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* Th 6 sporting contributor, " Mazeppa," mentions that " Senex " (Christchurch Press), " Actseon " (Canterbury Times), and " Hippona " (Auckland Star), were among the visitors to the D. J.C. Meeting. Among the bookmakers were to be seen the Northern members Jacob Enks and Bill Proffitt. The English jockey Barlow has entered the service of Mr A. M'Lean, of Hawke's Bay. Commenting on the handicaps issued for the Hawke's Bay autumn meeting, " Fetlock " says :—": — " On the whole, I think, Mr J. O. Evett must be adjudged to have acquitted himself well. The adjustment of the various weights . are to my mind an improvement on the Wanganui scale^ albeit fchere is a large acceptance list for the latten The stewards of the English Jockey Club having considered the application for renewal of licenses to train horses on the club lands at Newmarket, have granted all the applications with the exception of that of C. Archer, which they have declined to renew, and that of T. Brown, which stands adjourned for further consideration. The amount of added money given in Great Britain for the past four years tots up over a million, as follows :— IBBO, £246,866 ; 1881, £249,987 ; 1882, £263,329} 1883, £268,577; Of last year's amount, £85,316 was given to 2-year-old races, £22,609 of which was for selling races, and £125,981 8s was given to handicaps. Ireland contributed £8067 16s 2d of the total amount, and Scotland £6353. 11 Beacon," in his latest notes, says t — As a good many people have expressed the opinion that Salvage was not sold, by Messrs Robinson and Lance to Messrs Mason and Vallance, 1 may state that I have been shown the receipt in Mr Lance's handwriting for the £400 which was paid for the horse by Messrs Mason and Vallance, and one of the conditions of the sale then stated is that if he won the Auckland Cup another £100 was to be added to his price. As we all know, Salvage did win that Cup, and Messrs Robinson and Lance therefore received £500 for him. Salvage has been nominated for the Adelaide Cup, to be run in May next. The Sporting Times of December 30th contained an article on Musket; Fisherman, and Tim Whiffler. After recounting their deeds, the writer goes on to describe their progeny. Of Musket the article remarks ;—; — A short time ago we had occasion to mention that the Victorian Derby had beeu won by Martini-Henry, whose sire was Musket, and whose dam was a daughter of Fisherman. The distance is the same as the English Derby, and the ground was covered in four seconds less time than the ' best on record ' in this country. We can quite believe this, as we think it would be impossible to find on the Enlish turf an animal bred for stoutness to the extent MartiniHenry is. " Senex, " regrets to have to record the death of Mr Bate's mare Hilda,, "winner of the Wellington Cup of 1882, and of many other races of less importance. She bad been suffering for some time from a severe attack of influenza, but the immediate cause of her death was gastric fever. At a Committee meeting of the Canterbury Jockey Club, held on Saturday last, it was resolved to alter the terms of the New Zealand Cup race of 1884 as regards the paymeats from the stakes to the placed horses. These amounts have been doubled, the second horse now receiving 200 soys, and the third 100 soys. Nominations close on March 1. The Hon J. White, the happy owner of Martini-Henry, has sent his mare Lady Vivian, a daughter of Strathcommon, on a visit to Musket. " Warrior," writing from Melbourne, says that a"i present he could see nothing but Martini-Henry in the V.R.C. St. Leger, a race which should suit his present condition. "Senex" supplies the unexpected information that Mr Arthur Bird, well known in New Zealand sporting circles under the now. de plume of "Sir Lancelot, " and who some few months ago took charge of the sporting columns of the Melbourne Sportsman, has severed his connection with that paper. Rumour says that he will join the Leader. "Hippona "is glad to be able to state that the lase Auckland Racing Club Summer meeting was the most successful from a financial point of view that has yet taken place. A profit of between £1700 and £1800 was made during the three days. Ihe club have to thank the totalisator for £1400 of the amount. The Eclipse Stakes, the mammoth £10,000 prize offered for competition in 1886. over a 1£ mile course at Sandown Park, has attracted 269 entries. St Blaise, Fritz, Reprieve, Ossian, Vibration, Cosmos, Medicus, Edison, Royal Fern, Beauchamp, Prince William, Fulmen, Superba, Solitude, Camlet, Duke of Richmond, St Simon, and the Adelaide filly are some of the prominent performers engaged in the race; but Lord Fal mouth has not one solitary representative in the rac. The Christchurch Hunt Club have a balance in hand. At a recent meeting it was resolved — " That the club purchasbthe necessary four couples of hounds from Melbourne, at whatever price they can be got for, but not exceeding £10 a couple, and that the same be paid for out of the funds of the club." The meeting elected the following officers for the ensuing year : President, Mr F. J. Kimbell ; vice-president, Captain Tosswill ; master, Captain Cotton ; treasurer, Mr Cuff; secretary, Mr Penfold ; committee—Messrs O'Connell, Egan, Scott, Wilkin, and Hayden. A sporting waerer, which, in all probability, wili not figure in our betting column, was (says " Vigilant," in the Sportsman), made at Geelong. The backer, a well-known sporting doctor, took £1000 to £3 that he spotted the treble — Newmarket Handicap, Australian Cup, and the perpetrator of the Pettavel murder. For the Handicap he picked Countryman, Le Grand, for the Cup, and for the tragedy. The name of the individual who is selected by the backer for the latter event was given with the proviso that he is not to be counted as a winning horse unless he swings for his little affair. If I were iuclined to bet on a contingency of this description I should back the bookmaker who lays the odds.

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TURF MEMORANDA., Wanganui Herald, Volume XIX, Issue 5295, 28 February 1884

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TURF MEMORANDA. Wanganui Herald, Volume XIX, Issue 5295, 28 February 1884