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Mathaiyus wins Leger in record time

By: Frankel   September 24 , 2017

Pesi Shroff-trained Mathaiyus who came into his own during the Bangalore Summer Season winning a host of graded races has since maintained his invincible aura over long distance races and in keeping with this progress, the four-year-old of Multidimensional trounced the opposition in a new record timing of two minutes 53.880 seconds by a widening margin of five lengths over Winter Renaissance. Temerity and Captain Morgan appeared spent forces and they may well have left their best behind judging by the meek manner in which they surrendered.

Mathaiyus had proved his credentials over the Leger trip by winning at Bangalore Leger in emphatic fashion over Captain Morgan. The latter on a couple of occasions had toppled Mathaiyus during the summer season. In long-distance races in India, the inability of jockeys to judge the pace often results in the defeat of the more deserving ones. That was so with Mathaiyus who had no business to be losing the races to Captain Morgan. Mathaiyus had since beaten Captain Morgan out of sight in the President of India Gold Cup last fortnight at Hyderabad.

The fact that Temerity had won the Invitation Cup and had won the lead-up race as well resulted in the got-abroad filly having more supporters than Mathaiyus. Captain Morgan was not expected to make any unacceptable improvement after his disastrous performance at Hyderabad. Jockey Y S Srinath who is the easily India`s best jockey in the last one decade did not rush Mathaiyus to the front and waited for the first two furlongs before he let the fancied runner take charge. Thereafter the race ceased to be a contest as Mathaiyus led by a distance with the others letting the front-runner slip away. The fact that nobody was chasing even the shadow of Mathaiyus helped Srinath to give a breather midway through the race. Mathaiyus came into the straight a few lengths clear of the rest and the perusal of the horses behind clearly indicated that none would come anywhere near. Winter Renaissance ran on to finish second ahead of Whomakestherules. Temerity was faraway third while Captain Morgan put up the worst performance of his career. Captain Morgan did not gallop fluently just like Temerity and it is possible that both these horses are running into physical niggles which may prevent them from being a force to reckon with in the future.

The victory of Mathaiyus further consolidated the domination of Usha Stud Farm produce in the big races all over India. While Manifold was the Derby heroine during the summer season at Bangalore, Mathaiyus has simply been dominating in the grade races that he has taken part in. Mathaiyus should be seen in racing in the Golconda Leger next month and by the look of things, he may have just another walk in the park.

Malesh Narredu trained Mygrator maintained the winning run while easily accounting for the opposition in the 1200 metres C A Kuts Trophy, a race for horses rated 40 to 66. Arakawah who was running for the first time during the season led the field deep into the straight but in the final furlong, Mygrator steadily bridged the gap and went sailing clear for a convincing win. Arakawah was second while Hedwig came from a long way back to take the third position ahead of Juggernaut.

Imtiaz Sait trained New England recorded the fourth straight win of his career when he measured the highly acclaimed Themis close home in the 1600 metres B K Lagad Trophy, a race for horses rated 60 to 86. Srinath was unperturbed by the frenetic pace in front as he sat in the last position and set alight the progeny of Arazan only after entering the homestretch. Themis who was shadowing Eternal Sunshine and Bold March had a useful lead but could not sustain the effort as New England closed up the gap with menacing strides and got better at the finish. Bold March was third.

Princess P appeared to be outstanding among the horses in the fray for the Janardhan Trophy (Div I), a race for horses rated 20 to 46. The Dallas Todywalla trainee gave an armchair ride to victory for jockey Suraj Narredu who had Princess P dictate the pace and when the others tried to come near, skipped clear for a win by a margin of over two lengths. Excellent Art nosed out Name Of The Game to take the second position. Shiraz Sunderji trained Elysee came up with a late rally in the final furlong to measure the front-running Touch Me Not and storm ahead to win the lower division of the race as a firm favourite. Ridgewood Star rallied well to snatch the runner-up berth from the longtime leader.

Waheed trained Imperial Heritage swamped the opposition in the 1800 metres D D Pillai Trophy, a race for horses rated 20 to 46. Eiger`s Tiger attempted runaway tactics but the favourite faltered in the homestretch. Imperial Heritage moved swiftly from the third position at the bend to measure the weakening Eiger`s Tiger who was halting in his stride. King of Killen easily overhauled him to get the second position. Three horses were non-starters in this race.

Faisal Abbas trained It`s A Deal won the day`s opener, the 2000 metres Jamshed Dalal Trophy, a race for horses in the lowest category, at long odds. It`s A Deal showed up prominently at the top of the straight and once he overtook the front-running Care Free, there was no stopping the lesser fancied runner who won by many lengths. Happy Birthday edged past Care Free to take the runner-up berth.


Mathaiyus (Y S Srinath up) winner of the Indian St Leger (Gr.1)

Its A Deal (C S Jodha up) winner of the Jamshed Dalal Trophy

New England (Y S Srinath up) winner of the B K Lagad Trophy

Elysee (R Ajinkya up) winner of the Janardhan Trophy (Div-II)

Anniversary Girl (Dashrath Singh up) winner of the Mohammed Rasheed Beg & Rahat Beg Trophy

Mygrator (P S Chouhan up) winner of the C A Kuts Trophy

Imperial Heritage (S A Amit up) winner of the D D Pillai Trophy

Princess P (Suraj Narredu up) winner of the Janardhan Trophy (Div-I)

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