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CURRENT NOTES OF THE TURF The same bad weather that has crippled Knglish I ami Irish racing of late is being felt even in the Riviera and two days of February sport at Cannes ; had to be given up in consequence of floods of rain. , There is stout advocacy in Kngland in favor of the French claiming race rule as a check to the owner who occasionally enters horses "for a gamble" i in the selling events and then buy in their winners. The steeplechaser Square Ip. owned by W. A. Read, an American oil man in Kngland. and in the Grand National, is training with Gooch at Ilsley and is reckoned as having a good Liverpool chance 1 with 144 pounds. G. de Montel, owner of the Italian-bred jumper ■ Absidea. which was one of the entries in the • Grand National Steeplechase, has decided not to start her in the big steeplechase, considering the I weight tissigned to her excessive. George Carroll, a judge on Chicago tracks when , . racing flourished here, also on Kentucky and other tracks at various times as well as a popular and I respected owner and trainer in his day, stopped J over in Chicago briefly yesterday. He had been visiting his invalid son in Colorado Springs, where I be found the latter in steadily improving health.