RACING FIXTURES. May IS, 15~Egmont R.C. Winter. May IS—North Canterbury R.C. Autumn. May 20, 22—Wanganui J.C. Winter. June 1, S, s—Dunedin J.C. Winter. June 3, 6, 7—Auckland R.C. Winter.
Racing fixtures next week are the Egmont Meeting at Hawera on Thursday and Saturday and the North Canterbury Meeting on Saturday.
Weights for the minor events at the Wanganui Meeting are due next Friday, after the first day at Hawera. Winners on the second day at Hawera engaged at .Wanganui will he rehandicapped.
It is reported in the South that Tommy Dodd' is under offer to an Australian buyer.
After racing at the Amberley Meeting to-day, Fresco is to commence a spell of about two months. He looks a likely New Zealand Cup proposition if the holiday does not extend too long. Te Kawa lias jefoined Pearson's active brigade at Kiccarton after a six months' spell. He is said to be looking very much in the rough. Blue Hall, in the same stable, is again in work". Limerick is not being thrown out of work altogether, but is being kept to light tasks at Kiccarton. The Oamaru Jockey Chib and Oamaru Trotting Club are negotiating with a view to racing on one course. , The clubs' own separate courses, "which practically adjoin, but in each case a good deal of money is required for adequate improvement::. Both clubs have received about £7500 from the recent Grand National Raffle, so finance should not prove a hindrance to their getting together. It is an undeniable fact that New Zealand is overburdened with racecourses and racecourse equipment, much of which could be scrapped with no economic loss. The two Oamaru bodies have a good opportunity to display a little common sense and business acumen.
Colorado's victory in the Two Thoui»nd Guineas was remarkable for the fact that it was Lord Derby's first win in that lace, despite his long and close connection with the Turf. At the distance Weston dashed Colorado to the front at such a speed that it made the others appear to be cantering, and his five lengths vi "ory over Co.onach surprised the critics. Coronach was the hottest Guineas favourite for years. He was considered easily the best two-year-old of 1925. Mr. A. K. Macombcr's French challenger, War Mist, finished last. The "Daily Sketch" says that Colorado's victory was more mysterious after the popular belief that he possessed three vices—shying, holding his wind, and eating his bed. This was likely to put off any backer. The Ashburton County Racing Club has changed the dates for its Winter Meeting, which now will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, 19th and 20th May. Lilypond, winner of the Sydney Cup of 1925, and who broke down later in the meeting, is to be trained again. He was put into work this autumn, but pulled up lame again after finishing third to Pilliewinkie and Accarak in the King's Plate at Flemington. If he stands Lilypond will be raced' in the weight-for-age events in West Australia. Killocra has been a costly horse since his two-year-old days. He was backed as the best of good things at Te Rapa, and decisively beaten. Whereas at one time he could begin smartly, he now appears to get lost in the early part of_a race, only to be going on at the end. He might d ■ better over a mile course than at six furlongs.- ■"„■,.. -, Kingfield, a three-year-old geldmg by King Lupin from a Field Battery mare, should be a useful performer in the North next season. He is not yet out of hacks, but judging by his second to King Merv, he would not be out of place in open company from this time on. The 'yearling filly purchased in Australia by Te Monanui's owner, Mr. Walter Gra-. ham, is a half-sister to that one-time good performer Garlin,-being by The Verderer or Allegory from Argea. According to the catalogue Allegory is looked on as the sire. Allegory is a half-brother by Chaucer to Junior, and himself the winner ot a number of races in Australia. Argea herself was a fair performer, with Garlm easily the best of her progeny to date. The filly cost Mr. Graham 100 guineas at fiUlt'instated in the^South that Zaragoza is to be sent to Ellerslie for the Cornwal. Handicap. The going should be to her liking, and. her connections cannot complain about the weight allotted. _ The Absurd gelding Radiac has gone into A E. Wormald's stable, to be got ready foi- jumping engagements. He has not done much racing since he was purchased by Mr. J. Grigg, following on a win over hurdles at the Grand National Meeting of 1924. He may be tried later over country, and though he may never stay.a long journey, he should pay his way in short-dis-tance steeplechases.
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Turf Notes, Evening Post, Volume CXI, Issue 109, 8 May 1926
Turf Notes Evening Post, Volume CXI, Issue 109, 8 May 1926
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