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(From Jiell's Life in Victoria, July 25th,)
Veno and Alice Hawthorn.
The great mntoh is still a gre.it deal talked ahoat in sporting circles; tho prominence of tho subject may, per- haps, be accounted for in a measure by the paucity of sporting events nu the taph nt prcsout. Tho Sydney horso is universally admired,, and tho most enthusiastic of the Victorian admirers of the old grey mare aro fain to confess that, to bont Veno, she will liavo ber work to do. On the other band, some of thora comfort themselves with tho belief that Veno has not bithorto travelled in company of tho rank and quality of Alice; and that he will karo to move faster than over he went in his life. The friends of the höre« hint that the "seaBon" will bo against tho maro, and wa can only say in reply, that tho third of October is early in tho season, and a long way to bo preferred to November. The animals aro both looking very well, and their appearance quite satisfies their respective trainers. No work has yet been commenced with cither.
The horso is how located at Mr E. Row's, South Yarro' and since his arrival there, lias been visited ky crowds of persons anxions to have an early inspection of tho gallant chesnut. Ho is rather the favourite in the betting circles: but although we bavo heard of odds hoing laid on Sydney in some few instances, we do not think that any aruoant of rnonoy could be got on either the horso or the mare, ex eopt by laying a trifle of odds on tho one selected. Wo have, indeed, heard of ono or two transactions, in which the innre was made tho favourite; but altogether we come tn tho conclusion that tho horso has rather the call. The mare has done her first course of physic, and looks bloom- ing and well. Her legs aro as sound and clean as possi- ble; in fact, ber present condition is highly promising.