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Dallas Todywalla refuses to take a back seat

By Usman Rangila | 25 Jul 2003 | PUNE

Whenever rain renders the going soft, one often comes across a theory that such track conditions are ideal for the Placerville progeny. Raziya proved it on Thursday while Secret Miracle and Supreme Chancellor won in affirmation on Friday. There was no let up in the rainfall which began ominously on Thursday and there were no signs of Dallas Todywalla taking a back seat either on the fourth day of the current racing season. Dallas, who has been given a 45-day ban, saddled a brace through Armies of Light and Supreme Chancellor.
B. Prakash packed enough punch in his performance astride Supreme Chancellor, who had drawn a blank during his Mumbai campaign, to clinch the Balam Trophy in a tight finish involving Early Bird and Friendly Gift. Jockey P.S. Chouhan’s undue haste in showing early daylight to Early Bird led to his downfall. Having spent nearly all his fuel during the climb uphill, the son of Don’t Forget Me was unable to counter the onslaught of Supreme Chancellor. Friendly Gift challenged both the winner and Early Bird but could do not better than finish second. Early Bird lives to fight for another day. Freedom’s Choice, who filled the frame, retired gracefully and has reserved his best for some other occasion.
Secret Miracle wore down Courageous and Mountain Rose at the start of the day’s proceedings to give Faisal Abbas his first winner of the season. Try hard as he did, jockey P. Kamlesh could not get Black Mamba to overtake the winner and had to be content playing second fiddle. The son of Young Senor is knocking at the doors of success and should get a positive reply ere long. 
Setting a new precedent, the RWITC Stewards banned trainer S.M. Johnson and apprentice A.J. Nilesh for four race days after concluding that Al Gibran was not allowed to run on its merits. Both Johnson and Nilesh were called in immediately after the race and were confronted by the stipes. As the evidence was too strong against them, the erring duo preferred to come clean instantly. Hence, the club authorities were not too harsh on them.
Armies of Light became the fifth horse from Dallas’ stable to shed its maiden status. The bay filly by Steinbeck out of Maribella won untroubled over the scurry from Asian Express and Oh God. Earlier River Master very nearly graduated too but the resolute gallop of Happy Times put paid to his hopes. The favourite was a winner at every stage of the race except at the all important end. The decision of trainer Altaf Hussain to claim the 3.5kg allowance of apprentice Abhishek Habbu on Happy Times turned out to be a wise one. Abhishek on his part displayed remarkable poise astride the winner, who is bred as half-brother of Criollo, and was rewarded with a hard-earned victory.
Sarosh Mody-saddled War Zone’s first-time entry to the winner’s enclosure was without raising a sweat. The Bajrang Singh-piloted chestnut son of Lion Cavern, brought in-foal to Special Treat, won with an authority over Star Decoration and My Way. War Zone’s stable-mate Sheer Silver found Gesundheit a thorn in his flesh. The son of Tirol, from Saeed Shah’s yard, burst on to the scene with a powerful run to upstage both Sheer Silver and Tarragona. The latter, entrusted to a 5kg-claimer, made an unsuccessful start-to-finish bid and ended third. She has the potential to improve on this run. 
Sarosh Mody and Bajrang Singh were once again licking their wounds when Zante outclassed Zestful in the last race. The dark bay daughter of Sir Bruce was turned out admirably by Cooji Katrak so much so that the winner was well and truly sighted once Zante took charge of the running Verzzano at the turn. Malesh Narredu set his score board ticking with his association with Zante. Dollar Bill and Never Surrender had no say in the climax but should be doing so whenever an “opportunity” provides itself to this duo.