M Satyanarayana trained Dream Catcher proved overwhelmingly superior to the opposition in the 1200 metres Majestic Plate, a race for horses rated 58 to 78, the feature event of races held at Malakpet on Sunday. The progeny of Green Coast, despite coming back in distance from a mile to a sprint, distinguished himself with an emphatic win. In the form that he is in, Dream Catcher deserves support till he is beaten.
Dream Catcher had run third to Prevalent Force in the Guineas and that run indicated that Dream Catcher who had a modest start to his career, had made giant strides. This was the reason why despite the presence of seasoned performers enjoying higher rating being in the fray, Dream Catcher was quoted at miserly odds going by the improvement that he was expected to make. Though Dream Catcher had a hesitant beginning, Suraj Narredu was not ruffled as he sat at the rear group before bringing the favourite on the wide outside in the homestretch. Dream Catcher picked up steam instantly when asked to quicken and was hailed a winner long way from home. Oh Ms Akilah showed some spark while coming from the last position to be a notable second ahead of Baashagar. Most of the runners in the fray appeared reconciled to defeat which was the reason even those with good form also ran below expectations, the notable one being Paprika.
Satyanarayana trained Secretary shaped to bring off a long-priced win in the 1100 metres Gajasimha Rao Memorial Plate (Div I), a race for two-year-olds but was caught up with and overhauled in the final strides of the race by favourite Shaquille. Secretary had the benefit of a race run and jockey Naresh had the lesser fancied runner race in front. He was unable to control the drift of the horse under pressure in the closing stages of the race which made a critical difference to the outcome of the race as the front-runner went down by ¼ of a length. Akshay Kumar was forceful on the winner. Smarty was third. The lower division of the race was easy pick for Arjun Anne trained Semper Fidelis who led all the way and skipped away from her opponents to scored by a widening margin of four lengths in the hands of Suraj. Big Brave came in for noticeable support in the ring but found the winner too strong for comfort and had to settle for the runner-up berth. Exclusive Shanghai was third.
Trainer Satheesh has been enjoying a big season with his horses running true to their potential without being influenced by the market expectations. Surprise Party won the1400 metres Dynamic Dancer Plate (Div II), a race for horses rated 42 to 62 at long odds. Surprise Party hit the front from the word `go` and refused to budge from there despite a strong challenge essayed by City of Wonders. Favourite Phenomenal Cruise got stuck between these two horses and did not get a clear run in the crucial stages of the race which affected the prospects of the horse. Leo D`Silva trained Supremo had the form to be backed with conviction in the upper division of the race. Supremo did not disappoint, producing a powerful run in the final furlong to storm clear to win from Scooby Dooby Do. Starlight continued to earn stake money by finishing third, staving off Seven Colours closer home.
Satyanarayana trained City of Wonders had seen better class and had come down a lot in scales. As such, the support for his success in the 1100 metres Malakpet Plate, a race for horses rated 42 to 62, was well thought out. Suraj pushed City of Wonders to lead the charge from the start and the fancied runner stormed clear in the final furlong to win the race with great ease. Commanding Boy and Western Express occupied the next slots on the frame.
Faisal Hassan trained China Millennium recorded an encore with a late surge in the 1600 metres Meghalaya Plate, a race for horses rated 26 to 46. China Millennium found his rhythm deep into the straight and covered the leeway on the others swiftly and had the race in her grasp inside of the winning post. San Vinto made a powerful rally from way behind but found the fancied runner reach the safety of the winning post before he could inflict any damage. Symbol of Star`s was third.
Hilton Sequeira`s Ashwini had been pretty consistent, and she had no problem in swamping the opposition in the 1200 metres Palampet Plate, a race for horses rated 26 to 46. Ashwini was brought into contention deep into the final furlong and the progeny of Stern Opinion produced a scintillating run to seal the issue. Bouncer held off Sir Legend and Time To Climb to get the runner-up berth.
Surprise Party (Nakhat Singh up) winner of the Dynamic Dancer Plate (Div-II)
Shaquille (Akshay Kumar up) winner of the Gajasimha Rao Memorial Plate (Div-I)
Semper Fidelis (Suraj Narredu up) winner of the Gajasimha Rao Memorial Plate (Div-II)
Supremo (Arshad Alam up) winner of the Dynamic Dancer Plate (Div-I)
City Of Wonders (Suraj Narredu up) winner of the Malakpet Plate
China Millennium (Akshay Kumar up) winner of the Meghalaya Plate
Dream Catcher (Suraj Narredu up) winner of the Majestic Plate
Ashwini (Koushik up) winner of the Palampet Plate