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IN A NUTSHELL.

has left for Christcturch. **-The crack English filly, Sceptre, stands iS.3j.

— A. Pringle left for a trip to Melbourne on Sunday last.

— An English three-year-old has been named XThe Imperial Light Horse. I ' —In the V.H.C. Grand National Hurdles the Held has to cross 15 fences. ( — According to the Australasian, Rawdon, >he -winner of the V.R.C. Grand National JBurdles, started at 10's to 1. ' — Mr Robert Dearie, an Epsom resident, was present to see Ard Patrick wm this year's ;©erby, and it made the seventy-sixth time he 9ias witnessed the ra.ee. t — Tiie V.R.C. National Hurdles, won by ißawdon, was worth £1104. — Royal Conqueror is a half-brother to JLottie, the Auckland Cup -winner. ' —Mr A. Milter p<ud 243 guineas for Rawdon, the winner of the V.R.C. National Hurdles. • — Laureate was a late order here for the iFinal Hack at Wellington, but he finished outeide the money. , — Sceptre was accorded a special parade for >the English Derby so that the people could get a batter view of the favourite. , George Hope has now settled down as a trainer on the West Coast. His string includes Regret and Will-o' -the- Wisp. .' — Covelly was accorded a little support here for the Maiden Hack at Wellington, but the "wise men" were on the winner Dodona to a man.

— A Wellington telegram states that the racehorse Right Metal was so severely injured when be fell at the water jump in the Wellington Steeplechase that he had to be destroyed. — Mr R. S. Sicvier, the owner of Sceptre, who hag in his time played many parts, and who lecently turned trainer, had 26 horses in active commission when the last English mail left. — The English Derby .weights have b»cn changed as follows — Colts raised from fi 7 to 8.10 " and fillies from 5.2 to 8.3 in 1862 . in 2884 the weights were raised to— colts 9.0. fillies B.S.

— Osborne, the Australian-bred gelding who won tha Final Hurdles at Wellington, w;is an in-and-out crstomer when racing on the flat. If I remember rightly he was once given away for nothmg. — Waiwhera, the winner of the Final Hack »t the Wellington meeting, is a chestnut mare by Quilt from Waikaha, by Torpedo— Cascade, and cost Mr R. Paterson 170gs about three months back.

— Now that he has stiuck winning form, which reads something like what he displayed two or three seasons bpek, Plain Bill should have a chance in the Grand National Steeplechase with 11.0. — Prior to the recent Eng'n&h Derby being contested, a "prnying- gentleman" wrote to the owner oi Sceptre, saying that he would pray lor the success of the filly 11 Mi ttievier put him on £500 to nothing. — The Christchurch Press says that judging horn inquiries already made for accommodation, Grand National week thi= year promises to be a very brilliant one as regards attendance from the country and other parts of the colony. — Dodona, the winner of the Maiden Hack at the Wellington meeting, is an aristocrati-cally-bred young lady. She is by Hotchkiß6 ftoni Sybil, and her dam, Sybil, is by Leolinus from Atlantis, the dam of the defunct St. Legor. —At Epsom on thr day tlmt Ard Patrick icon the Derby the ex- New Zealander Seahorte kiarted in the last race on the card and finished bot placed. This was the Effington Plate, one mile, and .Seahorse had 9.3 and had no supporters at 100 to 8. — Rewdon's tune (smm 4S3ec) in the V.R C. Grand National was the same as Grand Flaneur put up in the Y.R.C. Champion Stakes. The record for the Oliampion waa established when Quiver and Wallace ran a dead heat in smin 23Jscc. — Miss Blair, by Blairgowrie, from Record Beign'a dam, was recently destroyed by her owner. About two year 3 ago the maio got cast in her box and fractured her rouud bone. 'A post mortem examination showed that the ljone had become so diseased that part of it ihad crumbled away. — For five guireas (per ad. in the London Buort sman) a seat in a four-horse coach, together with champagne luncheon, seivice, and ccurse expenses mclusne, was to be had by ■aryeno anxious to "do" the Derby in style. A whole coach, including luncheon, etc , was to be had for 60g=. — Ladas, who started at 9 to 2 on when he won the English Derby, went out a hottei favourite than any winner of the race during the ptiat 60 years. GaHe« More stai-ted at fours to one Oji, and Hermit, whose starting pneo was returned as at 1000 to 15, 19 the longest priced hor6e to score since 1850.

— A Sydney telegram state 3 that Battle-axe has reached Sydney, and is returning to New Zealand by the Monowai. He is Tap.dly recovering the knock-back he got through breaking a small blood-veßsel in the head oitei running mth eßraybrook Handicap. There is nothing Berious the matter.

— Commenting on Lord DagoLert's perfoituance in the Kensington Steeplechase on the first day of the recent V.R.C. meetiug, "Pretender," of tho Melbourne Sportsman, sal' 1 that he measured his fences with the accuracy of a milk vendor, and jumped them w.tb the regularity of a rent collector. — The official Tecords of th; last Y.R.C. Grand National Hurdles show that the first mile and a-hal/ was cast behind m the next four furlong-i m 59sec, the succeeding jaali-rmles m 53963 and 57iscc rcMiect.ve \. The last mile of the jcurncv wa.i run in lmm 4DJsec, and last six furlongs 1.1 limn 27sec. — The Sydney crack, San Fran, 15 pdvertisc-d for sale, and probably the last hns been sc-e/i of the Gozo horse on the turf ban Fran won a Sydney Cup, a Randwick Phte, and the Metropolitan Handicap (111 which he beat 23 Dthers), and carried 9.7 into second place iv the lest Melbcrne Cup, won by Revenue 7.10

— Waiwbera, the winner of the Firil Hack at Wellington, had a large following in Diinedin, and his wm put many of our local punters on good terms with themselves, ps it formed a good finish to a good day. P.aan Bill, Loch Eren, The Swimmer, Dodona, a'ld Wai■whera were all well supported Tot their races.

— Rambling Kati», who took the Manchester Cup, of SOOOeovs, cost, Mr A. M. Sniper 2000sovs vhen he bought her from John Danso.i, juu Rambling Katie, said to be tli^ firest Hampton mare in England, was ndrlen by J. Watts, 'on oj the famous horseman John Walts. He is n lad of 14, end has- ridden three winders this fpasov. .

— Eawdon's victory in the Y.R.C. Giand National Hurdles was his first win over fences.

—T. Faunt, who rode Speculation in the V.R.C. Maiden Hurdles, put up a pood performance When a mile fn-ni th-> post the bit of the horse's bridle broke, and F-unt took his mount across the i<-si. r.' c i\ncea aiid finished second.

—Mr A. Bailey, a worthy South Ahican Eporstman, has donated £&)0 ?. year for fl\o year 3 to provide horses for the mount' d dnl's of the Sussex Imper al Yeomanry Mr Bailey hss a "solid" way e?i rxp r e-sin^ )v* admiration for the corps, which earned the aj'prcca'ion of the gentleman named by th" i. ,\ ih'> !■> 'h <?d during the late war. — A New York writer says that ,n v.c-w of tli«> fact thai email h*ve been sendum iui««ke</leil

horses to the barrier in races at Gravesend, the stewards have decided to put into effect an old rule inflicting a fine of 50dol upon an owner who sends such s horse to the starter in any future race. In this -way owners will 'be compelled to school their horses.

— James F. Caldwell, no*ed as a starter of racehorses in America, died about the end of May. He was born at Danville, Ky , 65 years ago, and during his long career on the turf he officiated as starter at almost all of the prominent tracks. Ten year* ago he was. known as thej "Prince of Starters," his income then being from 20,000d0l to 30,000d0l a year.

— Prior to R-awdon's win in the V.R.C. Grand National Hurdles, he finished unplaced in a small hurdle event, and after the National the Melbourne Sportsman said ' Rawdon's outing in the Crown Hurdle Rac?, 10 days pnor to his Grand National victory, iruat have improved '•he chestnut several hundredweight. £•> thought careful observers, at anyrate.

— Snider is not progressing fa\ ournb!y in his training, and may iiot be take i to Christchurch. M'Lean has taken up The Maltster and Moslem Maid, and his team now consists of Snider, Moslem Maid, The Maltster, a four-year-old by Ruby — Tangi, and the trotting pony Uncle Sam. Teddy has baen leased, and will probably be seen out at Christchurch duriijg the National gathering. — Princess Helen, the dam of The Swimmer, a winner at Wellington over big country, ia by Lcolinus from the imported marc Nellie Moore, the dam of Lochiel. Captain Webb, the sire of The Swimmer, was sired by Nrtator (a noted sire of jumpers) from Fame, the dam of Dudu, and in the C.J.C. Grsnd National Hurdles, won by Kulnine in ISO 2, Captain Webb ran third. D. Brszil. the'eross-country jockey, who rode successively in Ireland, Australia, India, and America, and who was recently warned off in connection with the steeplechase frauds at New Oriean9 (America), has been reinstated. He has proved that he was invited to join the jockeys' ring, but declined. Th»y, therefore, made a dead set for him, and saw to it that he should not win, no matter how geed his mount might be. — Last year's Derby wn iict Volodyovski was boaten by* two lengths by Osbech m the Coronnnoi: Cup (w.f.a. with allowance), one^ mi!e and R-h»lf. on th^ second day of th" Epson* Derby meeting. T'le winner is a fou^-year-oid colt by Oberon (ton of Ga'opin) p-.d carried the same weight, 9.4, as Volodyovski. The latter horse put up a fair perform p^c* for a reported roarer, as behind him were good performers in Santo), Black Sand, King's Courier, Flour d'Ete. — The following are the draweis of placed hor°C9 in Tattersall's consultation on the Grand National Hurdle 3ac, which closed with 33,500 subscribers, and was drawn pro rata —First, Rawdon, AViuter and Oxbrou, caro of H J Winter, Delorame, Tasmania, £1732 10s- second, Colonel Shilmski, Davis Family, care of Miss A. Davis, Sydney Homebush, New South Wales, £693; third, Manser., the Coming Company, caro oi R. w. Tute, Austra'iAn Star office, Sydney, £340 10s. — The French Derby was run on biuiday, June 1. and was won by Retz, by Le Haul> from a Dcncaster mare named Betromo. Le Hardy is a grandson of Hermit. Retz wrs ridden by J. R«iff- The attendance at Chantillv where the race was run, was a record one, fhe"'"eate" realising over £4720, against £3400 lost year, and more than £100,000 was turned over at the "mutuals" during the day. Ibe race run over a mile and a-half, ard the weight (9 2) W.--S carried over the journey by the winner in 2min 35sec. — Pnor to the recent Towers (Q.) meeting these trainers who reckoned to beat the touts by galloping their horses in the darn were badJy left A local paper says that the tcuts got over th*> difficulty by organising a flashlight {service and a chain of signallers from the four-iurlong ta the seven-furlong post. When a horpe would flash by a post, an acetylene bicycie lamp would flash the fact, and along the chain of watchers would pass the words "Longford," "Araxes or "Acrobat," anticipating the arrival of the ealloper at any one of the posts. —An off match, against time (says an exchange), was made in England after returning from the recent City «wid Suburban Mr oam Skinner the well-known Shadwell spoitsman, backed "Time" for £10 against a pan of pome., standing 11 hands high, belonging to Mr to do (go-as-you-please) 12 miles -n the hour. Mr Knngsman covcied the moncv, and j start w»fa made from the Greyhound, .Shadwsll Heath. The course was six miles out ana home throu-h Romford. The distance was do-ie in 34min, the tenth mile being compl»trd in aniir — According to exchanges just to hand, » °reat finish was witnessed in the V.R.C. Grand National Hurdles. At the distance Colonel .t.-,nhneki and Rawdon drew right clear, ami f^u^ht out a magnificent battle to within «• couple of btudes of the post, where Rawdon by a supreme effort, got h's he?d in front, and won by that tnfl?. Nansen v.a~, four !»n-;tns off thud, and Co-.quest, two leugtiis -aws\, fcurth, pucceeded by I=is, R«-a'iia 11. ' ;■ Fcam, Holkar, Tib. Risdon. and Ca <- fcrnia as named, with Baiileaxe ?nd \\ ollcg--lang la«t . . — A Calcutta paper says it ha= lisfn decidid rot to approach his Majesty Uic Ki'ip v, M\ reference to th» presentation of a cup as a, troyhv for tho Coronation Stakes r»t the C.i - ruftn Second mealing in Jai.uary. and owners v.-ill have to be content 'o lun for thf hacr!=ome sum m specie, 10,000 rupees, provided by the Calcutta Tiirf Club. It i=< uiuVr<ood that Lord Marcus Boresford, to whom ihe mattpr wat, bioachcd, pointed rut t'<at wh:!" h.s Majesty would personally have bern ddightrd to accord his patronage in the mai.ner tug-gcst-e<3, his doing <=o would lav h'ni ovsen to endless similar applications fiom every British dependency fill ov°r tho ve.lr! The.=e. ;f Calcutta received a run. wou d I>p difficult to refuse, and th<- C.T.C -U^nrd-, have accordingly refrained from further .tction in the mutter, and have thereby «parrd tbn King ro bttlp expense aad Lord Marcv.^ ci d'e-s corrcbpondence.

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IN A NUTSHELL., Otago Witness, Issue 2523, 23 July 1902

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