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TINWALD RACES AND SPORTSThe weather for these races, although the morning broke very unpromising, was all that could be desired. The committee throughout the day worked unflaggingly, and as a result the whole affair was an unqualified success. The attendance was very good, numbers of yeliicles crowded with spectators being on the course. Mr M. Scott catered for the refreshment of the public, in a bootli the erection of which could have cost no little trouble ; whilst the edibles were provided in an adjacent booth. The first item on the programme was the Hurdle Race, and this proved a boil over, the favorites only managing to run into a place. The Cup, as was expected, proved a gift to Minnie, w r ho won hard held from Lady Florence. Mr Quill’s mare got a lead of some three lengths from Winnie at the start, and made the pace a rasper, as a consequence, Merlin being quickly disposed of. At the back of the course Minnie made her effort, and, after a game struggle, drew to the fore, and although Lady Florence made a game effort when on the post to wrest it from the grey, the effort was futile, and she won with a length in hand, hard held. The following events were contested up to the hour of our going to press:— Hurdle Race, of 10 sovs ; miles, over six flights of hurdles ; weight, list. Mr P. Husband’s blk g Raven (T. Cotton) ... ... ••• 1 Mr R. Pullar’s ch g Laghmor (MoKnight) 2 Mr Muir’s b g Lonehand, (A. Muir)... 3 Mr Scott’s b m Manilla (Meharry) ... 0 These were the only starters, Lonehand being made favorite, with Laghmor, who looked the picture of health, his immediate attendant. The flag fell to an excellent start, Laghmor immediately going to the point, with Manilla second,

Raven third, and Lonehand occupying the post of whipper-in. This order was unchanged, Laghmor improving his position of advantage to a considerable extent, and making the pace a rasper. Entering the straight Cotton came up, and passing Manilla assumed second place. Laghmor, however, appeared to have the race in hand, and led the field a merry dance, till the second hurdle from home, when was brought up alongside, and after a short run together, assumed the lead. Coming to the last hurdle it was evident the old horse had it easy, and Cotton, riding with good judgment, finished first past the judge’s stand by some three lengths in front of Laghmor, Lonehand an excellent third, and Manilla out of it.

Tinwald Cup of 20 sovs ; second horse to save his stake ; li miles; weight-for-age. Mr Smith’s blk m Minnie, 4 yrs, ' Bst 12Ibs (owner) ... 1 Mr Quill’s b m Lady Florence, .5 jrs, 9sl 31bs (Orton) 2 Mr Claridge’s ch m Winnie, 5 yrs, 9st 21bs (Claridge, junior) 3 Mr Smith’s b g Merlin, aged, 9st 31b (Ranger) _ 0 Mr Jorneaux’s b m Prima Donna,

aged, 9st 31b5... ... ... ... 0 Smith declared to win with Minnie, who was made favorite, with Lady Florence next in demand. Minnie got away with the lead and was never headed, winning with a little in hand, hard held from Lady Florence. Lady Florence and Winnie were second and third at time of starting, the others clearly out .of it, but Winnie, when at the back of the course, took second place for a short distance. When entering the straight she lost it, however, and ■ during' the second round it was to be seen that she was out of it. Entering the straight for the final rush in, Orton, who was at Minnie’s girths, made his effort, the mare responding gamely, but was only allowed to keep company with Minnie in sufferance. The rest were nowhere. Tuotting Handicap ; distance, 2 miles ; second save stake. Mr M'Kenzie’s Kate, 190yds (Owner) (disqualified) 1 Mr James Hay’s Conrad, 170yds (Crompton) 2 Mr M'Rae’s Narrow (range (Physic) 3 Mr Wallis’ Titokowaru 0

Mr Digby’s Ginger ... 0 Mr Cotton’s Mungo Park 0 Mr Lewis’ Naughty Cousin 0 Mr Button’s Polly ... ... ... 0 Mr Leitch’s Dunn’s Pony scr Kate quickly increased the lead she had obtained, and trotting well, finished in front of Conrad, who had made up the twenty yards start conferred on her by about a yard and a half; Narrow Gauge third, with Mungo Park close up. Naughty Cousin declined to start and was walked in. Dunn’s Pony was an absentee. A protest was entered on the ground of continuous breaking when close on the post, and this was allowed, Conrad being awarded first money, and second place being given to Kate, no protest against her receiving same being entered by Narrow Gauge. Hack Race, of 5 sovs ; 1 mile. Mr Lewis’ Sandy ... ... (Bartlett) 1 Mr Rayney’s Nancy Lee... (Moore) 2 The other starters were Messrs Lewis’ White Stocking, Fraser’s Smoker, Grey’s Robert the Devil, Begg’s Prince, Scott’s Little John, Walker’s Jib, and Nicholas’ Pirate. The finish was a good on, Sandy being in front two lengths. Consol ;tion Race, of L 5 os ; distance, 1 mile. Mr Claridge’s g m Winnie (Claridge, jun.) 1 Mr Quill's b m Lady Florence (Harrold) 2 Mr Smith’s b g Merlin ... (Owner) 3 ATHLETICS. 100 Yards— lst prize, 40s ; 2nd, 15s. McFarlane ... ... ... ••• 1 Bushett 2 . There was a good deal of jostling in this race. McFarlane came to the front in consequence, and won by half a yard from Bushett. A protest was entered on the ground that the race was started by Mr Cuthbert, and not by Mr Lewis, the gentleman appointed starter for the athletics. This was allowed, and the race reinstated later on in the programme.

CANTERBURY JOCKEY CLUB AUTUMN MEETING. GREAT AUTUMN HANDICAP. [per pigeon post.] [by our special reporter.] The day broke gloomy, with occasional showers, but during the first two races the weather held up, and as the ground was in lirst-class going order, the races were fast. The attendance was far less than at the Autumn Meeting last year, but it must be remembered that then the Easter encampment had just been held, and a large number of vititors were then in attend nice. For the Free Handicap five faced the starter. Billingsgate was a hot favorite, mnd Romeo had many admirers, the others being neglected. A good race, in which the favorite had slightly the best of a good start, resulted in Nautilus ... .. ••• i Billingsgate ... ... 2 Romeo ... ... ••• 3 The Poet was a good fourth, and Frailty nowhere. The winner had a good bit in hand at the finish.

Great Autumn Handicap. The exceptionally large number of eleven horses contested this big event, Grip being the only absentee from the number board. Natator and Lady Emma were the most fancied. Mr Horsford’s pair, The Joker and Governor attracted considerable admiration, and Luna had also followers. After considerable fiddling at the post, caused mainly by the fractiousness of Sir Modred, they got away to a good start, Luna leading for the first half mile, when Lady Emma challenged her, and the whole field, with the exception of Harkaway, kept in a cluster to the finish, which resulted in— Lady Emma ... ... 1 Sir Modred ... ... 2 The Governor ... ... 3

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SPORTING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 321, 18 April 1881

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SPORTING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 321, 18 April 1881

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