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Rule Downunder frustrates Paramour

By: Frankel   April 16 , 2017

Shiraz Sunderji trained Rule Downunder frustrated Paramour`s attempt at breaking the jinx of a series of runner-up berths by getting the better of the favourite in the closing strides of the race to win the 1200 metres Bangalore Turf Club Trophy, a race for horses rated 80 and above, the feature event of concluding day`s races of the Mumbai Racing Season on Sunday. Jockey Trevor Patel who was consistent right through the season duly won the championship stakes for the jockeys with a haul of 55 winners and he ended the final day with a double. Pesi Shroff maintained his stranglehold on the trainers` championship stakes. Padmanabhan trained Hall of Famer was the leading stake earner of the season.

Paramour had found one better on the last four occasions and each time the five-year-old mare looked capable of winning but was found wanting at the finish. The trainer probably thought that the blinkers could help resolve the issue and accordingly there was an expectation that Paramour would turn the tables this time out. The speedy Deep Diver led the field from the start with Paramour racing keen and settled in the second position ahead of Nascar and Rule Downunder while the tired Valentino was tailed off as a bad last. Inside the final furlong, Paramour got past Deep Diver and opened up a few lengths lead which gave hopes for her supporters. However, Trevor who was relentless on Rule Downunder, got his horse to finish powerfully and the fancied runner measured the front-runner in the final moments of the race to win by half a length. Deep Diver finished third while Nascar was a poor fourth.

Rehanullah Khan trained Eternal Sunshine looked to have an outstanding chance in the 1800 metres Racing Journalists Trophy, a race for horses rated 40 to 66. The only fear about the filly was her waywardness and the fact that she had shown a tendency to veer out of a straight course. However, apprentice Amit had her firmly in control and though Furious N Past posed a serious challenge and shaped to collar the front-runner, the favourite pulled out the reserves to record a comfortable win. Flying Dragon was third.

The Daddy Adenwalla Trophy (Div I), a race for maiden three-year-olds produced a big upset in terms of the odds as Narendra Lagad trained Orion`s Belt who had the benefit of a race run, led strongly in front and skipped away from stablemate Magic Dust who had the more accomplished jockey Dashrath Singh in the saddle to win at fancy odds. Akash Agarwal was astride the winner. Sir Percy Blakeney found foot late to finish a suggestive third. Porvi which attracted spirited betting was not spotted to have any chance in the race. The lower division of the race was won by Pesi Shroff trained Cambridge. The progeny of Burden of Proof was an impressive third in his last outing and he looked a cut above the rest. Trevor brought Cambridge into contention without being bothered by the frenetic pace set by Sereno. Cambridge moved with big strides in the final furlong and overhauled Sereno and won like a better-quality horse. Polyneices chased Sereno well into the straight but could only finish third.

Jockey Akshay Kumar managed to drive out Democrat to contain the challenge of last start winner Ridgewood Star in the 1200 metres Racing Officials Trophy (Div I), a race for horses rated 20 to 46. Democrat who had the first run on his adversary, held on grimly to win by the proverbial whisker. Ridgewood Star closed the gap menacingly but failed to nail the front-runner in a frustratingly tight finish. My Blessings was faraway third. Malesh Narredu trained Odessa was running after a long gap but was quietly fancied to win the lower division of the race despite the fact that apprentice jockey Jayakumar was in the saddle. Jayakumar had on several occasions found the winning post elusive but this time he got his act together as Odessa asserted his overwhelming superiority with a comfortable win over Kookaburra despite veering out of a straight course in the final 100 metres. Tomahawk ran on to finish third.

After Provi failed to live up to expectations, another Vignesh trained Rapid Girl was the recipient of sustained betting in the 1400 metres Worthwhile Trophy, a race for horses rated 20 to 46. Jockey Sandesh finally broke the winless sequence by steering the six-year-old mare to stave off the challenge of late rallying Relentless Pursuit to land the spoils. Master of Trinity who was widely expected to record an encore, failed miserably. One has rarely seen the colours sported by Master of Trinity winning as favourites.

The concluding race of the day, the 1000 metres Goodbye Plate, a race for horses in the lowest class, saw Mansoor Shah trained Silver River strongly backed to oblige. However, Silver River was never in the hunt. It was Altaf Hussain trained Crystal Ball who won at nourishing odds. Crystal Ball stormed into a winning lead in the final furlong and thwarted the late bid of Asahi to land the spoils. Rich N Rare was third.

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