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Arthur Cox, one of the best known trotting trainers over a long period up till the middle 1930s, has died at the age of 93.
Arthur will perhaps be remembered most for his development, training and driving of the trotting colt Todd Lonzia, who established a NZ and Australian record of 2.22 2/5 for a 2-year-old trotter at Forbury Park in 1930, which stood for 19 years until first lowered by Highland Kilt.
Arthur Cox was a neat, fastidious man with horses, even tempered and of infinite patience, one of the refinements he observed being white driving gloves when he handled Todd Lonzia in his record run at Forbury. Todd Lonzia, a big, heavy-boned, gross youngster, required all the experience and care Arthur could give him, and he responded so well that, after setting the new main for juvenile trotters, he went on to become a champion of his gait in a period of great trotters.
Before he became interested in the training of trotters, Arthur Cox was a successful jockey. That was well over seventy years ago, and he rode successfully on the flat and in hurdle and steeplechase races. For many years he trained trotters and pacers for V Alborn at Addington, among the best turned out by the partnership being Vesuvius, a top-class pacer, and the trotter cannonball. Mr Cox was a foundation member of the Canterbury Owners and Breeders Association.
Credit: NZ Trotting Calendar 22May63