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SPORTING NOTES. A writer in a Sydney paper states that the connections of Aries, win ner of the Carrington Stakes, came to an arrangement with a syndicate who stood to benefit from Tatter sall's consultation on the race by the success of the filly. When the owner of the filly learned that one of the syndicate was a returned soldier he notified his intention of returning the soldier's share of the sum laid. Pershore, winner of a Nursery Handicap at Randwick recently, created a most favourable impression by his appeariance and the style in which he won. He was bred in New Zealand by his owner Mr. E. J. Watt. He is by All black (sire of Desert Gold) from Perseis, by Posi tano from Circe, by Castor from Cis sy, by Musket from Frailty (dam of Trenton, Havoc, and Zalinski),. by Goldebrough. He has been nominat ed for the A.J.C. Derby, but was not entered for the V.R.C. Derby. Wedding Day, winner of Tat tersall's Cup recently at Rand wick in record time for Australasia, has won over £4250 in stakes She won the A.J.C. Villiers Stakes, A.J.C. Challenge Stakes, and A.J.C. Doncaster Han dicap in the 1916-17 season. In the following 12 months she did not win a race, but was second in the Vil liers Stakes, and last month she again finished second in that race. She has won seven races to date, By Antonio (imp.), she is from Wed ding Present (imp.) by Trenton.(son of Musket) from Fenny Wedding (imp.), by Best Man. Gadabout (imp.), who finished third in the last Melbourne Cup, will not race again, in consequence of his poor display in the A.J.C. Summer Cup on Boxing flay. He has been sold to Messrs. H. S. and C. Thompson, and will go to the stud at Rylstone. Gadabout is by St. Denis from Gadfly, by Hampton from Merry Duchess, by Speculum. His half-brother, Cylgad, is at the itud in England. St. Denis is by St. Simon from Brooch, by Blue Green from Ornament (dam of Sceptre), by Bond Or from Lily Agnes, by Ma caroni. Lily Agnes (a full sister to Tiger Lily, dam of Martagon) was the dam of Ormonde (winner of the "tripple crown" in England). and :;he great granddam of Tressady. In the Oity Police Court, Mel bourne, recently a system of "fak *ing" betting tickets was investi gated, it being alleged that a book maker at Flemington was victimised as a result. The accused, Alexan der Collins, was charged with hav ing imposed upon George Sicree, l)y means of false representation in writing, on January 1. A con stable stated that he was on duty on the Hill, at Flemington, and saw the accused and two men sit ting on the grass. He was behind them, and saw Collins with several betting tickets in his hand. One of his companions handed him some thing like a postage stamp, .and-he pressed the ticket between his hands. He got closer to them, and heard Collins ask one of his com panions for "nine.". He. received a piece of gummed paper, bearing the ure 9, and axed it to a ticket inumbered 898, thus altering it to read 899. After the race he heard Collins remark to his companions: "They were no good," and was on the point of throwing them away when he grasped Collins by .the arm and took him into s tody. S icree had previously complained to him that he had been defrauded* of £15 by some person duplicating a ticket, amad had lost £7 on a second dupli cation. -The accused was remanded. Gloaming, winner of the A.3.C. Derby, won the Great Northern Derby in New Zealand on New Year's Day. He has now won six races out of seven starts, being second in the other start to Sas anof, the Melbourne Cup winner. W. Duncan. who rode Niglhtwatch in this Melbourne Cup, and was sus pended for .a month on the. last doy of the V.R..C. spring meeting, has been riding fairly successfully since his licence was returned to hut, end is now regarded as oneo of the best lightweights in Victoriai. The - Victorian hurdle racer, Le Maften, has now won five' races in succession, two of the wins being secured on a protess. In t~he JHurdle Rlace at Sandown IPark on Satur~day, January 4, Miss liosslyn seemed to have Le Matten beaten at the last hurdle, but the latter, put in a strong claim in the run Juom., and Miss Rosslyn hung in

badly and interfered with Le Matten, and. the stewards did not take long in upholding the protest. Court Jester has been put into work again at Caulfield. The Victorian jockey, F. Clarke had nine mounts at the Richmond Races recently. G. Torr, a well-known pony rider in Victoria, was disqualified for 12 months at the last Richmond meet ing for allowing his mount, Mimic War, to cut across the field at one of the turns. A Queenslatsd writer states that the imported horse, Lord Marajax, is probably the best stayer racing in that State at the present time. The sum of £41,195 passed through the totalisator at the two days of the Port Adelaide Christmas meet ing. This is the record amount taken. There are. nine Julius totalisator machines working in Sydney. Three at Randwick, two each at Rosehill and Canterbury Park and one each at Newcastle and Wallsend. The English jockey, F. Rickaby, who died in October from wounds teceived in France, was only 24 years of age.' Among his important successes were the One Thousand Guineas on Jest, Vaucluse, Can yon and Diadem, and the Oaks on Jest. W. Stephenson, who won the Hurdle Race at Randwick on Grey Flyer, has been in Australia some time, but prior to coming here rode numerous winners in Ireland. He shows no lack of determination, end that is what some of our hurdle riders seemingly lack. According to most racing men in the State of Maryland, the champion American jockey of the year is Earle Sande, who is described a.s the smartest lad that has appeared since Tod Sloan's time. Nassau's importation has -already given Mr. G. L. Stead cause for thorough satisfaction, as not only did that horse's son, Surveyor, win at both his starts at the New Zea land Cup meeting, but in Auck land on Boxing Day he easily won the Great Northern Foal Stakes. Surveyor is probably the best two year-old in New Zealand, notwith standing his failure to concede Cre nides 10 lb. in the Royal Stakes on the second day of the Auckland meeting. A race to which considerable in terest attaches in England is the Free Handicap, a race for two-year. olds, run at Newmarket at the end of the season. The handicapper takes most of the two-year-olds that have run during the season, and weights them, without nomination being necessary. On this occasion The Panther (the colt on whom a 40,000 guineas reserve was placed) headed the list with 9 st.,.then com in Grand Parade and Galloper Light 8.12 each, Paper Money 8.11, and ttefan the Great, 8.10. The three. topweights being scratched Paper Money went up to 9.0, and he finished fourth of the eleven runners of the 65 weighted. The winner was Sir A. Bailey's Gipsy Lad, by White Magic. He carried 7.4, and started at 11 to 2. The whole prize money attached to the race was a sweepstake of £50, the Newmarket management contribut ing nothing. The. following from an American exchange shows there is at least one magistrate in New York whose sympathies are with the man who wants to back his fancy for a race or indulge in a same of poker "A spectacular raid of a New York loft building in a street near the flowery resulted in tbe arrest of thirty-eight men. Au assortment r2of racing charts, telephones, and other paraphernalia were also taken to the Beach-street police station. The men were arraihged before 40 on the tan. King Offa is all iright now. Mr.J. Campbell Wood, owner of Panacre, has written to t~he A.J.C. committee intimating that, although Panacre was placed third in the Vil liers Stakes, he realised t~hat the ~horse did not earn that positions and, in the circumstances, he has Iplaced the £80 stake money at the disposal of the committee. 'This is what a writer has to say about Carlita's foal-she in her day was ono of the great stake-winning mares of the turf :-Amnong the visitors to Widden is our splendid old friend, Carlita, with a beauti fully-turned and well-nourished filly by Linacre. Carlita did a lot of racing, and as a general rule mares who have had long experience in the training, stable are seldom well supplied 'with~ rich milk in the first season; but it 1, quite cyident by

the look of her foal that Carlita is an exception to the rule. Of course, a great deal depends upon how a mare is treated in the training stable. If she has been dosed with tonics-in which arsenic and strych nine figure-it is odds against a good flow of milk in the first few seasons. Magistrate Corrigan in the- Men's Night Court, on charges of disorder ly cnduct and violating the anti loafing law. The magistrate rebuk ed the raiders and dismissed the prisoners, saying he wanted no more such cases brought before him. He then added: "There is no sense at all in this. They have not com mitted any crime. It is not a crime to bet on races. Anyone can bet as much as he wants without com mitting a crime, and can also play poker. - Tlmv are all discharged. The people have suonme rights." On November 13, in Iieland, the six-year-old bay horse Kroo Boy (by. Kroonstad-Gold Coast Queen) won the Visitors' Plate. On Nov ember 16, at Perth, the six-year old Kroo Boy, with the same breeding as the Irish performer, finished third in a race. The Eng lish Stud Book showsthat in 1912 Gold Coast Queen produced the bay colt Kroo Boy by Kroonstad, but was mates in 1911 with Pipistrello, and in 1913 with Dinne ford, so that there is a mistake somewhere. . According to the Australian Stud Book, Kroo Boy, bred in England in 1912, by Kroon stad from Gold Coast Queen, was imported 'to Victoria by Mr. James Hayes in 1914. The record of the sales of English blood stock shows that Mr. Hayes purchased the -colt as a two-year-old from the breed er, Mr. C. T. Pulley, at auction, for 80 gs. Mr. Pulley is named as the breeder of the horse which won at Curragh, and that its age, pedi gree, and colour coindide with the details in the English Stud Book, and there is no suggestion in this official record that Gold Coast Queen in 1912 produced twins. In winning the Islington Plate, run over a mile at Auckland re cently, Gloaming registered a new Australasian record, the time being 1.37 1-5. The Toff, who has yet to win a race for the Adelaide sportsman, Mr. C. Irwin, has resumed work, and is now in charge of L. Penning ton. Intruder, a brother to the Caul field Cup winner, King Ofta, brought 1050 guineas at the New market sales in England at the end of October. Duntulm, which won the Welter Handicap at Caulfield recently, is a four-year-old by Mountain King from Caserta's Daughter. As a yearling he was purchased by Mr. L. K. S. Mackinnon for 1350 guineas, who, after racing him un successfully for a couple of seasons, sold him at auction to Mr. Gove for 225 guineas. Helidon Spa was omitted from the list of entries published in the "Kalgoorlie Miner" yesterday morn ing for the Australian Cup, and Placidia, Thorngate, Probation Theoda should have been included amongst those entered for the Oak leigh Plate.

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