Day At The Track

Auckland/NZ Cup Winners Pt 40

01:17 AM 21 Sep 2004 NZST
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Cup Winners. (September 21, 2004)

Lady Clare became in 1911 the second mare to win the New Zealand Cup.

She was a six-year-old daughter of Prince Imperial and the Lincoln Yet mare Clare.

Raced by W. F. Clinton, she was trained by James Tasker, who had been successful with Marian in 1907.

Tasker drove the more fancied Aberfeldy (unplaced) and entrusted the Lady Clare drive to Jack Brankin, of Wakanui.

Brankin in earlier years raced and trained many good horses, General Link and Eccentric among them. Lady Clare established a good winning family.

The 1911 New Zealand cup carnival marked the introduction of races restricted to straight-out trotters.

The main feature for these, the two-mile Dominion Handicap, saw Quincey (by Vancleve from an imported grand-daughter of Hambletonian 10 named Gracie), bred in New South Wales by John Buckland but now owned, trained and driven by Sam Scott, get up in the last stride to dead-heat with Clive (by the Berlin horse Cleveland).

Third-placed Muricata was later to establish a colonial two-mile mark of 4:36 3/5 and at stud left the crack pacer Ahuriri, winner of the 1925 and 1926 New Zealand Cups and the 1927 Auckland Cup, Taraire, winner of the 1926 Australasian Championship and a top performer on both sides of the Tasman, and the fine producing mare Kalute.

Quincey stood at Vancleve Lodge in Ashburton and sired 25 winners.

The Auckland Cup of 1910 fell to another Australian-bred, the five-year-old mare Floranz, a daughter of Fritz’s brother Franz (2:23).

Franz was the sire also of Al Franz, third in Lady Clare’s New Zealand Cup (the following year) in the hands of Charlie Kerr.

This was the famous Auckland Cup programme broken up after only three races by a riot over the start to the Pony Cup.

The Cup event was the first of the five races postponed from the Tuesday to the Wednesday.

S. Hamilton drove Floranz from the eight-second mark to beat the scratch-marker Papanui (son of Wildwood and D.I.C.), driven by H. Hendricksen, by six lengths.

The Otahuhu Cup fell to Scotia, driven by W. Orange, the combination that had won the Auckland Cup a couple of seasons earlier.

The 1911 Auckland Cup resulted in a win for Bingana, a five-year-old son of the imported Bingen horse Mauritius (brought to Christchurch as a three-year-old in1905 and later sold to Australia, siring a total of 118 individual winners and the dam of 1937 Interdominion Champion, Dan’s Son).

Bingana’s dam Lena was a daughter of Irvington. J. West drove him to his Auckland Cup win for owner F. Porangi.

Bill Orange was again in the spotlight in the 1912 Otahuhu Cup, winning with E. Stockley’s Haldane, son of an imported American stallion Wilmington.

Albert H. won the 1912 New Zealand Cup for his great sire Rothschild, who had four direct representatives, plus three by his sons and one by a grandson in the field of 16.

In fact, the first three home – Albert H., Ravenschild and Glendalough – were all by Rothschild, who had sired the 1906 winner Belmont M. and would in 1913 be successfully represented by Ravenschild.

From a daughter of the thoroughbred Son of a Gun, who had beaten all but the Free Holmes-ridden Manton in the 1888 New Zealand galloping Cup, Albert H. was lightly raced and at his best on heavy going.

He topped the stake-earners’ list in the 1912/13 season for owner M. Maher and trainer-driver Albert Hendricksen (who was to win the 1915 New Zealand Cup with Country Belle).

It was in 1912 that the Addington infield acquired a large semaphore board showing the names of the riders and drivers, and at the end of that season the New Zealand Turf Register published official trotting statistics for the first time.

These showed that 37 clubs raced on 59 days, giving stakes totalling £46,032 (against £36,661 in 1911/12). H. F. Nicoll was leading owner with £987 10s and Albert H. top stake-earner with 0163881.

Dave Price’s brother Newton trained and drove Ravenschild to win the 1913 New Zealand cup from visiting Australian star Denver Huon (Manny Edwards) from whom he received four seconds start.

William Kerr drove Clam into third, with the 1914 Auckland Cup winner Manderene fourth for Bert Edwards.

The stake this year reached 2000 sovereigns (matching galloping’s 50-year-old New Zealand Cup), as compared with 310 sovereigns for Monte Carlo’s 1904 Cup.

Ravensdale, the dam of Ravenschild, was by Lauderdale (formerly Allen Dale), an imported American horse who ranked as a great-grandson of a four-mile champion, Grey Eagle.

Denver Huon came from Sydney with Manny Edwards, who had migrated to New South Wales, setting up a stud farm and training establishment.

A son of Huon Junior and the Honesty mare Young Leila, Denver Huon was purchased as a yearling for 28 guineas by Charles White from C. H. Fitzgerald’s Geraldine Stud dispersal in 1906.

After racing inconspicuously as a two-year-old called Sir Charles, he was bought by Percy Miller, who changed the horse’s name to C. W.

Trained by Gus Millsom, he won several races before being sold for £400 to butcher and amateur driver Frank Geddes.

It is said that at that time, when the horse trialled in 2:12, Millsom unsuccessfully offered Geddes £100 to call the deal off. Geddes changed C. W.’s name to Denver Huon, and he proceeded to rewrite the record-book

In 1911, he broke Fritz’s state record of 2:13 4/5 by reeling off a mile in 2:12, pacing in hopples.

When he came to New Zealand he boasted the colonial mile and a half record of 3:24 (shared with New Zealander Dick Fly).

After his New Zealand Cup placing Edwards trialled Denver Huon at the Auckland Cup meeting, establishing fresh colonial figures for two miles of 4:28 1/5.

Between those efforts, he won the New Brighton Trotting Cup Free-for-all in December by 40 yards from Albert H. and Emmeline. He stood at stud for several years in New Zealand without any great success in that role.

Calm, a son of Wildwood Junior, bred and raced by William Kerr, was a smart horse and sired Silk Stockings (dam of the great skewbald pacer Snowflake) and Placid (third dam of the brilliant Chequer Board).

Michael Galindo, a four-year-old trotter owned and trained by youthful Cliff Tasker, overcame an early break in the hands of Jim Tasker to win the 1913 Dominion Handicap comfortably from Muricata and Quincey.

Cliff Tasker was later in life to enjoy success as the trainer of one of the top pacers of the 1940s, Sir Michael.

Michael Galindo was by the McKinney horse Galindo, imported from California in 1905 by Jim Tasker, from a Prince Imperial mare Mavourneen, whose dam Moira was a daughter of the Blackwood Abdallah horse General Tracey.

Dan Nyhan hoisted a race-record 4:39 3/5 winning the 1913 Auckland Cup with J. D. Piper’s Jewel Chimes.

He was a son of Abbey Bells, an American stallion who was the champion Australian sire of his day.

A descendant of America’s great mare of the 1880s, Maud S., Abbey Bells was imported to the Tye brother’s Allendale Stud Farm in Victoria in 1904.

By far the most successful of the early American imports to Australia, Abbey Bells produced 154 Australian winners, all but 13 of them pacers, and horses of quality who bred on.

Mated with imported American mare Jewel’s Heiress (who held the Australian unhoppled pacing record for some years), Abbey Bells sired Jewel Chimes.

Sold to New Zealand, the diminutive Jewel Chime (under 14 hands) became a fine winner for Piper and Nyhan.

Jewel Chimes sired 18 winners including Krina, dam of Noel Simpson’s first good performer Sprayman and ancestress of New Zealand Derby winner Bellajilly and Cup class pacer Vanadium among many other good horses.

A sister to Jewel Chimes also sold to New Zealand and a winner here was Law Chimes, who paced in 2:25 before being bred to the imported Star Pointer horse Logan Pointer.

New South Wales breeder R. C. Simpson, enamoured by the success of the family in Australia, cabled to New Zealand and bought Law Chimes.

When several horsemen here refused to buy the small ungainly Logan pointer colt, Simpson had him educated and he was eventually sold to J. S. (Jack) Shaw. This youngster became the brilliant racehorse and sire Jewel Pointer.

Another Tye-bred Abbey Bells colt sold to New Zealand was Four Chimes, through whom the Abbey Bell line was to furnish New Zealand with several more outstanding pacers, including the winners of four New Zealand Cups.

Famous Scottish-born New Zealand horseman James Bryce, who headed the trainers’ list eight times in nine seasons up to 1924, did so with a team heavily laden with sons of Four Chimes and his son, the 1916 New Zealand Cup winner Cathedral Chimes.

Win Soon, in 1914, was the first Southland-bred horse to win the New Zealand Cup.

In doing so for owners Stevenson and McMath, in the hands of Andy Pringle, she posted the record winning two-mile time of 4:31.

Although she was the only winner sired by the Rothschild horse King Child and was from the short-bred mare Topsy (by Maclethean from an unnamed thoroughbred dam), it was a family that became famous.

Topsy was a foundation mare of the great Willowbank Stud near Riversdale in northern Southland.

Win Soon and her descendants bred on, and in later years the family produced New Zealand Cup winner True Averil and Lunar Chance, Dominion Handicap winner Annual Report and outstanding Australian pacer bay Foyle.

Win Soon herself left some good horses, including 1937 Auckland Cup winner Winning Wave, by the Galindo – Thelma horse Waverley. Another Auckland Cup winner from her family was Sea Born.

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