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The annual sports and races held under the au3pices of the Ohectsey Sports and Rasing Club wore held yesterday m the local Domain under the most favourable cirouinstances. The weathw was all thar, could bo desirod and Sh« attendance was the largest yetjattained. Last year, the gate money amounted to .£27, while this year th« takings were M 2 Bs, which sum is one of the largest that has beeu taken at any country Racing Clubs' fixture m this county. The officials, ono and all, acquitted themselves m a manner that left nothing to be desired, and, and special mention is due to the Secretary (Mr Alex Ironside) and Mr W, H. Dunstan to whose efforts the success of the- meeting iB largely due. Mr E. F. Hughes, of Ashburton had charge of tho rafreshmenfc booth, while Mr B. P. March, of the Chertsey Hotel, provided the Committee and officials with an excellent luncheon on his premises. The Burnbam Brass Baud provided music during the day. In the evening a dance was held m the schoolroom, at which there was a large attendance Among the numerous visitors present 1 were—Messrs John McLachlan, M.H.&., and C. A. C. Hardy, M.H.R. The following are results :— Farmers' Plate Handicap, of 11 soys; second horse 1 soy. from stake. Six furlongs. Mr W. McAnulty's b g Wissembourg, syrs, 10.7 ... ... (W. Fox) 1 Mr H J. Pick's b g Boisterous, 4yrs, 9.9 (W. Shaw( 2 There were five other starters. The field were despatched on even terms. Wissembourg and Boisterous took up the running m the order named, and maintheir positions to the finish, Wissembourg winning by a length, Silver King, whose run m the straight was somewhat interfered with, being a head away third. A protest was entered against the winner by the owner of the second horse for jostling, but it was disallowed. Time—l.l9a. Saddle or Harness Trot Handicap, of 11 soys; second horse 1 soy from the stake. 1£ miles. Mr J. Smith's b m Traceywood, 3yrs 13secs ... ... (Owner) 1 Mr J. Brankin's eh g Longfellow, aged 17secs .. .. (Owner) 2 Mr J. McGrirr's br g Pierre, aged, 17secs (Owner) 3 Traceywood soon got into the lead, and trotting m fine style, won by half-a-dozen lengths. Time—4.9. Chbrtsey Cup, of 15 soys ; second horse *• soy. from the stake. 1£ miles. Mr H. T. Smith's g g Silver King, 4yr3 10.4 ... ... (Owner) 1 Mr J. Baxter's m g First Shot, aged, 10.9 .. .. (J. Burt) 2 Mr W. J. Carleton's b m Thelma, syrs, 10.0 .. .. (Owner) 3 Coalgate also started. Silver King jumped off m the lead, and was never headed, winning by a couple of lengths; a half length separating second and third horses. A protest was entered by the owner of First Shot, on the ground of inconsistent running. After considering the matter, the Committee disallowed the protest. Time— Saddle or Harness Trot Handicap, of 15 soys; second horse 3 soys from the stake. 2 miles. Mr J. Brankin's eh g Longfellow, 27secs (Owner) 1 Mr GL T. Smith's eh g Opposition, aged 22secs .. .. (Owner) 2 Mr W. A. Strachan's blk g Black Patch, aged, 17seca .. (Morland) 3 Longfellow won easily, a good race for second place. Time—s.34. Hack Ea.ce, of 6 soys; second horse 1 eov ! from the stake. Four furlongs. Mr A. Ireland's Corindier, 10.13 (Shaw) 1 ;Mr G. McGrirr's Maud, 9.7 (Owner) 2 Mr A. Selwyn's Heartfeldt, 9.13 ... 3 Won comfortably by half a length. Time—s7secs. Htjrry Scurry, sweepstake of 10s each I horse with 1 soy. added. Winner of ' any previous event net allowed to compete. Catch weights. 5£- furlongs. Mr C. Ireland's Every Man ... ... 1 Mr D. Fergus' Silver Finch ... ... 2 Won by half a head.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6553, 25 April 1905

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ANNUAL MEETING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6553, 25 April 1905