Trainer Narendra Lagad`s five-year-old mare, Aamerican Agatta (Dashrath Singh-up), defied the penalty incurred for her last facile win, in the present Class, on her way to another victory, on Friday, in the 1,200m J.J. Stephens Memorial Cup. The afternoon also witnessed trainer Bharath Singh notching up a priced treble. Vikash Jaiswal, too, notched up a brace of wins after the trainer`s visiting jockey, A. Sandesh, experienced three scary rides – all strongly wagered -- including him being unseated from the 12/10 favourite, Ivy, early in the day. It did not come as a surprise when Sandesh reported ‘sick,` wishing good luck those who fulfilled his day`s other engagements. For the records, none of Sandesh vacated rides touched the board, leave alone winning.
Aamerican Agatta`s was a handsome victory and at nourishing odds of 11/2 as trainer Javed Khan`s last outing winner, Rustler (B. Mahesh) cornered most of the support at 11/4 in the nine-horse field. Dashrath had the mare settled behind Le Havre and Scarlet Emperor, who made the running by turns; until about 200m from home before kicking clear of the opposition.
Trainer Harvinder Bath`s hot favourite filly, Eternally (Neeraj Rawal), on the other hand, had to be ridden for all she was worth to win the baby race, the Stringfellows Handicap. Although she proved good by two lengths for the second placed Stellanova (C. Alford) but her jockey had to use all his skill to get the better of the opposition. The Western Aristocrat daughter was an impressive in fourth in her debut run behind Panchovilla but on this occasion she found the 1,200m sprint a wee bit short to her liking. Given time for maturing, she may shape as a good mid-distance contestant.
Form ran true in the 1,400m Snowdrift Handicap, in which trainer Vijay Singh`s Splash Proof (Neeraj) became a course withdrawal. The race was easily won by Bharath Singh`s youngster, Tweedle Dee (Alford), who was kept a handy third behind City Heights and Sans Prix till turning for home before shooting away to an untroubled victory.
Neeraj`s 12/10 favourite, All Rounds was also unlucky to have lost a close tussle to another of Bharath`s charge, Rabda (Dashrath). Rabda had struck to the rails behind the early leader, Sergeant Major (Vinay Jaiswal) while All Rounder was made to take a circuitous route, and thus losing by a whisker. In the same race Manvendra Singh-trained Dakota Dreamer (Hindu Singh) was a good third.
The focus was otherwise on trainer Vikash Jaiswal and his visiting jockey A. Sandesh. Vikash`s Sporting Trainer produced another winning gallop in the hands of apprentice Nikhil Naidu to win the 1,400m In The Spotlight Handicap, the way he liked.
Vikash`s day started on a winning note, in the curtain raiser, the 1,200m Ardelis Handicap, but with the wrong one from the stable, Uptown Girl (Sandeep Rajput). The money went in the direction of Vikash`s Saudagar, ridden by Sandesh who hardly expected a dud ride. Saudagar was no good for the opposition after being up with the front-running lot till about 300m from home. Uptown Girl, on the other hand, was brought from almost the wrong end of the field to score.
Vikash`s 12/10 favourite, Ivy, in the lower division of the Ardiles Handicap, must have been scary for Sandesh. The horse took a fly jump out and unseated the champion jockey. The race was nearly won by Vikash`s another charge I Me N Myself (Md Sameer) who was nosed out at the wire by trainer Daniel David`s fancied runner Hurricane Storm (Mahesh).
Sandesh suffered his third consecutive jolt, in the 1,100m Obolensky Handicap. It must have left the jockey heartbroken as he was trusted to win on another bad horse, My Freedom – a 14/10 favourite – who was slow to begin and failed make much headway in the race which was won by trainer Bharath Singh`s Super Striker. Super Striker won from the start in the hands of Alford. Sandesh did no fulfil rest of his engagements.