Upward of Thirty May Start In English Derby on Saturday: My Babu and The Cobbler Rated Best, With Valognes Regarded as Chief Threat, Daily Racing Form, 1948-06-03


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GORDON RICHARDS Will ride The TheCobbler Cobbler in quest of his first success in inthe the Derby Upward of Thirty May Start In English Derby on Saturday My Babu and The Cobbler Rated Best With Valognes Regarded as Chief Threat ThreatBy By VERNON MORGAN MORGANReuters Reuters Turf Editor EditorLONDON LONDON Eng June 2 One of the big ¬ gest Derby fields of all times will line up at Epsom on Saturday This years race for which more than 30 horses may start will be worth 52000 to the winner winnerAlthough Although this is about 4000 less than the Gaekwar of Baroda received when My Babu won this years 2000 Guineas the richest prize in British turf history it is several hundreds more than the previous Derby record sum won by Call Boy in 1927 1927The The biggest Derby field was in 1862 when Caractacus beat 33 rivals and more recently 27 faced the starter in a wartime substitute Derby at Newmarket in 1945 when the race was won by Dante DanteThis This year 36 accepted at the final stage but there are sure to be some withdrawals before Derby Day DayNearly Nearly everyone at turfs headquarters at Newmarket where the favorite My Babu is trained believes that this French bred colt will repeat his Guineas victory for the Gaekwar of Baroda and his jockey Charlie Smirke who rode Windsor Lad and Mahmoud to victory for two Indian princes is said to be confident he will score a third success successThis This view is shared by most punters and My Babu is sure to start a warm favorite But there are those who feel that the fact that My Babus training had Jo be inter ¬ fered with for two weeks after an anti tetanus injection may adversely affect his chances and that he may not be the sup ¬ posed good thing especially if the going remains soft for the colt is on the small side and there are doubts about his stam ¬ ina in the minds of some experts expertsHowever However those who fancy My Babu can take comfort from the latest statement by his trainer Fred Armstrong that the colt is not a horse that requires much work and that no matter what the going is like My Babu with his perfect action will go wellSecond well Second Favorite in Race RaceThe The second favorite for the race is Colonel Giles Loders The Cobbler son of the Irish stallion Windsor Slipper who will be ridden by Britains champion jockey Gordon Richards Confidence in this colt is growing daily and there are glowing re ¬ ports about his home gallops gallopsRichards Richards who has won every race on the calendar worth whining except the Derby is understood to be pretty confident that at long last his chance has come and that on next Saturday afternoon he will achieve his cherished ambition ambitionNoel Noel Murless the young master of Beck hampton in Wiltshire where The Cobbler is trained has taken his stable companion Hoylake out of the race but is also repre ¬ sented by Roaring Forties FortiesWhile While there was at one time a doubt about which of the Murless horses Rich ¬ ards would ride the champion jockey has finally picked on The Cobbler as the one with the best chance chanceThere There are those who say that this son of Windsor Slipper will not stay They point to the fact that when My Babu beat him by a head in the 2000 Guineas at New ¬ market the Gaekwars colt came from be ¬ hind and won because he finished more strongly Over the extra halfmile they believe that My Babu will beat him more easily easilyThe The Cobbler fans say he was short of a race will appreciate the extra distance and will turn the tables on his Guineas con ¬ queror next Saturday SaturdayMost Most people going to Epsom that after ¬ noon expect to see a great twohorse duel between My Babu and The Cobbler ridden by two of the best jockeys in the world The belief is general that one or the other will win although which is a subject of considerable discussion discussionFrench French racing enthusiasts do not entirely share this point of view although as My Babu is a son of then own stallion Djebel they would hail his victory as part French FrenchThey They believe that in their trio My Love Royal Drake and Djeddah they possess colts quite capable of upsetting My Babu The Cobbler and all the other British trained colts coltsMy My Love who will be ridden by the fa ¬ mous Australian jockey Togo Johnstone will carry the Aga Khans wellknown colors of chocolate and green the Indian prince having bought a share of the horse from French owner M Leon Volterra whose colors will be carried by Royal Drake DrakeMy My Love is a halfbrother to last years Derby winner Pearl Diver being a son of Vatellor and should certainly stay a mile and a half His form in France is good and he is expected to prove the best of the Frenchtrained trio trioThen Then there is the Americanowned and bred Black Tarquin belonging to the chair ¬ man of The New York Jockey Club Wil ¬ liam Woodward Black Tarquin did not contest the Two Thousand Guineas and was beaten when making this seasons debut but he subsequently won the Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield Park over vone and a half miles Most critics did not think he was impressive but with the going likely to be soft enough to suit him he may jus ¬ tify the confidence his very able condi ¬ tioner Capt BoydRochfort has in him himThe The probable starters and riders for the Epsom followsMy Derby are as follows My Babu C Smirke Djeddah E C Elliott Tory T Burn Prince Hardi C Rowle Hope Street W Evans Julian J Marshall Tarka W Lister Specialty W Rickaby Blue Falls S Wragg Black Pam ¬ pas D Jones Valignus T Sidebotham Ottoman T Lowrey Pride of India J Sime Noor T Weston Henley in Arden T Hawcroft The Cobbler Gordon Rich ¬ ards Native Heath M Beary Valognes E Britt Solar Slipper E Smith Ravens wood G Bridgland Usher Cliff Richards Tormie W Nevett Mallowry K Gethin Straight Play H Packham Jacobite J Simpson My Love W Johnstone Royal Drake J Doyasbere Black Tarquin W H Carr The Senator n T Gosling GoslingNo No riders have been named for Overhead City of Russia Rubaiyat Roaring Forties Millwall and Blue Mickie

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