The punedin Jockey Club hare issued their programmes for their Spring and Autumn Meetings. and the stakes are liberal in both. For the Spring Meeting a two days' programme is given, beginning on the Brat day with a Maiden Piste of 40 bovb. St. Andrew's Handicap of 100 aova , with a ■weep of 3 aovj. ; Selling Race, 40 soys. j Spnnp Handicap, of 60 aova. ; and a Handicap Trot, of 50 soys. The laat named race la not; as a rule, a favourite with sporting men, but it attracts a considerable number who would not otherwise attend, and it is a good paying race to the Club. The second day atarts with » Hurdle Race, of 60 aova. ; President's Handicap, of 80 aova. ; Railway Plate, 35 aova.; Grand Btand Handicap, flOaoTs.; Hackßace, 15 sow.- and a Con' solation. of 30 soya. Altogether, a very n «*.i P r °B raniine » * n d one which should afford good sport. Nominations for the St Andrews, Spring Trotting. Hurdle, Presiaents,and Grand Stand Handicaps are to be made at the Empire Hotel on Saturday, 3ru November, and the weights ?7m.5* fir ?* four wiU •PP ear <» the 14th November. The Autumn meeting, the Crab haye i wisely determined to hold three weeks earlier than usual, and hwe increased tee number of races to six each day. The l*p remains uncharged, an* the only alteration on (he W d for the firsb day is tho
addition of the Champagne Stakes, for two-year-olds, which is henceforth to be an annual event. The amount added to it is one hundred sovereigns, with a sweep of ten sovereigns. The nominations for this race will close on November 3rd, while for that of next season nominations will close on March sth, 1878. The D. J.O. Handicap has been increased to three hundred sovereigns, and an additional race is provided in the Railway Plate of one hundred sovereigns, the gift of Mr David Proudfoot. The distance is three quarters of a mile, and as most ownert like a " flutter," there ought to be a good field for this event. On the third day, the Forbury Handicap is increased to two hundred sovereigns, and the Flying to one hundred, thus furnishing as nice a programme as can be found in. the Colony. I should like to draw owners' attention tn the abolition of all qualification fees and the lowness of the entries, the racing being remarkably cheap compared with any other Colonial meeting. The advantage of giving » Champagne Stakes is manifest, as already several two - year • olds have gone into work, Goodman having a good - looking son of Traducer, and that good mare Gazelle, as well as a fine upstanding colt by Traducer from Myrtle ; while Hainea has a very neat daughter of Albany and Amuri. Mr Carson has a nice looking eon of his famous old mare Virginia up, and I believe he uil) be proposed for this Autumn Meeting. He is by Stormbird, and io a neat racing like animal, somewhat resembling his dam, but on tho small side. The nominations for the Cup, Publicans', and D. J.C. Handicaps will close on the 3rd November, and a new feature this year will be the simultaneous appearance of the weights for the three on the 22nd of the < same month. The weights for the C. J.C, Handicap are out and have caused somewhat unfavourable comment. It certainly cannot be called a good handicap, and seems to have been put together hastily and without due consideration. Guy Fawkes seems harshly treated at 9st. 171b5., taking into consideration the weights below him, and I think be might have started a few pounds lower, and the same applies t > Templeton. Bribery is very hardly treated at Bst. 121b5., and both Puriri and Panebury should have been below Opawa, whose performances under weight have been very good. Ariel performed well as a three-year-old, but apparently was never in form last season ; as a five-j'earold with 83t Blb, he must be considered remarkably well in. Traitor, Bst 81b, always appeared to me thick-winded, and I don't suppose two years at the stud have done him any good. Punga I don't fancy at Bst 21b, as I fancy ehe dislikes weight. Marora was blown about la=t year to a terrific extent, but it is difficult to form any opinion about him. Middleton, Bst, seems a little hardly dealt with. Cloth of Gold's performances have been so miserably bad that he might have reasonably expected something less than the weight alloted to him, and Rob Roy has 1 also reason to complain. Jaogler and Venus Transit are favourably handicapped. ■ The rest of the lot, particularly toe three-year-olds, are nicely graduated down, upon what principle I cannot understand, to Equation, one of the best bred of the lot, arid who has shown a good dash of foot in her work, and is for that reason put at the bottom of the list. •Ariel and Opawa seem best of the old horses, while so many of the three-year-olds are untried that it is difficult to make a selection, though as a rule this division has been too leniently tteated. Jangler, Venus Transit, Tell Tale, Mirelle, and Equation seem to me the best, but of course the Derby being run the same day will interfere with the selection of any three-year-olds. The Hawkesbury running followed by that of the A J.C. Spring Meeting has furnished a few surprises, Woodlands, a complete outsider, winning the Guineas and M?iden at Hawkes bury in fast timo, while Janitor, a son of Kelpie and brother of last year's wiuner Sunlight, won the Handicap. Woodlands followed up his Guinea* victory by winning the A J.C. Derby, and on the second day, carrying a 51b penalty, he won the Maiden Plate easily. He is by Maribyrnong, from Alpaca, dam of Llama and Ringwood— Alpaca is by Kingston from Javelin's dam, a thoroughly colonial pedigree. As a two-year-old he was unplaced in the only two races for which he started, and was I believe returned by Mr Wilson to his owner at tho end of the season, as a duffer. He is engaged in tho Victorian Derby and Melbourne Cup, the latter at sst 71b, at which weight he ought to be very dangerous in the T.R.C. St. Leger, and also A.J.C. St. Leger. Amendment, winner of the Metropolitan, is by Angler from Proposition, own sister to English Lacturer, co that as far as breeding goes he could not be beaten. Angler, like Maribyrnong, is a son of Fisherman ; as a two-year-old Amendment ran twice, but was not Slacod on either occasion. He is engaged in [elbourne Cup, sst 12lh (slb penalty), , V-R.C. Derby and Mares' Produce Stakes, Champion Stakes and V.R.C. St. Leger, also the Australian Jockey Club St. Leger. No doubt he will be a good deal backed for the Melbourne Cup, but I fancy Woodlands is a better colt, and has the advantage in the weight. Silvio, at Home, has shown that his Derby running was correct by winning the Ascot Derby, carrying a penalty. Tregeagle, who is in South Australia, is from his dam. The Lord C'ifdens.. Petrarch, winner of last year's Leger, and Hampton in particular, have been I ra . n , nin ? uncommonly well this season, which | will enhance the value of the blood considerably. The Sydney people have a son of his, tlawthornden, who won the St. Leger in 1870, and as his dam is by Windbound from Alice Hawthorne, and therefore full sister to Thormanby, his breeding cannot be esfelled. Talking of sires reminds me that old Scud, sire of Knottingly, Mabel, Butterfly, and several other fair horses, is dead. tie was a bou of Riddlesworth (by Emilius) from Spray, the dam of a great number of good animals. He had very few thoroughbred mares besides Knottingly's dam, but all his stock had a little toot, no matter what the dams were, and as hacks they could not be beaten. Mr Markey, who imported tho suoutbred Messenger, has imported two well-bred sues from Sydney—Python, by Kyogle (son of William Tell, sire of Archer, from Yattendon's d-m.) from Nutcut, dam of Dagworth, and Hibernia, by Mail Train (imported) dam (imported) by Marionette from Lavuiia, Canterbury j s now re mark.
ably well supplied with good thorough-bred sires, and I should like to see a few of them in Otago for a Beason or two. Merlin.
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CURRENT NOTES., Otago Witness, Issue 1346, 15 September 1877
CURRENT NOTES. Otago Witness, Issue 1346, 15 September 1877
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