Trainer Vijay Singh`s firm favourite, Success (Suraj Narredu-up) scored a business-like victory in the 2,400m Ladies` Derby, the Wolf777 Calcutta Oaks, at the RCTC`s race ground on Monday. Vijay had a firm grip on the seven-event card, finishing the afternoon with a well calculated Trophy treble. The trainer`s other winners were Leonardo (Anthony Raj), another Derby hopeful, and Dedicate (Suraj) who made a winning debut in the baby race, the B.M. Varma Memorial Cup. Brother, Bharath, too, matched Vijay`s tally of winners having saddled Silverita (Sujit Paswan), Mezcal (Trevor Patel) to victory in their respective events, and also Agnostic (Trevor) in the prestigious Army Cup.
Success was ridden well off the pace as Bharath`s Sonata made all the running, with Kieper (Anthony) in her tow. The Havana Gold-Combella daughter Success, who is eyeing for the Derby as well, inched her way up from the 600m marker and was gone away in the final stretch.
Trainer Suleiman Attaollahi Shabell (Trevor) was expected to give some fight to the winner but the southern challenger found the opposition tough as she just about manage place fourth, close behind Kiefer and the long time leader Sonata.
Vijay`s another Derby hopeful, Leonardo, just needed to complete the formality of winning. In the 2,000m Vaidya Memorial Cup. The Speaking of Which-La Dona son was, however, faced a poor opposition, and yet was quoted 6/10 in the betting. Nevertheless, Leonardo, romped home, literally, leaving the start-to-finishing and a heavily fancied Creation Of God (Imran Chisty) to defend the second berth from Exotique (Tejeshwar).
The two-year-old baby, Dedicate (Suraj) was another one who was spotted as a winner, a long way from home. Hitting the front from the very start in his debut run, the Dali son got stronger while passing every post of the 1,200m B.M. Varma Memorial Cup to retire a winner by five long lengths. Aashay Doctor-trained, La Dominate (Neeraj Rawal) also making his debut was best of the rest while Vijay`s another runner, Acantia (Hindu) placed an impressive third. Incidentally, all the three named babies are Dali`s crop.
Bharath`s Juggernaut started rolling from the second race onwards when Silverita (Sujit Paswan), a five-year-old mare cashed in on her monsoon season`s form to make it three in-a-row. The expanding odds of Vijay`s favourite, Galen (Hindu) served the timely notice that all was not well with the Win Legend colt, who found the going tough after calling shots; until about a furlong from home.
Bharath`s another prized four-year-old, Agnostic (Trevor) not only carried his top-weight to victory – in the 1,400m Army Cup -- with ease for his sixth victory in-a-row, the Top Class son also demonstrated that he was all prepared to test his hooves against the best of sprinters in the country.
Bharath`s Mezcal (Trevor) won the concluding event, the Sentouki Handicap – a No Whip race -- beating Javed`s firm favourite, Dr Doom (Chisty). The favourite found the early fast pace cut by Compliance and Ashwamedh, by turns, too hard to tackle while the winner enjoyed it. In the same race, Bharath`s long shot Jawai (Paswan) was an eye-catching third and lived to fight another day.
However, Paswan`s riding of High Spirit left much to be desired in the day`s opener, the 1,200m AAyush Handicap. Ridden well off the pace, High Spirit was asked to cover literally a mile to beat a heavily wagered winner, Sporting Trainer (Chisty) .