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MASTER MERUIT STARS SEMI-FINALS AT RICCARTON Special. CHRISTCHURCH. Tuesday. Following some excellent trials over the steeplechase course at Riccarton this morning, the Grand National Steeplechase looks as open as ever. Kanui te Pai, Khurja, Strip, Master Meruit and Tenorman all came through their tests in fine style.

First out were Kanui te Pai, Master Meruit and Abbey Lu, the trio starting off at the sod wall near the nine furlong post. Kanui te Pai jumped his way to the front and overshadowed Master Meruit at fences along the back, with Abbey Lu giving ground, but, racing across the top, Master Meruit, as in the Wellington Steeplechase, would close up on the flat, and he was with Kanui te Pai over the last three brush fences, the pair finishing a good trial over Cutts well clear of Abbey Lu.

Edward and Extra did not fare so well in their round over eight fences. Edward did not leap well early, and finally ran off at the brush at the top of the straight when well behind Extra, which had cleared the obstacles in fine style. Extra did particularly well until he came to Cutts, which he hit, his rider being somersaulted out of the saddle though the horse did not fall. Edward was taken back and completed the round, doing his best work over the last three fences.

Khurja and Pink* Clover were soon in front of Gay Fort, and they kept together until the sod wall at the five furlongs post, where Pink Clover hardly rose and crashed. Gay Fort then joined Khurja, the pair keeping in close order to complete the round over Cutts. Both Khurja and Gay Fort shaped nicely, particularly Gay Fort, which had not previously been over the course.

Worth Watching Tenorman and Albino led out from Strip, but R. Heasley, on Albino, lost his irons at the second of the kennels double and had to pull his mount off. Tenorman kept in front of Strip all the way, this duo leaping in grand style, though they did not have much pace on.

Arabian Night cleared five hurdles, but his jumping was not Impressive. Good Armour went over four hurdles, jumping big throughout, while Manakore led Sandy Cape over four hurdles. Mynet soon had the lead from Abdicate, and kept in front over six hurdles. Both horses jumped well, particularly Mynet.

On the Flat Heavy ground fog made conditions difficult for timing earlier workers on the course proper, and many gallops had to be missed. The course was in good order, though slow. Koa Manu had no difficulty in beating Full Pitch over seven furlongs in 1.37. the opening three in 41s. Full Pitch will probably be given a run over hurdles to-morrow. Double Cross and Abdicate were on terms at the finish of five furlongs in I.G 1-5, the first in 13s. Ramicourt and Capronella kept together over six furlongs in 1.21, the first two in 2G 4-ss.

Piccolo and Air Ace required 1.36 for seven furlongs,, after running the first three in 40 4-Ss. Palfrey beat Miss Medley over five furlongs in 1.8 2-5, the first in 13 2-ss. Essay worked over four furlongs in 555, her stablemate, Scotch Tweed, doing 52 l-ss. Burberry and Desert Victory €:ept together while running seven furlongs in 1.34 4-5, the opening three in 38 4-ss.

Reorapa's Sprint Reorapa strode out freely over six furlongs to record 1.19 2-5, his first two in 2(i 2-ss. He is in excellent order for the Winter Cup. High Ideal, Carthage and Sanskrit finished at intervals in the order named after running five furlongs in I.G 2-5, the first in 13s. Princess Anne and Nightstalk took 1.10 for five furlongs, the first in 13 l-ss. Armont, Bruce and Greek Slipper finished on terms over the same ground in 1.6 3-5. their first furlong taking 13 2-ss. Gulf Stream had a slight lead from Da Vinci most of the way over an easy six furlongs in 1.22 4-5, the first two in 28 1-os. They were together a( the post. Dauber was given strong work over a round on the course proper and pulled up all right. Trainer Injured The Riccarton trainer, L. Cavalier, suffered head injuries when he was thrown off Lex at Riccarton this morning. Lex had worked on the course proper and then bolted off the track. In swerving to avoid a shed he threw Cavalier, who landed on his shoulder and his face. Cavalier was in an unconscious condition when taken to the Christchurch Public Hospital, but has since regained consciousness.

Arrived On Scene Latest arrivals from the north are:— Greek Effort, Red Glare, Foxiann. Kaitoa, Arco, Renascor, Moderate, Sherwood Forest and Casilda.

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NATIONAL TRIALS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 180, 1 August 1945

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NATIONAL TRIALS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 180, 1 August 1945

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