Her name "Secret Power" has everything in it. And exactly, it took her three runs to reveal its hidden talent she possesses, while emerging victorious in the Perfect Move Plate, the feature event of the Delhi races on Monday. Trainer Aleem Khan hogged the limelight by booting home a treble. The other professionals, saddler Zulfiqar Khan and jockey S A Shah shared a brace each.
After having had a forward run in the Real Stunner's Fillies Trial Stakes, she was having an edge over the field. However, the present form of Seven Eight Six made the turf pundits to quote her as favourite. But she never looked serious for the business before finishing sixth.
Aleem's Secret Power had only two youngsters running ahead of her, Ectasy and Master Chenna into the final furlong. She zipped ahead inside the distance post. The daughter of Cool Creek and Rare Insight should be noted upto the six furlongs. Her owner cum stablemate English Elms, who was just step behind her during most of the trip, made a late dash for the runner-up berth. The other five contenders including the debutant Master Chenna and Just super caught the eye finishing close third and fourth respectively ahead of Al Shaheen, whose run is best ignored. Ectasy, who looked a bit gross in the paddock, should come up a lot.
The opening event of the day's programmed which was the lower division of the Always With You Plate turned out to be a one horse affair. The heavily backed Tez Raftar led the small field of five from the front. The performance should help him to complete a double provided for. Master Arts and Doon Boy, who ran second and third respectively, should soon meet with success.
Aleem-trained Rawsom demolished the field in the start to finish attempt in the upper division of the senior division of the Always With You Plate. Dancing Babe and Elementto Trance, who finished second and third respectively, could have easily turned the table on the eventual winner. Show On is knocking at the door.
Zulfiqar Khan's yard Alabaster, who was the lone horse in the field of five horse looking the best in the paddock, ran true to his fitness to score decisively in the Delhi Police Plate by making every post a winning one over the mile. Zulfiqar's Mystic Miracle registered an emphatic victory over Awesome in the Fear No Move Plate. Firecracker, El Sharara and Master Crown, who followed the duo, should earn bracket before winding up the season.
Ashwa Parinda, who had developed the fitness problem before coming in the yard of the trainer H A Khan, landed spoilsports in the Round the Clock Plate, which was the concluding event of the day's schedule. Assertive, who met with interference at the jump, warmed up late to occupy the next best slot. He should make amends.