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METROPOLITAN TROTTING MEET--1 ING. [From Our Special Conitr.eroN&ENT.] CHRISTCHURCH, November 10. The sun shone brightly for the opening of the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club's Meeting, and just ns the Cup race was run was oppressively hot. There was ;i tremendous crowd present, and the "tote" returns showed an increase of £3ll i on laal year's opening day figures, the amount handled to-day being £-52,869!. Ths track was in first-class order, too dry if any fault could be found, and last times were the order of the day. Naturallv chief interest in the sport was attached to the Trotting Cup, to which the biggest, stake- over offered in the Dominion was attached. Win Soon, who had been a warm favorite in the betting shire the Humiliations closed, was superseded in the " tote betting by Don < \ts;:i\ whih; Denver Huon. Adonis, and i .Maudereno were nearly as we!! supported ! ;:* the Southland mare. The Australian ! representative and Mandereue looked the '■ fittest horses in the parade, but on this -core little fault could be found with any of the dozen who started, and all the conditions were favorable to a truerun race. The start was a good one, though several were not quickly into their stride. Bright fell after going a couple of furlongs, but without interfering with th-? chances of any other horso. Pringle drove Win Soon with excellent judgment, , and had the lead and the rails all the way. She trotted the distance in 4min 31see, clipping 2sec off Wildwood Junior's record made four years ago. The following were the starters in order of favoritism :—1 Don Cxsar (ssec, R. Allan), 2 Win Soon by King Child—Topsy (6spc A. Pringle), 3 Denver Huon (scratch, M. Edwards). 4 Adonis (6see, F. Holmes), 5 Manderene (6sec, A. HendrickseiOi' 6 Country Belle (ssee, W. -J. Morland), 7 Ravenschild (4sec, N. L. Price), 8 Eccentric (6sec, J. Brankin), 9 Bright (ssec, A. J. Wilson), 10 Albert H. (3see, J. Bryce), 11 Emmeline (2sec, R. M'Donnell), and 12 King Cole (2scc, J. Conway). Don Caisar, Bright, Albert H., King Cole, and Denver Huon broke up at the start, each losing ground. Win Soon started off smartly and showed the way down the back to Eccentric, Manderene, Country Bella, and Adonis, with Ravenschild and Don Ciesar next. At the. end of two furlongs Bright fell. Passing the stand Win Soon was two lengths clear of Country Belle and Eccentric, with Manderene two lengths away, followed by Adonis and Ravenschild, after whom, at a distance of 10 lengths, came Don Ciesar and Emmeline, with Albert H., Denver, and King Cole still further bark. Turning into the back stretch Win Soon was still loading Eccentric, with Country Bello three lengths away, then at a distance of two lengths was Manderene. just clear of Adonis and Ravenschild. Ry tho time the mile-post was reached Country Belle was only a length behind Win Soon, while Eccentric, Manderene, and Ravenschild were together two lengths away. Starting on the last lan Win Soon was just clear of Country Belle, with Eccentric three lengths away, closely followed by Manderene and Adonis, after whom came Ravenschild and Emmeline, while Don Carsar was next. Leaving the straight, Adonis lost his place, while Don Ca?sar made a forward move. Turning into the back stretch Win Soon and Country Belle drew away together, opening out-;- gap of 10 lengths before the straight was reached. In the run home, however, Win Soon easily held her own, and Country Bello being eased up over the last 60 yards Win Soon won by about four lengths. Eccentric was 12 lengths away further back, followed by Ravenschild, Manderene, Don Ciesar. Adonis, and Denvor Huon some distance in front of Albert TT., while King Cole did not finish. The respective times for the three placed horses were : Win Soon, 4min Msec; Country Belle, 4min 31 2-ssec; Eccentric, 4mih 34sec. Messrs Stevenson and M'Math were the recipients of many congratulations on their mare's brilliant victory, and the former and acknowledged the handsome cup which was attached to the stake. Concluding results : St, Albans Handicap (saddle), EOOsovs. lm,—2 Prandocia (osec) 1. Quinakline (4sec) 2, Rawene. (4soc) 3. Twelve, others. Kinetic was favorite. Won by four lengths. Time. 2inin ITsec. Riocarton Handicap (harness). 300sovs. I.Jm. —9 Jingle (ssec) 1. Mountain Rose (9sec) 2, Muricata (Bsec) 5. Eleven others. Tommy C. was favorite. Won by three lengths. Time, 3min 27 4-ssec. Haulov Hand i can (harness). 250sovs. lm.—l Rpquest (2sec) 1. 4 Child P.eld.m (scratch) 2, Corbell (lser) 3. Five others. Won by six lengths. Time. 2min 24sec. BOWLING. The Association match Taieri v. Caversham, played on Saturday, resulted in favor of Taieri by 56 points to 47. In the Centre, competition Fairfield 63 defeated Caversham 45: and in the District competition Fairfield won by 61 to 53.

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SPORTING, Evening Star, Issue 15647, 11 November 1914

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SPORTING Evening Star, Issue 15647, 11 November 1914