Racing of Unconditioned Horses., Daily Racing Form, 1914-05-09


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RACING OF UNCONDITIONED HORSES. The Queensland Turf Club steward held an inquiry into the recent running of Olga I "lida in the Second [M. vision Handicap at Albion Park. For the race referred to Olga tlida was made favorite. DO doubt on the strength of her good form in two-yew old company last December. In Ihe meantime. however, the Mery tilly had evidently been let down. was not in racing condition, and was practically la-t from start to finish. Mr. F. L. Mallan. the owner, accepted tUe responsibility for starting the filly, ami was accordingly Bned 25 for sending her to the post in an unfit condition to race. The trainer. A. I: Colley, was cautioned, the steward being of opinion that he was not entirely blameless in the matter. Been though no attempt at fraud or deception unintended In tiiis particular case the action ot the •Queensland steward is to lie commended, and mi be the easM of fewer horses doing so much of their training work in races, and thereby leouai dising the chances of those out with serious Intel lions. The wonder is that similar oaVial action ha- sot been hen- adopted on more than one occasion of late, lay how, the Queensland i a- opens up the quest loa as to whether or not an owner i- Justified In. Starting a liorse in any race minus the condition ■ uary to enable him to reproduce anything like his best form. With so much racing in ale! around the vicinity of the metropolis, the opportunity of training horses in public is now too great, ami pel baps the Queensland Tun club stipendiarys method ot dealing with the abuse mav be worthy of adop lion. Anyone know- that boraea have to tic raced to reach ihe top of their form, bin the lines should bi drawn somewhere.- Sydney Referee.

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