Blue Cross 1921 Newmarket Handicap winner
Blue Cross was foaled in 1913 and was by Linacre out of the mare Lady
In Blue (by Grafton)
1919 Avondale Cup
1920 / 1921 Standish
1921 VRC Newmarket
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is how the Barrier Miner reported on the Newmarket win on March 12,
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
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
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,
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