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By Mahendra Mallya | 28 Sep 2019 | PUNE

Trainer Bezan Chenoy leading St Andrews (A Imran Khan Up), winner of The Fair Haven Trophy

Bezan Chenoy trained St Andrews (Phoenix Tower – Macrihanish, Manjri Stud) had been knocking on the door with some forward runs and was right up to the task on the day to score a long pending victory. Clymene took off at the start to lead the field, with Gazino, St Andrews and Excellent Gold following close behind.

Gazino came along side Clymene soon on turning for home with Excellent Gold also propping up on the outside. With a furlong and half to go, Jockey Imran Khan astutely slipped in along the inner rails just at the right juncture as there was just about enough gap for him to poke through. Gazino by then had accounted for Clymene and Excellent Gold was finding it hard to stay in contention. St Andrews grew stronger in the final 100m and zipped past Gazino to clinch the issue closer home.

Pesi Shroff had a profitable day sending out three winners all of whom won in an impressive manner and at surprisingly nourishing odds. Shroff’s rookie Armaity lit up the day for ace trainer showing a clean pair of heels on her debut while racing ahead in the homestretch leaving the rest panting.

Armaity (Multidimensional – Hills And Stars, Usha Stud) enjoyed a fashionable debut displaying quality speed and pleasing maturity for a first run. She settled well in the hands of reliable jockey NS Parmar close behind leader God’s Decree, while the rest were a few lengths behind until the turn.

Armaity cruised past God’s Decree soon on turning for home and sped away sweetly outpacing her rivals within a matter of strides. The Pesi Shroff trainee stretched out fluently with Parmar riding out hands and heels all the way past the post, winning by a widening margin of over eight lengths! Baku improved well to beat the rest, while Valiant Star too progressed to beat the early leader and pocket some place stakes.

Rhapsody (Speaking of Which – Analeah, Usha Stud), who had an ordinary single outing at Bengaluru, came into her own on her Pune debut and scored a comfortable win. The five to one shot settled nice and early behind Grey Falcon. Galloping Goldmine was up close in third, with Hokkaido and Splash following little over a length further behind and Polaris in the rear.   

Grey Falcon faded out at the turn and Rhapsody, with Zervan in the saddle, took charge and stepped up the pace to surge ahead. Galloping Goldmine struggled to catch up, While Hokkaido made her move from the outside. Splash switched lanes from the rails, but could not accelerate well enough. Rhapsody stretched out nicely to stay well ahead of Galloping Goldmine and the fast finishing Hokkaido to win by two and half lengths. Hokkaido did well and pegged Galloping Goldmine back for the runner-up slot. Splash ended a take fourth.

Shroff then sent out Cliffs of Capri (Elusive Quality – First At Summer, Manjri Stud) who finally got the taste of victory in his sixth start. Chasing early leader C’est L’Amour until into the straight, Cliffs of Capri shot ahead into the straight and won drawing away without encountering any challenge. He won by a huge margin of six lengths and jockey Zervan had little to do in the saddle. Stable mate Notoriety improved well in the straight to finish a faraway second finishing comfortably ahead of C’est L’Amour.

 Narendra Lagad’s Ustad Pedro (Western Aristocrat – Edessya, Nanoli Stud) put in a strong finishing run to score his second career win. He was in the fourth spot as Auroden, Xoxo and Malavika charged into the straight, little separating the trio. Ustad Pedro, with jockey Sandesh astride, arrived with a powerful run from the outside, No sooner he had got past the trio, Ebony got going and put in threatening strides. Ustad Pedro however, smothered the challenger and kicked on to win by a length. Aquarius did well to finish in the money, while Adams Beginning improved to finish in the frame.

Eight to one shot Fencing (Sedgefield – Saffro, Jai Govind Stud) bagged the concluding event of the day with a fiery gallop in the final furlong. Dream Trail and Suarez entered he straight with a slender lead and soon Suarez left his companion behind and surged forward. Shapath put in a game gallop and shaped well for a brief moment but failed to quicken further. Dazzling Eyes too joined in the fight but soon Fencing arrived with Santosh on board and floored them all. Fencing shot ahead a few strides from the winning post to score by just over a length. Dazzling Eyes yet again ended second, nosing out Suarez.

For the professionals, trainer Pesi Shroff was the star pro of the day saddling a fine treble, while jockey S Zervan scored a double.