Australias Present Champion Mare., Daily Racing Form, 1916-06-08


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AUSTRALIAS PRESENT CHAMPION MARE. Another MM has to be added to the list of dual Champion Stakes winners. Carlita winning the event now known as the Kings Plate for the second year in succession. In this regard she has followed iu the footsteps of Zoc, La Carabine uud Trafalgar. i Other dual Champion Stakes winners were Mormon. First King. Commotion. Carbine and Dividend hut they did not score in successive years. Carlita had not much to beat, despite the fact that the Australian Cup winner Cheruhini was one of her opponents, but sh • won in time equal to the Flemington record, and was pulling up at that. Both Carlita and those connected with her are popular in Melbourne. Her wners are Frenchmen and, if for no other reason, CarHtaa success would have been well received. They are well-known business men in Sydney, and race as M-ssrs. "Roger" and "Rivers." Mr. "Roger" was present at Flemington to see the mare win. Mr. "Rivers" is fighting with his gallant countrymen on the western front. It is characteristic of Carlita that she improves with racing. Had she been as forward in condition on the last as on the first day of the meeting she would have not succumbed to Giru in the Es-icndon Stakes. When this is said, no attempt is made to detract from the merit of the victory of Giru. which fought out his race in great style. The veteran trainer J. Moore, than whom there is no better min in Australia in preparing a horse for a long race, was, of course, heartily congratulated on the success of Carlita, nor was the jockey. R. W. Brennaii. overlooked. Brennan was in lucks way wle n he fell in for the riding of Carlita. He has ridden with a good deal of success in Sydney, and also in Western Australia. He was on Carlita when she won the last Williamstown Cup. Carlita lias now won a dozen races, and her winnings in stakes amount to 15.255 pounds. She only cost 125 guineas as a yearling. When Carlita won the Kings Plate in fcSM she equalled the record for the event, put up by Btiduor two years ago. The Australian three miles record. 5:22,. was made by Trafalgar at Hand-wiclr. Had it been required of her. Carlita could have clipped two or three seconds off Saturdays time. She was eased up over the last half furlong. Before she win the Victoria Racing Club Derby, many race-goers had doubts about arlitas stamina, but she can now be put uown as one of the best natural stayers that has appeared for many years. — Melbourne Argus.

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