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By Mahendra Mallya | 26 Jul 2018 | PUNE

Begum Shaherbanoo Husain Lagad & trainer Narendra Lagad leading Wild Fire (Dashrath Singh Up), winner of The J E Hughes Trophy

Trainer Narendra Lagad combined well with jockey Dashrath Singh towards the end of the day and bagged the last three races thus scoring a commendable hatrick!

Wild Fire (Varenar – Generous Grey, Equus Stud) set off the winning streak for the combine with a fluent show, putting her shoddy last run well behind. She had a sluggish start last time out and was far too keen to race to the front. However, this time round, Dashrath had her finding her rhythm right from start and eased her into the lead, with Southpaw right up with them.

Now Southpaw had an impressive run of victories in Mumbai and was expected to keep that trend going. However, he had gained a whopping 40 kilos body weight on his last run, and that could explain why he petered out in the straight after travelling so well until the turn.

Wild Fire built on her good start and accelerated sweetly in the straight to win readily and with a measure of comfort. Queen Credible improved well to take the second spot from Flag Flying, while God’s Own made it to the frame.

Trainer Adhirajsingh Jodha was bullish on the chances of his ward In It To Win It (Sedgefield – Blitz Kiss, Jai Govind Stud). It is learnt that the trainer was not only confident of In It To Win It winning on the day, but was even contemplating taking a crack at the Indian St Leger (Gr1) later in the season! The gelding didn’t let his master down and won handsomely earning accolades for the young trainer.  

In It To Win It was switched off for the early half as was Kimberella with Medici, Flying Dragon and Gold Medalist dominating the front. In It To Win It stormed into the lead no sooner they entered the straight and then drew away from them all to land the spoils. Kimberella ended a faraway second ahead of Flying Dragon. With this dazzling display In It To Win It can count on winning again. He has already lined up three in a row, as he had won his last two starts in Mumbai.

Grand Accord (Dream Ahead – Glebe Queen, Hazara Stud) put up a stunning show in the stretch to floor favourite Brabourne just when the latter had grabbed the lead. Sitting second behind Sagittarius until the turn, Brabourne shaped well when he got past to take charge. However, Within a couple of strides it was curtains for Brabourne as Grand Accord sped past him and stretched away nicely to make it a no contest. Grand Accord won by over two lengths and Brabourne only a tame second. Celestial Light ended third, while Regal Shot made progress in the straight, coming from the rear end to take the fourth place.

Malavika (Ace – Arabian Lady, Yeravada Stud) won the opening event of the day thrilling her large number of supports. The Altaf Hussain trainee improved position to be a handy second behind Abraxas at the turn. Once they turned for home, Malavika quickened well to zip past Abraxas and gallop away to a fine victory. Abraxas ended second ahead of Jigar.

Eternal Dancer (Dancing Forever – Moselle, Hazara Stud) took her while but eventually brought about her maiden success albeit on her 18th start. The Rehanullah Khan ward started showing some form towards the end of Mumbai and built on that won to get her winning bracket.

Shakin Stevens went for it right from the start and had a handy lead coming into the straight. He still had a useful lead approaching the distance post, but just could not sustain until the very last. Eternal Dancer picked up momentum under some hard riding by NS Parmar which eventually held her in good stead, as Divine Spark arrived with a big gallop a tad too late. Eternal Dancer made it by a head from Divine Spark, while Shakin Stevens ended a close third.

Impala (Win Legend – Native Princess, Dashmesh Stud) pulled off a neat win without having to encounter much trouble. She was right up in front with Nextstar and Blitzkrieg until the turn. Once into the homestretch, Impala gathered speed and sailed past Nextstar to grab the lead and win running away. Nextstar fell considerably back, just managing to hold on to the second slot from Yutaka.

Lagad and Dashrath polished the day off with Arabian Storm (Admiralofthefleet – Arabian Rose, Kunigal Stud) scoring an emphatic victory. Jockey Dashrath Singh did well to scoot into the lead from a wider draw (14) to lead the field with Xoxo and Vitesse close behind.

In the homestretch, Xoxo tried to move ahead and join Arabian Storm, but the latter quickened nicely to leave them all behind and stretch away to score easily. Xoxo held on to end runner-up and Vitesse just held off Tally Ho to finish in the money.

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