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SPORTING.

TIPS FOR TO MQRRQW’S RACES. By Telephone. The Trotting Club's meeting comes off to-morrow on the Racecourse, and, with fine weather, I expect to see a large attendance and some very good sport. With the exception of the Maiden the entries have not come up to my expectations, and I would suggest to the Committee to make some of the races post entries on the ground at their next meeting. and I feel confident they would have more success. For the Maiden Teot, in saddle, eighthorses are on the list, and, to take them in the order they appear on the card, Mr. P; Journeaux’s Bill don’t stand much chance. His owner is a first-class judge of what to do with a horse’s hoofs, but when ho gets higher up In the .anatomy of a trotter he fails to display any science in training. Mr. O. Digby’s Bijou is much fancied by some of the trotting fraternity, more especially by his owner. I think he will be among the first three, as he will be piloted by Physick, who knows how to take all out of a horse that he has in him. Mr. G. Kidd’s Maori may start, but his chances of running into a place are hopeless. Mr. D. McLean’s Bob, ditto. Mr. Price’s Ginger can move along the borough streets at a good rate when chasing a vagrant cow to the pound, but I don’t expect to see this leggy animal bettor than fourth, if there even. Mat Morshead’s Bones I don’t know much about, but he is credited by friends of mine with being troubled with the slows. Billy Compton’s Firefly is a low set mare, without any good looks to recommend her, and signs of hard work on her pins, but she is a traveller, and will cany my money if she goes. Mr. Dickens’ Ploughman is a big plough horse, and his trainer, J. Mcßae, says he can go, and as Jim is a fair judge, I will take his word for it. I place the horses in the following order as they pass the judge : Firefly ... 1 Ploughman ... 2 Bijou ... ... ... ... 3

The Maiden Harness. —Compton’s Firefly ought, if she has run in the previous race, to stand out of this event, and Brandy and Donald —-both celebrities — will have a fair course, and no favor shown. Brandy is in good condition, , and Donald just off grass, so that, should Firefly not start, I will place them — Brandy 1 Donald 2 And Firefly, in any case, out of it. The other events being handicaps, I cannot,* of course, venture an opinion, except, perhaps, in the Welter, where 15st. up is the minimum, weight; and as only Jess and Ploughman are going, I shall at once go for Jess I bear that Mr., Digby will ride his own marc and Mr. Wilkie Ploughman. If so, I don’t think either Jock will require to carry much dead weight

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SPORTING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 217, 15 December 1880

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