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Raees wins Suresh Mahindra Trophy by a street

By: Frankel   October 14 , 2017

Imtiaz Sait trained Raees won the gruelling 3200 metres Suresh Mahindra Trophy, a race for horses rated 80 and above, by a street on a rain drenched track on Saturday at Pune. Pune has been receiving extended spell of rain and the overnight rains and intermittent rain during the day`s action had ensured that underfoot conditions were tricky. Raees had everything going his way as he literally had nobody in sight once he took charge of the proceedings at the top of the straight.

Al Shamsheer who has lost form, has been campaigned repeatedly over long trips. The long shot led the field for half the trip before running out of breath. Star of Harmony who was in the last position suddenly improved position on the wide outside and led the field before going miles wide approaching the final bend to go out of contention. Raees who was in the third position smoothly took over the running with two furlongs left in the race and was a distance clear of the only pursuer Square Moon even before the final furlong. Raees won by about 17 lengths over Square Moon. Star of Harmony and Al Shamsheer crossed the winning post long after Raees had won by a huge margin.

Pesi Shroff trained Lincoln looked a cut above the rest in the 1000 metres German Unity Day Trophy, a race for horses rated 20 to 46. Lincoln is by Exccelebration who was the second-best horse of Europe to Frankel. Despite being drawn the widest, Lincoln chartered his coursed on the wide outside and was so far ahead of the rest despite travelling wide that apprentice Zeeshan had only to stay put in the saddle for the favourite to win by a handsome margin. Lincoln surely is far superior to the class he was running in. Lord Commander got past Ascension to get the runner-up berth.

As many as three races were framed for horses in the lowest class which was surprising because this was the Pune Derby eve card. The 1200 metres Animal Welfare Board of India Trophy, a race for horses rated 1 to 26 had an unwieldy of 20 runners in the fray and in the slushy underfoot conditions, was bound to pose problems for horses to come from behind and win. The day`s racing favoured horses which were in front and escaped the kick back. Art of War had enough speed to race up at the front and held off the challenge of stablemate Alfonso to land the spoils. Jockey Roushan on Arvan had a fall in the crowded field and it looked bad. The official announcement said that the jockey had been taken to the hospital for observation and that he was out of danger. One hopes that on a tight Pune track, the maximum number of runners could be pruned by balloting out horses beyond the specified number instead of trying to accommodate all the acceptors to prevent mishaps and also to give good chance for horses which have fair credentials. The horses should not be defeated by the draw alone.

Narendra Lagad trained last start winner Excellent Gold was in serious betting in the 1200 metres FA & KA Irani Trophy (Div), a race for horses rated 40 to 66. Excellent Gold took charge of the proceedings from a forward position in the final furlong and produced that bit extra when the favourite came under immense pressure from The Civilian who closed in with a big effort. Arakawah who led with a brisk effort tired out in the final furlong and ended up third. Lagad`s another ward Juggernaut put up a resolute effort to win the lower division of the race from Miss Moneypenny. Jarama flashed home late and narrowly missed grabbing the runner-up berth. Safdar was well positioned but hung in badly and failed to accelerate at a crucial stage of the race after raising hopes and was a tame fourth. Favourite Franz Ferdinand was withdrawn at the gates as the horse got hurt while being stalled.

The 1600 metres Jeremiah Plate (Div I), another race for horses in the lowest class produced a tight finish with Eternal Dancer who led from the start, being necked out by Fencing who despite traveling wide and given a poor ride, still proved good enough to win. The long shot perhaps enjoyed the underfoot conditions which perhaps explains the ease with which the filly won. Dallas Todywalla trained Star Ace got the better of Hunayn in the closing strides of the race to win the lower division of the race at nourishing odds.

Cooji Katrak trained In My Dream asserted her supremacy in the 2000 metres Roedl & Partner Trophy, a race for horses rated 60 to 86. In My Dream was brought from behind with a flourishing run by jockey Neeraj Rawal. The progeny of Phoenix Tower pounced on the front-running Simon Says in the final furlong and stormed clear to win in emphatic fashion. Favourite Frosty lost steam approaching the final bend and went out of contention.

Malesh Narredu trained Lady Amelda was guided to a start to finish victory by jockey Yash Narredu in the 1600 metres N K Padumjee Trophy, a race for maiden three-year-olds. Grand Accord gave a chase but found the front-runner slipping away. Favourite Yellow Stone and Maserati looked far from being ready for a bold show.


Lady Almeda (Yash Narredu up) winner of the N K Pudumjee Trophy

Star Ace (Neeraj Rawal up) winner of the Jeremiah Plate (Div-II)

In My Dream (Neeraj Rawal up) winner of the Roedl & Partner Trophy

Juggernaut (Dashrath Singh up) winner of the F A & K A Irani Trophy (Div-II)

Fencing (Nirmal Jodha up) winner of the Jeremiah Plate (Div-I)

Excellent Gold (Dashrath Singh up) winner of the F A & K A Irani Trophy (Div-I)

Art O War (J Chinoy up) winner of the Animal Welfare Board Of India Trophy

Lincoln (H Zeeshan up) winner of the German Unity Day Trophy

Raees (C S Jodha up) winner of the Suresh Mahindra Trophy

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