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SPORTING.

THE OAKS,

{By cableftom Reuter's Agency.) London, May 28. The race for the Oaks took place to-day, and resulted as follows ; Jenny Hewlett ... ... 1 Bonny Maiden 2 War Horn 3

ASHBURTON STEEPLECHASES,

SATURDAY, May 29.

President—E. G. Wright, Esq., M.H.R. Vice-President—W. C. Walker, Esq. Stewards—Messi's. Hay T. Smith, John Carter, L. E. Oorsbie, R. Fried lander, Neil McLean, J. Hunt, B Saunders, A. McLean, E. S. Coster, Dr. Ross. Judge—Mr. M. Stitt. Starter—Mr. John Carter. Clerk of the Course—Mr. E. Saunders. Clerk of the Scales—Mr. E. F. Wright. Hon. Secretary—Mr. J. Wilkie. Hon. Treasurer—Mr. C. 0. Fooks. Handicappcr—Mr. H. P. Lance. The Ashburton Steeplechases of 1880 were run in the best weather it has ever been the Jot of the Committee to enjoy. After a night of exceptionally heavy frost, the first nip of the season of any consequence, the sun shone out with almost midsummer heat and brightness, making the outing a pleasant one for visitors, and altogether very enjoyable. At the same time the sunshine had the effect of thawing the ground and leaving it heavy, and in some cases sloppy. The attendance was numerous, as the fine weather would naturally induce many to come out, and steeplechases are always attractive. The course was laid out over Mr. Hunt’s ground, and presented as fair a trial of metal as could well be expected. The Committee are fortunate in having a friend like Mr. Hunt, whose belongings, no matter what, are always at the service of sport, and this is the second time the steeplechases have been run over his land. Certainly the thanks of all lovers of true sport are due to Mr. Hunt for his liberality. The course itself was well selected, and was laid off so that the horses never once were lost to sight of the Grand Stand. There were nine jumps in all, but only two of these wore of gny consequence—namely, the last two on the course’, One of these, the second last, was the water j amp, before which was erected a post and rail fence for the nonce. This gave three feet of fence and twelve of water to cover, and it will at once be seen that coming as it did so near the finish, the jump was a stiff one. The other difficult nogociation was a gorse fence with a four feet ditch on the takeoff side, and it tried the best horse on the

ground. At about one o’clock the first race started. The publican’s booth was seen to by Mrs. Butler’s skiff, and her catering was apparently quite satisfactory. Mr. J. S. Savage was about with his refreshment tent, and there was the usual army of wheel-of-fortune men and other parasites. Ashburton Handicap Steeplechase, of 40 sovs. add to a sweepstake of 2 sovs. each for acceptors ; over about 3 miles of fair hunting country ; nomination, 2 sovs. Mr. J. H. Lunn’s g.g. Fakir, by Golden Grape—Banshee, aged 7sh. 71b. (Clifford) 1 Mr. P. Husband’s b.r.g. Raven, aged, 10st. (Nicholson) ... ... 2 Mr. R. M'lvor’s g.g. Grey Monms, aged, 12st. 71b. (Oliver) ... ... 0 Mr. G. Dancell’s ch.g. The Lad 5 years, lOst. (Kelly) ... ... ... 0 Mr. P Butler’s cb.m. Stella, 4 years, 10st. (O’Connor) 0 Mr. Dillon’s ch.g. Mickey Free, aged, lOst. (O’Neil) ... ... 0 Betting—4 to 1 agst. Grey Momus ; 3 to 1 the rest. In this race all six faced the starter, and Mr. Carter got them away in a good line, Mickey Free being slightly ahead, where he remained till he reached the first fence, which was too much for both him and The Lad. Fakir now came to the front, and making the running led over the next two fences, the rest attending. At the next the whole field refused, except Fakir, who took a long lead to the water jump, at which he stood back, but in the second attempt he got over. Steadily his lead increased from this date, but Raven, The Lad, and Stella followed the line given. Grey Momus refused several jumps, and was nowhere for a chance before he had finished his first mile. Fakir kept the lead over the remainder of the ground. At the big post and rail and water jump he fell, but came to terms on a second request. His immediate follower, the Raven, had the same damp experience, but both riders were speedily in the saddle again, and got over the last jump in good shape, Faker came in an easy winner, and Raven a fair second. The rest caved in. There was Ll 5 on the totalisator and LG on Fakir. District Handicap, of 20 sovs., added to a sweepstake of 2 sovs. each for acceptors ; 2 miles ; nomination 1 sov., for district horses only. Mr. H. Muir's g.g. Tam O’Shanter, by Talisman—Lady Jane Grey, 12st. 31b. (owner) 1 Mr. G. Dancell’s ch.g. The Lad, syrs., 12st. 21b. (Kelly) 2 Mr. T. Holmes’b.c. Sir George, 3 yrs., list. 21b. (Woods) 0 Raven was scratched. Betting—G to 4 against Jack, 3 to 1 the rest. Jack was first away in the race and led over the first piece of gorse, which Deceiver wouldn’t tackle. At the distant side of the course the lot came together in a crowd, out of which Sir George came away a little, and led over the water jump. At the nest fence he baulked, and let The Lad into prior position, Tam following, and Deceiver next. This order was kepi over the next two gorses, where DeceWer was left and Tam went to the front, leading to the water jump again, where he came to grief, as did also his neighbor, The Lad. Tam was quickest under speed again, and came in an easy winner, as The Lad humbugged his last fence. There was LlB in the totalisator, L 3 on the winner. The Wakanui Stakes, of 20 sovs.; weight for age ; open to all horses. Two miles. Entrance, 1 sov. Mr. R. Mclvor’s Grey Momus (by Traducer —Patricienne), aged, 12st. 31b. (Owner) 1 Mr. J. Lunn’s g g The Fakir, aged, 12st. 31b. (H. Lunn)... ... ... 2 Mr. J. Danoell’s ch g The Lad, syrs. (Kelly)... 3 Stella was disqualified, owing to an error in the nomination as to her age. Betting—2 to 1 on the field. The Lad had the start, and led over fho first gorse, where Mr. Mclvor came ahead, and kept well in the van until he reached the fence that separated the ploughed field from tho stand paddock. Here The Lad gained and passed him, keeping front place for a time, but Grey Momus soon recovered his leeway, and again resumed his place in the front. He kopt it over the water jump and up to the last fence, where Fakir, who had ridden a waiting race, made the effort he had been saving for. In a few strides, however, he had spent it, and Grey Momus won, with a good handful to spare, The Lad a fair thirl. This was the best race of the day. Farmers’ Steeplechase, of 15 sovs. ; about li- miles ; weight for age ; entrance 1 sov. ; for district horses only. Mr. H. Muir’s g g Tam o’Shauter, aged. 12st. 31b (Hedge) ... ... 1 Mr. A. Sturgeon’s b g Lonehand, aged, 12st. 31b. (Owner)... ... 2 Mr. G. Wilcox’s g g Deceiver, 6 yrs., 12st. 31bs. (T. Cotton) ... ... 3 Mr. T. Holmes’ b c Sir George, 3 yrs., list. (Wood) .., ... 0 Mr. W. Maugham’s b g Little Tom, aged, 12st. 31b. (S. Osborne) ... 0 Mr. J. Carter’s blk g Tinwald, aged, 12st. 31b. (Kelly) ... ... ... 0 Jack was scratched. Betting—2 to 1 agst. Jack, 3 to 1 Tam o'Shanter and Lonehand. The lot got away following Tam and Lonehand, Tam in front, Lonehand next, and Deceiver close up. They kept fairly together till the water jump tried their mettle, and then Tam and Lonehand having overcome the difficulty set out almost alone. Tam got the last fence in a clumsy way, and his rider came to grief. Lonehand came through safely at the same gap, and looked like landing the money. Hedge, Tam’s xnder, was not to be had this way, however, and making a spring into his saddle, made anurgentcall on Tam, to which the game little grey responded with a rush, passed staid old Lonehand, and got first to the post amidst ringing cheers. Tom Cotton brought Deceiver in third, Sir George fourth. Hack Steeplechase, of ssovs.; 1 mile ; catch weights'; entrance, 1 sov.; for district horses only. Mr. Smith’s Merlin (Owner) ... ... 1 Mr. Corbett’s Maid o’ the Mill (T. Cotton) ... ... ... ... 2 Merlin had it pretty much all his own way, and came in an easy winner. Poor Jack met with a sad misfortune in the District Handicap, The water jump seemed to be a lion in the path to nearly every horse on the ground, and in taking it, Jack in the District Handicap fell heavily, hurting his back in the fall, and receiving further injuries from the horse that followed. It was found that the mischief he had encountered rendered him worthless for further work, and he was diplomatically done for next day. Raven, too, did not come out of the Ashburton Handicap scatheless, though he won second honors in the contest, and he bid adieu to the course for the day immediately after. The totalisator was pretty well patronised during 'the day, but not nearly so much as was expected, while the bookmight just as well have stayed at homo. ‘ Every speculator in privileges of the course made money, the Grand Stand was crowded, and the man at the gates carried away a pot of money; the confectioner sold out, and the publican’s booth was very busy, but withal there was remarkably few drunken men to be seen. Loud complaints were now and again made that cards of the races were not to be obtained.

and it was not till the Farmers’ Steeplechase was about to be run that we heard a card boy whisper that he had the official pasteboard to sell. If these indispensable documents are not to be more easily obtainable at next meeting than they were on Saturday we would .advise the Committee to take them into their hands. 1 DUNEDIN.

* [by- telegraph.] ”' w ' Dunedin, May 31. The circumstances in connection with the death of the woman named Lockhart, living off Walker street, are of such a suspicious character as to lead the police to take charge of the house in which she died. From the statements of a neighbor, it appears that on Thursday night last Lockhart and his wife had a quarrel. Lockhart struck her—how or with what has not yet transpired. The only other occupant of the house is the youngest son, a lad of about eleven years old. ■ He refuses to give any account of what took place, the only statement that can be got from himbeingthat his mother fell justoutside the door, and there hurt herself. The eldest son is twenty years old. He states that on Thursday night he was living in another house, as he had left his father’s house some time before. Oh that evening he heard that something had happened to his mother, and that she was badly hurt. He went home to see what was the matter, and found her lying bn the floor unable to speak. He watched her until Friday morning, when, finding that she got no better, he went for Dr. Brown. She died without returning to consciousness. On Saturday afternoon three doctors made a post mortem examination. They state death has resulted from violence. An inquest was held to-day. The evidence showed that the woman had been illtreated by her husband, Charles Lockhart, against whom a verdict of manslaughter was returned.

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SPORTING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 107, 1 June 1880

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SPORTING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 107, 1 June 1880

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