England for Austria, where he will do stud duty at the Kisber stud. Euroa, by Sir Tristram— Algerihe, won
the Queensland Derby by three lengths from The Moulder, with Jack Tar third. Dexter and Garb also ran.. Euroa was ail odds-on favorite. Time, 2min 39sec. Monte Carlo, son of Ascot and Hippodamia, was sold m the Dunedin yards the-' other day for the small sum of 50s.
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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, Volume III, Issue 138, 24 December 1907
SPORTING INTELLIGENCE. Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, Volume III, Issue 138, 24 December 1907
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