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AUCKLAND AUTUMN MEETING. Tradesmen’s Plate Handicap, of 50sovs. Mr Smith’s Maid of Honor, Bst 81b ... 1 Mr Leonard’s Ratcatcher, Bst 21bs ... 2 Mr A. M‘Donald’s Paraiuena, 7st 81bs ... 3 Won by a length. Hurdle Race Handicap, of 50 sovs. Distance, 2|- miles. Over 9 flights of hurdles. Mr IV. Douglas’ Harkaway, lOst Blbs 1 Mr J. Ellis’ Lonehand, 12st 71b ... 2 Mr R. W. Wheeler’s Morning Star, lOst 3 Won by a head. A good third.

Ellersub Handicap, of 100 sovs. Mr Owen’s Sir George, Bst 101 b ... 1 Mr Leonard’s Kenilworth, 7st Sib ... 2 Major George’s Tonambra, Gat ... 3 Won in a canter. Six started. Easter Handicap of 100 sovs ; distance,

two miles. Mr Horsfall’s King Quail, 7st 51b ... 1 Mr M'Donald’s Foul Play, 9st 51b ... 2 Mr Douglas’ Eawonata, Ost 3 Won with a little in hand. Novel Handicap, of 50 sovs. Mr O. C. M'Geo’s b g Skylark, 7st 21b 1 Mr J. C. Mills’ b g Diver, 75t... ... 2 Publicans Pulse, of 60 sovs. Distance, I,[ mile. Mr McDonald’s Foul Play ... ... 1 Mr Smith’s Maid of Honor ... ... 2 No others started. Won easily. The betting being 10 to 4 on Foul Play.

HOKITIKA RACES. TRIAL stakes. Mr Freeth’s Hero 1 Mr Osborne’s York 2 HOKITIKA HANDICAP, Mr Jones’ Warrigal ... 1 Mr Brimble’s Whalebone ... ... 2 SELLING RACE. Mr Harcourt’s Yorkey 1 publican’s purse. Mr Clarke’s Kensington ... ... 1 All the events w r ere iVell contested. CHRISTCHURCH AUTUMN MEETING. This meeting was commenced yesterday, when the following events took place : The Free Handicap; asweepstakeof 3 sovs each, with 50 sovs added ; for three-year-olds and up .vards. Mr J. Chaffe’s ch f Nautilus, by Traducer—Waterwitch, 3yrs, Cst 4lb (including 41bs overweight) (Thompson) ... ... ... ... 1 Mr W. Walters’ b c Billingsgate, 4yrs, Ost 31b (Wattie) ... ... ... 2 Mr Seabright’s ch c Romeo, 3yrs, sst 121 b (including 51b over) (Butler) ... 3

The Poet and Frailty also ran. Billingsgate was made the favorite, and at the back of the course closed with Nautilus and Romeo, but only succeeded in finishing second, after a good race ; Romeo a good third.

The Great Autumn Handicap ; a sweepstake of 10 sovs each, with 300 sovs added ; for three-year-olds and upwards. The second horse to receive 25 sovs out of the stake. One mile and a half. Sir H. Robinson’s b f Lady Emma, by Yattendon, 3yrs, sst 131 b (M. Allen) 1 Mr H. Driver’s b c Sir Modred, 3yrs, Bst 101 b (S. Harris) ... ... ... 2 Mr H. Horseford’s ch c The Governor, 2yrs, 6st 81b (G. Rosewarne) ... 3 Time—2mins 43secs.

In the ring Sir Modred, Randwick, an I Natator were equal favorites at 5 to 2 against, Lady Emma and Luna, at 5 to 1, being next, with the Governor at a point longer odds. All the horses looked the picture of health. The starters were, in addition to the placed horses above, Prospero, Luna, Randwick, The Joker, Harkaway, Hi'da, Natator, and Libeller. Grip was he only absentee. Some trouble was caused at the post by the fractiousuess of Sir Modred, but eventually the flag fell to a start, of which Luna and The Governor got slightly the best. Prospero was loft at the post. Mr Horsford’s colt maintained his advantage to the back of the course, Lady Emma having closed up to Luna, Libeller leading the van. The latter then ran up and displaced Lady Emma, the rest being in a cluster, close up. At the home turn, Sir Modred and Randwick had commenced to run through their field, and Lady Emma disposed of Libeller and Luna, securing second place to The Governor, and improved this to the extent of getting on level terms with him on entering the straight. The Dunedin Cup winner now made his effort, and collared The Governor, Natator following suit on the outside. For a few paces the four were in company, and then Lady Emma shot out, and after a game struggle with Sir Modred, landed the Great Autumn Handicap of 1881 by three-quarters of a length, The Governor an excellent third.

Champagne Stakes, of 20 sovs each, with 250 sovs added; for two-year-olds; colts Bst 101 b, fillios Bst 81b ; 20 subscribers ; G furlongs. Mr H. Driver’s b c Somnus, by Traducer—Hammock ... (Harris) 1 Mr W. Walters’ b c by Yatteuclon— Peeress, Bst 101 b ... (Rudings) 2 Mr H. Horsford’s ch g Nonpareil, by Korari—No Name, Bst 101 b (Derritt) 3 Time—limn. 19|soc. Somnus led throughout, was never headed, and although Rudings on tho Yattendon—Peeress colt made a grand effort to dislodge him from premier position, won with a little in hand. The other starters were La Mode, Amulet, Hinemoa, and Gold Dust. The bettirm was 7 to 4 on Somnus. The Epsom Stakes; a swoepstake of 5 sovs each, with 100 sovs added. For horses that have not wt n 200 sovs in one event, or two events each of tho value of 100 sovs or upwards up to tho time of starting. Maidens at starting allowed : —For three-year-olds, 31b ; 4yrs, 71b ; syrs ard upwards, 101 b. Weight for age. Once round. Hon. W. Robinson’s bf On Dit, by Albany—Gossip, 4yrs, Bst 61b, (Derrit) 1 Mr H. Prince’s br c Sir Garnet, 3yrs, .Bst 61b (Harris) ... ... ... 2

Mr H. Horsford’s ch g The Joker, syrs, PstGlbs ... ... ... ••• 3 Time —2inins 53secs. Won easily by two lengths. (By Telegraph.) Racecourse, To-Day. The Autumn Meeting was continued today. The weather is dull, but fine, and the attendance is good. Nursery Handicap, of 5 furlongs, for two-year-olds. Mr Fraser’s b f Hinemoa, Bst, (Wattie) 1 Mr Weston’s ch c Amulet, Bst 71b (Clifford) 2 Mr Walters’ b c by Yattendon — Peeress, Bst 101 b (findings) ... 3 Dauphin, Nonpariel, Envy filly, Legerdemain, La Mode, and Gold Dust, also ran. The Envy filly had the ca’l in the betting, being at 5 to 2 against. Hinemoa started at Gto 1. Amulet and the Peeress colt made the running, and the former led into the straight, where Hinemoa began to run through the field, and after disposing of Walters’ representative, ran a grand race, with Amulet, winning by a neck. The Peeress colt a bad third, four lengths off. Time Selling Race, 1| miles. Mr Walter’s b h Billingsgate, 4 yrs, Bst 71b (Watty) ... ... ... 1 O’Brien’s b h Fishook, aged, 7st 91b (Butler) ... ... ... ••• 2 Luna’s g g Coldstream, 3 yrs, 7st 71b (Blanch) ... ... ... ••• 3 llandwick, Norseman, and Frailty also ran. Bet’ing—Even on Billingsgate, 5 to 2 on Norseman, 3 to 1 on the others. Easter Handicap, of 100 sovs. Distance, 1 mile. Sir H. Robinson’s b f Lady Emma, 7st 31bs (Palmer) 1 Hon. W. Robinson’s ch g Natator, 9st 51bs (Derritt) 2 Mr Hereford's ch c The Governor. Gst (Rosewarne) 3 Betting—s to 2 Lady Emma, 3 to 1 The Governor, 5 to 1 Natator, G to 1 the rest. llandwick, Prospero, and Hilda also started. Lady Emma cut out the running, but at the turn from homo The Govern, r shot to the front; Natator immediately after came with a rvsh and collared Lady Emma. The two then closed with The Governor, and a most exciting finish ensued, the judge's verdict resulting in favor of the filly by a nose. The Governor an excellent third. Flying Handicap. Libeller 1 Lady Emma ... ... 2 Luna 3

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SPORTING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 322, 19 April 1881

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SPORTING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 322, 19 April 1881

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