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I BALLARAT TURF CLUB. , ? I

' ' AUTUMN STEEPLECHASES.

Stewards : Messrs. AValter Craig, D. Duffy, W. Leonard, N. M'Leod, R. Orr, J. Simson, and Trench. Judge, Mr. J. S. Carver. Starter, Mr. S. Holgate. Handicapers : Messrs. Aimstrong, Leonard, and Moore. Clerk of the course, Mr. B. H. Myers.

FIRST DAY.-FUIDAY, APRIL 12.

The Ballarat stewards have not always been fortunate in the weather for their autumn gathering, be it on the flat or across country. In 18C5, the course was deluged with rain and mud, and horses and visitors were alike half frozen. Last year the Autumn Steeple- chases took place under happier conditions, and the result was so satisfactory that it may now be looked upon tis an annual cross- country treat for the best jumping horses we can bring out to contest the Ballarat Grand National. There have already been several great contests between Ballarat and Ingle- side, rivals for steeplechase fame, and it was expected that Mr. G. Watson's horses, Bal-

larat and Banker, or at least one of them, ' would have put in an appearance to dispute Ingleside's pretensions ; but on the handicap being published, Mr. Watson's entry of four, Ballarat, Banker, Comet, and Vathek, were scratched. However, the entries were still sufficiently numeious in the principal races to insure good sport, and some of the events wcic unusually full of new horses, show- ing the unabated popularity of this branch of turf studies. The weather was all that could be desired ; a fine bright sunny autumn day, with sufficient of a cool breeze to make things pleasant to the thousands on the course and in the grand stand and enclosures.

However, once arrived on the scene of action, the usual amusements of the race- course, after the manner of our countrymen, were entered into with characteristic enthu- siasm, the pleasure-seekers in many in- stances busying themselves with the attempt to improve their foitunes at the minor and umccognised spoils mostly to be found in places where spoiting people "most do con- gregate." The cognoscenti found a pleasant exercise for their fancy in horsellesh in noting the points, qualities, excellences, and shortcomings of the new candidates, which, as has been mentioned, were now intioduced here for the first time. It was observed that although none of these were gems of the first water, yet there was a good useful quality generally noticeable in the majority of the lrcsh horses, which, when they shall have served a shoit apprenticeship to the cross- country business, will do good service in future years.

There being only three events upon the card, it was not thought necessary to observe strict punctuality in starting the first race, and accordingly it was not until nearly an hour after time that the six maiden steeple- chasers came out for the three miles of the îegular course allotted to them (leaving out the jumps into the lane and through the cultivation by the side of the road) ; Idle Boy, a King Alfred horse, from the Western Dis- trict ; Echo, 5 yrs ; and Pondon, in Ingleside's stable, were made the favourites ; but after a good race between the two last named and Magnet, the latter, a Mariner colt, won easily.

Tho Selling Hurdle Race produced nine starteis, Yoikshireman, Ivanhoe, Grimaldi, and Ranger, being the absentees. Valentine was made a great favourite for this race, but never showed in the running until the lost half-mile, and at that juncture Surprise had fairly run away with the race: Ninepins, Phantom, and Bobtail, who had formed the front division, having run themselves out.

Of the fifteen horses originally entered for the Grand National, only six came to the post, Babbler having been scratched on the pre- vious evening, and Pondon after hisrunningiu the Maiden Chase. Ingleside was strongly fancied by his party and the public, who backed him freely, and at last eagerly, to beat the field. Mr. Goidon, it was ex- pected, would ride Cadger, and this horse was looked upon as the most formidable opponent of tlie King Alfred horse. The race, in fact, was leit to these two after the first half mile, four of the competitors being placed liars de combat either at the wall or at the fences leading into and out of the lane to the right of the course. Both horses and riders were loudly cheered on returning to scale. Ingle- side made no mistake throughout the run- ning, but Cadger, besides carrying 41b. over- weight, baulked once and fell once, other- wise the finish would probably have been most exciting.

The afternoon passed off without any acci- dent that came under notice.

TUE MAIDEN STEEPLECHASE

Of GO sovs., with a sweepstakes of 1 sov. each

for the second horse. About three miles. Weight for age, with 141b. added.

Mr. F. Tozer's b g Magnet, 4* yrs, by Mariner

(Aspinall) .1

Mr. F. J. Miller's b g Echo, 5 yrs (Grler) .. .. 2 Mr. R. Orr's eli g Vondon, aged (Dalrymple) .. 3 Mr. J. Wigghii's b g Topthorne, lato l'oitland, (lyra

(Manton;

Mr. 3. Fawcott'sb g Idloboy, aged (Gaunt)

Mr. T. Cokers eli g Topper, aged (West). .

Betting.-2 to 1 agst Idleboy, 5 to 2 agst Pondon, 3 to 1 agst Echo. The winner not

mentioned.

The lot got quietly off together at a gentle pace, Idleboy slightly in advance over the stonewall, Magnet second, and Pondon third. At the water jump, Idleboy refused, and Pondon went to the head of affairs, lead- ing over "the brook" and by the hill side, Echo, Topper, and Topthorne following at a lespectful distance as if under waiting orders. At the back of the couise Mr. Tu/.er's colours weie once more in the van, Pondon i umring second, pulling hard, and Topthorne third. No .change occurred uutil coming to the second log fence to the left of the course, which Topthorne struck heavily, and nearly lost his rider, who more than once had tile greatest chance of losing his saddle before the second time of usking at the stone wall, wheie horse and man parted com- pany, and Manton was much shaken. Magnet, after having been temporarily headed by Pondon, passed the stand once mote in advance, Pondon running in second place, and Echo, fast making up his distance, look- ing a dangerous third. The pace mended in the.last mile, and Pondon indulged onco again in securing it front place over the log wall fence and hurdle leading into the course ; but at the last named, Magnet passed liim, and Echo at the same time making an effort for second money, succeeded in landing the latter for his expenses, while Magnet galloped in an easy winner by several lengths. The pace was moderate throughout, except for a short distance in the last round.

THE SELLING HURDLE RACE,

Of 80 sovs. Entry, 2 sovs. About two miles. Weight for age. The winner to be sold for £50. If entered "not to be sold," to corry 71b. extia; if to be sold for £40, allowed 71b.; £30, 141b. ; £20, 211b.; and £10,

allowed 281b.

Mr. J. Armstrong's br g Surpriso, aired, £30, 9st.

lib. (Mitchell).1 Mr. T. Coder's b g Valentino, aged, £30, carried

But. 71b. (Downes) .2 Mr. F. Tozer's b g Jack Tar, (1 yrs, £20, carried

Sst. 111b. (Aspinall).3 Mr. Cahill's bl g Bobtail, -1 yrs, £80 (Hoiiragan).

Mr. T. Bailey's gr g Bob Sparks, aged, £30 (Jones). Mr. Arthur's b g The llajah, U yrs, £30, can-led

list. Dib. (Marvoy).

Mr. F. Tozer's gr g Phantom, aged, £20 (Gallagher). Mr. W. Cralg's b g Julo-ouni-Sneozor, aged, £30,

carried Ost. 61b. f Dalryiuplo).

Mr. J. Gray's b gNlnopliis, aged, £10 (Groon).

Betting.-2 to 1 agst Valentine ; 4 to 1 ogst Phantom ; 4 to 1 agst Surprise ; G to 1 agst Ninepins ; C to 1 agst Bob Sparks.

Ninepins took up the running as soon as the Hag dropped, Phantom and Bobtail fol- lowing next in order, Surpriso with Bob Sparks bringing up the rear. Except that the second and third places wore alternately occupied by Bobtail and Mr. Tozer's groy, no change occurred in tho front ranks until get- ting to the back of the course, where Surprise mid Bob Sparks drew foi ward, the first of the twaiiircachingthcleadinghorses inafew rapid strides, and Ninepins disappeared altogether fiom the leading division. Valentine made his effort half a mile from home, and Phan- tom here shut up ; but the issue was no moro in doubt, as Suiprise, who mado no mistake throughout, galloped in an easy winner by .sevei al lengths. The pace was not slow during any pait of the race, and at tho close there was a terrible tailing off of the incapables. Jack Tar was persevered with to the last, and finished a bad third. The winner was put up for sale by auction, agreeably to the conditions, immediately after the race, und was knocked down at £35, lealising £5 for

the funds.

THE GRAND NATIONAL STEEPLECHASE,

Of 200 sovs., with a handicap sweepstakes of

10 sovs. added ; the second horse to receive 50 sovs. from the stake. Entry, 1 sov.

Mr. I). Orr's b g Ingleside, aged, list. 31b. (Pear

Mr. Walter Cralg's b g Cudgor, aged, Ost. 101b. (car-

ried 41b. overweight), (Mr. Gordon) .. ..2 Mr. F. Tozor's br g Western, 6 yrs, Ost. 101b. (As

liiimin. V

Mr. Midge's br g Kangaroo, C yrs, Cst. 121b. (car-

ried Olo. ovor), (Evans).

Mr. Trotter's b g Stranger, aged, Ost. 101b. (Dal»

ryuiplu).

.Mr. G. watson n» bg Laursl, 5 yrs, tot. 121b. j (Harden).

Betting.-Even on Ingleside ; 3 to 1 agst

Cadger ; 3 to 1 agst Kangaroo ; 5 to 1 agst cither of the others. , .

Cadger led off at a moderate pace, Ingleside and Stranger running next, then Western and Kangaroo ; and in this ortler they crossed the stone wall to begin, and came next to the water jump. Laurel refused at the wall, and could not be got over until the chase was more than half run. The-road fence was fatal to the chances of Stranger, who refused repeatedly to leave the race paddock, and was eventually not persevered with. The fence on cither side of the lane also brought Kan- garoo to grief, as he fell jumping into the cul- tivation paddock, and lost his rider. Coming out of the cultivation Western refused, and this left the race entirely to Cadger and Ingleside, the former with a good leacl round the back of the course, and until coming to the new high fence to the left of the com- mencement of the straight ran in. Here Cadger baulked once, but was soon put again at his fence, which he cleared cleverly on the second essay. Ingleside then took up the running, anti had it all his own way for the next two miles, winning at last by a dozen lengths. Cadger fell on getting into the cultivation paddock. Mr. Gordon was up again in the saddle almost instantly ; but two much ground had been lost, and notwith- standing that Mr. Gordon made a gallant effort hu was unable to catch the favourite. Western passed the post third, but a long way behind the others.

This brought the afternoon's sports to a conclusion, at about five o'clock.

The following are the entries for the

SECOND DAY.-SATURDAY.

THE HURDLE RACE,

Of 100 SOVS,

Mr. J. Darcy's ch m Lady Claro, 6 yrs. Mr. W. Crafg's b g Archer, aged.

Mr. Geo. Watson ns b g Laurel, ii yrs. ' . > Mr. T. Bailey's br g h\r Walter, aged. Mr. E. J. Tucker's b g Ranger, aged. Mr. W. Craig'» b g Cadger, aged.

Mr. T. Cokcr's b g Valentine, aged. Mr. F. ïozcr'a gr g Phantom, aged.

Mr. F. Tozcr's b g Jack Tar, 6 yin. '

Mr. W. Craig's b g Jule-eum-Sncezer, aged. ? I Mr. J. Brown's gr g Vorkshireman, aged. Mr. G. Vowlcs' gr g Grimaldi, aged.

THE TROTTING RACE,

Of 60 SOVS.

Mr. Williamson^ b g Pretty Boy, aged. Mr. Martin's gr in kate, aged.

Mr. Geo. Allen's br g Jemmy, a?ed.

Mr. T. C. Bowes' gr g Magie, aged. » . Mr. W. S. Cox's bug Jumbuc, (i yr.

Mr. R. Orr's b g Sir William Don, aged. < Mr. T. Vowlcs' b g Prince, aged.

THE OrEN STEEPLECHASE,

Of 100 sovs. Handicap. <

Entrie to be made on the evening of the first day's races. i

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