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Brahmaputra & Record Made for Each Other

By Parjanya | 06 Jan 2009 | DELHI


Brahmaputra scripted history by setting a new course record over five furlongs at the races held on Tuesday at Delhi. His record-breaking performance came in the Royal Calcutta Turf Club Cup, which was earmarked for the top-class runners. The two top-notched professionals, trainer Aleem Khan and jockey Rajinder, had a reason to smile by booting home treble each. The just turned five-year-old speedster Brahamputra followed the suit of the top-ranked horses in the Indian racing circuit who have been ruling the roost, even with back-breaking pounds. Carrying 62 kilos, he looked once finding himself on the verge of tasting first ever defeat at the parent centre but the winning post came to his rescue. Making a quick dash from the widest draw, he was well positioned behind the stablemate Trinity and Gin & Tonic till they approached the homestrech. A furlong before meeting with success, he pushed the former back and looked all set to retire home with a significant margin until Cornelia Supra, who was lighter by 15.5 kg, made him to bother by half-a-length. Though the jockey of the latter fell down just after passing the post, Brahmaputra, who was ridden superbly by the apprentice jockey Jai Prakash, had earlier set the track on fire en route to become the champion sprinter of the season with a 1,200 m's record. And he has bettered his own timing by decimal seven of 1000th seconds. With two course records, the great galloper is expected to take on the field in the President of India Cup. Cornelia Supra, who is three-year-older to the winner, could have turned the table on the champion racer with the help of extra few yards. However, she may satisfy herself for the achievement for which she deserves pat on the back - levelling the previous record of Brahmaputra's 0.59.32seconds. The gutsy performer will undoubtedly be eying for the class one event with this glorious gallop. A lack of preparation saw Trinity finishing third ahead of Gin And Tonic, who looked missing her touch. She should come with vengeance. The day began with a note that how a benefit of forward run makes a sea change. Take a Chance, the most experienced horse in the field of six, shed his maiden status in the Beautiful Babe Plate framed for the youngsters. Ashwa Prayag, who played the role of second fiddle with a lazy gallop, has the staying capability. The son of Placerville and Betfair will be tough to be down over the extended trip. Metallika, who ran third, should not stay longer in the maiden category. She's A Melody left the field dance to her tune despite drifting out alarmingly in the Young Senor Plate. The six-year-old mare has always struggled with her fitness but the way she took off from the 14th draw and maintained it is remarkable. The favourite Dazzling Flame failed to dazzle with late attempt. His run is best ignored. Supreme Success ran on to be an impressive third before the professional combination of A Khan and Rajinder got into act. The champion duo got together in the Gentle Spy Plate and it continued through the senior division of the GD Mahajan Memorial Cup. Their public fancied Wild Wind and Stunning Rose landed spoilsports respectively. The latter, who had a bitter taste of defeat at the hands of Spade of Ace three months back, needed this run most seeing the forthcoming 1000 Guineas in this months, where she is expected to be favourite. The dubious handling of Ram Parvesh on Shubh Shubh allowed Dream Debut to sign off the day's proceedings with the lower division of the GD Mahajan Memorial Cup. Shubh Shubh who spent valuable time in matching strides with gallopinggoldmine before the bend and thereafter with the eventual winner. Running off the bit made all the difference.