Vittal Deshmukh trained Kallu Mama swamped the opposition to win the 1100 metres Radhey Shyam Jhunjhunwala Memorial Juvenile Million, a rich terms race for maiden two year olds, the highlight of races held at Malakpet on Monday. Kallu Mama had the front runners covered in the final furlong and thereafter it ceased to be a race. Jockey Pradeep Chouhan had a treble for the day.
Skylight Express broke into a good lead from the start as Palm Springs and Kallu Mama were settled behind a few lengths adrift. On turning for home, the pace picked up with Palm Springs and Kallu Mama coming up big runs. But it was clear even before Kallu Mama went storming clear; he was easily the best travelling horse. The progeny of Aussie Rules sailed away from Palm Springs to record a handsome win, with the long-time leader Skylight Express staying on in third position.
| ||Kallu Mama (P S Chouhan up) winner of the Radhey Shyam Jhunjhunwala Memorial Juvenile Million|
In an absorbing finish, Indian Epic broke the jinx of winless sequence by nosing out late finishing Oasis Vision to bag the 1200 metres Dr S R Captain Memorial Cup, a Category II race. Indian Epic had been consistently hitting the board but finding the winning post elusive. Odalis hit the front followed by Rajkumari, Silver Crown, Indian Epic, Lumiere Blanche and Oasis Vision who was slightly sluggish after jump out. Inside the final furlong, Twentyfive Pips got a slight advantage even as jockey S John on Indian Epic was looking for a split to make his run. His cause appeared to be a tough one but fortuitously he got an opening on the outside of the front runner and he drove out the horse forcefully to reach the safety of the winning post. Oasis Vision came like a train from way behind but missed the berth by a whisker. Rajkumari was a close third.
Apprentice jockey Pawar is quite forceful as evidenced by his strong ride on Ice Lolly in the 1200 metres Crown Treasure Plate (Div I), a Category II race. Hurricane Dancer led for most part of the trip but once Ice Lolly responded to the urgings of the jockey, it ceased to be a contest in the final furlong. Ice Lolly who had achieved a hat-trick during the monsoon season followed by two placed efforts during the season, won in great fashion from Hurricane Dancer who just about survived to finish second ahead of Rustic Gal and Sporting Star who charged home with strong finishes. The lower division of the race was originally won by Montpelier in a hard fought battle with Elenor but was later disqualified following a Stewards enquiry. Montpelier, ridden by S Nayak, shifted out abruptly approaching the bend causing Bribe Madi to clip his heels, causing a severe fall to jockey Ravinder Singh. Montpelier was disqualified for dangerous riding by its jockey. It is possible that the decision of the Stewards was influenced more by the severe falll that the jockey sustained. Glorious View was promoted to the second spot ahead of Elegant Approach. Jockey Ravinder Singh escaped with minor bruises but he is kept under observation. Jockey Azmath Ali who also had a fall on Prince Paladin was reported safe.
The Classic Style Plate (Div I), a Category II race saw Pavan who has drawn blank in his five outings being installed the favourite. There was support for Naughty Gal while Vijay Sheel was allowed to run at lucrative odds. There was delay in the start of the race as Kohinoor King played up at the gates and sat after entering it. He was withdrawn from the fray. The speedy Kohinoor Supreme, as is his wont, led the field from the start but could not sustain his foray for long as Vijaysheel who tracked him into the straight the shortest way home, began to get stronger. Under the vigorous riding of Pradeep Chouhan, Vijaysheel went ahead and held on to win from late rallying Naughty Gal. Kohinoor Supreme just about survived to take the third spot ahead of Pavan. Rio Grande went into decisive lead inside the final furlong and held off the late charge of Key Note and Rose Queen in the lower division of the race. Favourite Fine Racer too finished in the bunch. Henrique prefers to ride way off the pace, detached from the pack and saves his horses for the final dash. This tactic has worked sometimes but more often than, he would have left too much to do for the horse. The same was the case with Rose Queen who ran detached last well into the straight and gained places in a significant way but fell short narrowly.
Favourite Kianoosh hung in and jockey Deep Shankar was not up to handling the problem in a close tussle for supremacy with Queens Necklace as the latter pulled away in the closing stages of the race to win with a measure of comfort the 1000 metres Starry Scene Plate. Break Away finished on powerfully to get the third spot in the final stride from Camacho Speed.
The start to finish bid by Amber Flame in the 2200 metres Palampet Cup, a Category III race, was thwarted by favourite Imaan in the final strides of the race. Smrithiman was not far behind.
The day`s biggest upset came through Lioness Heart who took over the running at the top of the straight over the mile long race and sped away for an easy win over Midnight Beauty and Bound For Glory.