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By Ikram Khan | 01 Jun 2024 | OOTY

Trainer Sebastian recieves the Badruka Million after All Stars won the feature event on Saturday.

Rain played spoilsport again on Saturday and following a couple of thunder showers, the stipes and stewards rightly decided to cancel  four of the eight races understanding that the track was not conducive to continue and they had framed a eight-event card on Sunday, the concluding day of the season. 

In the opening event, the upper division of the Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw Trophy for juveniles run over a sprint, Amazing Joy from Vijay Singh's yard garnered the maximum support but the bred in the purple filly making her maiden appearance at the Blue Mountains after her two starts in the Chennai season failed to justify her top billing and finished a tame third behind the runner-up Everwin. The lesser fancied Seiko Katsu from Mandanna's yard who produced a suggestive effort in her last essay, third behind the talented Forest Fragrance produced a stellar effort to outclass her nine rivals while shedding her maiden status in style. Now that Seiko Katsu has broken ice, she will make her presence felt in handicap events back at Guindy.

In the lower division of the event, Mandanna and Umesh again successfully combined to score again, the well fancied debutant Vandhiyathevan romping home to the delight of his supporters. Charukala, another fancied contestant from Vijay Singh's yard finished second ahead of Mastercraft, while Royal Exemplar completed the frame. The winner appears a goodtype of youngster and it will pay to follow his progress in the winter at Chennai.

The Badruka Sprint Million for juveniles saw All Stars from Sebastian's yard register her second win this season making every post a winning one in the hands of Saikumar. The favourite King's Battalion who at one stage looked set to come out on top failed to match strides with th winner in the final furlong and had to rest content with the runner-up berth. Lavish Girl followed the first two home, a good seven lengths behind Kings Battalion indicating that the `Girl' is only a below average performer. 

The upper division of the Defence Services Staff College Trophy produced a shock result, the ten to one long shot Cynosure comfortably beating the favourite Light The World, another fancied runner from the Vijay Singh stable who bit the dust much to the disappointment of the followers of form. Hindu Singh guiding the fortunes of the public choice sent the filly ahead soon after the 10 runners came under the starter's flag and dominated the proceedings before Cynosure in the hands of champion apprentice Koshi Kumar produced a winning gallop in the final furlong to upset the applecart of the strongly fancied public choice. The five to one shot Asio did well to save money in place. 

Soon after the event, a thunder shower put an end to the proceedings, the mandarins of the Udhagamandalam race club deciding to cancel the remaining four events.