ETERNAL FLAME SCORES AN IMPRESSIVE VICTORY
Trainer S Ganapathy leading Eternal Flame (S Zervan Up), winner of The Srikantadatta Narasimharaajawadiyar Memorial Million
S.Ganapathy trained Eternal Flame (Arazan-Yutai / Poona Stud) won the Srikantadatta Narasimharaajawadiyar Memorial Million with utmost ease. Three runners lined up for the Million and Valiant Spirit was the main opponent for Eternal Flame while the other runner being an ‘also ran’. Eternal Flame turned out to be a disappointment in the Bangalore Derby and this race was more of a preparatory gallop for her with the Mysore 1000 Guineas in view.
Valiant Spirit got to the front at start and Eternal Flame was settled nicely a little over a length behind. Approaching the last 400 metres Eternal began to move alongside with jockey Zervan not having to exert any pressure. After sailing past with ease the rider gave a tap, more as a compliment and the filly was past the winning post majestically on tight reins. The 1000 Guineas here will be her next and she is expected to proceed to Pune for further pursuits.
Trainer B Puttanna had a lucrative double through Jersey Shore and Zulfiqar. Jersey Shore (Ikhtyar-Annot / Nanoli Stud) had a promising start to its career but had failed to build up on that. The 5 year old found the Mysore turf to his liking and came good in the Star of Mysore Trophy. After a good jump Jersey Shore settled well in second when Emerging Star showed speed to head to the lead. On entering the straight jockey Chouhan started to ride out Jersey Shore and the gelding raised a fluent gallop to take charge. Kingstown Town after dropping back from a prominent position, started to cover ground from the wide outside but could only manage to beat Speed Hawk was in futile chase all through the straight for the second place.
Zulfiqar (Oath-Arikara / Pratap Stud), winless from 11 starts raised a fluent to score its maiden win in the higher division of the Full Speed Plate. Chasing Cattleya till into the home stretch Zulfiqar went to the lead readily when jockey Y S Srinath worked his way. Icecream warmed up late to get the better of Cattleya for the second place. She Loves It was withdrawn on veterinary grounds.
Jockey P Trevor who had a terrific weekend at Pune was greeted by loud cheers and whistles by the public at Mysore when he came to take a leg up on Neil Darashah’s Galway Girl (Glory of Dancer-Destiny’s Child / Broadacres Stud) in the lower division of the Full Speed Plate. Trevor paid them back handsomely by winning the race on Galway Girl. Racing handily with the front bunch till the top of the straight Galway Girl moved up quickly to take it up from Goddess of love and won easily from Hero Worship who came up with a late challenge. Friends Forever and Run to Win finished third and fourth respectively. Angelic Love was withdrawn on veterinary grounds.
Jockey A Imran Khan rode winners in both the divisions of the Talakadu Plate. S Inayathulla trained One To Note (Epicentre-Opulence / AB Stud) opened its account in its twentieth start in the lower division. Waiting patiently along the fence while Mister Grey held the lead inside the last 300 metres, One To Note gained momentum when jockey A Imran Khan gave a few cracks and skipped away to lengthen the margin of victory to over four lengths. Mister Grey held on to second place from the fast finishing Keep Secret. Bolts Colt was withdrawn on veterinary grounds.
Trainer G Sandhu’s Little Brown Jug (Multidimensional-Olvia Valere / Usha Stud) opened its account in the higher division. Racing with the front bunch till the last 400 metres, Little Brown Jug shot to the front and drew clear with Happy Victory charging down late to finish second. Saratoga Spring took the third spot while Golden Diamond who was backed to the exclusion of the other runners put up a dismal show finishing fourth.
C Girinath trained Naval Glory (Champs Elysees-Wooden Doll / Nanoli Stud) won the Ranga Family Cup very impressively. Naval Glory vindicated the decision of the Stewards of the club in handing down a suspension to the rider when the horse had lost during the summer season here. Not only did the 4 year old gelding win after that in the same season but also came up trumps again in splendid fashion to score an encore. Held back with the rear bunch till approaching the final bend with Wrekin on a start to finish bid, Naval Glory took the shortest way while rounding for home. Naval Glory was quickly on the haunches of Wrekin on top of the straight and came up with a terrific gallop to flash past. Wrekin held on to the second place while the on-money favourite Only Princess disappointed her supporters with a dismal performance, finishing third.
S Santosh Rao trained Anonymous (Alder-Anonymity / Kunigal Stud) sprang a surprise in the Regency Gold Plate. The 6 year old was in about fourth or sixth as they turned for home came to challenge Teri Adah approaching the last 200 metres and strode out easily. Campeon finished second while Teri Adah held on to the third spot from Samay Balwan.
Phelps (Sedgefield-Great Colors / Jai Govind Stud) from trainer M Bobby’s stables which had shifted base from Western India recently had just one run during summer here without much luck. Backed down to favouritism in the Cauvery Plate, Phelps shot to the lead as the gates opened and literarily ran away from the rest by almost a distance. Ace Force, Ice Brown and Yamas filled the frame in that order.