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ST. LEGER PROBLEM

MANTON COLT PREFERRED

For some years three stables have largely dominated racing, I'lrst, Beckhampton, unaer Fred .Darling, carried oti ihe chief prizes with tne horses oi the late Lord Woolavington and other- patrons. Then supremacy passed to .frank Butters at Newmarket, where he has been in charge ox the Aga Khan's remarkable string. He remains in considerable power, but it seems likely that this season, Joe Lawson, of Manton, who is responsible j!or Loid AstOi's horses, will be at the head of the .winning trainers (says an English writer). Mamon is already in front with the amount of stake money that has been won, and, even if Mahmoud should follow up his Derby triumph by capturing the St. Leger, . Frank Butters will scarcely make up his arrears. It is exceptional for the Derby favourite to lose his place in popular favour as Mahmoud has done. He has, in fact, been completely overshadowed by Rhodes Scholar. It is true that the latter .beat Mahmoud at Ascot, but the Aga Khan's colt is not the first Derby winner to disappoint at Ascot, and his defeat was possibly due to the fact that-he had not-had time to recover from the acute strain to which he was subjected at.Epsom. It would seem that the public still regard Mahmoud with suspicion, perhaps because he so completely deceived them at Epsom. They were sure that he would not stay the Derby mile and a half, and yet it was his superior stamina that enabled him to beat his stable companion, Taj Akbar, a proved stayer. It was, in fact, a performance well up to the best Derby standard, and the public may have to pay for all the doubts they have been pleased to raise about the colt. If the turf does not become too hard and upset the preparations of Rhodes Scholar, it is the general belief that he will win the last of the classics for Manton, but he will only get the better of Mahmoud if his merit has not been exaggerated. By the way, Taj Akbar is not in the St. Leger, and the Aga Khan probably regrets that Sind, too is not in the race. Sind recentlywon two important races at Liverpool, and it is evident that he is a backward colt now improving rapidly. It is unusual to bring a horse of Sirid's class out twice in two days, but Frank Butters had formed the opinion that he required a lot of work and the results at Liverpool indicated that this was correct.1

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ST. LEGER PROBLEM, Evening Post, Volume CXXII, Issue 56, 3 September 1936

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ST. LEGER PROBLEM Evening Post, Volume CXXII, Issue 56, 3 September 1936

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