« ASHBURTON RAGING CLUB. A fully attended meeting of the Committee of the Ashbnrton BaologOlub was held on Saturday evening. After formal business had been transacted the Secretary reported that no reply had been received from the Canterbury Metropolitan Trotting Asaooia tion to a request for information respecting a notioe whioh appeared m a Obriet church weekly paper of August 16, referring, this Olub among others "to rule 20 as amended" but respecting whioh no notification had been given. It appeared that at a meeting of the Association on Septeuibor 3, a rule numbered 20 bad been amended, and it was presumed that this was the rule referred to, although It did not exist at the time the notico to clubs was publi-hel. The rale as amended was to the effect that all trotting races held m Canterbury shall be run nnder the Assooiat'on's rples ; that all clubs whlbh h6ld trottiog races shall pay oertain subscriptions to the Association ; and that if any trotting race is run otherwise than under these rules, the horsos competing therein shall be permanently disqualified. It was the opinion of the Committee that the feeß and sub scriptipua sought to bo exacted by tho Association, besides further expense which would be entailed,, were extortionate m the case of the Ashburton Uaoing Olub, whioh included only one trot, and that for district horses ooly, m ewb of iti two meetings of the year. It was therefore resolved to strike out the trotting raoe from the programme for the ensuing spring meeting, and to notify thia to the Canterbury Jookey Club, requesting their approval of a consolation or other race being added to the programme, the conditions to be. m aocorrianoa with the rules of racing. Rule 19, of the Rules of Ridng, as ameoded, and whioh came into force on August Ist.— Specifying that if a horee rans In a race at any meeting not held under thu Jookey Club rules, suoh horse and hia owner, nominator, trainer, aud jookey shall be disqualified — and also the aunou-oemect that the Metropolitan Olnba will not recognise trotting or pony raolng were oonlldered In connection with the question, , aud were taken to mean that disqualification by tbe Metropolitan Olnb would follow those who took part In trotting raoes. The days of the Spring raoei were altered from Thorsday and Friday, October 17 and 18, to Wednesday and Thursday, October 18 and 17 ; acceptance* for the first days rmooa to be made on Saturday, Ootobor 12. The alterat'on from tha utiidiaoe dsya was made In oonsequenoa ot the Wednesday halfholiday, it being considered that business - plaoea could not bo expected to olose on thrSe aftrnaoue In tbe week, Messrs Crisp ani Donsalre and Dr ' Leahy were appointed handiosppero for tbe ensuing race meeting. The piogramme of the Spring meettog has been passed by the Committee ef the Canterbury Jookey Olub, and It Is not anticipated tbat any obj notion will be made to the alterations proposed at this meeting.
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