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0. J. 0. METROPOLITAN MEETING. First Day— Toes day, Nov. 8. [by telegraph.] [FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.] Christchurch, To-day. The Metropolitan Meeting commenced to-day. The weather is glorious, and the town cram full of visitors. Train after train of holiday-makers arrived on the ground at an early hour in the forenoon,

and visitors to this great annual sporting event have continued to pour in all day. The new grand stand and appointments are generally admired, with the exception, that, both ends being open, nor -w6Bt gales will sweep through from one end'to the other.

For the first event on the card, the Free Handicap, Sir George was the favorite, although Chancellor and Billingsgate were fancied by not a few. The sky now became overcast, and, much to the disappointment of the thousands of spectators, rain began to fall. The following were the results: — Free Handicap, a sweepstake of 3 sovs.

each, with 100 added. One mile. Mr Walters’ Billingsgate, 9st 71b (R. Derritt) 1 Mr H. Goodman’s Chancellor, Bst 21b (H. Thompson) 2 Mr G. F. Williams’ Talent, 7st 121 b (W, Clifford) 3

Sir George, On Dit, The Poet, Joker, Rawdon, Laertes, Duessa, and Farewell also ran.

Chancellor got the best of the start, with Talent and On Bit lying close on her quarters, Duessa and Farewell being completely out of it. At the bottom turn Talent Assumed the lead, and maintained it until the straight was reached ; Sir George, who was running for first place, now commenced whipping. At the rails Billingsgate commenced to come up, and forged gradually ahead, winning an excellent race by about half a length, Chancellor securing second place without much trouble ; Talent a good third. Time—'lmin. 4G£secs. The Derby Stakes —A sweepstakes of 20 sovs each, with 250 sovs added, for three-year-olds. Colts, Bst 101 b ; fillies, Bst 61b. Second horse to save his stake. miles. Closed with 46 subs. Mr Westmacott’s The Dauphin, by Traducer —Maria Theresa, Bst 101 b (R. Ray) 1 Mr Walters’ b c by Yattendon— Peeress, Bst 101 b ... (Derritt) 2 Mr Hereford's Nonpariel, by Korari— No Name, Bst 101 b ... (Holt)' 3 Matakau, Hinemoa, and Diosma also started. Betting—2 to 1 against The Dauphin and Peeress colt; sto 2 Matakau.

A. splendid start was effected, the horses getting well away together. At Redwood’s corner the order was Matakau, Nonpareil, and The Dauphin. Opposite the Grand Stand Matakau still led, with The Dauphin on his quarters, hard held. At the next turn, The Dauphin went up to the front still leading on reaching the straight. Nearing the rails, the Peeress Colt, who had been lying fourth,come up with a rush, and a splendid race ensued between the pair. Ray now tried his level best to distance his competitor, and forged ahead, winning a good race by about two and a-half lengths, the Peeress Colt gaining at every stride at the finish, Nonpareil a good third. Time—2min 45sec (1). The winner was loudly cheered on returning to the scale. The C.J.O. Handicap —A sweepstakes of 20 sovs each, with 500 sovs added. Second horse to receive 50 sovs from the stake; third horse to save his stake. 2 miles. Mr W. Robinson’s Grip, Bst 61b (Derritt) 1 Mr G. Fraser’s Louis D’or, 6st 31b (Sturge) 2 Sir Hercules Robinson’s Lady Emma, 7st 101 b (Clifford) 3

Le Loup, Volunteer, The Governor, and Hilda also ran. The start was delayed, owing to Hilda bolting, and going round the course before she could be pulled up. Eventually a wretched start was effected, Grip having all the best of it. Passing the Stand Grip led, with Mr Walters’ horse second, and Louis d’Or third, Louis d’Or then ran into second place. This order was maintained to the finish. Lady Emma came with a tremendous rush, but was kept too long before making her final effort. Time—3min 45secs. WELCOME STAKES. Siesta ... 1 Vanguard ... ... ... 2 Amazon 3

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SPORTING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 496, 8 November 1881

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SPORTING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 496, 8 November 1881

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