NZ Truth , Issue 487, 17 October 1914, Page 8
Splendid, sunny weather favored tho Auckland Trotting Club for the opening of their Spring meeting, which commenced at tho Alexandra Park on Wednesday last. There was a good attendance, and a promise of greater on the second day. Tote business was very brisk, the turnover for the day showing an Increase of over £1000 compared with the first day of last year. Speaking generally, it was a favorlto's day. The dividends were on tho small sldo, though Junglo, winner of tho Electric Handicap, paid tho proverbial hatful. Though tho stewards were vory watchful, there was more than one palpable non-trier, which fact, no doubt, will materialise on Saturday The track was fairly hard, nnd the poor displays of several wellfuticled prads were attributed to the hard going. A good favorite m Teddy McKlnney, nine seconds, accounted for tho Maiden Trot Handicap, saddle, mile and ahalf. Tho llttle-funcled Cliff, from the seven mark, filled second place, with
Kereone third. Dignity was voted a good thing for the Maiden Trot, but failed to run up to expectations. If a starter to-day this moke should be worth investment. Franaine was sent out the best of good things m the Middle-Class Handicap, harness, one mile and a-half but failed to justify the confidence placed m her. The winner turned up m the ■well-supported Prince Akwood, llsec, who, capably guided by G. Richards, won comfortably from Edward R., 13 sec. Lord John was third. By falling m the straight, the second time round, Lady Rosier might have caused a very serious accident, and, as it happened, interfered with the nearest to her. Still, nothing had a chance with the winner. T>. Nyhan's Fashion Wood was voted a moral for the Spring Handicap, harness,' two miles, Lady Wilmington being next fancied. Public judgment was well placed, and Fashion Wood won from the fast- finishing Alf McKinney, while Lady Wilmington was third. The latter should be improved by her outing on Wednesday. Kea Dillon carried the bulk of the money m the Onehunga Handicap (harness) one mile, and duly won, Hova filling second place, with Kirikiriroa third. Hova should be better suited on Saturday. Kea Dillon was on the 14 seconds start. Tod Bels carried fully half the money invested on the Mountain Trot Handicap, (harness), one mile and a half, but the best he could do was to get second to Perole Bells, with Miss Marvin Downs third. Four contested the Stewards' Handicap (saddle), one mile, for which Colconda was sent out favorite and duly landed, with Ben F. second and Sel- j kirk third. Selkirk dealt at the mark and was unable to make up leeway. though finishing m resolute style. Nine harnessed up for the October Handiadp, one mile and a-quarter. The good thing, early sorted out, being I Master I-Lam, The only other candidate given a chance was Golden Rose, while Bill Ryan's Grampion was fancied by a select few. Golden Rose had for steerer "Tartar" Julian, and a fine race resulted, ending m Golden Rose winning by a length after a great finish from Master I-Lam. Walnut filled the third position. Wallace M. failed to give anything like a good ac- count of himself. Copper King was the favorite m the Electric Handicap, (harness), one mile, St. Trella being second m demand. The little fancied Jungle proved the winner, winning fairly easily from' Aote Aroa, with Ben F. m third place. The second horse, if started on the second day, ought to make amends for his defeat on Wednesday. Fairly good acceptances have been received for the second day, and anything like Wednesday's weather and genial conditions, the meeting should be brought to a very successful con■ elusion".