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LEDBURY HUNT POINT-TO-POINT STEEPLECHASES. The Farmers' Luncheon. Huge Attendance. On Wednesday the annual Ledbury Hunt Point-to-Point Steeplechases, preceded by the farmers' luncheon, was held at Redmarley, in brilliant weather, and attracted a huge attend- ance from the surrounding country. The steeplechases took place over the Redmarley Park Racecourse, by kind permission of Mr W Browning, and the event was remarkable for the number of motors seen on the course, there being more than ever. The attendance was the largest we remember to have seen there, and people came from a wide area to attend the meeting. The roads leading to Redmarley were literally alive with all kinds of vehicular traffic on Wednesday, and after the recent spell of dry weather the dust nuisance was very great, but little notice is taken of this when sport is the objective. THE FARMERS' LUNCHEON. Prior to the races the annual champagne luncheon to the farmers of the Ledbury country was provided in a huge tent accommodating 700 guests. Messrs Georges, Ltd., of Cheltenham, were the caterers. Sir George Bullough, the popular Master of the Hunt, presided, a nd was supported by Lady Bullough, Mr H 0 Lord, M.F.H., and Mrs Lord, The Hon Aubrey and Mra Hastings, Mr and Mrs A W Reed, Mr G 0 Deane, Lady Edward Somerset, Captain Tristram, Mr G L Acworth (hon secretary of the Hunt), Mr A W Montgomery Campbell (hon. secretary of the races), etc. At the conclusion of the repast Sir George Bullough gave the loyal toast, which was duly honoured. THE FARMERS. Sir George then gave the toast of The Ledbury Farmers," coupled with the names of Mr Harry Green and Mr Bennett (Chaxhill). Mr Harry Green, in responding, said Sir George had given him the biggest fence he ever rode at. He thanked the Master very much for coupling his name with the toast, and the farmers were all very pleased to see him and the members of the Hunt going over their farms. They knew the hunting people did as little dammage as possible and they as farmers did their best to help Sir George show good sport. (Applause.) Mr Bennett said he felt quite sure after the way Mr Green had taken the big fence he (Mr Bennett) had a harder task. He could assure Sir George especially that the farmers on his side of the country were only too pleased to see him and other followers of the Hunt over their grounds. He wasquite sure, too, that the way Sir George had hunted the country during the last few years had made a better feeling between the farmers and the Hunt. (Cheers.) Those who objected to the Hunt in the past were now coming round, and in a year or two he felt confident they would see very little of that wretched thing, barbed wire. (Applause.) He beleived it would go altogether—(hear, hear)— although, of course, it was impossible to do ;away with it altogether. The Ledbury Hunt sent men to pull it down and at the end of the season they sent men to put it back. That was a good thing on the part of the Hunt. There- fore they thanked Sir George and Lady Bullough and the members of the Hunt very much for drinking the health of the farmers and they hoped Sir George would be there to hunt the country for many years to come. (Loud .cheers. ) THE MASTER. That grand old sportsman and English gentle- man, Mr George Onslow Deane, once again proposed the health of the Master, and did it in that courtly, hearty, yet brief style, so applicable to the gathering. He referred to Sir George as the most popular Master the Ledbury ever had, a sentiment which was vociferously endorsed by the company, who gave the toast musical honours, and cheers for Sir George and Lady Bullough. The Master, who was received with a remark- able demonstration of enthusiasm and cries of "Long live Sir George," said it was hardly necessary for him to say how very much obliged he was to them for the very hearty way in which they had drunk his wife's and his own health. He assured them that to hear a cheer like that at the end of a season gave one a great send-off for the coming season. (Applause.) He knew, and they knew as well as he knew, that during the last season they had been handicapped very badly in the matter of scent and they also knew as well as he did that no Master living, however hard he tried, could alter that handicap. He was glad to say before the season came to its close it was altered by rain and since they had rain he was happy to tell them he considered they had done exceedingly well and killed up to their average number of foxes and only three brace behind the last season. He did not sug- gest for a minute that the number of foxes killed always showed the best sport, but at the same time he did think they could congratulate themselves on having killed the foxes they had killed in the short time they had to do it. He could assure them that what Mr Green and Mr Bennett said on their behalf was felt very much by himself, and he could also assure them that it was amply borne out for this reason—that he never got any complaint from any farmer in the country that he did not want them over his land or that when they had gone over it they had done excessive damage. They knew they could not hunt without damage, but they tried to do as little as possible. (Hear, hear.) The thing to do was for everybody in the Hunt to try and say We can't help doing damage, a certain amount of damage, but we will do our best to do as little as possible." (Applause.) Mr Green was very kind in saying he (Sir George) had given him a very big fence to get over, and at the time he made the remark that it must be very big if Mr Green could not get over. However, Mr Green got over and as usual he followed him. (Laughter.) He had one word to say and that was that it was his intention for the present to bring a horse he had called Regent," down there for use for a time at all events, until he knew what better to do with him, for the use of farmers ia the Ledbury Hunt—(applause)—and he only hoped he would be of some use.to some of them, and that perhaps they would have another Sun- loch winning the Grand National called by another name. (Applause.) It only remained for him to thank them for the very kind reception they had given him. He was very proud to hunt the country to the best of his ability, and as long as he hunted the country he would endeavour to do so regularly and fairly. That was an easy matter for him to do and he would do his level best to carry it out. On the call of Sir George the health of Mr Montgomery Campbell, who he said was running the whole thing for them—no light task—was heartily drunk, and the formal prodeedings came to a close. THE RACES. I The arrangements for the races had been excellently carried out and the paddock was very much larger than usual and was thronged. Fields were fairly good on the whole for the five races, although in the United Hunts' race there were only two starters. The first race was at 2.20 p.m. and the last at 5 p.m The Red Coat Race brought out a field of five, of which Lady Bullough's Grey Dawn was made favourite, but backers were wrong in their calculations, as Nutcracker II won easily. A field of eight turned out for Lady Bullough's cup, Hesperus Magnus having a slight call in the market over her ladyship's Sweet Tipperary, with Mr Blew's Portcullis II, another local horse next in demand. The three filled the places, but Sweet Tipperary scored a popular victory from the favourite, with Portcullis a close third. Only two faced the starter for the United Hunts' Race, and Mr Whalley's Earl of Whitney easily landed the odds laid on him. There were eleven starters for the adjoin- ing Hunts Farmers' Race, and Mr Bland- ford's Tobacco was a strong favourite, with Mr T R Lewis's Ragtime VI next in demand. The latter won by a couple of lengths from the favourite, with Miss Mor'n third. The Ledbury Hunt Farmers' Race provided a field of eight, and Mr F B Harvey's Battledown waa a sound easy money favourite. He won right enough, but was disqualified on an objection by the owner of the second that the general conditions had not been complied with, and the race was awarded to Mr T E Jones's Tedstone, Mr T J Poiner's Little Tich being placed second and Mr J Beaumont's Keenazelle third. On the whole backers did not have a very good day, as only one favourite won, and that at odds-on. The stewards were :—Sir George Bullough, M.F.H., Mr J F Twinberrow, M.F.H., Mr C W Bell, Mr H G Farrant, Mr G S Albright, Mr Cecil Strickland, Mr 0 N Holt-Needham; judge, Colonel H H Calvert; clerk of the scales and starter, Mr G L Acworth clerk of the course and hon. secretary, Mr A W Montgomery- Campbell; veterinary surgeon, Mr W J Boyd, M.R.C. V.S. Details:— RED COAT RACE. Winner a cup value X20, presented by the ladies of the Ledbury Hunt. NUTCRACKER II. (Mr J G Bogue) Mr R H Eaton 1 GREY DAWN (Lady Bullough) Mr Blair 2 BANNIXTOWN (Mr A E Whalley) Mr J Goff 3 Also ran Mr R P Birchenough's Lifebuoy (Owner), and Colonel G D Timmis's The Abbott (Mr P Bell). Won easily distance. Betting: Evens Grey Dawn, 2 to 1 agst Bannixtowo, 5 to 1 agst Nutcracker II., 10 to 1 agst others. LADY BULLOUGH'S CUP, for horses nomin- ated by the Master of the Ledbury Hounds. Winner a cup value £100 (presented by Lady Bullough) and JE20. SWEET TIPPERARY (Lady Bullough) Mr S Blair 1 HESPERUS MAGNUS (Mr D Faber) Mr Drake 2 PORTCULLIS II. (Mr C L Blew) Mr M C Albright 3 Also ran Mr C H Dillon's Union Jack II. (Owner), Mr Wicksteed's Wait and See II. (Owner), Mr G Horlick's Dandy Priest (Mr R F Buxton), Mr F M Freake's Who Kuows (Owner), and Mr S K Gwyer's Elhino (Owuer). Won by six lengths; one length between second and third. Betting 6 to 4 against Hesperus Magnus, 2 to 1 against Sweet Tipperary, 3 to I agst Portcullis, 4 to 1 agst Who Knows, 6 to t agst Wait and See II. 10 to 1 agst others. The UNITED HUNTS' RACE. Winner X20. EARL OF WHITNEY (Mr A E Whalley) Mr J Goff I GERANIUM (Sir George Bullough) Mr S Blair 2 Only two ran. Won by a distance. Betting: 3 to I on Earl of Whitney, 2 to I agst Geranium. ADJOINING HUNTS FARMERS' RACE. Owner of winner X15. RAGTIME VI. (Mr T R Lewis) .Mr Neal 1 TOBACCO (Mr W D Blandford) Mr M C Albright 2 MISS MOR'N (Mr J T Hewinson) Mr F B Hewinson 3 Also ran: Mr A J Goodwin's Romeo (Mr H Guilding), Mr G R Lawrence's Rosetown II (Owner), Mr H Ofgan's Buckaloo (Mr C Organ), Mr R Morris's K.B.O. (Mr J Partington), Mr W Raymond's Sunset III. (Mr D J ThomasMr G C Porter's Bagpiper (Owner), Mr J Compton's Meadow Sweet (Mr R H Evans), Mr Fidoe's All Red (Mr F J Tustin). Won by two lengths; bad third. Bettinp 2 to I agst Tobacco, 4 to I agst Rag- time VI. 5 to 1 agst Meadow Sweet, Sunset III., and K. B. O., 8 to 1 agst Miss Mor'n, Bagpiper and All Red, 10 to 1 agst others. LEDBURY HUNT FARMERS' RACE. Win- ner a piece of plate presented by Sir George Bullough, and 410. TEDSTONE (Mr T E Jones) ..Mr R H Eaton 1 LITTLE TICH (Mr T J Poiner) Capt Nathan 2 KEENAZELLE (Mr J Beaumont) Mr H J Beaumont 3 Also ran: Mr A J Goodwin's Juliet (Mr H Guilding), Mr W Padge's The Frog (Mr B Rogers), Mr F B Harvey's Battledown (Mr Parrish), and Mr H J Green's Utility (Mr M C Albright). Battledown came in first, but an objection to him was laid on the ground that the general conditions bad not been complied with. The objection was upheld, and Tedstone was placed first. Betting Even- Battledown, 3 to 1 agst Keena- zelle, 4 to 1 agst Utility, 5 to 1 agst The Frog, Little Tich and Tedstone, 10 to 1 agst Juliet.






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