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CURRENT NOTES.

The weights are out for the Duntroon Handicaps, and I think Mr Moore h&3 put them very well together. For the Waitaki Cup, Danebury heads the list at Bet 121b, not an out-of-the-way weight taking into consideration the company below him, though I hardly fancy he ewes for two miles; however, he can't be far out of it. Bide a Wee has Bst, which, considering he has shown a little foot and won a race or two, cannot be considered out of the way. # Unknown (7st 121b) I hardly fancy has sufficient foot, though he was successful at this meeting laat year. Blue Peter (7st 91b) is no doubt a fast horse, but I fancy a mile and a half would suit him better. Sir William (7st 71b) is well in, and, should he be fit, will have something to say for himself, though he doesn't particularly care about two miles. Bob Boy has nm bo badly lately that I can't fancy him over, two miles at any weight. Gamecock, if in form at all, should be in it at 7st 51b. Grey Momus, The Hook. Will if lean, and Phantom seem favourably handicapped. Kose cf Denmark (6st 121b) has shown a fair turn of speed and staying power, but I believe she will travel Dunstan way, and consequently will not pot in aa appearance. Mufti (6st 81b) must be considered a good thing. Satire I don't think moeh o? at present, but Xantippe is very well in at 6st 31b, as I believe she has shown a good turn of speed in her work. Of the lot I like Danebury, Sir William, Mufti, and Xantippe best,- Banjo heads the list for the hurdles at list 4lb, ana as the old horse has always performed well over the sticks, I confess to a great liking, for him. Grey Momus (lOat 101b) and Phantom (lOst 51b) have both raced fairly over hurdles,, and from these three the winner will come, tnoogh, if Bob Boy can jump at all, with 9sfc only he ought to be about. I always fancied this horse would do well over hurdles, but I am told .that he doesn't take kindly to the work. For the Jockey Club Handicap Danebury carries top weight, 9st, and Bide a Wee &>t lib. Unknown (Bst) has, I think, too much, while Blue Peter should have been a pound or two under Sir William, not above him. Sir William at 7st 101b is fairly in, while of the others I like Grey Momus, Mufti, Satirist, and Xantippe. Satirist has been doing uncommonly well lately, I believe, and will in all probability give a good account of himself. 'Prom statistics compiled by "Pegasus" it would appear that Traducer last; season stood a long way ahead of any other sire for winnings, and as he has all the best of the three year olds this season, there is very little doubt he will retain his position. Mermaid has dropped a fiHy to Traducer which is an exact counterpart in colour of her celebrated Bister Lurline. , The handicapping for the C. J.C. has caused a good deal of dissatisfaction in Christchurch, I am told, and the handicap has been well polled to pieces. Thanear approach of the Christ church meeting is causing the nags to be hurried along in their work. I take the following training notes from "Druid* in the Canterbury Times :— There was some real good work done on Tuesday morning, the trainers sending all their horses a good spin. Dan O'Brien was first on the ground with his lot, and stripping Xantippe, sent her for a spin of two miles at a rattling good pace, Mufti, with the hood on, accompanying her. After this Ted stripped his three bays, Bribery, Mata, and Puriki, and sent them a sharp two mile gallop, the trio goingrmcommonlyweu. Next came Danebury And Bide-a-Wee, who did one of the very best spOB of the morning, the clothes being off the pgflr, TempletoD and Oberon now took a turn, after which they were joined by Parthenopoeus, who went alongside of the little horse for the remainder of the gallop, Oberon keeping about 30 lengths Behind, and occasionally running up to the leaders, who went at a very good pace. All Mr Delamain's horses were stripped, and must have done at least a two mile gallop. Traitor in clothing and Fallacy stripped did a long alow gallop. Fakir was stripped, and went atone for, a couple of miles at a fair pace. The Bosh Inn lot were nexs worked: Victim. Undine, and Equation being stripped, went about two miles nearly as fast as they could go. . Undine Equation showed a geod turn_ of foot in this gallop ; and I was more convinced than ever that Equation' was " turned loose win the handicap with sst 121bs. Victim improves, and may yet pay for her oats at country meetings. Stripping Mireille, Bob Kay seat her for a good gallop along with Mr JLunn s Grey Momuu, who led her along a pretty dance, the filly appearing to have the best of toe flatter at the finish. Ted Cutts now took the clothing off Puriri and Chokebore, and in company with Waiiti, who went in clothing, they did a long slow gallop. Mr Saunde^s had oat Marquis of Normanby, and with Tommy Ifyford on Zetland for company, the Marquis Went the usual two mile spin, being very much inclined at times to put off his rider (Billy HanIons), who had all his work cut out to stie'e to his horse for the first round. This was the first time 1 had seen the colt at wcrk on the course, and I think he will be like his dam, better at Miort than at lpng distances. Pungawererfere, as usual, did her spin by herself, as also did MiddLeton, , whom I saw on the course for the tost fame this season, though I believe he has been there several times. The pace Middleton went was only clow, but he appeared at that fcgee to go as sound as he ever did in his life. Tne;l«rtjgallop of th» morning wao taken by Thnnp Card, ifeipped, w ho, with Jangler in

sweaters, did a very fast spin of about two miles. The hollow-backed colt stuck well to the^ chestnut all through the spurt, and showed plainly that he could run well under a load ; therefore in the Handicap, with Gst 121bs, I shall expect to see him very near the mark. Le Lcup and Chancellor had gone to town to be shod. Chanqellor has joined Dan O'Brien's string, his owners not having any other horses in training to work with him. The regular training ground is as yet in a very bad state to work on, therefore the galloping is still done in the centre.

Woodlands by his performances has advanced to the position of first favourite for the Melbourne Cup, having been frsely backed at 100 to 8 and 10, though, strange to say, he is only third favourite for the Detby. First Kiog holding the pride of place, with Chester second, 7 to 1 being offered about Woodlands. The latter has been backedatlOOto 2 towiuOupandDerby, and First King and Woodlands seem a favourite double. I rather think that Salisbury, for whom I confess a great weakness, will run better at the Victorian meeting than he did at Sydney. By telegraph we have just learnt of Silvio's victory in the Leger, thus proving himself beyond a doubt the best of his year, and putting to rest all suspicions of his Derby victory being a fluke. He was only second favourite apparently when the last English papers came to hana, being at 6 to 1, while Chamant, in spite of his defeat iv the Derby, was sto 2. Truly the backers of horse 9 are strange people. Lady Golightly, the second in the Derby, is also the property of Lord Falmouth, and was considered as a two-year-old one of the beat of her year, but she has not maintained her reputation this season. Blair Athol, sire of Silvio, has one or two good two-year-olds running in his interest this season— notably, Redwing, the property of Lord Falmouth, and who is from Skylark's dam. So there's no doubt this famous son of Stockwell and Blink Bonny will maintain his place at the head of winning sires. Scottish Chief, whose daughter — Marie Stuart — won tne Leger in Doncaster's year, is showing well to the front this season. He is a son of Lord of the Isles, whose full brother. Lord of the Hills, was imported to Australia, and became sire, among others, of Glencoe. The unfashion ably-bred Snail, by Woca, won the Liverpool Cup, beating Petrarch by a head, in what appears the remarkably fast timu of 2m. 28a., but it must be remembered that the Cup course is a little short of a mile and a-half.

Merlin.

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CURRENT NOTES., Otago Witness, Issue 1348, 29 September 1877

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