BE SURE WINS ARMY CUP
Trainer K Satheesh leading Be Sure (Nakhat Singh Up), winner of The Army Cup
Be Sure (Bushranger – Miss Gally) displayed good staying prowess and justified the cramped odds offered on her as he dominated her rivals in the final furlong to notch up a facile victory without causing any anxiety to her large number of supporters.
Jockey Nakhat Singh settled the Sateesh trained filly in close to the front bunch right through and made steady progress nearing the final turn to be second as Kalinda led the field into the homestretch.
Once into the straight, jockey Nakhat Singh didn’t wait too long and made rapid progress to get past Kalinda quickly and establish a handy lead approaching the distance post. There was no challenge brewing at all and none could match strides as Be Sure stretched out nicely at a good clip adding distance with each stride as she strode away gallantly to carve out an easy victory finishing close to four lengths ahead of the rest. The filly’s last and only other victory was over the five and half furlong scurry in July. With this victory over nine furlongs, she has shown she is versatile and even further step up in distance should not bother her too much. Exclusive Symbol improved well towards the end to snatch the runner up berth from Sunday Carnival, while On My Way completed the frame.
Titus (Green Coast – Sabakh) added another victory to his tally giving weight and a thorough beating to favourite Mozambique while bagging the Srinivas Reddy Memorial Cup, with surprising ease.
Akshay had Titus right behind Mozambique as the favourite was sent on a start to finish mission. These two were well ahead of the rest as they entered the straight. Mozambique seemed to be travelling well and was shaping well too approaching the distance post, while Titus seemed to be the one doing all the hard work. Akshay was pushing and plodding Titus to bridge the gap and join Mozambique. Titus lit up suddenly and began to accelerate at a good clip. Soon he drew abreast with Mozambique and sailed ahead in the last 100 meters to win by a healthy margin and completely outpacing Mozambique in the last few strides. Mozambique ended a well-beaten second. Ashwa Bahula ran on to finish third. Meritocracy disappointed and was never in the hunt.
Jockey Akshay Kumar yet again exhibited terrific form and skill in the saddle, notching up a fine treble on the day. He is well on course to take the season’s jockeys’ championship title. Right through the season Akshay has been riding astutely and displaying a different kind of dazzle. He started off the day guiding trainer Sequeira’s filly One One One (Abbeyside – Missoni) to her maiden victory in the day’s opening event.
One One One took a good jump and Akshay soon worked his way up to lead the bunch soon on settling down. One One One entered the straight with a handy lead and soon started to increase the distance between herself and her opponents. One One One showed a clean pair of heels and soon it was clear that no one would catch up with the speeding filly. She kept drawing away from them all to win by a street, without Akshay having to move a muscle. One One One proved far to superior to the lot and achieved her maiden success in a grand fashion, promising to add a couple more to her first win. Air Salute edged out Moka for the runner up berth and Maahishmathi ended fourth.
Akshay rolled out another victory in the very next race this time partnering Mir Faiyaz Ali Khan’s New State (Ravel – Brutta E Cattiva) to a popular victory. New State was backed confidently closing around even-money at race time.
Lord Gift led the closely bunched field all the way into the straight with Rose Petal and Escobar close behind, followed by New State in fourth along with Take A Bow and the rest.
Lord Gift led them deep into the straight and soon New State started to warm up nicely making rapid progress to tackle the three in front. New State picked up momentum approaching the distance post and soon sped ahead to grab the lead. Take A Bow was also moving up but just could not match up to New State and ended chasing the winner. New State won comfortably sparing about two lengths to Take A Bow, Lord Gift held on to take the third just ahead of the fast finishing Platinum Classz.
The third race saw an atrocious start for two runners as public fancy Red Striker was stuck in the stalls while Noble Profession whipped around after the jump and refused to gallop, both did not take any active part in the race.
Up ahead, Escalating Striker held a slender lead over a bunch of horses chasing him close behind, nearly five horses running abreast at the turn.
Escalating Striker had a slight upper hand in the homestretch and he galloped hard to maintain the lead. The others were closing in with Running Fire and All That Jazz inching closer to the leader. All That Jazz picked up speed in the final 100 meters and dashed ahead to score his maiden win on his 23rd start and made it memorable for his connections. Running Fire fell short by a narrow margin, while Escalating Striker will live to fight another day.
Red Bullet seemed well on his way to score in the fifth race of the day but things changed dramatically at the business end with the long-time leader pushed out of the frame in the end.
Red Bullet had a good lead with just about a furlong to go with the others more than three lengths behind him. Red Bullet just could not sustain and soon Ultimate Risk, Reach The heights, Stormy and Aarohi all started a scramble to the winning post. Stormy got a bad check, too close to the winning post. Ultimate Risk had a free run and he made a dash forward to just about stick his nose out at the right moment to win by a head. Reach The Heights ran his personal best, but drifted inward a bit too much and that might have cost him dearly. Nevertheless, it was the most thrilling race of the day with Ultimate Risk earning a winning bracket in the close finish, well-ridden by jockey C Umesh for trainer L D’Silva.
Palsy Walsy achieved his maiden success with a blistering start to finish essay that paid off handsomely. There was danger lurking as Palsy Walsy was pushing on on his lead, trying to sustain it all the way. Dangerous Akshay Kumar was close behind him atop Tokyo Jam and the lad has been seen winning from every possible position. That had the crowd screaming as supporters were bracing for a close finish. However, jockey Deepak stood up to the task and the pressure very well and rode all out to keep Tokyo Jam at bay and eventually win by a decent margin. Tokyo jam ended a good second ahead of Max and the fast finishing Promiseofhappiness.
Sunflower (Multidimensional – Ave Maria) also earned her first winning bracket with a gallant start to finish effort, beating favourite Adoria to second. She took well and maintained a lead of two lengths all the way into the straight.
Laxman Singh trained Sunflower grew stronger in the straight and quickened to dart away from Adoria. Sunflower sped away in the final furlong to win by a big margin, jockey Tanwar Singh easing his mount in the last few strides. Adoria ended second more than three lengths behind and Adamant N Rising earned some stakes for the very first time while ending third ahead of Madonna.
For the professionals, jockey Akshay Kumar yet again was the most successful pro, while trainers L D’Silva, D Netto along withjockey C Umesh scored a double each.