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Freeman Holmes jun. would doubtless have become a competitive horseman early in life but became involved in broadcasting when as an 11-year-old lad he was chosen from many applicants to read the junior news bulletin on the daily children's session in the early days of Christchurch’s 3ZB radio station.

Noodlum… a precocious star - Two years after Young Quinn swept all before him as a two-year-old in 1971/72, another youngster every bit as exciting came along, in the shape of Noodlum.

Young Quinn returns home - A few days later Young Quinn became lame while jogging. The lameness recurred. Experts were called in and the trouble was diagnosed as the old hind-leg check ligament in jury, for which the only treatment that could be prescribed was time and rest.

Young Quinn in America - In June 1975 Young Quinn, not at his best, placed third to American stars Handle With Care and Smashing Don in the $100,000 Yonkers International Pace, seventh in the $50,000 Empire City Free-for-all at Yonkers and eighth in the $50,000 United Sates Pacing Championship at Sportsman’s park in Chicago, won in 1:58 by Handle With Care.

Young Quinn…The best since ‘Cardy’ - Through the early 1970s most New Zealand trotting fans became aware of the talents of a pacing gelding named Young Quinn. (January 25, 2008)

Robalan…free-legged star - Robalan, the best free-legged pacer seen in New Zealand since Lawn Derby, capped his fine career in 1974 by winning the New Zealand Cup and storming to his third straight victory in the New Zealand Free-for-all. (January 18, 2007)

Arapaho and Jack Smolenski - The 1973/74 season brought to stardom another fine Canterbury pacer, Arapaho, whose story began when Southland-born Laurie Forde returned from Army service in the Second World War and settled on a poultry farm at Dunsandel, Mid-Canterbury. (November 30, 2007)

Globe Bay - Globe Bay, winner of the 1972 New Zealand Cup, provided a highlight in the notable career of trainer-driver Jack Carmichael and rounded out a success story for Canterbury owner Stan Wheatley. (November 22, 2007)

Hondo Grattan and the 1973 Interdominions - In the Sydney carnival Royal Ascot was driven by Harrison and Neville Hargraves handled Manaroa. (November 16, 2007)

Royal Ascot and Manawaru - In the mid-1960s, with the descendants of his foundation mare Straight steadily growing in number, McLaughlin decided to get himself a resident sire. (November 9, 2007)

Manaroa and the 1972 Interdominions. The Interdominions in 1972 were staged for the first time in Brisbane, and New Zealand’s sole representative, Manaroa, was the ‘star of the show’. (November 2, 2007)

Garcon Roux and the 1971 Auckland Cup (October 12, 2007)

True Averil and the 1971 New Zealand Cup. (October 5, 2007)

Geffin and Johnny Gee. (September 28, 2007)

Junior’s Image disqualified. (September 14, 2007)

Mount Eden (September 7, 2007)

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