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Destined Dynamite prevails with a late flourish

By: Tippu Sultan   November 6 , 2017

Arjun Anne trained Destine Dynamite flew home to nail the fancied Zelus in the closing strides of the race to win the 1600 metres Own Opinion Plate, a race for horses rated 42 to 62, the feature event of Hyderabad races held on Monday. Zelus shaped to win the race but was done in by the finishing burst of Destine Dynamite who produced a powerful burst in the final furlong in the hands of jockey Ashad Asbar.

Zelus and Mahateji had more supporters than the rest with Destined Dynamite who had reeled off three wins during the monsoon season before running fourth in his next outing, also in strong betting consideration. Jockey Neeraj Rawal had Zelus take charge soon after settling down for the mile-long tip. Zelus brought the field into view for the homestretch with the advantage of a few lengths. Zelus did not come under pressure from Mahateji who failed to change gears as it were. The march to victory for Zelus appeared unhindered till Destine Dynamite decided to alter the situation. Destined Dynamite, as is his wont, warmed up to the task in the final furlong and just about managed to edge past the front-runner close home. Mahateji was an unimpressive third. Eternal Angel was well placed to make a strong bid but weakened in the final furlong to go out of the reckoning.

Zoheb Shaikh trained Breaking News came in for unprecedented betting to win the 1200 metres Recommender Plate (Div I), a race for horses rated up to 30 as the progeny of Stern Opinion had a good forward run to her credit. There was also quiet support for Aerofoil to spoil things. The latter led all the way and had a useful lead going into the final 100 metres. But the front-runner slackened near the winning post and Breaking News closed with a rush to get the nod close home. Touch of Gold necked out Godsland to get the third position. The lower division of the race saw another Zoheb Shaikh trainee Wood Cutter come in for strong support. Much to the chagrin of the trainer who had hoped for a good double, Wood Cutter was nosed out by late rallying War Lady in the dying moments in the lower division of the race. Wood Cutter took over the running soon after straightening for home and had a useful cushion going into the final furlong. However, the effort told on the first-timer who began to slow down close home which enabled the lesser fancied runner to make up the leeway and put her head in front at the all-important end. Freedom Fire was a suggestive third.

Satheesh trained Ice Cave looked a cut above the rest in the 1100 metres Raja Narasimha Rao Memorial Cup (Div I), a race for horses rated 42 to 62. Though bred to stay, Ice Cave showed too much of class to win over a sharp trip. Even as Astra was battling with Princess Ballerina for supremacy in front, Ice Cave stormed into contention from the rear group with hardly any perceptible effort on the part of the jockey and the horse. Ice Cave left the opposition stranded to record an emphatic win. The quality of the win was such that a repeat win is very much on the cards. Undu Undu Undu finished on well to stave off Astra to get the third place. Nelly ran too poorly for comfort. Arjun Anne`s Aakash Vani was another who found the winning mark after a longish gap. The speedy five-year-old mare who was no doubt helped by the drop in weights led all the way and comfortably stayed put to win the race. There was a cavalry charge behind with the next four winners finishing in close order. Keerti was second ahead of Rebellion.

The sharp distance went against the prospects of Satyanarayana trained Starlight in the 1000 metres Adolfito Plate (Div II), a race for horses rated 26 to 46. Heaven Can Wait had the advantage deep into the straight but Royal Striker produced a scintillating burst to settle the issue in the final furlong. Starlight hung in and apprentice jockey Naresh was not up to the task under the circumstances. Starlight narrowly failed to get the better of Heaven Can Wait for the runner-up berth.

Satheesh trained Win N Dine proved overwhelmingly superior in the 1400 metres Moment of Glory Plate (Div I), a race for horses rated 26 to 46. After Western Express led the field into the straight, Wine N Dine who came home five horses wide, steadily bridged the gap and left the rest stranded in the final furlong to record an emphatic win. Gunner was second ahead of Golden Xanthus. Pretty Star ran disappointingly and was not spotted to have any chance.

Despite running green, Vittal Deshmukh trained Miss Lily brooked no opposition in the 1000 metres Youngsters Plate, a race for maiden two-year-olds. Miss Lily led from the start and was far ahead of the rest by the final furlong. Lightning Finn and Jazz It Up saved place money.


Wine N Dine (Nakhat Singh up) winner of the Moment Of Glory Plate (Div-I)

Miss Lily (Prashant P Dhebe up) winner of the Youngsters Plate

Breaking News (A M Tograllu up) winner of the Recommender Plate (Div-I)

Destined Dynamite (A Ashhad Asbar up) winner of the Own Opinion Plate

Aakash Vani (B R Kumar up) winner of the Raja Narasimha Rao Memorial Cup (Div-II)

Royal Green (Akshay Kumar up) winner of the Adolfito Plate (Div-II)

Ice Cave (C P Bopanna up) winner of the Raja Narasimha Rao Memorial Cup (Div-I)

War Lady (G Naresh up) winner of the Recommender Plate (Div-II)

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