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Y.R.C. SPRING. MEETING. CUP DAY. A SURPRISE. WIN FOR GAULUS. THE GRAFTER CLOSE UP. MELBOURNE, Tuesday. The most dismal forebodings were indulged ii' yesterday and last might as to the weather in store for Cup day, Thevwind blew the force of a gale during the day, and occasional fierce rain squalls broke over the city. About mid night lheavy rain set in, and the out Icok -early this morning was depressing. As the ,morning wore on:, however, the rain clouds became broken, and the sun shone out, and when the first race started the weather was bright and sunny, with light passing showvers, and then became beautifully fine. The attendance was extremely large, especi ally on the flat, but the lawn and hill were not so largely patronised as Cup day last year. The number, however, was steadily increasing. Results:- HURDLE RACE, Of 5 sovs, each, with 250 sovs. added. About three miles. Lucid, 9.10 (W. C. Knight) ............ 1 Insurance, 12.3 (Mooney) ............. 2 Goldflnder, 8.3, including 71b. penalty (Fowell) ............................ 3 Others-Murdoch, Response, Sheoak, Sammq Brass, Carbonate, Zouroff, and Bendigo. Betting-4 to lagst. Response, 6 to 1 Lucid and Murdoch, 7 -to 1 Carbonate, 8 to 1 Zouroff and Sammy Brass. The field kept well together till near ing the abattoirs, when Carbonate, Re sponse, Murdoch, and Sammy Brass all fell. Sheoak and Bendigo led round the turn into the straight past the judge's box. There was no change till passing the abattoirs, where Insurance took charge. Bendigo lost his rider. Insurance led into the straight, but Lucid wore her down, and won by half a length, five lengths between second and third, Zouroff fourth, and Sheoak last. Time, 6min. 1511sec. RAILWAY HANDICAP, Of 5 sovs., with 200 soas. added. Six furlongs. Fortunio, 7.10 (Redfern) ............... :1 Interlude, 7.9 (R. Lewis) .:............ 2 Loch Marie, 8.6 (D. Cook) ............ 3 Others-Staffa, Roseleaf, Fitzroy, Keera; Watercolour, Cronstadt,' Hymettus, Majes tic, Norway, Iramoo, Valorous, and Tren thia. Betting-7 to 2 agst. Loch Marie, 5 to 1 Majestic and Fortunio, 7 to 1 Interlude and Fitzroy, 10 to 1 Hymettus, 12 to 1 Staffa. This was a good race, and was won by half a length, same distance between se cond and third. Staffa was a good fourth; then came Hymettus, Roseleaf, and Iramoo, with Watercolour and Keera last. Time, 1min. 15%sec. NURSERY IANDICAP, Of 5 sovs. each, with 200 sovs. added. Five furlongs. Essex, 9.2 (Cook) ...................... 1 Cordite, 7.9 (Finlay) .................. 2 Hainault, 8.9 (Quinn) ............ . 3 Others-Standish, Sparta, Cicero, West ward, Dawdler, Auriferous, Lee Metford, Stoic, Warbracken, Pirate King, Saucy Girl, Advance, Novus, Sweet Alice, Egypt, and Diffidence. Betting-5 to 1 agst. Auriferous, 6 to 1 Cicero and Diffidence, 8 to 1 Cordite and Novus, 10 to 1 Essex. Essex was first away, and drew out at the distance, winning easily by four lengths. One length separated the second and third horses; then came Egypt, No vus, Diffidence, Sweet Alice, Auriferous, and Cicero; the last batch consisting of Lee Metford, Dawdler, and Westward Ho. Time, 1min. 5sec. STEEPLECHASE, Of 5 sovs. each, with 200 sovs. added. About two miles. Whernside, .10.3 (Mooney) ............. 1 Walter, 11.9 (A. Williams) .......... 2 Zanonia, 10.3 (J. Laverty) ........... 3 Others-Vigil, Ditto, Weverill, Albany, Songster, and Vicar. Betting-3 to 1 agst. Whernside, 4 to 1 Walter, 5 to 1 Ditto and Vigil, 10 -to 1 others. Albany fell -at the treble, and Vigil Songster, and Weveril near the abattoirs. Whernside went to the front at an early stage, and leading to the finish, won by five lengths from Walter, with Zanonia eight lengths away third, Vicar fourth, and Ditto last. Time, 4min. 14%sec. YAN YEAN STAKES. Of 5 soes. each, with 200 sovs. added. One mile. Eleusive, 8.3 (J. Morrison) ............. 1 Paul Pry 9.5 (Powell) ............... 2 Kallara, .3 (Holmes) ................. * Pinfire, 6.7 (Heart) ................. * * Dead beat for third. Other starters-Staffa, Foliage, Catspaw, Moonlyong, Resolute. Fitzroy, Loch Marie, Surge, Nudity, Zitella, Luster, and Carbi nier. Betting-4 to 1 agst. Surge, 6 to 1 El eusive, 7 to 1 Paul Pry and Loch Marie, 10 to 1. any other. Surge led round the turn from Eleusive, Moonlyong, and Paul Pry. An interest ing race from the distance ended in favour of Eleusive by three-quarters of a length from Paul Pry, while Pinfire and Kallara, half a length away, made a dead heat for third place; then came Loch Marie, Surge, and Carblnier, and Staffa last. Time, 1min. 42sec. MIELBOURNE CUP, A handicap sweepstakes of 25 soves. each, with 3000 soves. added; second horse to receive 500, and the third 250 soves. out of the stake. After the declaration of the weights for this race the winner of any handicap flat race of the value of 100 sovs. to carry 51b. extra.; of 200 sovs., 71b. extra; of 500 sovs. or upwards, 101b. extra; provided that the winner of the A.J.C. or V.R.C. Derby of 1897 shall carry in this race not less than weight for age. Two miles. (Closed with 131 nominations.) W. Forrester's ch h GAULUS, by Gozo -Industry, Gyrs., 7.8 (S. Callinan) .. 1

W. ForreRter's br g THE GRAFTER, by Gozo-Industry, 4yrs.,. 7.9 (W. Red fearn) ..... ........... ........ 2 W. R. Wilson's b c AURUM, by Tren ton-Aura, 3yrs., 8.6 (H. J. Morrison) 3 S. G. Hutton's ch g Battalion, 9.4 .... 0 W. Bailey's ch h Coil, 4yrs., 9.3 ...... 0 A. Hooke's, jun., br h True Blue, 5yrs., 9.1 .................................. 0 A. A. Samuel's br h The Chevalier,. 5yras, 8.6 ............................... 0 W. H. Davidson's Ayrshire, 5yrs., 8.5 0 W. Duggan's b c Amberite, 3yrs., 8.4, - including 101b. penalty ............... 0 S. G. Cook's b g The Merry Boy, 5yrs., 8.4 ....'.. 0......... . ... 0 W. Murray's b m Mora, 4yrs., 8.2 ....;. 0 S. Hordern's ch g Toreador, 5yrs.; 8.0 0 W. and C. Wilson's b h Wait-a-bit, 4yrs., 8.0 ........................... 0. J. Paterson's b or br h Devon, aged, 7.13 0 J.;B. Pearson's b m Mischief, 6yrs., 7.13 0 F. Gaxieu's br h Fucile, 4yrs., 7.13 .... 0 F. Fielder's ch h Parthenopaeus, 5yrs., 7.12 .................................. J. Rowen's b c Fleet Admiral, Syrs., 7.10 0 J. O'Loughlan's bk g Trent, Gyrs., 7.9 0 F. Lodge's b h Sortle, 4yrs., 7.8 ........ 0 Bailey and Orr's br h Dreamland, 6yrs., 7.8 ................... .......... ...... 0 H. C. Dangar's b or br h . Positano (imp.), 5yrs., 7.7 ............. . 0 S. G. Cook's br c The Hypnotist, 3yrs., 7.650 J. M'Sweeney's b or br g "Koha, 4yrs., W. R. Wilson's b c Manfred, 3yrs., 7.0 0 J. Wilson's b m Amnesty, 4yrs., 6.12 0 S. Miller's b h Bundook, 4yrs., 6.11 .... 0 H. C. White's br c Clarion, 3yrs., 6.8 0 J. E. Brewer's b m Rosella, 6yrs., 6.7 0 Betting-6 to 1 agst. Positano, 8 to 1 Coil, 10 to 1 Walt-a-bit and Amberite, 14 to 1 Gaulus, Ayrshire, Fucile, and Par thenopaeus, 16 to 1 Trent, 20 to 1 Aurum, 25 to 1 Toreador, Battalion, Clarion, and .The Grafter, 33 to 1 Bundook and Rosella, 50 to 1 True Blue, Mora, Devon, Fleet Ad miral, Dreamland, and Manfred, 100 to 1 the others. The field got well away. After going a furlong Wait-a-Bit' wefit out for the lead from Positano, Ayrshire, Bundook, Par thenopaeus, Dreamland, and Fleet Ad miral, with True Blue last. Racing past the judge's box Parthenopaeus was out by himself, having a lead of four lengths from Bundook and Wait-a-Bit, then Fleet Ad miral, Hypnotist, Merry Boy, The Grafter, Sortie, and Gaulus, with Coil and Fucile whipping in the field. Bundook took charge as they swept out of the straight, Koha and Wait-a-Bit being next, then Aurum, Fleet Admiral, Mischief, Parthe nopaeus, and Manfred, with Fucile last. Coming to the back stretch Mischief sup .planted Bundook, whilst Dreamland moved into third place, Aurum still going nicely next, Manfred close handy, with Fleet Ad miral and Wait-a-Bit, Parthenopaeus hav ing dropped right out of it. Mischief led them a merry dance past the abattoirs, Bundook lying second, Dreamland, Aurum, Wait-a-bit, Manfred, Trent, The Chevalier, The Grafter, and Gaulus next. Round the home turn The Grafter was in advance, and he was first into the straight from Ayrshire, Bundook, Gaulus, Aurum, and Positano. Below the distance The Grafter held a clear lead of three lengths, Gaulus, however, coming up fast from the ruck, and Aurum and Bundook looked to have chances. The lad on The Grafter applied the whip to his mount at the half distance, but his stable companion Gaulus was fast gaining on him. A few yards from the post Gaulus drew up to The Grafter, and after an exciting rush, beat him on the post by half a head. Aurum secured third place four lengths behind The. Grafter, Bundook close up fourth, then Coil, Posl tano, Clarion,, Battalion, Dreamland, Ari berite, Wait-a-Bit, and Trent, .the last four being Merry' Boy, True Blue, and Fleet Admiral, with Parthenopaeus, who broke down and walked in. Time, 3min. 5lsec. Following is a tabulated list of, winners of the Melbourne Cup: Year. Whiner. Weight. Time. 1861 Archer ............. 9 7 3 52 1862 Archer ........... .10 2 3 47 1863 Banker ............ 5 4 3 44 1864 Lantern ............ 6 3 3 52 1865 Toryboy ............ 7 0 3 44 1866 The Bard .......... 6 11 3 43 1867 Tim Whiffler ....... 8 11 3 39 1868 Glencoe ............ 9 1 3 42 1869 Warrior ........... 8 10 3 40 1870 Nimblefoot .......... 6 3 . 3 37 1871 The Pearl ........ . 7 3 3 39 1872 The Quack ......... 7 10 3 39 1873 Don Juan .......... 6912 3 36 1874 Haricot ............ 6 7 3 371' 1875 Wollomal ........... 7 8 3 38 1876 Briseis ............. 6 4 3 361/ 1877 Chester ............ 6 12 3 331/2 1878 Calamal .... ....... 8 2 3 35% 1879 Darriwell .......... 7 4 3 30% 1880 Grand Flaneur ..... 6 10 3 34% 1881 Zulu ................ 5 10 3 321 1881 Assyrian ........... 7 13 3 40 1883 Martini Henry ..... 7 5 3 301/ 1884 Malua ............. 9 9 3 31Y'* 1885 Sheet Anchor ..... 7 11 3 29,1% 1886 Arsenal ............. 7 5 3 31 1887 Dunlop ............. 8 3 3 281 1888 Mentor ..............8 3 3 30% 1889 Bravo .............. 8 7 3 32% 1890 Carbine ............ 10 5 3 281'/ 1891 Malvollo ........... 8 4 3 29?% Glenloth ............ 7 13 3 36% 1893 Tarcoola ............ 8 4 3 30/ Patron .............. 9 3 3 31 18 Aurarla ............ 7 4 3 29 196 Newhaven .......... 7 13 3 28½ Gaulus .............. 7 8 3 31

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