Several good horses are nominated for the Geelong Gold Cup, of 500 soys., including Savanaka, Bosworth, Wellington, Petrea, Rivalry, Mercury, Caspian, Avernua, His Grace, Tocal, Warlock, and Belladrnm. In the handic »p for the Tatteraall's Cup, at the Sydney Now Year meeting, Swiveller has the steadier of lOst, Democrat coming next at Bst 121b.
At Ballarat raoes the Cup was won by Sir T. Elder's eh h Viceroy, by Irißh King — Mobile, 7at 41b ; beating Diamond, Waxy, Columbus, aud Naomi, and doing the mile and a-half iv 2 mm. 42 sea. On the second day, the Ballarat Handicap was carried off by Mr J. M'Phail's b o Terrifio, by Tim Whiffler Talkative, 6ifc 111b, beating Viceroy (7 it 111b), and three more, and covering the mile and a-quarter in 2 mm. 15seo. The Melbourne Weekly Times Btrongly recommends Mr Eli Jellett to send Riohmond, Bosworth, and Filibuster over for the Danedin and Wanganui meetings, and that gentleman haß expressed his intention of doing so if he finds he is well treated ia the handicap for the first of these races. "Tarn o' Shanter," writing in the Tas. manian Mail concerning the Wanganui LIOOO race, says :— "Glen Innes and Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, and Hobart Town have already tried the experiment of a 1000 soys handicap, and why should not Wanganui try her hand at the business ? I aay let her try it by all means, but the good folks of the district, I am afraid, will not re* pe»|! the to, for they will find that throw* I
ing all their egga into one basket, to be smashed np at one kick, is not a profitable game. Can they afford to add decent rams to some of the other raoea in their programme ? That is a very important question. Look before you leap, 1 Bay to the Wanganui sportsmen, for experience has taught other olubs that they made great blunders when they essayed the heavy misiness."
The same writer considers it " absurd " for the Dunedin Cup weights te> be pnblished in November, when the raoe will not be run till February ; but I take it that we know our own business best. Besides, he might look at Victoria and New South Wales, where he will find a similar praotioe is observed.
Beaudesert, the Middle Park Plato winner, has been purchased from Lord Anglesey by Lord Aliagton for 7000 guineas under Lord Exeter's conditions as to engagements rights. He is engaged in all the great races of next year, and if now second favourite for the Derby. Lord Anglesey has a nice wager about him for , that raoe, having taken 10,000 to 100 about him when a yearling, and having jnst hedged it by laying 3000 to 300 againßt him. The stallion Toxepholite is dead, in his twenty-fourth year. He was tho sire of Musket (now in New Zealand), Stray Shot, Bay Archer, Prince George, and a lot of other good racers. When the Glasgow stud was broken up in the spring, the old horse was bought by Lord Rosslyn for 100 guineas, and eight of his Lordship's mares and two of Mr Crawford's were sent to him, Toxopholite ran second to Beadsman in the Derby of 1858.
A good deal of betting has been transacted on next year's Derby, Bend Or being first favourite at 7 to 1, Beaudeserb coming next at 8 to 1, Robert the Devil also at 8 to 1.
Lord Bradford's colt Chippendale has won six raoes out of nine he started for this season, the stakes he landed being worth £6944. *
The Yankee horse Parole got another dreadful beating in the Great Challenge Stakes at Newmarket, in whioh he finished last of the six starters. This was only a three-quarter-mile race too, so that it appears he is not only a non-stayer, but he oan have very little pace. He carried in this race 9afc, and the three-year-old winner, Rayon dOr, carried 9at also— that is to »ay, gave the Yankee three years. The Newmarket Derby was won by Mr F. Gretton's colt Westbourne, who ran seoond in the Caesarewitoh. The field opposed to him comprised Lancastrian, Zut, Oaxtonian, and Ruperra.
At Newcastle races, the Northumberland Antumn Plate was -won by Mr C. Perkins' filly Dresden China, carrying Bst 121b. At this meeting a curious and perhaps unprecedented affair took place. For the Selling Handioap four hones were weighed, and their numbers were duly put up on the telegraph board. After they had been at the post sometime, and had broken away twice, they were joined by the Chillfanwallah colt, who afterwards won the raoe, after a pretty finish. At scale the winner was objected to on three grounds — first, that his number was never hoisted on the telegraph board ; secondly, that he was weighed out too late ; and thirdly, that he did not reach the post In time to start. There was a looseness about the whole business which cannot too strongly be condemned. The stewards present had all bets on the race, consequently they could not deoide the objections, whioh remain in abeyance. At the Newmarket flonghfcon meeting. In addition to the principal events detailed in another column, the Criterion Stakes, of 200 soys., added to a sweep of 30 soys. each, was won by Lord Anglesey's Prestonpans, by Prince Charlie — Beatrice, beating ten others. Lord Bosebery's Touohet beat Lord Hartington's Belpbcebe in a match ] for £1000, one mile and a-half. In the Cheveley Stakes Prince Batthyany's Canny Cbiel (with Morris up) ran a dead heat with Mr Saaf ord's American filly Mirth, 'bnt in the run off Fordham waa put np on CannyChiel, and he won cleverly. The Troy Stakes, a sweepstake of 50 soys eaoh, was won by the Duke of Beaufort's Petronel, a son of Musket and Crytheia. In the Fret Handicap, a sweepstakes of 100 soys. eaoh, the St. Leger winner, Rayon dOr (9at), was bowled over by Fordham, on Mr Crawford's filly Out of Bounds (7st 121b). The Houghton Handicap was won by Lord Wilton's Cradle (7st 21b), defeating La Mervailla (Bsb 121b) and eight others. Lord Falmouth's Lannette aecured the Jockey Club Cup of 300 soys., beating Out of Bounds, Thurio, Insulaire, Zut, and Touchet.
At the sale of horses, the property of Lord Anglesey and Lord Falmouth, heavy reserv* prices prevented much business being done, The former's Early Morn was bought by Lord Wilton for 2000 guineas, and Oaxfconian by Lord Howe for 1300 guineas ; while Prestonpana was, after being passed in at 5900 guineas, bought by Mr Gretton for 6000 guineas. Lord Falmouth's Sylvio was passed in at 7000 guineas ; Queen's Messenger at 4500 guineas; Kingcraft at 4000 guineas ; Whirlwind at 3000 guineas ; Sky* lark at 2500 guineas; Leap-yeat' at 1950 guineas ; and Childerio at 1000 guineas, Isonomy's appearance in the Csesarwitoh was his lant for the season, he being struck out of all subsequent engagements for the year. Tho Derby -winner Sir Bevys has left the turf, owing to his roaring ailment. Rayon dOr haß won for Count de Lagrange this season eight raoes, worth £17,996 ; and last year two, worth £2710— in ail £20,676 in stakes alone.
The English Jookey Club at a recent meet* ing considered the desirability of framing some rule for^liceasing jockeys, and putting a stop to jockeys being owners of racehorses, and betting on raoes, and the meeting appeared to be almost unanimous on the subject, a proposal, for a rule was promised by one of the stewards, Mr Craver, who subsequently gave notice of motion as follows s— " All jockeys shall be licensed. Shonld it be satisfactorily proved to the stewards of the Jookey Club that any licensed jookey is the owner or part-owner of racehorses, or that he is in the habit of betting, they shall use their discretion as to withdrawing such jookey's license Any person prove! to have betted for or with any jookey on raoos may be warned off IsWmjwrlwf
Truly there U a vein for the tilver. And a place/or ike gold so fine. —Job, eh. xxviil.
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AUSTRALIAN., Otago Witness, Issue 1466, 20 December 1879
AUSTRALIAN. Otago Witness, Issue 1466, 20 December 1879
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