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NOTES BY "MULTIFORM."

Tho Egmont-Wanganui Hunt Club Meeting takes place on Thursday next on the Wanganui racecourse, and promises, as usual, to bo most successful. Amongst the dates fixed for the principal events in the colony are :—September 4 and 5, Marton; September 18 and 19, Rangitikei; September 26, Wanganui Guineas; November 2, N.Z. Cup. The dates for Australia include :— October 5, A.J.C. Derby; 7, (Metropolitan Stakes; 13, Caulfield Guineas; 19, Caulfield Cup; November 3, V.R.C. Derby; 5,. Melbourne Cup.

A yearling filly by The Victory was sold in England last month for 400gs. During this year in France Sans Souci ■11. has won £17,800 for Baron Edouard de Rothschild.

The New ZeaLanders, Lion Heart and Liquid Air. are now being trained at Kensington by T. Ward. The defeated crack threle-year-old, Polar Star, has been eased up in England in the hope that he will return to his best form by the Autumn. The two-year-old filly by Malster from Aurous, the property of Mr. C. L. Macdo'mald, has gone into H. Munro's stable at Caulfield.

At the Newmarket (Eng.)) sales last month the reserve on the Trenton mare Palmy 'Days was 3000 guineas. She did not change hands. S. Morrison, bookmaker, was fined £5 and £3 13s costs for betting with a youth under 19 years of age named Roy Wilcox, of Lismoire, at the last Grafton races.

Mr. Richard Oroker, who won the English Derby with Orby, has distributed the rich stake attached to that event to charities. Mr. Oroker has also paid off the bank overdraft of £371 on the Hospital for Incurables at Donnybrook. Prophecy (Phoebus Apollo—Problem), half-sister to Solution, and a fair performer in Wesi Australia, has been purchased by Dr. £>'Meehan for 1000 gns. She was formerly the joint property of heir recent purchaser and the late Mr. T. F. Fenton .

After winning the English Derby with Orby, Mr. Oroker offered to back his colt against Slieve Gallion, in a match, for a substantial sum, over any distance fa-om 5 furlongs to 3 miles. Mr. Oroker's only stipulation was that the match should take place in Ireland. Captain Greer declined the.proposal. The Collar colt Frank Gill won the Coney Island Jockey Club Stakes at Sheepshead Bay, New York, a few weeks ago. He cut out the mite and a half in 2.33 1-5 on a, track that was termed heavy. The value of the race to the winner was £4000. The chairman of the V.R.C.. at Ihe annual general meeting, stated that after all the talk there was as to the lowering of the steeplechase jumps it would come as a surprise to learn that the whole situation had been generally misunderstood, and thaFTihe jumps had not been lowered. The stone wall and the log wall had been lowered, but theve were still plenty of 4ft. fences that were quite big enough for any horses. When Polymelus won the Princess of Wales Stakes, 1£ miles, at Newmarket last month, it was generally known that he was not quite fit, and some of the opposition went out to try and break him up in the heavy going. It was of no avail, however, as he simply outclassed them, and won as he liked. Mr. J. B. Joel gave 4200g5. .for Polymelus last year, and since then has won four races of a total value of about £10,000 with him.

In touching onthe crouching seat an English writer remarks that he has never understood that ultra-short stirrups are nec&ssairy for this style of riding. Among the prominent jockeys at present following their calling in the old country H. Jones does not ride with very short stirrups, neither does Maher nor Lyne, and Sloan rode with a longer stirrup after he had been a season or two in England, Mid rode lii'imtely better. The scientific truth involved in a horse's capacity to gallop more freely with the weight on his withers does not necessitate what is called the monkey seat. , Although Scot Freo's lameness has kept him in his stall several days, he is now making; such good progress under veterinary -treatment that it would be unsafe to dismiss him for his Melbourne engagements, even if it is advisable* to leave him alone so far as the Metropolitan is concerned. At the same time he may, after all, be a runner at Randwick, as the commencement of the meeting is seven weeks away, and he is well forward in the matter of condition. The hghest price secured at the bale of Mr. J. B. Haggin's yearlings at the Elmendorf stud", U.S.A., was for a chestnut colt by Star Ruby (by Hampton out of Sceptre's dam), out of Gnaciocity for whom Mr. Dunnell gave GlOOdoi. A bay colt, by Watercress out of Linda View, brought SOOOdol., and

went to H. B. Duryea; while for a colt by Watercress out of Sister Jeanie, and a cold by Goldfinch out of Duchess of Towers^ Mr. A. J. Joyner paid 45Q0d01., and 4800dol, respectively. Two other youngsters, by Royal Mush, brought i'OOOdol. apiece. Although L. Hewitt rode Lally when ho won at Ascot, he did not have the mount when that horse won the Eclipse Stakes, of 10,000 soys., last month. B. Dillon was on the soii of Amphion, who

started at sto 1 against. There were seven runners, and according to a cable appearing in the Calcutta paper "The Asian," Sancy, who was beaten by a head, started at 5 to, 2 on. The result must have unpleasantly surprised puntors, as. taking previous form for it, Lally's chance of beating Sancy at a mile and a quarter certainly seemed a poor one. Bribery gained another Grand National victory on Saturday, this time over fences. He originally cost the Tasmania^ sportsman Mr. T. Gatenby, £150 when he got him from his breeder, Mr. James Redfearn, and after winning several races in Tasmania and the Grand National Hurdle Race at Flemington, My. Gatenoy put him up for sale, the New Zealand trainer A. J. Price getting him at £600. Bribery failed badly in the Caulfield Grand National Hurdle Race, and he then looked dear, but his victory n the Caulfield Natonal Steeplechase (worth 1100 soys. to the wnner) made him a cheap horse. Tartan is going very well, and with a race or two"beforehand he may be a factor iii the decision of the w.f.a. races at the A.J.C. meeting, though, of course, he is likely to be a better horse at Flemington than at Randwick. Poseidon and Apologue work together, and the former shows, to more advantage than the New Zealander, though the latter is in excellent trim for the time. •Nothing serious has yet been asked of Mooltan, and it is the same with Florence, wliq. after seeming to suddenly go somewhat light, has picked up, again. Proceed is battling along, and is fairly forward, but it cannot be said that up to the present track work has shed any light upon the possible result of either of the Australian big events. I At the recent annual meeting of the English Jockey Club a considerable amount of discussion was indulged in amongst members about the bad riding so prevalent on the English courses at the present time. Mr. Leopold de Rothschild pointed omit the bumping ■which frenuently occurs .after a start has been effected. Lord Downe replied, expressing his appreciation "that the matter had been brought forward, and agreed that there had been a certain amount of dissatisfaction about the starts, and thought that incompetent jockeys should be suspended until they could ride. He admitted that the present riding was the worst he ever remembered. Lord Londonderry concurred, and referred to Archer and the school of jockeys who used to ride long and keep their horses straight. IX O'Brien has arrived at Randwick with his Derby representative, Maranui, and Chamade, nvho is engaged in the Breeders' Plate. .Maranui is a nicelooking colt by .Malatua (Malua Faithful) from the Carbine mare Grafin, and moved nicely when doing easy work. Chamade is" by the Cuirrassier horse Uhlan from the Graf ton mare Heriot, and is consequently half-sister to that good performer Multi-fid. It is to be hoped luck favours the veteran New Zealander for his pluck in taking on the Australian trip with two unknown quantities, so far as public form is concerned. During this week Mr. Stead's team is expected to put in an appearance at Randwick and, according fo advices Boniform is in great heart, his six furlongs in lmin. 17 3-osec, when he easily beat Count Witte in a spin at Riccarton recently, being the best time ever put up over the ground on which they galloped. Boniform's sister, Sun glow, is also said to be very smart.

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