NOTES BY BEACON.
Mr T. George, under which assumed name Mr Kitching will in future racs, has christened his Traducer-Waimea colt Leveller. Races will be held as usual at Tapanui on May 24th, but the programme has not yet appeared, so that I am unable to say anything about tbe value of the stakes. The Autumn races of the Otautau Club take place to-day. There are half a dozen events, but the added money is small. Still another Birthday meeting is talked of, namely, at Ettrick, the Committee of the March races at that place having a cashbalance to the good, and promises of support if a Winter gathering is held_ The Committee of the Biverton Jockey Club met last Thursday, and discussed several matters connected with their approaching meeting. The subcommittee appointed to select a course reported that they bad agreed with Mr J.^Calder if or tbe use of his paddock at the town boundary, aear Farmers' Club reserve. It waa stated that this was a very suitable piece of ground, and that the paddock was large enough for a mile course. A subcommittee, consisting of Messrs Horr, Robertson, Newton, and Fraser, was appointed to chain the course and fence the straight, and make other arrangements connected with putting the ground in order. Weights for the handicaps at the Dunedin meeting were declared on Saturday last as follows : — Handicap Hurdle Rack, of 30 60vb. Two miles and a distance. St. lb. Mr O W Bourne's br g Hilo, 6 yra . . . . 11 0 Mr H Gourley's ohg Kildaro, aged . . . . 10 0 Mr W Sutherland's b g Theodore, aged .. 910 Mr R Hunter's br g Romance, aged . . 9 5 Mr A Smith's br g Huntsman, aged . . 9 5 Mr T Pollock's b h Bothwell, aged . . ..93 Mr D M'Master's blk m Black Bess, aged . . 9 0 Mr C Samson's b g Isaac, aged . . ..90 Mr W Ross' br m Antoinette, 6 yrs ..87 Mr A Thompson's Castro, by Elswick, 5 yrs . . 8 7 Birthday Handicap, ofJBO soys. One mile and a-half. St. lb. Mr H Goodman's b m Titania, 6 yrs 8 12 Mr H Goodman's eh h York, 4 yrs . . . . 7 18 Mr A M'Kay's g g Blue Peter, aged . . 7 9 Mr G Stevenson's g g Satellite, aged .. 7 7 Mr H Goodman's eh f Tera, 3 yrs . . . . 7 7 Mr F Shaw's eh c Adamant, 3 yrs . . . . 7 8 Mr D M'Lay's eh g Boroprathoneco, 3 yrs . . 6 0 Noveii Race, a handicap of 50 soys. One mile and a-half. The winner to be sold by auction with his engagements, and the whole proceeds of the sale to go to the funds. St. lb. Mr J King's eh g Sir William, aged . . 7 12 Mr W H Taggart's b g Spoy, aged . . ..75 Mr W H Tagjjart's b g Concrete, 3 yrs . . 7 0 Mr W A Johns' b in Dolly Barwon, 4 yrs . . 6 12 Mr D M'Master's b g Seagull, 5 yrs ..69 Mr W Ross' eh m Maude, 4 yrs . . ..60 Mr J Atkinson's b m Mera, 5 yrs . . . . 510 Handicap Trotting Race, of 30 soys. Three miles. No weight under lO&fc, Seconds. Mr J Wolfenden's b m Polly, 3 yrs . . 72 Mr W A Johns' g g Native Cat, 5 yrs .. 72 Mr S G Smith's b m Brown Bess, aged . . 67 Mr R Goodisson's br g Sam, aged . . . . 67 Mr T Dryden's b g Donald, aged . . . . 62 Mr W Grindley's rin Blue Gown, 4 yrs . . 62 Mr W H Taggart's b m Kate, aged . . 62 Mr W Watson's b m Fanner's Daughter, aged 62 Mr D Mathieson's b g Kafoozleum, aged . . 57 Mr C Samson's eh g Charlie, aged . . . . 52 Mr T Geary's br m Polly, aged . . . . 46 Mr R Winkfleld's br m Modesty, aged . . 46 Mr J Reany's b g Snip, aged . . . . 35 Mr W Sutherland's g g Charlie, aged . . 21 Mr T Fairley's br m Bfclla, aged . . . . 12 Mr W Kirkwood's br g Titokowaru, aged . . 6 Mr J Vezey's blk g Zulu, aged . . . . Scratch. Tradesmen's Handicap, of 50 soys. One mile and a distance. The winner of the Birthday Handicap to carry 71b extra. St. lb. Mr II Goodman's b m Titania, 6 yra ..90 Mr II Goodman's eh h York, 4 yrs . . ..80 Mr A M'Kay's g g Blue Peter, aged . . 712 Mr G Stevenson's g g Satellite, aged . . 7 9 Mr H Goodman's eh f Tera, 3 yrs . . ..79 Mr F Sehaw's eh c Adamant, 3 yrs . . 7 4 Mr T Dryden's eh m Boadicca, 4 yrs . . 610 Mr J Stephenson's eh c Messingham, 3 yrs . . 6 7 Mr D M'Lay's eh h Boroprathoneco, 3 yrs . . 6 0 Mr J Morkane's eh c Manuka, 2 yrs . . 5 7 In considering the above it must be remembered ttiat ttiey are the production of four individuals — Mr Mooro, and the committee of three members of Committee appointed to assist him. With that proviso I feel almost inclined not to comment on them at all, for the horses engaged in (he different events are such a mixed-up lot that the handicappers must have bad a difficult job in apportioning the weights. I hear that owners all round aro grumbling, and if such be the ca«e the handicaps must be pretty good, and wa may expect some good racing. I shall leave a full analysis of them until tin acceptances appear, on the 15th inst. A meeting of Committee of the Wainoale Steeplechase Club was held last week, at which a report was submitted showing that there was a balance in hand of LCB. It was resolved to hold the annual races on June 2nd, and last year's programme, with a few alterations, was adopted. The full lift of entries for the Grand Natioual RiespWhasfj minting ip as under :—: — Maidkx SraEPiir.ciiASE P^atr, of 100 soys, w.f.a. Mi' C. Goodman's b g Alma, aged Mr J. O'Neill's b g Thilo, 5 yrs Mr W Herbert's br g Swindler, 5 yrs Mr D. Murray's g g Tarn o' Shanter, aged Mr D. Cochrane's eh m Bluebell Mr A. Keith's br in Venture, aged Mr H. Bradley's b m Miss Hungerford Mr Egan's br g Tally Ho, aged Mr Egan's eh g Mormon, aged }lt B, Shadbolt's br h Mw t apod.
Mr S. Powells b m Mireille, 5 yrs Mr M. Cowan's eh g Sir Tatton, aged Mr W. Clifford's b g Clarence, 5 yis Mr R. Mason's b g One and Three, aged Mr P. Butler's eh m Stella, aged Mr S. Osborne's eh g Bellman, 5 yrs Mr L. Markey's bl g Moonlight, aged Mr L. Markey's Claret. Grand National Handicap, of 200 soys. Four miles. Mr J. O'Neill's b g Thilo, 5 yrs Mr Schluter's b g Little John, 6 yra Mr AY. Herbert's br g Swindler, aged Mr R. M'lvor's g g Grey Momus, aged Mr R. M'lvor's br g Loch Lomond, 5 yrs Mr T. M'Kay's eh g Banjo, aged Mr S. Osborne's bl h Black Prince, aged Mr AY. Douglas' b g Baron, aged Mr AY. Douglas' eh g Harkaway, aged Mr A. J. Keith's b g Hard Times, aged Mr A. J. Keith's eh m Ada, aged Mr T. Cochrane's eh m Bluebell, aged Mr F. Brittan's b g Royalty, aged Mr AY. Dillon's eh g Mickey Free, aged Mr C. Turnbull's g g Lone Hand, aged Mr D. M'Master's br m Duchess, aged Mr D. M'Master's eh Scamp, aged Mr S. Powell's b m Mireille, 5 yrs Mr M. Cowan's eh g Sir Tatton, aged Mr AY. Clifford's b g Clarence, aged Mr P. Butler's eh g The Agent, aged gpir H. Prince's eh g Eversley. Cl fHiraT Club Cup, Of 150 soys. Weight for age. * Mr Schluter's b g Little John, 5 yrs Mr VV. Herbert's bl g Magic, 5 yrs Mr R. M'lvor's g g Grey Momus, aged Mr R. M'lvor's br g Loch Lomond, 6 yrs Mr F. Brittan's b g Royalty, aged Mr AY. Dillon's eh g Mickey Free, aged Mr C. Turnbull's g g Lone Hand, aged Mr D. M'Master's eh g Scamp, aged Mr P. Butler's eh g Agent, aged 3; Mr F. Egan's br g Tally Ho, aged Mr H. Prince's eh g Eversley Mr 11. Bradley's b m Miss Hungerford Mr AY. Douglas' b g Baron Mr AY. Douglas' eh g Harkaway
MrT. M'Kay's eh g Banjo. The above include most of our best cross, country horses, Lone Hand, The Agenr, Scamp, Evereley.Grey Momus, Loch Lomond, and other good names being noticeable ; though Te Whetumarama and one or two more familiar ones are absent. Several of the older stagers have been nominated, but there is also a fair proportion of new blood. The weights are due this evening. Tbe handicap for the Canterbury Jockey Club Handicap of 500 soys, to be run in November, will be declared in Christchuroh to-day.
A Tattersall's Club is in progress of formation in Dnnedin, and the Messrs Watson are about Betting off a large room at the Empire Hotel for the members to meet in. This Club is much required for the safety of both backers and layers, and I trust that it will be well supported. A trotting race in which a good deal of interest was felt came off at tbe Eiccarton course a few days ago. The competitor* were Mr B. Hales' Minnie and Mr B. Bottlpy's Polly, the stakes LSO, and the conditions two miles, lOat eaoh. The distance was, however, by some extraordinary mistake wrongly measured, and they covered only about a mile and a-half. Polly got off badly, and as in ad dition Bhe broke repeatedly, Minnie won by several lengths. It was generally thought that Polly would have won if the correct course had been done, ab she was rapidly overhauling Minnie at the finish.
On the following day a return match was run, with the stakes increased to LIOO, and the course two miles along the Lincoln road. Tbe pair started well together, but Mr Hales' mara broke before .going far, giving Polly a lead of about 20 length*. This, however, was soon made up, and Minnie once more got on terms with her opponent, but breaking again frequently, Polly was enabled to obtain a long lead, which she kept, and eventually won by ten lengths. Concerning the horses engaged at the Grand National meeting " Voltigeur " supplies the following report of a recent morning's work: — The first to put in an appearance was Clifford, who stripped Clarence and then gave him a steady gallop twice round the plough, jumping the hurdles in. front of the stand. He appears i.o me very light and tuoked up, but he moved freely and well, and jumpedingoodform. Agent with a rug on and a light boy up, was then sent twice round the plough at half speed, increasing the y&oe in the last half-mile. The hero of last season went very short indeed, and I cannot believe in his ever winning a big race again. He has a deal of lumber to-be got off, and I think it will be found impossible to get him thoroughly wound up by May 24. A chestnut colt of Mr Osborne's, a recent purchase of his, next turned up, and was sent twice round the plough fast, jumping the hurdles the second time. He is a raw, loose boned, leggy animal by Messenger — The Fawn, who does not give one the idea of staying, whatever else he may b9 able to do, and is capable of a good deal pf improvement in more ways than one. TLilo, in charge of T. O'Neill, had arrived the day before and taken up his quarters at Tommy Lyford's, where I was allowed to have a look at him in his box. He seems to me somewhat light, but being a horse with a naturally light middlepieoe, makes Mm perhaps appear finer than he actually is, The horse otherwise looks well and healthy. The same writer regrets to learn that Mr Stead's latest additions to his stud— Pulohra and Crinoline— are not in foal as was antioipated, although the former visited Queen's Messenger, and the latter Wiuslow, prior to leaving England. Amberley Eaoing Club have a balance to the good after the season of £48. From the Press I learn that at the next races of the Heathcote Eacing Olub a prominent item will be a Trotting Handicap of 100 soys. Eaces will be held at Little Eiver on May 24th, bix events constituting the bill of fare.
The steepleobaser Te Whotumarama has been purchased for £80 by Mr J. Gallagher, of Taupo, who has placed him in A. Huntley's hands to be trained for coming events.
A few horses were offered at auction at Christchuroh this week, but only Mireille waa sold— at 40 guineaa, to Mr Beaumont, of Heathcote. Satellite was passed in at 90 guineas; Blazing Star at £27 10a; and Rore at 45 guineas. '
The stakes for the Maiden Plate at EJlesraere races have been awarded to Mr Brian's Sir George, the winner (Mr Aberorombie's Terry) being disqualified for having previously won public money. Mr Ritchie, a settler at the Chatham Islands, has juet purchaeed in Chriatchurch the entire horso Middleton, and will take him to his new home wiMi three yen-ling fillies boutjht at the Middle Park salo. Middleton is by Traducer— Lady Fioronce, and he promised highly as a racer, winning tho Maiden PI ite ai d Metropolitan Handicap at Ohristchurch ia 1876 ; but af'erthat his feat troubled him too much to stand trainiug.
Ash burton Steeplechases will be hell on May 29th, and the stakes will amount to £105, the principal being tho Open Handicap of 40 soys. Mr Lance has been elected handioapper. The Wellington people give one good race meeting annually, but except just at tho time when that is on they, or rather the local paoera, leem to shut their eyes to all matters pertaining ro sport. That thiß state of things is not Batiafactory to some people is shown by aotion which is being taken in certain quarters to e*tablish a Spring meeting, and the feeling whioh i§ prevalent amongst the sporting portion of the
community is well expressed in the following letter to the Post :— " Sir,— l have »v >ndered why Wellington is so far behind all o'aer important provincial towns io the Colony iv the matter of horse-racing. Is it on accooit of its being the Empire City, or is it beoause -he stewards of the Wellington Racing Club ai 0 not of a sporting turn of mind ? Dunodin, Auckland, Chriatchurch, Hawke's Bay, and even Wanganuihave two good meetings in the year, but poor Wellington can only manage one, and of that one too much cannot be said in its praise. If our stewards have not the time to devote to this popular national sport, why not resign in favour of othera who have ? In conclusion, the yearly meeting of the' Club takes place in July, and in the meantime I trust your able sporting editi.i- will ventilate the matter in your widelycircuLt d paper.—! am, &c, Sport. Wang an vi Steeplechases are fixed for June 19th, uottho 7th, as telegraphed. Nominations for the Handle ip of 175 soys dose on the 15th inst. At the meeting of committee of the Jockey Club when the programme, as given last week, was adopted, notice of motion was given that in future the Steeplechase and Spring race meetings be joined, and held on consecutive days. This looks as though the effects of the £1000 Cap be?an to be felt already. At the same meeting Mr H. N. Harrison (ohairman) and Mr A. Higgie brought forward a motion that no two-year, olds be allowed to start for a race over a mile in length, but on being put to the meeting it was lost. The business concluded with the paying of some well deserved compliments to the hon. secretary, Mr F. E. Jackson, for the energetic manner in which he performs his duties, and ie was resolved to present tbat gentleman with a piece of plate, to be raised by subscriptions limited to one guinea each. The following excellent nominations have been received for the Taranaki Derby of 1883 • —
Mr Hately's br c Landseer, by The Painter o Besa, Mr Wilson's b 1 Sweet Home, by CcoaloH" — -jiasie. Mr Rowe's h c, by Opawa — Unknown Mr Quinhvan'd br c Raphael, by The Painter— Misa Hunter. Mr Collins' br f, by Gladiator-Minnie Mr Standing gr c, by Resolution— Minnie. Mr Stranger's brf Jios», ouheur, by The PainterMay Queen. Mr George's b f , hv Resolution—No Nams. Mr Morgan's b f Quoin Bee, by G'adiator— Firefly. Mr Olson's eh c, by Resolution— Jessie Mr O'Brien's blk c Shamrock, by Bedouin— Jenny. Mr Nowsham's eh f, by Resolution— Nancy. Mr Gaorge's Ik f, by Resolution- Stella. >ir Owen's bf, by Lillipee — Titania. Mr Owen's b I, br Lillipeo— Hirebell. Mr M' Rao's b c, by Purirl- Sky bird Mr M'Khe's b t. by Purlri— Shrovetide. Mr M'Rat's b f, by Purlri - Countess. MrHuneyflpld's b c Uknow, by Resolution- Kitty. Mr licks m'ti br f, by Tho Painter— Policy. Mr Jackson's b c, by Op iwi— Mystery Girl. Mr Orozler'a h c, by Bedouin— Jessie. Mif Copostake's b c, by Sir Wal'er. Mr Vavasour's eh 1 , by Sir Walter— SataneUa. Mr Walter*.' br f, by Hippocampus— Yfttterin*. Mr T. Elliot's b I Resolute, by Reso'utioD-Stell*. Mr G. V. Tate'ei eh c Redeemer, by Resolution— Starlight. It will be seen that the unfortunately deceased Viotorian sire The Painter, a grandson of Stookwell, is represented by four youngsters. The French horse Gladiator is responsible for two, and the rest are by the New Zealand-bred Hippocampus, Pariri, Lillipee, Resolution, Bedouin, Sir Waiter, and others. Moßt of these sires are pretty well-known by repute} but Bedouin, it may be well to Bay, U a son of Traduoer and Meg Merrilies, and Sir Walter is by Ravensworth— Fanny. Four additional nominations have been received for the Wanganui Derby of 1883, aa under s—
Mr T Quinlivan'a br 0 Raphael, by The Painter— MiasHun'er Mr M O'Brien's blk 0, by Bedouin— Fancy Mr M Roberte'u b 1 Denbigh, by The Painter—Nutsworth mare
Messrs Owen and Lethbridge'a br f, by The Puintsr — Maid of the Mist.
In commenting on the handicaps for the Auckland races, "Old Turfite" says Mr Lance cannot be complimented on them, as they showed many discrepancies that might have been avoided had previous running been oarefully looked into.
The results of the Auckland meeting appear in this issue, and I shall leave my remarks on the same until papers with full details arrive . The telegraphed report is, as usual with these races, a wretched affair. At the settling, the following amounts in stakes were paid over :— Mr Douglas, £114; Mr Prince, £114; Mr Horsfall, £104 j Mr J. Hunt, £95; Mr Keith, £82 135 ; Mr J. George, £53 4a } Mr E M'lvor, £47 10s ; Mr W. Walters, £47 10a ; Mr R. H. Vallance, £39 10 3 ; Mr Leunard, £19: Mr Rutherford, £19 19s ; Mr J. Gwynne, £19— total, £842 13a.
The proprietors ef the totalisators at this meeting seem to have gone in for working swindles, if the following telegraphic new* is correct. " The circumstances under which he two totaliaators were seized at Auckland ;md two men connected with their working w°r i arrested are stated to be as follow: — Dn iag the morning it was taid that one of the tola i -ators had been tampered with, but in the a I >moon the police were informed of \ > swindling in connection with one of t >se machines. They were informed that in th<> St George's Handicap four tickets had been taken and four memberß registered on the totalisator, that when the four people who put money on King Qaail came to the totalisator for their money they found the numbers had been altered to fourteen. The proprietors of the machine offered them eaoh one-fourteenth instead of one fourth of £the net proceeds. The two operators are accused of having put the total up to 107 to make the numbers tally ; but the speculators were backed up by an indignant public, and refused to have it, and there was a great row. The stewards were called and the polioo sent for. As Inspector Pardy was seen approaching the totalisator proprietor offered to pay the four their fourth and proper share of the pool, which was £58. The alteration to fourteen from four would have left the institution the nice sum of £36 over and above the commission they were entitled to Inspector Pardy, Sergeant Mason, Detective Jeffrey, and others of the force came up at double quiok march, and surrounded the totalisator citadel and rushed ifc. On entering, Mr Felton was found encraged inside fulfilling tho duties of clerk, and, with Messrs Eichards and Corbett, he was at once arrested, together with the instruments, tickets, stamps, and appendages necessary to the true and faithful distribution to the public of tickets on their totalisator. There was aleo a bag of money Beizpd. Amidst greal tumult they were incircera'ed in the lockup. After the Selling P^ace the totaliaator storm arose, Mr Ad.ims was alleged to have added two to his numbers. The police made another raid, and took possession of the instrument aud its manager. This caused a fresh storm of indignation in the public mind. The cases against the defendants were adjourned " - The Waerenga-ahika Jockey Club find themselves with a cash balance of £20. At its meeting of committee last week a letter was read from tbe Poverty Bay Turf Club concerning the disqualifications at their late meeting. After discussion, it wasdeoided that the matter stand over, as Mr Hastings was an interested party, and there was no quorum without him. Saunterer has been bought bj Mr Gallagbefi o* Twpo, for mi. [
AUCKLAND AUTUMN MEETING.
(Pas Pbess Association Special Wire ) Auckland, April 22nd. The Autumn Race meeting took place today at EUerslie. There was a moderate attendance. One totalisator was working at the races. Mr Franck was in dudgeon, refused the Club's terms, and placed his tent adjacent to the racecourse, in Elleralie Gardens. The totalisators were poorlyfpatroiiaed, and little betticg was done. Two Occidents occurred. In the Hurdle Rao, Tom Finn broke his leg, and had to be shot. In the Autumn Handicap Malvern's rider had his leg broken through being carried wraiDst a post, but he was not otherwise injured. The folio wins ware the events :— TRADESMEN'S HANDICAP, Of 60 soys. Distance, one mile, Mr Smith's Maid of Honour, 7st . . . . 1 Mr Horsfall's Ratcatcher, 6st 121b . . . . 2 Mr Keith's Soukar, Bst 21b . . . . . . 3 Betting : 2 to 1 on the field, 3 to 1 aqst Maid of Honour, 5 to 2 Soukar, 3 to 1 Grand Duchess, 4 to 1 Vampire, 5 to 1 Piscatorious, 8 to 1 Loch. Lomond. Any price about Confident and Piacatoriouf. Golden Crown and Saunterer ako ran. Saunterer went away with the lead, cloaely followed by Maid of Honour, the reßt stringing out. These two horßes raced well togethei with a good lead until coming into the straight, when the field eloped up. A good contest ensued between Maid of Honour and Ratcatcher, and after a struggle home, Laiug brought the mare in a winner by about a length ; Soukar third, with Looh Lomond on bis quarters. Time, lmin. 15 sec. After weighing -in the winner was cheered. Mr Vallauoe had declared to win with Vampire, and Mr Walters with Grand Duchess. At the finish Golden Crown was quite out of it, with Pisoatorious in company. Ratcatcher carried 21b overweight. ELLERSLIE PLATE, Of 100 soya ; second horse 20 soys out of the stakes. Mr Prince's Hilarious .. .. •• 1 Mr Leonard's Kenilworth .. .. •• « Mr Smith's Tim Whiffler .. .. .. o Betting : 3t02 on Hilarious. Prinoe Charlie, Woolbroker, and Moonshine also ran. _ •• i . • iv. The Btarfc was bad, Woolbroker being left on the ptst Hilarious got away with a toad, which the result proved him quite independent of. Prince Cbarlie followed Hilarious pretty closely from the starting- poat, Kenilworth lying third. Entering the straight, Kenil worth gnot past Prince Charlie, but could n»t get on terms with the favourite. Tim Whiffler came up to tbe mure with Leonard's colt, and between the two tbere was a grand fight for second place. The Southern horae was never asked to go into anything more than a canter. Time, 1 mm 12 sec. AUTUMN HANDICAP, Ot 100 soys, with a sweepstake of 3 soys each, the amount accruing from sweepstakes to go to the second horse. .Nomination 2 soys, and acceptance 3 soys to the funds. Distance, two miles. Mr James Hunt's br g Yatapa, 6 yrs . . • • 1 Mr W. Walters' br c Libeller, 3 yrs .. -.2 Mr S. Horsfall's b e King Quail, 4 yrs .. ..3 HANDICAP HURDLE RACE. Mr R. M'lvor's g h Grey Momus, aged . . . . 1 Harkaway .. •• •• •• ; Harold.. •• •• •■ •• 8 Second Day.— Fbiday, Apeil 23sd. The racßß wera well attended, several hundred more perscnß being present. Among those present were the Hon. Mtssrs Oliver, Whitaker, and Bryce, the latter accompanied by Mr Sbeeban. Two totalisators wcrd seized by the police, and four men concerned in their working were atrestcd. The following are the events : — FLYING STAKES, Of 40 soys. Distance three-quarters of a mile. Mr Prince's Hilarious .. .• •• 1 MrJ. Smith's Ratcatcher .. .. -.2 Mr Walters' Billingsgate .. .. -.3 Confident, Soukar, Loch Lomond, Bon Accord, Fraud, Duchess, and Kenilworth were scratched. Saunterer and Tim Whiffler also ran. Betting : Even on Hilarious, 3 to 1 against any other. Hilarious and Billingsgate went away with the lead, and raced together into the cutting, Ratcatcher and Saunterer running abreast about a length behind. In the hollow Tim Whiffler began to go up fast, ard Saunterer also ran up with him, but dropped back to last horae in a hundred yards or so, Hilarious and Mr Walters' colt ran neck and neck into the (straight, under Eevere whipping. The Southern colt, however, came op undar the whip in such magnificent style that, though French was particularly busy on the colt, Hilarious took the lead to the judge's box. At the finish Ratcatcher came up with a rush, and beat Billingsgate on the post by a head for second. Time, 1 mm.' 19 sec. HANDICAP STEEPLECHASE, Of 100 soys. Distance, three and a-half miles. Mr W. Douglas' Baron . . . . . . 1 Mr W. D. Rutherford's Sportsman . . . . 2 Mr M'lvor's Grey Momus .. .. ..3 Eversley and Loch Lomond were scratched. Jonathan Wild, Young Sledmere, and No Name also ran. Grey Momus was the favourite. Betting : 6t04 on tbe field, 3to 1 Baron and Sportsman, 5 and 6 to 1 tie others. Tbf Baron rushed off at the start, and was first over the hurdles constituting the double jump, but round the second hurdle M'Gee's colours were then seen going over the douHle jump, Grey Momns following at No Name's heels. The water- jump came third, consisting of a postandrail and 12 foot ditch. No Name led over tbese, accompanied by > Grey with Momus, Sportmnanj third. In thi-j order the fourth jump waa taken* over a fourfoot wall in a green lane ; the fifth out of tbe lane over a Btone wall into a garden. H^re Momus refused to jump, and stopped. No Name still showed signs of readiness after taking the sixth jump out of the garden over the fence into Smith's paddock. Sportsman took the lead over a stone wall out of the paddock into Renily's; the Baron followed, a cuuple of lengths behind, the rest swarming up in a clus'er, with the exception of tho grey. The eighth jump, over a ditch and furze, was taken by all. The ninth jump, out of Renilv'sinto EadeV paddock, was negotiated by all. At tbe tenth jump, out of Eado's paddock into tbe greeii lan?, Baron was second, Grey Momus coming up fast. Th« eleventh jump was taken first by Grey Momus, Sportsman and Baron following Tho Welf in jump,j ump, post-and-rail and ditch, in PeacW a gmuuds, and tho thirteenth jump at the hill top, wtre safely got over by all, and brought the horses into the triangular plot which aojojns the groat ohstacle to horses at every steeplechase hero, and which this year again bailed them up. The fourteenth jump was formed by three feet-six poßts arid raite, with flowing ploughed land on tho other side. Th« gray, a length ahead of the fieM, galloped at it, and amid great, txoit- mc-nt, his baulkiug was announced. The Waikato hoiee, Si.ortßnoan, cam? mxt at it an'? bai lker 1 , ar.cl Bnon, a horse which has thu jrepuiatum of never baulking, also threw up his head at d wont j down on Us haunches and "gave it test." -
Jonathan Wild failed, and M'Gee's colours could not surmount the difficulty. Young Sledmere and Harold also baulked. Going into Renily's paddock over the wall, M'Gee's horse fell again, but waited patiently for his rider to remount. Baron got over the jump for the second time at 2, 22 o'clt ck. Tbe fight f or second place was left to nix other horses, as Baron came in a winner at 2.25. Sportpman got over next, Wilson being pitched on his head, but remounted, and finished second, and Grey Momus third. ST. GEORGE'S HANDICAP, Of 100 soys. Distance, one and a-half milo. Mr Horsfall's King Quail .. .. •• 1 Mr A. J. Keith's Soukar .. .. •• 2 Mr Butler's Laertes . . ■ • • • 3 Eesolution waa scratched. Vampire, Libeller, Yatapa, Malvern, Harry Mount, and Xantippe also ran. Bettinp : 3 to 1 apainst Libeller, Vampire, and Soukar ; 2to 1 Harry Mount ; 3to 1 Laertes, Yatara, and King Quail ; 4to 1 Malvern ; 10 to 1 Xantippe. This was really a crand race— the race of the meeting, in fact. Out of 10 entries nnly one declined to meet his engagement, and that was Resolution. The othv-r nine faced the flag. The ptart was a difficult one, and there were three falee issues before the flag was droppod, and then Libeller and Yatapa raced together for first position. Libeller held the lead well up to the straight, where he tired, and Soukar and King Quail came up. King Quail made a grand finish, winning cleverly. Liboller finished fourth. Tim<\ 2 rnin. 44 sec. SELLING RACE, Of 30 soys. Mr K. H. Vallance's Saunterer . . . . 1 Mr George's Confident . . . . "2 Barney, Numa, Magician, Bon Accord, and Pacific also staited. This race was well contested and cleverly won. Saunterer led from the niarfc, and won by a length. Time, 2 mm. 18£ sec. Ghillie Callum and Luna were scratched. THE SHORTS, A handicap of 50 soys. One mile and 240 yards. Mr Keith's Soukar.. .. -..1 Mr Walters' Grand Duchess .. ..2 Mr Smith's Maid of Honour .. ..3 Ratcatcher, Yatapa, and Lech LomoDd also started. There were only three named in the bettmg. Maid of Honour was the favourite, her performance on tbe previous day making her popnlar. Soukar had also friends, and Rat catcher was well backed. The start was pood. Maid of Honour, Ratcatcher, and Loch Lomond went away, and at the back of the course Maid of Honour had receded to third position, and at the cuttiag Grand Duchees made her way to the front. A splendid race ensued betvpp«n Soukar and Grand Duohess. Libeller and Vampire wf re scratched, CONSOLATION HANDICAP, Of 20 soys. Distance 1 mile. Libeller (7st 101b) .. .. ..1 Loch Lomond (7st 21b) . . . . 2 Golden Crown (6st 71b) . . ' . . 3 Barney, Laertes, Xantippe, and Bon Accord started. This was a really good i ace. Loch Lomond led for Borne time, but Libeller came up at the stand and won by two lengths.
AUSTRALIAN. Sam Haynes, the New Zealand trainer whose successes with Mr Delamain'a string of hordes five years ago will be well remembered, has left Tasmania for Victoria, and will shortly take charge of a string of horses at Caulfield The hurdle rujer Joe Thompson broke bis baok recently while being schooled over hurdles at Ballarat. - . " Augur " give's currency to tbe ext raordinary rumor that Mr W. J. Clarke has seated that Petrea shall race no more, but will be used by Mrs Clarke as a hack. Mr E. Weeks has pnrohased Woodlands, Lowlander, and Blackthorn for India. The bookmaker who went broke over tbe A.J.O. Autumn meeting proves to be Mr J. Silberberg, and he having assigned his estate, which is estimated to pay 15s in the pound, hi-j horses were sold off. Alpaca, dam of Woodlands, was purohased by the Hon. J. White for 525 guioeas. The Champion Stakes of 1000 aovs appears as usual in the programme for the V.RC Midsummer mcc ing. Two of Mr t/hirneide's steeplechasers, Skyscraper and Melbourne, have Btarted this season's racing in England about as badly as they wound up the last. At Doncaster, Skyscraper was made a favourite, but he ran through a fence and came to grief, while Melbourne started in a race with odds of 9 to 4 bet on him, and could only get second. Tbe Victoria Racing Club have endorsed the disqualification passed on Sam Davis by the A.J.C. at the late meeting, ao that he will not be able to iide until January next at any of the great meetings, The yearling brother to Chester, by Yattenden — Lady Chester, has been bought by the Hon. James Whi c for 1000 guineas. The lion. W. Busby has bought First Lord for 300 guineas. Considerable dissatisfaction is felt concerning the '•"iiilt of the recent meeting of members of the V R.O , when resolutions were carried in favour of continuiuK the New Tear's Day raoes and of legalising the totalisator. Many letters on the subject appear in the Melbourne papers, and the complaint is made in several that the matters had not been beforehapd sufficiently laid before members, ouly one tenth of whom were present. It is in many quarters believed that by sending circulara to every member a different vote would be arrived at. The Bill for the Suppression of Belting has passed its second redding in the New South Wales Legislative Council, At tbe Victoria Amateur Turf Club races on April 17th, the Hurdle E, ice of 50 soys wag won by Mr E. Gough's Veno (9at 131b), beating seven others ; tho Open Steeplech ise of 100 soys by Mr J. A. Webster's Quamby (9al), from four others ; the Caulfiwld Cup of 100 soys by Mr T.Jones' Tom^ Kirk (Bst 31b), behind whom were a good field, deluding Timothy, Tidal Wave, and His Grace ; the Welter Steeplechase of 100 soys by Mr F. Mann's Midnight. BNGIISH A-DFOSBIGN.. The stallion Birdbill by Birdcafcber— Polly Johnson's dam, dif d in February, aged twentytwo. During hie raciug career ho was owned by the Duke of Beauford, and amongst other good stakes he won the Steward's Cup and the Chiohester S'akes at Goodwood. Robert I'A.neon, son of Mr W. I'Anson, died recently at the age of forty.five. He rode the celebrated mare Blink Bonny for her two-year old races, and also for tho One Thousand Guineas, while be assisted in training her for tho Oaks and Derby. Count Feetetics was to be married in March to Lady Mary Hamilton, aister of the Duke or Hamilton. Mr Ellington has purchased the whole of Sir George Chetwynd^ stud. Piior to ruuuiug ia the Croydon United KiDg- i di>m Steeplechase on March 3rd, Latchkey was pm^hnsed for Mr .Tmies Gordon Bi'rue't for £1100, and ho was only beaten by MrJ "Brodie'd 1 Militant by a htad. Ibe American geutlenien's horsea in England are to be managed by Sir ]
William Call and trained by Golding at Newmarket.
On March 6th the favourite for the Two Thousand Guiceas Stake was Prince FSollykofE's Mask, who stood at 3to 1. B'or the Dtrby, the most fancied was the Duke of Wes'ininsfcer'a Bend Or, at sto 1 ; and next to him came Robert the Devil at 100 to 15. Beaudesert 8 to 1, the Mineral colt 1000 to 60, and Proctor 1000 to 20.
The American horse Spendthrift broke down lately in a strong gallop. Spendthrift, who is by Australian, proved himself if not the best, the second be&t three year-old in his native land last year, andhad been sent to England by Mr Lorillard to do battle for the States on the Bri tkh turf during the approaching racing season. Reports come from America of the death of the entire horse Bonnie Scotland, who was Bent to that country in 1857. He was bred be Mr I'Anson in 1853, and was by lago from Queen Mary, the dam of Blink Bonny. The first race hi" 1 started for was the Liverpool St. Leger of 1856, which he won, at>d afterwards he only ran thrice more, getting fourth to Fuzzoletto for tbe Great Yorkshire Stake?, running a dead heat for second place with Artillery for the Doncaster St Leger, won by Warlock, and wiuning the Doncaster Stakes. At the stud he was a fair success in America, and last year he was third on the list of winning sires, his stock havinjr won seventy six races. At Derby, oh March Bth, tbe principle steeple chase was won by Mr T. Wi'kinson's Truth. The Bristol Royal Steeplechase Handicao of 200 sovp, run on March 11, was won by Lord Wolverton's Weathercock (lOst 121b), boating Ignition (lOat 61b), and others. RACING IN ENGLAND. CROYDON. Mabch 2nd and 3rd. the united kwgdom stjfceple-chask HANDICAP, Of 10 fovß encb, with 200 added ', winners extra ; sfcond receives 50 &ovfl. About three miles. 13 subi. Mr J Brodie'a br jr Militant, by Adventurer -Millintr, 6 yrs, J Ist 1 2 b . . . . (It I' » n«on) 1 Mr J Gordon Bonnett's Latchkey, 6 yrs, 11s 0 b (Leviit) 2 Sir W Throckmorton'a Burley, 6 yr?, list 71b (inc. 1211) extra) .. .. (J M*nh) 8 Mr JHeff>rd's Verity, Pged, list .. (Viney) 0 Mr Vyner's Eetlritiger, uged, lOat 9 b (Capt Smith) 0 Bettiug : 6to 4 agst Latohkey, 3 to 1 agst Militant, 7 to 2 a«st Burley, 7 to 1 agst Bellringer, and 10 to 1 agat Verity. Burley made play, followed by Militant and Bellringer, Latchkey bringing up the rear to the farm-house, when Burley assumed a clear lead, and Latchkey drew into second place, this order being maintained to the stand water, over whioh Latchkey landed side by side wish Burley, the pair being just in front of Veiity and Bellringer. After leaving the farm-house the pace was materially improved, and a mile from home the favourite took up the running, followed by Burley, Bsllringer, ond Verity, the lot keeping very close order until coming to the last fenoe, when Latchkey was joined by Militant, and^ a very fine race between the pair resulted in favour of the latter by a head; a bad third; Bellringer was fourth, THE GKAND INTERNATIDVAL* HUBDLE RACE HaiSPIQAP, Of 26 soya each, 10 ft. with 600 added ; winners extra ; fecond received 60 soys. About two miles and a quarter. SO subs. Mr L de Rothschild's br c Thornfield, by Favonius -Juliana, 4 yr«. lOst 121b .. (R Marsh) 1 Mr Vyu.r'a eh c Fabiw. 4, yrs, lOst 3>b (Capt Smith) 2 Mr H HaL'a b g Tentergate, need, lOat 3tb (G Waddirgton) 3 Mr J A Cass'dj's Venice, 6 yrs, 12>.t 4!b ( oucie) 0 Captain MachelJ's Advance, aged, l-'sfc 31h (J Cannon) 0 Mr F Gretton's Harbincer 6 yrs. list 2.h (Jswitt) 0 Sir W Thioakmorton's Opi'pouax, syrn, 10't 111b (X lA eon) 0 MrS We^firn'a Nutrfi-et, 5 yr?, lOst 111b (J Matsh) 0 Mr T Stone'a Northumbrian, oged, 10 1 6H> (JPottor) 0 Betting at tbe start : 6 to 4 agst, Thornfield, 5 to 1 Fabins, 7 to 1 Harbinger, 8 to 1 Tenter10 to 1 Advance, 10 to 1 Opoponax, 100 to 8 Venice. THE RACE. Approaching the Farm-house Tentergate held a clear advantage, and soon afterwards F>ibius took second place, , Thornfield being third, with Nugget and Harbinger in his immediate company. Tn descending the hill Harbinger took second place, Fabiua and Thornfield going on next, with Advance at the head of the others until five furlongs from home, when Fabius dropped back, and the favourite took third place Bgain. Hnlf a mile from home Venice slipped up ond blundered through the hurdles. At the came time Thornfield on the outside came past Harbinger, and Advance drew into fourth place. Falnus heading tho remainder. When fail ly in the line for home Tentergate was done with, and dropping back left Thornfield in front of Harbinger and Advance, Fabius being moat prominent of the others. The three leaders charged the last flight of hurdles almost abreast, but the favourite always held a slight advantage, and immediately upon landing on terra firma he assumed a clear lead. At the foot of the hill Fabius passed Harbinger and Advance agiin, but he could not get on terms with Thornfield, who maintained his advantage to the end, and won by half a dozen lengths ; a bad third j Harbinger was fourth, Advance fifth, Opoponax and Nugget next, and Venice pulled up last, very lame. Timo, by Betieon'a chronograph, 4 mm. 51 seo. Value of the stakes, £947. LIVERPOOL SPRING. March 18th and 19th. the liverpool spring cup, Of 600 soys, added to a sweep of 20 soya each. Ona mile and a quarter. Forty-five nominations Capt. Machell'H b g Advance, by Speoulura—Proeress, 9cerJ. S^ 4'b «■» .. •. •■ I Mr P Lorillerci'.s r> h Pjrole, by L Miuingtoii— Maidan, aged, Ost sb .. .. .Mi y > Parole came in first, but was declared distanced on account of a cross. It will be remembered that this American horse began last sea son well by securing the Newmarket Hjndicnp, City and Surbuvban Handicap, Great Metropolitan Stakes, Great Cheshire flindicap and Epsom Gold Cup; but afterwards rVll off greatly. Advance has won eeveral goodiaces duiing Hs career. ORiND NATIONAL STEEPLECHASE, Of 800 sivh i-VcM to a iwcor.stake of 55 soya enh. Abom four miles and a half. Fifty-suven nominations!. Mr V Diicrot's eh m Empress by Blood Hiyal— J> u dfs Mots, sya 10st7li> .. •• •• 1 MiOMioif'a l.rg 'Mi ÜbtriW. by Uan O'Con«eU—Mary (.'Tocle a ed, 12-t7lb .. .. 2 Col Lloyd's uh <t r b Dow > patnck, t'y Mißttr Brgot -Lady'WMdo, Cyrc, iO- 710. .. ■■ 3 Fourteen homes Btarted. The winner had never before secured a stake exceeding 100 eovs in value. Tho Liberator ia, however, a swlMcnuwu performer, he having , won the'Oi and N.iti nnl 1 'ft year with list 41b up, and i;iu 'liini in fho 'liifdcwu I'mk Grand Jntfii-jaii-i.il M.'epl-ilnde (12st 71b) behind Jackal and Ai.u lull iNViI Pownpitrielr, ns v, furf >ur year o d w.u si sti epbchaso and a liurd'e j race at Dublin, bufc scored no wine last year . also. , '
NEWMARKET CRAVEN. April 14th. THE NEWMARKET HANDICAP, Of 300 Bova addad to a sweep-take ol 16 soys each. One mile and a half. Forty-two nominations. Mr P LorlUnrd'a b o Wallenstein, by Waverley— L idy WaDermtoin, 3 yre, 6jt 5 0 1 The Australasian of the 17th insfc. states that Wallenßtein won this race, but as no cablegram to that tffect appears in its columns, this news require? confirmation. COURSING. NORTH OTAGO COURSING MEETING. The programme of the North Otago Coursing Club is perhaps the most acceptable one which the patrons of couising have had laid before them in this district. The tediousness which characterised the Waterloo meeting last year (says the North Otago Times) is rendered impossible by leaving in the programme only those events which can be ran through comfortably and expeditiously. The programme includes a Vicepresident's Plate for 16 dogs, at £4 eauh ; the Members' Plate, for an unlimited number of dogs, at £5 each ; and the President's Cup, for 32 dogs, at £5 each. The dates of entries, &c. will be found in another column. The programme is exclusive of the Puppy Stakes, which are to be disposed of on the sth of May and following days. Haro9 are numerous this year, and both visitors and owners of dogs aro promised genuine sport. The events should fill well, as the amount of entrance-money is bmall, and the prizes beyond the subscribed amount are of considerable value. 1 ii i i . ".".I. r ~i
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NOTES BY BEACON., Otago Witness, Issue 1485, 1 May 1880
NOTES BY BEACON. Otago Witness, Issue 1485, 1 May 1880
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