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During the winter which is so slowlj passing away great changes have beet wrought m the Tinwald Domain. Th< Tinwald Jftaoing Club has become Buoh i well-established and prosperous institution that its members felt, warranted m endeavor ing to aeoure a permanent course on whioh tc hold their annual races. They were met m a friendly spirit by the Tinwald Domain Board, who granted them permission lor the formation of a racecourse m the Domain, the oontrol of the course to be vested m the Tinwald Racing Olub, who also obtained authority to make certain charges for admission on a s'atoi number of days m each year. Plans were prepared by Mr E. J. Fooks, and operations were at onoe commenced. The work was interrupted a great deal by the wet weather, and its completion delayed far beyond the time calculated upon, but the track is m so advanced a state that the next raoes held by the Olub, on New Year's Day, will take place on the new course, and unless the weather be very wet the going will be fairly good, and the horseß will have a better chance to show their best form than they had on the old oourse, where so many good days' sport has been witnessed. The new course, when fairly settled and graßßed, will be one of the best m the oountry. It is a few yards over a mile m oiroumf erenoe, a ohain wide all the way round, and nearly a dead level. The winning post is a few chains to tha left on entering the domain, and the straight on this side is lOohaiDS long. The turn at the town end ia of 9 ohaina radius ; and aloDg the back of the course, parallel with the Mount Somers railway line there ib a straight run of 8 chains m length. A turn of 8 ohains radius leads to a 5 ohains straight at the top end of the oourse, and a ourve of 9 ohains radius leads into the straight run for the winning poet. The judge's box is to be plaoed about a ohain from the begin, ing of the turn at the town end of the course, so that there is a straight run of 9 ohains for the finish of the races. It will thus be Been that while the carves are easy the course is by no moans cramped, and its width affords every security against aooident. The growth of the graßS has been checked by the cold weather, but it is now making good progress, and by New Year's Day the oourse will be covered by a nice sward. At the winning post a Btand is being erected with bar, secretary's, weighing and jockey's rooms underneath: It is intended to replace, this, when funds will permit, with a more com* modiouß etruoture, and to make provision for the shelter of horses engaged m tha races. At present the trees of the Domain afford better shelter than is to be found on many racecourses. Trees are to be planted between the railway line and the back of the oourse, and then there will be a baok-ground of trees all the way round. The Domain Board has taken steps to vio with the ABhbutton Domain m point of water. The creek which runs across the Domain has been temporarily diverted lrom its course, and a Bpaoe of three acres excavated and embanked, into whioh the creek will be turned to form a lake. This work has been done from the specifications and under the direction of Messrs Fooks and Bod, and wm form another of the adornments of the face of Nature for whioh the district has to thank the head of that firm. A profane racing man jumped to the conclusion that the lake was specially designed for the reception of " welshers," but we trust it will never be so desecrated, it is intended to stock the lake with suitable varieties of fish, and to ereot a fountain m the centre. The Domain Board (which is" identical m composition with the Tinwald Town Board) and the B&oing Club deserve credit for the public spirit whioh they have shown m carrying out these improvements at thin time Mr Mark Scott m particular, who ia a member of both bodies, has taken an aotive part m promoting and direoting the work. When everything ia complete, and the crop whioh is now on the ground ia followed by grass, the Tinwald Domain will be well worth a frequent visit, even from residents on this side of the river.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2016, 18 December 1888

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TINWALD DOMAIN AND RACECOURSE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2016, 18 December 1888