MIRACLE WINS GOLCONDA 1000 GUINEAS (GR2)
Pesi Shroff trained Miracle (Multidimensional – Khalila, Usha Stud) showed off her class as she toyed with the hapless opposition to clinch the Golconda 1000 Guineas (Gr2) without really having to make any undue effort. She settled down well and early, flanked by Maximums Glamour and Limoncello just a couple of lengths behind the front running pair of Soloist and Own Voice.
On entering the straight, Miracle cruised past the pair in front and skipped away on tight reins to keep her date with victory. She won by close to five lengths galloping with ease and grace brushing off one slight stumble on her way to glory. Miracle cantered to her sixth straight win in the process, five of them being group races that Included two Grade 1 races namely the Poonawalla Breeders’ Multi-Million and the Golden Jubilee Deccan Derby. The connections will now focus on the Indian Classics and among the current crop, Miracle has stood out and achieved successes at an alarming rate remaining unbeaten and winning with healthy margins more often than not; this, without having to fire on all cylinders.
Own Voice needs a mention as she was on her debut run and to have risen to the occasion and ending runner-up to the star filly is encouraging for the rookie filly. Ruling Goddess ended a fair third ahead of early leader Soloist.
Jockey Chouhan had earlier guided Moringa (Leitir Mor – Mooring) to a fine victory carrying the top weight and sparing two lengths at the wire to favourite In Contention. Nightmare put in a spirited run darting ahead past Georgia Peach soon on turning for home. Moringa, trained by Deshmukh, took a while to warm up but when she did, she responded well to the call and charged ahead past Nightmare to take charge in the final 100 meters and then draw away to win convincingly.
In Contention arrived with a late run to beat the rest without threatening the winner. Nightmare finished in the money, well ahead of Gurbaaz who toiled at the front to ward off Dream Station for a slot in the frame.
Happy Go Lucky (Top Class – Lucky) made a memorable debut carving out a surprisingly easy victory, after a quick start, thus making every post a winning one. She built a handy lead leading them into the straight and stepped up momentum through the homestretch to steer clear of the rest, winning by two lengths in the hands of jockey
Ashhad Asbar. NRI Superpower improved positions to run a good second, while Essential too fared well to finish in the money.
Sequeira’s Star Babe (Top Class – Bold Babe) who had been fairly consistent with a solitary win and some frame-finishes produced a strong gallop at the business end, timing her run at just right to be able to quell the late assault that Royal Grace produced in the final few strides. Flamingo Flame had a sizable lead coming into the
straight. While those close behind weakened, Star Dancer shaped well making quick headway. Star Babe rose from the mid-bunch and jockey Abhay Singh manoeuvred his way and launched an all-out attack on the front bunch. Star Babe zipped ahead in the final furlong and sped away from Star Dancer to establish what looked like a winning lead. Royal Grace made her bid on the wide outside and got into top gear past the distance post to come charging in with a good burst, but just didn’t have enough ground to catch Star Babe, falling shy by just half a length. Star Dancer finished in the money, well ahead of Castlerock. Favourite Multimoment disappointed a large following as she never got going despite being in the vicinity of the front runners early in the straight.
Ananta Vatsalya trained Lightning Fairy (Total Gallery – Lake Fairy) was hinting at coming good soon in her last couple of starts and true to the belief, she obliged with a powerful run in the final furlong to achieve her maiden success on her 14th start. Finding herself in the mid-bunch until the turn, Lightning Fairy, with Askhay Kumar in the saddle, switched lanes soon on turning for home and then unleashed a powerful run to land the spoils, looking good to outpace the front runners, the moment she started to accelerate. Team Player got easily past early leader Turf Monarch and led until into the final furlong. However, he had no answer to Lightning Fairy as she dazzled past to win decisively. Team Player was beaten by a better rival on the day and ended a good second. Inception improved well to take the third
Royal Pal was the fancied one and led deep into the straight, but when the going got tough, stablemate Ice Berry barged in with a terrific burst of speed to flash past them all and score an authoritative victory. Royal Gal fought hard right through the early half to the straight with Wot’s Up Jay who was overbearing with his presence
alongside. Just when Wot’s Up Jay got the measure of the favourite, Ice Berry, with Gaurav Singh astride, picked up good speed and surged ahead. Ice Berry was far too quick for Wot’s Up Jay and the Satheesh trainer filly zipped past to score by two lengths. Wot’s Up Jay ended a good second, while Queen’s Blossom came in with a sharp finish from a long way back to beat Royal Pal for the place money.
Jockey P S Chouhan was the lone pro to register a double.