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SPORTING. CAULFIELD CUP INCREASED TO £2500. A NEW RACE.-THE FUTURITY STAKES. (BY TELEGRAPH.) ME~,BOURNE. March 10. An important meeting of the V.A.T:C. was held to-day, when it was decided to increase the prize for the Caulfield Cup from £200C to £2500. and to introduce a new race en titled "The Caulfield Futurity Stakes," of 300 sors. This race will be run over the mile course, and will not be introduced till the Autumn of 1897. Horses of both sexes and all ages are to be eligible, and entries of foals, which at the time of the race will be two years old, will be made next June. The entry will cost the breeder nothing, as first payments are not due until after his yearlings have been submnitted to cauction at the annual sale: but a breeder who enters the winner, should the race be carried off by a 2-year-old, will receive a prize. The race will be a haldicap one. Opals found in the Norseman district have been described as " good road metal." These arrogant prospectors and miners will be paving their highways with diamonds before they are quite satisfied. The Tantanoola tiger is still fiercely boundliug aroulnd Victoria. One week the ubiquitous animal is in Byaduk, the next in Gippsland, and the next in Benalla, in the North-eastern, district. No tiger of ordinary speed could get over the country in this fashion, and it is suggested that, being an up-to-date modernised man-cater, the brute has taken to a bicycle.

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