Ashburton Racing Club'Spring Meeting. '■> TO-DAY’S RACES. | The races were,.held fo-day ip perhaps. the best wea.tb.ei that has yet blessed the, i ( of the Club. There was the usual turn-out of ,wheel ( of fortune men &c., and sceu,9 ,Avas a .very lively One indeed,; though we> fancy.somewhat fewer people ■ attended than did last year,' but a .larger' 'fibtnber'qf country folks were present^ \ -longer, notice than what ,>vOigivejto-day. ..iii - Handicap -Hurdle?.'Race of- : so' sovs. Distance, ,2 miles, rover 8 flights of about } i 3ft. 6in„ highi hurdles, : . Nomination V sov. j acceptance 2 sovs. Mr. E Barrett’s b in Levant, 6yrs., lOst 101 h (hfe.pwUw)! ••• 1 Mr. J: Hf giLonehand, aged/ 12st 7lb l^ir.,o.l ,Lunn) ~1 • .«■ t,2.iiMri'Ci .Epuj-ifsih,|,g ; Milo, aged,; 10stSjCbr(flwbq),...-i ’ .'••.’■•■•O' Mr. J: &ukpy’.?.b g,.Topthorne, aged,: • Msb (B. Nichols) ... 0 f Betting—Even on Lonehand, 2 to 1 1 ''aghlilst the rest. -, ; r . r- • ®They got ,away ,gt ,th,e; first attempt, to a 1 but .a. I !,,waited: on..'Levant to; show l tliflnfc.jpgfav; thb« first hurdle; - - The mare? had. a • Je.ad, ,of thirty lengths .at the • first' 'turn, whichsh.Ci-maintained until opposite Pike’s, where Mr. Lunn made his effort,- on», the ..Australian/but-.Mr; Culleu hadliStolen a march on si him with 1 i’Levant, ; .andrbsJjiaecidents mefer deft-the result in doubt. Topthprnfell at the fifth hurdle, and Milo running round was thenceforth out of it. Levant eventuallywon by fifteen lengths from Lonehand, some ,excitement being created at the finish f mm ugh the liurdle opposite die Stand being removed, and the horses having to finish over,if, ■'tln.jt.he there ,wpre 7 shkres on‘Lonehand, 2’ cn Levant, ;andp on Milo ; shares.'Ll qach, . ■< j, ; ;.P.isxrict Handicap Hurdle Race of 20 • (!■'•> <j?s! v S* f l’ . 3lt.'6in. high hurdles.' Nomination ! 1 sov.; acceptance 2 sovs. ! Mr'. P. Husband’s b g Raven, aged, ‘ ,! m 71b (T. Lyford) 1 Mr. H. Muir’s Lonehand,, aged, 12st (owner) ; ... , ... 2 Mr. John Smith’s b g Merlin, aged, (owner) ... .... . ... 3 ‘ • Mr. ! T. Cotton’s b g Mungo Park, 5 yrs, lOst 51b(owner) ... 4 Bbtting even on Lonehand ; 2 to 1 'agalnt the rest. ■ 1 Mr.” McLean. sent litheui; away well together ; jEaven, ((.Merlin,! (and ,'Lbnef hand forcing the ,pace to the/ first fence?' At.the,seppiud.hurdle, (Merlin and Lonehand yan round, Ravejn and r Mungo i ' Pilrk being ; left’ fvith' long 1 lead ' to the’ fourth hurdle, where the latter fell, but’ (Cotton was soon in the saddle again, and joined! with Merlin and Lonehand in purr • suit df the leader. Raven, however, was not to be denied, and landed Mr. Marshalls colors first with the greatest ease, Lonehand and Merlin finishing first and second respectively, after j race, Mungo Park last. The totalisator snowed 2 shares.on Merlin, 1 on Lonehand, and 1 on Raven. Ashburton Cup Handicap of 70 sovs., added to a sweepstake of $ sovs. each for acceptors. Komination, 2 sovs.; acceptance 2-3ovi; )iamiles.; • ;■ >' i ! - Mr. Mason’s b h Lara, aged, 7st 41b, . . (Nolan)' 1 ... 1 Mr. W. Si 'Moorhouse'c h ! Hdlderhess, 3 yrs, Gfit,,(Webster)..,;,.<«» 1.;.. -■-.<) - I /Betting— 3. to 1 on Lara. .. ; f. . , By the •' of Ranaiyick arid Virginia Watery this i iv , as ; l-educed to a match between the Amfjas Holderness bolted immediately after the start, Lara merely cantered round. On the totalisator there were 12 shares on Lara, and 4 on Holderness. 1/ . T
Ladies’ Purse, of 25 so vs.; welter weights foi - -age; gentleman riders, who must be members of the Ashburton Racing Club. Entrance 2 sovs. 2 mi!es._ Mr. John Smith’s b m Minnie, 4 yrs. 10st 121 b (owner) I Mr. C. B. Harrold’sbm Parlor Maid, aged, 12st 31b (Mr. J. Corbett) ... 2 Mr. Moorshead’s eh g Dagrid, 4 yrs lOst 121 b (owner) ••• 3 Mr. R. D. Pullar’s b g Lagmohr, 5 yrs, list 81b (Mr. Cotton) 0 Mr. H. Friedlander’s br h Zulu, 3 yrs, Bsll2lb (Mr. Demuth) ... -• 0 Betting—2 16 loh Zulu, 2to 1 against Dagrid, 3 to 1 against. Minnie, 5 to 1 against Lagmohr, 10 to 1 against Parlor Maid.:.., - . V---'." This, undoubtedly,, was the popular , race of the day, each horse being scanned with great interest, and having a following of friends. Minnie and Lagmohr took up the running from the jump, and held a lead of six lengths past the stand ; Zulu, Parlor Maid, and Dagrid following in the order named. At Pike’s, Zulu. bad had enough, and Minnie tookaleadof 5 lengths. Turning into the straight, Parlor Maid and Dagrid made their effort, but could never catch Mr. Smith’s little mare, who won with the greatest ease, Parlor Maid second and Dagrid third, Mr Smith rode the winner with great judgment, and fully established his reputation as our premier local gentleman rider, Zulu, who was served up a very strong favorite, was never in the race, and must either, be . totally unfit or unworthy of _ his aristocratic ancestors. In the totalisator there, were 7 shares on Zulu, 4 on Minnie, 2 ott Dagrid, 1 on Parlor Maid, and 1 on Lagmhor. Selling Hack Race, of 10 sovs. No . , .-. weight under Bst. .Winner to be soldrby auction immediately after the race for A 20, any surplus to go to the fund. -Post entry, 1 sov. ; about ikfiinilei ' . .' : Mr. 0. Leitch’s b m Fair Emma ... 1 Mr. G./dames’ ,b g Steamer r - ,.;: ..I 2 ' Jack, Never Mind, Mias Alice, Linda, iMiaori Jane,. Tommy, Barmaid,. Chouser, and Darkie' also rah. Mr. McLean succeeded in dispatching this big field to a, capital start, and After a-good race Fair ’Emma won by about four lengths from the vetran] Steamer, (the rest tolerably • close up.
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