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METROPOLITAN SPRING MEETING. Second Day—Thursday, Nov. 10th. [from our own correspondent.] Christchurch, To-day. The Metropolitan Meeting was continued to-day, and the glorious weather brought out an immense attendance, the Grand Stand being eagerly patronised by ladies, whose gay costumes helped considerably to enliven the scene. The number of carriage .parties was much larger than on the first day, and all present seemed to have thoroughly given themselves up to the enjoyment of the hour. The results were as follows :

Maiden Handicap, of 100 sovs. One and a quarter miles. Mason and Yallance’s Fleur-de-Lys, Sat 31b (R. Hasby) .. 1 Mr Hereford's Nonpareil, Bst 101 b (Bishop) ... .;. 2 Mr George’s Aurora, 7st 101 b (Newman) 3 Matakau and Mist filly were scratched. Betting—Even against Nonpariel, 2 to 1 Fleur-de-Lys.

Mr W ebb’s Gold Dust bolted round the course just at the critical moment when the starter was endeavoring to get the lot away, and consequently did not start for the race. Fleur-de-Lys cut out the running, followed by Nonpariel, who made a game effort when coming up the straight to overtake him but failed.

Time—2min. 15secs. Railway Plate, of 100 sovs. Distance

four furlongs. Mr Walters’ Billingsgate, 9st 71b (Webster) 1 Mr Robinson’s Envy filly (Derritt) ... 2 Mr Williams’ Talent (Clifford) ... 3 Mr Cults’ Nautilus also ran. Sir George and Welcome Jack were scratched.

Betting—6 to 4on Billingsgate ;2to 1 against Envy filly ; 3 to 1 Nautilus ; 4 to 1 Talent.

Envy filly was the first away, with Talent second. Half way up the straight Billingsgate rushed to the front, and won a good race by a length ; Talent a good third.

Time—49 secs. Canterbury Cup, of 500 sovs. Two and a quarter miles. Mr Robinson’s Grip (Derritt) 1 Mr Westacott’s The Dauphin (Haskyns)... 2 Mr Walter’s Peeress colt (Webster) 3 Betting—Even on Grip, 2 to 1 Peeress colt, 3 to 1 Dauphin, 4 to 1 Lous D’Or. Dauphin got the best of the start, followed by Peeress colt Grip coming last. Passing the Stand Peeress colt went up to The Dauphin but soon fell brck, Grip also dropping further astern. Along the back of the course Peeress colt and Louis D’Or closed up to the Dauphin, the three travelling some distance together. At the half-mile post Derritt let Grip out, and he at once gained rapidly on the leaders. The race now became exciting, The Dauphin led into the straight, followed by the Peeress coll. Half way home Grip ran through his horses, winning a capital race, amidst much hubbub, by a length; Peeress colt making a good third. Time—4 mins. secs. Selling Race, of 60 sovs ; one and a quarter miles Mr Walters’ Billingsgate (Webster) ... 1 Mr Robinson’s On Dit (Butler) ... 2 Mr Williams’ Talent (Black) 3 Hilda also ran. Laertes, Fleur de Lys, and Coldstream were scratched. On Dit made the running, followed closely by Talent, with Billingsgate lying third. Very alight alteration occurred until half way up the straight was reached, when Billingsgate passed Talent, and collared On Dit, and the pair raced neck and neck for home, Billingsgate ultimately winning a warm race by a short neck. Talent a bad third. Grand Stand Handicap, of 100 sovs. One mile. Mr Owen’s Sir George... ... ... 1 Mr Hereford's The Joker ... ... 2 Mr Dunn’s Coldstream... ... ... 3

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SPORTING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 497, 10 November 1881

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SPORTING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 497, 10 November 1881

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