Australias Most Celebrated Racer.: Remarkable Career and Weight Carrying Performances of Carbine in Various Great Stakes., Daily Racing Form, 1917-06-07


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AUSTRALIAS MOST CELEBRATED RACER. Remarkable Career and Weight Carrying Performances of Carbine in Various Great Stakes. If twenty men from Australia or New Zealand interested in racing — and the majority of those "down under" are — were invited to express their opinion as to the best horses ever produced by the Commonwealth it is safe to say that Carbine would In- named by nineteen of them. During his racing career this animal was as great an idol in Australia as were B.-ndigo and Victor Wild in this country. Carbine was by Musket— Mersey, by Knowsley — Clcmcuce, by Newniinsler Eulogy, and was bred in MBS. As a two-year-old Carbine ran five races and won them all. These victories were recorded in the hristcliur.h Hopeful Stakes. Middle Park Stakes, Duuediu Champagne Stakes. Christchurch Champagne, and Challenge Stakes— his triumph in the last-named event, run over throe-iiuarters. which he covered in 1:15, representing a more than ordinarily good performance. He was not seen out as a three -year -old until the Australian Derby, in which he got the worse f a terrific struggle with Lnsign, which scrambled home by a head. By way of demonstrating that he was no worse for his Derby effort. Carbine actually won three races on the same afternoon. One of these was the Victoria Racing Course Foal Stakes, in which lie carried 132 pounds and defeated several of the best horses of the period. He next competed for the Sydney Cup. in which he had to concede weight all round. This he ac-. oiiiplish.d without difficulty, covering the two miles in M:31. Altogether in his second year the son of Musket ran ten times, and his only defeat was that in the Derby, as noted above. His final performance for the year was in the Australian Jockey Club Plate, a three-mile race, in which he scored comfortably. Carbine Unplaced for Once. Carbine was not fighting fit when he re appeared as a four year-old. and was for the first and only time in his career out of the leading three. Towards he end of the year, however, he had regained his old brilliance, and at the Sydney meet ing he won no fewer than five rates in four days. The most important of these victories was ob taiaed in the Sydney Cup, which lie annexed for the second time. On this occasion he was burdened with 135 iM.unds. His aggregate of wins for this year was nine, over distances varying I rem seven-eighths to three miles. Almost as glorious as these triumphs was his defeat in the Melbourne Cup. in which lie ran second with 140 pounds 011 his back. Hy this time Carbine had thoroughly established himself in the allictjons of the Australian public, and his exploits as a five year-old were such as to make him even more popular. He commenced by winning Australian lackey Club Spring Stakes. carrying 139 pounds, following this up with sue cesses in the Craven Plate and the Melbourne Stakes. Then came his greatest triumph. This ana associated with the Ml Mum mi Cap, in which he was set to carry the hunting weight of 145 pound-. This notwithstanding, the majority of specula tors refused to consider anything else, and Carbine started a hot favorite. Moreover, he won with grotesque ease, coinplet ing the two miles in ::LSi,. The merit of the performance may be gathered from the fact that Highborn, one of the best of Aus tralias racers, which was second, was in receipt of fifty IM.unds. Needless to say, the winner met with a tremendous reception, the spectators going almost wild with delight. by Marve! Soon Avenged. In his next race he met his con.|iieror in Marve], but before the afternoon had drawn to a .lose Carbine had avenged this defeat. Marvel being beaten fairly easily. Carbine ran in but one more race, which he won. During his four seasons of activity he ran in forty three races, of which lie won thirty-three, while he was second six times and third on three occasions. In stakes he won a sum within a few hundreds of .S1.",I.KI . Carbine, which was bred in New Zealand, changed hands three times, his final purchaser being the Duke of Portland, who secured him for 13.000 guineas. J. I!. Haggin. the American breeder, was also desirous of acqafaring the horse, but the English commissioner "got there first," and Carbine was duly installed at Wollteck. It was in IBM that Carbine arrived in this country and he soon made good. His most famous son is Dpi al mint, which won the Derbv and Brand Irix de Paris of liKHi for Major Loder. Other of his progeny of note arc Wargrave the Cesarewitch winner of 11MI4 . Carbine which won the Chester Cup and Manchester November Handicap. Homba which created a stir when, starting at 25 to 1 against, he beat Santo Strata, Siberia. Ventoi and a couple of ••Frenchmen" in the Ascot Geld Cap of I.Hi.o. DnndonaM a Duke of York Stakes win-neri. Gingal, Ramrod, Caigill. Care, Glacis, Great-area, Hajter and Fowling -Piece — to name some of the more important. Previous to his purchase by the Duke of Portland. Carbine had a few seasons of stud life in Australia, during which he sired Wallace and Ainberite. in addition to several lesser lights. — "J. F. P.." in London Sporting Life.

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