Boxer Rebellion in China.
The Zeppelin makes its maiden flight.
Blood groups are discovered.
First sealed street in Ch-Ch (part of Cashel Street) built.
Nicholas Oates receives Ch-Ch's first motor traffic violation for frightening a horse with his newly imported motor car.
Credit: Ch-Ch City Libraries
VIEWS OF HON J CARROLL
At the conclusion of the second day's trotting of the New Zealand Metropolitan Club's meeting yesterday, the Hon J Carroll was entertained by the stewards of the club.
Mr W Rollitt proposed the health of their guest. He paid a high compliment to the tact and discrimination which had been displayed by Mr Carroll whilst he had occupied the position of Colonial Secretary, especially with reference to trotting matters. He had no hesitation in saying that Mr Carroll's efforts had materially assisted the club to attain to its present healthy position. He trusted that their guest, though he did not occupy the portfolio immediately controlling trotting, would continue to take an abiding interest in all that appertained to the sport.
The Hon J Carroll, replying, said that he was proud to be present, and to be the guest of the stewards of a club in which, he might say, he had always taken a deep interest. As a matter of fact, he could say, with truth, that he had really occupied the position of godfather to it. He had assisted the child to grow, and he was gratified to see that the youngster had prospered and would shortly attain, if it had not already done so, the dignity of manhood. The gentlemen controlling the fortunes of the Metropolitan Club had every reason to be satisfied with the result of their combined efforts. He might say that he believed the annual conferences, held in Wellington, where the representatives of trotting met the Minister in charge, had effected a great deal of good. In fact, the outcome of those conferences had been the building up of the sport, especially in Canterbury, the hub of the New Zealand trotting universe.
It was evident from the very large attendance that trotting was greatly appreciated by the people of Canterbury, an appreciation which it had thoroughly earned, and which had been endorsed by the capital contests witnessed that day. In discussing trotting matters with the conference, he had attempted to so hold the reins of power that purity of trotting - which would probably be best attained by the institution of class trotting - should prevail. He believed that class trotting would place the sport above the suspicion which at present frequently attached to it. It gave owners the privilege of making their own classes.
The North Island was still far behind the South in trotting, but he had tried - and hoped in the near future to accomplish his aim - to effect a considerable improvement. It had been said that he had dealt rather harshly with the North Island clubs, but his sole aim had been to improve and uplift the sport. He believed that if the saddle races were eliminated, and the sport confined to wheel events, it would be much more interesting. The latter form or racing would be infinitely more exciting, and, somehow, appeared to be the very acme of trotting. He had seen races that day which had the effect of taking an onlooker for the nonce out of himself, and there was scarcely one individual on the ground who had not entered into the spirit engendered by the splendid contests.
His colleague, the Hon J G Ward, now held the portfolio controlling racing, and he might say that that gentleman would at all times give them what he himself asked for: fair play. Though not occupying his old position, he was with them in spirit. He concluded by once again congratulating the club on the manner in which it administered the sport, the improvements it had made in its appointments, and its general prosperity. He thought it would be but fitting for him to propose the health of the President of the club, Mr V Harris. He knew that gentleman fairly well, and though he had no desire to unduly eulogise his efforts on behalf of the sport, he could assure them that he was a genuine sportsman, whose on object was to benefit everyone who took an interest in the pastime. Mr Harris could fairly congratulate himself upon the success of the meeting just concluded, for better sport had never been witnessed in the colony. He trusted that the club would continue to cater for the public in the same admirable manner.
Mr Harris, replying, thanked the Minister for his kindly references to himself. He might say that the proposer of the toast had given the club material assistance, and he trusted that though he no longer held the portfolio of Colonial Secretary, he would continue to render the club every assistance which lay in his power. The club was organised with a view to annihilating proprietory clubs, and he thought that their object had been satisfactorily attained. The committee had worked together for eight years, and during the whole of that time there had not been one discordant note.
Regarding the proposed amalgamation of the club with the Canterbury Trotting Club, he could safely assert that their honourable guest had tactfully tried to bring about the desired object, and he believed that when it had been attained, the club, instead of giving only £1200 in stakes at its meeting, would be able to endow its fixture with money to the extent of £4000. As showing the public confidence, he pointed out that over £15,000 had been invested through the totalisator during the two days. The club had had an up-hill battle to fight. The stewards had guaranteed a sum of £1100, but he anticipated that the present meeting would show a profit of from £600 to £700. The stand was only yet half built, and the committee were now considering the advisability of accepting a contract for the completion of the building, and effecting other general improvements. He hoped that the sport would continue to improve and prosper, and he tendered the thanks of the club to their guest, to the Premier, to the Hon J G Ward, and to the Government generally for the assistance they had given to the club. He desired to propose the toast of "The Government of New Zealand."
The Hon J Carroll briefly responded on behalf of the Government, thanking Mr Harris for the appreciative tribute he had paid to the Government, of which he was a member. He trusted that Mr Harris's aspirations would be speedily attained. The sole object of the Government was to dispense justice to all, and he could assure them that the Club's integrity of purpose would command for them the ready co-operation of the Government.
The toast of "The Secretary" was proposed by Mr Payling, who paid a flattering tribute to Mr A I Rattray's efforts on behalf of trotting. The toast of "The Press" was proposed by Mr J Ritchie, and was suitably responded to.
Credit: Star 10 Nov 1900
In December 1900 Mr G H McHaffie, who was not only a Committeeman of the NZMTC but also a member of the NZ Trotting Association, expressed the view that the three Trotting Clubs around Christchurch should combine to form one strong central body racing at the Metropolitanís course at Addington. He was of the opinion that a great deal would depend on the attitude of the Colonial Secretary but that if Plumpton Park and New Brighton Trotting Clubs were to throw in their lot with the Metropolitan Club such centralization could only be of gain to the sport. An amalgamation of the three Clubs would rub off all the corners and place the Metropolitan Club in a sound financial position and enable it to make many improvements which would be of direct benefit to the public.
Credit: NZMTC: Historical Notes compiled by D C Parker
1900 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
A special meeting of the members of the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club was held on Monday, Mr V Harris being in the chair. A set of rules for the guidance of the club was adopted.
The annual meeting of the club was held subsequently.
The committee's report stated that the two meetings held had resulted in a profit of £350, while the stakes given away amounted to £2122. The committee, when drawing up the programmes had always given due consideration to class racing, and as a consequence they had had competing at the meetings horses of the highest class. The racing had been of sterling merit, and had been appreciated by the public.
Members would be pleased to learn that several records had been broken on the new track. The meetings had been held on the club's new grounds and great satisfaction had been expressed by owners, trainers and drivers at the excellence of the track, while the public had shown their appreciation of the appointments by attending the meetings in large numbers. The efforts made by the club, in advancing the sport, and being the possessors of such a track and ground had been acknowledged by the conference and the Colonial Secretary, who had given the club an additional totalisator permit for the season.
The balance sheet showed that the receipts had been £5400 1s 2d, including balance brought forward £694 11s 10d, nominations £380 12s 6d, acceptances £235 7s 6d, totalisator returns £1714 5s, gate receipts £696 11s, loan £300, post office deposit withdrawn and other amounts £992 2s 4d. The expenditure had been £5972 4s 4d, including stake £2122 10s, Government tax £284 4s 8d, Charitable Aid Board rent £110 15s, gatemen and other course expenses £100 6s, buildings and totalisator house, fencing, etc £2422 6s 6d, formng track £440 16s 7d. The statement of assets and liabilities showed that there was a balance of assets over liabilities of £1990 16s 10d.
The report and balance sheet were adopted on ther motion of the Chaiman, seconded by Mr E Clarkson.
The following officers were elected:- Chairman, Mr V Harris; Treasurer, Mr L Wilson; Committee, Messrs G Louisson, G B Ritchie, G Payling, G H McHaffie, E Clarkson, W Rollitt and G McClatchie; Stewards, Messrs G Louisson, G B Ritchie, G Payling, W Rollitt, G McClatchie, D McIntyre, W Hayward, L Wilson, F Jagger and V Harris; Auditor Mr G E Way.
Votes of thanks were accorded to the committee and other officers of the past year, and to the Press. The rules passed at the annual meeting were confirmed and it was decided that they should come into operation on Sept 1.
Credit: Star 21 Aug 1900
1900 PLUMPTON PARK TROTTING CLUB SPRING MEETING: FIRST DAY
Splendid weather favoured the Plumpton Park Trotting Club for the opening day of their Spring Meeting yesterday, a pleasant contrast to what has been experienced during the past week.
The attendance, although above that of previous years, hardly came up to expectations, and under the circumstances the totalisator returns, which totalled £2934 10s or £911 more than was handled on the corresponding day of last year's Spring Meeting, must be considered satisfactory.
Taken all round the sport was of an interesting character; indeed, it is seldom that a better set-to has been witnessed in Canterbury than that between Little Archie and The Heir in the principal harness event. The Electric and Dash Handicaps also produced good contests, the result in each case being in doubt till within a few yards of the winning post.
TRIAL HANDICAP (saddle) of 35 sovs; second 6 sovs from stake. Two miles.
P Lynskey's br g Royal Tar by Royal George, 6yrs, 12sec (Owner) 1.
H Wright's The Fly, 12sec (Owner) 2.
J Smither's Jenny H, 10sec (M Edwards) 3.
Michael Malone scr, Impudence 18sec, Ayrshire Lad 18sec and Souvenir 19sec also started.
With a quarter of a mile gone Royal Tar had taken the lead, Jenny H second, The Fly third and Michael Malone last. No change took place to the finish, for although Jenny H closed on Royal Tar she could not pass him, and going on he won by seven lengths from The Fly, who beat Jenny H on the post for second place. Time, 5min 35sec. Dividend - £5 12s.
PONY HANDICAP (harness) of 30 sovs; second 5 sovs from stake. One mile and a half.
G Bush's b g Rushlight by Young Irvington, 4yrs, 30sec (Cox) 1.
T W Price jun's The Duckling, 29sec (T Price) 2.
T Frost's Gipsy, 27sec (Owner) 3.
Daybreak scr, Ken-I-No 16sec, Evelyn 22sec, Specify 25sec, Pansy Irvington, 26sec, Bliss Irvington 27sec, Lady Zetland 30sec and Mero 30sec also started.
Rushlight was the first to show out, having The Duckling in attendance. This pair had the race to themselves, and after an interesting finish Rushlight won by six lengths. Gipsy just showing in front of Bliss Irvington and Daybreak. Time, 4min 22 2/5sec. Dividend - £5 14s.
SOCKBURN HANDICAP (saddle) of 90 sovs; second 12 sovs and third 8 sovs from stake. Two miles.
C W Hammond's ch g Rothschild Boy by Rothschild, 13sec (Owner) 1.
J Vallance's Kingston, 22sec (Binnie) 2.
E Bowes's Wenlock, 19sec (Day) 3.
Shylock 5sec, Flowerwood 15sec, and Miss Brownwood 22sec also started.
Miss Brownwood showed the way for the first half mile, Wenlock in second place, Kingston third. With a mile gone Wenlock was in the lead, Rothschild Boy well up, and Shylock handy. Half way through the second round Rothschild Boy got to the front, and eventually won by ten lengths from Kingston, Wenlock just in front of Shylock, the rest a long way off. Time, 5min 10sec. Dividend - £2 10s.
PROGRESSIVE HANDICAP (saddle) of 50 sovs; second 7 sovs and third 3 sovs from stake. Two miles.
T Frost's b g Forsaken Child by Rothschild, 6yrs, 27sec (Owner) 1.
Miss Gaskin's Eltee More, 11sec (J Taggart) 2.
A Cameron's Miracle Jack, 15sec (Munro) 3.
Daisy 5sec, Secrecy 14sec, Tim 17sec, Vancliffe 18sec, Narragansett 19sec and Florence 22sec also started.
The limit horse went well away, and with a round gone had a good lead from Eltee More and Vancliffe, Secrecy in fourth place. From this out Forsaken Child had matters all his own way, for Eltee More tired, and Vancliffe stopped. Half a mile from home Secrecy came well, and caught Eltee More, but not being persevered with let Miracle Jack get third place. Timw, 5min 40 1/2sec. Dividend - £2
SELLING HANDICAP (saddle) of 35 sovs. Two miles.
N Price's b m Lady Audley, by Young Irvington, aged, 32sec (N Price) 1.
W Shutter's Bess II, 22sec (Cole) 2.
F W Wright'sd Michael Malone, 10sec (Owner) 3.
Annie Rooney 12sec, Milray 24sec and Wokahe 28sec also started.
Lady Audley went off the mark at a good pace, and with a mile gone was right out by herself. From this out the result was never in doubt, for the leader had matters all her own way, eventually winning by a hundred yards. Time, 5min 49 3/5sec. Dividend - £1 14s.
The winner was bought in for £19. Two drivers were cautioned by the stewards for not persevering with their horses.
PLUMPTON HANDICAP (harness) of 100 sovs; second 12 sovs and third 8 sovs from stake. Two miles.
M Edwards's b g Little Archie by Mambrino King, 4yrs, 22sec (Owner) 1.
J A Buckland's The Heir, 24sec (C Piper) 2.
D J Price's Victory II, 3sec (Owner) 3.
Collector 3sec also started.
Before going a furlong Little Archie was on The Heir's wheel, and a little further on went to the front, Victory II showing in front of Collector. So they ran for a mile, Little Archie having six lengths lead of Fritz's brother, Victory two hundred yards off. In the last half mile The Heir started to gain on the leader, and, making up his leeway in determined style, was only two lengths to the bad when the entrance to the straight was reached. A battle royal then ensued right to the post both colts taking their punishment with the utmost gameness, but the task was just too much for The Heir, and he suffered defeat by a bare length. Then came Victory II over a hundred yards away, half that distance in front of Collector. Time, 5min 9 1/5sec. Dividend - £1 10s.
ELECTRIC HANDICAP (saddle) of 50 sovs; second 7 sovs and third 3 sovs from stake. One mile.
W Hopworth's b g Honest Jack by Young Irvington, aged, 13sec (Owner) 1.
J Milne's Principal, 16sec (Owner) 2.
W J Parson's Linda, 13sec (T Price) 3.
Redmire 7sec, Boswell 11sec, Daisy 15sec and Michael Malone 18sec also started.
Michael Malone held command for the first two furlongs, Principal and Daisy being his nearest attendants. At the half mile post Honest Jack was with the leaders, and Linda had improved her position. A little further on Honest Jack took command, Principal and Linda being just behind him, all the others being by now beaten. Approaching the straight Principal gave Linda the go bye, but he could not quite get to Honest Jack, who won with a little in hand by a length; Linda four lengths off, third. Time, 2min 32sec. Dividend - £7 16s.
DASH HANDICAP (harness) of 50 sovs; second 7 sovs and third 3 sovs from stake. One mile.
M Edwards's b m Rimu by Young Irvington, 5yrs, 18sec (Owner) 1.
J A Buckland's Valour, 6sec (C Piper) 2.
C F Thomas's Hollis H, 11sec (D Price) 3.
Utah 8sec, JH 8sec, Amelia 9sec and Wild Wave 19sec also started.
Rimu quickly deposed Wild Wave, and at the quarter post was well clear of Hollis H, JH Close up in third place. With half the distance gone, the leader had relinquished but little of her advantage, and although Valour, Hollis H and Utah made momentary efforts none of them could get to Rimu, who won with something in hand by five lengths, Hollis H a fair third. Time 2min 36 2/5sec. Dividend - £3 2s.
Credit: The Press 3Nov1900
1900 PLUMPTON PARK TROTTING CLUB SPRING MEETING: SECOND DAY
The Spring Meeting of the Plumpton Park Trotting Club was brought to a conclusion yesterday in perfect weather. By starting time the attendance was not up to expectations, but as the afternoon wore on, it improved, till, by two o'clock, it was more than equal to that of the opening day.
The improvements that have recently been effected by enlarging the saddling paddock, and resowing the lawn, were greatly appreciated on all sides, while another attraction was provided by the Christchurch Professional Band, who performed numerous selections in first-class style.
The track was again in excellent order, and at the present time is faster than ever, good time being put up in several of the events. Altogether the racing was of a rather uninteresting nature, for it was only in the principal harness race that the result was close enough to be exciting.
The stewards were very much on the alert all the afternoon to notice any suspicious running, and they also had several riders before them to explain their conduct in committing slight breaches of the rules.
A sum of £4612 10s was passed through the totalisator, making a total of £7547 for the two days, an increase of £356 on the amount handled at the Spring Meeting last year.
INNOVATION HANDICAP (harness) of 45 sovs; second 7 sovs from stake. One mile.
D J Price's b g Royalwood by Wildwood-Waikari, 4yrs, 8sec (Owner) 1
W Doyle's Robex, 10sec (T Frost) 2.
J Raymond's Modesty, 10sec (M Edwards) 3.
Veto scr, Vancliffe 5sec, Lady Audley 5sec, Fleetwood 7sec Cincinatti 9sec, Perseverance II 10sec, Cashier 10sec and Chummy 14sec also started.
Before reaching the quarter mile post Royalwood had the race in safe keeping, and with half the distance gone was our by himself, well clear of Robex, Modesty in third place. No change took place to the finish, Royalwood stalling off a final effort of Robex, and won by nearly two lengths. Modesty fifty yards off third. Time, 2min 41sec. Dividend - £1 16s.
PONY HANDICAP (saddle) of 30 sovs; second 5 sovs from stake. One mile and a half.
G Bush's b g Rushlight by Young Irvington, 4yrs, 28sec (Cox) 1.
A Reid's Evelyn, 37sec (Smith) 2.
H A Beatty's Tim, 23sec (J Price) 3.
Bliss Irvington 17sec, Vanity Fair 30sec, Nita 31sec, Whokake 34sec, Gipsy 37sec, Blue Fire 41sec and Mero 43sec also started.
Passing the stand the first time, Evelyn was showing well clear of Mero, Nita in third place, and Rushlight well up. Going out of the straight Rushlight closed on the leaders, and half a mile from home went to the front, and won easily by twelve lengths. Tim finished in third place, having passed Nita in the last furlong. Time, 4min 13sec. Dividend - £3 8s.
HORNBY HANDICAP (saddle) of 100 sovs; second 12 sovs and third 8 sovs from stake. Two miles.
W Hayes's b g Premier, aged, 1sec (M Allan) 1.
V Harris's Shylock, 7sec (J Milne) 2.
S Tapp's Dictator, 5sec (M Edwards) 3.
Florrie scr, DIC 7sec, Redmire 9sec and Lady May 12sec also started.
Lady May went off the mark at a great pace, having a substantial lead of Shylock when the back of the course was reached, Dictator third, and Premier in fourth place. Passing the stand, Lady May had relinquished her advantage, Shylock now going to the front, having Premier within four lengths of him. Lady May and Dictator next. Premier gradually overhauled the leader, and before reaching the mile and a half post he was on terms with Shylock, and this pair ran on terms for the next two furlongs, Dictator, fifty yards off, third. Approaching the straight Premier drew away and Shylock, leaving his feet, allowed the Dunedin horse to go on and win comfortably by ten lengths, then came Dictator, two lengths behind Shylock, Lady May fourth. Time, 4min 56sec. Dividend - £2 6s.
SELLING HANDICAP (harness) of 35 sovs. Two miles.
J G Weir's br g Perseverance II by Young Irvington, 24sec (Owner) 1.
C Davidson's Skipper, 25sec (Owner) 2.
W Lenhart's Jack II, 30sec (Davidson) 3.
Wairuna scr, Milroy 24sec, Hector 32sec, Hamlet 32sec and Chummy 32sec also started.
Chummy led round the back. Jack II, Perseverance and Skipper following in that order. Passing the stand Perseverance was in command, Jack II and Skipper next, the rest at long intervals. From this out Perseverance had matters all his own way, as Jack broke repeatedly, and Skipper beat him for second place by a head, the pair being four lengths behind Perseverance. Time, 5min 52 1/2sec. Dividend - £3 16s.
The winner was bought in for £16.
MIDLAND HANDICAP (saddle) of 50 sovs; second 7 sovs and third 3 sovs from stake. Two miles.
J G McConachie's ch g Sydney by General Tracey, aged, 23sec (McConachie) 1.
J Vivian's Tonic, 30sec (T Price) 2.
A Cameron's Miracle Jack, 17sec (J Munro) 3.
Flowerwood scr, Daisy 9sec, Elteo More 11sec, Secrecy 16sec, Zeta 17sec, Narragansett 24sec and Heather Belle 30sec also started.
Tonic had a commanding lead at the half mile post, Syney, Zeta and Narragansett following well together. With a mile gone Sydney was within ten lengths of the leader, and going to the front three furlongs from home won easily by twelve lengths. Miracle Jack twice that distance off third. Time, 5min 20sec. Dividend - £1 18s.
RICCARTON HANDICAP (harness) of 100 sovs; second 12 and third 8 sovs from stake. Two miles.
M Friedlander's br g Lancewood II by Wildwood, 17sec (W Kerr) 1.
D J Price's Victory II, scr (Owner) 2.
V Harris's Worthington, 25sec (Albaugh) 3.
The Heir 16sec, Rimu 18sec, Booby 19sec, All Day 23sec and Big Jim 25sec also started.
Worthington was out by himself when the back of the course was reached, and at the stand was four lengths to the good of Lancewood II. Victory II in third place. A little further on Lancewood took command, followed by Victory II who had made up his ground in great style. This pair from this out had the finish to themselves and although Victory closed up the gap between them he was still a length to the bad when the post was reached. Worthington forty yards off. Time, 5min 10 1/2sec. Dividend - £1 8s.
TELEGRAPH HANDICAP (saddle) of 50 sovs; second 7 sovs and third 3 sovs from stake. One mile.
J Milne's blk h Principal by Imperious, 5yrs, 13sec (J Milne) 1.
W T Parson's Linda, 13sec, (T Price) 2.
W Hayes's Premier, 28sec(incl 4sec pen)(M Allan) 3.
Moana 6sec, Occidental 7sec, Spec 18sec, Michael Malone 19sec and Daisy 20sec also started.
Michael Malone was showing the way to Spec and Linda when well under weigh, the last named having Principal as her nearest attendant. With half the distance gone Linda had the leader's measure, and went on by herself to the entrance to the straight. Here Principal started to overhaul her, and getting the best of the final struggle, won by three lengths. Premier, who had gone at a great pace, twice that distance away. Time, 2min 33sec. Dividend - £11 10s.
FINAL HANDICAP (harness) of 50 sovs; second 7 sovs and third 3 sovs from stake. One mile.
M Edward's b g Little Archie by Mambrino King, 4yrs, 11sec (Owner) 1.
J A Buckland's Valour, 4sec (C Piper) 2.
W McFarlane's JH, 8sec (R Day) 3.
Amelia 10sec, Hollis H 10sec, and Wild Wave 19sec also started.
Before reaching the quarter post Little Archie had caught Wild Wave, Hollis H being in third place, and Valour well up. Little Archie then took the lead, being out by himself when half the distance had been gone, Wild Wave, Valour and Hollis H together some fifty yards off. Rounding the home turn Valour had Wild Wave settled, but though going in great style he could not get nearer the leader, who won pulling up by forty yards, JH half that distance behind Valour. Time, 2min 27 2/5sec. Dividend - £1 18s
Credit: The Press 9Nov1900
1900 PLUMPTON PARK TROTTING CLUB SPRING MEETING: FIRST DAY
The Spring meeting of the Plumpton Park Trotting Club was begun today (Friday, 3 November) in beautiful weather. The sum of £2934 passed through the totalisator. The following are the results:-
TRIAL HANDICAP of 35sovs. Two miles - Royal Tar, 12sec, 1; The Fly, 12sec, 2; Jerry H, 10sec, 3. Four others started. Won by 10 lengths. Time 5min 35sec. Dividend £5 12s.
PONY HANDICAP (harness) of 30sovs. One mile and a half - Rushlight, 30sec, 1; The Duckling, 29sec, 2; Gipsy, 27sec, 3. Seven others started. Won by four lengths. Time 4min 22 2/5sec. Dividend £5 14s.
SOCKBURN HANDICAP of 90sovs. Two miles - Rothschild Boy, 13sec, 1; Kingston, 22sec, 2; Wenlock, 19sec, 3. Three others started. Won by eight lengths. Time 5min 10sec. Dividend £2 10s.
PROGRESSIVE HANDICAP of 50sovs. Two miles - Forsaken Child, 27sec, 1; Eltee More, 11sec, 2; Miracle Jack, 15sec, 3. Six others started. Won comfortably by eight lengths. Time 5min 40 1/2sec. Dividend £2.
SELLING HANDICAP of 35sovs. Two miles - Lady Audley, 32sec, 1; Bess II, 22sec, 2; Michael Malone, 10sec, 3. Three others started. Won by about 100 yards. Time 5min 49 3/5sec. Dividend £1 14s.
PLUMPTON HANDICAP (harness) of 100sovs. Two miles - Little Archie, 22sec, 1; The Heir, 24sec 2; Victory II, 3sec, 3. Collector (3sec) also started. Won by a bare length. Time 5min 9 1/5sec. Dividend £1 10s.
ELECTRIC HANDICAP of 50sovs. One mile - Honest Jack, 13sec 1; Principal, 18sec, 2; Linda, 13sec, 3. Four others started. Won by a length. Time 2min 32sec. Dividend £7 10s.
DASH HANDICAP (harness) of 50sovs. One mile - Rimu, 18sec, 1; Valour, 6sec, 2; Hollis II, 11sec, 3. Four others started. Won by six lengths. Time 2min 36 3/5sec. Dividend £3 2s.
Credit: Otago Daily Times 3 Nov 1900
1900 PLUMPTON PARK TROTTONG CLUB SPRING MEETING: SECOND DAY
The Spring Meeting of the Plumpton Park Trotting Club was continued today. The attendance was fair and the sum of £4612 10s was passed through the totalisator. Results:
INNOVATION HANDICAP (harness) of 45 sovs. One mile. - Royal Wood, 8sec 1; Robex, 10sec 2; Modesty, 10sec 3. Eight others started. Won by a length and a half. Time 2min 41sec. Dividend £1 10s.
PONY HANDICAP of 30 sovs. One mile and a half. - Rushlight, 28sec, 1; Evelyn, 37sec, 2; Tim, 23sec, 3. Seven others started. Won easily by 10 lengths. Time 4min 13sec. Dividend £8 18s.
HORNBY HANDICAP of 100 sovs. Two miles. - Premier, 1sec, 1; Shylock, 7sec, 2; Dictator, 5sec, 3. Four others started. Won easily by eight lengths. Time 4min 50sec. Dividend £2 6s.
SELLING HANDICAP (harness) of 35 sovs. Two miles. - Perseverance II, 24sec, 1; Skipper, 25sec, 2; Jack II, 3. Five others started. Won comfortably by four lengths. Time 5min 52 1/2sec. Dividend £3 16s.
MIDLAND HANDICAP of 50sovs. Two miles. - Sydney, 23sec, 1; Tonic, 30sec, 2; Miracle Jack, 17sec, 3. Six others started. Won easily by eight lengths. Time 5min 20sec. Dividend £1 18s.
RICCARTON HANDICAP (harness) of 100 sovs. Two miles. - Lancewood II, 17sec, 1; Victory II, scr, 2; Worthington, 25sec, 3. Five others started. Won by a length. Time 5min 10sec. Dividend £1 8s.
TELEGRAPH HANDICAP of 50 sovs. One mile. - Principal, 13sec, 1; Linda, 13sec, 2; Premier, 2sec, 3. Five others started. Won by four lengths. Time 2min 33sec. Dividend £11 10s.
FINAL HANDICAP (harness) of 50 sovs. One mile. - Little Archie, 11sec, 1; Valour, 4sec, 2; J.H., 8sec, 3. Three others started. Won by 70yds. Time 2min 27 2/5sec. Dividend £1 18s.
Credit: OTAGO DAILY TIMES 9 Nov 1900
LITTLE HERO RING-IN
Like so many clubs racing about the turn of the Century, the Plumpton Park Trotting Club had an involvement with a ring-in case. This concerned the horse, Little Hero, after he had raced and won under the the name ov Maxim at a meeting of the Sheffield Sports Club in the autumn of 1899. The Plumpton Park committee became involved after Little Hero had raced at one of their meetings in 1900.
The first time the Little Hero case was mentioned in the Minute Book was after a committee meeting held on November 21, 1899. It was decided to wait until the secretary of the Sheffield Sports Club became available to provide information.
In March, 1900, it was recorded that a letter had been received from the Malvern Sports Committee saying that action had been taken in the Little Hero case, but the actual penalty imposed was not recorded. Apparently Little Hero raced and won at a Plumpton Park meeting as the minutes of a meeting of the committee held on April 5, 1900 said: "Resolved that a letter be written to Mr J Ward informing him that as the horse Little Hero, has been disqualified by the Trotting Association, the club will pay out the stake in the Midland Handicap to the second horse."
This was by no means the end of the club's involvement in the case. On April 12, 1900, Mr Ward, a farmer of Swannanoa, was interviewed by the committee. He said Little Hero had raced in his name at the Cust Sports Club's meeting the previous September, and he had finished third at Ohoka. Mr Ward said he had never heard of the man S Stewart, who had been disqualified after Little Hero had raced under the name of Maxim at Sheffield. He could not say whether Little Hero had raced in his name or that of another person at Greymouth. Mr Ward told of how he had ordered a third party to uplift the stakes won by Little Hero at Greymouth, but this had not been possible as the funds involved had been impounded.
On April 19, 1900, Mr Sheppard, secretary of the Sheffield Sports Club, told the committee that the sports committee had made every endeavour to find out the true identification of the horse, which had raced as Maxim. They were satisified that Maxim and Little Hero were the same horse. The person named Stewart refused to meet the Sheffield committee. Messrs Leecham, G rutherford, jun., and I Cresswell, who saw the horse, Little Hero, when he raced at Plumpton Park , said he was identical with Maxim.
The Sheffield committee was of the opinion that Mr S Stewart was acting on behalf of someone else in the affair. The Plumpton Park committee decided to ask Mr Rutherford to forward the description of ther horse, Maxim, as recorded by him at Sheffield the previous April. Mr Rutherford's reply was that he had mislaid the description of Maxim was received by the Plumpton Park committee on May 17, after which it was decided that as the horse had been disqualified at Sheffield, the horse, Little Hero, should not be placed in the Midland Handicap run at Plumpton Park.
Credit: Canterbury Park TC: Ring-In
1900 NZMTC SPRING MEETING
The New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club announces that no bookmakers or their assistants, cash fielders or disqualified persons, will be allowed on the grounds at the Spring Meeting of the club on Nov 6 and 9. The first race on each day starts a 1 p.m. and frequent trams will run to the course.
The cup to be presented to the owner of the winner of the Wilkin Handicap, to be decided on the first day of the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club's Spring Meeting, is now on view at Messrs Jones's shop, Cashel Street. The cup, which is valued at 25 sovs, was the gift of Mr G McClatchie.
Credit: Star 5 Nov 1900
Ribbonwood, our first great pacer and one of the five best to have ever raced in this country, spent his first year roaming the New Brighton sandhills where children used instant bridles and reins made of flax to ride the friendly little fellow.
Credit: David McCarthy writing in HRWeekly 28 Mar 2012
1900 NZMTC SPRING MEETING: SECOND DAY
No better proof of the growing popularity of trotting as a sport could be had than the success that attended the concluding day of the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club's Spring Meeting yesterday.
Long before the decision of the first event the seating accommodation of the grandstand was taxed to the utmost, while the lawn and outside enclosure were crowded. As the afternoon wore on the attendance increased to such an extent that it constituted a record for any similar gathering ever held in Canterbury. The improvements carried out during the past few months to the lawn with its surrounding, well-kept flower beds, were greatly admired on all sides, while in other respects the comfort of patrons had also been furthered.
That the track was in excellent order was proved when Jessie Palm and Vickery put up record performances in saddle and harness respectively in winning their races, while Val was timed to trot his mile in a tick over 2min 18sec. After Miss Childe had won the Ladies' Bracelet, her driver, Mr F Vale, was presented by Mrs Louisson with a trophy amidst great cheering.
On the conclusion of the last event the stewards met the Hon. J Carroll in their room, when several complimentary remarks on the success of the meeting were made, and the following toasts were honoured:- The Hon. J Carroll, the President of the Club, the Government, the Secretary, and the Press.
During the day the sum of £7933 was passed through the totalisator, making the record amount of £15,068 for the meeting.
The following are the results:-
INNOVATION HANDICAP (in harness) of 50 sovs; second 10 sovs and third 5 sovsfrom stake. Two miles.
H Mace's b m Moonbeam by Rothschild, 5yrs, 16sec (F Smith) 1.
J Raymond's Modesty, 16sec (M Edwards) 2.
J A Buckland's Veto, scr (C Piper) 3.
Ida Park 6sec, Cincinnati 14sec, Impudence 14sec, Victor Hugo 16sec, Kruger 16sec, Romney Maid 16sec, Cashier 17sec and Clearaway 20sec also.
Cashier showed out from Moonbeam, who was quickly off the mark, Modesty and Kruger next. At the back Moonbeam took command, and passing the stand the second time she was showing well clear of Modesty, this pair being out by themselves. Edwards's mount gradually overhauled the leader, and half a mile from home was within four lengths of her, but though she came well in the last hundred yards, Moonbeam was two lengths and a half to the good when the post was passed. In the last round Veto took third place, finishing a hundred yards from Modesty. Time, 5min 26sec. Dividend - £3 18s.
A protest for fould driving in the straight against the winner was entered and dismissed, Moonbeam's driver being reprimanded.
THE SPREYDON HANDICAP (in harness) of 75 sovs; second 15 sovs, and third 7 sovs from stake. Two miles.
W S Wootton's gr g Dusk by Young Irvington, 5yrs, 15sec (T Price) 1.
W Hamilton's Spec, 7sec (F Johnston) 2.
F C Parson's Mermaid, 13sec (Owner) 3.
Worthington 2sec, Rickety 3sec, Daybrook 14sec and Miss Childe 15sec also started.
Dusk quickly drew away from Miss Childe and Mermaid, having four lengths lead of the latter at the half mile post. So they ran till well into the last round, where Spec took second place and caught a little on the leader, but the latter won with something to spare by five lengths. Some distance off came Mermaid just in frint of Worthington. Time, 5min 26sec. Dividend - £2 4s.
THE PRINCE OF WALES HANDICAP (in saddle) of 140 sovs; second 28 sovs and 14 sovs from stake. Two miles.
T Yarr's ch m Jessie Palm by Rothschild, 6yrs, scr (B Edwards) 1.
S Tapp's Dictator, 15sec (M Edwards) 2.
W Hayes's Premier, 4sec(incl 1sec pen)(M Allan) 3.
Kozie 5sec, Florrie 10sec, Shylock 10sec, Redmire 19sec, Lady May 22sec and Vauxhall 22sec(coupled with Dictator) also started.
Lady May momentarily showed in front of Vauxhall, but gave place to him at the end of the first quarter, Dictator in third place some thirty yards off. Passing the stand the second time the grey was in the lead, and Jessie Palm, although a long way behind, had given the other backmarkers the go bye. With a mile gone Dictator was out by himself, Vauxhall and Lady May, his nearest attendants, followed by Jessie Palm and Premier. Entering the last round Jessie Palm was running fifty yards behind the leader, with Premier the same distance off in third place, all the others well beaten. When three parts through the lap, Jessie Palm caught Dictator, and going on, won by twenty yards, a like distance separating second and third. Then at intervals came Vauxhall and Kozie, over a hundred yards further back. Time, 4min 43 2/5sec. Dividend - £2 10s
LADIES' BRACELET HANDICAP (in saddle or harness), valued 25 sovs, with 50 sovs added; second 10 sovs and third 5 sovs from stake. Two miles.
Mrs Vale's b m Miss Childe by Rothschild, 4 or 5yrs, 30sec (F Vale) 1.
Mrs J Smith's Gambler by General Tracey, 42sec (Smith) 2.
Mrs J Foster's Perseverance II, 43sec(inc 2sec pen)(Forest) 3.
Duke C scr, Rickety 15sec, Heather Dew 21sec, Royal Tar 28sec, Veto 29sec, Tim 35sec, Kate 27sec, Florence 40sec and Home Rule 42sec(coupled), Specify(coupled with Gambler), Major Hopetown 44sec and Impulse 44sec(coupled), Souvenir 45sec and Paddyfeldt 45sec(coupled), Kruger 45sec(coupled with Perseverence), Auntie 46sec and Young Kenticky 46sec(coupled), Romney Maid 46sec and Ayrshire Lad 47sec(coupled), Rasper 47sec and Woodbrook 47sec(coupled) and General Power 47sec also started.
General Power maintained his lead for the first furlong, when the field closed up, and after a while Perseverance II emerged with the lead, which he held till half way through the last round. Here Miss Childe, who had worked her way into second place, got to the front, and won by five lengths, the same distance separating Gambler from Perseverance II. Time, 5min 24sec. Dividend - £206 4s.
A protest on the ground of inconsistency was dismissed, but notice to appeal being given, the totalisator investments were held over.
NOVEMBER HANDICAP (in harness) of 150 sovs; second 30 sovs, and third 15 sovs from stake. Two miles.
J Smither's b m Vickery by Specification, 5yrs, scr (M Edwards) 1.
D J Price's Victory II, 6sec (Owner) 2.
W Kerr's Thelma, 4sec (Owner) 3.
Candidate 7sec, Sam Slick 9sec and Collector 10sec also started.
Collector showed the way past the stand, but running out of the straight Victory II had taken command, going on well clear of Collector and Sam Slick. Vickery having already drawn clear of Thelma. No change took place till the mile post was reached, where Collector retired. Sam Slick being second six lengths behind the leader, Collector and Vickery following. Going round the back, Vickery had taken third place. Victory II still going well in front. Entering the last round excitement ran high, as the scratch mare crept up to the leader and Sam Slick, who were now only separated by a length, Vickery twice that distance behind Sam Slick. A break by the last named, however, put him out of court, and he was supplanted by Thelma, who was rapidly making up her leeway. Turning into the straight Victory II was leading Edwards's mare by a length, and in a great finish she got to him a hundred yards from home, winning by a bare length, Thelma three lengths off. Then followed Sam Slick, Collector and Candidate in order. Time, 4min 45sec. Dividend - £4 2s.
THE HALSWELL HANDICAP (in saddle) of 75 sovs; second 15 sovs and third 7 sovs from stake. Two miles.
J Vallance's ch h Kingston by Kentucky-Flora Temple, 18sec (A Binnie) 1.
H A Beattie's Miss Brownwood, 21sec (D J Price) 2.
W Hamilton's Spec, 16sec (F Johnston) 3.
Principal 3sec(incl 6sec pen), Flowerwood 12sec, Prince Albert 20sec, The Fiddler 20sec, Ebony 24sec, Little Tim 26sec, Bonnie 27sec and Aestella 27sec also started.
Going quickly off the mark, Little Tim had a good lead at the quarter post, Miss Brownwood in second place, the Fiddler next. With a mile gone Miss Brownwood was on terms with the leader, Kingston having deposed The Fiddler, who was going very unsteadily. A little further on Miss Brownwood was in front, and Kingston directly afterwards took second place. When less than half a mile from home Miss Brownwood broke, and allowed Kingston to go on and win easily by sixty yards, Spec, who took second place in the last round, half that distance away third. Time, 5min 9 3/5sec. Dividend - £11.
TELEGRAPH HANDICAP (in harness) of 60 sovs; seccond 12 sovs and third 6 sovs from stake. One mile.
J Cooper's blk g Utah by Kentucky, aged, 6sec (J Milne) 1.
M Edwards's Val, scr (Owner) 2.
W McFarlane's JH, 9sec (R Day) 3.
Monte Carlo scr, The Heir 9sec, Hollis H 10sec, Booby 11sec, Wild Poole 12sec, Worthington 15sec and Wild Wave 17sec also started.
When well under weigh Wild Wave was showing well clear of Worthington, Hollis H having taken third place. With half a mile left behind JH had deposed the leaders. Val within ten lengths of him just behind Worthington and Wild Wave, Utah well up. Half way round the last time Val had got to within four lengths of JH, Utah a like distance away. A great race between this trio then ensued, and after Val had settled JH, Utah got up and beat him on the post by a neck, JH only a length away. Time, 2min 24sec. Dividend - £20 14s.
THE FINAL HANDICAP (in saddle) of 60 sovs; second 12 sovs and third 6 sovs from stake. One mile.
Mrs W J Taggart's b g Bradlaugh by St James, aged, 12sec (J Taggart) 1.
S Tapp's Moana, 8sec (M Edwards) 2.
W A Scott's Bellboy, 7sec (Scott) 3.
Premier 4sec(inc 3sec pen), Rita 10sec, Miss Poole 12sec, Linda 15sec, Honesty 15sec and Lady May 16sec also started.
With two furlongs gone Bradlaugh had caught Lady May, and went away with a strong lead, Moana taking third place. A little further on Moana went into second position being quite sixty yards behind the leader. In the last quarter Moana drew slightly on Bradlaugh but was still forty yards to the bad when the post was passed. Then came Bellboy half that distance off, just in front of Premier. Time, 2min 26sec. Dividend - £3 2s.
Credit: The Press 10Nov1900
1900 NZMTC SPRING MEETING: FIRST DAY
Long before the opening event yesterday the attendance was far beyond that of previous gatherings, the fine weather tempting many to visit the greatly improved grounds of the Metropolitan Trotting Club.
Speculation was represented by the sum of £7135, a great increase on the amount handled last year. During the afternoon the Premier and the Hon J Carroll were present, taking a great interest in the various events.
TRIAL HANDICAP (saddle) of 40 sovs; second 8 sovs and third 4 sovs from stake. Two miles.
W Kealey's br m Lena Belle by Burlington, 5yrs, 22sec (D Harold) 1.
E Corser's Kate, 26sec (T Frost) 2.
J Smither's Jenny H, 18sec (M Edwards) 3.
The Fiddler scr, Secrecy 9sec, Mesmerist 11sec, Answer 14sec, The Fly 20sec, Home Rule 20sec, Specify 20sec, Atyshire Lad 26sec and Glenmuick 28sec also started.
Glenmuick and Kate were in the lead when the stand was passed, but going out of the straight Lena Belle took command, followed by Kate and Jenny H. This order was maintained for the first mile, Kate showing a lot of pace, but going unsteadily. Entering the last round Lena Belle was well clear of Kate and Jenny H, the rest not persevering. Turning into the home stretch. Kate passed Jenny H and drew on Lena Belle, but breaking, allowed the latter to go on and win by six lengths, Jenny H ten lengths off third. Time, 5min 24 3/5sec. Dividend - £11 16s.
PONY HANDICAP (harness) of 30 sovs; second 6 sovs and third 3 sovs from stake. Two miles.
F Pratt's b g Bliss Irvington by Young Irvington, 4yrs, 34sec (M Edwards) 1.
T Price junr's The Duckling, 37sec (T Price) 2.
G B Murfitt's Pansy Irvington, 33sec (Owner) 3.
Daybreak scr, Mary 23sec, Evelyn 27sec, Meta 37sec, Mero 38sec and Rushlight also started.
The Duckling and Mero were soon in command, Bliss Irvington being their immediate attendant. Passing the stand the second time, The Duckling was just showing in front of Bliss Irvington, and a little further on, the latter took command, and from this out the result was never in doubt, Edwards's mount winning by ten lengths. Pansy Irvington, 50yds off, third. Time, 5min 30sec. Dividend - £2 4s.
THE ADVANCE HANDICAP (harness) of 50 sovs; second 10 sovs and third 5 sovs from stake. Two miles.
M Edwards's b m Nantes by Specification, 5yrs, 7sec (M Edwards) 1.
D J Price's Royalwood, 14sec (Owner) 2.
Mrs Parson's Fleetwood, 14sec (T Price) 3.
Kingston scr, Principal, Mermaid, Dusk, Veto, Irene, Miss Childe, Vancliffe 14sec, Victor Hugo 14sec also started.
Going quickly off the mark, Royalwood had a five lengths lead of Fleetwood before half a mile had been gone, with Nantes in third position. This order was maintained for another two furlongs, where Nantes passed Fleetwood, and went on in pursuit of the leader, this pair having the race to themselves. Entering the last round, Nantes took second place, being ten lengths behind Royalwood, who appeared to be going comfortably in the lead. Half a mile from home, Nantes passed Price's mount, and, going away, won easily by four lengths. Fleetwood ten lengths away, third, the rest pulling off. Time, 5min 13sec. Dividend - £2 14s.
THE SPRING HANDICAP (saddle) of 100 sovs; second 20 sovs and third 10 sovs from stake. Two miles.
E Bowes's br g Wenlock by Wilkin, aged, 29sec (R Day) 1.
V Harris's Shylock, 17sec (J Milne) 2.
H Hayes's Premier, 11 sec (M Allen) 3.
Occidental 12sec, Dictator 15sec, Lady May 22sec and Rothschild Boy 17sec(inc 8sec pen) also started.
Wenlock went off the mark at a great pace, and before going half a mile was out by himself, Lady May and Shylock being his nearest attendants. So they ran for a round, Premier improving his position, and Florrie taking fourth place. In the last half mile Premier drew on Shylock, and after an interesting race got almost on terms with him, being ten lengths behind Wenlock when the post was passed. Time, 5min 8sec. Dividend - £7 8s.
THE WILKIN HANDICAP (harness) of 150 sovs, with a Cup value of 25 sovs; second 30 sovs and third 15 sovs from stake. Two miles.
D J Price's b g Victory II by General Tracey, aged, 10sec (Owner) 1.
W Kerr's b m Thelma by Kentucky, aged, 5sec (Owner) 2.
J Smither's b m Vickery by Specification, scr (M Edwards) 3.
Sam Slick 7sec, Collector 9sec and Premier 11sec also started.
Coming to the stand, Victory was just behind Premier, this pair being well clear of Collector and Thelma, Sam Slick going unkindly. Going out of the home stretch, Victory II took command, and went on in advance of Collector and Thelma, Vickery making up her ground in great style. With half the distance gone, Victory was showing some ten lengths in advance of the pony, who was gradually overhauling the leader, Thelma in third place. Entering the last round Victory was only five lengths to the good, Vickery being twice that distance in front of Thelma, the rest a long way off. Half a mile from home Vickery had failed to get to the leader, who was still going strongly, and Thelma, coming strongly in the last three furlongs, just beat Vickery, finishing fifteen yards behind Victory II. Time, 4min 55sec. Dividend - £1 16s
PROGRESSIVE HANDICAP (harness) of 75 sovs. Two miles.
W Friedlander's ch m Woild Poole by Wildwood, 19sec (W Kerr) 1.
V Harris's Worthington, 21sec (Albaugh) 2.
A E White's Tracey Belle, 6sec (M Edwards) 3.
Valour 3sec, Big Jim 21sec also started.
Wild Poole went to the front at the six furlong post, and holding her own won by sixty yards, Tracy Belle a good third. Time, 5min 13sec. Dividend - £2.
ELECTRIC HANDICAP (saddle) of 60 sovs; second 12 sovs and third 6 sovs from stake. One mile.
J Whitton's blk m Kozie by Berlin-Doll, aged, 14sec (Grant) 1.
R Craw's Honesty, 18sec (Owner) 2.
T Yarr's Jessie Palm, scr (B Edwards) 3.
Moana 7sec, Rita 8sec, Miss Poole 10sec, Redmire 14sec, Honest Jack 8sec(inc 10sec pen) also started.
Kozie was in the lead at the half distance, and drawing away won with the greatest ease by sixty yards. Then came Jessie Palm, who was just in front of Honesty and Honest Jack. Time, 2min 27 2/5sec. Dividend - £3 2s.
THE DASH HANDICAP, of 60 sovs; second 12 sovs and third 6 sovs from stake. One mile.
J A Buckland's b g The Heir, by Vancleve, 16sec (C Piper) 1.
R Rutherford's Booby, 14sec (Grant) 2.
J Cooper's Utah, 6sec, (M Edwards) 3.
JH 8sec, Amelia 11sec, Hollis H 11sec, Little Archie 11sec, Wild Pool 12sec, Rimu 12sec, and Wild Wave 17sec also started.
The Heir showed out before the stand was reached; and was well clear of the field at the half mile post. Going on he won comfortably by six lengths from Booby, who broke repeatedly in the last half mile. Time, 2min 32sec. Dividend - £2 12s.
Credit: The Press 7Nov1900
NZMTC SPRING MEETING RESULTS: Fri 9 November 1900
There was fine weather for the second day of the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club's Spring Meeting. There was a large attendance and the sum of £7933 was passed through the totalisator.
The following are the results:-
INNOVATION HANDICAP of 50 sovs. Two miles.- Moonbeam 1; Modesty 2; Veto 3. Six others started. Time 5min 26sec. Dividend £3 18s.
SPREYDON HANDICAP of 75 sovs. Two miles. - Dusk 1; Spec 2; Mermaid 3. Four others started. Time 5min 26sec. Dividend £2 4s.
PRINCE OF WALES HANDICAP of 140 sovs. Two miles. - Jessie Palm, scr, 1; Dictator, 15sec, 2; Premier, 5sec, 3. Six others started. Time 4min 43 3/5sec, a record for the colony. Dividend £2 10s.
LADIES BRACELET of 25 sovs. Two miles. - Miss Childe 1; Gambler 2; Perseverence II 3. Twenty two others started. Time 5min 24sec. Dividend £206 4s. A protest for inconsistency was dismissed, but the stakes and totalisator investment impounded pending an appeal to the Association.
NOVEMBER HANDICAP of 150 sovs. Two miles. - Vickery 1; Victory II 2; Thelma 3. Three others started. Time 4min 45sec. Dividend £4 2s.
HALSWELL HANDICAP. Two miles. - Kingston 1; Miss BRownwood 2; Spec 3. Time 5min 9 3/5sec. Dividend £11.
TELEGRAPH HANDICAP of 60 sovs. One mile. - Utah 1; Val 2; J.H. 3. Seven others started. Time 2min 24sec. Dividend £20 15s.
FINAL HANDICAP of 60 sovs. One mile. - Braglaugh 1; Mona 2; Bellboy 3. Six others started. Time 2min 26sec. Dividend £3 2s,
Credit: Ashburton Guardian 10 Nov 1900
1900 NZMTC SPRING MEETING: FIRST DAY
Handicapper - Mr H Brinkman. Starter - Mr C O'Connor.
The spring meeting of the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club was begun today, in the presence of a good assemblage, the weather being all that could be desired. The enclosures were looking extremely well, the many improvements recently effected forming the theme of general commendation. The following are the results:-
TRIAL HANDICAP TROT (in saddle), of 40 sovs; second horse 8 sovs and third horse 4 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
Mr W Kealey's br m Lena Belle, by Burlington, 5yrs, 22sec (C Harrold) 1.
Mr E Corser's blk m Kate, aged, 26sec (T Frost) 2.
Mr J Smithers's b m Jenny H, 4yrs, 18sec (M Edwards) 3.
The Fiddler scr, Secrecy 9sec, Mesmerist 11sec, Answer 14sec, The Fly 20sec, Home Rule 20sec, Specify 20sec, Ayrshire Lad 26sec and Glenmuick 28sec also started.
Lena Belle quickly trotted to the head of affairs, and at the half distance she was leading Jenny H and Kate who were together. Kate, passing Jenny H drew up to Lena Belle going along the back stretch, but breaking, allowed Lena Belle to go on and win comfortably by five lengths, a similar distance seperating second and third horse. Time 5min 24 3/5sec. Dividend £11 16s.
PONY HANDICAP (in harness) of 30 sovs; second horse 6 sovs and third horse 3 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
Mr F Pratt's b g Bliss Irvington, by Young Irvington, aged, 33sec (M Edwards) 1.
Mr T W Price jun's b m The Duckling, 4yrs, 37sec (T W Price, sen) 2.
Mr G B Murfitt's c m Pansy Irvington, aged, 38sec (Owner) 3.
Daybreak scr, Mary 23sec, Evelyn 27sec, Meta 37secMero 38sec and Rushlight 38sec also started.
The Duckling immediately assumed command, with Mero and Bliss Irvington as her nearest attendants, and the three drew well clear of the others. When one round had been completed Bliss Irvington passed The Duckling, and in the next half mile had drawn clear of her. The remainder of the field was in straggling order, Daybreak, although trotting well, being well nigh last. Bliss Irvington was never troubled, and won by yards, Pansy Irvington third. Time 5min 34sec. Dividend £2 4s.
SPRING HANDICAP (in saddle) of 100 sovs; second horse 20 sovs and third horse 10 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
Mr E Bowes's br g Wenlock, by Wilkin, aged, 29sec (R Day) 1.
Mr V Harris's b g Shylock, aged, 17sec (J Milne) 2.
Mr W Hayes's b g Premier, aged, 11sec (M Allen) 3.
Florrie 10sec, Occidental 12sec, Dictator 15sec, Rothschild Boy 17sec (8sec pen) and Lady May 22sec also started.
Wenlock trotting in great style, was leading Shylock by nearly a hundred yards at the half-distance, while Premier was gradually overhauling the leaders. The latter ranged alongside Shylock running down the backstretch for the last time but broke badly. Wenlock commenced the last lap well in front of his opponents, and going on, trotted home an easy winner by forty-five yards from Shylock, with Premier two lengths away third. Time 5min 8sec. Dividend £7 8s.
ADVANCE HANDICAP (in harness) of 50 sovs; second horse 10 sovs and third horse 5 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
Mr M Edwards's Nantes, by Specification, 5yrs, 7sec (M Edwards) 1.
Mr D J Price's b g Royalwood, 4yrs, 14sec (Owner) 2.
Miss W T Parson's b g Fleetwood, 4yrs, 14sec (T Price) 3.
Kingston scr, Principal scr, Mermaid 4sec, Dusk 5sec, Veto 6sec, Irene 9sec, Miss Childe 9sec, Vancliffe 14sec and Victor Hugo 14sec also started.
Won easily by four lengths. Time 5min 13sec. Dividend £2 14s.
The totalisator investments amounted to £7135, as against £3369 for the corresponding day of last year's meeting.
WILKIN HANDICAP (harness) of 150 sovs with a Cup. Two miles. - Victory II, 10sec, 1; Thelma, 5sec 2; Vickery, scr, 3. Also started: Sam Slick 7sec, Collector 9sec, and Premier 11sec. Won by three lengths. Time 4min 55sec. Dividend £1 16s
PROGRESSIVE HANDICAP (harness) of 75 sovs. Two miles. - Wildpool, 10sec, 1; Worthington, 21sec, 2; Tracy Belle, 16sec,3. Two others started. Won by three lengths. Time 5min 13sec. Dividend £2.
ELECTRIC HANDICAP of 60 sovs. One mile. - Kosie, 14sec, 1; Honesty, 18sec, 2; Jessie Palm, scr, 3. Six others started. Won by 55 yards. Time 2min 27 2/5sec. Dividend £3 2s.
DASH HANDICAP (harness) of 60 sovs. One mile. - The Heir, 16sec 1; Booby, 14sec, 2; Utah, 6sec, 3. Five others started. Won by 40 yards. Time 2min 32sec. Dividend £2 12s.
Credit: Star 6 Nov 1900 & Otago Daily Times 7 Nov
NZ TROTTING ASSN: AMALGAMATION NEGOTIATIONS
The monthly meeting of the New Zealand Trotting Association was held last evening; present - Messrs P Selig (chairman), D McLean, T H Davey, L E Myers and C Howell...A letter was read from the Colonial Sectretary's office, in reply to a letter from the Association regarding the Canterbury Trotting Club's permits, referrring the Association to a letter addressed to the Canterbury Trotting Club, dated August 12, to the effect that, pending some arrangement between that club and the New Zeraland Metropolitan Trotting Club (the late Lancaster Park Amateur Trotting Club) as to amalgamation, the Colonial Secretary would probably deem it expedient to reduce the number of permits hitherto granted...
Credit: Star 5 Apr 1900
A special meeting of the New Zealand Trotting Association was held on Saturday afternoon to consider applications from the Canterbury Trotting Club and New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club to pass programmes of meetings to be held about the same time next month. The President, who was in the chair, detailed the correspondence on the subject, and stated that on receipt of another telegram from the Colonial Secretary, stating that there would be no permit for the Canterbury Trotting Club's meeting, he thought it desirable to summon a special meeting. After considerable discussion it was unanimously resolved ó " That the Chairman, Mr Howell and Mr King be a committee to interview the Presidents of the Canterbury Trotting Club and New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club, with a view of bringing about the amalgamation of the two clubs, the applications for passing the programmes to be held over in the meantime." The committee subsequently had an hour's conference with Messrs T. Marr and V. Harris (presidents of the clubs), the result being that each undertook to convene special meetings of members of his club to consider the matter. It is expected, that the meetings will be held on Thursday.
Credit: Star 23 April 1900
1900 CANTEBURY TROTTING CLUB SPRING MEETING: FIRST DAY
Most favourable conditions attended the opening of the Canterbury Trotting Club's Spring Meeting yeaterday, and as a result the attendance was very large.
Some excellent trotting was witnessed, additional interest attaching to the sport from the fact of the New South Wales sportsman, Mr Buckland, having several representatives engaged. One of these, a full brother to the champion Fritz, named The Heir, accounted for the Juvenile Stakes, after a great struggle with the Canterbury-bred Wild Wave. On returning to scale the winner was led to the lawn in front of the stand, and decorated with the badge by Mrs E C J Stevens. Complimentary remarks were made on the achievement of the victor, and cheers were called for Mr Buckland, who was not present, and C Piper, the geldings driver.
The Champion Plate saw great performances put up by most of the competitors, while the Ladies' Bracelet, in which a lot of interest was taken, was remarkable for the fact that the largest field ever seen on a trotting track in New Zealand contested it.
During the day the sum of £5646 10s was passed through the totalisator, a slight decrease as compared with the corresponding day's amount last year.
INNOVATION HANDICAP (in saddle) of 65 sovs; second 13 sovs and third 6 sovs from stake. Two miles.
W F Jackman's Mattie J by Cycle, 5yrs, 22sec (M Edwards) 1.
J Coop's Bess III, 24sec, (Owner) 2.
A G Holmes's Beppo, 15sec (T Price) 3.
Michael Malone scr, Protest 3sec, Darby 3sec, Veto 5sec, Mistake II 7sec, Mesmerist 14sec, Warrior 19sec, Florence 19sec, Miriam 22sec and Bangle(coupled), What Oh 24sec, Forsaken Child 25sec and DIC(coupled), Pretoria II and Ayrshire Lad 28sec also started.
DIC showed the way to Forsaken Child for the first half mile, when the latter gave place to Mattie J and Beppo. With half the distance gone Mattie J had got to the head of affairs, and from this out had the race in safe keeping, winning easily by a dozenlengths from Bess III, who had deposed DIC in the last lap. Time, 5min 27 1/2 sec. Dividend - £2 10s.
PONY HANDICAP (in harness) of 45 sovs; second 9 sovs and third 4 sovs from stake. One mile and a half.
W Orange's g g Silver Grey, 17sec (Owner) 1.
J Hanna's Wild Wave, 14sec (A Binnie) 2.
J A Buckland's Daybreak, 3sec (C Piper) 3.
Lady Warbeck 7sec, Agnes 10sec, Skipper 15sec, Pansy Irvington 20sec, Specify 22sec, Rushlight 23sec, Lady Zetland 23sec, The Duckling 24sec, Mero 24sec, and Little Prince 24sec also started.
For the first half mile The Duckling and Rushlight were in command, Daybreak, the scratch mare, having gone very unsteadily. Silver Grey deposed The Duckling, and drawing away, eventually won from Wild Wave, by fifteen lengths. Daybreak made up a lot of ground in the last mile, finishing in third place just behind Wild Wave. Time, 4min 18sec. Dividend - £30 4s.
LADIES' BRACELET HANDICAP (saddle or harness) of 15 sovs with 60 sovs added; second 12 sovs and third 6 sovs from stake. Two miles.
Miss J F Hardley's ch m Daisy, aged, 35sec (Mr W Lynsky) 1.
Mrs J McKewen's Cockie, 40sec (Mr J Leadham) 2.
Miss Dunn's Home Rule, 48sec (Mr J Laffrey) 3.
Spec 20sec, Dormin 25sec, Kalmea 25sec, Michael Malone 25sec, Kingston 20sec, Bonnie McGregor 33sec, Annie Rooney 38sec, Mesmerist 39sec, Mermaid 40sec, Vancliffe 40sec, Beppo 40sec, Narragansett 42sec, Peri 44sec, Florence 44sec, Novelty 47sec, Agnes 47sec, Mattie J 25sec (incl 22sec pen), General Power and Major Hopetown(coupled), Bess III(coupled with Home Rule), Screwjack 50sec, Gracie M 50sec, Melroy and Kruger 52sec(coupled), Eladarat 53sec, Jupiter and Glenmuick 58sec(coupled) also started.
Gracie M was first to show in front, but Bess III took the lead with half a mile gone, followed by Daisy. The latter assumed command soon after going half the distance, and eventually won by ten lengths from Cockie, who just beat Home Rule and Bess III for second place. Time, 5min 29sec. Dividend - £34 10s.
JUVENILE STAKES (harness) of 200 sovs; winner of race 100 sovs, second 25 sovs and third 15 sovs from stake. Nominator of winner to receive 30 sovs and of winner's sire 30 sovs from stake. One mile.
J A Buckland's b g The Heir by Vancleve-Fraulein, 3yrs (C Piper) 1.
J Hanna's b f Wild Wave by Viking-Linton, 3yrs (A Binnie) 2.
W Jenkins's b f Wild Girl, 3yrs (T Price) 3.
Wild Girl hung at the post, and Wild Wave went away with a six lengths lead of The Heir. The leader kept in front, but breaking, allowed The Heir to range alongside. He, however, left his feet a quarter of a mile from home, but getting going again just got up in time to win by a head. Time, 2min 19 1/2sec. Dividend - £1 4s.
AUGUST HANDICAP (saddle) of 100 sovs; second 20 sovs and third 10 sovs from stake. Two miles.
C Kerr's ch m Florrie, Johnny Faulkner, aged, 13sec (Owner) 1.
G Lane's Vauxhall, 25sec (B Edwards) 2.
W Hay's Premier, 12sec (M Allan) 3.
Shylock 16sec, Lauderdale 17sec and Lady May 22sec also started.
Vauxhall was going well in front of Lady May passing the stand, and was still in front with half the distance gone. Here Lauderdale passed Lady May and was drawing on the leader, when he broke badly. A skip by the leader enabled Florrie, who had taken second place at the start of the last round, to get within six lengths of him, and in a great struggle to the finish she got up and won by two lengths. Then came Premier, who beat Lauderdale in the last few yards, Shylock and Lady May some distance off. Time, 5min 1 1/5 sec. Dividend - £6 14s.
CHAMPION PLATE HANDICAP (harness) of 120 sovs; second 24 sovs and third 12 sovs from stake. Two miles.
W Kerr's b m Thelma by Kentucky, 6yrs, 13sec (Owner) 1.
J Russell's Candidate, 9sec (Pringle) 2.
J Carl's Collector, 9sec (B Edwards) 3.
Vickery scr, Sam Slick 6sec, Prince Imperial 7sec J H 11sec, and The Baron 15sec also started.
The limit hore quickly lost his place to Thelma through going unsteadily, who with half a mile gone, had JH as her nearest attendant. So they ran for a mile, at the end of which the order was Thelma, JH, Candidate and Collector. The leader relinquished nothing of her advantage till well into the last round, where Candidate had passed JH, as had Collector, and although Candidate gained a little in the last half-mile, he could not get near the leader, who beat him by fifty yards. Thirty yards further off came Collector, Vickery and Sam Slick in a bunch, with JH and The Baron pulling up. Time, 4min 55sec. Dividend - £8.
ELECTRIC HANDICAP (saddle) of 75 sovs; second 15 sovs and third 7 sovs from stake. One mile.
R Logan's b h Lexington by Berlin, aged, 13sec (J Taggart) 1.
M Friedlander's Miss Pool, 11sec (McCann) 2.
J Pettie's Polly Huon, 8sec (B Edwards) 3.
Jessie Palm scr, Utah 7sec, Moana 7sec, Amelia 11sec, Shylock 12sec, Ruahine 13sec and Bed of Stone also started.
Lexington quickly passed Bed of Stone, Ruahine dwelling at the mark. The leader had Miss Pool in attendance at half a mile, but going away again in the latter part of the journey he won by ten yards, Polly Huon a length behind Miss Pool. Time, 2min 30 1/2sec. Dividend - £2 18s.
DASH HANDICAP (harness) of 60 sovs; second 12 sovs and third 6 sovs from stake. One mile.
J Jeff's Peak by Berlin abdallah, aged, 21sec (McMillan) 1.
J A Buckland's Valour, 14sec, (C Piper) 2.
M Edwards's Bessie B, 14sec (Owner) 3.
Carolina 14sec, Miss Child 17sec, The Duke 18sec, Cockie 20sec, Vancliffe 20sec, Linwood 24sec, Hilda 25sec and Tonic 28sec also started.
Linwood momentarily showed in front, but at the stand Peak was well in front, Bessie B having made up a lot of ground. In the last half mile Bessie B got to within two lengths of the leader, but could not get past him, and Valour coming with a dash in the straight, just beat Bessie B by a head for second place, only suffering defeat by three lengths. Time, 2min 38 1/2sec. Dividend - £5 4s.
Credit: The Press 16Aug1900
1900 CANTERBURY TROTTING CLUB SPRING MEETING: SECOND DAY
Favourable weather again favoured the Canterbury Trotting Club for the concluding day of their Spring Meeting, and although the attendance was hardly as good as on the opening day, it was still well above average.
Some most interesting racing was witnessed, the contest for the Canterbury Cup being one of the most interesting ever seen on any trotting ground in Canterbury. Almont's win was particularly well received, both horse and rider coming in for a great ovation.
Speculation was brisk, the totalisator investments amounting to £6671 10s, an increase of £247 on the amount handled at the corresponding meeting last year.
TRIAL HANDICAP (harness) of 65 sovs; second 13 sovs and third 6 sovs from stake. Two miles.
T Hancock's br g Linwood by Blackwood, 6yrs, 24sec (B Edwards) 1.
F C Parsons's Mermaid, 14sec (C Parsons) 2.
A Duncan's Nantes, 19sec (Owner) 3.
Veto 6sec, The Duke 12sec, Principal 12sec, Fleetwood 14sec, Cockie 14sec, Rosette 21sec, General Power 24sec, Pretoria II 24sec, Victor Hugo 26sec, Miracle Jack 26sec, Kruger 26sec, Ida Park 27sec and Tonic 29sec also started.
Ida Park showed the way, and with half a mile gone had Linwood as her nearest attendant some twelve lengths off, Tonic third. Towards the finish of the second round the leader broke badly, and passing the stand for the second time Linwood had taken command. From this out the leader had matters all his own way, for although Mermaid passed Ida Park, she could not get near Linwood, who won by a hundred yards, half that distance separeating second and third. Time, 5min 25sec. Dividend - £7 18s.
PONY HANDICAP (saddle) of 45 sovs; second 9 sovs and third 4 sovs from stake. One mile asnd a half.
H A Beatty's g g Tim, aged, 15sec (T Price) 1.
W Doyle's Specify, 26sec (Tudhope) 2.
J A Buckland's Daybreak, 3sec (C Piper) 3.
Silver Grey 6sec, Lady Warbeck 8sec, Farewell 15sec, Whokahe 16sec, Evelyn 16sec, Bessie 22sec and Hamlet 23sec also started.
Specify was quickly off the mark, and with a round gone had established a long lead from Tim and Hamlet, Daybreak being at the head of the others. Entering the last lap Tim had closed on the leader, and getting to the front at the home turn won by half-a-dozen lengths; Daybreak about the same distance of third. Time, 4min 15 2/5sec. Dividend - £5 2s.
ADVANCE HANDICAP (saddle) of 75 sovs; second 15 sovs and third 7 sovs from stake. Two miles.
C W Hammond's Rothschild Boy by Rothschild, 4yrs, 20sec (Owner) 1.
V Harris's Shylock, scr (J Miln) 2.
J Vallance's Kingston, 17sec (A Binnie) 3.
Wenlock 11sec, Daisy 16sec, Darby 17sec, Miss Brownwood 17sec, Roxolla 17sec, Mistake II 20sec, Little Jim 20sec and Flowerwood 20sec also started.
Rothschild Boy soon lost his place to Roxolla, Miss Brownwood having taken third position. At the half mile post Miss Brownwood ranged alongside Roxolla, but breaking badly fell right back, and Rothschild Boy, after settling down, took second place. With half the distance gone Rothschild Boy had caught Roxolla, and going away, won comfortably from Shylock, who had trotted steadily throughout, by fifty yards. Kingston a good third. Time, 5min 19sec. Dividend - £9 8s.
CANTERBURY CUP HANDICAP (saddle or harness) of 250 sovs; second 50 sovs and third 25 sovs from stake. Two miles.
J L Carl's b h Almont by Rothschild-Puella, 5yrs, 5sec (B Edwards) 1.
W Hay's Premier, 14sec (Pringle) 2.
S Tapp's Dictator, 17sec (M Edwards) 3.
Vickery scr, Sam Slick 6sec, Candidate 7sec, Florrie 10sec, Polly Huon 13sec, Occidental 13sec, Lexington 14sec, The Baron 17sec, G M Patchen 17sec, Manton 23sec, Victory II 23sec also started.
Victory II refused to leave the mark, and took no part in the race, leaving Manton to show the way, attended by Dictator for the first half mile. After these came Lexington and Premier, and this pair gradually drew on the leaders, till at a mile, Manton having broken badly, Dictator was running just ahead of Lexington and Premier, Candidate being in fifth place, and Almont most prominent of the back markers. The second mile was entered with Lexington in the lead, Dictator, Premier, Candidate and Almont following in order, only a few lengths separating the lot. Premier and Dictator passed Lexington half way through the last lap, Candidate and Almont running second and third separated by two lengths, but in the run home, Almont passed the Dunedin representative, and catching Premier a hundred yards from the post won by two lengths, Dictator beating Lexington for third place. Then came Vickery, Sam Slick and Polly Huon together. Time, 4min 51sec. Dividend - £3 10s.
INTERMEDIATE HANDICAP (in harness) of 80 sovs; second horse 16 sovs and third 8 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
W H Martyn's br g Rickety by Childe Harold, aged, 14sec (Owner) 1.
J Milne's Principal, 15sec (Owner) 2.
M Edwards's Rimu, 5sec (Owner) 3.
Worthington 6sec, Berlin Maid 7sec, Ebony 8sec, Bazaine 14sec, Cockie 15sec, Liberia 15sec and Miss Child 15sec also started.
Rickety got to the front early, and striking a sound pace drew away from Principal and Miss Child. At the end of the first mile he was fully fifty yards ahead of Principal and Worthington. No change occurred until nearing the finish, when Rimu headed Worthington and got into third place, Rickety beating Principal by fifty yards. Time, 5min 21sec. Dividend - £8 4s.
SPRING HANDICAP (in harness) of 100 sovs; second 20 sovs and third 10 sovs from stake. Two miles.
D J Price's b g Victory II by General Tracey, 4yrs, 15sec (Owner) 1.
V Harris's The Baron, 11sec (Albaugh) 2.
G Russell's Candidate, 2sec (Pringle) 3.
Duke C 7sec and Manton 15sec also started.
Victory II led at the stand, and went down the back the second time clear of The Baron, but breaking, The Baron passed him and led for nearly a round, when Victory II again headed him, and keeping in front, won by nearly thirty yards. Candidate, who finished fast, about five yards away. Time, 5min. Dividend - £4 12s.
A protest was entered against the first and second horses for inconsistent running, but was dismissed. The owner of the second horse afterwards lodged an objection against the winner concerning his identity.
TELEGRAPH HANDICAP (saddle) of 65 sovs; second 13 sovs and third 6 sovs from the stake. One mile.
Mrs Coxon's b m DIC by Young Irvington, 5yrs, 16sec 1.
H C Craw's Honesty (coupled with Peri 17sec) 18sec (Owner) 2.
J A Buckland's b g Valour, scr (C Piper) 3.
Rothschild Boy 5sec (inc 11sec pen), Kalmea 9sec, Michael Malone 10sec, Ebony 10sec, Daisy 10sec, Roxolla 11sec, Kingston 11sec, Victor 13sec, Eltee More 14sec, Dora 15sec, Albert 16sec, Home Rule 18sec and Forsaken Child 20sec(coupled), Screw Jack 21sec and Telegram 22sec(coupled), Lady Audley 22sec and Miracle Jack 22sec(coupled) also started.
After the horses had rounded the first turn DIC went to the front and stayed there to the finish, beating Honesty by forty yards, and Valour, who trotted very fast, nearly double that distance. Time, 2min 32 4/5sec. Dividend - £23 10s.
FINAL HANDICAP (in harness) of 75 sovs; second 15 sovs and third 7 sovs from the stake. One mile.
C Thomas's b g Hollis H by Electioneer, 6yrs, 12sec (W Price) 1.
M Edwards's Val, scr (Owner) 2.
G White's Amelia, 9sec (Owner) 3.
Collector 5sec, Utah 5sec, JH 7sec, G M Patchen 9sec, Sacramento 12sec also started.
Hollis H got smartly away, Amelia, however, steadily, and Val speedily overhauling him, all three being close together at the home turn, where Hollis H broke, Amelia getting in front, and a little further on Val, who, however, slackened his pace, and Hollis H coming again got up in the last few strides, winning by a bare length; Amelia the same distance off third. Time, 2min 34 1/5sec. Dividend - £2
Credit: The Press 18Aug1900
1900 CANTERBURY TROTTING CLUB: SUMMER MEETING SECOND DAY
Handicapper, Mr H Brinkman; Starter Mr C O'Connor.
The conclding day's racing in connection with the Canterbury Trotting Club's Summer Meeting was decided in beautiful weather before a large attendance. The official efforts to ensure the successful issue of the gathering left little to be desired, and no one could complain of the general quality of the sport.
The principal event of the meeting, the Canterbury Cup Handicap, of 300 sovs, the largest stake ever offered by any trotting club in the colony, was secured by that consistent horse Sam Slick, driven by his owner, Mr W J Rae, and his supporters had the pleasure of receiving a sensationally large dividend.
Sam Slick was somewhat fortunate, perhaps, as th favourite, Almont, broke up during the early stages of the race, and in finishing second he registered a sterling performance. Dr Slate, who drove his mare Venus in the Canterbury Cup, complained to the judge that Almont had interfered with him, but nothing was done in the matter.
The sum of £5164 was passed through the totalisators, making a total of £9727 for the two days, as against £9942 for the corresponding meeting last year. The following are details of the racing:-
INNOVATION HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 70 sovs; second horse 14 sovs and third horse 7 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
Mr G Russell's b g Instep, by Quickstep, aged, 14 sec (Pringle) 1.
Mr H Craig's b g Roxolla, aged, 16sec (Owner) 2.
Mr A Mason's blk g Auctioneer, 6yrs 12sec (R Day) 3.
The Duke 8sec, Jewel 9sec, Little Irvington 14sec, The Fly 15sec, Maid of Domett 16sec, Jefferson 16sec, Royalwood 17sec, Eddie 18sec and Svengali 18sec also started.
Instep got to the front at the stand, and going on won easily by forty yards from Roxolla, who was well in front of Auctioneer.
Time 5min 24sec. Dividend - £1 10s.
PONY HANDICAP TROT (in harness) of 50 sovs; second horse 10 sovs and third horse 5 sovs from the stake. One mile and a half.
Mr C J Styche's br m Cordelia, aged, 33sec (J Munro) 1.
Mr J Pettie's br g Hamlet, 4yrs, 37sec (B Edwards) 2.
Mr C Davidson's blk g Skipper, aged, 23sec (Owner) 3.
Coral 17sec, Narragansett 20sec, Little Magpie 24sec, Gladys 25sec, Botany 28sec, Farewell 32sec, Stydes 32sec and The Duckling 34sec also started.
Cordelia passed Hamlet before a lap had been completed, and keeping her position, won by five lengths, Skipper eighty yards away third.
Time 4min 26sec. Dividend - £4 14s.
CANTERBURY CUP HANDICAP (in saddle or harness) of 300 sovs, second horse 60 sovs and third horse 30 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
Mr W J Rae's b g Sam Slick, by Boston (in harness), aged 12sec (Owner) 1.
Mr H Mace's b h Almont, by Rothschild (in harness), 4yrs, 10sec (T W Price) 2.
Mr W Kerr's b m Thelma, by Kentucky (in harness), 6yrs, 17sec (C Kerr) 3.
Vickery scr (in harness), Young Burlington (in saddle) 8sec and The Baron (in harness) 15sec (coupled), Collector (in harness) 11sec, Sing Sing (in saddle) 25sec (coupled with Thelma), Moana (in saddle) 18sec, Venus (in harness) 19sec, Hassan (in saddle) 21sec, General Grigg (in harness) 22sec and Zepha (in harness) 26sec also started.
Hassan at once drew away from General Grigg and Zepha and passing the stand he was well in advance of Moana and Venus. Running out of the straight, Almont, who was running well out, broke and lost his position, whilst Thelma was pacing well just in front of Sam Slick. Hassan was still in possession when another lap had been completed, but Moana had deprived him of the lead at the bottom turn, and commencing the last round she was out by herself. Thelma, Sam Slick and Venus were all closing on the leader going down the back stretch, whilst Almont had made up a lot of ground. Moana tired badly over the last quarter mile and at the bottom turn she was only just leading Thelma and Sam Slick, Almont holding a bad position. Sam Slick had obtained possession a hundred yards from home, and though he broke opposite the stand he settled down and finished two lengths in front of Almont, a similar distance separating Thelma, the third horse. Venus was fourth, Moana fifth and Collector sixth.
Time 4min 56sec. Dividend - £165 6s
ADVANCE HANDICAP TROT (in harness) of 80 sovs; second horse 16 sovs and third horse 8 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
Dr G M Slate's br h Huon Prince by Huon-Lily G, 5yrs, scr (Owner) 1.
Mr R E Morrison's gr g Worthington, aged, 17sec (Owner) 2.
Mr W H Martin's br g Ricketty, aged, 15sec. (Owner) 3.
Elflock 2sec, Protest 5sec, Wairuna 6sec, Carolina 7sec, Irene 15sec, Dora 16sec and Miss Child 18sec also started.
Worthington and Ricketty were together at the half distance, with Carolina third, whilst Huon Prince, who broke going round the top turn, gradually overhauled the leaders. Entering the straight for the last time Ricketty retired and Worthington went on in front of Huon Prince, a great race home between the pair resulting in favour of the latter by a length and a half. Ricketty was a fair third.
Time 5min 15sec. Dividend - £3 16s.
LINCOLN HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 150 sovs; second horse 30 sovs and third horse 15 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
Mr W Hay's br g Premier, aged, 11sec (M Allen) 1.
Mr E Bowes's blk g Au Revoir, aged, 17sec (R Day) 2.
Mr A G Holmes's b m Lady Jane, aged, 16sec (N Price) 3.
Shylock 1sec, Moana 4sec, Venus 5sec, General Grigg 8sec, Lady May 9sec, Pilot 14sec and Miss Brownwood 17sec also started.
Au Revoir led Lady Jane for one lap, the latter passing the breaking leader at the top turn. Au Reoir was again in possession shortly after passing the stand the next time, with Premier, who broke early in the race, gradually overhauling him. Entering the straight for home, Premier was almost on terms with Au Revoir, and going on, easily defeated the last-named by eight lengths. Lady Jane one hundred yards away was third.
Time 4min 53sec Dividend - £2 4s.
INTERMEDIATE HANDICAP TROT (in harness) of 100 sovs; second horse 20 sovs and third horse 10 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
Dr G M Slate's ch m Silvie Hue, by Huon-Silvie, 5yrs, scr (Owner) 1.
Mr W W Forbes's gr g Occidental, 5yrs, 9sec (Owner) 2=.
Mr J Farrar's ch m Irene, 4yrs, 14sec (Owner) 2=.
Elflock 2sec, Wairuna 6sec, Honest Jack 6sec and Hazeldean 7sec also started.
Silvie Hue caught Irene in the last lap and won easily by about thirty yards from Irene and Occidental, who finished in a dead-heat for second place.
Time 5min 17 2/5sec. Dividend - £2 6s.
TELEGRAPH HANDICAP TROT (in saddle) of 100 sovs; second horse 20 sovs and third horse 10 sovs from the stake. One mile.
Mr J Pettie's b m Polly Huon, by Huon-Hettie Benton, aged, 10sec (B Edwards) 1.
Mr R Sutherland's br m Paulina, aged, 13sec (Needham) 2.
Mr W Hay's br g Premier, aged, 5sec (5sec pen) (M Allen) 3.
Young Burlington scr, Ophir 7sec, Hassan 9sec, Lady Jane 13sec, Spec 14sec, Vim 17sec, Kingston 18sec, Boswell 18sec and The Duke 19sec also started.
Paulina had established a commanding lead when passing the stand, but apparently tiring over the last half mile, Polly Huon caught her and secured the race comfortably by three lengths from Paulina, with the penalised Premier six lengths away third.
Time 2min 29sec. Dividend - £2 6s.
A protest against the winner for alleged inconsistent running was dismissed.
FINAL HANDICAP TROT (in harness) of 100 sovs; second horse 20 sovs and third horse 10 sovs from the stake. One mile.
Mr C Thomas's b g Hollis H, by Electioneer, 5yrs, 14sec (D Price) 1.
Mr H Mace's br m Weary, 3yrs, 12sec (T W Price)2.
Mr J L Carls's blk g Collector, 5yrs (B Edwards) 3.
Judah scr, J H 5sec, Clifton 10sec, Manton 10sec, Zepha 12sec and Silvie Hue 10sec (3sec pen) also started.
Hollis H won easily by fifty yards from Weary, with Collector a similar distance away third.
Time 2min 36sec. Dividend - £2 14s.
Credit: Star 2 Jan 1900
Stakes of £598/10/- were paid for a two-day meeting on March 10 & 15, with prizes from £25 to £60 for each event.
Credit: CPTC: CentennialHistory