The Kia ora coo-ee : the magazine for the ANZACS in the Middle East, 1918
7th Mounted Brigade's Sports
7th Mounted Brigade's Sports.
Showers fell for the greater part of the day on which the 7th. Mounted Brigade's Sports were held, but the meeting was most enjoyable. The racing was good, though the going was heavy. The first race was won in good style by 'Dorothy"; the second by "Mosquito". The Steeplechase drew a number of entries and was run well, with no serious accidents. Captain Fooch had another success with, that good horse, "Clautoi", "Seymour", ridden by Major Walker, threw away his chance, which was well liked by Australians, by running off at the first jump, as he did at the last jump in the Palestine Grand National on the previous Saturday. Lieut-General Sir H.G. Chauvel's horse, "Balby", ran well, and finished third. Though he went much better than in the previous race, he still carries too much condition for the distance, as was shown at the finish, when Lieut Phillip's "Tommy Boy" beat him for second place.' Catice", ridden by Major Avery, in the Palestine Derby, again demonstrated his superiority. In the sixth race, Sgt Hammond's "Policeman" won nicely from Sgt. Lennant's "Alert". Capt. Cooch had his second winning mount on Capt. Buch's "Mahogony" in the Jerusalem Scurry. In the Welback Cup, the ditch jump proved a formidable object, bringing down several of the competitors. The race was won by "Lyon." The Kantara Cup Canter resulted in a good win for the Australian nominee, "Drafty". After the last race, the trophies were distributed by Lieut-General Sir H.G. Chauvel, K.C.M.G., C.B.