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War Command in the 2000 Guineas

By: Stay Thirsty   October 1 , 2014

Karthik Ganapathy trained War Command had impressive credentials going into the Gr 3 Jayachamraja Wadiyar Golf Club Mysore 2000 Guineas but it got overshadowed by the unbeaten run of local challenger Fink. War Command had all-India form while Fink had imposing credentials built on the local track. In the end, the superior race form of War Command who had matched strides with all India ranked horses came to the fore as the progeny of Ace asserted his supremacy in emphatic manner to provide the Western India trainer with quick Guineas double at Mysore.

Fink expectedly went to the post as a firm favourite with War Command as the only one capable of upsetting the champion Mysore horse. War Command had run wide but yet had finished a close third to Be Safe in the Poonawalla Multi-Million at Mumbai and then had beaten a good lot of horses in his lead up race for this event at Pune. There were doubts whether this free running horse would last out the mile long trip under testing conditions. War Command proved that he was capable of much more to enhance his credentials as possible Derby prospect.

Jockey Sandesh kept War Command on a tight leash contrary to the start to finish tactics that the horse had always been tried with. The horse fought for his head for a while but luckily for Sandesh, Supreme Dominator provided the needed cover and the jockey was table to settle War Command behind. Fink shadowed War Command. Sandesh pushed War Command to the lead approaching the final bend and the horse perhaps relished every bit of running in front as he went sailing clear. In the straight, the expected challenge did not come as Fink plodded even as War Command kept expanding the lead. It was clear that in the final furlong, War Command faced no threat to his supremacy. Fink finished in distress with Zucchero rallying to clinch the runner up berth. Fink reportedly came back lame.

Sandesh was also successful on Whispering Gallery in the day`s other highlight, the Gr 3 Mysore Dasara Sprint Championship, a terms race for three year olds and over. Whispering Gallery had recently moved from Neil Darashah to Prasanna Kumar. Rock With U went on a start to finish mission with Whispering Gallery in second position ahead of Shivalik Star and Ishpingo. The others who stayed behind stayed put there as the kick back was such that there was no chance for horses to rally from behind along the rails where there was lot of cut in the ground. Whispering Gallery got the measure of Rock With U in the final furlong as the latter has never performed in soft underfoot conditions and managed to stave off the strong bid of Shivalik Star. Ishpingo covered good ground in the straight to get past a tiring Rock With U to get the third slot.

After a quite a few late rallying efforts which however did not fetch the desired result, Amit Cady trained Summer Sun romped home in the 1400 metres Srimathi Jayadevi Memorial Trophy, a race for horses rated 80 and above. Summer Sun was in the rear bunch when the field took the straight with rank outsider Divine Friendship having led the charge into the final furlong. Summer Sun came up with a spirited burst of speed to collar the front runner with ease in the hands of apprentice Ramu to win with a measure of comfort. Divine Friendship stayed on to clinch the second spot ahead of the consistent Frenemee.

Lesser fancied Absolute Brave successfully accomplished an aggressive run in front and won the 1600 metres K T Shamaiah Gowda Memorial Trophy, a race for horses rated 40 to 65 with ease from Shaka Zulu despite drifting to the centre of the track. Strive And Serve was faraway third ahead of Grand Success.
Lesser fancied Icepick Willie from the stables of Satish Narredu floored the opposition in the 1200 metres Mrs Ammani Ramachandran Memorial Trophy, a race for horses rated 20 to 45. Fioritta led the field into the final furlong but had no answer when the five year old gelding Icepick Willie came up with a big run down the final furlong. Icepick Willie went away for an easy win in the hands of apprentice AjeetKumar. Amazing Bay made a late dash to finish third. Favourite Better Than Ever gave a dismal show.

Puttanna trained Jeyem`s Pride managed to win the 1100 metres Sunderbans Plate (Div I), a race for horses rated 0 to 25 from favourite Galway Girl. Both these runners drifted out to the outer portion of the grass track but Jeyem`s Pride, under the strong riding of jockey Srinath, managed to retain the initiative and managed to win. Apprentice jockey Ramu looked to his right and left to see if any horse was within strike range of Ordered Steps and finding none, he relaxed on the favourite who won the lower division of the race by a widening margin of eight lengths over Passion Flame.

The influx of horses from Mumbai to Mysore has really lifted the quality of horses stationed locally because the regular season had always seen horses from Bangalore sweep the races. This year there has been a reversal of trend and contributing to this have also been these imports. Somashekar trained Snow Angel trounced the opposition in the 1200 metres Hasthinapura Plate (Div I), a race for horses rated 20 to 45 though restricted for local horses. Country`s Nobility was second, the 1-2 going the way of long shots. Fancied Ace Princess and Coffee Time were not seen with a realistic chance of pulling it off in the straight. Favourite Smart Mistral won the lower division of the race, establishing a vice grip like from the start. Kir Royale just about lasted out to keep the second spot from late finishing Young Gallant.

C V G K Kishore trained Rocketeer came in for strong support in the 1400 metres Yadavagiri Plate, a race for horses in the lowest category and justified the enthusiasm of his backers by breaking clear in the straight to win by a widening margin of seven lengths over Stone Warrior and Shades of Scarlet.

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