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Observer, Rōrahi 9, Putanga 551, 20 Hōngongoi 1889, Page 13
ZEALANDIA GRAND HANDICAP.
J. M. CUMMINGS WINS
The first of the Zealandia Handicaps even- tuated at the Stanley- street Open-air Eink last Saturday afternoon, and attracted a large attendance of the public. The cinder track was in capital order, but although the racing was very good, the times were not particularly smart. Mr Harry Davy made a first-rate starter, getting the men away to splendid starts. Mr Garrett acted as judge, and Mr J. Cooke as time- keeper.
I was very sorry to seethe poor nominations for such good money, and trust Mr Hayr will not see fit to reduce the stakes, as I feel confident the next handicap will draw out a large field. The principal drawback to the handicap just run off was the lateness of the season, and peds all agreed it was too cold to train. It was a very difficult task to pick out the winner, but I am pleased to say I drew attention to Cummings as a likely winner. There are many who think this runner was specially favoured in receiving twelve yards start, but then his performances at the Amateur Sports must be taken into consideration. However, as events turned out, it was pretty con- clusively shown he was " chucked in." The result of the racing is as follows : — First Heat.— J. M. Cummings (12yds) 1, W. Howie (7yds) 2. Time, 10 2-sseo. The other starters were F. Gussy (12yds) and Frank Murphy (6yds). Cummings was the most fancied for this heat, and he justified the confidence placed in him by winning very easily. Second Heat.— W. E. Dalton (11yds) 1, W. Purdy (14£ yds) 2. Time lOJseo. J. Linden (scratch) was the only other starter, Te Kawa (7yds) being scratched. This heat was thought to be a good thing for Linden, but he was not on his mark when the pistol went off, and consequently got away badly. Dalton won by about a yard.
Third Heat.— W. McGlynn (s|yds) 1, W. H. Box (4|yds) 2. Time 104-ssec. Other starters ; E. O'Hare (sJyds), and W. Trubshaw (s£yds). This was the most exciting contest of the day, McGlynn winning by a couple of inches from