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Dancing Dynamite Destroys Opposition

By North-End | 09 Aug 2008 | PUNE


Punters took a severe beating as only one favourite obliged in the entire day. Dancing Dynamite was the odd one. The son of Glory of Dancer–Double Wish owned by Mr. VN Babu, simply outclassed the opposition and posted an impressive victory. Sitting leisurely in the 7th position with only Miles And More behind, Appu brought him out soon on straightening up. The good-looking dark bay responded readily and forged ahead with a powerful run to snuff out his rivals comprehensively. The Mansoor Shah trained gelding thus compiled an impressive hat-trick of wins over varying distances. He now has scored over six, seven and eight furlongs and has shown enough to inspire confidence over an even longer trip. Aquadisiac ran a good second and will have to bide his time. The day began ominously as jockey SS Baria collided with Madamme Bijoux and nearly knocked app jockey Shammi Khan off his mount. The later showed good reflexes and not only stayed on despite being badly off balance but also managed to grab the early initiative. The favourite Liverpool failed to deliver yet again and had no excuses whatsoever. Liverpool got a good start and also got the privileged rail run at the bend and even in the straight had enough space on the rail to make a dash for it. However, the MK Jadhav ward squandered the lavish chance and failed to even come into place money. He was squarely beaten even before the distance post. The well-supported Classic Spirit from the Jodha yard chased the leader all through and at the business end accelerated well to spare a couple of lengths comfortably. Mercedes caught the eye, making considerable improvement towards the finish to end a decent third. Jockey SS Baria was reported for careless riding and the Stewards handed him a short suspension for his offence. Hi Dolly was installed the firm favourite after her nice finishing effort in her last run. However, to her misfortune, Hisham decided to put in his best in today and ran away with the race taking the lead from the half way mark. Sparrow Hawk, who led for the most part, stuck stubbornly to hold the third spot from the late finishing Brezhnev. Hi Dolly ran up in the front bunch but had no answer to Hisham's game gallop. Alectrona was withdrawn. Blade Runner was the public rage. His good display in the morning trials was brought to a naught by the Dhunjibhoy owned Lechwe (Daggers Drawn–Border Mirage). Malesh did not have the best of positions and had to overcome an erratic run as well. In the mid-bunch from start, Lechwe moved in from the wide outside to hug the rails near the 800 m and once again shifted out going almost eight to ten horses wide. However, Malesh was well in control of the race past the distance post and easily passed the favourite who failed to even get past long time leader Rule of Law. Lechwe sped past the duo with ease and should run a good race next time out as well. Rule Of Law ran a better race than Blade Runner and will improve further. Enceladus was the fourth favourite in a row to go down. Enceladus flattered in the morning track work but deceived on the racetrack. Pampered Princess too ran a disappointing race and went down tamely. Pampered Princess led the field homeward and enjoyed a couple of lengths lead but could not sustain. River Dancer who had settled well in close fourth, warmed up at the distance post to sail ahead. Oyster Princess who lost a little ground at the start staged a quick recovery and conquered all but River Dancer. Enceladus slipped further in the straight and ended in the rut. The sixth race was touted as a two horse race between IL Divo and Riyasat who ruled the markets. Even in the race, the duo jumped out and was prominent all the way to the turn with Golden Symbol the only other horse in their vicinity. While Riyasat (Senure–Machrihanish) settled beautifully into the lead, IL Divo did not look too comfortable and Rajendra had to work to keep her concentration to the task. In the straight, Riyasat continued to dominate and was finishing on well. IL Divo struggled throughout and was visibly under pressure. The Shroff ward even surrendered the runner-up spot to Golden Symbol closer home. Riyasat was clearly superior and should go on to pick another race before long. Excellent Story was another of the track blazers who confounded the timekeepers. The even money favourite who dominated the market trends only acted as the lead escort to the field. No sooner than she led the field into the straight, she petered out of contention without raising any semblance of hope. Yankee Lane, the second in demand, took charge soon on turn but was struck by the bolt from the blue read 'Incredible Beauty' (Diffident–Song Of Myself) who came on with a game gallop to surprise all and sundry. The 20/1 long shot was always in striking distance and finished on powerfully to hammer the final nail in the punters' coffin. Malesh Narredu was the lone pro to score a double.