A LENGTHY ABSENCE
SPORTING GIFT TO RACE Down to compete at the Waikato Meeting today was Sporting Gift, a diminutive gelding who was at one time well known to racegoers at this end of the North Island. He has not sported silk since the 1940-41 season, and was then a six-year-old. In the 1939-40 season he won four times, re-, gistering a double at Marlborough. He brought off a surprise win at Awapuni, the course on. which he was trained, in May, 1940, but failed to add to his account in the following term. Sporting Gift has' American blood in his veins, his dam, Visible, being by Emblematic (son.of Tracery) from Lady Pop by Popinjay from My Lady Frances, an American-bred mare by Sain (son of St. Serf). Visible was bred in Australia, but was brought over to the Dominion by Mr. W. L. Rutledge, of Gisborne, who secured her in Melbourne in. 1931 in exchange for a Colossus filly named Nikatina. Visible was shipped without a certificate of pedigree, even without the facts of her existence being noted in the Stud Book, and efforts to have her listed in the New. Zealand Stud Book were without avail. Filly Superior. — Unlike previous years, the Two Thousand Guineas and One Thousand Guineas, the first of the English classics, were decided at Newmarket on the same afternoon. The success of Garden Path was a triumph for the fillies, it being only the sixth occasion during a period of 135 years that one of the sex has carried the day. By Fairway from the Rabelais mare Ranai, Garden Path is a fuilsister to Watling Street, winner of the 1942 War Derby, and she gave Lord Derby his second win in the event. She had three outings as a two-year-old, winning the Tostock Stakes, was third in the Cheveley Park Stakes, and third in the Middle Park Plate. On the latter occasion she was beaten by Orestes and Happy Landing, and the former was placed at the head of the weights for the Free Handicap. Great Family.— Picture Play, winner of the One Thousand Guineas at Newmarket, is a very fashionably-bred filly, being by Donatello 11, who was unbeaten in Italy at two and three years. A son of the Derby winner Blenheim, who is now represented in America by the world's greatest stakewinner, Whirlaway, Donatello II was bought for stud duty in England, his purchase figure being £60,000. Amuse, the dam of Picture Play, is a daughter of the Phalaris mare Gesture, a threequarter sister by the ■ Derby. winner Sunstar to Absurd, who sired so many brilliant horses in this country. As a two-year-old, Picture Play, ran ■ four times, winning two races and being third once. ; Good Showing:.— Although a disappointment on the flat, Lincoln, runnerup to Maggiore in the hurdle event at Ashburton. should make good in this department. He is bred on the right lines, being by Foxbridge from Love Story, by Romeo from Thurnley, by Thurnham. On Down Grade.^All Night had two hard races at Ashburton and. did not appear to suffer any ill effects. It seems, however, that the best may have been seen of this gelding. Good Family. —The Irish Lancer filly Cornucopia, who showed substantial improvement at Aehburton, belongs to a good family. Her dam. Waving Corn, was got by Solferino from Roselita, by Roxeby—Rosalia, by Stepniak —Rosella. The most prominent members of the family are St. Hippo (N.Z.
and Auckland Cups), Roseday, and Solfanello. Addition. —The Takanini trainer P. E. Pope has received from Gisborne a yearling colt by Gynerium from Memnon, thus a half-brother to Glenfalloch. He is rathrr small of stature meantime. ■ One Enclosure. —In future there will be only one enclosure at Wingatui, and the work of shifting the outside totalisator to a position adjacent to the main totalisator is now being undertaken. The totalisators will be worked in conjunction.' Paid His Way.— Gulf Stream, who carries the colours of the Wellington sportsman Mr. G. Lang, cost his owner 285 guineas, and has to date won £865 in stakes. Further successes should come the way of the Tiderace gelding. Smaller Edition. —C. Emerson is handling at Riccarton a two-year-old filly by Defaulter from The Closure, the dam being by Decision from imported Blather (by Desmond). Unlike the majority of Defaulter's stock, the filly is small. Good Family. —After spelling for a few months the two-year-old gelding by Coronach from Lady Leigh is back in F. D. Jones's stable, at Riccarton. Lady Leigh was by Paper Money from Arrowlet, who traces to imported Forget-me-not through Lady Lilian and Lady Zetland. Lady Leigh was a good winner in the south, and the first' of her progeny should do equally well. Delayed. —Lady Portia, a four-year-old mare by Solicitor General from Toti Dal Monte, who is being sent to be trained at Wingatui, has not yet sported silk. Her dam was got by Gay Lad from Trebelli 11, the dam of Autopay, and two further removes in the pedigree comes Tragedy, dam of the well-known sire Birkenhead. Requires Time.— Dark Diana, a two-year-old who ran fourth in the Trial Stakes at Ashburton,. is a sister to Supercharged, who had a brief but successful career at the corresponding stage. Dark Diana is a big filly and will probably benefit by time. Showed Promise. —The three-year-old filly Good Friend, who ran a very promising race at Ashburton, is a younger sister to Vera Lynn, winner of the Otaki Hack Handicap at the Otaki Meeting. Both are by Man's Pal from Knocklynn, who was also the dam of Knockfin, winner of the C.J.C. Stewards' Handicap in 1935. Old Colours. —The racing silks carried to victory in the Rivertqn Cup by Fair Trial were first carried by a mare named Gazelle in a race at Balclutha 56 years ago. They were then registered by Mr. Thomas Price, who early this century raced a good horse named Peter. His sons adopted the colours on the death of their father, and their horses have now won foui Riverton Cups, the successful quartet having been bred by them. Team of Three. —The hurdle horseman A. Sager has three horses under his care at Trentham,. The Whipper, Kelmont, and Lady Katherine. Kelmont is a two-yeai'-old by Lord Quex from the Arausio mare Marais (dam of Edna's Birthday), and Lady Katherine is a filly of the same age by Amaranthus from the Arausio mare Matapahei, who was earlier represented on the Turf by Matalite. A Mudlark.— Screen Star has had a couple of outings since resuming, but while he showed a flash of his former brilliance in each instance the effort was short-lived. As he now ranks as a nine-year-old it is doubtful whether he" will regain the form that enabled him to spreadeagle a field of sprinters in the-mud at Trentham in July,>l94o. .
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Evening Post, Evening Post, Volume CXXXVII, Issue 118, 20 May 1944
TURF NOTES Evening Post, Volume CXXXVII, Issue 118, 20 May 1944
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