Australias "Flu" Pinch: Racing in Sydney and Melbourne Districts Has Been Stopped.; Great New South Wales Betting Figures--Melbourne Cup Prize of 0,000., Daily Racing Form, 1919-04-06


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AUSTRALIAS FLU PINCH Racing in Sydney and Melbourne Districts Has Been Stopped Great New South Wales Betting Figures Melbourne Cup V Prize of 50000 SYDNEY N S W Australia February 20 Owing to the further spread of influenza the K si tion of racing has changed for the worse meetings being prohibited throughout the whole of New South Wales and Victoria In this state the out ¬ come has been the cancellation of several fix luris and the postponement of others one of the latter being the Armidale Cup meeting In the metropolitan area Canterbury Moorefield Ascot and Kensington have suffered up to the present and though some of the clubs affected are hopeful that later they will he allowed to make up the ilates lost lostIn In Melbourne the Victoria Amateur Turf Club has postjHined the opening day of its autumn meet ¬ ing from February 15 to February 22 but it is impossible to see there is much hope for it even ihen It is stated that with the probability of loss 1o be faced some members of the committee favor abandonment but others wish to go on with it being of opinion it is almost necessary to run such a race as the Futurity Stakes A further postponement at least is a certainty and as the clubs future dates include March 15 it might be able to use that for one day of its autumn meeting if the Iinbnrgo is removed by then thenTlie Tlie influenza situation is improving however ami if this improvement continues it is believed that racing will begin again by March 1 or at the iiifrsj 1y March irr = SYDNEYS GREAT BETTING TOTALS TOTALSIn In Sydney since the commencement of the current season totalizator investments have aggregated nearly 3500000 to which total the unregistered clubs have contributed about 1435000 the trotting clubs 135000 proprietary horso clubs about 758 IK Hawkesbury nearly 27500 and Randwick over 2700000 2700000The The actual figures are as follows followsCourse Course Days Amount AmountRandwick Randwick 12 2708770 2708770Moorefield Moorefield 5 210297 210297Rosehill Rosehill 4 234977 234977Canterbury Canterbury Park 3 218071 218071Warwick Warwick Farm 3 900008 900008llawkesbury llawkesbury 1 27241 Total 6 28 3495424 3495424In In the season of 181718 for eleven days of racing the totalizator figures at Randwick were 1005271 This shows tlia amazing increase over last season As showing the advance in popularity of the mntuel system the turnover with the machines in use in each inclosure was twice as great as last season on the last eight days at Randwick RandwickThere There is good reason for supposing that only for the cessation of racing Sydney investments for this season would have been quite two millions which with bookmakers operating on every course is a large turnover for one city At Randwick where the machine investments for twelve days this season have reached over 2700000 there are over 400 bookmakers licensed and it is probable totaliza ¬ tor business is small by comparison with what they aggregate aggregateDuring During January the New South Wales government received 08280 more from the totalizator and betting taxes than for the corresponding month last year The totalizator revenue was 84480 against 43000 in January 1918 and the betting taxes produced 50735 against 49875 49875The The record totalizator turnover for a four days meeting at Randwick is the 1114J9C put through at the Australian Jockey Club spring meeting but probability favor that being beaten at the coming autumn meeting Last autumn investments ag ¬ gregated 837158 837158At At the summer race meetings in Auckland New Zealand the totalizator turnover for seven days was 1847 05 05MELBOURNE MELBOURNE CUP PRIZE TO BE 50000 50000It It is suggested by high racing authorities here and in Melbourne that to commemorate Peace Year the added money for the next Melbourne Cup should be raised to 10000 or 50000 It might be fairly safe to bet 01 the adoption of this idea and with climatic and other conditions favorable there will probably be a record gathering at Flemington on the occasion of the running of the next Melbourne Cup CupThe The horses now being schooled at Caulfield for hurdling include Ariistaens which ran second to rtrlitn in the Victoria Derby of 1915 1915It It is unusual for a horse to win two hurdle races in the same afternoon but Master Lupin accom ¬ plished that feat at the Takapuna New Zealand meeting on January 21 With 152 pounds lie won tfie Hauraki Handicap Hurdles of 1000 one and a hnlf miles from eleven others and four races later the Orewa Hurdles one and threequarter miles in which inclusive of the sevenpound pen ¬ alty he again carried 152 pounds poundsFrailly Frailly the dam of Trenton and one of the best of Australias producing mares was bought for 170 and sent to the stud as a threeyearold threeyearoldWith With the execution of Edith Cureton and a colt by Musket that died young all her progeny were winners She had thirteen foals altogether and those sold at auction as yearlings realized the following prices pricesFoals Foals Sires Price PriceTrenton Trenton Musket 1300 1300Niagara Niagara Anteros 5200 5200Cuirassier Cuirassier Musket 5200 5200Zalinskt Zalinskt Nordeufeldt 4940 4940Mousmittaire Mousmittaire Nordenfeldt 10525 10525Havoc Havoc Nordenfeldt 11440 11440Astronomer Astronomer Castor 7190 7190Lancaster Lancaster Ilotchkiss 5200 5200Since Since Gun Ilotchkiss 2912 Total 53907 53907Prince Prince Moeraki which last week won the Hobart Tasmania Cup and two day later the rich Wilson Handicap is half an American He is a bay colt by Hiding Master Arawaka an American mare by IHalmtchie Ada Belle by Iroquois Arawaka a winner herself in America was out of the mare brought to Australia by Irving II Wheatcroft and was sold at auction in Sydney for 200 One of the wonders of the Australian turf is old Epistle by Pistol Poetess He is in South Aus ¬ tralia and last week scored in the Tattersnll Han ¬ dicap at Gawler He carried top weight 125 pounds and won easily the mile and a half in 23u It s simply marvelous how the veteran keeps going In seven seasons Epistle lias raced 137 times for twentytwo wins and is still spry and sound though nine years of age The old brown gelding has raced for some seven owners in his career Kan ¬ garoo

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