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By Mahendra Mallya
Sunday 05 Aug 2018
Trianer SK Sunderji leading Timeless (CS Jodha Up), winner of The Pune Bookmakers' Association Turf Club Trophy (Gr.3)

Jockey CS Jodha and trainer SK Sunderji once again pulled off a sensational upset win with Timeless warding off a stiff challenge from popular choice Ruffina to claim the Pune Bookmakers’ Association Turf Club Trophy (Gr3). The duo had similarly had caused a major upset in the Indian Derby (Gr1) with Rochester in Mumbai.

Ruffina was the overwhelming favourite to win the prestigious race. The classy filly did everything but wrest the initiative at the all-important end. Jodha rode out astutely to hold on bravely to smother the late bid of the winner of the Sprinters’ Cup.

Dancing Phoenix set the pace leading until the 600m mark and then dropped out of contention. Holy Smoke led briefly entering the straight with Timeless (Surfrider – Showstopper, Ruia Stud) burst through to take charge. Once in the lead, Timeless galloped relentlessly to stay ahead while Ruffina, who was never too far away, made her bid from the wider outside. Ruffina progressed to join Timeless inside the final furlong, but could not produce her known finishing dazzle and even looked under pressure, veering out slightly at the crucial juncture. Timeless kicked on gamely putting up a bold show to quell the favourite holding on by a neck. Ruffina failed narrowly and fell to her second defeat in ten starts. Your Royal Majesty did his reputation no harm finishing a close third in a cracker of a race.

Jockey P Trevor was the star pro of the day dishing out four victories in the seven-race card. He started the day on a winning note astride Sunderji trained Bernice (Phoenix Tower – Divine Impact, Manjri Stud). Bernice improved on debut third in Mumbai, with a fantastic maiden win scoring by a whopping 6 lengths plus margin.

The early lead changed hands a couple of times with Stormy Atlantic winning the start and then Highland Empress took over just before they turned for home and Bonafide took charge coming into the straight. Bernice was galloping on the outside and in the fifth of sixth but made good progress at the turn, ready to strike as they straightened up.

Bernice unleashed one of the most powerful bursts of speed soon on entering the straight and mauled the opposition in split-seconds to bounce away from them all. Trevor had no difficulty in producing Bernice from the outside and once he pressed the throttle, Bernice responded with a fiery run to score an authoritative victory, leaving no chance to the rest to even make a fight of it. Bernice looks good for an encore. Joplin did well to peg back Bonafide for third.

Trevor struck again in the very next race partnering Dallas Todywalla’s Eden Rock (Strong Suit – kismet, Manjri Stud. Eden Rock was quick at start but settled behind Godsword with the others following close behind.

Godsword led them into the straight and soon Eden Rock made a forward charge to grab the lead. Trevor goaded the gelding vigorously to stretch out and ahead. The late challenge came from Scion who covered a lot of ground and took a bit of time to get going. Scion closed in rapidly in the closing stages only to fall short by half a length. Godsword just managed to save place money finishing third ahead of Sandra.

Princess P (Phoenix Tower – Torque, Manjri Stud) benefited from the skilful riding of Trevor who took her to the front soon on start and built steadily on that quick early advantage. Malawi Stuck by Princess P until the turn and Enchanted was hemmed in between the two and the trio turned for home.

Princess P quickened well inside the homestretch and accounted for Enchanted who fell back without a fight. Malawi was trying hard to stay in contention. Gallant Knight moved up nicely to gather momentum, covering ground briskly. However, Trevor had Princess P going all the way and managed to stay ahead at the wire thwarting Gallant Knight’s good effort, to win by a narrow margin. Gallant Knight clearly found the trip sharp and would do well over a slightly longer distance.

Trevor was at his best on Epiphany (Phoenix Tower – Merwaha, Manjri Stud) and the Nazak Chenoy trained filly was equal to the task.

Orion’s Belt got to a good start and led the field until into the straight. Polyneices soon wriggled out to post his challenge. He accounted for Orion’s Belt with ease but then La Magnifique arrived with a big gallop to get past the duo and also shaped like pulling it off. Trevor switched lanes and produced Epiphany from the outside and once the filly got into her stride, she flew past them all to nail them all and win in a thrilling fashion. Polyneices regrouped and fought back to snatch the runner-up slot ahead of La Magnifique.  

Kilkarry Bridge (Strong Suit – Sail By Roos, Manjri Stud) proved too good to his rivals running away with the race without encountering any threat at any stage to make an impressive debut. He was off to a good start and on entering the straight galloped away fluently to draw away from the rest and score an emphatic victory. Highland Lass ended a faraway second while Myrcella ended even further behind to finish third.

Pathan (Rebuttal – Poor Old Eliza, Hazara Stud) opened his account with a comfortable win in the last race of the day. Sitting up in second behind Whoopsidaisy until the turn, Pathan changed gears and shot into the lead as they turned for home. Pathan accelerated well to storm ahead of the rest and won drawing away. Shivalik Skies improved all along and did well to beat Cray Cray for the runner up berth.

For the professionals, jockey P Trevor was the star of the day with four wins, while trainer SK Sunderji saddled a fine treble. Trainer Dallas todywalla and jockey CS Jodha scored a double each.