Trainer Manvendra Singh`s 9/2 shot, Breezeofthesouth (Trevor Patel-up), scored a decisive victory in the 1,400m Midnight Cowboy Cup, Wednesday`s feature event. The victory of the Deccan-migrant also helped the trainer run among winners as he finished the day with a priced treble in the seven-event card. Trevor had also helped the trainer`s 13/10 favourite, Caiden, win from a difficult position. The victory an 8/1 chance, Arakawah (app. P. Vikram) in the concluding event, completed Manvendra`s tally.
Breezeofthesouth was impressive in his victory, despite the fact that the powerfully made horse been off the track for about seven weeks. Further, six-year-old was nearly brought down by Manvendra`s stable-jockey, Hindu Singh – riding Vijay Singh`s The Talisman, in the early three furlongs of the race. Lady luck, however, smiled on Manvendra, who had been going through a lean patch, and the passage to Breezeofthesouth`s victory became smooth, thanks to a wide opening along the rails, in the final 300m that helped Trevor sail through to a near three-length victory over the 15/4 favourite, Shivesh, a fluent winner in his previous start.
Equally courageous was the victory of Manvendra`s favourite, Caiden, in the 1,200m Sun Lion Handicap. Only the likes of Trevor Patels, Pradeep Chauhans, Akhay Kumars and Suraj Narredus provide such powerful and committed jockeyship on the country`s racing circuit. In fact, it was not only a pleasure but also a great privilege to watch them in action as the standard of Indian riders keeps on improving.
Caiden, for instance, was slow into his strides but Trevor nursed the public choice back into the contention, before issuing a strong challenge, on the wide out, to wear down a runaway Jasbir Singh`s Kefira (app. Rupal Singh).
Finally, Arakawah`s victory. The horse has been giving ample signals in his previous starts with forward runs. Manvendra`s option for the 3kg allowanced jockey, therefore, turned out to be a big advantage as the seven-year-old delivered the goods in the 1,400m Romantic Dancer Handicap.
For the records, Neeraj guided trainer Harbinder Bath`s Winner`s Delight to an easy victory in the curtain raiser, the 1,600m Robin Hood Handicap but failed in the Arakawah`s race as Bath`s hot favourite, Marbella, burst a blood vessel.
Chauhan, too, sensed an early warning on the 2/1 favourite, Capricious, on the way to winning Ming Dynasty Handicap. The gutsy jockey was seen pushing the favourite, 600m from home while the two leaders San Martino (Azharuddin) and Nelson Blood (Trevor) were going double handfuls. The early realisation, on horses desiring to a run up with the pace, and acting accordingly, is certainly a gifted art.
The visiting Delhi-jockey, Dhanu Singh Deora, is another one who seems to be working hard to join the exclusive band of leading saddle artists. He was also impressive in his winning efforts on trainer Aashay Doctor`s Onederboy in the 1,600m Astounding Handicap. The 10/1 shot was ridden off the pace and brought with late run to beat fancied runners like, Expensive Affair (Neeraj Rawal) and Princess Elena (Trevor).
Suraj was at his brilliant self on Vijay`s 5/4 favourite, Ruby Cube in the baby race, the Tug Of War Plate. Allowing his two stable mates, Asmita (S. Zervan) and Adhira (Hindu) to call the shots till turning for home the champion jockey took the charge of running to score with much in reserve.