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TURF NOTES.

(By Nimrod.) FIXTURES. Jauuary 10, 11—Whangaroi R.O. January 15, lfi—Tuapoka County J. O. January 18, 22. 25—Wellington R.O. Jauuary 21, 22—Wairoa County R.O. January 22, 28—Foxtou R.O. Jauuary 25, 29, February I—Takapuna J.O. January 29, 30—Pahiatua R.O. February 6, B—O. J.O. February 19, 20—Woodvillo .1.0.

Riflemaid's saddle girths broke aud she lost her jookoy iv tho oarly stage of the Wairarapa Cup race. Shd coutiuued running aud galloped round the course. B. Olliver, tho jockey, escaped injury. Duloiuea seoms to bo developing an erratic temperameut at tho starting post. In both of the events she contested at Tauherouikau tiie Bouuie Scotland mare was responsible for a late despatch of the field. During the two years that Elevation has been raced, the son of San Francisco aud Stepfeldfc has started in twenty events, of which he has won niue, has boeu second in six, third in one, and uuplacod in four. His winnings total £3485—£1310 at two years and £2175 as a three-year-old. Mr G. G. Cork heads the list of winning owners at the Wairarapa Racing Club's Summer Meeetiug, his stake money amounting to £300. Then conies' Messrs J. Monk £200, W. Uragg £200, W. E. Bidwill £180, J. S. Adams £1(55, J. Cress £160, W. McKenzie £120, T. Crosse £115, "Mr Highden" £110, H. Nee £85, C. H. Smith £85, Burt Bros. £80, A. Barclay £80, A. White £25, W. Skleuers £20, R. Speedy £20, O. A. Bunny £20, J. Hayes £20, W. Smart £20, R. Kuox £15, J. Macara £15, K. McKenzie £15, C. F. Vallance £10, R. W. Paterson £10, Gardeuer and Miller £5, H. Hodge £5, F. Armstrong £5, J. F. Buchanan £5. A northern scribe says that Mahuta has been a pronounced disappointment at the A.R.C. meeting. B. Olliver's riding of Sherlock Holmes iv the Reynolds Welter on New Year's Day was the subject of an enquiry by the Wairarapa Racing Club's stewards on Thursday. The result is that Olliver will have to stand dowu during their pleasure. The death is announced of the thoroughbred stallion Pilgrim's Progress, from acute inflammation. The handsome sou of Isouomy aud Pilgrimage was bred iv Euglaud, aud in 1892 was imported to Victoria by Mr W. McCnlloch. While there he sired winners of stakes amounting to over £43,000. It was Mr H. Friedlauder who brought, him to New Zealand, and he was placed in premier position at that gentleman's Kelburu Stud. Among his stock in this country are Buuyau, Golden Way. jr-rini, Mercy aud Paragon, five three-year-olds that have attracted a lot of admiration. The loss is a severe one to Mr E. Gates, the Asbburtou breeder, who purchased Pilgrim's Progress at the dispersal sale of the Kelburn scud in the spring of 1905, at 800 guineas. Abundance, who won the A. JO., and V.R.O. Derbies and the Y.R.O. St. Ledger of i!) 02, was the principal performer sired by Pilgrim's Progress. The bearers of the Hon. J. D. Ormond's cerise jacket were in great form at the Aucklaud meeting. Zimmerman aud Dawn won the doubleAuckland Cup and Railway Handicap —on Boxiug Day. The stable's record on the concluding day was a win each for St. Aidau, Dawn and Zimmermau in the Sylvia Handicap, Newmarket, Newmarket Handicap and Auckland Plate respectively. Buccleuch was first favourite in tho Wairarapa Cup, Tupono, Aboriginal, Moloch, Saga, Riflemaid and Grand Slam being supported in the order indicated.

Captain Braithwaite's horse, Playmate, carried off the two principal flat events at the Waikanae Racing Club's meeting in au easy manner. F. Langstone's horsemanship at the Wairarapa Racing Club's meeting was of a high order. His record for the two days was six firsts, two seconds, and two thirds. T. Pritchard rode three winners, and R. Hatch, A. Watson, aud S. Reid two firsts each. In the Makowhai Welter on the first day of the Raugitikei meeting, Probability almost came down in the straight, and after the race the stewards, on their own initiative, held au inquiry into the riding of G. Price on Flotilla, it being alleged that he cut across the course from the outside when making his run, thus interfering with Probability and subsequently bore The Stake on the rails. Price mot with a hostile reception on returning to scale. After hearing the evidence of the boys riding, Price was fined £10 for boring. He stated it was not intentional, aud that he had to keep his mount moving or else the public would have said he was not trying. As regarded the Probability incident, F. Whitehouse said the mare stumbled herself, consequently Price was absolved from any blame in that direction.

Bookmakers' fees at Tauherenikau amounted to £232 10s. Eleven laid odds on the first day, and nine were present on the second day. All seemed to be well patron ised. Orderly was deemed in such a bad way as a result of his fall on the first day of the Dunedin meeting that he was destroyed. The Officer gelding was a useful sort, and his loss is no small one to his owner.

S. Reid has steered twenty-six winning horses this season. Mr W. E. Bidwill contemplates sending Elevation to Australia, probably in the spring. After the race for the Auckland Cup, the A.R.C. stewards were called upon to hear a somewhat unique complaint lodged by M. McGrath, the trainer of Mahuta, against the starter for hitting his horse with a whip prior to the start for the Cup. The stewards went down to view the horse, when in the paddock. Clear evidence was found of his having been somewhat severely beaten. It was thereupon decided to censure the starter, and to further inform him that it was no part of his duty to chastise a horse, no matter what the circumstances might be. It may be explained that Mahuta gave a deal of trouble at the post. Bonny Glen showed symptoms of unsoundness when being led away, after competing in the Auckland Cup, and he will probably have to be treated to a prolonged rest. English racing statistics show that no fewer than 40 owners had won

from £2944 upwards in stakes each this season, that being tho amount which was credited to his Majesty. Six of tho owners referred to won "five figures," Mr W. Hall-Walker throwiug in for £17,700, Lord Derby for £13,969, Mr J. B. Joel for £11,98(5. Mr W. B. Purefoy for £11,822, and Mr W. Bass for £11,122. During the saiine time 85 horses won upwards of £2000 each, the most successful performers being Lally £11,555, Woolwmder £9.4l7,Saucy £9204,Lesbla £80(56, Slieve Gallion- £7705, White Eagle £7571, Orby £6717, and The White Knight £0405. As giving some idea of the amount of prize-money to be won iv England, 11 stallions were credited oarly last month with winning this year from £9782. upwards. The most successful horse was Gallinule, 17 of his progeny won £22,888. St. Frusquin also had 17 winners, and they accounted for £22,570. Other horses high iv the list are Desmond £18,715, Amphiou £17,475., Orme £17,277, Martagon £14,574, Diamond Jubilee £13,445, Persimmon £11,699, Oylleue £10,539, Isinglass £10,123.

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TURF NOTES., Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume LVIII, Issue 8955, 4 January 1908

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