NOTES BY BEACON.
The Melbourne Derby and Cup are again a thing of the past, and while our New Zealand contingent have failed to carry out the general expectation that they would, amongst them, carry off either one or both of these big events, we have some satisfaction in remembering that the hero of the meeting is of New Zealand descent. The Australian Peer is, Jas^ will be seen by a reference to his full pedigree in another column, a grandson of our old 'friend Lurline. His Derby performance was a great one, whije his running third in the Cup to the good horses like Dunlop and Sjlvermiue, to whom he was giving on the weight- for-age scale no less than 151b and 161b respectively, was also of extraordinary merit. The light-weight division, from whom such danger was apprehended—Algerian, Meteor, Oakleigh, Bemus, & c tt — were never in it, and it was left for the two top weights (bar Sardius) to fight out the finish with the Derby winner. The list of entries and acceptances for the Christchurch Spring meeting appear in another column, and by the following figures it will be seen that they show a considerable falling off from former years. 1885. 1886. 1887. New Zealand Cup ... 17 19 15 | Welcome Stakes ... 7 11 7 Blccarton Handicap ... 19 20 21 • Hurdle Handicap ... 19 13 17 I Derby ... 10 8 5 Epsom Handicap ... 22 25 22 Nursery Handicap ... 12 16 10 Ladles' Purse ' ... 10 M 15 Canterbury Cup ... 11 12 5 Metropolitan Handicap ... 2d 2i 22 Flying Handicap ... 27 25 24 Totals ... ... 192 I§B 163 The meeting commences on Tuesday next, and though by all appearances it will pot be^ so thoroughly successful as it has been in previous years, there will doubtless be no lack of interesting racing. On the fiist day the ball will be set rolling with the Spring Hurdle Handicap, for which there are 17 nominations, but as the acceptances are not due till Saturday, I can form no idea as to a probable winner. The same remarks apply to the Criterion Stakes, Selling Handicap, and Ricnarton Handicap, so that I am left with the New Zealand Cup and Welcome Stakes alone to deal with. Qur Christchurch correspondent has supplied us with the doings of the Cup horses— such of them 'aj are trained in publip, at all events, — and from his latest notes it will be seen that several of the 15 horses left in the big event are, oi^ have been lately, more or less crooked. Under these circumstances racing form goes for , nothing, and the victory may be reasonably expected tq go to one of the sound division. For this reason \ shall have to discard Artillery — on whom other- j wise I should have elected to stand or fall— and I must also ignore Nelson, Lorraine, and Torrent. This leaves us with Mr Stead's three representativeß,ofwhomLochielandMaximmust be held to be dangerous, if fit. Beresford, however, should, on his recent running, be oat of it.
Dan O'Brien has also three candidates in Sextant, Hermitage, and Gipsy King. The first-named • has been under a slight cloud, and I shall I therefore prefer Gipsy King's chance to his ; while Hermitage I consider not class enough for first-class company. .The unsatisfactory condition of the cracks may, however, enable him to pull through iv this instance. Of the rest, I cannot stand Moana on his North Canterbury running the other day j Ruby is not quite the horse that his two-year-old performances gave promise' of; Regina has done nothing to warrant the belief that she can win a race of this description, even with her light weight; while Cruchfield's performances, so far have nothing much to recommend them. St. Clair, however, is. a horse of a different stamp. There is not much of him^ but what there is cannot be found fault with, and he has a couple of good performances to his credit. He is perhaps a bit backward, but rapidly getting into good condition, and all things considered, I shall look no farther for the winner. Mr Stead and. Mr O'Brien are, I consider, the only owners that Mr M'Lean can anticipate danger from ; but as to what horßes will represent them I can say nothing at this juncture. The Welcome Stakes should go to Mr H. Goodman's colt Sommeil, and thereby make Harry's third successive victory in that race. Of the second day's events the Derby alone can bo touched on, and at present I fancy it is as good as a walk-over for Maxim, though Dan O'Brien's selected one may trouble him. The Cup race will, however, have doubtless shed somelightontho matter. Quotations at Chriatchurch on Wednesday night were as follow : — NEW ZEALAND OUP. 100 to 2b agst Lochiel (off) 100 — 20 Nelson <tk and off) 100 — 20 Maxim (off) 100 —12 Artillery (off); 100 to 10 tk and wtd 100 — 12 ■ Sextant (off) 100 — 12 Gipsy King (off) 100 — 8 Beresford (off) 100 — 9 Hermitage (off) 109 — 6 Kegina (off) 100— 5 Torrent (off) 100_5 Ruby (off) ; 500 to 15 (tk) 100 — 4 Lorraine (off and tk) 100 — 4 Moana, St. Glair. Oruchfield (off). DERBY. Even money Maxim 6to 4 agst Sextant (off) 3_3 _ 1 Gipsy King (off) 100 — 6 Crucbfteld (off) 100— 2 Lorraine (oft). Nominations for the Dunedin Spring meeting close on Saturday, 12th inst, as follows:— Hurdle Handicap, of 60sovs; St. Andrew's Handicap, of 250sovs ; Trotting Handicap (three miles), of 80sovs ; Spring Handicap, of 75sovs ; Hunters' Handicap, of 85sovs; President's Handicap, of 150sovs ; Grand Stand Handicap, of 7550v8; Criterion Handicap, of lOOsovs; Tahuna Park Welter Handicap, of lOOsovs ; and Trotting Handicap (two miles), of 60sovs. Consequent upon an unusual strain on the resources of the Railway department, Mr Turnbull perforce had to postpone his departure to Christchurch on Wednesday morning, but Trapper, Dunluce, Captain Cook, Haricot, Jenny, and Drover left for Oamaru, and in the afternoon a couple of trotters were despatched to the same meeting. Macdonald has gone up to ride Trapper in the Oamaru Spring Cup, but Captain Cook may be good enough to concede him 261b and win. Snider may account for the Trotting race. A. Timaru telegram states that the stewards of the South Canterbury Jockey Club, Mr T. Teschemaker presiding, met on Wednesday afternoon to further consider the Princess Royal and Miss Arundel case. Some evidence was taken, and the inquiry was further adjourned till Monday week, it being resolved in the meantime' not to publish a report of the case. Two Wellington residents, Messrs Tindall and Bond, drew Silvermine in Adams' Melbourne sweep, the prizes for which were £5000, £2000, and £1000, They laid off £3000 to £200, and consequently as their horse only came in second they win £2200, or £200 more than they would have actually received had the horse won the Cup. Drury races will beheld on December 29, and £180 will be provided in stakes. , ] At the Napier Park Racing Club's Summer meeting at the New Year, close on £500 will be given in added money, the principal stakes being as ' follow :— Hurdle Race, of 75sovs; New Year's Handicap, of 175sovs ; High Weight Handicap, of SOsovs; Flying Handicap, of I 70sovs ; and Green'meadows Handicap, of I 40sovs. The Lowburn meeting was not very well attended, owing, no doubt, to the day having been preceded by a long continuance of bad weather. The Maiden Plate, of lOsovs, had five competitors, of whom Mr J. Butler's filly Speargrass Nell ppoved the best. Mr R. Ferguson's Falcon finished second, and Mr E. M'Nulty's Little Foam third. The winner paid a dividend of £4 10s. The Cup, of 30sovs, attracted only a trio of starters, and of these Mr Lefevre's Jackal (9st) was made favourite. He came in last, however, the winner turning up in Mr C. Huddlestone's Bagshot (Bst 71b), with Mr L. Ryan's Viking (6st 101b) second. Dividend, £2 12s. Seven went to the post for the Trotting Race, of lOsovs, which ended in a victory for a despised outsider in Mr Kirk's Wild Deer fßssec), with Mr Brophy's Present Times (45sec) second, and Mr Lefevre's Lucy (50sec) third. The supporters of the winner pocketed the nice dividend of £21. A Hack Selling Race, of lOsovs, was carried off by a warm favourite in Mr Kirk's Sloper, w^o easily defeated Mr J. Rivers' Romance, and Mr J. Ward's Paddy. Dividend, £1 10s. This race led to a match for £20 aside, between Paddy and Romance, which was run off on the following day, and was won by Paddy, owing to Sloper putting her foot in a hole and falling. The Sporting Club Handicap, of 20sovs, produced a good race between Viking (6sfc 81b), Don Jose (9st), Jackal (Bst 91b), and Archie (6st lQlb), and Mr Ryan's horse won by no more than half a length from the Don. The dividend on this race is not given. The last event on the card was a Hack Handicap, of 15sovs, in which Mr G. Roman's Walnut (Bst 71b) beat Mr R. Ferguson's Falcon (Bst 71b). Mr J. Rivers' Kea (Bst 31b, and two others. Dividend, £1 15s. Messrs Mason and Roberts worked the totalisator, and put through £536 during, the day. Mr T. B. Mortimer informs me that his mare Gold Dust, a daughter of Papapa and Lady Grey, has dropped a bay filly foal to the King of Clubs horse Trefoil. Although Mr Drake has not been able to win any of the big prizeß going over the other side of the water, he succeeded on Tuesday last in carrying off, with Pasha, a good stake in the Van Yean Handicap, and we hear by wire that he backed his horse heavily. The weights for the race were not framed until the day before it was run, so that we are in the dark as to the terms on which the old horse met his field, •!Tout Cela" gave a vary fair tip for the Melbourne Cup in the Southland News, for of the three horses he selected two were placed. His choice was as follows :— -Remus, 1; The Australian Peer, 2 ; Dunlop 3. The Tokomairiro Jockey Club held its first meeting for the season on Thursday' evening, when a good attendance 0! members was present.
Mr J. A. Duthie, (vice-president), was in the chair. A discussion took place as to the advisability of holding a trotting meeting on Boxing Day, and the annual some time in March. Finally it was resolved to hold the meeting at the usual time-'-the week following Lawrence. The programme was then gone into, and, as has been the order of the day with saost kindred institutions, the pruning knife was used, but not to any great extent, only about £70 in all being cut off. It was agreed, much to the regret of all the members present,' that, owing to the poor competition for the hurdle races, that item must be struck out of the programme, and tosubstitue for them two trots— viz., a pony, 15sovs, and a two-mile trot of 30sovs, consequently the club, will have four trots this year, giving in all £120 in stakes for these particular events. The events will, as usual, number seven each day, the principal on the first day being the Tokomairiro Handicap, of 50sovs, and Handicap Time Trot, of 40sovs. On the second day the leading events will be the President's Handicap, of 40sovs, and Handicap Time Trot, of 35sovs, concluding as usual with the Consolation Stakes, of 15sovs. The club haa this year agreed to include iv its District Race, of 20sovs, one mile, the counties of Tuapeka and Clutha. The secretary reported that the course was in splendid order, the grass having grown well, and as all who visited the course last year declared it second to none in New Zealand, it may be confidently anticipated that it will afford splendid running this season, and with fine weather a good attendance may be relied upon. Our Wellington correspondent telegraphed on Saturday as follows : The following cablegram from Melbourne, which has been placed in my hands by the Hon. Mr Mitchelson, may be of interest to your sporting readers, "Tranter ought certainly to have won the Derby. He was last away at the start, and fell on his head at the turning, thereby losing a few' lengths. Just beaten for a place." Judging from Tranter's running in the Cup, he could have had no possible chance of winning the Derby, accident or no accident. On the qualifications of a starter of horse races an American writer discourses as follows : — The starter must be a man of great resources, fur to start a field of horses needs the eyesight of an eagle or a hawk. He must exercise urbanity, and unnecessary profanity be conspicuous by its absence from his talk. He must not favour any starter, for that is not part or a parcel of his everyday vocation ; and he must not "leave" the favourite (which has a nasty savour). It will fill the quarter-stretch with lamentation. The dullest of the jocks has the cunning of the fox, aud will take the chance of fine or suspension ; and to beat their combination would be cause for congratulation. Well, necessity is the mother of invention. Let the starter say: "Go back of that mark upon the track, and when I say • Turn !' face to me, do you hear ? But if one shall make a 'break' — now, pray, make no mistake — he won't ' break' again on any track this year." " Now, stand you there and nmke not a move till I say ' Break!' Then get oIT with all possible celerity, and if any one don't move, what I've said I'll quickly prove, for I'll treat him with the greatest severity." An attendant quickly now, sir (we'll suppose his name is Towser!), draws a mark, and in its rear the field alight. Now some over-clever youth, jusb to test the starter's truth, makes a " break," and draws down punishment condign. What the starter said he'd do, let him prove exactly true, and stand him on the ground as he has threatened, either after or before the current race is o'er— or unfit for his position be he reckoned. Such example, I expect, would have its due effect, and when next the word was given them to "Turn!" They would turn and they would stand until " Break '," was the command. It's a lesson t'would not take long to learn. When a boy's set down for cause (any breaking of the laws), keep him down, nor to his sentence give abatement ; nor let any intercession to his sen* tence cause remission ; nor pay heed to efforts for his reinstatement. One or two examples made — tho' " It seems hard " may be said — would cause a new departure in docility. Fives their friends will always pay, and suspensions of a day have been shown to be of very small utility. If a case you'd ever see "for the fortiter in re," here's case — and it's no matter for hilarity; for their ways the public shock and the cunning of the jock is more a cause of grief than jocularity. Marlborough summer races will be held on December 26. Rangitata, and also the Head of the Bay, race's are fixed for December 26, the usual date. The Oxford Jockey Club have a small balance to the good, and will hold their annual fixture about New Year time. I have received the following letter from the owner of Will-If-I-Can : — " I see by the Otago Witness of the 22nd inst., in your report of the Waimate races, it states a complaint was lodged against me for not riding my mare in the trot on the • first day, as she won so easy the second day. If such a , j complaint was lodged I never heard of it. Considering the two horses that were first aud second on the first day were not in the trot the I second day I don't think there could have been any cause for complaint, as I had beaten all the rest the first day. Had my mare won the first trot she would have paid the small sum of £15, and I had £2 on her R the machine and not a single shilling when she won. By inserting the above you will oblige. — W. S. Martin." [The Waimate paper' states that "a protest was lodged against Will-If-I-Can for not running fairly on the previous day." So it seems to me that Mr Martin must have heard of it. However, as the stewards dismissed the protest, being " of the opinion that the horse had done its best," it docs not matter very much.-~ Beacon.] The nominations for the Maniototo Jockey Club meeting on the 15th inst. are fairly numerous, there being a dozen or so for all the events that have closed so far. A credit balance of £57 represents the position of the Tinwald Racing Club. The annual races will be held on January 2, when £130 will be given in stakes, the principal prize being the Cup, of 30sovs. The recent letter of " A Lover of Trotting " in the Referee has drawn the following reply :~ "'Lover of Trotting' is undoubtedly working a very good point, and one which will some day (at perhaps no great distant date) be rewarded by overwhelming success, providing he can get the handicappers of the Christchurch and Dunedin to swallow his tempting sprat. He wishes the handicappers to take particular notice that he is not an interested party, and only a lover of true sport and good handicapping. Yes, a disinterested party he must be, and a true lover of the sport, when he takes up the pen to defend the rights of theownexs of such wel lperformed horses as he mentioned (L.unatio, Claret, Frolicsome, &c), when they have (as he says) been badly treated: . Never will the 30th day of November. 1883. be forgotten by any Bporfc ' who witnessed the performance of Lunatic on the Forbury course, when he trotted unplaced (through bad judgment on the , part of bis rider) from scratch, after showing, pace equal to 2.35 for a mile. The horse may now be losing his pace, which is not a very likely thing, and when I observe him receiving 35sec and 3Osec at 3eathcote and New Brighton, I have no hesitation in saying, should the
ribbons fail to stand the strain of r Johnny Armstrong,' the result will not be long ifadoiibt. Claret and Frolicsome are good and consistent performers, and horses that require watching by the handicappers. Mr 'Lover of Trotting' would better have left unpenned what he la&t week wrote in favour of the above' trottersj'as he wiU find Mr Dowse is too old a bird to be caught napping at this hour of the day, and should any of them be nominated in Duuedin I have no doubt Mr Dowse will be very happy in framing a handicap, and putting them where they ought to be. — I am, &0,, One Who Knows The Game. Dunedin, October 20." The following notes are by " Tout Cela " in the Southland News r-r-The first lot to appear on the lnvercargill racecourse were Gault'd horses. Victory went twice round slow, finitihing fast. The horse is looking very fit. Miss Dodson strode twice round slow. The next to go was No Shennnikin, who went twice round :tt three-quarter pace, moving freely aud well. II is looking, better than he did last year. The chestnut horse Pirate also did a " slow," going round twice. Richards' horse was in charge of Jones. Streamlet made the circuit twice, doing the last half-mile fast. She appeared to be very fit, but in a subsequent gallop split her hoot. Saucy Dick covered the distance slow, ami Kuriwa did walking exercise. Auckland Spring races should be a great success this year, the acceptances and entries for the principal events being very satisfactory. No less than 17 horses .have accepted for the Princo of Wales Stakes, the lot including such good performers as Wapiti, Lady Norah, Britkh Lion, Cinderella, Tatnora, aud Turquoi.«e. At this distance we can have little idea of how the various horses are shaping, and I shall, thertfore, not venture on anything like a tip. The two-year-old race, known as the Welcome .-. t .. kes , has attracted an entry of 13, among whom an a lot of well-bred youngsters. The Winton handicaps appear in a»o fV r column, and as far as I can form an identi.o horßes are put together well enough 'o guarantee good fields of horses starting. L -ti r on I may have something to say as to pro^iUe winners. The privileges for Oamaru races realised ! I£. The committee of the Lumsden Jockey \'h.h held a meeting in Bradmore's Hall on Wed* - « day evening, when they decided to suhnnt n.u annual statement to a general meeting df »•• i, ■» bers to be held in the same place on Satiu\Ly next. Dunstan Summer races are fixed for Decem* ber 22 and 23, and the prize money amounts to £225. The principal stakes are the Midsummer Handicap, of 35sovs ; Dunstan Cup, of 50jovs j Jubilee Trot, of 20sovs ; President's Handicap, of 20sovs ; and Selling Race, of 20sovs, Snapshot's owner was not gratified at the compliment paid him by the Oamaru handi* capper in placing his horse at the head of the list for the Cup race, and the result was that the son of Musket took no part in the meeting. In connection with the Trotting Race at the Maniototo Racing Club's meeting, the following letter appears iv the local Chronicle :— " I am very sorry to sec such a fine entry of horn 1 ;! for the Sowburn Trot reduced to a one hor>e tret through bad and severe handicapping. Auj one who knows anything about trotting and saw Polly trot second to Rodger at the last November meeting will .think and express their opinions as I do. If Polly is not wanted to win, then comes Rodger, who is. a certainty when Polly is out of it ; but trotting men of this district know that Rodger is the second fastest horse in the district, but his owner may -want him for something better. If this should be the case, it would make thingsalittle better; butaaifc now stands anyone starting a horse sends him a w slipper" (as the saying is) to get a roaring start another time. Now, Sir, with your'permission, I will pull the handicap to pieces aud show the general public how a fair and impartial handicap should have been made — viz: — Sec. Wanderoo ... ... .„ — . Rodger ... ... ... io Folly ... ... ... ... 15 Prospector ... ... ... ir> Ruby ... ... ... ... i& Ida ... ... ... ... 15 Polly Walker ... ... ... so Tara ... ... ... ... 35 And the remainder with from 35sec to 45sec start. I would iike very much for Mr George Dowse to show me where lam wrong. — I am, &c, R. W. Hood, Pigroot. By the last mail particulars are to hand of the Doncaster St. Leger, which, as previously cabled, was won by Kilwarline. Tho ultimate wiun'er was the favourite at 4to 1. Merry Hampton, the Derby winner, who, cm the previous Saturday, was at 88 to l r owing, to being coußidered a dead *uu, through being lame, touched 6 to 1 at the post, and was third favourite, Eridspord being second. Merry Hampton was beaten by Kilwarline by half a. length, Timothy being a good third. The value of the stake was 4050sovs. The winner is owned by Lord Rodney, who gave 7000gs for him a fuw weeks before the race. . Merry Hauptun was found to be dead lame in his box after the race. Mr Benzon's horse, Carrasco, was la6t iv . the race. The nominations for the Island Bay meeting give every promise of a successful gathering, they being good in number and having somu gnutl performers among them, The names of HusbW < , Strenuous, Rumour, The Shah, lUvuliii, Forester, Administrator, and Kingask stand ouu prominently in the list. Messrs Wright, Stephenson, and Co, offered for sale by auction, at the Provincial sale ynrds, on Saturday, the privileges in NHuaeotion with the forthcoming Taieri races, to be held ou November 9. The prices realised \»ere as follows :— Gates, £49, Mr T. George j publican's booth, £20, Mr Lawson (Pacific Hotel); refreshment booth, £0, Mr Mills (Mosgiel) ; race cards, £5, Mr Elliot; stabling > £1, Mr T. George ;— total, £81. Glorious weather again favoured "bperationrf at the Forbury on Thursday morning, and Cotton and Turnbull made an early 6tart. A rumour j gained currency— strengthenedperhaps by Stuarfc Waddell's retusn from Timaru ere La Rose bail fulfilled the last of her engagements— that a i trial of New Zealand Cup candidates was eoni templated, but the report was evidently unfounded. Cotton's Snapshot cantered three times round the tan, and Garibaldi went a similar distance* covering- the last circuit, at; about three-part speed. Firebattand Ishniael&mtered two miles on the racing track, Gitaua eolfc picking them up at the bend and bringing them home at ton over the last distance. Turnbull's St, Clair, accompanied by Camerine, went two miles, Le Temps joining in opposite tin? stand the second time round. At the six furlong post Camerine dropped back, aud Le Temps and St. Clair ran home together, the Cup horse going well within himself . In his recent ; gallops with Camerine and Le Temps St. Clair has perhaps never been fairly extended, buc ife is doubtful whether he has foot enough to 6hke in first-class company nevertheless. Moltoia was sent two circuits on the tan at a slow rat* j and St. Ives and St. Swithin cantered to thu five-furlong post and raced home, the former winning anyhow. Wolverine and St. Malo went two miles at half-speed, finishing npafast. ', J. Smith's Drover and Arethusa trotted to the.half <
mile post and jumped off.- On completing a oircuit Arethuea ran wide, and was temporarily eased, - Drover finishing alone at about three-part - speed. Anderson's Baker compassed two miles at a useful pace, and G. Smith's Dunluce was given a good working gallop over a similar distance. Iris and Dispute were restricted to walking exercise, as was also Poole's Jenny. Trapper went twice round the tan steadily, accompanied by Miss Guy over the last seven furlongs. Waddell's j Fairy Maid and Captain Cook, and Goodman's First Lord, were sent two miles, Waddell's pair going a mile and a-half at three-part spesd, and racing home over the last half-mile. First Lord completed the gallop at a uniform rate—threequarter pace. Captain Webster went two miles at half speed, and White's Heartburn compassed a mile sharply. The Dodger had two miles steadily, and Allen's colt (by Le Loup and Daisy) hack-cantered. Taggart's Evening Star was sent a mile sharply, and Hair's Taniwa covered a like distance at a serviceable rate. Mercer's Haricot and Sweetbriar walked on the tan. Excellent weather was again associated with training operations at the Forbury on Friday morning, and the going on the tan gallop ia now even preferable to that of the racing track. The work done was not of a very interesting kind. Waddell was out early, and sent Captain Webster two miles at about half speed Fairy Maid cantered to the two-furlong post, and jumped off, going a mile and a-quarter at top ; and Captain Cook and Goodman's First Lord went a good working gallop three times round, both finishing strong, and pulling up fresh. Fallacy filly and The Jilt gelding cantered six furlongs, and raced round the bend and up the straight. Cotton sent Snapshot four times round the tan at a slow canter, and Garibaldi compassed two circuits at a similar pace, as did also Cameriue and Le Temps. Firebell and Ishmael went two miles at an easy rate, spurting home over the last furlong. Turnbull's St. Clair cantered a mile and three-quarters (twice round the tan), with Mokoia in his immediate wake. St. Ives was sent a like distance at a slightly better pace, and Wolverine and St. Malo went twice round slowly. White gave Heartburn a rattling twomile gallop on the racing track, and G. Smith's Dunluce trotted a mile, and then went another circuit steadily. Dispute and Iris were sent twice round the tan, finishing up fast. J. Smith's Drover covered three miles, trotting a mile and going steadily the remainder of the journey. The Dodger went two miles at a useful rate. Taniwa was given a serviceable mile gallop ; and Evening Star, Miss Guy, and Trapper walked and trotted on the tan. In the afternoon St. James and Lady Constance cantered twice round, St. Clair going a similar distance at half speed, and the Cup horse will hardly be wound up by he advent of the Christchurch Metropolitan. Proceedings were inaugurated at the Forbury on Saturday morning by a trial of Captain Cook shortly after daylight. Witn Sharp in the saddle he cantered round to the half-mile post, attended by Fairy Maid (Dyer up ), and jumped off. The pair rounded the bend and raced up the straight in company, but on passing the stand Fairy Maid was outpaced, and at the six-furlong post she was beaten off. Five furlongs from home Captain Webster joined in and took up the running, leading " Cook "to the winning post. The pace was slow, and the trial apparently unsatisfactory. Trapper (Dyer up) was also tried over a mile and a-half in view of the Oamaru meeting. Dunluce raced with him for nearly six furlongs and then dropped back beaten. Miss Guy picking him up at the far side and bringing him home. The old horse shows a lot of dash, and the spin evidently pleased his connections. G. Smith's Dispute and Iris cantered twice round the tan, finishing up fast ; and J. Smith's Drover (Sharp up) and White's Heartburn negotiated a mile at top on the course proper. _ Cotton's Snapshot cantered three and a-half miles on the tan, and Garibaldi was sent three times round, spurting home over the last furlong. Gitana colt was given slow work twice round. Anderson's Baker went three miles at a good rate ; and Goodman's First Lord trotted a mile on the racing track, and afterwards cantered a mile and three-quarters on the tau. Turnbull's St. Clair, accompanied by Camerine, went two circuits on the tan at a strong pace, Fireball joining in o^er the last half mile the first time round, and Le Temps bringing them home over the last six furlongs. Mokoia went twice round at a slow rate; and St. Ives covered a simiiar distance, going the latter half of the journey at top. Wolverine and St. Malo cantered a mile and three-quarters, racing up the straight; and Allen's colt by Le Loup went twice round at an easy pace. Waddell's two-year-olds hack-cantered. Later on Jenny went a mile against the watch, and Turnbull's St. James and Lady Constance cantered on the tan. Yesterday morning Snapshot, Camerine, Fireball, Le Temps, and Garibaldi were stripped and sent three times round the tan at a slow rate, Gitana colt accompanying them over the first two circuits. St. Clair went twice round sharply, and St. Ives compassed a similar distance at half speed. Mokoia went a mile and threequarters steadily; and Arethusa was given a amart gallop twice round, as was also Dodger. Dcover trotted a mile, and afterwards went a mile and three-quarters at three-part speed, spurting home over the last distance, but going a bit short. Allen's Le Loup colt cantered twice round the racing track. A cold, dull morning was that of Monday, bnt tho work done was more than ordinarily interesting. Turnbull brought out St. Clair about 4 o'clock and tried him over the New Zealand Cup distance, Mokoia accompanying him the first round, and St. Ives bringing him home over the last mile. The gallop was a good one, and the result apparently pleased his trainer. Waddell sent Captain Webster three times round the tan at three-part speed, Captain Cook joining in over the second and third circuits ; and La Rose went a mile and three-quarters. Poole's Trapper and G. Smith's Dunluce compassed a similar distance at a sweating pace, and the former is now going in grand style. Jenny did a mile at a useful tate, as did also Iris ; and Miss Guy and Dispute cantered seven furlongs, and afterwards went a circuit at top. Allen's colt by Le Loup cantered twice round with a trotter (Snider), and White's Heartburn went a like distance sharply. Anderson's Baker negotiated three circuits steadily, and Goodman's First Lord>enta mile and threequarters at a similar rate. Cotton sent Snapshot and Garibaldi a rasping two-mile gallop, the former treating himself to an extra round— •the result of a new bit. Gitana colt cantered once round, and Le Temps, Camerine, and Fireball raced a mile. On covering a furlong Fireball was outpaced, and Le Temps finished a length in front of Camerine with all tho best of the weights. Dodger went two miles on the racing track, covering the last mile at a fast rate. J., Smith's Drover ran a mile and a-halfagainstthe watch, but he hardly moved with his usual freedom, and the time must have been considerably over the record. Later on Waddell and Turnbull cantered their two-year-old 6. % Another cold morning was associated with training operations at the Forbury on Tuesday, and the horses were mostly worked on the tan. Indeed' the outside of the racing track wants top-dressing badly. Waddell Bent La Rose twice around slowly. Captain Webster and Captain Cook galloped a mile and a*half jn company, both moving freely j and Good-
man's First Lord covered a mile and threequarters steadily. J. Smith's Drover (Sharp up) went a similar distance at a better pace, as did also G. Smith's Dunluce.' -Poole's Trapper (Dyer riding) was given a switching gallop twice round, accompanied over the last circuit by Miss Guy, who appears to be a fair "sprinter .; and Jenny went a mile sharply. ■ Cotton sent Garibaldi two miles on the racing track, going /the second round at a fast rate. Fireball and Le Temps went' twice* 'round the tan at top, and Gitana colt cantered seven furlongs ; Camerine going three circuits at a like pace. Tumbull's St. Clair was sent three and a-half miles in sweaters, St. Malo attending him over the' last half-mile. St. Ives negotiated a mile and threequarters at an easy rate, and' Wolverine and Mokoia went a like .. distance steadily. The Dodger was sent, two miles sharply in view of his Taieri engagements, and Taniwa cantered. Later on Turnball's and Waddell's two-year-olds did slow work ; and Cotton's Ishmael went twice round the course proper at an easy rate. !
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NOTES BY BEACON., Otago Witness, Issue 1876, 4 November 1887
NOTES BY BEACON. Otago Witness, Issue 1876, 4 November 1887
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