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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 69

An Official Inquiry

An Official Inquiry.

Of course the fracas and complaints in regard to the riding of Fergus and Johnson in the Steeplechase could not be overlooked, and the stewards held an inquiry and took evidence, the outcome of which was that the following letter has been forwarded to the Auckland Racing Club:—"In the Handicap Steeplechase a complaint was laid by Mr. J. J.Russell, the owner of Takapau, against Fergus, the rider of Recruit, for wilful interference with the horse; and after evidence was taken, the following decision was given:—'That S. Fergus, the rider of Recruit, be disqualified for three months, and one month for striking Johnson, the rider of Takapau; and that Johnson, the rider of Takapau, be cautioned for striking Fergus with his whip in the race while he held the bridle of Takapau.'"