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Macchupicchu finds his mark in Idar Trophy

By: True Blue   September 11 , 2011

Having won a Class II race before embarking on his campaign for the Indian classics, Macchupicchu finished nowhere in the Indian 2000 Guineas but later finished fourth just two lengths off the winner Moonlight Romance in the Indian Derby. He once again finished fourth behind Moonlight Romance in the Indian Turf Invitation Trophy to end his summer campaign. A couple of runs this monsoon, Pesi Shroff went for the Idar Gold Trophy (Gr.3) run over a mile-and-half. The joint property of Berjis Desai, Vijay Shirke and Khushroo Dhunjibhoy finally found his mark over the Derby distance where he beat Doi Moi and Native Knight.

Harlamoff went into the race as the favourite but M. K. Jadhav`s ward struggled at the bend itself after being marked by Ladjadj Stephane ridden Native Knight from the half-way mark. Mr Greedy set the pace after tackling Clarion Call into the race and came first into the straight but P. S. Chouhan got Macchupicchu into top gear and then kept him going under the whip to ward off the late threat posed by Doi Moi. Native Knight ended in the money ahead of Mr Greedy who, after completing the race died of a heart attack.

The day didn`t exactly start the way the punters would`ve liked it to: two on-money favourites biting dust. Funnily enough in the first race the Narendra Lagad saddled favourite Sweaty Betty was beaten by one other than her own owner-mate Svelte Lady (Ikhtiyar – Musical Pepper). Second favourite Scintillo seized the initiative at the start and stayed put with Sweaty Betty at his haunches. Before Shrikant Kamble ridden Sweaty Betty could gain the upper hand over Scintillo when the heads turned for home, D. K. Ashish got busy with Svelte Lady and after some serious goading got the Bezan Chenoy nurtured filly to step up the pace and nailed both Sweaty Betty and Scintillo at the post.

Half an hour later, Ashish wore the same colours astride Bezan Chenoy saddled Sugar Loaf (Diffident – Rave) to demolish the opposition in the lower division of the Simply Supreme Trophy. Aberdares and Flashforward did the initial running with favourite Spirit of Mercy chasing them. The last named flattered briefly when the leaders packed their wares but found Sugar Loaf come with a scorching run alongside and surge clear to record his maiden win. Prize Fighter took the third place ahead of Flashforward.

Imtiaz Sait trained Set Afire (Captain Rio – Bawader) ran true to form and was brilliantly ridden by C. Rajendra to claim the first division of the R. S. Kedari Gold Cup. Favourite Salt led the way for sure but succumbed meekly even before the race came to a boil. Set Afire took charge but had Lakhadema breathing down her neck. Set Afire gave a tenacious display to romp home from the late finishing Talk of the Town who pegged back Lakhadema for the second berth while Emerald Valley, Dovers Hill and Daffodils finished in close order.

Karthik Ganapathy schooled filly Golden Heart (Choisir – Golden Carmen) with A. M. Tograllu in the saddle registered an encore in the second division of the R. S. Kedari Gold Cup. Golden Heart raced behind leader Sea Bucaneer, Royal Companion and the rest and Tograllu very nearly messed it up before getting Golden Heart to manoeuvre her way and take the outer lane. Meanwhile Dream Talk was battling it out with Star Vision but the late flourish of Golden Heart put paid to the hopes of her rivals. Cloud Cover ended fourth and might be worth following in his own age group.

Home Alone (Glory of Dancer – Shockwave) from Dallas Todywalla`s yards improved on his last run to graduate from the maiden ranks. C. Rajendra had Home Alone up with the pace set by Heavenly Prize and stole a march over the field in the last furlong and a half. Zakynthos, a favourite on his debut, came into contention too but found the going tough may be for want of a run. Neeraj Rawal meanwhile poked his way through the gap offered by Home Alone and Zakynthos but Rajendra packed enough punch in his riding to keep Storming Heart at bay. Zakynthos ran third but lives to fight for another day.

Top-weighted Light My Way was backed to the exclusion of his ten rivals but the C. D. Katrak trained gelding failed to deliver the goods. Light My Way raised some hopes when Y. S. Srinath brushed him at the bend to range alongside Glowing Star but he lost steam soon. Altaf Hussain trained and Aadesh Kumar ridden Azul (China Visit – Roses In The Snow) came through the shortest way home and easily measured his rivals. Cogito Ergo Sum found the winner too good as she rallied in the closing stages only to end third ahead of Balaclava .

Jockey Kishore Kadam justified the faith imposed in him by the connections of Palazzo Grazioli ( Royal Kingdom – Fedora) and the young lad steered the Shyam Habbu trained gelding to a convincing win. Palazzo Grazioli stayed abreast of Capitano as he stayed close to the rails when showing the way to the field. Palazzo Grazioli accelerated well when alerted by Kadam and darted clear. Star Zone took time to get going and finished second ahead of Ocean Girl who finished an unwanted third edging out Good Looking.

S. N. Joshi`s candidate Ashwa Prerna (Alnasr Alwasheek – Thanks A Lot) overcame the wide draw and registered a comfortable victory in the hands of P. S. Chouhan. Star Glory and Titleist followed him home along with That`s My Master, who was the best of the beaten lot.

Bonny Light ( Placerville – I`m A Nine Plus) brought home the bacon in the concluding race after S. Sunil astride the Faisal Abbas trainee seized the running from Torcello in the straight. Mischevious Z, who came in for enthusiastic support in the betting, warmed up far too late and to make any difference to the result. She finish second ahead of Golden Grace and Rising Asset.

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