RAKWOOL'S OFF DAY
The injury received, by the .Victorian Grand National Steeplechase winner, Rakwool, when .contesting the Godfrey. Watson Steeplechase at Caulfield oil Saturday hiis probably removed 'that horse from the list of possible starters in the Australian Steeplechase, which is to be decided at the Victorian Amateur Jockey .^Club's Meeting at Caulfield nest month, and has brought about a further depletion in the rauks of the Commonwealth's very average band of legitimate jumpers. . ■; . According to the: message received yesterday, Eakwool fenced atrociously, and it appears very certain that he could not have been iiy the same condition; as he was in at Fleniingtou, a .week earlier, when, with 11.7, he outjumped and outstayed the opposition ranged against him. Possibly the earlier fine effort had left its murk, and the intervening week did not give him sufficient time to make full recovery. Rakwool is a six-year-old bay gelding by Woorak from Wollumqua, and . his pedigree is well studded with illustrious names. YVoorak was only a miler, but there is quite a lot in Rakwool's lines enabling a pedigree of the staying order to-, be.'builtup. '■ The leading lines read as follows:-? Sire: Woorak. by Tranuain (Bon'of Ayrshire and grandson of Hampton) frcin Martani. by Pilgrim's Progress (son of Isonnmy) from Madcap, by Robinson Crusoe (son of Angler)., .... . . ; , Dam: Wollumqua, by Petrlllo (son of Oalllnule and grandson of Isonomy), ; from Condiment, by Gossoon; (son' of Galopin). from Cinnamon, by Goldsbrougb (sod of Fireworks). < ,
'Rakwool has been jumping since he was a four-year-old, but his earlier efforts were confined principally >to the smaller, fences. Prior to the Grand National he had scored a dashing? victory under the steadier of 12.5 in the Wanda Steeples at Caulfield on 20th June, and> leaving his. most" recent effort out of• the account, there was good reason to expect him to hold- first place among the younger of Australia's 'chasers for the nest season or so. ; His Saturday's.. form. is the less able to be understood, as.he wag on all hands regarded as a very safe though forceful fencer. . ~ .
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RAKWOOL'S OFF DAY, Evening Post, Volume CXII, Issue 18, 21 July 1931
RAKWOOL'S OFF DAY Evening Post, Volume CXII, Issue 18, 21 July 1931
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