BEST IN ENGLAND
PERSIAN GULF HAILED
BY TRIPLE CROWN WINNER
After Persian Gulf had easily won the Coronation Cup, one mile and a half, at Newmarket on June 6,. the son of the Triple Crown winner, Bahrain, was described as the t>est staying four-year-old in England and fit to raiiK with the giants of the past. He had no difficulty in trouncing his leading rival, Umiddad, son of Dastur, at equal weights; in fact, Persian Gulf went into the load from the start and was always in front, flying the last two furlongs to win easily from High Chancellor, R. 4, and Umiddad. 0.0. Umiddad, which is owned by H.H. The Aga Khan, and was ridden by Gordon Richards, had defeated Persian Gulf by a neck in the Thorney Stake, one mile and three-quarters, when in receipt of 41b.
Bahrain, which was sold for export to America for the great price of £00.000, has left his mark in England, although his career there was a short one, as he is also the sire ofvthat magnificent colt, Big Game, now at the Xational Stud.
Prior to being exported, Bahrain was claimed to be the best-looking thoroughbred stallion in England. He and Dastur are half-brothers. The latter is represented here by Chatsworth, and another son, Gold Xib, is also being brought to the Dominion. Persian Gulf, which was bred and is owned by Lady Zia Werhner, was nearly prevented from showing his merit as a year-old, and owing to restricted racing, did little as a three-year-old. He was described as a veritable baby when contesting the Derby and St. Leger, in each of which he ran fourth. Had he not finished second in a maiden race m August, he would have been barred from racing this year by the war-time ban on four-year-olds which had not been placed. Captain Boyd-Rochfort, who trains this son of undefeated Bahram, said of Persian Gulf in 1942, "This is the best in the stable, and 1 believe he will 1)0 a great horse, but not this year." Since then Persian Gulf has proved himself the best horse in training in England. Bahram is already represented in the list of successful young sires in England, as his son, Turkhan, which won the St. Leger in 1041 and finished second to Pont L'Evque in the Derby, was credited with his first winner in May. When Turkhan retired to the stud in 1941, his fee was 75 soys., but for 1945 it has been raised to 198 sovs. *
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BEST IN ENGLAND, Auckland Star, Volume LXXV, Issue 202, 26 August 1944
BEST IN ENGLAND Auckland Star, Volume LXXV, Issue 202, 26 August 1944
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