- india's first & foremost horse racing portal

Vinesh Dedicates First Winner to Brother Vinayak

By Mahendra Mallya | 30 Sep 2012 | PUNE

Mr. Kishore M Dingra, Mr. Mohan Chattaram & trainer Vinesh leading Jewels Of The Hill (Akshay Up), winner of The Noble Prince Trophy

Trainer Vinesh saddled his first career win when his ward Jewels Of The Hill (China Visit – Wandering Star) romped home to an authoritative victory. Settled third as instructed by Vinesh, Jewels Of The Hill trailed Prize Fighter and Lake View until the turn. Jewels Of The Hill then produced an attractive gallop to surge ahead as jockey Akshay started to get him going.  He piled up a huge lead early in the straight and won unchallenged to provide a memorable first victory to his trainer Vinesh. Chiquita his closet rival ran from a long way back to run a good second, beating long time leader Prize Factor to third.

“I dedicate this victory to my late brother Vinayak. It is indeed a great moment of my career and a first victory is always the most cherished. Vinayak and I have spent decades together at the races, but in this moment of joy, it is tragic that he isn’t around to shake my hand. I know wherever he is, he is going to be pleased as much as I am. I was a bit nervous, which I think is normal, but I was confident that Jewels of the Hill would bring me my first taste of success,” Vinesh told indiarace.

“I am glad to be a part of Vinesh’s first win which is a landmark in his career. He was confident and had told me that Jewels Of The Hill was ready to strike and this confidence impressed me. He is a very smart trainer and knows his job well and I wish him more and more success in his career,” said Mr Kishore Dingra, owner of Jewels Of The Hill.

Okavango (Major Impact – Another Time) won the Change of Luck Trophy and with this victory has compiled a fine hat-trick. However this victory was the toughest and brought the best out of this Malesh Narredu trainee. Okavango led the field all the way into the straight and had Living The Dream offering a stiff challenge. As the pair was going stride for stride, Sugar Loaf also appeared on the scene. He was close behind but never actually terrorized the fighting duo.  Okavango battled it out well with old-timer Living The Dream and in final couple of strides got out that extra bit to pull off a thrilling victory.

Jockey A Sandesh kept a firm grip on his lead in the jockey Championship tally riding out two winners on the day. He started the day on a winning note partnering Guns N Roses to pulsating victory. It was Festival Night who led them from the start with Blessed on his heels. This pair was leading comfortably when they turned for home.

Trainer Rehanullah Khan’s Guns N Roses (Brave Act  - Striesand) improved position to be a striking fourth just alongside Titleist at the top of the straight. Festival Knight squandered a chance for pulling off an encore by going considerably wide in the homestretch. Blessed too galloped on her outside and a confident Sandesh brought Guns N Roses widest of all. Titleist who got a lovely rail opening failed to capitalize on the fortune and could not quicken to force the issue in his favour. Guns N Roses showed tremendous finishing effort and was the fastest of the lot in the final strides to victory. He raced past Blessed to stretch his neck out and nosed the wire in a scintillating finish to peg back Blessed. Festival Knight ended a good third and still looks a force over a shorter sprint. Blessed too would be better off scaling down to five furlongs.

Fireback (Oath – South Beach) justified the overwhelming support he received and delivered in style giving Sandesh his second success of the day. The Mansoor Shah ward jumped out smartly then settled back in third as Erotic Flame and Star Glory with Glowing Star alongside in the early part of the race. At the turn, Fireback moved to one behind Erotic Flame and that order changed soon on turning for home. Fireback shot ahead and looked the winner long way from home. He too added to his win tally and recorded his third victory in four starts this season. The way he galloped and won, it is likely that he could another win this season. Miracle of Mercy beat the rest home moving up a couple of places late in the straight. Rose Bowl ended an eye-catching third coming from a long way back to pip Donata, who too ended a noteworthy fourth.

Wings Of Glory (China Visit – Dazzling Queen) from CD Katrak’s yard, was ridden to victory by David Allan, but he had a job to do as the bay gelding drifted out considerably in the final furlong. Zoom Zoom in his usual front-running style led them into the straight. Wings of Fortune came with a fiery burst and got past Zoom Zoom effortlessly. However, he shifted out under pressure but kept the momentum going and won well clear of Zoom Zoom. Star Fire Lady kicked on to take the place money. Hot Pepper played up in the gates and was withdrawn.

Ceasers Star (Sir Percy – Wishing on a Star) pulled off a sensational last stride victory to pip favourite Attribute on the post. Scarlatti led them all the way into the straight but couldn’t sustain in the final finish. Razeena battled on to stay in the hunt. Attribute covered a lot of ground briskly and took the lead with the winning post in sight. Caesars Star came from behind with a devastating run to collar Attribute right on the post by the shortest of margins to score his maiden win. Caesars Star was ably ridden by CS Jodha and trained by young Adhirajsingh.

Star Gazing (Mull of Kintyre – Rainbow Sunset) was bullish in the final furlong and got past a stubborn pair of early leader Rocking and favourite Matrioshka. The fight began as soon as Rocking turned for home. Rocking took the turn in an exaggerating curve and Matrioshka was quick to switch to his inside. Star Gazing, ridden by J Chinoy produced a sizzling burst and came upon these two. A brief tussled ensued and Star Gazing and Matrioshka stormed ahead to flashed past the winning post together. Star Gazing won by the bob of his head while Rocking finished a length behind the two.

Domain Anna (Bluegrass Prince – Cosmic Flash) finally produced a winning effort on her ninth start after a couple promising runs this season. She tracked Maladasun until into the straight, then streaked ahead to build on a handy lead to win with a measure of comfort. Jockey CS Jodha drove her out and away from the rest to clinch victory by two lengths. Its My Way arrived far too late but did well to end runner-up. Tudor Regent was in contention earlier in the straight, but could not quicken to tackle the winner and lost out the second slot to Its My Way in the final moments.

For the professionals, jockeys A Sandesh, David Allan and CS Jodha scored a double each.