Having disposed of the Waverley yearlings and dames of the harem in my last, I will now conclude my visit to the midland district of Tasmania by taking farewell of the two stallions and racing colts under the care of Mr Clare and his obliging stable boys. The first box we came to was that of -
CHALDEAN, who was being particularly looked after by that lightweight old "covy" of the Sammy Cracknell stamp. Chaldean has grown into a beautiful chestnut colt since I saw him gallop 12 months ago. To my mind the Tasmanian crack three-year-old takes after St. George, of the Middle Park Stud Company. Chaldean possesses any amount of muscle, and has a neat head upon a splendid pair of shoulders, something after the New Zealand hero, Nelson. He has also the knowing eye of Trident. I feel confident that Australians will find in Chaldean, if all goes well, a second Savanaka or Suwarrow, and with age, a second Richmond or Tasman.
Chaldean, who has already distinguished himself by winning the Tasmanian E.G. Derby, will in all probability, previous to his coming over here to fulfill his V.R.G. autumn engagements, take a prominent part next month in the Launceston and Hobart Cups and the T.R.C. Sires Produce Stakes. As a yearling, the Tasmanian people couldn't have thought much of Chaldean, for on the 5th of February 1887, I find Mr Alfred Page disposing of him under Mr Westbrook's hammer for 31gs, The Assyrian - Tripaway colt fetching the same figure. At the present moment Mr Agnew wouldn't sell for 700gs. Should Chaldean win his Tasmanian events easily, and the stuffing not be knocked out of him, he will show his heels to a number of Australian racehorses on the Flemington racecourse next March. If I was only certain that Chaldean would see the post, I would plump for him straight as the winner of the V.R.C. St. Leger.
Mr Agnew next introduced me to The Assyrian's helpmate -
MOZART, by Napoleon — Queen Mary, who was looking as well, If not better, than he did on the afternoon of the 11th October 1884, when he won for his Tasmanian owner, Mr William Field, the V.A.T.G. Windsor Handicap in a field of 19. Although Mozart started 17 times as a three and four year old in Australia, he didn't do anything, with the exception of his win in the Bookmakers' Purse in a field of 27, until he was an aged horse to merit him being called a first-class racehorse. Mozart managed to secure a place in the Victorian St. Lesger, beating Tremando. Mr William Brown, better known as " Bully," one of our oldest turfites, bred Mozart. Mr William Field purchased him as a yearling, and, after winning a number of valuable races, sold him to his present owner, Mr R. G. Talbot. Several mares have already gone to Mozart, who after the T.T.C. and T.E.O. meetings, at which gatherings he is expected to run in either the Launceston or Hobart Cups, will retire to the stud, when I feel certain he will make a name for himself and keep the "tight little island" evergreen.
PROMISED LAND must be passed over, for he is scarcely the build of a horse to make fast time, but for all that one of the most compact horses under 15 hands to be found in Australia. As to breeding, the three-year old son of The Assyrian — Old Lore can't be beaten by much. Old Love's sire, Castle Hill, is by Voltigeur out of Bab-at-the-Bowster ; her dam, May Flower, by Boiardo out of Heiress. Promised Land can travel three miles as well as one, and can carry welter weights. Before concluding this article it would be as well to say a few words in reference to the three year-old colt.
STONEHENGE by The Assyrian out of Queen. When a two-year-old colt, this beautiful chestnut met with a slight accident to one of his hoofs, preventing his running up to a few months ago. The dam of Stonehenge was bred at the late establishment of Messrs A. and C. Finlay, at Glenormiston. The Queen, who bore Stonehenge, is by the same sire as your favourite Nelson, being by King Cole out of Truganina, by the imported Fisherman.
Stonehenge, considering that up to three months ago he had scarcely gone into active work, looks and gallops like Trident. Of course I don't for one moment wish my readers to think he will make half as good a racer, but he is of the same stamp. With age Stonehenge will be heard of at one of our important race meetings. The last three races he has started in have been won with comparative ease.
Having disposed of the above horses, no doubt it will be interesting to hear of their doings in the future therefore with this article I publish the weights of the Hobart Cup, to be run at Elwick on the 6th of February.
Of 300 sovs ; second, 40 sovs ; third, 10 sovs. One mile and a-half.
Ben Bolt ............ 9 st 7 lb
Mozart ............... 9 st 2 lb
Boz .................... 8 st 9 lb
Blue Mountain ... 8 st 7 lb
Chaldean .......... 7 st 9 lb
Stconehenge .... 7 st 5 lb
Moa .................. 7 st 5 lb
Oxford .............. 7 st 3 lb
Gaiters .............. 7 st 0 lb
Promised Land . 7 st 0 lb
Crown Brand ... 6 st 12 lb
Highland Chief . 6 st 12 lb
Hawthorn ......... 6 st 12 lb
Cenobite .......... 6 st 9 lb
Australasian ..... 6 st 9 lb
Laura ............... 6 st 7 lb
Saucy .............. 6 st 7 lb
Why the Tasmanian handicapper should have pitchforked Cenobite in at 6.9 nobody but himself can say. At Westbury, on New Year's Day, Cenobite, with 7.12 up (17lb more than allotted to him in the Hobart Cup), romped home; distance, about a mile and a-half. Should Chaldean start he will beat the Victorian horses. In the event of Chaldean not seeing the post, the Hobart Cup will be won by Highland Chief or Cenobite.
Before taking my departure from Waverley, I had a look at The Assyrian, who was looking in the pink of condition, his legs being as sound as on the stormy afternoon on which he carried off the Melbourne Cup.
Among the two-year-olds nothing pleased me better than Macquarie, full brother to Bothwell. He has finer pins than Mr Haines' horse Modest Light, Star and Stripes, Princetta (by Cotcherstone, by Panic), Westeria, Looselimbs, Ida, Queen, Countess. Cleopatra, Hilda, Evelyn, and Assyria were all looking in the best of health. In the three-year-old gelding Allspice, Mr Agnew possesses a good jumper. A number of yearling colts from Waverley will this year be submitted to the hammer in Melbourne.