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By Swagger. I am glad to notice that Mr Herrick has that good little horse Merlin at work, preparing for the local races. Mr Leahy is preparing Raven for another victory, and Faugh-a-Ballagh intends to try for a place again. Mr Carter's stable will not be represented, Ginger being lame, and Albatross too aged to contest against young blood. Mr Winter’s Tam o’-Shan-ter will probably put in an appearance for district races, and ought to stand a good show if the haudicapper is at all merciful. The Mill will probably send one to do battle for the premier stable of the County, but the horses have done such heavy work during the winter in connection with the Hunt, that they have necessarily become somewhat stale, and it is not to be expected that animals can be kept in top condition all the year round. I shall feel very much disappointed if Messrs Saunders Bros, do not start one of their string, as we all know that for work over timber their stud is hard to beat. For the flat running I have not berrd anything out of the way as yet. I noticed a very nice three-year old being got ready for the Maiden Plate by Mr Sturgeon, and I should say by his looks that he has both pace and staying powers. Two other local horses are mentioned for this event, but not having seen them yet I will defer any notice of them until after the entries.

Mr Mat Stitts’ prize for the best jump at the Agricultural Show will fetch some fencers out, and I hear of a few timber smashers who will have a shy for the 4ft Cin business. RACE MEETING. A meeting of the R ace committee waa held yesterday afternoon. Present— Messrs Rooks (Chairman) Crisp, S. Saunders, and Wilkie. The question of ways and means was discussed, and a very satisfactory prospect was shown. The financial statement showed that the treasurer had manipulated his accounts to so fine a point that a balance of sevenpence remained in hand. This though not sufficient to induce owners of first-class horses to go to a great expense for training them, is a nucleus which will no doubt be added to, and we are of opinion that this year will see a very good two days sport. CRICKET ASSOCIATION. #

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SPORTING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 12, 23 October 1879

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SPORTING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 12, 23 October 1879