BLAST FROM THE PAST
1904 NZMTC SPRING MEETING: Friday 11 November
1904 NZMTC SPRING MEETING: Third Day
The New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club was extremely fortunate in the weather experienced for the concluding day of its Spring Meeting, the meteorological conditions being perfect both for the contestants and onlookers.
As is always the case on Show Day, the attendance was extremely large, the various enclosures being crowded to excess. Amongst those present were many notable visitors, all of whom were favourably impressed with the day's operations. The running track was again in first-class order, while the racing was of the best ever witnessed in Canterbury.
Speculation was brisk, the fine sum of £13,468 being passed through the totalisator, as against £11,207 on the corresponding day last year. During the three days the sum of £34,931 was invested, an increase of £5051 on last year's turnover. Results:-
BREEDER'S HANDICAP (in harness) of 110 sovs; second 11 sovs and third 5 sovs from stake. Two miles.
J Teddy's br c Young McKinney, by McKinney, 4yrs, 12sec (N Price) 1
M Edwards's Cissie Wood, 13sec (Owner) 2
J Poff's Nabocklish, 9sec (J Milne) 3
Vangeline 2sec, Doppleganger 13sec, Zinska 15sec, Roseneath 15sec also started.
Young McKinney had got to the head of affairs by the time the stand was reached, and he showed the way to Cissie Wood and Doppleganger. With a mile gone Zinska threatened danger, but broke badly, giving way to Cissie Wood and Nabocklish. Cissie Wood pressed the leader closely, but could not get up, and suffered defeat by six lengths. Nabocklish, who came fast in the last half mile, spoilt an excellent chance by breaking, finishing a length behind Cissie Wood. Vangeline was fourth and Doppleganger fifth. Time, 4min 58 2/5th sec. Dividends - On Young McKinney £2 8s; on Cissie Wood £1 10s.
LADIES' BRACELET HANDICAP (in saddle) of 75 sovs; second 5 sovs and third 3 sovs from stake. One mile and a half.
Mrs J Messervey's b m Lilly C, by Young Irvington, 5yrs, 18sec (Mr Messervey) 1
Mrs J August's Transvaal, 16sec (Mr August) 2
Mrs J Carleton's Strathconan, 9sec (Mr Carleton) 3
Ivy B 3sec, Ashcat 7sec, Tea Tree 9sec, Cashier 11sec, Waikoi 12sec, Killarney 14sec, Accident 15sec, Mystery 18sec, Mystery 18sec, amusement 20sec, Allmount 20sec, Eltee More 20sec and Botany 20sec(coupled), Straybird 20sec and Fan Toy 21sec (coupled), Maid E 18sec, Firthioff 21sec and Bugler 21sec(coupled) and Merry Prince 23sec andf Electine 23sec(coupled) also started.
Before reaching the stand Lilly C had taken charge, her nearest attendants being Straybird and Transvaal. From this out Lilly C had matters all her own way, for though Strathconan at one time threatened danger, he broke badly, allowing Transvaal to chase the leader home, the pair being separated by eight lengths. Strathconan was third twelve lengths away. Time, 3min 57 4/5th sec. Dividends - On Lilly C £3 10s; on Transvaal £1 10s.
CHRISTCHURCH HANDICAP (in harness) of 150 sovs; second 15 sovs and third 7 sovs from stake. One mile and a half.
W Redmond's b g Frederick, by Vancleve-Fraulein, 6yrs, 14sec (M E Albaugh) 1
L Robertson's Myrtle Dean, 12sec (Owner) 2
J Case's Verity, 12sec (A Pringle) 3
Flora G 3sec, Hamlin 3sec, Lottie Derby 7sec, Viva 9sec, All Day 11sec, Moira 14sec and Pygmalion 14sec also started.
Pygmalion started well, and with a round gone he was just clear of Frederick and Myrtle Dean, after whom came All Day and Viva. Entering the last round Frederick was leading Myrtle Dean by three lengths, while All Day and Pygmalion were well up. Myrtle Dean put in a good run in the back straight, but she could not get to Frederick, who won by two lengths with Verity twelve lengths away third. Pygmalion fourth and Flora G fifth. Time, 3min 39sec. Dividends - On Frederick £12 12s; on Myrtle Dean 16s.
AUSTRALASIAN HANDICAP (in saddle) of 175 sovs; second 17 sovs and third 8 sovs from stake. Two miles.
J Gallagher's b g McKinley, by Rothschild, aged, 11sec (B Edwards) 1.
J G McConachie's Sydney, 13sec, (R McConachie) 2
L Robertson's Thurlow, scr (Owner) 3
St Simon 2sec, Harold C 4sec, Cinders 7sec, George L II 7sec, Goergie M 7sec, Perewiti 7sec, Viewmont 13sec also started.
Sydney and Viewmont made the early running, with McKinley and Perewiti well up. With a round to go McKinley was right clear on his field, the most prominent of whom were Sydney, Viewmont, Georgie M and Thurlow. McKinley held his own all through the remainder of the journey, and though Thurlow and Sydney came fast they could make no impression on the leader, who won easily by forty yards. Sydney beat Thurlow in the last hundred yards for second place by half a length, with Viewmont and George L II well up next. Time, 4min 53sec. Dividends - On McKinley £9 12s; on Sydney £3 8s.
NEW ZEALAND CUP HANDICAP (in harness) of 310 sovs; second 30 sovs and third 15 sovs from stake. Two miles.
T Yarr's br g Monte Carlo, by Lincoln Yet, aged, 7sec (B Edwards) 1
J Pettie's Norice, 4sec (D J Price) 2
J Case's Durbar, 7sec (A Pringle) 3
Euchre scr, Vickery 4sec, Factory Boy 4sec, Vascoe 6sec, Verax 7sec and Royalwood 7sec also started.
Norice went off at a great pace and at the stand she was four lengths in front of Monte Carlo and Verax. This order was maintained all through the first round. Royalwood being well up in fourth place. Monte Carlo closed on the leader in the second circuit, while well up came Verax, Vickery and Royalwood. Before entering the last round Monte Carlo had got to within a length of Norice, the pair running four lengths in advance of Verax, Royalwood and Durbar. Going along the back Monte Carlo was almost on terms with the American mare, and having her measure at the home turn, won by twelve lengths. Norice pulling up when beaten. Durbar was two lengths further back third, followed by Verax and Royalwood. Time 4min 44 3/5th sec. Dividends - On Monte Carlo £1 8s; on Norice £1 4s.
The winner received a great reception on returning to the enclosure.
GOVERNOR'S HANDICAP (in saddle) of 110 sovs; second 11 sovs and third 5 sovs from stake. Two miles.
M Edwards's b g Vanclare, by Vancleve, 5yrs, 12sec (Owner) 1
W Martin's Hero, 5sec (Owner) 2
E G Sandall's Viscount, 14sec (D J Price) 3
Mount Palm scr, Miss Bank 1sec, Velvet 3sec, Auctioneer II 7sec, Vanforth 12sec and Zinska 12sec also started.
Viscount led for nearly a round, when Vanclare ran past him, and with half the distance gone was right out by himself, Viscount, Auctioneer and Hero following. Vanclare increased his advantage all through the concluding round, and won very easily by a hundred yards from Hero, who was almost the same distance in front of Viscount. Time, 4min 53sec. Dividends - On Vanclare £1 12s; on Hero £4 12s.
RECOVERY HANDICAP (in harness) of 130 sovs; second 13 sovs and third 6 sovs from stake. One mile.
L Robertson's b g Plain G, By Chieftian, aged 2sec (Owner) 1
G McClatchie's Elector, 3sec (M E Albaugh) 2
A Pringle's Directo, 4sec (Owner) 3
Hamlin scr, Eushre 1sec, Coral Hue 4sec, Lottie Derby 4sec and Viva 4sec also started.
Coral Hue showed out from Directo and Elector at the end of a furlong, but at the stand Directo was on terms with him, Elector a length back. A little further on Plain G took fourth place, while at the top turn Coral Hue, Directo and Elector were running abreast. Then Coral Hue lost his place, and a great finish between Elector and Plain G ended in favour of the latter by a neck. Directo was a length back third, closely followed by Viva and Coral Hue. Time, 2min 23 1/5th sec. Dividends - On Plain G £5 4s; on Elector £3 2s.
AU REVOIR HANDICAP (in saddle) of 130 sovs; second 13 sovs and third 7 sovs from stake. One mile.
J A Buckland b g St Simon, by St Louis, 6yrs, 3sec (A Piper) 1
M Friedlander's Lancewood II, 5sec (C Kerr) 2
J Brankin's Cocoanut, 3sec (Owner) 1
Ben Hur scr, Inglewood 2sec, Austerlitz 3sec, Vascoe 3sec, and Georgie M 5sec also started.
Georgie M and Austerlitz spoilt their chances by breaking soon after the start. At the stand Lancewood II was six lengths clear of Ben Hur, after whom, in close order came St Simon, Inglewood and Cocoanut. A little further on St Simon ran past Ben Hur, and drew on the leader, while Cocoanut improved her position. At the home turn St Simon had Lancewood's measure and drawing away in the straight, won by six lengths; half a length separating Lancewood and Cocoanut, with Vascoe fourth. Time, 2min 21 2/5th sec. Dividends - On St Simon £6 12s; on Lancewood II £1 2s.
Credit: The Press 12 Nov 1904