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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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The harness sport of trotting and pacing is more popular in New Zealand than anywhere else in the world, with the possible exception of America, and many notable names are associated with it. Peter Bingen won the New Zealand Trotting Cup, the blue riband of the sport, both in 1928 and in 1929, and was followed by some other great multiple winners in the idolised Harold Logan (1931–32), the great long-striding Indianapolis (1934–35–36), the speedy Haughty (1942–43), the brilliant Highland Fling (1947–48), and False Step (1958–59–60), who had distinguished performances also in both Australia and America. Johnny Globe, another winner of the Trotting Cup, holds the world pacing record for 2 miles – 4 min 7.6 sec.

by Ronald Jones, Journalist and Script Writer, New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation, Wellington.