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The annual steeplechase meeting of the Ashburton County Hunt Club t;akes place to-morrow (Wednesday) at the Ashburton Biacecourse. A large' number of hunters and other horses m the district, and several from Christchurch, Timaru, and Dunedin have accepted, and there is every prospect of a very interesting day's sport. His Worship the Mayor has proclaimed a half-holiday, and accordingly the principal places of business m the town will be closed from noon. , The .meeting has become the recognised conclusion to the hunting season, and is always a pleasant gathering, being of a purely sporting oharacter, and promoted for the benefit of the " sport of kings," which is provided m such good style by tWe local pack. During the last year or two hunting has greatly increased m popularity m this county, and to-morrow there will, no doubt, be a large attendance at the Racecourse. The first event, the Hunters' Hurdle Race, is set down for half-past twelve o'clock, and of the field of six Donnybrook will probably prove the winner. The principal race of the day, the Hunt Club Cup Stseplechase, comes next. Seven horses are colored on the card, and The Mount, Enterprise, and Morok may be placed m the order named. The Hack Race follows, entries closing on the course, and then the Maiden Steeplechase with eight entries comes on for decision, and Glen, being the best weight carrier of the lot, shall have our vote. The Ladies' Bracelet is the next event, with the good field of ten, and Aye look upon Rob Roy or Sorella as being most likely to secure the trophies for their lady nominators. . A Consolation Steeplechase will terminate the proceedings. The racecourse is m good prder, and the fences are of fair hunting dimensions, and so placed that the whole of them can be seen from the grand stand. Only a fine day is wanted to ensure a most successful and pleasant meeting.

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SPORTING, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2483, 5 August 1890

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SPORTING Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2483, 5 August 1890

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