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North Star breaks maidens rank in highest category

By: Frankel   November 13 , 2021

Pesi Shroff trained North Star who had some eye-catching efforts in terms races hadn`t won a single race as he had been mostly campaigned against stiffer opposition and had moved up on the handicap scale. Though he was running in the 2000 Mysore Race Club Trophy, a race for horses rated 80 and above, the feature event of Saturday`s races, without having won any race, he proved too good against horses which had seen better days. Jockey Pradeep Chouhan had to merely guide the horse to lead all the way and check-in well clear of his two opponents.

The experience of North Star running in good company taking on jaded horses like Caprisca and Truly Epic was the reason the Pesi Shroff trainee went to the post as an on-money favourite. North Star jumped out keen, raced all alone in front, enjoyed the uncontested lead and skipped clear in the final furlong to go beyond the reach of his two opponents. Truly Epic gave a chase but tired out which allowed his stablemate Caprisca to snatch the second position. It is a pity that we don`t see a fresh set of horses competing in these races. While North Star was having his seventh start, Caprisca had thus far run 29 times and Truly Epic 27 times. How leg wary these two can be?

Pesi Shroff trained Exotique managed to get the better of long shot Sandman close to home to win the 1600 metres K Raghunath Plate, race for horses rated 40 to 65. There was a tremendous surge in betting on Wayin to land the spoils ahead of Seasons Greetings who weakened in the market. Much to the shock of the supporters of Wayin, the favourite was sluggish at the start and veered out losing more than 10 to 15 lengths and effectively was out of the fray even before the field had crossed the first furlong. Sandman led the field well into the straight with Seasons Greetings who was in the chase making no impression. Exotique improved places leisurely in the stretch and got strong in the final furlong and easily measured the tiring Sandman. Seasons Greetings was more than four lengths adrift with Wayin in the fourth spot. Seasons Greetings ran way below par considering the fact that Wayin finished a head behind her in the fourth position despite losing so much ground at the start.

Jockey Sandesh had an arm-chair ride to success on favourite Flaming Lamborghini in the 2400 metres Floods of Fortune Plate, a race for horses rated 20 to 46. Backed to the exclusion of the rest, Flaming Lamborghini was settled in about the fourth position as stablemate Scotland went at a scorching pace in front. Sandesh made his move around the final bend. Flaming Lamborghini bridged the gap with the jockey hardly having to stretch himself and spurted away from the rest in the final furlong. Scotland stayed on to take the second position ahead of the second favourite Revolution who made no significant improvement from the previous run.

The most absorbing finish of the day was seen in the 1400 metres A J Wadia Plate (Div I), a race for horses rated 4 to 30. The race had an open look about it with several horses touted as possible winners. There was a noticeable flow of money in the direction of Himmat Singh trained The Flutist who came up with a big rally in the final 100 metres and managed to nose out Sandra`s Secret and On Va Danser in the concluding stride of the race. Faisal Abbas trained Chezza who had run a forward race last time out, came in for strong support ahead of Timeless Deeds to win the lower division of the race. Timeless Deeds who raced up with the field shaped to win as the seven-year-old mare went sailing clear in the straight. However, Chezza who was ridden off the pace came home with a powerful burst of speed in the hands of apprentice jockey P S Peter and managed to neck out the front-runner in the dying strides of the race. Honourable Eyes ran on to take the third position ahead of Whispering Queen who failed to produce anything extra despite being handily positioned in the straight.

Agostino Carracci had the benefit of a race run and was fancied to win along with debutant Lord And Master in the 1400 metres Thanda Plate (Div I), a race for maiden three-year-olds. Lord And Master who had been subjected to strong preparation ended up being a strong favourite ahead of Agostino Carracci. Jockey Sandesh who rode Agostino Carracci appeared to be in a tearing hurry to overhaul the pace-setter Enjoy and took over the running at the top of the straight. The effort told on the horse and Agostino Carracci looked vulnerable as soon as he hit the front as Raffaello who was shadowing the horse went sailing clear to win in tremendous fashion. On the last occasion, Agostino Carracci had beaten Raffaello but the latter seemed to have made more improvement notwithstanding the poor ride given by Sandesh. Enjoy who set the pace finished last but was unfortunately reported to have suffered a heart attack. Nazak Chenoy trained Empower was the firm favourite to win the lower division of the race. The favourite managed to oblige expectations thanks to a strong ride by T S Jodha. The favourite closed home with a rush to edge past Love Warrior and Time to land the spoils.

Imtiaz Sait trained Pride`s Angel readily recorded an encore, measuring the opposition with a great deal of ease in the 1200 metres Kumar R Dalal Trophy, a race for horses rated 20 to 46. Dilbar led the field deep into the straight before being overwhelmed by the favourite. Sandalphon was third while the fancied Tristar made no show.

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