(Robin Hood.) The Ashburton Spring Race Meeting, to be held to-morrow and Thursday next, bids fair to be a success. The entries for the local events are good numerically, and should produce some excellent sport, but outside horse owners have not patronised our meeting so largely ns I expected. Financially, I understand the Club is in a thoroughly sound position, the falling of! in public subscriptions being met by the judicious and energetic business tact of the honorary Secretary and his Committee. The course has been much improved by the recent moist weather, but is still not all that could bo wished.
The first day’s racing commences with the Open Hurdle Race, for which there are only two acceptors, Te Whetu and Robin Hood. Of this pair I must select Te Whetu to win, although being such a fickle jumper ho may be beaten by the lighter weight. The District Hurdle Race is no more fortunate in the; direction of acceptors, Raven and Dawson's-horse being left to do battle, and,Lone Hand should win.
There are seven entries for the Maiden Plate, and it looks like an open race, I think TAM O’ SHANTER about the best, and if so inclined he will win. Of the rest Tim Flaherty and Ada take my fancy most, Sir Roger having a good chance broke down in training. For the Ashburton Cup only two horses have cried content with the weights allotted by Mr. Lance. Numa and Lara are a fickle pair, but if the former can be held he should win with a bit in hand, and I spot NUMA for the big event
The Ladies’ Purse has seven nominations, and in looking down the list
TAM O’ SHANTER again catches my eye as a probable winner. Orange Peel and Tim Flaherty should run into places, but I do not think Raven or the ever green Billy Buttons will have much to say at fbe finish. Raven may
have another suaprise in store for us, but 1 shall not believe him a flat racer until ne disposed of the other horses 1 have mentioned. MERLIN will about win the Farmers’ Plate, but the others are all good enough to make a good racy. I will touch upon Thursday’s events after seeing the previous day’s racing
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