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Mr. J. C. Scott baa become the owner of a handsome grey pony stallion, which will be at the service of breeders next season. His breed ln£> /.am told, is unexceptionable, as his grandsire was the famous Tam o' Shanter, and ! his dam a daughter of Mr. MacLeod's imported Arab, so_ well known in the Heywood district. St. Patrick, as his new owner has christened him, can jump like a stag, and he will be out with the Mount Gambier hounds this season.
Mr. A. Grosser divided with eight others the Maryborough pigeon match, value 200 sovs.
His share came to £22 4s.
Bravo, winner of the last Melbourne Cup, has been sold to go to India. The price was
The Warrnambool meeting opened on Tues day, when Pilot, an 8 to 1 chance, beat "Warr nambool and Rapid in the Maiden Plate, and the Maiden Steeplechase, which was expected to produce an exciting contest, was a very tame affair. After all the horses but Davitt had »iet with some mishap, the only straight goer Qame in alone. Midnight, a recent winner at Caulfield, was a strong favorite at 2 to 1 for the principal event on the flat, but, after a good race, she could only gain third place.
Gratuity, by The Hook, came through at the' distance, and beat Golddust, Bangle easily disposed of his seven opponents in the Maiden Hurdle Race, having galloped behind his field to the home turn, where he came away and won as he liked. Ace was a warm favorite for the Handicap Hurdle Race, but after striking a Jump he dropped out of the race, and Priscilla, who was always in a good position, cut down her field at the finish, and won com fortably from Revenue. In the Selling Race the judge's verdict placed Darkness first, Novice second, and Satanella third. The winner was bought in for £20. An unfortunate accident befel P. MacGowan, the trainer and rider, in the Maiden Plate. The Shrine fell, and Queen of Clubs, who was juat behind, struck MacGowan on the head> He was re moved to the hospital, where he was found to be suffering from concussion of the brain, a dislocated shoulder, and a deep cut over the
Mr-T- Keogb, who was killed a few days t?°uul r'ding hi? own horse in a race at Dubbo, had a short time previously inherited a quarter of a million of money.
Brilliant, the winner of the Amateur Hurdle race at Warrnambool, is the horse that won the Maiden Plate at Strathdownie a few weekB ago. He is owned by Mr. J. B. Gill.
The Australian colt Kirkham has made his debut on the English turf in the Hastings Plate, a three-year-old event, in which he ran Trd. The race was won by Baron de Roths child s Heaume, by Hermit from Bella-a French bred filly, which won four out of six races last year. Hackler, the second horse, was a moderate performer as a two-year-old. He defeated Kirkham by a head. The time was lmm. 49|sec. Heaume carried a penalty of 51b., while Kirkham was in receipt of a maiden allowance of 71b.; so that the winner was giving him 12lb. Kirkham was steered by F. Rickaby, who last season had a total of 44 wins, 46 seconds, and 57 thirds, out of 352
D. Bowes, the Australian jockey, has been
Sub 4 lic6n08 toride bythe English Jockey
The stewards of the Penshurat Racing Club beld an inquiry respecting the suspicious run ning of Pride at the Penshurat and Hamilton races respectively. The result was a decision to disqualify the owner of Pride, for a term of twelve months. The rider of the horse was exonerated from all blame. Pride had run a bad horse at Penshurst and a few days after wards won both hurdleraces at the Hamilton
By the death of Mr. Andrew Chirnside Victoria loses one of its oldest sportsmen. In the early days his name became famous as the owner of Alice Hawthorne, a grey daughter of imported Delapre, who proved herself invin cible over long courses. The barbarous system of running heats was in vogue at that time forty years ago-and many a time did old Alice run her four miles to win a £50 stake-a rich one in those days. Old turfites will remember the famous match between the old grey mare and Veno for £1,000, the pair being then the recognised champions of their respective colo nies. Alice Hawthorne had seen her best day, however, and she went down before the New South Wales champion. The excitement over the event was intense, and it culminated in the owner of Veno, Mr. Rowe, fainting in the stand. Together with his brother Thomas, he Bpent large sums in importing thoroughbred horses and mares from the old country, with which they were fairly successful. Amongst animals of their breeding was the celebrated Newminster, who won them the Maribyrnong Plate and Ascot Vale Stakes in 1875, and would probably have won the V.R.C. Derby the year following but for being got at and drugged in the interests of certain ring men
i0 stmuC® *° *0Be heavily by the success of the colt. Three years afterwards Newminster won the Geelong Gold Cup, and since his retirement to the stud has got some of the best handicap horses of recent years. Haricot also won the Melbourne Cop for the Messrs. Chirnside in 1874, Sultan the Newmarket Handicap in 1876, Spinningdale the A.J.C. Champagne Stakes m 1881, and Zambezi the Geelong Gold
Cup in 1880.
j 6 ~m0U8 thoroughbred sire Hermit is dead. He was one of the most sensational racehorses of his time.. He won the English Derby of 1887, the race being run in a blinding snowstonn. Vauban, belonging to the Duke of Beaufort, went out favorite at 6 to 4 against him, while Hermit, who according to report had broken a blood vessel, went out at 1,000 to 15 against him, though as a two-year-old he had the fair record of four wins out of six races. There were 30 starters, and the favourite Vauban, who was ridden by Fordham, the crack ^ jockey of the day, finished third. Hermit s owner, Mr. H. Chaplin (now Min ister of Agriculture in the British Cabinet), was said to have won an enormous sum of money over the horse's victory. Hermit ran frequently as a three-year-old, and he won the Ascot Biennial Stakes, started at 20 to 1 on him, and beat The Palmer for the St. James's Palace Stakes, ran second to Achievement for the St. Leger and the Doncaster Cup, and second for the Grand Duke Michael Stakes, as well as for two other races. As a four-year-old hf did not do much good, and the Duke of Newcastle's Julius, ridden by Daley, beat him in a match for 1,000 sovs, aside. Daley was the jockey who rode Hermit when he so unexpectedly won the Derby. Later in the season Hermit twice paid half forfeit to Sir J^eph Hawley's The Palmer in matches of 500 sovs. aBide. The period at which Hermit was running was the time when abitter rivalry, which originated in the elopement of a lady and her marriage to the Marquis of Hastings, was existing between the Marquis and Mr. Chaplin, and by Hermit's victory the Marquis lost heavily. In the following year the Marquis s own filly, Lady Elizabeth, was
backed by her owner to win an enormouB sum for the Derby, but she did not get a place, Sir Joseph Hawley's Blue Gown winning. Iti ws8 remarkable that Sir Joseph Hawley, who had three horses -Blue Gown, Rosi crucian, and Green Sleeves - in the race declared to win with either Rosicrucian or Green Sleeves in preference to Blue Gown, As a stud horse Hermit has been very successful, and for the past 20 years his yearlings, when sold, have realised very high averages, those of last year having an average of 921 guineas. Hermit was by Newminster from Seclusion, and was bred by Mr. Blenkiron at the famous Middle-park stud. It will be noticed that
Hermit is the sire of Heanme, the winner of the Hastings Plate.
Mr. Harry Warner, the Mount Gambier runner, who bad a 9 yards start allowed him, won the principal handicap at the recent Bairnsdale (Victoria) athletio meeting. The value of the first prize was £40. _ A protest was, however, entered against him on the ground, we believe, that he did not correctly state the start he received in the Handicap at the St. Patrick Day sports at Mount Gambier in 18S9, and the matter is under enquiry. It
will be remembered that Warner won the St. Patrick's Pay Handicap here last year in 13
Mr. James White's colours in England have been registered with the J ockey Club as " light blue jacket, white waistcoat and Bleeves, and blue and white oap,"
The victorious career of the Australian boxers has received another check in the defeat of Bill Smith, the Sydney boxer, at the hands of Jimmy Carroll, in 14 rounds. The latter iB a Brooklyn boxer.
The latest cable news is to the effect that John L- Sullivan and Peter Jackson are to box at the California Athletic Club in September for a £4,000 purse and £1,000 a-side-£6,000 altogether, the biggest money yet fought for. This is the explanation of the news a week or two since that Sullivan had commenced his preparation. Five months should be sufficient, in all conscience, for both parties to get into good condition. Much as John L. may affect to deprecate the "big coon," he is determined to be thoroughly fit when he boxes him.
It is stated that before going to America Frank P. Slavin will, in all probability, return to Australia. He has declined to meet Kilrain, on the ground that the latter is a beaten man. M'Auliffe's offer, too, he refuses, as he has decided to fight no one outside of Sullivan or Jackson.
We never, remarks the London Sporting Times, came acroBB a prizefighter with less swagger about him than Frank Slavin. A few days back he was standing at a bar (we were, too); but let that pass as the Boldier said when he saw the bullet coming and took two paceB to the left), and the barmaid was trying to bend a crooked buttonhook back to working order. "Allow me, miss," said Slavin, "I think I can do it; I am a blacksmith."
This is what a turf writer in England said the week before theBrocklesby Stakes was run at Lincoln :-" It is expected that the 1,600 guineas Old Boots will prove to be the best of Colonel North's costly team for the Brocklesby. The 4,000 guineas Simonian, it is whispered, may turn out comparatively worthless, by no means an unusual fate with high-priced year lings." It has already been reported that Simonian won the great two-year-old race re ferred to.