Stunning Rose Posts a Superb Victory
Who is going to be the best juvenile of the Delhi season? It is too early to predict but if the stunning performance of the bay filly - Stunning Rose is a pointer, make a note of it. She registered an emphatic victory in the Ceremonial Plate for maiden 2-year-olds on the day, when her owners - Rajesh Sahgal and Sultan Singh and trainer A Khan went on to complete a quadruple. Jockey Rajinder also joined the bandwagon.
Stunning Rose and Quality Assurance both stood out superbly in the morning try-outs. However, the recent trial and engaging the outstation jockey made the latter a hot favourite. But unfortunately, Quality Assurance failed to sustain.
The daughter of Royal Gladiator and Mount Rose made quick dash along with the other six counterparts. Polish Beauty was allowed to dictate terms, and Dolton Power was up with the pace, till Quality Assurance was ridden out vigorously by the visiting reinman Imran Chisty. Meanwhile, Golden Gun and Stunning Rose improved bit by bit. Approaching the top of the home stretch, Golden Gun improved and even stepped into the leader's boot, and was almost in a position to shed the maiden status before Rajinder-ridden Stunning Rose stunned him.
However, the margin of victory would have been widened if Stunning Rose had not won under sufferance. The glittering display of the winner has proved that she has the best credentials to garner glory in the forthcoming mega events for the juveniles Million races. Pawan was in a hurry on Golden Gun, who should soon strip fitter. Polish Beauty, daughter of Razeen and Polish Lightning should stay longer in maiden status. Quality Assurance was hardly given a breather during the race. She has ample scope of improvement.
Apprentice Jai Prakash steered Good Idea to bring the connections the second victory of the day. The colt was made to sweat in the last part by the late-galloping grey Clean Bowled. However, the most impressive run was of Real Diamond, who was ridden out poorly by the in-form Saini, at the time of urgency.
Syed Afsar Shah-ridden Madam Majestic followed the footsteps of the early winners of the day. Shah had an anxious moment until Shaitan drifted out in the straight and failed to maintain the start-to-finish campaign by a three-parts-of-a-length. However, Ready To win, who was handled improperly, would have emerged victorious as she was further half-a-length away from the duo.
The rest of the day was ruled by the ace jockey Rajinder, who helped Real Queen to rule the track over the five-furlong GOC Delhi Area Cup. Incidentally, it was the fourth straight victory for the trio--Rajesh Sahgal, Sultan Singh and A Khan. In the Cavalry Plate, he drove Federico Home over the mile, and later showed his prowess on Dilnawaz in the concluding event.