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IN A NUTSHELL

— Next Saturday v.ill p-ee the commencevvent of tb-e $L&i bourne Cap meeting. — Fio'.d Gun sot left -at the post in th." "orth. OiajiO Oiit> a "d lock no further part :ii i]-g race. E'v«iau ha= incurred a lOib penalty for the Stewards' Handicap, and his weight for that race is low 9.1 — Acceptances for the first day of tho Ti'jnton ,Tock«y Club's meeting are due on Friday of this week. — The English-bred filly Lovelorn hs= now wor twice runnir^. and is apparently going n justify the importation of her ciatn. — The* Ypldhurst cast-off Nobel is understood to have been backed to win a large stakrf* in connection with the Melbourne Cup. T)ip handicaps for the Taieri Amateur Turl Club's Oieeung are <hie on Friday pf

this week, and acceptances close on Tuesday next. — The 1550gs filly Ormulu is fancied in scins quarters for the Stewards' Handicap, in which, she is in at close to the minimum weight. — The three-yeai-old colt Kina, who won th-e Rimutaka Handicap at W«llington last week, is a half-brother by St. Ambrose to 'Sea King. — Sweet Angelus is reported to be shaping well in her work, a-nd is regarded as one of the dangerous division in the Stewards' Handicap. —Mr J. S. Branton, the owner of Maltine, gave 400sovs to the Hospital Fund to commemorate bis horse's -win in the Metropolitan Handicap. —An American horse named Country Joy recently trotted a mile under =tiudle ni 2urra lOJsec p.t Cleveland. Tho time constitutes a. saddle record, — Sunburn, the winner of the Stepniak Stakes, cost 175gs as a yearling when sold under the hammer at the dispersal of Mr G. G. Stead's stud. — Sir Geo. Clifford had Flitaway. Bxo<k3v sword. Sha-rpshooter. and Fasnakyle in the Stewards' Handicap, but did not eontin-ue the engagement of any of the quartet. — Silkweb's win at "Oamaru was a -welldeserved turn oi fortune, and a-3 he is apparently sound he should go on in a winning vein whea the oempany is not too highclass. — Prince Foote's defeat in the Ga-uLfield Guineas, is partly attributed to the fact that he tried to run off the course owing to being unaccustomed to galloping oe * left-hand track. — Two Xew Zealand-bred co-lts in Saltaxe (Stepniak — ReeH and Ambrosi? (St. Ambrose Marlin) may be amongst the runners iv the V.R.C. Derb3", which is to be run on Saturday. — Tho Gore Racing Club have been favoured with excellent acceptances /for theiir spring rnseting, and if fine weatiher is on hand the club should experience g successful gathering. —An American tbree-year-old named Jim Logan (Charles Derby— Effice Lrogan) recently paced a mile m a race in 2min sisec, which eqvals the world's record for a horse of the aje mentioned. — A paym-ent for the K.Z Cup and Stewards' Efouidicap is due on Wednesday next, and acceptances for other events to bs decided on the first day of the C.J.C. spring meeting are due at the saina date. Kopek, the three-year-old brother to Oiyoi, who made a winning debut at the Knrow races, and followed it up by a dual win at Oamaru. is evidently going to prove p useful boaier of St. John Buckley's colours. — Obsono has b?eo rrnning unluckily thisseason, as he has put uip *a dead hea+ and two seconds. Form such as that means that the weight is kept ur>. but there -s not a corresponding amount of bullion garnered by the ownei . — Lord Kelvin, the winrer of the Juvenile Handicap at WeU'mgton sold at 250es as a, yearling when under the hammer at tbe late Mr Stead's sale Lord Kelvin was got by Multiform frojn Sans Peur, a lialf-sistei by Soult to Cruciform. — Royal Marine, who got amongst the -winners at the Wellington meating. was <=ckl at the "dispersal sale of the late Mr Stead's stud at lOOgs. He was grot bj- Pioyal Artillery from Gulioy. by Wallace from Horiense—the "Flying Hortense." as she was called when racing in Austria. — Ossia-n. who a few years .xgo was backed to tfin upwards cf e^CJO-cvs in ro-mectun with the Melbourne Cup. is still 111 wor.;, although now in his twelfth year. His name has been changed to Fieht On. and <'io change is not inappropriate if the geldm-x is not getting too ossified for racing puiposes. — The Si Simon strain is not dominating lh« situation m England this season, as Persimmon and St. *rusquin are the only sons of the famous sire who get in the first eight on the Ji=--+ of winning sires up to d«te Desmond another =on of St. Simon, is ninth on tha lifct, whilst Diamond Jubilee, who 3=l now in South America, comes twelfth tn tha list. — Federal's gallop of 7mm l c ec under 3.0 -,it Oamaru is exceptionally smart, and thiq hors? is saire to run well in ihort races at the Cuo meeting. He is not the most generous finisher in the world, but his undeniable bi-illiancv may carry him through under a light weight to the end of six fuv-lor-gs in particularly rapid timp. — Czar Ko'ohol demonstrated lie was in ?ood racing shape by the way he won at "Wxneatiii, and now he has followed thai lip by beatins Cvmbiform and Cronstadi over a mile in the President's Handicap at Os-naru. The Czar is a useful frrt vn to .a nnlp ard has won tw:re since his trainer (J M'Kendry; has hold a lease of the geld- — Hermo^a - the rUm of Oiyoi pnrl Kop^k, lies produced a couple of er^cd grallopers in the gsltlmgs name:l and she nay produce 'Offsthine out of th-? common to Charleiragne 11. who w?* Vi latest mate _a=> th<>re is a good ncibihty of a better mc< being obtained irmn Si «iiron than that sumsestarl by breodmg tho mare to a horse of the Mu«ket Kr.e. . _Tlif Allendp.le Sto '.: Farm « i'p-nort^-1 mare £Hna Patch, a osughier af the world's champion Dan P-itfh Umin so?ec». has forled a clt to Abb--v Bell=. T 0 new c<-.ru<>r has a ei^t °\---d nhn italic Hint il is to b- hoi -d the r->lt will hvo thrive, ancl de-eon in the T-.ght '"y- ■' would only bs fi fiturf reuard for the srroat crterpri^e" displayed hy the ov.ners of the tiro and dsm. — All Red'-* win in the Wc'!ir?frn Har'iicap imd?r 9 S in r-oaw sroinp- ««nn to en-3 nlea=in°- evid-rc that h^ is i' 1 ?o, d sha'se to run in *I*3- XX Cuv He h, never. frUect to sain a o'are in to C'-iampion Pate. anrl if Master S^ n't j* so sieatlv sup^r'or to Vlva.an as Dari'.^ Euinonr M'" rr-ts. then M.. = 'er S'-.Ti should b= rt All Tti>d in the Cur T'nf lSunat'lv. M-»=tei SOIIH is riimoii'^d tn bo aim", but it may not b? anvthm? <='rirrs. Th 3 ftccoinmr dition provic'f-d for thp 1 ookmakers at a recent rrctins; in EnelanJl wen j.rai! that they t< n"n un th-eir quar ters in snot her place Th' cnuimittec 00rißpdid th?t th" rpgulatiOJ-> pc-itwns =boull 1,0 ccupiei-l. wherfUTxm the layers refuse 1 io co businesp. ap'l no l^ettLne: took ijlacfon the <iist rice. On nwnfs threatening to withdraw their hors-es the boikmak^'s were perraitt-pc l t-o tike nn th« positions -fhpv bad previously filled, and tha w?jjerira duly proceeded upon the 'piraijiiiis- event 6 . — Z\ci\ Cow. -who recently won the Don-<-3st"r Champagne Stakes, n^d is nrobaWy the bsst tivo-3-ear-old in Eneland this e-ea-son. a= he ivn.^eied the unbeaten LemLarg and Admiral Hpwke ir the race, it is pleasing to note. i c clo&elv r«lat"cl to Ben zen Lan . one of the sires at the Waikan^e Stucl T?enzcnian is a =on of C P ->. whilst Neil Cow is p Ken of Chp'anflrr, a- half-si<=lpr toBcnzoma'i's ciaw Benaonian is slso a haUbrotHer lo tbf> Dc-rby winner Cicero, and in time Fhonld r-Tove himself a valuable addit'on io tho IC.Z Stud Book —At the Donoaster m2eiing Lord Eo=ebery's coit Neil Gow somewhat -unexpectedly dei'epted Admiral Hawkp aril T,?mT>"rg in the CbanipagTl« Stakes. Tiie last-natnecl^ -n-lio

had «n unbeaten record, started an odds-on favourite, but could do no .better then finish third behind Admiral Ha-wke (brother to Pretty Polly), whilst Neil Gow won by a length. Neil Gow is a chestnut colt got by Marco (son ox Barcaldine and the Hermit mare Novitiate) from Chelandry, by Goldfinch (eon of Ormonde) from lUuniinata-, by Rosiorucian from PaTaflln, by Blair AthdU j — #he defunct St. Ambrose is having ; posthumous honours thrust upon Mm ; by the -wins of com© of fiis stoct in the north. M-any trainers . strongly decry horses got by the handsome son of St. Simon and Ambleside, and when St. Felix was semi out favourite, and -proved, an " also started " in liis race at Wingattii, plenty said, " I told you so." Still, the writer is not going to condemn St. Felix or Odessa, and expects to see both win before long, although the latter may . require a brief spell before showing his true form. — Formoean has up lo date t»d very few representatives on the turf, aaid daspite the fact thM he is a brother to that great maTe , Cruciform has been very much negl-acted as a ; sire. He commeaiced his stud careei at Mr H. Fridlander's Kelburn Stud, whore he ha-d to *hare th« honours with. Finland and Pilgrim's Progress. The Stud Book shoivs that he ha* had very fetr — in fact, I haTdly any — thoroughbred mares. Where the h-ors=« is now the writer dees not know — perhaps buried in the obscuritT -of the backbk»cks; but «« the sir« cif -two such fast ones as Feder?il and Boutade. it might be worth sMnebodv's trouble to discover the bi? son of St. X«esrer. — Cymbiform's win at "Winaatui in the Rsnfuily Htmdicsp was not cocfirm-ed by a further ' success in the North Otago Cup. | Tn fact, he was handsomely beaten by I Boutade. a nlly of hk ovra age, whom he met at level weights. Crondstadt has apparently com* on since he was racsd at Ash- j burton, as he r<m second to Boutade, and ; ran ,C v nibiform to a neck when the pair . finished behind Czar Koloho!. From this j it would appear to be safe to mark Cron- , stedt down a better three-year-old th'i-i Crmbiform. The latter has had every j chance to p?ct into lacing condition, whilst J the Stepniak colt had his training inter- j rupted on two occasions by fairly serious accidents. . — Sunburn's comfortable defeat of Martyre in the Stepniak Stakes and also Fireglow. who was classed as one of th-e smartest ; youngsters at Riccarton makes the former out a decidedly smart juvenile. Acoordinjj to the report of the race Sunburn won comforts hly by two lengths vi 49. which is fa-irly smart for a two-year-old, as cHse on a couple of fux-longs are on the collar in the Oamaru ttraicht. ' Sunburn is bred on similar lin-es to Noolvrifonn., as his dam Droug-ht gees back to th-e Panic maTe Xisthtmare. the third dam of N-c-ctuiforni and Nightfall In fpct. that war probably the reason why thp late Mr G G. Stead bousrht Drought and Dreamer in Australia as matron*? for the Yaldhurst Stud. Both of them are ' clcseJy related to La Kotte. and Szmbum is the first of their produce to- race in New Zealand. — The latest mail to hand from Einglsnd brings the account of the ruiminc; for the St. Leger, for which Bayardo went out at slightly worse than evens and the royal colt Minoru as second fav-oTj,rite. The race atracted seven starters, and the Derby ■K-irme'r, Miroru. was in trouble before reaching the distance Shortly afterwards Bavardo •came atrav without effort, and won by a length and a-half from Valens, who beat iliiiador by half a length for second place. Minoru was four length awa\ foiu-th. The ie°ult of the race clearly establishes Bay- , ido' 1 ? ("''aim to be considered ih-e best thxee- .. ear-old of the ssasxsn. In the first part ' fths year Bayßrdo was backward, and was '■eif-Gi. in ths Two Thousand Guineas and Derby, but he sub?cquenMy struck form, and won the Prince of " Wales Stakes, Eclipse Stakes, aiid other valuable events. Bayardo was got by Bay Rorald (=on of Hampton) from Galacia, by Gnlopin from a daughter of Isoncmy. The value of the s' akp was 645050v5. — Major NO2I BiTch, in his book "Mod-crn Riding," published by Hutchinson. tells of the origin of the "forward seat' 1 as follows: — "The manner in which its value for flaticmg was discovered niay not be generally known. Am American ovn-sr. naving temporarily- lost the pcrvic«s of his regula-r jock-ey. put up a black man who bed little i experience of lacins of any kind. He roda I the raoe very much after the fashion of a ! monkey on a performing dog, right on the horde's neck, and with the knees horizontal. To t'hf owner's preat eui prise he wa3 first .pas^t the post. Aboiit a fortnight later the j regular jockey rod« the same horse at the j-ania weights, and waa beaten in the same company, but on the negro beiug given the mount a second time, he again yon the race. This gave the ownei food for thought, and he was intelligent enough tc hut en the true reason for tlie coloured man's success, which was soon emulated 'oy nost of tho ■white riders in the country." — Prince Foote. who would hardly succeed in winning the blue ribard m a show ring, duly c ubf=cril»ed his name 10 the list of A J.C. Derby winners, and under I'.rrum-."-tontes. too. which wou'd have meaiit cert.'in disaster to pny but a colt brimful of bulldog courage and determination. Far rearly a mile (says a Sjdiiey paper) Princo Foote wais a prood position, and he held ii, for some time after lacing besran in deadly earnest. But abreast of Kensington Prir<e , Footo lost hn place, owing, it w:ib raid, lo one of the beaten division dropping bark in 1. s v. ay. u'~d nme of hu- backer 5 , of whjch he bad legion», at once {rave up hop*. But Prince Foote is nothing if not «ame io th-e core, and the manner in which he wiped out Ins deficit after clearing tha homo turn nnisi have been appreciated ever by > those who had .invested their mono}' clsevwicre Prince Fcote's finishinp- effort was rc.narkably brillißCit. conslderinfr that his effort hnc! besn so long- "=a?tai>ied. and stamped him as a colt that does not know what cciieat is. — Astrakhan was evidertly ir a huiK-mr r,n tbe fir=t day at Oamaru. where h-i won the I?«dc?stle Wo'ter in snißrt time There is no, doubt he can gaJlop .1 b-t v-hen he gets properly to work. 1 and he should Luvo been a iiseful second-c'ass perforu ; er i-.Tie->a of a first-class disappointment to h a owners Horses of the Astrakhan t3*pe, v ho freqi.ently will not, cr ca,nr.ot. gallop in the ecrlv part of their race=. but who gnllcr fre*lv towards the end. may be huffermg from a muscle Eorenefs or jointmess, resulting from rheumatism, that prevenis them Irom jumping smartly off the mark. In such a case hor=os frequently derive a good deal of benefit by beinsj treated to a -canter of, say, once round the course, ' instead of the usual sprint prehmicarv. In the former case a horse is given a better chance to get limber, and lands at -the po=t nicely opened up for the actual race. The long canter practically takes the place of the American "work-out" pallop, to which horses in that country are treated shortly before they are r sited to run. — Mr Harvey Itoulston, •who for many 3"ears was connected with the Sydney sporting pleas, which h& forsook to take one of the positions of stipendiary steward on tfc-o Western Australian Tuif Club, has been

appointed stipendiary steward by the Calcutta T.C. <at £1000 a year. After a term in Western Australia fie returned to Sydney, and was appointed one of the stipendiary stewards to the Australian Jockey Club. Ai few days back, without any preliminary canvassing or the use of inflneaice, he received ai cable fro-m Calcutta^ which embodied the. offer named. A couple of days later tho; offer was accepted, and Mr starts' fo» the land of the rajahs fortirwith A': better m»n could hardly- iiave T>een fixed- . upon. * He' nnderstirnds every phase "of racy ing, having befoje he Trent to Western Aub* - tralia served as a stew«*d Mid h«ndioappea for several pony cluTss «bont Sydney. Mas . "S«m" Grafntle, of Melbourne, "was lasfl year appointed hundioapper for the O»lcutt» . Turf Club, Se, -too, was an old sporting, pressman, and the *uthor of » boolr on rao«' _ ing. —In commenting on Provocation's ddsplajj . in the A.J.C. Dejby, « Sydney writer says:L. " The chief di6*ppoinrmeoit associated with The A.J.C. Derby was the complete failureij of Provocation, who cracked up about nVoj furlongs from home, a. happening- thai da likely to be accepted as evidence of Provo-j • cation's di-sHke to th« distance. But itf might be unwise to condemn Provocation/ too severely thus -early. He soon pulledl himself to the front in the Derby, and! • tugged hasd for nearly seven furlongs. Hiirf jockey probably had orders to ride him in; thai manner, but, all the cam*, Jt is uavwis*. to pull hard on a free goer like Provocation. 1 who would probably have done better had he been permitted to run his own -rac*.., Provocation, while he fought with his rider, probably took more out of hittteelf than had! he been givet? the^use of his head. "A. ■waiting race in froiit" i 3 wise- polky Deyond question und-er certadai conditions, butl you cannot wait in front on a bard puller, except at the expense "of the mount. fhrnf Provocation coukl have won the A.J-C. Derby I under any conditions will not for a-mcan€aatf be believed, but he would h*v« run brfter. even allowing that his oondition may noil have lasted long enough to carry hinrt through when asked to mate all tea own, running. H« wsls quite done a long way, from home, but still struggled on generously." \, — "Sentinel's" address since the Wingatuil spring meeting has bsen the ambulance waggon, and this by way of explanation ot absence from the scene oi action at th«C Oamaru and Gore meetings. "When one is only as strong as the great big ache thai happens to be one's very unwelcome euest ( and exercise for several days is limited t< and consists of changing from lying on W back (some people can • lie standing up) tc! th-e right or lelt side, then there is plenty of tim-e for thinking and dreaming. Th< wriler dreamt he died and went to HadesNo doiibt many psople will gay that it waa a very appropriate dream, so the writer" gets in first and forestalls the market- 1 Shortly after reaching the latest addr-essf given ' the writer met "the oldesrt inhabdi tant." «nd asked him. " Well, what's doirrf by way of amusement." "Racing -ever* afternoon. That ought to suit you," answered the "olflojt inhabitant," who evidently .krue-W tbo writpr eithei by sight or reputation/ "What' Racing every a-ftemoon. You don'l - mean it. That's great! Wh>, 1 was par* ticularlv fond of racing down on earth." '• Nov. Mr Lucifer " (that was the gentleman's name), "honest injtin'. do you reaJly have! racing every day ?" '* Sure thing." quoteß-J the ancient citizen in reply " Well, this place will suit me right down to the ground.^ Racing every afternoon! Why, this can't j be hell?" "Yes. it i% but the hcsr&e you! back will be always sure to eternally losel''

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IN A NUTSHELL, Otago Witness, Issue 2902, 27 October 1909

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