Amundsen wins the race to the South Pole.
Maccu Picchu in discovered.
The population of NZ reaches 1 million.
The last bookmaker operated legally, at Takapuna racecourse in 1911.
In August 1911 a deputation representing the NZ Metropolitan, Canterbury Park and New Brighton Trotting Clubs waited on the Hon. D E Buddo, Minister of Internal Affairs, to protest against the reductions imposed on those Clubs by the findings of the Racing Commission. The Hon. Charles Louisson pointed out that of the eleven days by which Trotting had been reduced throughout the Dominion eight had been taken from the local Clubs and the Ashburton Club. The Minister said that the protest made by the deputation would be recorded but he was personally unable to do anything in the matter as the Commission had been set up by Parliament. Referring to the deputation the media expressed the view that the three Clubs were not well-advised to be continually worrying about the reduction of their days as together they had seventeen days racing, the Metropolitan Club having nine days and Brighton and Canterbury Park four days each. It was pointed out that of the fifty one days trotting for the whole of New Zealand the three Christchurch Clubs had no fewer than seventeen and that in spite of this they were still not satisfied. It was pointed out that the people were paying more for their sport at Addington than they did in the previous year and that judging from the decrease in stakes they were not getting such good sport for their money. The article went on to say that the Metropolitan Club had spent a large amount of money provided by the public in making a grand place for the sport of trotting but the Commission had pointed out that the tenure was unsatisfactory and recommended that the Club should acquire the freehold or the right to race permanemtly on the present ground at a fixed rental. Instead of asking for the moon, the article continued, the Hon. Charles Louisson and his fellow Committeemen should see whether they cannot obtain some fixture of tenure and secure for the people a permanent right to the enjoyment of the grounds an buildings which have been improved and erected at a cost of some £40,000 which money has been provided by the public.
Credit: NZMTC: Historical Notes compiled by D C Parker
A court case involving a New Zealand Trotting Cup winner, a leading trainer and a well-known Canterbury owner was guaranteed to be a headliner.
The 1911 New Zealand Cup winner, Lady Clare, raced by Darfield farmer, William F Clinton, and trained at Addington by Jim Tasker was the centre of a suit for £600 damages (about half the stake of a NZ Cup in those days) against Clinton, money Tasker considered he had been denied in stake earnings by the owner's drastic actions.
Clinton had paid a hefty 165 quineas to buy Lady Clare at an Ashburton sale only a year before her Cup win. She had ability but had only won a few races. Tasker agreed to train her for 10 shillings a week (for race expenses and shoeing) the stakes evenly divided. He had trained and driven Marian to become the first mare to win the NZ Cup in 1907 and make his wife, Sarah, the first female owner though that seems a well kept secret. Tasker also bred and sold Sal Tasker, named after his daughter, an Australasian champion mare.
He imported the stallion Galindo and others from America. Tasker drove the fancied stablemate Aberfeldy in the 1911 Cup and Ashburton's Jack Brankin handled Lady Clare. She led most of the way landing big bets for Clinton. In court Tasker took exception to Clinton's lawyer Oscar Alpers claiming that he had driven Aberfeldy "on a tight rein". Justice Dennison reminded Alpers that it was not a trial for fraud. Aberfeldy started in four Cups from the stable.
Set all year for a 1912 repeat Lady Clare suffered a minor knock on a leg in October. Tasker wrote to Clinton saying he would aim at supporting features and withdraw from the Cup. Clinton, who had backed the mare heavily for the Cup threw Tasker's letter in the fire, rang the club and scratched her from all her engagements in Cup week. Tasker was furious and sued. The mare had recovered well and the club's vet passed her fit to race. Another, Dr Charlton, praised Tasker's professional approach to the mare's injury at the hearing.
The colourful Clinton was the star of the courtroom drama but destroyed his own case along the way. Described as "a bewhiskered and somewhat rustic looking figure" he confided to the judge that "of course I had had a whiskey by then" when Tasker's lawyer questioned his refusal to discuss the mare's programme with Tasker after the latter made a special trip to Tattersalls hotel to meet him. "Are you sure it was not a double?" the normally humourless Justice Dennison asked.
Clinton, one of the most successful farmers in Canterbury whose stock sales attracted buyers from all over the province, claimed the right to scratch even though the agreement with Tasker was registered. He then whispered loudly to the judge that as there were no ladies in the court he could say the words Tasker had used telling Clinton what he could do with the mare if he did not accept the terms. "That would be rather a large undertaking" Dennison dryly commented on hearing them, telling the typist to replace them with a row of stars. Clinton then made the damaging admission to the judge that the cost of his actions to Tasker was "no more than he had cost me by scratching from the Cup" - referring to his Cup bets. "Such a statement made the reason for the action of Clinton very plain indeed" the Judge told the jury in the summing up.
Tasker's lawyer Mr Stringer, questioned Clinton about incidents caused by drinking on past visits to the city in his Cadillac and whether this was another example. Clinton had appeared unsteady making his way to the witness box.
Clinton: "That is a personal question and I refuse to answer"
Stringer: "Haven't you in fact had a glass too much this morning?"
Cliton: "That is a very personal question and I won't answer"
At the end of the show the jury absolved Tasker of any Blame ans awarded him £350 in damages. Another sensation passed into history.
Jim Tasker is still the only trainer to win NZ Cups with two different mares. In a bizarre coincidence the 1944 winner, Bronze Eagle from a family Tasker had had for 40 years, was bred, owned and trained by his son, Cliff, until a few months before the race. Tasker lost possession of the horse in a marriage settlement. His former wife gave it to her son, William Suttie, of Springston, the official owner. In another coincidence George Noble, like Brankin, only got the drive because trainer Roy Berry opted for inform stablemate, Pacing Power. Bronze Eagle had several Cup starts and sired the near champion filly, Vivanti, an early star for Cecil Devine.
Tasker retained Bronze Eagle's half-brother, Sir Michael, which won the NZ Free-For-All and NZ Derby for him some years later. The Tasker maternal line starting with Mavourneen were shy breeders and the Group 1 winners were Lady Bridget's only foals over many years.
William Clinton, whose family remains prominent in West Canterbury, died suddenly in 1915 triggering the biggest farming sale in Canterbury for years. He had also bought and raced the high class little roan trotter Muricata, good enough to be nominated for a NZ Cup against the pacers. Adding insult to injury she was run down late in the 1913 Dominion Handicap by the Tasker-owned Michael Galindo. Sold in 1917 Muricata left the dual NZ Cup winner, Ahuriri, and another top class pacer, the pony roan Taraire, later winner of the Pacing Championship in Perth which preceded the Inter-Dominion.
The NZ Cup association did not end there. Luxury Liner the record breaking 1987 winner had as his fifth dam none other than William Francis Clinton's fine staying mare, Lady Clare.
Credit: David McCarthy writing in HRWeekly 26Jun1911
In the NZ REFEREE of 15th November 1911 it was reported that Mr A I Rattray, Secretary of the NZMTC bred Cleveland, the sire of Clive which dead-heated with Quincy in the Dominion Handicap at Addington.
Credit: NZMTC: Historical Notes compiled by D C Parker
Lady Clare, the second mare to win the New Zealand Cup, was a six-year-old by Prince Imperial from Clare, who was by Lincoln Yet, the sire of Monte Carlo.
Her trainer, James Tasker, who had been successful with Marian in 1907, took the drive behind her more favoured bracketmate Aberfeldy, and entrusted the drive behind Lady Clare to Jack Brankin. The Cup field was not a strong one, with Wildwood Junior out of the way. Also missing from nominations was King Cole, the star of the August meeting. King Cole, winner of the King George Handicap from Bribery and Dick Fly, and the National Cup from Havoc and Bright, had been temporarily retired to stud. The club received 14 nominations, but the early favourite, St Swithin, was injured and withdrawn. Sal Tasker, who had not raced for four years, and Manderene were two other defections. The front starter, Imperial Polly, received five seconds from the back marker, Bright. Al Franz, because of some outstanding trials, was race favourite, with the bracketed pair of Dick Fly and Redchild, from the stable of Manny Edwards, also well supported. Redchild was the only trotter entered.
The field did not get away at the first attempt because Free Holmes, the driver of Bribery, jumped the start. Medallion stood on the mark and took no place in the race, while Bribery went only one lap and then pulled up lame. Lady Clare led from the start and at the halfway stage was still in front, followed by Al Franz, Dick Fly, Imperial Polly, Aberfeldy, Havoc and Redchild. The mare held on to the lead to win by a length, in 4:38, from Dick Fly, with necks to Al Franz and Redchild. Then came Aberfeldy, Bright and Havoc.
The Cup victory was the last of Lady Clare's seven career wins, but she showed her durability by racing over eight seasons. Indirectly, she featured again in the Cup in 1988, when Luxury Liner turned the clock back 77 years. Lady Clare was the firth dam of Luxury Liner. Lady Clare's £700 from the Cup stake of 1000 sovereigns was the only money she won during the season. Emmeline, an outstanding mare by Rothschild from Imperialism, a Prince Imperial mare, won £949 and was the season's top earner. Rothschild and Prince Imperial were both still standing at stud in the Canterbury area. Rothschild was at Durbar Lodge, in Ashburton, available at a fee of 10 guineas. Prince Imperial and his son, Advance, stood at James McDonnell's Seafield Road farm, also in Ashburton. Prince Imperial's fee was also set at 10 guineas, but Advance was available at half that rate. Franz, the sire of Al Franz (third in the Cup), stood at Claude Piper's stud at Upper Riccarton, at 10 guineas. Franz was a full-brother to Fritz, by Vancleve from Fraulein.
A new surname at that time, but a very familiar on now, Dan Nyhan, introduced another great harness racing family to Addington. Nyhan trained at Hutt Park and ha won the 1909 Auckland Cup with Havoc. He was the father of Don Nyhan, later to train the winners of three New Zealand Cups with his legendary pair of Johnny Globe and Lordship, and grandfather of Denis Nyhan, who drove Lordship (twice) and trained and drove Robalan to win the Cup.
Of all the stallions in Canterbury, Wildwood Junior commanded the biggest fee, 12 guineas, but he held that honour only until 1914, when Robert McMillan, an expatriate American horseman, stood his American imports Nelson Bingen and Brent Locanda at fees of 15 guineas at his Santa Rosa stud at Halswell. He also had Harold Dillon and Petereta on his property. Harold Dillon, sire of the champion Author Dillon, was the top sire for six seasons, from 1916-17 until 1921-22, while Petereta gained some fame by siring the double New Zealand Cup winner Reta Reter.
The outstanding feature of the 1911 Cup meeting was the introduction of races restricted to trotters, particularly the Dominion Handicap. The move, prompted by the Metropolitan Club, came at an appropriate time to save horses of this gait from extinction in New Zealand racing. In the 1880s and 1890s there were two trotters for every pacer in New Zealand, but by 1911 the reverse ratio applied. With the advent of the sulky and harness from the United States, trainer in the 1890s found pacers easier to gait and easier to train, and learned that they came to speed in less time, so many trotters were converted to the pacing gait. Generally, the trotter could not match the pacer on the track.
Coiner won the Middleton Handicap on the first day, in saddle, and raced over two miles in 4:52. Quincey, who had been successful against the pacers on several occasions, got up in the last stride to dead-heat with Clive in the Dominion Handicap, with Muricata, a promising five-year-old, third. Muricata became the dam of double New Zealand Cup winner Ahuriri. The Dominion Handicap carried a stake of 235 sovereigns and was raced in harness for 5:05 class performers. Quincey's time was 4:37.4 slightly faster than Lady Clare recorded in the Cup on the Tuesday. Another of the 13 trotters in this race was the Australian-bred Verax, who started in the New Zealand Cup six times.
The meeting ended with some high-class racing on Show Day. In the Enfield Handicap, in saddle, Aberfeldy, from scratch, beat 14 rivals in 2:12.6, a New Zealand race-winning record for one mile. St Swithin, who had to miss the Cup, won the Christchurch Handicap from Emmeline and Little Tib. The Andy Pringle-trained pacer confirmed how unfortunate it was for his connections that injury denied him a Cup start.
Further improvements had been made at Addington, with a large new 10-shilling totalisator housebeing used for the first time. With bookmakers outlawed, the totalisator turned over a record £27,418 on Cup Day, and betting on the Cup of £6096 10s was a single-race record. The total for the three days of the carnival of £68,329 was an increase of £17,440 over the previous year.
Credit: Bernie Wood writing in The Cup
1911 SPRING MEETING: TUESDAY 7 NOVEMBER
In the history of sport in New Zealand nothing has been more remarkable than the wonderful development of trotting within recent years, both as regards the quality of the racing and also its increasing popularity with the public. Nowhere has that development been more marked than in Canterbury, and more particularly in Christchurch, where the leading Club, the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club, has firmly established itself as the leading institution of the kind in Australasia. Since that Club established itself at Addington it has never looked back, and at its headquarters there it boasts of a course and appointments that challenge comparison with the best in the Dominion.
Its Spring Meeting has for a number of years past held a very important place in the programme of Carnival Week in Christchurch, but last year it was decided to take a bold step and endow the leading event of the Meeting with a stake of £1000, the first occasion on which such an amount had been offered for a trotting race in the colonies. At the time there were those who were doubtful as to the wisdom of such a forward policy, but the interest aroused by the race showed that the Club's committee was more than justified in its decision, so the stake for this year's New Zealand Cup was fixed at the four-figure sum, and the handicap limit was reduced.
The race was the chief event on the card for yesterday, the opening day of the 1911 November Meeting, and favoured by beautiful weather at the start the Club's officials had the pleasure of seeing a very large attendance. Towards the close of the day a fierce nor'-wester sprang up, but those who remained to the close of the proceedings were evidently too much engrossed with the interesting sport provided to trouble much about minor discomforts.
The gathering of spectators was a very representative one, visitors being present from all parts of the Dominion, and commodious as is the grandstand which did duty for the first time twelve months ago, it was more than filled during the afternoon. Among those present were Sir Robert Lockhart, of Auckland; the Hon J D Ormond, MLC; Major-General Godley, Lieutenant-Colonel Burnett-Stuart, Lieutenant-Colonel Heard, Messrs J B Harcourt, J W Abbott, A Duncan, J E Henrys and J H Pollock, of Wellington; Mr C F Mark, of Auckland, Mr P Miller of Dunedin; Messrs G King, W and G Callender, Bruce Christie, T H Davey, MP, G Witty MP, and G W Russell MP.
The grounds have never looked better, the various parts of the enclosure giving evidence of the care bestowed on them, while the track was in capital order, as was proved by the times registered during the afternoon. That the people had come determined to support their fancies freely was soon made apparent, the totalisator investments for the day reaching the large sum of £27,418, as against £17,036 10s on the corresponding day last year, when a large number of bookmakers were doing business. Of the sum invested yesterday, the New Zealand Cup was responsible for the record sum of £6096 10s, easily the largest yet invested on a trotting event in the Dominion.
The most notable of the improvements effected since the last Meeting at Addington, has been thev building of a new totalisator house to meet the requirements of the ten-shilling investors, both inside and outside the building is one of the most complete and conveniently-arranged strustures of its kind in New Zealand, but the staff working in it did not handle all the money that apparently was available for investment, though this was mainly due to the dilatoriness of the backers themselves.
The feature of the day's racing was, of course, the contest for the New Zealand Cup, of 1000 sovs, for which there were eleven starters out of the original entry of fourteen. Al Franz, who was reported to have shown some remarkable trials, was made a solid first favourite, with the bracketed pair, Dick Fly and Redchild, both trained by M Edwards, second in demand. Next in favour was another bracket, Aberfeldy and Lady Clare, hailing from J Tasker's stable, and then came Bribery, Medallion, Bright and Havoc, the outsiders of the party being Wilkie, who ran fairly well for a good portion of the journey, and Imperial Polly.
So far as the winner is concerned, the story of the race is soon told, for Lady Clare was quickest to begin of the limit division, and at once going to the front, never lost her place, and lasted long enough to win by a bare length from the fast-finishing Dick Fly, whe beat Al Franz by a neck. The favourite was given a good chance of justifying his reputation, but failed in the final pinch. Redchild finished close up behind Al Franz and was followed by Aberfeldy. Medallion stood on the mark, and took no part in the race, while Bribery only went about once round and came in very lame.
From a monetary point of view, the next most important event was the Middleton Handicap, for unhoppled trotters, which, after looking at one stage as if it would be an easily won race, produced an interesting finish between Coiner and Muricata. The latter might have reversed positions with the winner had she not been kept so wide out when runninng in the lead.
The Spring Handicap, with which proceedings opened, was won easily by The Next, who, handicapped on 5.15, cut out the two miles in 4 57 2/5 sec. The Ladies' Bracelet produced the usual large field, but it was not a very interesting race, for Aotearoa and Lady Rattoo had the finish to themselves, drawing right away from the rest of the field.
Adonis, a half-brother to Wildwood Junr, last year's New Zealand Cup winner, was sent out a strong favourite for the Empire Handicap, the principal saddle race of the day, and he gave his backers very little anxiety, winning with a good deal in hand from the consistent Miss Florrie C. The Riccarton Handicap brought about the downfall of a strong favourite in Andy Regan, the winner, Schoolgirl, paying the best dividend of the day.
In the Au Revoir Handicap, Princess Tracey was staunchly supported, and though she had to be shaken up at the finish to stall off Little Tib's final run, she won in fast time. The final event, the St Albans Handicap, was, next to the New Zealand Cup, the best betting race of the day, but the public were somewhat astray, as the first favourite, Dayspring, was never really dangerous, and Iola, the second selection, could not see the journey out, being outstayed by Blue Rose. Details of the racing are:-
SPRING HANDICAP (in saddle) of 150 sovs; second 22sovs and third 15 sovs from stake. 5.15 Class. Two miles.
Fanning and Wilson's b g The Next, by Robin Hood-Rothschild mare, 3yrs, 11sec (A Wilson) 1
E E Lelievre's ch g Moa Dillon, 5yrs, 3sec (A Butterfield) 2
J A August's b g Link, aged, 4sec (Owner) 3.
Te Kuiti scr, Treasure Seeker scr, Nancy Marley 1sec, Lord Cardigan 5sec, Francita 7sec, Armamenter 7sec, Dorothy D 11sec, Clinton 11sec, Lucky Child 11sec, Irvy Woodburn 11sec and General Black 11sec also started.
Irvy Woodburn, The Next, and Fancita made the early running, and led past the stand, with Moa Dillon at the head of the others. In the last lap Irvy Woodburn was beaten, and The Next came away, and won easily by 10 lengths from Moa Dillon, who was eight lengths in front of Link, with Irvy Woodburn next. Time 4min 57 2/5th sec.
LADIES' BRACELET HANDICAP (in harness) 0f 75 sovs; second 7 sovs and third 3 sovs from stake. One mile and a half.
Mrs W S Wootton's blk m Aotearoa, by Mauritius-Ivy Dean, 5yrs, 6sec (Mr W S Wootton) 1
Mrs D J Clarke's b f Lady Ratoo, 3yrs, (Mr J Cass) 2
Miss I Wright's br m Merry May, aged, 10sec (Mr E S Harper) 3.
Lincoln Junr 1sec, Posie G 2sec, Prince Raynard 3sec, Welcome Jack 3sec, Eunice 3sec, Innisfail 6sec, Belle Elmore 6sec, Corbell 6sec, Wallet 6sec, Blooming Heather 6sec, Black Link 6sec, Gee Whiz 7sec, Winter Rose 7sec, Royal Child 6sec (coupled with Posie G), Cynisca 8sec, Pleasant Child 8sec, Yellow Ribbon 8sec and Bessie Child 10sec (coupled), Maggie Wylie 109sec and Lincolnette 10sec (coupled with Merry May) also started.
Aotearoa ran to the front after going half a mile, and, with Lady Ratoo, cleared right out from the remainder of the field. Aotearoa held her place throughout, and was never troubled, winning easily by twelve lengths from Lady Ratoo, who was four lengths clear of Merry May, with Maggie Wylie next. Time 3min 47sec.
NEW ZEALAND CUP HANDICAP (in harness), of 1000 sovs; second 200 sovs and third 100 sovs from stake. 4.40 class. Two miles.
W F Clinton's b m Lady Clare, by Prince Imperial, 6yrs, 4sec (J Brankin) 1
S Tapp's b g Dick Fly, aged, 2sec (M Edwards) 2
E Bowes's b h Al Franz, 6yrs, 4sec (C Kerr) 3
J Preece's b h Bright, 6yrs, scr (T Frost)
D Nyhan's b h Havoc, 6yrs, 1sec (Owner)
J Jeff's b g Wilkie, aged, 1sec (R McMillan)
J G McConochie's br g Aberfeldy, aged, 2sec (J Tasker)
G Clarkson's b g Redchild, aged, 3sec (B Edwards)
L Dorie's br h Bribery, 6yrs, 4sec (F Holmes)
Quirk & Shaw's b h Medallion, aged, 4sec (E McKewen)
G Hood's b m Imperial Polly, aged, 4sec (Owner)
(Aberfeldy and Lady Clare, and Dick Fly and Redchild were coupled).
The field did not get away at the first attempt, owing to Bribery's driver being over-anxious. When they were sent away, Medallion refused to leave the mark. Lady Clare at once took the inside running, with Imperial Polly, Al Franz and Dick Fly next. This was the order running round the turn and into the straight. Passing the stand the first time Lady Clare was showing the way to Imperial Polly, Dick Fly and Wilkie, while Bright, Aberfeldy and Havoc were at the head of the rest of the field, which was at this stage very much strung out. There was practically no change going out of the straight and along the back, but at the tanks Al Franz had run into second place. Rounding the turn into the straight for the second time Lady Clare still held her place in front, with Al Franz, Dick Fly, Imperial Polly and Aberfeldy next in order, while Havoc and Redchild were coming fast on the outside. Going round the turn out of the straight and along the back, Lady Clare had as her nearest attendants Al Franz, Dick Fly and Redchild, close together, with Havoc and Aberfeldy next, the field now being well bunched. Turning into the straight for the final round, Al Franz was in second place behind Lady Clare, with Dick Fly, Aberfeldy, Bright and Havoc close up next. Dick Fly put in a strong run in the final stages, but though he cut down Al Franz, he could not reach Lady Clare who won by a length. Al Franz was a neck behind Dick Fly, with Redchild a similar distance away fourth. Then came Aberfeldy, Bright and Havoc. Time, 4min 38sec.
Bribery was pulled up after going a round, and walked in very lame.
EMPIRE HANDICAP (in saddle), of 175 sovs; second 25 sovs and third 17 sovs from stake. 5min class. Two miles.
J Dennett's b h Adonis, by Harold Dillon-Thelma, 4yrs, 10sec (R Reay) 1
J H Olliver's b m Miss Florrie C, aged, scr (A Pringle) 2
M J Groat's br h Ferira, 6yrs, 16sec (E S Groat) 3
Electrocute 2sec, Bonification 5sec, Prince Wilkin 6sec, Wild Tree 8sec, Havelock 11sec, Esma 12sec, Gladsome 12sec, Rolf Boldrewood 14sec, Bellwind 15sec, and Wild Victor 16sec also started. (Miss Florrie
C and Havelock were coupled)
Havelock and Ferira led past the stand the first time, with Adonis next, but in the second round Adonis took charge, and showed the way in the straight to Ferira, with Gladsome and Prince Wilkin next, with Miss Florrie C closing on the leaders. In the last lap Miss Florrie C took second place, but though hard ridden she was unable to trouble Adonis, who won comfortably by two lengths. Ferira was a dozen lengths away third, followed by Gladsome and Prince Wilkin. Time 4min 47 1/5 sec.
RICCARTON HANDICAP (in harness), of 150 sovs; second 22 sovs and third 15 sovs from stake. 3.48 Class. One mile and a half.
A Smith's b m Schoolgirl, by Mambrino King-Factory Girl, aged, 8sec (Owner) 1
W Quirk's gr g Andy Regan, 3yrs, 10sec (J Rainey) 2
N Clegg's b m Childe Beldon, 5yrs, 10sec (R H Wright) 3
Fuseo scr, TFC 1sec, Prince Rufus 2sec, Pinewood 4sec, Onawa 7sec, Hazelfield 8sec, Lord Heathcote 10sec, Nancy Marley 10sec, Kini 10sec, Lady Disdain 10sec, Wallace M 10sec, Lyonette 11sec, Idaho 12sec and Delia 12sec also started.
Childe Beldon quickly ran to the front, and at the end of a lap was showing the way to Schoolgirl, Lady Disdain and Idaho, with Andy Regan coming fast on the outside. Going along the back Andy Regan overhauled Lady Disdain and Idaho, and rounding the turn started to close on Schoolgirl, who had displaced Childe Beldon. Schoolgirl, however, stalled off his challenge, and won by two lengths. Childe Beldon was a dozen lengths away third, with Idaho fourth and Kini next. Time, 3min 34 3/5th sec.
MIDDLETON HANDICAP (in saddle), of 200 sovs; second 30 sovs and third 20 sovs from stake. For unhoppled trotters. 5.15 Class. Two miles.
Quincey scr, Rothville 5sec, Violet M 11sec, Lignite 11sec, Treasure Seeker 11sec, Sir Joe 14sec, Lord Cardigan 16sec, Lula Child 16sec, Clevewood 16sec, Miss Ngapara 16sec, Woodbell 17sec, Salt Air 19sec, Prince Gift 19sec and JCH 22sec also started.
Muricata began well, and passing the stand was well clear of Lula Child, with Coiner at the head of the next bunch. There was very little change in the order for the first mile, but starting the second half of the journey Coiner had taken charge from Muricata, who covered an unnecessary lot of ground, Lula Child being in third place, and JCH next. Turning into the straight Muricata challenged Coiner, but the latter lasted long enough to win by a length; Ngarata was fifty yards back third, with Lula Child and JCH next. Time, 4min 52sec.
AU REVOIR HANDICAP (in harness) of 150 sovs; second 22sovs, and third 15 sovs from stake. 2.27 Class. One mile.
M Edwards's b f Princess Tracey, by Prince Imperial-Traceywood, 3yrs, 8sec (Owner) 1
D Spence's b g Little Tib, 6yrs, 5sec (J Messervey) 2
Mrs J Austen's b f Clotah, 4yrs, 8sec (T G Fox) 3
Piecework scr, Troubadour 5sec, Elsa Huon 5sec and Ripon Child 6sec also started.
Princess Tracey at once went to the front and passing the stand was well clear of Clotah and Ripon Child. Going out of the straight and along the back Princess Tracey established a commanding lead. In the last half-mile Little Tib took second place, and set out in pursuit of Princess Tracey, who, however, won by a couple of lengths. Clotah was fifty yards away fourth, with Ripon Child fourth and Piecework next. Time, 2min 21sec.
ST ALBANS HANDICAP (in saddle) of 150 sovs; second 22 sovs, and third 15 sovs from the stake. 2.27 Class. One mile.
J Preece's b m Blue Rose, by Rothschild-Wild Rose, 6yrs, 6sec (H Frost) 1
J Bernard's br m Iola, 5yrs, 6sec (R Reay) 2
J A Buckland's ch m Dayspring, 5yrs, 5sec (J McLennan) 3
Bellis scr, Millie C scr, Ianto 3sec, Prince Randle 3sec, Ashwood 4sec, Pinewood 4sec, Dollar Princess 6 sec, Ned Corbett 6sec and Viewmont 6sec also started.
Iola was quickest to begin and led past the stand followed by Blue Rose, Ianto and Dayspring. Iola showed the way all along the back, but turning into the straight Blue Rose closed on her, and having the leader's measure a furlong from home, won by three lengths. Dayspring was a length behind Iola, with Pinewood fourth, the rest of the field a long way back. Time 2min 21 1/5th sec.
Credit: The Press 8Nov1911
1911 SPRING MEETING: THURSDAY 9 NOV 1911
The weather was by no means pleasant yesterday when a start was made at Addington with the second day's programme of the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club's Spring Meeting. A fierce nor'-wester was blowing and the dust it raised made matters decidedly unpleasant for the public, but fortunately later on in the afternoon the wind dropped, though only to spring up again from the south-west just before the close of the day's sport. Still the attendance was not affected, and among those present were visitors from all parts of the Dominion.
His Excellency the Governor, with Lady Islington and the Hon. Joan Dickson-Poynder, arrived just prior to the principal race of the afternoon, being received by the Hon. Chas. Louisson, MLC, president of the Club. The members of the Vice-regal party left after witnessing three races, in which they evidently took keen enjoyment.
The track was hardly at its best, as the strong wind drying it quickly after watering, caused it to cake somewhat on the surface. The racing, taken all through, was full of interest, and gave rise to spirited speculation. The totalisator investments amounting to £21,454 10s, as compared with £14,085 on the second day last year.
The chief event on the day's card, the Courtenay Handicap, brought out a very useful field of fourteen, and though three of the competitors put themselves out of court at the start, a very interesting contest resulted. Ruby S led practically the whole way, and when the staight was reached appeared to have the result safe. However, Croesus finished with great determination, and Ruby S was unable to withstand his final rush, and was beaten by half a length. Mr H W Kitchingham, of Greymouth, the owner of Croesus, is a good supporter of Canterbury meetings, and his victory was well received.
The opening event, the Hornby Handicap, was won in good style by Miramar, who trotted very steadily throughout. The Lyttelton Handicap was of especial interest because of the appearance of Calm, a four-year-old son of Wildwood Junior, winner of the New Zealand Cup in 1909 and 1910. Calm has a great private reputation, and as a result he was sent out the hottest favourite of the day. He showed that there was good justification for the support accorded him by winning comfortably in 2.49.
The Ladies' Bracelet Handicap was remarkable chiefly for the large dividend paid by the winner, for the large field was very quickly strung out, and Alice Woodburn won very easily. The consistent Submarine had no difficulty in securing the November Handicap from Lord Althorp, who just beat Prince Wilkin on the post for second place.
It was left to the Dominion Handicap, confined to unhoppled trotters, to produce the best finish of the day. Clive had established a good lead in the last round, but a strong run by Quincey put the pair on terms before the straight was reached. Quincey then took the lead, but broke, and Clive appeared to have the race in his keeping, but Quincey was quickly set going again, and the judge was unable to separate the pair.
In the Railway Handicap Lodi was in front all the way, anfd this was also the case with Agesemos, who won the final race of the day, the Royal Handicap. Details of the racing are:-
HORNBY HANDICAP (in saddle) of 150 sovs; second 22 sovs and third 15 sovs from stake. 3.45 class. One mile and a half.
A J Tutton's b m Miramar, by Wildwood-Wild Wave, 5yrs (R Annan) 1
F Vale's b g Wallace M, 5yrs, 12sec (A Butterfield) 2
J C Paget's b f Lady Lyons, 4yrs, 12sec (T W Price jun) 3
Child Beldon 8sec, The Next 8sec, Esma 9sec, Gladsome 9sec, Rolf Boldrewood 9sec, Bold Maid 11sec, Wild Victor 12sec and Lignite 12sec also started.
Lady Lyons, Lignite and Child Beldon led out of the straight, but before half a mile had been covered Child Beldon had taken second place. Entering the second lap, Lady Lyons had Child Beldon as her nearest attendant. Bold Maid and Miramar, on terms next. Going along the back Miramar ran up to Lady Lyons, and drawing away round the turn, won with something in hand by a length. Wallace M was half a length in front of Lady Lyons, with Rolf Boldrewood next, and Gladsome fifth. Time, 3min 35sec.
LYTTELTON HANDICAP (in harness) of 200 sovs; second 30 sovs, and third 10 sovs from stake. 5.5 class. Two miles.
W Kerr's b c Calm, by Wildwood Junior-Gertie, 4yrs, 7sec (Owner) 1
J Lorgelly's ch h Lord Heathcote, aged, 13sec (Owner) 2
W H Martyn's ch g Kini, 6yrs, 13sec (K H Smith) 3
Andy Regan 4sec, Proud Girl 8sec, Link 8sec, Onawa 10sec, Lady Disdain 13sec and Variation 13sec also started. (Kini and Variation were coupled)
Passing the stand the order of the leading division was Kini, Lady Disdain, and Onawa, but by the time the last lap was entered Calm had taken second place, Kini being out by himself in front. Going along the back the favourite was let out, and cutting down the leader at the turn drew away in the straight, and won by two lengths from Lord Heathcote, who came with a late run. Kini was several lengths away third, with Andy Regan a long way back fourth. Time, 4min 49sec.
LADIES' BRACELET (in saddle) of 75 sovs; second 7 sovs, and third 5 sovs from stake. One mile and a half.
Mrs F Priest's b m Alice Woodburn, by Woodburn Chief-Alicia, 6yrs, 7sec (Mr F Priest) 1
Miss Murray's b m Alita, scr (Mr J Lewis) 2
Mrs A Stewart's br m Ella Princess, 5yrs, 6sec (Mr A Stewart) 3
Destruction scr, Rosalie scr, Novelwood 2sec, Golden May 2sec, Corinna 3sec, Chrysos 4sec, Tottywood 4sec, Leitch 4sec, Rudston 4sec, Golden Mary 4sec, Albert Huon 4sec, Better luck 4sec, Merrywood 6sec, Cis Vivian 6sec, Lionheart 6sec, Spanish Lace 6sec, Leila B 6sec, Blackwitch 6sec, Investment 6sec, Wild West 6sec, and Tom Sayers 8sec also started.
Ella Princess and Alice Woodburn were in front after they had gone a lap. In the second lap the latter drew away, and won comfortably by ten lengths from Alita, who finished strongly and beat Ella Princess by half a length for second place. Golden Mary was fourth a long way back, with Novelwood alongside her. Time, 3min 59sec.
COURTENAY HANDICAP (in harness) of 400 sovs; second 60 sovs, and third 40 sovs from stake. 4.48 class. Two miles.
H W Kitchingham's ch h Croesus, by Rothschild-Palm Bell, 6yrs, 10sec (H Caskill) 1
A J Carman's blk m Ruby S, 6yrs, 8sec (A Wilson) 2
J Brankin's Piecework, 6yrs, 7sec (Owner)3
Quirk & Shaw's b h Medallion, aged, 3sec (E McKewen)
G Hood's br m Imperial Polly, aged, 7sec (Owner)
J Dennett's b c Adonis, 4yrs (F Holmes)
J Leslie's b g Electrocute, aged, 8sec (N L Price)
E Bowes's ch g Dr Chutney, aged, 8sec (C Kerr)
T Davidson's b g King Lynn, 6yrs, 8sec (Owner)
L Goodger's b g Kalgoorlie, 9sec (J Messervey)
R McMillan's br g John M, aged, 9sec (Owner)
A Smith's b m Schoolgirl, aged, 9sec (Owner)
J C Paget's b g Prince Warbeck, aged, 10sec (Owner)
F Jones's br h Bonification, aged, 10sec (Owner)
King Lynn, Schoolgirl and Dr Chutney refused to start and took no part in the race. Passing the stand Ruby S and Kalgoorlie were the leading division, with Imperial Polly and Croesus on terms next and Adonis and John M heading the others. Running along the back Ruby S still held charge, while Imperial Polly had run into second place. Kalgoorlie and Croesus next in order. Going out of the straight the second time Ruby S and Imperial Polly had Adonis, Kalgoorlie and Croesus as their nearest attendants, Piecework and Medallion the next division. Down the back stretch for the last time Adonis was in second place, while Croesus started to put in a good run on the outside. Ruby S led into the straight but Croesus finished strongly under pressure and got up in time to win by half a length. Piecework, who beat a bunch of tiring horses was ten lengths away third and then came John M and Adonis. Time, 4min 49 2/5th sec.
NOVEMBER HANDICAP (in saddle) of 200 sovs; second 30 sovs and third 20 sovs from stake. 4.55 class. Two miles.
J Watson's b g Submarine by Torpedo-Fitzjames mare, aged, 7sec (T Arnett) 1
G Iles's gr h Lord Althorn, aged, 9sec (J Tudhope) 2
Mre H Smith's blk h Prince Wilkin, 5yrs, 12sec (H T Smith) 3
Miss Florrie C scr, Lord Spec 9sec, Viewmont 9sec, Lady Richmond 10sec, Bell Car 11sec, and Ferira 14sec also started.
Ferira lost his chance at the start, and Prince Wilkin made play in the first round from Lady Richmond, Lord Spec, and Viewmont. There was little change in the first mile, but in the second half of the journey Submarine started to close on the leader. Going along the back for the last time he had the measure of Prince Wilkin, and drawing away at the turn, won by three lengths from Lord Althorp, who caught Prince Wilkin in the last few strides and secured second place by half a length. Lady Richmond was fourth and Ferira fifth. Time, 4min 43 sec.
DOMINION HANDICAP (in harness) of 235 sovs; second 35 sovs and third 23 sovs from stake. 5.5 class. For unhoppled trotters. Two miles.
S W Scott's b h Quincey, by Vancleve-Gracie, aged, 2sec (Owner) 1=
T G Fox's b g Clive, by Cleveland-Peggy, aged, 10sec (Owner) 1=
D Kennedy's rn m Muricata, 5yrs, 13sec (Owner) 3
Verax scr, Rothville 7sec, Ngarta 10sec, Wiolet M 13sec, Bellwind 14sec, Lignite 14sec, Treasure Seeker 14sec, Sir Joe 16sec, Master Raymond 18sec and Miss Ngapara 18sec also started.
Sir Joe, Miss Ngapara and Clive were in front as they passed the stand, with Bellwind and Muricata at the head of the next division. With half the journey gone Clive had taken charge, Muricata being second, Quincey putting in a fast run. Rounding the turn into the straight Quincey closed on Clive, and when well in line for home had him beaten. Then Quincey broke, and Clive again went to the front, but Quincey's driver quickly got him going again, and finishing strongly, he got up in time to pass the post on level terms with Clive. Murcata was forty yards away third, with Master Raymond fourth. Times, Quincey 4min 37 2/5th sec; Clive 4min 45 2/5th sec.
RAILWAY HANDICAP (in saddle) of 160 sovs; second 24 sovs, and third 10 sovs from stake. 2.25 class. One mile.
M Clarice's b m Lodi, by Rothschild-Espanita, aged, 5sec (D Warren) 1
W F Jackman's b m Royal Vesta, 5yrs, 4sec (H Frost) 2
R Miller's b g Millwood, aged, 2sec (J Rainey) 3
Scottish Mac 1sec, Dayspring 3sec, Iola 3sec, Ianto 4sec, VS 4sec, Pinewood 4sec, Prince Randle 5sec and Ashwood 5sec also started.
Lodi began smartly and as they entered the straight and passed the stand was clear of Iola and VS. Going along the back Iola was beaten, and Royal Vesta took second place, but broke almost at once. Lodi held her advantage into the straight, and though Royal Vesta came with another run, she could not reach Lodi, who won by a couple of lengths. Millwood was half a dozen lehgths away third, with Dayspring fourth. Time, 2min 19sec.
ROYAL HANDICAP (in harness) of 200 sovs; second 30 sovs and third 20 sovs from stake. 2.22 class. One mile.
A J Lawrence's b h Agesemos, 6yrs, 6sec (J Messervey) 1
G Stringfellow's b g The Needle , aged, 4sec (M Edwards) 2
J Preece's b g Rosebery, aged, 4sec (T Frost) 3
Wilkie scr, Mains 4sec, Silver Black 4sec, Princess Mento 5sec, Blackshild Boy 5sec, Florin 5sec, and Little Arthur 5sec also started.
Agesemos and Little Arthur made play out of the straight, with Florin and Blackchild Boy next. Going along the back Rosebery ran into third place behind Agesemos and Little Arthur, but before reachibg the turn the latter was done with. Coming roud the turn The Needle put in a strong run on the outside, but could make no impression on Agesemos, who won easing up by two lengths,Rosebery was a similar distance away third, with Blackchild Boy fourth, and Wilkie next. Time, 2min 21 sec.
Credit: The Press 10 Nov 1911
1911 SPRING MEETING: Friday 10 Nov 1911
The Metropolitan Trotting Club's Spring Meeting which was brought to a conclusion yesterday, may be regarded as one of the most successful gatherings yet held at Addington.
The weather was beautiful at the start of proceedings, and though a heavy shower fell just before the principal event of the day, the Christchurch Handicap, and there was another downpour a little later on, there was not sufficient rain to affect the attendance or to spoil the enjoyment of those present, nor was the track seriously affected.
The very large gathering of the public affording ample proof of the popularity of the sport, nor is this to be wondered at when the people are provided with such splendid racing as was furnished by yesterday's programme. The Meeting all through has been productive of some first-class trotting, but for all-round excellence that of yesterday stands first. There were capital fields engaged in most of the events, and the result was spirited speculation, with the investment of a record sum for a three-days' trotting meeting in the Dominion. The day's total was £29,456.10s, and this with £27,418 on the first day, and £21,431 10s on the second gives an aggregate of £78,329, as against £50,889 last year.
The Governor's Handicap, with which the card opened, saw Wallace Junior sent out first favourite, but he went rather unsteadily, and could only get third place behind Ripon Child and Kini, the former of whom was in a handy position throughout. The easiest win of the day was that achieved by Bell Car in the Sockburn Handicap, for unhoppled trotters, for the Bellman gelding was in front in the second circuit, and thereafter had the result safe.
The field of ten for the Christchurch Handicap included Lady Clare, Dick Fly and Al Franz, who had filled the places in the New Zealand Cup, in addition to Bright Medallion and Bribery who had also competed in that event. St Swithin, who was made a warm favourite, had been entered for the £1000 race, but was withdrawn shortly after the handicap appeared. Yesterday he showed that there was ample justification for the support accorded to him, for after losing considerable ground at the start, he was within striking distance of the leaders in the last lap, and having the measure of Emmeline in the concluding stages, won a good race by a length.
The Australasian Handicap produced a capital race between Redchild and Submarine, two of the finest two-mile saddle horses in the Dominion. A break just before entering the last circuit threatened to rob Submarine of his chance, but he settled down again quickly and outstayed Redchild in the run home.
For the Metropolitan Handicap, Galvanita was made first favourite, with Wallace Junior next in demand, this pair being much better supported than anything else in the race. Their backer were quickly put out of their anxiety, as Wallace Junior collided with Hue Elect almost immediately after the start, while before one round had been covered Galvanita broke badly and lost all possible chance. Fuseo led for a good portion of the journey, but could not see the distance out, and Maelstrom won handily from Andy Regan.
The Enfield Handicap was responsible for a brilliant performance by Aberfeldy, who, starting from scratch in a field of fourteen, came with a great burst of speed in the straight, and won by half a head from Florin, cutting out the mile in 2min 12 3/5 sec - a New Zealand race record. The Provincial Handicap was robbed of some of its interest by a mishap, which put out the favourite, Piecework and Imperial Polly, before half the journey had been covered. There was however, a capital finish between Emmeline and Havoc, and though the former had had a hard race in the Christchurch Handicap, she was able to stall off Havoc's final challenge.
The West Coaster, Jingle, was most in demand for the final event of the day, the Recovery Handicap, but he did not begin too well and Derringcotte, who got to the front early, kept his place to the finish. Wallace Junior was produced in this event for the third time during the afternoon, but again had to be content with third place. Details of the racing are:-
GOVERNOR'S HANDICAP (in harness) of 150 sovs; second 22 sovs and third 15 sovs from stake. 3.42 Class One mile and a half.
W B Masham's blk c Ripon Child, by Proud Child-Verice, 4yrs, 6sec (N L Price) 1
W H Martyn's ch g Kini, 6yrs 8sec (F H Smith) 2
H H McLean's ch c Wallace Junr, 4yrs, 1sec (R McMillan) 3
Prince Rufus 3sec, Brown Bell 4sec, Solo 6sec, Lord Heathcote 7sec, Wild Arab 7sec, Wallace M 7sec and Clotah 8sec also started.
With half the journey gone Kini was showing the way to Solo, Ripon Child, Wild Arab and Brown Bell, with Wallace Junr making up his ground fast. A break a little further on settled the chance of the last named. Going along the back the second time Kini had Ripon Child as his nearest attendant. Rounding the turn Ripon Child closed on the leader, and drawing away, won by two lengths; Wallace Junr who finished fast, being three lengths further back, followed by Brown Bell and Wallace M. Time, 3min 38sec.
SOCKBURN HANDICAP (in harness) of 300 sovs; second 45 sovs and third 30 sovs from stake. 4.57 class. For unhoppled trotters only. Two miles.
M Clarice's ch g Bell Car, by Bellman-Carmen, aged, 12sec (A Pringle) 1
G Clarkson's b g Redchild, aged, scr (M Edwards) 2
D Kennedy's rn m Muricata, 5yrs, 13sec (Owner) 3
Quincey scr, Electrocute 6sec, Clive 8sec, Coiner 12sec, Floranz 13sec, Havelock 15sec and Rothella 17sec also started. (Redchild and Havelock & Bell Car and Coiner were bracketed on the totalisator)
Rothella refused to settle down at the start and Floranz set out to make the running, being followed past the stand the first time by Bell Car and Muricata, with Coiner some distance back. Before the end of the next circuit Bell Car had taken charge and quickly established a good deal from Floranz, Muricata, and Coiner, while Clive was improving his position. A bad break in the back stretch put Floranz out of court, and Muricata and Clive closed on him. Bell Car, meanwhile, had been going along comfortably in front, and won easing up by forty yards from Redchild, who cut down Muricata in the final stages and beat her for second place by five lengths. Electrocute was fourth with Quincey almost on terms, and then came Floranz. Time, 4min 46sec.
CHRISTCHURCH HANDICAP (in harness) of 450 sovs; second 67 sovs and third 45 sovs from stake. 4.44 class. Two miles.
H F Nicoll's b h St Swithin, by Rothschild-Queen V, 5yrs, 3sec (A Pringle) 1
R McDonnell's br m Emmeline, 5yrs, 3sec (Owner) 2
D Spence's b g Little Tib, 6yrs, 7sec (J Messervey) 3
S Tapp's b g Dick Fly, aged, scr (M Edwards)
J Preece's b h Bright, 6yrs, 1sec (T Frost)
W F Clinton's b m Lady Clare, 6yrs, 1sec (J Tasker)
E Bowe's b h Al Franz, 6yrs, 3sec (C Kerr)
Quirk & Shaw's b h Medallion, aged, 3sec (E McKewen)
L Dorie's b h Bribery, 5yrs, 4sec (F Holmes)
W J Moreland's br m Curfew Bell, aged, 7sec (R Reay)
Curfew Bell began smartly and led round the turn into the straight, followed by Little Tib, Lady Clare and Emmeline. Passing the stand Curfew Bell was still in front, but Lady Clare had taken second place, and Little Tib was fourth behind Emmeline. The order was the same all the way along the back and into the straight the second time, where St Swithin, who had been slow getting going, was beginning to make up his ground on the outside. Going along the back Curfew Bell began to tire, and at the tanks was beaten, while St Swithin was now within striking distance of the leaders. Coming round the turn Emmeline was closely followed by St Swithin, but in the straight the latter had Emmeline's measure and won a good race by a length. Little Tib was twelve lengths away third, with Lady Clare fourth, Bright fifth, and Al Franz next. Time 4min 41sec.
AUSTRALASIAN HANDICAP (in saddle) of 200 sovs; second 30 sovs and third 20 sovs from stake. 4.52 class Two miles.
J Watson's b g Submarine, by Torpedo-Fitzjames mare, aged, 3sec (T Annett) 1
G Clarkson's b g Redchild, aged, scr (M Edwards) 2
E Bowes's ch g Dr Chutney, aged, 9sec (E McKewen) 3
Millwood 6sec, King Lynn 6sec,Prince Warbeck 8sec, Clive 8sec, Lady Richmond 8sec, Blackchild Boy 9sec, Viewmont 10sec, and Timoty 12sec also started.
Passing the stand the first time the order was Timoty, Viewmont and Blackchild Boy, with Dr Chutney and Lady Richmond close together next. By the end of the next lap Dr Chutney had taken charge from Timoty and Lady Richmond, with Redchild coming fast on the outside, while Submarine lost ground owing to a break in the straight. Submarine's rider got him going again quickly and going along the back he and Redchild closed on the leader. Turning into the straight Dr Chutney was beaten, and after a good race Submarine won by two lengths from Redchild, who was four lengths in front of Dr Chutney. Then some distance back came Lady Richmond and Timoty. Time, 4min 49 3/5 sec.
METROPOLITAN HANDICAP (in harness), of 200 sovs; second 30 sovs, and third 20 sovs from stake. 3.39 class. Ome mile and a half.
M Fiedlander's blk m Maelstrom, by Wildwood-Miss Poole, 6yrs, 3sec (C Kerr) 1
W Quirk gr g Andy Regan, 3yrs, 5sec (E McKewen) 2
B Edwards's b g Little Stranger, 5yrs, 5sec (Owner) 3
Ruby S scr, Hue Elect 1sec, Wallace Junr 2sec, Schoolgirl 2sec, Bonification 2sec, Fuseo 3sec, Galvanita 4sec,Troubadour 4sec and Ned Corbett 6sec also started.
Going out of the straight almost immediately after the start, Hue Elect and Wallace Jnr collided and the former's driver was thrown out. Going along the back Andy Regan had taken charge, while Galvanita lost her chance by a bad break. Coming into the straight Fuseo was showing the way to Andy Regan and Maelstrom, this being the order as they entered the last circuit and ran along the back. Rounding the turn Fuseo had had enough, and Maelstrom went on in front from Little Stranger and Andy Regan. Holding his advantage to the finish Maelstrom won by three lengths from Andy Regan, who in the final run cut down Little Stranger and beat him for second place by a length. Fuseo was fourth and Ruby S fifth. Time, 3min 36sec. Glendalough (4sec) went to the post, but owing to a mishap to the gear did not start and the totalisator investments were returned.
ENFIELD HANDICAP (in saddle) of 220 sovs; second 33 sovs and third 22 sovs from stake. 2.20 class. One mile.
J G McConochie's br g Aberfeldy, by Prince Imperial-Miss Kate, aged, scr (J Brankin) 1
W Henry's br g Florin, aged, 5sec (J Bridges) 2
J Smith's blk g Silver Black, aged, 5sec (E McKewen) 3
Miss Florrie C 1sec, Lopp 2sec, Curfew Bell 3sec, Lord Chancellor 4sec, Millwood 4sec, Mains 4sec, Vibon 4sec, Agesemos 4sec, Rosebery 4sec, Little Arthur 5sec, Bellis 5sec, and Scottish Mac 5sec also started.
After some delay caused by a couple of false starts, the field was sent away, Silver Black and Scottish Mac making the running past the stand and out of the straight. These two were in front along the back, but at the tanks the field closed up, Mains being third. Turning into the straight Florin took charge, but Aberfeldy put in a great run, and just got up in the last stride to win by half a head. Silver Black was half a length behind Florin, with Mains fourth and Curfew Bell fifth. Time, 2min 12 3/5th sec.
PROVINCIAL HANDICAP (in harness), of 300 sovs; second 45 sovs, and third 30 sovs from stake. 2.55 class. One mile and a quarter.
R McDonnell's b m Emmeline, by Rothschild-Imperialism, 5yrs, 2sec (Owner) 1
D Nyhan's b h Havoc, 6yrs, 2sec (A Pringle) 2
S Tapp's b g Dick Fly, aged, 1sec (M Edwards) 3
Wilkie 1sec, Bright 2sec, Imperial Polly 2sec, Al Franz 3sec, Agesemos 3sec, Piecework 4sec and Verax 4sec also started.
Agesemos was smartest to begin, and led to the turn, where, as the result of a mix-up, Pieccework broke badly and Imperial Polly lost her driver. Passing the stand Emmeline had taken charge from Agesemos, Al Franz and Havoc. Going along the back Emmeline was still in front, while Havoc had run into second place. The latter put in a good run in the straight, but was unable to reach Emmeline who won by a couple of lengths. Dick Fly was six lengths back, followed by Al Franz and Bright. Time, 2min 46sec.
RECOVERY HANDICAP (in harness) of 180 sovs; second 27 sovs and third 18 sovs from stake. 2.25 class. One mile
R W Mannings's ch g Derringcotte, by Prince Imperial-Victor mare, 5sec (J Tasker) 1
H W Kitchingham's b c Jingle, 4yrs, 5sec (H Gaskell) 2
H H McLean's ch c Wallace Jr, 4yrs, 3sec (R McMillan) 3
Gianella 3sec, TFC 3sec, Troubadour 5sec, Onward 5sec, Elsa Huon 5sec, Little Stranger 6sec and Grey Echo 6sec also started.
Passing the stand Derringcotte was showing the way to Grey Echo, Little Stranger and Wallace Junr, the last named going well. Derringcote held his lead throughout and won by a length from Jingle, who lost ground at the start. Wallace Junr was five lengths away third, with Little Stranger fourth, and Gianella fifth, close together. Time, 2min 20sec.
Credit: The Press 11 Nov 1911
1910 SPRING MEETING: FRIDAY 11 NOVEMBER
The weather was delightfully fine for the concluding day of the New Zealand Metrolpoitan Trotting Club's Meeting, and the attendance reached record proportions.
Credit: The Press 12 November 1910