Aga Khans Colts Favored for Derby: Newmarket Suits Powerful Finishers; Decision to Move Classic From Epsom Good Break for Sturdy Nasrullah, Umiddad, Daily Racing Form, 1943-06-04


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Ago Khans Colts Favored for Derby Newmarket Suits Powerful Finishers FinishersDecision Finisherst t Decision to Move Classic From Epsom Good Break for Sturdy Nasrullah Umiddad UmiddadBy By Special Correspondent NEWMARKET England Now that the date for the running of the new Derby has been fixed for Saturday June 19 at New ¬ market interest will grow daily in the prospective candidates named for that threeyearold classic to be decided over the last mile and a half of the Summer Course The decision to run the premier classic at Newmarket instead of the cus ¬ tomary Epsom will be welcomed by the connections of the winterbook Derby choices Nasrullah and Umiddad as both of the Aga Khans colts will relish the straightaway searching gallop at New ¬ market marketThe The owner of these two outstanding colts for Derby honors can consider himself for ¬ tunate that the seasons premier classic is not to be decided at Epsom for the ability of Nasrullah to adapt himself to that pe ¬ culiar track is open to suspicion Because of the Epsom gradients an animal slow to gather full momentum would be bound to incur what might prove an impossible handicap handicapAt At Newmarket on the July course the straightaway will enable Nasrullah to bring his fine finishing powers into full play Though if his stablemate Umiddad fails to stir imagination to the same extent he also appears likely to be seen at his best over a stiff track trackIdeal Ideal Action and Stamina StaminaUmiddad Umiddad twice under silks and still un ¬ beaten has ideal action and stamina This offspring of Dastur and Udaipur without being massive is well proportioned and looks to have plenty of scope for improve ¬ ment Though by no means spectacular Umiddads triumph in the sevenfurlong Dewhurst Stakes over Straight Deal ap ¬ peared to be cleverly gained The question to exercise the minds of book students is whether this form or that of the Middle Park Stakes of Nasrullah is the better betterAll All going well the Fitzroy House cracks Nasrullah and Umiddad will have to be discussed in all seriousness as we draw nearer to the Two Thousand Guineas and Derby Few will dispute the right of Nas ¬ rullah to honors in the winter books on the Derby Also few will be inclined to argue about the stamina possessed by the son of Nearco Not for many seasons has a twoyearold created so favorable an impression and assurance that he will be in his element over long distances distancesNasrullah Nasrullah captured two of his three juve ¬ nile starts and but for a slow beginning in his final test the allimportant Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket he would have kept his record clean At the finish of that sixfurlong gallop Nearcos son was fast wearing down the speedy diminutive filly Ribbon and would have reversed the neck decision against him in another couple of strides In that contest one must allow that Nasrullah was an unlucky loser and while he sustained his reputation as a grand stayer it was a pleasure to see Ribbon once more running through to the last ounce ounceHailed Hailed as Champion ChampionIn In his two victories the fivefurlong Coventry Stakes and the sixfurlong Great Bradley Stakes both races at Newmarket Nasrullah impressed the critics as a cham ¬ pion in the making They then took sides with the son of Nearco as a possibility to carry his owners chocolate and green hoop silks to a fourth victory in the most cov ¬ eted of all classic races the Derby On what has been observed since the Aga Khans goodlooking and brilliant colt ac ¬ complished so early as last July there seems to be but little reason to alter the high opinion of the spectators on those occasions occasionsThe The writer is not forgetting that Umid ¬ dad has won over seven furlongs and he had been successful on his only other ap ¬ pearance over threequarters of a mile a few weeks previously However in the writers opinion the same owners Nearco colt in respect of breeding and perform ¬ ance is rated the better betterDuring During the winter recess Nasrullah dis ¬ played much improvement granting ordi ¬ nary luck in his training Latest news of his progress here at headquarters is most encouraging encouragingBoth Both Foaled at Irish Stud StudBred Bred in Ireland by his owner and foaled on March 2 1940 at Sheeshoon Stud The Curragh County Kildare Nasrullah is a goodlooking sizable bay colt by imported Nearco the Italianbred unbeaten son of Pharos who besides successes in his native land also carried off the coveted Grand Prix de Paris He is out of Mumtaz Begum e mare bred in France and a daughter of the 1930 Derby Stakes winner Blenheim n nContinued Continued on Page TwentySix Aga Khans Two Colts To Be Derby Favorites FavoritesNewmarket Newmarket Suits Powerful Finishers Nasrullah Umiddad UmiddadContinued Continued from Page Two Twonow now at stud in America out of flying Mumtaz Mahal granddam of the 1936 Derby Stakes winner Mahmoud also at stud in America by the unbeaten spotted wonder The Tetrarch out of Lady Joseph ¬ ine by Sundridge out of Americus Girl by imported Americus from Lady Palotta by Galinule hailing from the No 2 family familyUmiddad Umiddad also a homebred and foaled on March 25 at Sheeshoon Stud is a bay half brother to the good winner Sonibai by the Irish Derby winner Dastur out of the Oaks heroine Udaipur by Blandford out of the Prix de Diane French Oaks winner Uganda by Bridaine from Hush hailing from the No 3 family familyThe The Aga Khan also has two other nomi ¬ nations for the new Derby in Baman a bay son of the unbeaten Triple Crown win ¬ ner Bahram and Una who failed to win in two tries last season though he raced impressively on both occasions His other entrant is Hyderabad a royally bred colt who has yet to make his debut in racing He is a brother to the St Leger winner Sun Castle by Hyperion out of Castle Gay by Gay Crusader who cost his owner 36900 as a yearling at the 1941 sales at Newmarket

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