Beatrice Raises A Winning Gallop
Beatrice utilised the benefit of lung opener and raised a winning gallop in the Commissioner of Excise, Entertainment and Luxury Tax Cup at the Delhi races on Tuesday. None of the professionals was able to score a double as two heavily backed favourites - Kohinoor Empire and First N Impression bite the dust.Kazim Ali Khan-trained Beatrice, whose strides fell short over the five-furlong trip in the previous outing, was elegantly handled this time by the younger son of the trainer Danish Ali Khan.
Travelling a furlong more, Danish adopted a waiting tactic behind the leader Kohinoor Beauty and cruised ahead after entering into the straight. Though the filly of San Francisco and Blue Sonata is a good stayer, yet recent performances over shorter distances have also stamped her superiority to reach the top class. Kohinoor Beauty, who was in disadvantageous scale against the winner, was running for the first time after being gelded. He is expected to taste a victory soon. Ishwar Singh-saddled Fascinating Memory (Tirol – Universal Star) shed his maiden status by making every post a winning one in the day's opener, Excise Plate.
The stablemate Fearless Tiger was observed to be galloping late for the third place behind Air Forse One. Youthfulreaction, who was prominent before fading out to be fourth, may spring a surprise soon. Elegancia, who made a debut at the fifth position, has the potential to earn her cornbill soon. Deepak Kalra's charge Moongate Man landed the spoilsport in the lower division of the Entertainment Plate with a narrow margin. He spent some anxious moments not only on the track but also in the stewards’ room when his supremacy was challenged by the runner-up Kohinoor Empire. The plea was turned down. The debutant at the age of four by Steinbeck out of Stream Of Love slowly gathered momentum to overtake Kohinoor Empire at the top of the curve. En route to hitting the front, he slightly shifted in and even drifted out alarmingly but was superbly guided by apprentice Shafeeq Ahmed to score narrowly.
Being lighter by 12.5 kilograms on scale against the favourite also paved his way to win. The victor grey, who had developed hoof problem, should complete an encore. The run of Kohinoor Empire should be ignored. The senior division of the plate was lifted by a speedy Gamati (Barood – Kahini), who was routed recently by Green Ribbon in the lower class. Actually, a wise decision by the concerned connection including the saddler Manbir Singh of letting her run in the upper class on lower scale, paid dividends.
However, the oldest runner in the field had to wait for a nod from the authorities as the third place holder First N Impression raised an objection of hampering her way initially. Kerry Blue put in everything inside the distance post to occupy the second spot pipping First N Impression.