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By Epsom Ace | 02 Aug 2017 | KOLKATA

Trainer M Eshwar leading Constantine (Dashrath Singh Up), winner of The Harry The Horse Cup

Two chance rides for visiting jockey Dashrath Singh saw him notch up a fabulous quadruple at the RCTC on Wednesday.  Local ace Christopher Alford was indisposed with a bout of high fever and his two winning mounts ( Glorious Leaps and Constantine) were both piloted to victory by Dashrath. The latter added two more to his score by guiding home the Bharath Singh pair of Storm Front and Rufus.

In the day’s feature event, The Harry The Horse Cup, Michael Eshwer-trained Constantine (Holy Roman Emperor-Cocoanut Squeak / Manjri Stud) won by making every post a winning one. The Vijay Singh pair of Zander and aged Commander failed to match strides with the winner who pulled away in the straight to make it a one-horse affair.

Aashay Doctor-trained Glorious Leaps won the lower division of The Gumaan Handicap with ease as well. The on-money favourite Jump And Run failed to take the front which may have seen him run a better race. Glorious Leaps (Lucifer Sam-Perfect Rhythm/ Sans Craintes Stud) moved in fast from an outside draw and took up the running early. In a way, she outclassed the opposition.

Storm Front (Burden Of Proof-Quiet Storm/ Kunigal Stud) was installed as the 2/1 favourite in The Alice Springs Handicap and Dashrath had him tucked into third spot while ante-post public choice Avarua called the shots. After the turning for home, it was all Storm Front. It was evident that this runner is more suited to the mile trip than Avarua who may be better off over seven furlongs. She may well cause problems for Sana in the Fillies Trial Stakes ( a seven-furlong trip) at the end of the month.

 Quite aptly, the man of the moment – Dashrath Singh – brought the curtain down with a regulation ride on Rufus (Lord Admiral-You’re So Beautiful/ Sans Craintes Stud) to bag the Two In One Handicap. Half Volley was a poor runner-up. 

The afternoon opened with Bath-trained Dixie Diamond (Sedgefield-Dixie Dahlin/ Jai Govind Stud) carrying his top-weight to victory with retained stable jockey Shezad Khan in the saddle. The grapevine had it that all may not be well with gelding and he closed at 11/2. But obviously, the grapevine was wrong as usual. In fact the favourite Hibiki ran yet another lacklustre race leaving schooler Raunak Banerji with a blank sheet for the day yet again.

Leap year jockeys Jugnu Gurung and Rajinder Singh landed unlikely gambles for their connections astride One Man Army and Aileen respectively to make it an afternoon of mixed fortunes for local railbirds. A well-planned daring gamble by Vikash Jaiswal on One Man Army (Noverre-Ashika/ Sohna Stud) saw Gurung land the spoils after wrong-footing both the ante-post market and the so called ‘experts’. However, as far as form goes, One Man Army was right there as he ran a good second to Artificial a fortnight earlier.  Fancied runners Ashi Nangsey and Cool Hunter failed to match strides with the winner who was galloping freely up front.

Equally daring was the gamble on Jasbir Singh’s Aileen (Rebuttal-Perpetual Glory/ Hazara Stud) who had finished a close third to Lady Two at the end of the winter meet. She made every post a winning one and quite easily kept at bay the hot favourite Chittagong who never posed a serious threat.