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AWAPUNI RACING, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 173, 24 July 1945
A HASTINGS PROSPECT
Special. PALMERSTON NORTH. Monday. Doyen trainer or jumpers, Alf bright came in for many congratulations on Saturday when he broke a run of "outs by leading in Valky's Boy, the winner of the Maiden and Combined Hunts' Steeplephases Wright has effected a big improvement in tlie Gay Boy gelding m the past few weeks, ana the stable t ,lO off a most profitable coup. A sound jumper, Valky's Boy-showed more stamina than he-did at Hastings last month, but . e responded to Billy Murray's vigorous riding, and he may have to be taken into account at Hastings next week. Valky's Boy, however, may be accounted a trifle lucky in the Hunt Cup, as Tideover was coming at him fast at the last fence, but she hooked this badly and was eventually deprived of a good second dividend when the even-money favourite Lighlfair, came again to nose hei out on the post. Owner-trainer R. Jeflares will have a good candidate for the Harold Russell Memorial Hunt Cup at Hastings. Lightfair fenced brilliantly throughout and looked a winner when he ran up to Lxua and Valky's Boy half a mile from home but he was spent in the next furlong and wls lucky to save his supporters some of their stake. That hard race at Trentham must have got to the bottom of him. A Promising Maiden The most promising jumper seen out at Awapuni on Saturday was Dunvegan, runner-up to Valky's Boy in the Maiden Steeples. This was his first public appearance. He fenced well throughout but just lacked the condition to go with Valky's Boy in the last quarter of a mile. 5 A four-year-old half-brother to Skerryvore and Lady Stella, Dunvegan looks a bettei class horse than those two useful jumpers and he should he a stone better horse ■at Hastings next week. The best was not seen of Extra. He was amateurishly handled in the Maiden Steeplechase and, though usually a lreei goer, he was never near the front at any ' stage. P. Brady was given the mount in R the Hunt Cup and the ValkyHan gelding led until the penultimate obstacle —a live = fence—which he misjudged, losing a good chance of getting some place money. - extra is very well iust now and his chance may come at the Pakuranga meeting.
Should Add to Record Ballyneety was at a really good price in the Hack Hurdles event. He did not become prominent until half a mile from home, but then ran past British Mint with consummate ease, giving a dashing display over the last two hurdles. The sluggish British Mint ran a greatly-improved race, responding to Jack Chaplin's bustling tactics; and is in line for an early win, being unlucky on Saturday to clash with a smart performer. Chaplin is riding with great confidence at present, though he is not getting many good mounts. Note should be taken of the manner in which Matapan came home into third place. This half-brother to Slayer was having only his second start over the battens and should be a great proposition for the spring meetings.
Winter Cup Trial Rebrapa staged an impressive Winter Cup trial on Saturday. This brilliant galloper quickly reached the front in the President's Handicap and was on the bit when he led into the straight. Broughton then gave him his head and he left the opposition standing. Early speed is a great asset in the Riccarton mile, and Rcorapa is improving with every race. Olßa's Pal appeared to suffer a check on the turn, but he ran on strongly to ! wear down Theolateral for second money. The latter ran his best race for some time and it is obvious that he is essentially a sprinter. Poutatau, which has come on apace in the past few weeks, surprised by running a good fourth and will be knocking at the door soon. Derryogue ran a shocking race, and the Whyte Handicap effort may have temporarily knocked this filly. Grey Salute covered more ground than anything else in the race and would be better suited by a more vigorous rider. Rara Avis, booked for hurdling soon, looked well, but never really threatened danger. Another bad I race went down against Royal Greek.
Impressive Kffort Arco appeared to be hopelessly placed turning for home in the First Hack Flying, being on the fence with eight horses ahead of him. However, he came to light with a brilliant dash on the rails and got up to head Tribal Night on the post. Arco had lightened up with Ins hard race at Trentham, but there is no doiibt about his galloping ability. Tribal Night ran a grand race under his .steadier of 10.2, for an injury had put him out of work for ten days. He lookec all over a winner when he ran past Fox brae, Hadrian and Sherwood Forest, bu the last 50 yards found him out. Tit Apa finished strongly around the bund for third and is due .soon. St. Nat, whlel drew an outside position in a big field would have been in the picture but fo: his rider losing an iron below the distance Hadrian ran another. fair rare and thj improving Susan Lee should be a sprini prospect. , A Surprise Favourite
Unlucky in some of his recent races,« Solver won the Second Hack Flying very easily after following the surprise favourite. Sailor's Song, and Lily Ann into the straight. Solver is not up to the class j of his elder brother. Kentucky, but he is j a useful sort for the provincial meetings. , Roval Ducc was awkwardly placed in . this event, but ran true to form to finish on for second money. His turn should , come at Hastings. Stony Broke, fancied ' by his connections, was another which finished on well .and he will be worth noting for the approaching fixtures. The fact that Broughton took . the mount accounted for unwarranted support for Sailor's Song. He soon reached the front and was going well on the turn, but he was not far into the straight before it was obvious that he had had enough. Leybourne really had every chance, though he never got fo the front. He is- not much good, and the stable may be better represented in the spring by Lily Ann, which showed phenomenal speed to reach the lead from the extreme outside of the field. The last furlong found her wanting, but she looks an early prospect. Blackwatcr Pleased Swift Jay stood up to his Trentham racing well and his superior condition enabled him to worry Blackwater out of the verdict in the Hack Cup. A. G. Waddell was seen at his best on the Jay gelding, which comes from the well-known Auckland family, tracing back to Winnie, and is related to Barometer, a good galloper under winter conditions. Blackwater's first race over a distance left the impression that this is his metier and, with a more experienced boy in the saddle, he might have brought off a long shot for Luke Wilson. Unlike his speedy dam, Florence Mills, Blackwater takes a little time to find his feet, but he reached the front turning for home and battled on gamelv. He should soon make amends. Magnus Lux lost a good position at the half-mile and was hopelessly hemmed in on the rails turning for home. He had to pull out to come around the field to finish third. It was a good effort. Aqua, which has definitely had enough for the present, did not justfy his backing to favouritism. He was well placed on the turn, but stopped to a walk. Step Far ran well enough to warrant watching, and Colonel Dink was again doing his best in the last furlong. The race would improve Hulabaloo, while Coratrix failed to get clear of the bunch. Magic Art Worth While — United Nations ran up to his improving Trentham form to win the Bracelet rather _ easily and is a good type for this class of race. Nevertheless, he looked a bit lucky to beat Scarteen, which was wrongly shown in the book as bred from Dualitv. This own brother to Vintage is now in Henry Callaghan's care at Waverley and, as he covered a lot of unnecessary ground, he impressed as being an early winner. Spiro ran. quite a solid race, but nothing looked likely to improve more than Magic Art, a racy sort by Lang Bian from that former useful mare. Red Witch. She will be more forward at Hastings next week.
AWAPUNI ASPIRANTS Special. PALMERSTON NORTH, this day. A strong team from Awapuni will leave on Monday next for Riccarton. C. J. Thomson will have Foxiana, Renascor, Kaitoa and Arco; H. Griffith, Red Glare (for the hack steeplechases) and .Mynet; L. Knapp, Kanui te Pai; and C. W. Boyd, Gr w k J E St°e r vens will have the mounts on Foxiana, Renascor, Kaitoa and Arco. W. Jenkins will ride Red Glare and Greek Effort. W. Connor has been engaged for Mynet and Kanui te Pai will be ridden by j. Williamson or \V. L. Aitken. Foxiana is not* to be schooled before "oing to Riccarton, but is to be prepared for the Nationals on routine pace-work. However, he does not appear to be worktag with the same dash he showed before the Wellington Steeplechase and he leaves thl impression that he will not be in as solid a condition as his connections would f°ke I. this stage, it ooks as if his greatest asset will be his jumping ability, but it is hard to recommend the topweight unless he brightens' up during the week.
AWAPUNI RACING, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 173, 24 July 1945
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