Trainer Vikash Jaiswal`s long shot, Kramer (app. Rupal Singh-up) took the opposition by a complete surprise while the stablemate (Mygrator (app Sujit Paswan) was the rage of in the 1,200m State Treasure Handicap, Tuesday`s main attraction. Early in the afternoon, Vikash had also saddled Dancing Prince (Paswan) to a well-calculated victory to claim 1,100m Two In One Handicap. The day also witnessed the trainer-jockey combination of Vijay Singh and Nikhil Naidu notching up a brace of wins.
Mygrator, virtually a patched-up since shifting the headquarters, from western India to RCTC, was ridden in a purposeful manner for the first time but the Excellent Art son failed marginally as the better form horse from the same stable, Kramer, also meant business. Myrgator was up with the early leaders – Fortune Express (Md Islam) and Sereno (Neeraj Rawal) but Kramer, too, made his intentions clear from the halfway mark, improving significantly on the wide out. Mygrator did go into the lead, inside the final furlong but struggle to contain the better moving Kramer. In fact, Mygrator lost the runner-up berth to the 13/10 favourite, The Kiss (C. S. Jodha), in their final strides.
There was one-sided betting on Vikash`s first winner, Dancing Prince, in the 1,100m Two In One Handicap. An easy winner in his last outing over 1,200m, Dancing Prince, once again, made a start-to-finish effort, and again drifted out badly in the home straight before the seven-year-old delivered the goods when backed down from 5/1 to 2/1.
Vijay and Naidu`s, Hukumat`s, task was made easier by the course withdrawal of Bharatrh Singh`s Swanlite (Neeraj) in the 1,200m Stay In Shape Handicap. In addition, trainer Arti Doctor`s strongly fancied runner, Sharavati (C. Alford), a speedster, also made her intention clear by remaining a pedestrian, in preference to their other runner, Popcorn (R. S. Bhati) in the same race. The stage was, therefore, ideally set for Hukumat`s reign and the Win Legend filly, made no bones about it after allowing the early leaders, Luna Lucinda (Mohit Singh) and Siroco (app P. Tajeshwar), dictated terms in the first half of the race. Hukumat won the race the way she liked while Popcorn placed a poor second.
Equally facile was the victory of Vijay`s and Naidu`s 12/10 favourite, Gaurish, in the 1,100m Vasto Handicap. The speedy Top Class son has been knocking at the door and his pillar-to-post effort to record four-length win, over a fancied James McKown`s filly, Princess Rumela (Hindu Singh), hardly came as a surprise.
The James-Hindu pair had, however, opened their account early in the afternoon, when their topweighted runner, Fabiola, scored a business-like victory to claim the 1,400m Jujube Handicap from a heavily fancied Jaiswal`s runner, Optimum (Mohit Singh). The winner, a 7/2 chance, was ridden well off the pace as Optimum enjoyed an early advantage while Modification (Rupal) made most of the running.
Bharath`s Bojangles (Neeraj) spoiled Seventh Step`s party in the concluding event, the 1,800m Vanita Handicap. It was, of course, better horsemanship demonstrated by the visiting jockey, against the aging Alford riding Aashay Doctor`s fancied runner, Seventh Step, an easy winner in her last start.
The day`s opener, a trophy event, the 2,000m Ballet Master Cup, was also an easy pick for the solidly fancied Raunak Banerji`s runner, Descartes (B. Mahesh), who literally made it a start-to-finish affair.
Descartes (B Mahesh up) winner of the Ballet Master Cup
Fabiola (Hindu Singh up) winner of the Jujube Handicap
Dancing Prince (Sujit Kr Paswan up) winner of the Two In One Handicap
Hukumat (Nikhil Naidu up) winner of the Stay In Shape Plate
Kramer (Rupal Singh up) winner of the State Treasure Handicap
Gaurish (Nikhil Naidu up) winner of the Vasto Handicap
Bojangles (Neeraj Rawal up) winner of the Vanitas Handicap