The following further scratchings for the Melbourne Cup have been posted : — St. Albans, Little Jack, Comet, Ad Valorem, Buttercup, Country Squire, Duchess of Albany, Jack of Clubs, Joan, Mentmore, Merman, Morceau, The Beau, Too Too, The Plunger, Lord Clifden, Aberfoyle, Glencoe, Goldfinder, Hesperian, and Palarenda. The death of the Hon. E. K. Cox is thus referred to by "Augur " in the Australasian :—: — "It is with sincere regret that I have to announce the death of the Hon. E. K. Cox, one of the leading breeders of Australia, and a thorough Bportsman. The deceased gentleman had for some time been a martyr to rheumatic gout, and on Tuesday last (24th ult.) he was at Penrith, but at midday returned home complaining of severe spasms in the vicinity of the heart. He was compelled to take to his bed, and on Wednesday morning the attack terminated fatally. Mr Cox was best known on the turf as the owner of the great sire Yattendon and the breeder of the cracks Chester, Grand Flaneur, Habena, and Narina. He was passionately fond of sport, and a liberal supporter of the turf. During the last year of his life ka gained the most important triumphs that ever tell lo his colours, the beautiful Narina carrying the scarlet and blue to victory in tho Maribyrnong Plate, and the magnificent Darebin carrying 9st 81b home in front in the Sydney Cup j and I fancy I now see the Fernhill Btudmaster shying his hat in the air as the grand-looking son of Lurline wore down the light-weights and beat them home. Only a few days ago I received a letter from him telling me how much Darebin had improved, and what a priceless value he set upon him.' His great ambition was to see the stock of Darebin and his Yattendon mares figuring on the turf ; but, alas ! the great old acythebearer, who handicaps us all, has cut him down ere his hopes can be realised." Mr Henry Phillips has disposed of his colt Exminster, by Newminster from Evening Star, to a Queensland purchaser, who gave 1000 guineas for the youngster. Exminster is half-brother to Commotion, and is engaged in the Maribyrnong Plate and other good things of the V.R.C. Charley Bannermann— an eratwhile wielder of the willow, but who now uses a still lighter piece of wood for "a bit of pencilling" — has been handling the sculls in a match on the Parramatta river, and rode a desperate race, though getting beaten. A telegram from Sydney mentions that three blood mares, purchased in England by Mr W. A. Long, have safely arrived by the Aberdeen clipper Patriarch. Mr Henry Phillips' valuable mare Adelaide —undoubtedly the beßt female descendant of Panic — recently broke her leg, and had to be destroyed. The loss is almost an irreparable one, for the progeny of a V.R.C. St. Leger winner must always have fetched a tip-top price. "Asmodeus," writing in the Leader, likeß the following for the Melbourne Cvp :— Stockwell, Cunnaraulla, Archie, Britisher, Nicholas, Off Colour, Waterloo, Dirk Hatteraick, Jessie, Santa Claus, Copra, Malua, Lesbia, Linda, Eva, and Bordeaux. Latest quotations are as under : — HAWKESBURY HA^DiOAP. 1 0 1 to 10 agst Morpeth 100 to 7 »gst Caraetaous 1 00 10 Fore-t King 100 — 7 Sardonj x 100 — 10 Cuunamulla. a.J.C. DERBY. 7 to 4 agst Warwick 6 to 1 atfst Aberfoyle 3 — 1 Martini Henri. GREAT METROPOLITAN STAKES. VO tn 6 ajrs' Sweet William 100 to 6 agst Segenhoe 100—6 Cunnami lla 100 — 5 Pell Mell. MARIBYRNONG PLATE. 100 — 12 — - Second King 100 to 10 agst Superba. V.R.C. DERBY. 1000 to 250 agst Warwick lOOf) to 150 Martini-Henri 1000 — *60 Off Colour UOO — 150 Archie. MELBOURNE CUP.
Forty-three horses remain in for the Great Metropolitan Stakes, to be run for on September 4th.
Australians are wont to pride themselves, says " Augur," upon the fact that, gauged by the time-tetst, Colonial horses can gallop as fast and a little faster than English thoroughbreds. A glance at the reports of the Ascot meeting, however, will give rather a severe shock to these opinions. The ground happened to be very hard, and some of the records made were remarkable, provided of course that they can be accepted as thoroughly reliable. In the Prince of Wales Stakes, for three-year-olds, one mile and five furlongs, Galliard carried 9st lib, and did the distance in 2 mm. 52 3 sth sec. Tristan carried 9st 121b, and ran the mile and a-balf in the Hardwicke Stakes " in 2 mm. 37 sec. Faugh-a-Ballagh, a four year-old, carried 9dt, and ran his three miles in 5 mm. 24 sec. In the Grand Prix de Paris Frontin and St. Blaise ran the one mile and seven furlongs in 3 mm. 20 sec. In connection with the preceding paragraph I should like to know why English records should not be "accepted as thoroughly reliable," just as Australian records (in the Australasian) are swallowed down as indisputable. I remember that when a little while back some extraordinary records were made at Fleinington the Leader had an article freely admitting that all the fast times were wrong, and stating that everybody could soe that the chronograph was not started till several seconds after the horses wore away. Yet all these apocryphal " records' 1 are quoted by the Australasian as correct, and are pitted against English times.
ioo — 4 agst D. Hatteraiek 100 to 3 axes Off Colour [00 — 4 Ma-tini-HcnrilOO — 3 Wileroo 0(1 — 4 Stock well 100—8 C*ractacus LOO — 3 Cunnamulla IPO — 2 Commotion mo — 3 o>*io!aniiH 100 — 2 Duenna LOO — 3 Kinjr of Vale 100 — 2 Zulu LOO - 3 Prodigal 1 00 — 2 Trump Yobs.
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AUSTRALIAN., Otago Witness, Issue 1655, 11 August 1883
AUSTRALIAN. Otago Witness, Issue 1655, 11 August 1883
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