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RACING AT WASHDYKE Special. TIMARU, this day. Grand National candidates competing in the South Canterbury Steeplechase at Washdyke on Saturday made poor showings, being well beaten by Pink Clover, who raced to the front at the start and held a commanding lead all the way. Pink Clover had not previously won a race, but he is a young horse and had shown promise. He is owned by T. J. Lister, of St. Andrew's, trained by G. Ban* at Riccarton and was well ridden by D. Dawson, who also won the hurdle race on Lord Broiefort. Steward did the best of the others, finishing on after losing a good position in the middle stages. He moved short when going out to do his preliminary and has been showing signs of soreness. Noko" weakened to third, after having every chance. Abbey Lu crashed at the last fence when holding second place, while Albino had fallen at the brush near the seven furlongs post on the last round. Led AII the Way Pink Clover Drought off a big surprise in the South Canterbury Steeplechase. He opened up a big lead early and held on to win by 20 lengths from Steward, who wore Noko down in the run home to take second place by two lengths. The only other horse of six runners to complete the course was Valcron. who was two furlongs behind at the finish. Pink Clover was a dozen lengths in front as they raced past me stands the first time, with Noko and Steward next and clear of Abbey Lu, Albino and Valcron, who were racing in single file. Pink Clover had increased his lead to about 100 yards as they raced to the stand double starting the final round, where Noko was still second, closely attended by Albino, with Abbey Lu and Valcron next and Steward at the rear. Albino raced past Noko going into the back straight, but his effort was short-lived, as he crashed at the brush near the seven furlongs post. At this stage it was just a question of Pink Clover standing up to win. Abbey Lu jnoved past Noko to lead a hopeless chase along the back straight, with Steward a dozen lengths further back and Valcron toiling along in the rear. Pink Clover held on and jumped the last fence well clear of Abbey Lu and Noko, with Steward coming on. Abbey Lu fell and in turn checked Noko and Steward. Once balanced again, Steward finished too well for Noko.

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POOR DISPLAYS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945

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POOR DISPLAYS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945

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