Goodwood Stewards Cup: Won by Service Kit, an Outsider-How an Indian Buyer Missed Owning the Colt, Daily Racing Form, 1921-08-21


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GOQDWGOD STEWARDS CUP Won by Service Kit, an Outsider How an Indian Buyer Missed Owning the Colt. BY E. E. COUSSKLL. LONDON". Eugland, August 3. The popular handicap, the three-quarters of a mile Stewards Cup at Goodwood, was won by the outsider Service Kit, which, starting at M to 1, won by a length from the i!5 to 1 chance, Star Grass. The latter was a head in front of Tetrameter, with the favorite, Granmerin, a bad sixth. His defeat was considered almost impossible, but he faltered in the last eighth. The winner, which carried 9fi pounds, was always well placed. The time was l:l.r and there were twenty runners. Had it not been for a somewhat indifferent display at Alexandra Park, three weeks earlier, when he finished seventh in a race run over a mile and 150 yards. Service Kit would have been at a much shorter price. at Goodwood. Indeed, as it was, he was rather freely tipped as the best outsider. It was on account of the forward running for three-quarters in the Boyal Hunt Cup at Ascot. Service Kit is the best winner sired by Long Set, son of Rabelais. He coat ,000 as a yearling. His dam, Cat Clettgh, is by AVolfs Crag son of Bar-caldine and is a sister to Catty Crag, winner of the Lincolnshire Handicap. Service Kit was owned by the late P. Hartigan and bought by his present owner for SS,7.0 last April. Last January this horse was sold to India. He wns offered at the December sales and did not make his reserve of 0,000. I was asked to find a buyer privately and did so through a friend in Bombay. Almost as soon as the buyer agreed to purchase he saw in an English sporting paper that Service Kit had apparently been sold at the December sales for ,000. Jumping at the almost natural conclusion that he was being victimized, lie canceled the purchase and the sale fell through. It was not Service Kit, but the succeeding lot, Marette, that I bought for ,000, and sent her to Sain, where she has won two races. The explanation was that Service Kit was lot 177 and Marette lot 177a in the catalog and a reporter in telegraphing the results mixed up the numbers and the price. Service Kit was passed out at V-.T0. Later, when explanations were forthcoming, the Indian owner again wanted the horse, but P. Hartigan would not then sell. The Stewards Tup was worth ,000 about twice as much as before the war. Two days after the race the Jockey Club stewards asked the owner and trainer about Service Kits race at Alexandra Park. The explanations were accepted, but they considered the owner ill advised in running the horse at the distance so near Goodwood.

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