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INTERNATIONAL HISTORY

Winston Churchill becomes British Prime Minister.

The Battle of Britain begins.

LOCAL HISTORY

Conscription is introduced for the armed services; 60,000 men had already enlisted.

January 5 - First echelon of Canterbury troops for World War II leave Lyttelton.

May 18 - Harewood Airport officially opens.

November 25 - "Holmwood" en route from the Chathams to Lyttelton, sunk by German raiders. "Turakina" and "Rangitane" are sunk in the Tasman Sea.

Credit: Ch-Ch City Libraries

RACING HISTORY PRESIDENTS: NZMTC

ALLAN MATSON - NZMTC President

The colourful stock dealer/auctioneer was a "bridge" administrator, more of an entrepreneur and marketing man of the modern world than that of the era of more serious administrators who preceded him.

Matson was one of the most successful presidents of the Metropolitan Trotting Club in its long history. Though aided by the rush of money to racing at the end of the Second World War when turnovers boomed he was an outstanding all round administrator.

As an energetic president he raised stakes to record levels attracting huge attendances in the 1940's and when his term ended and another fine leader, Charlie Thomas, succeeded him Matson became the Treasurer for 13 years, a classic mixture of good management and forward thinking.

A rotund rollicking figure, Matson had friends, customers and contacts from his stock agency everywhere and his dynamic leadership was the key factor in Addington emerging very much the leader of the pack in the post-war years.

The Trotting Cup in the Matson years became the richest race of any code run in New Zealand. It was two thirds the stake of the richest in Australasia, the Melbourne Cup, a fraction we can only dream about today. The supporting races were similarly rich. You could buy a nice house if you won a nice race on Cup Day. If you won the Cup you could buy a nice farm or two. Think about that and weep.

Matson was always advancing new ideas. He tried hard to get a photo finish system from the United States during the war(importing it was not allowed) and helped drive its establishment immediately afterward. Unhappily the man nearly everyone in Canterbury knew and liked died at only 58 but having already achieved more than most administrators who survived much longer.

Credit: David McCarthy writing in Harnessed Aug 2016

RACING HISTORY INTERDOMINIONS

PERTH - GRAND MOGUL
Kiwi bred Grand Mogul, racing in Dunedin owner George Barton's name won the final but the title of Grand Champion was awarded to Logan Derby. After the 1936 result, it was poetic justice for the diminutive son of Globe Derby, who won only one of the 1940 heats and galloped for half a lap in the final, finishing fifth.
Master Dixie, a son of Phoenix Dixie, finished second in the 1940 Final to Grand Mogul. Phoenix Dixie was taken to an old veterinary surgeon for a gelding operation. The vet casually asked his breeding then putting his instruments away said "Take him home, son. You can always take them out but you can't put them back."


RACING HISTORY FEATURE RACE COMMENT

Winifred Matson, wife of the NZMTC President & Marlene
1940 NEW ZEALAND TROTTING CUP

Marlene, driven by Ron Donald, marked a resurrection for mares, being the first winner in two decades and also the first of three within the next decade.

It was close though with just half a head to spare over Dusky Sound and the Ces Donald trained 7-year-old was in doubt to start the day before, was heavily bandaged and was not sighted again at the meeting.

Donald also quinellaed the Dominion again with Tan John beating Captain Bolt, with his gifted brother Ron doing the driving.

Credit: New Zealand HRWeekly 8Oct03

RESULTS OF PRESTIGE RACES FOR THIS SEASON
 
NEW ZEALAND FREE-FOR-ALL

Current Sponsor: ( WOODLANDS )
(Renamed New Zealand Pacing Sprint Championship, 1942-48) 1914-1919 One Mile & Quarter: 1920-1927 One Mile: 1928-1961 One Mile & Quarter: 1962 Nine & Half Furlongs Mobile: 1963-1972 One Mile & Quarter Stand: 1973-1974 2000 Metres Stand: 1975-2011 2000 Metres Mobile: 2012-2013 1 Mile Mobile: 2014 1950 Metres Mobile
1982 on GROUP 1: 1950Metres: Mobile Start.
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER PLUTUS  
TRAINER C S Donald DRIVER J Bryce jnr TIME 2 46 3/5
HANDICAP Scr STAKE 600 DATE 15/11/1940
BREEDING h Nelson Derby-Fanny Logan
OWNER W J Gudsell
Last 800 Last 400 MileRate 2 13 1/5
MIDDLETON HANDICAP TROT

Current Sponsor:
Standing Start: 1903-1911 race open to pacers & trotters: 1911 in saddle. 2m 1902-3: 1 1/2m 1904: 2m 1905: 1 1/2m 1906-7: 2m 1908-30: 1 1/2m 1931-3: 2m 1934-38: 1 1/2m 1939: 2m 1940. Final running 1940
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER GRACIE FIELDS  
TRAINER R Townley DRIVER R Townley TIME 4 37 1/5
HANDICAP 12 yards STAKE 500 DATE 15/11/1940
BREEDING 9m Native King-Reta Peter
OWNER R Townley
SOCKBURN HANDICAP TROT

Current Sponsor:
Standing Start. 1903 2miles; 1904-5 1 1/2 miles; 1906 2miles; 1907 1 1/2 miles; 1908-33 2miles; 1934-40 1 1/2 miles; 1941-46 1mile 5furlongs; 1947-50 1 1/4 miles stand FFA.
1903-1946: 1947-1950 Run as Sockburn FFA Trot
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER MANNAS SON  
TRAINER V Alborn DRIVER V Alborn TIME 3 22 2/5
HANDICAP Front STAKE 500 DATE 14/11/1940
BREEDING 11g Worthy Bond-Manna
OWNER V Alborn
METROPOLITAN CHALLENGE STAKES

Current Sponsor:
2 miles 1901-4: 1 1/2 miles 1905-23: Not Run 1906: 2 miles 1924-36: 1 1/4 miles 1937-39: 1m 5f 1940: 2 miles 1941-42: 1 1/4 miles 1943: 1m 5f 1944-45: 1 1/4 miles 1946-63: 1m 5f 1964. From 1943 to 1963 restricted to 3&4yos: 1964 4yos only: Last run 1964
Handicap Pace: Run from 1901 to 1964: Open to 1942: For 3 & 4 yos 1943-63: 4 yos only 1964
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER REGAL  
TRAINER R W Townley DRIVER R W Townley TIME 3 34.0
HANDICAP 24 yards STAKE 300 DATE 14/11/1940
BREEDING 9g Grattan Loyal-Jenny Bell Jnr
OWNER H J McCosker
OLLIVIER HCP

Current Sponsor:
1935-49 Run as Handicap: 1950 Not Run: 1951-53 Two Mile FFA: 1954-55 One Mile & Half FFA: 1956 Two Mile Hcp: 1957-63 One Mile & Five Furlong Hcp: 1964-65 One Mile & Quarter Hcp: 1966-72 One Mile & Five Furlong Hcp: 1973-74 2000 Metres Hcp: 1975-76 1 Mile Mobile FFA: 1977-79 1 Mile Mobile Restricted FFA: Last run 1979
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER SANDUSKY  
TRAINER R B Berry DRIVER R B Berry TIME 4 28 3/5
HANDICAP Scr STAKE 600 DATE 14/11/1940
BREEDING g Jewel Pointer-Bonnie Bingen
OWNER Downes & Hosking
NEW ZEALAND DERBY

Current Sponsor: ( DIAMOND CREEK FARM )
(Formerly New Brighton Derby Stakes) From 1914 to 1925 the race was conducted by the New Brighton Trotting Cub and decided in the Autumn (1925 Winner: Kohara). In 1925 it was taken over by the Metropolitan Trotting Club and decided in the Spring (Winner: Native Chief). 1982 decided in Summer. = Dead Heat. 1968-9 1 mile & half: 1970-2 1m 5f: 1973-83 2600 Metres Stand: From 1984 2600 Metres Mobile.
GROUP 1:Three-year-old Pace: 2600 Metres: Mobile Start.
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER GOLD CHIEF  
TRAINER L Davidson DRIVER R Messervy TIME 3 29 3/5
HANDICAP Scr STAKE 1,250 DATE 14/11/1940
BREEDING 3c Rey de Oro-Dusolina
OWNER J B Westerman
NEW ZEALAND TROTTING CUP

Current Sponsor: ( CHRISTCHURCH CASINO )
1904-1973 Two Miles: From 1929 to 1931 run as two Heats and a Final: 2008 Free-For-All
GROUP 1: 3200 Metres: Standing Start
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER MARLENE  
TRAINER C S Donald DRIVER R Donald TIME 4 18 2/5
HANDICAP Scr STAKE 2500 DATE 12/11/1940
BREEDING 7 m Jack Potts - Auditress
OWNER C S Donald
Last 800 Last 400 MileRate 2 09 1/5
DOMINION TROTTING FFA

Current Sponsor: ( HARAS des TROTTEURS )
1911-1973 Distance Two Miles: 1934&1935 Distance One & Half Miles: = Dead Heat 2007- Free-For-All
GROUP 1: For Trotting Horses only 3200 metres
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER TAN JOHN  
TRAINER C S Donald DRIVER R Donald TIME 4 31 1/5
HANDICAP Scr STAKE 650 DATE 12/11/1940
BREEDING g Worthy Bingen-Advance mare
OWNER W E Stickings
RICCARTON STAKES

Current Sponsor:
1 1/2 miles 1935: 1 1/4 miles 1936-63: 1 1/2 miles 1964-71: 1 1/4 miles 1972: 2600 metres 1973-77. From 1964 run as seperate races on Tuesday & Friday of Cup Week
3yo Handicap Pace: Between 1964 & 1977 run as two races: Run from 1935 to 1977
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER RONALD REGAN  
TRAINER R W Townley DRIVER R W Townley TIME 2 47 3/5
HANDICAP Front STAKE 300 DATE 12/11/1940
BREEDING g Logan Fraser-Eileen Wood
OWNER S T Webster
CANTERBURY HANDICAP

Current Sponsor:
1938-52 2 Mile Std: 1953-58 1 5/8 Mile Std: 1959 2 Mile Std: 1960-72 1 5/8 Mile Std: 1973-81 2600m Std: 1982 2600m Mobile.
Handicap Pace: Run from 1938 to 1982
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER NELSON EDDY  
TRAINER L O Thomas DRIVER L O Thomas TIME 4 22 2/5
HANDICAP Front STAKE 500 DATE 12/11/1940
BREEDING 5h Nelson Derby-Lady Bee
OWNER P J Andrew
Last 800 Last 400 MileRate 2 11 1/5
LIGHTNING HANDICAP

Current Sponsor:
Standing Start: 1mile 1904-18; 1 1/2miles 1919; 1mile 1920-31; 1 1/2miles 1932-36; 1 1/4miles 1937; 1 1/2miles 1938-40; 2miles 1941; Not run 1942; 1 1/4miles 1943-61; 9 1/2furlongs 1962; 1 1/4miles 1963-72; Not run 1973&4; 2000metres 1975-82. In saddle 1904, 1909-11, 1920-31. Run as FFA 1947, 52, 59, 62, 63 & 1965
From 1904 to 1982
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER THREE TENS  
TRAINER E F C Hinds DRIVER M Stewart TIME 3 21 2/5
HANDICAP Front STAKE 300 DATE 16/08/1940
BREEDING 4g Jack Potts-Lady Effie
OWNER E F C Hinds
NATIONAL HCP

Current Sponsor:
1904-40 2 mile Std: 1941 1m Std: 1942-50 2m Std: 1951-56 1m 5furlong Std: 1957 2m Std: 1958-59 1m5f Std: 1960-61 2m Std: 1962-72 1m5f Std: 1973-81 2600mtrs Std: 1982 Race Discontinued
Handicap Pace. Last run 1981
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER DUSKY SOUND  
TRAINER R Townley DRIVER R Townley TIME 4 22.0
HANDICAP 12 yards STAKE 650 DATE 16/08/1940
BREEDING 13g Happy Voyage-Hectors Own
OWNER R W Townley
AVON HANDICAP

Current Sponsor:
1904-06 1 Mile: 1907-33 2 Miles: 1917-18 Not Run: 1934-36 1 1/2 Miles: 1937 2 Miles: 1938 1 1/4 Miles: 1939-40 1 1/2 Miles: 1941-44 2 Miles: 1942 & 1943 Not Run: 1945-49 1 1/4 Miles.
Run from 1904 to 1949
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER CAPTAIN BOLT  
TRAINER C S Donald DRIVER G S Smith TIME 3 22 3/5
HANDICAP 24 yards STAKE 500 DATE 14/08/1940
BREEDING 12g Peterwah-Medway
OWNER Mrs E Berryman
INTERNATIONAL (SPRING) HANDICAP

Current Sponsor:
1906-1919 1 miles: 1920-1935 1mile: 1936-1940 1 miles: Race discontinued 1941
Handicap Pace
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER WINDSOR LASS  
TRAINER J B Pringle DRIVER J B Pringle TIME 2 45 1/5
HANDICAP Front STAKE 300 DATE 8/08/1940
BREEDING 9m Truman Direct-Rose Logan
OWNER F M Kingsland
CANTERBURY JUVENILE

Current Sponsor:
1938-60 1 1/4 Miles Std: 1942-45 & 1961-67 Not Run: 1968-69 1 Mile Mobile: 1970-73 1 1/4 Miles Std: 1974-75 2000m Std: 1976 2000m Mob: 1977-78 1 Mile Mob. In 1971&72 two races run.
2YO Pace run from 1938 to 1978
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER SPECIAL FORCE  
TRAINER P P Gallagher DRIVER P P Gallagher TIME 2 53 4/5
HANDICAP Front STAKE 300 DATE 25/05/1940
BREEDING c Quite Sure-Love Parade
OWNER A A Jopp
CRAVEN HANDICAP PACE

Current Sponsor:
1919-42 1 1/4 Miles: 1935 & 1938 Not Run: 1943-49 2 Miles
Handicap Pace Run from 1919 to 1949
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER ADVERSITY  
TRAINER M Stewart DRIVER M Stewart TIME 2 41 1/5
HANDICAP Front STAKE 300 DATE 28/03/1940
BREEDING 10g Al Mack-Dam of Adversity
OWNER A W Ebbett
PRESIDENTS HANDICAP (NZMTC)

Current Sponsor:
1904 2 miles: 1905 1 1/2 miles: 1906-10 2 miles: 1911 1 1/2 miles: 1912-40 2 miles: 1938 & 1942-45 & 1948-49 & 1951 Not Run: 1941-47 1 5/8 miles: 1950-54 2 miles: 1955-63 1 5/8 miles: 1964-65 1 1/4 miles: 1966-68 1 5/8 miles.
Handicap Pace. Run from 1904 to 1968
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER MARLENE  
TRAINER C S Donald DRIVER C S Donald TIME 4 26 2/5
HANDICAP Front STAKE 650 DATE 27/03/1940
BREEDING 7m Jack Potts-Auditress
OWNER C S Donald
NZ HAMBLETONIAN HCP TROT

Current Sponsor:
1 1/4 Miles 1934-1940: 1 5/8 Miles 1941-1942: Two Miles 1943-44: 1 1/4 Miles 1945-49: Two Miles 1954: One Mile & 5 Furlongs 1955: Two Miles 1956-1965: From 1934-1949 TOP CLASS TROT: 1938 & 1951 Not Run: 1950-65 NZ HAMBLETONIAN HCP TROT: Replaced by NZ TROTTING CHAMPIONSHIP 1966
Two Miles Invitation Hcp Trot
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER TE KAHU  
TRAINER J Fraser Jnr DRIVER J Fraser Jnr TIME 3 22.4
HANDICAP Front STAKE 500 DATE 27/03/1940
BREEDING 9g Nelson Bingen-Lottie Audubon
OWNER J Fraser Jnr
EASTER CUP

Current Sponsor: ( BRECKON FARMS & ALL STARS RACING )
Prior to 1939 Easter Hcp Two Miles: 1918 & 1938 Not Run: 1940 1 1/2 miles: 1942-1946 Two Miles: 1947 & 48 Easter Stakes FFA One Mile & Half: 1949-50 Easter Hcp: 1951 Not Run: 1952-1970 One Mile & Five Furlongs: 1972-1973 Two Miles: 1983 GROUP 2:
GROUP 1: Pace: 3200 Metres: Standing Start
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER HORSE POWER  
TRAINER J Fraser Jnr DRIVER J Fraser Jnr TIME 3 16.1/5
HANDICAP Front STAKE 650 DATE 23/03/1940
BREEDING 6h Jack Potts-Free Advice
OWNER G J Barton
PRESIDENTS HANDICAP (NBTC)

Current Sponsor:
1940 1 1/2 Miles Std: 1941-56 2 Miles: 1948-1950 & 1957 Not Run: 1958-61 1 1/2 Miles: 1962-63 2 Miles: 1964-70 1 5/8 Miles: 1971&2 Not Run: 1973 2600m
Handicap Trot 1940, Pace Run from 1941 to 1972
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER GRACIE FIELDS  
TRAINER R W Townley DRIVER R W Townley TIME 3 21.0
HANDICAP 12 yards STAKE 350 DATE 17/02/1940
BREEDING 9m Native King-Reta Peter
OWNER R King
PAPARUA HANDICAP PACE

Current Sponsor:
1919-38 2 Miles: 1939-40 1 1/2 Miles: 1941-42 2 Miles
Handicap Pace Run from 1919 to 1942
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER TOORAK  
TRAINER V Leeming DRIVER J B Pringle TIME 3 36 1/5
HANDICAP Front STAKE 500 DATE 10/02/1940
BREEDING 6h Wrack-Sun Deach
OWNER J Richardson
Last 800 Last 400 MileRate 2 24 1/5
MASON HANDICAP PACE (CPTC)

Current Sponsor:
1933-41 2 Miles Std: 1942-46 1 5/8 Miles: 1947 1 1/2 Miles: 1948-52 1 5/8 Miles: 1953 2 Miles: 1954-56 1 5/8 Miles.
Handicap Pace run from 1933 to 1956
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER GREAT JEWEL  
TRAINER R B Berry DRIVER R B Berry TIME 4 20.0
HANDICAP 12 yards STAKE 700 DATE 2/01/1940
BREEDING 8g Jewel Pointer-Harvest Home
OWNER D Brideson
CANTERBURY HANDICAP (CPTC)

Current Sponsor:
1911-1945 2 Miles: 1947-58 1 5/8 Miles
Raced between 1911 and 1958
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER SOUTHERN CHIEF  
TRAINER R B Berry DRIVER R B Berry TIME 4 24.0
HANDICAP Front STAKE 1000 DATE 1/01/1940
BREEDING 7h Wrack-?
OWNER Miss J Cuff
STEWARDS HANDICAP/ MILE (CPTC)

Current Sponsor:
1910 1 1/2 Miles: 1911-41 2 Miles: 1942-48 1 5/8 Miles: 1949-52 2 Miles: 1951 Not Run: 1953-63 1 5/8 Miles: 1964 1 1/4 Miles: 1965 1 5/8 Miles: 1966 1 1/4 Miles: 1967-81 1 Mile Mobile
Trotting Handicap/Mile: Run from 1910 to 1981 by Canterbury Park
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER GERFALCON  
TRAINER M Holmes DRIVER M Holmes TIME 4 22.0
HANDICAP 24 yards STAKE 300 DATE 1/01/1940
BREEDING 7h Wrack-Nantwich
OWNER Macfarlane & Scott
HENRY MACE MEMORIAL

Current Sponsor:
2 miles 1902-31: 1 1/4 miles 1932: 2 miles 1933-38: 9 1/2 furlongs 1939: Not Run 1940-47: 2 miles 1948-57: 1 1/2 miles 1958: 2 miles 1959-60: 1 1/2 miles 1961-62
Handicap Pace: Run between 1902 & 1962
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER Not Run  
TRAINER DRIVER TIME
HANDICAP STAKE DATE 2/12/1939
BREEDING
OWNER
LOUISSON HANDICAP

Current Sponsor:
Handicap Pace: Standing Start: 2 miles 1935-38: 1 1/2 miles 1939-40: Not Run 1941-1947: 2 miles 1948-50: 1 mile & 5 furlongs 1951-72: 2600 metres 1973-86
Standing Start Handicap Pace run from 1935 to 1940 then 1948 to 1986
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER COLONEL GRATTAN  
TRAINER V Leeming DRIVER M Stewart TIME 3 11 4/5
HANDICAP 12 yards STAKE 650 DATE 10/11/1939
BREEDING 7g Grattan Loyal-Erins Pointer
OWNER J Richardson
NEW BRIGHTON HANDICAP (NBTC)

Current Sponsor:
1904-09 2 Miles: 1910-11 1 1/2 Miles Re-named Brooklyn Hcp: 1912-28 2 Miles: 1929-35 Not Run: 1936-38 1 1/2 Miles: 1939-44 Not Run: 1945 2 Miles: 1946 1 5/8 Miles: 1947-49 2 Miles: Race Discontinued 1950
Raced between 1904 and 1949
Year: 1940

 
Race History
WINNER Not Run  
TRAINER DRIVER TIME
HANDICAP STAKE DATE 10/12/1938
BREEDING
OWNER


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