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Zafayona Packs a Punch to Clinch Plum Event

By Mahendra Mallya | 22 Aug 2010 | PUNE

Trainer Imtiaz A Sait leading Zafayona (Suraj Narredu Up), winner of The Jewel Square General Rajendrasinhji Million

Imtiaz Sait’s Zafayona (Mr.Mellon-Zarzuela), owned by the Tapias, Mr Shukla and Mr PA Ruia galloped to a facile victory in the Jewel Sqaure General Rajendrasinghji Million, bringing home an attractive trophy and stakes over Rs 6 lakh with it. As the pack of six bolted out of the gates, Ocean Admiral took charge with Blue Mellon, Amouresque and Zafayona following closely. Then came Zillionaire with Beautiful Stranger tailing the field.

The pace quickened at the turn with Amouresque taking the lead, Zafayona quickly ranging alongside and Beautiful Stranger too making rapid progress. Ocean Admiral got stuck on the rails and his jockey even lodged an objection aiming to gain the runner-up spot, but the Stewards would have nothing of it and threw out the protest. Zafayona soon went clear quickening well at Suraj’s call leaving the others to chase him down. Beautiful Stranger went all out in his effort but could produce his Mumbai momentum and could only watch Zafayona stretching further away. Amouresque had a bad day in office and this run is best discounted.

Ocean Admiral did have his share of problems entering the straight, but he was in box seat and could have well avoided getting himself into trouble. He however, covered some ground and finished on the haunches of Zillionaire who ran third without raising any attention. Zafayona returned an impressive winner. Imtiaz had earlier pulled off an upset victory over hot favourite Fire Vault in the first race. Fire Vault led the field comfortably until the turn.

Forever Amber (Razeen-Romantic Alliance), who was a little slowly off, had caught up with the bunch. In the straight, Fire Vault was still in front and both Swept Away and Lightening Cavalry looked spent. Forever Amber moved with giant strides and collard Fire Vault at the distance post. Fire Vault fought out the issue but there was no doubt that he was fighting a losing battle. Star Treasure and Satyameva Jayate were touted as the main contenders and were the only two to garner betting support.

Star Treasure however, was the firm favourite. Tranquility lost all her chances as she lost valuable ground at the start. Star Treasure was quick into the lead and was steering clear of the rest. Berlusconi was disputing the second spot from Freany a couple of lengths away. Satyameva Jayate settled in the mid-bunch. Into the straight, Star Treasure looked good and enjoyed a handy lead.

Freany looked like putting him under pressure but herself started to drift out considerably ending up on the outer sand. Berlusconi was hounding Star Treasure with a sustained gallop from the inner railing and gained alarmingly in the final 100 to shock the favourite a stride before the winning post. Satyameva Jayate ran on to grab place money. Tranquility made up well to end one off the frame. Flaming Arrow yet again ran a heart-breaking second despite changing tactics switching to the ’come from behind’ call. Sea Treasure ensured a good initial pace and faded out after guiding the field homewards.

Harmonica (Gaswar-Titanium) sped ahead and raced to a handy lead in the straight and Flaming Arrow poked through to mount his challenge. The duo fought out brilliantly but Harmonica always enjoyed an upper hand. Flaming Arrow did cover a lot of ground and just missed it by a head. Sea Value ran below par and ended a tame third. Soophie (Pennine Ridge-Ganadora) helped her connections pull off a lucrative coup winning despite taking the turn miles wide.

As they turned for home, Wild Torronaado led as expected, and Adams Law, Highland Vision and Hymns of Freedom were bunched up close behind. Soophie was last but not too far from the leader. There was an obvious rush at the turn and while the tightly packed field were closer to the rails, Soophie took the turn miles wide and made her bid close to the sand track. Soophie nevertheless, came full of steam and left no chance for any of the contenders to go any closer.

Highland Vision broke free from the rails and made a desperate bid but only managed to run second ahead of Adams Law. Chingari (Ontario-Miss Formidane) literally bludgeoned her way to the winning post after losing position and dropping to the rear just before the bend. Towering High was staving off Ijlal and Fantastic until midway up the straight. Ijlal was not quickening and Fantastic too was not making much headway.

Prince of Troy came into prominence but the winning post was fast approaching. Chingari moved the fastest of all and flew past them to post a superlative victory in a close four horse verdict. Perpetuation (Ontario-Analonarose) lived up to the promise she had showed in her last outing while second to Manitou Splendour. At the start Sparkling Spirit was slow and Only White even slower.

National Glory sped away to lead by a distance at a fast clip with Perpetuation quickly moving into second. Prince Cyrus and Splendid Secret were in touching distance followed by Saffron, Lunar Quest and Palermo. At the turn, National Glory still had a sizable lead but was shortening his strides drastically. Soon Perpetuation gathered momentum and overhauled the leader to take charge. Once in the lead, Perpetuation did not loosen his grip on the proceedings and won well, easing up at the finish.

Lunar Quest seemed to have needed this run and was finishing on well. Prince Cyrus ended a tame third while Only White did well to end in the frame. Suzy Wong yet again failed to earn a bracket, this time going down close home. Suzy Wong darted to the front at the bend and tried to run away with the race.

Sensing this River Divine, who had Suraj astride as Jockey Rajendra reported unfit, never let Suzy Wong to get too far ahead. River Divine challenged Suzy Wong at the distance post and after a brief tussle headed the filly a stride or two before the winning post. Trainer Imtiaz Sait saddled a brace and jockey Suraj Narredu notched up a lucrative treble, a hat-trick winning the last three races of the day.