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    Indra Vikram Singh

A Maharaja's Turf

Platinum Jubilee of the triumph of Maharaja Sir Vijaysinhji of Rajpipla in the Epsom Derby 1934

Published by Sporting Links in New Delhi, India .
Written in English.

About the Book

The exhilarating triumph of Maharaja Sir Vijaysinhji of Rajpipla in the Epsom Derby of England in 1934, the only Indian owner ever to win the blue riband of the turf in its history dating back to 1780. The dapper Indian prince’s horse Windsor Lad left the hitherto undefeated favourite Colombo trailing in third place in the presence of royalty led by King George V and Queen Mary, and a multitude of an estimated quarter to half a million people on that damp afternoon of 6th June. This extensively researched story written by the Maharaja’s grandson, embellished with rare photographs, captures the era between the two World Wars, of imperial times and a royal lifestyle, also going back centuries into history, connecting the past and the present and depicting the march of time, even as the thrilling race remains the central theme.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements : vi
Preface : vii
Chapter 1 : Chasing a dream : 1
Chapter 2 : Thoroughbred with great potential : 4
Chapter 3 : Captivating prelude : 7
Chapter 4 : Day of glory : 16
Chapter 5 : "Good old Pip" : 41
Chapter 6 : A time to celebrate : 47
Chapter 7 : Media carnival : 51
Chapter 8 : Windsor: gallant and endearing : 62
Chapter 9 : Marcus Marsh: chip off the old block : 66
Chapter 10 : Charlie Smirke: dashing rider with a point to prove : 70
Chapter 11 : An uncanny forecast..... and the lucky number 13 : 78
Chapter 12 : Was 'super horse' Colombo unlucky? : 83
Chapter 13 : Experts and bookmakers bite the dust : 97
Chapter 14 : Poignant moments : 100
Chapter 15 : 'I didn't think I would win the Derby - I knew' : 102
Chapter 16 : "My Three Derbys" : 105
Chapter 17 : A life blessed : 109
Chapter 18 : The family's cherished memories : 115
Chapter 19 : Special postal cover to commemorate the platinum jubilee of the Derby triumph : 120
Chapter 20 : Rajpipla State post : 121
Chapter 21 : The Gohil Rajput clan : 128
Epilogue : 130
Bibliography : 132
Photo feature / Royal family of Rajpipla in modern times : 133

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
viii, 140
Number of pages
148
Dimensions
8.75 x 11.5 x 0.6 inches
Weight
1 kilos

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL25167998M
ISBN 13
978-81-901668-3-6

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