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Related article: The mighty effect of weight, which one ignores only to regret again and again, told its old tale once more. La Roche ran at least as gallantly as ever she did. She had to make her own running, but she could not prevent King's Courier, Merry Gal and Cheven- ing from joining her three furlongs from the finish, and for the next quarter of a mile the issue was so much in doubt that each spectator was quite justified in shouting for the one he had backed. Buy Alfacalcidol Inside the distance it was clear that King's Courier would win, which he did by three-quarters of a length from Merry Gal, who beat La Roche by a length. It was an exceedingly pretty race, be- sides being a very important one. Merry Gal, at a mile, has beaten Diamond Jubilee by four lengths at 2olb. and at two miles has finished a length in front of La Roche, both "all out," at lolb. Say, ye turf experts, which, on this collateral form, is the better. Diamond Jubilee or La Roche ? In the Doncaster Stakes Forfar- shire could not give 71b to Mardi, and in the Prince of Wales's Nursery Sam Loates did Sir Blundell another good turn by winning on the unfancied Mackin- tosh, and this in very smart fashion in a field of twenty-two. It was a glorious Doncaster, but I should like to see in future years a straight course for the sprint races. Polo.— The Indian Polo Calen- dar, 1900. — This, publication will suggest to many people a ques- tion. Why have we no similar official publication ? Great as is the Indian interest in polo, there are more than 120 clubs and 600 registered ponies. It is hardly greater than that in England. But it is not only or indeed chiefly because the Calendar offers a bird's-eye view of the state of the game in any given year that it is so useful. The real value lies in the first few pages, which con- tain an abstract of the debates in the Indian Polo Association on the various changes which have taken place in the rules during the year. We can see at a glance what has been done, and why, and can, moreover, judge for our- 1900.] "OUR VAN. >• 293 selves of the different views held by leading members of the polo world in India. The publication, being official, carries with it au- thority, but the general run of polo players are admitted in a measure ;o the councils of their representatives. This leads to thought, discussion, and the for- mation of a healthy public opinion. To the writer it seems that such a publicatio 1 would obviate many misunderstandings, and the public discussion, v/hile it led to useful changes anc reforms, would also show to these who love change for change's jake, or to those who air fads and fancies, why their ideas were impracticable or un- desirable. The Indian Calendar is published at Lahore at the (Central Press, and is well edited. There are few changes in the rules, and of those that have been made by far the most important is the alteration of the standard height from 13*3 to 14* i. There are many reasons why this change is desirable, and not the least is that, after many years' experience of Indian polo, we believe that the larger pony will be safer. Blown and overweighted ponies are the chief cause of fatal acci- dents. Sir Henry Simpson. — The death of this well-known vete- rinary surgeon deprives all lovers of polo of a kind friend, a sound adviser, and the Hurlingham Committee of an official measurer who never made an enemy even amidst the difficulties of a position which needs tact as well as pro- fessional skill. The Polo Pony Sooiety.— Amid some attacks and disparage- ment, the Polo Pony Society has wisely remained silent officially. But in holding the usual meeting at Dublin, and by giving pub- licity to the excellent report of the Society and to the clear, sound VOL. LXXIV. — NO. 4 *8. common-sense of the Vice-Presi- dent, Mr. Barker, the Society has done well for itself. Five volumes of a notably well-selected stud- book containing the register of 160 stallions and 920 mares, not to speak of the high class of the exhibits at the Royal and other shows, are sufficient witness to the work of the Society. Nor is this all, for the Society is en- deavouring by all means in its power to encourage our native breeds the smart Welsh, the en- during Exmoor, and the useful New Forest and Fell ponies. The Sidbupy Stud.— While men have been discussing how to breed ponies of a riding and polo type from native foundation stock, it has been reserved for a woman to succeed. It was with great pleasure that the writer visited Miss Helen Tyrrell's stud at Ivy Cot, near Sidbury, South Devon. Miss Tyrrell has been a member of the P.P.S. from the start, and has studied the book and worked on the lines laid down. Exmoor mares crossed with thoroughbred blood is her leading idea. This has had great success, though the stud is on a small scale. The Judge and Mavourneen have won prizes at large shows. These ponies are turned out on the hills all the year round, the home paddock being only some three or four acres in extent. They are in every respect of the right type, and will still be improved as time goes on. Kind treatment has made them perfectly gentle, and when they are wanted to train for polo ponies this will be found no slight advantage. Polo in Amerioa.— Narragan- sett, a name which is somehow rather suggestive of comic opera, has had a polo tournament. I believe Narragansett is a fashion- able watering place and just there- fore the place for good polo. 22 ^94 BAILY S MAGAZINB. [October After a capital series of matches in which however there were several accidents, the final was played between Myopia and Ded-