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CHELTENHAM STEEPLECHASES.

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CHELTENHAM STEEPLECHASES. New Stand Opened. The fine new stand which has been erected1 to cope with the rapidly increasing membership of the Cheltenham Steeplechase Club, was formally opened on the course at Prestbury Park by the Earl of Coventry on, Monday. Prepar- atory to next week's National Hunt Meeting Major the Hon. C J Coventry made an official inspection of the course, with which he expressed himself well satisfied. « Both functions were attended by a number of gentlemen .prominently concerned with the meet- ing, among them being the following Stewards:. Lieut.-Colonel Yardley, Major Purvis, Captain Henley, Colonel Churchill, Mr F J Longworth with Mr E H Cathcart representing Messrs. Pratt and Co., the promoters and stakeholders. • The stand, which makes a handsome addition to the already fine range of buildings, was erected at a cost of L3,000, and as well as containing a handsomely appointed room for the exclusive use of the National Hunt Com- mittee, together with several private boxes and accommodation for members of the club, it also has accommodation on the roof:, for 1,000* persons, who will have au uninterrupted view of the entire course. The opening of the stand was calebrated by. a luncheon at which Lord Coventry- presided, and spoke of the wonderful developments which, had taken place on the course since the arrange- ment of the meeting was taken over by Messrs. Pratt and Co., saven years ago. Nearly £ 50,000) had been expended on improvements. Mr Cathcart, replying to the toast of his. health, mentioned that a great effort would be. made to retain National Hunt meeetings at Cheltenham, and pointed out that since the. first National Hunt meeting was held there a few years ago the stakes had increased from, £.4,000 to B7,125 offered next week. The club was the strongest of its kind in the country, tha. present membership being no less than 610. THE NATIONAL HUNT MEETING. The National Hunt SteepleBe meeting is fixed for Wednesday and Thursday in next week, when tho entries throughout are exceed- ingly good, and thert) is every promise of some fine sport. There are six races each day, and cheap fares will be run to the racecourse station from this district. The most prominent leppers aad hurdle racers in the country ara entered, and all round the prospects for a. successful meeting are better than ever. SPRING MEETING. The events on the first day, April 15tblloo are: Amateur Steeplechase Handicap, of 200 sovs. Goanty Open Hunters' Handicap Steeple- chase, of 858ovs. Stayers' Handicap HurdI. Race, of 85"ovs.; Four- Years-Old Handicap Hurdle Rice, of 85sovs. Entrios for above close on M;trch 17th, to Messrs Pratt and Co 9, George-street, Hanover Square, London. Seven Springs Selling Steeplechase, of 7bsovs. and the Southam Selling Hurdle Race, 75sovs. Entries close, April 7th. On the second day, April 16th, the programme is United Hunts' Challenge Cup, valae 50 sows., with lOOaovs. added for the winner, entries for which close on MArch 10th Prince of Wales's Handicap Steeplechase of SSsovs. Cleeve Novices" Hurdle Race of 85sovs. (Entries close on March 17th) Swiadon Selling Handi- cap Steeplechase of 80SOVR. and the> Charlton Park Selling Handicap Hurdle Race, of 80sovs. Entries for the last two races close on March 31st.

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