Ganapathy trained Eternal Fame did a good advertisement for first season sire Arazan by recording an emphatic win in the 1200 metres Karnataka Racehorse Owners` Association Million, a terms race for three year olds, the feature event of Friday`s races. Eternal Flame benefitted from the good forward run that she had by sealing the race in the final furlong. Punters who chased only favourites, ended up on the losing side.
Marine One who had won in his debut run with a late flourish was widely expected to have a decisive say and was backed down to on money favouritism. Though Eternal Flame had run with good type of youngsters and had finished third, her chances were not considered bright as evidenced by the generous odds quoted on her. Marine One was a lost cause the moment gates opened for the race as he took a fly jump and lost considerable ground. China One led in earnest with Eternal Flame in close proximity. Jockey Trevor Patel pushed Eternal Flame to take over the running soon after straightening for the homestretch. The progeny of Arazan quickened immediately and established a sizeable lead. Honour came up with a spirited bid but found the eventual winner too good for comfort. Marine One ran on from behind to finish third. The winner clocked a smart time of one minute 12.03 seconds.
Padmanabhan trained Baracchus made amazing improvement when swamping the opposition in the 1600 metres Kokkarebellur Plate, a race for horses rated 40 to 65. There was spirited betting on Charming Grey which resulted in the odds on Baracchus expanding. Pearl Reward set a fast pace with Baracchus in the penultimate position. David Allan moved places on Baracchus with hardly any perceptible effort and it was clear at the top of the straight that the progeny of Razeen would trample the field. Baracchus assumed command in the final 300 metres and sped away for an effortless win over Charming Grey and Big Ticket in a good timing of one minute 37.37 seconds. Now that Baracchus has shown what is capable of, he should be able to achieve a hat-trick.
Trainer Prithviraj had a lucrative double through Eternal Desire and Igagh Igagh Igagh. Hendrix had won his first outing impressively but had failed to build on that effort and taken much money down the drain when running second to Baracchus. He was yet again the on money favourite for the 1200 metres Chatrapathi Cup in the hope that he would make amends. Jockey Pradeep Chouhan who is finding himself on losing favourites with amazing consistency was once again astride the favourite who after leading the field deep into the straight had no answer when the well backed Eternal Desire swooped on him. The progeny of Kingda Ka went on to record an easy win while Hendrix just about nosed out Will Star for the runner up berth. Click made a late bid to be a suggestive fourth.
Igagh Igagh Igagh came in for sustained support to win the 1200 metres Shivasamudra Plate (Div I), a race for horses rated 40 to 65. Albertino who had his share of supporters stormed into the lead inside the final 350 metres and shaped to win. However, Albertino who is a chronic bleeder once again faltered as he burst his blood vessels and came to a grinding halt in the last 100 metres. Igagh Igagh Igagh who was desperately chasing the front runner made good the misery of the front runner by storming ahead to record an easy win. Sun Glow finished on well to take the second spot ahead of Albertino who nosed out Sans Frontiers for the third place. Cullinan who had been tried last week over a mile was switched back to a sprint and was the recipient of one sided support to win the lower division. When Cullinan overtook Strombolite in the final furlong, he looked good enough to win but was floored by the late rally of consistent Deep Blue Storm who had finished on board almost on all occasions that she ran. This, however, was the first recorded by the five year old mare in 16 outings though she has accumulated over Rs 10 lakhs in stakes.
Mumbai migrants have been having it good both in Bangalore and at Mysore. Romeo who had migrated to Neil Darashah`s stables has had the benefit of a race run. The four year old proved too good for the opposition in the 1400 metres Flashing Star Plate (Div I), a race for horses rated 20 to 45 kicking clear of the rest with a furlong left in the race. Jingle Bells ran on to finish second ahead of Admired. The formidable combination of trainer Dominic and Pradeep Chouhan who have flopped collectively on several favourites, once again were associated with losing favourite Meherani who bit the dust in the lower division of the race with a dismal effort. Secret Prayer who came in for big support came up with a strong challenge but met with unexpected challenge from long shot Simply Clever who managed to cling on to a narrow lead. The two runners jostled with each other on more than one occasion. Since jockey Rajesh Kumar had persisted with the use of whip on the right side despite the hose drifting to the centre of the track, the resultant objection for interference from the eventual winner was overruled. With better handling, Secret Prayer could have emerged an easy winner.
Gregory Sandhu trained Fortunate One recorded her second win of the season when staving off the challenge of Gift of Love to win the 1200 metres Altenburg Plate, a race for horses rated 20 to 45. Fortunate One was easily the better quality horse though at one stage it looked as though Gift of Love would overhaul her. However, Fortunate One drew away in the end. Imperial Verse came back with burst blood vessels.
Favourite Attractive Bay fought out a resolute battle with Noble Princess before managing to win the 1400 metres Ullal Beach Plate, a race for horses in the lowest category.