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CAP AND JACKET

[By Remington.!

RACING FIXTURES. May 2, 3.— Welliugton Eacing Club. May 10. — Epmont Kacing club. May 19, 24.— Takapuna Joe bey Club. May 24.— Wanpanui Jockey Club. June 6, 9.- Auckland Eacing Club Winter. June 22.— Hawke's Ba> Jockey Club Winter. COURSING. May 12, 16.— Auckland Coursing Club. June 13, 16.— „ „ „ July 11, 14.— Aug. 15, 18.—

Vakeel broken down badly. Auckland coursing season opens next week. Prime Warden and Lady Zetland are spoken of as likely visitors to Australia shortly. J Quadrant not such a cheap purchase after all to be beaten by a mere pony like Acacia, even at a differance of 2st. To morrow (Friday) weights are due to appear for the first day's events of the Takapuna Jockey Club's Queen's Birthday Meeting 1 . The handicaps for the two chief events of the A.R.C.'s Winter Meeting are due to make their appearance to-morrow, the 4th inst. | ' Jubilee Benson ' is reported to have made a wealthy marriage, also that he has sent over .£20,000 for investment in West Australian mines. I hear a lawsuit is impending over the recent seizure of the racehorse Potentate at Hamilton, thus preventing him from competing in the races there. Crazy Kate has had all the worst of tho lucK of late. She would probably have won last Saturday, but for being cannoned against just at the last hurdle. A Sydney paper warns pony men to be on the look out for the Maoriland pony Kathleen, which, it is said, is reckoned one of the smartest bits of pony horse-flesh alive. Crazy Kate's name appears in the list- of entrants in the Egmont Steeplechase, which iti run on the 10th inst. The mare has been allotted lOst 61b, which gives her an undoubted chance in this event. Major George has only oue nomination in the Northern Champagne Stakes, '95. This is the Nelson-Tenambra oolt, Neptune. He, too, is on the small side, like his brother, but a good shape withal. There are one or two more willow trees at Ellersiie whose removal would be beneficial to the race course. There we have beautiful trees becoming eyesores. They obstruct the veiw of the horses running. Only on the score of his juvenility can I explain the indifferent running of Grenadier last Saturday. A two-year-old, though as late as this is, has the worst of it amongst older horses. I expect the colt to blossom into a pood three-year-old. Gray's startiog machine, which was used for the first time at Canterbury Park (N.S.W.) recently, was not altogether a success. Several bad starts resulted, and in the Park Stakes four horses only got away, the rest of the field being left at the post. Certaiuly a novelty in Demies is that which takes plsce under the auspices of the Taranaki Jockey Club. It is called the Hack Derby, and is for a stake of .£l5O, <£30 to the second, and .£2O to the third horse. Nominations go in on the sth. inst. and race is run on Boxing Day, 1895. Some E'en are really hard. I heard one remark the other day, anent the Garrett Benefit Eace Meeting, that he certainly did not approve of the object. Men should provide for their own families. He would have to do so for his. This man was not a sporting man. If all sportsmen were like him there would be little charity amongst us. Ladas was a warm favourite at latest advices for the English Derby. Ladas is owned by Lord Roseberry. If the colt gets home, Lord Roseberry wins an old bet of a sovereign made at college on a triple event. First, that he would marry the heiress of the time : secondly, become Prime Minister of England, and thirdly, own the winner of the English Derby.

Occident is reported to be doing good work at the Forbury. Barnado, who is being schooled at Riccarton, jumps in splendid style. Bonnie Scotland is being spoken of as a likely winner of the V.R.C.'s Derby. Weights for first day's events at Takapuna are due on Friday next, the 4th inst. Fishmonger is apparently not the horse he was. He looks well — and that's all. Pill promises to be a good hurdler. In his schooling he has been performing satisfactorily. lam glad to see ' Borderer ' about town again showing only slight evidence of his recent accident. A bullock race was one of the most exciting events at an Easter Monday race meeting in Tasmania. It is reported Strephon (the Ingomar— Elgin horse) will no t be seen again with the colours up. Billy Weston, an old time NZ. bookmaker, has taken a couple of billiard tables to the- Coolgardie goldfields. Only one actual first favourite got home at Ellerslie last Saturday. This was Red Rose, winner of the Pony Hurdles. ' Buff and Black ' corrects the error that Rangipahi had changed trainers. Potts has still charge of the son of Feve. Mr E. Gilpin has given such satisfaction to the JN apier Park B.C. as starter, that he has been appointed permannently. Lord Ashton has developed a leg, and it is unlikely he will be gotfit to race again. So opines the Special to the Weekly Press. Looking through lists of entries for coming events, it does not seem as if the Douglas team of jumpers are intended for Australia — just yet, at any rate. The chinaman was in it again as usual on Saturday. A ticket inside and a ticket outside on the big dividends is a usual thing for the almond-eyed one. Merechal Neil's good day seems past. Always uncertain, at times showing almost brilliancy as a hurdler, his form last Saturday relegates him to the duffer brigade. First Nelson is gettiug a bit of the beef off him. At Avondale he was very big. At Ellerslie, last Saturday, he was still big looking. Considering this, he ran exceedingly well. Punters had a bad time of it at Ellerslie last Saturday. The meeting was for a good purpose, and that is some consolation when they think how many favourites went down. The Adelaide Cup favourites both fared t>adly. Titan and Vakeel were thought to be the two best in it, and when Titan died, Vakeel wa3 pounced on. Then Vakeel breaks down. Potentate's win at Ellerslie, ou Saturday, was all the more meritorious from the fact that during his sojourn at Hamilton his exercise was unavoidably restricted. The little chestnut should certainly shine when thoroughly wound up. At last the painstaking Wapiti trainer scores with the ' wild 'un.' Swiftsure I mean. Harry baa had no end of trouble with this wayward little mare, and I don't know that her trainer's tongue has not been a bit ' wayward ' over her sometimes. John Lennard can't complain of his luck after winning the Benefit Handicap with Acacia, Dorothy just got beat in the shorts. Acacia's running here was a vast improvement to the form displayed by her at Hamilton. At Ellerslie, however, Bhe looked a different mare. All will agree that it is unfair to all — to say nothing of the danger entailed to horses and riders — to run races in the dark. His Excellency — whose presence honored Ellersiie last Saturday — could hardly have been over anxious to witness the earlier events or he would have been there to time. With all due regard to the courtesy necessary towards the vice-regal party, I think racing clubs should endeavour to get off their events as true to programme time as possible.

A band of lady tin-kettlers has been formed at Carterton. Happy Carterton ! . Professor Brown-Sequard, whose death was cabled the other day, th.ught he had discovered the secret of perpetual youth and could keep death at a distance as long as he chose. He prepared a sort of vital elixir which he declared would do the trick. This stuff he used to take regularJy, declaring that it would make a new man of him. And yet Death has ' gathered him in !

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CAP AND JACKET, Observer, Volume XV, Issue 801, 5 May 1894

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CAP AND JACKET Observer, Volume XV, Issue 801, 5 May 1894

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