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By Mahendra Mallya | 20 Jul 2018 | PUNE

Trainer SK Sunderji leading Timeless (CS Jodha Up), winner of The Gamble For Love Trophy

Timeless (Surfrider – Showstopper, Ruia Stud) who was in good form towards the end of Mumbai season, rose to the occasion to score a comfortable win and pick up the Gamble For Love Trophy in the hands of jockey CS Jodha. The SK Sunderji ward settled in the mid-bunch and made steady progress to be in striking position at the turn. Brynhill showed good early speed to lead them from the start with Excellent Gold and Summer Rays, the two top fancies close behind. However, neither could muster the blaze required to make a race of it and Timeless found it easy once he shot into the lead approaching the distance post. Timeless looked good in his acceleration and had outpaced them early enough to win easing up. Brynhill was gritty in holding on to the runner-up berth. Holy Smokes was a notable third, pitching forward and beating the rest by a margin despite not being the fastest out of the gates and giving the rest a chunk of weight.

Enchanted (Air Support – Stormy Affair, Kunigal Stud) shed her maiden status with a memorable performance where she dominated the opposition to secure her winning bracket in an impressive fashion.

Enchanted, with Zervan in the saddle, shot into the lead with Baymax following close behind. The Malesh Narredu trained filly looked a picture of fitness and justified the strong support she received. She tore away from the rest effortlessly in the straight and reduced the SR Captain Trophy to a one-horse race. Improvisso finished on well to beat Baymax for the second place.

On-money favourite Colombianaprincess (Hymn – Kanthara, Jai Govind Stud) galloped to her third straight win after remaining unbeaten in two starts at Mumbai. The Adhirajsingh Jodha trainee showed she had retained her winning form as she darted ahead of the equally speedy Locarno soon on start and galloped at a good clip all through. Wise Child settled in the mid-bunch and progressed at the turn, switching lanes and poking through gaps to be in third on straightening up for home.

Dashrath Singh astride Colombianaprincess kept the momentum going and took advantage of the early run to the wire. By the time Wise Child got into top gear it was already too late for him. Wise Child did catch up fast covering a lot of ground briskly but eventually fell short by under a length. A little more ground and Wise Child may have turned the tables. Locarno did well to save place money.

Jockey Dashrath Singh picked up a double when he partnered Narendra Lagad trained Skysurfer (Surfrider – Stardom Bound)  to a comfortable victory in the concluding event of the day. Furiosa and Skysurfer took the top two spots early on with Furiosa enjoying a slight advantage as they turned for home.

Furiosa fought hard even as Skysurfer started to draw closer, but soon it was evident that the challenger was travelling the better of the two. Skysurfer shot ahead past the distance post to score her maiden victory on her eighth start. Furiosa ended a fighting second while Adams Beginning improved to snatch the place money from Bewitched.

House of Commons (Thewayyouare – El Gran Love, Nanoli Stud) made a timely dash to outsmart his rivals and land the spoils in the Div I of the Hurricane Plate. Gold Field and God’s Own were up in front on settling down. Wild Fire faltered at the start and burnt a lot of gas in urging to get to the front and that possibly had her gasping at the business end.

Gold Field and Wild Fire then led the others into the straight with God’s Own, Princess P and House of Commons bunched up close together. House of Commons founding an opening early in the straight and didn’t wait for a second chance as apprentice jockey K Nazil shot through to come abreast with the front running duo. The Faisal Abbas ward accelerated well and shot past them to grab the lead. Nazil rode out the gelding vigorously to quell the emerging threat from God’s Own to clinch the race by ¾ of a length. Gold Field did well to bag the third place.

Sassy Lass (Excellent Art – Mooring, Exhilaration Stud) finally came into her own and produced an electrifying gallop at the business end to stun the front runner and win drawing away in the final few strides. She was nowhere in the picture when they turned for home with Bidstone Hill fighting to stay ahead and Queens Best coming up to challenge. Queens Best looked good to go for it as they others in close vicinity were not able to match her speed. Just when Queens Best was being hailed as the winner, Sassy Lass, with jockey Neeraj Rawal in the saddle, arrived with a blistering gallop to floor them all with her sweetly timed run. Queens Best was unlucky to be at the receiving end of such a blazing run and will live to fight another day. Bidstone Hill held on stubbornly to save place money.

Dallas Todywalla ward Grey Flannel (Arazan – bid For Gold, Villoo’s Greenfield Farm) was gritty in her performance and once she led them into the straight, she never let go. The challengers came from either side as Astral Flash and Till End of Time came at her at a good clip, covering a lot of ground in the final furlong. However, Grey Flannel who had the services of PS Chouhan in the saddle, held her ground bravely to carve out a narrow win. Till End of Time was pick of the lot for her fastest finish, but just fell short of swooping on the duo.

Angels Harmony (Varenar – Aliwiyya, Equus Stud) pulled off a stunner doing extremely well to shake off the stiff challenge from favourite Arashi in the homestretch. Angels Harmony led from the start and she looked under pressure when Arashi got alongside in the final 300 m. Jockey G Amit rode out the Altaf Hussain trained filly and Angels Harmony managed a re-run to baffle Arashi. She kicked on gamely in the final 100 to score by over a length. Cristo Boss ran to on finish second. Lucky Luciano and Priceless Art were the ones to catch the eye as they both finished with a flourish.

Jockey Dashrath Singh was the lone pro to score a double.