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Ayr records an encore with ease in feature

By: Tippu Sultan   August 1 , 2022

Leo D`Silva defied penalty and expectations while recording an encore in the 1400 metres P G Reddy Memorial Trophy, a race for horses rated 40 to 65, the feature event of Monday`s Hyderabad races held on relatively softer ground. Ayr had earlier in the season won impressively and the three-year-old proved superior once again when keeping his rivals at bay. Trainer Satheesh had a rewarding day saddling winners in 50 per cent of the races of the day.

NRI Sport was quoted at cramped odds but the favourite was never in the race, unable to make any progress in the stretch. Ayr who was allowed to run at lucrative odds was taken on a start-to-finish mission by jockey Kuldeep Singh. Closer home, Full Volume put up a stiff challenge but the front-runner had enough legs to pull away for a comfortable win. Super Angel necked out Kingston to take the third slot.

Lesser fancied Baudelaire from the stables of trainer Laxman Singh proved vastly superior to the opposition in the 1400 metres Salar Jung Cup, a race for horses rated 20 to 45. The four-year-old colt was loitering in the rear but gained places in the stretch spiritedly with a blistering turn of foot. Jockey Mukesh Kumar angled out the horse inside the final furlong from a tricky position. The progeny of Kingda Ka had the courage to take the gap and then accelerated tremendously and spurted away from long shot Black Onyx who was threatening to play spoilsport. Favourite Bellagio let down expectations with a timid display which fetched her only the third position.

Hilton Sequeira trained Pleroma who had often let down expectations, finally came good in the 1400 metres Malakpet Plate, a race for maiden three-year-olds. Pleroma who looked the fittest of the lot, was driven out by jockey Akshay Kumar to win with a measure of comfort from Barbet and Yaletown. After tracking Yaletown well into the straight, Akshay got aggressive on Pleroma who readily obliged, quickening well and storming clear by the final furlong. Yaletown faded out of contention and Barbet made a late rally to occupy the second position.

Satheesh trained Blissful had better credentials than Strategist vis-à-vis their last run but the latter was a strong favourite to win the 1200 metres Hyderabad Plate (Div I), a race for horses rated 40 to 65. Kuldeep Singh had Blissful in front and the lesser fancied runner enjoyed an uncontested lead and skipped clear in the straight as those making their challenges from behind found it hard to bridge the gap. Blissful won by a widening margin of five lengths. Favourite Strategist who had considerable ground to cover in the straight, ran on to take the second position ahead of NRI Touch. Another fancied runner Amyra was never in the hunt. Satheesh also had the winner of the lower division through Mark My Day who ended the winless sequence of runs by registering an easy win after a wait of 351 days. Favourite NRI Vision led freely in front but approaching the final furlong, looked vulnerable as the seven-year-old mare was slackening and this enabled Mark My Day to easily overhaul the front-runner to win by a margin of five lengths. NRI Vision just about saved the runner-up berth by a whisker over Top In Class.

Satheesh rounded off the day`s tally through Classy Dame who had no problem in recording a repeat win dominating the proceedings all the way. Explosive came in for strong support but the six-year-old gelding lacks early speed and for him to oblige, everything had to fall in place. Classy Dame`s speedy performance in front floored the rest as the last start winner was hailed a winner all the way in the straight and gave no hopes for those racing behind. Theo`s Choice was second while Explosive ran on to neck out Blazing Jupiter to save place money.

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