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Ally McBeal resumes her winning ways on inaugural day

By Usman Rangila | 19 Jul 2001 | PUNE

Trainer I.A.Sait leading Ally Mcbeal ( M Narredu up ), winner of the Darado plate

The entire racecourse was bathed in green and white and these were the only two dominant colours that met the eye wherever you set your sight. Both the main track and the monsoon race track had a perfect growth of grass which added to the natural beauty of the racecourse. It was perfect setting for a perfect start. And not even the rain gods wished to play spoilsport the Pune racing season 2001 was flagged off here on Thursday.
The four-year-old bay filly Ally McBeal (Placerville-Ablaze), who started her career at this same venue last year, established herself as the speediest specimen of her age group in this side of the country. The bay filly owned by the twin Shroff brothers Ram and Raj in partnership with Dewan Arun Nanda, chalked up two victories for a rousing start to her career when nursed by lady trainer Arti Doctor. What followed was an over-ambitious planning of the itinerary for Ally McBeal. The filly was straight away targeted for a mile event which probably was to be her dress rehearsal for the Indian 1000 Guineas. Not surprisingly, Ally McBeal tasted her first career defeat at the hands of Anagram and Seychelles.
Ally McBeal then gave two non-descript performances at the start of her Mumbai campaign before being migrating to the stables of trainer Imtiaz Sait where the filly’s career was resurrected. Allowing Ally McBeal to run to her strength, Imtiaz entered her in sprint events and the bay filly picked up two comfortable victories before going down to Green Paradise in Mumbai.
Back in Pune, on the first day of the 2001 Pune season, Ally McBeal unraveled her resources of speed when collaring Absolute Hit in the home stretch and sailed away for an emphatic victory in the hands of jockey Mallesh Narredu. This was Ally McBeal’s third success from four starts in Imtiaz Sait’s care. The only way the filly can go from here is upwards and is likely to prove to be a formidable candidate in all sprint events.
Osprey provided a shock victory right at the start of the day when showing a clean pair of heels to her rivals. Dendrobium who was the popular choice to win did not display the speed she is known to possess and ended a dismal fourth. Blazing Flame who chased the winner all the time surrendered the runner-up berth to Millenium Star towards the end.
Soon afterwards, another surprise come in the form of Anjolie who fought a pitched battle with early leader Coronado in the straight and came out with flying colours in the hands of jockey S. N. Chavan. Laurels who was supported to the exclusion of his rivals, yet again failed to quicken at the right moment and ended a poor third.
After Ally McBeal brought smiles to the faces of the punters, Royal Amaretto made mincemeat of his rivals who were nowhere near his class. Another favourite Charismatic then turned the tables on Sun Charmer to extract sweet revenge for her last failure at Mahalaxmi.
Mark Gallagher forcefully rode Chocolate Chip as the Ivor Fernandes-trained mare took over the running in the early stages of the race. Draculla and Maximus tried in vain to collar to the leader. Pure Pearl like his stablemate Dendrobium showed no signs of obliging his supporters and ended in the dump.
Allowing Valencia to call the shots in the early stages of the July Trophy, youngster S. S. Bhati drove Micheal Eshwer-saddled Star Alone (Shareef Dancer – Clelia) to take charge of the running and the flag-bearer of the Manjri Stud won untroubled. Valencia was left to play the role of bridesmaid for the third time in a row. Changetheattitude ran a game third ahead of Rewarding King. The last named should pick up a race in less exalted company. Mystic Lady and Spirited Move, who failed to grace the judges’ board, were the best of the beaten brigade and certainly the ones for your notebook.
The Manjri Stud silks were again to the fore when K. P. G. Appu rode Speed of Light to a narrow victory over Snow Star on whom jockey Malcolm Kharadi was found wanting. Malcolm, who was out of action for quite some time, created all kinds of problems for himself at a very crucial juncture of the race and it was inevitable that Snow Star would lose the race. Clive Commission ran a forward race and retired gracefully to take the third place. Venus, who was full of running towards in the dying moments of the race, finished a good fourth ahead of Sunglow who was fighting for his head with jockey Zameer Sayyed right from the word go till he passed the wire.
Lets Party continues to baffle his admirers rather disappointingly and Thursday was no exception. The White Crown colt was nowhere in the hunt after mustering a good support in the betting ring. It was R. Rupesh-ridden War ‘N’ Peace to warmed up nicely to overcome the problems posed by the two Hormuz Antia wards Imperial Falcon and Val Rouge. But the Rehanullah Khan-groomed aged gelding was ridden ably by Rupesh in the end and was a worthy winner in the end.