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Supreme General finds mark in handicap company

By: Frankel   December 22 , 2017

Karthik Ganapathy trained Supreme General who was mostly campaigned in terms races and classics finally found his winning mark in a handicap race on Thursday. Backed to the exclusion of the rest in a modest handicap 80 and above company, Supreme General found his bearings and toyed with the opposition to win the mile-long race in a canter from Mekong Delta who was also competing in this class with just one win to her credit.

Seven runners lined up for the start of the race and out of them, most of them had dropped form. Raees who was coming on the back of two successive wins at Pune was bound to find the trip sharp as he had done well over longer trips. Congressional had drawn blank at Pune while Phenomenal Memory, Silver Beauty and Staristocrat had no recent form to recommend their credentials. Jockey Trevor Patel who ended up with a treble had Supreme General settled in the rear as Phenomenal Memory set the pace. Though Supreme General did not get a clear opening early on in the straight, Trevor could wait and shift him out to make his run. Supreme General cruised past the opposition without having to be ridden out. Mekong Delta ran on to edge out Silver Beauty for the second spot.

Trevor Patel who booted home a treble was also found utterly lacking in either vigour or intention on Turing Point in the 1400 metres Bourbon King Plate, a race for horses rated 40 to 66. Turning Point did not get a brisk start and the fancied runner raced at the rear of the field till turning for home. Trevor thereafter did not show the needed aggression in the straight when the front-running Nicholas kicked clear on straightening for home to establish a sizeable lead. All this while, Trevor waited with his horse before getting into his act in the final furlong. Though the progeny of Surfrider finished with a rush, Nicholas held on to win by half a length. A more enterprising ride could have turned the race in favour of Turning Point. For one who has witnessed many an aggressive ride by Trevor, this ride could be put on the below satisfactory category. Eternalinspiration who battled on along the rails, finished third.

Democrat brought off a big upset in the 1200 metres Damodardas C Shah Trophy (Div I), a race for horses rated 20 to 46 though the win was a welcome relief for trainer M K Jadhav who has been struggling for winners. Gold Field came into strong prominence with 300 metres left in the race and held the initiative till the closing stages of the race. Democrat who got a smooth run along the rails, finished on powerfully to get the nod from Gold Field. Man of Word was third. Favourite Gloriana was in with a chance but did not quicken when the race came to the boil and finished poorly. The well-bred Brainstorm looked far from ready. Antia trained Untitled recorded an encore in the lower division of the race with a start to finish in the hands of jockey Hanumanth Singh. Untitled was strongly pressed by Blazing Steps closer home but the front-runner just about manged to cling on to the lead. She`s A Tiger who came in for spirited betting nosed out the other well backed Star of Thea to save the third place.

Trevor drove out the short-priced Snow Blast to victory in the 1400 metres Free Radical Plate, a race for horses in the lowest category. Snow Blast took a while to warm up, but the six-year-old mare got into her rhythm, she easily collared the front-runners for an easy win. Medellin necked out Master Sergeant to get the third place. Emotionless who was also in the betting, went wide at the final bend and finished a dismal last.

Pesi Shroff trained Anacapri had the benefit of a strong forward run and the got abroad-filly capably held off the challenge of Allora to win the 1000 metres Shantidas Askuran Trophy, a race for horses rated 60 to 86. Anacapri led all the way in the straight and Trevor was not unduly perturbed by the challenge of Allora who found the front-runner slip away. Vistana got the third place by confining Incentio to the fourth position.

On a day when the favourites ruled the roost, Adhiraj Jodha trained Zion was one of the two horses to bring off a big upset. Zion hit the front from the start in the 1000 metres Snow Dew Plate, a race for horses rated 1 to 26 and just about survived miraculously to win the race. The favourite Adele was poorly handled by apprentice jockey Zeeshan who lost a winning opportunity. Adele went down by the shortest of margins. Arvan was third. The fancied Sparkling Thea who stayed in touch with the front-runners, fell back gradually in the straight to go down without a fight.

Pesi Shroff trained Masquerade had the benefit of a good forward run and now racing over a mile and quarter trip in the 2000 metres Wild Eagle Plate, a race for horses rated 20 to 46, the filly looked formidable. Welsh jockey David Probert had Masquerade race behind pace-setter His Master`s Vice before pushing the short-priced horse to take over the running with two furlongs left in the race. Masquerade smoothly shot ahead and went away to win by a widening margin of three lengths over It`s A Deal. Finest Moment was faraway third.

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