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CANTERBURY JOCKEY CLUB AUTUMN MEETING. On Monday next the C.J.C. will open proceedings in connection with their Autumn meeting, and as of course interest will be centred on the Great Autumn Handicap, I shall, for the benefit of yqur readers, do my best to pick the winners. Ever since the declaration of the weights Sir Modred has occupied the premier position in the betting list, this being due to the consistency of his performances, if we except the Canterbury Cup, and the additional fact that in tins race he is only required to carry a similar impost over the same distance that ho did when he won the Derby in the fastest time recorded. Next to him in public favor is the Lance-Robinson representative Natator, and although he is called upon to carry 9st 21bs his recent bringing ouc shows that h'e can carry weight, and also that distance does not materially mar his chanc-s. Libeller, Randwick and Grip, in my opinion, have more than they can managfe to carry to the front. Luna cannot grumble at the impost she receives, and although the distance is slightly above her previous performances, I • believe she will be very handy at . the finish. Another light weighted one and reputed goer is Lady Eirtma, and if this mare is ever to prove herself a goer, the present should bo her opportunity. I cannot fancy any of the rest in the race. My final selection will be

Sir Moored 1 Luna ... ... ... ... 2 Natatok ok Laby Emma ... 3 The Champagne Stakes will bring together all the clinking two-year-olds, including the winners Hiuemoa, Somnus, and Amulet. I think the first past the post will be one of these three, and my selection will rest on Amulet 1 Somnus 2 Hinemoa ... 3 The Epsom Stakes is limited to a very mediocre field, and of these On Dit and Sir Garnet should experience no difficulty in disposing of their companions. My choice will rest on On Dit ... ... ... 1 Sir Garnet 2 For the Free Handicap, my choice, notwithstanding the big lump of weight put on him, is Billinqsoatb. Neophyte.

TINWALD RACES AND SPORTS This meeting will take place on Monday next, at Tinwald. The programme provided is a liberal one, and the entries for the Handicap trot and the Tinwald Cup are very satisfactory. “Neophyte” writing to us on the subject of these races, although acknowledging himself somewhat in the dark, tips as follows .—Cup—Minnie nr Priina Donna, the former for choice. Handicap trot— Titkiowaru, with Conrad • close up. Hurdles—Raven.

ELLESMERE JOCKEY CLUB RACES. A most successful race meeting was held on the Recreation Reserve, Ellesmere, on Thursday last. The weatiier jvas fine, and the attendance large. T bet burse was in excellent condition, and reflected great credit on the stewards. The usual games of chance and skill were on the ground in full force, and all appeared to do a fair business. A totalisator was also open to the speculative, and was well patronised. About 12 o’clock the bell rang for the District Hurdle Race (Handicap), of 10 sovs., with a sweepstake of 1 sov. each for acceptors added ; over eight flights of Hurdles. Mr Lewis’ br g Albion, aged, lOst ... 1 Mr Abercrombie’s blk g Terry, aged, 9st lOlbs ... 2 Mr Gordon’s b m Flying Doe. 6yrs, Ost ... 3 Maori Jane also ran. Betting—even on Albion, 3 to 1 against Flying Doe, 5 to 1 against the others. The flag went down to an excellent start, the favorite leading. He kept his position till the sixth hurdle, which he refused, Terry just behind negotiating the obstacle in good style, followed by Flying Doe, Maori Jane, and Albion in that order. The quartette ran thus until entering the straight, when Mr Lewis’ gelding was called on, and coining through his horses, took the lead and won by a length from Terry, Flying Doe being third, and Maori Jane last.

Open Hurdle Race (Handicap), of 20 sova, over eight flights of hurdles. 2 miles. Mr Ly ford’s b g Winfield (late Thilo), aged, lOst lOlbs ... ... ••• 1 Mr Sheehan’s b g Shark, aged, list ... 2 Mr McAlpire’s b m Stella, 5 years, Oat lOlbs 3

Raven, Beer Tax, Blue Gum, Johnny, and Mountain Deer, also ran. Betting— Even on Shark, 2 to 1 each against Winfield, Raven, Blue Gum, and Stella, 5 to 1 each against the others. It was a pretty good, start, Mr Ly ford's gelding having slightly the best of it, followed by Blue Gum and Shark, the rest in a ruck behind. Coming to the straight for the first time, Raven began to improve his position, and took the lead, with Stella second, Shark and Mountain Deer side by side following. There was little

change in the relative positions until reaching the top of the course for home. Stella, Blue Gum, and Shark took the last jump together, but Blue Qura, failed to clear it, and falling heavily, broke his back, the jockey (Angus) getting his shoulder put out. Winfield here came again, and after a good race n ore down his horses, and won by about a length. The Maiden Plate only brought out a field of two—Lady Emma and Paukaki, and the latter going inside a post, left the mare to win as she liked. Publican’s Purse of 10 sovs. Second horse to receive sovs, from the entrance money. Welter weights. 2 miles. Mr Lewis’ b g Albion, aged, list 41ba ... ... ... ... ... 1 Mr Bryan’s br m Lady Helen, 3yrs, 10st 2lbs 2 Mr Bryan’s ch g Paukaki, 3ys, 10st 2lbs ... ... ... 3 The betting was 2 to 1 on Albion, and he justified the confidence reposed in him by winning easily. Ellesmere Cup (Handicap), of 25 sovs. Second horse to receive 3 sovs out of the stakes. 2 miles. Mr Lunn’s ch g Coldstream, 5 yrs, Oat ... 1 Mr Robinson’s g m Victim, 6yrs, Bst

71b* 2 Mr Powell’s b f Fugitive, 3 yrs, Bst ... 3 Levant, Fairplay, Blue Gum, Lady Florence, and Romeo also ran. There was not much betting on this event, but Levant had slightly the call in the wagering. Levant was first on his legs, and made the place a clinker, Victim and Lady , Florence being her immediate attendants. At three-quarters of a mile, Coldstream began to work up, and on entering the straight he was at the head of affairs, followed by Victim and Fugitive, the rest in a bunch. A good race ensued between the first three, but Coldstream eventually won by a nock. For the Farmer’s Plate only two faced the flag, and the aged Albion succeeded in placing another event to his owner’s credit, winning with the greatest ease from Lady Caledon. The Consolation Stakes, won by Victim, brought a moat successful meeting to a close.

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SPORTING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 320, 16 April 1881

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SPORTING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 320, 16 April 1881

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