Srinivas Reddy trained Ashwa Bravo who is the best older horse in training at this centre once again asserted his supremacy over a creditable field of sprinters in the 1200 metres H P Mistry Memorial Cup, a race for horses rated 80 and above, the feature event of Sunday`s Hyderabad races. Trainer Shiraz Sunderji who has shifted base to Hyderabad had a rich haul of three winners.
Ashwa Bravo was backed spiritedly to maintain his winning run. There was muted support for Corfe Castle to bounce back along with Smashing Blue and Kildare. In the event, Ashwa Bravo had no problem in tackling the opposition. Jockey Aashad Asbar brought Ashwa Bravo with a well-timed run down the final furlong. The progeny of Leitir Mor quickly asserted his supremacy and went storming clear to win by a margin of over a length. Smashing Blue offered some resistance to the eventual winner but the favourite was able to thwart her bid. Havelock Cruise was a close third while Corfe Castle who finished fourth seems to have lost his spark.
Ananth Vatsalya trained Xfinity recorded an encore in a thrilling manner in the 1100 metres Soviet Star Plate, a race for horses rated 40 to 65. Sunderji trained Menilly was fancied ahead of the rest. Xfinity quoted at lucrative odds. Jockey Akshay Kumar pulled Xfinity out of a pocket in the final furlong and gave a clear run on the wide outside. Xfinity flew home to down long shot Different in the closing strides of the race. Blissful was third. Menilly who never got a clear run all through the straight perhaps can make amends next time out.
Shiraz Sunderji trained Summer Knight came in for support in good measure in the 1600 metres Ch V Lakshmi Prasad Rao Sirdesai Sircilla Memorial Cup, a race for horses rated 40 to 65. Summer Knight managed to oblige expectations though giving his supporters a scare as he was left to cover a lot of leeway in the straight. Kesariya Balam who had bounced clear in the final furlong shaped to win till overhauled by Summer Night in the concluding stride of the race. Mirana ran on late to save place money.
Sunderji had led in a winner in the first race of the day through Tomorrows Dreams who held off the late challenge of favourite Aerial Combat to land the spoils in the 1200 metres Democracy Plate (Div I), a race for horses rated 20 to 45. C S Jodha had Tomorrow`s Dream chase Lifetime into the straight before sailing ahead. The fancied runner quickly established a winning lead as the late bid of Aerial Combat went in vain. The front runner just about lasted out to win by a neck. Sacred Lamp was third. Donald Netto trained Gusty Note who had not shown any form in the last two efforts won against the run of expectations hitting the front early in the race and managing to stay put in front in the lower division of the race. Mind Reader essayed a strong challenge rather late and had to be satisfied with the runner-up berth ahead of Curcumin.
Sunderji rounded off his tally saddling the third winner of the day in the small card of six events. Count of Savoy proved too good in the 1600 metres Recommender Plate, leading all the way and winning by a big margin of over five lengths. D Station necked out Philanthropist to get the runner-up berth.