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By Mahendra Mallya | 22 Feb 2021 | HYDERABAD

Jockey Suraj Narredu had a fruitful day scoring three piloting three winners in the eight race card. He started the day successfully with a clinical start to finish victory atop Beauty on Parade (Green Coast – Parade Queen). There was a bit of a jostle as they rushed for the early lead, but Beauty on Parade cruised ahead to hit the front. AS they turned for home, Suraj just nudged the Netto trained filly and that was all she needed. Beauty on Parade left Let It Be Me lagging and sailed ahead getting further away from the pack. She was all alone in front in the final furlong and kicked on to stay well in front at the post. Platinum Classz improved well enough to peg back Let It Be me for the runner up berth.

Suraj then rode Mirana (Sedgefield – Song Dynasty) to a popular victory taking the lead soon on turning for home. Mirana picked up good speed and was keeping the momentum going. Just when it looked like she would have it easy, Kesariya Balam showed up with a late sparkle. He was certainly gaining on Mirana, but the Srinivas Reddy trainee held off the late challenger to pull it off by a length. Kesariya Balam did well to get as close as he did to finish a good second, ahead of Horus.

Suraj Signed off the day with another comfortable victory astride Angel Tesoro (Royal Gladiator – Flying Rani). Settling in the mid bunch initially Suraj moved up around the turn and started to chase down early leader Four One Four. Angel Tesoro responded after a couple of cracks and when he found his rhythm, he simply dashed past Four One Four at a quick rate to settle the issue a few strides from home. Angel Tesoro won by two lengths. Soul Empress ran on to finish second with Unstopped finishing a close third.

Jockey Akshay Kumar chipped in with a back-to-back double midway through the card. He first had to battle hard to chase down Acadian Angel who was threatening to run away after they entered the homestretch. Akshay got going on Silver Set (Abbeyside – Silver Scent) approaching the distance post and had Bedazzled and Rhine close alongside. Acadian Angel did her best to hold on but in the last few strides, Silver Set renewed his challenge and just managed to surge ahead to carve out victory by a narrow margin of half a length.  Bedazzled and Rhine finished on in a heap, the top four finishing within half a length making the finish an exciting one.

In the very next race, Akshay partnered the favourite NRI Valley (Sammidd – Sashimi) to a more reassuring victory; the Sequeira trained mare galloping to her third straight win this season. City of Wisdom brought them into the straight and soon ran out of gas as NRI Valley shot past to take charge with a furlong and half to go. Chuckit was rallying behind, but took a while to find his speed. He did try to throw in a challenge, but NRI Valley had enough in the reserve to pull away in the final few strides and score by two lengths. Chuckit ended a good second. Blazer improved well in the straight to finish in the money.   

Deshmukh trained Painted Apache (Ampere – Pure Elation) put in a strong finishing run in the final furlong to catch the early leader hard To Toss and also battle a determined effort that came from Ambitious Star. Hard To Toss led them all the way and deep into the straight. Hard to Toss had a handy lead coming into the final furlong when Painted Apache and Ambitious Star arrived with a good burst of speed. Ambitious Star was a shade ahead when they dashed past Hard To Toss and fought it out right up to the winning post. Painted Apache, ridden by Trevor, just managed to pip Ambitious Star on the post to snatch a thrilling win by a neck. Gregor Clegane improved considerably in the straight and did well to finish on the haunches of the top two. This effort is well worth noting down and Gregor Clegane could pay rich dividends when out next.

Sreekant trained Blazing Jupiter (Green Coast – Justicia) created a flutter with a blazing run to score his second victory this season. Gusty Note looked all set to carry on after leading them into the straight and with the main threats not lurking close enough, Gusty note seemed on his way. jockey Ajeeth Kumar lit up Blazing Jupiter past the distance post and bay horse stormed past Gusty Note to register a comfortable victory. Gusty Note was overwhelmed in the last few strides and had to settle for the runner up berth. The Special One showed signs of return to form with a speedy finish that got him past Alliston and took the third spot, finishing just a neck behind Gusty Note. The Special One bears watching when he is out next.   

L D’Silva trained Cheltenham (Pinson – Impressive Touch) made gradual progress emerging from the fourth spot at the turn to produce a winning gallop in the homestretch. Dillon led them into the straight with Royal Pal close behind. Cheltenham quickened nicely to tackle these two and stormed into the lead. Miss Marvellous also was making her presence felt and tried to challenge Cheltenham. Lightning Power moved behind these two but had no room to make his getaway. By the time he skirted around the pair, both Cheltenham and Miss Marvellous had sped ahead and Lightning Power just could not move fast enough. Cheltenham won by a length from Miss Marvellous. Lighting Power finished less than a length behind to finish third.

For the professionals, joeckey Suraj Narredu scored a treble, while jockey Akshay Kumar scored a double.