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SPORTING.

ASHEUaTCMT SPRING- MEETING—--1879.

I'm-eT Day, Wedsssday. Stewards— Ale'fsi s. Edward Saunders, Ma;.’ T. Smith, j{. T. Winter, I*l. S. Oostor,3l. Stitt, R -.id.Jph Priedlander, John '■ 'r.-ror, Ji Hunt, Noil Maclean, Dr. Ro.--.s. Tr...i.-,.rrer Air. E. Maunders. Judge—Air. M. Stitt. Clerk of the Course—. Mr. S. Saunders. Clerk of the Scales—Mr E. I l ’. Wright. Handieappers —Messrs. H. P. Lance and Neil Maclean. Starter—Air. Neil Maclean. Secretary— Mr. Janies Wilkie.

At daylight (his morning there was a most unpromising appearance in the weather for the day’s sport, and about 8 a. m. a smart shower fell, the wind being from the north east, and very threatening. However, although it kept cloudy there was »o lung to militate against the day’s enjoyment so far as the weather was concerned, indeed, the shower in the morning was just sufficient to lay the dust. A shower during the running for the Cup was the only drawback. The ground was consequently in better going order than, we expected to lind it. The Committee, since last year’s races have had it ploughed, harrowed, all the stones raked off, and the oval sown down in grass, which lias not, however, done as well as it ought, and it is intended to give it another dose of grass seed in ihe autumn. Anyhow, it is a great improvement on last year’s. The hurdles to-day were topped with gorao, and the horses were able to fence with more confidence in consequence. In the shape of creature comforts Messrs Mutch and M’Kenzie, under the Stand, did a good business, and Mr. Quill, in a booth constructed of wood and iron in place of the ordinary ;alico structure, dispensed liquors of his usual quality. Mr. Davison had a monopoly of confectioner’s business, as Air. Hicks, who bought the second booth, was unable to do anything owing to his misfortune hi being burnt out on Saturday night- A larger number of the roulette and other “fairest games going” were on the ground,an I a totalisator, which was declared by a downey looking sportsman to be anything but the correct patent, and the book-makers with their blatant voices commenced early in the day to “lay against heneythink. ” It is often a wonder to us how their brazen lungs manage to last the day out. The following is a detailed account of the racing : Handicap Hurdle Race of 40 so vs.: distance 2 miles, over 8 flights of about 3ft. Gin. hurdles. Nomination 1 sov., acceptance 2 sovs. Air. P. Butler’s ch g Te Whctu aged.

list 71b - - - - - - 1 Mr. John Lunn’s Robin Hood, aged, lOst - ' 2 For this event To Whetu and Robin Hood Started. The former was the favorite of the public, and justified his backers by winning rather easily. The start, was a good one, Robin Hood leading for the first mile, the Maori in close attendance. At the back of the course he went up and took a slight load ; Robin, however, seemed to have plenty of go in him and kept close, and towards the last hurdle came up, both taking the leap at the same instant. The old horse, however, had all the best of it in the straight, winning by several lengths very easily. County Hurdlk Rack Hanuiuap ou 25 Sovs. ; over 0 flights of about 3ft. Gin. hurdles. Nomination 1 sov , acceptance 2 sovs. li miles. District horses only. Mi 1 . H. Primmer’s b g Johnny, aged, lOst. 101 b. ------ 1 Mr. P. Husband’s br g Raven, aged, list. 121 b. 2 Mr. J. J. Dawson’s b g Lone Hand, aged, list. 21b. - - - - - 3 For the County Hurdle three faced the starter. Johnny jumped off with the lead, but swerved at the first hurdle. He quickly recovered, however, though he was over a couple of lengths behind the others. Lone Hand took up the running and kept the lead to the second hurdle, where he baulked badly, and was out of it. Johnny then went up to Raven and passe him, pulling double, and though pressed close by Mr Husband’s horse, won by over a clear length. Lone Hand was only a few lengths behind, having pulled up well after his baulk. A protest was entered against Johnny on the ground lie was not a district horse.

Maiden Plate of 20 so vs. ; distance 1J miles ; weight for age, Entrance 2 sovs. District horses only, that have not won an advertised race. Mr. M. Friedlander’s ch. g. Dogrid, 3 years, 7st. 71b. - - - - 1 Mr. H. Priimuer’s b. m. Ada, aged, 0 st. 7 lb. 2 Mr. M. Friedlander’s cb. m. Cassandra, 4. years, 8 st. 12 lb. - - - - 3

For the Maiden only 5 of seven started, Sir Roger and Tim Flaherty being scratched. Ada and Dogrid were the first to show in front, Cassandra and Tam o’ Shanter in close attendance. At the top of the course Tam o’ Shanter took the lead, and led by three lengths ; but bolted just before reaching the winning post allowing Dogrid to take first place, Ada second, Cassandra third. Ashburton Cup Handicap of HO sovs., .added to a sweepstake of 5 sovs. fox acccptoi’s. Nomination 2 sovs. Acceptoi’3 5 so s. Distance 2 miles. Messrs Mason and Vallance’s b lx Lara

aged, 9st. - (Nolan) 1 lion. W. R. Robinson’s Nnma, aged, 7st. r.lb. ... (Ward) 2

In this race the only two showed how good a handicap had boon made by Mr. Lance. Numa, with 7 i -t. 51b., was reckoned to be the favorite, but. the bookmakers were very reticent about doing business. It was a grand race throughout, Numa leading till coming to the straight, when the whip was brought into use on both for the last 50 chains, and Lara won one of Jthc hardest fought matches evar run in Ashburton.

Lauies’ I’nitsi! of 20 sovs.; district horses only; welter weights for age ; gentlemen riders, who must be members of the Ashburton Racing Club. Entrance, 2 sovs. Distance, ll> miles. Mr. P. McCausland’s b. g. Orange Feel, G yrs., 12 st. 41b. - - - 1 Mr. H. A. Anderson’s g. g. Tam o’ Shanter, G yrs. 12st. 41b.- - -2 For the Ladies’ Purse 6 started. Orange Peel cut out the running and led from start to finish hard held, Tam o’ Shanter second. It surprised everybody thht such a light horse could win carrying such a weight as 12 atone 4 lbs.

Fabmers’ Pi,ati-; or’ iUsnvs. ; for horses t!io hona liiiu property of owners residing in the County of Ashburton. No weight under 12 stone. Distance 11 miles. Entrance 1 sov. Mr. P. Ale ’a'.i'ia'.ul's !> g Orange Pcnp> years, (owner) .... 1 Mr. Herrick s I) g Merlin, aged, (Smith) 2 Air. Primmer's b g Johnny, aged, (oA-nm-) - - - ■ - -3 P mr uortca appeared on the card, but Lmu ila in nacked out and went home, and the race was confined to Orange Peel, Johnny, and Merlin. The first named having had a heavy bucketing a quarter of an hour before with 12st. 41 b. up, was looked upon as quite out of the race, Johnny bein' made the favorite. The Peel, however, showed what a well bred horse in good hands could do, by coming in an easy winner.

A Hack Race finished the day’s work. Eight horses entered, and the evergreen and everlasting old Steamer foiled in first. A protest was entered against Orange Peal in both the Ladies’ Purse and Fanners’ Plato, and a meeting was hold to consider the question, and it appeared that Air A'PCauslaud had entered the horse as a four-year-old, and about three days afterwards finding out that he bad nominated his horse wrongly wrote to ihe Secretary, requesting him to aimmd it - but the original nomination could uof; of course he altered, and the ..Gummttoe resolved to refer the matter to the (J.J.O. The following were the weights (Bed for the Handicap, (<> be run to-day Racing Club Hax"k;ai*--st. lb. Titania - - - 9 0 Lara - - - - 8 7 LaerD ß - * - - 8 12 NiUia - - - 0 10 Lara »nd Numn were the only two accepttances, and tins weights in this Handicap will therefore be st. ’ lb. Lara - - - - 9 0 Nunia - - - 7 3 Tradesmen’s Handicap—st. lb. Orange Peel - - 10 9 Tam o’ Shan ter - - 10 2 t’assandra - - - 9 4 Merlin ---91 Haven - - - 8 12 Lonehand - - - 8 12 Tim Flaherty - - 7 10 To-day’s sport should be as good as yesterday’s, and our local sportsmen must be very b ird to please if tl e close finishes yesterday were not good enough for them. For to-morrow in the County Steeplechase 1 think Lonehaad will probably be an absentee, but in any case the old bay’s legs cant stand two flays’ work such as he had yesterday. Another I do not expect to see figure on the course is Air. Friodlaudcr's Outside. Of the other four oil the card I spot for winner Air. Primmer’s declaration with whichever of his pair he chooses to win with, and I think it will be JOHNNY, With our old friend Billy Buttons close up, and the Raven third. For the Racing Club Handicap the same pair will go today which ran so close a thing yesterday, and the handieapper has let Nunia in a couple of pounds lighter on account of his beating yesterday, and I think that as the lj miles is more Iko bis distance than the 2 miles he ought to stand a better chagice, but I cannot go by the honest uvny Variance's horse travels. when undgrthe whip, and I go for LARA. The Tradesman’s Handicap is a very open thing, and the winner will take a good deal of looking for on the card. Orange Peel lias proved himself so good a horse under big weights that the handicapper was compelled to give him top weights with lOst. 71b. Cassandra, I think is rather hardly treated with 9st. 41b. Tim Flaherty will be an absentee. Lonehand also, Tam o’ Shanter is able to carry his lOst. 21b., and Alerlin is game enough to get round the. Ijj mile with 9st. 11b. Raven is not good enough on the flat for my money, and I perdict

ORANGE TEEL, will be first past the judge, Merlin second, and a close thing between Cassandra and Tam o’ Shanter for third.

A meeting of the Racing Club Committee was held at Shearman’s Hotel on Monday night, Mr. C. C. Fooks in the chair.

A deputation, consisting of Messrs. J. E. H. Harris, C. Reid. andW. Anderson, waited on the meeting with a view of coming to terms for the use of the racecourse for the holding of the Caledonian Society’s sport, on Boxing Daj% and Mr. Wilkie, Secretary to the Racing Club, stated that us the course was fenced, and the grand stand erected, he considered that if the Caledonian Society gave a subscription of £3O to the Race Club that they would obtain a very good bargain, and as it was probable that the Agricultural Show would be held on the course next year, it would be good policy on the part of the Society to give the amount to the Club for the purpose of making permanent improvements.

Mr Harris stated that as the Caledonian Society was as yet in its infancy, they had been under the impression that they could go on any ground they had a mind to select, and as they could not get the domain they had made up their minds to ask for the racecourse, and the Secretary, had stated a basis upon upon which the course would be let, and this had been discussed by the Committee of the Caledonian Society, who had appointed the Committee then present to wait upon the club. A considerable amount of discussion then ensued as to the value of the sports, the members of the Racing Club arguing that as the sale would certainly realise over £IOO that £2O was a low rent to charge, and also brought forward as an advantage the opportunity of amalgamating in keeping the ground in order and reaping a share of the prolits. It was eventually resolved, on the motion of Mr. Max Friedlander, seconded by Mr J. L. Crawley—“ That the Caledonian Society he allowed the use of the course and all the privileges appertaining to the same for the sum of £2O, the Society holding themselves responsible for all damaage done to buildings, etc.” An amendment pro posed by Mr. Ireland that the rent be £lO was seconded by Mr. S,. Saunders, pro forma, ami on 'being put was declared lost, and the ivsolut on of Mr Friedlander carried. The Caledonian deputation stated that they considered the rent too hi g’b and would consider the matter 1 ef. re deciding to holding tluj sports on the course. ,

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SPORTING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 24, 20 November 1879

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