In 1908 when Ford introduced the Model T, less than 200,000 people in the US owned cars. Five years later 250,000 people owned Model T's alone. 12 Ford Model T's were shipped to NZ, they were sold for £425 each.
Jack Johnson becomes the first negro heavyweight boxing champion.
Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton is farewelled from Lyttleton.
Fire destroys a central-city block.
The Theatre Royal opens.
Work begins on the Summit Road.
New Zealand population passes one million.
Credit: Ch-Ch City Libraries
January 1908 - The club decided to sue the Coursing Club and refuse the use of the course.
September 1908 - The lease held by the Coursing Club expired. The club was asked to meet the requirements of the lease or it would be asked to leave the course.
October 1908 - The Coursing Club was given seven days in which to remove its buildings, fencing, etc., from the racecourse.
Credit: CPTC Centennial History
Mr Victor Harris died early this morning, after a short but painful illness. The deceased gentleman had been intimately associated with the turf since the early eighties, and more particularly with trotting. He was for nine years president of the Lancaster Park Trotting Association previous to the amalgamation of that body, in 1899, with the Canterbury Trotting Club. After the establishment of the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club Mr. Harris was its president for several years. Mr Harris was initiated into the Canterbury Masonic Lodge some twenty years ago, and has for a great number of years been in business m Christchurch, where he was well respected by a largeo circle of friends. Mr Harris, who was in his forty fourth year, leaves a wife, a grown-up son and a daughter. The funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon.
Credit: Star 17 Dec 1908
1908 HIGH-CLASS HANDICAP (in harness)
Of 115 sovs; second horse 16 sovs and third horse 11 sovs from the stake. One mile and a half.
Mr J J McMath's B M Too Soon, by Gossoon, aged, 5 sec (C Piper) 1
Messrs Wilson and McMillan's b c Prine Albert, 3yrs, 9 sec (R McMillan) 2
Mrs R O Duncan's Ch c King Cole, 3yrs, 3sec (I Price) 3
Ratawood scr, Mavourneen 5sec, Prince Randle 5sec, Jay Beldon 5sec, The Mooress 6sec, Lord Althorp 6sec, Bess o' th' Barn 7sec and Romany Lad 9sec also started.
Romany Lad and Prince Albert made the early running, but Too Soon took the lead six furlongs from home and won by three lengths from Prince Albert. King Cole, who started badly, was fifty yards away, followed by Mavourneen and Jay Beldon. Time - 3 min 37 3-5sec.
Credit: Star 25 April 1908
1908 CHAMPION'S HANDICAP (in harness)
Run on 25 April 1908 for 250 sovs; second horse 30 sovs an third horse 20 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
Mr J A Buckland's b g Verax, by Vancleve - Darrera, aged, 4sec (C Piper) 1
Mr J Cooper's b h Lord Elmo, 5yrs, 2sec (J Milne) 2
Mr M Friedlander's gr g master Poole, 6yrs, 6sec (C Kerr) 3
Advance 1sec, Albertoriuos 3sec, Sir Hector 4sec, Elector 4sec, Marian 4sec, Florin 6sec and Cocoanut 6sec also started.
Passing the stand Cocoanut was showing the way to Florin and Verax. At the end of the next lap Florin was a length in front of Verax and Cocoanut, with Elector, Lord Elmo, Master Poole and Advance a dozen lengths away. Verax joined Florin at the mile post, and drawing away a little further on he won by three lengths from Lord Elmo, who was a similar distance in front of Master Poole, with Florin close up. Time - 4min 46sec.
Credit: Star 25 April 908
1908 METROPOLITAN HANDICAP (in harness)
Run on 22 April 1908 of 200 sovs; second horse 80 sovs, and third horse 20 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
Mr V Harris's ch g Elector, by Electioneer - Hatty S, aged, 7sec ( F Holmes) 1.
Mr W Tapp's b g Dick Fly, 5yrs, 8sec (M Edwards) 2.
Mr J Brankin's ch m Cocoanut, aged, 7sec (Owner) 3.
Verax 2sec, Master Poole 5sec, Lady Lylian 6sec, OYM 7sec, Withington 7sec, Factory Boy 7sec, Fusee 7sec, Darwin 8sec, Robert Emmet 8sec, Miss Florrie C 9sec and Prince Warbeck 9sec also started.
Robert Emmet drew out at the start, followed by Dick Fly and Elector. This trio held charge for a mile, at which stage Robert Emmet and Dick Fly were just clear of Elector, who was closely followed by Cocoanut, Miss Florrie C and Withington. Entering the last lap there was no change, but a little further on Dick Fly and Elector drew away, and a fine finish ended in Elector winning by half a length. Cocoanut was four lengths away, followed by Master Poole and Verax. Time - 5min 4 4/5sec.
Credit: Star 22Apr1908
1908 NEW ZEALAND HANDICAP (in harness)
Run on 18 April 1908 for 150 sovs; second horse 22 sovs and third horse 15 sovs from the stake. One mile and a half.
Mr M Friedlander's g g Master Poole, by Wildwood - Miss Poole, 6yrs, 11sec (C Kerr) 1.
Mr H F Nicholl's g m Lady Lylian, 5yrs, 10sec (A Pringle) 2.
Mr J Cooper's br h Ratawood, 4yrs, 13sec (J Milne) 3.
Vanish 2sec, Myosotis 2sec, Miss Florrie C 10sec, Elector 4sec, The Needle 6sec, Cocoanut 6sec, Derringcotte 7sec, Factory Boy 7sec, OYM 7sce, Alice Wood 8sec, Fusee 8sec, Alliance 10sec, Grey Echo 10sec, King Cole 11sec and Prince Warbeck 11sec also started.
King Cole played up at the start and took no part in the race. Ratawood made the running for a mile, followed by Master Poole and Lady Lylian. Turning for home there was not much too choose between the trio, and a good finish ended with Mister Poole beating Lady Lylian, winning by half a length, with Ratawood six lengths away, followed by Miss Florrie C and OYM. Time - 3min 34 1/5sec.
Credit: Star 18Apr1908
1908 AUGUST HANDICAP (in harness)
Run on 8 August 1908 for 190 sovs; second horse 28 sovs and third horse 19 sovs from the stake. One mile and a half.
Messrs Wilson and McMillan's b h Prince Alert, by Prince Imperial - Patchwork, 4yrs, 11sec (R McMillan) 1.
Mr W Kerr's blk h Wildwood Jun, 5yrs, 9sec (Owner) 2.
Mr J Carleton's b m Miss Burlington, 6yrs, 4sec (A Wilson) 3.
Lord Elmo scr, Elector 2sec, Vanish 8sec, OYM 4sec, Albertorius 4sec, Sir Hector 5sec, Factory Boy 6sec, Withington 6sec, Derringcote 7sec, Fusee 7sec, Alice Wood 8sec, Wild Arab 9sec, Belroy 9sec, Sonbrino 9sec and Prince Warbeck 10sec also started.
Prince Alert drew out at the start, followed by Wild Arab and Wildwood Jun. There was no change half a lap from home, when Wildwood Jun ran up to Prince Alert, but the latter came away again entering the back stretch, and won by four lengths. Miss Burlington was fifty yards away, with Factory Boy and Lord Elmo next. Time - 3min 38 3/5sec.
Credit: Star 8 Aug 1908
1908 ALEXANDRA HANDICAP (in saddle)
Run on 8 August 1908 for 140 sovs; second horse 21 sovs and third horse 21 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
Mr M Clarice's b m Lodi, by Rothschild - Espanata, 5yrs, scr (R Allan) 1.
Mr J Parson's b g Scotia, aged, 10sec (M Edwards) 2.
Mr T Clark's b g Bay King, aged 12sec (J Rainey) 3.
Viewmont scr, The Pigeon 4sec, Master Dudley 7sec, Bess o' th- Barn 7sec, The Mooress 10sec, Dr Chutney 10sec, Imperial Girl 11sec, Brown Ribbon 13sec and Welfare 14sec also started.
Welfare led for a mile, when Bay King went to the front. Entering the last lap, Bay King, The Mooress, Imperial Girl, Dr Chutney and The Pigeon were in a bunch, with Lodi showing prominently among the others. Turning for home the leaders were still in close order, and after a great finish Lodi beat Scotia by a lemgth, with Bay King four lengths away, just in front of The Pigeon. Time - 4min 55 2/5sec
Credit: Star 8 Aug 1908
1908 LIGHTNING HANDICAP (in harness)
Run on 8 August 1908 for 135 sovs; second horse 19 sovs and third horse 13 sovs from the stake. One mile.
Mr M Friedlander's blk m Woodnymph, by Wildwood - Miss Poole, 5yrs, 14sec (C Kerr) 1.
Mr W Henry's br g Florin, aged, scr (F Holmes) 2.
Mr H Bennett's b g Claremont, 4yrs, 11sec (R McMillan) 3.
The Needle 2sec, Frederick 6sec, Mavourneen 9sec, Tuxedo Chief 10sec and Lady Kate 12sec also started.
Woodnymph led all the way and won pulling up by a dozen lengths from Florin, who beat Claremont by a length. Time - 2min 30sec.
Credit: Star 8 Aug 1908
1908 SELWYN HANDICAP (in harness)
Run on 8 August 1908 for 130 sovs; second horse 19 sovs and third horse 13 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
Mr M Edwards's g h Lord Althorp, by Almont - Lady Thorp, 5yrs, 7sec (Owner) 1.
Mr T G Fox's b g Te Porangi, aged, 14sec (Owner) 2.
Mr H F Nicoll's b g Exchequer, aged, 2sec (A Pringle) 3.
Laudervale scr, Lady Clare 5sec, Al Franz 5sec, The Middie 6sec, Havelock 7sec, Houhere 7sec, Lady Linton 10sec, Kelso 12sec, Marietta Huon 12sec and Myall 12sec also started.
Te Porangi showed the way in the early stages, but entering the last lap there was nothing to choose between Te Porangi, Lady Linton, Al Franz and Lord Althorp. A little further on Lord Althorp drew out and won by ten lengths, Te Porangi being a similar distance off Exchequer, who beat Al Franz by a head. Time - 4min 56 1/5sec.
Credit: Star 8 Aug 1908
1908 STEWARDS HANDICAP (in saddle)
Run on 8 August 1908 for 120 sovs; second horse 18 sovs and third horse 12 sovs from the stake. One mile and a half.
Mr J Hardy's br m Effie Wood, by Wildwood - Effie, 4yrs, 18sec (M Edwards) 1.
Mr T G Fox's b g Victor Huon, aged 6sec (Owner) 2.
Mr H G Goodman's b g Implore, 4yrs, 14sec (A Wilson) 3.
Bessie B scr, Bellwind 11sec, Rotholia 14sec, Repeater 15sec, Decorator 16sec, Count 18sec, Lone Hand 18sec, Franca 18sec, Special Lad 18sec and Glenallan 18sec also started.
Effie Wood led all the way and won by four lengths from Victor Huon, who took second place half a mile from home and beat Implore by fifty yards, with Special Lad and Lone Hand next. Time - 3min 54sec.
Credit: Star 8 Aug 1908
1908 ELECTRIC HANDICAP (in saddle)
Run on 8 August 1908 for 120 sovs; second horse 18 sovs and third horse 12 sovs from the stake. One mile.
Mr J D Piper's ch g Dr Chutney, by Jersey - Judge Beldon mare, 5yrs, 8sec (H McNae) 1.
Mr T Clark's b g Bay King, aged, 10sec (J Rainey) 2.
Mr H Smith's b g Directo, aged, 7sec (H T Smith) 3.
Ben Hur scr, Nga Raima 4sec, Dumb Bell 5sec, Joy 8sec, Previous 8sec, Ali Day 8sec, Veleda 8sec, Major Rothsea 8sec, Victor Huon 8sec, Miss Vera 11sec and Eulalie 11sec also started.
Eulalie made the running for five furlongs when Bay King, Directo and Dr Chutney joined her. A little further on Dr Chutney drew away and won by six lengths, Bay King beating Directo by a neck, with Miss Vera close up. Time - 2min 24 2/5sec.
Credit: Star 8 Aug 1908
1908 LADIES' BRACELET HANDICAP
Run on 8 August 1908 (in harness) of 60 sovs; second horse 6 sovs and third horse 4 sovs from the stake. One mile and a half.
Miss Cass's b c Silver Cry, by Boldrewood- Silver Call, 3yrs, 15sec (Mr J Cass) 1.
Mrs T G Fox's b m Adventuress, 4yrs, 14sec (Mr T G Fox) 2.
Mrs R Sunderland's b f Alice Maud, 3yrs, 11sec (Mr R Sunderland) 3.
Thicket 8sec, Clarewood 10sec, Dolly Wood 10sec, Agesemos 10sec, Lady Elf 12sec, Lord Rothschild 12sec, Imperial Kit 12sec, Master Pat 13sec, Agapanthus 14sec, Little Rothie 14sec, Dark Child 15sec and Prince Rothschild 15sec also started.
Silver Cry and Adventuress were in front all the way, Silver Cry winning by four lengths. Alice Maud was a hundred yards away, followed by Agapanthus ans Master Pat.
Time 4min 4 2/5sec.
Credit: Star 8 Aug 1908
1908 MIDWINTER HANDICAP
Run on 12 August 1908 for 220 sovs; second horse 33 sovs and third horse 22 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
Mr Wi Komo's b h Albertorious, by Albert Victor - Dulce, aged, 4sec (N Price) 1.
Mr J Tasker's ch g Derrincotte, 6yrs, 10sec (Owner) 2.
Mr V Haris's ch g Elector, aged, 6sec, (F Holmes) 3.
Lord Elmo scr, Boldrewood 2sec, Verax 3sec, Miss Burlington 7sec, Aberfeldy 8sec, Factory Boy 8sec, OYM 9sec, Dr Chutney 10sec, Fusee 10sec and Bessie B 10 sec also started.
Derrincotte drew out at once, followed by OYM and with half a mile gone these two were two lengths clear of Miss Burlington. There was no change in the order of the leaders for a lap, but Elector ran into fourth place, and Albertorious and Verax were closing up. With half a mile to go Albertorious ran up to Derrincotte and passing him at the entrance to the straight went on and won by two lengths. Elector being a length away third, Fusee fourth, half a length behind Elector, and Verax close up fifth.
Time 4min 44sec.
Credit: Star 12 Aug 1908
1908 KING EDWARD HANDICAP
Run on 12 August 1908 in saddle for 140 sovs; second horse 21 sovs, and third horse 14 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
Mr W Clarice's b m Lodi, by Rothschild - Espanita, 5yrs, 3sec (M Allan) 1.
Mr J Parson's b g Scotia, aged, 12sec (M Edwards) 2.
Mr J A Buckland's b m Vitella, 6yrs, 3sec (A Piper) 3.
Red Child 2sec, Opihi 6sec, Viewmont 8sec, Storm 8sec, Houtere 10sec, Master Dudley 11sec and Previous 11sec also started.
Scotia, trotting nicely, led the field for a mile, Storm taking second position, while Lodi moved up fast from the back mark. Lodi was on terms with the leaders six furlongs from home and Red Child was also within striking distance, when he broke badly. Storm fell at the top turn, leaving Lodi and Scotia to fight out an interesting finish. Lodi won by a length, and Vitella was fifty yards away third, just beating Red Child on the post. Time 4min 47 2/5sec.
Credit: Star 12 Aud 1908
1908 PROGRESSIVE HANDICAP
Run on 12 August for 130 sovs; second horse 19 sovs, and third horse 13 sovs from the stake. Two miles.
Mr W Kerr's blk h Wildwood Jun, by Wildwood - Thelma, 4yrs, 2sec (Owner) 1.
Mr P Mitten's blk m Imperial Girl, aged, 13sec (J Milne) 2.
Mr F Macdonald's b m Lady Clare, 4yrs, 11sec (J Brankin) 3.
Lord Althorp 4sec, Prince Warbeck 6sec, Exchequer 7sec, Al Franz 10sec, The Middie 12sec, Major Rothsea 13sec and Lady Linton 13sec also started.
The Middie was in front at the end of a furlong, with Lady Linton running into second place. The field closed up in the second round, Wildwood Jun. coming fast from the back. With half a mile to go Wildwood Jun. was within striking distance, and cutting down the leaders along the back he took command and trotting seriously won comfortably by two lengths from Imperial Girl. Lady Clare was third, two lengths away, and Prince Warbeck, finishing fast, was close up fourth. Time 4min 50 4/5sec.
Credit: Star 12 August 1908
1908 SPRING MEETING Tuesday 10 November
Favoured with an ideal summer's day, there was a large attendance at the New Zealand Metropolitan TC Meeting yesterday, including many visitors from various parts of the Dominion. The racing track was in splendid order, many of the competitors bettering their previous best times to the extent of several seconds.
More interesting racing has seldom been witnessed on the Metropolitan course, the finishes in the Courtenay Handicap, St Albans Handicap and the Au Revoir Handicap being in doubt almost till the post was reached. After the conclusion of the Ladies' Bracelet the driver of Lord Ashley was cautioned by the stewards for allowing his mount to gallop, while the driver of Impatient in the Middleton Handicap was cautioned and fined £1 for undue use of his whip in the race. While doing his preliminary for the St Albans Handicap, Bombay broke down, and the stewards decided to refund the totalisator money on him to the investors.
A large number of bookmakers were plying their calling in both enclosures, and their operations effected the totalisator turnover, which only amounted to £10,606 as against £13, 168 on the corresponding day last year.
SPRING HANDICAP (in saddle) of 145 sovs; second 21 sovs and third 14 sovs from stake. Two miles.
L B Pearson's b g Decoration, by Specification-Theresa, 4yrs, 8sec (Owner) 1
R Miller's Millwood, 8sec (W O'Connell) 2
J Lorgelly's Mary Lincoln, 16sec (F Holmes) 3
Miss Vera 6sec, Master Dudley 6sec, Lucky Child 8sec, Myall 9sec, Variation 14sec, Lettydale 14sec, Abe Lincoln 16sec, Roseberry 16sec and Ngaire 16sec also started.
Ngaire was in front for nearly a mile and a half, her nearest attendants being Mary Lincoln, Roseberry, Decoration and Millwood. In the concluding round Decoration took charge from Millwood and won comfortably by six lengths. Mary Lincoln, who broke repeatedly, finished third fifty yards back followed by Master Dudley. Time, 4min 56 1/5th sec.
LADIES' BRACELET HANDICAP (in harness) of 75 sovs; second 11 sovs and third 5 sovs from stake. One mile and a half.
Mrs W Witts's ch g Lord Vivian by Rothschild-Miss Vivian, 4yrs, 13sec (Mr Witte) 1
Miss M Moreland's Lady Elf, 12sec (Mr Moreland) 2
Mrs R A Pearse's Agapanthus, 12sec (Mr Pearce) 3
Te Kooiti 4sec, The Hobo 5sec, Merry May 7sec, Wild Tree 8sec, Pylades 8sec, Ngatawa 10sec, Master Pat 10sec, Master Raymond 10sec, Troubadour 10sec, Blackmire 10sec, Imperial Kit 10sec, Gold Lace 11sec, Amazona 11sec, Clarewood 11sec, Phosphorous 11sec (coupled with Lord Vivian), Nimrod 11sec, The Boss 12sec, Boston Child 12sec, Boss Irvington 12sec, Hereward 13sec, Rubican 13sec, Backward 13sec, St Cyress 13sec, Chanticleer 15sec, National 15sec and Golden Belle 15sec also started.
Lord Vivian and Lady Elf soon drew to the front, and with a mile gone were right out by themselves. Running along the back stretch for the last time Lady Elf closed on Lord Vivian, but the latter drew away at the top of the turn and won by a length; Agapanthus was third, fifty yards back. Time 3min 56 3/5th sec.
COURTENAY HANDICAP (in harness) of 250 sovs; second 37 sovs and third 25 sovs from stake. Two miles.
W Kerr's blk c Wildwood Junior, by Wildwood-Thelma, 4yrs, 9sec (Owner) 1
W Tapp's Dick Fly, 10sec (M Edwards) 2
J A Buckland's St Simon, 6sec (C Piper) 3
Albertorious 2sec, Elector 6sec, Lodi 7sec, Master Poole 8sec, Aberfeldy 8sec, Factory Boy 9sec, Withington 9sec, Prince Alert 9sec, Miss Burlington 10sec, Tea Tree 12sec, Belroy 12sec and Onward 13sec also started.
Dick Fly had taken charge at the stand and with a round completed he was just clear of Belroy, Miss Burlington and Wildwood Junr. So they ran to the end of the first mile where Wildwood Junr and St Simon were running just behind Dick Fly and Miss Burlington. Passing the stand for the last round Dick Fly was just in front of Miss Birlington, who was closely followed by Wildwood Junr, St Simon and Withington. In the back stretch Wildwood Junr ran up to the leaders, and, drawing away in the last furlong, won by two lengths from Dick Fly who was a similar distances in front of St Simon. Then close up, came Prince Alert and Miss Burlington. Time, 4min 41sec.
EMPIRE HANDICAP (in saddle) of 160 sovs; second 24 sovs and third 6 sovs from stake. Two miles.
J Grice's ch m Myra Warbeck by Black Prince-Miss Warbeck, 5yrs, 18sec (J McConachie) 1
M Schumanski's Bessie B, 11sec (Owner) 2
C Thomas's Dick Stevens, 17sec 3
Lady Clare 11sec, Tuxedo Chief 11sec, Rockfeller 11sec, Victor Huon 13sec, Arbitrator 13sec, Turk 13sec, Implore 13sec, Effie Wood 15sec, Decoration 5sec (14sec pen) and Brown Ribbon 19sec also started.
Myra Warbeck took charge at the end of a furlong, and, drawing away, was never approached winning easily by fifty yards from Bessie B, who was four lengths in front of Dick Stevens. Time, 4min 59sec.
MIDDLETON HANDICAP (in harness) of 160 sovs; second 24 sovs and third 16 sovs from stake.One mile and a half.
R McDonnell's br g Impatient, by Prince Imperial, aged, 5sec (Owner) 1
J P Ryan's Shangani, 12sec (C Piper) 2
E Bowe's Roseneath, 4sec (C Kerr) 3
Revenue scr, Submarine scr, Bel Car 2sec, Bushman 11sec, Welfare 11sec, The Mooress 11sec, Slewee 12sec, Woodbell 12sec, Sydney 13sec and Combine 13sec also started.
Shangani showed the way from Bushman, Welfare and the Mooress all through the first round, Impatient being most prominent of the back markers. With a mile gone Impatient improved his place, and when well into the last circuit had taken second place, his nearest attendant being Welfare, The Mooress and Roseneath. Running along the back straight Impatient passed Shangani and beat him home by two lengths. Roseneath was third forty yards back, followed by The Mooress. Time, 4min 50 2/5th sec.
RICCARTON HANDICAP (in harness) of 160 sovs; second 24 sovs and third 16 sovs from stake. One mile and a half.
H F Nicoll's b g Exchequer by Rothschild, aged, 5sec (A Pringle) 1
R Miller's Millwood, 10sec (J Milne) 2
C Kerr's Woodburn Lad, 9sec (Owner) 3
Prince Warbeck 3sec, Lady Disdain 7sec, Flashwood 9sec, Ticket 9sec, Te Porangi 9sec, and Marie Corelli 10sec also started.
Millwood piloted the field for a mile, when he broke, giving place to Ticket, Woodburn Lad and Exchequer. In the back stretch Woodburn Lad was in front, but then Exchequer passed him and won by four lengths. Millwood beat Woodburn Lad by a neck for second place. Time, 3min 44sec.
ST ALBANS HANDICAP (in saddle) of 150 sovs; second 22 sovs and third 15 sovs from stake. One mile.
W Kerr's b g Storm by Wildwood-Gertie, 5yrs, 4sec (R Allan) 1
A Stark's Almond, 4sec (F Holmes) 2
H Frank's Prince Randle, 3sec (A Wilson) 3
Alice Wood scr, Lady Lillian scr, Ben Hur 2sec, Directo 2sec, Success 2sec, Federation 2sec, Bess o' th' Barn 5sec, Tuxedo Chief 6sec, Rockfeller 6sec and Foreman 8sec also started.
Rockfeller led to the stand, where Storm and Ben Hur ran past him and a little further on Almond took second place to Storm. Going along the back Prince Randle also moved up, but nothing could overtake Storm, who won by a length from Almond. Then six lengths back came Prince Randle, a neck in front of Ben Hur. Time, 2min 24sec.
AU REVOIR HANDICAP (in harness) of 150 sovs; second 22 sovs and third 15 sovs from stake. One mile.
R McDonnell's br c Volunteer by Prince Imperial, 3yrs, 11sec (Owner) 1
M Edwards's Baron Longen, 11sec (Owner) 2
Mrs S E Tasker's The Middie, 10sec (J Tasker) 3
Florin scr, My Mistake 8sec, Exchequer 10sec, Miss Vera 13sec, Ticket 13sec, Woodburn Lad 13sec and Myrene 13sec also started.
After going two furlongs Volunteer drew to the front, while a little further on Baron Longen ran into second place. This pair then drew right away and fought out a great finish. Volunteer winning by three-quarters of a length. The Middie was third, six lengths back, followed by My Mistake. Time, 2min 23 4/5th sec.
Credit: The Press 11 Nov 1908
1908 SPRING MEETING THURS 12 NOVEMBER
Favoured with splendid weather, there was a large attendance at Addington yesterday, when the Spring Meeting of the Metropolitan Trotting Club advanced another stage.
The course was in fair order, and the racing full of interest. No fewer than twenty-four bookmakers were plying their calling in the two enclosures, their fees amounting to £480. Speculation through the totalisator was exceedingly brisk, £12,421 being passed through the machine, as against £11,280 on the corresponding day last year. Results:-
HORNBY HANDICAP (in harness) of 145 sovs; second 21 sovs and third 14 sovs from stake. Two miles.
C Kerr's b m Lady Linton by Wildwood-Linton, 5yrs, 7sec (Owner) 1
Wi Kaama's The Mooress, 7sec (N Price) 2
H G Goodman's Implore, 6sec (A Wilson) 3
Bessie B 1sec, Master Dudley 7sec, Te Porangi 8sec, Sydney 9sec, Huon Hue 12sec, Myall 12sec, Brown Ribbon 13sec, Wild Ivy 14sec, Mary Lincoln 14sec, Myrene 16sec and Bonification 16sec also started.
Mary Lincoln showed the way for over a miler from Huon Hue, The Mooress and Bonification. A little further on Huon Hue headed Mary Lincoln, but once into the concluding round Lady Linton took charge, and won comfortably by a dozen lengths from The Mooress, who was two lengths in front of Implore, with Mary Lincoln fourth. Time, 4min 59sec.
LYTTELTON HANDICAP (in harness) of 170 sovs; second 25 sovs and third 17 sovs from stake. Two miles.
E Bowes's b c Al Franz by Franz-Al F, 3yrs, 12sec (C Kerr) 1
H F Nicoll's Exchequer, 8sec (A Pringle) 2
P Mitten's Imperial Girl, 12sec (J Milne) 3
Impatient scr, Belroy 6sec, Prince Warbeck 8sec, Shangani 9sec, Mavourneen 12sec, Seaweed 14sec and Ticket 15sec also started.
Ticket was out in front for a circuit closely followed by Seaweed, Al Franz and Mavourneen. With half the journey gone Al Franz drew to the front, and from this out had matters all his own way, winning comfortably by four lengths from Exchequer, who was forty yards in front of Imperial Girl and Shangani. Time, 4min 57 1/5th sec.
LADIES'BRACELET HANDICAP (in saddle) of 75 sovs; second 11 sovs and third 5 sovs from stake. One mile and a half.
Mrs W Witte's gr c Phosphorus by Rothschild-Vesta, 4yrs, 11sec (Mr Witte) 1
Mrs K Hammond's Cora Lynn, 12sec (Mr Hammond) 2
Mrs J H Power's Wild Tree, 8sec (Mr Power) 3
Wickliffe 4sec, Gladsome 4sec, Te Kooiti 4sec, Jolly Tom 4sec, Princess Rose 6sec, Naughty Child 6sec, Ngatawa 9sec, Blackmire 10sec, Ethel Ball 10sec, Belle Lincoln 11sec, Majestic 12sec (coupled with Cora Lynn),Montewood 12sec, Boss Irvington 12sec, Plain Tom 12sec, The Boss 12sec, Otto Crib 12sec, Merry Legs 12sec Royal Child 13sec, Rubican 13sec, Prudish 13sec and Golden Belle also started.
Belle Lincoln piloted the field for half a mile, when she stopped, and Cora Lynn went on in front of Phosphorus. This pair ran almost on terms till well into the concluding round, where Phosphorus drew to the front, and won by two lengths. Wild Tree was third six lengths back. Time, 3min 51 4/5th sec.
CHRISTCHURCH HANDICAP (in harness) of 300 sovs; second 45 sovs and third 30 sovs from stake. Two miles.
Wi Kaama's b h Albertorious by Albert Victor-Dulce, aged, 1sec (N Price) 1
H F Nicoll's Factory Boy, 9sec (A Pringle) 2
Miss Button's Robert Emmet, 8sec (J Messervey) 3
St Simon 1sec, Prince Alert 6sec, Elector 6sec, Lodi 8sec, Aberfeldy 8sec, Miss Burlington 9sec and Derringcotte 9sec also started.
Factory Boy held charge all through the first round, just in front of Derringcotte, Aberfeldy and Miss Burlington. There was little change in the order till more than a mile had been covered, where Aberfeldy closed on Factory Boy, and Miss Burlington retired. Once into the concluding round Albertorious put in a great run on the outside, and catching Factory Boy at the top turn went on and won by eight lengths from Factory Boy, who was two lengths in front of Robert Emmet. Then close up came Aberfeldy and Prince Alert. Time 4min 41sec.
NOVEMBER HANDICAP (in saddle) of 180 sovs; second 27 sovs and third 18 sovs from stake. Two miles.
W J Moreland's br m Curfew Bell by Wildwood-Bonnie Bell, 4yrs, 12sec (R Allen) 1
J C Paget's Prince Warbeck, 8sec, (F Holmes) 2
J D Piper's Dr Chutney, scr (H McNae) 3
Redchild scr, Vitella 3sec, McKinley 3sec, Alliance 4sec, Scotia 7sec, Lady Clare and Imperial Girl 12sec also started.
Curfew Bell and Lady Clare cut out the pace at a great rate all through the first mile, at the end of which their nearest attendant's were Prince Warbeck and Imperial Girl. Once into the concluding round Lady Clare lost her place to Prince Warbeck, and Dr Chutney improved his position. Nothing could get to Curlew Bell, however, and though tiring badly she won a good race by two lengths from Prince Warbeck, who was four lengths in front of Dr Chutney, with Lady Clare fourth. Time, 4min 56sec.
BREEDER'S HANDICAP (in harness) of 223 sovs; second 33 sovs and third 22 sovs from stake. Two miles.
J A Buckland's b g Verax by Vancleve-Darrera, aged, scr (C Piper) 1
J L Jopp's Sir Joe, 13sec (M Edwards) 2
W F Clinton's Revenue, 6sec (J Tasker) 3
Submarine 7sec, Bell Car 8sec, Viewmont 10sec, Roseneath 10sec, Pansy 11sec, Havelock 15sec and Victor Huon 16sec also started.
Victor Huon and Havelock headed the field as they ran past the stand, with Sir Joe and Roseneath leading the others. When a mile had been gone Havelock was just showing out from Sir Joe, and Victor Huon had lost his place to Roseneath, while Verax was already handy. Soon after the final round was entered Verax ran up to the leaders, and kept going long enough to win by two lengths from Sir Joe, who was a length in front of Revenue; Roseneath fourth. Time, 4min 49sec.
RAILWAY HANDICAP (in saddle) of 145 sovs; second 21 sovs and third 14 sovs from stake. One mile.
G H McCullough's ch g Romany Lad by Reality, 5yrs, 5sec (A Wilson) 1
R Peel's Joy, 7sec (J Tudhope) 2
Q C Manson's Hinau, 4sec (T Cotton, Jnr) 3
Patrick G scr, Alice Wood 5sec, Prince Randle 5sec, Ben Hur 5sec, Almond 5sec, Miss Florrie C 6sec, Success 6sec, Federation 7sec, Music 7sec, Peacock 7sec and Submarine 8sec also started. Romany Lad and Prince Randle were coupled.
At the end of a furlong Romany Lad and Joy were together in the lead, well clear of Music, Federation and Ben Hur. Passing the stand Romany Lad had drawn well clear, and from this out had matters all his own way, winning comfortably by three lengths from Joy, who was a similiar distance in front of Hinau, with Success fourth. Time, 2min 23 2/5th sec.
ROYAL HANDICAP (in harness) of 180 sovs; second 27 sovs and third 18 sovs from stake. One mile.
G Stringfellow's b g The Needle by Toronto, aged, 5sec (M Edwards) 1
J A Buckland's Verax, 4sec (C Piper) 2
J Cass's Gold Leaf, 5sec (J Berry) 3
Florin 2sec, OYM 4sec, Discoverer 5sec, Withington 6sec, Nga Raima 6sec, and Hamlin 7sec also started.
When two furlongs had been travelled The Needle was showing the way to Discoverer, Hamiln and Withington while Gold Leaf had lost her handicap at the start. Passing the stand The Needle was well clear of his field, and from this out had matters all his own way, winning comfortably by six lengths from Verax, who was three lengths in front of Gold Leaf, with Hamlin fourth. Time, 2min 20sec.
Credit: The Press 13 Nov 1908
1908 SPRING MEETING: FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER
Splendid weather prevailed for the concluding day of the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club's meeting, the conditions being perfect, except that there was rather much dust about. An enormous crowd was present when operations started, and it was augmented throughout the afternoon.
The racing track was in excellent order, the only drawback being the dust, which interferred rather seriously with the back markers in most of the races. Just after the start of the first race Red Ribbon fell and brought down Wild Ivy and Tuxedo Chief. Fortunately none of the horses or their riders were much the worse for the mishap, though Tuxedo Chief sustained a slight flesh wound.
Several drivers were fined for anticipating the starting clock, but in all other respects the gathering passed off without the least friction. Thirty bookmakers took out licence fee, while the totalisator receipts amounted to £18,404, making a total of £41,432 for the meeting, as against £42,642 last year.
GOVERNOR'S HANDICAP (in harness) of 150 sovs; second 22 sovs and third 15 sovs from stake. One mile and a half.
F Vale's b f Arc Light by Electioneer-Arcangel, 4yrs 15sec (R McMillan) 1
F Macdonald's Lady Clare, 9sec (J Brankin) 2
Wi Kaama's The Mooress, 9sec (N Price) 3
Lady Linton 6sec, Tuxedo Chief 9sec, Miss Vera 11sec, Huon Hue 11sec, Te Porangi 12sec, Flashwood 12sec, President Lincoln 13sec, Wild Ivy 13sec, Mary Lincoln 15sec, Bonification 15sec, TFC 15sec, Myrene 15sec, Red Ribbon 15sec and Cora Lynn 15sec also started.
Arc Light ran to the front before reaching the stand, and with half a mile gone was just clear of Lady Clare and The Mooress. From this out Arc Light had matters all her own way and won comfortably by a length from Lady Clare, who was six lengths in front of The Mooress. Time, 3min 50 3/5th sec.
SOCKBURN HANDICAP (in saddle) of 210 sovs; second 31 sovs and third 21 sovs from stake. Two miles.
J Challis's br g Arbitrator by Imperious-Siberia, 13sec (Owner) 1
J H Power's Tea Tree, 5sec (Owner) 2
T G Fox's Victor Huon, 14sec (Owner) 3
Impatient scr, Laudervale scr, Vitella 4sec, Viewmont 8sec, Esma 8sec, Pansy 9sec, Foreman 15sec and Welfare 16 sec also started.
Welfare and Victor Huon showed the way for a mile, with Arbitrator as their nearest attendant. A little further on Arbitrator ran to the front, and from this out had matters all his own way, winning easily by a dozen lengths from Tea Tree, who was eight lengths in front of Victor Huon. Vitella finished fourth some distance back. Time, 4min 57 2/5th sec.
NEW ZEALAND CUP HANDICAP (in harness) of 500 sovs; second 75 sovs and third 50 sovs from stake. Two miles.
H F Nicoll's b g Durbar by Vavcleve, aged, scr (A Pringle) 1
H Well's Terra Nova, 7sec (J Messervey) 2
J Cooper's Lord Elmo, 3sec (J Milne) 3
Albertorious 2sec, St Simon 4sec, Dick Fly 5sec, Florin 8sec and Master Poole 10sec also started. Albertorious and Fussee were coupled.
No sooner had the field settled into their places than Fussee's sulky broke, and he was pulled up. Florin led past the stand just clear of Master Poole, Terra Nova and Dick Fly, and this order was maintained all through the first round. With a mile gone Florin was just in front of Terra Nova, after whom in close order came Master Poole, Dick Fly and St Simon, with Albertorious last. There was little change till well into the concluding circuit, where Florin lost his place and Terra Nova went on clear of Dick Fly, Master Poole, Lord Elmo and Durbar. The last named then put in a great effort, and cutting down those in front of him,went on and won by two lengths from Terra Nova. Loer Elmo was third eight lengths back followed at considerable intervals by Dick Fly and Master Poole. Time, 4min 36sec.
AUSTRALASIAN HANDICAP (in saddle) of 200 sovs; second 30 sovs and third 20 sovs from stake. Two miles.
J C Paget's b g Prince Warbeck by Prince Imperial, 6yrs 6sec (F Holmes) 1
J Grice's Myra Warbeck, 10sec (R McConachie) 2
J D Piper's Dr Chutney, scr (H McNae) 3
Redchild 3sec, Laudervale 3sec, Miss Florrie C 7sec, Alliance 7sec, Curfew Bell 8sec, Decoration 8sec, Scotia 11sec, and Millwood 11sec also started.
Millwood soon ran to the front, and he showed the way all through the first round from Alliance, Scotia and Curfew Bell. A little further on Curfew Bell passed Millwood while Dr Chutney was within striking distance of the leaders. When well into the concluding round Miss Florrie C took charge, but at the top turn she stopped and Prince Warbeck went on and won by two lengths from Myra Warbeck, who was four lengths in front of Dr Chutney. Miss Florrie C finished fourth. Time, 4min 51 2/5th sec.
METROPOLITAN HANDICAP (in harness) of 200 sovs; second 30 sovs and third 20 sovs from stake. One mile and a half.
E Bowes's b c Al Franz by Franz-Al F, 3yrs, 9sec (C Kerr) 1
J Tasker's Derringcotte, 9sec (Owner) 2
H F Nicoll's Factory Boy, 7sec (A Pringle) 3
Verax 1sec, The Heir 4sec, Nga Riama 5sec, Prince Randle 8sec, Almond 8sec, Advocate 10sec, Belroy 10sec and Peacock 11sec also started.
Peacock cut out the running for a mile just clear of Al Franz, Belroy and Derringcotte. Once into the concluding round Al Franz passed Peacock, and stalling off a late challenge by Derringcote, won by three quarters of a length. Factory Boy was third six lengths back followed by Peacock. Advocate, the favourite, broke his hopples soon after the start and was pulled up. Time, 3min 40 2/5th sec.
ENFIELD HANDICAP (in saddle) of 157 sovs; second 23 sovs and third 15 sovs from stake. One mile.
J Cass's b m Gold Leaf by Coolgardie, 6yrs, 6sec (E Thomas) 1
W Kerr's Storm, 8sec (M Allan) 2
M Clarice's Lodi, 8sec (R Allan) 3
Myosotis 1sec, Patrick G 5sec, Robert Emmet 5sec, Discoverer 6sec, Dr Chutney 7sec, Bessie B 8sec,Lady Lillian 8sec and Hamlin 8sec also started.
Hamlin, Storm and Lodi raced along the back straight in that order, but before reaching the stand, Gold Leaf had taken charge. From this out Gold Leaf had matters all her own way, and won easily by six lengths from Storm, who was ten lengths in front of Lodi. Then came Myosotis and Dr Chutney. Time, 2min 17 4/5th sec.
PROVINCIAL HANDICAP (in harness) of 215 sovs; second 32 sovs and third 21 sovs from stake. One mile
J Cooper's b h Lord Elmo by Rothschild-Judah, 6yrs 2sec (J Milne) 1
W Kerr's Wildwood Jun, 4sec (Owner) 2
H F Nicholl's Durbar, 2sec behind scr (A Pringle) 3
Terra Nova 4sec, Elector 4sec, The Needle 4sec and OYM 6sec also started.
Elector led for three furlongs, when Wildwood jun ran past him and Lord Elmo took third place. Wildwood jun kept his position till within a furlong of the post, where he compounded and Lord Elmo went on and won by eight lengths from Wildwood jun who was a similar distance in front of Durbar. Time 2min 51 3/5th sec.
RECOVERY HANDICAP (in harness) of 150 sovs; second 22 sovs and third 15 sovs from stake. One mile.
J McDonnell's b c Advocate by Prince Imperial-Rose, 3yes, 6sec (R McDonnell) 1
M Friedlander's Wood Nymph, 8sec (C Kerr) 2
W Wilton's Fusee, 5sec (N Price) 3
Nga Raima 3sec, Hinau 3sec, Hamlin 4sec, Alice Wood 5sec, Baron Lengen 5sec, Almond 5sec, Fredrick 6sec, My Mistake 6sec and Peacock 7sec also started.
Wood Nymph was in front for the first two furlongs, but with half the distance covered Advocate took charge. Easily holding his own to the finish, Advocate won by three lengths from Wood Nymph, who was five lengths in front of Fusee and My Mistake. Time, 2min 24 2/5th sec.
Credit: The Press 14 November 1908
1908 NEW ZEALAND TROTTING CUP
Bookmakers had two terms of legal betting in New Zealand. In the early days they were licensed by the clubs, which worked with or without totalisator betting. By the turn of the century bookmakers had been banned, but in 1908 they were back, operating on the course only, at the whim of the clubs. The situation lasted until 1911, when they were finally denied access to the courses. The 1908 Gaming Act also prohibited the publication of totalisator dividends. This prohibition was not lifted until 1950, when the Totalisator Agency Board was established and off-course betting was legalised.
The Metropolitan Club issued a large number of bookmakers' licences in 1908 and they operated in the public and members enclosures. Their operations affected first-day turnover, which dropped to £10,606, compared with £13,168 on the first day of the 1907 carnival. On the second day, 24 bookmakers operated, providing the club with £480 in fees, and on the third day 30 bookmakers took out licences. On Cup Day, despite the bookmakers, a record £18,404 was handled by the totalisator. The three-day total of £41,432 was a drop of £1209 from the previous year.
At his third attempt, Durbar, owned by Harry Nicoll and trained by Andy Pringle, a combination of owner, trainer and driver that was to become a familiar sight at Addington, won a grand contest.
On the first day, Addington patrons had their first opportunity in the new seasonto see the very good four-year-old Wildwood Junior. Bill Kerr's star easily beat 14 others, most of them Cup contenders, in the Courtenay Handicap. Dick Fly was second and St Simon third. Wildwood Junior did not have a Cup run.
A small field of nine faced the starter in the New Zealand Cup. Advance, the early favourite, went amiss and was withdrawn from the carnival. Albertorious was the favourite again, after his eight-length win in the Christchurch Handicap the day before the Cup. But Albertorious, driven by Jim August, was last all the way. He was bracketed with Fusee, driven by Newton Price. Fusee fared worse. His sulky broke just after the start and he was pulled up.
Florin took an early lead and led until the last lap, when Terra Nova took control from Dick Fly, Master Poole, Lord Elmo and Durbar. Pringle sent Durbar after the leaders and he won by two lengths to Terra Nova, with eight lengths to Lord Elmo. At considerable intervals came Dick Fly and Master Poole, with the others well beaten. Durbar's time of 4:36 was just outside Ribbonwood's national record. The stake for the Cup was raised to 500 sovereigns, and for the first of many times the qualifying mark was tightened, on this occasion to 4:48.
Most of the Cup horses lined up again in ther seventh race, the Provincial Handicap, where Lord Elmo improved on his third placing in the Cup. He gave Wildwood Junior a two-second start and beat him by eight lengths. Durbar, also off two seconds was third.
Durbar was a 12-year-old Australian-bred gelding by Vancleve. Terra Nova was by Young Irvington and Lord Elmo was by Rothschild. All three sires were outstandingly successful. A tough old campaigner, Durbar raced until he was an 18-year-old, and unsuccessfully contested the 1909 and 1910 Cups. He was the top stake-earner in 1908-09, with £682. For the fifth consecutive season, John Buckland was top owner, his horses winnnig a record £1391.
In 1881 John Kerr, of Nelson, and Robert Wilkin, of Christchurch, had imported some American stock, which laid the foundation for harness racing breeding in this country. Among Kerr's stock was Irvington, and among Wilkin's importations was Vancleve, who stayed only a short whilein New Zealand and did not serve any mares before being sold to a trotting enthusiast in Sydney. He became one of the most successful sires identified with the Australian and New Zealand breeding scenes. Apart from the great trotter Fritz, and Durbar, he sired Quincey (Dominion Handicap), and a number of other top performers who were brought from Australia to win races in this country. More than 60 individual winners of hundreds of races on New Zealand tracks were sired by Vancleve, a remarkable record for a horse who spent his stud life in Australia. Vancleve mares also found their way into New Zealand studs, the most celebrated being Vanquish - granddam of the immortal Worthy Queen, who created a miler record for trotters of 2:03.6 at Addington in 1934.
Irvington was used for only a few seasons in New Zealand before he too, went to Australia. Irvington was a poor foaler. He sired only two winners - Lady Ashley and Young Irvington - and it is through the latter that the name survived. Bred in 1886 by Tom Free at New Brighton, Young Irvington was a good racehorse, not only the first "pacer" seen on Canterbury tracks, but also a natural or free-legged pacer, racing without straps. Young Irvington left about 60 winners, and his daughters were also outstanding producers at stud. Early on they produced Ribbonwood (Dolly), Our Thorpe (Lady Thorpe) and Admiral Wood (D.I.C.).
Durbar's owner, Harry Nicoll, who raced both thoroughbreds and standardbreds, was also a breeder and top administrator. For many years he was president of the Ashburton Trotting and Racing Clubs. He retired from the presidency of the New Zealand Trooting Conference in 1947, after holding that office for an uninterrupted period of 25 years. He owned his first horse in 1902 then, in 1905, Andy Pringle became Nicoll's private trainer and they started a long and successful association. Pringle was an astute horseman, often sought by other owners and trainers to drive their horses. He was top reinsman in 1914-15 and again in 1916-17 and 1917-18. His son, Jack Pringle, was also a top horseman, winning the trainers' and drivers' premierships in 1950-51. Nicoll was top owner in 1910-11 (£1547 10s), 1911-12 (£1222), 1912-13 (£987 10s) and 1920-21 (£4161). His Ashburton stud, named Durbar Lodge after his first Cup winner, produced some great pacers and trotters, with Indianapolis, Wrackler, Seas Gift and Bronze Eagle foremost. All were bred by Wrack, who was bought by Nicoll from American owners.
Credit: Bernie Wood writing in The Cup
1908 INTRODUCTORY HANDICAP (in harness)
Run on 8 August 1908 for 120 sovs; second horse 18 sovs and third horse 12 sovs from the stake. One mile and a half.
Mr W Kerr's b h Willowwood, by Wildwood - Thelma, 5yrs, 10sec (Owner) 1.
Mr P McGrath's g g President Lincoln, by General Lincoln - Hazeldean mare, 5yrs, 11sec (M Edwards) 2.
Mr A R Chetburg's b m Miss Vera, 6yrs, 10sec (M Allan) 3.
Shangani 3sec, Ben Blackwood 10sec, Bonification 11sec, Myrine 11sec, Princess Rose 13sec, Special Boy 14sec, Lenape 16sec, Dolores 16sec, Thicket 16sec and Gossip 16sec also started.
Gossip led till half a mile from home, when she broke, and Willowwood going on won by six lengths from President Lincoln, who beat Miss Vera by a dozen lengths. Time - 3min 48 1/5sec.
Credit: Star 8 Aug 1908
1908 NEW ZEALAND CUP HANDICAP
The New Zealand Cup Handicap, as the leading event was again known in 1908, was a 4:48 class and the stake was £500. "Enormous crowds attended on Show Day to see the New Zealand Cup," said one writer, "and by two o'clock the spectators were densely packed..."
At this time the Gaming Bill made the publication of dividends unlawful. "The Referee" had the following report: "Excitment reached a high pitch...Durbar won comfortably from Terra Nova in 4:36. Durbar was owned by Mr H F Nicoll and trained and driven by A Pringle..."
Credit: 'Ribbonwood' writing in NZ Trotting Calendar 25Oct44