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It’s Dallas Todywalla all the way on inaugural day at Pune

By Usman Rangila | 17 Jul 2003 | PUNE

It was the debonair professional Dallas Todywalla all the way as the Sport of Kings took off on a rather uneventful note in the city better known as the Queen of the Deccan. Emotions of apparent joy and gloom took turns in visiting Dallas’ face as the day progressed and understandably so because he is staring into the face of a ban in the coming days for breach of medication rules. The erstwhile champion saddled a grand treble through Resolve, Great Strides and Amazing Strides. What’s more, all these three winners made their ventures profitable for the punters. Trainer Arti Doctor too had the satisfaction of leading in a double.
In the curtain-raiser, Resolve went in chase of leader Silver ‘N’ Gold when the field of six came into the homestretch and victory was soon in sight as the Rehanullah Khan-trainee failed to sustain. The rest of the runners were all unprepared for any contest and obviously out for airing.
Unfancied Danger Zone earned the dubious distinction of registering the first upset win of the season after giving a fine response to jockey P. Kamlesh’s call. The Young Senor-mare was languishing in the rear even as the two favourites, Heartbreaker and Star Look, were sorting out the issue and put in a terrific burst to be credited with a fluke success. Silver Blue hesitantly crept up to grab the second slot as both Heartbreaker and Star Look weakened.
Later, Shahandeh from Arti Doctor’s yard was driven powerfully by Bajrang Singh to snatch glory from Arabian Fighter, who called the shots in the initial stages of the Almanac Trophy. Mandalay Bay was done in by the pace and could do no better than finish third ahead of Avenging Angel. Both Arabian Fighter and Avenging Angel were not disgraced in their defeat and are likely to shine among older horses.
Despite the bookies hiking the odds against him, Great Strides was unrelenting in his fight against Daisy Cutter, whose start to finish tactics came to nought close home. The son of Greensmith out of First One Home stretched out magnificently in the hands of jockey B. Prakash to go sweeping past the tiring second favourite. The third slot was taken by Altius ahead of Aries who appeared a tad soft in the paddock.
The grey Oriental Ace spurted well to collar the speedy Shadow Dancing, who waltzed away into the lead when the starter’s flag came down. Stay With Me tried hard to catch the winner if only for frustration’s sake. In this event too there were quite a few horses who were found wanting in the fitness area. Make note of Smokey Joe and High Voltage who can have their say when taking on horses belonging to their own age group.
Sandeep Mangalorkar’s ward Lake District chose to follow the footsteps of Danger Zone and cantered away to a pillar to post victory with his saddle partner Hanumant Singh not having to do anything spectacular achieve glory. Silver Line, Ameerat, Princess Helen and Vishalakkshi were unable to make any impression on the winner at any stage of the race.
Amazing Strides came out unscathed from his skirmish in the concluding race which resulted in Dallas Todywalla and B. Prakash completing a treble and double respectively. Had jockey P. Kamlesh shown more enterprise astride runner-up Maracaibo, the one-eyed grey from trainer Vinayak’s yard would have surely turned the tables on Amazing Strides. Queen’s Message acceleration problems meant she could go no further than the third place and had to fight every inch of ground to retain the same from Flames.