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SPORTING.

THE CHRISTCHURCH AUTUMN MEETING. FIRST DAY, TUESDAY. Racecourse, March 30. The poor attendance on the course today is in marked contrast to the number present yesterday. The scratching of Fishhook and York for the big event late last night has altered the betting. Titania is now coming into favor. On Le Loup’s arrival on the course he created considerable attraction. Ho seems fit enough, as far as appearances go. The three final acceptors saddled for the Free Handicap of three sovs. each, with 50 sovs. added. One mile. Le Loup ... ... ... 1 Tera ... ... ... ... 2 On Dit 3 Betting—Six to four on Le Loup.. On Dit got the best start and kept the lead until turning up the straight for home, when Le Loup came up passing the others and winning easily by a length. Time—lmin. 47|-aecs. L 62 were on the totalisator, L 25 on the favorite. Great Autumn Handicap, of 10 sovs each, 300 sovs. added, li miles. Camballo (Harris) 1 Mata (Mathews) ... ... 2 Betrayer (Clifford) ... ... 3 Foul Play, Titania, Volunteer, Norseman, (JVlarie Antoinette, and Luna all started. On Dit was scratched. Betting—lo to 1 agst. Camballo, 3 to 1 agst Mata, 2 to 1 agst Betrayer. After some fiddling at the post a start was effected, Marie Antoinette getting the best of it, with Betrayer next, Mata third. This order was maintained until opposite the Stand, when Foul Play assumed the lead. At the three-quarter-mile post Titania went up to the leader. Turning into the straight, Mata and Foul Play came round together, with Camballo lying on the off side. The two leaders raced up the straight, Mata having Foul Play beaten. Betrayer now came up with a rush, which Camballo answered, and amidst great excitement assumed the lead, winning by a length. Time —2inins. 41secs. There were H 39 on the totalisator, and only five investors on the winner.

The Epsom Stakes was a walk-over for Mata ; Foul Play, Le Loup, and Fishhook being scratched. Champagne Stakes of 15 sovs. each, with 250 sovs. added. Six furlongs. Sir Modred ... ... ... 1 Lure ... ... ... ... 2 Virginia Water ... ... 3 Noumea and The Governor also started. Betting—Even on Sir Modred; 2 to 1 each against the others. Coming into the straight, Sir Modred, Virginia Water, and Lure turned the corner in a bunch. The three then raced up the straight, Lure passing the filly at the distance post) but' could not catch the winner, who landed the stakes by a length. Time—lmin. 19secs. In the totalisator were L 80—33 investors on the winner. SECOND DAT, WEDNESDAY. [by TELEGRAPH, j Racecourse, March 31. The weather is beautiful, but the attendance on the co urse is small, the arriving trains bringing very few down. Before the first race started a notice was posted that Fishhook was scratched for all his engagements. There is very little betting in the paddock. For the first event', Autumn Nursery Handicap of 5 sovs. each, with 100 added; for 2-year olds. Five furlongs:— Lure 1 The Governor 2 Sir Modred ... 3 Virginia Water also started. Hilarious was scratched. Betting—2 to lon Sir Modred, 2to 1 agst others. After three breaks away at first, in which Sir Modred, Governor, and Virginia’s colors were very prominent, a start was effected, Lure and the Governor having the best of it. These two led into the straight with Sir Modred in attendance, the order being maintained to the winning post, though Sir Modred made a strong effort to catch the other horses, Lure won by half a length, Modred two lengths behind the second horse. Time not taken before telegraphing. LlB2 were on the totalisator, twenty-six investors ,on winner. Easter Handicap, with 5 sovs. each, with 100 sovs. added. One mile. Camballo ... ... ... 1 Betrayer 2 Foul Play 3 Le Loup was scratched. Betting—2 to lon the field. A splendid start, Camballo, if anything, being a little in the rear. At the first turn Betrayer and Foul Play were running neck and neck. Turning into the straight, Camballo came up with a tremendous rush, Foul Play’s rider sitting down and whipping. At the distance post Betrayer was leading, Canballo coming up hard, and after a splendid race he forged gradually ahead, winning by three-quarters of a length. Time—lmin. 46secs. There were Lll3 on the totalisator—23 investors on the winner. Selling Race, 5 sovs each, with 50 sovs added. Mile and a quarter. York 1 Mirielle 2 Middleton 3 Blue Ribbon, Albany, and Sludge filly also started. Camballo and Titania were, scratched. Frightful bad start, York, Sludge filly, and Mereille had a long way the best of it. Opposite the stand Blue Ribbon came up to the leaders, but soon fell back again. ing into the straight, York was leading by four lengths, with Mireille and Middleton in attendance. York ran in an easy winner by nine lengths, with a good race for second place. Time—2mins. 17 SJrsecs. Ll7B in ihe totalisator, fifty-two investors on the winner. Flying Stakes, 3 sovs. each, with 50 added. Six furlongs. Mata 1 Le Loup also started. Betrayer, Sir Modred, Hilarious, the Governor, Foul Play, and On Dit were scratched. Betting—s to lon Mata. Mata had all the best of a bad start. Le Loup came up at the first turn, and Mata had a slight lead. Turning into the straight both Ixorses ran neck and neck until within twenty yards of the winning post, when Mata forged ahead landing winner by half a neck. Time —Imin. 14|secs,

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SPORTING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 81, 1 April 1880

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