Lincolnshire Prospects: Vigilant Thinks Highly of Sir Gallahand III.S Chances in Event, Daily Racing Form, 1924-03-20


view raw text

LINCOLNSHIRE PROSPECTS Vigilant Thinks Highly of Sir Gal-lahad 111,s Chances in Event. With Epinaril -Withdrawn, Captain Colms Colt Will Have Excellent Chance, Says English Writer. Vigilant, writing in the London Sportsman, discusses the leading Lincolnshire Handicap candidates as follows : Tips for the Lincolnshire Handicap are almost as numerous as the pebbles on the seashore and few of them have any real foundation, but during the past few days I have received reliable information about Sir Gallahad III., and provided all goes well with him it is not likely that he will be deposed from the head of the betting quotations. Sir Gallahad III. is to be sent to England shortly and I have reason to believe that his connections are sanguine of success and, indeed, their confidence would have been the same even if the redoubtable Epinard had not declined the contest. It is possible that Epinard would have been unequal to the task of giving twenty-three pounds to the winner of the French Two Thousand and in support of this suggestion it may be argued that last years French classic form was on a par with ours, seeing that Parth just defeated Massine and Filibert de Savoie Grand Prix winner for the Prix de lArc de Triomphc. Now Parth may or may not have been unlucky to lose the Derby, but I should say he was as good as Pharos, which, at nine pounds, finished within hail of Epinard for the Cambridgeshire. SIR GALLAHAD III. and EriNARD. This may be a rough line, but, to my way of thinking, Epinard up to one and a half miles was in all probability, little more than a stone in front of the second best of his age in Franco and though Sir Gallahad III. appeared to be considerably better over about a mile than over a mile and a half he proved himself over the shorter distance to be little if anything behind the best always, of course, excepting Epinard. If, therefore, I am correct in my reasoning, Sir Gallahad III. must have had some seven pounds tho better of Epinard on the handicap and as many of us were prepared to support nard, notwithstanding his weight, how much more should Sir Gallahad III.s chance appeal to us? Another horse of which I have heard a good account is Soval, though to win he must improve on all previous form, unless the class of horses engaged is below that of last year, when he finished third, carryings a pound less. More often than not a horse in his sixth year starts on the downward grade, but in common with other rules this one has its exceptions and I hear that Soval has never been quite so well as at present. SOVAL AT WORK. Certainly the old horse has done as much work as any candidate in the race and in support of the idea that he improved gradually throughout last season we find that whereas Roman Bachelor, giving twenty pounds, finished in front of Soval for the Lincoln the former was quite unable to confirm the form at Leicester in the autumn, although having a two-pound pull in the weights. Class, however, will tell and I cannot help thinking that Sir Gallahad III. will have little difficulty in giving Soval ten pounds. Then, again, I prefer the better of S. B. Joels pair, Pondoland and Evander. Evan-der, if in the main rather disappointing, did several good performances last year and appears to have made abnormal improvement late in life. His best show was in the Chesterfield Cup at Goodwood, won from Poisoned Arrow gave three pounds, Clochnaben received four pounds and other smart animals, while there was much merit in splitting Poisoned Arrow gave nine pounds and Pharos gave two pounds for the Liverpool Autumn Cup. It should be noted that Poisoned Arrow easily reversed the Goodwood form on disadvantageous terms, but in view of the fact that Poisoned Arrow had previously won the Duke of York Handicap in a canter and that Pharos was not far removed from the best of his age Evander acquitted himself with much credit Should Evander be the choice by the stable he must take a lot of beating, but for the moment a waiting policy in this connection is wise.

Persistent Link:
Local Identifier: drf1924032001_12_2
Library of Congress Record: