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SPORTING HEWS.

FIXTURES. 1885. M-vrch 17. - Wallace C mnt,y An nual. Marcn 17. - Hawke'a Bay Autumn. March 17.— Waverley-Waitotera Autumn. March 17.— Oxford (Canterbury) Annual. March 17.— He.vthcote Autumn. March '7.— Dunstan Autumn. I March 17, 18 — Oamaru Autumn. March 23.— Waikouaitl Annual. March 26, 27.— Nelson Annual. i March 25. — Fginont Annunl. March 27, 28. — Tuvanaki Autumn. April 4, 6.— Auckland Autumn. April 6; 7. -Canterbury Auiumn. Apsil J.7.— Tural-.ina Annual. April 16, 17.-Timaru Autumn. . ■ April 23, 24.— Tokomairiro Annual. May 1, 2.— Wellington K.C. Autumn. May 6, 6.— Garaldino Autumn M*y 25.- Grand National Steeplechases (^hriatchucch). ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. Long Jump, Glenorchy.— .T. Howard, of Bradford, who jumped 29ft 7in, on Miy 8, 1554, at thu Cho3ter racecourse. He taok off frcin ii wedge-shaped block of wood and with a 51b dumb-boll in each baud. WJ. F.— W. Mitheßon threw tho 161b' hammer 139(t lin at ths Lmncdin Caledonian Sports of January 1884. NOTES BY BEACON. The Colonial record for three miles could evidently have been easily beaten by Commotion on Saturday last, when he won the Champion Race by ten lengths in 5 mm. 26.^ sec, or only half a second longer time than his and First King's previous records of 5 mm. 26 ccc. The English record for the distance is 5 mm, 21 sec. In connection with the Champion Race, I may note that our Sydney correspondent " Warrior " gave a very good tip for it. WritiDg before Malua had broken down, and before Silver King had shown his form in the St. Leger, he placed the horses thus : Commotion or Silver King, 1 ; Malua, 2 ; David, 3. Malua did not start, but the three others ran first, third, and second respectively. Commotion has won the Champion Race twice, run second once, and third once. In his review of the Dunedin race meeting "Senex" writes: "It has become a conventional term amongst sporting scribes to declare a race meeting an unqualified success, and the term carries such a degree of excellence with it that it is difficult to improve upon it when the occasion requires. All I can say is that the Dunedin meeting last week most completely knocked into a cocked hat every other such gathering I have previously attended in New Zealand. The attendance on the Cup day numbered some 12,000 to 14,000 visitors, and on the other two days it must have averaged fully 80'jO." Among the many visitors from foreign parts who weiQ present at our recent rac9 meeting was Mr Richard Goldsbrough, a Victorian gentleman who ha 3 from the early tims 3 taken great interest in sporting matters across the water. He was well pleased with the sport afforded him here, and had his first opportunity of seeing the totaliaator in full operation. A meeting of stewards of the Dunedin Jockey Club was held on Saturday_ evening. Present : Mr Horace Easting 3 (president, in the chair), Hon. G. M'Lean, Messrs Hazlett, Meenan, Dowse, Cook, Coughtrey, Fagan, and Fleming. It was resolved that fcha proceeds of tho Totalizator Banevolent Gift Race be made up from £90 odd to £100 and presented to the Benevolent Institution. It v/as also resolved that the stewards express their approval of the efficient manner ia which the Club's tofcalisators have been worked by Meaars Mason and Roberts. People who invest regularly in " consul ta tions" are sometimes subject to extraordinary runs of good or bad luck. An instanco of the former description occurred over a sweep on the Dunedin Cup, in which a burly brewer, who had throe consecutive tickets, actually drew a horse with every one of them. His luck was undoubtedly in, but unfortunately the consultation did not have anything like the full number of subscribers ; consequently his winnings did not amount to an enormous sum. The Oamaru Handicaps appeared in our issue of last week without the name "Oamaru" appearing in connection with them. Accepi tances for the same are duo to-day (Saturday), i when owners have to pay up for the Hurdle Handicap, of 30 sovb ; St Patrick's Handicap, of 75 soys ; Trotting Handicap, of 30 soys ; and Stewards' Handicap, of 40 eovs. Entries are due at the same time for the Maiden Plate, of 30 soys ; Novel Handicap, of 30 sovb ; and Counties All-aged Handicap, of 30 soys ; also for the Oamaru Derby and Champagne Stakes of next season. As I have to write a tip before the acceptances appear, I am not particularly ' sangulno of being very succeßsful ; still I give my impressions as to those races for which the weights have been issued. The Hurdlo Handicap should ba won by Moody, if he starts ; if not, by Trapper. Iv tho Trot, I like Win -if- 1Cau, Pretty Jane, Luuatic, and Boila, in the order named. Tho St. Patrick's Handicap should be woll within Captain Webster's compass, and next to him I like the eJiow of Pi incoss Royal and Blackboy. Tho Stewards' Handicap includes a number of horses that are engaged in the bigger race, and it in therefore a very open affair at present ; but I prefer Mokarakara for it. Last week's meeting of the Palmerston and Shag "Valley Racing Club was doubtless the most successful hold in that district for many years, the weather being lovely and the racing good from beginning to end. There was a capital attendance, and Messrs Mason and Roberts put the sum of £1019 through their totalisator. A detailed account of the racing appears in this issue. The hard-working secretary and the (stewards did their best to ensure the success of the gathering, and it ia gratifying to know that their efforts met with the due reward. The Hurdle Race opened the proceedings, and was the medium for giving ths knowing ones a great knock, the despised outsider, Popping Tom, upsetting the "moral" Trapper. The Maiden Plate had a capital field of seven, and a warm favourite waß fouud in Civis, presumably natr.ed thus out of compliment to a contributor to the Witness. The popular fancy justified to a certain extent the support accorded him, but be was fairly beaten in the run home by Sweetbriar. The Cup was looked upon aa another certainty for Jimmy Cotton and Adamant, but, whether he could not act in tho ground, or had not'recovered his mishap at the Dunedin meeting, he succumbed somewhat easily to Mokarakara. In tho Trotting Raca Black Tartar proved to have been vory propofly allotted the post of honour, for ho won fiom scratch in capital style, Wallace using tbn only ono that was noar him at tho finish. Veronicn was most in demand tor the District Handicap, and she ran » good mare, but Skipper proved a bit too good for her. Tiger, wbo had ohapod very woll in the Mciden Plate, had several friends for this handicap ; but he ruined any shew he might hava had by getting away before tho start nnd bolting over a milo before ho cuuld ho ptillrd up. By Furtrader'a win in the Shag Valley Handicap, Mr Shsrwin pulled olf the double, but hi 3 oecond victory was certainly due in a great measure to tbo plucky and determined riding of hi 3 jockay, who bteored round tho occasionally sharp turns in the most daring fashion,

and without losing a foot of ground. Trapp3r ran very gamely in this race, being under the whip for a great part of the journey, and yet finishing a good second. Tichborne, however, cut a very sorry figure. Gamecock's win in the Novel Race was about the easiest of the day, for he lod all the way ; and Trapper got a turn at last in the Consolation Stakes. The Referee, in commenting on the Dunedin meeting, « says of the Forbury course : "That open ditch still remains a bugoaar on tha course, and whon some day there has been a terrible accident, the Club will perhaps see the desirability of obviating the repetition of such an occurrence by fencing the track right round." Really, Christchurch writers seem at their wits' end to discover something to find fault with in connection with racing in Duccdin ! That dreadfnl " bugbear " of a ditch, with its risk of " terrible accident," has been in stalu quo for a matter of 15 years without the slightest injury to horse or rider being caused by it. To hear some people talk, one would imagine that the horsoß bad to run along the brink of the drain, whereas they are 2ft or 3ft fromit'3 edge, the ground sloping very gradually down from tho track to it. A member of the Jockey Club was dilating the other day on the grand race between Tasman, Sou'-westor, and Captain Webster, in the J.C. Handicap, and, though his memory Bhould have served him bo'cter, described it as the closest finish ever seen on the Forbury course. This being questioned by one of the company, he made a wager to tjjiat effect, and quickly collapsed on being reminded of the dead heat of three horses — Huntingdon, Sir William, and Little Fraud— in the Selling Race four years ago, _ I would caution those v/ho think of investing in doubles on the Canterbury Derby and New Zealand Cup that they bad better first see a correct list of the entries, for somo of the bookmakers' cards do not contain half of them. Nominations for the Wallace County races have been received as follow :—: — HANDICAP HURDLE SACE. Wr M Sheridan's Mountain Door Mr Bridge's Waitaki Mr Suririan's Cigarette Mr Haynes' Cathedral. WALLACE! COUNTY CUP. Mr Smith's May Boy Mr Smith's Spectator Mr H M'lnt\ i'b'b Sloper Mr Surman'a Cigareti c Mr Bridge's Pathfinder. DISTRICT HANDICAP. Mr Hayes' Padtfy Mr Frasor's Sim Mr Fraeer's .Ladybird. The local papar says that the weights will be announced on Saturday. It is expected that there will be a grand field for the Maiden Plate, as already thore are oipfht horses entered for that evont, all of which ara in active tiaining. General entries close on Monday night next, at 10 o'clock. Ib i 3 also expacted that the Trot and other events will be well contested, so that with an excellent course and s given favourable weather there should be a good day's spori on the 17th. Very bare details of the Tapanui races roaohed uo by telegraph, but from tho Courier I gather that the racing was good, but the attendance poor — tho latter owing to people being busy with the harvast. Messrs Maßon and Roberts put £1800 through tho totalisators, and some good dividends were paid over. The racing opened with the District Hurdle Handicap, of 20 soys, and this Mr H. M'lntyre's Roderick (10-sfc lib) won eaßily, his opponents, Cuddy (103t 7lb) and Tiger (Ssfc 91b), coming to grief. The Tapanui Handicap, of 30 soys, had a field of five horses, of whom Mr J. Stephenson : s Ouida (Bjt 91b) and Mr D. Marvyn's Garibaldi (Sat 51b) ware moat in demand, and they finished first and second respectively ; the beaten horses beicg Rasp (7st 41b), Kuriwao (7st 31b), and Clinkerina (7st 101b). The Maiden Plate, of 15 bovb, was carried off by Mr J. R. Mackenzie's Aichie, defeating six others very easily. The Hack Race was taken by Mr H. M'lntyre's Royalty, who won tha first and third heats, but Reefer, who - won tha second heat, is said to havo boon pulled by Kennedy iv those won by Royalty. The Commercial Travoller3' Purae, of 15 soys, was secured by Messrs Gault and Evana' Cigarette, who beat Garibaldi, Sir Andley, and Rasp. There were 10 sfcarterß for the Trotting Handicap, of ] 5 aovs, which Mr Taggart's Charlie won^from scratch in 8 mm. 48 sec Bob G.iwn (35 sec.) finished second, Sam (85 sec) third. The Benevolent Race was an oasy thing for Mr M'lntyre's Nardoo. On tho socoud day the Hurdle Handicap, of 20 bovb, was taken by Mr J. Draper's Foreman (9at 111b), with Cigarette (lOst 21b) second, Roderick (9at) baulking at the last jump. A Hack Selling Race was won by Mr J. Loang's Darkie, who oa the first heat paid a dividend of £11 10s, and on the second £3 12s. In the J.C. Handicap, of 30 boys, Mr D. Mervyn's Blackboy (B<3t 31b) rather easily disposed of Sir Audley (63t 101b), Clinkorina (6st 31b), Ouida (9at 41b), and Raap (63' c). Mr A. Campbell's Misfortune (6st) beat three others in tha District Handicap, and paid a dividend of £12 ISj. Blackboy (lOsfc 21b) then_ added the Welt or Handicap of 15 soya, to his previous victory, his only opponent being Rasp (Bst 101b) ; and the Consolation Stakes went to Sir Audley (Bst), beating five others. The finale came with tha Hurry Scurry , in which Sam beat eight opponents. A fair amount of businens has been transacted in Dunedin over the Great Autumn Handicap during the week. Trenton has been spotted by the public as one of the good things iv it, and sufficient money haß bqen put on him to make him an equal favourite with Lady Emma. The other horses meeting with substantial support are Nelson, July, Wapiti, and Vanguard. Quotations are as under :—: — GREAT AUTUMN HANDICAP. 100 to IB agst Trenton 100 — 15 - - Lady Emma S— 1 Nelson B—l July 10— 1 Wapiti, 10—1 Vanguard 100 — 8 to 4 the lest. Lower Hawea racas will be held on the 17th insi". For the Heathcote meeting the following acceptances have been received : — HURDLE E\CB. sfc. Ib. 6t. lb. ■Rnvonswood ..12 0 Bordeaux .. 912 I.inwocd ..11 2 Sprcydon Lass .. 9 0 Maiquia .. Vo 12 Polly .. S 12 /•Kirn .. .. 10 0 SI 1 . PATRICK'S HANDICAP. Mp.ta .. ... S) 12 ttavnt'B'vo.d .. 7 4 K'rgfvslt .. 9 6 Oonvndrain „7 4 Mermsul .. 7J2 P.piMjm „ 0 7, Weu Kod.lie .. 7 i Mor . . . . C d time Tnrr. Ccek Robin . . set F..tcr . . 60 eec VUvi .. ..POsec Hob .. ..00,, Miriam .. 25 „ B;o-vn!c .. (SO „ Bil'y .. .. aB „ jrub.l .. .. tiO „ Wtinior . . 'Ib „ Ohsrtiu .. <>0 „ Ra-:d!e .. 5,') „ Curly Kato .. 60 „ Charcoal .. 00 „ The Blenheim correspondent of a Northern paper writes that Mr Henry Redwood will Bead his stud to the haimnqr- on May 1, after which he will take a trip to England, whore ho

'ntends purchasing a few thoroughbreds, which he will bring back with him. Nominations for Roefton Autumn races have been sent in as under :—: — LISTRICT HANDICAP. Mr Richardson's Norfolk Lasa Mr Birton'rf Bawdoi Mr W. Gnohruie's Itosina \ Mr Freelh's Cardigan (lata Hero). AUTUMN HANDICAP. Mr Dnp-gan'ti Lillipie Mr Richardson's Norfolk Lass Mr Barton's Rawdon Mr W. Cochrane'B Roslna Mr Frooth'a Cardigan (late Hero). HURDLE HANDICAP. Comatock LiHipio. Tanabourini Tho Manawatu Racing Club have issued a a programme for a meeting on Easter.Monday to which thoy will give about £250 in stakes, including the Palmor3ton Guineas, a handicap of 100 guiueas, and the Flying Handicap of 40 soys, Feilding races will be also held on Easter Monday, and the programme comprises about I £240, the b9st prizes being the Feilding Handicap of 100 soys, Hurdle Handicap of 40 soys, and Winter Oats Handicap of 30 boys. A wretched report of the Wanganui Autumn has beea forwarded by the Press agent there, but I am able to supply a few additional particulars from files to hand. The weather was not very brilliant, and the attendince was consequently small, but thore was a good deal of speculation, £3243 njCing through the totalisators oa tho first day alone. For tho Derby there wore five starters. Mr P. Butler's Fusilier, by Musket — Yatterina was made a warm favourite, aad justified the confidence reposed inhim by winning rather comfortably in 2 mm. 49 sec. The other runners were Parvenu, by Patriarch — Camellia ; Fay, by Antoros — Hare bell ; Titokowaru, by Dilka — Flora Macdonald ; and Stiletto, by Javelin — Discretion, Tha Hurdle Race (lOat 9lb each) was run through by the five starters without a fault, and was won, after an interesting racß, by Mr D. Scott's Scrutineer by only half a length from Maccaroni. The Druid, Caoutchouc, and True Blue also ran. For the Sapling Stakes Mr Butler's Strenuous, by King of Clubs — Strenua, was made a "moral" of, but he could get no nearer than third behind Mr H. Radwood'B filly Alpine Robo, by Ramarama — Black Robo's dam, and Mr W. Douglas' Bonny Blink, by Cadogan — Titania. Three others started. In tho Wanganui Slakes Handicap there wore half-a dozen competitors, and of these Fusilier (Sst 71b) and Mr Redwood's filly CJogs (7st 9lb) were most fancied. Mr F Hill's JSir Bedevere (7st 101b), however, gave them all their work to do, and eventually split the pair, Fusilier winning from him by only a head, whilo Cloga was close up to Sir Bodevere. The time, 2 mm. 42 2 5 sec, was exceedingly good. Armourer (7sfc 1] lb), A watea (6st), and Ringleader (7st) also ra,u. Mr A. Parsons' Pathfinder won the Maiden Hurdle Raca very oasily ; and the Flying Handicap was won by another hot favourite in Mr Hill's Speculation, battor known under her old name of Hippodamia. She carried Sat 101b, and defeated with e&Ba Okato (63t 121b), Laurel (Bjt 41b), and three others. On the second day Mr JJ. Higgie's Dusk won the Soiling Raca in a common canter from Gipsy and Tally-ho. The Hurdle Handicap supplied another capital race, but the winner again turned up in the favourite, who on this occasion was Mr F. Gentry's Jim (list). Totara (9at) ran second, Maccaroni (lOat 81b) third, and thero were six other starters. After ;i Hack Hurdle Race had boen secured by Loch Lomond, tho event of the meeting came in the Cup race, but the 500 soys offered, unfortunately, did not attract more than seven compotitors. Of these Fusilier (7st 131b) and Captain Russell's mare Leonora (83t 131b) were the favourites ; but both were unable to gain a place. First Sir Bedivere (7st4tb) and then Laonora led, but approaching home both were supplantedby Speculation (7st 81b) and Mr J, Paul's Bayard (7st 21b), and a capital finish betwoon ,this pair ended in a length victory for the mare. The time for_ the two miles and a-quarler was 4 mm.« 17 1-5 sec. ! The Nureery Handicap attracted four starters, and in this Bonny Blink, at a difference of 71b, turned the tables on Alpine Robb (9st) and beat her handsomely, though unexpectedly. Mr D. Campion ran Armourer (Sst 71b) and Laurel (Sst Clb) in the District Handicap, and doclared to win with the former, but La3t Chance, coming with a great run at the finish, the pair had to be ridden out, and curiously enough made a dead heat of it. Armourer afterwards walked over for the stakes. The Consolation Stakes fell to Mr Gentry's filly Fay. Aa usual, I must complain of the abominable manner in which the Wanganui race? are reported in the local Herald. Actually the distance of every race io left out, with the exception of two hack races, which, because of tho least importance, seems to have been specially selected for that distinction. As for such paltry details as the colours of the horses we never expect to_ get them from that quarter, but even their agea and riders are in iv some instances left out. The following acceptances have been received for the Egmont races : — HANDICAP HURDLES. si. lb. at. Ib. Juno .. .. 12 0 Woim (late Pun-Billy-go-by-em .. 10 0 gus).. ..9 9 C.ioutohouc ..10 0 Ocepu .. 810 Wideawake ..10 0 FLYING HANDICAP. Administrator .. 9 8 Lssb Chance ..,6 1? Speculation ..8 9 Okatci.. .. 610 Fusilier . . ..84 Awatea -.60 Danebury .. 7 9 Kitty .. ..8 0 Witiora.. .. 7 7 Lady Florence .. 6 0 RiDglcader ..7 7 EOMONT HANDICAP. Administrator . . 9 2 Buzzird „ 70 Fusilier.. .. 712 L:>rd ofthe hills .. 613 Bjyard .. .. 710 Maid of iSceloston 6 0 Deceive? ..7 8 DISIRICT HANDICAP. Speculation .. 8 2 Losrd of tho Hills 7 0 Bayard .. .. 711 Kavenswood .. 612 Buzz-vrd.. .; 7 7 E^monfi .. 07 Witiora .. ..7 7 Awatere .. 8 0 Riagloider .. 7 7 Maid of Eccleston 6 0 Last Chanco ..7 0 Kitty.. ..6 0 MAIDBN PLATS. Fußiiler Lo Clair Gippy E^mont Mermaid Slilotco. Tho va,cehorse Normanby, with all hire 6ngngeirienls, has benn sold to Sam Powell for £100. "Flaneur" bolioves th.it Mr John Walkor's thoroughbred mare Verbena, by Peter Flat from Stvoetmeat (imp.), is also in tho ninrkofc, and will likoly change hands shortly. She is a grandly-bred mare, aa a roforonco lo her pedigree will show. She has had several foals, but, accident has in several cases prevented her progeny from running, two of her youngsters having been killed, and her last foal, by Nataror, drowned. She is now in foal to Iho same horse agaiu. In the Auckland district, Wade races have been fixed for the 20fch inßt., Kauknpakapa for tho 25th, and Mahurangi for the 27ih. , The following weights for the Tarp.naki

Autumn meetiug have been declared by Mr Evett :-— JOCKEY CLUB HANDICAP. t-t lb Bt lb Leonora ..9 3 Bayard.. .. 712 tou'-wester „. 812 Tim Whiffler . . 711 .. 8 11* Laurel.. ..7 9 Turquoise .. 810 Armourer .. 7 8 Speculation .. 8 9 Ascot .. ..7 6 Black Uoee .. 8 7 Buzzard .. 7 6 TigiWia .. 8 5 Nornmsby .. 7 3 Fusiiier .. 8 3 Mystery .. 7 0 Hie Dauphin ..8 2 Gent.'o Annie .. 610 Ugly. Buck .. 8 1 Titokowaru ..6 8 Deceiver .. 8 0 Egmont .. 6 0 yir Btdevere .. 7 13 Eidymion .. 6 0 STEEPLECHASE. Maccaroni ..12 7 Marquis ..10 0 Alaric .. .. 12 0 bluebell .. 10 0 Billy-ffo-by-'em ..11 6 Guy Pawkeß ..10 0 ■Julia Ann ..30 7 .Caoutchouc ..10 0 Wideawake ..10 3 Woodlands ..10 0 HANDICAP HURDLES. Maccaroni ..11 7 Guy Fawkca .. 9 0 AJaric .. .. 11 7 ts'uebelt .. 9 0 Billy-go-by-em .. 10 0 Worm .. 9 0 New Year . . 910 Marquis . . 9 0 Julia Ann ..9 7 Su' shine ..9 0 Wideawake .. 9 0 Orepu .. 9 0 Caoutchouc ..9 0 FLYING HANEICAP. Leonora .. 9 4 Ascot _ .. 710 Sou'-westsr .. 9 2 Gabble .. 7 9 Adininiatrator >t , 9 0 Lasts Chance .. 7 2 Tnrquotse .. 813 .. 7 0 Sreculation .. 813 llingleader .. 7 0 ripridia .. 810 Witiora .. (J 10 B'usiliu- ..8 9 Okato „6 5 Uefly Buck .. 8 8 Scotch Mist .. 6 a rhe liauphin .. 8 8 Egmont .. 6 0 Deceiver .. 8 7 Lady Florence .. 6 0 Danebury .. 8 3 M:s9 Puritan .. CO Armonre* „ 8 0 a watea .. 6 0 Tin: Whiffler . . 713 Butcher Boy ..60 Laurel .. 7 12 NEW SOUTH WALES SPORTING NOTES. (By Our Australian Sporting Correspondent, " Warrior.") GENERAL TOPICS. Sydney, March 2. Tha excitement on the New South Wales Association's cricket ground towards the finish of tho match between the combined Australians and that of the English Eleven will not be very easily forgotten. When Shaw's eleven went in for their second innings they bad a big task set before them — 214 runs to win. They commenced badly — three wicketa for 29, four for 59, and five for 61. Australians jubilant. Bates came on the field when the third wicket fell, and as soon as Flowers filled up the vacancy caused by the fall of the fifth wicket the pair set to work in real earnest, and not until 91 appeared on the board were the two separated. The time that Bates and Flowers wera in no lets than two 4's and three 3'a were got in succesuiorj, and tha 81 runs added by them to. the score were got in half an hour. Bead joined Flowers, and then came the excitement spoken of. Head made 11 runs in three hits and Flowers eight. Masßie then changed the bowlers — Horan, Trumble, Spofforth, Evans, Garrett, and Jones, but to no purpose. Runs came quickly, Read knocking the leather all over the field. When 190 showed upon the boards the British spectators yelled vociferously, beaver hats and " mashers " being madly thrown in the air. " Did not the Australian Eleven defeat the All-England Eleven at Lords by undaunted pluck, why not repeat the dose to day ?" argued several wellknown cricketers. "Go it Spofforth," " Keep your pecker up, Trumble," "Nil desperandum, my countrymen." These and similar remarks were uttered by the excited 'spectators. The 11 Demon " answered gamely to his countrymen, and when five runs had been added to tho score, Spofforth cloan bowled Read for a magnificent inninga of 56. Notwithstanding the Englishmen had lost such a good man, nevertheless they were certain of a win. Three wicketa to fall and 20 runs to got appeared ridiculously eaey. Like horseracing, "You never can tell till tho numbers go ap." I don't believe that upon any cricketing field in the world v/as there ever witnessed such splendid bowling and Holding as that of the representatives of Australia at this particular juncture of the game. Every man stood firmly at bis post, determined to do his best for the honour of his country. The eighth man (Attewell) was run out before he had time to score, 8—0—197. Peel then joined Flowers, but did not remain at the wickets long, for after adding three to the Bcore, the South Australian wicketkenper caught him off the Victorian bowler (Trumble). Fourteen runs to win, and the last man in, caused the excitement to be tof a Melbourne Cup stamp. The audience watched every ball delivered with eager eyes. Victory appeared certain for our visitors when Hunter began to score, having made six; but in Spofforth'e next over the Englishmen's hopes were blasted, for Flowers, after contributing a carefully-played 56, drove a ball from the " Demon " right into the hands of Evans at point, thus gaining a victory, the first, for Australia by irix runs, I think, with one or tv/o exceptions, this is the best representative oleven wo have ever had in the field before. On the Hth March the return match of the Combined Eleven will take place, and I am informed that the following gentleman will constitute the Australian Eleven :— Murdoch, M'Donnell, Blackham, Palmer, Spofforth, Alick Bannerman, Jarvis, Tvumble, Massie, Garrett, Evans, and Jones. Horan, who after the late match, must be looked upon aB one of the best cricketers in the polonies (having in the late match taken bix wickets in the first innings of the Englishman for 40 runs, and was top scoror in the second innings), I am sorry to say, will not be able to take part in the match, through business engagements. Victoria iB fast losing it 3 best men. Mr Percy M'Donnell, the best all round cricketer they have, is leaving his native place shortly. He intenda throwing up his position in the Education Department of Victoria and joining the staff of officials connected with the Joint Stock Bank of New South Wales, a building which, when finished, will be one of the most beautiful to be seen in Sydney. Besides M'Donnell, they have already lost the services of George Palmer, the emperor of bowlers, who has gone to Queensland; also, Midwinter and Bonnor. The result of the Beach and Clifford match for the championship of the world will be found at tho end of my latter. CJommotion must be a wonder. Panic, the dofunct sire, certainly got many clinkerß, Wellington and Melbourne for instance, but none like Evening Star's foal. Of the horse* that took part at the V.R.C. spring meeting of 18S1 Commotion was tho only racehorse remaining on the tnrf, Datebin, Somnus, and Sir Modred (New Zealand), Sweatmoat, Woodlands, Segenhoe, Sardonyx, Monmouth, Wellington, Savanaka, Zulu, First Water. Lord Burghley, Wandering Jew, Napper Tandy, Pawnbroker, Wheatear, Odd Trick, Santa Claus.Morpoth, Gipsy Cooper, The Assyrian, Suwarrow, Master Avenol, Trump Yoss, and Martindale having died or retired to the Btud. Navigator, at that time a two-year-o]d, has had a long rest, and Mr Da Mestre intends

running him once or twice more before retiring. Guesswork is not himself, and never will be ; his Champion Race performance with Commotion appears to have knocked all life out of him. The Ozav, who ran second to Zulu in the Blelbourne Cup of the meeting I am epoking about, is still in the land of tho living. Poor old Harry Sollars (Black Harry), the oncefamoui champion boxer, ia now an inmate of tho Melbourae .Benevolent Asylum, and the horse he backed to win the Melbourne Cup (The Czar) for a couple of " caaers " is, like himself, broken down, The Czar having run last in a £10 Belling race at Doucaster (Victoria). Of Dome hundred horsas who ran in 1881 only tho few mentioned remain. Not only baa Commotion outlived the above horses, but those who have defeated him since, namely, MartiDi-Henry, Logrand, The Assyrian, «,ad First Water. liegrand, the champion of champions, has gone the way of all flesh. Since he ran at the Australian Jockey Club autumn meeting last April he has been " under a cloud." His successful trainer, Monaghau, on Mr D. Wallace becoming the new proprietor of Legrand, handed him over to Higginbottom. From that day the bou of Epigram appears to have met with very bad luck, A fortnight ago Higginbottom 'hi;d Legrand in such a forward condition that tho stable backed him to win the Champion Race for a considerable Bum of money. When he left his stables on Tuesday morning- ho looked ".hirnseif again." After going a mile Legrand pulled up, and those that saw him start cay they nev9r saw a horse eulf'r so much. He shook from head to foot, and a veterinary surgeon wa? in attendance. By the time the poor brute reached the stubles Lagrand was so weak that he could scarcely walk off the training track. His owner, who led him home, whisperud to a bystander, " It's all up with my favourite." Legsrand, by Epigram out of Lsgepd, wa3 bred by the late Sir Joshua P. Bell, Queensland. After winning several important events in his own country, as a two-year-old, he journoyed to New South Wales. He achieved a victory in his first attempt — tho Hawkosbury Marea' Produce Stakes, after which he aatonished our folks by winning the Sydney Derby, Craven Plate, and ftandwick Plate in a w.dk. The Quetnßlander was not co successful on his debut in Victoria. He couldn't raise a gallop ia the Melbourne dtaken, Melbourne Cup, or Canterbury Plate, so Monafihan look him back to Sydney, where he had no luck, running nowhere in the Sydney Anniversary Handicap. Mr Wallace having now become the owner of Legrand Monagban brought him back to Melbourne, with tho result that he wen the Geelong Mares' Produce Stakes, ran second and third in the Nowmarket Handicap and Australian Cup, started at 10 to 1 for the 28th Champion Race, and defeated Off Colour, Commotion, Martini - Henry, Navigator, and Iron Hand. After this Legrand finished up a brilliant career by winning the Sydney St Leger, A.J.C. Cumberland Stakes, and the three mile weight-for ago A.J.C. Plate. Legrand seems to have gone all to pieces since he left Monaghan's charge for that of Higginbottom's, notwithstanding the fact that the latter is a very careful trainer. CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD. Tho Beach-Clifford rowing contest came off on the Parramatta champion course on Saturday afternoon, 28th February, and, as> "was expected, resulted in the defeat of Clifford r Owing to the review of the soldiers bound for the Soudan being hold the same afternoon, the apathy evinced by the public, the extremely bad weather, and the stringent measures very properly taken by the Government to allow only one steamer to follow the race instead of a hundred, there could not haye been more than 3000 spectators. Both men appeared at the starting-point at 20 minutes past 4, and shortly afterwards went "off" together by mutualconsent. Tweutyyards fom the start Beach had a little the best of it, but Clifford soon c*amo abreast of him. Both men worked hard for the first quarter of a mile, but Clifford steered all over the river, and the champion, keeping well in to the land, had all the best of it. Al Uhr's Point Beach was leading by two leßgths,both sum rowing 37 strokes. Clifford here nearly mado a fatal niistake, and his boat was itimoat The wind was blowing a stiff broeza, and the water was becoming choppy. The champion reached the mile buoy five lengths in advance of his opponent, the distance travelled occupying 7 mm. 40 sec. Putney Point was passed by the men in 12 mm. 10 sec, their friends o&eering them. At this point (one mile and a-half from tho atari) Clifford shook himself up, and greatly decreased the lead held by Beach, who appeared to bo " playing with his man." Breakfast Point was reached in 13 mm. 45 scsc, Clifford rowing 30 strokes to his opponents 28. Thero is no mistake about it, Clifford did put on a spurt on at this particular place, and came up to within half a length of the champion. lam confidant Beach allowed him to do this, for all at once he opened his Bhouldexa aud suddenly Bhot away from all danger, leading at Cabarita ! by two lengths (18 mits. 55 sec. from tha start). From Ono Many Whaif tho i v.) was never in doubt, and pulliug easily, Bmich uaHsed tho winning-post by a clear length, pulling up wi fresh as a two year-old. Time. 2G mm 1 \ «cc. From what I witnessed r-n Saturday,"! am of opinion that Beach wiU U;;L Hanlan. RACING IN SEW ZEALAND. PALMERSTON RACES. Friday., Makch 6. The weather was spleudid oa Friday for tho race-meeting at Palmorßton, and the largo muster of people were provided with a very enjoyable day's sport. The following are the results of the various events :—: — HURDUS lUCfI, Of &0 eovs. Two lEilcs. Mr J Laverty's Peeping Tom, Bbl 7b . . (\1 Allan) 1 'Mr J Kenyon'a Trapper, 10=t i»lb .. (J Cofiron) 3 Mr J Poole's Bothwell, Bat 121b (carried B*b 31b) (Owner) 3 Betting : 2tol on Trapper. Peepirjg Tom led from the start, but Trapper was at his girths at a mile. The latter, however, could never quite get up to the outsider, who won, after a fine fhiish, by half a length, Bothwell tailed off in the last half-mile. Time, 4 mm, 5 ccc. Dividend, £6 18s. MAIDEN PLATE, Of 20 soya One and a-half mile. Mr W G Swell's Swentbriar, Qst lib . . (W Smith) 1 Mr R Haley's Civiß, Bat .. .. (w Johnp) 2 Mr H Eleton's Tiger, 9at .. .. (RHinis) 3 Mr D F M'Kay's Zoalau, Oat lib (carried 9it 61b) ' ' (A M'Kay) 0 Mr J Laverty'a Beeswing, Qafc 31b .. (M Aliau) 0 Mr E Puddy'e Little Jean, 9 t lib . . (J'Ootton) 0 Mr J Qillespie'a Norman, Bst lllb . . (Shaip) 0 Betting: 2 to 1 on the field, Civls being xn6st fancied at that price. '' fSweetbriar cut out the running, with Tiger close at hand, and the pair held the lead for over a milo. Civis then came with a great run and Bupplanted Tiger, but could never get near Sweetbriar, who won hands down by four lengths. Tiger was a fair third. Time, 2 mm, 56 sec. Dividend, &i 38,33 8 ,3

PALMFRSTON CUP HANDICAP, Of 50 uovs. Two miles. Mr M Sherwin's Jtfokarakara. Bst Bib . . (\I. AHin) 1 Mr J Cotton's Ad'stow:, 9bt 51b . . (C irriu) 2 Batting : 2 to 1 on Adv.mant. Mokarakara lod for about a mile, when Adamant drew up, and, passing him, led by two or three lengths. Tbet uon-i'avourifce then came again, and at a quarter of a mile from home regained the lead, and coming away at every stride, won with great ease by six loDgtha. Time, 3 mm. 45 sec. Dividend, £2 103. DISTRICT TKOrTINO HANDICAP, Of 10 E.OVB Three miles. Mr W Miller's Black Tartar, scratch „ . . 1 Mr J M Nuthe-land'a Wallace, 25 sec. (Rold) 2 Mr J S'oaii'a F<inny, 25 ccc. .. (Sloan) 3 Mr P White's Johnny, 25 sec. „ (Owner) 0 Mr W H'Lean'B Stcrmy Petrel, 25 ccc. . . . . 0 Mr W Blackley's Bobby, 35 sec. (H. M'Kay) 0 Batting : 2to 1 against Black Tartar, 3to 6 to 1 any other. Fanny and Johnny led to the last mile, whsn the favourite came up, and won a capital race by four loagtha. Time, 9 >nin. 40 ccc. Dividend, £1 16 d. A protest was entered' against Black Tartar on the ground of brooking and failing to ! pull up. 1 DISTRICT HANDICAP, Of 20 82 Yd. One mile &mi a quarter. Mr J Cockerill'a Stdpner. 7afc 1?1 1 ( J-Lnughlin) 1 ! Mr J Lav rfey's Vt'i'onici K-i 81 b .. (M Mian) 2j Mr J Jones' Hiovoi.a Bbt 4;d .. (X Harris) 3 1 Mr W LittleN Whit-bay, Gfc lolb .. .. 0 MrH il4on'oTij?-r, Gst 101b .. .. 0 Tig'T boltrct <>iic'. i-iiiDcl i he course beforo the start. Oil thc3 fbg tailing Hippona, went to the front and cut oub fchu running, but; on enteriug the Btraight was passed by Skipper and Veronica, the forth-ii- winaiug ;t, %o\\ vace by half a length. Or £151 in tho totalizator, £54 was on the winner. Dividend, £2 9s. fcHAG VALLEY HANDICAP, Of 25 so«. Two liii'ca. Mr il SherwinM Furtradur, 7^l lO.b (J Lauirhlaa) 1 »r J Keoyon's Trapper, Sit 71b .. (Sbnipj 2 Mr J Lavurty'a Benedict, Sst'/lb .. (M Allan) 8 Mr J Oogan's iountr B.invon, 9a4 . ..0 iSt II 11I 1 CMor.'a Ticliborne, "9fc 51b .. .. 0 j Mr J Cockering SkiptKf . 7:jt . . . . 0 j A good start was en'ueted, Tichborno having j a slight advantage, but he wa3 noon passed by X"oung Barwou, Bsnedict, Furtradar, and Trapper, who leapt pretty well together for the first mile and a-half, whon Furtiador and Trapper drew out from tbe ruck, and won a j well-contested raco by about half a length. I Time, 3 mm. 44 sec. Of £178 in the totalisator, £64 was on the wiuner. Dividend, £2 Is. , ] j I'TGVEO TiACE, OfSOsovr. f.mj mil. and a hilt. Mr OR. Wis&'u Gamecock, 9-t 5 b .. (Allan) 1 MrTCo'+ou's Miss Kin* '/sJ s>b .. (-ha p) 2 Mr A M'P.-e's Dolly, OsS 10 b . . (F Fa /an) 3 I Veronica, Sweelbri&r, And Littlo Jean were scratched. Gamecock jumped away with the lead, and maintained it throughout, winning easily by half-a.-dozoa lengthß from Mi°R King, Dolly 20 lengths away. Time. 2 miv. 52 s-eo. Of £100 in the toiaiuabor, £03 wats on Gamecock. Dividend, £1 83. CONSOLATION HANDICAP, Of lOfovi. <»ne mi'e. Mr J Keiyon's Trappor, Sst . . . . . . 1 Mr J Oogau's Vouug Barwou, Bi>t 2ib . . . . 2 Mr J Laverty'ti Veronica, 7m; 101b .. ..3 This was won easily. TAPANUI RACES. Fikst Day.— March 5. To-day's races resulted as follows : — HURDLE RACE". Roderick.. .. .. .. l Cuddy .. .. .. ..2 TAL'ANUI HANDICAP. OuiJa .. .. .. ..1 GiMibaldi.. .. .. .. i> MAIOEM PMTK. Aichio .. .. .. ..1 Foreman „ . . . . . . X Archie paid a £22 dividend. HACK RACK. Royalty .. .. .. .. 1 COMMKRCIAL HANDICAP. Cigirette.. .. .. .. l Garibaldi.. .. /.. .. 2 TROTTING UACF. Chwlie (Tdggart'd) .. .. ..1 Bob (ifuvii " . . . . . . 2 Tho Hurry Scurry was won by Nardoo. Second Day. — Makoh G. Tha re&ulLs of the second day's racing were aB follow : — HANDICAP HURDLE RAC3. Foreman .. .. .. ..1 Cigarette. .. .. ..2 HACK SELLING RACE. Darkie .. .. .. .. 1 JOOKEV CLUB HANDICAP. Bhiokboy, S3S 31b .. .. ..1 Ouida,9rt4lb .. .. ..2 DISTXICT R&OE. JlMoitune .. „ ..1 Rlngle:yl<jr „ „ ..2 WELTER HANDICAP. Elackboy, lOat 21b .. .. ..1 Kasp .. .. „ ..2 CONSOLATION RACE. SirAudley .. .. ..1 HURRY SCURRY. Sam .. .. .. .. 1 The weather was magnificent, and the sport good. There v/ore some large dividends on the totttlisator. WANGANUI AUTUMN MEETING. First Day. — Maboh 5. The following are tho results of events at to-day's races : — WANGANUI DERBY, Of 100 soya, ad Jed" to a sweepstakes of 10 soya each for starters. One mjlo and a-half Mr Butler's Fusilier .. (Derritt) 1 Mr Scott's Parvenu .. .. ..2 Mr Gentry'o Fay . . . . . . 3 Derritt rodo<a waiting race, and won by half a length. Time, 2 mm, 49 sec. Dividends: £1 18s inside, and £1 11s outside. HURDLE RACE, Of 70 soys. Two tnllea and a-half. Mr Scott's Sciu'ineer .. .. 1 Mr P offifit'a Maccaroni .. „2 Mr Harrison's Druid .. .. 3 Won by half a length. Time, 5 mm. 17 sec. Dividends : Inside, £3 5s ; outside, £2 19s. SAPLING fcTAKES, Of 50 soys. For two-yoar-olds ; Derby woighfcs. Six furlonga. Mr Redwood'B Alpino Rose .. (Clifford) 1 Mr Doufjla,' Bnmy Bli'uk .. (Sutherland) 2 Mr Butler's Stienuoua .. (Derritt) 3 Alpine Rose won as he liked. Time, 1 mm. 20£ 880.' Dividends: Inside, £2 lOa; outside, £3 3s. ' WANGANUI STAKES, Of 160 soys. Ono mile and a-half. Hr Butler's Fusilier. . .. ..1 Mr Hill's Sir Bedevoie „ „3 Mr Redwood'u Qloga „ ..3

Second Day.— March 6. selling raoe, Of 50 boys. One mile and a-quarfcer. Mr R tli2Ki..'B Du-;k, Bst J2',b .. .. 1 Mr J Paul's GH--BV. 8»* 10 b . . „ 2 Mr Mortou'B Tftllv-bo, 8.-t121b., .. « Time, 2 mm. 24 1-5 soo. Dividends; : Inside, £2 19s ; outside, £2 7a, HANDICAP HUEDLES, Of 100 aovs. Two miiea and a distsneo. Mr Gentry's Jim .. .. ..1 Mr Hngheß' Totara „ .. ..2 Mr Profllit's Maco.uoni .. ..3 Time, 4 mm. 26 sec. Dividends : Inside, £2 10.3 ; outside 5 £2 53. WANGANUI CUP HANDICAP, Of SCO aova. Second ho'B3 iio receive 60 soys from the fitakea ; third horse to nave hia stakes.- Two miks and a-quarter. Mr J Hill's Speculation (late Hippodamia), 7stßlb .. .- -. ..1 Mr J Paul's Bayard, 7st 21b . . 2 Mr F Hih'a bir'Bulevcre, 7sl 41b .. 3 A grand race. Won by half a length. Leonora, Fusilier, Clogs, and Ahua also ran. Time, 4 mm. 7 1-5 sec. Dividends : Inside, £12 83 ; outside, £8 Us. Leonora and Fusilier were the favourites, j&URSP^Y FANWCAP, Of 50 fovs. Throo quirte-s of a mile. Mr Douglas' Bonny B'.iak .. ..1 Mr KedwooJ'B Alpine Kosc . . . . 2 Mr Scolt'u Goth .. .. ..3 Bonny Blink won by a lanprlh. Time, 1 mm. 20 sec. Dividends, £3 14 3 and £2 17a 6d. AUSTRALIAN. £50,000 is, in round numbers, the total netted by Measrs Robertson and their onergetic commissioner, Mr Sam. Rainsbury, as a result of Coronet's Newmarket victory, and when to that sum we add the amount won by outsiders, the grand tptal disbursed by the ring could not have been a penny less than £80,000, That the victory of the Kingston stable was essentially & popular one goes without saying ; not the slightest secret having, from the moment the first coinmiseion was executed, been made as regards the horse's ability to win, Mr J. D. Robertson having' gone to considerable trouble to tell all his friends not merely that he thought he could win, but that " unless the horse fell down he couldn't lose." St. Alban's fee will be one hundred guineas next season, and even at that figure, with the victories of Malua, Titsman, Coronet, Ringwood, and Blink Bonny fresh before them, the competition for the services of the Australian Hermit is likely to be remarkably kaen. The question as to how much money could be obtained from the bookmakers againut ■& Newmarket Handicap horse cropped up in I course of a discussion at tho Melbourne betting ! rooms lately and the general consensus of S opinion was that tho ring is good for £80,000 on a Newmarket Handicap, and £120,000 on a Melbourne Cup. During the pa.st few days (saya the Sportsman of the 25th ult) rumours have been afloat to the effect that the Malua party would match their crack to give Welcome Jack a I otone and a beating for £500 or £1000 a side. I We are not aware whether there is any f oundaI tion for the report, but feol convinced that, as j far as Mr Pilbrow is .concerned, a match on these terms for, Bayj" £500 a side, with a "reasonable forfeit, over a mile and a quarter or a mile and a half, could be arranged to take place after the V.R.C. meeting, and we think •most Victorians oven at o- stone handicap would be inclined to lay 6t04 on Malua. We would like to see more matches of this discription brought off hero. There can be no doubt but that if Moosrß Ingliß and Pilbrow could Bee their way to arrange a match between their great f,uns the raco would be one of the most interesting events on the V.R.C. programme. The us,ual obstasle to a match of this discription is, no doubt, tho dread of displaying their hands, and thus incurring extra woight for future handicaps, which influence*) Homo owners ; this, in our opinion, is altogether a fallacy, or matches would scarcely be so fashionable at home. Uufortuuatcly Malua went lame, bo the suggested match could not come otf, fortunately for tho Malua party. How are the nvefhty fallen ! The Czar, who ran second to Zulu in a Melbourne Cup, carried silk in a ten pound aelling raco at Doncaster lately, and, despite tho services of Burtbn, finished a bad last, two or three hundred yards behind anything. A writ has been issued at the instance of Mr Louis Bernard againßt tho committee of the Victorian Club, for having expelled him from the membership. Bernard was fined £50 in connection with the Hurricane caße. He refused to pay this, and therefore was expelled. He now claims £5000 damages. EACING IN AUSTRALIA. V.R.C. AUTUMN MEETING. First Day.— February 28. E3SENDON STAKES, Of 5 BOYS each, wLh 250 added ; 200 soya and all the sweepstakes for *he fljst horse. 30 for the ascond, and 20 for tbo third. Weight for age. Ono milo and a half. Hon. W. Pearson's b h Commotion, by Panic— Eveniug S.ar. 0 vra 9ib 3lb .. (Power) 1 Mr J. O. InjLjhs' b h Malua, 6 yra, 93t 31b (Robertson) 2 Mr S. Martin's b c Kegina'd, 3 yrs, Bab lib (B.&se.) 3 Hon. W. Pearson's b g PJansiile, 5 yts, 935 (Wood) 0 Mr J. Wilson, jun.'s, b c Off Ojlour, 4 yrn, 93* (Mooro) 0 Mr M. Jacobs b c Metal, 3 yrs, Ss(i lib (NicholsoD) 0 Betting.- 5 to 4 agaiuat Commotiou, 6 to 4 against Ma'ua. The horaes were not kept loDg at. the poafc, although Plaußiblo had to bo held until tho flig fell. When tho word was given Off Colour was the first to respond, but Plausible, who was last away, ruahed to the froqt just as they pa»asd tho stewards' stand, aud lod the 01-hers out of the straight ''owards tho river, with Metal close a 6 hia fceula Next ia order earno CuKimotion, Off Colour, and Itepinald, with Malua last. Going down towards the bridge t be field staling rut into a procession. Plausible and Metal uial'injr the paco faster. At the bridsre Melal Ind a,load of about half a length from Plausible, who was three clear lengths in advance of his stable companion aod Off Colour. Beg nald wos a ciuple'of lengths fait e r back, and Malna the aaino distance in tho rear. The abattoirs reached, Metal still he'd his lead c.f half it lensjfch, but aa they Bwept from this point to tho turn all the gaps closed up. Just be'orc the heads of the leaders showed in the atmitiht O mmotion moved up rapid y to tho front, and Metal just as quickly retired In the straight Ooinmntiou led, with Off Colour and Reginald close brhind him. Hcbern. oa moved earlier than UMial on Main t-"1 hud h a whip hu^y Halt wav up the atrnifrht tba O ip winner came with one of his characterlsiio rus.i a, but the effort waa only susfciined lone enou^n to carry him into the a "3ond place, aiul Comoiotioii came hnmo a camf ortnble winner b-, five leißths, while Malua wai two lengths in front of tbe thi d horso, kegimld. PlauBiblo wos fourth, closu up, Cff calour ntxc, and Met»l last. Time, 2mm 47? nee. THE ASCOTVALE STAIIE3, Of 20 soys each, with 050 added ; bOO aovs and nil the sweepstakes for tbo first horse, 100 for tho second, and 50 for tho third. For two year-olds. Threo quarters of a mile Hon. J. Whiio'e bor brf U/all». by Chester—Moonstone, Bit, 7 b .. .. .. (Ellis) 1 Hon. J. Whiter Hokrc Mnnte Ohrteto, by Chester- Kathleen, Oat 31b, inoludhig 71b peuulty (Ualea) %'

Mr A. R. Robertson's b c Dun!op, by Neckersgat — Etta, BBf. 101b .. . (Moore) 3 Mr T. E. Minister's Antonio, by Gang Fo""«rd— Jdssica, 838 101b . . (Qaiuu) 0 Mr S. Gardinor'abrf Buttress, M'Angloy— Fostreois 8?t;7lb .. .. * .. (Sorter.) 0 Mr hi. Jacobs' eh [ Lidy Claudia, by tbi> — Camilla, Bs6 7sfc . .. (O'Bdeij) BeStiou 1 . -5 to 4 on Monte Christo, 4 to 1 against Uralla, and 5 So 1 auainat D nlop. When the flap foil thd <,xi -ht green jacket on Antonio was couspicuoua in front, with Lady Claudia, Monte Christo. Dunlop, and Bufctross ne«t, and Uralla last. At the tan crossing Monte 'whri to seemed to have a slight lead, with Lady Claudia near the rails, and Dunlop on tho outsldo, boiih close upon him. Uralla came up very fast here, and half way up Mr White* pair wero the enly two in the race. As Monte Chriado was still pulling bard his victory wao hailed as a certainty, but Uralia came up vety fast at ' the end of tho carriage paddock, ard thero was cvi- j dently to be a rane for it ; when Uralia got on terms with the favourite ho seemed incapable of an effort, and the filly won by half a length. Thoro was a gap of oight lengths between Monte Ohriatn and Dunlop, who came third. Lady Claudia was fourth, and ButfcrebS last. Time, 1 mm. 21 J sec. THE ST LEGES STAKES, Of 25 soys each, with 375 added ; EOO uovs and all the I Bweep3tnko3 for the iir&t horse, 50 for the Becond, and 25 for third. For thrco-voar-nlda. One milo aad three quarters and 132 yds. Mr J. Wi)Bon, juo.'o, b c Silver Kin?, by First Kincr — SsnoriH, B<t 101b .. .. (Moore) 1 Mr G. Davis' b c David, by Gondolier— Alice Prow, Sst 101b .. .. .. (Power) 2 MB M. A. Brown's b c Mczart, by Napo'e'm — Queen Man , Bsb 101b .. "(Bsaithwaita) 3 Hon. J. Whi'e's br c Tremando, by i cater-, Agitation, 8»t 101b . . . . . . (Hales) 0 Bsttin*.— s to 4on Silvor King, sto 2 agsfc M< airt, r.nd 3t ) 1 agsfc David. Mozirfc nnd D/ivi'J were quickest siway, but the quartette came towajds the judge'rf box at aslowpace. Fa9.'ioi> the Minnd Dav.'r], who was m"vinsr freely, had a length's 'cad j'r.'m Silver King, with Mczart next, M»\ 'Iremaudo last. The paco wag evidently not to the liking of tho favourite, as Moire was pulling h-.td tr. keep h'ni with th-s others. As ihev pas-ed down the river side I'ower took a yui. at David, and S Iver King went to the front, but swerved to the exßrerue out'redfo of the course. This brought him level with Da^ii for an instant!, but in the noxt moment he I was leading again. At the abattoirs the pace pudrienly quickened, Silver King here being ti&lf a length | in front of David, who wns several lencrthß ahead nt the other pair. Noaring the turn tho horsos cloned j I up, and all four were still galloping woll within them- | solves. Silver King led iuto the straight, a;.d though there Heemod a prospect of a grand race home between Silver King, David, and Mozart, at the distance the favourite drew out, and striding along won a sow race wifch 6aso by a lonfth and three quai'terH. 'Vbpve was an excolleut finish between David and M.zarfc for second place ; the former gained it by a neck. 0 ime, 3 mm. 32.} sec. NEWMARKET HANDICAP, Of 20 soys each, with 300 added. The aecotd horse to receive 50 soya. and the third 20 soya out of the stake. Three-quarters of a mile. Mr D M Robertson's b h Coronet, by St. Albana - Prima Donna, 5 yra, 7st . . (Cracknel ) 1 Mr A Harvey's b or br c Middlomarch, 4 yrs, B,t > lb (tfianaran) 2 Mr R G Talbol's br h Sheet Anchor, 6 yra, lib 71b (Williamson) 8 Mr J. Pilbrow's b h Welcome Jack, 5 yrs, 9jb 7!b (Ivi my) 0 ! Mr W. R. HJl'i b c Garfield, 3 yrs, 83fc lllb (Colloj) 0 Mr M Griffin's eh h Battailou?, 5 yrs, Bst 91b (Gallagher) 0 Mr "S. Bnrufield's b or brh Sir Garnet, 5 ys B"tt,7ib "(M-Gra-'e) 0 , Mr R. G. Talbot'a eh in Blink Bonny, 6 yrs 8-it 51b i (Fjllon) 0 Mi 1 J. Whittlnghana's br h Promstheus, 5 • rs, B.n i 51b .. .. .. (M .rpuy) 0 Mr W. E. Dakio'B eh c Coningcby, i yra, b3r, 61b (Power) 0 Mr D. S. Wallace's g i Duonna, i yrs, Bst 31b (OBiien) 0 Mr R. Love's borbr h Topaz, 6 yrs, Bst (Wyrmn) 0 Mr J. G. Reid's eh g The Ghost, aged, 7so 131b (Truhan) 0 Mr W. Neil's b h Mistake, 6 yra, 7at 91b (T. Brown) 0 Mr R. Phillips' b or br f Amelia Victoria, 4 yys, 7st 81b .. .. .. (Boasse) 0 Mr I. Poulshani'd eh c Salvo, 8 yra, 7st 61b (Robertson) 0 Mr C. H. T. Hart's br c St John, 4 yrs, 7jt 41b (T. Williams) 0 Mr J. Wilson, jun.'a, b g Alphabet, d yro, 7it 31b (Moore) 0 Mr W. J Smart's br c Volociped", 4 yrs, 7a'i 2!b (G^ugh) 0 Hon. J. White's g f Mxecotto, 4 yre, 7sl 2U> (KUb) 0 Mr T Oawker'a b o Town Moor, 4 yrs, 7st 2b, carried 7it4'b .. .. .. (Ki'ty) 0 Sir C. W. Bowman's br c Lavington, 3 yrn f 7hfc 2ib (Weazel) 0 Mr J. WhitCingbam's b f Xxntippe, 3 yrs, esfc 121b (St Encchuß) 0 Mr T. Jones' br v Bohemian, 3 yrs, Gat 301b (!l Browr.) 0 Mr J. Hamill'a bl h Hnuriibal, aged, 6jt. 101i>, car-ri--d7fls .. .. .. (Clair) 0 Mr T. ivory's eh g Surrey, aged, 6st 81b (Nicholson) 0 Mr JI. Griffin's bib Wesfcbury, aged, C.t fi!b. car-. ri«dCjt7lb .. .. .. (P. Barr) 0 Mr S. G. Cook's br f Marie Loui-e, 3 yss, Qit 51b (Fae-g) 0 Mr S. Nathan's b c Leporcllo, 3 yrs, 6st4lb, carried 63t81b .. .. .. (Sanders) 0 Mr J. Dyke's eh m Claudino, 6 yra, Oat (M'Auliffe) 0 Betting : 4to 1 ag?(i Coronet, 7 to 1 Promelheua, 8 to 1 i?ir Garnet, 14 to 1 Salvo and Battailous, 100 to 7 X,epordlo, 20 to 1 Coningsby, Town Moor, and Surrey, 25 to 1 Topaz and Tha Bohemian, 40 to 1 Middlemiuch and St. John. The 30 horses wero soon brought into line. Ranging in order from the right-hand pide towards the centre were Alphabet, Prometheus, Diiennn, fifiddtemarcb, and Mistake, with the conspicuous s,\\ robe of tho favourite next. Surrey was on tha extreme left, then Amelia Victoria, aud next them tha grey Maacotte, who was very res Mess. Beside Maacotfe was Sir Garros, with Lavington and Baitailoua close a!i hand, whilst Conin«Bby and The Ghost had the central situations. There was somo litiiln delay caused by two faloe starts, and when the fhg dropped Velocipade remained at tho p">sfc, nnd lO3b a lot ol ground, Mistake also getting away badly. The horses wenfc for some distance as they started — all in a line— tho o who appeared to be quickest on their Jega after the atari being Duenna, Mascntte, Sic Garnet, Hannibal, Prometheus, and Wostbury. At the tan gallop tho grey Maacotte, in company with Town Moor, were the liret pair to show in contrast against the brosvn strip of crossing. Here Prometheus went back, and was never afterwards in tho leading division. Lavington, Blink Bonny, Battailous, Sir Garnet, Amolia Victoria, and Xhp Ghost also held good positions at this point. Approaching tho lower end of the carriage paadock Mascotte had tho lead, wHh Blink Bonny and Battailous close boside him. The next division waa laatle up of Sir Garnot, Atnelfa Victoria, Middleinarch, and Coronob. Then came St. John, Sheet Anchor, The Ghost, and Lfporello, while tho three in the extreme rear wero Mivie Louise, Mibtako, and Velocipede. Coronet, up to this point, had been running in a good pjeitiou close in to tho rails, out at the upper end of the lawn he swerved right across the track. Mr Talbot'a pair were both amongst the first batch at the half didtancs from home, bur, here Coronei , who had been fairly steadied, was callad on by C'acbnell for tho final run, an.l, comin< away from Middlemavch, won by three-quarters of a length, Sbeot Anchor boiug half a length behind Middlemarch Battailous was fourth, The Ghost filth, > eporello and Mr Gam t next, and Blink Bo<-u>y eighth, whilst the oloura of P ometh.uj, LiviDgtnn, Wesobnry, and Conins;sby weve m st prominent in the suecMcdlog divi-ion; Mt'iteke and Velocipede being whippera-in. Tim 9, 1 rain. 19£ hoc. Second Day. — March 5. The second day's races of tho Victoria Ra'cinp Club's Autumn meeting was held on Thursday at Tho weather vvaß ime, and thore wag $ fair attendance of spectators. The Governor was not present. AUSTRALIAN CUP, Of 500 boys, added to a bwecp&takoi of 25 oovs each. Two milea and a quarter. Mr N Wilßon'o b g Rlngwoo J, 6 yra, 7at. lllb . . 1 Mr R G Talbot'a br h Sheet Anchor, 8 yre, 7st 61b 2 Mr TH. onty'a b 0 Stor^oway, 3 yrs, flat , , . . 8

The betting nt the post was even on Coronet (the winner o£ the Newmarket Handicap on Saturday), 7 to 1 agst Ringwood, 8 to 1 Sheet Anchor, Coronet led from the start, and was a dozen lengths ahead at the river. He was, however, beaten at the sheds, and collapsed at the home turn, where Ringwood cama with a rush, and won by three quarters of a length from Sheet Anchor after a most exciting race. Time, 4 mm. 1^ sec. Malua has been scratched for all events at this meeting. ■ ' According to a private telegram in the Lytteltqn Times, the following were the horses left in the Australian Cup : — st. lb. at. lb. Welcome Jack ..9 6 Hilltop .. 710 Off Colour .. 810 Sheet Anchor .. 7 6 Sardius ..8 6 Helena.. ..7 3 Coriolanua .. 8 5 Brown and Rose .. 612 Dwid .. .. 712 Coronet .. 611 Silver King .. 712 Acolyte ..6 8 Sir Garnet .. 711 Minerva .. 6 7 Ringwood .. 7 11 Stornoway .. 6 0 Thibd Day.— -Mabch 7. The third day's racing of the Victoria Racing Club's Autumn meeting took place on Saturday, and the following is the result of the principal event :— * THE CHAMPION STAKES, Of 1000 soys, with s, uweopstako of 25 aovs each added. The Becond horse to receive 200 oovs, and the third 100 soys out of the stakds. Weight for age. Three milea. Hon. W Pearson's b h Commotion, by Panto — Evening Star, 6 yrs, 9at 51b .. .. 1 Mr G Davis' b c David, by The Gondolier— Alice Drew, 3 yra, 7st 121b „ .. ..2 Mr W Branch's b c Silvor King, by First King— Ssnorita, 3 yra, 7st 121b .. .. ..3 Hon. W Pearson's br h Fryingpan, 6 yre, 9st 51b .. 0 Two others started, During the first round Fryinftpan led by fully six lengths, but in the second round, at the back of the course, Commotion took up tho running, and won easily by 10 lengths. Time, 5 mm, 26£ sec. ENGLISH. A meeting was recently held at Shrewsbury to consider what steps should be taken to ensure the continuance of the annual race meeting, tha lease of the course to Messrs 3Trail being about to expire, and it being understood • that they are not going to apply for its renewal. Alderman Groves proposed a motion in favour of the continuance of the meeting, pointing out that it was of pecuniary advantage to the trade of the borough by being a great attraction to strangers to visit the town, and expressing the opinion that if it were once allowed to drop it could never be reorganised on a satisfactory basis. Mr. Councillor Robbing "seconded it. It was opposed by several of the local members of the temperance movement, but a borough justice stated that the Blue Ribbon Army processions were the cause of more cases in the Police Court than the race meetings, and the proposition was carried nem. con. A committee wsb also appointed to act with the committee of the racecourse company in taking steps for the continuance of the meeting. There is little doubb that a pew lessee will be found, and the meeting continued as in former years. The Newmarket authorities have declined to grant a training license to O. Wood, the wellknown jockey, who has recently erected some extensive stabling near the railway-station, which is at present in the occupation of R. Sherrard. The nominations for the spring handicaps show a large increase over those for the past few years, as will be seen by the following comparative table : — 1880 1881 1882 1883 1884 1855 Lincoln Handicap . . 84 114 74 70 68 85 Liveroool Steeplechase .. 57 47 43 41 68 66 City and Suburban .. 108 108 74 74 79 60 Great Metropolitan . . 38 35 40 86 89 89 Northampton Stakoa .. 45 49. 4! 41 38 86 Nowmarket Handicap ..4 47 85 26 19 72 Chester Cup .. ... 63 47 62 68 47 66 Bftbrahoni Plato .. 24 21 67 Orawfurd Plato ..____ 81 67 Leicestershire Handicap — — — — — 85 A company has been formed for the purpose of acquiring Sundown Park and establishing* and maintaining a racecourse. The promoters are General Owen Williams, M.P,, Sir W. Brett, aud other influential patrons of the tu-f, who propose to raiao a sum of £350,000 in order to carry out the project, which they believe will be for the benefit of the racing community. H R.H. the Prince of Wales has nominated Sir F. Johnstone's St. Blaise for the Stockbridge Cup. Mr J. Johnstone died at Halleaths, Dumfriesshire, on December 20, in the sixty-third year of his age. Few men were better known and more regretted. He spent many years of. his life in India, where he was an adept at pig-sticking, and ho was for a timo the master of the Calcutta hounds Returning to England, he was master of the Dumfriesshire for 11 years, and on the death of his brother, Mr Andrew Jobnstone, he, in conjunction with bis cousin, Mr R. Jardine, carried on the Sheffield Lane stud, and annually sent a string of yearlings to be sold at Doncastsr until the break up of the stud in 1877. Up to this time Mr Jardine's horses had always run in the name of Mr Johnstone, who is recorded as winner of the Derby and Two Thousand with Pretender, of the Two Thousand with Bothwell, besides a large number of other valuable races. The best horse that Mr Johnstone over owned was Border Minstrel, who, after carrying all before him at three years old, broke down when ha won the Caledonian Cup at Ayr. Land and Water contains the following comments from a Melbourne correspondent on the Victorian Racing Club's Spring meeting ;— The racing carnival of the southern hemisphere, which Colonials assert successfully rivals any of tho monster festivals of the Old World, commenced at Flemington on Saturday, November 1, and was favoured by suph splendid weather as to be almost rare even in the " sunny south." The principal reason why Colonials, pure and simple (the great majority, by-the-bye, being neither the one nor the other) consider their Melbourne Cup unapproached in any way anywhere \n the world, is the all-sufficient one thafi they do not know any better ; their experience of men, countries, and things in general being not only limited, but obstinately partial to their own proceedings in racing as in all other matters, sportive and otherwise. A man presumably sane, seriously askß not only an Englishman, but a cosmopolitan, if he ever saw such a magnificent city aB the " Queen of tha South," meaning, of course, Melbourne, and defiantly remarks to an Qld-World racing man, in parenthetical pity for his ignorance, that JSpsom, Aacot, Goodwood, and NewmaTk'et, names only known to him by' hearsay, equally of course cannot compete with their great Colonial carnival. If you apologetically suggest that racing, "the sport of kings," is essentially English ; had its home there before Australia was thought of ; and that the beat { stools they possess, in what should be

New England, is delivered from imported champions like Fisherman, Tim Whifflev, Musket, St. Alban's, and others; that their principal courae, Flemington, with their longest straight run in of five furlongs, could be comfortably put in3ide Sandown Park without interfering with the track; and that everthing of any good connected with the sport, with one exception, is carefully copied from the Old Country, you are looked upon as a prejudiced "new- chum," and proportionately pitied, if not despised. There is, however, one thing in which those at Home might advantageously take a lesson from our Colonial brethren, and that is in the details of arrangement and management. At Flemington, the principal racecourse of Victoria, and Randwick, the Newmarket of New South Wales, as also in the suburban and country courses of any consequence, the most perfect facilities are given for the convenience and comfort of those interes'ed, either as patrons, Presa, owners} trainers, or public ; saddling-sheds, notice-boards, whether of scratchings, starters, riders, or anything else necessary to know. The isolation of tho betting ring from the nou gambling occupants of the stand, and many other important important improvements, will contrast favourably with the best conducted meetings in England. There are no "c'reot cards" and shouting sharpers out heve. A neatly printed book, interleaved with perforated slips, with the names of the horses in each race suitable for "sweeps," a popular form of speculation, takes the place of the card covered with advertisements; and the betting is carried on with almost clerical decorum, and ceases entirely when backers and layers leave the space assigned to them for the various coigns of vantage on and in front of the stand during the race itself. But the " Bookies " here have considerably more than six to four the best of it, betting to figures being a certain road to fortune, the noble army of punters eagerly accepting the most absurdly inadequate prices ; and the popular backing of doubles, the only evont for which anything like a fair price can be obtained, invariably ending in the discomfiture of the talent. This bas been particularly instanced this season, rank outsiders winning all the principal first events— viz., Blink Bonny the Caulfield Cup, Sandal the Guineas and Rufus the Derby; while Malua, the only favourite who has won an important race, was only backed for the Cup after his win in the Melbourne Stakes, and wag then quoted at so short a price as to preclude any but plungers participating in the good thing. The only known instance of any backer coming near pulling off a " double " this year wa3 a Ballarat man, who took Blink Bonny for the Caulfield Cup, and spoilt it by coupling Anchorite with the mare for the Melbourne Cup, and in every instance the books had a skinner over the doubles. Moreover, fancy backers laying six to four on one, taking five t6 four about another, the outside price in a field of six being four to one ! Hero is a bookmaker's Paradise ! An American exchange says that Plunger Walton contemplates making St. Louis, Mo., his future home, and is stated in a dispatch to have made an offer of 350,000 dollars for the Lindell Hotel, which offer, it was thought would be accepted, although the owner demands 50,000 dollars more. Quotations on the leading classic events of the Spring were as follows up to latest dates :— TWO THOUSi.NO GUINEAS. 4 to 1 agst Paradox (5 — i Luminary 9-1 Child of the Mist 100 — 6 Brother to Althotas 20 — 1 The Friar I 100 — 3 — Angel -ey. j DERBY. 13 to 2 agat Paradox 9 _ i Melton 100 — 7 — - Kingwood 15 — 1 child of the Mat 20 — 1 — Royal Hampton 40 — 1 — Brother to Althotaa 60 — 1 The Friar. The Epsom and Ascot Cups have been well patronised on behalf of the elder horses, but only a couple of, three-year-olds have been nominated for each.- The Duke of Portland has a sealed- up nomination in both races, and if this should turn out to be Sfc. Simon, the possible meeting of the Duke of Portland's crack with Si, Gatien would cause great excitement. At Ascot, too, the pair can be joined by Florence. Archiduc, The Lambkin, Little Duck, Scot Free, and Prism, and if the majority of tho&e face the starter the Cup will afford a better raco than it has done for some time past. The Leader's English correspondent writes : John Hammond bay been giving an outline of bis intended 1885 campaign to an eminent sporting authority, who haa retailed it in the paper of which ho is proprietor and editor. The programme is cut and dry, and reads thus : St. Gatien will be entered foe handicap, but will go chiefly for cupe ; Florence will go for both cups and handicaps ; and of the 10 redistributed Queen's Plates, Florence is meant .to appropriate the first five, and St. Gatien the remaining five. Altogether, the hero of last year is sanguine of having an equally successful season thia. Tho news which bas just reached us (says the sama writer) from America of the death, after a short illness, of the Earl of Aylesford will carry most of us back to 10 and 12 years ago, when he was running his mad •coreer. I shan't enter into particulars of bis racing career ; your exchanges will do that; but even turf tyros know that he was at one time or other owner of auch celebrities as Vanderdecken, Julius Caesar, Claremont, Chandos, &c, &o. Of all the foolish young noblemen who took to racing he was perhaps the most foolish ; and in saying this Ido not forget that there was such a person as the last Earl of Lonsdalo. Aylesford lived in luxury and riot, even after tl>9 sinews of war were done, and at the pace be went they did not last Jong. The midnight and bacchanalian orgies at Sackington Hall bafiia both description and belief. Hie proclivities were decidedly wet, and he was known among his aristocratic confreres as " Boosy Joe," which confreres (says rumour) were not above winning his money after they had got him in his cups. He was married to a sister of Colonel Owen Williams, the founder of Sandown Park, end ahe also has had the misfortune to come in for the world'a opprobrium. When the Earl was in India ■with the Prince of Wales he was summoned home by the news that the Countess had run j off with the Marquis of Blandford, now the ! Duke of Marlborougb. Home he came, invited the Marquis to dinner, and then and there attempted to horsewhip him. There was a police case, and afterwards a divorce case. The former was quashed, and in connection with the latter, so notorious was the behaviour on both Bides, that the Queen's proctor intervened, and proceedings were stopped. Then husband and wifo took their separate wayß, he to defend his ancient balls from the baili^3, who for weeks he'kept at bay, and prevented from levying. But at last the crash came, and almost penniless he betook himself to Mexico, where be started cattle ranching and where ho died. Truly a chequered career, and yet when be paid that debt which .we must all pay be was only in hja 33th year.

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SPORTING HEWS., Otago Witness, Issue 1738, 14 March 1885

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