DEATH OF MR. WILLIAM
A WELL-KNOWN SPORTSMAN.
Sportsmen throughout Australasia will learn with regret of the death of Mr. William Forrester, who passed over to the great majority last evening at his residence, Warwick Farm, after a short illness at the age of 57 years. The cause of death was a paralytic stroke which he received on the 13th instant, and from which he had partially recovored, but a second attack on Wednesday last resulted fatally as aforemen- tioned. Mr. Forrester was a native of the Hawkes- bury district, the birthplace of many enthusiastic sportsmen, and from his boyhood was intimately as- sociated with horseracing. About 38 years ago he commenced to take a prominent part in the national sport, and since then he has bred and owned some of the best racehorses in Australia. In 1870 he won the A. J. C. St. Leger with Moselle, that being the only classic race of importance that he has capturod ; but he has been very successful in the the handicap events, for in 1897 his horses Gaulus and The Grafter ran first and second in the Mel- bourne Cup, aud tho following year the prize fell to The Grafter, who since then has gained distinction on the English turf. Last year the Newmar- ket Handicap fell to the prowess of the Watchdog, who carried the popular crimson and white colours of the squire of Warwick Farm, and the Australian Cup, 1892, was won by Highborn, who in 1890 ran second to the famous Carbine in the Melbourne Cup. Mr. Forrester also trained Ronda and Penance who ran second and third respectively to Glenloth in tbe Melbourne Cup, 1892. Among the other good horses that carried the Warwick Farm banner to victory were Gipsy Cooper, Bel Giorao, Gingham, Brown and Rome, Musketoon, The Chief, and Saraswati.
During his long association with the Australian turf Mr. Forrester was noted for his straightforward sportsmanlike qualities, his open-handed genorosity, and kindly disposition, which endeared him to all with whom he came in contact. The news of his death was received last evening in sporting circles with unfeigned regret, and it was generally acknow- ledged that his place on the turf will be very hard to fill. The deceased sportsman leaves a widow and five children, the youngest of them is thirteen years of age.