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Headway has it easy in Gaekwad Trophy

By: Frankel   February 26 , 2020

Shiraz Sunderji trained Headway asserted his supremacy in the 1000 metres Maharaja Sir Pratapsingh Gaekwad Trophy, a race for horses rated 40 to 65, the feature event of Wednesday`s Mumbai races. Headway who was sporting the blinkers for the first time appeared to have benefitted by the same as he focused on the task on hand and overwhelmed the opposition. The trainer-jockey combination of Sunderji and Nicky Mackay had a big day with a treble.

Headway had run about six lengths adrift of stablemate Kildare on the last occasion. Headway was taking on a modest lot of horses and got strong support in the ring to bounce back to winning ways after a gap of 185 days. Nicky Mackay had Headway in about the fourth or fifth position as Wild Fire set a fast pace. Approaching the final furlong, Headway made big progress to storm ahead and had no problem in seeing off the challenge of Hidden Gold who was bidding for a hat-trick. Copper Queen did not show any improvement when finishing a tame third.

Another Sunderji ward Menilly showed good improvement by easily accounting for the opposition in the 1000 metres Bahrain Trophy, a race for maiden three-year-olds. Mackay worked his way on Menilly finding the needed spaces along the inside and produced a strong gallop in the final furlong to get the better of Pense`e who held fort till beaten by the eventual winner. Finalist held off Monarch to get the third position. The last-named was in receipt of good betting in the ring but never looked capable of delivering the goods.

Light By Night who had a good forward run benefitted by the same when staving off a strong challenge of Flaming Lamborgini to win the 1600 metres Lt Col Govind Singh (VRC) Trophy, a race for maiden three-year-olds. Mackay brought the Sunderji ward Live By Night from behind with a well-timed run with a furlong left in the race to get past the pace-setting Blue Blood and surged ahead. Flaming Lamborgini closed with a big rush but the winning post came a wee bit soon for the runner-up.

Noshir Cama trained Judy Blue Eyes had advertised her readiness to strike with an eye-catching effort on the last occasion and she had no problem in beating the opposition with a measure of comfort. Jockey Pradeep Chouhan had the favourite chase Falconette well into the straight before storming ahead. Last start winner Red Carnation went in the chase but the favourite skipped away. Julio Cesaro was third ahead of Falconette who returned sour form the race. The second, third and fourth-placed horses belonged Narendra Lagad stables.

Antarctica from the stables of trainer Alamash Ahmed won the 1400 metres F K Vakil Trophy, a race for horses rated 20 to 46 at long odds. Hodson`s Horse led all the way but went down fighting in the closing strides of the race. Antarctica who was gracing the wrong end of the field till the final turn made rapid strides on the wide outside and got the better of Hodson`s Horse and It`s A Deal who was fighting it out with the front-runner. It`s A Deal necked out Hodson`s Horse to get the runner-up berth. On money favourite, Kalina ended up a miserable lost and she reportedly bled.

Sangram Singh Joshi trained Power of Neath had the credentials to win the 1200 metres Fedora Plate, a race for horses in the lowest category but lack of solid support resulted in the five-year-old gelding running at lucrative odds with Officer In Command being the preferred horse. Apprentice jockey Peter had Power of Neath in front from the word `go` and though the fancied runner was under pressure to retain the lead in the stretch, he had enough ammunition to last out the trip to win from I Am The Way who was a neck ahead of Officer In Command.

Another upset was reserved for horses of the lowest category where Hoshidar Daji trained Jack Flash rallied well along the rails in the closing stages of the race to measure Mr Honey close to home. Big Ben who attempted runaway tactics weakened to finish third. Favourite Walk The Talk failed to justify the expectations.


Judy Blue Eyes (P S Chouhan up) winner of the Flying Brave Plate

Jack Flash (K Nazil up) winner of the Noble Opinion Plate

Antarctica (S A Amit up) winner of the F K Vakil Trophy

Live By Night (Nicky Mackay up) winner of the Lt. Col. Govind Singh (Vrc) Trophy

Headway (Nicky Mackay up) winner of the Maharaja Sir Pratapsingh Gaekwad Trophy

Menilly (Nicky Mackay up) winner of the Bahrain Trophy

Power Of Neath (A S Peter up) winner of the Fedora Plate

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