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By Mahendra Mallya | 30 Oct 2021 | PUNE

Mr & Mrs Vijay B Shirke and Mr K N Dhunjibhoy leading Parisian (PS Chouhan Up), winner of The Eve Champion Trophy (Gr.3)

Just like it was the Sandesh Show last week, this time it was trainer Pesi Shroff and jockey PS Chouhan that held center-stage, dishing out winners with regularity and reaping a rich haul of four popular winners in the nine-race card. This included the day's feature event, the Eve Champion Trophy (Gr3), where Parisian (Champs Elysees - Anywaysmile, Usha Stud) blew away the opposition to romp home comfortably.

Parisian settled nice and quick and although Majestero galloped away to a huge lead for most of the 2000m race, Parisian waited patiently until after they crossed the 800m mark to make a steady forward move. Parisian picked up speed at the turn and made her bid from the outside to cruise past the couple of runners in front, striding off at her own clip which was more than enough for her to pocket the trophy with more than a furlong still to go. Parisian was never hard pressed and she was on cruise mode all through to win with a big margin of over eight lengths. Truly Epic had to ward off Grand Accord to retain the runner-up spot. Parisian proved too good for her rivals while registering her fifth career win from eight starts.

Theon (Multidimensional - Fontainebleau, Usha Stud) won the Amjad Khan Trophy and although he won by close to two lengths, he had to work for his victory in the 2000m race. Theon and the other fancied Kokomo were in the rear as Camille tried the runaway tactics in vain. She weakened at the turn and fell back as Flaming Lamborgini Kokomo and Theon drew close to one another readying for the final battle. Flaming Lamborgini shaped well as he had a decent leeway approaching the distance post. Theon took time to get into a rhythm, while Kokomo looked beaten far too early. Theon picked up inside the final furlong and quickened well to zip past Flaming Lamborgini to win by a length and three-quarters.

Pesi and Chouhan picked up their first win for the day with debutante Sunrise (Phoenix Tower - Sugar Mint, Manjri Stud) justifying the cramped odds offered on his very first outing. He was the overwhelming favorite on the strength of her steady preparation and his final gallop which showed him in good light, with a pedigree to go with it. The race was all about Sunrise as none from the opposition did well enough to catch the eye as such. Sunrise rose from the fourth position at the turn to take off once the entered the homestretch. For a debutante, Sunrise showed commendable maturity while accelerating on his own without Chouhan having to do too much other than guide his mount. Sunrise picked up speed and zipped ahead looking the winner a long way from home. He won by eight and half lengths and although the opposition didn't really stand up to his speed offering no resistance whatsoever, Sunrise does emerge as a promising prospect. It will be interesting to see him compete with a tougher bunch. Orchids improved positions to beat Sinner for the runner-up slot.

Medora (Multidimensional - Blue Sky, Usha Stud) was the fourth success for the pair. Medora, stinging from her narrow loss to stable mate Minx on her opening campaign this season, looked much sharper and more determined to make amends this time. Taking on a set of nine rivals, Medora settled in third behind early leader Expedition and Jubilant Journey until the turn. Once into the straight, Medora was quick to step up speed and soon began to bridge the gap as Jubilant Journey had a sizable lead in the early half of the straight. Medora stormed ahead and bounced further away from them all to win by close to five lengths to pick up her maiden victory on her third staart. Juiced ran on to beat Jubilant Journey for the second spot.

Bezan ChenoyAegon (Varenar - Bespoke, Equus Stud) was up to the task for his fighting finish with a determined Golden Guest. Golden Guest and Aegon were quick to improve position after accelerating around the turn to catch up with the front running pair of Sharareh and Pokerface. No sooner they entered the homestretch, Golden Guest was quick to take charge but Aegon stuck by him and these two pulled away from the rest. The fight was long and gripping as both the horses and the riders were involved in the bobbing of the heads all the way until the winning post. It was in the last couple of strides that Aegon looked stronger with jockey PS Kavraj eventually managing to pull it off by a head. Golden Guest was gallant in defeat showing equal speed and readiness while going down narrowly.

Noshir Cama trained Fairmont (Quasar - Arusha, Ruia Stud) was another one to register a maiden win and this was the four year old filly's fifth start. Jockey Yash Narrredu had the filly hard held in fifth as Irish Eyes made all the early running, galloping freely well in front with a handsome lead. Head Honcho faded out from the second spot as they neared the turn, while Fairmont moved up steadily to be third behind Northern Lights. Irish Eyes squandered a handy lead as she could not sustain and soon Northern Lights got past her and took charge. Fairmont gradually increased speed to join Northern Lights in the last 100 meters, and then wore down the favourite to clinch victory closer home. Kamaria tried hard to make an impact, but could not match up, ending close behind Northern Lights to finish third. Brasos improved from the last position to figure in the frame.

MK Jadhav-trained Spring Grove (Canford Cliffs - Winged Diva, Nanoli Stud) galloped to her second career win after a tame performance in the higher class. She however, benefited by that outing and was much better geared up this time. Sitting close behind leader Wild Fire entering the straight, Spring Grove was ridden out well by jockey Dhebe and was closing in on Wild Fire approaching the distance post. Enlightened looked in contention as he moved to third, but he just could not quicken well enough. Spring Grove overpowered Wild Fire in the final furlong and then sped away to score by two lengths. Enlightened managed to peg back Wild Fire to finish a decent second.

Pride's Angel (Multidimensional - Tammy O, Usha Stud) put in a powerful burst of speed while notching up his maiden win on his eleventh start. He was stalking Blazing Bay until the turn and as soon as they turned for home, Pride's Angel, in the hands of jockey Sandesh, shut the others out of contention pulling away from them all in a trice. The Imtiaz Sait trainee was all alone in the final furlong and Sandesh had the luxury to ease Pride's Angel in the final 100 meters to win by a good margin. Sandman improved well to finish second well ahead of Blazing Bay and Beamer.

AM Jadhav trained Excellarator (Excellent Art - Queen's Guest, Poonawalla Stud) scored a facile victory to register her maiden win on his first attempt in Pune. La Peregrina was in the lead as they entered the homestretch but she had Sovereign Master and Excellerator baying for blood on her outside. Just as Sovereign Master got past the leader, Excellerator arrived with a strong finishing gallop to swoosh past the fighting duo and stretch away to score by over to lengths. Sovereign Master warded off favourite Sufiyah to retain the second spot.