4. Ashburton Racing Club Spring Meeting. TO-DAY’S RACES. The course to-day was well patronised, and fully as many people attended as before. The grand stand, which was crowded on the prvious day, was as extensively used to-day, and the betting men were as plentiful as ever. All the elements of the “ fair ” were about in full force, and the scene was a very lively one. The booth under the stand was under the charge of Mrs. Butler, and was well patronised, as, was also that of Messrs. Mutch andM'Menzie. Mr. Thomas Tay-. lor supplied eatables, and did a roaring trade, giving as much satisfaction to the public as their patronage must have given to him 1. County Steeplechase Handicap of 30 .sovs. : over 2 miles of fair hunting country; nomination isov. ; acceptance 2 sovs. District horses only. Mr. P. Husband’s br g Raven, aged, Hat 71b (Lyford) 1 Mr. H. Muir’s b g Louehand, aged, list 101 b (Joyce) ... 2 Mr. H. Muir’s g g Tam O’Shanter, aged, 12st (Hedge) ... ... ... 0 Betting, even on Tam O’Shanter. At the second attempt they got away to a capital start, Raven leading to the first hurdle, Lonehand second, Tam O’Shanter, hard held, third. At the first hurdle Tam stopped, and would have nothing more to do with the sport. Raven led by twenty lengths over the double opposite the stand, and Lonehand running round the railway end hurdle, the result was never again in doubt. Raven hit the sixth hurdle hard, but Lyford kept him up very closely, and cantered in a winner by any number of lengths ; Lonehand, second. 2. Racing Club Handicap, of 50 sovs. : nomination 2 soys. ; acceptance 2 sovs. ; 1 % miles. Mr. J. H. Ln mi’s g g Lonehand, aged, 7st 71bs (Webster) ... . 1 Mr. R. Mason’s ch h Randwick, syrs, Bst lOlbs (Nolan) 2 Mr. R. D. Puliar’s b g Lagmohr, oyrs. 6st. (Burgess)... ... 3 Betting 2 to 1 on Randwick. Some dissatisfaction was expressed by the public on account of Lara’s being scratched, as he was a strong favorite up to a few minutes of the start. After a considerable delay at the ' post, they jumped away together, Randwick and Lagmohr leading past the stand with Lonehand close up. At Pike’s Lagmohr, who had run a very good horse .up to that point, fell back beaten, and Nolan brought Randwick up on the inside very fast, but could never catch the.big grey, who won comfortably by six lengths, Randwick, ridden out to the end, second. After the race for the Ashburton Racing Club Handicap, Mr. Mason was called before the Stewards to explain his conduct in scratching Lara. Mr, Mason stated that he brought both horses on the course with the intention of starting them incase no other owner should run his nomination, and thus secure the whole stake in place of one half as payable in tho event of a walk-over. This explanation was considered satisfactory by the Stewards. District Farmers’ Plate, of 30 sovs. ; weight forage ; entrance 2 sovs; I mile, For district horses only. Mr M. Morshead’s ch g Dagrid, 4 yrs, 9st (Derritt) ... ... ... ... 1 Mr John Smith’s br m Minnie, 4 yrs, 9st (Mr Rainger) ... 2 Mr H. Friedlandcr’s b h Zulu, 3 yrs, Bst (Derailth)... ... ... ... 3 Mr C. Harold’s b m Parlor Maid, aged, 9st 21b (Mr Lawson)... ... ... 0 Mr O. James’s b g Steamer, aged, 9st 91b, including 71b overweight ... 0 Tam o’ largely backed for this race, but'beiiig'late at the start, Mr. M‘Lean very properly sent them away without him. The colors of Zulu and Minnie were tho first to show in front, the others close up. At the first turn Minnie got in front of Mr.. Ftiedlander’s colt, and as they turned into the straight Dagred and Parlor Maid went up to tho leader. Parlor Maid was soon done with, blit Derritt took Dagrid along very strongly, and won the best race of the day, by half a length from Minnie, Zulu third.. Derritt won the race by sheer horsemanship, and Zulu ran a much better colt than ho did yesterday, looking very dangerous for half a mile. Farmers’ Plate' of 30 sovs.: weight for age entrance 2 sovs. ; 1 mile. Mr. R. Mason’s ch h Randwick, syrs, 9at 21b5... ... ... .V. ... 'w.o. Consolation Handicap of 20 sovs. : for , all horses beaten at this meeting ; nomination 1 sov. ; acceptance 2 sovs. ; i mile. Mr. H. Friedlander’s br h Zulu,3yrs., Bst (Derritt) ... ... ... ; ; ... 1 Mr. Lukey’s b g Topthorne, aged, 7st ■ 71b ... ... 2 Mr. H. Muir’s g g Tam o’SHanter, aged, 9st, (Mr. Lawson) ‘ ..I ; ... 3 Betting—Even on Tam o’Shanter and Tipthorne, 2 to 1 against Zulu. ; Topthornp and Tam o’ Shanter forced the pace from the jump, Zulu waiting on them,: ten lengths oft’. At the turn' into he - straight the two leaders 1 were in
trouble, and Derritt brought the colt up with great judgment, and, by magnificent horsemanship, won a fast race by a length, Toptiiorne beating Tam O’Shanter by a neck for-second place. Mr. Friedlandcr’s victory was well deserved, and a very popular one, although few backers had selected him to win; This was the last: race of the day, with the exception of the trotting match, which took place at too late an hour for us to give the result in this issue.
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