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Big Sur lands spoils in a tight finish

  July 7 , 2018
   

Padmanabhan trained Big Sur managed to stave off the challenge of Capricious who was bidding for the fourth straight win and claimed the 1600 metres Tippu Sultan Cup, a race for horses rated 60 and above, the feature event of Saturday`s Bangalore races. With the card that was framed being poor, the quality of racing on view was run of the mill with form not being a guiding factor.

Big Sur had been relocated from Mumbai and had been showing out in the workouts. Big Sur might have gone as a strong favourite but for the presence of Capricious who was in rousing form. After St Pauli Girl led well into the straight attempting to win from the word `go`, Big Sur and Capricious battled all the way in the final furlong, with Sandesh on the former packing punch to enable the fancied runner to prevail by a neck. St Pauli Girl stayed on to take the third position.
  
  


Nityanand trained New Moon won the 1400 metres B Mohan Das Baliga Memorial Trophy, a race for horses rated 30 to 50. The race was widely expected to be confined to last start winners Psychic Force and Cerise Noire. However, New Moon proved to be the spoilsport pulling off a comfortable win as a well-backed horse. New Moon had in the past been fancied against the likes of Sir Cecil and had the merit to be in contention but the hype about the last start winners perhaps camouflaged the merit of the Nityanand trainee. Jockey Arshad Alam found a fine opening along the rails and he pushed the fancied runner to take the ground-saving route which ultimately made the difference to the outcome of the race. Srinath on Psychic Warrior had to bring his charge on the wide outside while Trevor had to make his bid on Cerise Noire from farther behind. Though these two horses showed a lot of vigour in their efforts, they were found wanting in the end. Psychic Force thwarted Cerise Noire for the second position by a neck. The latter was not brisk at the start and in fact, walked out of the gates which also meant that the filly could not take a forward position early in the race.

Prasanna Kumar trained Gerontocrat won the 1400 meters Snow Dew Plate, a race for three-year-olds at long odds. After the fancied Winning Heart shaped like a winner storming ahead in the final furlong, Gerontocrat came home with a powerful surge which saw the long shot edge out the front-runner in the closing strides of the race. Winning Heart has had a corrective surgery performed for epiglottic entrapment which can always work against such horses when under pressure. The Invader was third.

Prithviraj trained Andhra King who was backed to the exclusion of the rest in the 1200 metres Galilee Plate, a race for horses in the lowest category obliged the expectations. The three-year-old who was taking on jaded older horses was brought into contention by Sai Kiran with a furlong to go and the progeny of Stern Opinion picked up speed resolutely to get the better of Prazsky close home. Odyssey ran on to get past long-time leader Cullinan to save place money.

Arjun Mangalorkar trained Concept Win obliged in the1400 metres Royal Tern Plate (Div I), a race for horses rated 15 to 35. Concept Win had the first run on her opponents and the fancied runner kicked on merrily and easily held off the late-rallying favourite Dazzling Beauty who has proved to be inconsistent. Amazonite who was well in contention till the final furlong failed to change gears as it were and had to satisfied with the third place. Hidayat Khan trained Zala Princess won the lower division of the race at lucrative odds. After tracking Bold Runner into the straight, Zala Princess was pushed to take over the running by apprentice jockey Darshan. Zala Princess broke clear and had no problem in finishing comfortably ahead of late-finishing As Good As It Gets and Girl With Pearl. Favourite Shamsadas Girl made no show.

The lesser fancied White Snowdrops from the stables of Samar Singh, produced a good gallop in the hands of apprentice jockey Nazerul Alam and got the better of front-running favourite Arya Stark in the final stages of the race to clinch the 1400 metres Amazing Grace Plate, a race for horses in the lowest category at nourishing odds. Arya Stark shaped to win as the favourite had a good lead in the final furlong, but she slackened when White Snowdrops came through on the inside with a flourishing run. Santa Fe saved place money.


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Andra King (K Sai Kiran up) winner of the Galilee Plate




Gerontocrat (Antony Raj S up) winner of the Snow Dew Plate




Concept Win (S John up) winner of the Royal Tern Plate (Div-I)




Big Sur (A Sandesh up) winner of the Tippu Sultan Cup




New Moon (Arshad Alam up) winner of the B.Mohan Das Baliga Memorial Trophy




White Snowdrops (Nazerul Alam up) winner of the Amazing Grace Plate




Zala Princess (Darshan R N up) winner of the Royal Tern Plate (Div-II)



 
 
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