BAD GOING IN THOMPSQN
The rain that had been falling from the opening oil the day's programme had the track greasy by the time the Thompson Handicap came up for decision, and this was in .favour of the lighter-weights, who have not in the past had much success in the event. Three of the-division paid the dividends, and in winning very easily Augment did not pay near as much as many must have expected. Augment revels in dampened tracks, and no horse' handled yesterday's going with the comfort' that he did. Eight or nine places back* when the field settled down.and 91ft on the course, he improved "his position steadily before the end of the back stretch to be running fifth behind Don't Forget, Lambourn, Doria, and his stablemate, White Eajah. He passed White Rajah on the turn, and, still keeping out on the track; he threw out a challenge ,at the false rail that had him going away to decisive victory at the> distance. Augment, with a win and then five seconds in his previous six starts, all v on his recent trip north, was certainly due on the score of consistency for this most important success, of his career. He was also a winner at the Wellington Meeting in October and again in ' January, but he failed when a hot favourite for the Douro Cup in January. A four-year-old gelding by the • Paper Money horse Inflation out of the Arrowsmith mare Eelspear, he could not win a race out of twelve starts in his first term last season, but this season he has won no fewer than* six races and gained nine minor placings in 20 starts for £2265 in stakes. In all his \ racing he has carried the colours of his / trainer, B. Burgess, who bought him *as a yearling for 150 guineas. Doria, who .also managed the conditions, went her best race on any of her trips to the North Island. She was one of the three leaders all the way after a smart beginning, and over the final furlong she worried her three-year- ,■ old rival Don't Forget out of second money. "' Don't Forget was in the van before the end of the first furlong, but he was doing his best when challenged below the false rail and it was only gameness that enabled him to hang on for a dividend. The result was thus very similar to last year's, in that the winner was a four-year-old, with two three-year-olds in the minor places. > Of the unplaced division, The Ring and Amigo, both slow away, were running on fourth and fifth. Amigo became prominent approaching the straight, but The Rijjg did not appear till the race was all but over. King's Toast, the last horse to move, went up fairly fast in the middle stages and after, being fifth into the straight he finished a creditable sixth. Kathbella and Siglow were handy enough .. ■ throughout, the latter not appearing to relish the conditions. Serenata came through from the rear at the false rail but she could improve no further over the final furlong. Lambourn and White Rajah both faded; The disappointments were Sir Crusoe and.Belle Cane, who were hopelessly at sea in the going. Sir Crusoe floundering all the time and once being nearly down, and Belle Cane being one-of the last three all the way. The time for the Thompson Handicap lmin 44Jsec, was the second slowest on record for the. race since the change to Trentham in 1906, the only slower figures being Equitas's lmin 46sec in 1911, when the going was very heavy. In the Railway that day Zealand took lmin 18 4-ssec to run the six furlongs under 6.7. KENTUCKY EASING UP. The more-lightly-weighted horses again had the advantage in the Railway Handicap, as the track had •by this time begun to cut up under the ceaseless rain. Kentucky, who, some- . what like Augment, had been second in his three previous starts, found no difficulty with the conditions, and after racing past/Autolite -to a clear lead at the-distance* he won erasing up by something under a length. Kentucky was purchased privately by Mr. T. Fisher, of Upper Hutt, and his trainer, T. R; George, after being passed in for 500 guineas at the January Sales, and. in his new colours he has been three times second and a winner in four starts. On his return from New Plymouth he appeared to be a bit scratchy in his work, but the rain came to his aid. Though this was his first win on the Trentham course, he was very narrowly1 beaten by Amigo in the main sprint last October. Autolite was;one of the leaders, over near the rail, from the start, and she decisively accounted for the rest of the field. Enrich,-who had to dodge Poutatau all'the : way down the straight, might have been a closer third with a better run. Poutatau, wide out, *. appeared to be the leader on to the course, but he ran about a lot over the last couple of furlongs./ Cheerful Lady and Gold Dale, without ever being prospects, did best of the others. Leighnor and Rebel Mate went only . fair races. Not Out and Hearth both tired and beat only Alunga home. CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS. Kindergarten did not only win the North Island Challenge Stakes hands down from one of the best fields that have contested the race in recent years. He showed himself a champion of champions, arid possibly the best horse that has ever- ; raced in the Dominion. The ease of his victory was amazing. ~ Kindergarten was not bustled for the first two furlongs, when he was with the rearguard. However, H. N. Wiggins took him up to fifth behind Pay- Roll, Foreign Coin, Burra Sahib, and Sir Beau, who were running in pairs* on the turn, and just beyond the false j rail he asserted superiority in style that was almost ridiculous for its effortlessXI6SS Kindergarten, a three-year-old son of Kincardine, is the horse of the decade There have been other champions such as Silver Ring, Defaulter, Beaulivre, and Beau Vite in this period, but those who witnessed yesterday's race will be satisfied for the main part that they have seen something* better. Kindergarten's record is now nine wins and three minor placings in 15 starts, and in stakes he has earned £5605. Sir Beau suffered his first defeat in five starts on the course. He ran on resolutely, however, just to oust Foreign Coin in the last stride. Foreign Coin, who dashed momentarily clear at the false rail, was best of the two-year-olds, fighting on gamely. Saka Bona was a surprise but meritorious fourth, with Shikari and Palfrey next. Pay Roll and Burra Sahib both .tired, the former hanging on the longer. THGHWEIGHT TO HAWERA. The Rimu 'Highweight Handicap,
which has never been a good race for the favourites, was won decisively by the Rulanut—Gardant four-year-old Filbert, who hails from Hawera, which produced the double highweight winner at last year's meeting, Student Prince. Filbert is owned by Mr. I. McGuire, of New Plymouth, a member of a well-known Taranaki farming and sporting family. Filbert was always in a winning position, never further back than fifth or sixth. He joined the leaders, Great Night and Hokumai, on the turn, and he immediately ran clear in the straight, then comfortably withstood successive challenges from Foxette, Mataroa, and The Monarch. He has been racing solidly over a middledistance lately, and in his style he reminds one of his dam, Gardant, who was a very useful sort in middle-grade company in her day. Foxette was in the middle of the running to the turn, and she did better than the rest from that stage. The Monarch, after a check, came along the outer to cut Mataroa out of third. Mataroa raced through from the top of the straight, but weakened near the close. The best of the others were Boatsong (last early), Streamline (always handy), and Moradabad (the early leader and disappointing). Gold Bridge and Great Night finished at -the rear. EVER ENGLAND FIRST UP. Making his race debut and backed down to third favouritism, the Foxbridge—Marchette three-year-old Ever England, wearing blinkers, pulled off a rare coup for his connections in the Trial Plate. Beginning satisfactorily for a green horse, he settled down on the- rail half a dozen places back, and, though, he then drifted a bit, he was moving up again approaching the straight, where he challenged wide out to wear down the hot favourite, Wild Fox. It was a most impressive effort by i the winner, whose dam is by Limond— March and. is thus a half-sister to Te Kara, Queen March, Gay Marigold, and King March. His early training was in the hands of A. Cook at Te Awamutu, but last month he was sent down to P. Burgess at Trentham. He is owned in partnership by Mr. C. E. Robertson, well-known auctioneer at the National Sales, and Mr. S. C. Sutherland. Wild Fox looked all over the winner when she ran past Sunny Knight and i Ann Mie to a clear lead at the false rail, but she was unable to stall off Ever England: She shifted her course when out on.her own but it is doubtful if that cost her the race. . Phyto, first away and fourth into the straight, beat the others easily; for third. Ann Mie and Sunny Knight were next, with Support and Wildfire following. Tristan was prominent to, the turn, and Legis moved up at the half-mile, but both faded over the deciding stage. All three placed horses are by the Foxlaw hqrse Foxbridge, whose stock are among the most* solid at present racing in the Dominion. PREMATURE'S SURPRISE. Premature, doing her first racing since she failed at Ellerslie at Christmas, upset the more* recent form in the Plunket Nursery Handicap, for which she returned a win dividend of over a score. It was a well-merited victory, •as she started from No. 19 marble and had to do it all the way. On reaching the straight she was with Gay Genet following Transmitter, Bird of Prey, Erinscourt,. and Daljarrock, and she finished too powerfully for Gay Genet, who had dashed clear nearing the distance. Premature, who is a daughter of Posterity and the Limond—Pennon mare Impetuous, dam alsp of Master Hotspur, ran some promising races .in the spring and was a double winner at Feilding, but she is evidently better now following her two months' rest. She carries the colours of her breeder, Mr. G. M. Currie, for whom she is trained by G. W. New, at Awapuni. The Australian-bred Gay Genet burst through brilliantly to a clear lead after passing the false rail, but she did not have quite the stamina of the winner. Bird of Prey, with every chance, was beaten into third, though she appeared to be finishing on again near the post. Daljarrock went easily his best race yet for fourth. High Morale and Transmitter were next, the latter after setting the early main, and they were followed home by The Whipper, Kevin, Miner's Hope, "and Ring Chief. Sports Flash was slow away, and Corn Prince was only briefly prominent from a wide marble. CONSISTENT CIRCULAR NOTE. Circular Note, who is running out hack nominations, collected his fourth win in five starts since coming to the North Island when he battled on gamely under his 9.6 to beat Surveyor-Gen-eral in the Tinakori Handicap. He was all out on this occasion, but the track conditions were against him, and it was his first essay beyond six furlongs. ■ ' , ' Circular Note was among the first five all the way, and he was under a hard ride to remain there. With Withdrawal and Rakanui dripping out, he followed Surveyor-General and Wakarara into the straight. At the false rail he was unable to accept the chance of slipping through, but a little later the leaders began to tire, and finally inside the last half-furlong SurveyorGeneral let him up along the inner. This Paper Money six-year-old; who is owned in Wellington by Mrs. R. C. Thornton, did not race till this season, so he has not taken long to work through the hack grade. Surveyor-General raced to the front after a couple of furlongs and he deserved his second. Rakanui,. who jumped out clear, must have been harder to beat if he had not drifted on the turn, for he finished very resolutely. Parchment, handy throughout, was a moderate fourth, and Wakarara, a prospect till the distance, tired into fifth, with Halt and Blue Border finishing on next. Withdrawal, in front after a furlong, was falling back before the straight. Lady, Derby and Blandisher were last to" complete, beaten by the going. ONLY SOUTH ISLANDER. The Scmth Island had its only success during the day.jwhen Airline led practically throughout in the Silverstream Handicap. Back in the spring he won a hack mile on the course under similar conditions, and it is not surprising that he can handle such going, as he is an entire son of Surveyor, a great mudlark. Airline slipped through to the front inside the first furlong and he steadily opened a break on Dainty Dell and Kotua, with Anglo-Irish, and Sanction next. In the straight he came nearly back to the first pair, and his rider had to draw, the whip. Then Sanction challenged, but, hard ridden, he remained in front. Sanction, who incidentally was in the minor money behind Airline in the spring, ran home very solidly and she is deserving of more success than she has been having. Kotua just struggled i
on to be third, having to be shaken up to retain that placing from Don Quex, who finished from the rear. Dainty Dell tired over the last furlong, Arabic almost reaching her. Gold Craft could not go at all in the ground. Anglo-Irish, slow away, was fourth into the straight, but he fell back to last before the post.
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AUGMENT'S LUCK, Evening Post, Volume CXXXI, Issue 62, 14 March 1941
AUGMENT'S LUCK Evening Post, Volume CXXXI, Issue 62, 14 March 1941
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