SUTH KAKALA ANNUALSPORTS
Ihe annual Roxmg Day sports and r.ices wera he'd on tha Domain on Wednesday The weather was everything that could be doairod, nnd the heavy rail on Tv eday afternoon and eveni lg not only laid tho duet but gave the grass and clover a very freahappearcnoj. Every j'ear the Doimin gets more comfortab'o and tho trees now look well. The email lngoon, around wbioh willows have been planted, bai n very pleasing effect to the eye as seen from tha natural c;rand Rtand. The Matter haa botn e'earei of tussocks nnd tho white olovor wl'ich hss come on \v« 1!, roado it pleaßont to walk on. Th;) stand or hfll waß doted over with tents decorated wit i fla^a, &o ; besides this, throo lirge fl.ige and the gay dresses and bonnets of. tha ladies and children t;ave It a very bright and gay look. There was a consi :orable increase m the attendance tbh ' year, acd there must have been between cloven and twelve hundred present from all pirtß of the oounty, Christohu'cd, &o Tho Burnham Industrial School Br >sa Bond, m charge of Mr Crnzs, was on the ground and greatly added to the day's pletsuro. The boyß played wel 1 , and reflected great credit on their instructor ; richly did they deserve the praise they received from all. Mr Howell, of the Railway Hotel, had charge of ihe publican's booth, and himeelf and his assistants were kept pretty busy all day Mr Shellook, with several fair assistants, satisfied tho oraviogs of the hungry at the refreshment stall. There were several games of the usual nature and other amusements on the ground Mr Le Sear fas on the ground with his totalißator, but did not appear to be doing a roaring trade. The IJtawards ran off each race at its appointed hour this year, a great improvement oo last year's doings. Home of the offic ais worked hard, and used their be^t eudeavora to give satisfaction to tbe competitors and public, and deserve crcd t fot their efforts ; others simply loafed on the hill. The crowd was a most orderly one, and only m two or three instances had individuals ofer-indulged, and then not sufficiently to require any interferenos with.
A honse entered for several raceß under the name " Bob " was reoogniaed as the well known Foreßt King, and his owner was promptly called on for an explanation. This was readily given, the owner stating that he had purchased hi<n for a hack, and had no knowledge of his being Forest King or a horee thnt had either raced or won money. He withdrew him from running m tl c other racoa and thua aaved further trouble. Tho Stewards deserve praiße for noting so promptly m the matter ; the Bports are got up purely for a day'u district amusement amonget local horses, heooa the rule disqualifying a horse that has won over £10 m one event. During the afternoon the owner of •• Bob " fully eat-sfied himself that tho horße was real I j Foreßt King, and regrett( d that he had not been infoimed of it when he purchasod him from Mr M. Marloy ao a hack. Here ended Ih9 trouble, and it was the only little hitch on the ground. The day's amusement oono-uded about half past »ix, and m the evening there was a dance m tho Town Hall at which about 120 couples were present, besides a number of spectators. Mr D. Bruoo acted aa M.0. ; Mr Cox supplied the music, and Mr Shel'.ock had charge of the -refreabraenls. . Dancing was kept up till early, and all admitted that it had been, one of the best days amusement ever hold m Bafca a. The following is the result o£ the races and sports : —
fcIuRDLB Raoe, of 10 boys. over clx fl'ghte o/ hu'diso and two brush jumps, two miles, second horee 2 aova. Mr VV. Kirr's b g Roy, 6yre 12st 7bs MFF; Ru-Baeir« blkg Lord^urTetrj"; *■ 6yral2at7ibs ... ... (Owner) 2 Mr T. Dowlina'a b g Bob, aged 12st 7iba ... ... . ff (E/Mea'd) 8 Marmlon and Barney were scratched. The raoe was a good one, the three keeping well together for three quartera of a mile when Bjb lost his chance by getting round his hurdle. Roy was the winner by a length.
Flying Stakes, of lOaova] about threequartera of a mile, second horee 2 aova. Me W. Kerr'a br m Zealot, syrs 12it 7iba , (t Watts) 1 Me T. Alexander'/! bk g Dark Days' __ ,12at (R filler) 2 MrM. Olark'a b m Lotto, syra 12st 7'ba ... .„ m a y Smith) 3 Viper and Nap also ran, Nga|» uhould have done ao but her owner was not np »o time and a start was made without her. This waa regretted bud the owner himself waa to blame. The raoe waa a good one bnt Zealot proved herself too good for her company.
Ladibs JPorsb, of 10 Boys ; 1£ miles, second horpe 3 nova, * Mrs W. Kerr'a br m 3ealot, 12,t ?lb
Miaa Lalng'a br m Ngala, 12st 7ib-< (J. Storry) 2 Mfss Paraoli's b m Mookery, 12it 7lb
(O. Ohafctera) 3 Bob was withdrawn. Lord Burlelch also ran.
Handicap Saddle Trot, ol 10 bovb, Three miles (distance behind toratoh) BeooDd horae 2 soys. Mr Baxter's gr g Oar Pony, fiyro, Boratob, J2at fib tf . fj. StorryJ 1 Mr T. HIII'b blk g Star of Honor, syrr, 200 yds, 12it 71b ... (B. Metdj 2 Mrliamont's b m Judy, aged. 100 yds ,A 2s , t7 £ ••: "• < w> Dlxon > 3 Rakala Maori was Bcratchfd. Bonny Blaok Beas, Irish Kato, Tommy anJ Polly alao raa. Oar Pony wna In grand condition and was splepdldly ridden throughout by Mr Storry. Jt wbb quite evident from the start that bar accidents thore waa no ohanoe of him being oaugbt, still, bad there been a bolter dlaplay of riding on the part of the others, the finfah might hava deen a little oleoer, Polly's rider thought he waa riding over weight ao he took rff hla boota to reduce It. If he did nothing else he teemed to amuse the spectators and erj >y his ride. The winner gained a rou»1 on him pretty qalokly and it la reported that a gentleman thought PoUy wan ahead and then baoked her to win.
Fabmer'B Plate, of 10 aovfl. One and a half miles. Second 2 bovb. Mr W. Korr's hr m Zoalot, syrs. 12Bfc 71b rp. Watts) 1 Mr W^Dlxon's b g Nap, 6yrs, 12at7ib „ t -n (Owner) 2 Mr J. F»tteraon'a b g Mockery, 6?™, 12ot 71b (0. Chatters) 3 Mormlon was Borntohed; Viper also ran. Hurry £ooery, a sweep stake of lQi each, with I soy added. About three
._ i> v " t0 " ofa wile. Oatoh weights Mr W. Kerr'a b m Sorella (P. Miller) 1 Mr M. Olark'e b m Lotto (T. Daly) 2 Six horßoa started, and the raoe was a good one throughout.
Tilting at Bings. Sliver onp given by Wood, Shand and 00. firat prize ; 12? 6d second prise. fl. Primmer ttt \ 8. Alexander g There were five competitor*, «nd the tilting was bad ail through. The rou^hness of the gtonnd was Ip some measure the oauee of it.
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SUTH KAKALA ANNUALSPORTS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2023, 28 December 1888
SUTH KAKALA ANNUALSPORTS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2023, 28 December 1888
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