The Northern Jockey Club races are now close at hand, after a long spell, and if everything goes well is the way of good acceptances and fine weather, a most successful meeting may be anticipated.
The new committee recently elected have not dis- appointed their constituents in their first administra- tion of the affaire of the club, but on the cantrary have clearly proved that they are the right men in the right place, who thoroughly understand the proper management of a racing club, and the wants of horse owners. The club might congratulate itself on hav- ing procured an efficient and trustworthy Secretary.
I notice on the committee racing men of same ability . which accounts for the very excellent programma absut to be discussod on the 21st and 22ad inat. Ia. previous years the programme was so illiberal that isniy a few handicap horses of the best Sydney talent could competo for the big handicaps, as there was only one race, the Flying ¿Undicap. in which second class horses could with any eh»w compete; and not only waa the programme unsatisfactory to the Bann ot modernte means, but the amount of entrance money and sweeps were enor» mous, in fact it was buying the money. The effect of the present programme is such that every class of horses are suited, both in the dis- tances to be run and the light conditions, OB the first day's programme I find there «re two excellent handicap races in audition to the big money, viz., the Flying and Epsom, the former being the first race and the latter the final event on the card, so that horses w.ll have plenty of breathing time after the Plying te atart in the Epsom. This is a wise provision, and done with the intention of bringing the largest field possible before the starter. On the second day there is another good race-the Maitland Handicap, suitable forthoBVwho don't consider their chances good enough in the Duckenfield Cup. The amount ot entrance money in both the big eves la has been reduced consider- ably. On former occasions it would cost a man £15 to start in the handicap ; this year £9 in all will suffice. The Duckenfield Cup in itself tells a tale in favor of light conditions, ae there ii the grand entry
of 22 horses.
Taking into view the present aspect of affairs, the committee might well congratulate themselves en placing before the publie a very attractive pro- gramme ; and all that now rematas to bring matten to the highest pitch of success is a large attendance, which will no Joubt take place on Wednesday fine Thursday, the 21st and 22nd instant, when, in some degree, a glimmer of old times (when fan and joviality ran riot) might return to the old course once again. ¿
The usual amount of work is done on Rutherford course these mornings. I will endeavour to keep your readers posted up in the doings of the various nags. On Friday morning the ball was set rolling by Black Swan cantering three miles slowly. Her companion Soothsayer proved himself a good horse over a mile and a quarter, but he has failed to come up to the expectations of his backers. Secundus is quite fresh from his spell ; he was sent one mile steady by himself, and in the next picked up Sooth- sayer, Lowlander, and True Blue, and the quartette finished together at a strong pace. True Blue gives promise of doing something this meeting, as he put Lowlander through on Saturday morning over a mile, doing the fair " dinkum " with whip and spur. Vesper was a bit above herself on Monday morn-
ing, as she unceremoniously landed the plump little light-weight soon after she started. He remounted again and sent her once round, Volun- teer looked in great form when stripped, and went along over three miles in a determined manner. This horse is much fancied for the Cup this meeting, as also Proserpine and Lowlander. Mr. J aase Adams hits only old Nemo in work at pre- sent, his best horBe, Pramibr, having broken down badly. They did not espact bim to stand very long, as one of the sine m3 in the off fore leg was very " crooked" for some considerable time. This was a great horse in his time, and was backed some time back to win a double with Melbourne at Randwick for a large sum »1 money. Haphazard is doing his usual flutters, but failed to put in an appearance on Monday morning, his owner is not evidently bent on overdoing him. There »re a few nags doing their flutters on the Mai'land course every morning, but tbey are not of much consequence, they being in-
tended for the 8"lling races. y
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