POINT TO POINT STEEPLECHASE
Tbo Point to Point Steeplechase, held nnder the atwploes of the Asbbarton Ooanty Hunt Olab, and which may now be considered an anrul event, oarae cff yesterday afternoon, over much the saino oonntry aa last ytar, starting below Elgin and finishing In Mr Huat'a paddock, Waknaul toad. The course -waa U\r average hunting country, three fields being In ce >p, tiro or three la slubble, one fallowed (very he wy and rough goln^) end thereat grass, Th) afternoon being beautifully fine there was a very large tarn out of spectator*. Theoonteit was very Interesting, the majority of the field keeping well together for moat of the journey, and Postboy's better condition and hla rider's excellent horsemanship enabling him to draw away from bla opponents in the last two fields and win a capital raoe. The following are vorae particulars of the raoo : — Point to Point Steeplechase, a sweepstake of 10s 6d bach, with a trophy added, Winner to receive trophy and 75 par cent of BTreep ; second horse to receive 25 per cent of tweep. For bona fide hunters, the property of and ridden by members of a teooguiaed Hunt Olab No weight under 12it. About four milei. Mr E. P, Chapman'* g g Postboy, aged (Mr hi. Saundere) 1 Mr F. P. Olarldge's b g Enooro, aged, (Owner) 2 Mr J. Oorbltt'o b g Captain, aged, (Owner) 3 Mr J. R. Oorrigan'o bk g Te Kootl, nged (Owner) 4 Mr C. Wynn Williams' oh m Industry, ■ged ... ..< ... (Owner) 5 Mr H, G. Moore's b g Larry, aged (Owner) 6 Mr A. I. Reid's b g SulUn, aged (Owner) 0 A good start wbb effected, and the field jumped the first fenoe in a duster. But the whole lot baulked at the seoond, an ngly gorae, off the ro»d. Te Kootl soon shewed the way over, and all followed safely except Postboy, who jumped unkindly and o»me dnwn, without, bowever, unseating his rider, a performancewhioh he repeated at the next fenca Soltan tho shewed a dislnollnatlon to jump, bnt after thean two fences had been left behind all took tholr fences well and there was a very pretty exhibition of jumping. Te Eootl made the running at a very fair pica, with Postboy, Sultan, Oiptaln and Encore close up, and Industry and L*rry not far away, this order being maintained with few changes till approach'ng the double across the side road, about half a mile below the winning post. Here Postboy went to the front, and was first over the fr nee Into the road, but refused the opposite fenoe and allowed Te Kooti to resume the lead. The grey*s stoppage was very short, Mr Saundera getting him over just in front of OaptaiD, who wia olosely succeeded by Encore, but Sultan also stopped at the seoond jump of thin double and comiog down at his next attempt took do farther part in the race, and Industry and Larry were by thia time tailed off. Te Kooli died away to a standstill from this point, and Postboy was first over the next fence, and drawing away from the beaten field jumped into tin winning fiald half a dozen lengths in advance of Captain, Encode end Te Kooli Ifroore, who made up a lot of ground in the laattwo paddooks made a run at the leader, tut failed to overtake him, Postboy winning by about s'x length*. Captain made a gallant effort for second place, but was beaten by a length by Enoore ; Te kooti was olose up, fourth ; Industry ten or a dozen lengths farther away was fifth, and Larry finished a creditable sixth. The distance traversed was olose upon four and a half miles, and considering that a fair race, for hunter?, was set, the facts that all the competitors were well togethei half a mile from the winning post, that the majority after posing 'he third fence accomplished the rest of the course without mistake, and that the only horse that failed to finish was with the front rank until his condition gave out, ray maoh for the men and horses that follow the Ashburton honnds.
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