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Blue Cross 1921 Newmarket Handicap winner

Blue CrossRacehorse Blue Cross was foaled in 1913 and was by Linacre out of the mare Lady In Blue (by Grafton)


Main wins:

1919 Avondale Cup

1920 / 1921 Standish Handicap

1921 VRC Newmarket Handicap





Linacre Wolf's Crag Barcaldine Solon
Lucy Ashton Lammermoor
Lismaine Isinglass Isonomy
Dead Lock
Kilkenny Ormonde
Lady In Blue Grafton Galopin Vedette
Flying Duchess (1853)
Maid Marian Hampton
Lady Cerise Niagara Anteros
Blue And Cerise Marvellous











This is how the Barrier Miner reported on the Newmarket win on March 12, 1921:

The Newmarket Handicap was the richest in its history, the added prize money amounting to £2500. Thirty-one horses started, the field being the largest since Amata won five years ago. Two notable absentees were Greenstead and Glenacre. F. Williams brought the two and Salitros over from Sydney, but sent them back in the belief that the resumption of racing was a long way off. He had no sooner shaken the Melbourne dust off his feet when the shipping trouble was settled, and the embargo on racing lifted.

Williams would have brought them over again but for a mishap to each of them. Greenstead was hurt on the train journey home, and Glenacre gave himself a wrench while exercising on the Randwick tracks.

Williams sent Salitros back those who laid odds on the colt in theLeger wished, after the race, that something had happened to the three year-old and kept him in Sydney.

As a rule the Newmarket Handicap is a betting race ranking, with much more important events like the Melbourne Cup and Caulfield Cup. Big "books" are usually opened weeks ahead, and thousands of pounds change hands over the result.

This year wagering on it was small. The uncertainty as to when the Newmarket would be run-at one time it looked odds on the race being abandoned - spoilt the sprint handicap from a betting point of view.

Most of the wagering on the event was done on the course on Saturday afternoon. Coq d'Or was favorite practically throughout the course of betting. Early in the day 6 to 1 was offered against nim, but with the backing of others his price gradually lengthened. Gold Tie was a strong tip, the run on the Queenslander being so steady that at one stage he was as good as favourite as Coq d'Or.

Blue Cross eased, his starting price 14 to 1 being the longest odds offered against him at any period of Saturday's wagering. Lianavane and the Sydney mare Coolatone were in request, and there was good support for Tressaday Queen, Remmon, and the
fast track , galloper St. Ronans.

Blue Cross won decisively. He was one of the outside division at the post and came down the straight nearest the outer rails. Few near where the writer sat saw Blue Cross until his green and yellow jacket shot to the front, a short distance from the post, though no doubt he was one of the leaders all the way.

Blue Cross belongs to Mr. C, B. Kellow, who in his younger days was a crack racing cyclist. Mr. Kellow is credited with having put £1000 on the Newmarket winner.

Blue Cross is partial to the Flemington straight, having prior to Saturday won two Standish handicaps over it. The Linacre gelding is trained by J. Holt, who won the Essendon Stakes with Eurythmic.

Two races like the Newmarket Handicap, and the Essendon Stakes made a good afternoon's work for the Mordialloc trainer.