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LIGHTFAIR STIFLED SOME PAKURANGA HORSES Special to Star. PALMERSTON NORTH. Monday. Lightfair has accepted for the Pakuranga Hunt Cup Steeplechase, but it is problematical whether the recent Hastings winner will be fit enough to fulfil his engagement. Lightfair stripped both stifles when he crashed through the last fence at Hastings, and was on the easy list until given a couple of rounds of pacework at Awapuni on Saturday morning. He moved very stiffly, but the wound on his off stifle opened afresh, and it looks rather too deep to heal before Saturday. Lightfair, however, is to be entered for the Hunt Cup at New Plymouth. Sporting Gold, which created a good impression when he won the Orakei Hurdles at Ellerslie in June, beating three subsequent winners in Kilmanagh, Shepherd's Mate and Takrouna, disappointed until the recent Hawke's Bay Hunt meeting, where he ran a good third. He has been working well at Awapuni since, and went particularly well in beating First King over seven furlongs on Saturday morning in 1.41 o-o, the track being heavy and greasy. Sporting Gold has 9.13 in the Harris Memorial Hurdles next Saturday, but he is receiving only lib from Ballyneety, which won convincingly at the Manawatu Hunt meeting. . _ . First Edition, which is now in Eric Temperton's stable at Awapuni, is unlikely to contest the Bullock Webster Handicap at Ellerslie this week, and most confidence will be placed in United Nations, with which First Edition and Blue Title is bracketed. First Edition fell at Hastings, but was not harmed m that mishap, and he hit out well in his work on Saturday. The Kincardine gelding will start in the Combined Hunts' Cup at New Plymouth on September 1.

Juveniles Sprinted Endearer (Nizami — Dignified) and Cinerarlous (Foxbridge — Grey Eagle, imp.), the most forward of the two-year-olds in G. New's stable, were sprinted up the straight at Awapuni at the weekend, moving attractively. Endearer, which handled the greasy going particularly well, appears to be a little more advanced than her companion, but Cinerarious lias improved a lot in the past week. , i Kiwi Pai, the lone got. of the steeplechaser Kanui te Pai, has been acquired bv Mr. S. Andrews, and will be trained by Temperton. Kiwi Pai, which shows natural jumping ability, will be seen in the role of a hurdler at New Plymouth. Tremello, which ran a line race for sixth behind Master Robin at Trentham when making his debut last month, is again in steady work and shaping up nicely for the spring racing. Tremello will 'have a race the first day at Wanganui to tune him up for the Guineas, though he will possibly bump against Master Robin again in the first classic of the season. Langue d'Or Impressing Nothing has made greater progress at Awapuni in the past few weeks than Langue d'Or, which had to be turned out for a long spell after his fine fourth in the last New Zealand Cup. Langue d'Or has furnished into a solid five-year-old and should keep the Thomson stable in the limelight this spring.

Luke Thompson lias recently taken in hand two attractive two-year-olds, the first a bay colt by Broiefort from Royal Climax, a half-sister by Tidal to Salutation and Grey Salute. This youngster, which shows plenty of quality, will race as Grand Affair. The second youngster is a brown gelding by the Wellington Cup winner Old Bill from the Day Comet l mare Lady Faye. Old Bill served only a few mares in his first season, but his stock do him credit. One of the neatest maiden three-year-olds at Awapuni is Sailor Boy, n brown gelding by Siegfried from Stone Frigate, by Nightmare!! from Sailor's Love, an own sister to that great staying mare Fast Passage. This youngster has been given plenty of time to develop, but he leaves the impression he will now come quickly. Spring Handicap Prospect Blanket has gone on the right way since iiis fine third placing in the Parliamentary Handicap, and is holding his condition better than formerly. He slays well and looks a lightweight prospect for some of the provincial spring handicaps. Dileas, winner of the last Thompson Handicap, has come back looking particularly well, and does not appear likely to require much to bring him back to winning form. Sir Bradbury, which has shown a penchant for Tronthnm in the past, has rlnne a lot of solid work in the past fortnight and will be ready for racing at Wanganui. The T.elghon gelding favours easy tracks and is in great heart, at present. Saludos freshened up nicely with his brief spell after the Wanganui winter fixture, and is nofr being warmed tip for the spring circuit. The Salmagundi gelding is a smart sprinter when right.

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MAY NOT START, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945

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MAY NOT START Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945

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