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First Day Cover, Cardigan Bay.; N.Z.Government Printing Office; 28.1.1970; MT2012....

First Day Cover, Cardigan Bay.; N.Z.Government Printing Office; 28.1.1970; MT2012.100
First Day Cover, Cardigan Bay.
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First Day Cover; commemorating the return to New Zealand of Cardigan Bay who was born and bred in Mataura and was the first harness race horse to win $1 million. This cover was posted from Mataura on the first day of issue, 28 January 1970. The stamp was designed by L.C. Mitchell, Wellington.

Cardigan bay was bred in Mataura at the Todd family's Chimes Lodge Stud on Exeter Street (which has subsequently been renamed Cardigan Bay Road). He won all the major Australasian races including the New Zealand Cup, the Auckland Cup and the Inter-Dominion Final in Adelaide, Australia. In 1964 after dominating Southern Hemisphere racing, he was taken to the USA to race. Perhaps his most famous race was his 1966 victory at Yonkers Raceway, New York over the champion standard bred, Bret Hanover in a race described as the Pace of the Century. After securing his history making $1 million in stakes he was immediately retired to New Zealand.

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organic, processed materials, paper
h 93mm x w 165mm

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From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated
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