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TRIUMPH FOR FILLIES

TWO THOUSAND GUINEAS

Unlike previous years, the Two Thousand Guineas and One Thousand Guineas, the first of the English classics, were decided at Newmarket on the same afternoon. The success of Garden Path was a triumph for the fillies, it being only the sixth occasion during a period of 135 years that one of the sex has carried the day. By Fairway from the Rabelais mare Ranai, Garden Path is a full sister to Walling Street, winner of the 1942 War Derby, and she gave Lord Derby his second win in the event. She had three oulings as a two-year-old, winning the Tostock Stakes, was third in the Cheveley Park Stakes, and third in the Middle Park Plate. On the latter occasion she was beaten by Orestes and Happy Land- [ ing, and the former was placed at the head of the weights for the Free Handicap. THE ONE THOUSAND AVINNER Picture Play, winner of the One Thousand Guineas at Newmarket, is a very fashionably bred filly, being by Donatello It, which was unbeaten in Italy at two and three years. A son of the Derby winner Blenheim, which is now represented in America by the world's greatest stakewinner, Whirlaway, Donatello II was bought for stud duty in England. his purchase figure being £60,000. Amuse, the dam of Picture Play, is a daughter of the Phalaris mare Gesture, a three-quarter sister by the Derby winner Sunstar to Absurd, which sii-ed so many brilliant horses in England. As a two-year-old Picture Play ran four times, winning two races and being third once. TO GO TO STUD The South Island pacer, Fremont, which has only won £40 in stakes this year, is to be retired for stud purposes. This American-bred stallion has records of 2.7, 3.14 1-5, and 4.19 1-5 to his credit. "NOT FOR SALE" The Trotting Calendar reports that an offer of £1150 for Blue Horizon, made by a Dunedin sportsman, has been turned down with the usual reply—not for sale. In the last five months Blue Horizon has won £G35 in stakes. ■ GOOD FIRST ATTEMPT Abdicate, which won recently on the flat for his new owner. Mr. G. W. Clark, was given his first run as a hurdler at Woodville and he performed satisfactorily for a novice, finishing fifth, though some distance from the winner. PROMISE AS 'CHASER Heidelberg, which has yet. to win over big country, is schooling very attractively in his work at Invercargill, and, all going well, he is likely to be in the money in the near future. When racing on the flat, Heidelberg did not act well in heavy going, but since taking to jumping he appears to have thrown off that disability. AURORA AUSTRALIS Aurora Australis, Hazlett Gold Cup winner, which has been otr the scene since running at Gore in March._ may make her reappearance at Wingatui next month. She has been nominated for the Empire Handicap (six furlongs) on the third day (patriotic fixture) of the Dunedin meeting. Aurora Australis has not been over-raced. She has had seven starts this season for four firsts, a third and two unplaced performances. A CHEAP HORSE Harris Tweed, which followed up his success at the Poverty Bay meeting at Te Aroha by winning the Horotiu Hack Handicap, one mile and a quarter, at Te Piapa on Saturday, was bought as a yearling at the National Sales in 1941 by T. R. George for 40 guineas. He is held on lease from George by the Pukekolie trainer S. McGreal. Harris Tweed is a four-year-old gelding by Posterity from Fabric, by Limond from Veil, by Absurd. Fabric is a full sister to Veilmond, which was a high-class racehorse in Australia.

ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS GRAFTON. —Yes; tlie Otaki Hack and the Waitohu Handicap.

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TRIUMPH FOR FILLIES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXV, Issue 121, 24 May 1944

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TRIUMPH FOR FILLIES Auckland Star, Volume LXXV, Issue 121, 24 May 1944

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