Metropolitan Meeting, 1880. CANTERBURY CUP. [by telegraph.j Christchurch, To-day. The Metropolitan Meeting was continued to-day. The weather was gloriously fine, and one of the largest attendances ever known was present on the course. The following are the details of the races : The Maiden Handicap, of 100 sovs for the winner, the sweepstakes to go to the second horse. For maidens at time of entry, to be ridden by lads who have never won a race of the value of 25 sovs. Nominations, 2 sovs, to go the fund. One mile and a quarter. Mischief (Wright) 1 Nautilus (Hickton) ... ... 2 Holderness (Cornelius)... ... ... 3 Betting—2 to lon Nautilus. The favorite led slightly till half way up the straight, when Mischief came away and won easily by two lengths. Holderness was a bad third. Time —1 min. 17i secs. The Railway Plate of 100 sovs. Entrance 5 sovs ; weight for age. For two-year-olds and upwards. Four furlongs. Billingsgate (Nolan) ... ... 1 Talent (M'Conkcy) Betrayer (Watty) 3 Mari tana, Badsworth, Hillanons, Hilda, and Amulet also ran. Time—s % secs. Betting—3 to 2 agst Hillanons ; 3to 1 agst the others. A good start was effected. Betrayer and Maritana made the running, but Billingsgate and Talent came with a rush, the former winning by three lengths. The Canterbury Cup, a sweepstake of 20 sovs. each, with 500 sovs. added ; second horse to receive 50 sovs. from the stake, third horse to save his stake. Weight for age. Two miles and a quarter. Lo Loup, 9st 61b (Watty) 1 Foul Play, Osfc 61b (Derritt) 2 Norseman, 7st 61b (Thompson 3 Sir Modred, 7st 61b; Luer, 7st 31b ; and Virginia Water, 7st 31b, also ran. Betting—Even on Sir Modred ; 6 to 4 on Virginia Water ; 7 to 2 on Le Loup. foul Play and Virginia Water made the running at the bottom. Sir Modred went to the front, but only for a few moments. Passing the stand, Virginia Water led, Foul Play second, Le Loup third. At the back of the course Sir Modred ran into second place, but here Le Loup began to go up, and at the bottom took the lead, Foul Play going second. This order was maintained to the finish, Le Loup winning easily by four lengths ; Norseman beating Sir Modred on the post for third place.
Time—4 mins. 0 secs. The Seleino Rage, a sweepstakes of 5 sovs each, "with 50 sovs added, for three-year-olds and upwards. Winner to- be sold by auction immediately after the race for 400 sovs, any surplus to go to the fund. If entered to be sold for 300 sovs, allowed 71b ; for 200 sovs, 141 b ; for 100 sovs, 211 b. Weight- for ago. One mile and a quarter. York (lludings)... + Lara (Nolan) . ••• ••• £ Marip Antoinette (Derritt) ... ... 3 Betting— Even on York, 2 to 1 against others. , This was a splendid race, Vork ana Lara running neck and neck from the fall of the flag to the finish. Mario Antoinette. ~ , , r . York . and divided the belling Stakes. u
The Grand Stand Handicaf, a sweepstakes of 5 sovs. each, with 100 govs, added. Nominations, 2 sovs. to go to tlio fund.- One mile. Billingsgate (Nolan) ~, 1 Natator (Derritt) ... ' <<> " Betrayer (Wattle),., m "'•*
Natator led till nearly home, when Billingsgate came away and won easily. Time—lmin. 44secs. Ashburton Racing Club. '} he following are the weights for, the District Hurdle Race, and ' the Distance Handicap for the Trotting-Race :
7 J SPORTING NOTES. (by telephone.) Although it is futile for me to attempt to spot winners before the weights are declared, it may perhaps be as well that I should follow up my previous year’s custom of giving my opinions at as early a date as possible. In the first day’s racing I find that only four appear for the Open Hurdle Race, and seeing that the great Australian Lonehand is one of the nominations, the handicapper will have to allot him an enormous weight to keep him out of drawing a cheque for this event. For the District Hurdlbßace, Mr. Moss’s Terror has never performed in public except as a fencer at hunt meetings, but I understand that his paces are not equal to the company he has to meet on this occasion. Merlin is a very old favorite with the Ashburton public, has been a frequent winner, and his owner being one of the pluckiest and most straight going of our local sportmen, we can rely on his honesty in contesting the' event, and I should imagine that the judge will catch a sight of Merlin among the leaders in this event. The next on the card—Mungo • Park—would be more likely to shine as a hack for an eighteen stone man. No matter what weight is allotted to him, I do not anticipate seeing his name amongst the acceptances. Our “ auld freend,” The Raven, without whose name the Ashburton race card would often have had gaps in it, has always to my mind run a particularly lucky horse, but this year he has been brought into training at too late a date to induce me to speculate on his chances. .The only other entry in this race is the astonishing old quadruped, Muir’s Lonehand. He, notwithstanding his frequent firings, blisteriugs, and other surgical operations, looks as fresh and young as anything in the district. If the weight alloted to him is not a crusher I shall consider the event will result in a tight thing between him and Merlin. In the Ashburton Cup the horses are all outsiders, and as riieir merits are just now being tested in the .Metropolitan races, it is impossible for me to give an opinion as to the probably winner until Mr. Griffiths, the handicapper, allots their weights. One thing is certain, the Ashburton Racing Club never had such numbers or quality entered for an open race as now appears in the list. For the Ladies’ Purse, Minnie is not equal to carrying welter weight, although she is a very pretty mare. Mr. Harold s Parlor Maid ought, and will, 1 think, finish a bad last.' Orange Peel, who passed the judge first three times last year, and under enormous weights, will, I think, do the same this year; but I hear it rumoured, that his owner will probably have to put up with the same disappointment that he met with last year, a doubt existing as to Grange Peel being a district horse. The four-year old chestnut Dagrid has a new owner this year in MatMorsehead, who seems to think highly of him for this event, but bis opinion and mine are not one, although he ran a good horso last year. The grey Tam o’ Shanter is probably the best favorite with the public for this race and although his speciality is supposed to be hurdle-racing, ho is faster on the fiat than most of his class of horses. The other horse in this event, Zulu, is, so far as breeding is concerned, the best ever owned by a local man. 'With Daniel O’Rorke as sire and Wainui as dam, and with a record to his credit of being the highest priced yearling yet sold in New 1 Zealand, his then purchaser being so good a judge as Mr. G. G. Stead, he ought, at 1 weight forage, to land the Ladies’ Purse to 1 his owner’s credit with very little trouble , to himself. The second day’s racing opens with the County Steeplechase. In this event Raven, Lonehand, and Tam will have it to themselves. Should the latter’s logs keep sound after his previous day’s work, he ought, if the handioapper is any way lenient, win this event easily. The Racing Club Handicap, with twelve first-class animals in it, is at present the greatest mystery, and the weights will have to be published before an opinion can bo ventured. In the Or KM Farmer's Plate there is some doubt at present as to the horses likely to start. Virginia Water, however, should have a good say in it. In the District Farmers’ Plate, Zulu and Tam o’ Shanter look thg most likely to spot the winner from, Laghmor being 1 entirely out of condition, and old Steamer being just good enough to lose it. Dagrid I will have more to say about when I have seen him again. The Committee made a mistake in making the Trotting race a handicap. Had it been ■ post entries, they could easily have 1 reckoned on a dozen startei’s. As it is they have throe, and I do not envy their work in fixing the distances that Rouser ’ will have to give the other two horses, as ; he, being the only public performer, will ’ have to start at scratch, the other two ; being unknown to fame, i lam glad to notice that Messrs. Quill and Wilkie have taken the responsibility of getting up a Consultation on the local events, which I trust the public will support, as a considerable amount of money is sent away from the district annually in speculations of this nature. : Wo fear, however, the “ advocates” are rather late in starting.
DISTRICT HURDLE RACE. st. lb. Lonchand. ... 12 0 Raven 11 7 Merlin 10 10 Terror 10 8 Mungo Park 10 .5 TROTTING RACE. Houser ... scratch Jack . ... 80 yards Jess ... 200 yards S. Saunders, Neil McLean, j- Handicappers.
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