RATING OF CONTENDERS
(From, "The Post's" Representative.) LONDON, December 7. Mr. Arthur Fawcett, the official • handieapper to the Jockey Club, always compiles at the end of each season what is known as the Free Handicap, in which lie deals with over two' hundred of the two-year-olds. The list is really an order of merit, and the calculations are based on a seven-furlong race, . One notable omission is the Aga Khan's Umidwar, not because the youngster does not deserve to he^ included, but because he appeared only once in public^ This was at Hurst Park, and he gave a most impressive display. ; If he had been included he. would probably have appeared on the 8.6 mark, which would have brought him within the be%t dozen. As a matter of fact, there are thirty weighted at 8.2 or more. . The place of honour is given to Lord Glanely's Colombo. Immediately below the colt is Campanula, the difference between them being only 41b, and this is allowed for a head beating in the First Spring Stakes.' Colombo Was, of coMBe, unbeaten, and Campanula finished ahead of all her rival* in her subsequent races. Unfortunately, she did not run in the | Champagne Stakes at Doncaster, but it UV assumed that she would have been too good for Blazonry and the other firstclass colts who appeared on that occasion. Campanula was sent to Doncaster with the intention of running, but she met with a mishap, and had to be scratched. Just as Colombo •is already a shortpriced chance for next season's Derby— • the bookmakers' protective price which few will accept at the present time —so Campanula is the form favourite for the Oaks, but her advantage over. Light Brocade is slight. Indeed, according to the Free Handicap: there is only lib between them. When very backward, Light Brocade -was beaten on the Newmarket July course, but later she ran away from her rivals at Goodwood, and went on tp win all her subsequent races. She also gave convincing proof of possessing stamina. In addition to Light Brocade, Frank Butters has in-his stable six other two-year-olds who are included yn the first ' thirty. He is the Aga Khan's trainer, and he is in charge, not only: of Umid-. war, but of Mrs. Kustom. Salamalik, Flyiiig'Coot, and Alishah. Mrs. Kuatom is rated at only 61b behind the best, iind'She is a'filly of undoubted class. Then there" is also Master Vere, a colt of great possibilities. -He made an unpromising start in his first two races, and at the time it could not •be thought that .he would > be placed on the 8.11 .mark. Later, however, he showed extraordinary improvement, and: finished with seven consecutive successes. Although rather small, Master Vere is a virile-colt who runs with exceptional vigour, and, even though he comes a little short of the beet claMic form, ,he should prove a valuable three-year-old. Chief of the Beckhampton youngster* is believed to' be Mr. Dewar'g Medieval Knight, and it is presumed that this will be the mount of Gordon Richards in the classics. He is placed 81b behind Colombo, which represents the three lengths beating which lift sustained at Goodwood. Subsequently, • however, Medieval Knight gained a notable win in the Middle Park. Stakes, and it was evident then that he , had improved. The filly from Beckhampton, Meadow Rhu, is highly .placed at 8.0. The only time she was defeated was when she fin- . ished a length behind Light Brocade at York,. '■ ■'■ .
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ENGLAND'S CLASSICS, Evening Post, Volume CXVII, Issue 17, 20 January 1934
ENGLAND'S CLASSICS Evening Post, Volume CXVII, Issue 17, 20 January 1934
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