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By Mirror Image | 24 Dec 2012 | HYDERABAD

Mr. Ajay K Pathak & trainer Zoheb Shaikh leading Fearless Moments (Suraj Narredu up), winner of The Deccan Juvenile Million

The fiery youngster from Zoheb Shaikh’s stables, Fearless Moments (Mull Of Kintyre-Jade Image) fought a hard battle with the favourite Fastest Finger to earn its third successive victory from as many runs, in the Deccan Juvenile Million. Four juveniles faced the starter for the terms race that was run over six furlongs. Fearless Moments went into the front right from the start and Fastest Finger moved quickly to be on the haunches in second. Moving into the last 400 metres, Fastest Finger moved alongside and the battle for the ‘Million’ started very early on the straight. Fastest Finger started to lug out under pressure and Fearless Moments was also beginning to veer out. Suraj Narredu stopped the whipping on Fearless Moments and tried to arrest the shift. P.S.Chouhan was in full flow on Fastest Finger but failed to collar the leader and lost out by a slender margin.

D.Netto trained Power Drive (Ajaad-Desert Flame) won the higher division of the Malvado Plate, a maiden five furlongs sprint for two year olds. Promotion was in front as the nine youngsters showed up on the straight with Goldie rallying strongly on the outside. Power Drive in about sixth position as the field traversed the final bend was guided left by P.S.Chouhan, to be away from the bunch in front and when asked to quicken, the filly responded brilliantly to cruise to the front on tight reins and drew away effortlessly. Goldie held on in second while Fairy Boy finished third. Ahorsewithnoname stumbled and dislodged the rider near the distance post.

K.S.V.Prasad Raju schooled Dandelion (Gaswar-Bluegrass Gal)won the lower division. The son of Gaswar, who had found one better in its first two outings, finally made it under Suraj Narredu. Jumping out well from start, Dandelion went into the lead and made every post a winning one. Ray of Hope and Spirited rallied on to finish second and third respectively.

Prasad Raju’s Commanche Gold (Black Cash-Little Cinderella) scored her first win in the Twin Cities Cup. Having found one better in her previous two outings, Commanche Gold was assigned to leading jockey Suraj Narredu to guide her fortunes. Racing a close third till the last 400 metres, Commanche Gold moved to take the lead and extended the margin of victory. Smashing Beauty came up late to take the second spot ahead of Flowers of Music

Dartos The Muscle (Dark Nile-Success Story) from trainer J.Silvester’s yard, pulled out a surprise win with jockey Carlos Henrique astride, in the lower division of the Singh Plate. Dartos The Muscle was well with the front bunch in the early part, moved to be a close second behind the leader Golden Star as they came around the final bend, surged ahead with about 350 metres left from home and stayed well to pull it off from Lady Luck. Bernabeu and Baba’s Gift filled the frame in that order.

K.Satheesh trained Snow Bird (Oath-X Factor) galloped with giant strides in the last 200 metres to score a thumping victory in the Baile Lalitha Pershad Memorial Cup. Laurel Canyon set out on a start to finish mission over the mile trip. Snow Bird was held off the pace in the last position till passing the 600 metres board. Rounding the final bend, Snow Bird improved quickly along the rails and once on the straight was pulled out to be given a unhindered path. When jockey B.Sreekanth asked the filly to get to a gallop with a couple of cracks, Snow Bird responded readily and the winner was sighted long way from home. The long time leader Laurel Canyon held on to be the runner-up.

L.D’Silva trained Montpelier (Ad Valorem-Diarshana)justified the cramped odds in the higher division of the Meghalaya Plate, winning by a big margin. Montpelier had won its previous start beating Elenor convincingly but was disqualified for dangerous riding by the jockey. The decision of the stewards had had raised a lot of dust. Elegant Approach and Shatakshi were almost together in front while the favourite Montpelier was biding its time in about seventh position. Into the straight Montepelier weaved through horses in front and drew away to leave the rest of the field far behind. Elegant Approach held on to finish second. Dusty Lady came up late to beat Shatakshi for the third place.

Jockey A.M.Tograllu was able to give trainer Donald Netto a perfect Christmas present when he gave a hard ride on Yet Again (Oath-Romantic Pleasure) to get the better of Sarvagnya in the last few strides of the Track Lightning Plate. This was the second win of the day for Netto. Sarvagnya had got to the front on top of the straight and was looking good when Yet Again moved stealthly along the inner rails from the rear and surged ahead by quarter of a length. Fortunate and Maharadhi filled the frame.

R.H.Sequeira trained One One One (Hymn-Carpentaria) turned out to be the biggest upset of the day, in the lower division of the Meghalaya Plate, the concluding race of the day. Racing in about fifth position rounding the final turn, jockey K.Anil brought One One One on the extreme outside and went past the front running Best Pal near the distance marker. Fine Racer came up very strongly in the last 100 metres, bridging the gap at a fast pace but failed to collar the winner by a short head. Attenborough finished third and raised an unsuccesful objection against the winner for interference on the straight.