Inayathulla trained Indian Bolt who was the Horse of the Season in the recent Bangalore Summer Season, sprang a surprise in the richly endowed Gr 3 Maharaja`s Cup, a terms race for four year olds and over, the feature event of Friday`s races.
Indian Bolt was not favoured greatly by the terms of the race and since his last run in a terms race was pretty run of the mill, he was not reckoned as a serious contender over the mile trip over which he had not run or won. Ridgeway, One Life to Love were the fancied runners in what appeared a minefield of a race.
Magnitude Star showed the way as the 14-horse field set out for the mile long trip followed by Cielo Rey, Ridgeway, and Star Marques while Indian Bolt was settled in about fifth or sixth position. One Life to Love as is her wont was in the rear group. Ridgeway packed up after turning for home and Cielo Rey gained control of the proceedings. However, his foray in front was short-lived as Indian Bolt came home with a strong run which took him past the front runner. He had something in spare while passing the winning post. Cielo Rey held off long shot Rising Rainbow who made a late dash. One Life To Love ran on to finish fourth.
| ||Indian Bolt (Vivek up) winner of the Maharaja`s Gold Cup (Gr.3), being led in by trainer S Inayathulla|
Talisker`s second successive win highlighted the virtues of letting the horses run on merit all the time Talisker had won during the season after nearly three years and he won yet again, this time even more impressively. Rashid Byramji trained Make My Day who had finished a suggestive fourth to Lad King was the favourite. Talisker showed a sparkling turn of foot inside the final 250 metres and sped away from Make My Day who was in earnest and tried hard to win. Kilimanjaro ran on along the rails to finish third. Capote ran below expectations.
Virat who was a runaway winner last time out, defied the penalty with yet another facile win in the day`s opener, the Coorg Plate, a race for horses rated 40 to 65. Backed to the exclusion of the rest, Virat had things under control with a furlong left in the race. Cationic was a well beaten second ahead of Miyarsprincess. In the form that he is in, Virat can complete a hat-trick.
Ganapathy trained Forest Spirit finally broke the jinx to win the Police Cup (Div I) and shed her maiden status. Forest Spirit who had finished second four successive times, went into the race at good odds as money came pouring in on Amar Prem. Amar Prem led from the start while Forest Spirit was settled in the fourth position. Despite traveling on the edge of the grass track in the straight, Forest Spirit managed to win at the expense of Amar Prem. Jockey Ashish had trouble in controlling the horse from rolling on to the sand track. The jockey of Amar Prem, Saddam Hussain, lodged an objection against the jockey of the winner for bumping at the start but the same was overruled. The lower division of the race was won by Saphira. Saphira who was in third position, had to be angled out to get a clear run inside the final furlong. Saphira moved with strong strides once she got a clear run and won easily from Flirting King.
With the withdrawal of Allure on veterinary grounds just before the start of the race, it became impossible to spot a winner. The race ran true to expectations as rank outsider Bank On Me showed good turn of foot to win the race resolutely from Stardom Girl.
Harini completed a hat trick quite easily. Harini who was running in higher class was well settled in fourth before being asked for an effort well into the straight. The Juniper six year old mare stretched out well and won easily. Queens Cruise finished second after doing the front running.
Princess Lara who has been showing out in trials had the measure of Molly Malone in a race meant for lowest rated horses. After travelling in third for a while, Princess Lara assumed command in the final furlong of the race and won unextended. Son Of The Son finished on well to be third.