ASHBURTON SPRING- MEETING--1879.
Second Day, Thursday.
Stewards—Messrs. Edward Saunders, Hay T. Smith, H. T. Winter, E. S. Coster, M. Stitt,RudolphFriedlander, John Carter, Joseph Hunt, Neil Maclean, Dr. Ross. Treasurer Mr. E. Saunders. Judge—Mr. M. Stitt. Clerk of the Course—Mr. S. Saunders. Clerk of the Scales—Mr E. F. Wright. Handicappors —Messrs. H. P. Lance and Neil Maclean. Starter —Mr. Neil Maclean. Secretary— Mr. James Wilkie.
The weather on Thursday was all that could be desired, and the attendance was fully equal to Wednesday. County Steeplechase of 110 sovs ; over about 2 miles of fair hunting country, including a double jump in front of the grand stand ; weight for age ; for district horses only ; entrance 2 aova. Mr. H Primmer’s b m Ada, aged, 12st
41b Mr. J. J. Dawson’s b g Lonehand, aged, 12st 41b - Mr. P. Husband’s br g Raven, aged, 12st 41b
For the first event the lot weighed out, but the race started rather late—a considerable difficulty being experienced in finding leads and other descriptions of dead weights to bring the jocks up to the mark at the scales. The start was not an extra good one, Ada and Lonehand getting the best of it. Ada was first par,sing the stand, Lonehand in close attendance. At the next hurdle Johnny fell, and Outside baulked, and was out of it. At the back of the course Billy Buttons threw his rider, and the other three raced close together. It was soon apparent, however, that Raven had had enough of it; but Lonehand and Ada made a splendid race, and jumped the last hurdle together. The mare, however, had the most foot, and won pretty easily by a length, Raven third—the teat right out of it. A protest was entered against Ada by Mr. Dawson, on the ground that she was not a district horse.
The protest against Ada was not sustained.
Racing Club Handicap of 40 sova. , added to a sweep of 3 so vs. for acceptors ; 1 J miles ; open ; nomination 2 so vs. Mr. P. Butler's b g Numa, aged, 7st, 81b - 1 Messrs. Mason and Vallanco’s b h Lara, aged. list - - - -2
For the Racing Club Handicap Lara was the favorite, Numa declaring Bilbs over weight. The start was good—Lara taking a slight lead, but Numa, before the grand stand was reached, took up the running, and kept the lead. Half a mile from home, Lara began to come up, and it looked as if he would win, but Numa was not to be denied, and won by half a length. The pace was hot from start to finish. Tradesmen’s Handicap of 20 so vs. . for district horses only ; miles ; nomination 1 sov., acceptance 1 sov. Mr. P. McCausland’sb. g. Orange feel,
Gyrs., lOst. 91b - - - - 1 Mr. Herrick’s b. g. Merlin, flsf 11b. -2 Mr. M. Friodlander’s ch. m. Cassandra, 4 yrs., 9st. 41b. - - - - 8 Orange Peel, Merlin, and Cassandra were the only three that went for the the Tradesmen’s Handicap. Orange Pee) led all the way, and was hard held—Merlin second, Cassandra nowhere. Betting 2 to 1 on Orange Peel. Forced Handicap of 15 sovs. ; for all winning horses at this meeting ; en trance 2 sovs. Ij miles. Mr. P. Butler’s cgTe Whelu, aged, 9st. - - ‘ - - - - 1 Mr. M. Friedlander’a c gDagrid, 3yrs., 7st. - - - - - -2 Only two accepted for this even), T. Whetu and D.igrid. On coming up to t starting post the latter threw his rider,
ai»> escaped over thi' ivire fence, ami fha race km poxpmiud for a time. Thu Kamo buy eventually remounted him, and hoch gut away to a good start, To Wljetii leading all the way, ami winning easily. Consolation Hasuiuap of a 5 so vs ; for beaten horses ; nomination i sov., acceptance .1 sov. -dr. Loan's b h Robin Hood ■■ w. o. Ibe Omisobn.'i-i resolved itself into a,
wai > over tor fir. Lanins lio.se, Billy Buttons merely pit} mg up to give R dun Hood the opportunity of drawing his cheque. Hack. Race of 5 sms. ; post on try 10s; once round the course. District horses only. Mr. M’Camdand’s h m Creeping Jenny 1 Mr. Grant’s b g Steamer - -2 Six others started, and the pace was made very warm from start to finish, the mare winning easily. A hurry scurry was afterwards run, which was won by Mr Price’s Manilla, beating four others.
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