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RACING HISTORY THE BEGINNINGS

1894 LOWER HEATHCOTE RACING AND TROTTING CLUB'S AUTUMN TROTTING MEETING

The steady and incessant rain sufficiently accounted for the meagre attendance at the Trotting Meeting held on the Heathcote Course on Saturday. The surprise indeed, was, that so many found the way to the ground under the dispiriting circumstances, which completely marred the gathering.

The programme was however, carried out in its entirety, the office-bearers working indefatigably and uncomplainingly.

A splendid race was witnessed in the chief harness event. General, an Ashburton trained horse, who had, earlier in the day, captured the principal prize in saddle, just beating Mr Mace's colt Brooklyn. The latter was fortunately rewarded by winning very easily the concluding item on the card.

The sum handled at the totalisators only reached 950 10s. The dividends were small, except in the caser of the first race, wherein over 20 was paid out.

The following are details:-

HANDICAP MAIDEN TROT (in saddle) of 25 sovs; second 2 sovs. One mile.

Mr W Stokes's b m Doll, aged, 7sec (Owner) 1.
Mr M Friedlander's blk h Duncan Addallah, 5yrs, scr (Harold) 2.
Mr M Taylor's rn g Merry Dancer, aged, 9sec (A J Keith) 3.

Seagull 5sec, Lina 5sec, Mallow 7sec, Elina 7sec, Grace 7sec, Black Angel 7sec, The Maid 7sec, Fair Play 9sec, Valentine 9sec and Delegate 9sec also started.

Merry Dancer led to the top turn, where Doll passed into first place, and retaining her position to the end, won by three lengths from Duncan Abdallah, Merry Dancer close up third. Time 3min 9sec. Dividend - 22 2s.

HANDICAP PONY TROT (in saddle) of 20 sovs. Two miles.

Mr S G Sollett's rn m Merrybody, aged, 25sec (Owner) 1.

Sambo 9sec, Nellie 9sec, Liberty 31sec and Vera 33sec also started.

Mettybody passed into the lead in the first quarter of a mile, and going on won by 100 yards from Nellie. Time 6min 18sec. Dividend - 2 8s.

ST PATRICK'S HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 50 sovs; second 5 sovs from stake. Two miles.

Mr F Angus' (ns) br g General, aged 13sec (Angus) 1.

Young Irvington scr, Messenger 9sec, Fairchild 11sec, White Wings 15sec, Hippias 20sec, Black Eagle 22sec, Victoria 23sec, Prairie 25sec and Doll 25sec (3sec pen) also started.

Victoria and Hippias led to the turn into the straight on the first round, but before the stand was reached General was in command, and although he frequently broke, he maintained his place, and kept improving his lead, winning by over the distance from Young Irvington, who trotted well throughout. Time 5min 36sec. Dividend - 3 6s.

PONY HANDICAP TROT (in harness) of 20 sovs. Two miles.

Mr J Jardin's br f Doris (late Dot), 3yrs, 37sec (Owner) 1.
Mr J Jardin's b m Dorothy, aged, 8sec (S Major) 2.
Mr T Free's dun g Uncle Tom, 3yrs, 8sec (A Free) 3.

Paddy 35sec, and Bella 40sec also started.

Doris at once drawing away was not approached. In the last half mile Doris was eased up, and Dorothy just got within the distance. Time, 6min 52sec. Dividend - 1 12s.

HANDICAP SELLING TROT (in saddle) of 20 sovs. One mile.

Mr M Taylor's rn g Merry Dancer, aged, 12sec (A J Keith) 1.

Ladybird II scr, Strathallan 9sec and Handsome Tom 11sec also started.

Merry Dancer was not approached, the others pulling up before half the journey was gone. Time, 3min 20sec. Dividend - 1 8s. The winner was bought in for 13 10s.

HEATHCOTE HANDICAP TROT (in harness), of 50 sovs; second 5 sovs from stake. Two miles.

Mr P Angus's (ns) br g General, aged, 7sec(10sec pen) (Angus) 1.
Mr H Mace's blk c Brooklyn, 3yrs, 2sec (Milne) 2.
Mr G Cridge's blk m Medjidie, aged, 24sec (Owner) 3.

Maggie L 20sec, Pride of Erin 20sec, Black Eagle 26sec, Sambo 34sec and Vim 34sec also started.

Vim was in front passing the stand the first time, with Medjidie in close attendance, and the favourite had made some ground on Brooklyn. The latter, however, travelling in great style for the first half, closed up again, he and General drawing rapidly on the leaders. Mr Mace's colt was on a fast run as they swept out of the straight the second time, and it looked as if he would go right through to the lead of affairs, but General, when the colt collared him, made a great dash, which landed him in front, and Brooklyn passed into second place at the top turn. Coming up the straight Brooklyn came with an electric run, and passing the post was only half a length behind General, Medjidie third fifty yards away. Time 5min 43sec. Dividend - 2 14s.

AUTUMN HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 25 sovs; second 2 sovs from stake. One mile.

Mr J J Lewis's b g Commotion, aged, 12sec, (Owner) 1.
Mr T Guy's blk m Miss Irwell, aged, 7sec (Owner) 2.
Mr G Fergusson's br g Bilbah, aged, 7sec (W Kerr) 3.

Venus scr, Jenny Lind scr, Fairchild 6sec, Duke of Connaught 9sec, Darkie 10sec, Duncan Abdallah 10sec, Victoria 12sec, Seawood 12sec, Doll 12sec(3sec pen) and Ballance 15sec also started.

Commotion at once going to the front never left the result in doubt, winning by six lengths; Bilbah a fair third. Time 2min 57sec. Dividend - 2 6s.

FINAL HANDICAP TROT (in harness) of 25 sovs; second 2 sovsfrom the stake. One mile.

Mr H Mace's blk c Brooklyn, 3yrs, scr (Milne) 1.
Mr G Gridge's blk m Medjidie, aged, 12sec (Owner) 2.

Young Irvington scr, Peppermint 8sec, Pride of Erin 9sec, Templeton 11sec, Black Watch 11sec, The Maid 16sec, Bowker 16sec, V B Q 18sec and Ballance 18sec also started.

Brooklyn was in front at half a mile and going on at an even and steady gait won by fifteen lengths from Megjidie. Time 2min 54sec. Dividend - 3 8s.


Credit: The Press 19Mar1894

RACING HISTORY CANTERBURY PARK TROTTING CLUB

1894 PLUMPTON PARK RACING & TROTTING CLUB AUTUMN MEETING

The Plumpton Park Racing and Trotting Club's Autumn Trotting Meeting took place today. The weather was fine, but there was not a large attendance. Results:-

HANDICAP MAIDEN TROT (in saddle) of 25 sovs; second horse 3 sovs. Two miles.

Mr H Phillips' br c Prince Victor, 3yrs, 6sec (Owner) 1.

Mr J Turner's blk m Carnage, 5yrs, 16sec (A Frec) 2.

Victoria II scr, Starlight 7sec, Doll 7sec, Hard Luck 14sec, Claughton 14sec, Dynamite 14sec, Autonomy 16sec, Delegate 16sec, Mungo Maid 16sec also started.

Carnage went away with a good lead, but broke repeatedly, and Prince Victor passed her at the end of a mile. The latter then went on comfortably, and won by forty yards from Carnage, who was a similar distance in advance of Autonomy.

Time 5min 52 1/2sec Dividend - 2 4s.

HANDICAP PONY TROT (in saddle) of 20 sovs; second 2 sovs. One mile.

Mr F Lee ns br g Tonga, aged, scr 1.

Mr J Dewey's br g Sambo, aged, 6sec 2.

Tonga got to the front soon after going half the distance, and going on, won by thirty yards from Sambo.

Nellie 6sec, Lady Maud 8sec, Tit 10sec, Dick 13sec, Wait A Bit 15sec, Vera 17sec, Sandy 17sec and Tute 19sec also started.

Time 2mn 51sec Dividend - 2 7s.

SOCKBURN HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 50 sovs; second horse 5 sovs. Two miles.

Mr J Fraser's b g Victon, 6yrs, 38sec (Owner) 1.

Mr A G Holmes's b m Maud V, aged, 35sec (Harold) 2.

Mr P Devane's blk m Victoria II, aged, 45sec (Price) 3.

Tennessee 24sec, General 33sec, Boudri 43sec, Black Eagle 45sec, Milly 48sec, Rema 48sec, Victoria 48sec Bilbah 48sec Prince Victor 38sec (10sec pen) also started.

Time 5min 43 1/2sec Dividend - 10 4s.

HANDICAP MAIDEN TROT (in harness) of 30 sovs; second horse 3 sovs. Two miles.

Mr H Mace's br m Sea Foam, aged, 5sec (Milne) 1.

Mr W Witte's b g Rotherham, 6yrs, 7sec (Brake) 2.

Vim scr, Te Koote 3sec, Meg 5sec, Virginia 5sec, Lone Star 5sec, Mallow 5sec, Jeannette 5sec, Cashmere 6sec Olly 6sec.

Time 6min 1 1/2sec Dividend - 1 6s.

RICCARTON PLATE HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 35 sovs; second horse 5 sovs. Two miles.

Mr R Beattie's rn g Max, 5yrs, 18sec (Harold) 1.

Mr G Ferguson's br g Bilbah, aged, 20sec (W Kerr) 2.

Mr W Stokes's b m Doll, aged, 22sec (Owner) 3.

Star of Honour scr, Victoria II 17sec, Prairie 20sec, Rena 20sec and Coralie 22sec also started.

Time 5min 50sec Dividend - 1 12s.

PLUMPTON PARK HANDICAP TROT (in harness) of 50 sovs; second horse 5 sovs. Two miles.

Mr J Kinley's gr g Orphan Boy, 5yrs, 45sec (Owner) 1.

Mr H Mace's br c Brooklyn, 3yrs, 29sec (Milne) 2.

Tennessee 24sec, Sapphire 24sec, Peppermint 30sec, Messenger 30sec, Mountjoy 33sec, Pride of Erin 33sec, Maud V 35sec, Connemara 35sec, Energy 37sec, Polly Plum 37sec, Medjidie 39sec, Tommy 45sec, Kelpie 45sec, Ohio 47sec an Bep 47sec also started.

Time 5min 52sec Dividend - 3 15sec.

HANDICAP PONY TROT (in harness) of 20 sovs; second horse 2 sovs. One mile.

Mr T Free's dun g Uncle Tom, 5yrs, 6sec (A Free) 1.

Mr J Jardin's b m Dorothy, 6yrs, scr (Farrar) 2.

Mr J McGregor's br g Empire, aged, 13sec (Owner) 3.

Tonga 5sec bhd (5sec pen), Sambo 6sec, Nipper 9sec, Merry Lea 18sec, Florence 18sec, Bella 18sec, Worthington 18sec, Camisea 18sec also started.

Time 3min 12sec Dividend - 5 7s.

RECOVERY HANDICAP TROT of 20 sovs; second horse 2 sovs. One mile.

Mr G Ferguson's br g Bilbah, aged, 18sec (W Kerr) 1.

Mr R Beattie's rn g Max, 14sec (Harrold) 2.

Mr J Turner's blk m Carnage, 5yrs, 20sec (A Free) 3.

Unknown scr, Pride of Erin 14sec, Black Eagle 14sec, Darkie 14sec, Seawood 16sec, Milly 16sec, Mallow 20sec, Tommy 20sec and Ballance 20sec also started.

Time 2min 57sec Dividend - 2.

Credit: Star 17 Feb 1894

RACING HISTORY CANTERBURY PARK TROTTING CLUB

1894 PLUMPTON PARK RACING & TROTTING CLUB: WINTER MEETING

Handicapper - Mr W White. Starter - Mr H J Derret.

Delightful weather favoured the Plumpton Park Racing & Trotting Club for its winter trotting meeting on Saturday, and there was a large attendance.

The sport was of a decidedly interesting character and strong fields went out in most cases. Mr Mace's colt Brooklyn was again the hero of the gathering: Vim trotting as she has never trotted before just beat him in the Sockburn Handicap, but he registered a great performance in the race as he covered the two miles in 5min 18 18 1/2sec, time that has not previously been equalled in harness. On his second appearance Brooklyn scored most decisively, this being in the concluding event, in which he left the mile behind in record time.

Miss Poole found a tough rival in the Maiden Saddle Handicap in Norman, who, going to the front at the outset, defied catching. Mr Friedlander's mare got out of the maiden class later in the afternoon by annexing the Recovery Handicap in fast time. The pony Maude V fairly wore down the favourite in the principal saddle race, and won easily in the end.

The sum of 1760 was passed through the totalisators during the afternoon. The management was as usual excellent, and there were no disputes to mar proceedings. The catering was in the hands of Mr J Buggey and gave the utmost satisfaction.

Results:-

MAIDEN HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 25 sovs; second 2 1/2 sovs from stake. One mile.

Mr T Harold's rn g Norman, 4yrs, 5sec (C Harold) 1.

Miss Poole scr, Silverwood 5sec, Socks 5sec, Killune 5sec, Nigger 5sec, Wee Ben 5sec, Blackheath 5sec, Roche 5sec, GG 5sec, Prince Albert 7sec, Halkett Maid 7sec, Forester 7sec, Elsie 7sec, Hard Luck 7sec, Bunthorne 9sec, Imogene 9sec, Dingo(late Mountain Lad) 9sec, Defeat 9sec, Black Angel 9sec and Ballance 9sec also started.

Norman at once going through was in front when half-a-mile had been gone, and going on won easily. Miss Poole, who finished second, being just outside the distance; after Miss Poole came Elsie. Time, 2min 49sec. Dividend - 4 6s.

PONY HANDICAP TROT (in harness) of 20 sovs; second 2 sovs from stake. Two miles.

Mr J Jardin's br m Doris, 3yrs, 28sec (Owner) 1.
Mr T Free's d g Uncle Tom, 5yrs, 10sec (A Free) 2.

Tonga scr, Sambo 15sec, Toby II 15sec, Searchlight 28sec, Woodlands 33sec, Bella 37sec, Nightingale 40sec, Sandy(late Billy) 40sec, Liberty 40sec and Vera 40sec also started.

Doris was in front at the end of a quarter of a mile, and won pulling up by forty yards from Uncle Tom, who was the only other who persevered. Time, 6min 14sec. Dividend - 2 2s.

PLUMPTON PARK HANDICAP (in saddle) of 50 sovs; second 5 sovs from stake. Two miles.

Mr T Lee's (ns) b m Maud V, aged, 30sec (A J Keith) 1.
Mr J Farrar's blk g Starlight, aged, 45sec (Owner) 2.
Mr W Stokes' b m Doll, aged, 42sec (Owner) 3.

Nea 5sec, Tikaro 20sec, Young Irvington 22sec, Messenger 28sec, Ike 32sec, Madeline 35sec, Hippias 40sec, Lady Bird II 42sec, Prairie 45sec, Te Kooti 45sec, Rodney 47sec and Killune 47sec also started.

Starlight at once went to the front, and passing the stand the first time had a strong lead from Maud V and Doll. Starlight went in the air at the far turn, and allowed Maud V, who had given Doll the go-by, to get closer, and as they wentdown the back the mare closed on the leader, and at the home turn was on terms, and coming away in the straight won by eight lengths: Doll a fair third. Time 5min 29sec. Dividend - 6 10s.

PONY HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 20 sovs; second 2 sovs from the stake. Two miles.

Mr J Anderson's b g Sandy(late Billy), 5yrs, 48sec (Owner) 1.

Sambo 23sec, Nellie 23sec, Doris 27sec (7sec pen), Toby II 32sec, Searchlight 34sec, Tit 38sec, Peggy 45sec and Pippin 45sec also started.

Sandy soon assumed a strong lead, and keeping his pace to the end distanced all others. Sambo followed the winner home. Time 6min 19sec. Dividend - 12 14s.

SOCKBURN HANDICAP TROT (in harness) of 40 sovs; second 5 sovs from stake. Two miles.

Mr A L Evans's br m Vim by Burlington, aged, 35sec (W Kerr) 1.
Mr H Mace's blk c Brooklyn, 3yrs, scr (Milne) 2.
Mr D McLean's br m M.M, 5yrs, 27sec (Morrison) 3.

Opossum 13sec, Blue Gown 16sec and Milly 25sec also started.

Vim started off very steadily and so did M.M, but the latter broke twice in the first mile and the first named was still just about her handicap ahead of the other passing the mile post. Brooklyn, however, had made up a lot of leeway, and trotting in grand style was running third. Vim kept her pace as regards M.M but Mr Mace's colt gradually drew up and passed M.M befoe the final bend was reached; he, however, failed to reach Vim, who passed the post two lengths to the good.
Time, 5min 51sec. Dividend - 2 2s.

MAIDEN HANDICAP TROT (in harness) of 35 sovs;second 2 1/2 sovs. One mile.

Mr J Hammond's br m Elsie, 6yrs, 10sec (Owner) 1.
Mr M Friedlander's blk h Duncan Abdallah, 5yrs, 3sec (C Harold) 2.

Rosewood scr, Golden King 8sec, Moorite 8sec, Hollywood 10sec, Virginia 10sec, Nabob 10sec, Meg 13sec, Jeannette 13sec, Eileen Alannah 13sec and Georgina 13sec also started.

Elsie going at once to the front kept her place to the end, winning by three lengths from Duncan Abdallah, who but for breaking half way up the straight, might have reversed the verdict. Time 3min 5sec. Dividend - 3 16s.

RECOVERY HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 25 sovs; second 2 1/2 sovs. One mile.

Mr M Friedlander's cr m Miss Poole, 5yrs, 17sec (C Kerr) 1.
Mr G Warburton's b g Mallow, aged, 25sec (Owner) 2.
Mr D McLean's br g Barney O'Hea, aged, 5sec (Morrison) 3.

Specification scr, Nea scr, Shamrock 9sec, Commotion 11sec, Norman 14sec(7sec pen), Madeline 15sec, Doll 18sec, Starlight 20sec, Darkie 20sec, Prairie 20sec, Silverwood 21sec, Rodney 21sec an Lightning 25sec also started.

Going down the back Mallow held a strong lead, but getting in the air at the home turn Miss Poole caught and passedhim winning by two lengths. Time 2min 47sec. Dividend - 4 10s.

RICCARTON PLATE HANDICAP TROT (in harness) of 25 sovs; second 2 1/2 sovs from stake. One mile.

Mr H Mace's blk c Brooklyn by Blackwood Abdallah- Watlass, 3yrs, 3sec (Milne) 1.
Mr A Duncan's b m Viginia, aged, 22sec (Owner) 2.
Mr M Friedlander's blk h Duncan Abdallah, 5yrs, 14sec (C Harold) 3=.
Mr J Hammond's br m Elsie, 6yrs, 17sec(5sec pen) (Owner) 3=

M.M 16sec, Vim 14sec(6sec pen), Vixen 22sec, Ligtning 25sec and Woodlands 27sec also started.

Brooklyn, who went at a great gait from the outset, passed into the lead at the final bend and won easily.
Time 2min 41sec. Dividend - 1 18s.


Credit: The Press 7 May 1894

RACING HISTORY CANTERBURY PARK TROTTING CLUB

1894 PLUMPTON PARK RACING & TROTTING CLUB NOV MEETING

The Plumpton Park November Trotting Meeting was held today. The weather fine, the course in good order and the attendance very large. The sum of 3773 passed through the totalisator. Results:-

MAIDEN HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 25 sovs; second horse 3 sovs. Two miles.

Mr J McGregor's b m Miss Burwood (late Leonora), 6yrs, 13sec (C Kerr) 1.

Mr H Sprought's b m FB, aged, 9sec (Butler) 2.

Mr J A Timm's ch g Ascot, 5yrs, 13sec (Owner) 3.

Black Angel scr, Autonomy 6sec, Senator 9sec, Dingo 13sec and Little Stanley 13sec also started.

Ascot led for nearly a mile, when he broke and was passed by Miss Burwood and FB in company. The last named held the lead for the next half mile, when Miss Burwood joined her, but broke turning into the home stretch. The fovourite was quickly steadied, and catching FB on the post won an exciting race by a short head, Ascot a close third.

Time 5min 54sec Dividend - 2 5s.

PONY HANDICAP TROT of 20 sovs; 2 sovs. One mile.

Mr J Barritt's b m Lily, aged 15sec (Turton) 1.

Mr J Hill's gr g Icicle, aged, 6sec (Owner) 2.

Mr S G Gollett's rn m Merrybody, aged 15sec (Owner) 3.

Chance scr, Doris 3sec, XYZ 10sec and Nipper 10sec also started.

Nipper joined Lily going along the back stretch but broke. Icicle, followed by Merrybody, then went in pursuit of Lily, and the former only suffered defeat by a neck, Merrybody a good third.

Time 3min 7sec Dividend - 8 11s.

SOCKBURN HANDICAP (saddle) of 60 sovs. Two miles.
Mallow, 29sec 1; Stonewall Jackson, scr 2; Grasshopper II, 25sec 3.
Four others started. Won by twenty yards.
Time 5min 39sec Dividend - 11 6s.

MAIDEN HANDICAP (harness) of 30 sovs. Two miles.
Domino, 10sec 1; Vagary scr 2.
Seven others started. Won by twenty yards.
Time 6min 25sec Dividend - 7 12s.

RICCARTON PLATE (saddle) of 35 sovs. Two miles.
Elsie, 25sec 1.
The winner distanced a field of six others.
Time 5min 33sec Dividend - 2 8s.

PLUMPTON PARK HANDICAP (harness) of 60 sovs. Two miles.
Rob Roy, 20sec, 1; Kelpie, 20sec, 2.
Five others started. Won by 100 yards. Kelpie was the only oneof the others who persevered to the end.
Time 5min 35sec Dividend - 2.

PONY HANDICAP (harness) of 20 sovs. Two miles.
Uncle Tom, 10sec, 1; Dorothy, 8sec 2.
Three others started. Won by three lengths.
Time 5min 38 1/2sec Dividend - 10 18s.

RECOVERY HANDICAP of 25 sovs. One mile.
FB, 18sec, 1; Wee Ben, 20sec 2; Vagary, 17sec 3.
Eleven others started. Won by three lengths.
Time 3min 0 1/2sec Dividend - 2 2s.




Credit: Star 7 Nov & Otago Daily Times 8 Nov 1894

RACING HISTORY LANCASTER PARK TROTTING CLUB

1894 LANCASTER PARK TROTTING CLUB: NOVEMBER MEETING

Though fine the weather was disagreeable for holiday makers yesterday by reason of the dust that was flying about in all directions. This caused some discomfort to the large assemblage that found their way to Lancaster Park to witness the sport provided by the Amateur Trotting Club. The Club minimised the evil as much as possible by having the track opposite the stand constantly watered, and as towards the close of the aftermoon the wind dropped, during the last races the disagreeable element disappeared.

The attendance, if not a record one, was quite up to that of last year's Spring Meeting. The quality of the sport was not, perhaps, up to the average; some interesting exhibitions of trotting were, however, witnessed.

Three withdrawals, one of them the early favourite Ruadan, left but four to go out for the Champion Handicap, and Blue Mountain was made a red-hot favourite, and justified confidence by winning easily. The principal saddleevent was taken by the Oamaru mare Grasshopper II, she being sent out a littleover level money favourite. Rob Roy traversed in great style the last mile of the Steward's Stakes, and easily landed the odds laid on him.

The sum passed through the totalisator reached the record sum for a trotting meeting of 5120. The great sum invested was no doubt due to the fact of the favourite in nearly every instance getting home. The management left nothing to be desired. Results:-

AMATEUR HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 30 sovs; second 5 sovs from stake. Two miles.

Mr W Stakes' gr g Ben Allen, aged, 16sec (Moorhouse) 1. Mr R Gibb's cr f XYZ, 4yrs, 16sec (Rae) 2.

Victoria II scr, Diana 8sec, Silverwood 14sec, Meg 16sec, Fairplay 16sec, Intruder 18sec, Miss Flat 18sec, Bill Allen 18sec, Lancaster 18sec, Oliver 18sec, Tara 18sec, Hitchen Hill 18sec and Little Stanley 20sec also started.

Ben Allen at once going through held a good lead when a lap had been completed, and at a mile had a strong lead from XYZ and Diana. The latter broke up badly shortly after and retired, and Ben Allen had no difficulty in retaining his place, winning by forty yards. Time, 5min 51 1/2sec. Dividend - 2 19s.

HANDICAP SELLING TROT (in harness) of 25 sovs. Two miles.

Mr F Mulholland's br g Hollywood, 5yrs, 18sec (Owner) 1.
Mr Hendricksen's ch g Tommy, aged, 24sec (Wright) 2.

Domino 27sec(3sec pen), Miss Graham 32sec and Gladys 40sec also started.

Tommy took command shortly after half a mile had been gone, but Hollywood went to the front in the second last lap, and going on won easily by fifty yards. Time, 5min 57 1/2sec. Dividend - 3 10s.
A protest was lodged against Hollywood for crossing which was dismissed.
On being submitted Hollywood was sold to Mr G Ellis, Hastings, for 37.

THE CHAMPIONS' HANDICAP (in harness) of 250 sovs; second horse 50 sovs, and third 20 from the stake. For all horses that can do 9min or under. Three miles.

Mr W Kerr's b g Blue Mountain by Blue Gown-Preston mare, 5yrs, 44sec (Owner) 1.

Norman 22sec(Harold), Cowboy 36sec(J Allan), Ipswich, 46sec(J Munro), Lady Warbeck, 46sec(D Munro) were the other starters.

Lady Warbeck commencing badly, Blue Mountain at once went to the front, the driver of the limit pulling out to allow the stable companion Ipswich to follow the favourite; both Cowboy and Norman started badly, and when a round had been completed had lost instead of gained anything on the leaders. A mile gone and the race was confined to Blue Mountain and Ipswich, and as the latter had drawn on Kerr's horse and was going well her backers were on good terms with themselves. All but the two mentioned had pulled off the track before a mile and a half had been traversed, and with Ipswich tiring the favourite commenced to draw away, and increasing his lead the further he went passed the post just after Ipswich had rounded the top turn. Time, 8min 18sec. Dividend - 1 8s.

HANDICAP PONY TROT (in saddle) of 20 sovs. Two miles.

Mr J Jardin's b m Dorothy, aged, 12sec (Owner) 1.

Uncle Tom 5sec(7sec pen), Moses 25sec, Miss Graham 25sec, The Scrubber 37sec and Woodlands 37sec also started.

The Scrubber led for a mile, when Dorothy went to the front, and finished alone. The winner was the only horse to finish. Time, 5min 45sec. Dividend - 1 14s.

NOVEMBER HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 75 sovs, second 10 sovs and third 3 sovs from stake. Two miles.

Mt H Gardiner's gr m Grasshopper II, aged, 25sec (G Robertson) 1.
Mr W Morton's blk m Holly, aged, 22sec (Munro) 2.

Norman 5sec, Blue Mountain 5sec(11sec pen), Robin 9sec, Pauline 9sec, White Wings 12sec, Cowboy 14sec, Peppermint 18sec and Mallow 25sec also started.

Grasshopper II at once drawing away had with a mile gone an advantage of between 100 and 200 yards, and, though Holly closed up somewhat in the last bit, the grey mare was separated from her by fifty yards when the post was reached. Time, 5min 41sec. Dividend - 2 5s.

STEWARD'S STAKES HANDICAP TROT (in harness) of 40 sovs; second 5 sovs from stake. Two miles.

Mr W Proffit's b g Rob Roy,aged, 10sec behind scratch(15sec pen) (W Kerr) 1.
Mr T Walker's blk g Energy, aged, 18sec(Owner) 2. Mr E Bowes' br m Vagary, aged, 26sec(C Kerr) 3.

Holly 8sec, Georgina 14sec, Prince 18sec and Tara 20sec also started.

Vagary going off at an even gait had established a strong lead when a round had been completed. Rob Roy, who commenced very badly, not having picked up any of his handicap. Vagary continued to peg along. At a mile it looked odds on her not being caught. Rob Roy, however, settling down, came very fast, and, catching up his ground hand over hand, passed Vagary with still half a lap to go, and won easily from Energy, who passed Vagary at the home turn. Time, 5min 30sec. Dividend - 1 10s.
The running of Vagary being questioned, the Stewards held an inquiry, which completely exonerated the driver, C Kerr. It was abundantly evident to the best judges that the mare tired to nothing in the race.

SPRINT HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 30 sovs; second 5 sovs from stake. One mile.

Mr J Falloon's ch m Lina, aged, 19sec (Hill) 1.

Robin 4sec, Grasshopper II 5sec(7sec pen), Mallow 7sec(5sec pen), Miss Irwell 10sec, Sandy 10sec, Doll 14sec, Nipper 17sec, Silverwood 20sec, Acrobat 20sec and Woodlands 25sec also started.

Lina, at once drawing to the front, had Sandy in attendance when half a mile had been gone. The latter broke when closing up, and Lina, forging away, distanced her field. Time, 2min 56 1/2sec. Dividend - 2 16s.

FINAL HANDICAP TROT (in harness) of 30 sovs; second 5 sovs from stake. One mile.

Mr R Sutherland's ch f Carolina, 4yrs, 14sec(Needham) 1.

Rob Roy 6sec behind(9sec pen), Holly 5sec, Prince 9sec, Meg 16sec and Emma 22sec also started.

Carolina drew out from the start, and not being afterwards approached, distanced Rob Roy, who finished second. Time, 2min 27sec. Dividend - 1 14s.



Credit: The Press 10 Nov 1894

RACING HISTORY LANCASTER PARK TROTTING CLUB

Specification & Alf Keith
SPECIFICATION

(NOTE:- This is part of an article appearing in Volume 11, Number 4 of the Harness Racing International Magazine entitled Alf Keith - Champion of the Colonies.)

...The crowning glory of Alf (Keith), Specification and indeed for the Australasian breeding and racing industry was Specification's time trial over four miles on 7th July 1894 at Lancaster Park with a 25 sovereign prize and the 10 guinea Mrs E C J Stevens Cup awaiting if the world record of 10 minutes 52 1/2 seconds set by Satellite in America in 1887 could be bettered.

The newspaper reports of the day say it all - "In spite of the fact that the track, on account of heavy rains recently, was slow, Keith's horse Specification managed to cover the distance of four miles in a time trial in 10 min 47 secs or 5 1/2 seconds faster than the existing world record. On pulling up Keith was lifted from the sulky and carried shoulder high to the grandstand where, after a short speech by Mr Connell (sec.), Mrs E J Stevens presented Keith with the Cup she had given. Keith responded to much cheers from the assembled. It is felt that despite the record the track at Lancaster Park is too small for the long striding Specification."

The Otago Witness report was far greater in depth, "The going was very slow, and I do think that the pieces of wood laid from the inside outwards 3 ft benefitted the time. The pieces of wood were no doubt meant to ensure the right distance being covered, but I feel certain that they were responsible for Specification breaking on two occasions. On the whole, however, Specification did not break much and his action all through was much admired by onlookers. During the first part of the journey he was brought along by Tonga, a pony trotter, who was ridden by a small boy at a good cantering pace until she was pretty well "puffed out". Specification was then brought home by a big chestnut horse, ridden by Billy Brown, and over the last two or three curcuits his pace was undoubtedly fast. Had his finishing up gait been maintained all through he would have cut the record more badly than he did. His performance was quite good enough, however, though I am pretty certain that Specification is equally quite good enough to do something better under better conditions of going. He is really a splendid trotter, and a good stayer. Keith received something of an ovation on coming in, being carried into the stand shoulder high, and presented with the Cup given by Mrs Stevens. The breaking of a world's record merited something uncommon, and it may be that Specification's trainer may be the recipient of similar honours in the future."

A month after the time trial Keith sold Specification to studmaster A G Holmes for an undisclosed amount and under his ownership the trotter had just two more starts at the Canterbury Park TC Queens Birthday meeting in 1895 (May 24) before embarking on a successful and influential stud career especially through his daughters, eight of which are listed in Classic Families as foundation mares. The star attraction of that octet was undoubtedly Problem, the ancestress of Maori Miss who has spawned Australasia's greatest modern day black type trotting dynasty...



Credit: John Peck writing in Harness Racing International Magazine July/August 2009

RACING HISTORY LANCASTER PARK TROTTING CLUB

1894 LANCASTER PARK AMATEUR TROTTING CLUB JAN. COMMITTEE MTGN

At a meeting of the Committee of the Lancaster Park Amateur Trotting Club, held yesterday, Mr H F Reece in the chair, the programme for the club's autumn meeting, to be held on March 24, was drawn up for approval by the Canterbury Metropolitan Trotting Association. The sum of 400 will be offered in stakes, and the principal events are a Trot (in harness), of 120 sovs, three miles (limit 8min 50sec); Trot, of 80 sovs, two miles (limit 5min 50sec).

Messrs H Piper and J A Connell were appointed handicappers for the meeting, and the committee expressed its satisfaction at the manner in which they performed their duties at the late meeting.

It was decided to offer the sum of 250 for a Class Trot in harness, two miles, with a limit of 6min, to be competed for at the November meeting, nominations for which will be at the extremely low rate of 1.

A number of accounts were passed for payment, amounting in all to about 470. The Secretary was instructed to write to Inspector Broham, expressing the committee's satisfaction at the manner in which the police had carried out their duties at the club's summer meeting...The Secretary was instructed to interview the Lancaster Park Company and request that body to make some alterations in the arrangements at Lancaster Park.

The settling in connection with the Lancaster Park Trotting Club's Summer Meeting was held at Coker's Hotel last night, when the following amounts were paid away:- Mr W J Bell 23 15s, Mr C Hendricksen 33 5s, Mr C Harrold 4 15s, Mr E Clarkson 19, Mr C Kerr 80 15s, Mr W J Rae 9 10s, Mr R Hill 4 15s, Mr C Pearce 23 15s, Mr A G Holmes 59 17s, Mr J Merry 6 13s, Mr J Brown 33 5s, Mr H Hookham 4 15s, Mr W Horner 4 15s, Mr W T Oliff 23 15s: Total 332 10s.

Credit: Star 31 Jan 1894

RACING HISTORY LANCASTER PARK TROTTING CLUB

1894 LANCASTER PARK AMATEUR TROTTING CLUB EASTER MEETING

Handicappers - Messrs J A Connell and H Piper; Starter - Mr C O'Connor.

The Easter Meeting of the Lancaster Park Amateur Trotting Club was held today. There was a large attendance. Results:-

HANDICAP MAIDEN TROT (in saddle) of 30 sovs. One mile.

Mr W B Hammond's blk m Holly, aged, 8sec (Owner) 1.

Mr P Devane's b m Victoria II, aged, 4sec (E Price) 2.

Mr M Friedlander's dn m Miss Poole, 5yrs, scr (C Kerr) 3.

Defeat 8sec, Elsie 8sec, Virginia 8sec, Mariner 9sec, Miss Graham 11sec, Kitty O'Shea 11sec and Le Tartuffe 12sec slso started.

Won all out by three lengths, two lengths between second and third.

Time 2min 57sec. Dividend - 4 5s.

PRESIDENT'S HANDICAP TROT (in harness) of 45 sovs, second 5 sovs. Two miles.

Mr G Cridge's blk m Medjidie, aged, 20sec (Owner) 1.

Mr A Duncan's b m Bep, aged, 30sec (Owner) 2.

Mr F Angus'ns br g General, aged, 2sec behind (Angus) 3.

Opossum 10sec, Pride of Erin 14sec, Mountjoy 16sec, Energy 16sec, Milly 18sec, Vim 28sec and Woodlands 30sec also started.

Bep led for a mile and a half when Vim passed her, but immediately broke, and Bep took the lead again and held it to the home stretch, where Medjidie headed her and won a good race by a length.

Time 5min 53sec. Dividend - 6 3s.

HANDICAP PONY TROT (in harness) of 25 sovs; second 5 sovs. Two miles.

Mr T Honeybone's b m Polly Plum, 6sec, aged (Munro) 1

Tongs scr, Woodlands 18sec, Dorothy 6sec, Merrybody 20sec, Searchlight 24sec, Sandy 26sec and Bella 32sec also started.

Dividend - 2 7s.

LINWOOD STAKES HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 80 sovs; second 7 sovs and third 3 sovs. Two miles.

Mr T Honeybone's b m Ipswich, aged, 26sec (Munro) 1.

Mr W Kerr's ns br g Felix, aged, 22sec (Owner) 2.

Victor scr, Te Wanahu 24sec, May 26sec, Olly 26sec, Prince Victor 28sec Messenger 28sec and August 28sec also started.

Time 5min 40sec. Dividend - 10 1s.

SELLING HANDICAP TROT (in harness) of 30 sovs. Two miles.

Mr A Clegg's ch m Valentine, 5yrs, 36sec (Owner) 1.

Mr T Walker's br g Energy, aged, 16sec (Owner) 2.

Seawood 30sec, Artemus 32sec, Dingo 32sec and Cashmere 36sec also started.

Won by a neck. Time 6min 27sec. Dividend - 3 3s. The winner was bought in for 9 5s.

PARK STAKES HANDICAP TROT of 120 sovs; second 15 sovs and third 5 sovs. Three miles.

Mr C Kerr's ch g Sonny, aged, 2sec (Owner) 1.

Mr H Mace's blk c Brooklyn, 3yrs, 3sec (Milne) 2.

Mr P Howard's br m Shamrock, aged, 16sec (Munro) 3.

Three Cheers 6sec and Boston Girl 16sec also started.

Time 8min 10 1/2sec. Dividend - 2 15s.

HANDICAP MAIDEN TROT (in saddle) of 40 sovs; second 5 sovs. One mile.

Mr A Duncan's b m Bep, aged, 13sec (Owner) 1.

Mr J Reynolds' b m Vim, aged, 12sec (Munro) 2.

Agnes May 11sec, Kentucky Maid 11sec, Prince Albert 12sec, Te Kooti 13sec, Slabs 13sec, V B Q 14sec, Molly 14sec, Jeannette 15sec, Eileen Alannah 15sec, Barn Dance 16sec, Hollywood 16sec and Beatrice 16sec also started.

Won by thirty yards from Vim, the rest nowhere. Time 3min 1sec. Dividend - 3 9s.

SPRINT HANDICAP of 30 sovs; second 5 sovs. One mile.

Mr R Hill's gr m White Wings, aged, 16sec (Owner) 1.

General 6sec, Felix 11sec, Te Wanahu 12sec, Boston Girl 12sec, Sandgate 13sec, Bide-a-Wee 14sec, August 14sec, Holly 15sec, Gipsy's Warning 15sec, Hippias 16sec, Miss Irwell 18sec, Nellie 18sec, Nipper 22sec, Meg 23sec and Valentine 25sec also started.

Won by one hundred yards. Time 2min 46 1/2sec. Dividend - 3.

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Some desireable improvements have been made in the totalisator arrangements at Lancaster Park. The waggons in which the machines were placed are done away with, and the instruments are set up on a permanent framework, and roofed in by a neat awning. The work has been carried out jointly by the Lancaster Park Amateur Trotting Club and Messrs Hobbs and Goodwin, and is well worth inspection by suburban and country clubs who employ the "original patentees" to conduct their totalisator business.

Credit: Star 24 & 26 Mar 1894

RACING HISTORY LANCASTER PARK TROTTING CLUB

1894 LANCASTER PARK AMATEUR TROTTING CLUB SUMMER MEETING

Handicappers, The Committee; Starter Mr C O'Connor.

The summer meeting of the Lancaster Park Amateur Trotting Club is being held today. The weather is fine and the attendance up to the average. Results:-

HANDICAP MAIDEN TROT (in saddle) of 25 sovs; second horse 2 1/2 sovs. One mile.

Mr W Bell's b g Nipper, 5yrs, 12sec (Owner) 1.

Mr C Ringstead's b g Domino, aged, 12sec (R Hill) 2.

Seagull 3sec, Prince Victor 3sec, Doll 5sec, Searchlight 8sec, The Moor 8sec, Halkett Maid 8sec, Ruby 8sec, Imogene 8sec, Southern Queen 10sec, Rubina 10sec, Carnage 10sec, Watercress 10sec, Mungo Maid 12sec, Tit 12sec, Ballance 12sec, Autonomy 12sc, Cashmere 12sec and Venus Victrix 12sec also started.

Nipper got to the front in the second round, and, going on, won by forty yards.

Time 3min 4sec Dividend - 11 11s.

PARK STAKES HANDICAP TROT (in harness) of 40 sovs; second horse 5 sovs from the stake. Two miles.

Mr C Hendriksen's br m Rena, 4yrs, 35sec (Hamill) 1.

Mr C Harold's b m Maud V, aged, 13sec (Owner) 2.

Mr T Honeybone's b m Polly Plum, aged, 17sec (J N Munro) 3.

Pride of Erin 17sec also started.

Rena retained her lead for the first mile, after which Polly Plum and Maud V closed up. Maud V took second place in the last half mile, but failed to reach Rena, who won a good race by a length; half a length between second and third.

Time 6min 17sec Dividend - 2.

HANDICAP PONY TROT (in saddle) of 20 sovs; second horse 2 1/2 sovs. Two miles.

Mr E Clarkson's b g Dick, aged, 32sec (Manton) 1.

Mr W Bell's b g Nipper, 5yrs, 14sec (Owner) 2.

Nellie scr, Meliora 12sec, Sandy 28sec, Bloxwich 32sec, Jean 35sec, Obadiah 35sec also started.

Dick immediately took command, and establishing a long lead, held it to the finish, and won by a hundred yards from Nipper.

Time 6min 16 1/2sec Dividend - 3 4s.

CLASGOW HANDICAP TROT (in harness) of 100 sovs; second horse 10 sovs, and third horse 5 sovs. Three miles.

Mr C Kerr's ch g Sonny, aged, 12sec (Owner) 1.

Mr W Rae's b g Three Cheers, 5yrs, 18sec, (Owner) 2.

Mr R Hill's gr m White Wings, aged, 34sec (Fraser) 3.

Bedale scr, Shamrock 23sec, Sapphire 23sec, Colonial 26sec, Maid of Cotherstone 28sec and Diplomacy 28sec also started.

White Wings held her advantage until the last lap was reached. Here Sonny caught her, and although Three Cheers made his effort, Sonny retained his position and won by fifteen yards from Three Cheers, with White Wings a similar distance away third.

Time 8min 29 1/2sec Dividend - 5 4s.

HANDICAP SELLING TROT (in harness) of 25 sovs. Two miles.

Mr C Pearce's b g Templeton, aged, 18sec (Johnston) 1.

Mr J Bawn's ch m Pride of Erin, aged, 8sec (Whitehead) 2.

Brown Bess 22sec, Meg 24sec, Beatrice 20sec, Weda 28sec, Cashmere 28sec, Eileen Alannah 32sec also started.

Templeton indulged Eileen Alannah with the lead for three-quarters of a mile, when he passed her, and going on won by one hundred yards from Pride of Erin.

Time 6min 2sec Dividend - 3 10s.

SYDENHAM HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 70 sovs; second horse 7 sovs and third horse 3 sovs. Two miles. 5.50 limit.

Mr A G Holmes' b g Nilreb, 6yrs, 19sec (Harold) 1.

Mr J Merry's b m Tennessee, aged, 28sec (E Murfitt) 2.

Mr R Sunderland's b m Paulina, 6yrs, 12sec (Needham) 3.

Trissie scr, Beldale 6sec, Brown Duchess 8sec, Bobby Burns 30sec Peppermint 32sec also started.

Tennessee caught Peppermint at the end of half a mile, and carried on the running until the last round was reached. Then Nilreb commenced to move up, and the leader breaking two hundred yards from home, Nilreb went on and won by twenty yards from Tennessee, with Paulina one hundred yards away third.

Time 5min 23sec Dividend - 7 12s.

DASH HANDICAP TROT (in harness) of 40 sovs; second horse 5 sovs. One mile.

Mr J Bawn's ch m Pride of Erin, aged, 10sec (Owner) 1.

Mr W Horner's gr m Harewood, 5yrs, 14sec (Rae) 2.

Colonial 2sec, Uncle Tom 9sec, Maud V 10sec, The Moor 14sec, and Kitty O'Shea 18sec also started.

Kitty O'Shealed for two rounds, and was then passed by Pride of Erin, who went on and won by five lengths from Harewood, who. after beginning very slowly, came strongly in the last lap.

Time 3min 2sec Dividend - 19 8s.

A protest against Pride of Erin, on the ground of inconsistent running, was dismissed.

SPRINT HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 30 sovs; second horse 5 sovs. One mile.

Mr W T Oliff's ch m Jenny Lind, aged, 19sec (A J Keith) 1.

Mr H Hookham's blk m August, 6yrs, 13sec (Owner) 2.

Brown Duchess scr, Paulina scr, Tennessee 8sec, Nellie 12sec, Maud V 13sec, Victoria 14sec, Dauphin 14sec, Doll 16sec and Dick 21sec also started.

Jenny Lind took the lead in the first few strides, and, going on, won as she pleased by twenty yards from August.

Time 2min 54sec Dividend - 3 12s



Credit: Star 27 Jan 1894

RACING HISTORY NEW ZEALAND TROTTING ASSOCIATION

1894 CANTERBURY METROPOLITAN TROTTING ASSOCIATION

The Secretary of the Canterbury Metropolitan Trotting Association has received an intimation from the Colonial Secretary to the effect that the Association has been appointed controlling body over trotting in Canterbury, to revise programmes and to issue permits for the use of the totalisator.

Credit: Star 29 Jan 1894

RACING HISTORY CANTERBURY TROTTING CLUB

1894 CANTERBURY TROTTING CLUB: MAR COMMITTEE MTGN

A meeting of the committee of the Canterbury Trotting Club was held at the A1 Hotel an Monday evening. A programme for the club's next race meeting, to be held on the Queen's Birthday, was drawn up. The sum of 410 sovs will be given away in stakes and the programme is as follows:- Maiden Trot (in saddle) of 30 sovs, two miles; Winter Handicap (in harness) of 45 sovs, two miles; Addington Plate (in saddle) of 80 sovs, two miles (6min limit); Selling Trot (in harness) of 30 sovs, two miles; Canterbury Stakes Handicap (in harness) of 100 sovs, of three miles (9min limit); Electric Handicap (in saddle) of 50 sovs, one mile; Pony Trot (in saddle) of 25 sovs, two miles.

The conditions of the trot of 275 sovs (the largest stake ever given in Canterbury or the South Island) were drawn up. The race is to called The National Stakes; to be run at Grand National time; distance three miles, in harness, with a 9min limit. A good deal of discussion took place as to whether the race should be in harness or saddle, Mr Harris proposed the former, and Mr Tonks the latter. On a division being called, the harness was carried by a majority of one. Some members of the committee were desirous of having the distance two miles, but were in the minority.

Credit: Star 20 Mar 1894

RACING HISTORY CANTERBURY TROTTING CLUB

1894 CANTERBURY TROTTING CLUB: WINTER MEETING

The weather accompaniments to the Canterbury Trotting Club's meeting yesterday were all that could be desired, and the expectation of a thoroughly successful gathering was fulfilled to the letter. Indeed, the meeting may be set down as the best trotting reunion held in or about Christchurch, and those present had the satisfaction of witnessing some of the finest exhibitions of trotting that have been seen in New Zealand.

The attendance, if not a record one, was, at all events, nearly as good as at any previous meeting on the Showgrounds. As usual, the management was first class, and happily there was but one trivial protest.

The elimination of Yum Yum from the Addington Plate robbed the race of a little interest. The finish, however, between the mare's stable companion and Miss Poole was very exciting, for after the latter had caught and passed Ike in the straight, the gelding came again and gained the verdict by a little more than a head.

The stallion race too was robbed of some excitement by the refusal of Kentucky to leave the mark, and his rival was well ahead before Farrar got his horse going. It was found, however, that Imperious, who was lacking the condition of the other two, had been under-estimated by the handicappers, and he succeeded in keeping in front to the end, winning from Specification by three and a half seconds.

The latter made ample amends by securing the three-mile-race, covering the distance in 7min 35 1/2sec, which reduces by a big lump all New Zealand records for the distance. Keith and his horse were loudly cheered on coming up the straight.

Another record was established when the great Yum Yum came out in the Electric Stakes, and cutting down her opponents very easily, ran over the mile in 2min 27 1/2sec. The track was in splendid order, as may be supposed, for the making of fast times.

During the day the sum of 2856 was passed through the totalisators, being the largest sum handled at a winter meeting.

Following are details:-

MAIDEN HANDICAP (in saddle) of 30 sovs; second 5 sovs from stake. Two miles.

Mr T Dixon's b g Bunthorne by Victor-Albany mare, 3yrs, 20sec (Owner) 1.
Mr G Warburton's b g Mallow, aged, 6sec (Owner) 2.
Mr M Friedlander's b m Rosewood, aged, scr (C Kerr) 3.

Virginia 6sec, Autonomy 14sec, Wee Ben 16sec, Killone 17sec, Shooting Star 18sec, Lady Ethel 18sec, Evina 18sec, Dolly 20sec, Vagary 20sec, Ruby 20sec and Blackheath 20sec also started.

Vagary, the favourite, left his mark badly, and before rounding the first turn was some lengths behind Bunthorne and Ruby, but joining the latter before the end of the first round led, Bunthorne breaking repeatedly falling back. Vagary and Ruby broke alternately, and Bunthorne settling down caught the pair in the third round. Ruby then dropped back, and Mallow ran into second place, but was unable to reach Bunthorne, who won by seven seconds, the rest headed by Rosewood distanced. Time, 5min 55sec. Totalisator, 418 10s. Dividend - 6 16s.

WINTER HANDICAP (in harness) of 45 sovs; second 5 sovs from stake. Two miles.

Mr Mulholland's blk g Hollywood by Young Irvington, 5yrs, 25sec (W Kerr) 1.

Peppermint 10sec, Geordie II 12sec, Virginia 13sec, Bit o' Blue 14sec, Seawood 16sec, Jeanette 24sec and Dingo(late Mountain Lad) 26sec also started.

Hollywood passed Jeanette going down the back, and passing the post the first time held a clear lead. Peppermint being in third place. The latter drew rapidly on the leaders in the second lap, and with a mile gone had made up the best part of her handicap; she, however, broke badly at the top turn on the third round, and Hollywood getting away was not afterwards troubled, winning easily by 100 yards. Time, 5min 59sec. Dividend - 1 14s.

ADDINGTON PLATE HANDICAP of 80 sovs; second 10 sovs and third 5 sovs from the stake. Two miles.

Mr B Edwards's ch g Ike, aged, 94sec (Owner) 1.
Mr M Friedlander's cr m Miss Poole, 5yrs, 27sec (C Kerr) 2.
Mr P Howard's br m Shamrock, aged, 27sec (Hamill) 3.

Hippias 38sec and Doll 38sec also started.

With Ike well in front of Shamrock and Miss Poole the race had narrowed itself down to those three when the first lap had been completed. At the mile post Ike was travelling well within himself in front, the two mares being in company some forty yards away. Just after this Shamrock lost her place through getting in the air. Passing the post the third time Ike was going so well that he seemed to have the race in hand, but Miss Poole steadily drew on him, and as they were rounding the home turn the gelding broke and Miss Poole got in front. Ike, however, coming again, got up on the post, and won by a head and neck. Time, 5min 35sec. Dividend - 2 4s.

FIRST SIRES STAKES HANDICAP (in harness) of 50 sovs; second 10 sovs from stake. Two miles.

Messrs Mangan & Wilson's b h Imperious by Director-Mundane, aged, 20sec (C Kerr) 1.
Mr A J Keith's b h Specification by Contractor-Kate Merry Lark, aged, scr (Owner) 2.
Mr WV Jardin's b h Kentucky, aged, 4sec (Farrar) 3.

Kentucky refused to leave the mark, and when Specification got going Imperious, making the best of his handicap, held a strong lead. At the mile the son of Director had come back very little to the scratch horse, while Kentucky had given up the hopeless stern chase. In the last round Specification closed up on the leader, but in no time endangered his chance, Kerr driving Imperious past the post a winner by ten lengths. Time, 5min 21sec. Dividend - 2 4s.

SELLING HANDICAP (in harness) of 30 sovs. Two miles.

Mr J Dewey's ch g Harlequin, aged, 17sec (Owner) 1.
Mr C Hendrickson's ch g Tommy, aged, 12sec (Owner) 2.
Mr T Walker's br g Energy, aged, 8sec (Owner) 3.

Pride of Erin scr, Seawood 14sec, Meg 15sec, Buckeye 12sec, Te Kooti 17sec, Dingo(late Mountain Lad) 18sec, Beatrice 22sec and Mariner 24sec also started.

Harlequin at once going to the front, was never headed, and won easily. Dividend - 12.
A protest was lodged against the winner for galloping, which was dismissed. Harlequin was bought in for 9.

CANTERBURY STAKES HANDICAP (in harness) of 100 sovs; second 10 sovs from stake. Three miles.

Mr A keith's b h Spesification by Contractor-Kate Merrylark, aged, scr (Owner) 1.

Kentucky 6sec, Opossum 36sec, Olly 36sec, Springfield 40sec, Milly 52sec and Holly 52sec also started.

When a mile had been covered Springfield was in front, while Kentucky and Specification, who had been travelling at a great pace, had drawn very considerably on the leaders. Shortly after passing the mile post Kentucky got in the air, and Specification went passed him. At two miles Springfield was the only one in front of Specification, who got to the front at the turn out of the straight commencing the last lap, and going on finished alone. Time, 7min 35 1/2sec. Dividend - 3 6s.

ELECTRIC HANDICAP (in saddle) of 50 sovs; second 5 sovs and third 3 sovs from the stake. One mile.

Mr C E Abbott's b m Yum Yum by Childe Harold, aged, scr (B Edwards) 1.
Mr E M Stackwood's blk m Black Angel, 6yrs, 28sec (Owner) 2.

Commotion 11sec, Fairchild 15sec, Mallow 17sec, Kelpie 17sec, Gipsy's Warning 18sec, Darkie 18sec, The Frog 20sec also started.

Yum Yum caught The Frog at the bottom turn on the last round, and won, pulling up, by fifteen lengths. Time, 2min 27 1/2sec. Dividend - 2 8s.

PONY SADDLE HANDICAP 0f 25 sovs. Two miles.

Mr J Jardin's br f Doris, 3yrs, 20sec (Owner) 1.

Black Oats scr, Kissing up 34sec, Paddy 34sec, Iris 36sec, Jean 42sec and Vera 42sec also started.

Doris passed with the lead at a mile, and going on distanced all others. Time, 5min 52sec. Dividend - 8.

Credit: The Press 25May1894

RACING HISTORY CANTERBURY TROTTING CLUB

1894 CANTERBURY TROTTING CLUB SPRING MEETING

Handicappers - Messrs Brinkman, Duncan and White. Starter - Mr C O'Connor.

The Canterbury Trotting Club's Spring Meeting was held at Canterbuty Park on Saturday. Notwithstanding the stormy weather there was a fair attendance. The sum of 2675 was passed through the totalisator. The course was heavy when the proceedings began, but rapidly improved until it became excellent going. Results:-

HANDICAP MAIDEN TROT (in saddle) of 30 sovs; second horse 3 sovs. Two miles.

Mr P Manson's b m Geogrina, by Lincoln Yet, 4yrs, 15sec (Dewey) 1.

Mr E Bowes's blk m Vagary, aged, 12sec (Owner) 2.

Mr J Wright's b m May Be, 6yrs, 10sec (Owner) 3.

Silverwood 8sec, Tara 10sec, Domino 10sec, Imogene 10sec, Clifton 10sec, Makehi 10sec, Rimu 10sec, Nellie II 10sec, Bill Allen 12sec, Jeanette 12sec and Fairplay 15sec also started.

Georgina held her field safe from the start, and won easily by a dozen lengths.

Time 6min 4sec. Dividend - 2 16s.

HANDICAP PONY TROT (in harness) of 30 sovs; second horse 5 sovs. Two miles.

Mr G Pearce's b m Lady Audley, by Young Irvington, aged, 35sec (Johnson) 1.

Doris 6sec, Tit 26sec, Fly 28sec, Ruby 28sec, Miss Graham 30sec Woodlands 33sec and Worthington 38sec also started.

Lady Audley quickly established a long lead, and ultimately distanced a pulling up field, which was headed by Doris.

Time 6min 36sec Dividend - 2 10s.

SPRING HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 110 sovs; second horse 10 sovs and third horse 5 sovs. Two miles.

Mr J Wright's b g Robin, by Victor, 6yrs, 30sec (Owner) 1.

Mr R J Whittle's gr m Lady May, aged, 35sec (Owner) 2.

Mr J Graham's gr m Myrtle, aged, 30sec (B Edwards) 3.

Paulina 20sec, White Wings 20sec, Dexterina 28sec, Blue Mountain 32sec and Jane Douglas 20sec also started.

Robin took the lead in the first half mile. Lady May, Blue Mountain and Myrtle following in close order. In the next round Myrtle took second place, Robin maintaining his lead. In the last half mile Robin tired, and Lady May headed him in the last chain, but breaking Robin got in front by a neck as the post was passed. Myrtle, Dexterina and Blue Mountain were close up in the order named.

Time 5min 36 1/2sec Dividend - 6 14s.

A protest was entered against Robin on the ground that by his rider having been handed a whip during the race Lady May was interfered with. The protest was not unheld.

HANDICAP SELLING TROT (in harness) of 30 sovs. Two miles.

Mr R Henry's b m Lily, aged, 6sec (Angus) 1.

Mr G Duke's b m Eileen Alannah, aged, 33sec (Owner) 2.

Mr F Mulholland's blk g Hollywood, 5yrs, 2sec (Owner) 3.

Energy 12sec, Tit 18sec, Domino 22sec, Iona 25sec, Beatrice 27sec, Miss Graham 27sec also started.

Won by two lengths.

Time 6min 5sec Dividend - 2 14s. The winner was bought in for 13.

HANDICAP PONY TROT (in saddle) of 30 sovs; second horse 3 sovs. Two miles.

Mr J Graham's gr m Myrtle, aged, 8sec (B Edwards) 1.

Mr R Gibbs's ch m XYZ, 4yrs, 38sec (A Free) 2.

Mr J Parish's ch m Lily, aged, 3sec, (Owner) 3.

Black Oats scr, Ruby 36sec, Woodlands 42sec, Lady Audley 34sec (10sec penalty), Little Eva 45sec, Pippin 45sec also started.

Won cleverly by fifty yards.

Time 5min 34sec Dividend - 1 12s.

ADDINGTON STAKES HANDICAP TROT (in harness) of 110 sovs; second horse 10 sovs and third horse 5 sovs. Two miles.

Mr J McKewen's b m Dexterina, by Dexer, aged, 25sec (Owner) 1.

JH scr, Rosebud 10sec, Lady Jane 14sec, Robin 17sec (10 sec panalty), Lady May 30sec and Peppermint 30sec also started.

Dexterina took the lead at the end of the first half-mile, and increasing her advantage in every round, won by ninety yards from Peppermint, JH and Lady Jane, who finished together.

Time 5min 33sec Dividend - 1 12s.

DASH HANDICAP TROT (in harness) of 50 sovs; second horse 5 sovs. One mile.

Mr J G Seaton's br h Cleveland, by Berlin, aged, 25sec (Owner) 1.

Mr J McKewen's b m Lady Jane, aged, 7sec (R McKewen) 2.

Mr R Sutherland's b m Carolina, 4yrs, 22sec (Needham) 3.

JH scr, Colonial 12sec, Dexterina 2sec (12sec pen), Peppermint 15sec and Mallow 18sec also started.

Cleveland was never headed, and won by a length from Lady Jane, who made up most of her ground in the last quarter-mile.

Time 3min 6 1/2sec Dividend - 8 6s.

ELECTRIC HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 50 sovs, second horse 5 sovs. One mile.

Mr B Edwards's gr m Peggy, by Izaak Walton, aged, 12sec (Owner) 1.

Mr J Anderson's rn g Sandy, 25sec (Needham) 2.

Mr J W Morland's b m Milly, 20sec (C Kerr) 3.

Dexterina 4sec (10sec pen), Black Angel 16sec, Miss Irwell 20sec, Orizaba 20sec and Mallow 20sec also started.

Sandy held the lead till rounding the last turn where Peggy, trotting in fine style, passed him, and going on won by a couple of lengths, Sandy making a game final effort. Milly and Orizaba were close up.

Time 2min 39sec Dividend - 2 8s.

Credit: Star 22 October 1894

RACING HISTORY CANTERBURY TROTTING CLUB

1894 CANTERBURY TROTTING CLUB: AUGUST COMMITTEE MEETING

A meeting of the committee of the Canterbury Trotting Club was held at the A1 Hotel last evening (Thursday), when a large amount of business in connection with the forthcoming meeting was transacted.

It was decided that an assistant clerk of the course should be engaged for the National meeting, and that the starter's fee should be raised to four guineas a meeting. Two stewards were appointed to keep competitors in their places, and in the event of a rider or driver leaving the mark before the word is given the offender will suffer the penalty of disqualification.

It was resolved to obtain the services of a band, and the matter was left in the hands of the Chairman and Mr Bkinkman. The Ground Committee reported that the new arrangements would be completed in time for the coming meeting.

A trainer was called before the committee for using abusive language to the caretaker, and, after taking evidence, it was resolved that the offender should be disqualified during the pleasure of the club.

It was decided that every precaution should be taken to prevent layers of totalisator odds from plying their vocation, and offenders are to be given in charge of the police at the conclusion of the meeting.

The President (Mr Tonks), on behalf of the members of the club, presented Mr A Duncan, the Honorary Secretary and Treasurer, with a stop-watch. In making the presentation, Mr Tonks spoke of the many valuable services rendered to the club by Mr Duncan during his term of office. Mr Duncan suitably replied. The watch - which was purchased from Mr G T White, jeweller, of Colombo Street - is one of the best of its kind, and is a combination of four of the best English patents.

Credit: Star 3 Aug 1894

RACING HISTORY CANTERBURY TROTTING CLUB

1894 CANTERBURY TROTTING CLUB SPRING MEETING

The Spring Meeting of the Canterbury Trotting Club was held at the Show Grounds today. There was a large attendance, and the weather was fine, but the course was very heavy in places. The following are results up to the time of going to press:-

MAIDEN HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 30 sovs; second 5 sovs. Two miles.

Mr W Mouat's b g The Duke, by Berlin, aged, scr (J Allan) 1.

Mr W McClellan's gr g Silverwood, aged, 10sec (J Murray) 2.

Dingo 8sec, Molly 8sec, Dan 10sec, Weary Gleaner 10sec, Forrester 10sec, Telegram 12sec, Little Stanley 12sec, Toi Toi 12sec, Strathcommon 12sec, Imogen 15sec, Ruby 15sec and Fan 15sec also started.

The Duke got to the front early in the second mile, and, though breaking several times, held command to the finish, winning by four lengths from Silverwood, the others distanced.

Time 6min 6sec Dividend - 2 2s.

A protest against The Duke on the ground of his having previously won a trot, was dismissed, the owner to make a declaration that the horse had never been awarded a race.

SELLING HANDICAP TROT (in harness) of 30 sovs. Two miles.

Mr J McKewan's b g Butcher Boy II, by Blackwood Abdallah, aged, 8sec (Owner) 1.

Mr T Walker's br g Energy, aged, 30sec (Owner) 2.

Mr A Dale's b g Geodie, aged, 30sec (Owner) 3.

Tommy 30sec, Merry Dancer 33sec, Dingo 33sec, Te Kooti 38sec and Waterbury 40sec also started.

Energy led to the end of a mile, but before completing another round, was passed by Butcher Boy, who went on and won by six lengths from Energy, Geordie a good third.

Time 6min 1sec Dividend - 1 19s.

A protest on the ground of unfair trotting was dismissed.

NATIONAL HANDICAP TROT (in harness) of 275 sovs; second 40 sovs, and third 20 sovs. Three miles.

Mr A Fish's b g Kelpie, aged, 60secs (Hammond) 1.

Mr J Barnard's b g Opossum, aged, 42sec (Owner) 2.

Kentucky scr, Nilreb 22sec, Springfield 34sec, Sea Foam 42sec, Milly 48sec, Colonial 48sec, Little Bob 48sec, Medjidie 50sec, Bluegown 50sec and Cowboy 52sec also started.

Kelpie set out at a strong pace, and at the end of a mile had actually increased the distance between himself and his nearest opponents, who were headed by Cowboy, Opossum, Medjidie and Bluegown, in the order named, Colonial and Springfield already outpaced. In the third round Opossum ran into second place, Little Bob third, Sea Foam, Medjidie, Bluegown and Nilreb being the next division. This order was continued to the finish, Kelpie winning by fifty yards from Opossum; Little Bob just distanced, Kentucky fourth, Sea Foam fifth and Medjidie sixth.

Time 8min 53sec Dividend - 16 13s.

HANDICAP PONY TROT (in saddle) of 25 sovs, second 5 sovs. Two miles.

Mr C Kerr's b m Camisea, 4yrs, 20sec (Owner) 1.

Mr R Gibbs's cr m XYZ, 4yrs, 35sec (A Free) 2.

Mr C Newell's blk m Cricket, aged, 37sec 3.

Microbe 14sec, Nipper 18sec, Sambo 20sec, Sandy 22sec, Merrybody 25sec, Ruby 25sec, Peggy II 33sec, Tit 35sec, The Scrubber 35sec, Miss Harewood 35sec, Pride Of Kilkenny 35sec, Bustle 35sec (coupled with Cricket), Lily 37sec, Biddy Biddy 37sec, Vera 40sec and Senator Bill 40sec also started.

Cricket led most of the way, with XYZ close up. The former broke a quarter of a mile from the finish, when Camisea took command, and won by five lengths, same between second and third.

Time 5min 58sec Dividend - 5 7s.

SIRES' STAKES HANDICAP TROT (in harness) of 50 sovs; second 10 sovs. Two miles.

Mr T W Oliff's b h Bluegown, by Remedy-Arab mare, aged, 35sec (Keith) 1.

Messrs Mangan and Wilson's b h Imperious, aged, 2sec (C Kerr) 2.

Kentucky scr, Berlin Abdallah 2sec, Prince Victor 8sec, Vaucliffe 30 sec also started.

A protest against Bluegown for having galloped was dismissed.

Bluegown, who galloped repeatedly, led to within a hundred yards of home, when he was headed by Imperious (who had trotted in grand style). Bluegown then broke, but was steadied and got up in time to beat Imperious on the post by a head, breaking again immediately. Kentucky was a hundred yards away and the others were pulled up.

Time 6min 6sec Dividend - 3 16s.

CANTERBURY PLATE HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 100 sovs; second 10 sovs, and third 5 sovs. Two miles.

Mr C Hammond's b g Te Wanahu, aged, 35sec (Owner) 1.

Mr A G Holmes's b g Fairchild, aged, 33sec (C Kerr) 2.

Mr J Fraser's b g Victon, 6yrs, 40sec (Owner) 3.

Kentucky 9sec, JH 11sec, Contractor 20sec, Nilreb 20sec, Invictus 25sec, Springfield 30sec, Opossum 37sec, Boston Girl 40sec, Messenger 42sec, Creole 42sec, Cowboy 45sec, Bondri 45sec also started.

Te Wanahu, followed by Fairchild, quickly went to the front, and the latter breaking twice in the last round after he had gained the lead, enabled Te Wanahu to win by twenty yards; Victon a moderate third, and Contractor next.

Time 5min 31 1/2sec Dividend - 7 3s.

Credit: Star 10 Aug 1894

CLUB HISTORY NEW BRIGHTON TROTTING CLUB

First record of the President of the New Brighton Trotting Club, Mr H McIllraith (President 1894-1904). However, from a comment in Bernie Wood's book "The Cup", it appears trotting may have taken place at New Brighton prior to this date. The New Brighton Trotting Club rented its course at New Brighton from Henry Mace, a studmaster at "Brooklyn".

 


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