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Jan

15

Ikaria Scrambles Home

The city has been experiencing a cold spell of late and visitors welcomed the warm sunshine at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday. A large

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Jan

09

Prakash’s Prophecy Nearer Realization

It was indeed a gala Derby at the Calcutta racecourse as promised by Eveready Managing Director and Vice-Chairman Mr. Deepak Khaitan. A large and

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Jan

01

New Year’s Day Quadruple for C. Alford

A large and colourful gathering at the Calcutta racecourse on New Year’s Day saw champion jockey Christopher Alford seal a dramatic

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Dec

26

Xisca Sinks ‘Alice’ in a Slow-run Oaks

As was speculated in this column, a slow pace set by the normally lazy Strike A Deal suited the 10-to-3-on favourite Xisca to the hilt and she

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Dec

22

Delphi, Oceanaire Set up C. Alford’s Double

‘All is well that ends well’ may be an age-old cliché, but that’s the way it was for punters at the Calcutta racecourse

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Dec

18

The ‘Prince’ and Paul Celebrate ‘King’s’ B’day in Style

Traditionally, the running of The Calcutta Gold Cup signals the commencement of the festive season at this centre. The high-quality polo matches

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Dec

16

Agent Archie Seals C. Alford’s Double

That the Calcutta track is virtually Christopher Alford’s backyard was evident from the manner in which he piloted his two mounts (Ballibay

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Dec

08

Ming Was Handled Expertly

It was another memorable day for punters at the Calcutta racecourse. Four favourites, one second favourite and two rank outsiders completed the

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Nov

28

Alice Springs No Surprises

What a smashing year it has been for the stable of Dr Vijay Mallya and URBB. With still a month left before the New Year, the famous

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Nov

20

Rimpuche Does the ‘Cha Cha Cha’

Horses recently imported from western India continued to rule the roost in Calcutta for the second day in succession as the local lot (who

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Nov

19

Doubles for C Alford and Kadam

It was an afternoon when the stipes were happy to take a back seat as the thoroughbreds and professionals went about their business without too

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Nov

14

Art Excellence Finds Her Galloping Shoes

Before Sunday afternoon’s racing commenced, a minute’s silence was observed by all present in memory of Calcutta’s legendary

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Nov

10

Vijay, C. Alford Notch up Trebles

The last four races went according to the script at the Calcutta racecourse on Wednesday but it was the first two events which raised concerns for

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Oct

31

Stephens Double Floors Punters

With the Deepavali festival a few days away, punters were hoping to fill their pockets on the opening afternoon of the Calcutta Cold Weather Meet

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Jan

07

Deepak Khaitan Promises Gala Derby

While addressing the media on Friday, Deepak Khaitan, the managing director and vice-chairman of Eveready Industries India, said: “I would

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Jan

03

Disgusted Owners Set to Quit

A horrendous start to the new year, thanks to some behind the scenes chicanery, has forced a set of ‘gentlemen owners’ to throw in the

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Dec

03

Xisca Leaves the Field Cold

The climax of a long and entertaining card of nine races was the running of the Calcutta 2000 Guineas. The mile classic was incident-free and went

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Apr

04

Jaiswal Treble Floors Punters

The curtain came down on the Calcutta Cold Weather season on Monday with some amazing results in the seven-event card. Trainer Vikash Jaiswal was

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Apr

03

Regal Classic Lives up to His Name

The penultimate day of the Calcutta Winter Season had just about every element of racing that a new visitor could wish for – flying

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Jan

19

Stewards Make the Right Call

Being a Steward can at times be a thankless job despite all the power they wield. However, on Wednesday, the guardians called it right by

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Apr

08

Born To Fly Was On a High

When doing a season’s summary of 34 action-packed days, one is compelled to pick and choose the salient features of the long-drawn

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Mar

27

Bizarre Double for Daniel David

Sunday’s racing had an ‘end-of-season’ look about it. A few unlikely winners, a nasty fall for apprentice Arman Khan from Roman

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Mar

23

Star Of Cardiff Outclasses Field

It was a fairly profitable afternoon for followers of money at Calcutta’s mid-week races. Heavily gambled Mumtaz and Star Of Cardiff landed

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Mar

18

Arktouros Proves Vijay’s Trump Card

Calcutta racecourse was humming with excitement on the eve of Holi. There was a festive atmosphere in the air. As was expected, the seven event

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Mar

16

Bharath-Shinde Notch up Cup Double

It was a warm, sunny afternoon at the Calcutta mid-week meet. The Irish squad of cricketers and their attractive WAGS (wives and girlfriends) lent

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Mar

13

Cyrus Madan Steps Down at RCTC

The chairman of Royal Calcutta Turf Club since 2007, Mr. Cyrus Madan decided to step down from his post and announced the same at the Club’s AGM on

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Mar

12

Palazzio’s Sun Shines Bright

One just can’t keep the Alfords out of the news at the Calcutta racecourse. While Christopher Alford drew a blank on his return after a

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Mar

02

King’s Desire to Win not Curtailed by Age

Yet another eventful afternoon of racing was conducted at the Calcutta racecourse on Wednesday. The mid-week afternoon belonged by and large to

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Feb

26

Fleet-footed ‘Indian’ Downs Cambiasso

An incident-packed afternoon at the Calcutta racecourse saw Babu Rao-trained Fleet Indian (Tejano-Afrodita) carry a massive impost of 62.5 kg to

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Feb

19

C. Alford is ‘Poles Apart’ from Rivals

While Christopher Alford booted home a flawless quadruple at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday, most of the other riders performed well below

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Feb

16

Ashridge Lost a Certain Race

A short, insipid card it may have been – but boy was it ever ‘tall’ on thrills. Those who were present at the Calcutta

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Feb

12

Alice Springs a Pleasant Surprise

Pesi Shroff-trained Alice Springs threw the Derby-form book out of the window as she swept past the on-money favourite Hall Of Glory in the

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Feb

04

Vijay’s Treble was the Highlight

It was mixed fortunes for punters at the Calcutta racecourse on Friday. The man who stole the thunder was trainer Vijay Singh with a calculated,

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Feb

03

Rivals dance to Strauss’ tune

Under the care of trainer Bharath Singh, the five-year-old gelding Strauss (Placerville-Romantic Memories) has improved considerably. The bay was

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Jan

29

Dandified Caps a ‘Champagne’ Show

For the second consecutive day, favourites ruled the roost at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday. Five public choices and a second favourite were

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Jan

28

Ballibay Makes It Look Easy

Punters by and large went home a happy lot on Friday as fancied runners ruled the roost. Five first favourites and a second favourite occupied the

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Jan

22

Arabian Prince Murders Rivals

An eventful afternoon of racing was capped with a ‘googly’ from the Pesi Shroff yard as their half-money favourite Chios bit the dust

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Oct

28

Arti, Pesi may sideline local talent

The Calcutta Cold Weather Season kicks off on the last day of October. The management has rather astutely decided to commence earlier than usual

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Oct

17

Mallya Colours Take Calcutta by Storm

The colours of Dr Vijay Mallya (white with black V) took Calcutta by storm during the recently concluded monsoon meet. It was a refreshing change

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Oct

13

Silver Fox Seals Titles for Vijay, C Alford

There were no major surprises on the concluding day of the monsoon season which ended on Wednesday. Trainer Vijay Singh retained his championship

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Dec

27

Cyberage Gamblers Slash the Odds

Till a quarter of a century ago, the punter invariably received a raw deal in the eternal tussle between him and the bookmaker. However, thanks to

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Dec

21

Fancied runners ruled the roost

The third day of the Christmas Meeting at the Calcutta racecourse on Thursday was something of an anticlimax. Two races, including the feature

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Oct

06

Burst Of Speed Lives up to Her Name

This monsoon, the trainers and jockeys championships are two of the closest in recent memory. A little surprisingly, neither Daniel David nor his

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Oct

03

‘Alice’ Has Her Day in wonderland

It was a wonderful Sunday afternoon at the Calcutta racecourse for two crack riders – B Prakash and Imran Chisty. Champion jockey

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Sep

22

Fine Trebles for Kadam, Imran

After Sangoma won the Elusive Study Handicap on August 11, the review on this website read as follows: “Trainer Deepak Karki needs to be

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Sep

18

Arktouros Clinches It For C Alford

It was finally ‘D-Day’, not on the shores of Normandy but at the Calcutta racecourse where Christopher Alford guided top-weights

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Sep

15

‘Autocrat’ Bharat Reigns in Style

Trainer Bharath Singh turned on the heat in the trainers’ championship with a superb hat-trick that put him just one win behind sibling

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Jul

10

Calcutta Track All Set to Thunder

After a hiatus of three long months, live racing returns to the Calcutta track on Tuesday when the Calcutta Monsoon racing season kicks off. One

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Jul

11

State-of-the-art Jockeys’ Room at RCTC

The Royal Calcutta Turf Club will on Tuesday inaugurate the new Baqlava Enclave, housing the weighing room, the stipendiary stewards room, the

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Jul

12

Oyster Cove Defies Age Barrier

It was indeed a start with a bang to the Calcutta Monsoon Season of 2011 on Tuesday. Two rank outsiders, a couple of lesser fancied runners and

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Jul

19

Arti Makes an Early ‘Impact’

It was yet another disastrous afternoon for punters at the Calcutta racecourse on Tuesday. Though three favourites obliged in a card of seven

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Jul

26

Apprentice Tamang Shows the Way

Once again, it was a mixed bag for punters as three favourites obliged in a card of seven events. Possibly, the worst sufferers among local

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Jul

30

Caribbean Queen sets the ‘Record’ Straight

The fourth day of the ongoing Monsoon Meet proved to be an action-packed one as outstation professionals and their wards called the shots. The

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Aug

02

Regal Classic Was Ace up David’s Sleeve

On a hot, humid, sweltering afternoon at the Calcutta races, trainer Daniel David came up trumps with a superb treble. Vikash Jaiswal continued

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Aug

09

Shailesh Shinde Scores a Hat-trick

Despite the soft going, several professionals had a good day at office and pulled off well-backed coups. In the main event, The Desiree

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Aug

13

Khaitan-colours Call the Shots

Despite the relentless drenching the track received, racing on Saturday proved to be thoroughly entertaining and form-based. Though the

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Aug

17

Christopher, Shezad share the limelight

It was a fairly good afternoon for punters as four favourites obliged in a card of seven events. More importantly, three of these public choices

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Aug

27

Shezad, Mohit Share Honours on Day of Upsets

It was yet another afternoon dominated by lesser fancied runners at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday. The bright spot was that a couple of

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Aug

30

Brief Encounter Proves ‘Best Of All’ on Handicap

Daniel David-trained Brief Encounter (Ikhtyar-Kia Ora) pegged back the top-weight Romantic Impact close home to bag the aptly named The Best Of

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Sep

06

Kudos to the Unassailable ‘Double-A’ Team

Though top-weight Arktouros (Diffident-Girl From Ipanema) is favoured time and again by the terms of the race, it is to the credit of his trusted

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Sep

10

Dandified leaves the field standing

Trainer Vijay Singh’s Dandified proved beyond an iota of doubt that he is by far the best three-year-old at this centre today. Jockey

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Sep

13

Zillionaire Proves too Speedy

It was an afternoon of upsets at the Calcutta racecourse on Tuesday. The main event, The Bhishma Trophy, proved to be quite an eventful race. On

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Sep

14

Arbroath lifts Sweet Senorita Trophy

For the second consecutive afternoon, a heavy downpour left the track on the soft side, which may not have suited some of the favourites. Further,

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Sep

21

Rising Hero pips Work Force

If only horses could run without jockeys, form-workers would be so much better off! But alas, such a utopian state of affairs is unlikely to come

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Sep

24

Clear Mandate won untroubled

Despite fairly small fields and not too many quality runners in the fray, racing was entertaining, eventful and rewarding for workers of form.

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Sep

27

Mumtaz too good for Zillionaire

It was mixed fortunes for punters at the Calcutta racecourse on Tuesday as two rank outsiders, three second favourites and two public fancies

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Oct

01

Dandified pockets season’s plum in common canter

Those present at the Calcutta race course on Saturday were witness to the most amazing sight – it may not be wrong to draw a parallel with

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Oct

07

Shershah Romps Home in Great Style

Crack sprinter Shershah (Epicentre-Achernar) continued to rule the Calcutta track as he completed a hat-trick of wins in great style on Friday.

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Oct

12

C. Alford cashes in on Bayberry

A chance ride outside his stable helped jockey Christopher Alford increase his tally and stay in the hunt for the Jockeys’ Championship.

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Oct

13

Unleashed pulls it off

The dice was heavily loaded in favour of the Khaitan stable in the Monsoon Cup as four of the six runners sported the famed red-and-gold colours.

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Oct

18

Tintoretto throws the form-book out

Daniel David-trained Tintoretto produced a rip-roaring gallop in the final furlong of the Anticipator Handicap to get the better of Adriano near

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Oct

19

Vikash Jaiswal’s ‘Wish’ comes true

The curtain came down on the Calcutta Monsoon Season with trainer Vikash Jaiswal lifting the Trainers Championship in great style as his 6/1 shot

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Oct

23

Not all fine ’n ‘Dandy’ for Vijay Singh

Though he is undoubtedly the trainer of the best colt at this centre (if not in the country) in the form of Dandified, schooler Vijay Singh

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Oct

28

All eyes on Dandified on eve of Winter Meet

Despite an early hiccup, the Calcutta cold weather season kicks off with renewed vigour on Sunday, with 34 race-days spread over five months. For

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Oct

30

Vijay, Christopher Flex Their Muscles

The champions of last winter, trainer Vijay Singh and his trusted knight Christopher Alford, showed that they meant business from day one as they

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Nov

06

Hall Of Glory Does a ‘Hilliard’ Encore

After a not too happy monsoon season, Vijay Singh-trained Hall of Glory responded brilliantly to his rider’s call and bagged the Hilliard

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Nov

12

Shailesh Shinde on full Throttle

He came to Calcutta in the Monsoon of 2010 after a none too happy time professionally at Mumbai, and won his very first mount here – Grand

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Nov

19

Hat-trick for Trevor, Treble for Shinde

It was an eventful afternoon at the Calcutta races on Saturday. Young Trevor Patel won his first three mounts (second, third and sixth races),

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Nov

26

In The Spotlight leaves the Field Standing

On a bright sunny afternoon at the Calcutta racecourse  on Saturday, Martin Dwyer rode a flawless race atop the on-money public choice

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Sep

10

Stephens Finds The Pearl in The ‘Oyster’

As all seven favourites bit the dust at the Calcutta racecourse on Friday, punters by and large were left licking their wounds. Jockey Christopher

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Sep

04

Alice Springs into Hall Of Glory

A heavy shower after the first race could not deter Pesi Shroff-trained Alice Springs and Vijay Singh-trained Hall Of Glory from keeping their

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Aug

28

Arktouros Too Good for Alacrity

Though only six races were conducted at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday, the short card provided all the ingredients necessary to spice up the

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Aug

25

Kadam’s Hat-trick Holds Centrestage

It was another afternoon at the Calcutta monsoon races that punters would like to forget. It started well enough with a couple of favourites

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Aug

21

Awesome Win for Ryan Marshall

The colours of Dr Vijay Mallya were in the forefront at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday as they dominated half the card of six races. The

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Aug

18

Romantic Impact Gets Back-to-back Win

Top-weight Romantic Impact, hailing from trainer Arti Doctor’s yard, made the seven-furlong race for the Brown Wolf Cup a start-to-finish

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Aug

14

Byramji Double Keeps Punters Happy

The presence of the country’s most successful trainer of all time, Rashid Byramji, warmed the cockles of old-timers' hearts at the

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Aug

11

Kadam’s Hat-trick Steals the Show

Wednesday afternoon belonged to jockey Kishore Kadam, whose marvellous hat-trick featuring Sangoma, All Time High and Kuhaylan must have

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Aug

04

R Alford Was Most “Successful’

It was a mid-week afternoon at the monsoon races that punters would like to forget. Only a single favourite obliged in what must have seemed to

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Jul

29

Castle Queen Wins in ‘Spectacular Style’

Trainer Bharath Singh’s ploy to use stablemate Spectacular Style to break ante-post favourite Whispering Wind’s stride, worked

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Jul

23

Doff Your Hat to Vijay Singh

The letter ‘A’ played havoc at the Calcutta racecourse on Friday as four runners whose names begin with the first letter of the

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Jul

14

Palme D’or Deserves Highest Award

Palme D’or is the French for Golden Palm – the highest award given at Cannes film festival. The Shafiq Khan-trained filly by that name

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Jul

09

A Jerky ‘Start’ at Calcutta

The Calcutta races got off to a jerky start as the starting stalls failed to open smoothly for the main event, The Glotik Cup. A few runners

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Jul

06

A New-look Calcutta Monsoon Season

The Calcutta Monsoon Season 2010 kicks off on Friday (July 9) with quite a few amendments to improve the standard of racing at this centre. The

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Apr

17

C.Alford Notches Up 50 wins

Kolkata: The curtain came down on the Calcutta winter season on Friday with speedy Piato leaving the field cold after a couple of failures. It

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Apr

16

Outsiders Rattle Punters

It was an afternoon of shocking upsets at RCTC on Thursday, the penultimate day of the Calcutta winter meet. Trainers Vijay Singh and John

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Apr

10

Bath Quadruple Sinks Punters

Trainer Harvinder Singh Bath set RCTC alight with a magnificent quadruple on Good Friday. It was an afternoon which saw punters burn holes in

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Apr

03

Hat-trick for Vijay Singh and C. Alford

On an eventful afternoon, trainer Vijay Singh and his retained rider Christopher Alford had a good day at the office as they notched up an

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Apr

02

Man About Town pulls it off again

Man About Town lifted the Relevance Cup at RCTC on Thursday with sublime ease to suggest that one more race may be in store for him before the

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Mar

28

Diabolical lifts Queen Elizabeth II Cup

On a hot and balmy afternoon, the six-year-old Diabolical from the stable of Daniel David, lifted the Queen Elizabeth II Cup in record time at

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Mar

25

Apprentice Jockeys Rule The Roost

There was no short supply of thrills at RCTC despite the season slowly but surely drawing to a close. Apprentice Kishore Kadam rode a

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Mar

21

Bountiful Talent Wins it for MAM

A horrendous piece of pace-judgement by Daniel Grant ensured on-money public choice Raghuvansh’s ignominious failure in the Calcutta St

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Mar

13

Samarkhand Topples Them All

Patrick Quinn-trained Samarkhand produced a stunning gallop opposite the grandstand to lift The Metropolitan, the main event of the Calcutta races

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Mar

07

Favourites bring ‘Sound of Cheers’

Two rank outsiders in the form of Simply Perfect and Midnight Coup spoilt what would have otherwise been a perfect day for punters at the Calcutta

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Feb

28

Abs Fabs Pulverizes Derby Field

The Bangalore-based filly Abs Fabs made a complete mockery of the Derby field at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday. Trainer Arjun

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Feb

27

Outstation challengers dwarf local stock

Come Saturday and an amazing line-up of thoroughbreds will face the starter for Calcutta’s richest Derby Stakes ever. The winner’s

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Feb

21

Upsets Galore At Calcutta Racecourse

There were upsets galore at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday as favourites fell like ninepins. Despite this, jockey Christopher Alford (whose

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Feb

18

Right Again was too good

The six-event mid-week card turned out to be quite lucrative for punters at the end of the day.  Three of the races were claimed by

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Feb

15

Grand Madame Superior To The ‘Girls’

Often referred to as the Ladies Derby, The Calcutta Oaks, run on Sunday produced an expected winner in the form of Grand Madame. The bay filly by

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Feb

11

C.Alford 'Afforce' to Reckon with

Jockey Christopher Alford rode another five winners at the Calcutta racecourse on Wednesday. The quintet which were first past the winning post

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Feb

07

MAM Team Have a Noble View

Suave jockey A. Imran Khan pulled off a stunning hat-trick at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday while riding for the stable of Daniel David in

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Feb

04

Handicapper Stole The Show

With as many as five close finishes in a card of eight events, it would be fair to say that the handicapper stole the show at the mid-week

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Feb

01

Safari pegs back Grand Madame to bag 1000 Guineas

A star-studded Calcutta 1000 Guineas field produced a nail-biting finish on Sunday. Jockey Suraj Narredu atop the Darius Byramji-trained filly

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Jan

24

Christopher Alford 'Hits' the Jackpot

It would be fair to say that Saturday belonged to jockey Christopher Alford. This centre's leading jockey produced a scintillating performance

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Jan

18

Vijay Singh records facile quadruple

Trainer Vijay Singh was in his element at the Calcutta racecourse on Sunday. The centre's leading schooler registered a facile quadruple of

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Jan

17

Superb treble for Christopher Alford

Ace jockey Christopher Alford completed a spectacular treble at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday when he rode top-weight Elusive Study to a

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Jan

11

Fillies Enjoy Lung-Openers Before Early Classics

Kolkata: Sunday turned out to be a 'Ladies Day' at the Calcutta racecourse. Four classy four-year-old fillies occupied the winner's

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Jan

01

Trebles For Vijay, Neeraj

The New Year's Day races at the Calcutta racecourse turned out to be a grand success. A large gathering witnessed some excellent racing

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Dec

31

Thunder Of Hooves return to RCTC

After a break of nearly two long months, during which time racing came to a standstill at this centre, the thunder of hooves return on New

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Dec

29

Nicola Brings The Curtain Down

Before our series on Super Dams draws to an end, it would be proper to make a few relevant and pertinent points about the breeding

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Dec

22

Calcutta Derby on March 1

The Royal Calcutta Turf Club confirmed that the Calcutta Winter Season will kick off on New Year's Day — traditionally the day when

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Dec

16

Dusty Was A 'Champion' Dam

The late seventies saw the advent of a great broodmare Dusty. She won a race in England before going on to produce eight winners here. In

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Dec

09

Celandine Produced A Special Set of Siblings

We continue with our list of non-performing mares who went on to become superlative dams. Celandine was one such dam who did not even race

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Dec

04

The Powerful Charenzaccio Line

The last few dams we have dealt with produced champions without themselves performing notably on the track. The two broodmares Charenzaccio and

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Dec

02

Horses Looking Good at Kolkata

After two days of trotting and rolling their charges, most trainers and officials at this centre are hopeful that the winter meeting at Calcutta

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Nov

29

Bharath Singh To Return

It is reliably learnt that Robin Corner will be switching portfolios. After being a trainer here for more than three years, Corner will be acting

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Nov

28

Unraced Dam with 'Astonish-ing' Progeny

It is a fact that progeny and performance are two unrelated entities. We saw in the case of   Purita and her dam Pashmina, that they

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Nov

27

RCTC Remain Upbeat

Despite a delayed start to the Calcutta Winter Meeting due to over half the stable strength being affected by Pyrexia of an Unknown Origin (POU),

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Nov

26

Purita Produced The Best

She was no great shakes herself but she produced a colt which shook the Indian turf like none before him. She came at a time when the Indian

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Nov

21

Hennessy produced a surprise package

The mare Hennessy will be remembered for two reasons. Firstly, because she produced a brilliant Indian Derby winner in the form of Sir Bruce and

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Nov

19

Fire Haven was a beauty

The late seventies saw a flood of top-class fillies and mares. So much so that veteran trainer Uttam Singh of western India was branded as the

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Nov

17

RCTC lends a Helping Hand to Owners

The Stewards of RCTC, in an effort to alleviate some of the difficulties being faced by owners having horses stationed in Calcutta, have decided

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Nov

15

Some Mares and Dams Who Were the Joy of Punters

This is the first a series of articles by Epsom Ace to rekindle the good times of the eighties — a period termed by many as the renaissance

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Nov

12

Things are looking up at RCTC

The general health of the thoroughbreds stabled at the Royal Calcutta Turf Club seems to have improved marginally over the past week.

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Nov

06

Stewards Optimistic for Mid December Start

Despite the Hastings stables being hard hit by a mysterious viral fever, the Stewards of RCTC are optimistic that they can get things in order and

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Nov

04

Winter meet may commence in mid-December

The Calcutta winter meeting has received a serious jolt as the season is likely to commence in mid-December, more than a month after the scheduled

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Nov

03

Movement at Hastings Suspended

Official sources confirmed on Sunday after the emergency Stewards meeting, that the situation at RCTC is grim but not out of control. About thirty

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Nov

02

Horses under 'EI' cloud

It is reliably learnt that several horses at Hastings Stables are suffering from high fever. They are being monitored round the clock to determine

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Oct

24

Ascriptive Capped a Season of Amazing Winners

The Calcutta Monsoon racing season which concluded last week, turned out to be one of the most memorable ones in recent times. A string of winners

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Oct

18

Echoes of Light sends shockwaves

Darius Byramji-trained Echoes of Light was ridden to an effortless victory in the Monsoon Cup by champion jockey Christopher Alford on Saturday,

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Oct

15

Alford Overshadowed by Apprentice Mahesh

Champion jockey Christopher Alford rode a brilliant finish atop Aromatique to land the spoils in the Retort Handicap on Wednesday while apprentice

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Oct

10

RCTC Decided to Cancel Saturday Races

The Stewards, Royal Calcutta Turf Club in exercise of their powers under the RCTC Rules of Racing have decided to cancel Nineteenth Day of the

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Oct

01

Sieze The Night Halts Slide of Favs

Three favourites crashed in the first three races at the Calcutta racecourse on Wednesday and punters were left wondering whether they were in for

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Sep

24

Fighting Star Toys With The Opposition

The Bangalore challenger Fighting Star made a complete mockery of the Prudential Cup field at the Calcutta races on Wednesday as he made every

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Sep

20

Prakash's 'Bountiful Talent' ensures David double

Jockey B Prakash rode a gem of a race astride the grey Bountiful Talent to lift the Colts Trial Stakes from Lycia Falcon while the favourite Agios

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Sep

17

Jodha Waves a Magic Wand as Midnight Coup Pegs Back Coco Chanel

With two-thirds of the Calcutta monsoon racing season behind us, it would be fair to say that the meet has well and truly warmed up to the punter.

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Sep

13

Superb'Safari' mauls the opposition

In an amazing display of supremacy, Darius Byramji-trained Safari made a mockery of her seven rivals as she lifted the Calcutta Fillies Trial

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Sep

03

Steal the Glory puts his best foot forward

Daniel David-trained Steal The Glory lived up to his name with an excellent display of sprinting ability when he lifted the Gamble For Love Cup at

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Aug

27

Apprentices Continue to Rule the Roost

A heavy downpour after the fifth race on Wednesday resulted in the last two races being considerably delayed. Adding to the unwanted time lapse

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Aug

21

Shock Win for Storming Success

Thursday’s Kolkata races produced a couple of baffling results and a few good ones as well. The debacle of Earl of Warwick at the hands of

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Aug

16

Vijay Singh Had The Last Laugh

Trainer Vijay Singh had the last laugh when his Elusive Study won the Wiseman Cup in a dramatic three-horse finish that the colt could just as

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Aug

14

Amandeep, Alford shared the riding honours

Heavy showers on Tuesday night left the monsson track on the heavier side. That did not however deter public choices from romping home in most of

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Aug

06

Apprentice Sameer Steals the Show as Appu’s Mounts Flop

An awe-inspiring performance by young Delhi-based apprentice Sameer Khan left punters in a trance at the Calcutta racecourse on Wednesday.

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Jul

31

Pesi notches up his first win

Last Wednesday’s Calcutta races saw  three runners coming good at high odds. These  were Italian Glory, Man About Town and

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Jul

26

It was 'A' for action on Saturday

Saturday belonged to trainer Arti Doctor and her retained rider Ashish. The duo notched up a popular treble at Calcutta racecourse. Their winners

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Jul

19

Brace for trainer Bath and jockey Afzal Khan

The third day of the Calcutta Monsoon meet on Saturday turned out to be quite a thrilling one for punters and professionals alike. The compact six

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Jul

16

Rajinder Steals the Show

With three firm favourites obliging in a card of seven events on Wednesday, punters by and large returned home a happy lot. Of this winning trio

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Jul

12

Class told on opening day

The opening day of the Calcutta Monsoon Racing season on Friday vindicated the age old adage that ‘class always tell’. Aided by a

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Jul

09

Grey Gaston transformed the Indian breeding industry

That brings us to the last of the seven stallions which changed the face of the Indian racing industry in the eighties and nineties. His name was

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Jul

07

The Saga of the Magnificent Seven

A rare grey stallion, Sovereign Silver completed the Poonawalla trilogy. Sired by Sovereign Path out of Silver Talisman, Sovereign Silver was

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Jul

07

RCTC Geared up for Monsoon Season

With the Monsoon Racing Season of 2008 scheduled to kick off on Thursday, July 10, the Stewards of  RCTC have left no stone unturned in their

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Jun

22

Ilheus, the best of Dashmesh

In the post-Rock of Gibraltar era, the country could boast of a dozen or more super stallions, but none could quite produce stayers like him

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Jun

21

Riyahi, the second of the Poonawalla trilogy

The Poonawalla Stud farms were well and truly revolutionising the breeding industry in the country in the eighties. Their trio on stallions

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Jun

13

another of 'The Magnificent Seven'

Continuing our series of the seven sires who called the shots in the eighties and nineties, we look at another of 'The Magnificent Seven'.

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Jun

03

The Magnificent Seven

This is a series of seven stallions that dominated the eighties and nineties.Their progeny was dreaded by all their rivals and they dominated the

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May

21

Resurrection of RCTC — A Reality Now

The Calcutta racecourse has been one of the landmarks of this metropolis for nearly two centuries. Leased by the army to the Royal Calcutta Turf

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May

03

Blood Always Tells on the Race Track

All racehorses that take part in flat racing around the country are thoroughbreds who have bloodlines that can be tracked back to their foundation

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Apr

11

Vijay Singh and Christopher Alford are champs

The Calcutta winter meet drew to a close on Friday with plenty of action all round. It was a foregone conclusion that  trainer Vijay Singh

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Apr

04

Fort Knox Stands Rigid

Heavy overnight rain made inspection of the track a necessity prior to the start of the races at RCTC on Friday. The track proved to be in

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Apr

03

Amazing Sea Legend wins the The Donegal cup

The nine-year-old gelding Sea Legend showed an amazing zest for racing as he raised a great gallop in the final furlong to peg back the runaway

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Mar

29

Gallant Commander Guns Down Rivals

Despite the brevity of the card on Saturday, there was no dearth of thrills at the RCTC. A major upset in the day's feature, a jockey

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Mar

26

The Handicapper Takes the Honours

Wednesday belonged to the handicapper. There can be no doubt about that. There were as many as six close finishes in the card of eight events.

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Mar

19

Rank outsiders burn punter's pockets

In an amazing afternoon at RCTC last Wednesday, all eight public choices took a dive to leave punters high and dry. In fact, barring second

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Mar

17

Afforce Adds One more Feather to His Cap

Jockey Christopher Alford rode a superb finish atop the on-money public choice Afforce in the race for the Elusive Pimpernel Cup at RCTC last

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Mar

10

Aristotle’s class has the last word

On a warm sunny afternoon, the Calcutta races got off to an eventful start on Saturday with the Stipendiary Stewards coming down heavily on

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Feb

28

Fort Knox Lived up to His Name

The honours on, Thursday afternoon were shared by three trainers who recorded a brace each. They were Bath, Imtiaz Sait and Javed Khan. Sait

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Feb

23

Punters Take A Fierce Drubbing

Last Saturday is one that local turfites would like to forget in a hurry. Rank outsiders ruled the roost in five of eight events and even the

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Feb

17

Lycia Falcon Obliterates Opposition

Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Rutherford Alford (Richard's son) saddled the first winner of his career at Calcutta last Saturday.

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Feb

10

Azureus Lifts Queen's Cup in Style

A light drizzle prior to the big race of the afternoon on Saturday had little effect on the course favourite Azureus as the Vijay Singh ward

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Feb

02

Priapus Edges out Hugo, Bags Mayor's Cup

A welcome change in the weather, and the lure of concurrent inter-state betting on Mumbai's races (this being their Derby week-end), saw local

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Jan

30

Entrepreneur Lifts Bahrain Trophy in Style

Never count your chickens before they hatch—nowhere does that idiom ring truer than in horse-racing. Those who were speculating that a sunny

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Jan

24

Unstoppable Vijay Notches up a Quartet

Trainer Vijay Singh and his wards have been simply unstoppable of late. On Wednesday, the champion trainer notched up a cup quartet--a rare feat

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Jan

20

Outstation Riders Trigger the Adrenalin Rush

Barring the ever-reliable Christopher Alford who guided two favorites past the post, outstation jockeys by and large called the shots at the RCTC

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Jan

13

Regal Connection Bags Calcutta Derby

A magnificent piece of saddle artistry by champion jockey Christopher Alford fetched the indomitable rider and his trainer Vijay Singh their fifth

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Jan

12

Calcutta Derby Promises Plenty

On the eve of the season's blue riband, The Calcutta Derby Stakes to be run on Sunday, the Royal Calcutta Turf Club is going out of its way to

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Jan

06

Christopher Alford Notches up Fancied Treble

Saturday proved to be a lucrative afternoon at work for champion jockey Christopher Alford, who booted home three winners. After piloting Agnation

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Jan

02

Treble for Vijay Singh

A bumper New Year's Day crowd spent an extraordinary day at the Calcutta racecourse on Tuesday. Traditionally marked as a day, when the city,

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Dec

15

Regal Connection Bags The Calcutta Gold Cup

A brilliant hat-trick by class low-weight rider Neeraj Rawal from western India overshadowed all else at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday.

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Dec

09

O'Donoghue Pays a Memorable Visit

Colm O'Donoghue, the frontline foreign jockey of the Daniel David yard, made it a memorable Saturday for his followers at the Calcutta

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Dec

01

Armaan Khan Steals the Day's Honours

Rookie Armaan Khan stole the day's honours with a narrow victory astride Elegant Road in the Bad Deal Handicap run over seven furlongs.

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Nov

22

RCTC Makes a Fortune in Sales

The six-year-old gelding Sovereign Power and four-year-old Salazaar fetched the highest bids of Rs 5 lakh at the RCTC Breeze-Up sale conducted at

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Apr

16

It Was a 'Regal' Season at Calcutta

The Calcutta winter racing meet, which concluded last Friday, witnessed a definite improvement over earlier seasons on several fronts. The

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Dec

24

Dr MAM Makes History Winning His 500th Classic

Takeover Target won the Razor Sharp Quality handicap, a Listed race, at Randwick Race Course in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday. In a photo finish,

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Nov

16

Hat-trick of Hat-tricks for Christopher Alford

The impending cyclone gave the city a miss, but nonetheless, brought with it a chill in the air and a light drizzle. The Bangalore imports must

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Nov

12

Steal The Glory Throws down the Gauntlet

With two monsoon classics under his belt, Daniel David-trained Steal The Glory was expected to win the Octagonal Cup at the Calcutta racecourse

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Nov

06

Treble for Christopher Alford

The opening day saw the centre's leading jockey Christopher Alford scripting a fine treble and Javed Khan notching up a double. However,

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Nov

01

Kolkata Gears up for Winter Thrills

It's show time, folks! The curtain goes up on the Kolkata winter season on Sunday and thereafter, it will be five-and-half months of thrills

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Dec

03

Caribbean Queen wins a thriller

It was a Saturday afternoon at the Calcutta racecourse that belonged entirely to Trevor Patel – not because he notched up four winners, but

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Dec

04

Rip Van Winkle romps home

  Rashid Byramji-trained Rip Van Winkle (Gaswar-Minetta) made every post a winning one in the mile race for the Hyderabad Race Club

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Dec

09

Bharath, Trevor Going Great Guns

There was not a moment of boredom during the longdrawn card of nine races on Friday. Quite a few of the races had their moment of thrill and

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Dec

10

Dandified Warms up for Derby

Those present at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday were privileged to witness one of the finest thoroughbreds in the country today. His name is

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Jan

01

Hall Of Glory, a Winner at Every Post

The stage was set for a New Year’s Day to remember and everybody rose to the occasion to make it a great afternoon – not the least our

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Jan

09

Fab Four Target Calcutta Derby

The cash-rich Eveready Calcutta Derby Stakes has attracted eight runners. More importantly for RCTC, the chilly weather coupled with a glamorous

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Jan

10

Bruckner Leaves the Field Standing

It was a day to remember at the Calcutta racecourse on Sunday as Pesi Shroff-trained Bruckner strolled into the Derby archives at this centre in

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Dec

16

Dandified Faces the Litmus Test

The centre’s most promising three-year-old colt, Dandified, will for the first time in his short career be crossing swords with some

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Dec

17

Dandified mocks Calcutta Gold Cup field

Trainer Vijay Singh may be indisposed but his prized colt Dandified and trusted knight Christopher Alford could not have given him a better

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Dec

20

Raznandan Was Cleverly Handled

There were no serious hitches during the long-drawn card of nine races though the general opinion was that the feature could have been a cup event

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Dec

24

In The Spotlight Makes it a One-Horse Oaks

The chill in the air on Christmas Eve seemed to add pep to the performance of the wonder-filly In The Spotlight (Alnasr Alwasheek-Radiate) as

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Jan

01

Silverina Staves off Snowscape

The New Year’s Day races at Calcutta lived up to expectations and enthralled the large gathering of 20,000 odd well attired visitors.

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Feb

23

Impressive Wish Meets with ‘Success’

A high-priced double for Vikash Jaiswal was the highlight of an afternoon which proved to be a mixed bag for punters. The main event, The Starry

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Jan

06

‘Battle Of Sexes’ for season’s plum

The stage is set for a battle royale as two of the finest four-year-olds take to the Calcutta track on Sunday to establish who is the ‘First

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Jan

07

EVEREADY CALCUTTA DERBY GR.1

Nothing divides Calcutta more equally, right down the Chowringhee as it were, than Mohan Bagan and East Bengal; or, rosgollas and sandesh; or,

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Jan

07

Doubles for Arti and Vijay

It was mixed fortunes for turfites at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday. Three rank outsiders, a second favourite, a ‘Social’ gamble

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Jan

08

Wet blanket on Calcutta Derby

After all the build-up that the Eveready Calcutta Derby Stakes received, with the prospect of one of the greatest match races between the filly In

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Jan

14

Tender Romance Scrapes Home

After a week of drab weather, it was warm sunshine at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday. The track was running true but false rails were

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Jan

15

In The Spotlight Pockets Derby with Ease

A large gathering of over 17,000 spectators witnessed one of the finest fillies to grace the Calcutta turf as she pocketed the Eveready Calcutta

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Jan

21

Snowscape Uncorks a Champagne Performance

Trainer Vijay Singh’s Snowscape (China Visit-Snow Tiger) proved that he is a champion in the making with a scintillating performance to lift

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Jan

23

Dandified is Back in Business

A warm, vibrant afternoon at the Calcutta racecourse witnessed a largely partisan crowd egging on the 60 paise public choice Dandified to a

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Jan

31

Star Symphony Hits a Winning Note

It was a Tuesday afternoon at the Calcutta racecourse that most punters would care to forget. It started and ended disastrously for the majority,

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Feb

02

Abriella pips Work Force in Thrilling Finish

It was an afternoon of edge-of-the-seat drama at the Calcutta racecourse on Thursday as there were as many as five electrifying finishes much to

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Jan

13

Bruckner Wins the Kolkata Derby Going Away

It was a day reminiscent of what one would call ‘glory days’ at the Kolkata Racecourse on Sunday. The feature in the trophy-studded

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Jan

22

Ikaria Wins in Final Stride

Trainer Vinayak lifted the Calcutta Champions Sprint Trophy with Ikaria which turned out to be his ‘doosra’. The favourite from his

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Jan

23

Echoes Of Light Smashes Course Rrecord

Saturday afternoon belonged to Darius Byramji and Echoes Of Light as they pummelled the Indian Champion Cup field in dramatic fashion and in the

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Jan

27

Hattrick for C. Alford

Though it was a brief card of six races, racing as such was pretty competitive as no runner won at cramped odds. Even the favourite for the

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Jan

29

Arkhos Scripts A Fine Win

Friday afternoon belonged to jockey A Imran Khan who recorded a superb treble astride Burst Of Speed, Island Warrior and Fly For Sure. While the

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Jan

30

Castle Queen Reigns Supreme

There was no stopping Castle Queen at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday as the crack sprinter by Placerville out of Castle Park made mincemeat

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Feb

03

Star Luxurious Shines Bright

It was mixed fortunes for punters at Calcutta’s mid-week races. While the eight-event card had its sprinkling of outsiders, fancied runners

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Feb

17

Anastasia Makes ‘Everybody’ Dance to Her Tune

It was an eventful mid-week afternoon at the Kolkata racecourse. Overnight rain had left the track on the softer side and timings of the races

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Feb

20

Outsiders Crush Punters

Not a single favourite obliged in a card of seven races at the Kolkata racecourse on Saturday. A long string of outsiders without any respite left

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Feb

27

Gutsy Aemilia Lifts St Leger

Despite only three in the field for the Calcutta St Leger, The 2,800 metres marathon classic turned out to be quite a closely contested thriller.

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Mar

03

Burst of Speed Mocks the Field

The weather has changed for the worse as we enter the final third of the cold-weather meet. Both turfites and thoroughbreds may find the heat a

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Mar

10

Corazon and Pintu Take All by Surprise

Despite a brief card of six races, there was no dearth of thrills at the Calcutta racecourse on Wednesday. The trio who stole the thunder were the

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Mar

13

C. Alford Throws A Certain Race

There was high drama at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday as favourites fell like dominoes. Holding centre-stage for all the wrong reasons was

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Mar

20

A Script that Doused Fire Within

There’s no substitute for class, goes the age old adage and that was proved beyond any reasonable doubt at the Calcutta racecourse on

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Mar

24

Fancied Runners Bring Joy

It was by far the most joyous day in the season for punters on Wednesday as fancied runners found the winning post with amazing regularity. The

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Mar

27

Rising Hero Tears up the Form Book

Picking a winner in a three-horse field may not be as easy as it looks. There have been innumerable cases of the odd one out pulling it off over

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Mar

31

Ascriptive’s Encore Was on the Cards

Despite the humidity in the air, punters who made a beeline for the racecourse were not disappointed as several fancied runners obliged their

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Feb

11

Royal Blue Star outstays Raznandan in the home run

It was an enjoyable afternoon of racing  at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday – both on and off the track. Apart from the

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Apr

01

Good Double for A Imran Khan

It was a hot and sultry afternoon in Calcutta on Thursday, but that did not stop Arti Doctor-trained Thundering Hooves romping home a clear winner

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Apr

08

Outsiders Rattle Punters

Unfancied runners made it a star-to-finish affair at the Calcutta racecourse on Thursday and burnt large holes in punters’ pockets. Coupled

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Apr

09

David Quartet Puts Him in Lead

The goldie-brown colours of Dr MAM Ramaswamy swept aside all opposition on Friday as his trainer Daniel David recorded a superb quartet to take

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Feb

14

Lucrative hat-trick for Parmar

The lengthy nine-event card on Tuesday produced its fair share of outsiders and favourites. One of the salient features of the afternoon was a

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Feb

18

Snowscape proves his Million-rupee worth

An action-packed afternoon of racing at Calcutta provided punters and visitors with thrills galore as a fair blend of favourites and high-priced

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Feb

21

Aerator, Neeraj ‘hurt’ the public 'feeling'

It was yet another afternoon of mixed fortunes for Calcutta punters as a trio of high-priced runners, a couple of second choices and an equal

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Feb

25

Royal Blue Star wins without fuss

As was expected from Saturday’s competitive card of eight races, barring the two major events of the day – The St Leger and The Acorn

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Mar

01

Arti’s Treble brought a Welcome Smile

The first day of March provided Arti Doctor with a fabulous high-priced treble that commenced with Apple Candy and ended with Daddy Cool –

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Mar

07

Bharath-Trevor combo seal treble with Sokudo

Despite a card-sans-glamour, there were thrills galore at the Calcutta racecourse on Wednesday as hard-fought races were the order of the day. Due

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Mar

10

Amouresque Pegs Back El Tropico in a Thriller

There was no dearth of season-end surprises at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday. Nevertheless, racing was enjoyable as the pairings of Arti

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Mar

14

Bharath-Trevor dazzle with Star Symphohy

The mid-week races were dominated by veteran trainer Bharath Singh and his young knight of the pigskin Trevor Patel. The duo combined fruitfully

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Mar

17

Work Force cashes in on his form

  Saturday afternoon’s races proved to be thoroughly entertaining and had a variety to offer to all kinds of visitors –

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Mar

21

Raznandan helps Chisty score A Treble

You just can’t keep the Alfords out of the news on the Calcutta racetrack. So what if Christopher was indisposed and conspicuous by his

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Mar

24

River Star lifts Diabolical Trophy

Those who were present at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday must have got more than what they bargained for. A well-backed double of Shailesh

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Mar

28

Gods Creation, Social Network Make Amends

The penultimate day of the season at the Calcutta racecourse was well and truly the handicapper’s day out. Close finishes were the order of

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Mar

31

Mohit Singh steals the show on final day

On an eventful final afternoon of racing at the Calcutta racecourse, jockey Mohit Singh completed a grand treble while the whipless Trevor Patel

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Apr

04

Fillies were very much ‘In The Spotlight’

It was a marathon season which commenced barely ten days after the monsoon meet and worked its way through the autumn, Christmas, winter, spring

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Jul

08

Monsoon Meet Promises Competitive Racing

The Monsoon racing meet is all set to kick off on Tuesday as scheduled. Apprehensions about the initial lack of entries were unfounded as the

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Jul

10

Ocean Legacy Completes a RKW Treble

The colours of RK Wadhawan and Waryam Singh were prominent throughout the opening day’s monsoon races at the Calcutta racecourse on Tuesday.

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Jul

17

Bharath Singh Gets a Clear Mandate

When it comes to the day’s feature, it is always a risk to ignore a Bharath Singh runner at Calcutta. Though so early in the season,

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Jul

24

‘Centurion’ Sreekanth Was a Blazing Spectacle

What an afternoon to remember for jockey B. Sreekanth, the retained rider of racing baron Dr MAM Ramaswamy! The young jockey with a ‘will to

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Jul

31

Bookies taste Solid Success

It proved to be a disastrous day for punters at the Calcutta racecourse on Tuesday. Favourites and fancied three-year-olds failed to make their

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Aug

01

Trevor's Brace Brings Relief For Punters

It was yet another afternoon of woes at the Calcutta racecourse on Wednesday when only a single public choice in the form of Star Symphony

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Aug

07

Jasbir’s Hat-Trick Stole The Show

Trainer Jasbir Singh was in his element at the Calcutta racecourse on Tuesday as he led in a high-priced hat-trick at the cost of well-backed

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Aug

11

Star Empire bursts Vijay Singh’s ‘Bubble’

A five-year-old horse who last won a race in Pune in October 2010 and last ran in Mumbai in April of this year, conceded 11kg to an improving

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Aug

14

Dandified Cruises to Welcome Victory

The Calcutta punters cheered all the way as their dethroned local hero Dandified made a smashing comeback to lift the Tangiers Cup on Tuesday at

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Aug

18

Versatile Snowscape Pockets Sharp Scurry for Juveniles

There is simply no entity to replace ‘class’ – I presume that holds true in all disciplines and not only thoroughbred racing. On

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Aug

22

Sergeant Pepper Outclasses Opposition

Sergeant Pepper may be a name synonymous with the immortal Lennon-McCartney composition of the sixties, but on Wednesday, Calcutta punters will

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Aug

28

Punters ‘Blitz-ed’ by Unfancied Runners

Not unexpectedly, the first day of the two-day racing bonanza for Calcutta punters turned out to be anything but a bonanza for them. In fact,

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Aug

29

It Was Christopher Alford ‘Unleashed’ at Calcutta

It was vintage Christopher Alford at the Calcutta racecourse on Wednesday as he registered a superb hat-trick, commencing with Azorian  (9/4)

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Sep

04

Amaretto, Passion N Flames Defy Penalties in Chisty’s Hands

It was mixed fortunes for punters at the Calcutta racecourse on Tuesday, but by and large, followers of money ended up on the plus side as barring

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Sep

08

Slade Valley, Silverina fetch Bharath a ‘classic’ double

The running of the minor monsoon classics was thankfully not affected by the rain that lashed the city after the sixth race, resulting in the

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Sep

11

Cool Cat Thumps The Opposition

In a dramatic finish to the Richie Rich Cup, the 10/1 shot Cool Cat was superbly piloted by jockey NS Parmar to a thumping victory. The Imtiaz

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Sep

12

Ocean Fairy, Sunny Sue Show Sprinting Prowess

Patrick Quinn’s Ocean Fairy displayed admirable consistency in her manner of running to pull off an expected victory in the Reliable Cup.

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Sep

18

Accurate Assessment Gained The Day

It was an action-packed afternoon at the Calcutta racecourse on Tuesday as trainer Bharath Singh and jockey Shailesh Shinde edged into the lead in

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Sep

22

Dandified Completes Hat-Trick Formalities

The eight-event race card on Saturday produced some edge-of-the-seat finishes but Dandified lifting the Stewards Cup was not one of them. The

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Sep

26

Abriella Romps Home in Style

It was an afternoon to remember for trainer Daniel David and his retained rider Sreekanth. The former led in four winners for his patron-in-chief

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Sep

29

Harish steals The Show With High-Priced Double

It turned out to be a super Saturday for top-weight jockey Harish who notched up a high-priced double with Bayberry (7/1) and Accessor (8/1). The

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Oct

05

Calcutta Monsoon Derby, Gr.3

The Calcutta Monsoon Derby was first run in 1994 making it the 'youngest' of the dozen Derbys that are run in India. Some fairly useful

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Oct

05

Bharath Singh’s Quartet Takes on Snowscape & Angel Child

The Calcutta Monsoon Derby (a Grade III affair) sees a competitive, quality field of seven runners this year and spotting the winner is no easy

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Oct

06

Silverina Pulls Off a Stunning Derby Triumph

The stage was set for one of the most competitive and open Monsoon Derbies in recent years. The weather was pleasant and the track conditions were

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Oct

12

Unleashed Brings Relief As Punters’ Pockets Run Dry

The penultimate day of the Monsoon meet possibly witnessed the most competitive fields, resulting in quite a few outsiders making their way into

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Oct

16

Gutsy Two In One Defies Pain to Bag Feature

The curtain came down on the Calcutta Monsoon Meet of 2012 with a string of favourites biting the dust. However, one well-backed filly who showed

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Oct

20

It Was A Rainy Season With A ‘Silver’ Lining

Every Monsoon meeting throws up a shocker or two, but this year had more than its share of surprises. What with the repeated failures of the

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Oct

26

‘Novel’ Invitation Cup, Eveready Derby Are Season Highlights

The highlight of the Calcutta Cold Weather Season, The Indian Turf Invitation Cup weekend, will be held on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday March 3.

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Oct

28

Mesmerizer Romps Home as Imperial Delight Cries Off

The opening day of the Calcutta Cold Weather Season witnessed a happy band of punters streaming home after the races as they got the better of the

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Nov

04

Parmar Stole The Show With Treble

Though early in the season, racing was by and large form-oriented with punters and satchel-bearers sharing the spoils. The light drizzle had

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Nov

11

Malpensa, Iverness Show Classic Potential

Though quite a few favourites fell by the wayside on Sunday, the two youngsters who were the cynosure of all eyes – Iverness and Malpensa

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Nov

17

Dandified Cruises Home in Style

Barring a superlative performance from Dandified, it was an afternoon that most local punters would like to forget. A string of outsiders left

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Nov

24

Chase The Sun Produces a Sparkling Run

As has been the case several times in the past, trainer Padmanabhan’s judgement was spot on once again. His filly Chase The Sun (Burden Of

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Dec

03

SHAILESH SHINDE NOTCHES UP A QUADRUPLE

It was an afternoon that jockey Shailesh Shinde is unlikely to forget in a hurry. The promising local rider notched up a well-crafted quadruple

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Dec

04

RIVER BLITZ, QUINN AND CULHANE CREATE HISTORY

It was an eventful afternoon at the Calcutta races which saw a record-smashing performance from Patrick Quinn-trained Rilver Blitz (Ikhtyar-Eubee)

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Dec

08

MALPENSA SCORES A SUPERB GUINEAS TRIUMPH

What a race! What a gallop and what a performance! Bharath Singh-trained Malpensa scored a perfect ten in the latter two categories when he lifted

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Dec

15

A HIGH-FIVE FOR P. KAMLESH; FOUR FOR ARTI

Jockey P Kamlesh was at his brilliant best as he powered home five consecutive winners at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday, four of which are

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Dec

18

PUNTERS RIPPED APART BY OUTSIDERS

The weekday races at Calcutta on Tuesday turned out to be an utter disaster for punters as not a single totalisator favourite obliged in a card of

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Dec

20

CALCUTTA OAKS, Gr.3

There was a time when the Derby was traditionally run on the Epsom Downs on the first Wednesday in June. The Oaks was then run after the

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Dec

22

SILVERINA POCKETS CALCUTTA OAKS IN STYLE

It was memorable afternoon for Bharath Singh-trained Silverina (China Visit-Silver Print) and her proud owner Mr Jaydeep Datta Gupta. Her paddock

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Dec

26

DANDIFIED KNOCKS OUT RIVALS ON BOXING DAY

  The chill in the air and festive atmosphere was not amiss during the Boxing Day races, which saw three cup events. The feature event of

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Dec

28

ARKTOUROS – AN OLD WINE IN A NEW BOTTLE

Seven-year-old Arktouros showed that he has not lost any of his zest for racing by lifting the Madras Race Club Cup in great style on Friday.

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Jan

01

SPECTACULAR WIN FOR ADIELLA IN KUNIGAL STUD TROPHY

It was a New Year’s Day that jockey Shailesh Shinde is unlikely to forget in a hurry. The promising riding star of the Calcutta turf has

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Jan

05

CHISTY TURNS ‘SUPER HERO’ WITH LUCRATIVE TREBLE

  It turned out to be a highly profitable Saturday afternoon for jockey Imran Chisty as he piloted a lucrative treble comprising

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Jan

11

EVEREADY CALCUTTA DERBY, Gr.1

Last year, it was the local hero Dandified taking on the invading filly In The Spotlight for honours in this race. The scenario this year is

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Jan

12

EVEREADY CALCUTTA DERBY PROMISES THRILLS AND FRILLS

  The running of the 56th Calcutta Derby promises to be a thrilling affair, what with eight classy runners in the fray for this

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Jan

12

BULLET IS BANG ON TARGET

  The eve of the Calcutta Derby belonged to trainer Patrick Quinn as he pulled off a stunning quadruple with Sreeyantra (3/1) , Blooming

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Jan

13

SNOWSCAPE STUNS RIVALS IN EVEREADY CALCUTTA DERBY

The Eveready Calcutta Derby Stakes has been a high profile ‘must attend’ event for socialites of this city for some time now. With the

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Jan

21

THE INDIAN CHAMPION CUP (GR. I)

Come Wednesday and the Prince of Calcutta, Dandified, will be out to defend his crown in the running of The Indian Champion Cup, the only Grade I

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Jan

22

IVERNESS SINKS RISING POWER

It was a good competitive fare witnessed at the Calcutta racecourse on Tuesday. Virtually every winner, barring a couple, had to work hard before

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Jan

23

TOROLOCO LEAVES HIS VISITING CARD

Trainer Irfan Ghatala’s Toroloco came from Bangalore with a huge reputation to guard against and the five-year-old gelding did not let down

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Jan

29

SALT COMPLETES A BRACE FOR IMRAN CHISTY

  It was a rare afternoon for punters at the Calcutta racecourse as they whipped the satchel boys 6-2, the exceptions being Cognac Dancer

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Jan

30

SUPER MILER DANDIFIED OOZES CONFIDENCE

Quite a few fancied runners were seen in the winner’s enclosure on Wednesday to make it yet another profitable afternoon for punters. The

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Feb

09

PATRICK’S HORIZON STRETCHES TO OCEAN AND BEYOND

What a turnaround it has been for trainer Patrick Quinn over the past couple of seasons. He provided yet another sterling performance on Saturday

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Feb

12

THE FIFTY FIRST INDIAN TURF INVITATION CUP

There is a saying -- "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". For fifty years, the Indian Turf Invitation Cup withstood minor hiccups

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Feb

16

CHASE THE SUN WINS A THRILLER

Steeped in tradition, The Governor’s Cup has always been held in high esteem at this centre. The mile race with ten runners appeared to be a

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Feb

19

ROYAL HONOUR SUBDUES RISING POWER

There were quite a few close finishes during the afternoon but none closer than the Ramkirpal Cup where a mere nose separated the winner Royal

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Feb

23

STAR SYMPHONY TOO GOOD FOR RIVER BLITZ

It was a a fairly memorable afternoon for followers of form at the RCTC on Saturday as several well-backed winners at lucrative odds made their

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Feb

26

INDIAN TURF INVITATION CUP, Gr.1

Those who play bridge will understand if the hand you are dealt with is compared to a pedigree of the horse. Both are indicators of potential.

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Feb

27

OASIS STAR SPRINTERS' CUP, Gr.1

Three horses have won the the Sprinters' Cup, Gr.1 twice but only one of them belonged to the fairer sex and that was the mercurial Oasis Star

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Feb

27

CAN DANDIFIED EMULATE THE ‘COWBOY’?

RCTC is all set to create history on Sunday in more ways than one. This will be the first running of the highly prestigious Indian Turf Invitation

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Feb

28

STAYERS' CUP, Gr.1

The Sprinters' Cup and the Stayers' Cup are traditionally run on the Saturday of the Invitation Cup week-end. The first named race usually

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Feb

28

IRFAN GHATALA’S DUO DRAW BOOKIES’ ATTENTION

Preparations are in full swing at the Royal Calcutta Turf Club for the Indian Turf Invitation week-end. The carnival atmosphere is omnipresent and

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Mar

01

RCTC USHERS IN A NEW INVITATION CUP ERA

The Royal Calcutta Turf Club will be ushering in a new era in the history of the Indian Turf Invitation Cup this weekend. Not will this one be the

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Mar

02

JIMMY’S FORTUNE FAVOURS BRAVE NEFYN

The large gathering at the RCTC was agog with anticipation as the stage was set for the running of two of the finest Grade I races in the country

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Mar

03

TINTINNABULATION CREATES TURF HISTORY AT RCTC

It was the  first Indian Turf Invitation Cup in 54 years where horses who were older than four years were permitted to run,  but at the

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Mar

03

OLD WARHORSE ARKTOUROS SHOCKS ‘SUPER MILE’ FIELD

There were upsets galore during Sunday afternoon and eight-year-old Arktouros happened to be one of them. The Vijay Singh-trained ward who was

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Mar

03

SREEKANTH PROVIDES SOLACE TO REGULAR RAILBIRDS

On an afternoon when visitors from all walks of life thronged the stands to get a  glimpse of their favourite thoroughbreds, ‘Lady

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Mar

09

STAR SYMPHONY LIFTS WISEMAN CUP

With six racedays in the season left, trainer Bharath Singh staked his claim for the trainers’ championship by lifting the Wiseman Cup with

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Mar

12

WIN AGAIN MAKES IT A JAVED KHAN-DOUBLE

It was a dramatic Tuesday afternoon’s racing at Calcutta  from the outset with apprentice JK Prasad riding a ‘flawless’

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Mar

16

SILVERINA ‘STAYS’ ON THE CLASSIC PATH WITH LEGER WIN

It was a warm afternoon at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday but the Bharath Singh-trained filly Silverina had no qualms about the weather or

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Mar

19

HILLS OF THE MOON SAW CHISTY AT HIS BEST

It was an afternoon of mixed fortunes for railbirds at the Calcutta racecourse on Tuesday. Though only a single favourite in the form of Bengal

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Mar

23

STAR SYMPHONY USES RIVAL PACEMAKER TO GOOD EFFECT

An appalling result and an even more appalling piece of pace-judgement by two of the centre’s top riding talents. How otherwise can one

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Mar

26

FIREBACK, SREEDHAN COMPLETE QUINN’S CUP-DOUBLE

Trainer Patrick Quinn is assured of the Trainers’ Championship after leading in four winners on Tuesday while his nearest rival (B. Singh)

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Mar

30

CHARLEMAGNE SCRAPES HOME IN A THRILLER

The final afternoon of racing was largely form-oriented, though a few longshots added spice to the proceedings. Despite it being a warm afternoon,

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Apr

04

INVITATION CUP WEEKEND WAS THE SEASON’S HIGHLIGHT

The curtain came down on the five-month long Calcutta Cold Weather season, comprising 34 race-days (featuring 280 races) on Saturday, with an

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Jul

12

BUMPER MONSOON SEASON ON THE CARDS

The Calcutta Monsoon Meeting of 2013 is all set to take off with a bang on Tuesday, July 16. The meet comprises 23 race days and is scheduled to

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Jul

16

BATISTA, CHOUHAN WIN AN ABSOLUTE BLINDER

It was a cracker of an opening day of the rainy season at the Royal Calcutta Turf Club on Tuesday. The afternoon had it all from tears of

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Jul

24

RISING POWER SLAMS OPPOSITION

It was an afternoon of mixed fortunes for punters at RCTC on Wednesday. While popular jockey Christopher Alford registered a well-backed double, a

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May

05

INDIA’S STATUS IN INTERNATIONAL RACING UNDERLINED

Jockey David Badel has been suspended recently by the Emirates Racing Association in Dubai. Wrangles over reciprocity, intervention of men like

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Jul

30

POLES APART LIVES UP TO HIS NAME

An eventful afternoon of racing saw Christopher Alford notching up a double in the last two races of the day with Ace Elegance and Anassa –

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Jul

31

SHERSHAH OUTPACES RIVALS IN HOME STRETCH

It was a mid-week afternoon at Calcutta that most punters would prefer to forget. Barring the curtain-raiser, favourites took a back-seat in the

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Aug

03

DANDIFIED, C.ALFORD MOCK RIVALS

Mr Deepak Khaitan’s prized possession Dandified (Rebuttal-Dandoona) returned to winning ways by ‘strolling’ to victory in the

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Aug

06

SALT LEAVES RIVALS STANDING

Trainer Daniel David shot to the top of the ‘trainers’ championship table’ with a smashing quadruple on Tuesday. His trusted

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Aug

14

MALPENSA FREEZES SNOW PRINCESS

Two purposeful pieces of horsemanship by winter champion Shailesh Shinde ensured a brace for him while the man who got the rough end of the stick

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Aug

17

CUP TREBLE FOR VIJAY SINGH

They say that you can’t keep a good man down! So it was for veteran trainer Vijay Singh who had been passing through a lean spell recently.

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Aug

21

AERATOR CALLS THE SHOTS FROM THE OUTSET

Jockey Christopher Alford and his mount Aerator stole the show on a murky Wednesday as the five-year-old gelding cleverly controlled the pace of

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Aug

24

THIRD TREBLE ON THE TROT FOR C.ALFORD

Jockey Christopher Alford means business! After a luke warm winter campaign where he lost the championship mantle to Shailesh Shinde, Alford is

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Aug

27

STAR EMPIRE MAKES SNOWSCAPE EAT HUMBLE PIE

It was a Tuesday that most Calcutta punters would like to put behind them. Not a single favourite obliged in a card of seven races. That is not to

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Aug

31

DANDIFIED DUMPS RIVALS WITH DISDAIN

It was an afternoon of competitive and interesting racing at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday with punters and bookmakers sharing the spoils.

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Sep

04

WHAT A FEELING SHOWS HIS TRUE COLOURS

Despite a short card of six races, there were thrills galore at the Calcutta racecourse on Wednesday. There was also a sad instance of a runner

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Sep

07

ARGIANO, MARIINSKY TOO GOOD FOR LOCAL LOT

Pesi Shroff-trained Mariinsky (Burden Of Proof-Sabre Dance) proved too good for the local fillies as she displayed spectacular acceleration in the

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Sep

11

SIGNOR SASSI DEFIES PENALTY TO COMPLETE HAT-TRICK

Punters got the rough end of the stick at Calcutta’s mid-week races as most of the public choices nosedived. The running of the Desert Blaze

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Sep

18

ANTARA, ‘SENORITA’ SHARE ANTICIPATOR CUP

For a change, turfites at the Calcutta racecourse were a happy lot as by and large favourites obliged during the afternoon – the exception

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Sep

21

DANDIFIED STRETCHED TO DOWN CROWN RULE

After three wins on the trot this season without raising a sweat, Vijay Singh-trained Dandified (Rebuttal-Dandoona) was stretched to the hilt by

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Sep

25

BULLET AND C.ALFORD SINK RIVER STAR

After an initial jolt, punters by and large returned home a happy lot on Wednesday as three piping hot favourites and two second favourites

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Sep

28

APICAL FINALA COMPLETES PRICEY DOUBLE FOR BHUNGARD

As was expected, the short ‘sweet’ card of six events proved to be a bitter pill for punters to swallow. Barring a couple of fancied

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Oct

03

FINAL ENTRIES SPICE UP CASH-RICH MONSOON DERBY

The stage is set for the 20th running of THE CALCUTTA MONSOON DERBY (2013), now a Grade II race in the Kolkata racing calendar, on

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Oct

05

HEAVY RAIN ENFORCES DERBY POSTPONEMENT

Derby Day at RCTC turned out to be an utter anti-climax as the premier classic had to be postponed to Tuesday due to heavy rain lashing the

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Oct

08

ARGIANO MAKES IT A ‘CLASSIC’ DOUBLE

The red-and-gold colours of Mr Deepak Khaitan were once again prominent on Calcutta Derby Day as they finished one-two. Trainer Vijay

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Oct

09

MALPENSA LIFTS MONSOON CUP

The curtain came down on the fairly short Calcutta Monsoon Season of 22 days with Robert Gowli-trained Malpensa lifting the prestigious Monsoon

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Oct

16

ARGIANO WAS THE “MONSOON MONARCH”

It was a Monsoon Meet to remember for several reasons, one of them being that for the first time in several decades, the Monsoon Derby had to be

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Oct

29

RCTC GOES MARCHING IN

The Calcutta Cold Weather season kicks off on the auspicious All Saints Day of November 1. The Club has several novel features in store for

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Nov

01

SHAKTIROOP, ADIELLA RECORD EFFORTLESS WINS

The opening day of the winter meet at the Calcutta racecourse, on the eve of the ‘festival of lights’, proved to be a boon for punters

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Nov

06

BLUE LIGHTNING LIFTS BAQLAVA CUP

Wednesday afternoon belonged to schooler Vikash Jaiswal at the Calcutta racecourse as he notched up a high-priced treble with Sham Sunder,

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Nov

10

QUINN'S RIVER BLITZ SINKS THE OPPOSITION

After the first two days being held on the monsoon track, the third day of the Calcutta Winter Meeting was conducted on the winter track, but it

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Nov

16

DANDIFIED COMPLETES TREBLE FOR C.ALFORD

Saturday, by and large, proved to be a fruitful afternoon for punters at RCTC as several well-backed runners found the winner’s enclosure.

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Nov

23

A ‘STRIKING’ DIFFERENCE IN CLASS

The first classic of the Calcutta winter season, The Calcutta 1000 Guineas, saw Sulemain Attaollahi’s Striking brush aside her four rivals

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Nov

26

‘ASSASSIN’ CHOUHAN SCORES A POPULAR TREBLE

The weekday races at RCTC proved to be more lucrative for punters than bookmakers as several fancied runners saw the winner’s enclosure. Ace

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Nov

29

PRETTY WOMAN MAKES IT A TREBLE FOR JOHN

Calcutta’s Friday afternoon races turned out to be a graveyard for on-money favourites, though fancied runners at lucrative odds

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Dec

07

CHARLATAN PEGS BACK ADIELLA IN SCRAPPY GUINEAS

It is difficult to recall when last a sixth placed horse lodged an objection at this centre but so upset was jockey B Sreekanth by the manner in

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Dec

10

ANCIENT WONDER LIVES UP TO HIS RATING

It turned out to be a fairly fruitful afternoon for followers of money with only a couple of long shots in a span of eight races. Jockey Trevor

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Dec

14

SNOWDRIFT, NEERAJ MAKE A ‘REGAL CONNECTION’

The Nanoli Stud Calcutta Gold Cup, run over the metric mile, witnessed a thrilling finish as 6/1 shot Snowdrift got the better of seasoned Ocean

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Dec

17

THRILLING ENCORE FOR SERGEANT MAJOR AND SHAILESH

Tuesday afternoon provided a mixed broth for punters as several gambles flourished and some went awry. The main event, the Pearson Surita Memorial

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Dec

21

ARTESIA, C.ALFORD CASH IN ON TREVOR’S ERROR

He obviously knows the Calcutta hairpin better than any of his rivals and on this occasion had done his homework well too. Given half-a-chance, he

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Dec

26

DANDIFIED WINS EASIER THAN VERDICT

He was expected to lift the Army Cup but the manner in which he completed the job left one wondering whether he would have any peers in the

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Jan

01

MEET THE LEGEND BAGS KUNIGAL STUD PRODUCE STAKES

It is often said that New Year’s Day in the City Of Joy begins at the racecourse. It is the day when the who’s who of the city get

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Jan

04

ABARTH COMPLETES A TREBLE FOR VIKASH JAISWAL

It was a Saturday afternoon that most local punters would like to forget as half the card of eight races saw outsiders fill the

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Jan

10

EVEREADY CALCUTTA DERBY, GR.1

There is no big race in India that has been won by Mr. Deepak Khaitan as often as the Calcutta Derby. 17 renewals have seen horses carrying

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Jan

11

EVEREADY DERBY – MUST-ATTEND FOR TURFITES, SOCIALITES!

The 57th running Calcutta Derby promises to be a thrilling affair, what with ten classy runners in the fray for this mile-and-half classic –

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Jan

11

DANDIFIED GETS THE MEASURE OF BULLET

Amazing five-year-old Dandified, from the stable of Vijay Singh, pocketed the Champions’ Sprint Trophy on Saturday by getting the

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Jan

12

AMAZING SNOWDRIFT CREATES A SENSE OF DÉJÀ VU

The Eveready Calcutta Derby Stakes has been a high profile ‘must attend’ event for socialites of this city for some time now. With the

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Jan

12

DESERVING VISIT BAGS ALOKANANDA STAKES IN STYLE

The supporting event to the Eveready Calcutta Derby was the Alokananda Stakes restricted to three-year-old fillies. The 6/4 favourite Deserving

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Jan

18

SERGEANT MAJOR CONTINUES TO DEFY PENALTY

By and large, punters took a beating at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday as favourites fell by the wayside. The feature event of the

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Jan

23

RECORD-TIMER O & B SEALS QUINN-SURAJ TREBLE

Trainer Patrick Quinn and his compatible jockey Suraj Narredu were simply unstoppable at the Calcutta racecourse on Thursday as the duo combined

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Jan

28

ADEMARO LIFTS REPUBLIC CUP WITH EASE

Trainer Vijay Singh’s Ademaro proved once again that he relishes the mile-and-quarter trip as he made every post of the Republic Cup a

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Jan

29

GENTLE KNOWLEDGE HAS A POWERFUL THRUST

Despite a short card of seven events, the mid-week Calcutta races had its moments. In a way, the afternoon belonged to the Alford family and

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Feb

08

CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS SHOWS HIS STAYING ABILITY

The running of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday proved to be a graveyard for punters as quite a few fancied

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Feb

11

SCARTELLA SEALS VIJAY SINGH, C. ALFORD TREBLES

Tuesday afternoon belonged to trainer Vijay Singh and jockey Christopher Alford as they both recorded trebles. The successful duo combined on two

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Feb

15

SUNSHINE GIRL STEALS THE ‘THUNDER’ AND THE ‘MILLION’

Punters by and large returned a happy lot on Saturday as several well-backed totalisator favourites obliged at lucrative odds. The weather was

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Feb

18

BERLUSCONI KEEPS HIS DATE WITH THE GOVERNOR

An entertaining afternoon of racing saw six of seven pubic choices bite the dust, which is not to say that form was cast aside. In fact, quite the

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Feb

22

DOUGHTY DANDIFIED TOO STRONG FOR RIVALS

It was mixed fortunes for punters at the RCTC on Saturday as the first three races saw long shots occupy the winner’s berth while

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Feb

25

ANTARA RUBBISHES ‘COLOURS’ EXCLUSIVITY

Arti Doctor’s Antara played the ‘handicap’ card under some forceful horsemanship by Shrikant Kamble to land the spoils in the

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Mar

07

ANDREUS LIFTS DELHI RACE CLUB CUP

Three firm favourites obliged punters in a card of seven races at the Calcutta racecourse on Friday. Among them was Vijay Singh-trained Andreus

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Mar

09

ARTESIA SHOWS HER STAYING LINE

Manvendra Singh-trained Artesia cantered to an effortless victory in the Calcutta St Leger. The short-priced filly by Multidimensional out of

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Mar

11

AVIETTE MAKES IT START-TO-FINISH

It was ‘Punters Day’ at the Calcutta racecourse on Tuesday as all seven first favourites obliged - a rare occurrence indeed at this

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Mar

15

ASTAIRE HELPS SHEZAD TO A TREBLE

It was basically a form-oriented afternoon at RCTC with a rather fine accent on ‘money-flow’ – after all, we are at the fag end

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Mar

19

ADABELLA MADE TO EARN HER VICTORY

The compact card of seven events was ruled by horses with long odds at the Calcutta mid-week races. However, the main event, The Bangalore Turf

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Mar

22

ARKTOUROS AND C. ALFORD PULL OFF AN AMAZING WIN

Surprisingly neglected in the ring and available at 5/1, nine-year-old Arktouros and his long time ‘friend’ Christopher Alford showed

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Mar

26

RODRIGUES ‘RISES ABOVE’ RIVALS WITH ‘ROYAL HONOUR’

Trainer Farley Rodrigues, who was hospitalised a few days ago with a cardiac ailment, made a formidable impact on the track despite being absent.

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Mar

29

QUINN’S NOBLE AND NICE STUNS SHAKTIROOP

The final afternoon of racing was one where equine power was interlaced with art and culture, as all the events were sponsored by art connoisseur

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Apr

02

SNOWDRIFT CREATED A SENSE OF DÉJÀ VU FOR TURFITES

The RCTC Calcutta Cold Weather Season which ended on Saturday proved to be a highly successful one in every-which way you look at it –

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Jul

10

MONSOON MEET SET TO KICK-OFF WITH A BANG

If the punters in the soccer-crazy ‘City of Joy’ were stunned into pin-drop silence (like the rest of the world) by the utter

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Jul

15

ASSASSIN SLAYS THEM ALL

A heavy shower just before the start of the first race left the monsoon track sluggish, but it did not stop trainer Patrick Quinn and outstation

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Jul

22

JAISWAL-CHISTY COMBO NOTCH UP A TREBLE

It was a lucrative afternoon for punters at the Calcutta racecourse on Tuesday as fancied runners ruled the roost for most part. Jockey Imran

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Jul

28

STILING VEIL LIFTS HOKAIDO CUP

A fascinating afternoon of racing would have ended disastrously for punters had not the last two favourites obliged in a card of seven events.

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Aug

03

DANDIFIED AMAZES FANS AND FOES ALIKE

Despite a heavy shower before the start of proceedings, it proved to be a ‘Beautiful Sunday’ (remember Daniel Boone’s 1972

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Aug

06

ASTAIRE PUTS HIS BEST FOOT FORWARD

Bhartah Singh-trained Astaire (Burden Of Proof-Rhapsody In Blue) lifted the Thrifty Allan Cup, but only after jockey Trevor Patel had tapped into

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Aug

13

PUNTERS PUMMELLED BY ON-MONEY DEBACLES

Calcutta’s mid-week races proved to be utterly disastrous for punters as all seven favourites took a back seat during the afternoon. Ace

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Aug

16

SANTOS COMPLETES A TREBLE FOR BHARATH SINGH

The outsider of five, Bharath Singh-schooled Santos (Burden Of Proof-Flamingo Fan), bagged the Calcutta Juvenile sprint on Saturday after jockey

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Aug

20

ANDREUS AND SHINDE LIFT GUMAAN CUP

Barring two clear favourites (Style Dan and Andreus) who won with a certain degree of authority, punters were kept on tenterhooks for the rest of

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Aug

23

CLASSY ARTESIA MOCKS THE FIELD

Manvendra Singh-trained Artesia proved that she is no mean customer as the winner of the Oaks and Leger left the field standing in the mile race

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Aug

27

‘SMART HUNTER’ MAHESH PULLS OFF A LAST-STRIDE WIN

Contrary to expectations,  after a sedate start which saw Conquerable and C.Alford oblige their backers, it was thrills galore at the

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Aug

30

MULTIMAGIC SCRAPES HOME IN A BLANKET FINISH

The eight-event card on Saturday saw a fairly happy mixture of favourites and long shots, with the shortest-priced fancied runner of the afternoon

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Sep

03

MALPENSA AND TREVOR ROMP HOME

It turned out to be a fairly good afternoon for followers of money at the Calcutta mid-week races as six first favourites obliged in a card of

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Sep

06

FREE ENERGY FLOORS FOLLOWERS OF VIJAY-ALFORD COMBO

The Vijay Singh tea-party was very much on the cards but very few expected the gate-crasher to be from his very own yard. It would be wrong to say

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Sep

10

SHAKTIROOP ENSURES DOUBLE FOR SHRIKANT KAMBLE

Trainer Arti Doctor’s Shaktiroop (Noverre-Ridiyza/Sohna Stud) made a start-to-finish affair of the seven-furlong race for the AQ Qidwai Cup

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Sep

13

ARTESIA LIFTS ALTERNATOR CUP DESPITE HEAVY RAIN

It was mixed fortunes for punters at Saturday’s Calcutta races as the heavens opened up after the second race and some of the events were

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Sep

17

ASSASSIN PUTS RIVALS TO THE SWORD

The mid-week afternoon at the Calcutta racecourse started ominously for a couple of professionals but followers of Assassin (Juniper-Midsummer

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Sep

20

BULLET SHOOTS DOWN FANCIED RIVALS

Heavy showers during the entire Saturday afternoon ensured poor visibility and an average penetrometer reading of 2.4, which by local monsoon

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Sep

24

RESOLUTION COMPLETES TREBLE FOR MANVENDRA

Followers of  trainer Manvendra Singh enjoyed a warm, sunny and more importantly lucrative afternoon of racing at Calcutta on Wednesday. The

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Sep

27

MANVENDRA NOTCHES UP A QUADRUPLE

Trainer Manvendra Singh continued from where he had left off at the mid-week races as he notched up a smashing quadruple on Saturday with Chinese

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Oct

05

‘TIGER’ FLIES LIKE THE WIND, DEVOURS THE GENERAL

By and large, punters enjoyed a successful afternoon at the Sunday races after the annual Durga Puja festival in the city. Six well-backed runners

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Oct

11

MALPENSA SINKS ARTESIA’S HOPES OF AN ENCORE

It was an afternoon of mixed fortunes for punters at the Calcutta racecourse as the seven-event card saw a sprinkling of favourites and quite a

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Oct

14

ASTAIRE DOWNS SHAKTIROOP IN A THRILLER

Bharath Singh-trained Astaire (Burden Of Proof-Rhapsody In Blue/ Kunigal Stud) was handled judiciously by apprentice Azharuddin to get the better

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Oct

15

DOUBLE DO BRINGS THE CURTAIN DOWN

It was a warm, sunny afternoon at the Calcutta racecourse on Wednesday and the curtain came down on a happy note for punters as the even-money

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Oct

18

LOCAL YOUNGSTERS WERE BELITTLED BY TIGER TOPS

The three-month monsoon meeting came to an end last Wednesday after 23 racedays. Rainy weather is a part and parcel of the season but fortunately,

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Oct

30

RCTC ALL SET TO MARCH IN ON ALL SAINTS DAY

The Calcutta Cold Weather season kicks off on the auspicious All Saints Day of November 1. The total stake money that professionals and racehorse

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Nov

01

FREE ENERGY COMPLETES TREBLE FOR VIJAY SINGH

Monsoon form more or less held good at the Calcutta racecourse on the opening afternoon as those who had run prominently during the rainy season

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Nov

09

SHAILESH SHINDE IS ‘MR GORGEOUS’ FOR LOCAL TURFITES

It was indeed a ‘beautiful Sunday’ for the combination of trainer Vijay Singh and jockey Shailesh Shinde as they notched up a

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Nov

15

SNOWDRIFT ENSURES CUP FOR VIJAY SINGH YARD

It was a long rollercoaster afternoon of racing at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday with the satchel-bearers holding the edge over racegoers

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Nov

22

FLY LIKE THE WIND AND C.ALFORD PULL IT OFF

Barring a couple of races in the long nine-event card, favourites ruled the roost at the RCTC on Saturday. The feature of the day, The Calcutta

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Nov

25

SPEEDSTER MEEKATHARA LANDS PA BEAR CUP

Tuesday afternoon at the Calcutta racecourse was dominated by horses with higher odds. Barring bred-in-the-blue Acrider (Placerville-Saffron

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Nov

30

SHAKTIROOP SETS UP AN ARTI DOCTOR TREBLE

As was expected, the short card of six races produced more than its share of outsiders with Arti Doctor-trained Theokoles (Noverre-Zahwah/ Sohna

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Dec

02

VIJAY SINGH DISPLAYS A ‘MULTITUDE’ OF OPTIONS

A devastating turn of foot unleashed in the final furlong by Vijay Singh-trained Multitude dashed all hopes that the fancied pair of Glamorously

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Dec

06

QUASAR SHOWS HIS SUPERIOR CLASS

Quasars are described as ‘celestial objects emitting large amounts of energy’ but the one visible at the Calcutta racecourse on

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Dec

09

DANDIFIED NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE

Trainer Vijay Singh’s Dandified (Rebuttal-Dandoona/ Hazara Stud) made a triumphant return to the track on Tuesday after his unlikely debacle

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Dec

13

SNOWDRIFT’S GORGEOUS SHOW MAKES IT 1-2 FOR VIJAY

It was a thrill-packed Saturday at the Calcutta racecourse which many a outstation invader and their respective mentors would like to forget

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Dec

16

COHIBA PEGS BACK COPERNICUS AT THE WIRE

As predicted, it was a tricky afternoon of racing at RCTC on Tuesday. Only a single favourite obliged in a brief card of six races but followers

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Dec

20

TIGER TOPS THROWS DOWN THE GAUNTLET TO COLTS

The Calcutta Oaks was run according to the script on Saturday with a minor modification provided by schooler Vijay Singh’s Fly Like The

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Dec

26

DANDIFIED CONTINUES HIS WINNING STREAK

The long and cold Boxing Day afternoon at the Calcutta racecourse witnessed a rollercoaster ride for most punters as the nine-event card was

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Dec

31

THE DANDIFIED PHENOMENA

He’s an unassuming bay horse and you would be forgiven if you walked past him without giving him a second glance. But when you hear his

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Jan

01

MULTITUDE OUTCLASSES ELITE OPPOSITION

An eighteen-thousand plus crowd of well-attired visitors were witness to some thrilling action at RCTC on New Year’s Day. Racing was by and

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Jan

08

EVEREADY CALCUTTA DERBY, Gr.1

In this millennium, the Calcutta Derby laurels rest firmly with Mr. Deepak Khaitan, the local warlord. Horses carrying his gold-red belt silks

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Jan

10

DANDIFIED TRIUMPHS IN A SCRUFFY FINISH

Trainer Vijay Singh’s Dandified (Rebuttal-Dandoona/ Hazara Stud) continued his winning ways by bagging the Calcutta Champions Sprint Trophy

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Jan

11

QUASAR SHOWS THE 'TIGER' WHO'S BOSS

A colourful crowd of 17,000 plus spectators were witness to a thrilling finish in The Calcutta Eveready Derby Stakes on a cool and misty Sunday

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Jan

17

A ‘GRAND’ DOUBLE FOR ‘SUPREMO’ ALFORD

It was indeed a grand Saturday afternoon at Calcutta for followers of trainer Manvendra Singh and jockey Christopher Alford. While the former

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Jan

23

‘CHAMPION’ SNOWDRIFT SMASHES COURSE RECORD

Vijay Singh-trained Snowdrift (Multidimensional-Snow Tiger/ Usha Stud) lifted the Indian Champion Cup easier than verdict and in the process

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Jan

24

MULTITUDE PRODUCES A ‘CHAMPAGNE’ SHOW

In keeping with the script, Vijay Singh-trained Multitude unleashed a scintillating gallop in the straight to sail past front-running Captain Cook

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Jan

27

FLAVIUS MAKES IT FOUR-IN-A-ROW

Though followers of money may not have had things their way at RCTC on Tuesday, form more or less held sway as second or third favourites came

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Jan

28

SMOOTH AS SILK GIVES PUNTERS A ROUGH RIDE

It was mixed fortunes for punters at RCTC’s mid-week races as several well-backed runners came good in a card of seven. However, in the main

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Feb

07

ACRIDER AND DASHRATH PULL OFF A THRILLING WIN

It was a thrilling Saturday afternoon at the RCTC  as several close finishes brought visitors to the edge of their seats. However, none could

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Feb

10

BHARATH SINGH NOTCHES UP A LUCRATIVE TREBLE

Trainer Bharath Singh showed that it pays to declare a worthwhile jockey as both Sokudo (18/10) and Cixi (7/1) won largely due to the forceful

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Feb

14

CAPTAIN COOK SAILS TO ‘MILLION’ VICTORY

Despite the absence of the wonder-colt Multitude, The Calcutta Million with a take-home winner’s purse of Rs 25 lakh plus, produced its

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Feb

17

SECRET GLOSS LIFTS CUP ON LAST STRIDE

It was a brief afternoon of difficult racing (in so far as punters were concerned) as fancied runners fell by the wayside in a majority of cases.

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Feb

21

BULLET FINDS ITS MARK AS DANDIFIED’S BUBBLE BURSTS

Eight-year-old Bullet from the stable of Bharath Singh caused quite a sensation at RCTC as he lifted The Mayor’s Cup with Dashrath Singh

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Feb

24

KAMLESH EXTENDS HIS LEAD OVER C.ALFORD

It was yet another week-day racing at this centre that most punters would like to forget. Barring heavily fancied Flavius, none of the other six

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Mar

08

CLEVER ALFORD WRONGFOOTS OPPOSITION AND PUNTERS

The Vijay Singh stable, masterminded by the vastly experienced jockey Christopher Alford pulled off a marvellous coup with Fly Like The Wind as

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Mar

12

FANCIED RUNNERS FAIL BUT RISTRETTO COMES UP TRUMPS

The tricky week-day card proceeded along expected lines as favourites took a tumble barring Ristretto in the last race of the day. Jockeys

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Mar

15

DANDIFIED MAKES A BOLD RETURN

It was an event-free afternoon at the Calcutta racecourse with racing more or less on expected lines. The main event, The Midnight Cowboy Cup, saw

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Mar

18

ANBIORN AND C. ALFORD LIFT OAKMEAD CUP

Jockey Christopher Alford rode a clever race astride top-weight Anbiorn (Multidimensional-Al Dente/ Usha Stud) to lift the Oakmead Cup for the

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Mar

21

SANTOS LIFTS BTC CUP IN A NAIL-BITING BLANKET FINISH

It was mixed fortunes for punters at the Calcutta racecourse  on Saturday as four favourites and a couple of long-shots completed the

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Mar

25

AGATTA EXTENDS HER AMAZING RUN OF VICTORIES

The much expected duel between the five-year-old mare Agatta and seven-year-old Dandified failed to materialise in The Elusive Pimpernel Cup as

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Mar

28

TREVOR’S HOUDINI ACT FETCHES HIM A BRACE

An amazing piece of daredevilry by saddle artist Trevor Patel resulted in a dramatic win for Manvendra Singh-trained Cohiba (Sligo

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Mar

31

DESERVING VISIT’S HAT-TRICK BRINGS SEASON TO A CLOSE

The 35-day Calcutta Cold Weather season came to a close on Tuesday with Deserving Visit winning the afternoon’s main event, The Mysore Race

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Apr

04

QUASAR WAS ‘TWO’ GOOD FOR LOCAL CHALLENGE

A summary of the just concluded Calcutta winter meeting immediately brings to mind the pair of protagonists who stole the thunder. They are the

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Jul

10

CALCUTTA MONSOON MEET ALL SET TO TAKE OFF

The wait is over folks! After a three-month lull, the monsoon meeting at RCTC takes off on Wednesday. Twenty-one race-days have been scheduled

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Jul

15

FIRE ANGEL WINS A THRILLER IN POURING RAIN

The opening day of the monsoon meeting was more or less on expected lines with fancied runners holding sway for most part. The feature event, The

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Jul

22

EVESHAM GIVES SHAILESH SHINDE AN ARMCHAIR RIDE

What commenced as a mundane, mid-week monsoon fare, ended with a surprise or two as first Amanda’s Queen and then Bold As Brass brought home

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Jul

29

TREVOR’S DOUBLE BRIGHTENS UP BATTERED PUNTERS

It was a mid-week afternoon that most local punters would rather wipe off from their memory. Barring a couple of first favourites, the eight-event

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Aug

05

‘DESERVING’ DOUBLE FOR C. ALFORD; TREVOR DISAPPOINTS

Jockey Christopher Alford was back in business with a high-priced double featuring Deserving Visit (6/1) and Aptness (5/1). It was an eventful

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Aug

12

SETAFLAME LEAVES VISITING CARD FOR MONSOON DERBY

It was an action-packed mid-week afternoon at RCTC with never a dull moment. Robert Gowli’s Setaflame stole the show with a thunderous,

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Aug

19

NOVERRO SPRINGS A SURPRISE

The brief mid-week card of six events had no dearth of quality and both The Independence Cup and The Arktouros Cup were witness to

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Aug

22

SUZANNA SUPPORTERS PLAY THE BANJO

On a warm, humid afternoon, Bharath Singh-trained filly Suzanna (Win legend-Just Amazing/ Dashmesh Stud) proved beyond doubt that she is the

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Aug

29

EVESHAM MAKES IT THREE FOR GOWLI

Fancied runners by and large obliged at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday. Barring Dino in the day’s fourth event and Cronos one race

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Sep

01

ADIELLA'S CLASS HAS THE FINAL SAY

It was an afternoon that saw punters getting the better of the satchel bearers for a change as fancied runners ruled the roost. Heading the list

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Sep

05

AERONA’S TURN-OF-FOOT LEAVES RIVALS STRANDED

An amazing turn-of-foot by Javed Khan-trained 8/1 shot Aerona (Chevalier – So Shocking/ Ruia Stud) left Glamorously and Waveafterwave

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Sep

09

ARTESIA PULLS IT OFF CLOSE HOME

It turned out to be a fruitful afternoon for punters as barring a couple of races, fancied runners ruled the roost. The main event of the day, The

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Sep

12

VERSATILE MILER SETAFLAME SPRINTS TO GLORY

Prime Monsoon Derby candidate Setaflame (China Visit – Set Aside/ Usha Stud) displayed his amazing versatility on Saturday with a thumping

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Sep

16

EVESHAM MAKES IT A HIGH FIVE FOR GOWLI

Trainer Robert Gowli seems firmly riveted to the driver’s seat in the race for the Calcutta Trainers’ Championship as he followed up

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Sep

23

SPEEDY MACEDONIAN OUTPACES BATTLING TRIO

Bolstered by two ‘terms’ races in stronger fields, speedy Macedonian (Desert Style-Alexandra) carried his top-weight to victory in the

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Sep

26

EVESHAM CONSOLIDATES GOWLI’S LEAD

Trainer Robert Gowli consolidated his position at the top of the Trainers’ Championship table as Evesham (Tariq-Everybody Counts/ Equus

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Oct

04

CAPTAIN COOK SETS RCTC AFLAME

In a duel for supremacy, Kunigal-bred Captain Cook set the record straight once and for all when he comprehensively defeated his closest adversary

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Oct

10

ARTESIA FLEW LIKE THE WIND AT THE POST

The race for Monsoon Cup saw a sensational finish despite a small field of four runners. Installed as the firm favourite, Vijay 

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Oct

14

SHOURISHA REVERSES VERDICT

The final afternoon of the 19-day Calcutta Monsoon Meeting saw bookmakers and punters sharing the spoils as three favourites and two

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Oct

20

CAPTAIN COOK WAS THE MONSOON SHOWSTOPPER

The short 19-day monsoon meet which drew to a close last Wednesday had several features of note, apart from the brilliant win of Captain Cook in

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Oct

28

DERBY WEEKEND THE HIGHLIGHT OF SHORTER SEASON

The Calcutta Cold Weather season kicks off on Saturday with a promise of greater things to come. However, as compared to last winter, there is a

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Oct

31

GLAMOROUSLY STAKES HER CLAIM TO 1000 GUINEAS

The opening day of the Calcutta cold weather season proved to be fruitful for a majority of followers of money as four firm favourites obliged in

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Nov

08

MULTITUDE WARMS UP WITH A HARD-FOUGHT RACE

Those who were waiting for a scintillating performance from the star performer of last year – Multitude, may have been a shade disappointed

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Nov

14

SETAFLAME SETTLES AN OLD SCORE

It was an action-packed Saturday at the Calcutta racecourse as the three cup events of the afternoon saw favourites take a tumble. The motley

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Nov

21

CAMERON RICHER BY 1000 GUINEAS AT CALCUTTA

The first classic of the Calcutta cold weather meet turned out to be as per the script, with Suleiman Attaollahi-trained Cameron

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Nov

24

ACRIDER BRUSHES ASIDE OPPOSITION

It was split honours for punters and bookmakers at the RCTC on Tuesday as barring two hot favourites (Astral Dancer and Acrider), the other four

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Nov

28

MYSTIC ROMANCE DOWNS APTNESS IN DRAMATIC MANNER

Two runners from western India who were having their first outing on the Calcutta track put the local lot to shame despite their statutory penalty

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Dec

01

XOTICA LIVES UP TO HER NAME

The daughter of Girl From Ascot by Chevalier (Ruia Stud) is named Xotica and she lived up to her name in no uncertain manner as she pocketed the

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Dec

05

DESERT GOD ADDS ANOTHER FEATHER TO HIS CAP

Padmanabhan-trained Desert God (Burden Of Proof – Running Flame/ Kunigal Stud) picked up the third classic of his career when he lifted The

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Dec

08

MONSOON MARVEL EVESHAM LIFTS INDIAN GOLD VASE

Trainer Vijay Singh’s triple-entry for the Indian Gold Vase proved to be rewarding for the connections as the most unfancied of the trio

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Dec

12

SPECTACULAR C. ALFORD WAS ‘MR GORGEOUS’

The huge gulf of experience between Christopher Alford and the others who take to the saddle on the local track was exposed time and again on

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Dec

15

AMANDUS HARD RIDDEN BY TREVOR TO LAND THE SPOILS

It was mixed fortunes for racegoers at the RCTC on Tuesday as four first favourites obliged in a card of seven races, that amazingly witnessed

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Dec

19

CAMERON RUNS AWAY WITH CALCUTTA OAKS

It all went according to the script in the Calcutta Oaks run on Saturday, barring the nasty fall of jockey DK Ashish from his mount Bold As Brass

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Dec

22

‘ASHISH AND UMRIGAR MET SIMILAR FATES’

The cruel hand of fate has snatched away a talented saddle artist well before his prime. Jockey DK Ashish breathed his last at 12.55am at

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Dec

22

FIRE ANGEL WINS A THRILLER

Tuesday’s card was turned topsy-turvy as several leading riders were absent from duty. Kamlesh, Shailesh and Nikhil were substituted as they

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Dec

26

EVESHAM PROVES HIS CONSISTENCY

The 17/10 public choice Evesham (Tariq – Everybody Counts/ Equus Stud) proved beyond doubt that he is a consistent performer when jockey

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Jan

01

XOTICA TROUNCES HER RIVALS ONCE AGAIN

A vociferous crowd of over 20,000 were witness to some thrilling thoroughbred display at the RCTC on New Year’s Day. The cold and cloudy

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Jan

09

DANCING PHOENIX WALTZES TO VICTORY

One just can’t keep trainer Vijay Singh and his trusted knight Christopher Alford out of the news on the local Calcutta track. Apart from

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Jan

10

DESERT GOD KEEPS HIS DATE WITH DESTINY

Run on a pleasant Sunday afternoon, The Calcutta Derby Stakes was witnessed by a large vociferous crowd of over 18,000. Available at 65/100,

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Jan

16

BOLD LEGACY MAKES IT A ‘MAGNIFICENT SEVEN’

Arti Doctor-trained Bold Legacy completed a rare feat of winning the first seven races of her career on the trot. The crack sprinter by New Famous

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Jan

22

DARE TO DREAM LIVES UP TO HIS RATING

It was a sad afternoon for horse lovers as two good animals had to be euthanized – Amazing Legend and Dino. The colt and the gelding

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Jan

30

ASBAR CASHES IN AS ALFORD FAMILY HITS PAY DIRT

Saturday afternoon belonged to Richard and Christopher Alford as they shared seven races between them in an eight-event card. Jockey Aashad Asbar

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Feb

04

INTERSTELLAR COMPLETES A HAT-TRICK

Thursday afternoon saw punters get the better of bookmakers as barring Super Striker in the opener of the day, the rest of the winners closed as

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Feb

13

AGOSTINI STAYS BEST AS TREVOR RIDES A BLINDER

It was high drama at the Calcutta racecourse on Saturday in the mile-and-threequarter race for the Queen Elizabeth II Cup. There were four in a

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Feb

18

ROMAN FLAME LIGHTS UP HABBU’S DAY

Trainer Shyam Habbu’s Roman Flame closed as the 3/1 second favourite in the Indian Air Force Cup but faced no problem in showing a clean

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Feb

20

ASBAR POWERS SHOURISHA TO THRILLING VICTORY

On an extremely warm afternoon at RCTC, Bharath Singh-trained Shourisha was handled with great expertise by Ashhad Asbar to land the spoils in the

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Mar

02

MULTITUDE LIFTS GOVERNOR’S CUP IN STYLE

Riding a copybook race, jockey Kamlesh atop Multitude followed pace-setting stablemate Falcon till the straight before striding clear for a

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Mar

03

CLASSY SETAFLAME STANDS HIS GROUND UNDER KAMLESH

It is often said among the racing fraternity that “form is only temporary while ‘class’ is permanent”. The adage came true

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Mar

12

GENTLE KNOWLEDGE SPRINGS A SURPRISE

Rutherford Alford-trained Gentle Knowledge (Noverre-Sharatila/ Sohna Stud) pocketed the Delhi Race Club Cup on Saturday. Though the six-year-old

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Mar

16

APPLE HAS IT EASY IN DASHRATH’S HANDS

Calcutta’s mid-week races provided more than its fair share of thrills and spills. While fancied runners pulled off some glorious wins, a

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Mar

22

MR GORGEOUS PROVES TOO GOOD FOR SILVER STREAK

Jockey Christopher Alford faced no problems at all as he guided Vijay Singh-trained Mr Gorgeous to a gorgeous triumph over his closest rival

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Mar

26

FOLLOWERS OF MONEY TAKE A DRUBBING ON LAST DAY

The ultimate afternoon of the Calcutta Cold Weather season provided punters with the ultimate thrashing of the 30-day meet. Not a single favourite

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Apr

07

DESERT GOD ESTABLISHED HIMSELF AT CALCUTTA

Currently rated as the best colt in the country, Padmanabhan-trained Desert God has the distinction of pocketing both the Indian Derby (considered

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Jul

09

EARLY DECLARATIONS A BOON TO FORM-WORKERS

Commencing from Tuesday, the first day of this monsoon meeting, The Royal Calcutta Turf Club has introduced a system of declaring jockeys 48 hours

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Jul

12

FAVOURITES TUMBLE ON OPENING DAY

Barring Rachmaninoff in the Stoney Valley Plate for Maiden three-year-olds, not a single favourite obliged in a card of seven races at the RCTC on

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Jul

19

ANASTASIO WINS EASIER THAN VERDICT

Trainer Harvinder Singh Bath’s crack sprinter Anastasio (Varenar-You Say I Say) returned to winning ways with a thumping victory in The AQ

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Jul

26

VIJAY SINGH OPENS HIS ACCOUNT WITH A BANG

Though punters took a drubbing on the third day of the monsoon meet, trainer Vijay Singh and his able knight of the pigskin Christopher Alford

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Aug

03

MULTITUDE EDGES OUT STABLEMATES

The fourth day of the Calcutta Monsoon Meet saw punters in charge for a change. Four first favourites and three second choices occupied the

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Aug

10

SETAFLAME ROMPS HOME IN ZERVAN'S HANDS

As if an overcast gloomy sky and a steady drizzle were not enough, the announcement that popular jockey S John will not be fulfilling his

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Aug

17

A STELLAR DISPLAY BY INTERSTELLAR AND JOHN

A gloomy, dark sky and a steady drizzle during most of the day proved to act as somewhat of a dampener for punters at RCTC on Wednesday.

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Aug

20

ASBAR AND JOHN RULE THE ROOST

Saturday afternoon belonged to riders Ashhad Asbar and S John. The duo picked up five races between them while Nirmal Jodha and apprentice Hindu

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Aug

24

KNIGHTHOOD AND ALAM MAKE AMENDS

Punters enjoyed a roller-coaster afternoon at RCTC on Wednesday as three favourites obliged in a card of six races. Vikash Jaiswal’s

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Aug

31

FALCON SNATCHES CUP FROM CAPTAIN COOK

Trainer Vijay Singh’s six-year-old gelding Falcon (Razeen-Tarnished Lady/ Usha Stud) got the better of piping hot favourite Captain Cook by

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Sep

03

NEGLECTED DYSNOMIA BAGS FILLIES TRIAL STAKES

A heavy shower, dark clouds and murky weather was not exactly the most conducive weather to run the season’s first classic, but the

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Sep

10

TWEEDLE DEE SENDS OUTSTATION CHALLENGERS PACKING

It was one of the scrappiest Colts Trial Stakes in recent history with three jockeys fined a sum of Rs 10,000 each and champion saddle artist

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Sep

14

APTNESS SEALS TREBLE FOR VIJAY SINGH

It was mixed fortunes for punters at RCTC as three on-money horses obliged in a card of seven races. While three unfancied winners saw turfites

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Sep

21

AKASH RAJPUT BOOTS HOME AN AMAZING HAT-TRICK

The high-five with trainer Vikash Jaiswal after completing his hat-trick of wins on Wednesday said it all. The very apprentice who was without a

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Sep

24

SATELLITE ENCORE BRINGS JOY TO PUNTERS

Punters took a drubbing on Saturday as only a single favourite obliged in a card of six events. The public choice whose victory brought joy to

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Oct

01

WHOMAKESTHERULES STICKS TO THE DERBY SCRIPT

The Calcutta Monsoon Derby was run according to the script without any untoward incidents. Malesh Narredu’s final entrant Whomakestherules

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Oct

05

FARLEY DOES IT IN STYLE WITH TOP CAT

Farley Rodrigues schooled Top Cat (Rip Van Winkle – Closing Bell) lifted the Bold Display Cup at the Calcutta mid-week races on the

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Oct

14

C.ALFORD PUNCHES SHIVALIK SHOWERS HOME

The Calcutta Monsoon Racing season spread over 17 racedays came to a close on Friday with more than its share of thrills. The feature event of the

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Oct

21

WHOMAKESTHERULES DWARFED LOCAL LOT

The brief monsoon meeting drew to a close last week after 17 racedays of competitive racing. While heavy showers made it difficult for jockeys and

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Oct

28

CALCUTTA WINTER MEET ALL SET TO KICK-OFF

The Calcutta Cold Weather Season 2016-2017 commences from November 1, 2016. The meeting will comprise 28 racedays and will conclude after five

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Nov

01

INTERSTELLAR SINKS TWEEDLE DEE IN A CLOSE CONTEST

Tuesday’s eight-event card provided the kind of entertainment that one would expect on the opening day of the winter season. Most of the

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Nov

09

HIMALAYAN QUEEN LEADS A STRING OF UPSETS

Coming in the wake of the country’s demonetisation of the larger currency notes, there was indeed an air of uncertainty about the races

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Nov

12

MR GORGEOUS STUNS FANCIED RIVALS IN MAYFOWL CUP

With a triple entry in a five-horse field for the Mayfowl Cup, the numbers were always in favour of trainer Vijay Singh but very few would have

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Nov

19

SILVER BEAUTY SENDS ‘LOCAL GIRLS’ INTO A TIZZY

The first classic of the season, The Calcutta 1000 Guineas, was run in pleasant, sunny weather on a fairly fast track. The three outstation

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Nov

25

TAKE A ‘SWIPE’ AT RCTC AND GET RICH

By accepting credit and debit cards for the first time at the inter-venue Mysore races on Wednesday, the Royal Calcutta Turf Club has created

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Nov

25

CAPTAIN COOK MAKES IT A ONE-HORSE RACE

Bharath Singh trained Captain Cook lived up to his paddock looks as he steamrolled the opposition in the mile race for the RWITC Cup. The handsome

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Nov

29

KING CREDIBLE SCORES AN INCREDIBLE VICTORY

Not surprisingly, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy for two-year-olds produced the biggest upset of the day as Bharat Singh-trained King Credible

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Dec

03

MALLESH ‘RULES’ THE DAY AND WINS ‘ACCOLADES’

On a bright and sunny afternoon at RCTC, Mallesh Narredu’s Whomakestherules (Multidimensional-Priceless/ Usha Stud) lifted the Calcutta 2000

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Dec

09

SANS PEUR WAS TRULY “FEARLESS” IN VICTORY

Suleiman Attaollahi-trained Sans Peur, which is literally the French for “without fear”, lived up to her name and put in a grand

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Dec

13

SHIPROCK DEFIES PENALTY IN C.ALFORD’S HANDS

It was an afternoon at RCTC that most punters would like to put behind them as quite a few fancied runners fell by the wayside. However, though

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Dec

17

SILVER BEAUTY POCKETS CALCUTTA OAKS EFFORTLESSLY

Mallesh Narredu-trained Silver Beauty (Aussie Rules Maharanee) displayed an incredible turn of foot to sail past the field effortlessly and lift

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Dec

24

MAJESTIC SRINATH GRABS A DOUBLE DELIGHT

Top-weight jockey YS Srinath recorded a popular back-to-back double in spectacular manner at RCTC on Saturday.  Manvendra Singh-trained Theo

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Jan

01

SANA LIFTS KUNIGAL STUD INDIAN PRODUCE STAKES

The New Year’s Day races at this centre has been a high profile ‘must attend’ event for socialites here since the introduction

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Jan

07

MULTITUDE MAKES SPRINTING LOOK EASY

Vijay Singh-trained Multitude (Multidimensional-Haedi/ Usha Stud) produced a wonderful turn of foot mid-way up the straight to leave the field

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Jan

08

HALL OF FAMER DECIMATES DERBY FIELD

Trainer Padmanabhan’s filly Hall Of Famer (Win Legend-Elusive Trust/ Dashmesh Stud) decimated the field in the cash-rich Calcutta Derby

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Jan

17

OPHION PUTS MARISKA IN THE SHADE

Trainer Vijay Singh notched up a well-backed treble at RCTC on Tuesday with the help of power-packed top-weight jockey S John in the saddle of all

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Jan

23

COLOMBIANA EDGES OUT AZZURRO IN RECORD TIMING

Mallesh Narredu’s assessment proved flawlessly accurate as his ward Colombiana (Noverre-Wondersmile/ Sohna Stud) justified the final entry

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Jan

28

KING'S CANYON WINS AN ABSOLUTE THRILLER

The marathon card of nine races on Saturday produced more than its share of upsets as punters burnt their fingers. However, three fancied runners

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Feb

11

THE ROMANCE OF THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II CUP

Few races anywhere in the world will compare with the history and tradition in which the Queen Elizabeth II Cup, Gr.3 is steeped in. Run

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Feb

11

DASHRATH ENSURES A MEMORABLE TRIUMPH FOR SERENDINE

The rollicking finish of The Queen Elizabeth Second Cup complemented the glamour associated with this age old race at RCTC on Saturday. Bharath

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Feb

18

AVARUA BAGS THE ACORN STAKES

Trainer Vikash Jaiswal was in his element on Saturday as he notched up a high priced treble with My Lady Luck (6/1) , Jacknife (10/1)  and

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Feb

21

RED BUG EDGES OUT SWEET STONE TO BAG FEATURE

Racing on Tuesday turned out to be yet another roller-coaster ride for punters as three first favourites obliged in a card of seven races. The

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Feb

25

A ‘GORGEOUS’ TREBLE FOR CHRISTOPHER ALFORD

Jockey Christopher Alford showed on Saturday just why he is the darling of the local railbirds as he booted home a high-priced treble to bring him

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Feb

28

GUTSY FILLY SERENDINE BAGS THE ST LEGER

There was high drama at the Calcutta racecourse on Tuesday as Bharath Singh-trained filly Serendine (Multidimensional – Flowersoftheforest/

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Mar

15

HARTNELL AND ASBAR PULL IT OFF

It was an amazing afternoon of ups and downs for visitors at RCTC on Wednesday. While several favourites obliged the punters during the afternoon,

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Mar

18

ANOTHER ‘GORGEOUS’ DISPLAY FETCHES CUP

Barring Mr Gorgeous and Fortune Express, unfancied runners by and large held sway in a difficult and competitive card of seven races at RCTC on

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Mar

22

DROPS OF JUPITER, TAYGETUS DEFY HANDICAPPER AGAIN

Trainer Vijay Singh’s Drops Of Jupiter (Rebuttal – Anacita/ Hazara Stud) continued to defy the handicapper as she notched up her fifth

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Mar

29

‘COMMANDER’ VIJAY SINGH’S COUP DE GRACE

Vastly experienced trainer Vijay Singh, utilised the recent acquisition of his yard – Commander – to good effect when he made a final

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Mar

31

TWEEDLE DEE FETCHES HONOURS IN C. ALFORD’S HANDS

A clever piece of horsemanship by local ace Christopher Alford ensured a comfortable victory for Bharath Singh-trained Tweedle Dee

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Apr

04

SHIVALIK STORY UNFOLDS FOR DASHRATH SINGH

It was an afternoon of mixed fortunes and mixed feelings for punters at RCTC – mixed fortunes because both favourites and long shots shared

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Apr

05

FLANKER AND RANIDAN WIN AN ABSOLUTE THRILLER

The Calcutta Winter Meeting drew to a close on Wednesday amid cheers for some and tears for a few. Trainer Vijay Singh continued to reign supreme

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Apr

09

HALL OF FAMER WAS TRULY AMAZING

Trainer Padmanabhan’s filly Hall Of Famer (Win Legend-Elusive Trust) decimated the field in the cash-rich Calcutta Derby Stakes run at RCTC

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Jul

12

‘SPORTING TRAINER’ JAISWAL PLAYS THE COURT ‘JESTER’

Trainer Vikash Jaiswal’s amazing assessment of his wards’ potential saw him bag a lucrative double on the opening day of the Calcutta

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Jul

19

LUCRATIVE TREBLE FOR BHARATH SINGH

The monsoon mid-week races at RCTC turned out to be a highly profitable afternoon for veteran trainer Bharath Singh as he notched up a lucrative

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Jul

26

BHARATH SINGH, PATRICK QUINN RECORD DOUBLES

Trainers Bharath Singh and Patrick Quinn were in the limelight at the Calcutta Rcecourse on Wednesday as they both recorded popular doubles to

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Aug

02

DASHRATH SINGH CASHES IN ON CHANCE RIDES

Two chance rides for visiting jockey Dashrath Singh saw him notch up a fabulous quadruple at the RCTC on Wednesday.  Local ace Christopher

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Aug

09

COPERNICUS SENDS PUNTERS INTO ORBIT

Friendless Copernicus, from Javed Khan’s yard, sent shockwaves at RCTC on Wednesday when he galloped resolutely in the home stretch to make

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Aug

12

AQUITANIA PULLS OFF A HARD-EARNED TRIUMPH

Punters at RCTC had good reason to rejoice on Saturday despite the murky weather and gloomy atmosphere.  Several well-backed winners by

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Aug

16

FORTUNE EXPRESS OUTCLASSES FIELD

Owned and trained by Manvendra Singh, speedster Fortune Express (Express Wish-Set The Mood/ Mebajeona Stud) outclassed the field for the Calcutta

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Aug

23

TWEEDLE DEE ROMPS HOME IN STYLE

Crack sprinter Tweedle Dee (Juniper-Linette/ Sans Craintes Stud) made winning look easy as he treated the opposition with utter disdain and lifted

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Aug

26

UNFANCIED RUNNERS DOMINATE ON DAY OF FRIENDSHIP

The majority of punters were left with burnt fingers at RCTC on Saturday as leap-year jockey Sk. Israil sealed off a day of upsets with a thumping

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Aug

30

WINDSOR FOREST PIPS SANA IN FILLIES TRIAL STAKES

A clever piece of horsemanship by Suraj Narredu ensured a narrow victory for Pesi Shroff-trained Windsor Forest in the monsoon season’s

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Sep

06

ZANDER SEALS SUPER TREBLE FOR VIJAY-JOHN COMBO

Trainer Vijay Singh and visiting jockey S John combined fruitfully at RCTC on Wednesday to fetch home a lucrative treble comprising Half Volley

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Sep

09

RUFUS PEGS BACK MULTIPLE TO LIFT COLTS TRIAL STAKES

Fancied runners fell by the wayside in most of the races in the seven-event card at RCTC on Saturday. However, trainer Patrick Quinn completed a

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Sep

13

INTERSTELLAR PROVES HER METTLE IN THE HIGHEST CLASS

Displaying a wonderful turn of foot in the home stretch, Manvendra Singh-trained filly Interstellar (Top Class-Eternal Spirit/ Mukteshwar Stud)

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Sep

20

SHIVALIK SHOWERS TROUNCES MEAGRE OPPOSITION

James Mc Keown-trained Shivalik Showers (Dancing Forever – Sun Shower/  Hazara Stud) simply trounced the meagre opposition in the

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Sep

23

AGELESS WARRIOR COMMANDER LIFTS STEWARDS CUP

Though long in the  tooth, trainer Vijay Singh’s Commander (Noverro-Momentarily/ Sohna Stud) moved with raking strides in the final

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Sep

28

CALCUTTA MONSOON DERBY PREVIEW

An early arrival of the Goddess Durga and a long stretch of public holidays has resulted in the blue riband of the Monsoon Meet – The

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Oct

01

LOCAL DARLING SANA SENDS DAFFODIL PACKING IN DERBY

Heavy over-night showers, a murky atmosphere and a slightly soft track made no difference whatsoever to Bharath Singh-trained Sana as she galloped

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Oct

01

THOUGHTS OF A SPORTING OWNER

Joydeep Datta Gupta speaks his mind, no holds barred. With Sana winning the Calcutta Monsoon Derby, I can't but help remember Silverina.

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Oct

07

OCCITAN LIFTS MANDOLIN CUP IN A TIGHT FINISH

Trainer James McKeown’s Occitan had to fend off a strong challenge from Storm Front before she could claim the Mandolin Cup at RCTC on

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Oct

11

CADMAN MAKES WINNING LOOK EASY

Champion trainer Vijay Singh signed off in style as he notched up a treble on the final day of the monsoon meet at Calcutta with Victoriana, The

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Nov

01

INVITATION CUP THE CLIMAX OF CALCUTTA WINTER MEET

After a stuttering start to the Calcutta cold weather season which saw the cancellation of the opening day’s races due to paucity of

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Nov

04

CAPTAIN COOK STUNS SANA WITH BREATHTAKING RUN

Warm sunshine greeted visitors to the opening day of the Calcutta winter season which saw a mixed bag of favourites and  neglected runners

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Nov

11

JOHN AND DASHRATH GRAB ALL THEIR CHANCES

It was an amazingly successful Saturday afternoon for visiting jockeys S John and Dashrath Singh as they grabbed all the opportunities that came

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Nov

22

NOVERRO GETS THE BETTER OF INVINCIBLE PRINCE

Trainer Bharath Singh’s five-year-old dark bay gelding Noverro pulled off a dramatic win at the RCTC to lift the RWITC Cup. The speedster

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Nov

25

SANA RECORDS A BLOODLESS VICTORY

There was no deviation from the script in the race for the Calcutta 1000 Guineas as Bharath Singh-trained Sana romped home a clear winner in the

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Nov

28

CHRISTOPHER ALFORD RIDES A BLINDER ATOP AMBRIES

Champion trainer Vijay Singh was in full cry on Tuesday as he led in his second successive treble after an equally successful show last Saturday.

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Dec

02

MULTITUDE BAGS GOLD VASE EASIER THAN VERDICT

Vijay Singh-trained Multitude (Multidimensional-Haedi/ Usha Stud), the half-money public choice for the Indian Gold Vase, made winning look easy

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Dec

13

AGGREGATED (C ALFORD UP) FLOORS 2000 GUINEAS FIELD

The western India challenger Aggregated, from the stables of Mallesh Narredu, lifted the Aakriti Art Gallery Calcutta 2000 (Grade II) at the

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Dec

16

SANA DECIMATES CALCUTTA OAKS FIELD

Pitted against mediocre opposition, fashionably bred Sana made a complete mockery of her six rivals in the Calcutta Oaks run at RCTC on Saturday.

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Dec

23

AMAZING CAPTAIN COOK SPRINTS TO GLORY

It was an afternoon framed for the Kolkata police officers and their families and their presence was the highlight off the field. On the

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Dec

26

JACK FROST SENDS AN EARLY WINTER WARNING

Known to prefer a longer trip, Western Indian challenger Jack Frost, from the stable of trainer Vinesh, sent an early warning to the local lot as

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Jan

01

OPHION EDGES OUT SERENDINE FOR RCTC GOLD VASE

The New Year’s Day races at this centre has always been a glamour event that socialites of this city are keen to attend. Though bleary-eyed

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Jan

07

AGGREGATED PULLS OFF A LABOURED DERBY VICTORY

The chill in the air and the warm sunshine that covered the Calcutta racecourse on Sunday  provided an ideal setting for the running of the

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Jan

13

MULTITUDE THROWS DOWN GAUNTLET FOR SPRINTERS CUP

Trainer Vijay Singh’s Multitude (Multidimensional-Haedi/ Usha Stud) lifted the Calcutta Champions Sprint Trophy with a degree of comfort and

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Jan

23

OLD WARHORSE ALAINDAIR STUNS FANCIED RIVALS

Tuesday belonged to trainer Vikash Jaiswal and his retained rider for the day – veteran PS Chouhan. In a well-planned coup, the duo pulled

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Jan

27

DASHRATH GUIDES AYRA’S PET TO A NARROW VICTORY

Jockey Dashrath Singh was in his element at RCTC on Saturday as he notched up a well-backed treble comprising Alldero, Ayra’s Pet and

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Feb

02

DASHRATH SINGH NOTCHES UP ANOTHER LUCRATIVE TREBLE

Flamboyant horseman Dashrath Singh seems well on the way to lifting the jockeys’ championship at this centre this season. On Friday, the

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Feb

10

WINTER RENAISSANCE LEAVES THE FIELD COLD

Trainer Imtiaz Sait’s Raees was the rage of the ring at RCTC for the Queen Elizabeth II Cup, but it was his stablemate and second favourite

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Feb

17

OCCITAN PIPS MULTIVALUE IN MAYOR’S CUP

Saturday afternoon was one that most punters would want to forget in a hurry as not a single totalisator favourite obliged in a card of seven

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Feb

23

BRILLIANT HAT-TRICK BY DASHRATH SINGH

Flamboyant visiting horseman Dashrath Singh completed a brilliant hat-trick of wins at RCTC on Friday in the last three races of the day.

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Feb

26

THE ‘COWBOY’ IS NOW A DISTANT DREAM

There is a certain amount of excitement in the air at RCTC and indeed across the racing fraternity in the country as the 56th edition of the

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Mar

03

RUFFINA, AZZURRO LIVE UP TO THEIR TOP BILLING

There was no deviation from the day’s script at RCTC on Saturday as Ruffina proved to be the fastest thoroughbred in the country and

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Mar

04

KANGRA ‘MAKES THE RULES’ AT RCTC

The 56th edition of the Invitation Cup run on Sunday at RCTC sprung quite a surprise as SS Attaollahi-trained Kangra with A Sandesh in the saddle,

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Mar

10

SHIVALIK STORY LIFTS MIDNIGHT COWBOY CUP

The Midnight Cowboy Cup saw a clever piece of horsemanship by Dashrath Singh land the spoils for the Vijay Singh-trained Shivalik Story

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Mar

17

HARTNELL LIFTS CALCUTTA ST LEGER

Rutherford Alford-trained Hartnell proved beyond doubt that he is no mean stayer as he lifted the season’s last and longest classic –

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Mar

20

TOUGH ENOUGH UPSETS STABLEMATE

Though she closed as the favourite with the bookmakers, Javed Khan-trained Highland Princess failed to bag the sprint for the Lombard Handicap. It

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Mar

24

HOME OF THE BRAVE SCALPS ALL

Young trainer Rutherford Alford continues to be rewarded for the hard work he is putting in to maintain his wards in top-drawer condition. On

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Mar

29

INTERSTELLAR SENDS PUNTERS INTO ORBIT

The final afternoon of racing at RCTC proved disastrous for punters as not a single totalisator favourite obliged in a card of eight races. The

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Jul

01

RCTC ALL SET FOR MONSOON MEET

After a long break of about three months, the thunder of thoroughbreds returns to the Kolkata track at the Royal Calcutta Turf Club on Tuesday. The

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Jul

03

SPEEDY ASCENSION TROUNCES OPPOSITION

The opening day of the Calcutta Monsoon Season saw the satchel-bearers gaining the upper hand as punters got the rough end of the stick for the most

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Jul

09

LOWERING HANDICAP SCALE A WELCOME RCTC INITIATIVE

The Royal Calcutta Turf Club has taken a welcome step by lowering the handicap scale whenever necessary and keeping the top-weight as close to 60kg

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Jul

10

ONE MAN ARMY FLOORS RIVALS

Trainer Vikash Jaiswal’s six-year-old gelding One Man Army (Noverre –Ashka/ Sohna Stud) was piloted to a pillar-to-post victory by

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Jul

17

SHOHIN STUNS SEASONED SPRINTERS

Totally neglected winners in the day’s two major events left shell-shocked punters high and dry at RCTC on Tuesday. Known to prefer a longer

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Jul

24

POPULAR TREBLE FOR VIJAY SINGH

Champion trainer Vijay Singh notched up a popular treble with Fantasia (16/10), Multitude (13/10) and Shivansh (18/10) at RCTC on Tuesday. While the

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Jul

31

CARPE NOCTEM GRABS THE OPPORTUNITY

 Miserable weather conditions set the stage for an equally unhappy day for punters at RCTC on Tuesday. Only a single totalisator favourite

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Sep

11

BRAHMACHARI MAKES IT A TREBLE FOR JAVED

Trainer Javed Khan and his stable’s trusted knight of the pigskin Chotu Singh Jodha combined fruitfully to fetch home a well-backed double with

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Sep

15

EASTERN STAR SEALS A DOUBLE & ‘HAT-TRICK’ FOR BHARATH

Brilliantly piloted by YS Srinath, Bharath Singh-trained Eastern Star  (Knight’s Tour-Lyocel) came with telling strides in the final

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Sep

25

NAMID CLAIMS MALPENSA CUP

Intermittent drizzle and a gloomy sky could not deter jockey Christopher Alford from riding a copybook race atop the favourite Namid in the Malpensa

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Sep

30

GRITTY SHIVANSH FLOORS PELUCHE

A smart and clever ploy employed by the champion stable of Vijay Singh and executed equally brilliantly by visiting jockey Neeraj Rawal, saw a gritty

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Oct

07

NOBU PULLS OFF A CALCULATED WIN

Amazingly available at nourishing odds of 8/1, James Mc Keown’s filly Nobu (Burden Of Proof-Soviet Lake) was flawlessly piloted by low-weight

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Oct

09

COPERNICUS SENDS PUNTERS INTO ORBIT

It was a Tuesday afternoon that local railbirds would like to wipe off their memory as early as possible. The debacle of four consecutive favourites

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Oct

13

SHIVALIK SHOWERS LIFTS MONSOON CUP

On a murky and wet Saturday afternoon, `James Mckeown-trained Shivalik Showers (Dancing Forever-Sun Shower) put his best foot forward when it

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