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Shivalik Hero Wins Irish Thoroughbred Million

By Mahendra Mallya | 16 Oct 2011 | PUNE

Trainer M Narredu leading Shivalik Hero (Suraj Narredu Up), winner of The Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Million

Shivalik Hero (Rebuttal – Mullagh) owned by Mr Nirmal Singh and trained by Malesh Narredu was the only two-year-old with a race experience. He utilized this advantage to the hilt and chalked an impressive victory to land the rich purse and an attractive trophy that came with winning the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Million.

Shivalik Hero (Rebuttal – Maullagh) took a bit of time to settle down and by then, Afrojack, Relic Hunter and Amazing Desire were disputing the lead well ahead of Shivalik Hero. Your Lordship was trying to get the feel of a race. Scone was slow at the start and never in the hunt. Shivalik hero came alive at the turn and even as Afrojack and Relic Hunter were fighting it out, Shivalik hero was produced through the rails by Suraj Narredu and they shot ahead to run away with the honours. Relic Hunter ran on to end a reasonably good second, considering this was his first run.

Rule Forever (Exceed And Excel – Greytown) was over powering in his reign of the homestretch. Tagging along with Be Cool until they straightened for home, Rule Forever bounded forward with powerful strides to seal the contest even before they hit the distance post. He left nothing to chance and stretched out attractively to score an authoritative victory. Follow Me and King Julien followed the winner home. Be Cool ended in the frame after leading until into the straight.

Vittoria (China Visit – Prevalence) galloped to an impressive fourth victory extending her unbeaten streak. Going over the mile for the first time, Vittoria took no chances and played the waiting game, Ladjadj Stephane implying his faith on the filly’s top gear finish that he had piloted in her last two victories. Meanwhile, Oh Calcutta and Living the Dream shared the initial honours of guiding the field. Running Sun played the link between the front-runners and Dancing Dame and Vittoria.

Stephane astride Vittoria made his move at the turn and was in striking position to scoot away in the straight on getting the cue. Living The dream flattered to deceive as he put up no resistance once Vittoria came calling. Vittoria lived up to the expectations and produced a strong gallop to sail away in the final furlong to post yet another impressive victory. With this win, Vittoria ended her Pune campaign with well compiled hat-trick this Pune season.

Titian (Ikhtyar – Innara) got the better of Enlightenment with a strong finish. Azul took no part in the race after failing to take the jump. Sea Shower escorted the field until the home turn and then packed up. Combined Operation then took ever but had Enlightenment in serious chase. Titian was still a length or two behind and Dashrath waited for the right moment to unleash Titian. Titian responded well and got alongside Enlightenment and Combined Operation who were engaged in a tussle. In the final 100, Titian quickened further and did not need too much effort to get past Enlightenment to post a fairly easy victory.

Agni Baan (Major Impact – Fire Dancer) proved he was much superior to the class IV set he was taking on and registered a gate-to-post victory without encountering any serious threat. Ocean Girl did challenge him early in the straight but when Agni Baan upped the ante, ocean Girl was not up to it and had to be content with the second spot. Arctic Minstrel was never in the hunt, racing from a bit too far back, but finished on powerfully to end an eye-catching third.

Master Craft (Razeen – Magical Moments) scored an impressive encore following his last start victory with an even more authoritative show this time. He was in to the lead soon on start and kept a safe distance from his closet rival Peregrine Falcon who tried hard but failed to catch up. Beemer showed some energy towards the end, but could only bridge the gap and finish closer to Peregrine Falcon to earn place money.

Mypethoney (Case Law – Divine Honey) won the opening race of the day with a good measure of comfort. None from behind had enough to chase her down. Mypethoney showed good initial speed to go for the race the only way she knows, which is to hit the front and make them all run. Captain Smart chased the leader but never got to even touching distance of the winner. Arabian Star in the final stages ran on to pip Captain Smart for the runner-up berth.

Seen It All (Brave Hunter – Hungarian Rhapsody) floored the jackpot hunters and brought off a shock win. Seen It All, ridden by T Atul travelled the least distance of all, taking the rail route all through. That held him in good stead as he got a lovely opening when Wild Imagination took the turn slightly wide. Atul wasted no time and as quick to grab the opportunity to challenge long time leader Constanza. Seen It All shot through and quickened well to score with Call To Arms, Constanza and Sterling Silver finishing in a heap behind for the minor placing. An objection by Sunny Chinoy protesting infringement from Call To Arms was overruled by the stewards.

Laurus Pride (Royal Gladiator – Coco Beach) played his cards well and pulled off a clinical start-to-finish victory in the last race of the day. Setting off on the front foot, Laurus Pride kept the momentum going and maintained a steady pace all through to win without anxiety. Rose Heaven took a while to warm up and had this been the Mumbai straight, Rose Heaven may have benefited with the longer straight. While Laurus Pride never looked in danger, Rose heaven noticeably cut the distance and finished on the tail of the winner. Last Tango too came with a late finish and ended a good third.

For the professionals, trainer Adil Dajee and apprentice jockey Kavraj Singh score a double each.