Moonan Flat Races 1941
Featured Image: Victoria Arms Hotel, Moonan Flat. The pub was the ultimate destination for any unfinished business at the end of the day; or a last resort?
‘All Heights Racing’ Saturday 18th January 1941
The fixture held at “Cundy’s Flat”, where the course, on a well-drained and grassed flat in the bend of the Hunter, is a beautiful and safe stretch, flanked on one side by a stream and stately oaks, is a delightful setting.
The feature race was the Victoria Hotel Handicap of 3 furlongs. The winner was C M Osmond’s ‘Colleen Boy’ ridden by R Windred carrying 12 stone at 3-1 on from ‘Swift’ 2nd (9 stone) and ‘Sweet Betty’ 3rd (9 stone).
Jockey Jurd had a ‘field day’ winning on G Clark’s ‘Boomerang’, Don Smith’s ‘Jen’, Ivan White’s ‘Rainbow’ and a double on ‘Snip’ also owned by Ivan White.
Moonan Flat Races June 28th 1941
Despite petrol rationing and the fact that interests of many sportsmen are at present in a state of confusion because of the unsettled conditions generally, there was a good roll-up at “Cundy’s Flat”, where in safe and picturesque surroundings an interesting days’ racing was held.
Four bookmakers operated and the “battle of the odds” certainly favoured them.
A feature of the racing was the success of jockeys Arthur Holman and Laurie Jurd, each piloting three winners on the nine-race programme. It appears all races were three furlongs?
Holman’s winners were Ivan White’s “Snip” (Opening Handicap), F Whyte’s “Royal Voyage” (Moonan Handicap) and R Singleton’s “Big Boy” (Upper Hunter Handicap). Jurd’s successes were N Ball’s “Dolly” (Second Class Scrubbers Race), N Ball’s “Billy” (First Class Scrubbers Race) and N Ball’s “Dolly” (14.2 Pony Race Second Division).