TROTTING CUP WON BY MORELLO
Great Effort by Lucky Jack r r PILOT PETER BEATS THE CHAMPION TROTTERS Increased Totalisator Investments
The New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club opened its meeting at Addington yesterday under ideal conditions. Bad weather which had threatened in the early hours to spoil a good day’s racing turned Into glorious sunshine, and it is many years since such ideal weather has been experienced for the most important fixture in the New Zealand trotting calendar. The track, specially prepared, provided well-nigh perfect going for pacers and trotters,, and it was found necessary after the first two races to make full use of the watering appliances.
Cup Day at Addington yesterday brought back to memory many of the great meetings of the past, when horses of the calibre of Great Bingen and Author Dillon, Harold Logan and Indianapolis, thrilled the thousands with their wonderful exhibitions of speed and stamina. The loose limit of the New Zealand Cup this year enabled Morello to score a clear-cut victory; but the honours of the race must go to Lucky Jack, who not only registered 4min 16 l-ssec for two miles but had to cover much extra ground in doing so. His performance must be regarded as one of the greatest ever registered in a race that is supposed to be confined only to the best pacers. The winner, Morello, who had not even been assessed on the limit of 4min 26sec, had evidently a good deal in reserve, and the sacrifice of time in handicapping was worth while in view of the rich prize that the winner gained.
Morello, on the day, won on his merits. He had a good run all through! the race, and was never asked to cover any extra ground. He has always shown himself a' speedy pacer, but at times has shown a hesitancy in his gait that has spelt disaster. He was produced in excellent order by the Methven trainer, M. C. McTigue, who. in the previous race, had driven Fine Art to victory. A .thorough understanding between trainer-driver and horse was a feature of the New Zealand Cup race, and while Morello may not be placed in the same class as the great horses whose names figure as winners of this race, it must ibe remembered that the timq he' registered, 4min 19 4-ssec, has only beeh beaten by Peter Bingen, 4min 18 4-3 sec, Harold Logan, 4min 18 2-ssec and 4min 16 2-ssec,’and Indianapolis. 4min 15 3-ssec. Ideal weather: and an almost perfect track were all in favour of Morello. Special interest was taken in the running of the two Australian pacers, Logan Derby and Lawn Derby, and each acquitted himself in approved style. Lawn Derby gave a grand exhibition of unhoppled pacing, but his handicap was all too great, while the nippy little pacer, Logan Derby, always going nicely, made a brave fight; only to finish in third place. The Aus- „ tralian pacers in no way disgraced | themselves, anrl both proved, high grade pacers, whose form at the meeting will be watched with the greatest interest. 1 The Dominion Handicap was very comfortably won by Pilot Peter, who, securing an early lead, proved himself as good a stayer as any in the racel For. thie two miles he registered 4mih. 27sec from a 4min 39sec mark) 'and made the task of the back-markers very difficult It was s a good, steady performance, and Pilot 4 Peter never looked like being beaten. He has always shown speed in his public efforts. f but an unsteadiness. ..of , gait has lost him a number of races. The threeryear-olds engaged in the Riccarton Stakes failed to show a horse likely to provide any stern oppositions to Aldershot in the Derby, to be run to-morrow, for the winner. Nelson. Eddy, is not engaged in the classis, /and Axspear’s time, 2min 50 3-ssec. did not represent the effort of a first-class three-year-old. The excellence of the track may be gauged from the following table showing the winners, assessments; time registered, and the improvement made in the handicap- events:— One Mile an# V Quarter , ' Actual 1mpr0ve- ...... Hep.- time. ment. m. s. m. s. sec. Cantata .1 '.. 2.45 2.41 2-5 3 3-5 One Mile and a Half Royal Romance 3.34 3.21 2-5 12 3-5 Two Miles , Fine Art ; V . 4.40 4.21 1-5 18 4-5 Morello - .. 4.26 4.19 4-5 6 1-5 Gallant i Knight 4.30 4.25 1-5 4 4-5 Pilot Peter ..4.39 4.27 12 Red Ranger .. 4.35 4.22 3-5 12 2-5 From start to finish, the meeting was run with clock-like precision and the prompt closing of- the totalisator and the quick balancing enabled Mr A. J. Hastings to dispatch his fields with a minimum of delay. The secretary, Mr A. I. Rattray, had all detail arrangements .well in hand, and, under the guidance of the president, Mr J.-H. Williams, the honorary stew-ards’-carried but work in approved style. . . , The totalisator investments/ which amounted to £69,276 10s, showed an increase of £5172 on the -£64,104 10s invested on the corresponding day last, year. . . Following are details of the racing: SPRUNG HANDICAP, , Of £300: second horse £6O, and third horse £4O. from: stake. ' Unhoppled trotters. 3mbx 34sec class. One mile and a half. 2.2 V. Albom’s b m ROYAL ROMANCE -by ' Native King—Logan Lass--Tyrs vricr ■ ■ -M." Holmes, .1 5. 5—E. C. McDermott’s b g Tonee ■7yrs 12 Inc. 12 pen. L. F. Berkett 2 8. 6—J. W. Borrell's b g Indolent llyrs 12 , ... .. ,S. Wright 3. 8. 7—R, ’Towhlcy.’s br m Grade •Fields 6yrs scr' I'.' ’Owner O' 8. 3—N. Woods’s b m Native Huon 6yrs scr .. ' W., L. Pascoe 0 7. B—A. S. Gurney’s ch g Prince Harvester 9yfs scr R. W. Franks 0 12. 10— J. Rogers’s b g Reward . 9yrs scr -. .. R. Motz 0 4. 3—J. Westerman’s ch g Tim worthy , Syrs scr .. .. F. Holmes 0 8. 9—Mrs I. Gibson’s b g Guy Hugo -v lOyrs. 24 • ...v .„ A. Butterfield 0 13. 11— W. R. Anderson’s b m Sister , Mary 9yrs 24 . . R. B. Berry 0 14. 14— W. Fairbalm's b g Survivor lOyrs 24 .. .. G. Camerpn 0 15. 15— W. Shellock’s - b g ' Klppagh • lOyrs 36 .. .. Owner 0 1. I—W. H. Jakins’s b g Sonoma King , 9yrs 36 ... .. J. Pringle 0 39. 12- G. J. Barton’s br g Great Ad- ,, -Fraser 0 11. 13—Mrs E. Berryman’s' bg Captain Bolt Syrs 108 ..... R. Donald 0 _ Native Huon; -led down the' back from lloyal Romance, Reward* Indolent, and grade Fields. With a round covered, JJ“tiy* Huon was followed by Gracie ■ Fields, Reward. Sister Maty, Guy Hugo, Indolent. Sonoma King, arid Tonee. Three furlongs from home Native Huon still had charge, and led into 1 the straight from
Roval Romance. Tonee; Sister Mary, and Guy Hugo. Royal Romance drew out to win by five lengths from Tonee, with Indolent four lengths away. Sister Mary was fourth. Times—3mia 21 2-ssec, 3min 21 2-ssec, 3min 22 l-ssec. Winner trained by owner, Addington. . EMPIRE HANDICAP, Of £300: second horse £6O, and third horse £4O from stake. 4min . 40sec class. Two miles. 1 i—j. F. Grant’s ch g FINE ART by Jack Potts—Golden Bond 6yrs scr .. - M. C. McTigue 1 5 7—Dr. M. G. Pezaro and E. G. Brldgens’s b m Bexley Girl Syrs 24 inc. 24 pen. .. F. J. Smith 2 22 — F. Wallis, jun.’s br hj Fremont 4yrs 36 . .. R. B. Berry , 3 9. g—E. G. Eden’s ch m Golden Moness syrs scr . .. .. Owner 0 12. 12—C. L. Rhodes’s ch m Ivy Petersen' 7yrs scr ... F. Holmes 0 13. 13—Mrs G. Bills’s b g Moana Tama 7vrs scr - ... .. G. Mouritz 0 10. 10—W, Begg’s b g Sage King 9yrs • . scr ' . • .. R. Young 0 7. 3—J. J. Kennerley’s b g Shrewdy 6yrs scr *• Owner 0 7. 3—R. Stace’s bhj Three Bells 4yrs scr .. E. N; Kennerley . 0 8. B—W. K. Tatterson’s b m Lightning Lady Syrs 12 inc. 12 pen. Owner 0 4. 6—R. Rutherford’s ch g Gold Salute Syrs 12 .. R. Townley 0 15. 15— W. McDonald’s b g Treasure Bond 7yrs 12 .. C. Yeatman 0 6. 5—R. E. Hall’s b g Twenty Grand sVrs 12 .. .. J. Bryce, jun. 0 3. 4—o. T. Evans’s b g Wynan Syrs 24 .. .. D. C. Watts 0 3. 4—rL. Gaskell’s b g Donor 6yrs 48 M. Holmes 0 11. 11— F. J. Chambers’s b m Wee Wrack Syrs 36 .. J. Bell, jun. 0 14. 14— W. D. McLeod’s blk m Belle Grattan 7yrs 48 .. S. A. Edwards 0 Shrewdy and Three Bells and Wynan and Donor were bracketed on the totalisator. Fine Art began smartly and led past the stands from Gold Salute. Moana Tama, Shrewdy, and Golden Moness. Oyer the next round Fine Art held his position and entered the back the last time followed by Gold Salute, Golden Moness, Moana Tama, Twenty Grand, and Bexley Girl. Pine Art led into the straight from Moana Tama. Bexley Girl, Lightning Lady, and Fremont; and . drew * out to win by three lengths from - Bexley Girl, with Fremont a head away. ■ Treasure Bond was fourth. Times—4mlnr 21 l-ssec, 4mln 22sec 4mln 19 T-ssec. ’ Winner trained by M. C. McTigue, Methven..
NEW ZEALAND CUP HANDICAP, Of £2OOO and gold cup value £100; second horse £4OO, third horse £3OO, and • fourth horse £2OO from stake. 4min * 26sec class. Two miles. 22 A. J. Lawrence’s ch g MORELLO by Rey de Oro—Moonlit 9yrs scr y y M. C. McTigue 1 4. v 4—W. T,, Lowe’s -ch hj Lucky Jack 6yrs 48 .. * .. D. C. Watts 2 8. 9—H. Barnes’s b hj Logan Derby Syrs .12. .. - J-..A., .Stanford..3 7. B—B.8 —B. Croft’s ch g Ginger Jack 6yrs scr T, H. McKenzie 4 2.2 W. Johnstone's b g King’s Play Byrs 12 . ... 0.. E. Hoper- 0 15. 15— W. McDonald's b g Satin King . ■ 12yrs scr S. K. 'Ed.'Katds C 16. L. J. ■ Brake’s b m Bonny • Azure 7yrs scr - ‘ . . L. O. Thomas. 0 5. s—W>! J, . GudseU’s blk hj Plutus /7yrs scr .. ~ C. S. Donald- 0 If 3—Mrs E.K.Mauget’s br/g War Buoy Syrs scr ..• M. 'B. Edwards 0 13. 13— F. W. McGill’s ch m Rocks Ahead 9yrs scr .. J. Walsh 0 17. 17— J. E. Mcßride’s br g Rey Spec 9yrs- scr ... .. - J. Pringle 0 14. 11— H. Rudd’s blk m Evicus lOyrs scr .. .. R. Young 0 3. I—W. Hosking’s blk g King’s Warrior Byrs 36 .. J. Bryce, jun. 0 11. 10— T. H. McGlrr’s b g Reporter Byrs 12 .. .. Owner 0 12. 14— J. Westerman’s b g Graham Direct 7yrs 24 .. F. G. Holmes 0 6. 6—H. Stafford’s b g Pot Luck 6yrs 36 .. .. M. Holmes 0 9. 7—E. F. C. Hinds’s b g Harold Logan 16yrs 36 .. F. Holmes 0 4. 4—Mrs D. R.. Revell’s ch m Paris!-
enne syrs 48 .. H. B,- Berry 0 10. 12— J. F. Mackenney’s b hj Lawn • Derby aged 60 .. W. J. O’Shea 0 Morello and King's Play, Ironside and King’s Warrior, and Parisienne and Lucky Jack were bracketed on the totalisator. War Buoy and Morello were the first to show out. but passing the stands Rocks Ahead led from war Buoy, Plutus. Morello. Evicus, Satin King, and Logan Derby. Over the next circuit Rocks Ahead still held the lead and was attended beginning the last round by Plutus, War Buoy, Ironside, Morello, and Evicus. Plutus went to the front going down the back the last time and turned for home closely followed by Logan Derby, Morello. War Buoy, Evicus, and Lucky Jack. Morello drew out at the distance to win by a length and a half from Lucky Jack, with ■Logan Derby a length away. Ginger Jack was two lengths further back in fourth place. Times —4min 19 4-ssec, 4min 16 l-ssec, 4min 19 2-ssec. Winner trained by M. C. McTigue, Methven. Following are previous winners of the race:— 1904 Monte Carlo (B. Edwards) 4.44 2-5 1905 Birchmark (D. J. Price) .. 5.17 3-5 1906 Belmont ■ M. ,G. Milsom) 4.46 1907 Marian , (J. Tasker) .. 5.17 2-5 1908— (A. Pringle) 4.36 1909 Wildwood Junr.- (W. Kerr) 4.39 1910— Wildwood Junr. (W. Kerr) 4.33 1911— Lady Clare (J. Brankin) 4.38 1912 Albert H. (A. Hendriksen) 4.48.4-5 1913 Ravenschild (N. L. Price) 4.35,3 5 1914 Win Soon (A. Pringle) .. 4.31 1915 Country Belle (A. Hendrlk- ‘ si‘n>’ • .. ' ~ 4.31 1-5 1916 Cathedral .Chimes (J. : Bryce) ' • .. ; .. 4.31 1-.5 1916^—Cathedral Chimes (J. Bryce) .. .. .. 4.31 1-5 1917 Adelaide Direct (M. Edwards) .. .. .. 4.27 4-5 1 1918— Author Dillon (B. Jarden) 4.26 2-5 1919 Trix Pointer (F. Holmes) -4.30 - 1920 Reta Peter (A. G. Wilson) 4.30 2-5 1921 Reta Peter (A. G. Vilson) 4.29 1-5 1922 Agathos (A. Butterfield) .. 4.33 2-5 .1923—Great- • Hope ' (J. Bryce, jun.) .. 4.31 2-5 ■l924—Sheik (P. Riddle) .. 4.25 4-5 1925 Ahurirl (J. Bryce) .. 4.28 1-5 1926 Ahuriri (J. Bryce) .. 4.25, .1927 —Kpbara (A. .Bryce) .. 4.48 3-5 1928 — Peter Bingen (J. J. Kennerley) .. ~ .. 4.22 1-5 1929 Peter .Bingen. (J. J. Kennerley) .: • .'. •4.18 4-5 1930 Wrackler (M. Holmes) .. 4.24 1-5 1931 Harold Logan 1 (R. J. Humphreys) .. .. ... . ~ 4.18 2-5 .1932 —Harpld Logan (A. Holmes) 4.16 2-5 1933 Red Shadow (J. Bryce) .. 4.24 1-5 1934 Indianapolis (E. C. 1 McDermott) .. .. .. 4.15 4-5 1935 Indianapolis (J. Fraser) .. 4.44 ■l936—lndianapolis (J. Fraser) .. 4.30 3-5 1937 Lucky Jack (R. B. Berry) 4.21 2-5 1938 Morello (M. C. McTigue) 4 194-5
RICCARTON STAKES, Of £300; second horse £6O, and third horse £4O from stake. For three-year-olds. One mile and a quarter. 6 6—P. J. Andrew’s blk c NELSON EDDY by Nelson Derby—Lady Bee D. McKendry X 5. 5—T. J. Atkinson’s ch c Axspear by Travis Axv/orthy—Guy Parrish mare •• D. C. Watts 2 8 B—J. R. McKenzie’s b f Virginia Girl by Great Bingen—-Nyallo J. Bryce, jun. 3 12 14 —C. Campbell’s b m Millimetre x*. G Mour j tz 0 4 3—H. H. Cook’s blk f Wainoni Girl F. Holmes 0 X. i—,t. Westerman’s br c Special Edition . • • • J- Pringle 0 1. I—J. Westerman’s br c Taiki A. Holmes 0 13. 12— J. D. Smith’s b f Wishful H. Marshall 0 10. 10 —T. M. Sim’s ch f Braw Lass J. Bell, jun. 0 14 13— J. J. Kennerley’s ch f Repose E. N. Kennerley 0 2.2 F. G. Holmes’s br f Coquette Owner 0
9. 9—R. Caskey’s b f Rowi P. Gallagher 0 15. 16— W. J. Doyle’s ch f Talak Owner 0 5. 5—R. B. Berry’s b f Huguenot Owner 0 16. 15—A. Chinnery’s b f Lady Carol R. Motz 0 11. H—G. Rosenbaum’s ch f Worthy Empress .. J. Fraser, jun. 0 3 4—A. Grogan's b c Shadow Boy J. Bryce 0 7 7—\v. D. McLeod’s b f Revision S. A. Edwards 0
Axspcar and Vlrlginia Girl led past the stands from Rowi. Worthy Empress. Shadow Boy. Repose, and Nelson Eddy. Going past the half mile Axspear and Virginia Girl were clear of the field, and were followed into the straight by Rowi, Taiki. Worthy Empress, and Nelson Eddy. The last-named finished’ strongly to beat Axspear by three lengths, with Virginia Girl a length away. Taiki . was fourth. Times—2min 50sec, 2min 50 3-ssec. 2mTh 50 4-ssec. Winner trained by D. MeKendry, Winslow.
CANTERBURY HANDICAP. Of £750 and plate £2O; second horse £l5O, third horse £IOO, and fourth horse £SO from stake. 4min 30sec class. Two miles. 1. I—J. R. McKenzie’s blk hj GALLANT KNIGHT by Mr McElwyn— Etta Day Byrs 12 J. Bryce, jun. 1 2.2 G. Stanley’s ch g Blair Athol 6yrs 24 .. S. A. Edwards 2 4. 4—J. J. Brosnan’s b g Marsceres 6yrs 12 .. G. McKendry 3 5. s—Estate F. Fine’s blk m Renown’s Best 6yrs 24 M. Holmes 4 3. 3—G. Smith’s ch g Agile 9yrs scr R. Donald 0 3. 3—B. Grice’s b g Village Guy Syrs 36 .. C. S. Donald 0 11. 11— J. B. Westerman’s b m Recess 1 7yrs scr .. J. Pringle 0 7. 7—G. Aitcheson’s b m Southern Smile Syrs scr .. F. G. Holmes 0 8. B—J. R. Frizzell’s b g Aide de Camp 7yrs 12 .. E. A. Berry 0 10. lb—J. J. Kennerley’s br m Xsobel Derby 7yrs 24 .. E. N. Kennerley 0 6. 6—E. Sanders’s b g Big Author 12 yrs 36 .. O. E. Hooper 0 9. 9—J. R. Simpson’s b hj Bingen Palm lOyrs 36 .. Owner 0 Agile and Village Guy were bracketed on the totalisator. With half a mile covered Gallant Knight had charge from Marsceres. Recess, Blair Athol, and Aide de Camp. Over the next mile the leaders maintained their positions, and with four furlongs to go Gallant Knight was followed by Marsceres Recess, Blair Athol, Aide de Camp, and Renown’s Best. Gallant Knight was not troubled over the concluding stages to win by three lengths from Blair Athol, with Marsceres half a length away. Renown’s Best waS fourth. Times—4mln 25 l-ssec, 4mln 24 3-ssec, 4min 25 4-ssec. Winner trained by F. C. Dunlevy, Yaldhurst. DOMINION HANDICAP, Of £600: second horse £l5O, and third horse £IOO from stake. Unhoppled trotters. 4min 39sec class. Two miles. p. 3—P. J. Andrew’s ' b hj PILOT PE.’S'ES. by Peterwah—Lady Bee 6yrs scr .. R. B. Berry 1
1. I—Mrs E. Berryman’s ch g Wahnooka Byrs 48 .. C. S. Donald 2 2.2 R. H. Butterick’s b m Peggotty 7yrs 72 .. J. Behrns 3 9. 9—E. C. McDermott’s ch m Little Reta 7yrs scr .. Owner 0 8. 11—A. G. Pillinger’s b m Parrish Belle llyrs scr .. G. Mouritz' 0 11. B—A. Chinnery’s b g Aristotle 11 yrs 12 .. R. Motz 0 7. 7—H. Stafford's b g Flotsam Byrs 12 .. M. Holmes 0 10. 10—Mrs H. M. Jopp’s b m Helen’s Bay 7yrs 12 .. P. Gallagher 0 4. 4—F. E. Graham’s b g Lament 7yrs 12 .. W. J. Doyle 0 8. 5—G. J. Barton's br m Golden Eagle 7yrs 36 ■ .. J. Fraser 0 5. 6- H. Hew&on’s b m Discord Byrs 24 .. R. J. Rapley 0 1. I—Mrs E. Berryman’s b g Captain Bolt Byrs 48 .. R. Donald 0 Pilot Peter began very smartly and was followed past the stands by Parrish Belle, Flotsam. Lament, Helen’s Bay, and Golden Eagle. Pilot Peter had a good lead from Lament and Helen’s Bay with a round to cover, but going past the half mile Pilot Peter was followed at intervals by Wahnooka and Peggotty, with the rest out of the contest. Pilot Peter was not extended in the run home to win by two lengths from Wahnooka, with Peggotty six lengths away. Aristotle was fourth. Times—4mln 27sec, 4min 24 l-ssec, 4min 23sec. Winner trained by R. B. Berry, Yaldhurst. VICTORIA HANDICAP, Of £350; second horse £75, and third horse £SO from stake. 4mln 35sec class. Two miles. 6. 6—W. G. Oakley’s ch g RED RANGER by Native King—Waitakl Girl 7yrs 24 .. M. Holmes 1 4. 4—J. Richardson’s br g Colonel Grattan syrs scr E. C. McDermott 2 7. 7—W. D. McLeod’s blk m Nell Grattan 7yrs scr S. A. Edwards 3 5. 5—J. Steel’s br g Zincali syrs scr M. B. Edwards 0 2. 2—A. McLeod’s blk g Donald Dhu Syrs. 12 .. J. Pringle 0 8. B—A. J. Nicoll’s b hj Casanova 6yrs 24 .. L. O. Thomas 0 3. 3—O. Clarke’s ch m Red Pigeon 6yrs 24 .. D. C. Watts 0 9. 9—C. P. Cameron’s b g Guy Junior Byrs 36 .. J. Bryce 0 1. I—G. J. Barton’s ch g Horse Power 4yrs 48 .. .. J. Fraser 0
With half a mtle covered Colonel Grattan had charge from Red Ranger, Nell Grattan, and Zincali. Colonel Grattan and Red Ranger were still the leaders passing the stands the last time, and were followed Into the back by Donald Dhu, Red Pigeon, Nell Grattan, and Zincali. Colonel Grattan and Red Ranger had a hard tussle in the straight, for Red Ranger to beat Colonel Grattan by a head, with Nell Grattan three lengths away. Casanova was fourth. Times—4mln 22 3-ssec, 4min 24 4-ssec, 4mln 25 l-ssec. Winner trained by N. C. Price, New Brighton. HAGLEY HANDICAP, Of £350: second horse £75, and third horse £SO from stake. 2min 45sec class. One mile and a quarter. 1. I—Dr. J. C. Simpson’s b m CANTATA by Rey de Oro—Drumby 7yrs scr .. J. Pringle 1 5. 4—J. McDonald’s b g Glenrossie 12yrs 12 .. L. O. Thomas 2 2.2 E. G. and F. A. Bridgens’s b g Nervie’s Last lOyrs scr F. J. Smith 3 8. B—J. R. McKenzie's b g Double Great 6yrs scr .. L. Wells 0 9. 9—J. L. Purdon’s b g Llewellyn’s Pride Syrs scr .. D. C. Watts 0 7. 7—G. J. Barton’s b m Rongomai 6yrs scr .. J. Fraser 0 4. 5—E. Sanders’s b g Big Author 12yrs 12 .. O. E. Hooper 0 IX. 12— J. R. Simpson’s b hj Bingen Palm lOyrs 12 .. Owner 0 3. 3—J. E. and H. L. August’s b g Frisco Boy syrs 12 J. Bryce, jun. 0 3. 3—J; E. and H. L. August’s ch m Frisco Lady 6yrs 12 M. B. Edwards 0 12. 11— J. E. Mcßride’s b g Rey Spec 9yrs 12 .. R. B. Berry 0 8. 6—Lovegrove Bros.’ ch g Worthy Light Byrs 12 .. M. Holmes 0 10. 10— B. Grice’s b g Village Guy Syrs 36 .. C. £>. Donald 0
Nervie’s Last led past the stands, from Double Great. Rongomai, Llewellyn’s Pride, Cantata, Bingen Palm, and Glenrossie. The leaders were the same entering the back, but Cantata was In charge with three furIwngs Vi , atvd. was followed into the
straight by Last, Glenrossle, Llewellyn’s Pride, and Rongomai. Cantata stayed on to win by two lengths from Glenrossie, with Nervie’s Last three lengths away. Llewellyn’s Pride was fourth. Times—2mln 41 3-ssec, 2min 41sec, 2min 42 2-ssec. Winner trained by R. J. Humphreys, Templeton. NOTES ON THE RACING Royal Romance From the start of the Spring Handicap the speed was on, and the race was truly run in the fast time of 3min 21 2-ssec from a 3min 34sec mark. Royal Romance confirmed her excellent track work and she paid a surprisingly short price for the form she had shown In public. . . Royal Romance was actually quickest to begin, but soon Native Huon raced to the lead and carried on from Royal Romance, Reward, • Indolent, Gr’acie Fields, and Sister Mary, while Sonoma King had lost ground. Native Huon, Gracie Fields, Reward, Sister Mary, Guy Hugo, Indolent, and Sonoma King was the order commencing the last six furlongs, and it was little changed at the straight entrance, where Native Huon faded. Then Royal Romance made her effort, and she won with consummate ease. Tonee came fast in ihe last two furlongs and defeated Indolent, who had a battle royal with Sister Mary. Royal Romance trotted her best race for a long time, and her.racing merely confirmed the work she had done on the tracks* Tonee was again solid, following on his Wellington racing, and Indolent, who has become more reliable, fought on in the gamest manner possible. The disappointment of the race was the favourite, Sonoma King, who had every chance, but failed rather badly in the concluding stages. On this form it will be hard to understand if he wins a race at the meeting. The back-marker. Captain Bolt, trotted a really good race, but he would need to have broken all records to have won. Sister Mary and Guy Hugo were both solid, but Native Huon found the journey all too far. From End to End Fine Art scored a great win in the Empire Handicap, but at the finish he was not fully extended by the challenges of Bexley Girl and Fremont. In running third Fremont registered a great performance, and covering a lot of extra ground his time showed 4min 19 l-ssec from a,4min 36sec mark. Finfe Art went to the front from the start, and, closely followed by Moana Tama, Shrewdy, Golden Moness, Ivy Peterson. and Sage King, he set a fast pace for the greater part of the journey, and the order was little changed until the last half-mile, when Fremont commenced a great run, which he carried on round the top turn, while Fine Art still raced on from Gold Salute, Moana Tama, Golden Moness, Ivy Peterson, Shrewdy, and Twenty Grand. At the straight entrance Bexley Girl, who had been gradually improving her position, was in second place, and even the great effort of Fremont landed him only in third place. Fine Art went on to win in approved style, with a clear advantage over Bexley Girl, who hungon just long enough to defeat Fremont. Fine Art had previously shown his speed at Oamaru, but he proved anything but a genuine racehorse when a real question was asked. Bexley Girl, who drifted in the early part, showed enough speed to suggest’ that she will be heard of later at the meeting; but the majority found the pace too fast and faded towards the end
of the race. The excellent state of the track was thus early evident, and an improvement of nearly 20 seconds on the assessment shewed the strength of the field. Ivy Peterson, Shrewdy, Sage King! Gold Salute, and Twenty Grand were all going well at different stages of the race, but were apparently a bit out of their class. The Cup The New Zealand Cup was a race worthy of the occasion, for while Morello had not previously shown himself to be a dyed-in-the-wool stayer, he won the race like a really good racehorse. It was a contest full of thrills for the spectators, but, while Lucky Jack made a valiant effort over the later stages, the size of the field nullified all his good work. The race proved the folly of confining the event to horses that “can do” 4min 26sec or better. War Buoy, the favourite, made a fast beginning and, closely followed by Morello, Rocks Ahead, Plutus, Satin King, Evicus, and Logan Derby, he led over the first part, but at the end of half a mile Rocks Ahead raced to the lead and carried- on from Plutus, War Buoy, Ironside, Morello, Evicus, and King’s Warrior. With a round to go Rocks Ahead, Plutus, War Buoy, Ironside, Morello, Evicus, and King’s Warrior was the order, but at this stage Ironside had a sulky tyre punctured and was pulled up. Plutus raced to the front as the back stretch was entered and. closely followed by Evicus, Logan Derby, and King’s Warrior, he led three furlongs from home, while Parisienne dropped out and Lucky Jack commenced a sensational run from the back of the field. In the straight Logan Derby was practically on level terms with Plutus in the lead, but close handy were Morello and Lucky Jack. Morello hit the front before the distance post was reached, and while Lucky Jack made a wonderful effort, he failed to reach Morello. He decisively beat Logan Derby, who was beginning to feel the effects of the pace. Pot Luck made up ground over the later stages to finish just behind the fourth horse. Ginger Jack, while following closely were King’s Play, War Buoy, Parisienne. Graham Direct, and Evicus.
The winner was always nicely placed and the comparatively short price he paid may be accounted- for by the presence in the field of his stable-mate. King’s Play. He had previously shown his merit over a mile and a half, but was not generally regarded as a genuine slayer. His owner, Mr A. J. Lawrence, has been a loyal sunporter of the trotting sport for many s years past and his win was a popular one. Morello. in front of his field over the' last furlong, had altogether too much speed for the remainder. * He won on his merits and had all the best of the running.
Lucky Jack made a sensational effort over the last half-mile and with a rea-sonably-sized field he might have won. In defeat he showed himself to be a really great pacer and his speed over the later stages was of a record-breaking order. The Tasmanian pacer, Logan Derby, met horses just too good for him. although he was driven a splendid race by his trainer, J. A. Stanford. He’ was probably beginning to feel the effects of the torrid pace towards the end and his effort was a good one. Ironside had his chances extinguished six furlongs from home through a punctured sulky wheel and he was afterwards out of the race. He was going particularly well at the time, as was his stable-mate. King’s Warrior, who was probably the cause of the trouble. King’s Play was always handy, but failed to run on, and he appears likely to improve during the meeting. Rey Spec stopped on the mark, Plutus failed in the later stages, but his race was a creditable one; Satin King and Bonny Azure failed as expected, and old Harold Logan just plodded along, probably doing his best, but showing none of his old-time brilliance. Lawn Derby gave a grand exhibition of unhoppled pacing, but never appeared to have a chance, and Parisienne, after being well placed, failed to run on at the end. It was a race full of interest and was won by a really good pacer on the day. Novice Three-year-olds
The Riccarton Stakes, a race for maiden three-year-olds, ended in a surprise win for Nelson Eddy, a black colt by Nelson Derby from Lady Bee, trained by D. McKendry in South Canterbury. The inexperience of a number of the young pacers was responsible for the field being well strung out in the early stages, and while Rowi and Axspear were the early leaders, the former lost his place only to come into the picture with half a mile gone, when the order was Axspear, Virginia Girl. Rowi, Worthy Empress, Nelson Eddy, and Taiki. The three first-named had a good advantage three furlongs from home, but at this stage the field commenced to close up. Axspear and Virginia Girl were hard at it a furlong from home, but here Nelson Eddy came with a very fast run and he was going away from the others at the finish. In third place was Virginia Girl, followed by Taiki, Coquette, and Rowi. Nelson Eddy had ground to make up over the later stages, but he got down to his work like a real stayer. Unfortunately he is not engaged in the Derby to be run on the second day of the meeting. Coquette, Taiki, and Wainoni Girl were well iV back from the start, and never appeared likely, and of the three Coquette left the best impression. Special Edition was again
a disappointment, and Shadow Boy lost all his chance in the early stages of the race. Worthy Empress made only a fair showing. Long Overdue
Gallant Knight scored a long-overdue win when he fairly outclassed the field in the Canterbury Handicap. He had a clear advantage of Blair Athol at the finish, after the latter had made up ground over the last three furlongs. Recess went away .smartly from the barrier, and followed by Marsceres. Gallant Knight, Blair Athol, and Isabel Derby, she was soon replaced by Gallant Knight, who, with Marsceres, raced on in the lead from Recess, Blair Athol, Aide de Camp, Big Author, Renown’s Best, Southern Smile, and Village Guy. A mistake by Big Author upset the chances of Southern Smile, Village Guy, and Renown’s Best, and this spoiled the race. Gallant Knight and Marsceres corf.inued to make the running from Recess and Blair Athol until the straight was reached. Here Recess faded, and Blair Athol issued the final challenge to the leader. _ It was of no avail, and Gallant Knight had a clear advantage at the finish. Then came Marsceres, Renown’s Best, Recess, Aide de Camp, and Southern Smile. The accident, materially affected the result, and the best of the unplaced division may prove to be Southern Smile. The Crack Trotters
Pilot Peter won the Dominion Handicap from end to end. He was allowed to establish a good lead in the early stages, and trotting soundly in front he stayed on to win like a good trotter. Under R. B. Berry’s care, Pilot Peter has done well. Pilot Peter was the smartest to begin, while Captain Bolt lost ground. Little Reta followed the leader, but soon cried enough, and Pilot Peter led at the end of the first half mile from Parrish Belle, Flotsam, Lament, Helen’s Bay, and Golden Eagle, while Wahnooka was gradually making up ground. With another round covered, Wahnooka had made up a lot of leeway, and with six furlongs to go the order was Pilot Peter, Lament, Helen’s Bay, Golden Eagle, Flotsam, and Wahnooka. The last-named, put in great work, and followed Pilot Peter into the straight, while Peggotty also put in a burst. She was third into the straight, and while she had no chance with Pilot Peter, she had Wahnooka fully extended to keep her out of second money. Aristotle was fourth._ Pilot Peter, in a work-out at Addington last week, had given an indication of his ability, but there still remained a doubt as to whether he would begin smartly enough. The remainder allowed him to get too far away, and he proved a better stayer than the majority. Wahnooka made a great effort, and a slow beginning and the necessity of covering much extra ground made his task doubly difficult His exhibition was one of the features of the day’s racing, but his stable-mate, Captain Bolt, doubled his handicap at the start. 1 / Peggotty was possibly not in her befet form, but she showed great brilliance in her final effort to finish in 4min *3sec. Little Reta broke up, Parrish Belle failed toistav, and Lament and Golden Eagle will have, to improve on their performances • to win a race at the meeting. Horse Power Fails A hot favourite in Horse Power let his backers down badly in the Victoria Handicap, and while he lost ground at the start, his performance over the later stages was that of a second rater. He gave away 48 yards but on this form could not-have won from the limit. The race provided few thrills, but it was run at a solid pace from start to finish, and gave the back-marker little chance of catching the pacemakers after he had lost ground early. Colonel Grattan was in front at the end of four furlongs, and was closely followed-by Red Ranger, Nell Grattan, Zincali, Donald Dhu, and Red Pigeon, : with Horse Power . well in the rear. There was little change in the order for a mile, and when real racing commenced three furlongs from home, Colonel Grattan was still leading from Red Ranger, Donald Dhu, Nell Grattan, and Zincali. In the straight, Colonel Grattan held his lead until within 50 yards of the post, when a hot challenge by Red Ranger could not be dealt with. Red Ranger had a narrow victory, but he had a good deal in reserve. Colonel Grattan essayed the task of pace-making, but found it too much for him. After his consistent running, a win for his owner, Mr J. Richardson, Would have been -well deserved. Nell Grattan paced well, and may win in the near future. Zincali made a poor showing, and the support accorded Donald Dhu proved quite uniustified. He may be all the better for the race. Red Pigeon may race better over a shorter distance than two miles. The Sprinters The Hagley Handicap saw a good racehorse in Nervie’s Last beaten by the luck in the running or possibly a lack of judgment by his driver,, who allowed himself to be shut in on the rails when he had every prospect of victory. Nervie’s Last was first away from the start, and Rongomai, Double Great, Cantata, Llewellyn’s Pride, and Glenrossie followed, after which Nervie's Last and Double Great still carried on from Rongomai, Llewellyn’s Pride, Cantata, Bingen Palm, and Glenrossie. As the straight was reached; Nervie’s Last was - in behind Cantata, who had taken the lead, but was ef-
fectually hemmed in by the fast-fin-ishing Glenrossie. It appeared to be a fatal mistake by F. J. Smith. Cantata won in great style, but Nervie’s Last should have been a lot nearer at the finish. Glenrossie. Key Spec, and Double Great all raced solidly, but the remainder quite failed to hold the pace of the leaders. Nervie’s Last is a brilliant pacer, and is entitled to support in any race in which he starts.
SECOND DAY’S HANDICAPS
WHITELEIGH HANDICAP, of £300., Ur - ■ hoppled trotters. 4min 48sec AaSs. Two ' miles. . Dollar Maid . . scr Indolent ;.. 5J Gracie Fields scr Dark Hazard 3ft Llstowel ..scr Tonee i. 36 v Manna's Son .. scr Guy Hugo .. 48 • Native Huon .. scr Royal Romance 48 Reward . - scr Sister Mary 48 Sagamore .. scr Survivor ' -.48 Timworthy .. scr Kippagh .. 60 Prince Sonoma King 60 Harvester 12 Parrish Guide 72 Blue Logan .. 12 ELLESMERE HANDICAP, of £3OO. 2min Slsec class. One mile and a quarter. Bill B . • scr Sage King .. scr Cavan Chief .. scr Sky Wink .. scr Connenora .. scr Southern Chief scr Gold Salute .. scr Starwyn .. scr Great Divide scr Three Bells .. scr Guncase scr Trevor de Oro scr Icevus •• scr Twenty Grand scr Ivy Peterson scr Reno .. 12 Lightning Lady scr Wynan .. 12 Loyal Pat .. scr Bexley Girl .. 24 Moana Tama scr Fremont ..24 Parauri .. scr Fine Art .. 36 Racketeer .. scr Marlene .. 36 OLLIVTER HANDICAP, of £IOOO. 4min 27sec class. Two miles. Aide de Camp scr Worthy Light 12 Big Author .. scr De Soto - - 24 Bingen Palm scr Glenrossie .. 24 Blair Athol .. scr Ironside .. 24 Gallant Knight scr King’s Play .. .24 Ginger Jack .. scr Logan Derby 24 Marsceres .. scr Reporter .. 24 Nervie’s Last scr Graham Direct 36 Renown’s Best scr Grand Mogul 36 Village Guy .. scr Morello .. 36 Cantata .. 12 Harold Logan 48 ’ Evicus .. 12 King’s Warrior 48 Plutus .. 12 Pot Luck .. 60 Rey Spec .. 12 Lucky Jack .. 60 Rocks Ahead 12 Parisienne .. 60 Satin King .. 12 Lawn Derby 72 War Buoy .. 12 Indianapolis 84 LE LIEVRE HANDICAP, of £4OO. 4min 33sec class. Two miles. Bexley Girl .. scr Frisco Boy .. 12 Casanova .. scr Guy Junior .. 12 Donald Dhu .. scr Mystery Yet .. 12 Donor .. scr Toorak .. 12 Nell Grattan scr Ferry Post .. 24 Philarlo .. scr Horse Power 24 Red Pigeon .. scr Red Ranger .. 24 Sandusky .. scr sea Gift (T.) 24 ' Zincali .. scr Marsceres ... 48 SOCKBURN HANDICAP, of £4OO. Un- ’ hoppled trotters. 3min 29sec class. ■ One mile and a half. Little Reta .. scr Great Admiral 24 :
ParrJsh Belle .. scr Helen’s Bay .. 24 Parrish Guide scr Lament .. 24 Sonoma King scr Golden-Eagle 36 Aristotle .. 24 Pilot Peter .. 36 Bittersweet .. 24 Captain Bolt .. 48 Discord .. 24 Wahnooka 43 First Wrack .. 24 Peggotty .. 60 Flotsam .. 24
METROPOLITAN HANDICAP, of £3OO. 2min 48sec class. One mile and a quarter., Ace Pot .. scr Parauri .. scr Aircraft .. scr Sandusky .. scr Belle Grattan scr Twenty Grand scr Bexley Girl .. scr Waitakl Power scr Bing Crosby .. scr Zincali .. scr Donor .. scr Casanova -. 12 Espiendor .. scr Colonel Grattan 12 Fine Art .. scr Donald Dhu .. 12 Fremont .. scr Ferry Post .. 12 Glorietta .. scr Kenwortiiy .. 12 Golden Cross scr Mystery Yet .. 12 Gold Salute .. scr Red Ranger .. 12 Great Divide .. scr Silver Guy .. 12 Guncase .. scr Waipahi .. 12 Harlequin .. scr Agile - - 24 Morewa .. scr Marsceres .. 24 Nell Grattan .. scr Gallant Knight 3*
CLARKSON HANDICAP, of £4OO, 2mift 44sec class. One mile and a quarter. Big Author .. scr Guy Junior .. 12 Bingen Palm scr King's Play .. 13 Bonny Azure scr Logan Derby 13 Cantata .. scr Renown’s Best 12 Carver Doone scr Worthy Light 12 Double Great scr Grand Mogul 24 Frisco Boy .. scr King’s Warrior 24 Frisco Lady .. scr Parisienne .. 24 Ginger Jack .. scr Plutus .. 24 Glenrossie .. scr Pot Luck .. 24 Graham Direct scr Reporter . . 24 Ironside .. scr Rocks Ahead 24 Morello ..scr Village Guy .. 24 Nervie’s Last scr Lucky Jack .. 36 Rey Spec .. scr Lawn Derby .. W Satin King .. scr Supertax .. CO Evicus .. 12 Indianapolis .. 72
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TROTTING CUP WON BY MORELLO, Press, Volume LXXIV, Issue 22554, 9 November 1938
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