The 1st Australia Sydney Horse
From the period of 1860 to 1970s, the shrinkage of fields contributed in some measure to the phenomenal success of a Sydney horse named EXETER, owned by Mr Rarey.
The Jardine side next purchased SIR WILLIAM, owned by Mr Beresford.
SIR WILLIAM showed unmistakable signs of winning the Hongkong Challenge Cup race twice,
The Dents bought EXETER, a splendid Australian horse who was to have a fine career in the China races.
1865, EXETER won the Foochow Cup.
1865-02-17_02, EXETER placed second; HADDINGTON took the Challenge Cup.
1865-02-19_06, EXETER placed second; SIR WILLIAM took the Stewards‘ Plate.
1866 Annual Race Meeting, EXETER won three trophies:
1866-02-20_02, EXETER took the Challenge Cup.
1866-02-21_02, EXETER took the Fakei Cup.
1866-02-21_06, EXETER took the Parsee Cup.
1867 Annual Race Meeting, EXETER did even better, taking five events:
1867-02-19_04, EXETER took the German Cup.
1867-02-20_02, EXETER took the Challenge Cup.
EXETER won also the Shanghai Cup, the Fakei Cup, and the Ashley Cup.
1868 Annual Race Meeting, EXETER managed only two wins:
1868-02-18_07, EXETER took the Lusitanean Cup.
He also won the Shanghai Cup.
1869-02-17_02, EXETER won the Challenge Cup again.
1870, EXETER won the Hongkong Cup, then, the Shanghai Cup again.
1871-03-02_05, The Hongkong Cup—value £100—a handicap for all horses, EXETER third.
1868, in July, a pitiable auction was held at which the horses and ponies of the Scarlet stable came under the hammer.
Business was not good, and bidding was languid.
Significantly, a China pony fetched the highest price, 900 taels.
The splendid EXETER went for only 500 taels.
Shanghai‘s champion Arab, SULTAN, with a decade of victories behind him, was knocked down for a mere 50 taels.
EXETER is a development of the Old English Escanceaster, from the anglicised form of the river now known as the Exe and the Old English suffix -ceaster, used to mark important fortresses or fortified towns. (The Welsh name for the city, Caerwysg, similarly means “fortress on the Exe”.) The name “Exe” is a separate development of the Brittonic name—meaning “water” or, more exactly, “full of fish” (cf. Welsh pysg, pl. “fish”)—that also appears in the English Axe and Esk and the Welsh Usk (Welsh: Wysg).
960 meters = 1/2 mile 170 yards; 1207 meters = 6 Furlong; 1609 meters = 1 mile; 1766 meters = 1 mile 171 yards; 2012 meters = 1-1/4miles; 2816 meters = 1-3/4 miles.
Acknowledgment to Mr Lacuda Mengnah; HKJC Archives; Hong Kong Racing Museum for relevant content.