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.v '(By "Wakeful.")
; . ' THE TURF. \
0" Tuesday W. H. M'Lschlau ^ode anther Cup Winner. His record in
ihesIbiBÄs is truly wonderful, and eeibaps^will "never be equalled. And tu mounts have not alway» been first
favorites; either: On Tuesday Almissa I rtlrted at IO to 1, »nd this waa a 10 price to get about the English horse Of course, such a healthy price 'would not have been on tap had not tho son of Ayrshire out up badly in tho *v«Udit-l'or-age ^aendqn; Stakes on Sat- urday. In that event ho failed to fin ZT among tho first-six .ih » field of 10, and in consequence discounted his chance in the Australian Cup consider ?»hlv Therefore, it,is no surprise to hear that his victory on Tuesday was received with a coldness that told that mutters were somewhat dissatisfied, to put it mildly. But it must Us remem- bered that tho mile and a. hulf ot the Essendon Stakes is a hit, different to the two miles und u quarter of the Austra- lian Cup; and taking this fsct into con- sideration 1 can't see why the glad hand should have been withheld. I» all his races Almissa has shown that he i» nothing if he is not a stayer perhops tho best stayer in Australia to-day. Therefore, when punters feel "sour" about tho English horse's wiu they should remember that tho Austra- lian Cup is run over an unusual dis- tance, and must, go to tho horso that can stay. It's no. use backing a horse on his two-mile form unless the extra ».eight and furlong are. taken into con- sideration, '? This.is a fact that.is hit- ting'Piastro's backers "pretty hard. It was the extra weight and furlong that stopped the Melbourne Cup winner,', who put up a really good performance by running into third place under 9.0.
'Cadonia carried 8.10 into second place, and it really looks as though the erratic son of Prudent King is fast improving in temperament. Nobody doubts this horse's ability to gallop «hen in tlie-humor, and of late he has been showing that he is in the humor more frequently than ever before in his turf career. Somo horses-in fact, most horses-get' cunning as they grow older, and after the three or four years' stage has been passed take it into their heads to stop or go oh. just as the fan- cy pleases. Perhaps the fact of some horses being Johnny Armstrouged in thoir early careers tends to make them think that it is better to stop of their
own accord than have their heads half
pulled off. This, by the way, however, t am not imputing that Cadonia is built that way, but the fact remains that at Ure years of ago he is at last showing an inclitiution to streak out for borne and boodle. That being so, a good rtako is sure to go his way before he is much older, for he is one of the most brilliant horses 'when in the humor that tho Australian turf has known. Ht owes his backers a lot of money, bul they have, a chance to get it back and a bit more beside if they stick to him.
Tho Parisian, who has done nothiui linea he took the 1911 Melbourne Cup »ent out on Tuesday for the Austra : lian Cup at 100 to 1. Tho sou of Bob
adil is a »jurd horse to train, and ha been a chopping block for everythinj that liked to take him en in a trainiuj gallon. Sometimes no notice is takei of these track beatings, but in Th« Parisian's case they were genuine. Mr J. F. Kirby, who owns Tho Parisian has a deep-seated conviction that i horse to show the' proper form must b gelded. This is an .obsession with tb burly western district squatter, but M is a long time demonstrating that h is right. Had The Parisian been -al lowed to remain entire, bo would hav «en a-valuable stud property. As i is now he may have to carn his oat inside the shafts of n hansom cab, c on one. sido of tho polo of a foul wheeler. (
Almissa is owned<.ar»d trained in Vic torin.. Last spring he won tho Moon« Valley and Williamstown Cups, bein ridden on iboth occasions bv M'LacUlai Frank MuBjtrave, who trains the Eni hsli horse, some years ago brought o a big coup in the Australian Cup ft
.Mr. Jack Wren, with Murmur.
After the Petersburg Handicap wi yon and lost last élaturdny, Mr. Goo« «.rii ,was not satisfied that the winne Pendulous, Was a better horso tho Jig Jog, and to back up that opinic offered to wager Mr. Ted Baker a lev £50 that if tho race were ruu aeaii positions would be reversed. ' Ba kis was willin'," and a matti* bas be« ratified between the pair, the affa to take- place on the Adelaide O Course on April 3. In the Petersbui Handicap, Pendulous carried 8.9 i victory, with Jig Jog. 8;il., filling thil position, Lnrtuen 'being sandwiched b tween tho two. The Old Course mat« »to be run over the Petersburg Ha «leap distance-one mile and' o- quart 7-uuder even weights, 8.7. The mat« 55,?'V? *" attract a largo crowd to-tl Old Course on the day.
Time was wden a second day's racil could always bo-relied upon after country , meeting, the second edith ueing made up of private matches t tween owners who were under the ii pression that their horses had not be fairly mid squarely beaten nt the ref! w meeting. Therefore it reads li wd times to find two owners fighting taco over again. Certainly some these second day impromptu lix tm were fostered by the publicans of t country towns, in order to keep t jovial crowd of sports a bit longer the towniiiip. but all the same, I ha
Men more excitement »t thee» etcond edition* than waa on tap' at. the Schedul-
ed fixture. .
There would be no harm in getting a few more mate bet on for the Old Courte on April 3, ao that a charge for ad- mission could be made, and the pro- ceeds handed over to 'charity. . I should not be surprised if this idea is.adopted.,
There was a sale of yearlings at Mel- j bourne on Monday, and South Australia was represented by Mr. W. J. Treuiel lih, who can always at these sales be deluded upon to buy a cheap:lot. I won't say a rubbishy lot. but if I did 1 should not ho wide of the mark. At tbo sale in question. Mr. Tretnellin se- cured one yearling for vr 10 guineas. Fancy breeding yearlings at thia price I The same gentelman bought largely on a correspondingly "liberal" scale. The batch will bo brought across to Ade- laide, and in the fulness of time will become turf performers in the' Wheat [State. Yet some people wonder why
so/many squibs find their way into Ade- laide'stables, and become; a'laughing stock for racegoers. , These squibs are bred all right, but scarcely ever seem able to live up to their töney lineage. They .are stunted and weedy, and other- wise they would be allowed to go for the proverbial song. Let us hope some of. our wealthy owners ar» banging back for the Randwick sales; . '
The cry is still the same old "record." For its meeting on tho 16th inst, the Port Adelaide Club , has received 195 nominations for the . seven events on
the programme. For the corresponding fixture last year the total was 154; and this was a record. There seems no end to fresh horses being pjaced into com- mission. The wonder IB where they, ail come from. Perhaps there are some. £10 purchases amongst .them. For the. Trial Stakes nt the forthcoming ? Port meeting 45 horses have been nominated, and as they aro all pretty "willing," tile number of acceptances will', neces- sitate "two bites at a. cherry"-two
divisions. This will mean, a menu of
eight races-too many for one after- noon. Yet they discussed nine,at Bala- klava on Wednesday.'. lt ' is^question- able if the tote benefits 'from these unwieldy programmes. ' Punters, are sometimes too hurried togiVe the card proper consideration, and in . conse- quence look on. With' 'the orthodox six races to engage their attention they have plenty time to make a > choice sometimes two for the one race. I fancy the Broken Hill or any other bookmakers would ' "kick" if they had to juggle with nine races in one after-
It transpires that Alraiasa. in the neight-for-age race on Saturday, waa the victim of a bump'that threw, him out of his stride. This Tïact Cas not generally known, else the- norie-Would
never hare been allowed to go out at tue fancy price of 10 to 1.
I »truck Broken Hill's old friend Jim Gough, the other day,, and learned that John Gough, trainer of the Newmarket Handicap winner, ia hi» brother. I w«a glad to be enlightened, a» i waa Under the impression they were cousins. -A score of years ago there were a good many Goughs in the race gane.
_i An Adelaide sporting w. iter over at Melbourne for the big meeting, gravel« gives the following aa a glid-edged,
double-barrelled fact: "A man wno waa bested down the course at the thrse fnrlong post on Saturday states that as the Newmarket Handicap horses passed thst point, ¡10 of the 36 were in line, and a second later Muwa'rru Kb va waa slightly in advance of'the field." A lightning calculator like that is wasting his valuable time following the wicked gee-gee game. He should be down at some of the Adelaide mixed-bathing re- sorts counting how many goo-goo eyes are made thera within a minute, and fEive the good wowsejr the benefit of us abnormal gift. Considering the Newmarket was cut out in a tick worse than 1.14, a moil would have to be pretty spry to count three as tue field flashed post.
. At the yearling sales in Melbourne on Monday, there was some spirited bidding for a slashing well-grown celt by Positano from Indian Queen, dam pf Aborigine. The first bid waa 800 guineas, and was taken by fifties up tb 1000 guineas. Then tho bidding resolv- ed itself into a triangular battle be- tween Mosers. J. Scobie, P. T. Hey- wood, and 8. P. Mackay. At 1400 guineas Mir. Mackay cried "enough," nnd Messrs. Heywood and Scobie were left to make tho running. Mr. Hey- wood's last bid was 1476 guineas, and the Ballarat trainer jumped : to 1300 guineas and secured the prise. The chances are that Scobie ,ws» acting on !>eharf of fais wealthy patron, Mr. E. E. Di Clarke, brother to Sir Rupert of
that ilk. .
? .'Lord Desmond, who has won six hurdle races lately over Melbourne way, brok« down ofter the Hurdle Race at Flemington on Tuesday, and we may expect to hear any minute that he has been taken - out of the Onkaparinga Hurdles. Lord Desmond belongs to the well-known theatrical ehtcrpreneur. Mr. William Anderson, and would have certainly started favor- ite at Oakbank on Easter Monday. Tko years ago he ran second to Yud- napinna at Oakbank, but since tfien lins improved out of sight. In fnct, tho form displayed by his lordship when ho won the Hurdle Race on New- market Handicap day siranly paralysed an Adelaide sporting «Titer "doing" the big meeting. And that writer knows tho right end of a horse.
There were only four runners for the Hurdle Race on Australian Cup Day, and Lord Desmond was made a hot favorite at 7 to 4 on. The favorite, however, suffered a four lengths' de- feat by Recollect. The Adelaide mare, Ellerstene H., was a starter, and it is strange to read that she was tailed off. Nobody who knows the mare will accept that as her true form, fer «he possesses a handy turn of speed when she likes-and ia fit.
Kim was a runner for the Bourke Handicap on Australian Cup Day and scored another third, Aleconner and Volsloane filling: tho other two places. There was a big and influential field behind tho little Adelaide mare, and, if anything, der third was better than her third in the Newmarket. Kirn went out second favorite at 2 to 1, odds being laid on Volsloane. /The form the Wallace mare is > displaying at the big meeting is surprising Ade- laide sports. No wonder!
, The Adelaide owners, Messrs. Mallan ánd Netler, appear to have got hold of a-, promising colt in Carisbrooke, and When he returns to the "old square mile" will have plenty following, see- ing that his second in the Junior Han- dicap at Flemington on Tuesday was fUli of merit. This colt was not raced in Adelaide, but was kept specially for the two-year-old races at the Victorian autumn carnival. Tabangat missed a place in this event, after making all the running. The youngsters did the journey in 1.15). Carisbrooke went out an equal first favorite with the winner. Stainer. Adelaide horses have been running consistently into pinces at the Current meeting without actually win- ning, but one or twa of them will catch a, stake before the curtain is rung down on the carnival on Saturday.
r.Two Onkaparinga Steeplechase candi- dates in Scrutineer and Vanguard fin- ished 1 and 2 in the Steeplechase at Flemington on Tuesday. This was Van- guard's best performance SOT quito a long while, and it. is a broad hint that Quinn has another Oiikaparinija Steeple iu hU mind's eye with the little urey. Iii the run down the straight on Tues- day Scrutineer held tho little grey ; but if the pair do happen to meet at Oak- bank on Easter Monday I expect to see something altogether different that is. if the pair axe left standing for a, race home together. And Vanguard is' sure -to be there if the other fellow isn't.