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Adjudicate wins Chief Justice’s Cup in resplendent style

  June 29 , 2019

James McKeown trained Adjudicate smashed the opposition in splendid fashion to win the Gr 3 Chief Justice`s Cup, a terms race for four-year-olds and over, the feature event of Saturday`s Bangalore races. Though Adjudicate was running on level terms with Desert God, the champion filly from Kolkata proved that she had improved by leaps and bounds by winning the race with great disdain. The veteran Desert God was outpaced at the final turn and ended up third.

Adjudicate had beaten Desert God by half a length in the Indian Turf Invitation Cup when getting 3.5 kgs from Desert God and the terms of the race appeared to be tilted in favour of Desert God. Desert God received one-sided support with Adjudicate being quoted at nourishing odds. Roberta who lost considerable ground at the start was pushed to take charge after the field crossed more than a furlong and set the pace with stablemate Sacred Roman in proximity along with Desert God. Adjudicate was relaxed in about the fifth position while Salazaar was in the rear bunch.

Rounding the final turn, Adjudicate moved up with giant strides and quickly seized the initiative and sped away from the field. While taking over the running, jockey Suraj Narredu perhaps erred a bit in letting Adjudicate go on to the horses on the inside causing Desert God to be checked and the rain reaction saw the horses on the inside badly affected. Salazaar who had moved up briskly by the final turn went in chase of Adjudicate even as Desert God failed to find the extra gear. Adjudicate was not be denied as she came alone in resplendent fashion. Adjudicate spared three lengths at the finish to Salazaar who in turn was about two lengths ahead of Desert God.

Ironically, this was the first win recorded by James in Bangalore. James who was an assistant trainer to Padmanabhan stood first in the test conducted to graduate the assistants as full-fledged trainers but he was denied the license for political reasons with the current chairman Harimohan Naidu playing a dirty role. James was invited and given a license at Kolkata where he has begun to make a big mark. Fittingly, his win happened to be the Justice`s Cup. Perhaps it is a blessing in disguise that James was forced to start his career at Kolkata, and he has been amply rewarded for the decision to switch.

The seven-year-old Desert God has been a game performer though the age is decidedly not in favour of him. It is quite possible that Desert God could get his turn when he is tackling longer distances where stamina comes into play. Adjudicate and Star Superior appear to have become stronger since the winter campaign and the older horses are not going to find things easy.

Neil Darashah trained Peluche had not been able to win his share of races as he was campaigned over longer trips which did not suit his ability. Now running over a shorter trip of seven furlongs after a failed effort in the Derby in winter, Peluche had good credentials to win the race but the price quoted on him expanded alarmingly close to race time. Sakura who had time and again proved unpredictable was backed to the exclusion of the rest. Aesir who had been very consistent in all efforts over six furlongs was also not supported enthusiastically. After a sluggish start, Rafa was pushed to take over the running followed by Surf Romance, Aiesir and Sakura while Trevor Patel on Peluche chose to play a waiting game. In the stretch, Aeisir had the control of the race and shaped to win even as Sakura failed to produce the acceleration needed to overhaul the front-runner. Peluche who was produced on the wide outside came home with a flourishing run and managed to edge out Aeisir in the concluding stride of the race to land the spoils at big odds. Sakura was a close third.

Vishal Gaikwad trained Victorious Sermon was an eye-catching second behind Cosmic Ray in his last outing and was backed to the exclusion of the rest in the 1400 metres Fantabulous King Plate (Div I), a race for maiden three-year-olds. Arjun Mangalorkar trained Star And Garter who had been an expensive failure in her last run was once again backed with conviction by her supporters to make amends. Jockey Sandesh brought Victorious Sermon into contention at the top of the straight with a smooth run and the progeny of Watchmyscript bounced clear. Southern Ruler went in chase of the favourite but the inadequacy of jockey Bhawani Singh ensured that the long shot fell short by a short neck at the finish. Exclusive Art was third more than eight lengths behind the runner-up. Star And Garter disappeared from the scene after being prominent at the top of the straight and appears to be overhyped. Neil Devaney`s Northern Alliance had shown out when finishing an impressive second in his last run and the one-sided supporter for his success in the lower division of the race was not entirely unexpected as he had the services of in-form jockey Zervan. Neeraj Rawal had the second favourite On The Trot lead the way but once jockey Zervan got busy on Northern Alliance, the favourite pounced on the front-runner and stretched away for a win by a widening margin of seven lengths. British Empress just about failed to get the better of On The Trot and ended up third.

Arjun Mangalorkar trained Fair Warning who hadn`t won for 694 days found the opposition in the 1200 metres J B Mallaradhya Memorial Trophy, a race for horses rated 40 to 65, modest enough to beat them with a fair degree of comfort. After Turf Magic shot ahead with a furlong left in the race, Fair Warning was brought into contention on the wide outside by jockey Anthony Raj. Fair Warning covered the ground with menacing strides and bounced clear to win from late rallying Tarini. Turf Magic weakened to finish third.

Suraj Narredu brought Tokyo Rose with a powerful effort in the final furlong to enable the Dheeraj Venkataswamy trainee to pull off a narrow win over Tiger Returns in the 1200 metres Alekona Plate, a race for horses rated 15 to 35. Tokyo Rose was backed with conviction on the basis of her forward run and the five-year-old mare found a tough opponent in Tiger Returns but finally managed to prevail in the end. Princeazeem was third.

Md Khan trained Another Rainbow who has been pretty consistent, had it easy in the 1400 meters Young Rajput Plate, a race for horses rated 15 to 35. Arshad Alam brought Another Rainbow into a striking position at the top of the straight and in the next one furlong, the four-year-old had asserted his supremacy. Three Wishes necked out the heavily supported Duxton to get the runner-up berth.

Songkran had served notice of an imminent win by her noteworthy effort last time out and the four-year-old faced no opposition as she drew clear of the front-running All By Myself to win the1100 metres Amazing Grace Plate, a race for horses in the lowest category with a great deal of ease. Hunters Moon was third. The heavily supported Majestic Rajakumari was sluggish from the beginning and lost all chances by going wide and cutting an erratic course.


Peluche (Trevor Patel up) winner of the Sir. M. Visvesvaraya Memorial Trophy

Songkran (P S Chouhan up) winner of the Amazing Grace Plate

Northern Alliance (S Zervan up) winner of the Fantabulous King Plate(Div-Ii)

Fair Warning (Antony Raj S up) winner of the J. B. Mallaradhya Memorial Trophy

Adjudicate (Suraj Narredu up) winner of the Chief Justice`S Cup (Gr.3)

Victorious Sermon (A Sandesh up) winner of the Fantabulous King Plate (Div-I)

Tokyo Rose (Suraj Narredu up) winner of the Alekona Plate

Another Rainbow (Arshad Alam up) winner of the Young Rajput Plate

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