The spate of seemingly unbeatable horses biting the dust continued for the second day running with Vittal Deshmukh trained Rikki Tikki Tavi who had placed in classics and had the benefit of summering at Bangalore failed to carry the weight of public money and expectations when he meekly surrendered in the 1600 metres Tintinnabulation Plate, a terms race for three-year-olds and over, the feature event of Friday`s Hyderabad races.
Rikki Tikki Tavi was quoted at cramped odds against Wave Rider who had ended the season on a winning note and further had the benefit of running at Bangalore. Seven Eleven led the field from the start with Wave Rider in proximity followed by Rikki Tikki Tavi and the rest. In the stretch, Wave Rider was put under tremendous pressure by Rikki Tikki Tavi who even put his head in front inside the final furlong. However, under a vigorous ride by jockey Akshay Kumar, Wave Rider responded gamely and managed to wrest the initiative and won with a measure of comfort in the end. Doroteo finished third ahead of Nimble Mind.
Punters who had a good run of favourites at Bangalore were back to face the familiar situation of being intrigued by the poor run of the favourites running at cramped odds. Southern Lady had shown out in her last outing of the winter season and hence made a strong favourite to win the 1100 metres Nizamabad Plate, a race for maiden three-year-olds. But the punters were in for a shock when the lesser fancied Soviet Pride took command of the race all the way in the stretch to eventually win by a margin of five lengths. Southern Lady barely managed to keep the runner-up berth by a whisker over Excelsior.
Another short-priced horse to bite the dust was Netto trained Victory Parade in the 1200 metres Nawab Mehdi Jung Bahadur Memorial Cup, a race for horses rated 20 to 45. Srinivas Reddy trained Mon General who was the last to enter the gates after being mulish led from the start and held off the strong challenge of the favourite to land the spoils at long odds. Apprentice jockey Gaurav Singh was astride the winner. Liberate rallied well in the straight but after a brief flourish weakened and had to settle for the third position several lengths behind the battling duo in front.
Robin Reddy trained N R I Power was another horse to win at big odds during the day`s action with favourite Miss Lily making no show. NRI Power took over the running from the front-running Celtic Queen in the stretch and had no problems in keeping the challenge of Nayadeep at bay to win the S Malakonda Reddy Memorial Cup (Div I), a race for horses rated 40 to 65. Miss Lily was a poor third. The lower division produced a thriller with the well-backed Ace Ace Ace nailing favourite Siyabonga in the final stride of the race. Siyabonga got into a good lead after overtaking the front-running Palsy Walsy inside the final 200 metres. Ace Ace Ace who was in a spot of bother having struck behind the favourite and Dunkirk on the outside was angled out to essay a strong challenge. The duo went past the post locked together with Ace Ace Ace getting the nod by the skin of his teeth. Golden Fortune finished purposefully to end up a close third.
Lesser fancied Platinum Classz pulled off an upset win over the more fancied stablemate Humaaghar in the 1200 metres Nelston Plate (Div I), a race for horses rated 20 to 45. Jockey Trevor Patel has been riding too many duds which are hurting the punters who tend to repose faith in his horses in the hope that he makes positive selections. Thundering who was the favourite was never in the hunt and just about managed to finish fourth behind Charlie Brown. Leo D`Silva trained Marina Del Rey had it easy in the lower division of the race. After tracking Takisha well into the straight, Marina Del Rey was set alight by jockey Umesh and the fancied runner bounced clear of the rest. Proud Warrior was a faraway second while Actually saved place money in a three-horse finish over Freedom Fire and Patron Saint.
Ananth Vatsalaya trained Delmonico added to the misery of the punters by winning the 1400 metres Wandering Star Plate, a race for horses in the lowest category. Delmonico who trailed the field till turning for home improved swiftly along the rails and came into strong contention close home. Delmonico managed to stave off the strong bid of NRI Flame to win at long odds. The fancied Symbol of Stars could only manage the third place.
Sovet Pride (Trevor Patel up) winner of the Nizamabad Plate
Platinum Claasz (Afroz Khan up) winner of the Nelston Plate (Div-I)
Wave Rider (Akshay Kumar up) winner of the Tintinnabulation Plate
Mon General (Gaurav Singh up) winner of the Nawab Mehdi Jung Bahadur Memorial Cup
N R I Power (Kuldeep Singh up) winner of the S.Malakonda Reddy Memorial Cup (Div-I)
Marina Del Rey (C Umesh up) winner of the Nelston Plate (Div-II)
Ace Ace Ace (Koushik up) winner of the S.Malakonda Reddy Memorial Cup (Div-II)
Delmonico (P Ajeeth Kumar up) winner of the Wandering Star Plate