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Callidora Wins In A Tight Finish

By Pearcey | 02 Jan 2008 | MYSORE


Callidora was a runaway winner in her last outing and had been fairly penalized by the handicapper for that performance. Her chances of repeating, on promotion to the higher class, were not so bright. She was taking on a well performed Champion's League, who had recently run a good second behind Thursday Night. It was expected that the two of them would fight it out, and sure enough, the two of them were involved in a nail biting finish. The speedy Champions League was allowed to run freely in front by Gnaneshwar while Callidora was a bit slow into her strides. Jockey Melvyn nudged Callidora to be in touch with the frontrunner, and in doing so had to come right round the field. On straightening up, Champions League maintained a one length lead over Callidora and the two of them fought out every inch of ground, before Callidora put her neck in front in the very last stride. The numerous supporters of Champions League were really crestfallen when it was announced that the favourite had burst his blood vessels during the race. A delighted Tharun and Melvyn received the Continual Trophy, the feature event in Wednesday's race card at Mysore. It was an afternoon that Jockey Melvyn may not forget in a hurry. He rode a memorable treble on Wacow, Ambiens and Callidora. He brushed up Macow to lead soon after the start, and lasted out to win from Adventurous World and Aaja Aaja in a race for horses in the lowest class. The favourite Aaja Aaja was an unlucky loser, since his jockey chose to bring him along the rails and in doing so was hampered for room right down the straight. He should not miss in his next start provided he is campaigned, like today, in a race reserved for horses who are 6 years old and over. Melvyn completed his treble on Ambiens, who was running over a scurry event and was lucky to be drawn on the inside in a field of twelve starters. They were the quickest out and were challenged all the way in the straight by Fire Brigade, who was the favourite to win this race . Ambiens did not give up and finally was a comfortable winner of this race ahead of Fire Brigade and Careerist . The other runners in this race were totally outpaced. The highest rated horses that are stationed at Mysore, took part in a race run over a distance of 1600 metres. It was an open betting event with Spark of Glory being favoured marginally ahead of Evanston and Brown Sugar. Cafe Coffee took off like a scalded cat and was soon a distance clear of the rest led by Brown Sugar and Bountiful Beauty. He soon shortened his strides and allowed Brown Sugar on his outside to take over the running. Evanston was seen making steady progress from the rear and under the strong urgings of Gnaneshwar wore down the apprentice ridden Brown Sugar in the last 50 metres of the race. Bountiful Beauty picked up a tiring Cafe Coffee and beat him to finish third. The most impressive winner of the day was the Appachu trained Snow Leopard. This horse was very carefully brought down to the lowest class and had been well backed last time out when he finished second in a close finish. Today he had no serious challengers, and literally toyed with the opposition in the last couple of furlongs of this mile event. Considering that he is only a four year old, we will be hearing more about this gelding in the months to come. For the record, Armidale took the second spot ahead of the front running Prettyyashyashvini. A lot of money went down on Show n Tell in the last race of the day. This mare had seen much better company in the years gone by, and was touted as a certainty provided she ran true to the trackwork that she had shown her master. She was a classic case of a "good thing got beat", considering that she was in the rear for most of the way, and ,was knocked around when she started moving through the middle of a closely packed field. Inspite of all this, Show N Tell was a fast finishing third behind Faster Than Light and Artistic Way. She will be too good to miss in her present form and condition. Melvyn shared the days riding honours with Gnaneshwar, who rode another double to increase his tally at the head of the jockeys table.