Daily Telegraph, UK, and The Times of India, on win of Maharaja Sir Vijaysinhji of Rajpipla’s horse Windsor Lad in the Epsom Derby 1934   

Maharaja Sir Vijaysinhji of Rajpipla leading in his horse Windsor Lad after winning the Epsom Derby of England on 6th June 1934. Trainer Marcus Marsh is to his right, with jockey Charlie Smirke astride.

Maharaja Sir Vijaysinhji of Rajpipla leading in his horse Windsor Lad after winning the Epsom Derby of England on 6th June 1934. Trainer Marcus Marsh is to his right, with jockey Charlie Smirke astride.

The Daily Telegraph

Thursday, June 7, 1934

Windsor Lad equals Hyperion’s record in the Derby

The Maharaja of Rajpipla was naturally immensely elated. He is greatly liked by all his English friends, and this magnificent victory has come to him after about a dozen years of ownership on our Turf. I recall a victory on Epsom’s racecourse some years ago when Embargo won for him the City and Suburban. He was no more than a handicapper. Windsor Lad was bought by him as a yearling because he was a son of Blandford, whose stock were winning the big races. Blandford, indeed, has now sired three Derby winners – Trigo, Blenheim and Windsor Lad. It is a great performance for that sire, now, by the way, at the Whatcombe stud in England.

Royal Congratulations

The Maharaja was speedily on the course, waiting to lead in his horse. One of the first to congratulate him was the Aga Khan. Many others cordially extended their felicitations. Very soon after the jockey had weighed in, the Maharaja was invited to proceed to the Royal box and there receive the congratulations of the King and Queen. He was truly delighted with the warmth of the reception on every hand, and will certainly never forget this wonderful day in his life.

The Maharaja of Rajpipla is entitled to be satisfied on the result that he has the best colt in the country. There is less conviction that Colombo was beaten on his merits. Meanwhile the owner of the winner can look forward to receiving some important cheques from bookmakers on Monday which splendidly garnish the stake and the honours of the race itself. A long time ago, the Maharaja made a bet, before he left India, of £4,000 to £400 and £1,000 to £100 a place. There were other wagers since at shorter prices. The total amount has doubtlessly been well liquidated by what a generous and delighted owner has already disbursed in presents, especially, of course, to those who were chiefly instrumental in bringing about the victory.


The Times of India

June 8, 1934

Maharaja of Rajpipla wins blue riband of the turf

Windsor Lad’s great race

Thousands Cheer “Good Old Pip”: Owner Congratulated by King

Winner achieves Newmarket-Derby double


A deafening roar greeted the proud Maharaja as he led the winner into the paddock: “Good old Pip”, cried a thousand voices. His Highness, obviously pleased with the nickname acknowledged the reception. He was later summoned by the King and congratulated.


A million people, including Their Majesties the King and Queen, witnessed H.H. the Maharaja of Rajpipla’s Windsor Lad gain a smashing victory from Lord Woolavington’s French bred Easton, with the hot favourite, Lord Glanely’s Colombo, a neck away third.

After Windsor Lad had won the Newmarket Stakes the Maharaja of Rajpipla scouted any idea of his horse being beaten, arguing that, although Colombo had never been beaten, the colt had never done what his horse had.

A wonderful demonstration took place when H.H. the Maharaja of Rajpipla led Windsor Lad into the paddock – jockey Smirke full of smirks. Although the race resulted in the downfall of the hitherto unbeaten favourite thousands upon thousands of cheers rang out for the Maharaja and his gallant horse with the cry resounding in the air “Good Old Pip”. His Highness was delighted with the nickname and repeatedly waved his grey top hat to the cheering crowds, saying, “I am glad Windsor Lad won not so much for my own sake as for the British public which has given me such a wonderful reception.”

His Majesty the King then invited the Maharaja to the Royal Box and heartily congratulated him on his great achievement.

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A Maharaja's Turf cover (front )These are excerpts from Indra Vikram Singh’s book A Maharaja’s Turf  ISBN 978-81-901668-3-6

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