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TIMARU STEEPLECHASES. This meeting came off yesterday. The weather was dull during the early part of the day, and later on it rained heavily. There were about 800 persons present. The racing was fairly good, but “ spills ” were the order of the day. We append details :

The Steeplechase Cup, of 120 sovs. Three miles.

Mr Pilbrow’s Clarence, 12st 111 b (Limn) 1 Mr D. O’Brien’s Katerfelto, lOst 121 b (Clifford) 2 Mr Douglas’ Baron, lOst 121 b (Heaton) 3 Mr Butler’s Quamby, list; Mr Jones’ Young Sledmere, lOst 121 b; and Mr Muir’s Why Not, lOst 101 b, also started. Betting—ls to 10 agst Clarence, 5 to 2 agst Katerfelto, 3 to 1 agst Quamby, 4 to 1 about the rest. It was a magnificent race between the three placed. The other three not getting once round. Quamby fell badly at the first fence, and this apparently disheartened him, as he refused several fences, and then stuck up at the road, and when he came down again his rider managed to get him over the road double, into the course again just as the race was finished. Why Not and Young Sledmere went pretty well until reaching the first road rouble, and they then stuck up for a long time, gradually making their way until getting into the return double, and then it was time to come home. Baron led off, followed by Katerfelto and Why Not, with Clarence fourth. Yeung Sledmere baulked at the first jump, and Quamby fell. Thence they came past the post all right, but at the first jump into the road, after Baron and Katerfelto got over, Clarence and the rest baulked, Quamby coming down again. Baron, Katerfelto, and Clarence then went very straight for the next round in that order between the stand and the road. Next time Katerfelto took the lead from Baron, who leapt over the two road doubles. In the course again, Clarence went up and had the lead at the artificial double. Here all three were close together, and all came to grief at once. Baron was first away, but he had had enough, and Clarence and Katerfelto let out till the former secured the lead, and then they came in quietly, Clarence winning by about four lengths, Baron being j ust at the rails. There were L 224 in the totalisator, 69 on Clarence.

Maiden Steeplechase Handicap of 50 sovs. Two and a half miles. Mr Armitage’s Black Doctor, list 121 b (Nichols) 1 Mr Reeves’ Overdraft ... ... ... 2 Mr Pilbrow’s Canard ... ... ... 3 Mr Jones’ Gang Awa, Mr Adam’s Coscuisko, and Mr Friedlander’s Moltke also started. Betting—2 to 1 on the field. This was a very poor race, although full of exciting incidents. Black Doctor was the only one to get round the course. The others made amusing exhibitions of themselves, and Overdraft and Moltke, who were going well with a long lead of everything, came down badly at the double on the course, and both went away. The former fell first, right in front of Moltke, and brought him down. Kelly, the rider of Moltke, was considerably shaken, and had to be assisted from the course. The winner baulked only once, otherwise going well, being carefully ridden by Nichols. There were L 76 on the totalisator, only L 4 being on the winner.

Tally-Ho Handicap of 75 aovs, with a sweep of 2 sova each for (five) acceptors to go to the second horse. Distance about two and a half miles. Mr J. Pilbrow’s Clarence, 12st 12lb (H. Lunn) 1 Mr D. O’Brien’s Trovatore, 10st 51b (Cotton) 2 Mr W. Douglas’ A.G., lOst 7lb (Heaton) 3 Why Not (lOst s£lbs) and Young Sledmere (lOst 131bs), also started. Clarence had slightly the call of Trovatore in the betting, and won by almost a length, not making a single mistake. Why Not refused at the second double. Consolation Handicap of 40 sovs. Two miles. Mr W. de G. Reeves’Overdraft, list 101 b (Armstrong) 1 Mr O’Brien’s Trovatore, list 51b (Cotton) 2 Mr Douglas’ Baron, list 121 b (Lyford) 3 Gang Awa (lOst 131 b) also started. This was a good race, the three horses placed going in fine style all the way. A Selling Hack (flat) Race was won by Mr Lawson’s Sandy, beating three others.

WAIMATE STEEPLECHASES. [by telegraph.] Waimate, To-day. The following are the nominations and weights for the above Steeplechases;— The Cup.—Black Doctor, Little John, Baron, A. G., Overdraft, Kosciusko, Clarence, Why Not, Quamby, Mokarakara.

Maiden Plate. —Gang Awa, Lubra, Black Doctor, A. G., Overdraft. Handicap.—Clarence, 12st 121 b; Baron, lOst 101 b; Canard, lOst 81b; Quamby, lOst 81b ; Little John, lOst 81b; Mokarakara, lOst 81b; A. G., lOst 4lb; Why Not, lOst 41b ; Kosciusko, lOst 41b ; Young Sledmere, lOst.

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SPORTING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 652, 2 June 1882

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SPORTING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 652, 2 June 1882

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