The weather at the Opening of to-day's racing was an unpleasant contrast to that of the previous day, and the cloudy, wet weather had a very unfavourable effect upon the attendance. Later m the afternoon the weather, and consequently the attendance improved. The County Brass Band was again m attendance. i Following are results up to the time of our going to press :— Moketon Farm Hack Handicap, of 25 soys; second horse 5 soys from the stake, Five furlonge. 19 Mr D. Roberts' eh g Somaroff, StepIgg&niak—Argon, 3yrs, Bst 61b (L. Thompson) 1 26 Mr J. Weaterman's b f Melinda, 3yrs, 7st 131 b (E. Cox) 2 26 Mr M. Kerr's eh g Bombastes, 4yrs, Bst 41b (J. McCorabe) 3 19 Black Tracker 9st lib, 14 Guard of Honour Bst 121 b, 31 Bayonet Bst 71b, 9 Conqueress 7st lib, also started. At the start Black Tracker dashed to the front, and led the field by a length, Melmda showing last of the bunch. Noaring the bend Black Tracker dropped back, and Somaroff forged ahead, eventually winning handily by three lengths. Time—lmin 4 2-sth sees. Diva.—£s 2s and .£143. Winchjiore Welter Handicap, of 40 soys; second horao 5 soys from the stake. Seven furlongs. 23 Mr D. E. Lewis's eh g Grand March, j by Grand Cross, 4yre, Bst (J. McCombe) 1 26 Mr J. Baxter's m g First Shot, aged Bst7lb (L. Thompson) 2 31 Mr C. J. Sloman'3 brm Saranges, 6yra, Bst 13lb (F. Jones) 3 53 Antigone, Bst 121 b, 19 Nance O'Neill, Bst 61b, also started. First Shot was first away, followed closely by Grand March. Nearing the bend Saranges came very fast, and led from Grand March, First Shot running third. Coming up tha straight Saranges tired, and fell back. Nearing the post First Shot made a splendid effort, being beaten only by a neck. There was a good contest for third place between Saranges and Nance O'Neill. Time—l.33. Dividend —£5 18s.
Autumn Handicap, of 65 soya; second horse 5 soys from the stake. One mile. 45 Mr J. C. N. Grigg'a b h, Calibre, by Light Artillery—Sunningdale, 6yrß,Bstlllb (F.Jones) 1 35 Mr G. P. Payne's oh g Tirole, 6yrs, 9st 41b (L. King) 2 112 Royal Crown, Bst 2lb, 11 Lady Lyonors, 7st 31b, 33 De la Eey, 6st 91b, also started. From a splendid start, Lady Lyonors led out attended by Tirole and Calibre. At the bend the horses were fairly bunched, but coming up the straight Tirole looked a winner, closely attended by Calibre. De la Rey, however, made a splendid run from the back, on the outside, and won by half a length, a similar distance separating second and third. Time—l.44 2-5. Div— M 12s. A meeting of stewards was held Jto enquire into De la Ray's running, it being alleged that he crossed m the straight. It wa3 decided to disqualify De la Rey, the result being as shown. Mount Somebs Wedtkr Handicap, of 25 soys ; second horse 5 soys from the stake. Seven furlongs. Mr J. Meikle's eh g Grosvenor, Euroclydon—Lady Lear, 4yrs, 8.9 (R. Derrett) 1 Mr J. C. N. Grigg's b h Prohibition, aged, 7.9 ' (W. Brown) 2 Mr J. Tait's eh g Boscastle, 4yrs, 7.7 (J.lOlsen) 3 Lady Thelma, 7.11, also started. At the start the order was Bosoastle, Grosvenor, and Prohibition. Coming up the straight Grosvenor had a slight lead, whioh he maintained to the finish, and won by half a length, a similar distance separating second and third. Time—-1.31 3-ssecs. Div— £l 4s.
Juvenile Handicap, of 35 soys; second horse 5 soys from the stake. Six furlongs. 54 Mr E. Gates' b f Pensive, by Obligado—Reverie, 3yra, Bst 101 b (J. Combe) 1 19 Messrs Solomon and Harris' brf Vardo, 2yrs, 7st 71b (G; Carruthera) 2 16 Mr E. Longley's b g Mango, 3yrs, 7sfc 51b (F. Raymond) 3 11 Canada 7sfc 51b, also started. Vardo was prominent at the start, but coming into the straight Pensive made a fast run, winning by a length. After a furlong had been covered Canada threw his rider (J. Pine) and went on riderless. Time 1.17 4-ssec. Div—£l 12s. Pine struck a post when falling off Canada, but as far as could be ascertained, no bones were broken. SbIiMA Trot Handicap, °of 35 soys? second horse 5 soys from the stake. One mile and a half. 59 Mr J. A. Buekland's b g Verax, by Vancleve — Darrera, 6yrß, 4seo (C. Piper) 1 27 Mr W. McTigne's b g Little Jimmy, 28sec (J. McMillan) 2 11 Mr H. W: Lockett'e b m Imperial Rose, 29sec (H. Black) 3 18 Bradlaugh 12sec, 9 Traceywood 15seo, 11 Prince Henry 27sec, 5 Black Star 39sec, 23 Thunderbolt 40seo, 15 Aberfeldy, 41ssc, also started. After four furlongs had been covered LittleJ Jimmy led, followed by Thunderbolt and Imperial Bose. Verax came through his field m great style, catching Little Jimmy at the bend, and winning by seven lengths. Time-—3min 33 l-stb sees. Divs.-~.£2 and £110s,
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6568, 12 May 1905
SECOND DAY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6568, 12 May 1905
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