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Leopard Rock lives up to expectations

By: Frankel   December 13 , 2020

Malesh Narredu trained Leopard Rock lived up to the expectations of being a good type of a three-year-old when he easily accounted for the opposition in the Gr 3 F D Wadia Trophy, a terms race for three-year-olds, the feature event of Sunday`s Pune races. While the races largely went on expected lines, the ones which had an open look about them proved to be unpredictable.

Leopard Rock had recorded an impressive in his last outing. The progeny of Kingda Ka had been a winner during the last Mumbai season and then had placed in his subsequent effort. The quality of his win on the resumption of racing was such that he looked too good for the field and accordingly was a short-priced horse to land the spoils. Srinath had Tigrio lead from the start followed by Hioctane while Leopard Rock was eased in the third position ahead of Miss Muffet. Rubik Star was a tailed off last. Tigrio held the lead till the final furlong before Leopard Rock steadily covered the leeway in the hands of jockey Suraj Narredu and surged ahead to score a comfortable win with the jockey not having to get too aggressive on the horse. Miss Muffet who surely would relish a longer trip than the seven furlongs that she was asked to cover ran purposefully towards the close to be a suggestive third behind Tigrio.

The 1600 metres Cursetjee Dhunjishaw Trophy, a race for horses rated 40 to 66, saw another Malesh Narredu trainee Gallantry prevail by a whisker. At least four of the contestants in the fray appeared well matched and this was also reflected in the final outcome where four horses finished in close order. C S Jodha took Gallantry in his customary front-running role and the lesser fancied runner enjoyed the foray in front. Though close home Notoriety posed a big danger, Gallantry managed to prevail by the skin of his teeth. Noble Heir and Tudor Hall too finished with aggressive efforts but had to settle for minor slots, with a short head, half a length and neck separating the first four placed horses.

Pesi Shroff trained Bold Legend had let down huge expectations in his last effort. Now campaigned with a short span over an extended trip of 2000 metres, the progeny of Win Legend readily obliged in the hands of jockey Pradeep Chouhan. Stablemate Fire N Ice led deep into the straight before being overhauled by favourite Luminous. The latter had no answer when Bold Legend who overcame a minor traffic problem came up with a powerful burst of speed on the wide outside. Bold Legend went on to win by a comfortable margin of over two lengths. Luminous was second while Fire N Ice stayed on to take the third position.

The race for the lowest category of horses invariably attracts a host of horses from trainer Narendra Lagad`s stables which makes winner-picking a difficult proposition. It was so in the 1000 metres Noble Opinion Plate (Div I). In the event, C`est L`amour who hadn`t won in her 17 outings finally managed to score her maiden win staving off the late flourish of Ame. Thunderclap was third. Multibagger was the favourite but he let down expectations once again. Lagad`s Thea`s Pet was strongly fancied to win the lower division of the race but her hopes were put paid by S S Shah trained Between Friends who produced a strong gallop in the final furlong to get the nod in the dying moments of the race. Apprentice jockey Ayyar did a tidy job on the winner.

In keeping with the unpredictability of Lagad`s horses, long shot Red Carnation pulled off a short-head win over equally unfancied Agrami in the 1200 metres Maple Star Plate, a race for horses rated 20 to 45. Mount Olympus appeared to be the preferred horses from the stable but the five-year-old did not run with a great chance as he performed below expectations. Epiphany was third. The large field consisted of horses which were not known for their consistency.

Malesh Narredu who had a profitable day saddling a treble also led in Priceless Silver who had things her way in the 1400 metres An Acquired Taste Plate (Div I), a race for maiden three-year-olds. Quoted at a short price, Princess Silver shook off Ciplad in the run-in for home and stormed ahead to win with a measure of comfort. Arcadia rallied late to nose out Ciplad to get the runner-up berth. The lower division of the race was claimed by Pesi Shroff trained Rambunctious who too was a short-priced favourite. Rambunctious pounced on the front-runners in the final furlong and sped away to win with ease. Magic In The Wind managed to neck out Iron Throne to get the runner-up berth. Allied Attack who was fourth was another neck behind Iron Throne.


Between Friends (M Ayyar up) winner of the Noble Opinion Plate (Div-II)

Priceless Silver (Suraj Narredu up) winner of the An Acquired Taste Plate (Div-I)

Red Carnation (Aniket Karande up) winner of the Maple Star Plate

Bold Legend (P S Chouhan up) winner of the Priceless Plate

Gallantry (C S Jodha up) winner of the Cursetjee Dhunjishaw Trophy

Leopard Rock (Suraj Narredu up) winner of the F. D. Wadia Trophy (Gr.3)

C`est L`amour (P S Kaviraj up) winner of the Noble Opinion Plate (Div-I)

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