Lest we for­get

NZ Horse & Pony - - Transitions -

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.

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