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[by TBLEGKAX’II.] WELLINGTON RACING CLUB ANN UA L MEET LNG. First Day 7 —-Thursday, February 5. To-day about 3000 people were on the course, aid an exceedingly laryO number of vehicles and horsemen. The road fiom the railway station was lined with conveyances of all descriptions, carrying piassenger.t to the races. Clouds of dust wore passing over the course. His Excellency, Lady Robinson and suite, arrived on the course at twenty minutes prist twelve. Three cheers wore given when they steprpod from the carriage. All games of chance, com’prising wheels of fortune, etc., have been stoppied by the piolice. The saddling bell for the first race is now ringing. Harkaway is scratched for the Maiden Race. Crowds are still arriving on the course. The totalisator,is but pniurly piatronised. MAIDEN PLATE. Talent ... ... ... ... 1 Roro ... ... ... ... 2 i’aniero ... ... ■■■ 3 Four started. Betting -5 to 2 on Bore. hurdle race. Kangaroo ... ... ... 1 Tamatca ... ... ... 2 Four started. Won, after a splendid race, by a length. To Whetu fell. Betting—Even on Lone Hand. Wellington Cur, of 400 sovs. ; second horse to receive 30 sovs. from the stakes ; two miles. The winner of any handicap) race of the value of 200 sovs., after declaration of weights, to carry 71bs. extra ; of two or more such races, lOlbs. ; of any handicap) race of the value of 100 sovs. to carry 511)3. extra ; of two or more such races Bibs. extra. The Hon. W. Robinson’s b h Foul Play, by Traducer—Fancy, syrs., Bst 4;'i). (ft. Derritt) 1 Mr. R. Vallance’s b li Lara, aged, Gst 131 b ... (Nolan) 2 Mr. J. Powell’s r h Hailstorm, 4yrs., Gst. lib ... ... (Gardiner) 3 Templeton, Chancell or, Hippocamr ms, Norseman, King Quail, Magnolia, Soukar, Laertes, and Balmoral also ran. Betting ; 3 to 1 agst. Foul Play, 4 to 1 agst. Lara, 5 to 1 agst. Hippocampus, 6 to 1 agst. Chancellor, 6 to .1 agst. Tompdoton, 10 to 1 any others. Mr. Young despatched his field to a somewhat straggling start, Hailstorm immediately showing pirominontly, with King Quail and Chancellor as his nearest attendants, the rest being so close together that it was impossible to distinguish them. Passing the stand, Hailstorm, forcing the racing at a great pace, still 1 d, Chancellor, King Quail, and Laertes being close up, the favourite, in the centre, going well, and Templeton bringing np the rear. At the far side, Chancellor dropped back', Tempiletou and Hippiocampus attempting to doss with the loaders. Before entering the straight, Norseman , was forced on to a post by Magnolia, and parted with his jockey. Coming np) the straight Lara assumed the lead, and looked all over a winnev, but Derritt brought Foul Play np) on the outside, and coming with a rush, won cleverly with a bit to spare, by a length, two lengths separating second and third. Time, 3:nin. oVjsec. A. Hack Race, of 10 sov., was won by Mr. R. Ray’s Annie. Flying Stakes Handicap, of 50 sovs.. three quarters of a mile. Mr. F. Gentry’s ch c Talent, by Totara, Byrds , Gst. lllbs ... (Allen) 1 Mr. H. Goodman's ch h York, 4yrs., 9st. (Watty) 2 Mr. Walters’ Billingsgate, 3yrs., Sst. 131 b (Croft) 3 Balmoral, Ratcatcher, and Mr. Young’s Sailor, also ran. Betting : 2 to 1 agst. York; 2 to 1, Billings? ate ; 3 to 1, Ratcatcher ; 4 to 1, Talent. After some fiddling at the piost, owing to the fractiousness of Ratcatcher and Balmoral, a tolerable start was effected, Ratcatcher being left at the piost. Talent made the running from the start, hotly pursued by York and Billingsgate, who, however, wore never able to get on terms with him, and he won as he liked by five lengths. Time—l min, 17{,scc,s (By Special. ’Wiki?.) Second day—Friday, February 6 Lovely weather favored the meeting to, day, the only drawback being dust, which pierfectly blinded passengers. His Excellency and Lady Robinson and suite arrived before the starting of the first race, The attendance was far below that of yesterday, numbering about 1500. The totalisator was again freely patronised. Hills put through L 750, and the bookmakers were perfectly taken aback at the success of the machine, and some were to bo seen, their own occupiation abandoned, taking a chance on their own account. No iistiucn appeared on the ground, not a single protest was entered, and no serious accident occurred. The winner's time for the Han. dicap is the fastest aver made in Now Zealand. The following arc details of the days work : E.MI'IRK ELATE. Mr. Minty’s c g Harkaway, aged, 9st. B!bs. (Owner) ... ... ... 1 Mr. Young’s Sailor, aged, 9st. 81 bs. (Ryder) ... ... ... ... 2 Betting—2 to I on Harkaway. _ Sailor led half the distance. Harkaway then went to the front, drawing away at the finish, and winning by a dozen lengths easily. II UK DLB II AN DIC.I P. Mr. M‘lvor’s g g Grey Momus, aged, list. (John Rue) ... ... ... 1 Mr. Desmond’s Kangaroo, aged, Ost. lOlbs. (Liigginsmi)... ... ... 2 Mr. Butler’s To Wlictn, aged, list. 2!bs. (Wheeler) ... ... ... 3 Mr. Ray’s Lone Hand, aged, 12st. 71bs. (M v Coy) " 0 Mr. Keith’s Ada, aged, lOsfc. 41bs. (Maker) 0 Mr. Murray’s Pourcrc, Gyrs., 9st. Tibs. (Draft) 0 Tamatca was scratched. Betting—2 to 1 agst Momus, 3 to 1 agst Lone Hand and -To Whetu, G to 1 agst the others. All the horses jumped splendidly until Lone Hand baulked at the fourth hurdle, getting over at the second attempit. Poureroand Kangaroo, who led at starting, gave way to Ada after going half a mile, Momus taking it easy last. The second time round To Whetu went to the front, and Mourns began to pull up, and later went through his horses very quick, and collared the leader at the last hurdle, The race was now 7 over, Mclvor’s grey leaving Te Whetu beaten at the distance, and winning by two lengths in a canter. Kangaroo came again on the last hundred yards, and passed Te Whetu at the piost, Lone Hand last. RACING CLUB HANDICAP. Mr. Ballance’sYampire, Gyrs (Webster) 1 Mr. Walter’s Hippocampus (Hodson) 2 Mr. Goodman’s Chancellor (Reddings) 3 All started except Templeton, who was scratched. The flag fell to an excellent start. ’Vampire, on the inside, first showed in front, with Magnolia close up) second, Chancellor third, and Hailstorm, who moved very stiffly, last on the far side. Hippo went up to the leaders, and Web- i ster took a pull at Vampire, and dropipied < back into third pflace. Hailstorm now < mended his piace and joined Chancellor, ;

Laertes, and Rand wick in the ruck. Crossing the road, Hippo and Magnolia led, with Vampire on their quarter. Hailstorm at the end of tho turn began flogging, and Magnolia giving way at the entrance to the straight, Vampire challenged Hippo, and a splendid race ensued, I ut Vallance’s horse always had the best of it, and iron easily by a neck. Time —2mins. 40secs. Betting—3 to 1 Hailstorm and Vampire, 5 to i Hippo, and 8 to 1 the others. LADIES’ I’DKSn. Mr. Walter’s Billingsgate list. ... I Mr. Gentry’s Talent ... ... 2 Mr. Murray's Tamatea... 3 All tho rest were scratched. Betting oven on Billingsgate and Talent, 5 to 1 Tamatea. Billingsgate went away with a slight lead of Talent, both going right away from Tamatea at once on the far side. Walter’s cult came hack to the maiden winner and both raced side by side fu • half a mile. At the end turn, Billingsgate again showed well in front, and his opponent being in trouble at the distance, lie won easily by a length. Time —2mins. 55sco.‘ CONSOLATION RACE. Mr. Keith’s Soukar, 7st. ... ... 1 Mr. Redwood’s Magnolia, Gst. 71b. ... 2 Mr. HorsefalTs Ratcatcher, (>sfc. 121 b... 3 Chancellor and Rose also started. Honker was the favorite both in betting and ; on the totalisator, and justified tho public support awarded him, by waiting on Magnolia and Ratcatcher for half the distance, and then passing both, winning easily by four lengths.

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SPORTING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 58, 7 February 1880

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