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This rare first version model of Cardigan Bay has only 2 hooves attached to the base showing an impressive action. This was modelled by Albert Hallam in brown matt colourway and it had a very short production run being only Issued from 1971 to 1972 as part of the Beswick Connoisseur Collection which included Nijinsky, Red Plum and Psalm.
Height 9 1/4" (23.5cm)
It is fully stamped to the base, and has it's original wooden stand.
An extremely impressive piece of Beswick, and now very hard to find.
Catalogue price is £600 ($NZ1155)

From Wikipedia
" ....he was the first Standardbred to win US$1 million in prize money in North America. Cardigan Bay won races in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States.
Along with his arch-rival, American champion of the day, Bret Hanover, he has a legitimate claim of being one of the truly great Standardbred racehorses. Cardigan Bay became an overnight sensation in the United States, and appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show as the "million dollar horse..........
Cardigan Bay is possibly the most well-known racehorse ever to come from New Zealand. He won 80 races in all. Much of his racing was done in the United States, where he teamed up with legendary reinsman Stanley Dancer in his many appearances at Yonkers Raceway near New York City. He was the only horse to defeat the three U.S. Hall of Fame horses of that era: Overtrick, Bret Hanover, and Meadow Skipper. He was a Harness Champion in the United States, being Pacer of the Year in 1965 and 1968."

Key words: Cardy Cardigan Bay Standardbred racehorse Beswick pacer pacing harness racing Inter-Dominion New Zealand Cup
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