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v Melbourne, where he teems certain to do well.
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The Bug Wins Again
ACHAMPION In the mak-
ing ls the phenomenal Irish-bred sprinter, The Bug, who enhanced his already great reputation by beating the brilliant Honeyway at weight-for-age over six . furlongs afc Ascot by a neck, with
Poolfix third a head away. The Bug now goes into retirement for the season, unbeaten as a three-year-old and the winner of seven races. Five of these have been on English tracks and have brought to his owner £5,368 in stake money. He belongs to a boot and shoe manufacturer, Mr. Norman Wachman, who has fac- tories in England and Ireland and who bought him as a yearling for only 700 guineas. He won over a mile at Liverpool and his jockey, Charles Smirke, says he can stay a
mile and a half.
Edgar Britt, the Australian Jockey, who, riding for the Gaekwar of Baroda, is having a most successful season, was asked after the first race in which he had been opposed to The Bug what he thought about the Irishman. His reply was laconic. "I have ridden all over the World," he cadd, "but nowhere 4o they go to
fast as that." There should be many years of triumphs before hun yet, unless his owner succumbs to the temptation of collecting swollen fees
at the stud. Sprinters in this coun-. try keep their form much longer than do horses who specialise at longer distances. Only yesterday (October 1) the war-years cham- pion, Sugar Palm, now, eight years old, produced one of his devastating late runs to win the 18th victory of his career in a six-furlong sprint at Newmarket.-Prom our English Sports Correspondent.
Two-Yea r-Olds' Debut
AT the time of going to press it
is expected that the Initial Stakes raced over a distance of five
furlongs at headquarters on Satur- day will be divided into three divi- sions. The Initial Stakes are the races in which two-year-old thor- oughbreds make their debut in pub- lic each year. The youngsters this season appear to be one of the best crops seen for many years and local breeding should receive a great boost from their performances.
A few of the prominent local per- formers have full sisters and bro- thers appearing and Air Flare's sister Kilimba and Skyro's sister Yulika showed promising form in
toe recent trials. Of the rest P. B. Spencer's Gilgering should do well and the attractive Gay Balkan filly Maelena looks to have a bright future. Past experience of P. B. Spencer's success with two-year olds is well worth remembering.