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V.R 0. Spring Meeting.

(By Cable.)

Melbourne, Nov. 8.

There was a large attendance at the races to-day, and the weather was beautifully fine. Mares’Produce Stakes, a sweepstakes of 10 sovs each, h ft, 21 ft only if declared and paid before 4 p. in. on Monday, Oct. 6, 1879, with 100 added. For three-years-old, the produce of mares covered in 1875 —colts, Bst 101 b ; fillies, Bst 51b. The winner of the V.R.C. Derby, 1879, to carry 51b extra. The second horse to receive 50 sovs, and the third 20 sovs out of the stake. One mile and a q uarter. 18S subs. Mr R. Howie’s g c Suwarrow... ... 1 Hon W. J. Clarke’s Petrca ... ... 2

This race was won by a neck. Time2min lliseo.

The V. R.O. Handicap, a sweepstake of 7 sovs each, 3 ft, with 150 added. For three-years old and upwards. One mile and three-quarters. Mr G. Fraser’s ch hLe Loup ... ... 1 Mr Mahon’s Tidal Wave ... ... 2 Mr Rouse’s Colima ... ... ... 3 Won easily by Le Loup. Time—3min 12£sec. Steeplechase, a handicap sweepstakes of 10 sovs each, h ft, with 300 added. The second horse to receive 50 sovs out of the stakes. About three miles over such course and jumps as the stewards shall direct.

Mr W. Bailey’s g g Simpleton... ... 1 Mr W. M'Millan’s bl g Starlight ... 2

Thirteen started for the above. Canterbury Plate, a sweepstakes of 10 sovs each, h ft, with 300 added. The second horse to receive 50 sovs and the third 25 s 'Vs old of the stakes. Weight f )'■ age. Two miles and a quarter. Mr R. Howie’s g c Suwarrow... ... 1 Mr J. Wilson’s First King ... ... 2 Mr Johnaon-Boe’s Wellington... ... 3 This race was won by a neck. Time—4 min 13isec. (Pee Arawata at the Bluff.) Darriwell, the winner of tho Melbourne Cup is a live year old hy imported Tim Whifllev, dam Xivnn, and was bred by Mr inglis, of Ballon, and is now owned by a Tasmanian gentleman who races under the “uomile plume” of Rawlinson. The horse has nothing in his appearance to suggest his fitness to win the Cup, and his name was scarcely mentioned in the betting, bis own stable having hardly put a shilling on him, as they depended on Le Loup who looked fit to win anything, but he was not placed. Suwarrow, the winner of the Derby, is a beautiful little dark grey by Snowden. Some time ago a Melbourne resident dreamt the names of Suwarrow and D.trriwell for the races they have since won, and made his dreams public.

The spring show of the National Agricultural Society opened on the sth. The exhibits of cattle, draught horses, stock and machinery, were very fine. In the Melbourne Stakes, only four horses started, First King winning easily. Richmond second, and Le Loup third, and the performance of the last-named was a damper on his former admirers. The Hotham Handicap was won by Trump Yoss, Riverton second, Waxy third. For the Maribyrnong Plate a field of twenty-three youngsters faced the starter, and Palmyra won it with ease. Otira and Geraldine ran a dead heat for second place. Time Imin 4secs. Habona’s time in 1876 is the only instance on record where this time has been beaten. In the Derby a field of fourteen took part, and Suwarrow went away with the lead and kept it to the finish, with Belladrum second, and Rivalry third. Time 2mins 43sccs, only equalled by Chester in his victory in 1877. Swiveller won the Essendon Stakes in a canter, Le Loup second, Strath earn third. The Footscray Stakes were won by Tocal after a fine finish with Sir Joseph ; Naomi third. The Maiden Plato was won by Caspian after a close finish with Lohengrin. The Railway Stake was a fine struggle between Mercury and Columbus, the former just winning Respite won the Kensington Stakes by a

head from Dover. Tocal won the Darling Stakes easily. Canard second. Brilliant third.

Wanganui Races. [by telegraph.]

Wanganui, Nov. 8. Railway Plate of £SO ; one mile and a half. Confidential ... ... 1 Protucco... ... ... 2 Queen of the Vale ... 3 Time—2min 53|stc. Consolation Stakes of £2O. Randwick 1 Balmoral... ... ... 2 Tamouri ... ... ... 3

The Wanganui Jockey Club intend having a £IOOO handicap at their autumn meeting in March. A large sum of money is also to be spent in extending the grand stand and making other improvements.

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SPORTING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 20, 11 November 1879

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