There is little doubt (says " Mazeppa" in the Saturday Advertiser) but that Mata is "meant" for the Melbourne Cup. Every circumstance points in that direction. By cable we learn that he has been backed in Melbourne to win £10,030 at 100 to 4, which may be interpreted to mean that he is first favorite for the race; then I hear that his party have taken all _ the available money from the local bookmakers, which will amount to a good round sum; he has been sent over to Melbourne as early a? possible after the declaration of the weights, of course in , order to get acclimatised to as great an ', extent as he can in the time ; and last, but certainly not the least important circumstance ia the horse's favor is that Mr B. Bay has gone over with him to superintend his training. This looks like business. It is to be hoped that Mata.will not turn as big a fraud as Le Loup. He certainly has been well tried, which is more than Mermaid's son was, before going over. If the horse has really been backed for to large a sum as is stated* the New Zealand backers will be .pretty anxious during the four month* that must elapse before the Cup is run. Why, if the bookmakers were half so bad it, their enemies make them out to be, there might be some apprehension lest they should send out a pirate steamer to seize the Roiomahana and send her to the bottom, for the sake of putting the horse out of the way. Joking apart; Mata's chance is a particularly good one; at any rate, I should not. like to back many horses in the race against him. Isonomy's fast performance is perhaps one of the most wonderful that has been recorded for rrany years past.; In the Manchester Cup of 2000 soys. one mile five furlongs, he got home first with the enormous weight of 9st 3.21b on his back. He was quoted at 100 to 6at the start, the favorites being The Abbot and Blue Blood. The Abbot fioished second, and Blue Blood seventh. There were* 21 starters. Last year this race was won; by Lartington, 3yrs, carrying 6st lib. Camballo, in charge of Mr Vallanee,, left by the Rotomahana for Melbourne, being entered for the Cup. - . The Thames horse; Golden Crown,, is mention'! as one of the prominent ! winners of the past season., The following is a list of his performances:—At Thames: Third in .Railway Stakes, w.fa., won by Magician; second in Publican's Purse, 9st 4lb> won by Bundarra, 9st 4lb; won Consolation Handicap, 9st. At Papakura: Third in Handicap, 6st 71b, won by Piscatorious 7sfc 51b; won Bail way Handicap, 6st 31b. At Thames Autumn:. Won Railway Stakes, w.f.a.; won Hibernian Cupi 7st. At Waikato: Second in Novel Handicap, Bst 121b, won by Barney, Bst; won Selling Hack Bace. At Henderson's Mill: Won Cup, 7st, 2 miles; won Railway HandiCup, Bst 21b. At Panmure: Won Gap, Bst 61bs. 2 miles. Ohinemuri: Won Trial Stakes, Publican's Purse, and Handicap; At Auckland Autumn: Unplaced in Tradesmen's Handicap, 7st 71b, won by Maid of Honour, 7st; third in Consolation Handicap, 6st 71b, won by Libeller, 7st 101b. At Te Awamutu: Third in Cup, 7st 71b, won by Piscatorious, 6st 101b. In a review on .tbe Melbourne Cup candidates " Augur " selects Mata and Sweetmeat as tbe most likely horses of the division carrying over Bst to provide the winner. Regarding Mata, he says : " This is. the champion of New Zealand, . and Mr H. Redwood, an excellent judge, informs me that he considers him the best horse ever bred in New Zealand. He haii.won the Danedin Cup twice, carrying 7st 8!b, in 1879, and running a dead heat with Sinking Fund, whom he defeated in the run off. This year he carried Sat 91b and won by half a length, . several other events falling before him during the season. . In one of these he met Le Loup, over a short course, and the chestnut ran a close second to him, so that according to our Australian ideas of a clinker, he would not be one unless he could give Le Loup 141b and a beating. Mr Barnard has evidently formed, just such an estimate of him, and has handi- - capped him at Bst 21b, a weight which he can race under, and if Cutts has him in best form he will, I think, worthily uphold the reputation of the Southern Colony. • "
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Sporting Notes., Thames Star, Volume XI, Issue 3610, 22 July 1880
Sporting Notes. Thames Star, Volume XI, Issue 3610, 22 July 1880
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