Golden Route Finds Way at Head Of River
Interferences marred the charm of the Mukteshwar Stud Colts Trial Stakes which was the main event of the Delhi races held on Friday. However, unaffected by any mishap, Golden Route lived up to reputations. While Thursday saw the domination of the Ishwar Singh Parmar-trained horses, today was the turn of Magan Singh to saddle three winners.Soon after the flag-off of the seven-furlong contest, at least half of the field of 11 horses jostled with each other giving an opportunity to the favourite Golden Route, who was stalled in the second set of the boxes, to join the issue with Tez Raftar.
The order changed as Ashwa Panchhi decided to hold the baton but before approaching the final curve, Imran Chisty put the colt of Rebuttal and Fantasy Moon in top gear to register the most awaited maiden win. The slow galloper colt, however, was seen struggling to maintain the margin as the fast-finishing stablemate Goodwood Park gathered speed. To save the inner portion of the track over which races were conducted on the rainy Thursday, a wise decision of erecting false rails was fully supported by the public-fancied horses. The day's programme began on a strong note as Roaming Fame (Ontario-Here Goes) landed spoilsports in the upper division of the War Cry Plate. The lower division of the plate saw an excellent piece of riding by Aqeed Waheed, the younger son of the Bangalore-based late jockey Abdul Waheed, on Bacha Quero (Senure-Dancerllon). The gelding has the staying capability.
After Shub Shubh, Ode To Nature (Gaswar-Blue Hen) became the second horse to complete a quadruple by winning the class two Hardenvast Plate. The top-weighted gelding (62 kg) should extend his winning streak. The runner-up Quality Assurance is knocking at the door. Magan Singh's Shocking Star (Ontario-Maratha Princess) made mincemeat of the class three field in the senior division of Queen Of The Bees Plate. The junior plate was wrapped up by Sameer Khan-ridden Splendid Man (San Francisco-Running Power). Pacemaker finished late third behind Genius Boy. Magan Singh’s Lilly (Duja-Mistica) just managed to survive against Theodoros in a pillar-to-post affair.