Coral Gables Defies Age
Trainer L.D'Silva leading Coral Gables (A Imran Khan up), winner of the Mysore Race Club Cup
The Lionhearted son of Young Senor kept his tryst with destiny when he defied age to get his thirtieth victory. Ten year-old Coral Gables, trained by Leo D’Silva, won the Mysore Race Club Cup in style, beating six rivals, almost half his age.
Orochi led the field, followed by Clever Ploy, Hurricane Bay, Vijayrath, Coral Gables and Bold Blast. As the seven runners entered the straight, Orochi packed up while the favourite Vijayrath took the initiative with Kings Cruise in hot Pursuit. Coral Gables had by then made rapid inroads manoeuvring through the field and the race got to a boil with the oldest in the pack, Coral Gables and the youngest, Kings Cruise, rushing towards the finish. Coral Gables relished the underfoot condition and raced away to victory.
P.S. Chouhan’s strong riding got the top-weighted Fly By Wire into a galloping mood to lift the P.G. Reddy Memorial Cup. For the first three placed horses, Fly by Wire, Dash of Class and Royal Embassy, it was a repeat of their earlier essay, where they had finished in the same order.
Kuchipudi danced away to victory in the higher division of the Wanaparthy Trophy, run over 1,200 metres. Kuchipudi shot into the lead on entering the straight and although ran a bit erratic, kept up the momentum to beat Orient Glory by a convincing margin. The favourite in the race, Orient Glory, missed the start, losing about three lengths and then travelled around the field throughout the race. When Orient Glory tried to challenge Kuchipudi on the straight, he had run out of steam and finished second. Victorous Sally was withdrawn after she refused to move into the gates.
M. Sathyanarayana-trained Disco Flash won the lower division in a cluster finish. Young Soldier had a three lengths lead approaching the 300 metres followed by Tristar who was inching closer with every stride. The complexion of the race changed in the last 50 metres as Disco Flash, Vigoroso, Winning Strides and King of Court dashed on to the scene, six horses finishing within one and a half lengths. Vigoroso travelling the fastest towards the closing stages finished second ahead of Young Soldier.
Ananth Vatsalya-trained Airborne Magic won the Con Amore Cup, the opening race of the day by a lengthening margin. Taking charge before approaching the final bend, Kohinoor Magic stretched out to score his second successive win. Arcturus finished second while Brianna a tame third.
Hard Kingdom tracked the front-running Royal Shaan till the top of the straight wherefrom he took charge to score an easy win in the Fire Haven plate. Royal Shaan finished second ahead of Seno Rita.
R.H. Sequeira-trained Blazing Asian completed the formality in the concluding race of the day.
Trainer M. Sathyanarayana and jockey A. Imran Khan were the only professionals to score a brace each.