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Harvey bounces back with an easy win in feature

By: Frankel   September 10 , 2017

Shiraz Sunderji left behind a series of modest performances by bouncing back to her best form when easily accounting for the opposition in the 1000 metres Gamble For Love Trophy, a race for horses rated 80 and above, the feature event of Sunday`s Pune races. For a change, the winners of most races of the day were on the radar and most winners had good credentials to win.

Harvey had a good forward run during the season and the fact that the five-year-old was showing out in workouts was also perhaps the reason why the progeny of Arazan was made a favourite ahead of Abbey who had recorded four wins in a row. The market expectation was justified as Harvey recorded an easy win. Deep Diver led the field from the start with Brynhill in second position while Harvey and Abbey on the wide outside were racing in close proximity. Rounding the final turn, jockey Imran Khan pushed Harvey to take charge and the favourite readily obliged by accelerating tremendously and going beyond the reach of Abbey in the final furlong. Brynhill rallied along the rails to take the third position ahead of long-time leader Deep Diver.

The biggest disappointment of the day was the miserable performance of another Shiraz Sunderji`s horse Sereno who let down huge expectations in the 1000 metres Col Kaikhushroo Maneckji Bharucha Memorial Trophy, a race for maiden three-year-olds only. The race was won by long shot Touch Me Not who asserted his dominance from the start and had the race well sewn up long way from home. Arc Shine showed some zest while finishing second ahead of La Motte. After two disappointing efforts as a fancied runner, Sunderji trained Ascension won the lower division of the race in emphatic fashion with a start to finish dash. Stunner chased the front-runner all the way but in the end found that the front-runner had slipped away beyond his reach. Malavika saved place money.

On money favourite Kramer scorched the field in the 1400 metres True Elegance Plate, a race for maiden three-year-olds. Kramer was so superior to the opposition that the gelding was way beyond the reach of anybody in the final furlong. Bewitched was faraway second. Rotterdam nosed out Adonijah to take the third place.

Neeraj Rawal drove out Lord Grantham to win the 1800 metres Aspinalls Plate, a race for horses rated 20 to 46. Lord Grantham took over the running on turning for home and had a useful lead over King of Killen and We Break The Rules going into the final furlong. We Break The Rules responded strongly during the closing stages of the race but the fancied runner had no galloping ground as he was boxed between the front-runner and King of Killen who was on his outside. We Break The Rules had to be checked abruptly to prevent clipping the eventual winner. Sweet Music failed to show the spark of his previous effort.

Sanjay Kolse trained Big Sur who had been sharpened up during the summer season showed his readiness to win in the 1600 metres Pennywise Plate, a race for horses rated 40 to 60. The task appeared difficult as inside the final furlong, Big Sur had some leeway to cover. However, Big Sur closed with a big rush and got the nod in the closing strides of the race. Domination, Forest Fairy and Nelsons Blood finished almost in a line.

Imtiaz Sait trained Carbonara produced a powerful run in the final furlong to claim the 1400 metres Decent Proposal Plate, a race for horses rated 60 to 86. Carbonara measured the front-running Charging Tigress and Stand And Dance who were disputing the lead in front and spared a little more than two lengths at the finish. Charging Tigress wrested the second position by a whisker.

Altaf Hussain trained Crystal Ball benefitted by the forward runs that he had during the season and overcame the wide outside draw and the opposition to win the 1200 metres Pleasures Plate, a race for horses rated 20 to 45 quite capably from front-running Slam Dunk who was the designated favourite. Divine Magic necked out Double Nine to save place money.


Harvey (A Imran Khan up) winner of the Gamble For Love Trophy

Lord Grantham (Neeraj Rawal up) winner of the Aspinalls Plate

Kramer (P S Chouhan up) winner of the True Elegance Plate

Big Sur (Dashrath Singh up) winner of the Pennywise Plate

Carbonara (A Imran Khan up) winner of the Decent Proposal Plate

Ascension (C S Jodha up) winner of the Col. Kaikhushroo Maneckji Bharucha Memorial Trophy (Div-II)

Crystal Ball (A Imran Khan up) winner of the Pleasures Plate

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