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Rajpipla (Maharaja of) (1890 - 1951)

Owner (O)

Also Known As:  Maharana Shri Sir Vijayasinhji Chhatrasinhji; Mr Pip

Description:

The Maharaja of Rajpipla, ruler of that state in India in the presidency of Bombay, was an able and enlightened man, promoting free education, and masterminding road construction and railways there. He was popular in English society too, and first registered his colours here in 1924, having already enjoyed much success on the Indian turf. The Maharaja asked trainer Marcus Marsh to buy him a yearling with Classic claims, to cost not a penny more than £1,200. Marsh had fallen in love with a Blandford colt and, sticking his neck out, secured him for £1,300. It was touch and go whether the Maharaja would pay but after an exchange of telegrams he agreed to do so. The colt, Windsor Lad, won four races for him including the Epsom Derby. Next time out, however, Windsor Lad ran only third in the Eclipse Stakes. The Maharaja could not stomach the horse's defeat and suggested that the jockey, Charles Smirke, had 'pulled' him. Shortly afterwards he parted with Windsor Lad for £50,000 and therefore missed out in owning the St Leger winner - in fact, the colt was never beaten again.

Important successes:

Derby
Windsor Lad   1934   (O)
 

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