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METROPOLITAN SPRING MEETING. [prom our own correspondent.] Second Day— Thursday, Nov. 10th. Seeling Hack Race of 10 sovs ; entrance, 1 sov ; the winner to be sold for 25 sovs ; any suplus to go to the fund ; catch weights; post entry; four furlongs. Lady Ellen 1 Yaldhurst ... ... ... ••• 2

Three others started. The five went off at a rare good pace, but Lady Ellen had all the best of the race, and won easily at the finish. Mr Digby acted as auctioner, and succeeded in obtaining L 26, being LI over the upset price’ the mare being purchased by her owner.

[by telegraph.] Third Day—Friday, Nov. 11th.

Christchurch, To-day.

The Metropolitan Meeting was continued to-day. The weather has been very fine although perhaps not quite so pleasant as yesterday. The attendance has not been nearly so large as on either of the previous days. Still a considerable amount of interest was manifested in the events.

The results were as follows : Christchurch Plate of 150 sovs. Once round the course and a distance.

Mr Robinson’s Grip, 9st 111 b (Derritt) ... ... ... ... ... 1 Mr Fraser’s Louis d’ Or (Sturgeon)... 2

These were the only starters. Betting—Any odds on Grip. Grip jumped off with the lead, but Louis d’ Or, quickly disputed the poaHion going to the front at the first turn, and leading several lengths, until nearing the straight, when Derritt let Grip out, and he rapidly improved his position, going to work in a business-like way, and ultimately winning by several lengths, hands down.

Time—Smins fisecs. Metropolitan Handicap of 150 sovs.

One and a half miles. Mr Goodman’s Chancellor, Sat 71b, (Thompson) 1 Mr O’Brien’s Tasman, fist 12 (Butler) 2 Mason and Vallance’s Volunteer, Sst (Watts) ... ... 3 Sir George, The Dauphin, The Poet, and The Joker also ran.

Betting—2 to 1 agst Sir George, 3to 1 agst Tasman ; 6 to 4 agst The Dauphin ; 4 and 5 to 1 against the others. Tasman got the best of a bad start, The Dauphin second, and The Poet third. Along the back of the course The Dauphin rushed up to Tasman and the two raced together till the bottom tmn, where The Dauphin broke away. Chancellor and Volunteer closed up to Tasman, and half way up the straight Chancellor rushed to the front, followed by Tasman and Volunteer, and won a splendid race by half a length, Volunteer a good third. Time— 2mins 42^secs. NuEsatiY Handicap of 100 scvs. Four furlongs. Mr Hereford's Nonsense, 7st 91b (Wattie) 1 Mr Webb’s Amazon, 7st 91b (Hoskins) 2 Mr P. Butler's Trinket, 7st 31b (Butler) 3 Siesta, Taiaroa, Welcome Jack, Te Ata, and Leonora also ran. Vanguard and Rebecca were scratched.

Betting—2 to 1 againstJSiesta, 3to 1 against Trinket, 4to 1 against Welcome Jack and Taiaroa, 5 to 1 against Nonsense. Te Ata jumped off with the lead, closely followed by Amazon and Nonsense, the latter ultimately winning a splendid race by three quarters of a length. Time—so|secs. Selling Handicap, of 50sovs ; six furlongs. Hon. W. Robinson’s On Dit, Bst 41b (Bishop) 1 Mr Bonn’s Coldstream, 7at 91b (Durston) ••• 2 Mr Williams’ Talent, Bst 101 b (Blanch) 3 Aurora, Fleur Be Lys, and Gold Dust also ran. The Joker was scratched. Coldstream jumbed off with the lead ; Talent and On Dit lying next. Gold Dust and Aurora being outpaced from the start. At the distance post On Dit collared Coldstream with Talent close on her quarters. After a hard struggle On Dit won by a short neck, Talent a good third. Time : Imin. 19secs. Flying Handicap of 1.00 sovs. Six

furlongs. Mr Bates’ Hilda, 7st (Allen) 1 Mr Cutts’ Nautilus, 7st Sib (Thompson) 2 Mr Owen’s Sir George, 9st (Herd) ... 3 This was a splendid race, and was won by bal? a length.


Wanganui, Yesterday. The above fixture took place to-day, delightful weather rendering the outing a most enjoyable one. The following were the results of the racing : WAVERLY - WAITOTARA GUINEAS Slander filly, 1 ; Ely, 2. Handicap Hurdle Race —Abolition, 1 ; Hawthorne, 2 ; Chandler, 3. Flying Handicap— Grand Duchess, 1; Venture, 2 ; Blue Gown, 3. Maiden Plate —Ely, 1 ; Taipo, 2; Satanella, 3.

Waverly-Waitotara Handicap—Slander filly, 1 ; Merlin, 2 ; Grand Duchess, 3. Ten started, and a good race ensused, Merlin cut out the running and led most of the way with Grand Duchess second. Coming into the straight, French, on Duchess, challenged the leader, but, finding ha could not quite cut down the horse signalled to the rider of his stable companion, who came with a rush, and just beat Merlin on the post by a head. Forced Handicap— Merlin, 1; Slander filly, 2.

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SPORTING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 498, 11 November 1881

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SPORTING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 498, 11 November 1881

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