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(By 'Cestus.')

.» Twenty horses were paddocked for ?' tbt February race meeting of the „»' Xoofnach Jockey Club, as follows :— aufiu Field, Social Lady, Young David, Aethan, Sunamant, Master

Katoora, Bunnah, Observer, St. Lmlgl, ' Betrayed King, Moolelle, Vere-de-Vere, Hasan, Cagblb, Foxlot, Saltern Sea, - Cool Son, Junora, Brew and Blarney. The totaUsator Investments at Ascot - seem to me improving, for over a . period of the last five months £21,t-00 more ku passed through the tota)! sator. compared with the similar per iod of last year. This is certainly en 1 couraglng. ' Keyboard and Northern King are being trained In Brisbane by W. J. Staean. That compact little gelding, Auto .; pay, was responsible for a fine gallop In winning the Palmereton Nortn Stakes, 6 furlongs, in 1.12 1/5, which la a combined race and track per formance. Autopay won brlUUantly . and' Is in wonderful form. .. Miss Jean, who won the Q.T.C. Newmarket, Is a gift horse. The mare belonged to Dr. W. A. Dunn, who owns the Champagne Stakes win ner, Burwood. The doctor gave the mare away, and her -new owner leased her to R. P. Trlhey, who took her to Brisbane and won the Newmarket Handicap. . Oold Uag, who won three races In Succession Immediately 6n arriving .from New Zealand, and tiien seemed tb lose all form, has been returned to New Zealand. That good mare In New Zealand, Lady Pam, was a fel low passenger. Lady Pam did not do very weH In Australia. , Prior to her victory In the Great Northern Derby, Silver Scorn met her first defeat in the Christmas Han dicap, one mile, at Auckland. Silver Beorn, a three year old, carried 8.5. 'giving the winner, L' Allegro, a fIx .year old gelding, sixteen pounds. She wss beaten a length In 1.38. A. Reed, who after his fall In the Maiden Plate at Mornlngton recently, was considered seriously hurt, but a . late examination revealea no serious Injury. Reed is bruised and shaken, but will be about again soon. , Nut Cup, a fast but somewhat un ruly customer, who has been racing In Melbourne, la likely to come to Brisbane to race. No doubt this de ' dalon ia Influenced by the success of Credence; who like Nut Cup. was not . a good horse at the barrier. A. D. Webster has left Sydney for New Zealand with Movie Star, Hunt ' the Slipper, Western Sky, and Bay acre. The horses will be rested In .' New Zealand. Webster Intends being present at the National Yearling .sale, and then returning to take per manent residence In Sydney. Webster sold My Talisman. An Australian filly. Amellta, won a Novice three year old race at Dune din, New Zealand, last Tuesday. This filly was bred by Mr. P. Miller. She Is, by Ronsard, a horse owned by Mr. L. K. S. Macklnnon. Her dam,

Black Vera, Is an imported mare by I Black Jester, from a mare by Pe 'slmmon. She Is a No. 6. Her son Ronsard, Is by Son-ln-Law, from a mare by Qalllnule. In the Clifford Plate at Auckland, Gold Trail won from Antique and Concentrate, while PIUow Fight could do no better than run sixth. Gold Trial won In 2.5 4/6. The Royal Stakes was won by Dlatomous Irom Mldlan and Guarantee in 1.13 1/5. Great Star won the Grandstand Handicap with Sunny Sky and Jaloux In the places. Last season In England there was not a really outstanding two-year-old colt, Manitoba and Hyperion being generally considered the best bu there was no colt of the class of Or

well to go Into winter quarters as the general favorite for the Derby, the ;Tey filly, Myrobella, stood out as a star amongst the fillies, but the breed Ing does not suggest a Derby course. Manitoba, who Is owned by Lord Woolavington, Is a bay colt by Man na from Berystede . by Son-ln-Law Trom Pereelna by Swynford from Brig I of Ayr by Ayrshire from Santa Brig Ida by St. Simon. Hyperion, Lord Derby's chestnut colt. Is by Gains borough from Selene, so Is half-brother to Hunter's Moon and Pharoxnond, and closely relater to Myrobella. Lord Derby bred this colt and he bred the dam of Manitoba. These colts are about tne best of the now threeyear olds, but It may h- ppen as it did laBt year, that some unheard of youngster as a two-year-old will come out and win the Derby. Swift and Sure, who gave great promise in England but broke down just before the St. Leger and was sold as a stallion to a breeder In the Uni ted States nas made a noticeable start as a sire, his daughter, Swivel, win ning the rich Pimloci. Futurity Stakes run over nine furlongs. Swivel is about the best two-year-old In the United States. Swift and Sure Is a brother to Saucy Sue, who won the One Thousand Guineas an.1 the Oaks. He is by Swynford from Good and Gay, and three-part sister to Magpie. Last season another son of Swynford in St. Germans, was the leading stal lion In Americn. Both these horses were bred by Lord Derby. The suc cess of Swift and Sure should be pleasing to Mr. McDougall, of Lynd hurst, for his n;w horse, The Buz zard is by Swynford and comes from the same family ts Swift and Sure. Racing -n England this year prom isee to be Interesting for most of the prominent thi °e-yea.--olds are to be kept In trainlrg. Miracle and Or well have retired to tbe stud, but Fir daussl, Dastur, Mannamead and April the Fifth are ail to be raced as four year-olds. At present there are many who consider Apt II the Fifth rather a fortunate Derby winner, while there are others who .onslder him a really high-class colt and if he steers clear of misfortune. expect him to demonstrate his excellence this sea son. Mannamead is another horse of Interest. He won a weight for age race at Manchester in November In great style. He had an Interrupted season and was unable to show his best but he Is considered to be such a good one that had he escaped trouble the results of the classics might easily have been altered.