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MOUNT OAMBIER RACES.
WEDNESDAY, 27TH JULY.
The annual Border Steeplechase and Mount Gambier Race meeting came off here on Wed nesday last, The weather, which, for a few day's previous, had been cold, wet, and stormy, set in fine that morning, and the entire day continued as pleasant as holiday-taker* and pleasure-seekers could have wished. Business was almost entirely suspended. Of course the great event of the day was the Steeplechase, and the admirable course selected by the Judges enabled almost every one, without the least trouble to see the greater part of it to advantage. As we mentioned last week the ? Steeplechase course mad§ the entire circuit ol
the town, and the various stand-points (ol which there were many) which commanded fl good view of the course, were largely availed of and thronged by large groups of npectators, giving the town quite on animated and picturesque appearance. The tearing and floundering of a large body of horsemen whe kept along the roads commanding a view of the race, with the occasional bursters in the mud that happened to the riders, made up a picture of animated nature not to be seen every day on Mount Gambier. The start was advertised to take place at 12 o'clock, but it was not till s few minutes bcibro on© thftt it w&s cffcctcd. when one of the most interesting and exciting races ever run in the colonies ensued with the following result:
BORDER HANDICAP STEEPLECHASE
of 100 sovs. Entrance, 10 sovs. Ovei about 4 miles of Country, to be selected by the Stewards. . ,, t,_,.
Mr It.'Learmoutli's br f? Ingleside, aged, list 121b,
Mr J. C. Jiunes'rt b g Longbow, ngul, list 01b,
Mr L. Uortiou'8 gr m Modesty, aged, list (Owner) I
THE RACK.-The three Steeplechasers came to the post in excellent trim, and after the pre liniinaries had been settled, the starter, Ah C. G. Doughty; got them away upon excellent terms. All three took the first fence-ti regular rasper-beautifully, but on coming tc the second Modesty baulked, and the two bay? went away together, establishing a long lead for themselves before Modesty was got over, At the third fence the gray baulked again twice, and at this point it looked as if she would be thrown out of tho racc altogether. On l *etting over the third fence Inglesitle and Longbow, who were running beautifully toge ther, had a lead of about half a mile, and were taking the jumps excellently. Routuliug the course at South'8, the same relative positions were maintained, Modesty losing the ground she had gained by again baulking. Here she was severely punished, and afterwards took her fences without mistake. At this point they were lost sight of for about three quarters of a mile, and when they appeared over the hill itl front of the Wesleyan Chapel, the two bays were together, with Modesty about one hundred yards in the rear, nil going splendidly. On coming behind Church Hill, where about a d(swn jumps had to betaken in quick succession, Modesty had so fjw improved her position as to lie only afewjflhgtfw behind, before they came to WebbV paddock. Here Ingleside gained a few lengths by hugging the pole, while the other Jwo were forced up the hill to take a jumpon account of a blind sand pit right acrosstJre course, which had not been observed in marking out the course; but on getting intoTVehl's ploughed field they all got together and cantercu easily through it. They kept together until they <*ame to the first fence, which had to be grossed a accond tiijie, for the straight run home. At thiu point Ingleside took a slight ledd, Longbow second, Modesty bringing up the rear. Between the two last fences Ingleside slightly increased his lead, Modsty .losing a few lengths by swerving off the coursc * but en approaching the last fence all the three horses were well up* and it baffled eve'n the knowing ones to say which horse Would be the winner. The excitement now became intense. Modesty made a game attempt to, obtain the lead, but the two bays succeeded in shaking her off, ending a slashing and keenly-contested Steeplechase in the order in which we have given them above-Ingleside half a length before Long low, and Longbow about a length before Modeajty. Time, 14 minutes; i _
. SELLING HURDLE RACE
Of 20 sovs. Entrance 2 sovs. Distance, one
mile and a half. Heats. Over 4 flights of hurdles. Welter weights for age. Winner
to be sold for .£30.
Mr J. C. James's g g Charcoal, aged,
12st lib (Trainor) 1 1
Mr J. Sutton's Bay Bessy, list 91b ^ ^ ^he "following' also started .-McDonald's
Black Jack, Locke's Young Hell Cat. Gor don's Ivanhoe was scratched. Winner bought in for £31. _ ^ t
Locke's Young Hell Cat fell at the first hurdle, and his jock losing so much tune m getting righted, was thrown out of the race. Charcoal and Bessy, both heats, made a pretty race of it, though at the finish she was com
. £6, with £1 entrance added.
W, Sutton's Skylark ... ... . - 3 1 1
Trainor's Diwnond ... ... ... * v *
South's Sprig of Shillelagh ... ... 1 disq.
R. Brown's Harkaway started. Ran 4th and 2nd. , .
This was a well contested race. Cleverly won by Skylark.
J HACK RACE,
£5, with 108. entrance added.
Dalrymple's Chester ... 0 1 1 Agnew's Chance .. 13 2
Nine others started.
This was a most amusing racc, and created great merriment, the t'leven competitors soon scattering themselves over at least half a mile the course. .Its conclusion ended , one of the
most pleasant sporting days ever enjoyed in