STORM BREAKER WINS JUVENILE SPRINTERS' MILLION
Trainer M Narredu leading Storm Breaker (Yash Narredu Up), winner of The Juvenile Sprinters' Million (Gr.3)
A facile last start winner Storm Breaker from Mallesh Narredu's yard and Hyderabad challenger Sitara from the stables of Vittal Deshmukh, who had finished second behind Areca Legend were fancied most in the Juvenile Sprinters' Million, the plum event run over a sprint on Saturday. The former in the hands of Yash Narredu after tracking the Deshmukh's yard sprinted well to reign supreme. The winner again needed to win the race in the stewards room following an objection lodged by Trevor Patel against Yash Narredu for coming onto him and interfering with his progress on the rails, but the stewards quickly and rightly threw out the protest contending that Sitara was a beaten horse and Yash didn't really push or stop Sitara from performing at her optimum level. The Shroff schooled Mzilikazi finished third ahead of the Chenna hopeful Breaking Bounds. Both Breaking Bounds and Mzilikazi with the benefit of this exercise will prove to be different propositions net time out.
Earlier, the public rage Brothers In Arms from trainer Neil Darashah's yard in the hands of leading pro Suraj Narredu encountered no problem coming up tops in the Noble Prince Plate run over a distance of seven furlongs. Last start winner Shivalik Kiss from Azhar Ali's yard was also fancied strongly on the strength of her victory in her last essay but Shivalik Kiss failed to repeat the effort and came home a poor third behind Blarney Stone while Amber Crown again could only manage to finish fourth.
The Rare Gem Plate run over the 1100M dash saw the Prithviraj schooled Slice Of Heaven set a new record, clocking 1:5.94 seconds bettering the existing mark of (1:6.1) registered by Queen Latifa two summer ago. The Padmanabhan-trained Indian Democrat was fancied most in the event but the public choice failed to raise a winning gallop and eventually failed to even make the frame. Will To Win from Parvati Byramji's yard did well to gain the runner-up berth in her maiden appearance and it will not be long before this Parvati's ward sheds her maiden status.
A failed favourite last time, Chula Vista from Arjun Manglorkar's ward was again fancied most by the railbirds to deliver the goods and the public choice in the hands of S John just got up in time to peg back the start to finish effort of Desert Angel piloted by Pradeep Chouhan.
Phoenic Reached from Inayathullah's yard spoilt the party of High Tide from Hidayat Khan's yard, who was heavily backed by the insiders and right connections in place.
Another public choice Into The Groove to the delight of the followers of form edged out rankoutsider Bora Bora to take home the Karnataka Police Cup run over a sprint. The runner-up piloted by Chouhan in her bid to make every post a winning one held the edge for most part of the trip before Suraj astride Into The Groove pulled out all stops and drove the favourite home in a close finish. Haedi's Folly who had impressed most while finishing a game second behind Areca Legend in his last essay finished third while Diamond Rays from Sriram Komandur's yard burst a blood vessel during the event and as a result failed to display his true potential.
Trainer Pradeep Annaiah pulled out a good gamble in the July Plate run over 1100M. The topweighted Morrane Gabriella was backed down from (4/1) in the morning to (18/10) in the betting ring and the well backed favourite produced a sprakling gallop in the final furlong to edge out Mischief Flyer. Second in demand at the betting ring, She's Superb despite Akshay Kumar making every effort to make a race of it failed to match strides with the first two and had to rest content with the third spot.
After Pradeep landed a successful gamble, Irfan Ghatala pulled out a rabbit from the bag in the concluding event, the Bhishma Plate run over a sprint. Bernardini who was making his debut as a four-year-old, like Morrane Gabriella was backed down from (4/1) to (9/4) and the winner in the hands of apprentice jockey Shamaz Sheriff proved too good bolting home to the delight of the Irfan camp. Industrialist lasted out to keep the second spot from the late finishing public choice Cosmic Feeling, who it appeared found the sprint trip a trifle too sharp.
Now that Bernardini has made a winning debut after two long years, the Irfan ward should add a couple more to his list in the months ahead.