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Bullet Finally Hits the Bulls-eye

By Mahendra Mallya | 10 Sep 2011 | PUNE

Trainer Imtiaz A Sait leading Bullet (Dashrath Singh Up), winner of The Radical Froce Trophy

After missing out on more than a few occasions in his career, Bullet finally showed his fire power to notch up a much awaited victory. He had been beaten in the final furlong on many occasions and that was frustrating to say the least. His career record shows that he has always been in the top t three positions (14 of his 15 attempts) winning twice and ending runner-up eight times. However, he came good finally and showed that he truly possesses the speed to justify the name given to him.

The Radical Force Trophy had a fiery line-up of seven speed merchants ready on the draw. Saints N Sinners was quick to bolt out of the gates and set about going at a cracking pace. The rest followed close behind in a bunch. Class Apart, the favourite, never got going and disappointed her large following. Entering the straight, Saints N Sinners kicked away from the rest. He built a handy lead that looked good to see him through the 300m that was left to get to the winning post. Class Apart, by then was out of the reckoning. Phosphor was the closest to Saints N Sinners and then Bullet started to warm up nicely. Ocean Legacy looked in distress and faded out of a prominent position on the wider outside. In the final furlong, Saints N Sinners saw the live threat looming as Bullet made a solid bid from his outside. Jockey Sandesh went all out in a desperate bid to hang on to the lead. However, Bullet (Major Impact – Euro Star), ridden by Dashrath Singh, swooped upon him and shot ahead decisively to clinch the race just split seconds shy of the course record of 58.52 secs on the main track. Bullet clocked 58.71. His final burst was impressive and Bullet should do well again. Saints N Sinners was gallant in defeat and will live to fight another day. Phosphor ran to expectations but Class Apart ran below par.

Hills And Stars (Razeen – Altitude) enhanced her reputation as a top class filly with a sizzling display in the homestretch. Last start winner Running Sun tried the ‘run-away’ tactics and surged ahead in the backstretch to build a huge lead, but not exactly at a cracking pace. Gatravat chased the leader and this pair was more than ten lengths ahead of the three other contenders. Hills And Stars preferred to wait it out in the last position. Past the 800, the others started to bridge the gap. By the time they approached the final turn, Running Sun was still ahead, but the lead was inconsequential. Running Sun came under the stick soon on turning for home and was hard ridden to stay ahead. Our Chieftain was taking his time to overhaul the leader and just when Our Chieftain was about to join Running Sun, Hills And Stars came and went in a flash!

Suraj Narredu, astride Hills And Stars didn’t have to go for the stick. Hands and heels and a bit of pushing was all that was required to guide Hills And stars. The filly bounded forward with an astounding show of acceleration and zipped ahead to win attractively. The filly is special and she made no secret of the fact! Check Her Out (Bee’s Prospector – Dancing Dreams) lived up to the promise she had shown in her last outing where she had ended third behind Smooth Operator and Greatness. It was her day now and she wasted little time going to the front, coming from an outside draw. Apprentice jockey Kavraj Singh executed the start-to-finish ploy perfectly well and ensured that in the straight, he had ample lead to fall back on in the event there was any threat. There wasn’t, as Check Her Out galloped on at full steam and looked the winner even before stepping into the final furlong. The rest were struggling to catch up. Check Her Out was fluent in her gallop and sailed through unscathed to post a convincing victory. Classic Ruler and Towering high fought hard for the runner-up berth with the former putting his nose in front to claim that honour. Fantastic had a good outing and should benefit from that later this season.

Camacho (Razeen – Gourgandine) encountered a serious threat from his own un-fancied mate Angelo who stretched his lead over a much longer period than expected. Angelo who came into this race with a fighting effort in his last start, bolted to a massive lead as they swung into the back-stretch. He then moderated his gay gallop but maintained about two lengths in the latter half of the race.

Camacho was running second in chase and had Living the Dream and Solor behind him. Once into the straight, it was evident that the two others were not going to trouble the Dr Vijay Mallya representation.

Angelo did not cave-in after straightening up and galloped on gamely. This rather caught Camacho off-guard and jockey Prakash, who till then, was cruising alongside almost got into panic mode. Prakash gave a crack or two and Camacho responded well to the call and managed to surge ahead of Angelo past the Grand stands. It was a huge sigh of relief for the followers of the favourite, as Camacho had commanded miserly quote, no more than half money. Camacho prevailed by just half a length and all was well that it ended well.

Major Wager (Major Impact – Anissa) pulled off an easy victory in the Premier Collection Plate with a sound gallop that was enough to account for his eight rivals. Twittillator was the one to lead the pack with Legends Order and Major Wager in close attendance. Ocean Touch despite being in close vicinity could not push ahead and faded away without making any impact. Etiquette was too far back initially, but improved position in the latter half of the race. She slipped through the rails and had as good a chance as any to make a race of it. However, she took quite a while to make a serious bid to topple Major Wager but gained ground only when it was all over. Major Wager kicked on strongly, smothering the opposition with a steel-like grip on the race right through the homestretch.

Star Prince (Noverre - Ring of Kerry) dished out a clinical performance in scoring a facile victory in the last race of the day. Apocalypse was quick at start and shot into the lead rather effortlessly and went on to establish a huge lead in quick time. However, the others did not let him run away any further as Ashwa Pervez sped to catch up within the next furlong. Star Prince improved gradually to settle a handy third as they began to turn for home.

Apocalypse came in with a handy lead though as Ashwa Pervez simply packed up. Star Prince then started to accelerate and within strides stormed ahead of Apocalypse at the distance post and flew further away to clinch the issue in terrific fashion. Star Prince won unchallenged and without being extended. Apocalypse galloped on, but was caught on the post for the runner-up berth by Flying Jewel, the latter covering a lot of ground in the straight. Apocalypse too should come out of this race with a lot of pluses. Zaracha did not get a clear passage and was hampered in the straight.

Golden Creek (Gaswar – Lady of The Lake) scored her maiden victory in impressive style with a resolute gallop that left her opponents gasping. There was a huge rush from the word go and at least six of the eleven in the fray were fighting one another for the lead. Even at the turn, Guernica, McQueen, Ran Banka and Adams Vision were abreast while turning for home. Guernica surged ahead and had Adams Vision on her haunches. Golden Creek pounced upon the pair and with a fiery gallop, sailed past them with effortless ease. Golden Creek drew away in the final 100 and registered her first victory. In her current form, Golden Creek will certainly add to that before long. Machala came on to the scene far too late, yet managed to beat all but the winner. The manner in which she covered ground implied that a slightly longer distance would augur well for Machala.

Splash (Black Cash – Splash of Class) was another one who entered the winners’ circle on the day. It was her ninth effort that was fruitful and she shaped up well right from the start, settling well up in the front alongside Flying Tackle initially. She then settled back in second as Flying Tackle stepped up pace to take a handy lead. Into the straight, Flying Tackle fought hard to retain her lead, but Firemiss and Splash launched into the top gear. Just as Firemiss began to get the measure of Flying Tackle, Splash gathered quick momentum on the outside and kicked away to score decisively. Firemiss ran a good second while Royalty just could not produce a worthwhile gallop. Sizzling Love improved to find a place in the frame.

For the professionals, trainers Pesi Shroff, Karthik and Vinayak saddled a double each and jockeys Prakash, Suraj and young apprentice Kavraj Singh all scored a double as well.