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Colombiana justifies expectations

By: Frankel   August 13 , 2017

Malesh Narredu trained Colombiana put up a gusty display to ward off the late rally of Germanicus to land the spoils in the 2000 metres Gr 3 Eve Champion Trophy, a terms race for four-year-olds and over, the feature event of Sunday`s Pune races. Jockey Imran Khan who enjoyed a big day booting home four winners, rode a tactical race on Colombiana which was largely instrumental in ensuring that Germanicus had to wait longer to get a clear path to make his final assault.

Colombiana and Germanicus were both fancied strongly by their respective supporters though the terms of the race favored the higher rated horse from Malesh`s yard. Winter Renaissance did the pace setting followed by Escala, Germanicus, Jack Frost and Colombiana. Imran Khan on Colombiana made his move approaching the final bend and quickly came alongside of Germanicus and this maneuver ensured that the latter was boxed for an opening till the favourite bounced clear. Colombiana swiftly overtook the front-running Winter Renaissance and opened a lead of two lengths which held him in good stead. The delayed rally of Germanicus could only fetch the colt the runner-up berth after getting the better of Winter Renaissance in the closing moments of the race. Jack Frost was a disappointing last.

Forest Fairy`s credentials were impressive enough for the filly to be quoted at cramped odds to win the 1400 metres Southern Command Gold Trophy, a race for three-year-olds only. Forest Fairy got strong in the final furlong to get the better of front-running Victoriana to land the spoils with a measure of comfort for jockey Imran Khan. Ice Dancer rallied late to edge out the long-time leader to take the second position.

Shiraz Sunderji trained Timeless recoded a smashing win in the1600 metres Field Marshal Sam Maneckshaw Memorial Trophy, a race for horses rated 40 to 76. Timeless had two noteworthy efforts at Mumbai behind the top quality three-year-olds and this experience stood him in good stead. Jockey Imran Khan had Timeless race in a handy second position behind Nelsons Blood before bouncing clear in the final 300 metres. Timeless changed gears in the final furlong to win as he pleased from late finishing Glorious Eyes who despite a sluggish start, finished on well. Nelsons Blood was third while In My Dream was a disappointing fourth.

Everything looked in favor of Vishal Gaikwad trained Roosevelt in the 1200 metres Ismail Khan Plate, a race for horses rated 20 to 46. Roosevelt had run third to Awesome Hoovers in a graded race. Goldie`s Pet led from the start but closer home had no answer when Roosevelt swooped on her with a powerful effort. Powerhaus raced in third position and stayed put there without making appreciable progress during the race.

The day`s biggest upset came in the 1600 metres Zephyr Bay Plate, a race for horses in the lowest class where the surface form was so appalling that it was hard to pick any horse with conviction to oblige. In the event, it was Sayyed ridden Nightfall who recorded an upset win for trainer Cooji Katrak finishing comfortably ahead of Koal and Sweep Aside. Favourite Happy Birthday made no show.

Lesser fancied Shogun from the stables of trainer Altaf Hussain won the 1000 metres Snowstorm Plate (Div I), a race for horses rated 20 to 46. Princess P showed speed to lead the way but failed to kick clear in the final furlong. Gran Paradiso was beginning to make her run when she got sandwiched between the front-runner and swiftly improving Shogun causing the filly to drop back. Shogun went to win from Gran Paradiso who made a good rally to finish second ahead of Princess P. This was the fourth win recorded by jockey Imran Khan but his lack of control on the winner when overhauling the front-runner which created a roadblock for Gran Paradiso is sure to earn him a reprimand. There was noticeable support for Crystal Ball to oblige in the lower division of the race. The race itself was won by lesser fancied Walk On By who produced a strong effort in the final furlong to get the nod close home in the hands of apprentice jockey Nazil. Speedo held on to the second position while Crystal Ball who failed to get the needed momentum at a crucial stage of the race, struggled to take the third pace ahead of Ame.

Shiaz Sunderji trained Undisputed was the favourite ahead of Abbey to win the 1000 metres J E Hughes Trophy, a race for horses rated60to 86. Abbey who had won three races on the trot at Mumbai proved to be a dogged customer as she led from the start and held off a strong challenge from Undisputed to prevail by a neck. Governor General too finished with a rush and was just two necks behind the winner.


Colombiana (A Imran Khan up) winner of the Eve Champion Trophy (Gr.3)

Roosevelt (A Sandesh up) winner of the Ismail Khan Plate

Nightfall (Altaf Sayyed up) winner of the Zephyr Bay Plate

Timeless (A Imran Khan up) winner of the Field Marshal Sam Maneckshaw Memorial Trophy

Forest Fairy (A Imran Khan up) winner of the Southern Command Gold Trophy

Walk On By (K Nazil up) winner of the Snowstorm Plate (Div-II)

Abbey (C S Jodha up) winner of the J E Hughes Trophy

Shogun (A Imran Khan up) winner of the Snowstorm Plate (Div-I)

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