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I i ^^h^^- TURF TOPICS. ^^4^^^ \\


There will be seven races at Tat- tersall^ meeting at Ascot on Satur- day, and the racing ought to provide some very interesting sport. With the near approach of the spring carnivals the form displayed will be of more tl>an usual interest to persons wîio attempt to pick the "big doubles."

The Maiden Handicap has been divided, and the first heat will be run at 1.20 p.m. The top weight in the first heat is Noble Deed, who was very unlucky the day Mârtledeer won, as he .yrould haye beaten the winner but for meeting with Interference. He carried 8.3 that day. an allowance be- ing claimed for him, and he is 41b. woree off ¡n to-morrow's race, and might haye some trouble in beating Thought Reader, who is from the same stable. He is also in the Three Year-Old Handicap later in the day. Lynforce is another from the Ander- son stable, and she is very fast. Thought Reader, on the other hand, has been showing good form. He ran third to Martledeer in a Maiden Han- dicap, and then ran third to Blverose at the "Creek," and last Saturday ran second to Billie's Hope In a Trial at Ascot. Thought Reader is by no means well handicapped as compared with Noble Deed, and, as he also is engaged in the Three-Year-Old Han- dicap later in the day, the trouble is to pick the race that will be selected for him. Anderson holds the key to the


Blackbeard, who is at the head ol the second heat, is another Anderson trained horse, and he appeared to be the best of good things defeated at his last start, when, with 8.3, he was just beaten out of a place after getting away badly. The handicapper has not flven him much the best of things,, as he gelding is up 71b. in the weights, whereas Noble Deed, who ran second in the race, is only up 41b. Self-Con fident Is a smart galloper, and Prince Logan may have a chance, as he ran third to Prince Jed in a Sixth Division Handicap. The form of the other horses, however, is verv poor indeed, and it looks as though Blackbeard will prove to be the best of good things.

Great Idea heads the list of the horses engaged in the Plying Handi- cap, and the distance is seven fur- longs, which will be more in his fav- our than the distance of last Satur- day's race, when he was backed to beat Dazzling. He looks a better pro- position than does Hourly, from tile same stable. Great Idea, it will be re- membered, ran second to Lough Neagh in Tattersall';; Plying, and Lough Neagh has since won the Queensland Guineas, showing that his win in the FJying was no fluke, and Greet Idea is down 21b. in the weights, with a furlong further to go. Lady Linden is well up in the weight:, but she is very smart, and has won six races on end. She won Tattersall^ Cup of a mile and a quarter with 0.13, and at

nine furlongs would have won the race , with the greatest of ease with another pound or so on board, and at seven fur- longs to-morrow she has to be given a great chance, despite the fact that she is small, and her weight is a big one. She won the Stradbroke Handicap with 7.10 and the Ascot Handicap with 8.9. Prince Seremond hardly appeals at seven furlongs, and St. Valorey's form does not warrant support. It is the same with Varalba, but Greyona from a very bad marble last week ran a

1 ¡jood race, and is one that must be

given a good chance in to-morrow's race, Of the others nothing is work- ing better than Oueida, although she would be a better proposition at ax furlongs. Great Idea ran a very good race last week at six furlongs, and will be much better at seven furlongs, and he will be the most dangerous oppon- ent to Lady Linden.

When Lady Bine won the October Handicap last Saturday she carried 9.13, and finished so gamely, that she beat Delwood home, after the last named appeared to have her measure. She is a very good galloper, and makes light of weight in handi- cap eyents. Although it is asking her a big thing to win again to-morrow, it has to be remembered that she won the Moreton Handicap in great style with 9.6, and in to-morrow's race she will only meet Poy Patrol on 21b. worse terms than when they met in the Moreton. Poy Patrol ran a very good race last Saturday, and is on the improve, and it is understood that If she runs well enough to-morrow, she might be sent to Melbourne for the Cup. The owner would like to see the mare take her place in the Mel- bourne Cup field, and if she is equal to winning at Ascot to-morrow she would win many Queensland sup- porters for the big race in Melbourne However, if Poy Patrol has a chance to-morrp\y, Lady Bine has to be con- sidered, but thp mares, good as the- are, might have to lower their colours to Delwood, who ran such a good race last week, and whose work since that race has b-een brilliant. Delwood was a wonderfully good two-year-old,

ind appears to be picking up his ben form and he has only been given lib lise for what was as close to bemg i vin is it is possible to get Ocein Force ian a good race in the Guineas and he might have a chance although most îacegoers will want to see him ov« the distance fust Of the otheia Gift Gun might b» best

| True Promise had 8 7 when she won , the Novice last Situiday but his

been given a good lift for to-mon ow s I lace and although she is a male that I appeals to be on the impio\e she y>iH most likely find it haid to give

mare like Gold Seam 121b Derryvale has been a disappointment in recent races and although Midwick was third to True Promise last week the foi m was nothing out of the way Ambenvee appears to be on the im- plode and would want to be but Billies Hope won a heat of the Tiial veiy well )ast week ind might ha\e a chance Horses like Miss Persse and Maitledeer while being v> innere in Tiials or Maidens do not appear to be quite good enough yet for Novice company but the distance of the Notice might suit a horse like Ai mi

del despite his failuie at shoitei dis- tances Gold Seam ran a gi eat race when haUng her iii st start for months and she would only have to improve a little on that íun to be veiy haid to beat in to-moirows


If Eaily Force could be pioduced in the foi m that gave hei second place to Lough Neagh in the Shes Pioduce Stakes last June she would be hard to beat in the thiee year old hand! cap but hei jockey Woppei M Cabe had to dismount yesteidaj niomms; iftei the fillj had galloped and Eaily Foice hmped back to the sciap mg sheds Hei acceptance foi to moirows race came as a suipiise

Lachme isis unplaced at his last two stotts but Noble Deed if kept foi the iree would be the haidest to beat Wayl-ind Debs has not done anj thing out of the way on the tracko but High Airs has been woiking well and Thought Readei has been running well m races and tile distance of this race might suit him bettei than, that of the Maiden Handicap

The Welter Handicap will give Tol gus another chance to show whether he has made as much improvement as some people think he has. Tolgus is an ideal Welter horse, as he is able to carry weight, and has any amount of pace. Just below him in the weights is another good Welter horse, Strichen, who galloped well yesterday, and who appears to be a better horse now than ever before. There are a number of smart horses engaged. Gold Seam is m this race, and as tile Wil- son stable is noted for having a tilt at good betting races, Gold Seam might be reserved for the Welter. She won the last Welter she started in but was disqualified, and now meets Strichen on Gib. better terms, so that the figures favour hrr. There is no telling how good Tolgus might be, however, and Gold Seam might be better off in the Novice. Judging by Strichen's form in the Flying last Saturday he is still on tjie improv? It, must not be forgotten also that the day he was narrowly beaten by Gold Seam, he drew a bad barrier position, and stood at the machine. Al- though Gold Seam also started from wide out, she began well, and har! much the better of the running. How- ever, if she makes ordinary improve- ment, she will have to be given a great chance if she is kept for this race. Nigra Avis was prominent to the home turn, and meets Tolgus on a stone better terms.

Horses that look likely to do best in their respective races are as follows: MAIDEN HANDICAP (First Division)

Noble Deed and Lynforce.



Blackboard and Self Confident.


Lady Linden and Great Idea. PRESIDENT'S HANDICAP.

Delwood and Lady Bine. ,


Gold Seam and True Promise.


I Thought Readpr and 'High Airs.

WELTER HANDICAP. Tolgus and Strichen.

Lady Romance, who raced in Bris- bane, has thrown a beautiful brown colt to Wedge, and persons who have seen him say he is the image of the sire, who was a great racehorse, and who defeated Desert Gold in the Futurity Staks. Guilder, the dam of Ranger's Gold, has thrown a chestnut filly to Lord Lonsdale.

The death is reported of The Pan- ther in England. This* will bring back to memory his defeat in the English Derby of 1919, when Grand Parade won, with Buchan and Paper Money in the places. Prior to that The Pan- ther defeated Buchan in the Two Thousand Guineas. The Panther lost all form after his Derby defeat, and was retired to the stud. Like his sire, Tracery, The - Panther went to the Argentine, but returned to England. The Panther went to the Argentine in 1919, and returned to England in 1929. During his period abroad he sired Win- ers of 166 races, worth £63,256. He was subsequently bought by an English syn-


The acceptances for to-morrow's meeting of Tattersalls Club were de- clared yesterday, and appear in this issue.

Prince Polybius met with a slight accident on the tracks at Ascot on Wednesday morning, and will not be raced for a few weeks.

Brown Apple has been an absentee from the training tracks during the last week, and it is understood that the gelding is suffering from a severe attack of Influenza. Brown Apple was in a bad way early in the week, but he is on the improve.

King Osrlc is in the for sale list, and will be offered by Mr. R. J. Bur- nett at the Normanby yards at 10.30 o'clock to-morrow morning. King Osric won a race in Melbourne before com- ing to Brisbane, and has been spar- ingly raced in these parts.

T. Topping has been apprenticed te trainer J. Murphy, but it is under- stood the indentures are to be trans- ferred to P. Docherty.

Now that the Brisbane Trotting Club is gojng to hold its meetings at Vir- ginia, every effort is being made to get the ground into order for the lay- ing out of the track. La;t week-end a working bee was in evidence on the site, and some excellent work was done, but the response by members ol tlie club was not very satisfactory. Good progress is toeing made with the arrangement*, and another working bee will be held on Sunday week, and motor cars will leave M. J. Kenny's, Mary-street, at 9 o'clock. Refresh- ments will be supplied, and during the luncheon adjournment a general meeting of the club will be held. Jt is expected that the track will be laid down shortly, and racing is to com- mence immediately.

Charlie B was among those that worked well at Ascot this morning, but on returning to the scraping sheds it was found that the Pblybiiu gelding had struck himself badly in the gal- lop. Charlie B. will be eased up, and he may not take part in the Cup meet- ing next month.

Trainer H. J. Kime has a two year-old in his charge, which is a sis- ter to the Guineas winner, Lough Neagh. The youngster will race a? Lady Terentia.

Mr, James Taylor, who has been elected a life member of the Too- woomba Turf Club, haB been connect- ed with racing on the Downs for over SO years, ¡o the early days he ra» hi»


own horses, and won two races at I Clifford Park. He has been associât- | ed with the Toowoomba Turf Club as

committeeman for over 40 years, and ' for nearly 30 years has acted as i chairman and president. For over 40 years Mr. Taylor, and his father be- fore him, mads a practice of endow- ing the Toowoomba Turi Club to the extent of £20 per annum. He has

been president of the Downs Racing I Association since its inception.