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SPORTING NOTES.

(by flaneur.) The annual meeting of the members of the Wauganui Jockey Club on Tuesday evening had a moat important matter ptaoed before them in Dr Connolly's motion to adopt the new rules of the Canterbury Jockey Club, which divido the colony into "provincial" j districts, aod give the " Metropolitan " Club in each district control of all the smaller clubs within that area. This works all right in most parts of the colony, but will not do so here, as the Wanganui Jockey Club it recognised as ono of the leading racing clubs in the colony, and rightly so, a3 it has done more to foster racing and keep up the sport than many more pretentious bodies. It has been the habit for all the clubs on this coast from Otaki to Hawera and Mauaia to advertise their races to be run under the Wanganui Jockey Club rules, and have looked to that club for advice and protection whenever necessary. Under the proposed Metropoli-tan-Provincial system, the Wanganui Jockey Club would be deposed from the high place it occupies, and the ground it now covers divided between the|j I'aranakiand Wellington cluba, But there are two clubs in Wellington ; which of them is to be deemed the "Metropolitan " body 1 We fancy they will agree to differ for a long time on that subject, as it is clearly a fight for life between the Rutl Park and Island Bay bodies, and the survival of the fittest will alone end the difficulty. In talking this matter over with a leading member of the W.J.C. yesterday, my friend sketched out what is about the easiest way out of the difficulty. He proposes that the Hufcfc Club shall have control of the Wairarapa ; the Island Bay of this coast up to tho Manawatti River ; the Wanganui of the district between thore and the Waingongoro ; and the Tarauaki of the rest up to Wuitara. Such a sub-division would work very well, and do away with any petty jealousies. One thing quite certain, the Wanganui Club will never consent to be deposed from its hard earned elevation a3 a leading club, nor concent to play second fiddle to an inferior body. Tho answer of the Canterbury Jockey Club to the letter of our own, asking what position the Wanganui Jockey Club is oupposed to occupy in a proviucial district that rejoices in no leag than three " Metropolitau " Clubs, will be eagerly looked for, and I shall be curious to see how the Metropolitan Club of tho colony will solve this oonundrum. A familiar face will be missed at our future race meetinga, owing to tho retirement of Mr S. H. Drew, who for so many years filled j the office of time-keeper, Mr Drew was painstaking and accurate, and I for one will miss him, as he was always prompt and obliging to the occupants of the Press room, j Mr William Wilson will hold the watch in future, and I bajre no doubt take the time j correctly, as he_ ia/an enthusiast in that line, and has been timing all our race 3 for years paßtfor his own information. There is one feature in the report and discussion deserving of notice here. I allude to the reduction of the entrance charge from 2s to Is. The change has not been in anyway hurtful to the Club, and was a muchwanted concession to tho bulk of the attendants. What the Club has .lost by it directly it has more than made good indirectly through the '.'machines," It^ould pay the Club ico throw the gates Qp,en"to pedestrians if the attendanoo could be doubled thereby, as tho increased rovenua from the totolisators and other privileges would more than double the amouut now co'lected at the gitea from the public. The meetings cannot be made too attractive, and I trust the Club will never make the mistake of putting up the entrance charge to its old figure. As the programme for the ISSG-87 season Will be framed and published shortly, I hops there will be no cutting down of stakes, but rather that increased inducements and facilities many be offered to owners, so that we may attract the be3t horses to our meetings. Sir George, winner of the 18S1 Wanganui Cup and other good races, was killed near Blenheim lately through being kicked by a cart stallion, who had got into the same paddock. The son of Daniel O'Rourke and Titania had a fair turn of foot, but was given to in and out running. He cam 2 to our '81 Cup Meeting without much flourishing of trumpets, and astonished the early birds by the way he strode along. I included him in the three I selected to fill the places in that Cup, and had the satisfaction of seeing him appropriate tho placo of honor. His best performance was to cover the mile in the fast time of lmin 44J sees, with Sat 101 bup in the Grand Stand flandioapat Christchurch. His understandings wore not of the best, and he wa3 soon raced off them and treated to a spell, bu'u without much succesp, I am glad to notice that Mr We3ton got a win out of Aroha at the Grand National .ncoting. The horse fell at the double in the Grand National Steeplechase, and lost his chance. He wad next saddled up for the Huutera' Hurdle Handicap, in which he finished third behind Lounger (lOst) and lung Arthur (12at 111 b), Aroha putting up 12st 51b. He was again saddled up, and with KM 101 b had no difficulty in showing his heels to Home Rule, Warlock, and Sultan in the Consolation Handicap, of 50 soys ; 2 miles. The richest stake ever run for was undoubtedly the Eclipse at Sandown Park, oa the 23rd, opposite which 10,000 sov3 appeared. The race resulted in favour of Bcntligo, who was at tho top of the betiing when the last mail left England. Bendigo is a six-year-old son of Bon Battle and Hasty Girl, and belongs to Mr Barclay. Candlemas, the runner-up, is a three-year-old colt by Hermit— Fujioe, and belongs to Lord Alington, Mr Hammond's Derby dead-heater, St Gatien, got tho money for third place. Minting did not gstart, and Paradox met with an accident a month ago, which put him out of it also. As it was a w.f.a. race it places Bendigo at the top of the tree. Candlemas is own brother to Sb Blaise and Friar Rush, and won the Epsom Grand Prizathis season, which put a penalty of 71b on hig back for the Eclipse ytakes,

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SPORTING NOTES., Wanganui Herald, Volume XX, Issue 5963, 29 July 1886

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SPORTING NOTES. Wanganui Herald, Volume XX, Issue 5963, 29 July 1886

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