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Turf Topics.


Ocram will in future race at the un- registered courses.

Durbar Queen is the name registered for the Seremond-Delhi Queen young- ster, and Kanzu is the name granted the Seremond-Merles Robe two-year old. Tne Amberdown-Wallensis mare gelding will race as Amberglide. Sweet Anio is the name applied for by, the owner of the Rivoli-Black Sugar filly. Owners of two-year-olds who want to start in the Hopeful or M'Dougall Stakes must register the names of their youngsters 30 days be- fore the adyertised date of the races mentioned.

"Constant Readers," Warwick.-The winners of the Melbourne Cup during the past ten years were:-1918, Night Watch, 6.9; 1919, Artilleryman, 7.6; 1920, Poitrel, 10,0; 1921, Sister Olive, 6.9; 1922, King Ingoda, 7.1; 1923, Bital- li, 7.0; 1924, Backwood, 8.2; 1925, Wind- bag, 9.2; 1926, Spearfelt, 9.3; 1927, Tri- valve, 7.6.

The most valuable two-year-old race decided on the English turi is the National Breeders' Produce Stakes, which is run at Sandown Park. A grey colt, named Mr. Jinks, and filly named Tiffin, who are both by Tetra tema, ruled as favourites, and they provided the finish, Tiffin winning. The value of the race was £7102, and as the Sandown Park Club only gave £1000 in added money, owners contri- buted £6102 to the stake. This is a di- rect contrast to the A.J.C. Sires' Pro- duce Stakes, which Is the most valu- able two-year-old race In Australia. The value of the A.J.C. Sires' Produce Stakes, which was decided at Rand- wick in April, was £7031, of which sum the A.J.C. contributed £5000.

Piastal, who accounted for the first division of the Trial Handicap at the September meeting of the Q.T.C., has been sent to the Downs for a holiday.

The Bt. Leg*er was the last of the

five classics to be decided in England, and as no contestant won a double there will be no outstanding performer among the three-year-olds, Flamingo (Flamboyant-Lady Peregrine), who won the Two Thousand Guineas, was subsequently defeated in the Derby. Scuttle (Captain Cuttle-Stained Glass) scored a victory in the One Thousand Guineas, but went down in the Oaks, Toboggan (Hurry On-Gla- cier) being returned the winner. Fel stsad won the Derby, but was with- drawn from the St. Leger, which was won by Fairway, who gave a disap- pointing display in the Derby.

"Old Sport," Brisbane.-Stage Girl is by Comedy King from Petruvia by Stepnlak from Ranee Nuna by St. George from Watersprite by Traducer from Waterwitch by Camden (son of Calendar) from Mermaid (Imp.) by King Tom.

The English-bred mare, Mon Talis- man, has a record of having won 1,994,800 francs in France, which, ac- cording to a statement published by a Paris Journal, exceeds in amount the stakes won by any other horse in France. Craig an Eran, sire of Mon Talisman, won the Two Thousand Guineas in 1921, under the colours of Lord Astor, and in the decision of the Derby he beat all his opponents, with the exception of Humorist.

Garspray returned to the Downs on Monday night.

Tt is stated that tile/ Brisbane- Cup winner, Canning Queen, who is at pre- sent in Melbourne, with the idea of taking her place in the field for the Melbourne Cup. will probably be trans- ferred ffûm Flemington to Mordialloc. She has developed a little soreness, and it is considered she will benefit from the sea water.

The committee of the Canterbury Jockey Club in New Zealand has de- cided to reduce the distance of. the Canterbury Cup from two and a quar- ter miles to a mile and three-quarters. In 1900 a similar step was taken by the-committee, and the weight-for-age race was run over the shorter dis- tance in that year, and also in the succeeding one. In 1902 the distance was again made two miles and a quar- ter, "and the race has always been run over that course in the interval. Con- sidering that the Canterbury Cup is run in the spring, the committee's ac- tion in reducing the distance can be justified. The Trentham Gold Cup, for which the Wellington Racing Club stands sponsor, will now have the dis- tinction of being the longest distance race run at weight-for-age in this Do- minion. The distance of the Trentham Gold Cup is two miles, and it figures among events set down for the autumn


The distance of the Plate at the Brisbane Amateur Turf Club's meet- ing, to be held on Saturday week, Sep- tember 29, will be one and a quarter miles. The programme, which has been issued, is made up of a Four division Handicap of 600 sovs., divided into four divisions. First and Second Divisions of 200 sovs.. First Division about 65 furlongs. Second Division about 7 furlongs; Third and Fourth Divisions, of 100 sovs. each, about 7 furlongs; Plate and Purse, of 600 sovs., divided into two races, of 300 sovs. each; Plate, about one and a quarter miles; Purse, about 1 mile 57 yards. Nominations, one sov. each race, close at 4 p.m. on Monday next, September


Smithfield was yesterday relieved of his pngagement in the Welter Handi- cap to be decided at Tattersall^ meet- ing on Saturday.

A Caulfield Cup candidate In Alfred the Great was successful in the chief event at Cheltenham (South Australia) last week, and a local paper in discuss- ing the victory said: "Galloping with great determination, Alfred the Great defeated Arnock and St. Opera In the Royal Park Handicap. It was a meri- torious victory, and the second in suc- cession for the four-year-old chestnut, which won the first race at Tatter sail's meeting. There is no doubt that the winner is a much Improved per- former." Alfred the Great is a four year-old gelding by The Verderer or Allegory from Wharwhoop, and Is en- gaged in the Caulfield Cup with 7.0, but It has not yet been decided if he is going to make the trip to Mel- bourne.

Acceptances for Saturday's meeting of Tattersall's Club are due at noon to-morrow.

The 1921 Melbourne Cup winner, Sister Olive, did not take long to pro- duce a winner, as her daughter. Mount of Olives, was successful m Adelaide last Saturday week. She is a^ three year-old by Lucknow, and like her dam is a chestnut.

There has been numerous instances where horses, after giving early pro- mise, have failed miserably later in their career. One oí the latest is that of Cromwell (Woorak-Mettlesome), who has been measured for the pony meetings in Sydney. When Cromwell beat Rampion in the Rosehill Guineas a couple of years ago he appeared to have a good future before him, but unfortunately he went amiss after that race. He displayed a glimpse of form in Melbourne last autumn, but did not retain it, and his owner decided to get rid of him.

Manfred, who has been at the stud in South Australia, is now represented by his first chestnut foal. Of the first eleven foals by the Valais horse, ten were bays and one a brown, and it is now reported that Laveuse, a daughter of Trey (dam .of the Melbourne' Cup winner Trivalve), had foaled, a chest- nut filly.

In England prominent Jockeys com

mand a lot of money by way of re- tainers, and the big sums are not only received by riders on the flat, but also by those who take part in jumping events. For the coming National Hum season, which will begin in November, E. Leader has been retained by Mr. Stephen Sanford at a fee of £2500, and, I according to a London paper, that is a

record under National Hunt rules.

Limerick's next appearance will be at Randwick, when he will contest the Spring Stakes, Craven Plate, and the Randwick Plate. Last year Limerick was successful in the Spring Stases and Craven l'late, but he was deleated in the Ua.idwtck Plate by 'P.i'ithuui. Limerick won the Hill Stakes at Rose- hill on Saturday, and if he is success- ful at his next three starts, it will in- crease his stake earnings by about £7000, and bring him within £3000 of Gloaming's stake winning record,.

In 1894, Patron, a conspicuously marked chestnut, won the Melbourne Cup as a four-year-old, carrying 9.3. Winalot, another chestnut, with white markings, of the same age, will attempt to win the great two miler with lib. more than Patron. There is a blood connection between Patron and Wina- lot. It comes in this way. Patron was from The PIscator mare Olga, a member of the Omen family, and Malt King, the maternal grandslre of Wina- lot, is of the same line. Malt King's dam, Patrona, was a full sister to Pat- ron. It always has seemed that Wina- lot favours Malt King in general appearance rather than the Rossendale side of the house. But Rossendale may be credited with having given Winalot-more real stamina than Malt King possessed, though the latter was a great galloper up to a mile' and a half. Winalot may be of sturdier build than Malt King, but there is some- thing about Winalot which vividly re- calla the brillions Maltster horse.