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N.Z. GRAND NATIONAL STEEPLECHASE CLUB. [by our special reporter.] Christchurch, Yesterday. The seventh annual meeting under the auspices of the above Club came off yesterday, on a well laid off course, contiguous to the running track of the C.J.C. The weather was gloriously fine, and exceedingly mild for this season of the year, being more like early autumn than almost the middle of winter. There was a very good attendance, although not by any means so large as the fine weather warranted one in expecting, the Exhibition and the noveUy of “ye olde Englishe Fayre” no doubt attracting many who would have otherwise found their way to the races. I sent you yesterday the results of three of the events —which I hope came to hand in time for publication, but I have thought that perhaps it might be as well it I now send you a complete account of the running for your next issue. Tno bell rang pretty punctually for the Handicap, which brought out a field of nine—all those figuring on Jthe card going to the post —the northern crack, Baron, who was doubtless engaged at Wanganui, being the only one who declined the handicap—certainly a feather

in the cap of the gentleman who allotted the weights. Katerfolto, a rather good looking but much-despised animal, went to the front, and almost at the staii won a capital race from Clarence by a head, although I think if Lunn had called on the little descendant of Touchstone somewhat sooner the order would have been reversed. Why Not was never prominent in the race. At the third jump he collided with Young Sledmere, and the fourth jump he refused the first time of asking, but negotiated it on being put to it a second time. The big chestnut was now hopelessly out of it, bar accidents, and Mr Saunders, after sending him along for about a quarter of a mile, did not further persevere with him. The Maiden Plato brought out the eight colored on the card, and produced an exceedingly pretty race, although Canard won rather easily at the finish from Overdraft, who came along at a clinking pace nearing the last jump. Mr Friedlander’s Moltke, ridden by Kelly, ran very gamely, but most of those in it had the foot of him, and he finished fifth. Brown Boy, who was thought by many to have a good outside show, parted company with his jockey, leaving him to run home on foot. For the Hunt Club Cup only a trio weighed out, Sailor Boy, Katerfelto, Gang Awa being scratched. It was a most hollow affair, Mr Lunn’s horse winning with plenty in him at the finish. The last event on the card the Consolation Stakes—also brought out a trio, Why Not having the call in the betting from Kosciusko and Gang Awa, but the favorite threw over his backers early in the race, coming to grief at the second jump. A good race ensued between the other two, till the last obstable was reached, when Gang Awa succumbed, leaving his companion to finish the journey alone. The following are the details: New Zealand Grand National Handicap of 300 sovs, with a sweepstake of 5 sovs each for acceptors, to go to the second horse. Distance, about 4 miles. Mr D. Christie’s b g Katerfelto, by Ravensworth, 6yrs, 10st (Clifford) 1 Mr J. Pilbrow’s b g Clarerce, aged, 12st 101 b (H. Lunn) 2 Mr F. St James’s b h Quamby, 6yrs, list 51b (Lyford) 3 Mr Thomas Foster’s b g Sailor Boy, aged, 12st 101 b (McKay) 0 Mr W. Saunders’ ch g Why Not, aged, Hat 71b ... ... (Mr E. Saunders) 0 Mr P. Jones’s ch g Young Sledmere, 6yrs, list 31b (Owner) 0 Mr T. Hungerford’s ch g Garrigheen, aged, 10st (Cornelius) 0 Mr L. Markey’s g g Mousetrap, aged, 10st (Sheenan) 0 Betting—2 to 1 against Quamby and Sailor Boy, 3 to 1 against Clarence, 5 to I against Why Not, 10 to 1 against the others.

Mr Christie’s gelding led over the first fence, followed by Sailor Boy and Quamby, Why Not last. This order was maintained, with slight alteration, till the third fence was reached, when the old grey went up and passed all but the leader, and Clarence also improved his position, lying almost side by side with Quamby. Here Why Not collided with Young Sledmere, but quickly got over the jump, and was set going after his field; but at the fourth obstacle Carrigheen, who was slightly leading Mr Saunders’ chestnut, refused, as did also the Dundas horse, but he was persuaded over on . the second attempt, followed by the grey, but they were both hopelessly out of it. Sailor Boy shortly after came to grief, his jockey, McKay, getting a severe shaking. Grey Momus held second place till a little over three miles had been covered, when the veteran shot his bolt, and left Katerfelto, Quamby, and Clarence to finish alone, the rest being nowhere. Katerfelto pursued the even tenor of his way till shortly before the last fence was reached, when the other two collared him, and a slashing race ensued. But the, light weight was not to be denied, and, although his relative, Clarence, slightly headed him passing the first stand,, the “ despised one ” responded to Clifford’s call, and he shot past the pose ahead in front of the green jacket, Quamby—who was not quite himself—soon caving when he tasted the whipcord, and finished a bad third. The totalisator inside the paddock paid a dividend of LlO 7s, and that outside, Ll 3 Bs. Maiden Plate of 150 sovs, with a sweepstake of 5 sovs each for acceptors, to go to the second horse. Weight for age. Distance, about 2 miles. Mr H. Luna’s ch g Canard, Anteros— Gossip, 4yra, list ... (Lyford) 1 Mr W. de G. Reeves’ b g Overdraft, aged, 12st 31b ... (Mr A. Boyle) 2 Mr T. Foster’s g g Rocket, aged, 12st 31b (McKay) 3 Mr P. Jones’s ch g Gang Awa, 6yrs, 12st 31b (Joyce) 0 Mr H. Friedlander’s g g Moltbe, 6yrs, 12st 31b (Kelly) 0 Mr H. Adams’s b b Kosciusko, syrs, list 121 b (Sheenan) Mr J. Judge’s br g Brown Boy, syrs, list 121 b (St James) 0 Mr D. O’Brien’s br g Trovatore, 4yrs, list ... (Owner) q Betting—2 to 1 against Rocket and Trovatore, 3 to 1 against Canard. Gang Awa was quickest away, the son of Anteros coming next, followed by Rocket. At Outts’ Rocket fell, and Trovatore declined soon after. Meanwhile Canard and Overdraft had passed Gang Awa, and although Rocket and Trovatore were soon in chase of the leaders,- it was apparent that Mr Lunn’s gelding and Overdraft would fight the finish out, and only once did the latter look really dangerous, and Canard won easily by a good two lengths. Hunt Club Cup of 150 sovs, with a sweepstake of 5 sovs each for acceptors to go to the second horse. Distance,

about 3 miles. Mr J. Pilbrow’s b g Clarence, by Ravensworth, aged, 12st 101 b (Lunn) 1 Mr F. St James’s b h Quamby, syrs Hat 121 b (Lyford) 2 Mr P. Jones’s ch g Young Sledmere, 6yrs, 12st 31b (Owner) 3 Sailor Boy, Katerfelto, and Gang Awa were scratched. Young Sledmere jumped away in advance of the other two, but no amount of persuasion would get him over the second j ump, and Clarence and Quamby were left to settle the questioh, and although the latter made a bit of a struggle for it half a mile from home, Clarence won hands down.

Consolation Handicap, of 50 aovs ; two miles. Mr H. Adams’ b h Kosciusko, by Blue Boy. 5 yrs, 10st 41t> (including 31b overweight) (Sheenan) 1 Mr P. Jones’s ch g Gang Awa, 6yrs, list 31b (Joyce) 2 Mr W. Saunders’ ch g Why Not, aged 12st 71b (Lyford) 0 Why Not was made the favorite, but he refused to take the second obstacle, and Gang Awa would have nothing to do with the last jump for some time, thus leaving Kosciusco to canter in alone.

WANGAUNI STEEPLECHASES. Wanganui, Yesterday. The Wanganui Annual Steeplechase Meeting took place on the racecourse today, and was fairly successful. The land and lawn were well patronised. Accidents were numerous, but the moat serious was that which befell Edwards, the rider of Te Whetu, but he wps able to get about after a short rest. Thb events are as under : -- Wanganui Steeplechase. —Alarc, 1; New Year, 2 ; Grey Momus, 3. Lonehand, Baron, Te Whetu, Gatch’em, Chandler, Sunray, Skylark also ran. Maiden Steeplechase of 100 sova; 2h miles.; —Mount, 1 ; A.G.,2; Dhudeen, 3~ Raven, Dew, Sunray, and Parikorouga also ran.

« 3 rand Stand Steeplechase.—Douglas’ ron,l ; Douglas’ A.'G., 2. Te Whetu and Grey Momus also ran. Consolation Stakes. —New Year, 1 ; Chandler, 2 ; Lonehand, 3. Grey Momus also ran. QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY DUNEDIN MEETING. Ddnedin, Yesterday. The D.J. C. Queen’s Birthday meeting was well attended, and fine weather favored the meeting. The principal race of the day was the Buthday Handicap, and a grand race ensued between Sir Modred and the Envy filly, the former’s victory being very popular. Three totalisators did a good business. The police did not interfere with sweeps. The results were—

Handicap Hurdle Race. Robin Hood, 1; Little John, 2; Mokarakara, 3. Haricot, Wild Boy, Cloud, Ploughboy also ran. Cloud fell at one of the hurdles, and was killed, his jockey escaping unhurt Maiden Plate.—Legerdemain, 1; Te Ata, 2; Aurora, 3. Clinkarina and Spray also ran. < Birthday Handicap.—Sir Modred, 1; Envy filly, 2; Poet, 3. Adamant and .Legerdemain also started. Trotting Race.—Randall, 1. Novel Bach.—Jasper, 1; Eugenie, 2. There were nine starters. Tkadesmen's Handicap. Luna, 1 ; Envy filly, 2. The Poet, Whitbaoh, Legerdemain, Redcliffe, and Eugenie also ran. Consolation Handicap.—The Poet, 1. Five started.

ADELAIDE BIRTHDAY CUP. [by cable.] Adelaide, Yesterday. The Adelaide Birthday Cup of 1,000 ■ovs was won by Darebin (by the Peer— Lurline), Crystal (by Blue Gown—lthica), second, and Topaz third. Fifteen started, and Mr Dakin’s colt won by a length and a quarter.

THE EPSOM DERBY. [by cable.] London, May 24. The Derby was run at Epsom to-day, and resulted as follows: Shotover 1 Quicklime 2 Sachem 3

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SPORTING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 645, 25 May 1882

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SPORTING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 645, 25 May 1882

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