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Wind Whistler prevails in tight finish

By: Frankel   December 6 , 2020
   

Shiraz Sunderji trained Wind Whistler was driven out to contain the challenge of Cabo Da Roca and favourite Bold Legend to win the 1600 metres Royal Calcutta Turf Club Cup, a terms race for three-year-olds, the feature event of Sunday`s Mumbai races. Bold Legend who was the overwhelming favourite rallied late but was not up to delivering the goods.

Bold Legend who had run some forward races last season was the overwhelming favourite and the rest were at long odds. Wind Whistler had some takers. Pradeep Chouhan on Fire N Ice set a brisk pace with Wind Whistler in proximity while Bold Legend was eased in the mid-group. Rounding the final turn, Fire N Ice was not inclined to give up and fought on resolutely. Wind Whistler, in the hands of jockey Sandesh produced a strong effort to get the upper hand in the closing moments of the race and then held off the late finishing Cabo Da Roca and Bold Legend to land the spoils. Bold Legend did not have the speed to keep up with the pace and had plenty of leeway to cover in the stretch. Though he finished on well, it was clear that he could only get a minor berth. Bold Legend was also inclined to run out under pressure. Debutant Cabo Da Roca and Fire N Ice should be early winners.
  
  


Dallas Todywalla trained Hidden Gold and Malesh Narredu schooled Storm Breaker had the benefit of a race run in the same race and on the basis of that performance, Hidden Gold surely looked to have better opportunity to win the 1000 metres Snow Dew Plate (Div I), a race for horses rated 40 to 66. The race ran to expectations with Hidden Gold edging out Storm Braker to oblige as a strong favourite. Wild Fire set a scorching pace with Storm Breaker and Hidden Gold biding their time some lengths adrift. In the homestretch, jockey Trevor Patel was able to extract that bit extra to get the better of Storm Breaker in the final furlong. Namaqua ran on from behind to save place money. The lower division of the race also went the way of another Todywalla trainee. Backed to the exclusion of the rest, Highland Lass fought aggressively with Godsword who threatened to play spoilt sport and got the nod in the waning yards of the race. Jockey Sandesh had to exert himself fully to get the favourite to put her neck in front at the all-important end. Seq Quest who was racing in a handy position could not change gears as it were and had to be satisfied with the third position.

Circumstances favoured Altamash Ahmed trained Enid Blyton who held off the strong challenge of Tudor Hall in the 1400 metres Democraticus Plate, a race for horses rated 40 to 66. Zervan reportedly carried overweight and to compound the problems for Tudor Hall, she also lost considerable ground at the start. My Precious set a good pace in the front while Enid Blyton who was slightly squeezed along the rails had to be restrained and settled in mid-bunch. Enid Blyton responded well to the urgings of jockey Neeraj Rawal and had the field covered in the final furlong. Tudor Hall finished with a big effort but found the front-runner escape to the safety of the winning post. My Precious was third ahead of Gallantry and Barack who finished in close order.

Adhirajsingh Jodha trained Storm Trigger made an impressive winning debut in the 1600 metres White Metal Plate, a race for horses rated 20 to 45. Live By Night was strongly backed to win ahead of Circle of Love. Maxine set the pace with Sandesh settling favourite Live By Night in the second position while Circle of Love was in about the fifth or sixth position. Rounding the final turn, Sandesh pushed Live By Night to take charge but the favourite could not sustain the foray in front when Storm Trigger came up with a strong effort. Storm Trigger measured the front-runner quite easily and surged ahead and had something to spare when White River came up with a late rally. Live By Night weakened to finish third. Circle of Love failed to live up to expectations and finished poorly.

Malesh Narredu trained Speed Air readily justified the strong support and won the 1200 metres Free Radical Plate, a race for horses rated 20 to 46. Menilly who chased the pace-setting Twinspire into the straight was quickly sent to take charge by Sandesh but the fancied runner had no answer to the powerful burst of speed unleashed by the favourite. Speed Air went on to win with a measure of comfort in the hands of jockey Pradeep Chouhan. Prince Annabel ran on late to snatch the third position from the long-time leader.

The benefit of a race run perhaps had sharpened up Karthik Ganapathy trained Blazing Bay in the 1400 metres A Geddis Plate. The lesser fancied runner bolted to the front from the start and enjoyed a big break over the rest. The catch me if you can tactics of the four-year-old gelding paid off handsome dividends. Principessa edged past stablemate Arabian Storm to get the second position. So Splendid who was bidding for a hat-trick looked far from ready and despite being given all the assistance, could only finish a tame fourth.


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Blazing Bay (Bhawani Singh up) winner of the A Geddis Plate




Highland Lass (A Sandesh up) winner of the Snow Dew Plate (Div-II)




Speed Air (P S Chouhan up) winner of the Free Radical Plate




Enid Blyton (Neeraj Rawal up) winner of the Democraticus Plate




Wind Whistler (A Sandesh up) winner of the Royal Calcutta Turf Club Cup




Hidden Gold (Trevor Patel up) winner of the Snow Dew Plate (Div-I)




Storm Trigger (C S Jodha up) winner of the White Metal Plate




 
 
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