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Young Caßtlcreagh,; by Lord Castlejeagh, dam Bonnie Doon (imp,)—entered by Mr George Tait —was the first to catch the eye of the visitor. The horse was m the pink of condition, and did hdiior both to his stable and his breeding. Bred by Mathewa of Temuka, and sired by Lord Castlereagh, out of Bonnie Doon, a well Itnown winner at Tunaru, the horse's history is all right, and as lie has never done any show work, and this is his first season travelling some attention was paid to him. In color he is a fine dark dapple hay, rising nine, standing 16 hands, and showing fair quality. A big horse m substance and bone, right m legs and hair, a fine barrel, well topped and good forward. Head well set with eyes wide apart, and these good, his whole brain and eye indicating good temper and intelligence. He should be a popular sire m the district, and if his record bears out his ,promise, he will deserve his popularity. Young Taieri Tom by Taieri Tom, dam Dot H.—entered by Mr D. Thomas, stood second on the card. He is a bright bay, with white points, and stands over sixteen hands. Only four years old, ho has already scored m the show ring, and has two Christchurch firsts to his credit. A tidy'horse that ought to get foals of tjhe right stamp, and if retained m the district will be an acquisition. Prince Imperial —by Royal Conqueror, dam Kate, by Major (imp.)—did no disgrace to his owner Mr J. O'iShea. The Prince is rising four, and is an improvement'upon his sire, both m color and m every other way, while his grooming was as usual with Mr O'Shea's horses m the ring—perfect. Conqueror and Athelstane—both by Lord Salisbury, the former out of Scotch Annie and the latter out of Nellie Ivanhoe—were the entries of, Mr T. Langley. Both of these sires have eomo under our notice before m the Ashburton ring, and on this occasion they merited again the good opinion won by them on previous Appearances. Conqueror had met with a slight accident, from getting foul of his tether rope, and got a slight scratch on his leg m consequence, but it was too slight to affect him m the least, and he looked, better m the yard and the ring than wo have ever seen him. Conqueror had a popular season last year, m. fact more than would have been wise to ask him to do, had every visitor been accepted, ■ and Athelstane, who held his levees at home, was also well visited. This season, however, Athelstane will travel. Diplomacy•—by Lord Beaconsfield, dam, Pleasant, by Prince Charlie ; and Young" New Style- by New Style, out of a Glenroy mare—were Mr D. McKendry's entries. Diplomacy, however, did not put m an appearance, for some reason or other, but the bright bay of New Style showed out well. He is a solid young horse, with many good qualities, and is no disgrace to his popular and enterprising owner. Kelvin —by Prince Royal, dam a Napoleon mare—was of course Mr John Gilmour's entry. Need we add one encomium more ft> Kelvin's many recorded compliments. He waa shown m good condition, as half an eye could see, and the horse himself waa his own recommendation. Vanquisher—by Vanquisher, dam a Prince Royal Marc—was again Mr John Small's entry. This scion of Tai-tapu blood has not, during the past two seasons, looked 60 well as we, who admire the horse, would have liked him to look ; but m the ring on this occasion he showed a horse we are proud of, and the few little deficiencies we expected to see had wholly disappeared, to our delight and the delight of all who know him. Should he take the ring this year m the show season, Vanquisher will fee hard to beat. Sir Archibald —entered by Mr C. Baylis —came as an extra entry. We fancied we had seen the dark bay before, although no pedigree was given on the cards to refresh our memory. But we fancy that two years ago he travelled this district. Of his record we have never been informed. He looked well enough, but having warmed himself a bit he was m a profuse lather of sweat when our reporter saw him. Still, he looked a fair horse.

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DRAUGHTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2535, 4 October 1890

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DRAUGHTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2535, 4 October 1890