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By Mirror Image | 22 Dec 2013 | HYDERABAD

Mr. Dwarakanath Reddy Vemireddy & trainer R H Sequeira leading Dusty Lady (A K Pawar Up), winner of The Speaker's Cup

Dusty Lady (Puerto Madero-Ruddles) from the stables of R H Sequeira lifted the Speaker’s Cup, a 1200 metres sprint for horses in the highest category, which was the main event of the small card of six races at Hyderabad on Sunday. Having finished second to stable mate Robust in its previous outing as a favourite, Dusty Lady was at liberal odds among the 14 runners for the sprint.  Travelling a handy fourth behind Hidden Destiny, Days of Thunder and Palm Springs, Dusty Lady made its move under apprentice A K Pawar as they entered the final 400 metres and stretched out well. Sweet Candy finished on to be the runner-up, a length behind the winner. Al Sarraah and Young Soldier filled the frame in a close finish.

M Srinivas Reddy trained Azaiba (Rebuttal-Queen Consort) won the Dr.S.R.Captain Memorial Cup, the supporting race of the day at longer odds.  Apprentice Ajit Singh took Azaiba to the front near the 800 metres board and came in first on the final straight. Santa Monica started to move up strongly in the last 150 metres, bridging the gap. Azaiba kept kicking on gamely and held off the challenge of Santa Monica by a ‘head’. Hard Kingdom finished third in front of the favourite Vijays Best.

Decathlon (Phoenix Tower-Dancerllon) from L.V.R.Deshmikh’s yard bounced back to winning ways in the Malakpet Cup. The 3 year old colt which had started off its career on a high with three successive wins, had an unsuccessful stint at Bangalore during Summer and had even failed to justify the favouritism after its return here during its only run in Monsoon. Jockey P.S.Chouhan made his move on Decathlon to get to a striking position behind Citi Supreme and Coral Springs. Into the straight for the final run, Decathlon forged to the lead effortlessly and drew away to win by four lengths without any extra effort being exerted from the saddle. The manner in which the son of Phoenix Tower won the race clearly indicates that he is back to his original form and would be wise to follow him when he runs next. Green Bay beat the rest to take the second spot. The favourite Aventus ended up a tame third.

Well fancied Wind Zoom (Tariq-Mathematica) scored its maiden victory in its second attempt, in the Flirting Vision Plate, a 1200 metres sprint for maiden 2 year olds. Racing Ikon, Wind Zoom and Naamdhari raced almost together in front with the first named with an edge along the rails. Inside the last 400 metres Wind Zoom moved forward to hit the front and extended the lead. Save The Nation beganto get strong inside the last furlong and the lead of Wind Zoom began to diminish. Jockey Kiran Naidu kept riding out Sathyanarana’s trainee Wind Zoom till the wire to stave off Save The Nation’s bid by a ‘neck’. Ice Cave came with a late run almost from the last position to take the third spot.

D Netto trained Princess Cruise (Epicentre-Tiana), winless from 11 starts finally earned her maiden win in a striking manner in the Grand Parade Plate. The favourite Mount Titlis set out in front from the beginning and came in to the home stretch with a good lead of over three lengths. Captain Nemo began to come up with a challenge and just when the two were involved in a tussle came Princess Cruise with a flourish to tear down on them and draw away by three lengths. Captain Nemo beat Mount Titlis for the second place.

Maharadhi (Concordial-Persian Wildcat) from J.Silvester’s stables shed its maiden rank in its twenty fifth start. The 4 year old scored a stunning upset in the Dynamic Dancer Plate, the concluding race of the day. Apprentice P.Venkat kept urging Maharadhi to get to the front immediately after jumping out. Break Away also joined the leader and the final bend. Into the final straight Maharadhi improved to increase the lead even as Break Away started to fade out. Symbol of Honour came up strongly towards the last 100 metres but Maharadhi kept kicking on to score by quarter of a length. August Kranti and Flower of Temba finished third and fourth respectively while the race favourite Care Less Love was never in the hunt and finished off the frame.