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MANAWATU PROPOSAL DEFEATED AT CONFERENCE O.c. WELLINGTON, this day. Proposals by the Manawatu Racing Club and the Waikato Racing Club to delete the obligatory-standing start were debated at length at the New Zealand Racing Conference yesterday. The president and several other delegates favoured leaving the method of starting to the starter, an expert. Others opposed the motion, one of the main arguments being that an alteration would do away with uniformity. On a vote there were 28 in favour of the Manawatu Racing Club's proposal, and 21 against. However, the motion was defeated because the required three-fourths vote was not obtained. The Waikato remit was then withdrawn. The Waikato Racing Club's proposal to extend the official scratching time from 40 minutes to one hour before a race was defeated by a big majority. A remit by the Auckland Racing Club making apprentice allowances available in races to the value of £400 to the winner, instead of £250 as at present, was carried. The mover, Dr. A. McGregor Grant, said the proposal would broaden the opportunity for apprentices. The Auckland Racing Club had raised stakes to such a level that there was no race on the club's programme in which apprentices "could claim allowances, apart from races exclusively for apprentice riders. Mr. A. N. Smith (Dunedin) opposed the motion on behalf of the country clubs in his district. He said it would affect the interests of the fully-fledged jockeys. Mr. R. McDonald (Ashhurst) suggested that if stakes had to be reduced in years to come the figure could be brought back. On the motion of the Dunedin Jockey Club, district committees were empowered to arrange and ensure adequate farrier service at the race meetings within their respective districts, and to strike a levy to cover the cost of retaining in each district a suitable person, or persons, for that purpose. , Conference adopted a proposal giving tile president power to refuse to register a change of ownership. It was an extension of the authority vested in the president last year, when he was empowered to derigister any horse. The election of officers resulted: President, Mr. H. R. Chalmers; vice-president, Mr. W. Claud Motion; executive committee, Dr. A. McGregor Grant (Auckland),- Mr. A. S. Elworthy (Canterbury), Mr. L. C. Hazlett (Dunedin), Mr. J. W. Hannan (Greymouth), Mr. F. P. Kelly (Hawke's Bay), Mr. W. T. Hazlett (Southland), Mr. S. C. Tonks (Taranaki), Mr. G. C. Glenn (Wanganui), Mr. H. H. Green (Wellington).

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WALK-IN STARTS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945

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WALK-IN STARTS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945