SPORTING NOTES. [by robin hood.] The annual meeting of the Ashburton Racing Club will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, November 19 an2o. The programme has been issued, and provides six events for each day’s racing, and the character of the stakes should ensure large fields and good sport. A feature of the programme is the number of events confined to district horses, and after having devoted a large amount of consideration to the subject, and carefully weighed the many pros and cons I am decidedly of opinion that the conservation is advisable. Much as we may desire to encourage the breed of horses, and the development of higher sport, we must admit that contests between local horses have hitherto been more acceptable to the subscribing public .than the Bay or Goodman coup, each of ■which carried away large sums of Ashburton money, without affording equivalent sport. The condition of the course is not so far advanced as I should like to see it, but doubtless the Committee will push tb:« matter forward at once. . The ball is set rolling on the first day by the Open Hurdle Race of 40 sovs. Judging from the number of entries which similar events have attracted at Geraldine and Waitaki, this should be a popular item and the added money is sufficient to induce the better exponents of the ‘ ‘ illegitimate business to patronise our course. A good <WI of interest will centre on the County Hurdle Race, and I think an excellent race will be produced. Last year s winner, Nellie Gray, is still in the district, and if her new owner elects to start her, fit and well under a moderate weight, she will be a very formidable opponent. Lonehand, if still aspiring to turf distinction, is better adapted to big country and long distances, but if trained for this contest would beat anything below mediocrity. Merlin will doubtless be entered, and if the handicapper is lenient, I must regard his chance as a rosy one. Raven, after his Queen s Birthday Steeplechase form, is entitled to the premier place amidst our cross-country performers, and if-his condition is up to ♦W. in which he last appeared, he will take a lot of beating. Tam O’Shanter is another horse 1 much fancy, and I hope that we shall again see him out, with better luck than that which befell him on his last appearance. Mr Carter will probably be represented by something good, both in the flat and hurdle races, and I hope that this popular sportsman may secure some ofthe good things; the command of a horseman like Lawson is always something in his favor. Faugh-a-Ballagh is looking well, and much sounder than I have seen him. He is a nice fencer, and I think has more pace than is generally attributed to him. Billy Buttons has, I fear, retired permanently from the turf to the seclusion of a grass paddock; if the ill-tempered little grey should- again put in an .appearance, I should still accord him respectful consideration. Barry Lyndon, Why Not, and others from the same stable, have had a lot of practice during the winter with houuds, and certainly are the best schooled lot in the County, but I understand that none of them will take part in the annual meeting. I hope that I am misinformed in this matter, as the Hfill horses have always shown some form. I hope that we shall receive entries from Mount Somers, Longbeach, and Rangitata districts, as many good sportsmen are resident in those localities, and I am sure that they will be most heartily welcomed by their Ashburton confreres. WAITAKI RACES. Oamaru, Oct. 2.
Maiden Plate of 30 sovs. 1J miles. D, O’Brien’s Fenella, 3 yrs (M. Allen) 1 Mr Osborne’s Black Prince, aged ... .... ... ... ... (Owner) 2 Mr Sutherland’s Magician, 4 yrs ... , ... (J. Allen) 3 Littlejohn, Kelpie, and Loyalty also started. Time, 2 min. 56 sec. Waitaki County Plats —a Handicap of 40 sovs, 1A miles. Mr. S. Waddell’s Eangitira, 6 yrs, 7st’ gibs. ... ... ... (J- Allen) 1 Hr EL Goodman’s York, 4 yrs, 7st. (Rudings) 2 Mr. A. McKay’s Blue Peter, aged, 7st. 51bs ..i ... (A. Hoskings) 3 Mr H. Goodman’s Play Boy, 3 yrs, 6st Tlta ■ , (W. Allen) 0 Time, 2 min. 45 sec. Waitaki Cup—Handicap of 100 sovs, 2
miles. Messrs Mason and Vallance’s Pinfire, 5 yrs; 7st 121bs ... (Harris) 1 Mr H. Goodman’s Chancellor, 5 yrs, 7st 51bs (Rudings) 2 Mr Walter’s Libeller, 3 yrs, 6st 121bs, ... ... (Taylor) 3 Maritana and Unknown also started. Won by a length. Time, 3 rain. 44 sec. ' A 3-mile trotting match was won by Mr o. B. Mooney’s horse. Time, 10 min. A Hack Selling Race of 30 sovs, in which ten horses took part, was run in half-mile heats, Mr. D. O’Brien s Febeing the winner. The filly was sold after the race for £37.
C. J. C. HANDICAP. The following are the acceptances for the C.J.C. Handicap : st. lb. Templeton 9 8 Fishhook 9 5 Mata 9 3 Maritana 8 7 Natator 8 3 Longlands ... . 8 2 Pinfire ... ... ... 8 0 1 Chancellor 7 8 Caraballo 7 7 Laertes 7 5 Dundee 7 4 Oberon 7 0 Betrayer 0 18 Naiad ... ... 6 12 Atlantic ' 6 8 Maid of Honour 0 8 Piscatorius 6 6 Libeller 6 6 St. George 0 2 OnDit 6 2 Marie Antoinette 6 2 Adamant ... ... ••• 6 0 Noma 6 0
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