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Courage edges out Diamond Rays in a thriller

  October 20 , 2019

Arjun Mangalorkar trained Courage fought tenaciously with favourite Diamond Rays all the way in the final furlong and managed to put his neck in front at the all-important end to win the 1200 metres Bangalore Turf Club Trophy, a race for horses rated 75 and above, which was one of the highlights of the Derby day races held at Mysore on Sunday.

Diamond Rays had won well last time out, but it is always difficult to record an encore in handicap races because the penalties are often such it becomes difficult for older horses to defy them. Srinath brought Diamond Rays into strong contention approaching the final furlong after settling the five-year-old in about the midfield in the early part of the race. Diamond Rays surged ahead but was strongly challenged by Courage. The two waged a stiff duel before John was able to get Courage to nail the favourite at the post. Aeolus who had recorded three straight wins had been withdrawn from the fray last month because he was trotting lame. He failed to show the spark of old when finishing third.

Delhi based jockey Ramandeep Bal won the race on Tremendous in the 1600 metres Hyderabad Race Club Trophy, a race for horses rated 60 and above with aggressive front-running tactics which caught the others by surprise. The pace initially was slow and Ramandeep ensured that Tremendous got a runaway lead while the others were spaced out several lengths behind. Tremendous benefitted by the lead and valiantly held off the late surge of Don`t Trust Anyone who came up with a big effort in the final furlong but missed the berth by a whisker. Favourite Set To Win was third. There was a cavalry charge at the finish with five horses finishing almost in a line. Script Writer was fourth a neck ahead of the well-backed Sadeek.

Jockey Sai Kiran drove out Bobby trained Magnum to a facile win in the 1200 metres Royal Western India Turf Club Ltd Trophy, a race for horses rated 40 to 65. Sai Kiran brought the heavily backed Magnum Opus into contention at the top of the straight. The seven-year-old responded well to the urgings to go storming clear in the final furlong to win by a widening margin of five lengths over Admiral Act. Class Above was a long way third.

Veteran Samar Singh brought off a long-priced double winning both the divisions of the 1200 metres Delhi Race Club Trophy, a race for horses in the lowest category. Happy Dancing made good progress in the stretch from way off the pace and came into contention in the final furlong. The long-shot managed to snatch the lead in the closing strides of the race to win in a close finish from She`s Superb and favourite Regal Force in the hands of apprentice jockey Nazerul Alam. The other fancied runner Himachali was a lost cause well before the race to the boil. In contrast, the winner of the lower division of the race, Dallas was a quietly disguised gamble. The four-year-old filly who had remained a maiden in 14 starts and had joined the stable of Samar Singh showed a lot of speed and had a command over the race all the way to win by a margin of over five lengths in the hands of jockey Indrajeet Singh who rarely finds a winner. Apollo Bay and Darhasini occupied the next two slots. The favourite Show Girl finished a dismal last.

M R Singh trained Bluejack who had lost a winning opportunity by going wide at a crucial stage of the race made amends, winning the 1400 metres Madras Race Club Trophy (Div I), a race for horses rated 20 to 45. Bluejack came up with a big effort approaching the final furlong and overhauled the front running Stari Grad with ease and then held off the late challenge of Fantastic App by three lengths. Arak was third. The lower division of the race was won by Sharat Kumar trained Papadokia who was in receipt of a quiet touch. Papadokia who raced a handy third into the straight assumed command in the stretch and went away for a win by over five lengths in the hands of jockey Imran Chisty. Papadokia hadn`t won for a whopping 1123 days. Raw Gold was second while Aerospeed saved place money by a whisker over Frosted.

Prashanth Pawar trained Country`s Power burst on the scene in the final 300 metres and went storming clear to win the 1400 metres Royal Calcutta Turf Club Trophy, a race for horses rated 20 to 45, with a great deal of ease from the heavily backed favourite Country`s Power at big odds. Rich Tribute ran on to take the third position.

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