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Ashburton Racing Club.

♦ * The annual meeting of the Ashburton Racing Club was held on Saturday evening at the Club room, Commercial Hotel. There was a good attendance. Mr C..W. Purnell occupied the chair. The report of the Committee was read as follows:— AUNUAt KBPOBT, 1889-90. In submitting their report for the last season, your Committee nave tocongratulate the Club upon the success of the past season. The total receipts amounted to £1385 2s 4d, compared with £1340 17s 2d the the previous season ; and the expenditure to £1394 14s lOd, compared with £1251 4s 9d the previous season. The principal items of receipts and expenditure in the two seasons compare as under : — RECEIPTS.

The decrease in the amount received in fees from owners is due to the Committee having materially reduced the fees for nomination and acceptance. There was also a falling off in the number of entries owing to the small, number of horses of three years old and\upwards intrainingin Canterbury during the season. Good fields, however, started for ,the various races, and the racing was better than has been seen here" for some years. The attendance of the public has shown a slight improvement, and the returns from the tofcalisafcorshowa very satisfactory increase. There has been an increase in the membership, but it is still far. short of what it should be in such a district a 8 this. A substantial increase in the amount of stakes was made; and the southern boundary for the district races was, after a conference with the South Canterbury Jockey Club, extended to the river Waitaki—a step which, while reciprocating with the South Canterbury Jockey Club,, imparted more interest to the races corifined to district horses. The sum of £194 11s 6d has been expended upon permanent improvements. It is hoped that shortly the erection of a new Grand Stand may be undertaken, and when this is done the Club will be relieved from the heavy drain upon their resources, nearly £200 a year, to which it has been subjected during the past few years on this account. A plough training track is in course of formation on Mr Tucker's property (late Qufll's), at Allenton. This has been taken for the benefit of owners ?|and trainers in the district, and it is hoped that they will recognize the desire of the Club to assist them in this respect, and give the Club a cordial support. The Committee anticipate, however, that the track will entail some expense upon the Club. The Committee have had the rules of the Club under consideration, and a revised code will be submitted to this meeting. The balance sheet was also submitted. A sum of £10 is at the credit of the Club's Distressed Jockey's Fund. All fines imposed on jockeys at race meetings of the Club are applied to this fund. After some of the figures had been explained, the adoption of the report and balance sheet was moved by Mr Purnell, seconded by Mr Hugo Friedlander, and carried unanimously. Six new members were balloted for and elected. The revised rules were submitted, and considered seriatim. Some further slight alterations were made, and the code adopted as amended. The question of printing the rules was left to the incoming Committee. The following officers for the ensuing year were elected :—President—Mr E. G. Wright; Vice-President—Mr John Grigg; Stewards—Messrs Crisp, Denshire, Hugo Friedlander, J. C. N. Grigg, T. Leahy, W. M. Lyttelton, and J. M. Tweed; Judge—Mr M. Stitt; Treasurer—Mr D. Thomas ; Clerk of Scales—Mr R. Friedlander ; Committee—Messrs Crisp, Denshire, Hugo Friedlander, R. Friedlander, T. Leahy, R. McOwen, C. W. Purnell, W. Rollitfc, E. Saunders, M. Scott and J. M. Tweed. (Messrs Stitt, Thomas and Purnell are Stewards, and Mr Thomas & member of Committee ex officio). . Mr H. Friedlander moved a vote of thanks to the Chairman of Committee, Mr C, W, Purnell, for the manner in which he had conducted the many meetings held during the year. The vote was carried by acclamation, arid briefly acknowledged by the Chairman. The Chairman moved and Mr R. Friedlander seconded a vote of thanks to Messrs Crisp and Denshire and Dr. Leahy for acting as handicappers at the Spring Meeting, when there was a difficulty as to obtaining a suitable handicapper. This was carried unanimously, and reference was made to fche very satisfactory mariner in which Mr J. Oresswell had discharged the duties of Handicappea at the Autumn Meeting. A vote of thanks to the outgoing Committee and Stewards was moved by Mr F. Russell, seconded by Mr W. Rollitt, and carried unanimously.

At a meeting of the Committee held at the close of the general meeting Mr Purnell was re-elected Chairman, and the date for the ensuing Spring race meeting was fixed for Wednesday and Thursday, November 19 and 20.

£ a d £ a d Nonrination,Entry and Aocepfcance Fees 301 10 0 Privileges (includGates and Cards. 283 18 1 Selling Races ... 86 0 0 Totalisator ... 631 4 3 Rents 65 5 0 Members' Subscriptions ... 54 12 0 378 15 0 248 1 2 99 5 0 481 16 0 85 0 0 47 5 0 EXPENDITURE. £ -s d Stakes ... .:. 895 0 <) Course and Buildings 194 11 6 Wages and Labor 103 9 6 Adrertising and Printing ... 91 4 7 Chareea 83 12 9 '£ s d 820 0 0 192 13 4 134 9 8 77 7' '9 67 14 0

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Ashburton Racing Club., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2448, 23 June 1890

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Ashburton Racing Club. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2448, 23 June 1890

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