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With the approach of the new racing I season, which will open in the Auckland Province with the Pakuranga Hunt meeting next . month, Ellerslie trainers are sending their horses along a bit .faster in their work. However, owing to the heavy state of the ground, no really fast training has been indulged in so far. The stablemates, Sublime Fox and Mr. Cute, have settled clown nicely since coming here from the Taranaki Province, and L. George is quite satisfied with the pio"■ress this tjair has made. Mr Cute is one of the biggest horses in training here, and this son of Mr. Standfast and Cute Melody should not be hard to place to advantage. Earliei i (he week Mr. Cute finished up .a useful work-out by running the last three furlongs in 41 2-5s and he did it wen. It is intended to give Sublime Fox a course of schooling over the "battens to prepare him for jumping events in tne new season. This four-year-old won a six-furlong maiden event last Easter, and with the pace that he possesses the son of Night Fox should develop into an ideal hurdler. ' Prospective AY inner A likely winner early In the coming season is the rising three-year-old Geneial Lytup. Since being recommissioned by H. Eva, the son of Solicitor-General and Lytup has done exceptionally well and he is infusing plenty of dash into his woik. In two-year-old events during the P re ,?,f"l term, General Lytup was not fayomed with luck; still, the fact that he registered two thirds and a couple of second placings in his last four starts indicates that a profitable future should be in store for ' Making Good Over Hurdles Since returning from Trentham, where he raced consistently, Shepherd s Mate has had an easy time, and he is unlikely to "race again until the Avondale meeting in September. This hurdler's form at the Wellington meeting was very encouraging, for he had little previous experience and to finish second to Abdicate on the first clay and then to win the Corunna Hack Hurdles on the second day were both sound performances. It took anepherd's Mate some time to become solid, but W. Philp has the son of Greek bhopherrt and Uturiri in great order now and should have a good innings with this jumper at the spring meetings. Additions to Team Two recent additions to W. Philp's team are Airlie and Fosse Way, both of whom have done their racing in the Hawkcs Bay and Wellington districts. Airhe is 'rising five and is by Ringmaster from Lattice by Pombal from Cowl, and was previously trained by W. Hume. .Fosse Way is also coming to his fifth year, and is by Legatee from Mercian Bell, by Mercian King from Alarm Bell, by Finland from La Cloche, a daughter of St. Leger.

A Probable Sale The Royal Stakes winner Navroze is still enjoying a t-pell from active work. He was to have been brought ,in this week in order to be gelded by Dr. W. C. Ring, but the operation- has been delayed for the time being. It is just possible that the son of Ringmaster and * abric may be sold within the next day or two. Form of Lucky Alex On each occasion that Lucky Alex has been schooled over hurdles recently he has revealed any amount of dash. When tried over the battens last spring, he displaycd quite a lot of promise, but later in the season )ils form did not reach the standard expected. He was started several times this winter, and failed to get in the money, but as soon as the ground becomes firm again this jumper is likely to make amends. A Chatsworth Novice Among the novices in work at Ellerslie, one that may eventually make good is Skymaster, a member of W. Fergus' team. He is a well-developerl bay gelding by Chatsworth from Maid of the Air, by The Ace from Kenilworth Maid. Skymaster contested a couple of two-year-old races last autumn and revealed sufficient speed to warrant his future being favourably regarded. He may Be given a race at the Pakuranga meeting. Raphael and Tarzah are being given plenty of serviceable work by E. George and will be ready to race when required. Both these hacks have been in the money during the present term, but will need to improve in order to win races in the class they will be meeting in the new season.

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MR. CUTE NO MIDGET, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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MR. CUTE NO MIDGET Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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