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to spoak tho truth, and thoroforo the truth I speak, Impugn it yrhoso fist."
MONDAY, OTU OCTOBER, 1857.
TI1E GREAT MATCH.
J Notwithstanding the expectations of our
Victorian sportsmen, the great ohampion match, as well as the two by-matches, I which came off on Saturday, were decide i j against us. The mare on whose perfor - 1 munee our turfites were willing to ress
| their claim to supremacy .in racing matter J j is evidently inferior to the Sydney horse ; j and, whatever may be thought of tli3 i second raoe, between horses - of les i 1 note-which we believe the Victoria i
hoi se ought to have won,-we must find a better animal than " Alice Haw- thorne," before we try again for the championship of the Australian colonie». We trusted too much to the opinion which generally prevailed, that the Sydney horsei hnd neither~strength nor endurance ; but the result of Saturday's racing proved to our own oost that at least one of them was able, not only to beat the best of our horses in a three mile race, but also to oome to the post again a winner, beating a fresh horse, after avery short period of rest.
The inter-colonial matches are, as wa have seen on this occasion, productive of much general interest, and, when conducted in a fair and generous spirit of rivalry, conduce to good results. They afford au opportunity of forming a correct judgment as to the qualities of the horse stock of each colony, and do far more to stimulate a desire for improvement than the ordi- nary races, which bring together only the horses from within a limited range of country. Victoria has been settled at a comparatively late period, and the increase in our horse stock has been caused princi- pally by importations and the reception of drafts from New South Wale3, solhat we can soarcely be said to have a breed of horses of our own. Since our great ac- cession of wealth and population this has been the market for the surplus of the two neighboring colonies, and, having abundance of money wherewith to purchase, we have already collected within our borders much of the most valuable stock from either side of us. The well-bred horses from New Souoh Wales have always been taller and more leggy than the com- pact Tasmanian horses; still ia some of the drafts from the north we used occa-
sionally to find a fair proportion of weight-carrying colts, particularly among those with the old " Emigrant " blood in their veins. These are now seldom to be met with ; it is rare to find the union of blood and bone in the same animal.
The unexpected demand for cavalry t horses, to mount the English regiments
suddenly sent to India, has created quite a sensation in Sydney. At a publio meeting, held a few days since, to devise means for facilitating the collection of the required number as quickly as possible, it was stated that broken-in horses were not to be had, mid that it was even doubtful if a sufficient number of unbroken colts could be got together in time. The country was said to be completely drained ol strong horses. Those old enough for work have been purchased each year from the breeders for this untrket; and, so great is the scarcity sup- posed to be, that something like au appeal to the .patriotism of the stockowners wa3 deemed necessary in this case of emer- gency. _
_ Looking at it from a public point of view, the great object of horse-racing is the improvement of the general stock of the_ country, into which an admixture of racing blood so largely enters. To meet our own requirements, we must prepare to raise this kind of stock on an extensive scale ; and our breeders should, as much as possible, seek to combine size and strength | with high blood. The great tendency
of the short races of the present day' is to encourage the rearing of a breed I of weedy animals, forced early to a. | sort_ of precocious maturity, but quite
destitute of the endurunce or btrengtli required for the road or bush work of this country. It is not in a spirit of old-fogyism that we look back with regret to the colonial horse of twenty years since-a mixture of the. Cape, Val- paraiso, Arab, and English breeds, but viith the conviction, almost amounting to a certainty, that nothing like the old stock horse or hackney, able on a pinch to carry his rider a hundred miles in the day, is ti be expected fronï the horses lately i.u ported from England, many of them wit i high-sounding pedigrees. These are either fiat-sided narrow-chested animals, offer- ing little resistance to the atmosphere ia their passage through it, and with but little stowage-room for a day's provision ; or else, in the case of those few which have sprea 1 out and gained substance, more closely re- semble an ungainly giraffe in their outline than the engravings of "Flying Childers" or the "Darley Arabian." However it may suit the breeders of racing colts and fillies to bring them forward and sell the.u at a very early age, we trust that too muoli will not be sacrificed to this especial inte- rest. Por the sake of those who, in their ordinary occupations, have to depend so much on this useful companion and as- sistant, we hope that our breeders will look more to the union of blood and bone than to this early lleetness, and that before many years are past we may have plenty of horses of our own rearing, able successfully to contend for the champion- ship of the Australian colonies in a three