(From Our Own Correspondent.) Auckland, December 8.
The committee of the A. R.C. decided at their meeting last Friday to hold a complimentary race meeting in honoupf the Earl and Countess of Onslow during their stay in Auckland prior to their departure, on either the 18th or 22nd February, whichever date pleases his Excellency. The Vice-regal party have also been invited by the stewards of the A.R.C. to attend the Summer meeting at the end of this month. I regret to state that the imported thoroughbred stallion Ingomar died at Cambridge last week suddenly from disease of the heart. I fancy Strephon is about the best horse he sired in New Zealand. • The Onehunga Racing Club held their Spring meeting last Saturday on .Otahuhu racecourse. The weather was charming, and the attendance excellent. The amount invested on the totalisators was £2784. The officials, especially the secretary, Mr C. F. Mark, worked hard, and the result was a splendid afternoon's sport, except the starting, which was as bad as at Takapuna. Racing commenced with the Maiden Plate, which was won by Tulloch, a son of the defunct Sword Dancer and the Musket mare Welcome Kate, beating a red-hot favourite in Morion and paying a dividend of £2 8s on each 10s ticket. The Hurdles followed, and the consistent Bit o' Blue won easily from five others, paying £2 9s on each 20s ticket. The Spring Handicap was won by Ingorina, beating Leorina and Ida, who ran a dead heat for second place, paying a dividend of £3 ss. An,accident occurred in this race, luckily without any fatal result. The affair occurred when the horses were running in the straight for the finish of the race. Accounts differ as to the cause, but it would appear that Glaucds, who was first to fall, tripped upon the heels of some horse in whose wake he was travelling. His rider, Hodson, was thrown heavily," and had his collarbone broken in addition to being seriously cut and bruised on the face. Belmont, whose jockey, Lindsay,-had lost his whip, was also brought down. Lindsay, who was thrown clear, bounded to his feet, caught the bridle of his horse, and then fell again to the ground, his left foot being hurt. Otherwise he was uninjured, and he rode in another race later in the day. Hodson was carried to one of the rooms of the saddling enclosure, and after being examined there by Drßewes was taken to his house, the doctor accompanying him. The Pony Race followed, and was won by Silkworm, beating six others, paying 21s for each 10s ticket. The Flying Stakes was won by Ingorina, beating Leorina and five others, paying a . dividend of £2 10s. The Steeplechase followed, and resulted in a magnificent finish, Hopeful Kate, a daughter of the Goldsbrough horse Woolbroker, winning by a head from the game Bit o' Blue, and paying dividend of £2 12s. The Selling Race was won by Octopus, a son of Isaak Walton. This horse holds a kind of mortgage on all selling races up North, being almost as fast as his sire for six furlongs. He paid 30s for 20s tickets. The Welter Handicap wound up the day's sport, and was won by Ida, beating Ma Boughal by a short head, paying a dividend of £1 Bs. Fergus, the rider of Tupara, was thrown in this race, but beyond bruising his head he was not hurt. The weights for the Auckland Cup and Steeplechase appeared on Friday. Although not up to Mr Evett's usual standard, they will, I dare say, produce fair fields, albeit it will take a red-hot one to down Hilda in the Cup with 8.11. She is stinted to Castor, consequently she should run a 71b better mare than last^ year; and thus early I fancy that what beats" Hilda will win the Auckland Cup. Anyhow we have nothing up here to beat her. Crackshot and Morion have been scratched. In the Steeplechase Hopeful Kate, Bit o' Blue, and Parhell read best on paper. They allthree can get the course at racing speed, which is more than can be said for the balance. The Avpndale races take place next Satur-'. day My selections for ' the Cup are' Ida or Leorina; Hurdles, The Colonel or Parnell. Pony Race, Antic or Romeo; Maiden Plate, Morion ; Stewards' Handicap, Leorina or Ida ; Flying Stakes, Capella or Macaroni ; Steeplechase, Parnell or The Colonel. Aida, the last of the mares to foal at Wellington Park, produced a colt foal to Hotchkiss on Saturday. Latest. The complimentary race meeting in honour of of the Earl and Countess of Onslow has been fixed for the 18th February. His Excellency cannot 1 attend the Auckland Racing ' Club's Summer meeting. ' ' '" Inquiries have been made by some people in the know as to what price Freedom and Flinders ' are for' the Cup, and 4 to 1 was the reply. This 'looks as if Mr O'Brien intends visiting us. Tommy Hodson, .the jockey who was , hurt last Saturday/isprogressing favourably. Messrs
J. B. Williamson and R. Williams started a subscription for his wife and family, and have met with a hearty response. It will be some tiire before Hodson will be able to follow his calling. I .have just learned that Mr Stead has enjaged two boxes, Mr Lunn two, and Mr O'Brien three at the Harp of Erin stables.
with Memoir, who had made her effort, looking most dangerous, and Bumptious and Warlaby also struggling on in view of place money. The finish was as exciting as was possible, and Comedy just managed to hold her own from Breach, with the wearer of the royal colours obtaining the third berth from Shancrotha, Warlaby, Memoir, and Bumptious, of whom the Malton colt had picked up a lot of ground. Time, 2min 8 2-ssec. Value of the stakes £1530. Thursday, October 29. DEWHURST PLATE, Of 300sovs, added to a sweepstakes of 25sovs each, 15 ft, for two-year-olds ; the owner of the second received lOOsovs out of the stakes. Last seven furlongs of R.M. Duke of Westminster's b c Qrme, by Ormonde —Angelica, 9.5 ... ... (G. Barrett) 1 Colonel North's b c El Diablo, by Robert the Devil— Tantrum, 8.13 ... (M. Cannon) 2 Mr B. Maple's b c Hatfield, by Bend Or—Labyrinth, 8.9 ... ■ ... (J. Woodburn) 3 Betting : 100 to 6on Orme, 20 to 1 agst El Diablo, 50 to 1 Hatfield. Orme made steady running, with Hatfield at his girths, and El Diablo on the heels of the pair to the Bushes. Here Hatfield began to give way, and with Orme striding along out of the Abingdon Mile Bottom, El Diablo challenged in vain, and was easily beaten by threeparts of a length ; a bad third. Time, lmin . 39sec. Value of the stakes, £1507.
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AUCKLAND TOPICS., Otago Witness, Issue 1972, 10 December 1891
AUCKLAND TOPICS. Otago Witness, Issue 1972, 10 December 1891
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