NOTES AND COMMENTS
(By "Early Bird.")
The Taratahi-Carterton meeting will be held to-day.
Tari and Esperance (Members' Handicap), Railand and Itienzi (Carterton Hack), Momac and Sonws Girl (Taratahi Welter), Honey Bee and Stutter (Electric), and American Beauty and Wakatere (Trial).
The three principal events appear to rest between Birkenvale and Comment (County Cup), Matatua and Wonder (Telograph Handicap), and Multaine and Elocution (Maungaraki Welter).
Sleight of Hand has been backed to win both the Great Northern Hurdles and the Great Northern Steeples at EUerslie.
Some pencillera report a full book of Bedford and Jtiyllus with Sleight of Hand.
When the numbers are hoisted for the Great Northern Steeplechase it will probably be found that the field will not n-mber more than half-a* dozen or about eight at most.
The Otaki meeting will be tyeld on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Big fields promise to be the order throughout the gathering.
An extra express train will run between Wellington and Auckland from to-day up to June 7th. Connection with the up express at Marton may be made by leaving Wanganui by the 4.15 p.m. train. Nominations for the Napier Park Winter Meeting close to-morrow (Friday) night. The principal events are the Napier Steeplechase, of 500 soys., Ahuriri Jlurdles. of 35050v5., and the stewards' Stakes, one mile, of 25090V5.
Volo, which ran the outsider Hushman to a neck in the Empire Handicap last Saturday, is fancied for the Raukawa Cup on Tuesday. There are a couple of dozen in th< second leg, the sprint, anyone of which may be fancied.
On Wanganui running a local sportsman assured the writer that Arrowfield or volo would win the Raukawa Cup. To my mind Master Moutoa, with 7.9, looks the best in the race at present. It is stated that Ashley Reed has been engaged to ride Master Moutoa.
Paraoa left last Friday morning for EUerslie after competing in the Century . Hurdle 3. In my opinion, with his penalty, Euripos will again have the call in the G.N. Hurdles over Paraoa, although the latter may have benefited by the race.
Yankee Jack was scratched at 5.45 p.m. on Monday last for all engagements at the Auckland meeting. The gelding was reported to be sore after racing at the Wanganui gathering last week.
The English Derby will be run on Wednesday next, June 4. After his* victory in the Two Thousand Guineas The Panther became a hot favourite. Stefan the Great, who is by The Tetrarch, is second favourite, and the race is generally regarded as a match between the pair. The exAustralian horseman Bernie Cartslake will ride Stefan the Great.
In connection with racing it is a common thing to hear of people dreaming winners, but rarely are dreams mentioned in connection with any other phase of the sport. At Wanganui on Saturday Mr. V. Riddiford, one of the owners of Coalition, stated that he dreamt the Patronus gelding fell in the Grandstand Steeplechase, and as is well known the horse came down. When he fell the girth and circingle both broke, and the horee galloped away minus his saddle.
After such a successful meeting last week it can be expected that the stake money for the big events at the next Wanganui Winter Meeting will be considerably increased. If so, the meeting named will be a serious rival to the Great Northern gathering, says a Wellington writer. In many quarters it is held that the meetings named are held too close to each other, and the clubs concerned would be studying their own inter ests if an attempt was made to get a little more time* between them.
At Palmerston North during the Manawatu Meeting the bookmakers were doing business in the hotels as openly as the pastry-cook next door was selling his buns, says a southern writer. Long ago the Poet and Telegraph Department gave up any attempt it ever made to censor betting telegrams, and now allows messages of this description for racecourses, where the telegraph is prohibited, to be delivered from the nearest public office. There may be something in the stories of a jockey's ring, and there certainly are occasional exhibitions of very suspicious-looking riding, but it seems to me that most of the evils that beset the sport at i-e present time arise rather from the failure of the civil authorities to enforce the law of the land than from the disposition of some of the racing clubs to be too easy in the administration of the Rules of Racing.
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TURF TOPICS., Wanganui Chronicle, Volume LXVI, Issue 17583, 29 May 1919
TURF TOPICS. Wanganui Chronicle, Volume LXVI, Issue 17583, 29 May 1919
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