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The Lancaster Park Trotting Club operated as a proprietary Club until March 1892 when the Cricket Company decided not to allow a proprietary Club the use of Lancaster Park for Trotting after the expiry of the existing arrangements.
In October 1892 the following proprietary Clubs were operating:
Lancaster Park Trotting Club racing at Lancaster Park
Plumpton Park Trotting Club racing at Sockburn
Lower Heathcote Racing and Trotting Club racing at Heathcote
New Brighton Racing Club racing at New Brighton
CANTERBURY TROTTING CLUB
The first trotting meeting for the 1892-3 season was held by the Canterbury Trotting Club on August 12, when the weather was fine but cold.
A feature of the day's racing was the Sires' Cup Handicap, for stallions in harness. The stake was £30 and silver Cup valued £10, two miles. The race resulted in a win for Blue Gown, who was one of the outsiders and paid a dividend of £62 12s. He won by three lengths from Kentucky Wilkes, with the scratch horse, Kentucky, third. The time was 5.59. Kentucky was a hot favourite. The other starters were Wilkin, Berlin Abdallah, Duncan Abdallah, Vanderbilt, General Tracy, Emerson and Lincoln Yet.
It is interesting to note that Duncan Abdallah sired Wisconsin, the second dam of Harold Logan; Kentucky sired the famous broodmare Thelma, and Lincoln Yet sired the first NZ Cup winner, Monte Carlo.
On the same day there was a pony saddle trot, of two miles, for £20. There were only three starters. Parnell ridden by the late R Reay, won from Toby II, who had 30sec start, the only other starter was Busy Bee, with 35sec start. The investments were £8 on Parnell, £2 on Toby II, and nothing was invested on Busy Bee. The dividend was £1 2s.
Extract from Star Friday 12 Aug 1892
Handicapper, Mr H Piper; Starter Mr H J Derrett.
The Spring Meeting of the Canterbury Trotting Club is being held at the Show Grounds to-day. The weather is fine, but cold, and there is an exceptionally large attendance of spectators. The following are details of the racing up to the time of our going to press:-
MAIDEN STAKES HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 20 sovs. Two miles.
Mr J White's ns b m May Queen (late Dearest Annie) aged 36sec (Moorhouse) 1.
Mr J Gaskin's br g Charlie, aged, 28sec (Harrold) 2.
Mr A Stewart's b f Trissie, 3yrs, 18sec (Owner) 3.
Duncan Abdallah scr, Oakland 28sec, Hard Case 28sec, Dick 28sec, Messenger 28sec, Bonniveen 28sec, Bide-a-wee 30sec, Cyclops 30sec, Orizaba 32sec, Dinah 32sec, Little Maid 34sec also started.
May Queen led from start to finish, and though Charlie ran up to her, three hundred yards for home, May Queen going on, won by twenty yards. Time 6min 9sec. Dividend - £5 6s 6d.
TELEGRAPH STAKES HANDICAP TROT (in harness) of 25 sovs; second horse 5 sovs. One mile and a half.
Mr C Hendrickson's ch g Tommy, aged, 29sec (Hammill) 1.
Mr R Sutherland's b m Paulina, aged, 29sec (Needham) 2.
Mr M Friedlander's br m Miss Hilda, aged, 4sec (Harrold) 3.
Sandgate 15sec, Butterfly 24sec, Erin's Hope 30sec, Timbuc 34sec, Jess II 39sec, Dick 39sec, Stable BOy 39sec, Black Bell 39sec, Miss Graham 39sec, Remedy 39sec and Bell 50sec also started.
Dick took command in the first quarter of a mile, but was passed by Tommy and Paulina three-quarters of a mile from home, and Tommy holding his position to the end won by three lengths. Time 5min 5sec. Dividend - £33 5s 6d.
PONY HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 20 sovs. Two miles.
Mr B Ray's br g Parnell, aged, scr (Owner) 1.
Mr J Martin's rn g Toby II, 5yrs, 30sec (Owner) 2.
Busy Bee 35sec also started.
Toby II led till a quarter of a mile from home, when Parnell caught him, and going on, won by thirty yards. Time 6min 5sec. Dividend - £1 2s.
SIRES' CUP HANDICAP TROT (in harness) for cup value 10gns and 30 sovs added. For stallions only. Two miles.
Mr T Oliff's b h Blue Gown, by Remedy-Arab mare, aged 22sec (Owner) 1.
Mr R Sutherland's b h Kentuck Wilks, by Kentucky, 4yrs, 34sec (Needham) 2.
Messrs Sutherland and Jardin's b h Kentucky, by Berlin-Jenny Tracey, aged, scr (Farrar) 3.
Wilkin 8sec, Berlin Abdallah 14sec, Duncan Abdallah 24sec, Vanderbilt 24sec, General Tracy 30sec, Emerson 30sec and Lincoln Get 33sec also started.
Kentucky Wilks passed Lincoln Get in the first two hundred yards, and at the end of the second round was leading with General Tracy and Blue Gown following in order named, and Kentucky going up at a great pace. In the next round Blue Gown collared General Tracy and, catching Kentucky Wilks, at the entrance to the straight, went on and won by three lengths, with Kentucky two lengths further away third, and General Tracy fourth. Time - 5min 59sec. Dividend - £62 12s.
ADDINGTON PLATE HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 75 sovs; second horse 10 sovs. Two miles.
Mr P O'Donnell's ch g Spider, 6yrs, 36sec (Corrigan) 1.
Mr E Bowes' ch g Roy, aged, 24sec (C Kerr) 2.
Mr J Farrell's blk m Winchester, aged 40sec (E Price) 3.
Wilkin 4sec, Tikaro 8sec, Barney O'Hea 14sec, Little Charm 14sec, Pansy 19sec, Miss Cave 19sec, Black Rose 22sec, Diana 24sec, Parnell 30sec, Mecca 30sec, The Frog 36sec and Dakota 40sec also started.
Winchester led for a mile, when Spider passed her, and going on, won by thirty yards from Roy. Time 5min 41 1/2sec. Dividend - £29 1s 6d.
Credit: NZ Trotting Calendar 26Aug42
LOWER HEATHCOTE RACING & TROTTING CLUB
The fine weather experienced on Saturday attracted a large attendance at the trotting meeting of the above Club, the number present being far above the average.
The track was in capital order.
The programme was rather long drawn out, the concluding event not being decided till well on for half-past six o'clock; otherwise the management was as good as has come to be looked for under the directorship of the well versed executive.
In only one race did the number of competitors go into double figures, that being the first Pony Handicap, for which eleven saddled up, and for which the only withdrawal from those coloured on the card was Parnell, who was scratched owing to his youthful owner getting badly shaken by a fall the same morning.
The sport all through was tame, the only event arousing any excitement being the Final Handicap, in which there was an interesting set to between Jess II and Venus, the "carty" mare just getting home from the inaptly named chestnut gelding. An objection was laid against the winner on the ground of inconsistency but some little consideration the Stewards decided not to disturb the judge's verdict.
Bedale, who has not been seen on the trotting track for a long time past, trotted in fine style and showed great pace in the Trades Handicap, but was quite unable to concede the start awarded the winner.
During the day Messrs Hobbs and Goodwin handled £1711 at the totalisator, an amount somewhat in excess of the sum invested at the previous Heathcote meeting. The handsome return of £24 13s was received by the supporters of Jess II in the last race, but that was the only good dividend.
Folllowing are results:-
HANDICAP MAIDEN STAKES (in saddle) of 20 sovs. Two miles.
Mr F Needham's b m Little Kate, 4yrs, 15sec (Owner) 1.
Mr H T Hookham's blk m August, 5yrs, 10sec (Owner) 2.
U Know 15sec and Rosewood 15sec also started.
U Know and Little Kate were together passing the stand, but at the back of the course the latter forged ahead, and passing the stand the second time held a good lead of August, who supplanted U Know for second place coming up the straight. August repeatedly broke in the last mile, Little Kate winning easily by 40 yards. Time, 6min 20sec. Dividend £7 14s 6d.
HANDICAP PONY STAKES (in saddle) of 20 sovs; second 2 1/2 sovs from stake. Two miles.
Mr J Morrison's b m Ayrshire Lass, aged, 63sec (Hill) 1.
Mr E C Stockwood's ch m Mona, aged, 67sec (Murfitt) 2.
Mr T Waddington's b m May, aged, 42sec (C Kerr) 3.
Polly Plum 30sec, Chuznee 30sec, Icicle 50sec, Nancy Lee (late Topsy) 50sec, Bloxwitch 53sec, Slouch 63sec, Axis 67sec and Tit 67sec also started.
Ayrshire Lass was in front before the stand was reached, and increasing her lead had the race in hand before a mile had been covered, winning by 50 yards from Mona, who was a like distance in front of May. The favourite Tit broke repeatedly. Time, 6min 12sec. Dividend £4 3s.
THE LABOUR HANDICAP (in saddle) of 50 sovs; second 5 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
Mr W Kerr gr g Woolloomooloo, aged, 28sec (Owner) 1.
Mr E C Le Leivre's b g Hassen, 5yrs, 16sec (Wright) 2.
Mr E Ralph's ch g Venus, aged, 12sec (Yates) 3.
Felix 3sec, Lady Jane 6sec, Tennessee 12sec, Peppermint 16sec Jane Douglas 18sec and GOM 30sec also started.
Woolloomooloo starting well had a good lead passing the stand and although Hassen and Venus closed up a little after a mile had been covered, they broke, and Woolloomooloo won very easily by 40 yards from Hassen. Time, 5min 47sec. Dividend £1 15s.
HANDICAP SELLING STAKES (in saddle) of 15 sovs. Two miles.
Mr C Davidson's g g Stable Boy, aged 22sec (Owner) 1.
Mr H H Barton's rn g Cyclops, aged, 38sec (Hill) 2.
Harlequin 30sec also started.
Won very easily. Time, 6min 53sec. Dividend £5 6s.
The winner was sold for £6, Messrs Collie Bros being the purchasers.
TRADES HARNESS HANDICAP of 50 sovs; second 5 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
Mr F Vale's b m Berlin Maid by Berlin, aged, 30sec ( C Kerr) 1.
Mr H Mace's br g Bedale, aged, scr (Stacey) 2.
Mr A J Holmes' b m Lady Jane, aged, 16sec (E Price) 3.
Tennessee 22sec, Unknown 25sec and Patience 28sec also started.
Berlin Maid starting off at an even gait maintained it throughout, winning by about thirty yards. Bedale, who came fast in the last half-mile, was the same distance ahead of Lady Jane. Time, 6min 5sec. Dividend £1 8s 6d.
PONY HARNESS HANDICAP of 20 sovs; second horse 2 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
Mr T Honeybone's b m Polly Plum, aged, scr (Munro) 1.
Mr F Whitehead's b m Taradale, aged, 22sec (Owner) 2.
Mr T Free's cr g Uncle Tom, 4yrs, 22sec (A Free) 3.
Bide-a wee II 16sec, Princess May 37sec, Mona 37sec and Tit 38sec also started.
Polly Plum, making up her ground very rapidly, was at the head of affairs passing the stand the second time, and going on at a steady pace won very easily. Time, 6min 8sec. Dividend £2 12s 6d
CO-OPERATIVE HARNESS HANDICAP of 25 sovs; second 2 1/2 sovs from the stake. One mile.
Mr F Vale's b m Berlin Maid by Berlin, aged, 4sec(5sec pen) (C Kerr) 1.
Mr J Jarden's b g Unknown, aged, 20sec (Owner) 2.
Mr H Mace's br h Berlin Abdallah, 5yrs, scr (Stacey) 3.
Felix scr, Hippiss 10sec, Queenie 13sec, Jess II 13sec and Tinker 20sec also started.
Berlin Maid very soon assumed command and without being pushed won by twenty yards. Berlin Abdullah who came fast at the end, finished a length behind Unknown. Time, 3min 9sec. Dividend £1 14s 6d.
FINAL HANDICAP (in saddle) of 25 sovs;second 2 1/2 sovs from the stake. One mile.
Mr G Craw's b m Jess II, aged, 13sec (Owner) 1.
Mr E Ralph's ch g Venus, aged, 5sec (Yates) 2.
Mr J Sleightholme's br m Diana, aged, 8sec (E Price) 3.
Darkie 7sec and Woolloomooloo 8sec(5sec pen) also started.
At the far bend Venus got up to Jess II and the pair raced together for the rest of the distance. Venus went in the air in the straight, losing some ground, Jess II gaining the verdict by half a length. Time, 2min 55 1/2sec. Dividend £24 13s
Credit: The Press
1892 PLUMPTON PARK TROTTING CLUB: SPRING MEETING
Handicappers, the Committee; Starter Mr H Piper
The annual spring trotting meeting of the Plumpton Park Racing and Trotting Club came off yesterday, the weather after the decision of the second event coming over wet. The attendance was the largest seen on the new ground, quite 1500 people being present, and the sum of £3073 was passed through the totalisators. The trotting was not first-class, but several interesting contests were decided. The following are results:-
HANDICAP MAIDEN TROT (in saddle) of 20 sovs; second horse 5 sovs. Two miles.
Mr H Fear's br g Vulcan, aged, 5sec (T Munro) 1.
Mr J S Lewis' b g Commotion (late Hilton), 4yrs, scr (Owner) 2.
Spec 5sec, Album 10sec, Gobo 10sec also started.
Vulcan took the lead in the first quarter of a mile, and, though he broke badly once, won by five lengths from Commotion. Time 6min 28sec. Dividend - £2 3s.
HANDICAP PONY TROT (in saddle) of 15 sovs; second horse 2 sovs. For ponies 14hds 1in and under. One mile and a half.
Mr J Dewey's b g Sambo, aged, 10sec (Owner) 1.
Mr W F Jackman's br g Chuznee, aged, 8sec (Edwards) 2.
Mr J Jardin's gr m Shela, aged, 10sec (Owner) 3.
Parnell scr, Ayrshire Lass 10sec, All Serene 29sec, Merivale 37sec also started.
Merivale led for three-quarters of a mile, when Shela and Chuznee passed him, but Sambo, catching them at the entrance to the straight, went on and won by five lengths from Chuznee. Time 4min 38sec. Dividend £4 6s 6d.
CANTERBURY CENTURY HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 100 sovs; second horse 10 sovs and third 5 sovs. Open to all horses with a 6.10 record or under, or its equivalent. Two miles.
Mr E Barry's b g Stonewall Jackson, 5yrs, 33sec (J Milne) 1.
Mr A McFarlane's br g Wakarara, aged, 40sec (Murfitt) 2.
Mr E Leaver's br g Hassen, 5yrs, 20sec (Wright) 3.
Contractor scr, Star Of Honour 10sec, J M 15sec, Lady Jane 20sec, Maid of Ulster 30sec, Regina 31sec, Rosewood 31sec, Paulina 33sec, Bridal Rose 33sec, May Queen 33sec and Mary 40sec also started.
Wakarara at once drew out and made the running until a quarter of a mile from home. Here Stonewall Jackson caught him, and, going on won comfortably by fifty yards from Wakarara, with Hassen, twenty yards away, third. Time 5min 47 1/2sec. Dividend - £9 9s 6d.
HANDICAP SELLING TROT (in harness) of 20 sovs. One mile and a half.
Mr W Fox's (ns) b m Snowdrop, aged, scr (Owner) 1.
Mr T Waddington's ch m Fairholm, aged, 4sec (Moorhouse) 2.
Fairholm remained in front until the straight was reached, when Snowdrop ran up to her, and drawing out, won by five lengths. Time 5min 10sec. The £1 on Snowdrop was returned. The winner was bought in at £9. Dividend: The money was returned to the solitary investor, no percentage being charged.
RICCARTON PLATE HANDICAP (in harness) of 25 sovs; second 2 sovs from stake. Two miles.
Mr A McFarland's br g Wakarara, aged, 36sec (Murfitt) 1.
Mr H Mace's br g Bedale, aged, scr (Stace) 2.
Mr J Bowes' b m Pride of Erin, aged, 30sec (Gosling) 3.
Lady Jane 17sec also started.
Wakarara travelled nearly as fast as the scratch horse for the first half mile, but at the end of the first mile Bedale broke when he had taken 15sec off his handicap. In the next mile he broke repeatedly, and only got up in time to beat Pride of Erin for second money, being 40yds behind Wakarara who won easily. Time, 6min 20sec. Dividend £3 2s 6d.
METROPOLITAN HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 35sovs; second 5 sovs from stakes. Two miles.
Mr T Waddington's b m May Queen, aged, 33sec (Moorhouse) 1.
Mr E Bowes' ch g Roy, aged, 2sec (Angus) 2.
Diana 24sec and Broomlands 26sec also started.
Roy had gained half his handicap in the first mile but tired and broke, and when within 4sec of May Queen broke again and was beaten a hundred yards. Time, 5min 8sec. Dividend £2 2s 6d.
MAIDEN TROTTING RACE (in harness) of 20 sovs; second 3 sovs from the stake. One mile and a half.
Mr F Magon's gr m Bonniveen, 5yrs, 5sec (Fox) 1.
Mr F Holmes' br g Oddfellow, aged, 5sec (Munro) 2.
Little Maid 9sec and Vixen 9sec also started.
Bonniveen got to the front at the end of a mile, and won easily. Time, 5min. Dividend £4 18s 6d.
TELEGRAPH HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 20 sovs. One mile.
Mr E Bowes' ch g Roy, aged, scr (Angus) 1.
Mr J Jardin's b g Unknown, 3yrs, 13sec (Owner) 2.
Mr E Barry's br g Stonewall Jackson, 5yrs, 9sec(5sec pen)(Milne) 3.
Jubilee II 13sec and Miss Irwell 14sec also started.
Won after a good race by five lengths, a neck between second and third. Time, 2min 50sec. Dividend £1 15s.
Credit: The Press 11Nov1892
On April 4, 1892, the first annual meeting of shareholders in the Plumpton Park Company was held. Mr T Quill was listed as chairman of directors and a profit of £62 was announced.
Mr Quill noted that during the last 12 months the Plumpton Park Racing and Trotting Club had operated as a separate body, having taken over the course and grandstands at cost price plus £25 per annum rental.
The Plumpton Park Club continued to operate successfully, mixing full gallop and trot meetings until 1896-7 when its two meetings that season were strictly for trotters.
The meetings were split into four days and were known as the spring and autumn meetings.
Credit: CPTC: Centennial History
1892 LANCASTER PARK TROTTING CLUB
Of all the excellent meetings seen at Lancaster Park there never was a better one than that which took place yeasterday.The attendance was larger, the amount of speculation greater and the trotting for some of the events better than has ever been witnessed in Canterbury.
The Prince of Wales' Birthday Handicap saw Dakota, a son of Berlin, to great advantage, and Mr Winsloe's gelding lowered the two-mile winning saddle record to 5min 21sec, while Contractor, who is also a son of Berlin, was third, and he covered the two miles in 5min 13sec - a great performance. Over £1000 was invested in the race.
The Wilkin Stakes, called after the late Mr R Wilkin, who imported many of the best Yankee bred horses, was most fittingly opened, and seldom has such a contest been witnessed in or out of this colony. Tommy, the Timaru gelding, an aged bay, son of Blackwood Abdallah, and Dakota, an aged son of Berlin, driven respectively by C Kerr ans W Kerr, fought out one of the greatest races ever seen. Dakota, who had 5sec start, was prevented from getting through in the early part of the horses in front, and thus Tommy gat a show of placing himself almost on terms, and round after round was covered with Tommy keeping close to the wheel of Dakota's sulky, the latter tripping within thirty yards of the post. More excitement has perhaps never been witnessedin a race on a trotting track before. The winner, C Kerr, receiving a tremendous ovation, as also did his brother W Kerr, who was beaten, and the rival aadmirers of the Berlins and Blackwoods were in a great state of ferment over the result, the harness recordsof Kentucky and Rarus having been lowered by both Tommy and Dakota. The latter later on covered a mile in 2min 40 1/4sec. The sum of £4758 was passed through the totalisator.
The following are details of the racing up to the time of our going to press:-
HANDICAP MAIDEN TROT (in saddle) of 20 sovs. One mile.
Mr G Keats' b m Miss Molly, 6yrs, 8sec (Owner) 1.
Mr A Scott's br g Spreydon Led, 4yrs, 8sec (Moorhouse) 2.
Mr A Hope's b g G O M, aged, 7sec (Hume) 3.
Ouida 4sec, Orizaba 4sec Wangaloa 6sec and Bess 8sec also started.
Miss Molly led all the way, and won by two lengths from Spreydon Lad. Time 3min 7 1/2sec. Dividend - £9 9s 6d.
HANDICAP PONY TROT (in saddle) of 15 sovs. 14.2 or under. One mile.
Mr E Bowe's br g Bobtail, aged, 14sec (C Kerr) 1.
Mr W F Jackman's br g Chuznee, aged, 6sec (Edwards) 2.
Mr J Morrison's b m Ayrshire Lass, aged, 8sec (Hill) 3.
Alice Gray 15sec, Nona 16sec, Apprentice 19sec, Merivale 23sec, Merlinda 23sec, Tite 25sec, Maritana 25sec also started.
Tute led for one round, when he bolted and Bobtail, taking command in the second round, won by five lengths from Chuznee. Time 3min 12sec. Dividend - £1 18s.
THE PRINCE OF WALES' BIRTHDAY HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 100 sovs; second horse 10 sovs and third 5 sovs. Two miles.
Mr J G Winsloe's b g Dakota by Berlin, aged, 30sec (W Kerr) 1.
Mr F McCafferty's br m Rosewood, 3yrs, 35sec (Harrold) 2.
Mr R Sutherland's b m Paulina, aged, 36sec (Needham) 3.
Contractor scr, Tommy (Moore's) 15sec, Tennessee 28sec, Victoria II 30sec, Maid of Ulster 30sec, Tommy (Henricksen's) 35sec, Wakarara 36sec, Spec 44sec also started.
Pauline led for a mile, when Dakota passed her and, drawing right away won by one hundred yards from Rosewood who was therefore distanced. Time 5min 21sec. Dividend - £1 19s.
HANDICAP SELLING TROT (in saddle) of 20 sovs. One mile.
Mr T Waddington's ch g Fairholm, aged, 23sec (Moorhouse) 1.
Mr M Taylor's b g Jubilee, aged, 10sec (M Edwards) 2.
Zetland 16sec, Bobtail 18sec(2sec pen), Miss Molly 16sec(5sec pen), Broomlands 21sec, Tinker 21sec, Icicle 23sec, Apprentice 25sec.
Won easily by twenty yards. Time, 3min 5sec. dividend £1 15s.
THE WILKIN STAKES, a handicap in harness of 50 sovs; 5 sovs from the stake for second. Open only to horses that have American strains of trotting blood either on the sire or dam's side. Two miles.
Mt W Moore's b g Tommy by Blackwood Abdallah, aged, 15sec (C Kerr) 1.
Mr J G E Winsloe's b g Dakota by Berlin, aged, 20sec(10sec pen)(W Kerr) 2.
Mr J Shaw's b g Contractor by Berlin, 6yrs, scr (Allen) 3.
Mr J Sleightholme's blk m Diana by Blackwood Abdallah, aged, 33sec (Edwards) distanced.
After going once round, Dakota assumed command, being temporarily checked, however, by the leaders. This gave Tommy a chance of getting up, and on entering the second round he was within a length and a half of Dakota. In the next round he had got within half a length, and at every stretch of straight struggled hard to get up amidst the greatest excitement. In the fourth round he got almost on level terms, but again Dakota responded and was fully half a length to the good. Entering on the final round Dakota was a length to the good, and the shouting and cheering seemed to cause the horse to strain every effort. As they turned for home, with Dakota only a neck in advance, the cheering increased. At this stage the inner wheel of the sulky in which Dakota was driven caught the grass and he broke, and Tommy just got home by a bare half length, the greatest enthusiasm being shown, the others pulling up. Time, 5min 30 3/4sec. Dividend £2 10s.
PRESIDENT'S HANDICAP (in saddle) of 40 sovs; 5 sovs for second. Two miles.
Mr O Digby's b m Josephine, 6yrs, 35sec (Digby) 1.
Mr C Harold's b m Miss Cave, 6yrs, 25sec (Owner) 2.
Mr A G Holmes' ch g Bridal Rose, 4yrs, 29sec (Price) distanced.
Tom 10sec, Magpie 25sec, Maid of Ulster 27sec, Fairchild 27sec, Gipsy's Warning 28sec, Parnell 28sec, Peppermint 32sec, Louie 33sec, Factory Girl 35sec, Lightning 37sec, Rosewood 40sec also started.
Josephine went to the front and stopped there throughout. At the end of the first mile Parnell was second, but Miss Cave then passed him and made up a few seconds on her handicap, but could not get up, Josephine winning by about ten lengths, Bridal Rose distanced. Time, 5min 37sec. Dividend £19 12s.
LANCASTER PARK HANDICAP (in harness)of 40 sovs; 5 sovs for second. Two miles.
Mr A Jardine's b m Dorothy, 44sec (Farrar) 1.
Mr A G Holmes' b m Lady Jane, 20sec, distanced.
Contractor scr, Wakarara 30sec(10sec pen), Hippias 33sec, Pride of Erin 33sec, Boulanger 42sec, Chaos 42sec, Spec 44sec, Lena 44sec also started.
Dorothy soon forged ahead and never gave her opponents a chance, winning easily, Lady Jane failing to come within the distance, Contractor being within two lengths of Lady Jane. Time, 6min 5sec. Dividend £3 2s.
THE FINAL HANDICAP (in saddle) of 25 sovs; 5 sovs for second. Two miles.
Mr J G E Winsloe's b g Dakota, aged, 8sec(5sec pen)(W Kerr) 1.
Mr F Wright's br g Le Corbeau, aged, 22sec (Owner) distanced.
Madcap 6sec, Jess II 9sec, Miss Cave 12sec, Josephine 13sec, Coronella 12sec, Unknown 13sec, Factory Girl 18sec, Orizaba 18sec, Miss Irwell 19sec, Lightning 19sec, Vulcan 20sec, Locket 21sec, Broomlands 22sec.
Le Corbeau went strong all the way, but Dakota, who travelled fast, caught him in the last half lap, and won cleverly by over 60 yards. Time 2min 40 1/4sec. Dividend £2 6s 6d.
Star 12 Nov 1892
Handicappers, the Committee; Starter, Mr H J Derrett.
The Spring Meeting of the Lancaster Park Trotting Club was held yesterday, and was one of the most successful gatherings organised by the Club. The attendance was a best on record, while Messrs Hobbs and Goodwin, who worked the totalisator, passed the large sum of £4758 through the machines during the afternoon, and the racing was exceptionally interesting.
The Wilkin Stakes, for horses bred from American strains on either the sire's or dam's side, produced a magnificent struggle between Tommy and Dakota, and the former, most patiently handled by C Kerr, just got up in the straight and won by half a length.
The management, under the watchful eye of Mr A J Rattray, left little to be desired, and the authorities deserve a word of commendation for ejecting a defaulter who was found on the course, and thus setting an example that other institutions would do well to follow.
Credit: The Press 12 Nov 1892
NEW BRIGHTON RACING CLUB
The New Brighton Racing Club's summer meeting was held on December 16, with eight events on the programme. The sum of £834 10s went through the totalisator. Mr F Holmes's Oddfellow, with 10sec start, and driven by Munro, won the mile Handicap Maiden Trot in 3.18. In the Handicap Maiden Trot, in saddle, of one mile, won by Stockholm in 2.57 from 14 starters, Miss Nelson, Valentine, Victor, Curly Wig and Post Card had no investments on their chances.
The Press: 17 Dec 1892
Stewards - Messrs E Blake, M H R, H Gain, H Mace, H J Derrett, J Turner, Hawkins, T Free, W Thompson. Judge - Mr J Perkins. Starter - Mr H J Derrett.Secretary - Mr A I Rattray.
The annual summer trotting meeting of the New Brighton Racing Club took place yesterday. The shower that fell just as the train was leaving for the North Canterbury meeting prevented a number of townfolk from from journeying thither, and when things meteorological became more reassuring they went to New Brighton, the result being that there was a fair attendance. £834 was passed through the totalisator, and there was some fairly interesting trotting during the afternoon.
The following are the results:-
HANDICAP MAIDEN (in saddle) of 20 sovs. One mile.
Mr E C Slackwood's b m Stockholm, 4yrs, 6sec (Owner) 1.
Mrs W Jackman's gr m Fair Nell II, aged, 6sec (Harris) 2.
August scr, Blackberry 5sec, Miss Nelson 5sec, Valentine 5sec, Victor 5sec, Cleveland 5sec, Curly Wig 5sec, Post Card 6sec, Kaitoke 7sec, Fair Play 8sec, Gobo 8sec also started.
There was nothing in it but Stockholm and Fair Nell II, and the former trotting kindest won by thirty yards. Time, 2min 57sec. Dividends - Inside £16 4s 6d; outside £8 2s.
HANDICAP PONY TROT (in saddle) of 15 sovs. 14.2 or under. Two miles.
Mr W J Doyle's b g Black Oats, aged. 39sec (Harris) 1.
Mr J Hill's br g Bobby Burns, aged, 12sec (Owner) 2.
Sultan scr, Polly Plum 7sec, Sambo 12sec, Ayrshire Lass 20sec, Vanity 30sec, Uncle Tom 35sec, Lulu 39sec, Mellora 39sec, Empire 39sec, Newlyn Maid 39sec, Gipsy Prince 39sec, Alice Grey 43sec, Queen of the Ring 43sec, Bloxwich 45sec also started.
Black Oats got to the front early, and won by 7sec from Bobby Burns, who beat Newlyn Maid by about fifty yards. Time, 6min 11sec. Dividends - Inside £2 1s; Outside £1 0s 6d.
AVON HANDICAP (in harness) of 30 sovs; 3 sovs from stake for second. Two miles.
Mr A Douglas' b m Lena, aged, 40sec (Owner) 1.
Mr D Barnes' ch g Colonial, aged, 13sec (Owner) distanced.
Home Rule 17sec, Dorothy 23sec, Maid of Lusky 35sec, Locket 40sec, Oddfellow 40sec also started.
Lena was never headed, but Colonial got within 10sec of her. Time, 6min 6 1/2sec. Dividends - £10 14s; Outside £5 7s.
HANDICAP MAIDEN TROT (in harness) of 20 sovs. One mile.
Mr Holmes' br g Oddfellow, aged, 10sec (Munro) 1.
The Whale scr, Red Rose 9sec, Bexy 9sec, Dennis 9sec, Queenie 10sec, Clearwell 11sec, Dick Turpin also started.
Won with ease by twenty lengths from Dennis, Dick Turpin third. Time, 3min 18sec. Dividends - Inside 1 11s 6d; Outside 15s 6d.
NEW BRIGHTON HANDICAP (in saddle) of 20 sovs. Two miles.
Mr F Whitehead's b g Fairchild by Berlin, 5yrs, 14sec (Owner) 1.
Mr A Duncan's blk g Darkie, aged, 19sec (Owner) 2.
Mr T Laffry's b m Louie, aged, 22sec (Hamil) 3.
Springfield 10sec also started.
The issue was in doubt all the way through Fairchild breaking, but he finally won by three lengths, a length and a half between second and third. Time, 5min 44sec. Dividends - Inside £1 13s 6d; Outside 16s 6d.
HANDICAP PONY TROT (in harness) of 15sovs. 14.2 or under. Two miles.
Mr T Honeybone's b m Polly Plum, scr (Munro) 1.
Mr J Peacock's rn g Vanity, 23sec (Owner) 2.
Mona 28sec, Uncle Tom 28sec,Senator Bill 30sec, Soliloquy 30sec, Hilda 30sec, Black Oats 20sec, Princess May 38sec, Bloxwitch 38sec also started.
Black Oats jibbed at the post, and Polly Plum had her opponents caught at the end of a mile and a quarter, and thence out trotting easily, finished three lengths in advance of Vanity, the rest distanced. Time, 6min 22sec. Dividends - Inside £1 16s 6d; Outside 18s.
STEWARDS' STAKES HANDICAP (in harness) of 20 sovs. One mile.
Mr G Fergusson's ch g Tinker, aged, 22sec (Farrar) 1.
Mr D Barnes' ch g Colonial, aged, 7sec (Owner) 2.
Shela 13sec, Maid of Lusky 18sec, Dennis 18sec, Oddfellow 19sec, Little Kate 19sec also started.
Won by thirty yards. Time, 3min 6 1/2sec. Dividends - Inside £3 14s; Outside £1 17s.
PRESIDENT'S HANDICAP (in saddle) of 20 sovs. One mile.
Mr T Grey's b m Miss Irwell, aged, 19sec (Owner) 1.
Mr C adcock's blk m Hippias, aged, 14sec (Hammond) 2.
Darkie 11sec, Chuznee, 16sec, Gobo, aged, 21sec also started.
Won by 10 lengths. Time, 3min 4sec. Dividends - Inside £1 16s; Outside 18s.
Credit: NZ Trotting Calendar 9Dec1942
1892 CANTERBURY TROTTING CLUB: WINTER MEETING
President, Mr Hugh McIlraith. Vice-Presidents, Messrs William Boag and Edwin Blake. MHR Stewards, Messrs G W McRae, W Tonks, A L Myers, Jos Perkins, Jas Jackson, H McIlraith, E Blake, MHR, Wm Boag, C Amyes. Judge, Mr Wm Boag. Hon.Treasurer, Mr H McIlraith, Time-keeper, Mr H Reynolds. Starter, Mr H J Derrett, Clerk of the Course, Mr F Mulholland. Clerk of the Scales, Mr J Kerr. Handicapper, Mr J Heslop. Secretary, Fred Mills.
The sou-west rain of Friday night made the track heavy and slippery for the Canterbury Trotting Club's Meeting. Though the day was bright there was a cold wind blowing, and this, no doubt, kept many people away. There was, however, a fair attendance.
Before the races started Mr Friedlander applied to be heard with reference to his nominations, but the Committee decided that they had been insufficiently addressed, and consequently they objected to allowing his horses to start. Mr Friedlander put in a claim to be allowed to start them notwithstanding the decision of the Stewards present.
The trotting throughout was of a rather mixed order. Owing to the breaking of Coronella and Spinaway in the Maiden Erin's Hope probably owed her victory. In the Handicap Pony Trot May failed to show form she has previously done, and Parnell, who was dressed in his best, travelled throughout faster than any one of his bigger opponents, and won easily. Berlinda and Tennessee, daughters of Berlin, finished first and second respectively in the Telegraph Handicap in harness, and Blue Gown secured third place on sufferance.
The Addington Plate Handicap, in saddle, proved the foregone conclusion it was voted for Nilreb, who had Marahuna caught at the end of a mile. The most interesting event of the day was the three-mile harness race, won by Sonny, who, with JM, had all their work cut out to make up their ground on some of the leaders, though Sonny had the race won half a mile from home. An exciting finish between Coronella and the Auckland pony Shamrock III, wound up the afternoon's sport.
Following are the results:-
MAIDEN STAKES HANDICAP (in saddle), of 20 sovs. Two miles.
Mr J Breslin's br m Erin's Hope by Berlin, 5yrs, 12sec (Johnston) 1.
Mr A Scott's b m Coronella, 4yrs, 10sec (Scott) 2.
Messrs J & J Murray's b m Spinaway, 6yrs, 10sec (Jas Murray) 3.
Idaho scr(C Kerr), Alyth 7sec(McDonnell), Oaklands 7sec(Mitchell), Orizabo 7sec, Vixen 10sec, Apprentice 15sec(King) also started.
Erin's Hope went to the front early, and kept the lead all the way, though twice closely pressed by Coronella, who broke up and spoilt her chance, and finished four lengths away. Spinaway, who broke repeatedly at the early part of the race, 70yds away, Idaho fourth. Time, 6min 28 1/2sec. Dividend - £3 11s 6d.
HANDICAP PONY TROT (in saddle) of 15 sovs; second pony 2 1/2 sovs from stake. Two miles.
Mr R Ray's blk g Parnell, aged, 10sec (Owner) 1.
Mr F Whitehead's b m Taradale, 8sec (Owner) 2.
Mr T Williams' b g Scotty, 12sec (Turton) 3.
May 1sec, Belle 17sec, Hickory 20sec also started.
Won very easily. Time, 6min 23 1/2sec. Dividend - £1 11s.
TELEGRAPH STAKES HANDICAP (in harness) of 25 sovs; second horse 5 sovs from the stake. One and a half miles.
Mr H Mace's b m Berlinda by Berlin, 5yrs, 34sec (Milne) 1.
Mr J Murray's b m Tennessee, 5yrs, 30sec (Vallance) 2.
Mr W T Oliff'sb h Blue Gown, aged, 16sec (Oliff) 3.
Sandgate 6sec(Edwards), Venus 15sec(Hamil), Colonial 23sec(Barns), Alyth 32sec(McDonnell), General 32sec(J Munro), Kentucky Wilkes 34sec(Needham), Miss Sligo 34sec(Moorehouse), Lincoln Yet 36sec(Jackson), Vulcan 36sec(Seaton), Daphne 38sec(Douglas).
Berlinda got to the front early and was never headed, winning by 20yds; a poor third. Time, 4min 57 1/2sec. Dividend - £4 5s.
ADDINGTON PLATE HANDICAP (in saddle) of 55 sovs; second 5 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
Mr W Kerr's b g Nilreb by Berlin, 4yrs, 24sec (W Kerr) 1.
Mr T Whitehead's b m Marahuna, 40sec (Owner) 2.
Mr H T Brewer's b g Rover, 28sec (M Edward) 3.
Bob II 30sec(Linskey), Highfield 36sec(Wright) also started.
After they had gone a mile Nilreb went to the front and won easily by 60 yards, pulling up the last part of the journey; a poor third. Time, 6min 3 1/2sec. Dividend - £1 8s.
HANDICAP DISPOSAL STAKES (in saddle) of 15 sovs. Two miles.
Mr J Filson's br g Pegasus, aged, 10sec (Owner) w.o.
Pegasus was sold for £4 10s to Mr McGregor.
STEWARDS' PLATE HANDICAP (in harness) of 55 sovs; second 5 sovs from stake. Open to all horses that have put up a harness record of 9min 30sec, or its equivalent either as first, second or third. Three miles.
Mr C Bridson's ch g Sonny, aged, 22sec (Munroe) 1.
Mr J Gaskins' g m JM, aged, 30sec (Gaskin) 2.
Mr T Walker's b m Elsie Gay, aged, 40sec (Walker) 3.
Venus 32sec(Hamil), Diplomacy 52sec(Goslin), Shela 52sec(Jarden), Timbuc 58sec(Jones).
Timbuc led from the first to the end of the third round, when Shela drew level, and first one and then the other was in front, but both broke in the fourth round and let in Elsie Gay, who, after a fair trial of pace with Timbuc, shook him off. JM and Sonny in the fifth round closed on Elsie Gay, and Munroe, who drove very patiently, then took Sonny to the front and won finally by fifty yards, JM who was not handled in the same workmanlike manner as the winner, after a good set-to just beat Elsie Gay for second place. Timbuc fourth. Time, 9min 8sec. Dividend - £1 14s 6d.
ELECTRIC STAKES HANDICAP (in saddle) of 25 sovs; second 5 sovs from the stake. One mile.
Mr A Scott's br m Coronella by Lincoln Yet, 4yrs (Brake) 1.
Mr M Edwards'blk g Shamrock III, aged, 16sec (B Edwards) 2.
Mr J Jarden's b g Unknown, 4yrs, 17sec (Jarden) 3.
Coronella went away in capital style, and soon overtook Unknown and Jess II, and led the last half a mile. Shamrock III who began rather badly, finished up the straight in good style, and only failed by the shortest of heads; a poor third. Time, 3min 1 1/2sec. Dividend - £7 7s 6d.
A protest was entered against Coronella on the ground that she had shown a reversal of form on her maiden effort. It was argued that a change of riders, the improved state of the track, and an alteration in shoeing had contributed to Coronella's success, and the stewards rightly disallowed the protest.
£1354 was passed through the totalisator.
Credit: The Press 6 June 1892
1892 CANTERBURY TROTTING CLUB: OCTOBER MEETING
Quite one of the most successful gatherings held under the auspices of the above-named Club was that of Saturday last. The day was delightfully fine, almost too warm, and although there have been larger assemblages at some of the previous trotting meetings on the ground the attendance was more than an average one.
The President of the Club was conspicuous by his absence; he has not yet returned from Wellington, but all the other officers were in their places, and the management left nothing to be desired. The sport was of a superior kind. It was expected that fast time would be put up; the breaking of records was, however, not looked for, and when Miss Hilda reduced the time for the two miles in saddle, and Parnell gave further evidence of what a wonderful midget he is by clipping a few seconds off his previous long distance performances, the spectators were more than satisfied, and hailed both the winners mentioned in the heartiest manner.
The opening fell to Oakland, a full brother to Kentucky, who never gave his opponents a ghost of a show, and the same horse easily accounted for the mile saddle event in both his races, being well handled by young Edwards. The dual victory of Oakland was very popular, the more so from the fact that such a thorough going sportsman as "Mr H Fear" has been hitherto singularly unfortunate. The collapse of the sulky to which Pride of Erin was attached lessened the interest in the Telegragh Stakes, as the mare might have made a fight of it with the winner.
Starting at a fine, even gait, Miss Hilda gradually overhauled her opponents in the class saddle event, and in the end came home alone, eclipsing Calista's record for the distance by half a second. Following on this meritorious performance came Parnell's victory, the public's little favourite - not the machine favourite on this occasion, for his backers received the best dividend of the day - just gaining the verdict, covering the two miles well under even time.
The running of Jess II in the concluding event, which was annexed easily by Locket, was deemed so unsatisfactory that Craw, the rider, was bought before the Stewards, who, after hearing what he had to say, severely cautioned him.
The sum of £1988 represented the operations of the totalisator.
Following are details of the sport:-
MAIDEN STAKES SADDLE HANDICAP, of 30 sovs. Two miles.
Mr H Fear's b g Oakland by Berlin-Jenny Tracy, aged, 29sec (Edwards) 1.
Mr E E LeLievre's b g Hassen, 5yrs, 15sec (Wright) 2.
Mr J J Lewis' b g Commotion(late Hilton), 4yrs, 15sec (Owner) 3.
Dick 15sec, Gobo 15sec, Albino 15sec, Brown Duchess 15sec, Miss Poole 15sec, GOM 15sec, Lena 20sec, Gentle Annie 20sec, U Know 20sec, Fairholm 20sec and Jenny Lind 20sec also started.
Oakland at once drew away, and not being approached, won very easily by over 100 yards. The second and third finished close together. Time, 5min 57sec. Dividend - £2 2s.
TELEGRAPH STAKES (in harness) of 40 sovs; second horse 5 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
Mr D Barns'ch g Colonial, aged, 25sec (Owner) 1.
Mr C Barry's br g Stonewall Jackson, 5yrs, 35sec (Marr) 2.
Pride of Erin 30sec, Lena 32sec, Vulcan 40sec and Jess II 40sec also started.
At the mile post Pride of Erin was leading, but a short distance further on Colonial got up and a collision occurred, in which Pride of Erin's sulky came to grief. Colonial was hard pressed by Stonewall Jackson, but maintained the lead to the end, winning by four lengths. Time, 6min. Dividend - £3 13s.
A protest lodged against the winner for foul driving was dismissed.
STEWARDS' CLASS SADDLE HANDICAP of 80 sovs; second horse 10 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
Mr M Friedlander's b m Miss Hilda by Berlin-Southern Queen, aged, scr (Harold) 1.
Mr J Willis' g m Patience, aged, 28sec (Wright) 2.
Mr P Walker's ch m Mistake, aged, 23sec (Owner) 3.
Coronella 18sec, Jimmie Ossan(late Ossan) 28sec, Lightning 28sec, Bridal Rose 28sec, HRH 36sec also started.
Mistake led for over three-quarters of a mile, when Patience got in front. On the last round, Miss Hilda, who had been coming steadily through, passed into the lead, and won very easily. Time, 5min 21 1/2sec. Dividend - £3 9s.
PONY SADDLE HANDICAP of 20 sovs; second 2 1/2 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
Mr R Ray jur's br g Parnell, aged, scratch (Owner) 1.
Mr T Waddington's b m May, aged, 14sec (Moorhouse) 2.
Nick 25sec, Princess May 25sec, Slouch 25sec, Carmen 35sec and Merivale 40sec also started.
May got to the front on the second roundand led till passing the post the third time, when Parnell ranged alongside; the two kept close together all the way round, and in a most exciting finish Parnell won by half a length, May breaking on the post. Time, 5min 57 1/2sec. Dividend - £5 7s.
ADDINGTON PLATE CLASS HARNESS HANDICAP of 80 sovs; second horse 10 sovs from the stake. Three miles.
Mr H Brinkman's b m HRH by Berlin, aged, 50sec (Munro) 1.
Mr T Walker's ch m Mistake, aged, 52sec (Owner) 2.
Mr A Goslin's blk m Diplomacy, aged, 45sec (Owner) 3.
Miss Hilda 9sec behind(pen 11sec), Tennessee 25sec, Colonial 32sec(pen 8sec), Charlie 32sec, Belle Mahone 35sec, Apology 40sec also started.
Mistake and HRH kept close together for a mile, when the latter drew away, and trotting in fine style soon obtained a commanding lead, and maintaining an even gait all through, won very easily, distancing the others. Miss Hilda broke up badly. Time, 8min 54 1/2sec. Dividend - £2 3s.
ELECTRIC STAKES SADDLE HANDICAP of 40 sovs; second horse 5 sovs from stake. One mile.
Mr H Fear's b g Oakland by Berlin-Jenny Tracey, aged, 13sec(pen 5sec) (M Edwards) 1.
Mr T Walker's ch m Mistake, aged, 18sec (Owner) 2.
Mr E Bowes' ch g Roy, aged, scr (Angus) 3.
Darkie 10sec, Unknown 10sec, Miss Irwell 12sec, Diana 12sec, Apology 12sec, Jimmie Ossan (late Ossan) 15sec, Broomlands (late Clarence) 15sec, Patience 15sec, Makarara coupled with Brown Duchess each 15sec, Miss Molly 15sec, Commotion (late Hilton) 15sec, Stonewall Jackson 18sec and Jess II 20sec also started.
Oakland caught Mistake at the home bend, and the latter breaking Oakland won easily by a dozen lengths, Roy, who lost a lot of ground at the start, a fair third. Time, 2min 49 1/4sec. Dividend - £4 10s.
MAIDEN HARNESS HANDICAP of 30 sovs; second 5 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
Mr A Lenhardt's b m Locket, aged, 25sec (Owner) 1.
Mr J A Horner's br g Clearwell, aged, 25sec (Owner) 2.
Mr A G Holmes' ch m Bridal Rose, aged, 3sec (E Price) 3.
Oddfellow 15sec, Dick 15sec, Chaos 15sec, Jenny Lind 25sec, Jess II 30sec, and Old Maid 30sec also started.
By the time a mile had been covered Locket was in the lead, and, maintaining her advantage to the end won by fifty yards. Time, 6min 29sec. Dividend - £4 1s 6d.
Credit: The Press 17 Oct 1892
The new regime operated as a proprietary Club until March 1892 when the Cricket Company decided not to allow a proprietary Club the use of Lancaster Park for Trotting after the expiry of the existing arrangements. If Trotting was to continue at the Park the Company ruled it must be conducted by an amateur Club that would direct the profit towards stakes rather than towards the income of a few shareholders.
In October 1892 it was reported that the following proprietary Clubs were operating:
Lancaster Park Trotting Club racing at Lancaster Park
Plumpton Park Trotting Club racing at Sockburn
Lower Heathcote Racing and Trotting Club racing at Heathcote
New Brighton Racing Club racing at New Brighton
Credit: NZMTC: Historical Notes compiled by D C Parker