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Gestapo makes a triumphant return to the track

  January 6 , 2018
   

Sulaiman Attaollahi trained Gestapo made light of the long absence of 699 days from the track by winning in tremendous fashion the Gr 3 New Year Cup, a terms race for four-year-olds and over, the feature event of the opening day`s races of the Bangalore Winter Season on Saturday. The season started after an agonizing wait due to the standoff by the club with the government but when things were getting desperate there was a thaw, resulting in the club being granted the license to conduct racing.

Gestapo had finished an eye-catching third in the Indian Derby two years ago after which he had been laid low with a tendon injury. Shifted to Sulaiman`s stable, the trainer had painstakingly worked on the horse and the got-abroad appeared spot on for the race. Gestapo`s mock race was eye-catching and the fact that he was favoured by the terms of the race having not won any graded race before his setback, he was thrown in the weights as well against an opposition which was not only weak but jaded as well. Jockey Trevor Patel had no problem in taking Gestapo to the front midway through the race and the progeny of Mastercraftsman won in a common canter from Bold Command who was flat-footed. Jersey Wonder picked up place money. The victory of Gestapo was so impressive that as long he stays sound, he can win many terms race as the ones which are competing now are all inferior in class or racing with tired legs apart from benefitting from the terms of the races.
  
  


Padmanabhan trained Sir Cecil made a smashing debut in the 1200 metres Black Caviar Plate, a race for first season runners. Bred as the full sister to the Indian Derby winning Hall of Famer, Sir Cecil had been showing out in the workouts and was quoted at miserly odds for his success. Trevor Patel was not required to exert on the favourite who stretched away from the opposition to win in a smart time of one minute 12.662 seconds which must be considered extremely good. Sir Cecil appears a good type of youngster who could be trusted to be a force to reckon with in his future assignments. Diamond Rays was five lengths adrift of the winner while Subah Ka Tara was third another five lengths behind.

Inayathulla trained Pinyada was the betting rage in the 1400 metres Stewards Trophy, a race for horses rated 60 and above. Flamboyance was another who was in betting consideration but the six-year-old mare for the first time was stranded at the gates and lost all her chances. Lightning Strikes attempted runaway tactics but was easily overhauled in the straight by Pinyada who shot clear in the final furlong to record an emphatic win. Zafran rallied to get the second position. Michaela was fourth behind the long-time leader Lightning Strikes.

Dominic trained Tzar had come down in scales and was taking on an inferior opposition in the 1200 metres Bidar Plate, a race for horses rated 30 to 50. He was backed with conviction but still he was available at good odds as Erdemir too attracted significant betting. Mayweather went at a scorching pace in front with Tzar settled in second position. When T S Jodha asked for an effort from the favourite, the response for immediate as Tzar went sped past the front-runner and quickly established a sizeable lead. He eventually won by a widening margin of five lengths over Celtic Mist and God Word. Erdemir found the opposition too strong for comfort.

David Allan opened his account by driving out Princess Rumela to a fluent win in the lower division of the 1200 metres Nilgiris Plate (Div II), a race for horses rated 15 to 35. Princess Rumela moved well from the outside draw to be in a striking position before skipping clear in the straight. Among the beaten brigade, Shades of Desire, with a late rally, impressed by taking the second position. Fancied Mulholland necked out Above The Rest to save place money. Md Khan trained Florencia brought off a big upset in the upper division of the race by getting the better of front-running Panama with 100 metres left in the race. Barog rallied well towards the closing stages of the race to snatch the runner-up berth from Panama. Dynamism was not far behind.

Prasanna Kumar trained Rum Runner won the G Krishnappa Memorial Cup, a race for horses rated 30 to 50 at long odds. Nicaragua and Lawrence of Arabia were disputing the issue for a long while in the straight before Rum Runner shot between these two horses and went on to score a comfortable win. While Nicaragua held the second position, Lawrence of Arabia weakened to go out of the frame. Dont Dilly Dally was third.

Country`s Pearl shaped to win the 1100 metres Belur Plate, a race for horses rated 0 to 20 when she had a sizeable lead going into the final furlong. However, the long shot Incitatus spoiled the party with a late dash from way off the pace to catch up with the front-runner in the closing moments of the race. Cashmere who was close by was a third while favourite Ballerophon was a disappointing fourth.


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Sir Cecil (Trevor Patel up) winner of the Black Cavier Plate




Princess Rumela (David Allan up) winner of the Nilgiris Plate (Div-II)




Incitatus (A Ramu up) winner of the Belur Plate




Rum Runner (S John up) winner of the G.Krishnappa Memorial Trophy




Gestapo (Trevor Patel up) winner of the New Year Cup (Gr.3)




Pinyada (Suraj Narredu up) winner of the Stewards Trophy




Florencia (Sunil Samson up) winner of the Nilgiris Plate (Div-I)




Tzar (T S Jodha up) winner of the Bidar Plate



 
 
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