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SPORTING.

Metropolitan Meeting, 1880. The first clay of the Metropolitan Meeting (yesterday) , was one of • grand sunshine, and full advantage of the outing was taken by the public, though the attendance was not so large as the fine day would have led one to anticipate.^ The Free Handicap was the first item on the card, and it resulted as follows : The Free Handicap. A sweepstakes of 3 sovs. each, with 100 sovs. added. One mile. Mr W. Walters’ b e Billingsgate, by Izaak Walton—Slander, .4 yrs, Bst 61b (Nolan) .... ... .... ~•• 1 Mr H. Goodman’s ch h York, 5 yrs, 7st 81b (Rudings) ... ... .2; Hon W. Robinson’s ch h Natator, 5 s yrs, 9st (Derrett) .., • •• ' 3 Adamant, 4yrs,;.7st 111 b ; Lara,, aged, Bst 4ib : ) ; Talent , jl yrs,. 7st 131 b (carried 21b over) ; Bogardus, 6 yrs, 7st 111 b ; Mischief, 3 yrs, 6st 131 b ; Laertes, aged, 7st 41b; Levant, G yrs, Gst 111 b ; and Holderness, 3 yrs, 7st 41b, also ran. Betting—3 to 3 against Natator, 2 to.l against York, 3 to 1 against ' Billingsgate and Mischief. -.- 1

There was an uneven staff- for this i race, and Mischief soon came to the front, followed by Billingsgate, then Adamant, then the crowd in a knot. This order was kept at the turn, but in the straight Billingsgate got to the front, and after a stiff contest the finish showed as above. Time- 2min. 45lsecs. The Derby Stakes, a sweepstakes of 20 sovs each, with 250 sovs added, for three-year-olds. Colts, Bst 101 b ; fillies, Bst 51b. Second horse to save his stake. One mile and a half. Closed with 39 subs. Hon R. Campbell’s b c Sir Modred, by Traducer—ldalia, Bst 101b(S. Harris) 1 Mr Win. C. Webb’s b f Virginia Water, Bst 51b (Derritt) ... ... 2 Mr W. S. Moorhouses’ chc Badswortb, Bst 101 b (Ruddings) 3 Lure, Bst sib ; The Governor, Bst 101 b and Nautilus, Bst 51b ; also ran. Betting —Even on Lure, G to .4 agst Virginia Water, 4 to 1 Sir Modred, 5 and = 6 to 1 the others. Sir Modred and Badswortb had the best of the start, and the latter shot ahead. At the back of the course, Sir Modred became first horse, and Virginia Water came up to him, Badswortb taking a third place; and, after a splendid - race, the finish showed the above order. Time,— 2 min. 43 sec. The Canterbury 1 Jockey Club Handicap. A sweepstakes of 20 sovs. each, with 500 sovs. added. Second horse to receive 50 sovs. from the stake; third horse to save his stake. Two miles. Mr G. Fraser’s ch h Le Loup, by Traducef—Mermaid, 6 yrs, Bst 91bs ; (Wattie) ••• ‘ ••• 1 Mr- W. Walters’ b c Piscatorious, 4 yrs, 7st (Nolan) ... ... ... ’ 2 Hon. W. Robinson’s hr h Foul Play, G yrs, 9st (Derritt) ... . ... , ...., .3 Betrayer, 4 yrs, Bst 31b; Hornby, 4 yrs, ’Bst Sib; Luna; 6 yrs, Gst 91b; ! Sir George - , 3 yrs, Gst 91b; Miss Domett,.3,yrs, Gst 71b; Kosciusko, 4 yrs, 7st 51b. . - . ■ Betting—s to 2, against Le Loup and Foul Play,. 3 to 1 against Betrayer,, 5 ,to 1 Piscatorious, 8 to 1 Mario’Antoinette. Her owners declared to. win with Marie Antoinette. Fifty yards from home it was 1 quite evident that the finish lay between Le Loup and Piscatorious, but . the .chestnut, running with much determination and honesty, stayed the longest, and won a splendid > nice by a length from RiscatoriousA ‘Foul-Play who came very-fast at the finish, was a fair third, and Betrayer fourth. Time, 3 mins 391 secs. The; Welcome Stakes. A sweepstakes of 15 sovs each, with 200 sovs added, for two-year-olds. Colts and geldings, Bst-slb ; fillies Bst. Second horse to save his stake.. Four furlongs. Closed

; with 32 subs. Mr H. Horsford’s ch f La Mode, by

Albany—Mermaid, Bst (Webster)... Mr G. Fraser’s b f Hinemoa, by Totaxn :—Amohia, Bst (Wattie) Mi’ R. Mason’s b g Rawdon, by Al-

bany—Becky Sharp, Bst 51bs (No-

lan) ... ... ... ... ... 3 Amulet, Louis D’Or, Noxipareil - and Blue rJacket also rail. Tdaliunr was scratched. ■ • ; i

- Betting—2 to 1 agst Amulet, 3to 1 agst Hinemoa, and 5 and 6 to 1 the rest. After some delay' the lot got nicely away on the fall of the flag, with the exception of the favorite, who hung on. the post and: was never in the hunt. When the lot had fairly settled to their work La Mode and Rawdon were the first to show to the front, and led for some way up the straight.' The latter was now supplanted by Hinemoa, who got on terms with her sib cut the distance post. The two ran home together, La Mode just winning a Splendid race by a nose, Rawdon a good third, and the rest pretty close up. Time— 51is°cs' The winner was Idudly- cheered on returning to scale.

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SPORTING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 188, 10 November 1880

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