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Star Superior asserts his supremacy

By: Tippu Sultan   September 3 , 2018

Trainer Rajesh Narredu recorded the second classic success of his career when Star Superior easily held off Corfe Castle to win the Gr 3 Colts Championships Stakes, the second classic of the season at Malakpet on Monday. Star Superior who had found Sir Cecil a hurdle in both the classics during the summer season at Bangalore, put it across Corfe Castle over a more suitable trip of a mile against an adversary who had beaten him convincingly in the past over seven furlongs.

Corfe Castle has never been known for consistency of performance and as such, the progeny of Excellent Art, despite having beaten Star Superior by a comfortable margin the Poonawalla Multi-Million, was not considered good enough to beat Star Superior over a mile-long trip. The latter had made good progress and the fact that he was able to stretch the best three-year-old in the country Sir Cecil over a similar trip, he was considered a good proposition in this company and the expectations proved right in the end.

Suraj Narredu had no hesitation in taking Star Superior to the front as the others were reluctant to set the pace. However, passing the first furlong Psychic Warrior moved up to provide cover for the favourite. Expectedly, Corfe Castle was eased in the last position. Approaching the final turn, Suraj made his move on Star Superior and the favourite swiftly moved up to take charge inside the final two furlongs. Trevor Patel reacted immediately and had Corfe Castle within striking proximity of the favourite. It looked like the two would carry their fight to the post, but Star Superior got strong in the final furlong and staved off the challenge of his rival with ease. My Opinion ran on to take the third spot while Psychic Force packed up in the straight to finish poorly. Star Superior`s success provided two back to back classic success for his sire Excellent Art.

Satyanarayana trained Starlight came up with up a scintillating run down the final furlong to win the 1200 metres Delage Cup (Div I), a race for horses rated 58 to 78. The complexion of the race changed in the final stages of the race with the battling duo of Asteria and Astra totally being eclipsed. Starlight flew home from way off the pace to win the race from Ans Ans Ans who warmed up to the task rather late to make an impact on the outcome of the result and had to be satisfied with the second position. Celtic Queen, Royal Dynamite and Astra finished in a line and occupied the slots behind the winner in the order mentioned. The well-fancied Dream Girl chased La Romance well into the straight before taking over the running midway in the stretch run. Dream Girl broke clear and beyond the reach of favourite Amazing Response who picked up momentum late and had to settle for the second place. New Port beat La Romance to save place money.

Laxman Singh trained Mozambique made amends for last start failure as a favourite to win the 1400 metres P G Reddy Memorial Plate, a race for horses rated 42 to 62. Mozambique adopted catch me if you can tactics and skipped away from the rest to win with a great deal of ease. Somerset rallied late along the rails to occupy the second position ahead of favourite Meritocracy.

Donald Netto trained Alta Vita shook off front-running Natasha in the final furlong and recorded an easy win in the 1400 metres Fire Haven Plate (Div I), a race for maiden three-year-olds. Lockhart beat favourite Tokyo Jam to the third place. Laxman Singh trained Hailstorm made it a one-horse race in the lower division of the race. Suraj Narredu took Hailstorm to the front from the start and the favourite was untroubled by the rest when passing the winning post well clear of Jo Malone who was in hopeless pursuit. Moka nosed out Solo Winner to get the third position.

Leo D`Silva trained Barnabas looked good enough to win the 1600 metres Dr Harish Chandra Memorial Plate, a race for horses rated 42 to 62. Rutilant set a good pace with Barnabas settled in the second position till well into the straight. Barnabas overhauled the front-runner and headed for the post. Bayrd and favourite Golden Fortune came home with a blistering turn of out but the front-runner held on to in an absorbing finish.


Alta Vita (Deepak Singh up) winner of the Fire Haven Plate (Div-I)

Barnabas (Akshay Kumar up) winner of the Dr.Harish Chandra Memorial Plate

Hailstorm (Suraj Narredu up) winner of the Fire Haven Plate (Div-II)

Buttonwood (Akshay Kumar up) winner of the Conamore Plate

Starlight (G Naresh up) winner of the Delage Cup (Div-I)

Dream Girl (Suraj Narredu up) winner of the Delage Cup (Div-II)

Star Superior (Suraj Narredu up) winner of the Deccan Colts Championship Stakes (Gr.3)

Mozambique (S S Tanwar up) winner of the P.G.Reddy Memorial Plate

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