Vittal Deshmukh trained Vijay Monarch lifted the Mysore Race Club Trophy, a terms race for three year olds and over, the feature event of races held at Malakpet on Sunday quite easily from Iaepetus. Races ran kindly for followers of form as well backed horses with strong credentials to win dominated the day`s proceedings.
There was nothing much to choose between Vijay Monarch and Iaepetus as both appeared to be well matched except for the fact that the distance of seven furlongs could tilt the race in favour of Vijay Monarch. Iaepetus led in earnest and stayed in that position till the final furlong at which point Culhane managed to push Vijay Monarch to take over the running. Vijay Monarch established a lead of a few lengths which however was cut down to half a length at the finish as Iaepetus was gaining his rhythm. Proof cut an erratic course under pressure and finished third.
Leo D`Silva trained Garibaldi recorded a hat-trick of wins when he made a successful start to finish dash over five furlongs in the Raja Mehboob Karan Memorial Cup (Div I), a Category II race. There was strong support for Compromise but she was finding foot when Garibaldi had sealed the issue. Jockey Suraj Narredu had Garibaldi in front from the word `go` and his lead was not contested by any of the runners. Robust who went in chase of the front runner managed to keep the runner up berth from late rallying Compromise. Shatakshi won the lower division of the race with a similar effort just about lasting out to win from last outing winner Marquise who could have been better served by a stronger rider. Win And Enjoy came up with a late bid to be an impressive third.
| ||Vijay Monarch (P A Culhane up) winner of the Mysore Race Club Cup, being led in by trainer L V R Deshmukh|
Shades of Victory came in for strong support in the 2200 metres Nizam Sagar Cup, a Category III race with odds on Kohinoor Angel easing off. Star Striker was the pace setter as the field set out for the 11 furlong race with Deccan Storm, Danny and Kohinoor Angel with Shades of Victory gracing the penultimate position ahead of Sheikhs Emperor. Star Striker was able to keep the lead into the final furlong but at this time, Shades of Victory made rapid strides from behind and went ahead and comfortably held on to win from Deccan Storm and Kohinoor Angel. Star Striker weakened to finish fourth.
The well backed Paradise Bay had no problem in beating a strong challenge from Laughing Eyes in the Malvado Plate (Div I), a Category II race for maiden three year olds. Laughing Eyes showed enough speed to go to the front but surrendered meekly when Paradise Bay essayed his challenge. After being overhauled, Laughing Eyes came up with second wind to suggest that after this runner up effort, he could go one better. Donald Netto trained Elenor was backed strongly to win the lower division of the race and she did not disappoint. After tracking Pacific Star into the straight, Elenor steadily picked up steam to go storming clear and was not unduly pressed to win from Gold Medal and Sheridan.
Satyanarayana trained Star Engagement came in for big support despite the widest draw over a five and furlong trip in the Swamy Ramananda Tirtha Plate, a Category III race for lowest rated horses. Star Engagement steadily improved places on the wide outside and bolted to the front in the final furlong and won as she pleased from Hard Hit.
The 1200 metres Madanna Plate, a Category III race looked like a minefield with none of the runners standing out. With Fine Racer sporting steel shoes, those who put a premium on this factor alone, went for Rich And Famous. In the event, Fine Racer easily measured Rich And Famous and won with plenty in hand at nourishing odds. Zulu Punch was a close third.