Having his first season racing cross-country,, the Hawke's Bay horse, Master Meruit, owned by a prominent amateur rider, Mr. H. H. Dods had an easy triumph in the Grand National Steeplechase at Riccarton this afternoon. He had previously won the Egmont and Wellington Steeplechases, and, after being sent out a solid second favourite for this event he gave his supporters few, or no qualms. 'Tis true, that he made one faulty jump, but he quickly recovered liijiiself, and, after taking the lead from the topweight. gallant Foxiana, five furlongs from home, he drew away to win easily by eight lengths from Dauber, which ran past Foxiana in the final quarter.
It was a spectacular race, and, strangely, the first to make a mistake was Foxiana, winner of the race in 1942, which nearly fell at the first fence. However, he quickly recovered and soon pulled himself to the front from Master Meruit. He then gave a dashing display and held the lead for two miles and a half, but never got far away from Master Meruit, which had the issue in safe keeping (bar accident, of course), with three fences to jump. Steward fell Eit the second obstacle, but the rest oi' the field gave good displays until the sod "wall was reached half a mile from the judge, and there Tenorman fell and Kanui Te Pai also came to grief. Results:— ENFIEI.D STEEPLECHASE of £500. Two miles and a half. I—I—GAY FORT. 9.ll—Hawes 1 3—2—RED GLARE. 11.2—Jenkins 2 7—7—EDWARD, 9.o—Skifflngton 3 Scratched: Hughsotls. Ten lengths: fifteen lengths. Time, 6.18. CASHMERE PLATE of £400. ■ Six furlongs. First Division. I—I—BRUCE. B.6—L. J. Ellis 1 7—7—KNIGHT ORUSADER. B.s—Clutterbuck . 2 10-12—WESTERN FRONT, B.s—Hart 3 Scratched: Wild Ribbon. . . _ Three lengths: two lengths. Time, 1.14 3-5. Second Division. 3—2—COLLEGIATE. B.o—Mackie 1 9—I4—DEEP HARMONY, B.s—Stokes 2 15-15—FINALIST. B.s—Brodie 3 All started. . .. _ Head: length. Time. 1.15 2-5. TRIAL HURDLES of £590. Ono mile and three-quarters and 50 yards. 11-9—BALI. 9.o—Mean 1 6—S—PRINCE DOLOMITE. 9.9—Thompson 2 3—3—MATAPAN, 9.l—L. C. Brown 3<. Scratched: Kilc&to and Patu Ra. Four lengths: two lengths. Time, 3.19. PAPARUA HANDICAP of £300. Seven furiorifs. S—S—GRAND FOREST, B.o—Clutterbuck 1 7—7—PENSACOLA, 10.0—Wilson 3 3—3—SALMI, B.3—Nuttall 3 Scratched: Lance Wing, Piccolo, Arctic DaWh, Fearless, Dash o' Dink, Lord DUndonald. Two lengths: three lengths. Time, 1.27 2-5. GRAND NATIONAL STEEPLECHASE of £2500. Three miles and a half. 3—3—MASTER MERUIT. 10.4—Mldwood ...... 1 8—5 —DAUBER, 10.9—Ritchie i.. 3 3—2—FOXIANA, 12.1— 3 Eight lengths; nine lengths. Time. 7.10.
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STEEPLES WIN, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945
STEEPLES WIN Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945
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