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. : 4- •-*>s£. N-Z- GRAND (NATIONAL STEEPLECHASE MEETING. [BY OUR SPECIAIi REPORTER,] President —M.-Stuclholme. Yice-Presi-dent-r-E. MenloVe, Stewards —F. Egan, T. A eland, T. Brittan,L. Walker, G. 'D. Dennistoun, F. J. Kimbell, E. Elworthy, S. A. Bristol, A. L. Barker, M. J. Godby, J. H. Paine, T. Tescheinaker, J. Brabazon, A. St. G. Hamersley, W. S. Lindsay, Hon R. .Campbell,- J. . O’Meagher, J.... Grigg, H. Maclean, C. Turnbull, A. E. Cox, H. Ford, C. N. Or.bell, C, H. Dowtling, J. Stephenson. Judge—M. Studholme. Starter—o. N. Orbell. -Clerk of the Course—A. St. G. Hamersley. Clerk of the Scales —M. Mitton. Handicapper _E. Griffiths. Treasurer—Geo. F. Clulee. [A portion of the following appeared in an “ extra’-’ issued last night:—J. There was a good attendance at this annual cross country meeting, held Yesterday on the S. C. J. C. ’s grounds pear Timaru.' The weather' was -'fine. The following are the events and results New, Zealand Grand National Handicap of 200 soys, with a sweepstake of 5 sovs each .for acceptors, to go to the second horse/ Nominations of 2 soVs to go to the fund. Distance, 4 miles. ’ Mr H. J. Lunn’s b g Clarence, aged, 12st 2lb ... ... (Bedge) 1 Mr P. Butler’s ch g The Agent, aged, 135 t... (Mr Lunn) .2 Mr T. Lyford’s b g Winfield (late Thilo),.aged, list slb (Owner) 0 Mr L. Marky’s g gMousetrap, aged, lOat 121 b (Mr Cullen) 0 Mr T. Sheenan’s b g Shark, aged, lOst ... (Owner) 0 Mr T. Foster’s b g Sailor Boy, aged, 12st 61b, (ran second) (Poole) dsq Blush Rose was the only absentee. The Agent was made the favorite, with Ciarence and Sailor Boy next in demand. The ring, however, _was. very poorly represented, and very, little ’ betting took place. At the fall of the nag, Sailor Boy, Clarence, and Winfield, went to the front, closely followed by Mousetrap, Agent, and Shark, in the order named. Sailor Boy led over the first jump, agorsefence, and proceeded to take the double in company with Winfield. The first fence of this was got over by all, but Winfield baulking at the second set the field astray, and The Agent sailing on was the first to, come into view, closely followed by Clarence and Sailor Boy. The others got over, but at the post and rad double repeated their previous performance, and Shark and Winfield retired. Mousetrap, however, set sail in pursuit, having ip view the many probable mishaps. The Agent was the first over the stone wall, Clarence some four lengths behind, and Sailor Boy three lengths off Tim latter struck very heavily, and nearly unseated Powell,' whose horsemanship was certainly anything but praiseworthy. The double across the road followed and here again Powell was nearly, off Mousetrap, on getting to this jump, 1 refused, and dropped out of it. The order was unchanged until the double at the bottom of the course was negotiated, when Sailor Boy ran up to and passed Clarence. They came on in this order, The Agent and Clarence jumping the stone wall for the second time splendidly, but Sailor Boy striking very heavily nearly came to grief. Clarence here ran alongside Sailor Boy, but after the double had been got over, dropped in the rear. The order was unchanged until the, second jump from home, was reached, Sailor Boy, , however, at the jump, previously running around the fence-instead of going .over-it. Here The Agent, who looked a certain winner, came down a cropper, throwing Lunh, his rider, apd stunning him. Sailor Boy came on, aiid it appeared “ All Lombard street to a China orange ” on his winning it, but Hedge, after getting over the last jump,, a sod fence* called on' Clarence,: and; the little bay responded gamely. ‘ He rapidly overhauled Sailor Boy, and a neck, artd neck struggle ensued inside the ‘rails, Hedge succeeded in landing Clarence a winner by half a length. The winner was loudly cheered on . weighing in, There were in all about thirty jumps in the course. After Hedge had'Weighed in, he started in 'pursuit of The Agent, and, having recovered him, completed the course, .and was awarded second place, Sailor Boy being disqualified for running outside the fence referred to.. There were 293 .‘subscribers in the totalisator, 48 of these having invested on' the winner. . ■ - The following table shows the winners of the Grand National Handicap since the establishment of the race in 1876:

Maiden; Plate of 100 sovs, with a sweepstake'of 5 sovs each (for acceptors),, to go to the second horse; weight for age;:’,two miles. Mr F. St James’s b c Quamby, 5 yrs, list 121 b (Mr Cullen) 1 Mr T. Foster’s b g Sailor Boy, aged, 12st 31b ... ... (Joyce) 2 Mr A.' MeAlpin’s ch m Stella, aged, ' 12st 31b ... ... (Lyford) 3 Mr M. O’Brien’s b h Marvel, aged, 12st 31b ... ... (Brebner) 0 . Kosciusko was scratched. ;_ • • t , A grand struggle took place up the straight at the. finish, Quamby being the ■first to catch the judge’s eye, the decision being in his favor by a short head. Ll2O in the totalisator, 41 on the winner. Hunt CiiUß Cup, of 150 sovs, with a sweepstake of 5 sovs each (for acceptors), to go to the second horse. Weight for age. The winner of the Grand National Handicap to carry 141bs , penalty. Three miles. Mr P. Butler’s ch g The Agent, aged, 12st 31b ... ~. (Mr Lunn)w.o. Quamby and Clarence were scratched, and Agent walked over for the stakes. Consolation Handicap of 50 sovs, added to a sweepstake of 2 sovs each (for acceptors); nomination, 1 sov, to go to the fund; two miles. Mr T. Lyford’s b. g Winfield (late Tliilo), aged, 12st ...(Lyford) 1 Mr A. MeAlpin’s ch m Stella, aged, lOst (Joyce) 2 Mr L. Marky’s g g Mousetrap, aged, 10st 71b (Sheenan) 0 Stella and Mousetrap were out of it from the start, the former falling at the. post and rails, and the latter declining to negotiate the double near the stand. Winfield' won as he liked. 57 investors, out of - a total of Ll9O, were on the winner. - LOWER HEATHOOTE RACES. At'this meeting yesterday,-the following were the results of the events run : Handicap Steeplechase—Beer, Tax, 1; •Native,,2 ; Johnny 3 ; two others started. "Maiden Steeplechase—Bijou, 1 ; Forsaken,' ! 2 ; May ’Flower, 3 ; four others ■also" ran. Trotting Handicap—Polly, 1; Peter, 2 ; Magic, 3 ; there were six other starters. Birthday 1 ; r Johnny, 2 ; Foul Play,, j . tivp others started. The Hack Race was won by Polly, and the Hurry Scurfy by ; Pinafore. PAPAKURA'%EEItINa ; 1 This meeting was held yesterday, the winners being as follows Hiitidicap 'Hurdle EfiOe, : Mdrnifa& V Star; FMatkti '

second ; Papakaura Grand DachA|R ; Railway Haidieifp, \ Ratcatcher ; Consolation Race/Tjflagic. . WANGANUI STEEPLECHASES. , Handicap Steeplechase, of 250 sovs.; 3 miles—Venture, 1;V King Don, 2 ; Ghandler,3. 'There were seven other starters, Venture winning rather easily. . Hack Steeplechase, of 10 sovs.— Garry-a-awa. , Maiden Steeplechase, of 100 sovs.— Mira, 1 ; Sunray, 2 ; St. Svvithen, 3. Won by a length. Grand Stand Steeplechase, -of 75 sovs. —Venture, 1 ; Eclipse, 2 ; Lone.hand, 3. Won anyway. Consolation Handicap, of 40 sovs.— Grey Momus, 1 ; Czar, 2. Won by half a length. ‘ DUNEDIN BIRTHDAY MEETING. Handicap Hurdle Race, of 40 soys. ; 2 miles ' Isaac, 1; Mackay’s Robin Hood, 2 ; McMaster’s Eovnance, 3. Three others ran ; won with any amount iii hand, i ■ Maiden Plate of 30 sovs, 1| miles McLean’s Legerdemain, 1;* George’s Boughleen Dhoun, 2 ; Kirby’s Mameluke, 3. The were seven starters ; won easily. Queen’s Birthday Handicap, of 100 sovs, Ijr miles—-Bate’s The Poet, 1 ; M'Lean’s Lady Emma, 2 ; Bate’s- 1 Hilda, 3. Won by a neck, after a'game struggle with Lady Emma. Time—2min 50sec. Atlantic, Jasper, and Sylvanus were the other starters. Handicap Trot.—Native Cat, 1 ; Victor, 2. Novel Race of 00 sovs, 1-L miles— Dolly Barwon, 1; Swede, 2 ; Swagsman, 3. Palyboy also ran. Tradesmen’s Handicap, of 50 sovs, 1 mile and a distance—Lunn’s Coldstream, 1; George’s Atlantic, 2 ; Bate’s Hilda, 3. Atlantic cut up roughly, and Hilda fell, leaving Coldstream to win as he liked. Consolation Handicap of 40 sovs— Bale’s Hilda,. I. ; |■; ,;• ; ■ • ASHBURTON STEEPLECHASES. The following weights were posted last evening, at the Commercial Hotel : ASHBURTON HANDICAP.

E. Griffiths, Handicapper.'

Year. Horse. Rider. Weight. Betting. 1876 Royalty Mr Mavtelli St. IO lb. 0 6 to 1 1877 Fakir S. Osborne 10 5 7 — 1 1878 Mousetrap P. M'Goy 11 4 -3—1 187Q The Agent W Hankins 12 7 2 — I 1880 The-Agent MrH. Lunn 12 7 2 — I 1881 Clarence F. Hedge 12 2

st. lb. st. lb Agent ... 13 0 Shark 10 5 Clarence ... 12 2 Lonehand 10 0 Quamby ... 11 8 ' Koscuisco 10 0 Fakir ... 11 4 Stella 10 0 DISTRICT HANDICAP. Raven .. 11 7 1 Lonehand... 11. 0 Whynot .. 11 7

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SPORTING, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 353, 25 May 1881

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