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COURSING.

A FAMOUS GIIEYfIOUSD.

(Bf "VINDEX," IH Tttß SPOKT3KAN.) The English stud dog Herschel dfod of natural doeay in Augtmt Bfiatifully named at the ottteot by Kr ITornby, tbe acm of M Phetson »nd Star Qaxmg toon proved hiuifiolf worthy of his high aouwlinj titbr. Hia mnideu attempt resulted in hi* dividing the Hay-d-jck Champion Proicce Stake (137 iitonevs) run in October, and the following month at tno Altcar dub metin« h« won \ba Sefton Stakea outright. This Utter petforu^aHca at oaea stimped Horschel aa " & nailer," because hfs H^ydock ordeal was a pretty s».iff one, enpenialty for a pupiiy, and to come steam m so tnorD a tlmo with bitch renewed force thoireii %h*b tha right prit, «3 well aa the speed and stylo, vrin thoi-e. He was thon 1 tid by for th« Waterloo Cup, and this, after beatiog L^mbo, Shofo, Ch»rminj Bwa, Longest Day, and Jenny Jones, 1m dlvid«d mm Greater Scot, both being tramod at Birkdalp, although the victory would ea*i!y havo beon Hei-B«he4's had they tun out Tha A Loir Olub January meeting liavintr been pnetpoDol that season until after the Waterloo Cup, Herschol made one moro appeoraare ia hii puppy suturan, and divided the Members' Cap. His two courses here on the fir*t day were most brilliantly cinr. but slight lameiu sj affected him on th« tecona morning, and Mibsequ&atly he fald a vlnit to tna late Mr R. Iluttoa, with a uv.tt eoceefsfvl reaulfr. In hin second setaon liurs^lt«l w«a first antirul foe the Club Oup ak tho Altcar Nov^mhor mttetiut, but frosi o»unlng an aVandoutsoeut we aatv him in th« Haydock Qrand Pr.»3 inßtead, and this mi*cbasce gave vi a Buries of p>nr%»pH the most brilliant displays in He»s:hera splendid career. In hh first course he o-Wly onough mat Greater Sc^t, the keucel o>mpuoio«« thui bving Cjdlfcd upou to fight the Waterloo battlo out. Tha result was a most one-«W<s-1 victory for HemcheT, and he poKshcd off all hW subsequent opvonents ia equally decisive f^hion, rattling to his h*res with great tire, and loading several speedy greyhoundfl, including Uuic liolksa, three leftgtber. Shortly after this distemper made its utnveleomo appeiranco in tha Birkd»le k«nuel, and Hertohcl did not altogether eec*pe. S ill he w«a very well by Waterloo time, but being wound up for tha original dato, February 22, the comrrt pitch bad somowhat Blackened by March 3. Hit first coursa was brimful of excitement with such an oppouent as Misa Glondync, whom he fairly beat for ppeed in a poor trial at a three-l<-gg«^ hare-. Hi thon dißposod of Mahonia, and the speedy Irish door Tuliocbgoi urn (whom be bad proviomlw led and beaten in the Haydock Grand PtizeX bafi in the fourth round, after an undecided, he waa beaten by the winner, Burnaby, althangh Ilersohol fairly led a length to the h*r«. Burnaby, I bcllcvo, was not intended to run had tho nvjeting come off at tho original date, co that he had noC been kept at tension like Tierechel. Up to tht3 time Heranhel had won 25 courses (exclusive of two byes) and lost ono. Heraohel's third season was an unlucky one. In the Club Cup at tho Altcar November meeting, after beating Fashion Follower »nd Resiactraut, he sutUined an unfortunate defeat from Wigtown, aud after turning the table* npoa htat over the samo ground in January and also beating CrofK the Burn and Piccadilly, he had his coloura lcYeriMl by Happy RondelU, a very smart bitch at that time. At Waterloo, however, bn came out again in his old form, quite wiping out any stain tint attached to his earlier defeats. Eia first course was quite brilliantly run, much regret (ivftey such a fine performance) being manifested at his limping back quite lame. This, howover, did not prevent his Bho wing to the same advantage next time, and his tbini and fourth efforts were equally fine. Unfortunately his fourth waa a terrible gruoller, a demon h»re (which he could not leave, so gamely wa« ho running} taking him over tha bank from the Withina right away to Gore House Wood. It was deemed doubtful whether or not he would go to slips next morning ajrainst Fuller ton, but he wu in master bands and cami out in wonderful he*rt. Of course, he 'started d«ad slow, Fullerton having marten all his own way to begin .with, but a good trial gave Hemchel titno to warm up, and be wan ousting his hare in such grand style that he might still h«ve turned the tablet had he allowed pussy to live.

This closed Herschel's running career, Mr Homsby's deeply regretted death taking pface before the next ae»Bon came round. To enumerate a tithe of his successes as a sira would eccupy far too much space, but it has been a ttriking fact in connection with his progttay that they have often enough figured at the end of every stak« at a u>e*ting. Nor hvi thU achievement been confined to meetings of leeser importance. A wonderful tribute to Herscbel's popularity and success was the fact that over £0 of bis progeny took part in the Waterloo of 1894, and aa usual they caino splendidly out, a daughter and sou in Texturo and Falconer running t\t»t and second for the Cup, hla dnußhter Fr«« Kick dividing th« Purse, and his son Happy Reiic dividing the Plate. Oddly enough this great achievtment wag almost exactly repeated last Frbruwy, or rathec March, for the big event w«s delayed until March 15 and following days. Aa hi the previous yecir, about a third of the 61 claimed his paternity, and whilst a daughter and ton (Thoughtless Beautjr and Fortuna Fhvente) were first and second for the Cup, a son (Word of Honour) divided the Puree, and another ton (Forum) divided the PUte. Amongst other remarkable successes may be mentioned the fact of his offspring swiping the decks in the Members' Cup at th« Altcac Club January meeting this year. Five out of tho la3fc mx were by him, and Grease (the only alien) going out in the next round left him in undisputed possession. Fair Floralie and Fortuu* Favente eh*ring the honours, with Free Kick, Fit for Anything, and Fabulous Fortune standing next. A distinguishing feature of Herschel as a sire has been the way in wlrch he has st«mp«d his excellence not upon one or two of a litter, but upon the whole family. This was connpiouousljr the case with Mr Matthew Fletcher's litter from Fine Sport, embracing F«lconer, Forum, Free Kick, and Fit for Anything, ana still more so with Messrs Fawcett's Fafr Future litter, embodying Fabulous Fortune, Fair Floralie, For« tuna Favente, Fortune's Favourite, Firat Fortune, and Fair Favourite— all winners. Herschel as a whelp was the property of Archie Coke (he was by his own dog M'Pherson), but was sold to Mr Hornby with the stipulation that ho never left the kennel. He must have been a, source of splendid revenue jointly to Mr Hornby's nephew and John Coke, and it is certainly remarkable that three such wonderful stud triumphs as Birkdale can boast through M'Phcrcon, Greentick, and Herdchel should have bo? n achieved by one kennel.

Daniel Coakley, licensee of the Park View Hotel, Inverc&rgill, was fined £5 (and costs) for selling liquor to a person who wai in aa intoxicated condition.

At luTorcargill the price of gas h»s been fixed after December 1 at 13a 4d per 1000 ft, snbjeob, to the usual 50 por oent. reduction. 6u supplied for ooking and manufaetoring puc* pozes will ba supplied at Us Bd^g«b|eob to 6ttf» same reductiou,

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COURSING., Otago Witness, Issue 2175, 31 October 1895

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