For the second time in the space of 12 months have I had the pleasure of spending three weeks rest in the "tight little island" across the straits. During my sojourn in Tasmania I made it my business to visit stud farms of thoroughbreds who are likely to play a prominent part at Australian race meetings for the next three years. Before taking my departure for Melbourne, a number of racing men induced me to spend Boxing Day on the racecourse of my youth, and witness the Carrick races.
The most prominent feature of the day was the presence of old Strop, the hero of many hard fought battles both in Tasmania and Victoria. Mr Charles Field informed me that the old horse was now in his twenty-sixth year, having as a four-year-old won the twelfth Champion Race at Launceston in 1866, defeating Ben Bolt, Rose of Denmark, and others. In 1868 Strop ran second to Glencoe In the Melbourne Cup of 25 starters. The following year (February) Strop had the satisfaction of making amends for his defeat in November, beating Glencoe easily in the Champion Race of 1869. He also carried off the Launceston Cups of 1874 and 1876, and Hobart Cup of 1876. Had the old un been a stallion he would most certainly have had his deeds handed down to posterity. Among the large attendance were several of the oldest racing men in Australia, who have topped the three score and tea of life ; Messrs John Field, W. Field, William (better known as Bully) Brown, Hon. T. Reibey, and Mr J. Mann. Of the six events of the day, but two will be of interest to my numerous New Zealand sporting readers — namely, the Carrick Plate and C.R.C. Sires Produce Stakes. The last-named brought to the post representatives of Napoleon, The Assyrian, Manuka, Proto-Martyr, aud Creswick. Mr William Brown's bay colt Scottish Chief romped home in front of Jack-in-the-Green and the favourite, Uhlan. My old friend Bully informed me that he had refused 800gs for him, and his next win would be either in Sydney or Melbourne. To my mind, the son of Napoleon — Talkative is far and above Necklet, the Maribyrnong Plate, and Carrington, the Normanby Stakes winners. Should he winter well, Scottish Chief will most undoubtedly defeat all the Rudolphs, Sinecures, Carringtons, and Auras he meets. The Plate was won by Stonehenge by half a neck from Promised Land.