Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Grafton Cup Winner

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Grafton Cup Winner

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Byline: AB (Banjo) Paterson

TRUE to its reputation, the Grafton Cup was "no good" to those backers relied on Sydney form when applied to a country track.

There were three or four horses better fancied than the winner, Kelberg, but he seemed to adapt himself to country conditions better than others.

Few racegoers have ever hear of Kelmarsh, the sire of Kelberg, and they may be interested to know that this stallion was owned by members of the Whitney family, who had properties near Carcoar, in New South Wales. Here the late "Willy" Whitney had a few thoroughbred mares, and was using Burri as a stallion with just fair success. Then it was decided to buy this English horse Kelmarsh, who was by the Derby winner Lemberg, and was a very fine individual in appearance. Kelmarsh had hardly made a start at Carcoar when the Queensland Government notified that all holders of big pastoral leases could obtain an extension of their tenure if they established stud stock on their properties. …

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