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The Sporting Editor of tbe " Lyttelton Times." writes as follows on the above satJHOt :— The Stewards of the Ashburton Trideomen'a Basing Club have probably realised tbat their iffise is no sineoare. At their .rabe mooting ou Thursday last they had to deal with no less thao three obj9otlons, and it is a particularly pleasing duty to commend the tact and business- * like manner with whioh they discharged th'jir onairoos duties. The first objection was against Kimberley, who was not content to win tbe Ashburton Plate, as he might hava donp, by two or three lengths, bat bored noroaa Qiibble m the straight, and ultimately took up his opponent's ground next the rails. This only Involved a qiastiau of fao , and tbe evldeooe was so anmlsfctkeable f hat the Stewards promptly awarded tha stikes to Qiibble. The next question was rather more difficult, and its duolaion will constitute an Important precedent. Z alot won the Lidies' Bracelet very comfortably from the favorite, Sir J alias, bat tbe owner of the latter horie objected thit the winner had taken part m an unregistered meeting at Rakala on ihs previous day. It seems that last year the programme of the Rakaia Meeting, a mixed »&At of sports and horse races, wai submitted to tbe Committee of tbe 0 JO., and a reply was returned that as no totaHsitor was to be used at the meeting, the approval of the Metropolitan Club was not require J. Tais year a similar programme was prepared, and as it was not intended to employ a toiaHsator, there was no communication with the Metropolitan authorities. A few days before the . meeting, however, arrangements were made tot the.uae of a tota'.isator, and the ; machine was actualy worked on the ground. The Stewards of the Asbburton i Meeting were asked to deoide if Zaalot i was disqualified nnder the rules by having | run at Kakata, but they very properly referrad the whole quesvion to the Metro--1 politan Oinb, and there the matter stands ' at present. In the very next race Sir Julius was first past the post, but the i owners of the second horse objected that , he had not oarried the 7ib?, J penalty pro* vided for the winner of the Ladles r Braoe- , let ; and as the rules state tbat " when i any raoe (■ la dispute, both the horse that i ajame m firat and acy. horse claiming the 1 race shall be liable to all the penalties attaoblng to the winner of that r«oa till the | matter Is deoided," the Stewards could 1 only uphold the objeotlon and award the [ a'akes to the second ho' 69. *It is nafor- \ tuoate foe the Olub that occasions for . these objections sbonld have arisen, but L the officials made tbe very best of the , olrcuoastsnoß prompt and accurate 1 decisions. , * ■ . *

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2031, 8 January 1889

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THE PROTESTS AT THE TRADESMEN'S RACES Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2031, 8 January 1889