Metropolitan Meeting, 1880. TO-DAY’S RACES. Christchurch, To-day. The races were resumed to-day. The weather was fine, but a rather cold wind was blowing. The attendance was fairly good. There are six events on the card. Tho totalisators are being extensively patronised. The following are the details of the races, so far as to hand : The Christchurch Plate, a sweepstakes of 5 so vs. each, with 150 added. Second horse to save his stake. Nomination, 5 sovs. to go to tho fund. The winner of the Canterbury Cup to carry 71b ; the winner of the Derby slb ; and of both races, 101 b penalty. Maidens at starting allowed—fur 3yrs, 51b ; 4yrs, 101 b ; syrs and upwards, 141 b. Once round and a distance. Le Loup (Watty) 1 Foul Play (Derritt) ... ... ... 2 The Governor (Webster) ... ... 3 On Dit and Lure were scratched. Betting—3 to lon Le Loup. Foul Play and The Governor made the running, close together, for a mile, when The' Governor dropped back. Le Loup then went up, and collared Foul Play in the straight, and, coming away, won easily by three lengths. Timo—3min. 3|-secs. The Metropolitan Handicap, a sweepstakes of 5 sovs. each, with 150 added. Second horse to save his stake. One mile and a half. , , Natator (Derritt) ... ... ... 1 Sir Modred (Rudings) ... ... ... 2 Luna (Webster) ... ... ... 3 Betrayer, Volunteer, Horseman, Hilarious, Sir George, Adamant, Atlantic, and Kosciusko also ran. Betting—G to 4 against Sir Modred, 4 to 1 against Natator, 5 to 1 against Betrayer. The flag went down to a capital start, Sir Modred leading, followed by Hilarious, with tho rust in a cluster. At the top of the course Luna made the running at a hot pace, Sir George being second, and Atlantic third. Luna led into the straight, where Sir Modred second again, followed by Natator. Nearing tho rails, Luna was beaten, and Natator coming with a great rush, got home first by two lengths, Sir Modred second, Luna a good third. Time— 2mins, 41secs. The Spring Nursery Handicap, of 100 sovs. for the winner. The sweepstake of 5 sovs. to go to the second h'nrsc. For two-year-olds. Four furlongs. Amulet'(Nolan)... ... ... ... 1 Hinemoa (Wattie) ... ... ... 2 Nonpariel (Clark) ... ... ... 2 Flap-jack also ran. Betting—2 to 1 on Hinemoa 5 to 2 aginst Amulet 4 lo 1 against the others. Amulet and Hinemoa jumped off together, with Nonpariel third. Amulet and Hinemoa kept together until half up the straight, when the former came away, and won rather easily by two lengths. Nonpariel being a good third. Time—s2-ssecs. The Flying Handicap, of 100 sovs for the winner, the sweepstakes of 3 sovs each to go to the second horse. For three-year-olds and upwards. Lima (Nolan) .... ... ... ... 1 Natator (Derritt) ... ... ... 2 Mischief (Webster) ... ... ... 3 Lure, Talent, Nautilus, and Miss Domett also'ran. Betting—2 to 1 on Natator, 3 to 1 against Luna. A bad start was made. Mischief led, withLunasecondjLara being left at the post. Mischief died away at the turn for home, when Luna and Nautilus came to the front, and Miss Demett fell back beaten. Luna won by a length ; Natator and Mischief passing Nautilus inside the rails. Time—l min. IG|- secs. Selling Plate (Handicap), 6 furlongs. Lara (Higgott) ... . ... ... ... 1 Laertes (Hickton) ... ... ... 2 Tera (Cornelius)... ... ... ... 3 Hilda, Levant, and Joker also ran. Betting—2 to 1 on the field, Laertes being slightly the favorite. Tera and Lara jumped off with the lead, but Joker came at a tremendous pace and soon passed them, and held a long lead till entering the straight, when he completely, shut up. Lara, followed, by Tera, came to the front, the former winning by a lenght and the latter beating Tera inside the rails for second place. Time—l min 19 secs.
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