GREEN IMAGE WINS JOCKEY PURTU SINGH CUP
Sk.Waseem Ahmed trained Green Image (Sussex-Citi Star) tackled Princess Rose to lift the division I of the Jockey Purtu Singh Parmar Memorial Cup at Hyderabad on Monday. The filly, a 8-1 shot for the seven furlongs trip was the smartest out of the gates but settled back well in third when Market Leader decided to lead followed by Princess Rose. Inside the last 400 metres Princess Rose first surged ahead of Market Leader. Green Image began to get stronger from the outside inside the last 300 metres and with apprentice A.A.Vikrant working hard charged down and settled the issue much before the winning post. Market Leader just held on to the third place from The Blue.
Jockey Suraj Narredu rode out the public choice Little Smart Heart (Diffident-Oojah) to an easy win in the lower division. Laxman Singh’s filly was settled well in fourth by Suraj while Modern Sniper and Egyptian Wind raced ahead followed by Masti. On the final straight Little Smart Heart accelerated readily and was quickly in front with 300 metres left from home. The favourite was in command and won comfortably followed by Masti in second. Mighty Swing covered some ground from the outside to end up third ahead of Legend.
Trainer D.Netto had a profitable day saddling a quadruple, three of which were partnered by Louis Beuzelin. Sweet March, Kangra, Perfect Picture and Princess Of Dreams were the victors from the stable. The first two and the last named were piloted by Louis Beuzelin.
Sweet March (GAswar-Minetta) won the opener of the day, the Step Aside Plate. Shakesphere showed some early speed to wrest the lead from Sweet March. Approaching the last furlong Shakesphere was still in the lead with the favourite Sweet March looking to be under pressure. Beuzelin continued to work on Sweet March and the filly quickened well to push back Shakesphere. Darakhshan and Space Ship finished third and fourth respectively.
The youngster Kangra (Western Aristocrat-Georgina) on debut in the division I of the Olympic Flame Plate turned out to be a class apart from the other contenders. Sent off as the short priced favourite for the sprint event the daughter of Western Aristocrat set off in front right from the word ‘go’ and stretched out on the straight to defeat the rest by almost a street. For the record Desert Moon, Waverly Creek and You Can I Can filled the board in that order. Tough Sussex was a non-starter in the race.
Picture Perfect (Samhoon-Samurai Sword / A B Stud) was the odd one out in Netto’s quartet. The 12-1 shot won the division I of the Manjira Cup. Chasing the leader Malakeye Ziba till the last 200 metres Picture Perfect grabbed the lead and stayed well to spare a length to the late finishing My Choice. Apache Gal finished in the money ahead of Cash For Rank.
Princess Of Dreams (Arazan-Placid) opened its account in the Running Flame Plate. The filly chased Raja Hindustani and slipped into the lead as they rounded the final turn. Quickening well in the last furlong Princess Of Dreams drew clear while in a cluster Own Battle finished second ahead of Al Sadr and Super Grey.
L.V.R.Deshmukh trained Time Is Luck (Varenar-Touch A Star) scored an encore in the lower division of the Manjira Cup. The filly jumped out smartly and settled nicely in second behind Matica. Entering the last 400 metres Time Is Luck slipped into the lead without any fuss and kicked clear with Hard Fought rallying in to take the second spot ahead of Manogamini. Matica after showing the way till the top of the straight dropped out to finish fourth.
Trainer Anupam Sharma scored an upset double through Treasure Striker and Blaze Of Glory. Treasure Striker (Sedgefield-Fabulous Fortune) slammed the on-money favourite China Millennium in the lower division of the Olympic Flame Plate. Tracking the leader Asteria till the last 400 metres Treasure Striker surged ahead and kept at the favourite China Millennium at bay. Asteria ended up third followed by Brookwood.
Blaze Of Glory (Top Class-Intricate) pulled off a surprise win in the division I of the Sweet Girl Plate. Blaze Of Glory raced in mid-field in the field of fourteen and improved gradually to get into striking position from the outside on the straight. War Cry made the first move on the straight to grab the lead but Blaze Of Glory galloped strongly from the outside and sped past to wrap it off. Samba and Angels Bay finished third and fourth respectively.