Tehran Is Best . Three-year-old In Homeland
"THE Indian Army Comforts Fund, 1 which receives all the Aga Khan's wartime race winnings, is £5467 10/ richer—and soaring towards a £30,000 aggregate—by the St. L/eger triumph of Tehran, the best three-year-old in England. Borealis was second and the Derby winner, Ocean Swell, third. . So the proved three best colts of 1944 stopped a fillies hat trick in the last classic. Nothing mattered at the finish but the placed horses, states "Tattenham," in the Sunday Express of September 17. There was such a furore for Hvcilla that actually she displaced Tehran for favouritism in a close, betting race and started at 4—l. Most of the jockeys riding agree that if the race had been one mile and a half and not one mile and three-quarters Hycilla would have made a bold bid, for she began to move up so easily about a quarter of a mile from home. - Bridgland, however, agreed she was done with in the next furlong, and was out of the race before the principals took charge. Apparently she failed to stay. Jack Jarvis, perhaps, best summed things up: "I know Ocean Swell had come on a lot," he said, "but Tehran had obviously progressed a lot more, especially in finishing dash." Never in Doubt It was the Aga Khan's fifth St. Leger winner, and I have never known Frank Butters more confident. Both trainer and jockey have also won five Legers. Gordon Richards emphasised that he was never in doubt as to the result, as he described the closing stages after he had laid about sixth most of the way on a true stayer, and then taking charge from Orestes
"I made the first forward move, and was followed by Harry Wragg on Borealis. Harry must have got almost to Tehran's head'\ —Wragg confirmed this—-"but there was no laziness about Tehran as he went further ahead again.
"E. Smith had also joined in on Ocean Swell, but," Gordon added, "they could make no impression on me as I pushed a good horse home. He got a pace just to his liking."
No wonder they were all a bit tired, but Tehran won smoothly enough. ' ...
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Tehran Is Best . Three-year-old In Homeland, Auckland Star, Volume LXXV, Issue 268, 11 November 1944, Supplement
Tehran Is Best . Three-year-old In Homeland Auckland Star, Volume LXXV, Issue 268, 11 November 1944, Supplement
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