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Kambaku hammers opposition in Mayor’s Cup

  June 16 , 2018

Arjun Mangalorkar trained Kambaku steamrolled the opposition in the 2000 metres Mayor`s Cup, a race for horses rated 60 and above, the feature event of Saturday`s Bangalore races. Kambaku towered over the rest by virtue of his past performances but surprisingly Reunion enjoyed favouritism due to the grossly overrated belief in the ability of the Hyderabad challenger.

Kambaku may not have done anything during the last winter season where he ran against much better horses over a mile and a half trip of the Derby. However, his last year`s summer season performance where he had run 3.4 lengths off Lady In Lace and his third-placed effort behind Castlebridge in the Mysore Derby were performances that put him in a different league. He was taking on a modest lot of handicap races in the feature event. Kambaku showed out in the paddock parade and punters were quick to encash on the generous odds offered on the Bangalore challenger who in public perception had to beat Reunion.

Nicaragua set a fast pace followed by Towering Heights and Kambaku with Reunion settled in about the fourth or fifth position. Passing the 1000 metres, stablemate Towering Heights made way for Kambaku to shoot through along the rails and the progeny of Win Legend came within striking distance of the front-runner approaching the final bend. John had no hesitation in asking Kambaku to overhaul the front-runner at the top of the straight and scoot clear. Kambaku bounced clear with hardly any persuasion from John and stormed clear to win by a widening margin of 10 lengths over Nicaragua who stayed on to take the second position. Reunion found the opposition too formidable for comfort and finished a faraway third.

Sulaiman Attaollahi trained Sakura who had the benefit of two race runs, was lesser fancied than debutant Secretive Force who was trusted to win the 1400 metres His Majesty Plate, a race for maiden three-year-olds. However, the confidence appeared to be misplaced soon after the runners took off from the gates. While Sakura showed speed to stay put in the front and enjoyed an uncontested lead, Secretive Force struggled for speed and had a lot of leeway to cover on the front-runner. Sakura came into the straight a few lengths ahead of the rest and kept the momentum going till the winning post. Orenda who was in chase right from the start could do no better than finish second. Secretive Force was a well-beaten third.

A backward lot of horses were in the fray for the lower division of the Diablo Plate (Div II), a race for horses rated 15 to 35. Barring Dominic trained Bellarive, none of the other horses had come 10 lengths of the winner. The then handicapper unwisely did the changes in the category system and introduced the 15 to 35 category which made things worse and only increased the number of lowest category races. In fact, he increased the quota of races for Class VB horses and since every day`s card compulsorily has a 0 to 25 race, even the 15 to 35 category race gas also become an extension of the lowest category race. The quality of the fare programmed for each day is terrible. Though there is a change of handicapper, he cannot undo the damage caused by the perverted sense of thinking by the previous person. The promoter of mediocre racing himself has earned a promotion! Bellarive circled around the field at the final bend and shot ahead and finished well clear of a disinterested lot of horses. Since almost all the horses were out for an airing, Bellarive was quoted at cramped odds. These non-competitive races will cause immense harm to the sport as it will also affect the collections on the tote instead of promoting competitive betting. For the record, Cool Springs ran second ahead of Turf Spirit.

Nityanand trained Mulholland had no problem in justifying favouritism in the 1400 metres Lumbini Stud Plate, a race for horses rated 30 to 50. Jockey Suraj Narredu took Mullholland on a start to finish mission. The favourite enjoyed an uncontested lead and skipped clear in the straight to win by a widening margin of three lengths. Good Time Indeed who was also well supported had considerable leeway to cover on the front-runner and all that he could do was to bridge the gap while taking the second spot. Good Time Indeed found the seven-furlong sharp for his style of running. Ultimate Magic did not show zest when finishing a faraway third.

Prasanna Kumar trained Capricious maintained his winning form with a comfortable victory in the 1200 metres K N Chennabasappa Memorial Cup, a race for horses rated 45 to 65. The progeny of new stallion Gusto had enough speed to hit the front straightaway and in keeping with the day`s trend of front-running horses winning most races, Capricious stayed out of trouble in front and completed a hat-trick of wins. Harley Quinn held off Emperador to get the second position. I`ve Got Clout was a close third ahead of El Fenix.

Piper Regina broke the sequence of start to finish horses dominating the proceedings over sprints with a powerful surge down the final furlong to beat the front-running Piccola in the 1400 metres Kranji Plate, a race for horses in the lowest category. Piccola had a healthy lead all through the race but jockey Iravan Singh who brought the Parvati Byramji trained ward with a well-timed run got strong closer home and stormed clear to win by a margin of over two lengths. Fancied Aleef covered ground in the straight to finish.


Sakura (A Sandesh up) winner of the His Majesty Plate

Bellarive (Trevor Patel up) winner of the Diablo Plate (Div-II)

Mulholland (Suraj Narredu up) winner of the Lumbini Stud Plate

Kambaku (S John up) winner of the Mayor`S Cup

Capricious (S John up) winner of the K.N.Chennabasappa Memorial Cup

Piper Regina (Irvan Singh up) winner of the Kranji Plate

Haedi`s Folly (Y S Srinath up) winner of the Diablo Plate (Div-I)

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