Apropos of the assertions which have been made' that the weights for the second day's races were not posted until 8.30 o'clock on Saturday night, ample proof • has been furnished the writer that an undeserved- reflection has been case on the secretarial staff. A number of owners and trainers crowded in, and then the doors ,were closed, and Mr Ryves Webb stationed at the door with instructions to allow .only owners and trainers in, aa has -always been the custom. In addition to having the weights posted at eight o'clock, the secretarial staff had several type-written copies ready at that hour and; these were distributed to owners and to pressmen. Ample proof that owners and trainers had time to find out their weights and decide whether to accept or not is provided by the fact that all the acceptances, bar one, were made twenty minutes before 9 o'clock — the closing hour. Mr Hall and hie staff deserve every credit for the' excellent and thoroughly up-to-date manner in which they carry out their arduous duties, and it is certain that want of punctuality cannot be charged against the staff. So far as Mr Morse was concerned, he had the weights ready at 7.30 o'clock, and they were posted as stated above, by 8 o'clock, so that there ia no justification whatever for the complaints made as to there being any delay in the' posting of the weights. The English Derby is to Be decided today. The King's colt Minoru is the ruling favourite, while his most dangerous opponent is held to be Bayardo, who had the distinction of winning' every rare for which he started as a two-year-old. Sir Martin is an American colt with many admirers, and there are not wanting- those who fancy the French candidate, Fils dv Vent (a colt by Flying Fox). Should the American and French colts start the race will be invested with the utmost interest, and there will be a great outburst of enthusiasm should his Majesty's colt .capture the blue riband.
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SPORTING., Wanganui Herald, Volume XXXXIV, Issue 12779, 26 May 1909
SPORTING. Wanganui Herald, Volume XXXXIV, Issue 12779, 26 May 1909
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