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Simply Supreme hacks opposition on his way to maiden glory

By Usman Rangila | 26 Sep 2003 | PUNE

Supreme Crown (M A Gallagher up) winner of The Menorah Trophy being led in by trainer D.Todywalla

Right from the moment the starter’s flag came down to signal the contest for the Menorah Trophy, Simply Supreme reduced it to a one-horse race. No questions were asked by any of the eight runners as the son of Razeen raised no sweat when devouring ground with every stride of his over the mile journey. Starissima and Well Versed were hapless spectators throughout and so were the other contestants as Dallas Todywalla’s candidate proved that he was appropriately named at least for this one occasion. Irishman Mark Gallagher had to perform no spectacular feat astride Simply Supreme except keeping a firm grip over the reins and allowing the bay gelding to do the obliging act.
The Dallas-Mark combination had earlier tasted success through Rising Passion (Steinbeck-Run For The Crown), who is bred as full sister to Arrakis. The property of Dr M.A.M. Ramaswamy was hard-ridden to wear down the early leaders and her task may’ve been rendered a trifle easier by Tuglak, who failed to keep a straight course and in turn took favourite Bhanuja out with him at the bend. Race The Moon, one of the fancied contenders and also stable-mate of Tuglak, ran on to finish an unimpressive second ahead of Speedster.
Had Star Holme not veered out under pressure Dallas would’ve completed a deserving treble. The chestnut daughter of Steinbeck out of Sun Sparkle was a winner at every stage of the scurry except at the all important end when Mansingh Jadhav-nurtured filly Polar Star (Greensmith-Moonlight Magic) stretched out magnificently under young S. Sunil’s guidance to gain a half-length verdict in her favour. Fair ‘N’ Square gained places as the race progressed and should be a worthy candidate for an early victory. Liquid Gold lacked the zeal to stay in the hunt and eventually ended fifth behind Dancing Mystery.
The presence of lesser-known Ravi Biramne atop the neatly turned out gelding Arabian Fighter led the punters astray in the Mayapan Trophy. This was a natural recourse for them as the likes of Pesi Shroff, C. Rajendra and Bajrang Singh were discharging their duties in this race astride Danger Zone, Infinite and Dazzling Gold respectively. Current form was also one of the reasons for the tilt of the balance in their favour. Arabian Fighter did not lack on any count except for the credentials of his saddle partner and unlike his previous three appearances this season, the seven-year-old by Hadaaf looked a picture during the paddock parade. 
Not surprisingly, Arabian Fighter went straight down to business as the gates flew open and, for a change, his rider Biramne too appeared to be in a positive mindset. The bay called a merry tune to his rivals and held on stubbornly to the chagrin of many except his master Altaf Hussain. Infinite was forced to play second fiddle after losing valuable ground at the start. Psychedelic clung to the third slot from Danger Zone who moved up slowly and agonisingly. Every attempt of jockey Bajrang Singh to cajole and coerce Dazzling Gold to raise a fluent gallop got a cold response from the chestnut. The Bezan Chenoy ward regained his untrustworthy tag having earlier lost it during his flash-in-the-pan run behind Dreams To Reality.
With the exit of Great Strides from the fray on veterinary grounds in the Mohamed Ali Plate, the victory of Trace of Magic (Don’t Forget Me-Anissa) was all but a forgone conclusion. The chestnut filly sent out by Narendra Lagad went wire to wire in the hands of S. N. Chavan to earn her second success of the season. With Karumba refusing to budge from the mid-group and content running fourth, it was left to Summeroffortytwo and the late-finishing Simply Red to fill the frame.
A well-judged piece of riding from youngster R.K. Mahesh in the concluding event saw Always Certain finally earn a bracket. Owned and trained by Arti Doctor, Always Certain (Warrshan-Yes No Maybe So) came with a flourishing run to frustrate the second-in-demand Bruno in the shadow of the winning post. Cooji Katrak-nursed Rigged made all the running over the mile journey only to end a close third. Unfortunately, however, jockey P. Kamlesh “lost” his whip with hardly a furlong left for home but for which the result might have been quite different. Favourite Alzira gave a performance that was much below par and certainly one that should baffle all students of form.