A historic win. Windsor Lad, owned by Maharaja Sir Vijaysinhji of Rajpipla, winning the Epsom Derby of England right below the royal box, defeating Easton and Colombo on 6th June 1934. Tiberius owned by Sir Abe Bailey, and Alishah owned by the Aga Khan, were a distant fourth and fifth respectively. Photograph published in The Field of 9th June that year. Till date Maharaja Sir Vijaysinhji of Rajpipla is the only Indian owner to win the English Derby which began way back in 1780. Windsor Lad was trained by Marcus Marsh and ridden by Charlie Smirke in the 1934 Derby.
The story of this thrilling triumph has been recounted in Indra Vikram Singh’s book Á Maharaja’s Turf’.