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COURSING

THE PLYMPTON MEETING.

Although a few short of last year, an entry of 110 for this year's classic meeting at Plympton was a splendid response on the part of greyhound owners, and as both the Freeling and Balaklava events filled it gives some idea as to the number of greyhounds in training at the present time. The Plympton grounds never looked better, and the attendance, which included many ladies, was the best for years. The polo ground has been named 'Birkalla,' but to the coursing fraternity it will always be the 'Plympton Plumpton.'   Among the large number ot visitors were Messrs. C. J. and Ross Coles, Tom Temple (who ran Sir Robert and Rami in the old days at Buckland Park), J. O'Loughlin (the uncrowned king of the Kadina Club), Arthur Lee (one of the pil-   lars of the Great Northern and Jamestown Clubs), A. W. Robinson, M.P., A. F. Nash, Bert and R. Milde, J. Poysden, and J. Herriot. With a heavy programme on Wednesday, operations be- gan with the Derby at 11 a.m., and the com- pletion of the first round of each stake necessi- tated the running of 54 trials, surely enough to satisfy the most ardent patron. The hares ran reasonabiy well, and the frequency with which they outstripped their fleet pursuers was pleasing   to those who conduct the affairs on this ground, for each hare in the Plympton enclosure has cost tbe club £1. Mr. Letcher is to be congratulated on tbe arrangements, and although it is im- possible to please all concerned there was no fault to be found with the slipping and judging. The most interesting running was witnessed on Friday, when the good dogs came together. The wind blew straight in the teeth of both hare and hound, but the hares again ran like stags, and only one of the first twenty coursed failed to reach home, and their training reflected much credit on Caretaker Roy Hunt. Nothing went miich better in tbe third round of the Derby than Corsair Prince, but the brindle was beaten after a good run with Blue King in the semi-final. By far the best pup in this event was Playful Prince, wbo had beaten Bide Kins in the final for tlie Roberts Stakes at Kadina a fortnight ago. Be led all his opponents, works very dose to his game, and stays well, and is about tbe best dog pup been at Plympton since Mr. V. Gillen won the Derby there years ago with Goldfinch. Tbe final was a. repetition of the Kadina event, as Playful Prince sot up about three lengths in front of Blue King and driving his game with great force waa a good winner when 'puss' escaped. In the fourth round Whitelaw got within a length of Playful Prince for the turn, and was even in {toints when he fell. By Playful King (Cociedy King — Plax-ful Tett) out of Cotnealong's Gift, by Comealong's Pride ex Hazel J. A feature of the Oaks running was that the last four in tbe event were by Comedy Boy, a brother to Brown Hawk, by Comedy King . from Xew Vear. The uinner, Ladv Beatrice, is from Bonnie Elsie (Mindful Still— Ebsie McPherson), while Comedy Lass (runner-up), Bonnie Comedy, and Busy Lass are from Bonnie Ea.-s, a sister to Lord Candor (Llarl of Ros? — Brooklass). Lady Beatrice, -n-bo is owned by Mr. R. C. Wilson, of Mount Gambier, led Comedy Lass a length and scored the opening points, but the Port bitch knocked so much out of -pus in Uie subsequent wori; that many thought she had -won, but Mr. Hoskin, who was close to the dogs, gave the South-Eastern bitch a holfT-point verdict. These certainly are a bril ii.nt pair, and the winner cost Mr. Wilson only £3 from a Victorian owner. The President's Cup brought together nearly aU our best aged dogs, bat Moolgewank in turn led and beat Victory. Nothing Special, Daisy Chain, Ilieuborn, and Dick Hall and Mr. Potts, of L2ngnorne's Creek, takes possession of the handsome cup presented by Mr. J. Godfree. This brilliant dog: opened his career by winning tlie Saplings Stakes at Piympton two years ago. Last season he won the Piympton Stakes at the opening meeting, and later ran up to Dick Hall in the Derby. Tbe latter ran some brilliant trials this week, but met his master -m this occasion. Mool gewank is by Hapale from Sparker, a. bitch by !Seven Hil!s out of Hectricity. Seven Hills was by Watchman, a litter brother to Duke McPher- son, by Happy Gazer -imp.) from Sweet Auburn. Aiier his good form in Victoria Higbborn'E meet ing Moolgeirank in the third ties excited muih attention, and many were prepared to see the White Hope dog gain flint turn, but 'Hoogy' I -lrcw out a lenirth after a great gallop and also worked the closer It is understood this smasher will run in the Victorian Waterloo Cup in July.

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