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By Mahendra Mallya | 03 Sep 2017 | PUNE

Mr SM Ruia leading Temerity (Neeraj Rawal Up), winner of The Idar Gold Trophy (Gr.3)

Temerity (Intense Focus – Narmina, Nanoli Stud) changed tactics, did take any chances and went for the lead before the others even got going and maintained a couple of lengths lead all the way from gate to post and secure another solid victory to take the Idar Gold Trophy to her masters’ Mr Shyam Ruia and Mr Berjis Minoo Desai’s home. For trainer Pesi Shroff this was yet another moment of triumph and he earned accolades for keeping the filly fit to perform the way she did while winning her first assignment after her great conquest of the Indian Turf Invitation Cup at Bengaluru early this year.

She took off smoothly from the gates and dictated her own terms all through. Colombiana chased the classy filly all the way home. He did flatter himself when he got alongside to her haunches entering the homestretch but that is about the closest he could get to Temerity  before jockey Neeraj Rawal heckled her to go, leaving Colombiana behind and galloping away to score with a measure of comfort. Temerity showed finesse while galloping past the stands and she was all grace and joy to watch.

Shroff’s other hot favorite Yanna Rascala (Alfred Nobel – Lunar Love, Sohna Stud) also measured up well while compiling a three-in-a-row counting his last win in Mumbai and his second win this season. Yanna Rascala has been improving with every run and has not yet been extended this season. He made flowing progress over the extra furlong this time and jockey A Sandesh nursed him well to keep him clear of the rest and then arriving with a flourish. Uncle Scrooge had led them into the straight with Auroden in tow, but when Yanna Rascala unleashed his run, they all paled and bowed out. Grey Flannel and In My Dream finished on to take the minor placing.

Shorff would have hoped for a third win for the day and nearly pulled it off. But those aspirations were put paid when longshot Superstar Supreme (Mull of Kintyre – Aahaygran, Sohna Stud) from Malesh Narredu’s yard held on stubbornly to deny Shorff’s Costa Brava a debut win.

Superstar Supreme was quick to take the lead and galloped at a good pace right through. He was a tad erratic in the homestretch and jockey Mosin was working hard to keep a straight course with little success. Superstar Supreme drifted out and then again drifted inward. Jockey Akshay by then was moving at a good clip but took the inner way just before Superstar Supreme veered inwards. Superstar Supreme however, kept the momentum going and held on to win by over a narrow ¾ L. An objection for squeezing followed but was duly overruled. Magical Script ended a close third.

The last race had the bookies smiling as friendless Samarjeet (Varenar – Honey Run, Equus Stud), after a series of ordinary performances, produced a power-packed run to gallop away to his maiden win on his sixth start. The Sunderji ward paid staggering Rs 499 for a tenner on the tote.

Samarjeet, after initially settling in third shot into the lead past the 1000m and built up a steady to lead them by a healthy margin turning for home. That held him in good stead as he was clear of the rest with a furlong and half to go. Eiger’s Tiger improved positions to start to chase down the leader, but the way Samarjeet was galloping, it was a futile effort. Samarjeet kept going and eventually won with something to spare over Eiger’s Tiger, Daughterofthesun fought off Baby Face for the place money.

Vulcan (Sedgefield – Shining Force, Jai Govind Stud) was stretched to win with June fighting hard all the way. The pre-race notion of a two horse race on the card played true as June and Vulcan strode out to the front soon on start and steered clear of the rest all the way home. June made the running and cut a decent pace with Vulcan stalking the leader all the way to the final turn.

Vulcan came alongside June at the bend and June, not one to surrender easily, stuck by Vulcan going all out to stay in contention. This pair matched strides all the way in the homestretch with Vulcan looking good in the final 100 meters to etch out a win by a long neck.

The opening race had a weak field going over 2000m and Torrezzo and Care Free hogging most of the betting. Torrezzo (Zoffany – Azolla, Nanoli Stud) looked fitter after his last run and showed that zip in the straight to outpace his opponents and compile his maiden win on his ninth start. Torrezzo did not encounter any challenge and strode freely in front to win by a decent margin from Devoted.

Naumee (Arabian Gulf – Autocop, Manjri Stud) a 16 race maiden found her touch to taste first blood and about time too. The hard-fought win would give even more pleasure to the connections, particularly to trainer Faisal Abbas who tuned the filly appreciably after she showed a bit of spark while finishing one off the frame in her previous start.

Naumee with the impressive CS Jodha in the saddle fought off Generous Lady, then Speedo and Ame to snatch victory in a close finish. She was resolute in her gallop and fought all through the straight bravely to achieve her maiden success. Speedo was unlucky not to have gone the Full Monty while Ame yet again finished a close third.

Powerhaus (Diffident – Leonora, Yeravada Stud) also brought about he first win after five previous attempts. Her last run was suggestive as she had shown good speed over seven furlongs, leading well into the last 100 meters before Knight’s Quest spoiled her party close home. With a furlong less to go this time, Powerhaus was up to the task and made it look easy going for it the similar way she did last time out. Only this time she packed enough punch to stay ahead at the wire warding off Collegium and Victoriana with a measure of comfort.

For the professionals, trainer Pesi Shroff saddled a double and jockey A Sandesh also scored a double.