Lest we forget
World War I war horse Bess has been honoured among several leading thoroughbred industry gures from past and present who have been inducted into the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame.
Bess, whose o cial name was Zelma, was one of more than 10,000 New Zealand horses sent overseas during WWI and was one of just four, and the sole thoroughbred, to return home a erwards.
Bess was active in Egypt with Colonel Charles Guy Powles in 1915, in Sinai in 1916, Palestine in 1917-18, France in 1918, Germany in 1919 and England in 1920 with the Wellington Mounted Ri es. ere is a memorial to her, and other war horses, on land owned by Agresearch near Bulls.
e latest inductees were honoured at a gala dinner at Skycity Hamilton in February, and also included Pencarrow Stud’s supreme staying mare Ethereal (Rhythm), raced by Sir Peter and the late Philip Vela and trained by Sheila Laxon, champion broodmare Eight Carat (Pieces of Eight) and the Cambridge- born and bred international superstar So You ink (High Chaparral).
Ethereal won four Group One events and her win in the Melbourne Cup created history for Sheila, who became the rst female trainer to o cially win the great race.
Eight Carat is the latest addition from Cambridge Stud to the Hall of Fame, joining owner Sir Patrick Hogan and the stud’s champion sires Sir Tristram and Zabeel. She is the dam of ve Group One winners.
So You ink, a dual hemisphere champion, won 10 Group One races, including two Cox Plates, and beat the best gallopers in Europe.