KACIKG FIXTURES. May 13, 15—Egmont E.C. Winter. May 15—North Canterbury R.C. Autumn. May 20, 22—Wanganui J.C. Winter.June 1, 3, s—Dunedin J C. Winter. June 3, 5, 7—Auckland R.C. Winter. Nominations for the Otaki Maori Racing Club's Winter Meeting close on Friday. There will not be any payment for the Great Northerns until 28th May. At Hawera to-morrow the jumping seaeon will be opened, the Egmont Steeplechase being the first cross-country event of the Beason. The Egmont Racing Club tag done well for acceptors, and all the races, both jumping and on the flat, prowise really good contests. There is a possibility of the Telegraph Hack Handicap being divided, but with only a sevenevent. programme, if this is found to be necessary, the divisions will become extra races in themselves, and not divisions prith the totalisator opened only once. A round dozen have been left in the Egmont Steeplechase, Omahu and NukuJnai being at the top of the list with 11.13. Both may need a race or two to bring them to their best, while in the case of Nukumai he may need also the experience over the bigger fences. Passin' 11.7, may also be in need of a gallop. Master Peter, 10.10, is not overburdened, and it has been shown that he is as well forward in condition as anything in the race. It is difficult to see any reason why he should not play a very prominent part in the decision of this race. Charlatan, 10.7, has done some good work in the South, and has had a race on the flat. If he gallops and jumps up to his early promise he looks one of the likely ones. Puwhero has done a fair amount of racing, and although two miles and a half is just about as far as he cares to go, his great jumping and brilliancy fa the early stages may win this race for him. He scored over the same distance »t Wanganui last winter. Dick, 9.12, and First Line, 9.7, should come into then- own a little later on, Ellerslie ibeing_ Dick's happy hunting ground, and Kiccarton that or First Line. On the book Ranui, Mahia, and Silent Dick have c-nly the faintest of jumpers' chances. JThe little group in the handicap comprising Master Peter, Charlatan, and Puyehero looks rather formidable. Nearly all of those engaged in the Tongalioe Hurdles have done some racing recently. Many Colours should find 11.10 more than sufficient, while San Fera and Sir Fanciful may do better just a little later on with, less than 11.1 to carry. Koaueu, 11.5, is a fit horse, and may win again, but he appears to be giving away too much poundage. Brigadier Bill at Bulls showed he was well forward, and he comes from a stable always to be respected. ! MQuntain Bell has a good handy ,weight, 10.6, and a mile and a half course yri\\ suit her to a nicety. She is a mare ■with undoubted pace on the flat. Zircon, who has been schooling well at Ellerslie, has only to do his best to spreadeagle this field with 9.8. Kareao, Rehutai and Just Quietly are all lightweights to be considered. It is a very open race, nnd being so early in the jumping season there are a. number of contingencies to be considered. It seems safe to assume that Mountain Bell and Zircon will-both enow up well, while Brigadier Bill, if he carries the confidence of his connections, f hould not be far '"'f .BtOa^. Merry Day, topweiglit m the M Rae Metnoria^Handieap, will have a trade, to •ait her at last. Yoma may do better a reads very well at 8.2, including his penalty for winning at Waverley. Vaward, Glengariff, Mount Marta, and Sunshot, are .11 lightweights who cannot be left out of considerations. Both Vaward and Glenaariff have shown very useful form on occasions, while Mount Marta was well out to front for the greatest part of the Great Autumn Handicap in Chnstchurch Bunshot finished third to Euphonium and Opa at Waverley last week. Euphonium, . Bunshot, and Mount Marta may do best. E George has three representatives m the' Flying Handicap in Merry Jest, Urat^n, and Willow Wai. The weight may find out Merry Jest on a holding track, Oration has failed too otten to be trusted, .while Willow Wai does not appeal a great deal, despite hi* second at Waverley last week. Rational, 8.13, with anything under ».O to carry is still to be respected, but the handy weights of Siaosi, Ivilceit, and -Benzora should stand to them. Siaosi, if *c begins at all well, should take all -Icinds of beating. Kilceit may find the instance just a little too shorty but the promoted hack, Benzora, can gallop fast, hind is well above the ordinary. Pouma, ■risen to 8.4 for her Waverley success, wins ■*er share of. sprint races, and generally does well on the Hawera track. Day 'Guard, who ran two very fair races at >Te Rapa, if produced fit and well, should 'perform creditably. Bonogne's form recently has been disappointing. Siaosi, Day Guard, and Benzora may be a likely " Sanialino, despite his failure at Waveriey. may show up better in the Hack Steeplechase. He will find a hard nut to crack in Kendal, who is very well and istayß on in bad ground. Uncle Dave may be the best of the others. Without knowing anything definite as to 'divisions in the Telegraph Hack. Handicap, it seems rather useless to attempt to ■analyse the field. Berinthia at 8.0 showed enough speed at Trentham to suggest that she would be hard to beat on a turning course like that at Hawera over a distance of five furlongs. Argue is a good -eprinter when right, while Judge's Bos is ,-ianother smart beginner. All three namjted are of a type who can jump out well, ?"» necessity in this race. Eden Hall will not want for supporters in the Tawhiti Hack Handicap for all :his 9.2. No Response and Kilmiss, both •'on the 8.9 mark, are useful gallopers, Kil-l-miss in particular being very unlucky at "the last meeting at Awapuni. The Two Thousand Guineas winner, ■ Colorado, was ready very early in the seaJWon, for he won the Union Jack Stakes at in March, the first day of the tGrand National Steeplechase Meeting. jXJoncerning the colt, the "Sporting Life" [eaid: Although Colorado has grown but Ulittle since his two-year-old days, he 13 a "particularly stylish little colt, and though jjonly standing a shade more than fifteen jpiands, he is delightfully moulded and full wof quality. Lord Derby explained that /the colt has a nervous affection of the throat, which at times contracts and • causes him to choke. He steered clear^ of rthe ailment in the Union Jack Stakes, and [did not blow very much after the race. It ;ii to be hoped he will grow out of the .habit, which may only amount to his -breathing through his mouth and not his nostrils. One thing encouraging to his .connections is that he is not a roarer. Throughout his race Colorado was pulling lover his rivals. The Northern jumper Llewellyn has been entered for the A.J.C. Hurdle Race and A.J.C. Steeplechase to be rim at Randwick on 7th and 12th June respectively. Bathos and Cherry Ripe are other New Zealand bred jumpers engaged in the hurdle event. . According to the Sydney "Referee," G. .Young is to ride the 5500 guineas colt, brother to Valicare, next season. Young ;nas been engaged to do the riding for Mr. :E. M. Pearce, owner of the youngster Hflmed. j-'he racing track at Hastings is sadly .in need of reconditioning, and after the last meeting some improvement was demanded. A meeting of stewards was held recently to whom the course "committee reported on the state of tlio course proper, and recommended that the top plough and grass gallop be immediately ploughed 'and sown in grass. It was expected that the club would hold its races on this course, which would be fenced on the inside, so that it would then be possible to plough and regrade the course proper. Atfer considerable discussion the recommendations were adonted.
NOTES AND COMMENTS
HORSE'S IDENTITY QUESTIONED,
"Is Kedgeree really Kedgeree?" is a question at present receiving the attention of the A.J.C stipendiary stewards. The owner, V. G. Benyon, says "Yes," but, until a discrepancy in his registration has been cleared up, Kedgeree may not do any more racing. The sensation of the Canterbury Park meeting on Saturday, Ist May, was the rejection of Kedgeree's entries for the Campsie Handicap and Canterbury Park Cup, and his seizure on the course for the purpose of examination. Rumour quickly got busy, and some of the allegations as to his identity were amusing, states "Pilot" in the Sydney "Referee." Under police supervision Kedgeree was removed to Messrs. John Stewart's veterinary establishment at Rushcutter Bay, and was detained there until Monday, when, after an inquiry by the stipendiary stewards, he was returned to his owner, V. G. Benyon. Subsequent to their sitting the stipendiary stewards issued the following statement: — "As the examination for the purpose for which the gelding Kedgeree was detained at Canterbury on Saturday has been completed, the horse is being forwarded to-day to Mr. Benyon at Granville. "The examination disclosed that the horse has been incorrectly described in his registration, and also in his nomination for the Canterbury Cup and Campsie Handicap. After re-opening the inquiry it was also found that Mr. Benyon's reoeipt for the horse showed Kedgeree to have brands which are not disclosed in the application for registration. "To ascertain the full particulars from the breeder the inquiry has been adjourned to 17th May at 11 o'clock." The foregoing points to discrepancy in Kedgeree's actual brands and those supplied for registration, and the breeder should be able to assist in clearing up that point. Benyon states that he bought Kengeree as a four-year-old for £125 from Mr. A. Clifton, of Rosewood, Tullamore, and first raced him in a Trial Stakes at Rosehill on 14th March, y1925. He had two more runs last season*, his best being in a Maiden Hurdle Race at Moorefield on 16th May. Kedgeree's next appearance m public was nearly nine months later, when, at an outside price, he won a division of a , Maiden Handicap at Rosehill in February. I He followed this up with a win in a division of a Park Stakes at Moorefield, and the manner in which he later accounted for a Jumpers' Flat Race at Rosehill drew special attention to him. He is described as by Rice from Fancy "Vest, and though^his age, as given, at the time of registration, would make him six years, he has recently figured in the racebooks as an aged gelding. That, however, is an easily-made mistake, and has occurred in connection with the nomination of other horses. Whether the horse was turned right out at any time during the nine months he was not raced I cannot say, but no doubt the stewards have made full inquiry in that direction. However, with the case still receiving official consideration, it is only fair to defer extended comment. ' It is a long time since there has been a suggestion of "ringing in" at a.registered meeting in Sydney. It is too dangerous a business, though -at country fixtures it is, alleged that at times there is still occasional doubt as to the identity of some visiting horse or other.
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RACING NEWS, Evening Post, Volume CXI, Issue 112, 12 May 1926
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