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Siberean strikes winning form

By Sharan Kumar | 26 Dec 2003 | BANGALORE

Siberean (Harish up) winner of The Ardent Knight Cup being led by trainer S Singh & owner Mrs. Rekha Mallya

Siberean swamped the opposition in the Ardent Knight Cup to end a series of dismal runs on Friday. The son of Serious Spender, who was hailed as a classic prospect at the beginning of his career, had disappointed and lost his winning habit over the last six months. But Sibearean’s track workouts and his last run were suggestive of better things to come. And Siberean did not disappoint his optimistic supporters, winning the race in decisive fashion even though he appeared to be under a great deal of pressure to maintain his front-running tactics rounding the final bend. Consistent Augill Castle ran true to form claiming the second spot ahead of Double Eagle while Crow Wood continued to disappoint, with a listless run.
Jockey Harish took Siberean on a start to finish mission, with Crown Wood in close attendance. Sibrean had to be urged to keep his position and it looked as though Crow Wood who was chasing him would overhaul him. But Siberean got strong on turning for home and sped away for an effortless win while Crow Wood faded out to finish off the frame. There was strong support for Star Chivalry but then he has never been a model of consistency.
Space Craft who had run third to stable mate in his debut run as a juvenile last year, had not lived up to expectations. After changing stables and entrusted to Irfan Ghatala, Space Craft showed out to be in good condition as evidenced in a mock race last fortnight which suggested early success for this son of Tejano. Space Craft readily justified the optimism with an effortless win over The Zamindar who was crying for more ground. Juan De Voux finished on from behind to finish third. Space Craft can repeat.
Dilmaangemore managed to thwart the challenge of Ampersand to record his second straight win. Dilmaangemore was not inclined to raise a fluent gallop in the early part of the race and jockey Ryan Marshall had to belt him to take a forward position. Brunswick who brought the field into view, failed to sustain his effort and Dilmaangemore burst through the middle and despite a strong challenge from Ampersand, had something in reserve when crossing the post in the Kehlan Stud Plate (Div I). Slovania won the lower division as a strong favourite at the expense of a late-finishing Star Eaglle.
In the race meant for juveniles, first-timer Havana Goodtime showed plenty of speed to have the race in her grasp from the word `go’. Way to Fame chased without hope while Proud Tradition plodded on to be third.
Airworthy justified the quite support that he enjoyed in the ring and readily won the P R Shamasundar Memorial Plate. Favourite Allespange ran like a dud. After tracking the speedy Black Ocean into the straight, Airworthy sped away for a comfortable win. Limitations saved placed money. In the day’s other action, favourite Crystal Rose won untroubled.