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(By 'Cestus.')*

With many of the fine performers seen during the carnival meetings taking part on Saturday afternoon the meeting of toe TownsviUe Turf Club promises to provide a grand afternoon's sport There are six

events to be decided and some keen racing should be witnessed, the first race being scheduled tor half-past tw*. Special tralnB will leave town tor Cluden at 1.12 p.m., L26 and 1.M, re turning after the last race. The big betttlng ring at Cluden on Saturday will also be operating on the various southern meetings Including; Doomben. and arrangements nave been made for the sale of admission tickets on Saturday morning. The annual meeting of the Burde kin Delta Turf Club, states an ad vertisement in this Issue, takes place at Ayr on Friday and Saturday, August 11 and 12, for prise money of £300. Nominations close at 4 p.m. to morrow. Convenient train arrange ments for visitors, with special con cessions for visiting horses, have been made. The fields promise to be good, and excellent racing should be wit nessed. The Randwick trainer, J. H. Abbs, ' was at the head of winning owners in Sydney with £8519, but from this he has to deduct a third of the prize money won by the good three-year-old Mosaic, who is raced on lease from Mr. S. S. Crick. Mr. E. J. Watt won £7865, his beat winners being Gold Rod, Walreka, lUldura and The Squire. The New Zealander, Mr. A. K. Firth, was ln third place with £5705, bis big winner being Royal Chief, tben came the partners, Messrs Manuser and Luscombe with £3876. The owner ot the good two-year-old Beading. C. B. KeUow, thank* to Nuf fldd's A.J.C. Derby win, won £3800. Mr. E. A. Haley won £2426. He was the owner of that bold horse King's Head, who died last week. King's Head had been retired to the stud and, In. playing, broke a hind leg. Mr. Haley comes from one of the oldest racing families In Australia. The Haleys were amongst the early Im porters of blood stock to Australia. Mr. F. W. Hughes won £2526 and an other £995 with horses In which he Is part owner. The New Zealander, Mr. H, D. Greenwood, won £2575 with his bold galloper Defaulter. He has evi dently Inherited his father's luck. Mf; H. E. Tancred, the owner of High Caste, won £2500, and the well-known trinity, Messrs Baillleu, Constable and Thompson, owners of Ajax, won £2225. This partnership will be constricted to Messrs ConBtable and Thompson this season, for that fine sportsman, E. L. Baillleu, died recently Messrs Harris and Charlton, owners of the Queensland bred Spear Chief, won £1890, and Mr. B. H. Richards £1860. He won this with Cooranga, and as that mare also won the Doomben Cup, sbe has been a good money spinner. J. W. Cook, with fine old St. Con stant, won £1675.

George Price beaded the list ol Sydney trainers, horses trained by him winning 29 races, running 22 and two dead-heats for second, and 21 thirds. Price trains for Mr. E. J. Watt, and that string assisted greatly In his success. B. R. Fayten, with 261 winners, was second ln the train ers' list, then came C. A. Russell, 251 wins. RuBsell fell out of the competi tion in March, when he met the dis approval of the stewards, so his total Is a meritorious one, as he missed five months of the racing season. F. T. Cush trained 22 winners and two dead-heaters for first, while E. Hush and J. McCurley each trained 20 win ners. McCurley was a hurdle rider, but Is now private trainer to Mr; F. W. Hughes. There were 20 trainers who trained 12 or more winners for the season. The best staying three-year-old was the big New Zealand colt. Defaulter, and, on his form, he can be claimed a» the best stayer of tbe season, though Spear Chiefs Queenland Cup win with 9.7 In the recent two miles Is hard to overlook. Mosaic's AJ.C. Sf Leper and Sydney Cup victories stamp him as a staying three-year-old. He was a delicate youngster, and per haps will never develop Into as robust a horse as Defaulter. Aurle's Star mav be the best sprinter of the season. His win with 9.12 In the Oaklelffh Plate and his fine sec ond with 9.13 In the Newmarket would suggest that he Is, but. of course, he did not meet AJai. Ajax stood out as the best of our

weight for age hones over sprint and middle distance courses, Big victory in the C. W. Cropper Stakes, seven furlongs, with 9.5, beating Gold Rod 8.9 and Amiable 7.12, to say nothing of King's -Head and Creditor, was an outstanding performance, for Gold Rod had just won the Doncaster with 9.2 and Amlable'a form was consistent and good. To give a galloper like Gold Rod lOlbs and a two lengths beat ing and run the seven furlongs ln JL231 with 8.6 demonstrates what an outstanding galloper this fine chestnut, Ajax, is. He certainly was defeated earlier in the season at RoaehlU by Spear Chief, but this may have been caused by the over confidence of Badger, in allowing Ajax to take things too easily over the early stages of the race, stages In which Ajax usually smashes tbe opposition. This was tbe only defeat ln fifteen starts. Ajax won fourteen races and was sec ond once. This Is the record of a smashing good horse. With Ajax, Defaulter, Spear Chief and Mosaic, and at least two good youngsters, High Caste and Reading, the Spring racing should not lack color or inci dent. The sensational fight for the senior position ln the Sydney jockey's list ended in a victory for McCartcn with 87 and two dead-heats, W. Lappln 85 and four dead-heats and K. McMena mln 81 and three dead-heats. Tben came that solid finisher, D. Munro, with 76 wins and two dead-heats, E. Bartle 68 wins and thro dead-heats, A. Knox 49 wins and three dead-beats, J. Coutts 47 wlas and 8. Davidson 42 wins and a dead-heat. McCarten rode 66i seconds and tf thirds and he rode in 606. races. W. Lappln rode in 543 races, being second 60 times and third 66, and on three occasions dead-heated for third. MoMenamln rode 64 seconds and twice dead-heated for that position. He was 55 times third. He had 376 mounts. Of the first three leading riders MoMena mln has easily tbe best average of wins ner mounts. He rode a winner

o^t of roughly every 41 mounts, while lucCarten's average ot wins was one In 6.71 mounts and Lappln's one win in 6.33 mounts. A notable f eature of the Ascot meet Ing tn England was the success ol the horses bred tn France. They won eight of tbe 28 races and £16,140 out of the £68,330 distributed. The races won were the Queen Anne Stakes, seven furlongs and 155 yards, Gold Vase, two miles, Churchill Stakes, two miles, Rlbblesdale Stakes, one mile. New Stakes, five furlongs, and the Queen Alexandra Stakes, two and three-quarter miles. Steve Donoghue is having quite a good season in England, having trained 12 winners up to 21M June. The crack three-year-old filly, Gala tea 2nd, who has won the One Thou sand Guineas and the Oaks, failed badly In the Coronation Stakes, a mile. Tbe race was won by Olein, a fllly by Colombo, carrying 8.11, Gala tea 2nd bad 9.4. She ran sixth. A brown colt by Colorado, from that good mare Rose ot England, who won tbe Oaks, won the Chesham Stakes at Ascot on June 14th. This colt should be worth money. Caerloptlc, who won the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot, Is a short bred horse. He la by Caerleon (son of Phalarls) from Soloptic, by Soldennls. The fourth dam of Soloptic Is an unknown mare. This Is a verv short pedigree for the winner of a (rood English race. A recent survey of the racing track at Trentham, New Zealand, has dls

cloBed that the half mile post was erected short of that distance. It was on this course that Gloaming ran his half mile record of 45 seconds, and, after standing for nineteen years, the Wellington Racing Club has de cided this record, on account of the shortage of the distance, cannot be recognised. Gloaming's record was made ln the Kllburn Plate on Janu ary 22, 1921, carrying 9.1. He won by a head. Prior to this, Surveyor's 45 3-5 run at tbe Canterbury Jockey Club meeting at Rlccarton, was the fast est time recorded. Half mile races are now so few and far between ln Aus tralia—or Southern Australia— for horses other than two year olds that records for it are not Important. In Australia Sun Clad and Waltzing Lily are credited with running 471. Mr. R. R. Dangar, the owner of Peter Pan, is at present in England. Evidently he Is determined to give his great horse a chance at the stud, for he has purchased three exception ally well bred young mares, two of them, Alameda and Trlgon, bred ln England, and Cassall, bred In France. Alameda, foaled ln 1937, was bred by Lord Derby. She is by Boswortn (son of Son-ln-Law and an Ascot Gold Cup winner). Alameda's dam, California, Is by Colorado from Rothsay Bay, a sister to Scapa Flow, the dam of Fair way and Pharos, two noted racehorses and sires. Fairway is certain to be the leading sire of this season In England. He Is the sire of that great colt. Blue Peter. Scapa Flow Is also the dam of Fair Isle, who won the One Thousand Guineas ln 1930. Fair Isle is the dam of the Liverpool Cup

winner, St Magnus. Rothesay Bay Is the dam of Spindrift, who won the Doncaster Cup In 1984. Phaleron Bay, a sire ln New Zealand, Is a son of Rothesay. It is a wonderful family No. 13. Trlgon Is by Blandford or Trlgo from Bachelors, by Bachelor's Double from Bayora, by Bayardo from Honora, by Gallinule. No. 14 family. Honora is tbe dam of Lem onora, a Newmarket Stakes and Champagne Stakes winner, and a Grand Prix de Paris winner. This mare is sot of such a successful family as Alameda, but she cornea of good stock. Panic, a noted sire In Australia in his day, came from this family, while SilverbJrn, whose Btock are doing well ln Queensland, Is a later sire In Australia to come from It. Sea Serpent, who won an Irish Derby In 1931, is another. The third mare, Cassali, was bred in France in 1936. She won the Prix Carmelite, 11 furlongs, this season. She is by Cas terarl (son of Fiterarl. who was by Sardanaple). Casterarl's dam, Cas tellne, was by Son-ln-Law. Cassall Is from Sally Switch, by Spearmint from ''lying Sally, by Flyinjr Orb from Salamandra, the dam ot Wyvern, Sal mon Trout and Salmagundi. FlvinK Sally, the grand dam of Mr. Danger's mare, Is the dam of last year's Good wood Cup and Doncaster Cup winner, Epigram. This mare comes from a proven line, one of the most success ful families of late years in the Stud Book, and her touch of good French blood should be most valuable. With mares like this Peter Fan will be given the chance bis undoubted ex cellence as a racehorse demanded.

On his dam's side Peter Fan goes back to Meieslna, an imported mare bred ln 1840, so he is about a 100 years Australian on tbe female aide, so good stout fresh blood from Eng land should suit him, and It Is Qul possible that, bred as he Is, and being such a powerful and robust lndlv dual, Peter Pan may leave outstand ing lines from these three mares The acceptances for tbe Calms Annual meeting read well, and races look like being contested by big fields. The Cup Is run the second day. In it Town Topic 9.10, Is top weight. He has quite enough weight. Lachlan 9.1, if really well, would read a chance. He won a Club Handicap at Mackay in June 3rd., but Bis latter form Is not Inviting. Earl Joy B.I ran second ln a Welter, 7 furlongs, at Rockhamp ton on Cup day, but he was beaten six lengths In 1.28, and his form at the Townsvllle Carnival did no sug gest his winning this Cup. Dainty Re venue 8.10, looks like winning. He la very useful, and is a fit colt, Thor Sal 8.4 is a hardy sort, and, ln form. Volant Solo and Otto have Northern form, and so has Bouvrll, and Bouvrll followed It up by winning a Cluden Purse, 51 furlongs from dolly's Plume and a big field. Lower down is Gog gles 7.7, who Is staplng quite welL £ won the Herbert River Handicap with 7.7, 6 furlongs, last Friday and looks like coming good. He ran a fair race In the J. S. Love Memorial Handicap at Cluden, and won tbe Encourage Handicap, 5 furlongs, on tbe second day. The winner may come from this lot, and Dainty Revenue and Goggles ln form, certainly looks the hardest to beat. The Third Division Is the blr sprint race at Cairns for the opening day of their Annual meeting, and High Speech 8.10, should be very hard to beat in It H-\ la top weight, but he is a class above tbe others, and has no Barking In tbe field to force him along. Myahmln 9.8, is next. He has been racing well ln Cairns, anA carry ing big weights, but he seems rather too close to High Speeob ln his handi cap to be thought of as a winner. Earl Joy 8.12, may run well, and so may Thor Sal 8.0, and Volant Solo 7.10, but High Speech should win.