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FIRST DAY OF C.J.C. CARNIVAL Special. CHRISTCHURCH, this day. With youth, soundness and stamina to recommend him, Master Merult looks the right type for the Grand National Steeplechase at Riccarton to-morrow. It is a hard test for a horse in its first season as a steeplechaser, but Master Merult has a creditable record, having won the Egmont and Wellington Steeplechases. There was a doubt whether he would .shape satisfactorily over the stiff Riccarton fences.-ibut he dispelled it by schooling well last Tuesday. If Master Merlut makes any serious mistake, a leavening of experienced horses will be ready to take advantage of it. Foxiana, topweight with 12.1, and winner of the race under 11.13, in 1042, and Kanui Te Pai (10.9), which ran As Required to a head last year while carrying 10.11, are the most experienced horses over the country, and both look ready to run great races. Kanui Te Pai is now 11 years, but he is sound, and the cleanness of his legs bears silent witness to his ability to leap cleanly. He looks as well as any of the candidates and should strive hard to round off his record in the race. May Complete Double Foxiana schooled in polished style on Wednesday and looks in better shape than when beaten into fourth place in the Wellington Steeplechase. He adopted the difficult role of pacemaker at Trentham and was unequal to seeing the task through, but he has had the benefit of another race and will carry weight more easily at Riccarton. Foxiana looks certain to prove a formidable rival, and it will be no surprise if he joins the list of double winners. Dauber, 10.0, the Great Northern winner, is a bold jumper, but he is handicapped by bad legs. He has done some solid work during the time he has been at Riccarton, and if he stands the rigours of the 'chase, he should be near the front throughout. The risk of a breakdown, however, has to be faced in his case, though he schooled well on Thursday and was sound afterwards. Strip, 10.7, runner-up in the Wellington Steeplechase and third in the July Steeplechase, bled on Thursday and is a doubtful starter. Steward, f>.l3, is the problem candidate, his South Canterbury Steeplechase showing being removes, helow the form that gave him the Otago and Wingatui Steeplechases double. Tpnorman and Kilmanagh have the best form of the others, but Kilmanagh may have difficulty in getting round. rino Winter Cup Trial Royal Flight recorded what looked like a winning Winter Cup trial when she outclassed the Clarcmont Handicap field at Washdyke last week-end. She has the steadier of 10.1, a rise of 61b on her Washdyke weight, but she won with that much in hand, and, furthermore, the minimum weight in the Cup is 71b higher. She should again heat the lot which finished behind her. but can expect solid opposition from Rnmicourt, 9.5, Lord Advocate, D.O, Da Vinci, 8.7, and Reorapa, 8.5. Ramlcourt. the Whyte Handicap winner at Trentham. is a solid, if plain. Lang Bian gelding. He has made rapid progress in recent months and looks capable of making a strong bid to win. Lord Advocate stopped over the final ■ furlong of the Claremont Handicap and should improve, while Kaitoa is useful. Da Vinci moves short when doing pace work, but it is a family characteristic, and his form among the hacks shows him up in the Herht of a good young galloper. Reorana took time to make good in open class, but has raced solidly at his last two starts. He bears a well-trained appearance, but is headstrong and may run himself out if one of his rivals goos with him parly. Air Ace is fit. also Salary, but some of their opponents look too good.

Fields and Prospects The track should be in splendid order for the opening day of the Canterbury Jockey Club's meeting and horses to appeal are:— 11.2—Enfield Steeplechase.—Gay Fort, Red Glare, Pink Clover. 11.42 —Cnshmere Plate.—First Division: Druce, Sanskrit. Second Division: Collegiate, Lexia. 12.2-7 Trial Hurdles.—Lord Broiefort, Lotto, Prince Dolomite. I.l2—Panama Handicap. — Piccolo, Salmi, High Ideal. 157 Grand National Steeplechase— Master Meruit, Fowiana, Kanui Te Pai. 2.42— Sydenham Hurdles.—Mynct, Boolamskee, Good Armour. 3.27 —Winter Cup- r ßoyal Flight, Ramicourt, Lord Advocate. 4.l2—Avonhead Hack Handicap.—First Division: Eagle Flight, Peter Gazelle. Second Division: Weld Cona, Arco. Acceptors BE". — ENFIELD STEEPLECHASE of £500; about two miles and a half.-Red Glare. 11.2: Whiphand. 10 4- Gay Fort, 9.12; Ballyaggan, 9.11; Jacksonville, 9.7; Filibeg, 9.3; Pink Clover, 9.2; Extra, Edward, Velcron, Red Leader, Hughsotis, Cobalt. 9.0. CASHMERE PLATE of £400 (or £520 if run in divisions); three-year-olds; colts and scldings 8.5, fillies B.o.—First Division; Armont. Bruce, Erratum Knight Crusader. Major Argosy, Pandosto. Western Front. Bootees. Eudora. False Play, Lady Scholar. Nightstalk. Penrith, Sanskrit, Te-muka. Wild Ribbon. Second Division: Avonbrldge Deep Harmony. Finalist. Lord Elgin. Superlative. Thronbridge Wandering Minstrel. Belle Leonne. Collegiate. Greek Slipper. Lady Welbeck. Lexia, Pandemonium. Princess Anne. Tropical Night. TRIAL HURDLES of £500, one mile and threequarters and SO yards.—Boloyna, 10.2; Lotto, Kilcato, 9.11; Minority. 9.10: Prince Dolomite Court Dress, 9.9; Patu Ra. 9.4; Kohara 9.2; Matapan, 9.1: Lord Broiefort. Big Top. Ball. Manakore Test Pilot, Commemorate, Drummer Boy, 9.0. ' PAPARUA HANDICAP of £ 500. seven furlongs.— Pensacola, 10.0: Lance Wing, Royal Heir. 9.10; Amorlad 0.7: Platform. 9.4; Atreus 8.13: Palfrey. 811- Piccolo. Miss Medley, Sascha. 8.9: Lord Darnley, 8.7; Competitor, 8.4; Salmi, Martial Note, 8 2- Royal Writ. Arctic Dawn, John o' London, 8.1: Gunga Din. Fearless. High Ideal. Little Secret, Grand Forest, Derene. Periwig. Dash o' Dink, Prince Leighon, Lord Dundonald, Night Believer, Gunyah, 8.0. GRAND NATIONAL STEEPLECHASE of £2500. Three miles and a half. Foxlar.s .... 12 1 Steward .... B 13 Dauber . . . . 10 9 Kilmanasjh ... 9 12 Kanui Te Pal . 10 9 Tenorman ... 9 12 Strip 10 7 RamiiJies .... 9 10 Master Meruit , 10 4 Abbey Lu . . . 9 7 Albino 10 4 SYDENHAM HURDLES of £850, two miles.— Good Armour, 10.10: Moderate, 10.7; Flying Spy, Strip 10.3; Bcolamskee, 10.1; Arabian Night, 10.0; Mags'lore, 9.13; Renaseor. 9.11: Mynet, 9.9: Spirillum 9.8; Abdicate. 9.6: The Vulture. Greek Effort, 9.4; The Dude. 9.3: Knicht Commander, 9.0. WINTER CUP ot £1500. One mile. First In . .10 S Piccolo 8 8 Royal Flight . . 10 1 Burberry .... 8 8 Gulf Stream . 9 9 Da VlrtfJ .... § 7 Kevin B 6 Air Ace .... f 6 Rarhicourt ... 9 5 Reorapa ....«» Platform ....05 Salary .... 8 3 Lord Advocate . 9 0 Tring 8 3 Kaitda 9 0 Sphere . . . . . 8 0 Caithness .... 811 Lord Dundonald a 0 Capronella .... 8 10 AVONHEAD HANDICAP of £400, one mile.— First Division.: Eagle Flight. 9.3; Lex, 9.0; Lelghon's Glory, 8.13; Royal Duce, 8.9; Peter Gazelle, 8.6; Tikakoura. Runaway, 8.3; Bath Slipper 8.2; Casilda, Sir Bernard. Plutocrat. Simon Tor Scotch Tweed. Liquidate. Bitter Sweet. Siegiwood. Royal Chance. 8.0. Second Division: Arco, 9.2; Weld Cona. 8.10; Double Croes, 8.6; Desert Victory, 8.5: Good Friend. Sir Tague. 8.3: Great Divide Carthage. Koa Manu. Racket. Foreign Ways Buddy, Peculate, Honey Gold, Tan Lady, Receptive, Legal Right, 8.0. LATEST SCRATCHINGS Khurja was withdrawn from the Grand National Steeplechase at 3.10 p.m. yesterday.

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MASTER MERUIT FORWARD, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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MASTER MERUIT FORWARD Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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