Mysore based Demanding Format upset the applecart of fancied runners from Bangalore in the F K Irani Memorial Cup, which featured the long drawn card of 11 events held on Friday. Trainers Neil Darashah and Sharat Kumar had a double each, with fancied runners landing the spoils in five races.
The F K Irani Memorial Cup had an open look with Spark of Silver, Shivalik Prince, Love Conquers All expected to dominate the finish. Demanding Format had run a noteworthy race last time but since in this class, Bangalore based rule the roost, the Vishal Yadav ward was neglected in the betting ring despite good credentials.
Flaming Arrow led the field along with Iron Marshall after crossing the first furlong followed by Spark Of Silver, Shivalik Prince, Demanding Format, Love Conquers All being prominent in the front group. Ashkan jumped out without the jockey and ran riderless in front but luckily he did not run into the path of any of the runners. Iron Marshall weakened on straightening for home with Spark of Silver showing up prominently along with Shivalik Prince along the rails. Demanding Format kicked clear inside the final furlong and held off the late charge of Atlantus who finished full of running but was shy by half a length at the finish. Love Conquers All seems to have dropped form as he was not sighted at the busy end.
| ||Demanding Format (R Vaibhav up) winner of the F.K.Irani Memorial Cup, being led in by trainer Vishal Yadav|
Jaggy Dhariwal trained Current Ray showed good improvement while scoring in the Ranga Mysore Race Trophy, a race for horses rated 60 and above. Thoughts And Actions who had twice run listlessly after his win over Inquisition three months back was lodged the favourite on the basis of his impressive track work. Thoughts N Actions led the field and held forte till the last 300 meters. At this stage, Current Ray who was in fourth, made ground rapidly and had no problem in overhauling the front runner and went on to record a facile win over the favourite. Superb Style ran on to finish third.
Four year old filly Decorated made it to the winner`s enclosure after a year`s gap. Decorated who had lost close home to Lads Ability at Bangalore, was lodged the favourite to win the Mysore Race Club Trophy for horses rated 40 to 65. The favourite who was settled in third position, moved well to come into strong contention in the straight but was given a scare by unfancied Sunday Cruz who literally dragged himself to limelight. Despite no apparent help in the saddle, Sunday Cruz lost just by a neck. Sunday Cruz is a capable horse but the problem is when the connections think that he is a sure shot. Scenic Blast as is his wont did the front running before weakening and going out of contention. Forthcoming was sluggish at the start and was not in the hunt.
Sharat Kumar trained Ground Marshal who had finished second to Mr. Carpe last fortnight recorded a win after 552 days when claiming the lower division of the race. Despite veering out of a straight course, Ground Marshal proved too good to favourite Impressive Bolt who could not measure up to the strongly fancied runner Smart Star finished on to be third.
Sharat Kumar trained Little Lion should be deemed a little unlucky to lose the race in the Stewards room after nosing out favourite Neron on the track. Little Lion rolled out from the rails and came almost in contact with Neron who was making a desperate bid on his outside. Jockey Pradeep Chouhan raised a successful objection against Afsar Khan who rode the winner for boring him in the final 100 metres which cost him to lose by a neck. He put forth his arguments strongly and the Chief Stipendiary Steward told the Stewards that it was a close call as the verdict was only a nose and there was interference. He left it to the Stewards use their own wisdom to decide the race. The Stewards by majority upheld the objection.
In a race meant for Mysore based horses, Indian Royalty found the seven furlong race ideal and won easily. After travelling in handy second Indian Royalty took over inside the final 200 meters and had something in hand when staving off the challenge of Express It. The latter showed good improvement as compared to his previous efforts.
Mysore based Altira recorded an impressive win. The quietly fancied Altira travelled well within herself and beat the opposition with jockey Vivek not required to move a muscle. The three year old filly can repeat on the evidence of this performance. Favourite Prom Queen was never in the hunt and was a well beaten fourth.
Entertainer, who stood out in the paddock parade, could not sustain the runaway tactics adopted by the jockey though to the credit of the horse, he put up a stiff resistance before going down to Spaniard. Spaniard who was settled in fourth was produced wide outside and ridden out and just about managed to peg back the front running Entertainer close home. Brillante looked out of depth and the others in the fray just were out for an airing.
Always Inspiring who had failed as a favourite in open class made it pillar to post in a race meant for maiden three year olds. The favourite Simpleton, who was in third, ran a bit erratic and was seen finishing on well only when the race was well sewn up by Always Inspiring. Wandering Ways managed to hold on to the runner up berth.
Heavenly Divas scored a facile win in the Nainital Plate. Up in second behind Small Made, Heavenly Divas hit the front rounding the bend and extended well with no threat in sight. Blues And Royals took time to warm up and finished a notable second. Freedom Fighter was third with his good rally from behind.