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By Mahendra Mallya | 16 Sep 2017 | PUNE

On-money favourite Admo (Western Aristocrat – Great White) demolished the opposition to score a fluent victory and clinch the Mysore Race Club Trophy with an impressive dash in the final furlong to leave the field far behind while notching up a solid maiden win by over four lengths. Admo was quick at the jump and settled down nicely in third behind Polyneices and Grand Accord. The trio turned for home in that order, but Polyneices soon bowed out of contention. Grand Accord looked good coming into the straight and took the lead briefly. Jockey PS Chouhan switched lanes at the turn and brought Admo to the outside. Admo took a stride or two before getting into top gear. Sagittarius moved well between horses and was building up momentum. However, when Admo unleashed his finishing run, the Noshir Cama ward simply sped away leaving Sagittarius and company far behind. Admo dominated the final furlong and won unchallenged. Sagittarius stayed ahead of Grand Accord to take the runner up berth. Masquerade, was a bit slow into the stride at the start, but did well to take a place in the frame.

The day belonged to trainer Narendra Lagad and jockey Dashrath Singh who shared the honours with a treble a piece. The duo combined on two successes the first being Wild Fire (Varenar – Generous Grey, Equus Stud). Wild Flower had shattered the course record on her last run which was rewritten by Harvey more recently. She was the prime fancy and was at 90/100 at best in the betting ring. Wild Fire lived up to that billing and once again scorched the turf to win with ease.

Wild Fire darted out of the gates and showed plenty of speed all the way, right from the start. She was clear on entering the homestretch and was devouring ground at a good clip. None from behind could match up. Second favourite Lincoln did do his chances any good with a sluggish start, however he finished on much better than he started to end chasing the winner home. Wild Fire is the form of her life and should be able to pull off yet another victory soon. Lincoln can get back to winning ways too and this run should set it up nicely for him to look ahead with optimism. Safdar was hard-ridden to earn the place money, while Arabelle ended a tame fourth.

Naren and Dashrath combined again to strike it rich with another favourite Arabian Storm (Admiralofthefleet – Arabian Rose, Kunigal Stud). Dashrath Singh guided the colt smoothly to hit the front soon on start and was hard held until into the straight. Frosted was on the tail of the leader with Blavatsky and Godsent close behind.

On turning for home, Arabian Storm picked up speed and galloped further away from his rivals. Frosted battled hard to stay in contention but in the final furlong, despite shifting out to the centre of the track, Arabian Storm was completely in command and kicked on to score convincingly. Frosted ran a gritty second ahead of Blavatsky. Godsent ended fourth without troubling those in front.   

Narendra Lagad’s third win for the day was with Excellent Gold (Excellent Art – Only For Gold, Poonawalla Astonish Stud) yet another hot favourite and the bay gelding delighted his supporters. At the jump, Outstanding was electric and shot into the lead with Durham Lad quickly moving alongside. Kotor and Dakota were thereabouts with Hopeilicious improving to be in touch with the front runners. Jockey Sandesh had Excellent Gold behind this bunch and started improving positions at the turn.

Durham Lad moved up into the lead and Hopeilicious put in a nice run to challenge the leader. They had hardly started to battle when Sandesh got Excellent Gold between the pair and shot through to go clear in a trice. Excellent Gold showed powerful surge in the final furlong to score an emphatic victory, her first with promise of more to come. Durham Lad warded off Hopeilicious tpo claim the second slot.      

An interesting duel was expected between Unforgettable You and Daffodil, both impressive winners in their last start. While the opened as joint favourites, the odds on Daffodil drifted out slightly at race time.

Daffodil (China Visit – Hills And Stars, Usha Stud) hit the front at the start of the 1800m journey and dictated the pace to her own liking. She galloped freely in front and kept a good momentum going all through. Unforgettable You stuck to the rear most of the way and only got going once they turned for home. Daffodil showed no signs of letting up and kept galloping merrily all the way home, pulling off a smart start-to-finish win.  Unforgettable You closed-in fast, but Daffodil had it covered all the way while notching up a gallant three-in-a-row.  

Star Comrade (Rebuttal – Celtic Memories, Hazara Stud) put in a sustained gallop in the straight to pocket the upper division of the Yogendra Singh Trophy. It was not all smooth sailing though, at least in the first half of the race for the Karthik ward. He was a tad slow in the stride and then got checked more than once, yet emerge a clear winner, cruising through in the homestretch.

Ame and Bullion Express were in the lead at the turn and soon Divine Magic arrived to tackle them. Star Comrade got a clear passage finally after they turned for home and from that moment on, he accelerated sweetly to sail past them all in the hands of apprentice jockey Jaykumar. Dibaba appeared when all was over and ended a tame second. Divine Magic managed to save place money edging out Bullion Express.

C Rajendra trained Name of the Game (Glory of Dancer- Felicitad) put up a clinical show ward off Highland Princess in a close finish. Jockey Dashrath Singh had to use all his skill into play to hold on after leading them all the way.  Highland Princess stuck on with her and they fought out the entire stretch in the straight. It seemed Name of the Game was stretching away from Highland Princess in the final furlong, but the latter fought back to cover the margin, failing to collar the winner by a short head. Winds of Change showed zest and managed to beat younger rivals for the place stakes.  

The opening race of the day saw rank outsider Make It Shine (Noverre – La Genereuse, Sohna Stud) achieve her maiden win on her 21st attempt. She stuck along the rails all through as Country’s Empress and Rising Concert led them into the straight and were involved in a tussle for the lead. Rising Concert bowed out approaching the distance post which is when Make it Shine arrived with a nippy finish with jockey SG Prasad astride. Favourite Divine Spark made a serious attempt at putting up a fight, however, Make it Shine was in a good galloping mood and thwarted all attempts of stopping her from winning. Country’s Empress put in a persistent gallop to snatch the runner-up berth finishing ahead of Divine Spark.

For the professionals, trainer Narendra Lagad and jockey Dashrath Singh scored a treble each.