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CREAT OtIAUPION MATOII.-NEW SOUTH
WAM33 AGAINST VICTORIA.
This anx'ously-looked-for and excltia?, i event was d.ctded on Saturday on the Mel houmo Racecourse, terminating in tho da
I feat of the Viotorian pet, and tho triumph of
the Sydney horse. We cannot; of course, help feeling regret that the younger colony lias lieen unable to bear away tho palm from iti older neighbor, but as there Is nothing dis-
graceful in honorable defeat we must hop3' for better fortune by-and-by, and we have ni doubt that the lesson afforded by Saturday's Fchoollng will prove bonoficial In still further impioving our blood stock. The weather wa i most propitious, neltherunoomfortably warm nor with sufficient wind to " kick up a dust." At an early hour in the morning a very visible, and rather uuuauil,
amount of bustle was visible in the atroeta of Melbourne-the hurry-Ecurry at the saddlers' shopa for new buoklos and little odds and ends plainly showed that not u few were *' boat to the races," and vehicles of evary possible shape and Bize were early called lats requisition. The road presented one continual line of vehicles, whilo the Saltwater Rlvsr boro up steamer, after steamer, crowded wita nnxiouB faces. Notwithstanding, however, the great assemblage of persons (tho number was estimated variously at from twelve to fif- teen thousand), we are happy to add that no dangerous accident occurred. Such tulagi as riderless horaeB, and a few vehicles by tho rood-side in anything but their usual . position, certainly were visible, and a report ' of a steamer's having run Into a soap factory ' on tho river bank was circulated, but without
accident, we believe, to Ufo or limb.
The course we found iu very tolerable order, willi the exception of that portion clow under the hill* which was very heavy, and, notwithstanding tho cuttings mado for tho pur- pose of drainage, wot and sloppy, und it appeared that this part of the courso beat the
i A large number of booths were erected for
refreshments, and the usual attendance of Letting tables and other methods of inducing the cnoulatlon of ready money was plentiful
i 'J he course was well kept, ana reflects oieltfc
on the parties having its management it would, howovei, we think, have been advts alile if thelonggrassut the run ln"couldhave been mown, or got rid of in some way Pu no t utility, a thing generally overlooked at rae
meetings, was, as far as the gloat match was concerned carefully lornembored, and at (.leven minutes past one o'clock a good start VA is effected, and the match foi two thousand 1 runds commenced The result wo havo nhcttdy given The horses were
llr T G Itovvosoh g Veno, aged, erhnson jacket
and black cap (Ilifnrorson) lO^t 21b 1
Mr Chirnside ger in Alice Hawthorn, ngod bluo I
jackot and black cap (Stephen Mahono) lOst ! lib 2 The distance, three miles, was done in six minutes fifteen seconds
'1 ho condition of both horses gave general satisfaction, and reflects much credit on their Kspective trainers lue mare looked all like a winner, ' but the horse was ' like while lone and G to 4 on Veno was the ordor of the d«j At stat ting Higgeison tried his pace and finding Ihlniaolf all rltht, waited on the mare until just undei the hill, when ho went alongside, running suide foi studu evidently v ith ouse On coming round tLc becond time und passing the heavy ground Alico was ' done bei joel eygavehcrthcwhipehtup.but blic could not r ply to his call, ana Veno gal It pptd in an e&oy winner, looking i,s fiesh ttj it ' lie had only had a smart cantei, and without
a maiU about him Both horses vcic adtni inbly ridden the mate did all she eould, and her jockey all he knew, but she was ovor ] owered and is no match tor the Sydney Loreo The coming off of the second event i IIB pomewhat dilatoiy, but something aftet i he appointed time, and a not very good start i lie second match of the duy came oil for £100, ti mile and a half mile, between
I Wr OT Rowo s b li Cooramill, ngcd( Higgorson) 1 I 111 Trasera b g Tomboy, aged (ilitclicllj 2
1 Betting 6 to don Uootimin I | lhe Sydney horoo u0o.in took the leal
iltbhtly but at the bite I omboy led-ko jp mt a good pace and leadinn by aboutthtee , .lengths, and having, apparently, his own way
IJiggeison using the ' peibuaders to malu
tain his pjaition The match was looked oo.\ us settled and the Victorians were consoling themselves that they were not utterly beaton tvhen within a few Btrides ot the Otan I Mand, Tomboy swerved from a sharp strofc) cf the whip aud appeared almost to pull up enabling the bydney horse to rush past a 11 just win the ruco lhe next event was tue match for £300 to £500
Mr G T Kowos cb li Veno, aged (Illggoisou) 1 Mr Fraser sb g Van Tiomp, aged (Mahono) 2 ," ibis match excited almost as much tutores t as the ' great one of the day, Veno aftet his three milo trip, having to face a treal) horsJ end one too of considerable standing with many of our turfites lhe Dutchman wa3 in nice order, and looked on stripping as if hj ' meant mischief" Veno came to the post however 'treah as a kitten ' and no omi could have imagined he had only two hours Tirioie run a three mile race Aj,ain Veno ha J 1 is own way, and, notwithstanding his doing Ins uttermost, Van Tromp, who certainly was unskilfully handled by his jockey throughout I ti o rttco, had to Buccumb to the superior
powert of the gallant Veno
The Ksult of these events has caused In- creased interest In the races of the coming week Vtftoria still hoping to recover her lauicls though wo fear with but little chauoe of success Wo must, before concluding oui notice of the past race, express giatifl cation at the true, fair handed Bports
mpnliko feeling «Inch has been eviucad ¡ throughout this etctting affair, and trust the
pnmo spirit will bo mtintained by both thj ' winners und the in successful, believing 1 preBont defeat will Btimuluto more improve
ment in our racing stock The truttm, , nmlch foi £2J0, three miles, proved a walk ! over Sharpet was on the course, but w ja not broughtjto the post and the mare Kate went round without a cjmpetitor
A PESECTIVE SUOT AT.-One of the de- tective force while on duty on the road be tweeu the race-course and Flemington, ou Saturday night, was shot at by a persou whj has been arrested, and will be examined at the Police Court this morning. It is supposed that the affair originated in a rtistake, und for this reason, although we are in possession of materials for any amount of mysterious speculation, we refrain from adducing them until further inquiry shall ploce the matter in its true light.
BortQLAiiY.-On Saturday night, between th . hours of elevan nnd twelve, the shop of Mr Falck, a jeweller, 121 Swanston-street, wai burglariously entered hy the back door, and the shop, which contained a lot of valuabl ' watches and various articles of jewellery wa3 completely gutted. Tho door appeared to havj been forced open by a "jemmy."
I BUBOLAUY IN RUSSELL-STEEET.-About niu >
or ten o'clock on Saturday night, a burglarv was committed at the establishment of Mr Camp!, looking-glass manufacturer, 122 Bus ' Bell-street The place was entered by a b.»ck window, several boxes were broken open, and gome volunble gold and silver watches, jewel- lery, &c, were abstracted.
FIBE AT SMYMIB'S CHEEK.-Between thre ? I and lour o clock on Sunday morning last a lire of aserious character occurred at SmythVs i-reek, by which it is asserted that a luriv iimouut of property has been lost. For soma days past it has been matter of rumoi, but wa were unable to glean any particular that could be relied on until Thursday. It now appears that, on Sunday morning or Saturday night last, the store and gold-buying oreinium
of Messrs. P. M. Hassleen and Cof, at She's
Creek, were totally destroyed by fire, some of the Inmates barely escaping with their lives None of the, contents of the building were saved, and it is asserted that it contained at Ho îvSa !tookt of 8eR?rnl 8°°ds, of the value of £2,000, together with a sum of money in noteB of £1,100, just taken there for ¡mid. buying purposes, and an additional £1100 also in notes, the proceeds of the business of Messrs. Hassleen and Co. The origin of the fire is completely enveloped in mystery. So far as wo can leam, on the night in question Wr Ollendorff, of the firm of Ollendorff Brothers, Ballaarat, and we believe interested in this conoern, went to the Btore with £1101 ni notes, £800 of which were on account! of Iktsrs. Tuxeu arid Co., Maia-roud, the agents of tho London, Scottish, and Austra- lian Chartered Bank, for the purpose of gold buying. On that evening Mr. Olfeudyrff Sir Hassleen, another man (we presume the store iniin) a female, and a child, retired to rest in lho stoic, when all was safe. Some hours after Ute woman was awoke hy the noisH Af burning aroundher 8bc gave the alarm, and
all sought refuge outside, in the hurrv leávirií '
the child. Thechild was afterivar^reEcueci! I
The store and its contents were dostroyed
v thout the possibility of saving anytX» ; Tho «editorsof the Arm, as well m the Ä' I of the bank, have been instituting inqulriM f
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