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By Mirror Image | 30 Dec 2012 | HYDERABAD

Mr A Raghava Reddy & trainer M Satyanarayan leading Windsor Manor (P S Chouhan Up), winner of The R.Raghupathi Reddy Memorial Cup


M.Sathyanarayana trained Windsor Manor (Placerville-Amber Windsor) won the R.Raghupathi Reddy Memorial Cup, the main event of the eight races card at Hyderabad on Sunday. Windsor Manor had gone down fighting to Surya Lakshmi in the Speaker’s Cup, when they met last but bounced back effectively to beat her half a dozen rivals. Jockey P.S. Chouhan took Windsor Manor to the front swiftly after a good jump and kept the filly going till the winning post. Guiding Light and Indian Epic were finishing on to finish second and third respevtively. Kuchipudi filled the frame. Surya Lakshmi and Scubarioo kept up the pressure till the last 150 metres and faded out to finish off the board.

P.S.Chouhan rode a double on the day but the ones who hogged the limelight were trainer M.Sathyanarayana and apprentice Kiran Naidu with a treble each. Trainer S.A.Shehzad Abbas also scored a double. The supporting event of the day, the 1 EME Rolling Trophy was divided into two races and both the divisions were won by trainer S.A.Shehzad Abbas’s wards. Blazing Asian lifted the higher division while All Pepper won the lower division. Both the winners were ridden by apprentice Kiran Naidu. Blazing Asian (Razeen-Slickchic)came up strongly on entering the home stretch, took charge inside the last 250 metres and stayedwell till the finish. Winning Strides and Arabian Dancer fought out for the minor place and finished second and third respectively.

All Pepper (Gaswar-Cats Whiskers) made every post a winning one in the lower division to complete a hat-trick of wins. Shooting into the lead from the start, All Pepper came into the straight and increased the lead. Young Sapper was getting closer in the last 100 metres but failed to collar the winner by half a length. The favourite Drayton finished third.

Sathyanarayana’s Emerald Reef (Emerald Cat-Shimmering) scored its maiden win in the Krishna Cup, the opening race of the day. Jockey Kurshad Alam brought Emerald Reef from an outward draw well to take the lead within the first furlong of the seven furlongs trip. Into the final run, The 4 year old started to gather momentum and stretched out well. Devil’s Advocate and Pussy Galore finished together to finish second and third respectively.

The third win for Sathyanarayana came through Rainbow In The Sky (Mull of Kintyre-Dam I’M Gorgeous) in the higher division of the Loveable Princess Plate, a five and a half furlongs dash for maiden two year olds. Shimmering Ice got to the front at start and was looking to pull it off when Rainbow In The Sky covered plenty of ground to challenge the leader and get the better by half a length at the finish. The favourite Chocolate Soldier ended up third.

P.S.Chouhan rode L.V.R.Deshmukh’s Magical Spell (Phoenix Tower-Goodness Gracious) to a fine debut victory, in the lower division of the race. Roma Rouge held a forward position till mid way up the straight and Kohinoor Thunder was the first to challenge the leader. Magical Spell, who was in about fifth till the top of the straight, moved effortlessly with Chouhan on a tight rein and stretched out to register a fine victory. Globetrotter got the better of Kohinoor Thunder on the last stride for the runner-up berth.

Anupam Sharma trained Moment of Roses (Diffident-Vindication), who had remained winless even after 24 runs, finally shed her maiden status in the 9 furlongs, The Silky Baby Plate. Silver Lid raced in front while Momentum of Roses was off the pace, running last in a field of six runners. Into the final run, Carlos Henrique on Momentum of Roses started to wor his way on the extreme outside but was still last till the last 200 metres. Momentum of Roses along with Novaya Zemlya made rapid progress in the last 100 metres and the two headed to the front. Moment of Roses held out in front by a ¼ length at the finish from Novaya Zemlya. The long time leader Silver Lid finished third. Star Striker was withdrawn before the race.

Apprentice Kiran Naidu had to work hard on K.Satheesh trained Transition (Hurricane Centre-Wingnaprayer) to earn a treble for himself in the concluding race. Into the lead early in the race, Transition stayed ahead into the last furlong and fought out strongly when Rocking Racer closed in rapidly  inside the last 100 metres. Transition just managed to scrape through from Rocking Racer. Inner Strength was getting stronger towards the finish but had to settle for the third place.