V.R.O. SPRING MEETING. First Day—Saturday, Oct, 30. (By Cable.) Melbourne, Oct. 30. The first day’s races of the Victorian Racing Club’s Spi’ing Meeting took place to-day, at Flemington. The weather was fine in the morning, but heavy rain fell in the afternoon. There was an immense
attendance. The racing was splendid. The following are the results of the several events : Melbourne Stakes, a sweepstake of 5 sovs each, with 150 added. For 3 yrs old and upwards. Weight for age. One mile and a quarter. Hon. J. White’s b h Chester, 6yrs, 9st 31bs, Yattendon—Lady Chester 1 Mr. J. Wilson’s b c Respite, 3yrs, 7st 121bs ... ... ... ... 2 Mr. F. Leng’s b h Monarque, syrs, 9st 31bs 3 Won by a head. Hotham Handicap, a sweepstake of 5 sovs each, 2ft, wi f h 200 added. For 3 yrs old and upwards. The second horse to receive 50 sovs, and the third 25 sovs, out of the stake. One mile and a half and a distance. Mr. J. Morrison’s hr h Wellington, syrs, Panic —Frou Frou 1 Mr. j. Whittingham’s brm Prattle, syrs... ... ... ... ••• 2 Hon. J. White’s br h The Pontiff, 4yrs... ... ... ... 3 Won by a head. Time—2min 3sec. Gamballo ran fifth. The Maribyrnong Plate, a sweepstakes of 30 sovs each, h ft, or 5 sovs if declared and paid before 4 p.m on the first Monday in October, 1880, with 500 added. For two-year-olds—colts, Bst 101 b ; fillies, Bst 51b. The second horse to receive 200 sovs and the third 100 sovs out of the stake. Five fur-' longs. •Mr Welcome Jack ... ) Mr. Hart's b f Lavinia, Talk >. dead heat o’the Hill—Nancy ... ) Mr. T. Chirnside’s g f Spinningdale ... ... ... ... ••• 3 This was a grand race. Time —Imin. s|secs. The owners of Welcome Jack and Lavinia divided the stakes. The Victoria Derby, a sweepstake of 25 sovs each, sft, with 500 added. For three-year-olds—colts, Bst 101 b ; fillies, Bst 51b. The second horse to receive 100 sovs and the third 25 sovs out of the stake. One mile and a half. (117 subs.) Mr. J. S. Smith’s b c Grand Flaneur, Yattendon—First Lady ... ... 1 Mr. W. Branch’s b c Progress 2 Mr. J. Evans’ ns b c Mulatto ... ... 3 Eleven started, and there was a fine race. The finish in the last half mile was entirely between Grand Flaneur and Progress, and there was a grand struggle betwen them along the straight. The winner was a strong favorite. Time — 2min 44secs. Maiden Steeplechase, a sweepstakes of 10 sovs each, h ft, with 200 added. For 4yrs o.d and upwards. For horses which have never won a steeplechase. Horses which have never started in any steeplechase allowed 101 b. The second horse to receive 25 sovs, and the third 10 sovs out of the stakes. 4yrs, lOst 31b ; syrs list 81b ; 6yrs and aged, 12st 31b. About two miles and a quarter. Mr. Steele 1 Mr. R. Howie’s b g Gippslander ... 2 Mr. P. Glenister’s b g Verdi 3 THE MELBOURNE CUP. ScratcMngs. Mr. Cook’s Adventurer and Mr. Lee’s Nellie. Latest Betting. 5 to 1 each against Progress and Grand Flaneur. 7 to 1 against Mata. The Weather, Melbourne, Nov. 1. The weather is unsettled, and it is feared it may be wet to-morrow for the Cup.
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