Racing In Far Away India: Ninety Per Cent of Horses Are English and Irish.; Calcutta Turf Club Classes Animals Into Four Divisions--Roubaix the Best Performer., Daily Racing Form, 1921-03-30


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RACING IN FAR AWAY INDIA Ninety Per Cent of Horses Are English and Irish Calcutta Turf Club Classes Ani ¬ mals Into Four Divisions Roubaix the Best Performer BY E E COUSSELL COUSSELLLONDON LONDON England March 15 It may not bo generally known that the thoroughbreds racing in India arc all registered with the Calcutta Turf Club and are divided into four groups and are classified according to their merit February 17 1921 the first class number seventy eight ani ¬ mals there were 127 in the second class 398 in the third class and close upon 000 horses registered in the fourth class About 90 per cent of the horses racing in India were imported from Knglanil arid Ireland Every horse in the first division was bred in the United Kingdom As can Iw imagined fields in the lower classes were large often twenty to thirty runners so races are not easy to win winDuring During the last two years of the war and the year immediately after owing to the increased value of the rupee many good horses were pur ¬ chased for big prices in England and exported to India The normal value of the rupee is 30 cents During the period mentioned its value rose as high ns 58 cents Since last June the rupee has steadily depreciated in value until today it is again at prac ¬ tically its prewar level There are many indica ¬ tions that the high prices will no longer or only in small measure be forthcoming from Indian owners wishing ti acquire English jiud Irinhhred rate liorses This is merely an economic aspect which will liave to be recognized It was these high prices which owners racing in India were prepared to pay which to some extent forced up the value of horses in training in the United Kingdom KingdomQuite Quite a number of wellknown animals are now racing in India and as many of them represent the best equine families some record of their suc ¬ cesses will no doubt interest American thorough ¬ bred breeders who have many Englishbred mares at the Html in the United States There are many valuable races annually decided in India where stakes have greatly appreciated appreciatedROUBAIX ROUBAIX IS THE INDIAN CHAMPION CHAMPIONThe The best horse this season in India is unques ¬ tionably Itoubaix a brown colt foaled in 1014 Ho was sired by Minoru Saints Hay by St Frusquin Sweet Bay by Petrarch and is a member of Bruce Lowes despised family No 12 Bred by Colonel Itirkin Itoubaix was sold as a yearling for I 1500 lie won his first start the May Plate at Newmarket his only success that season The next season he won his first race the Wood Ditton I Stakes Nowmarket over one mile in a canter by two lengths He afterwards carried off the Ayr ¬ shire Handicap 2100 over one and threeeighths miles from a moderate field He failed to win at four years but invariably carried big weights Ronbaix was then sold to India for it has been stated 7500 Roubaix this season in India has proved himself a highclass horse He commenced by winning the December Plate weight for age run over seveneighths at Calcutta This was worth 2150 to Itoubaix He carried 143 pounds A week later with the same weight in the saddle he beat Scatwell by one and a half lengths in the Wellesley Plate 2150 run over one and a quarter miles Tills was the first Indian race in which Scatwell lias competed He was receiving thirteen pounds and finished a neck in front of Little Nan with Unitoi fourth fourthThe The King Emperors Cup worth 10250 to the winner is run over one mile It was set for de ¬ cision December 18 Carrying top weight 129 1 iwunds Itoubaix with odds of 4 to 1 laid on him triumphed by a neck from Scatwell and six other good winners in 139 which was only twofifths outside his own time record for the race set up last year Nine days later Roubaix won the cov ¬ eted Viceroys Cup also worth 10250 Until this year it was the most valuable trophy of the Indian turf Established in 1S5G it has been rim over one and threequarters miles since 1887 This sea ¬ son there were ten starters including last years winner First Flier The odds were 2 to 1 on Rou baix who won by a length from Little Nan Little Nan was a length in front of the deadheaters First Flier and Good Health The time was 300 which equals the time record set up by Bachelors Wedding in 1910 1910INDIAN INDIAN CHAMPION IS BUSY RACE HORSE HORSESeven Seven days later Itoubaix was again out under winning colors at the other side of India All the races mentioned above took place at Calcutta De ¬ cember 29 the son of Minoru was at Bombay where lie won the one mile Perth Handicap carrying top weight 135 pounds by a half length conceding from eleven to thirtyseven pounds to the other seven runners In less than a month Itoubaix had won five good races He essayed to give twentysix pounds t Starshot in the Bombay City Plate weight for age one and onequarter miles but failed by a length though he easily beat other good winners in Plaxtol Our Stephen First Flier and Good Health HealthItoubaixs Itoubaixs sire Minoru has another good repre ¬ sentative in India namely Aleli the first foal of Ayrslave dam of the Cesarewitcli winner Air Raid now at the stud in Uruguay Aleli won the Bombay Christmas Handicap worth 5000 by three lengths from Poignant which was giving thirty eight pounds Three days later Aleli carried off the onemile Victory Plate worth 5000 to the winner There were ten runners Poignant this time met him on fourteen pounds better terms but was unplaced Ayrslave is by Ayrshire Slave Trade by St Serf from Harlequinade the latter is by Hampton Festive a sister to LAbbesse de Juuarre winner of the Oaks and dam of Desmond DesmondThe The Macpherson Cup at Calcutta is a mile and threeeighths handicap worth almost 4000 to the winner There is also a cup value of 500 There were seven starters Unitoi carrying top weight Continued on second page RACING IN FAR AWAY INDIA Continued from first page 125 pounds won by a short head Previously Unitoi was second in the Governors Cup giving fourteen pounds to the winner and he deadheated with Good Health in the Carmichael Cup of 5000 decided over a mile and a quarter Unitoi was exported last summer by Pat Hartigan who still had an interest in him when he died Unitoi was one of the best stayers ever raced in England and his defeat in the 1019 Cesarewitch and the Newbnry Autumn CuiV when he was left at the post were extremely costly to his connections On the form he has shown in India provided he keeps well Unitoi is sure to be i formidable competitor in the Viceroys Cup He is by Santoi sire of your Corn Tassel and is the first foal of Unity More by Veins by Isinglass Wedding Gift by St Friisquin FriisquinCully Cully which carried off the one and threequar ¬ ters miles Governors Cup 5000 and a cup value 500 presented by Lord Ronaldshap is a chestnut mare bred in Ireland She is the first foal of her dam She is by Juggernaut the biggest stallion in the United Kingdom He is in County Meath standing over seventeen hands high Juggernaut is by St Simon Amplora sister to Amphiun sire of Sundridge Callys dam Sodiska is by Santoi Rot by Sheen She is therefore a sister to the Ce ¬ sarewitch winner Yentoi The latter a fine look ¬ ing horse got a few winners but failed to attract patronage During the war he was sold for 50 and it is believed went as food to the conti ¬ nent Cally was the best twoyearold selling plater of her season in Ireland She has won four or five races in India Regarded from the breeding point of view there is no wonder she can stay a distance Prior to the Governors Cup her last victory was in the Berseford Cup of one and threequarters miles milesLittle Little Nan which ran second in the Viceroys Cup is a daughter of Santoi Last season she won the Cooch Behar Cup mile and an eighth and the BycuIIa Cup over one and a half miles at Bombay So far she has Avon six races and about 10500 in India Little Nans dam is Bay Combe by Raeburn Lady BIcssington by Isinglass IsinglassPoignant Poignant which was raced by Sir K Hulton has proved a good horse in India Recently he won the Newmarket Plate a onemile handicap worth 5000 He has won five other races and about 10000 in stakes Poignant was a fast twoyear oJd In England and is by Chaucer Spring Off by Encounter from Spriugup by Satiety Carrying 340 pounds he failed by a short neck to concede lour pounds to Qiiryman in the Doncaster Handi ¬ cap Plate also a 5000 race decided over six fur ¬ longs and fortyone yards Quarryman which is by Piotpector and therefore not in the Stud Book has been very successful in India where he has won about 25000 In England he won six races in two seasons His dam a mare by Lesterlin has also bred Bruff Bridge which is a winner of six races and 28500 The next dam was Cairngorn by Baliol by Blair Athol Quarrymans price when sold to India was 25000 25000The The Cooch Behar Cup one mile and threeeighths worth 5000 fell to Pastime an aged gelding by the roaring Naledi halfbrother to Sceptre Her dam was Queen Marlborough by Knight of Malta halfbrother to Loved One sire of Doris Sunstars dam from Vestalia by Minting Pastime won the Grand Western Handicap of 2000 at Bombay with a light weight last season seasonPhixtol Phixtol which is by Lemberg Nausicaa a Galli nule maro coming of the same female Hue as Colin carried OS rounds to victory in the one and onehalf mile WIHingdon Handicap 5000 There were eight runners includhg Little Nan The Prince of Wales Handicap tf tl fame value was taken by Simons Ciioioe He is a bay gelding and a first foil by Gallopiu Simon by Melton from Santa Casa II which is by Symington The granddam was H half sister to Ravensbnry which ran second to Isinglass in the Two Thousand Guineas the Derby and St Leger Simons Choice was sold as a foal in the war time for the bagatelle of 7T So far hu has won six races and 10090 in India

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