Ladies’ Purses 1894-02-24 PRIMROSE

Rose in Prime; Purse in Time





Ladies’ Purses successive winner PRIMROSE ridden by Reynell, were casted into sculpture in Hong Kong Racing Museum.

The team of the previous winning pony with new owner and jockey were under-estimated.





It was the third day of the Annual Race Meeting, Governor, Sir William Robinson, KCMG, was one of the HKJC Stewards.

There was a much larger crowd at the Happy valley, and as the weather was delightful, a pleasant day’s outing was enjoyed at the racing carnival.

It was the Ladies’ Day, and, as befitted the occasion, the ladies who had not turned out in such large numbers on the second day, came out in great force in charming costumes.

The traffic moved along all right by the police arrangements, the large staff of European and Asiatic policemen under the watchful eye of Inspector Bremner, the officer of the District.

At the racecourse, Chief Inspector Mathieson was in command, and there was a competent staff of detectives and police on duty to look after doubtful characters.

On the whole, thousands of spectators behaved well during the day.





Race 3 The Ladies’ Purses, for all China ponies; 7 furlongs.


It was a race where nine starters went to the post.

RECOVERY (Master) on the rail got away first, but DUNOON (Hart Buck) and PRIMROSE (Reynell) kept close company to the Hill.

Then, DUNOON came into the first place, and MERRYTHOUGHT (Hough) worked up from the fifth position to third.

RECOVERY displaced DUNOON at the Village, but could not get a length away, and as MERRYTHOUGHT joined them.

It was a very exciting and fine race just as they entered the straight, PRIMROSE, who had been overlooked, caused all eyes to be turned towards him.

The three leaders were riding about the middle of the course, and PRIMROSE steered close to the rail gained on them at every stride.

He was going the fastest of the lot, and was able to catch them up and go ahead into the first.

DUNOON strove hard to regain his lost position, all to no effect, however, as previous year’s winner got home a good length ahead.

RECOVERY was beaten for second place only by half a length, and MERRYTHOUGHT was a length behind for fourth place.


Official Result :


1. PRIMROSE (Mr Fourman) jockey Mr Reynell

2. DUNOON (Mr Hart Buck) jockey Mr Hart Buck

3. RECOVERY (Mr Buxey) jockey Master


Time : 1 min. 49 3/4 secs.





The result of the race for the Ladies’ Purse was surprising.

Very few thought PRIMROSE, the winner of the previous year, would have the ghost of chance, and he received very little support from backers.

RECOVERY, MERRYTHOUGHT and DUNOON were most in favour, and, as it turned out, of these three, DUNOON was most deserving of support.

It was a most exciting race, and it was only when the ponies were in straight that the spectators began to realize that PRIMROSE had anything to say in the disposal of the prize.

He was well ridden, and Mr Reynell came in for an ovation when he appeared to received the prize from Miss Jackson, who presented the Purse on behalf of the ladies.

Mr Reynell returned thanks in a speech which seemed to tickle the humour of the few who heard it.

After he had presented the inevitable bouquet, the time-honoured three cheers were raised for Miss Jackson and the ladies.





1893-02-24 Taylor PRIMROSE Mr Cass Ladies’ Purse result was recorded.

1894-02-24 Reynell PRIMROSE Mr Fourman Ladies’ Purse result was recorded but with different owner and Chinese translations.





Hong Kong Horse Racing History in Brief – 《RacingMemories.HK》



Acknowledgment to Mr Lacuda Mengnah,for relevant data.





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