Desert Gold Is Twice Defeated: Two Kilbroney Youngsters Beat the Champion Mare in New Zealand Racing., Daily Racing Form, 1917-06-01


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DESERT GOLD IS TWICE DEFEATED Two Kilbroney Youngsters Eeat the Champion Mare in New Zealand Racing. Everything must end. and it was so with the Australian champion. Desert Golds sequence of wins. After scoring nineteen times in succession. T. H. Lowrys great mare was downed in the North Island Challenge Stakes at Wellington, New Zealand. April IS. Kilflinn is one of J. B. Reids Kilbroney two year old fillies, her dam being iambode, and. though she only had 100 pounds as against Desert Colds 13S, her defeat of the latter would be one of the greatest surprises experienced by New-Zealand racing men for a long time. Kilflinn was reiMirted to be improving, but at Christchurch ten days before, she only succeeded in getting third with 113 pounds in the Autumn Nursery Handicap, easily won by Kstland, 132 pounds. That form did not suggest she had a possible chance of defeating Desert Gold, and that she should have succeeded in doing so points to the latter either having gone off or else lieing adversely affected by the going. The time, as cabled, was 1:31 V5 which suggests that the track must have been heavy. Desert Gold recorded 1:27 ,£ when she won the corresponding race last year. Later in the week, April 21, Desert Gold was again beaten by Kilboy, a three -year -old by Kilbroney — Cyre, in the race for the Trentham Gold Cup over the same course. In the Cup race, at two miles, weight-for-age, Kilboy won by four lengths in 3:28%, on going that was a little soft. The Toff, another three-year-old, was second and Desert Gold third. Desert .olds speed was shown as usual, but she failed to stay. Later at Auckland, New Zealand, The Toff won the St. Leger, one and three-quarters miles, in a record time for the race, 3:03. He carried 119 pounds. The Australasian record is Scout Masters 3:00.

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