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The feat of the Aga Khan in providing the first two. horses home in this year's St. Leger' is' not without precedent, but it is-many- years since it has been achieved by an owners The last occasion was in 1878, when Lord Falmouth's Jannatte and Childeric, with-four lengths.' separating them filled the first two places. A year earlier Lord Falmouth had also provided the first two horses -in- Silvio and Lady Gohghtlyj and in 1873 -Mr. Alen-y owned thf first two horses, Marie Stuart and Doncaster, who were separated by a head, with the third horse some lengths away. However, never before had any owner filled four of the first five places with his representatives Fndaussi, this. year's winner, has always been considered a good horse -but his preparation for .(races has been repeatedly checked by , attacks of coughuig. He is described as a bigboned, loose-framed son of Pharos (sire of last year's.Derby winner, Camcronian) and the 1923' Oaks" winner, BrownHylda, but, beinga chestnut, he takes very little after either his sire or d'ain He has always leaned, toward grossness and has required much more working than.the.average three-year-old, so that his previous failures'in his races this year can well b ( o' accounted for. Last season Firdaussi had five starts and he won three of them and was second and third'respectively on the other occasions. His' wins were in the Fulbourne Stakes, five' furlongs, at in July, the JVewburv Autumn Foal Stakes, six furlongs, in September, and the Dewhurst Stakes' seven furlongs, at A rewmarket again'in October. As a result of these efforts he was one of the winter favourites ±or the classics, but he receded later in popularity when it was known that he was again giving concern with his coughing. .He was not produced in the Two Thousand m April, but was then in solid work again, and prior, to contesting the Derby in June he had a couple of starts for a third and asecond. The latter effort was-the occasion on which he followed home the Derby winner-to-be, April tho. Fifth in the Derby Trial Stakes, one and a halt miles, at Lingfield, toward the end of May. In the Derby his customary pilot M. Beary, elected to ride the other stable .runner, Dastur/and Steve Donoghue accepted the mount on. the chestnut. He was always prominent in the running. Rounding. Tattenham corner he was second behind Portofino, arid a little further on. ho was in tho lead but over the last furlong or so his condition began to give out and four other horses beat him ko the post It was a gfeat effort, as "he had not been thoroughly tuned up, and it augured well as to his Doncaster prospects. As far as is known he had not previously been successful in a race this season. Donoghue would- prob-' ably have been on him again. DASTUR'S THREE SECONDS. Dastur's second gives him the.unique, record of having..finished second in the three- English classics of the season open to colts;., OrwelKbeat him in the Two Thousand, April the Fifth in the Dwby (he was in tho lead fifty yards from the post), and now his stablemate, Firdaussi, in tho St. Leger He _ would probably have been ridden ( again by Michael ]Bearj%' ■ ' This son of the] record : priced Solario las had a realijy. .remarkable season, being in the money, in. practically all his starts: Following the Epsom Meeting he won the King Edward VII Stakes, one and a half miles, at tho Royal Ascot Meeting, leaving the rest 0* the field a quarter of a. mile from home and scoring in a canter. Then, taken across to Ireland, he won the Irish Derby at The Curragh, but on this occasion only. in, the last stride from the well-performed Irish reprel sentative, Hill Song... In his first start this season he was second in the Free Handicap. Frank Butters trains both horses for the Aga Khan at Fitzroy House, Newmarket. At most recent advice Butters was second trainer in the seanson's list, with winnings £ 8000 less than the leader, F. Darling, but the St. Legor triumph has possibly sent him to the top. Pharos.the sire of Firdaussi, and who is stationed .in France, was on top of the English, sires' list last season (mainly owing to the successes of Cameronian), but to date this seasou he has been in a very inferior position.
The Aga Khan started four • horses in the St. Leger, an unusual enough happening in itself. Besidcsfrirdaussi and Dastur they -were Taj Kasra (second in the Welsh Derby) and TTdaipur j (the Oaks winner). The last-named did • vrcll to finish fourth. His Highness had previously won the race in 1924 with Salmon-Trout, and had provided tho runner-up with: Zambo the next year, and the third horse with Eustom Pasha two years ago. Steve Donoghue had not previously won a Doncaster St. Lcger, but he had brought home two of the victors (Pommern and Gay Crusadey) in the substitute war St. !Leger run' as tho September Stakes at Newmarket. M. Beary had previously been successful on Trigo in 1929.' '
Tlie third horse in this-year's race' Silvermere, had not started in any
of the previous classics, and very little is known about his form this season. Last, year he had three starts, and his best effort was his fourth in the Little Breeders' Stakes, five and a half furlongs, at Warwick in September. "The horses that beat him home on that occasion were not of classic calibre.
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Evening Post, Evening Post, Volume CXIV, Issue 60, 8 September 1932
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