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By Mahendra Mallya | 29 Sep 2018 | PUNE

Mrs Magansingh P Jodha & trainer Adhiraj S Jodha leading Dazzle N Daze (Dashrath Singh Up), winner of The Sentosa Cove Plate

Wild Fire (Varenar – Generous Grey, Equus Stud), trained by Narendra Lagad pulled off a clean start to finish victory to  pocket the Jamshed Dalal Trophy a 1200m affair for Class II horses. It was a memorable day for young apprentice Aniket Karande as he spurted ahead with Wild Fire soon on start. Wild Fire held command coming into the straight with Gazino looking to catch up. Wild Fire shook off the challenger and quickened well to stay well ahead in the final furlong. Gazino fell back and Excellent gold made some headway along the rails, but it was Gallant Knight who was fastest at the finish and managed to end within touching distance of the winner. Excellent gold was beaten to third.

Trainer Adhirajsingh Jodha started off the day on a good note with back to back double In the day’s first two races. He first sent out Dazzle N Daze (Sedgefield – Dixie Dahlin, Jai Govind Stud) to a facile victory making every post a winning one. Jockey Dashrath Singh dictated the pace right through and led them into the straight with a handy lead as cover. Favourite Sylvester tried all out to get closer, but Dazzle and Daze, all of seven years of age, showed the zest and hunger to gallop away to score by more than three lengths.

Adhirajsingh next saddle Charging Tigress (Sedgefield – Great Colors, Jai Govind Stud) and the mare too galloped zestfully to carve out a thrilling win. Priceless Girl and Speedo paced with one another out in front with Glorious Land and Locarno following them, a length or two away was charging Tigress.

Priceless Girl accelerated well coming into the straight and had a handy lead past the distance post. Charging Tigress stepped on it and in the final furlong made a powerful dash with jockey DS Daman riding out with vigour. It was a close call with Charging Tigress just managing to peg back Priceless Girl on the wire to score a narrow win. The Civilian beat Untitled for the third place.

Nazak Chenoy trained Gloriana (Phoenix Tower – La Moraleja, Manjri Stud) took advantage of the low weight to carry and the inner draw to pull off a comfortable victory. Jockey Santosh raced along the rails with Gloriana keeping just behind Kingston Heath until the turn.

Gloriana accelerated well to zip past Kingston Heath after a brief tussle and then sailed ahead to take command and galloped very well all the way to secure a convincing victory. Favourite Furious N Fast ended up chasing the winner, beating Kingston Heath to third.

There was a bizarre accident before the turn as Grey Flannel buckled and fell dislodging jockey S Sunil, and Safdar stumbled over the fallen horse and jockey Parmar got unbalanced and thrown off. Jockey Sunil has fractured his collar bone and jockey Parmar escaped with a broken finger, both will be out of action for a while, but are thankfully out of danger.

Questionable (China Visit – Smashing, Usha Stud) worked his way up along the rails to rally well and attack the lead held by Angel’s Harmony coming into the straight and then galloped strongly in the last furlong to skip away and score his second career win on the trot. Angels harmony fought hard in the first half of the straight, but gave in once Questionable proved too strong. Lady In Red ran on to finish third ahead of Relentless Pursuit.

Bronx (China Visit – Blue Ridge, Usha Stud) made ample amends for his last start loss showing plenty of speed in the straight to first get past runaway leader Makino and then ward off the late finishing Arashi. Makino had stolen a march coming into the straight and was going well when Bronx arrived with a big gallop. Within a couple of strides, Bronx was all over Makino and stretching away. Arashi flashed on the scene a tad too late and by then Bronx was well on his way home. Arashi had to be content with the runner up berth, just ahead of Makino.

Scion (Poco Boy – Supereva, Equus Stud) won the concluding race of the day, coming from behind to launch an all out attack in the final 100 meters. A lot happened in the homestretch and the worst possible thing to happen was the fall of young apprentice AS Peter who was riding Bidstone Hill. He was along the rails when  Eternal Dancer came on to him and he got tightened between the horse and the inner rails, got unbalanced and fell. Fortunately he seems to have escaped unhurt but is still under observation.

Meanwhile, up in front, Sporto fought gallantly but could not sustain when Scion arrived with a quick gallop to swoop upon them all and assert himself in the final moments to bag the race by a length from Philadelphia. Sporto ended in the money.

For the professionals, trainer Adhirajsingh Jodha and jockey PS Chouhan scored a double each.