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SAINT WARDEN WINS THRILLING CUP RACE
Veteran Stayer Equals Record Of Lemina
In one of the most thrilling stayers* races seen in this State for some time Saint Warden brilliantly won the Port Adelaide Cup at Mdrphettville on Tuesday. It was the first two-miler in Adelaide for many years, and, as the field was well-hunched practically throughout the long journey, the rcintroduction of stamina tests over that distance was thoroughly justified. At the home turn nearly half the field of 20 had a chance, hut Saint Warden then hit the front, and he held off a strong challenge by Monvale, who, like the winner, is an aged performer. Saint Warden led home the Port Adelaide Cup field at Victoria Park last year, and he thus equalled the performance of Leinina, who won the race twice in successive years.
Lemina won her two Port Ade laide Cups at Cheltenham in 1924 and 1925, and she has a slightly better record than that of Saint Warden, as on the occasion of her second triumph she carried 9.4, ?whereas Saint Warden handled 9 st. on Tuesday. Bangonie also won two Port Adelaide Cups, his vic tories having been registered in 1914 and 1917. Saint Warden ran the two miles in 3.26*. This was only a second outside the State record established by Benoni when he won Tattersalls Cup at Victoria Park in 1928, but, as there is a false rail at Morphett ville, causing the horses to cover extra ground, Saint Warden's time would be just as good as, if not a little better than, that made by Benoni. South Australia has been a happy hunting ground for his owner trainer, Mr. J. Nicholson. In his three-year-old days, when passing through from Western Australia to Victoria, Saint Warden remained in Adelaide for a while, and he won the Fisher Handicap and ran third to Apostrophe and Lady Kidston in the Adelaide Cup in 1940. Some time later he was purchased by Mr. Nicholson, for whom he won a divi sion of the Caulfield Cup, last year's Port Adelaide Cup, and other races. On his third visit to Ade laide last autumn Saint Warden failed in the cup events, but won sprint races. His triumph on Tues day and his other successes have won a small fortune for Mr. Nichol son. The Victorian jockey, R. Heather, ?who served his apprenticeship with the noted trainer, J. Holt, and has built up a good record as a rider, gained a unique triumph in winning the big Christmas double, the Christmas Handicap on Pierre, and the Port (Sup on Saint Warden, but he is not the first to capture the two events. The late Colin Leesue won the double on Fire and St. Fox in 1937. Incidentally, that jockey's father, J. Leesue, saddled the runner-up. Monvale. in the Cup on Tuesday. How Race Was Run Tralnbearer acted as pacemaker, and lor most of the journey he was closely followed by a bunch Including Nagambie, Wise Counsel, who covered a little extra ground on the outside, Dorinela, Valour, who was nicely placed on the rails, and Deserve, with Saint Warden, Parida, Illyrian, Monvale and Rothesay all within easy striking distance of the main division. King Opera had been well back in the field early and 'East Coast was n conspicuous figure In the rear. Racing to the home turn, after Train bearer had retired, there was a big cluster of horses struggling for the lead, and in the van were Saint Warden, Nagambie, Wise Counsel and Valour, with Mor Veil trying to get a run without going on the outside. Monvale and Rothesay, too, had improved their posi tions, but Illyrian had got into trouble more than once and he could not make any impression on the leaders. *? Once in line for the post Saint Warden drew ahead, and Valour, for a few strides, seemed likely to make a bold bid for victory. Valour, however, weakened on his run, and then Monvale tackled Saint Warden. Monvale ran In and he had to be straightened up. WheD Into his best stride again Monvale fought on valiantly, but Saint Warden had suf ficient in hand to withstand the chal lenge. Mor Veil ran on rather well into third place, Just ahead of Rothesay and Valour. The Monk did well to finish sixth. King Opera made up ground racing down the side, but he found the distance too far and dropped out again. R. Heather said that Saint Warden was always going well. He pulled himself to the front at the home turn. Heather added, 'I knew I had the race won three furlongs from home, even though several horses were well-bunched in the leading division.' A. Breasley had no excuse to offer for
Valour He said the race was made to order for him. ,. ??,? O'Brien said he had to ease Mor veil at the home turn where he could not afford to go round the bunched leaders. He thought he was a Tittle un lucky not to have won E. Badger said he considered that Monvale would have scored had he gone straight. R. Carling (Illyrian)— 'He ran a great race, but could never get out of trouble ' H. Bastian (Parida) — 'He lust ran a good, useful race.' H. Patching said that Saul ran a solid race right through, but just plodded on at the finish. E. Whitaker, rider of Wise Counsel, said that the gelding knocked up. Survived Protest There was a series of exciting incidents -in the closing stages of the Blrkenhead Hurdle won narrowlv by Revert from the 'chaser Lime Rock. Revert took charge at the nine furlongs post and Ljme Rock headed him five furlongs from home. Re vert made another effort rounding the turn and there was little between the pair at the last obstacle. The pair came close together and Lime Rock lost a little ground. Lime Rock finished on again, and he was narrowly beaten. A protest lodged by the.rider of Lime Rock against the rider of Revert for inter ference was dismissed. ? Pondela was always handy to the leaders, and he just beat Penola, also prominently placed throughout, for third place. Springhead, an odds on favorite, did not jump well in the early stages and the farther he went the worse he performed. Finally he was puired up near the five furlongs post. R. Watts, rider of Springhead, said that the geld ing broke down turning out of the straight. After Defendant had dislodged L. Brodie at the last hurdle that jockey narrowly escaped being struck by Royal Vi and Lascavalve. Revert had been trying hard to win over hurdles since the resumption of racing. Several times he had weakened in the closing stages. He is trained by C. Morgan, whose apprentice, T McLner heney, rode the SaTatis gelding. This was only Mclnerheney's third ride over hurdles. It was his first success in that department. Metropolis had the services of Breas ley in the first division of the Croydon Highweight. but once again he disap pointed. He was beaten before the home turn was reached. Always well placed after Merab's Dream and then, Earl Baccha bad set the pace, Salband took charge at the top of the straight, and he won attractively from Kayuni, who finished fast on the outside. Sal band, who has a victory over Penstone to his credit, is now trained by E. Brimble. Blankenburg made his reap pearance, and the outing should benefit him. Chatter Lad Beaten In defeating the speedy Chatter Lad in the Oaklands Plate Golden Countess showed that she is a filly much above the ordinary type of galloper, and it will be interesting to see how she fares when she next clashes with the State's cham pion Juvenile Norwich, who had to be taken out of the Plate because of a slight Injury. Golden Countess has started only four times. She has won twice, and in her second race she stumbled and fell over the rails in the Morphettville Plate. In which she displayed great pace. GoldenCountess was confidently backed against Chatter Lad, who has figured In £ww ^terestlnR tussles with Norwich. Chatter Lad ran his usual good and con sistent race, but he was no match for the winner. The filly had a three hnPgrths- £*£,&* the tur°- A fittlefu? & I ?ntEl Wilson, on Chatter Lad, tried W through on the inside of 6olden Countess but had to Immediately switch S^JSi'1*! °u£lde- Chatter Lad fought £? Zflh oUtLBr6a,5ley was not required ^elasts?^.001'11655 rieht 0Ut to x^eie ow^re °?ly six starters in the Benjon stakes, but an exciting struggle was^taged, and in landing univari a winner over Minuit, ridden by Breasley the successful local Jockey H. Patch ing, was seen at hisjbest. After Arch dean had led for a while, Mirwilt drew out to establish an advantage of more than three lengths rounding the turn. Even at the furlong post Minuit ap peared to have the race well won, al though her lead had been decreased, but Patching rode Untvari with all the vigor that, he possesses and he got the Sha kuni gelding up in the very last stride. Univari ran the six furlongs in a second faster time than that registered by Pierre in the Christmas Handicap In the St. Vincent Welter, Silvan, with Breasley up, was always In a handy position behind the main pacemaker, Hylas. and racing to the front at the turn for home, the Silvius gelding readily held off Petalie. who had been in front early. Bronze Beau made up a lot of ground to run third. Just in front of the favorite, Sea Patrol, who. too, finished well. Sea Patrol did not get the best of runs. Home Lover lost ground in the early stages. Highpen tried to lead all the way in the second division of the Croydon Highweight, but Breasley moved the favorite. Paduan, a little closer to the pacemaker at the home turn, and Tar tan Chief, too, improved his position. Soon after the straight was ? entered Paduan ran past Highpen, and he won with six lengths to spare over Tartan Chief, who got his head In front of i Highpen almost on the post. Padnan, one of T. Lewis's team, was produced by the Newmarket and Standisb Han dicaps winner, Waltzing Lily. Re sults: — BIBKENHEAD HURDLE. First £280,. second £80. third £40. About 2 m. 36 y.— A. McAllster and E. G. Braendler's br g REVERT, by Salatls— Reverslt, a., 9.3 (Mclnerheney). 1: LIME ROCK, b s, a., 106 (Merritt), 2: PONDELA, br jr.. a., 10.5 (P. Ryan). 3. Others — Springhead, 10.9 (Watts): Royal VI. 9.10 (Tanner); Silvasa, g.2 (Duthie): Lascavalve. 9.1 (Kenny): Defendant. 9.2 (L. Brodie): Denmarco, 9.0 (C. Ryan): Penola. 9.0 (Miller): shalata. 9.0 (Butler): Tartbllla. 9.0 (J. Stammers). SP — i/5 Springhead. S Lime Rock. REVERT. 6 Pondela. 16 Royal Vi. Lascavalve, 25 SUvasa. Penola. 33 to 50 the others. Dlv*.— Main tote— Win (for 5/), £2 2/6; place dor 5/). 9/3. 6/, 8/6. Winner trained by C. Morgan. LIm» Rock first into straight from Be ,vert. Long hd.; f L penola fourth, then t-A
Saint Warden tR. Heather) holding Monvale (E. Badger) 50 yards from the post in the Port Adelaide Cup at Morphetrville
Royal Vi. Lascavalve andShalah. with Taribilla last. Silvasa lost rider at hurdle in front ot stand first time round, and Defendant and Denmarco lost riders at last. Springhead pulled up about 5 f. from home. Protest dismissed. 3.43Y4. CROYDON HIGHWEIGHT. First £280, second £80, third £40. First Div., about 6 f. — H. Jones's br g SALBAND, by Salatis — White Jazz, 6 y.. 8.9 (Carling), 1; KAYUNI. br or ch m, 5 y., 8.7 (Dodd). 2; INSET, b g, a., 8.7 (Medhurst). 3. Others — Blankenburg. 9.7 (Mules): Penburst 8.12 (Moyse); Harmond, 8-9 (J. Ryan); Hart Lady, 8.8 (C. Ryan); Ancestor, 8.7 (Power):. Complexion. 8.7 (Whitlock); Definition, 8-7 (Glennon); Earl Baccha, 8.2 (Cowie); Gilt Star, 8.7 (R. Cox); Little Hock, 8.7 (M. Raven): Merab's Dream, 8.0 (Orr): Metropolis, 8.7 (Breas ley); Our Hero. 8.7 (Mclnerheney); Some Peach, 8.7 (Emerson); Templar, 8.7 (Whitaker); Weblyn, 87 (Heagney). SP —7/4 Metropolis, 7/2 SALBAND, 11/2 penburst, 7 Harmond, 8 Our Hero, 12 Blankenberg. 20 Kayuni. Merab's Dream, Weblyn, 25 Earl Baccha, Little Hock, 33 Definition, Inset, Some Peach, Templar, 50 to 100 the others. Divs. — Main tote — Win. £1 2/3; place 6/9, £2 3/6, £4 15/6. Winner trained by E. Brimble. Salband first into straight from Har mond. Va !., nk. Templar fourth, then penburst. Earl Baccha, Blankenburg and Merab's Dream, with Some Peach last. 1.15. OAKLANDS PLATE. First £350, second £100, third £50. for two-year-olds, about 5 f. — S. A. Doman's br f GOLDEN COUNTESS, by Duke John— Golden Days, 8.0 (Breasley), l; CHATTER LAD, ch c, 8.13 (Wilson), 2: PENFOUR. b c. 8.2 (Heather). 3. Others — Stonehenge, 8.0 (O'Brien): Bridal Train, 7.11 (Glen non); cnatville, 7.9 (Moyse): Qlennle, 7.9 (Fleet); Siletta. 7.9 (A. Cox). SP— 4/6 Chatter Lad. 6/4 GOLDEN COUN ' TESS, 10 Penfour, 20 Chatville, 33 Bridal Train, 100 the others. Divs.— Main tote —Win, 13/3: place, 6/9. 5/3. 5/6. Win ner trained by J. H. Keily. Golden Countess first into straight from Chat ter Lad. 2 1., Wi 1. Chatville fourth, then Siletta, Bridal Train and OMennie. with Stonehenee last. 1.1%. FOET ADELAIDE CUP. First, £2,100, second £600, third £300. abt. 2 m.— J. Nicholson's b g SAINT WARDEN, by Lord Warden-Halo, a., 9.0 (Heather). 1; MONVALE, c h, a., 7.10 (Badger), 2; MOR VEIL, b g. 5 y., 7.12 (O'Brien), 3. Others— Saul, 8.13 (Patching); Illyrian, 8.10 (Carling); Valour. 8.10 (Breasley); Parida, 8.7 (Bastian); Wise Counsel, 8.6 (Whitaker); Nagambie, 8.0 (Moyse); Dormela, 7.5 (Cowie); East Coast, 7.9 (Dodd): Deserve, 7.5 (Silburn); Rothe sar, 7.6 (R. Cox);' King Opera, 7.3 (Powell); The Monk, 7.4 (M. Raven); Trainbearer, 7.8 (Lovekin); Malachite, 7.0 (Fleet); Silent Tip. 7.6 (Tait); Blue Express 7.4 (Medhurst); Prince Way, 7.5 (Foristal). SP.— 5/2 Valour, 6 King Opera, 7 Illyrian, 8 SAINT WARDEN, Wise Counsel, 12 Mor Veil. 14 Parida, 16 Saul, Blue Express, 20 Rothesay, 25 Nagambie. The Monk, 33 Dormela. East Coast, Deserve. TralnbeareT, Prince Way, 50 Monvale, Malachite, 100 Silent Tip. Divs. — Main Tote — Win. £2 17/3; place, 13/9, £3 11/9, 19/3. Winner trained by J. Nicholson. Leaders Into straight were well bunched, and included Valour, Nagambie, St. Warden and Wise Coun sel. % 1., l'/« 1. Rothesay fourth, then Valour, The Monk, Parida. Wise Coun sel, Blue Express and King Opera, with Silent Tip last. 3.26 '/a- BENSON STAKES. First £420, second £120. third £60, abt. 6 f.— P. J. Concan non's br g UNIVARI, by Shakuni — Charivari, 5 y.. 9.0 (Patching), 1; MINUIT. c m, 6 y., 8.3 (Breasley), 2; PENNANT LAD, c g, a., 7.9 (Badger), 3. Others— Archdean, 7.7 (Carling); Gar field, 7.5 (Powell); Golden Prince, 7.6 (Silburn). SP.— 5/4 UNIVARL 6/4 Minuit, 5 Archdean. 10 Garfield, 12 Pen nant Lad. 66 Golden Prince. Divs. — Main Tote— Win, 11/3; place, 8/6. 9/3. Winner trained by G. V. Bates. Minuit first into straight from Univari. V2 hd.. 1% L Archdean fourth, and then Garfield, with Golden Prince last, 1.12. ST. VINCENT WELTEB. First £315, second £90, third £45, abt. 1 m. — A. J. Middleton's b g SILVALL, by Silvius— All Quality, 6 y., 8.4 (Breasley), 1; PETALIE, br g, 6 y., 8.3 (Mclnerheney), 2; BRONZE BEAU, C g. 5 y., 8.8 (Moyse), 3. Others — Rabboni, 9.5 (Emerson); Queen Card, 8.12 (Glennon); Sea Patrol, 8.8 (Heather); Livingstone, 8.4 (Arm field). Black Silk, 8.0 (Whitaker); Flight Command, 8.0 (Medhurst); Home Lover, 8.0 (Dodd); Hylas. 8.0 (Badger); Merry Go Round, 7.7 (Orr); Molly Adair, 8.0 (O'Brien); Smartex, 8.0 (Heagney); Starwatch. 8.0 (Tait). SP.— 9/4 Sea Patrol. 4 Bronze Beau, 9/2 Home Lover, 7 SILVALL, 8 Rabboni, Queen Card, Petalie, 25 to 50 the others. Divs. — Main Tote— Win, £2 6/9; place. 14/3, 17/, 9/9. Winner trained by A, Mitch. Silvall first into straight from PetaUe. IV* 1., 2 1. Sea Patrol fourth, then Rabboni, Smartex, Queen Card and Home Lover, with Black Silk last. 1.39%. CROYDON HIGHWEIGHT. First £280, second £80, third £40. Second Div., abt. 6 f.— Mrs. N. Rockman's c g PADUAN, by Portofino — Waltzing Lily. 3 y., 8.11 (Breasley), 1; TARTAN CHIEF, b g, 6 y., 9.5 (Lovekin), 2; HIGHPEN, br g. 5 y.; 8.8 (Bastian), 3. Others — King Baccha, 8.9 (Carling); Buffoon, 8.8 (C. Rran); Intrude, 8.8 (O'Brien); Allambl, 8.7 (Flannery); Attentive, 8.7 (Heagney); Dark Elm. 8.7 (Whitaker); Dice Box, 8.7 (Heather); Gay Verb, 8.7 (Mclner heney); Joli Cheval, 8.4 (Tracey); Luspa Lass, 8.7 (Armfield); Miriata, 8.7 (Baggs); Reinstatement. 8.7 (Tait); Telemon. 8,7 (Gully); Tor Bay. 8.7 (M. Raven). SP.— 5/2 PADUAN. 7/2 Tartan Chief, 4 King Baccha, Intrude, 6 High pen, 16 Dark Elm, 20 Dice Box, 33 to 100 the others. Divs. — Main Tote — Win, 17/6; place, 9/3, 11/6. 10/. Winner trained by T. Lewis. Highpen first into straight from* Paduan. 6 1., Vt hd. In trude fourth, then Dark Elm, King Baccha, Allambl, Dice Box., Tor Bay, At tentive and Reinstatement, with Joli Cbeval last. 1.13. Doubles Tote. — Invested. £6,144 5/; divs. (for 5/), Saint Warden-Sllvall, £31 10/6; Saint Warden-PetaUe. £9 9/9. Total investments, £41,209 17/6.