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A meeting of the committee of the Canterbury Trotting Club was held at the A1 Hotel an Monday evening. A programme for the club's next race meeting, to be held on the Queen's Birthday, was drawn up. The sum of 410 sovs will be given away in stakes and the programme is as follows:- Maiden Trot (in saddle) of 30 sovs, two miles; Winter Handicap (in harness) of 45 sovs, two miles; Addington Plate (in saddle) of 80 sovs, two miles (6min limit); Selling Trot (in harness) of 30 sovs, two miles; Canterbury Stakes Handicap (in harness) of 100 sovs, of three miles (9min limit); Electric Handicap (in saddle) of 50 sovs, one mile; Pony Trot (in saddle) of 25 sovs, two miles.

The conditions of the trot of 275 sovs (the largest stake ever given in Canterbury or the South Island) were drawn up. The race is to called The National Stakes; to be run at Grand National time; distance three miles, in harness, with a 9min limit. A good deal of discussion took place as to whether the race should be in harness or saddle, Mr Harris proposed the former, and Mr Tonks the latter. On a division being called, the harness was carried by a majority of one. Some members of the committee were desirous of having the distance two miles, but were in the minority.

Credit: Star 20 Mar 1894

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