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'Morey."—Star Stranger went amiss at Iticcarton just prior to the last New Zealand Cup Meeting in November, and has been ".. in retirement ever since. J. n. Jeffcrd has just placed him in work again.
No Luck. Since his good run with Sir Roseberry at Ellerslie five years ago, E. Garrett has not had a great-cleat of luck. Two Great Northern Steeplechases-and a Great Northern Hurdle Race in two years was the foundation of a fairly solid financial position, but that must have been impaired considerably since then. He took Sir Roseberry all the way to Adelaide for Easter of last year only to have him break down just before the big race. For the same journey he purchased Zircon this year, only to have the bad luck of Zircon falling in the concluding stages of the Great Eastern Steeplechase when a very probable winner. Zircon had been going well since his return home, and looked to have a chance of making amends at Ellerslie at the coming meeting. Now news has been received that Zircon is under a cloud. A stoppage in his work at this stage- does not augur well for his prospects in the trying jumping races at Ellerslie. Apparently Garrett has not exhausted yet the cycle of misfortune that comes to everybody in the racing game. Mud. Until the end of last week the track conditions were not co bad at Ellerslie, But now that rain has fallen, the going is sure to be heavy. The Ellerslie racei course is in a basin, and at this season there is little or no hope of it drying. The one consoling, feature of the Auckland track conditions in June is that the form usually proves very consistent, for horses who show that they can handle the ground on the opening day usually go on with their good work. The mud multiplies the difficulty of the jumping races by adding several inches to the height of the fences, caused by the horses having to jump out of five or six inches ot soft ground. ■
Will be Well-backed. Overhaul will be a well-backed horse in thePenrose Hack Hurdles on the opening day at Ellerslie, but whether he will prove as good as some expect is just a trifle doubtful. Auckland horses are hard to beat in this type of event, and in Pendavies, Prince Lv, and Highflown he will find stiff opposition. Pendavies comes from the Wiltshire stable, and was originally a Great Northern candidate. Prince: Lv last year should have beaten an extra t'ood but unfortunately very unsound horse in Bourn, while Highflown has some very iair. performances to his credit. Although many. Wanganui patrons expect Overhaul to improve on his showings there, he will need to improve very considerably to have any.chance at Ellerslie. This is not to say that ; some improvement will not be forthcoming consequent on the experience he gained at V/angaiii'.:.
Pouri. Pouri is expected in v.-cIS-iniofmcd quar--I\}S ri° laco particularly prominently iv the Great Northern Steeplechase. Last year Pouri unsuccessfully contested the steeplechase and Hurdles, but lie ran a lirst ami second over the Ellerslie country iit-the Te Kuiti Meeting held at the Auckland Clubs course iv July. Tie then rame on to Trcntham and.won the Wellington: Steoplcchase withWlrbin-Kawiiii •! 10.9 and l'assin' Through'9.l%. \fßic-! -carton in the Graud National Steeplechase ■with 10.9 he was second to Wiltshire 10.0 Wiltshire at Ellerslie next Monday l!?i? ? glVe him 71b ' so Pouri meets lli|n on iGlb better terms. Wiltshire carried 10.7 when he somewhat unexpectedly won tlie hurdle race at the Waikato Meeting while 1 o.un was unplaced with II.C. On figures, therefore, Pouri has something the best t-ii i- Is T" Bcmde. n is to ride him at iMlerslie he has nothing to lose on the score of horsemanship, while in J F lutchen he lias a trainer who is considered something of a specialist with jumpers. By Spalpeen from Ko Iwi by Demosthenes from The Boyne by Merriwee from lie Shannon, Pouri is bred the right way lhere are thus many things to be said in favour of the idea that he should do well at iiillerslie. Queen Arch. Que, e» ,Arch won the Cornwall Handicap.at Ulershe last year with 8.0, and she is again at the minimum this year Last spring:at Marton, with 7.10. she won the principal handicap from a fair field. Bisox h-V- being a head and two lengths away third and she went on ami won the Avoiidale Cup.. Queen Arch has raced modeiatply during the rest of the season for one minor success, but as she is recognised, as a-very different mare on a muddy track from when conditions are firm, she might easily add a second Cornwall Handicap to her record. She was unplaced in the principal handicaps at the Waikato Meeting in April, but since has been working well ou the track at home.
A Hannon Jumper. during the past couple of seasons the Waikatojumping enthusiast, R. Hannon has had only a little luck with King's Guard. As a five-year-old and at his only start as a Eix-year-old he showed exceptional Promise, his Graf ton Hurdles win on Auckland Cup day being a really smart performance; Last season he started only^twice, winning the Ponsonby Hurdles at the Auckland Cup Meeting, and finashing second on the flat at the Waikato Hunt Meeting in a mile hack event. At JO.j in the Greenlane Steeplechase at Ellershe next Saturciay he is by no means harshly treated. He is an assured jumper Tilth more than the average amount of pace. Modern as a Hurdler. The Trentham-trained Modern is not not iL a novi(; e r f-enceSi but Ehe has not had a great deal or public experience. Twelve months ago last March, with 9 2 she beat Bonhomme, 9.G, and a fair field' at Bulls in a mile and a half hurdle event She has been giving good displays at Trentham -lately, and might play her VH T\7f at the Otaki Meeting. She ?K° Uldi b *e, K er i} order for "fie raced through the Nelson and Marlborough circuit and finished up a winner on the flat. Two-year-olds at Otaki. There are eight hyo-year-olds in the Ma.den Race at Otaki, one or two of whom may improve into something of better class Killogie and Roundelay are owned bjvMr..W. H. Gaisford, each be?,g trained at Awapuni. Killogie is by Kilbroney from Temba and Roundelay by Limond from Tivoh. Killogie has run once or twice unsuccessfully, but .Jtoundpky has yet to face the starter. Half Acre bJ" D- M'Cauley for Mr. W. A Fuller at Trentham. He had a run at the last Masterton Meeting, and also at Blen heim but made no showing. Painting is « brother to Royal Game, and has run one is- by Acre from a Strowan mare, trained at: Awapuni, has shown little form He 38 by Chief Ruler from Hallowvonia Lochmea, trained by F. Higgott at Otaki -S"pS? laced T f Wairarapa Meeting at Easter The Wanganui pair Zarene and Trench Raid appear to have the best_credentials. Zarene, trained by W H. Dwyer, has been produced only once at the Woodville Meeting in the Spring' when she finished second with 7 7 to Clever, 7.10, with a fair field behind them She was noticed on the track at Wanzanui recently, and. appeared to be in good order. Apart from her, nothing appeals as much as F. Tilly's candidate. the I Nightraid—Petal Dust youngster, Trench Raid. He was put aside early, but now looks like proving a very useful galloper for Sirs. JF. Blackmore. Even if he fails At Otiiki he should be an excellent Trial Plate candidate at Trentham in July. Mettcllus. The Paladin—War Lady three-year-old Metellus appears to be a sluggish customer, but with 8.8 to carry at Otaki, L. G.
Morris will be available for him, and some idea will be gained of his ability to gallop. He is in a seven' furlong hack race 'with au 8 stone minimum. He ran one second and one third at the Otaki Meeting in the spring, and then went on to Auckland to finish second in a mile and a- quarter hack race. The fact that F. Tilly thought it Worth while to take him to Ellerslie is something of a recommendation. He was started in the Great Northern Derby, but naturally made no showing in that event. His close fourth place at the recent Marton Meeting behind lvoyal Acre, Skyrider, and Shrewd, was a good gallop in view of his Otaki engagements. A Good Stayer. The locally-owned Kiriana appears to be well placed in the Otaki Hack Handicap. He is not very big, and 7.10 is just a handy weight'for him, while he should see out the journey well. Since his rather startling finishing run into second place behind Ronaki at Nelson he has been m the public eye, and quite a number of people expect him to develop into a useful distance horse next season. As he is a Kilbrbney, and only a three-year-old, some improvement can be expected from him. His dam, Ba3'ana, is by Birkenhead from Matin, whose maternal grandsire was Musket. Reigh Count's Second Failure. The American colt Reigh Count, beaten at Lingfield- at his first appearance, was excused on account of the hill. Produced again at Newbury a week later, 13th April over a straight and flat mile, he was beaten into ninth place. He was top weight with 9 stone in the Newbury Spring Cup won by the four-year-old Athford, 7.6. Those who expected Reigh Lount to show improvement on his Lingheld form were .doomed to disappointment. lne chestnut could not go the pace in the early stages, and when half the journey had been covered it could be seen that he was on a hopeless mission, says "Sporting Life." Mr. J. D. Hertz saw ReWi Count carry his wife's brilliant colours, lne American four-year-old, who looked less lusty than at Lingfield, ran with less distinction. His jockey said that he sulked Evidently he will not be seen at his best until he runs on a round course or until he gets some sun on his back His owner said afterwards, "My horse is a warm-weather horse, and does not seem to like the. cold." It is probable that the colt will now be given a rest for a while. a. Michell, the trainer of Reigh Count is in no way disheartened by further failure. I think that Reigh Count ran quite a nice race m the circumstances and he lasted longer than at Lingfield unde:- his big weight," he remarked. "We have got to learn, and by degrees we shall nndout, what sort of course and "-oing suits 'him best." o«'«t,
A Good Haul. During the week-end of 13th-14th April thieves raided the residence of Mr. Joe r>-Al I r.c. ommissio» agent, at Stoke D Abernon Cobhain, Surrey, and stole i3OOO Their haul consisted of treasure* of sentimental value to Mr. Lee who is an ardent stamp collector. They include four gold medals he was awarded at Philatehc exhibitions at Luxembourg and Monaco, and a silver cup he won in Dm-
An International Race. Everybody who was at Lingfield on the second,day of the meeting last week must la Te marvelled at-the attendance. ; Tiue, it was Saturday, but even that did not account tor what must have been a ihe draw was the appearance of r,e\»h Count, and enthusiasts flocked iv their lact that the programme—beyond the Cup -consisted of two -sellers," two MaMeu ; Hates...and oiie other race. This must •be encouraging to executives, and it cads me to make a suggestion. Rei-h Count « here from America. Mike Hal is com n R from the same place, ■ Strephon is VZVZ\ W^'^ AustraCwhi: lalais Koyal 11. is close handy. Windoes not some executive run an lnten at.onal Cup to attract these horses, a"dTe best ot our own, together- After flio cxamp ]e of Lingfield they need have no qualms over the attendance. The con<is ai w -a u os f th™->'™-»'i»d,; &*"«£*£ C^Sen^urle^'V^^l/? attraction it would be to sec « v ?■,'?/ way, Plamingo, Felstcad. Ua'ytown Cv" dome, and the best of our three-ve I-olds ■lme.l up at the gate iv opposition to the . foreigners ior a race over the air e "t course in England. Newmarket is the t ™ImT a'f d;, Co"traly t0 doi»" «>«'™° t « mild be of the Rreatcst benefit to the bloodstock world, in that it would k, V the pacing worlds of countries toVtl or at the proper, place. railing XcwnfaH e( n'r-lh- "° nCat 1'-tl1? "lOst "Palate and ) nc meeting of the season—but this must-lie ruled out as it wonkl pic-i mrt° % St f h^ from takln,part. Therefore, seemingly, we fire Irff with the Wto-London meeting? and of them Sandown or Ncwbury are tic best in that the courses at these two toaTt^" 1 to'mC t0 be of the lai«st--,
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ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS., Evening Post, Volume CVII, Issue 122, 28 May 1929
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. Evening Post, Volume CVII, Issue 122, 28 May 1929
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