ASHBURTON COUNTY HUNT CLUB STEEPLECHASE MEETING.
Patrons— Hon John McLean, Matthew Stitt President — John Grigg Vice-presidents— G. H. Alington, W. B, Denshire, Dr Leahy, D. McLean W. C. Walker, M,H.R. Stewards : G. H. Alington J. C. N Grigg Dr Leahy John Corbitt J. Jackson H. G. Moore W. P. Chapman J. Jamison D, McKendry F, Russell Judge— M, Stitt. Starter— D. Thomas Clerk of the Course— A, Hewson Clerk of the Scales— A. J. Kelly Handicappers— J, Corbitt, Dr Leahy. M. Scott. The annual Steeplechase meeting of the Ojuncy Hunt Club was heldyaeterday at the Aahburton raosoourae. The weather was fine and the course In capital order, and there was a far larger attendftnoe than usual. Speoalatlou, too, was fairly brisk, and though a large amount mast have gone through 'ha walking totaliuatorß, the Bum of £803 passed through Messrs Mason aod Boberts' hands, and the Hunt Olub had for onoe a successful and profitable meeting. Mr H. Davis, Royal Hotel, had tho booths, m oonjuiiotlon with Me J. Rao^er, who supplied a good and well served luhcheon. great horde of "spielers" were oatslde of the paddcok, bat otherwise the meeting preset tod no fault to the k c test critic. The oontea's were as a rule close and interesting, and much bitter tban are Been at many a more pretentious meeting. The various officials, of whom the hon. ceo , Mr E. J. Fooka, deserves special mention, did their duty well, and the programme wai run through In good time. It may be suggested, however, that " post entry " re cos are somewhat out of place m these traes
The first event on the programme was the Hunters' Hurdle Race, for which Meads. Walreka, Cymaco and Captain wera nil wall backed. Meada wan at her boat and may be said to have won all the way, though gallant old Captain pressed h>c very bard for a far long or bo as the straight was entered* The hard-mouthed Walreka bolted ss soon aa the fltg felt, and could not be kept on the coarse, O^maro and Doubtful made very green essays, ai; the hurdles, The Hunt Olub Gap resa'tad ia a very easy victory for Lewis, whose ownar had been very load In hla complaints of the haodicappera* estimate of hla hor?e~or posy ai he might well be styled. Lewis nude bis own running and waa never headed from (allef fUgto finish. Much of the credit rf his victory was due to the finished horsemanship of Mr E. Saunders. Horso and rider reoelvod hearty cheers at "weight" was pronounced. Mr George Murray-Aynslev made a wondeifal ro mount after being thrown by Juggler, »nd at one point of the raoe looked like winning. Bkokbird refused to rise to the sod wall the second time round and fell upon hla rider J. Smith, bruising him somewhat severely. Kearney also got a severe shaking at the same obstacle In the first round, Sykea waa brought down from Rlcoatton as a moral for the Hack Raoe, but ran a perfect brute, and was beaten a longth by the little fancied though well-bred Audrey. Glen was considered a moral for the Maiden Steeplechase, but Moada was ai good as. any of them over the fenoea, and far faster on the nY,, and this useful mare won easily at the finish. Poatboy was made to obey the will of his rlior, and was close up with Meada at the laat fence, which he took sideways, the conßequenoa being an alarming looking fall, but rider «nd horse fortunately ©souped injary, Songster was favorite for the Lidiea* Bracelet, but Little Arthur took command of the field before half the distance hid been qovered, and won pretty comfortably by three lengths, the favorite being third, while Oymaro, who was hardly at his best, ocoupled the seoond place. The Sailing Hunters' Steeple chase resulted In another downfall of the favorite, Sfr John running off at the sod wall and finishing last, the victory resting with Brian Boru, .though bad Larry not run off at the treble he would probably have won. Details of the racing are as fallows after we went to press yeitßrdav : Maiden Stjsehlbohase Plate, of 7 15 soys ; the second horse to receive 3 aove from stake For qualified hunters, the property of m amber a of the Ashburton Oounty Huot Olob, that have never won an advertised steeplechase. Weight for age. Maiden riders allowed 71b, About two miles. 34 Mr A . MoLeod's b m Meada by Daniel O'Rourke, aged, list 3 h
(Bamber) 1 65 Mr G, Murray-Aynnley's b g Glen aged, 32it Sib (Mr A. G. Cox) 2 19 Mr H. G. Moore's blk g Fox, aged. 12at 31b (J. Worner) 3 23 Mr B. P. Chapman* b g Poatboy, aged, 12. t 31b (Mr BJ. Saunders) 0 Fox led over the first fence, at which Postboy baulked, bat wag soon got over. Meada then made the running to the treble where she refused, and Fox and Glen also refualng allowed Postboy to join them and the four got'over In close succession, Moada leading. At the six farloog post Fox took the lead, but at ' the watar jump Meada again assumed command. She was challenged at the bottom turn by Poßtboy, but raolng at the last fenoe the latter fell, and Meada waa left to oanter In first by a drzm lengths from Glen, who was a similar distance In front of Fox, Time, smio 21eeo. Dividend, £3 14s« The Ladjrs 1 Bracelet, a high-weight handlesp af 20 nova ; the first hone to repeive a b aoelet of the value of 15 bovh, tbe aeoond horse to receive a bracelet of the value of 5 aovs. Gentlemen riders. Maiden riders allowed lb. About two mllea on the flat. 34 Mrs MoLeod'a b g Little Arthur, by Jangler, aged, list (Mr J. Oorbltt) 1 36 Miaa Aehworth'a b g Oymaro, aged , 10at121b... (Mr R. McDonnell) 2 42 Mra B. Saundert. 1 br g Songster; 4 yrs, lOat 121 b IKM . __ _ (Mr F. P. Olarldge) 3 15 Mlna MoDonnell's oh g Walrekd, 67r B , 125t... (Mr J. R.Oorrlgan) 0 4 Miss Balfoor'a oh g Juggler, aged, list 41b (Mr G. Murray Aynaley) 0 8 M'O9 Grlgg'o b g Troopo?, 6 yre, lOat 121 b ... (Mt A. G. Cox) 0 1 M'sg OaldweU's blk g Blaok Douglas
Bgod, lOat 121 b (oarr lOat s!b), (Mr f, D.Lowe) 0 3 Mlsa Oiarldge'a b h V •cj'aroh, aged lOatlOlb (oarrll: V j, (Me VVi .i. ? T Olfirldge) 0 5 Mrs R J. Ford'eb g U/attefc-aged lOat 41b (Mr R. J. Ford) 0 15 Mrs Alexander's b g Lopear, 4 yra, WlOlb (Mfl.LewliJ 0 Walreltt, Little Aeihat sad Oyniio
drew a^ay from the fi aocn after the start, and were qniokly j lined hy Songeter, tha othors being out of it from the fall of tbeflig. Walreka was beaten after going a mile and a ha'f, and a (noltal raoe was won somewhat easily at tbe fialsh by LitUe Arthur by three lengihs from Ovrnaro, Songster being a good third, Walreka was fourth, eloso up, T.'mi, 3Tiln 52seo*. D vldend, £4 11«.
"ELLING HUVTERS' StRKPLEOHASB HAWdioap, of 10 soys. Wlnne? to be sold by anotlon immediately after tho raoe * amount realised above 15 soya to go to the funda of tbe Club. Maider. rtdera allowed 7ibs. About oae mile and a ha'f.
25 Me A. O. P. K-iyvatt'a c? g Brhn Born, by Papapa— QastWe, aged 12st (J Wo*ner) 1 5 Me E. J, Fooka' blk jz Blackbird
Rged, 12ii 7<b (Mr J R Oorrlgairi 2 14 Mp U.G. Moore's b g Larry, aged 12»t 5.b (Owner) 3 34 Mr T. Kearney's b g Sir Joba a?«d. 12sk s!b (MTr G. A.Danoan) 0 22 M> J. HißeMae'a eh g Ohabo Hoc 6^rs, ll B t7b (Rosb) 0
Te Kootl, 103t 71b, was scratched. All baulked daring the rues, aad Brian fiotu making the qafokest recovery from his mistakes nDd befog beat hsndled woo easily. Time, 4m ln 59jeos. Dividend, £3 12a. The wlnnor waa not aold.
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