The flavour of the monsoon season has been the total dominance of trainer Pesi Shroff who has picked up the limited plums on offer with great alacrity. Miracle who had reeled off four wins in a row, lived up to expectations of being the best three-year-old currently in training in India as she steamrolled the opposition to win the Gr 1 Golden Jubilee Deccan Derby, the biggest race of the monsoon racing season at Malakpet on Saturday. Remarkably, the Usha Stud Farm bred daughter of Multidimensional also won the race hardly having to extend herself in a record time of two minutes 03.6 seconds.
The victory of Miracle was considered a formality though the ease with which she achieved came as a pleasant surprise. There were a couple of colts in the fray that were expected to pose a problem or two to the filly. It did not materialize as Pradeep Chouhan who rode a measured race had won the race at the top of the straight itself. The ease with which the filly won makes one wonder whether any other three old in India will make the progression to be a challenger to her in the winter classics. From the look of things, it is a difficult ask.
Stablemate of Miracle, Johannesburg set a brisk pace that ensured that there was no crowding of the field, with the jockeys fighting to restrain their horses and hold the position. Another challenger from Pesi Shroff`s yard Zuccarelli was in close proximity to the pacesetter while the rest were all spaced out. Miracle was in the mid-bunch, the only worry for jockey Chouhan being the danger of being caught behind the horses falling pack when the pace collapsed. Since the filly was travelling so well within herself, Chouhan thought it would be wise to move out swiftly and in no time, she was in the cruise mood, ready to take charge at the top of the straight itself. Miracle stormed ahead inside the final two furlongs and won by a widening margin of five lengths over Zuccarelli. Southern Dynasty ran on to finish third while those who had pretensions of being challengers were not sighted.
Trainer Pesi Shroff who was elated by the phenomenal performance of the filly said: ``Miracle is a light-framed horse who has to be handled with care by not burdening her with too much of work. She is a strong-minded horse whose attitude to dominate reflects in her performance on the track. Miracle is showing improvement with every run and I am quite pleased with the way she tackled the opposition.``
EASY FOR ASHWA BRAVO
Srinivas Reddy trained Ashwa Bravo who is one of the good four-year-olds currently in training in Hyderabad, had no problem in maintaining his winning form, staving off the strong bid of Smashing Blue close to home. Ashwa Bravo was in a spot of bother inside the final furlong but the four-year-old colt took a narrow gap confidently at a crucial time and then staved off his opponents. Smashing Blue held off Victory Parade to keep the runner-up berth. Top-weighted Corfe Castle was expected to spice things up though the terms of the race were against him but the apprentice jockey Gaurav Singh was not up to handling a tricky customer. Corfe Castle took the final bend very wide and with this, his chances evaporated.
DOUBLE FOR PRASAD
Prasad Raju trained Cosmic Run produced a winning gallop down the final furlong and had the cushion to stave off the late bid of favourite House of Diamonds to win the 1200 metres Royal Western India Turf Club Cup, a race for horses rated 40 to 65. NRI elegance too closed with a rush to end up third. Xfinity who led from the start weakened in the dying moments of the race and finish fourth. The first four finishers were within reach of each other.
Another Prasad Raju trained Scramjet who cornered all the betting in the 1400 metres Madras Race Club Cup, a race for horses rated 40 to 65, pulled off a thriller by the skin of his teeth. Scramjet was not positioned well and had to come very wide into the straight. The patented finishing burst of Scramjet ensured that the four-year-old gelding made amends for last start failure by getting the better of Watch My Stride in the closing stride of the race. Mark My Day was third.
DAY OF FAVOURITES
On a day dominated by the favourites, Donald Netto trained Trump Star came up with a strong finishing effort to get the better of Amyra close to home to win the 1200 metres Royal Calcutta Turf Club Cup (Div I), a race for horses rated 20 to 45, as a strongly backed runner. Nearest was a close third. Incidentally, this was the 100th win for jockey Deepak Singh who was astride the winner. The lower division of the race too was claimed by Netto trained filly, Beauty On Parade. Beauty on Parade was the only horse to win at long odds with an easy win over Blissful and Four One Four. The fancied Star Babe and NRI Blue did not show up at the busy end. The latter also was sluggish at the start.
The well-fancied Soloist from the stables of trainer Hilton Sequeira managed to oblige expectations in the 1400 metres Bangalore Turf Club Cup, a race for horses rated 20 to 45, seizing the initiative in the final furlong and thwarting the late bid of rank outsider Win Vision. General Atlantic necked out Moonlight Ruby to grab the third position.
FORMALITY FOR BISATE
Laxman Singh trained Bisate was strongly backed to win the 1800 metres Smt Teegala Sulochana Reddy Memorial Cup, a race for horses rated 60 to 85 as Derby winner Lombardy had developed the habit of losing ground at the start. Yet again Lombardy was stranded at the gates. Bisate who stayed in touch with the front-runner gave an armchair ride to victory for Pradeep Chouhan. NRI Valley was the only one who offered a semblance of a challenge. Balius was third a distance behind the battling duo.
Vittal Deshmukh trained Painted Apache had won his last outing impressively and a repeat win was very much on the cards in the 1800 metres Mysore Race Club Cup, a race for horses rated 20 to 45. Painted Apache won as per expectations with Super Angel showing a semblance of winning form by being a noteworthy second ahead of last start winner Zamazenta.
Bisate (P S Chouhan up) winner of THE SMT. TEEGALA SULOCHANA REDDY MEMORIAL CUP
Trump Star (Deepak Singh up) winner of THE ROYAL CALCUTTA TURF CLUB CUP (DIV-I)
Scramjet (Trevor Patel up) winner of THE MADRAS RACE CLUB CUP
Cosmic Run (Kiran Naidu up) winner of THE ROYAL WESTERN INDIA TURF CLUB CUP
Ashwa Bravo (A Ashhad Asbar up) winner of THE TURF AUTHORITIES CUP
Painted Apache (Trevor Patel up) winner of THE MYSORE RACE CLUB CUP
Soloist (Akshay Kumar up) winner of THE BANGALORE TURF CLUB CUP
Miracle (P S Chouhan up) winner of THE GOLDEN JUBILEE DECCAN DERBY (GR.1)
Beauty On Parade (A A Vikrant up) winner of THE ROYAL CALCUTTA TURF CLUB CUP (DIV-II)