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Cardigan Bay

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This stamp was issued to commemorate the return to New Zealand of Cardigan Bay, the first standard bred light-harness horse in racing history to win $1,000,000 in stake money.

Issue information

After winning races in New Zealand and Australia, he was purchased by American interests in 1964.  For the next few years, under the guidance of famous reinsman Stanley Dancer, he was a dominant figure in American light-harness racing.  The durable gelding became recognised from coast to coast as a 'personality' horse and his duels with some of the all-time greats of racing have gone into harness racing archives as among the greatest races ever witnessed in the history of the sport.

Cardigan Bay in action.

Stamp bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 3 in December 1969.

Acknowledgments: Bulletin scanned and provided by John Biddlecombe of the New Zealand Society of Great Britain. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link:

Technical information

Date of Issue: 28 January 1970
Designers: L C Mitchell, Wellington
Printers: Courvoisier, Switzerland
Stamp Size: 41mm x 26mm
Sheet Size: 100 stamps per sheet
Process: Photogravure
Perforation Gauge: 11.5
Paper Type: Granite, unwatermarked
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