RACING AND TROTTING.
RACING FIXTURES. Sept. 20 and 22—Otakl" Maori R.C. Spring. Sept. 25 and 26—Geraldine R.C. Spring. Sept. 25 and 27—Wanganui J.C. Spring. Sept. 27 and Oct. I—Avondale J.C. Spring. Oct. 2—Kurow J.C. Spring. Oct. 10 and 17—Ashburton R.C. Spring. Oct. 27—North Canterbury and Oxford J.C. Annual. NOMINATIONS. Sept. 19—Hawke's Bay J.C. Spring. Sept. 19—Napier Park R.C. Spring. Sept. 19—Duncdin J.C. Spring. Sept. 26—Wellington R.C. Spring. Sept. 26—Mastcrton B.C. Spring. Oct. 10—North Canterbury and Oxford J.C. Annual. ACCEPTANCES. Sept. 19—Avondale J.C. Spring. Sept. 19—Wanganui J.C. Spring. I ' Sept. 20—Geraldine R.C. Spring. . Wl Sept 22—Kurow J.C. Spring. Oct. I—Napier Park R.C. Spring. Oct. 3—Dunedin J.C. Spring. Oct. 21—North Canterbury and Oxford J.C. Annual. TROTTING FIXTURES. Oct. 18 and 22—Auckland T.C. Spring. Oct. 25 and 27—Greymouth T.C. Spring. Oct. 27—Oamaru T.C. Annual. Nov. 11, 13, and 14— N.Z. Metropolitan T.C. Spring. NOMINATIONS. Oct. I—Greymouth T.C. Spring. Oct. 3—Auckland T.C. Spring. Oct. 10—Oamaru T.C. Annual. Oct. 22 N.Z. Metropolitan T.C. Spring. ACCEPTANCES. Oct. 10—Auckland T.C. Spring. Oct. 20—Greymouth T.C. Spring.
TURF TOPICS. The weather was beautifully fine at Riccarton this morning, when some useful work was registered on the No. 6 grass track. Link Up was the first to gallop, and, assisted by Head Sea over the last five furlongs, ran a mile, finishing attractively. Miss Mimic and Royal Stag were associated over seven furlongs, the lastnamed going the stronger at the end, though Miss Mimic had to wait for him in the early part. Mac Duff ran a similar distance, going freely throughout. Falstaff and Lovelock were not unduly bustled in a bout over six furlongs. Onslaught and Winter Wind sprinted three furlongs, showing pace. Onlooker's task was six furlongs. Heathercote, Cave Rock and Hiero were companions over a mile, Heathercote finishing in front. There was not a great deal to choose between Once More and Mustard Pot at the end of five furlongs. Post Haste easily beat Strayshot at the finish of a five-furlong trip. Gay Lad's task was a milcj which he covered in good style. Immense was always going better than San Souci in a half-mile sprint.
Achilledes and Red Pool were together when tie post was reached, after going a mile. Punka and Tortrix were allotted a similar task. Paraoa and Wardancer ran a mile, Wardancer going particularly well. Belair and Pyjama were associated in a sprint. Quite a host of others were out doing useful exercise. Even should he have to make the trip by road, F. D. Jones is likely to take a fair-sized team south for the Geraldine meeting. Paraoa is so exceptionally well treated in the Geraldine Cup as to make his presence at the fixture almost certain. Rewi Poto and Gladful will be amongst the horses representing New Zealand stables in the hurdle events at Randwick next month. The latter has recently been taken in hand again at Caulfield after a few weeks' spell. Owners are given a reminder that acceptances for the Geraldine Racing Club's meeting close on Saturday. Itis unlikely that many of the Riccarton horses engaged will make the trip, but there are sufficient South Canterburytrained horses in the lists to ensure average-sized fields. Word is to hand from Invercargill that the Danube gelding in W. Gardiner's team is suffering from a very bad cold, which is interfering with his preparation for the Winton Guineas. It has been stated on several occasions that the Australian three-year-old j Bigaroon is owned by Mr E. J. Watt. As a matter of fact an ex-Wellingtouian who races as "Mr Constable," owns the A.J.C. Derby favourite, who is! trained by J. Whitworth at Randwick. ! The news that Mr T. H. Lowry has ! decided not to send Desert Gold over to Australia will be well received by New Zealand sportsmen, as it will.
ensure the great mare being seen out again on Dominion courses. Entries for the Hawke 's Bay and Napier Park meetings close to-morrow evening.
A cable message from Sydney announces that W. Foulsham has been engaged to ride some of Mr W. G. Stead's team at the A.J.C. meeting next month. D. O'Connor, the crack light-weight, will be the stable's first horseman.
If Buller is ready, writes "Comet," his dividend in the Dominion Handicap at the Birchwood Hunt meeting won't even provide beer money. Fancy only being called on to give Partisan 191b, Orderdown 251b and Miss Finland 311b over Bcven furlongs. It is understood that Mr W. F. .Tames has informed the Clifden Hack Bacing Club that he cannot provide a totalisator staff for the proposed meeting on St. Patrick's Day, March 17. This means the club will require to select another date, or purchase a totalisator itself—a matter the Committee has under consideration.
A very interesting item at. the Pakuranga Hunt' Meeting on Saturday last was the two-year-old parade, which was participated in by 16 juveniles from various Ellerslie stables. They stood remarkably quiet at the barrier, and when the tapes lifted left on fairly even terms, although one or' two appeared a bit barrier shy. Bonnie Mabel, who went through the barrier once before the actual dispatch, was quickest to begin, then Lovelight and Jolly Princess got in front, and the pair were in the lead at the lawn rails, when the field closed up, and the finish was really interesting. Jolly Princess defeated Miss Muriel by half a length, with the filly by Poto'a— Latona, who finished very -fast, a similar distance away, just in front of Nonsense, Lu Con, Lovelight, Landslide, and Bonnie Mabel, who were almost in line. The time was 40sec.
A. Fleming's two trotting cup candidates, Erin's Queen and "Willie Lincoln, are going on the right way in their preparation, but so far no arrangements have been made as to their drivers in the big event. Hardy Wilkes has quite thrown off his soreness, and will contest the leading events for trotters at the November meeting. After being trained locally for several months, the little pacer Cello Sydney Wilkes returned to Dunedin on Monday 'by steamer. All going well, he will be back again for the November meeting. The Gore trainer, J. B. McMurray, who recently returned from the Front, has started again as a public trainer of trotters, and has secured a lease of the boxes on the Gore Show Ground as headquarters.
A start has been made on the improvement scheme at Alexandra Park by the Auckland Trotting Club,, and already the new levels have been taken. The serious part of the work will be undertaken immediately after the club's summer meeting. The veteran trotter Electrocute has been placed on the easy list, but, though he is never likely to race up to his best form again, hopes are entertained of picking up a stake with him at some of the autumn meetings.
The Auckland Trotting Club has issued a very attractive book programme for the present season, containing a lot of valuable information. It shows that the club will distribute £16,100 in stake money at its three meetings. TEMPLAK.
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RACING AND TROTTING., Sun, Volume VI, Issue 1746, 18 September 1919
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