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The first day of the Ashburfcon Racing Club's Autumn Meeting waa marked by warm cloudy weather, the Canterbury "nor-wester" mitigating the cold of early winter. The attendance was very fair even m the early party of the afternoon, and included a number of sporting enthusiasts from Cbristohnvch and from all parts of the county, Amongst those present were noticed Mr T. Davey, M.H.R., Mr L. C. Hoo'-Williams, Mr Y. Campbell, and a large contingent of well-known Ashburton sportsman. The various events ware got off well to time, ihe racing be ng m some instances extremely interesting. As Ihe afternoon wore on the.snn shono forth, and the attendance improved greatly. The Ashburton County Brass Band was m attendance, and enlivened the proceedings with appropriate music. The double event totalisator was fairly well patronised, £100 being invested. There were two tickets taken on the winning combination (Ulanburn and Vardo),+hedivideud being .£BS 10s. Following are results up to the time of our go;Dg to press:— LoNGBEACH HACK HANDICAP, of 25 SOYS; second horse 5 soys from the stake. Six furlongs. 51 Mr G. G. Holmes' oh f Blythemaid, by Clanranald—Blytheside, 3yr5,9.4 (R. King) 1 13 Mr M. Kerr's eh g Bombastep, 4yrs, 8.3 (McCombe) 2 12 Mr J. Westerman's bra Melinda, 3yrs, 8,0 (E. Cox) 3 23 Guard of Honour 8.10,17 Somaroff 8.10, also started. Blythemaid led out at the start, followed by Melinda. Bombastes, who started badly, running last. At the bend Bombastes came up on the inside, rapidly reducing Blythemaid's lead, but was beaten by a length at the post. Time—l.l 7. Div—£2. Fairfield High Weight Handicap, of 40 soys; second horse 5 soys from the stake. One mile. j 18 Mr J. Baxter's m g, First Shot, by ! Armament — Flirt, aged, §%t, (L. Thompsbn) 1 11 Mr J. Frank's b g Kongoa, 6yrs, Bat 21b (P. Jones) 2 83 Mr C J Sloman's br mSaranges, 6yrs 9at 31b (D. Moraghan) 3 8 Lady Thelma, Bst, also started. First Shot was the fhst to show out, but wns promptly joined by Saranges m the first furlong, Rongoa two lengths behind, and Lady Thelma hopelossly left. At the hoir c turn the positions were the same, but nearing tho post First Shot had Saranges beaten, and won easily by a length ; Rongoa came up under the whip and beat Saranges for second place by a good length. Time—l.44 3-5. Div.—£s 14?. . Ashbubton Handicap, of SO soys; second horse 10 povs from the stake. One mile and throe furlongs. 12 Mr J. Y. McCraciien's eh g Clanburn, by Cknrauald — Lady Sookhurn, aged, 7st 91b (E.King) 1 G3 Mr J. C. N. Grigg's b h'Calibre, Syrs. Bst, 7!b (F. Jones) 2 32 Mr J. A. Holmes' br h Royal Crown, 4yrs, Bst 21b (including lOlbs pen-) alty) (J. McCombe) 3 69 Convoy 9stßlb, 31 Tirole 9st lib, 14 The Mohican 7st 131 b, 15 Stepdancer 7st 71b, 37 De La Rey 6st 91b also started. From a capital start Royal Crown and Clanburn were first to show ahead, followed by Tirole and Convoy. At the end of the first furlong Tirole took the lead, with Mohican second, and Convoy third, Stepdancer being lengths away m the rear. At five furlongs, Stepdancer caught the bunch, and positions changed rapidly till the home turn was reached. Calibre showed prominently on the outside, and fought out a splendid finish with Clanburn, being beaten by a long neck, Royal Crown two lengths away, third, Tirole and De La Rey fourth and fifth. Time—2min 21 l-sth sees. Diva—.£l7 8s and £1 2s. Lagmhor Plate Handicap, of 30 soys* second horse 5 soys from the stake. Five furloßgs. 96 Messrs Solomon and Harriß* brf Vardo, by Finland—Neroli, 2yrs, 7st 31b (G. Carruthers) 1 21 Mr E. Longley's b g Mango, 3yrs, 7st 111 b (R. Kin?) 2 34 Mr J. R. McKenzie's eh c Canada, 2yrs 7st 61b (F. Jones) 3 29 Blue Stocking, Bst 71b, 10 Mauserine, Bst 71b, also started. Mango and Canada showed prominently at the start, Mauserine being badly left. After half the distance had been oovered, Blue Stocking was beateu, and the three placed horses fought out the finish, Vardo eventually winning by over three lengths, a close finish between second and third, lime—l.l 3-5. Div—^l 14s. Mslißosb Trot Handicap, of 35 sovsj second horse 5 soys from the stake. One mile. 72 Mrs J. Smith's b f Traoeywood, by General Tracey—Fanny wood, 3yrs, 21secs ... .. (J. Smith) 1 25 Mr J A Buckland's b g Verax, 6yrs, 2secs ... ... (C Piper) 2 12 Mr J McAuliffe's b m Mist, aged, 20sc (J McMillan) 3 12 Prince Henry 15secs, 12 Little Jimmy 17secs, 14 Thunderbolt 25secs, and 19 Aborfeldy 27secs, also started. Traceywood took the lead after two furlongs had been covered,audeventually won easily by over a chain. Time—2.33 3-ssec. Divs— £l 10s and £1 10s. Trial Handicap, of 25 soys ; second horee 5 soys from the stake. Six furlongs. 33 Mr H. J. Pick's b g Boisterous, by Euroolydon—Yaultrese, 4yrs, 7st (J. Pine) 1 32 Mr J. Meikle's eh g Grosvenor, 4yrs, 7st 71b, (E. Cox) 2 19 Mr W. Griffin's eh m Conqueress, 3yrs, 7st (F. Raymond) 3 70 Narrangarie Bsfc, 8 Hearfcfeldt 7sfc, 10 Boscastle 6st 71b, also started. Conqueress led from the start, followed by Boscastle and Boisterous m that order. At the bend the field were bunched, and boisterous eventually won by over a length, two lengths separating second and third. Time—l.l 72-5. Dividend— £4> 12s.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6567, 11 May 1905

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FIRST DAY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6567, 11 May 1905