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Ladjadj Stephane Ignites Attila for a Sizzling Victory

By Mahendra Mallya | 09 Oct 2011 | PUNE

Attila (Ladjadj Stephane Up), winner of The Noshir Dolly Dhunjibhoy Sprint Million

Attila (China Visit – Al Dante) gave off her best performance to date and also displayed terrific grit to prevail in a tough contest stretching to the wire involving Elizabeth who too made a determined bid in a gripping battle for the Noshir and Dolly Sprint Million over 1200m. Attila surfaced to the forefront in the straight and soon had Elizabeth pounding her way to the finish from the inside. The final furlong set the crowds alight as both fought hard, fighting every inch of the turf in a nail biting finish. It was a great effort from both and Attila got the nod right, leaving Elizabeth short by the narrowest of margins.

Smashing (Holy Roman Emperor – Exquisite) was on a roll dishing out her second massive victory following her impressive debut. Smashing was simply too good for her rivals and even Scorch, who had thundered to victory last time out, paled under the fiery onslaught of Smashing. Smashing took over from Scorch at the turn and then bounded forward effortlessly. She looked in sweet rhythm as she tore away from the rest clocking under 1:10 – an unofficial benchmark for top class sprinters. “She has shown tremendous potential and sure is a great prospect for future glories. I feel she could get a mile and the speed she possesses is truly great. We will chalk out her campaign soon and a Guineas attempt could be an idea worth toying with,” said an elated Mr Zeyn Mirza, Managing Director of the URBB. Smashing has begun her career on a fiery note and is sure to be in the news in Mumbai.

Trainer Dallas Todywalla had a very successful day with three horses from his stables returning triumphant. Sharaarat gave him a thumping start accounting for the hottest favourite on the day after Smashing - Colours Flying. Sharaarat (Ace – Shamaal), provided an ideal victorious ‘debut’ for his sire Ace, standing at the Poonawalla Stud Farm. The two year old filly is the first runner sired by Ace and the breeders were elated at this auspicious start. Not many believed that Sharaarat would create a major upset as she led the field soon on start. Sharaarat entered the straight and when Colours Flying came alongside, it seemed all over for the filly. However, she was not done yet and she mustered more speed shifting the pressure on to the favourite. Sharaarat forged her way ahead to score an upset. Colours Flying flattered to deceive and after shaping up well, faltered in the straight. He changed legs more than a couple of times and never got into any rhythm. However, he would certainly gain from this run and should fare better next time out.

Swift Memories (Major Impact – Memories of You) made ample amends for her last start failure to Invictus and scored a facile victory in a comfortable manner. Frost Fairy led for the most part of the journey along with Sheriff, but when it mattered, she faded away. Sheriff carried on, but when Swift Memories closer, Sheriff could not counter her challenge and surrendered meekly. Sheriff however, retained the second spot. Swift Memories finally shook off her maiden status and looked good doing so.

Lake Winnipeg (China Visit – Allspice) sprang from nowhere as the leads changed alarmingly in the latter half of the straight. It was Aliyana who appeared to be going well in a start to finish bid when Persian Lily put in a forceful gallop. Just as Persian Lily was being hailed, Lake Winnipeg snorted through horses and came with a power-packed finish. He surged past Persian Lily to score a third victory this season. Irresistible Hunk could not defy the penalty and was never prominent. Lakhadema and Prince of Troy came from behind and managed to peg back Aliyana for the minor placing.

Yuville (Placerville – Yutai) who was withdrawn during what would have been his first essay, made this one count with a well compiled victory on his debut. Brave Vision tried to run away with the race and was gritty until Suraj produced Imtiaz Sait’s Yuville with a flourishing gallop. Once he arrived on the scene, it was all over. Rosalind just could not measure up and ended a tame third behind Brave Vision.

Capriole (China Visit – Silken Star) took his time getting into the winners’ circle, but looked good when he finally pulled off an overdue victory. By this convincing victory, Capriole made up for all her shortcomings so far and piled up a huge lead approaching the distance post and stretched away from the hapless Neath who was in chase. Spirit of Mercy was in good position close on the fence at the turn, but had no answer to Capriole’s tremendous acceleration. Afsoon went slightly wide while turning for home and just did enough to find a place in the frame. Spook failed to scare anyone and ran a run-of-the-mill race making no impression whatsoever.

Saints N Sinners (Burden of Proof – Corsicana) lived up to the promise he had shown in his earlier race and justified the top billing he garnered on the day. However, he encountered some tense moments in the final few strides when River Blitz covered ground briskly and almost derailed him. Saints N Sinners led the field into the straight and accelerated further ahead. At the distance post, he looked good to carry on, but in a sudden surge, River Blitz quickened in a trice and got far too close at the wire. The punters breathed a sigh of relief when the winning post arrived, just in time for the favourite.

Hurricane Bird had lots of hope flying with her and Srinath complained post race, that he ran into rough weather just as he was about to take flight! His contention was that Sunny Chinoy came in sharply before crossing the first 100m barrier which cost him the race, as he had to swerve inside causing a chain reaction. However, the stewards had none of it and overruled his contentions. Circus Ring played to the galleries with a good show and once he was in the lead, he ensured he stayed ahead. Circus Ring (China Visit – Prevalence) extended his lead early in the straight and the going got hot for him in the final 100 when both Hurricane Bird and Apocalypse made a daring charge at him. Circus Ring however, maintained momentum to last out all the way. Kite Runner joined the melee at the winning post, and the minor placing was closely fought, inches separating the three involved!

Sweaty Betty once again found one better and this time it was Tag Along Tommy (Duja – Malaga Cove). The Nana Raghunath ward shot into the lead and shut out the opposition to score his maiden victory. Sweaty Betty tried hard to catch up but could only finish a frustrating second yet again. Victor Ivanov ran on to earn place money, just ahead of Glowing Mist.

For the professionals, trainer Dallas Todywalla saddled a fine treble. Hoshidar Daji sent out a double. Jockey Suraj Narredu was at his best piloting home three winners, while jockey Dashrath Singh tightened his grip on the lead to the jockey’s championship with two winners.