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March W and 20 Masterton R.C. Autumn. March 21— Papakura Racing Club. March 24 and 25— Napier J'ark Racing Chili. April 1 and 2— Nelson J C. Annual April 11 and 13— W'airarapa R.C. Autumn. April 11, 13 and 14— Auckland R.C. Autumn. April 13 and 14— C.J.C. Autumn. Napier Park Autumn Meeting opens next Tuesday. Easter Handicap weights appear to-morrow (Friday). Mr E. D. O'Rorke headed the list of winning owners at Wanganui Meeting. The Stcpniak horse Muscovite had two easy victories at Hororata Meet- ■ ing. An offer of £400 for Heroism after his Wanganui Stakes victory was refused. Zealous is doing useful work at Riccarton, and is said to be iooking really well. Cruciform is still taking her spell. It is unlikely that she wHI race again this season. Ditto's full sister, first called Dodo, has been re-named, and is now known as The Same. The one-time successful Australian hurdle racer Iramoo changeh hands the other day at 30b. Terrapin put up a fair performance in Hororata Cup, winning the race easily in 2min. llsec. under 'Ist. 111 b. Kelburn has created a favourable impression at Riccarton. He and Gladisla have joined F. Uolmes's team. Grasspan's owner is said to have made £50,000 in bets over that horse's Champion Plate victory at Johannesburg. Renown is standing up to his work at Napier. IHe was fired some time ago, and the operation seems to have resulted satisfactorily. Volodyovski, English Derby winner of 1901, whose seven victories meant £12,000 in stakes to his owner, is standing at the stud, at a fee of 45gs. Sir James Miller's colt Sanroque, own brother to Rock Sand, is one of the most racing-like and promising two-year-olds now in training at. Newmarket. Mr R. Sievier received private offers, in May last, of 38,000 and 40.000c;s. for Sceptre. Yet when offered at auction she failed to reach the reserve of 24,000g5. Independence, runner-up for the Newmarket Handicap, was purchased hist prior to that race by Mr Green, bookmaker, for £500. Independence is booked to leave shortly for South Africa. An English paper says that Mr Fry, the prominent bookmaker who died recently, cared so little for racing itself that he would scarcely turn his head to witness a finish. In this he resembled the old-time English leviathan Davies Panakura Racing Club's annual meeting takes place on Saturday afternoon next. There are some good fields encaged, so that the programme should prove a very interesting one. All who can should avail themselves of the opportunity of the afternoon's enjoyable outing and good sport promised. Woodville Meeting appears to have been noticeable for the presence of a very active force of racecourse thieves. A Martinborough storekeener just escaped having his pocket picked the thief beine; caught in the act. The culprit, endeavouring to (ret away, scaled a fence very cleverly, but landed in the arms of a policeman on the other side. Two five-pound notes had been extracted from the storekeeper's pocket. Two Wellington men were robbed of about £20 iust after leaving the course. A Melbourne man, on a visit, was cased of £30 on the course,,* and another visitor lost a pocket-book containing valuables.
The Hungarian Government spends £125,000 yearly on horse breeding. Hinetaura broke down in the Wanganui Cup. . Chantress, the Newmarket Handicap winner, is barely fifteen hands high. Canteen has practically recovered, and will be put into work almost at once. Yaldhurst promises to have an ex-" ceptionally strong team at Riccarton this Autumn. Rock Sand, favourite for the next English Derby, is by Sainfoin from Roquebmne, and is the property of Sir J. Miller. ' It is considered doubtful at Riccarton ifWelbeck can be got to the post for Autumn events. He has a suspicious-looking foreleg. Machine Gun was withdrawn from Hawkes Bay engagements, the stable preferring to keep him in reserve for his C.J.C. Easter engagements. Wellington backers punted heavily on Advance for the Wanganui Cup. His defeat put a good few hundreds of pounds into layers' pockets there. A Southern writer has found that of twenty-four winners at Dunedin Meeting, nineteen traced back to Musket and that twenty-two placedgettcrs were also Musket's descendants. Certain Southern sportsmen have the opinion that it was neither the weight nor the distance that was beyond Advance's efforts at Wanganui, but simply that the black horse was not nearly as fit as when he raced at the I-Tutt. Mr Barney Allen, the ex-Mel-bourne bookmaker, backed his mare Cretonne to win £17,000 in the Viceroy's Cup at Calcutta, in which she finished second. The strength of tht ring at Calcutta may be judged fiom the fact that the owner started by taking ]00 to 3, and finished his commission at 100 to 4. Mr Allen intends to send his horses to South Africa. Racing has been fast and furious lately, what with the coastal meetings all coming on the top of each other, and innumerable country meetings beinr sandwiched in between. But there never seems to be too much for a large section of backers, who roll up fresh and lively each succeeding day eager for more. Bavaria gave backers a great surprise at Coromandel on Saturday. The Cup was thought to be a Rood thing for St. Gordon, but Bavaria out-last-ed him, after a great race. Havana paid the handsome dividend (if £18. Hvlas got the stake for the Coromandel Hurdles after running second to Revealer. Revealer was disqualified for having run at an unregistered meeting. A certain local backer is parading " the corner " with a disgusted air just now. He backed Great Scot at starting nrice, and the layer insulted him by offering a ten to one limit. He afterwards tendered a fifteen to one limit, but the backer is sticking out for twenty. Custom amongst layers should determine this question ; but then there are always just one rr two layers who are not amenable to custom. This week may properly be called Polo Week in Auckland. With polo competitions on three consecutive afternoons at Remuera, under the auspices of the Auckland Provincial Polo Association, and the Polo Sports and Gymkhana on Saturday at Alexandra Park, polo enthusiasts will devote pretty nearly a full week to their favourite came. The competitions commenced yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon, and will be continued this (Thursday 1 ) afternoon and ' to-morrow (Friday), play beginning at 2 p.m. each day. The competing teams are from Cambridge, Clevedon, Waingaro, Remuera, and Auckland. No charge will be made for admission to the Remuera ground during the sports. The conclusion of the carnival will take the form of Polo Races and Gymkhana. to be held at Alexandra Park on Saturday afternoon. A very interesting programme of eight events has been drawn up. The members of the various polo teams have some first-class and well-trained ponies, so that there should be some really exciting contests during: the afternoon. The novel events, such as Rending Race, Costume Race. Potato Race, etc., are certain to give spectators plenty of fun for their money, whilst the Polo Cup, Hurdles, and Electric Race will furnish some good liliputian racing. There should be a large attendance on Saturday, as at previous sports of the kind, their novelty having proved an attraction to all kinds of pleasure-seekers.
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CAP and Jacket, Observer, Volume XXIII, Issue 27, 21 March 1903
CAP and Jacket Observer, Volume XXIII, Issue 27, 21 March 1903
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