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Five of the acceptors for the South Canterbury Steeplechase at the combined hunt clubs' meeting at Washdyke on Saturday are engaged in the Grand National Steeplechase, which is to be decided at Riccarton a week later. These are Albino, Steward, Tenorman, Abbey Lu and Maggiore. Steward, which is one of the early favourites for the National, is a five-year-old son of Salmagundi and Caterpillar, and he came into prominence at the Dunedin winter meeting, where he won a double, the Otago and Wingatui Steeplechases. He outclassed the field on each occasion, and some southern writers contend that he is a better horse than Tenorman, which impressed at Trentham by winning the Mariri Hack and Hunters' Steeplechase, and finishing second to Kilmanagh in the July Steeples. Tenorman is the same age as Steward, and he won at his first start this season, the Waiau Steeples at Riverton on March 31. He is a rugged type, a splendid Jumper, and is expected to improve on Wellington form.

Albino, a smart hurdler, as he demonstrated when he won three races in succession early in the season, has not started since the Great Northern meeting, where he proved himself a capable crosscountry horse by finishing second to Dauber in the Great Northern, and a very close third to Sir Percy and Dauber in the Winter Steeplechase. He is probably a better class of horse than either Steward or Tenorman, and, if his condition is right, he should beat this field. Abbev Lu was a good performer last season/but has been a distinct disappointment this term, while Maggiore has yet to show to advantage over the big country The latter, however, is a very useful hurdler, and would only need to jump properly to take a hand in the finish ot the 'chase on Saturday.

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WINTER RACING, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 175, 26 July 1945

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WINTER RACING Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 175, 26 July 1945

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