Magpies New Australian Record, Daily Racing Form, 1918-12-13


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MAGPIES NEW AUSTRALIAN RECORD In the race for the Melbourne Stakes at Caulfield November 2 Magpie established a new mile and a quarter record for all Australia With 12C pounds up he beat Desert Gold 124 Wolaroi 129 and Cetigiic 129 by a neck in 204 Desert Gold was favorite Magpie is a black horse five years old by Dark Ronald Popinjay and was sent to Aus ¬ tralia last year by that keen pair Robinson and Clark who own the fine English colt Stefan the Great and brought off an Australian coup with King Offa iu the Caulfield Cup Magpie cost Rob ¬ inson and Clark who are Stock Exchange operators in London England 14000 in England and has won all the three races in which he has started in Australia He was second choice for the Melbourne Stakes teing heavily backed in the week before the race raceRobinson Robinson and Clark are said to have won a lot of money over the Melbourne Cup race of Night Watch which went to the post at 1J to t tIn In one of the betting lists issued in Sydney shortly after publication of the weights Night Watcli was quoted at 200 to 1 but he did not long remain at that figure Like King Offa he was pre ¬ pared by R Bradfield and is the third Melbourne Cup winner turned out by that trainer the others being Patron and The Victory VictoryNight Night Watcli made a new record for the two miles of the race 325 displacing Kinghurgs 1914 mark of 32i There were twentyseven start ¬ ers in the Melbourne Cup race raceNovember November 2 three days liefore the cup fell to him Night Watch started in tho Hotham Handicap one and a half miles at Caulfield as a preparer It was a good one and mt unnoticed by the shrewd punters Iu the lace Court Jester 10S won by half a length in 234 Night Watch 98 was second and ran a most generous race

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