Aussies look good for 2-0
Intikhab says fans must be rational
Korchnoi to play in city chess meet
Ponting: Don’t like going back in time
Sanjoy, Tanmoyee up
Record 1460 donate blood
No Mallya runner in fray
Six Speed picks up Million
Seven to vie for Saturday’s card

 
 
AUSSIES LOOK GOOD FOR 2-0 
 
 
FROM LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Sydney, Feb. 3 
If one is to read much into body-language, the Carlton and United Series is already in Australia’s pocket. Pakistan neither emitted encouraging signals, yesterday, nor did their workout today have the customary josh.

In fact captain Wasim Akram, vice-captain Moin Khan and senior pro Ijaz Ahmed skipped the rather ‘soft’ session at the SCG, supervised by coach Intikhab Alam.

Of course, it’s tough playing a day-night game and, literally within hours, leaving for the next venue. But with tomorrow’s final No.2 now a matter of life or death, the seniors’ presence would surely have injected some drive into the workout.

However, one can’t fault Intikhab, who has been speaking Steve Waugh’s language but whose team hasn’t been delivering like the Australian captain’s. Even this evening, sipping flavoured tea, Intikhab insisted morale hadn’t taken a beating.

“It’s not that last night’s defeat (at the MCG) has shattered the team... Indeed, even if we had got 220 instead of 154, I’m confident we would have won the first final.”

While at the nets, Intikhab gave long stints to Inzamam-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis. And, for different reasons — Younis is expected to replace the injured Abdul Razzaq, Inzamam is yet to reach three-figures even after nine matches.

So, when it comes to priority, Intikhab at least has been getting it right. But, even he realises, no points are awarded for anything ‘achieved’ during workouts.

With just a day to overcome what Akram candidly accepted probably was a “psychological problem”, in facing Australia, the ask is enormous. Yet, one innings or one spell could inspire a Pakistani revival.

In the position Pakistan find themselves in, different players look to different things for comfort.

For instance Saeed Anwar, himself a former captain, looked heavenwards and told The Telegraph: “Tomorrow is Friday... I don’t recall Pakistan ever losing a big game on Fridays... Don’t write us off.”

Somewhat unusually, Akram suggested that as much had already been lost, the players would be “relaxed” in what obviously is a do-or-die match. Akram has probably worked out his logic in fine detail, but the jury on what he said is still out.

For Pakistan to be competitive, the top-order has to repeatedly hit the bull’s eye. But, that is easier said than done when the Glenn McGraths and Brett Lees are out with an agenda of their own. Both were devastating yesterday and, playing on home turf, can only be more fired up.

Perhaps, it can’t happen overnight, but Pakistan’s cause will be infinitely better served if the fielding sees an upswing.

Last night, Akram blamed the “system” for producing poor fielders both in Pakistan and India. As an argument, it is perfectly valid, but it won’t meet the immediate needs.

Australia had a richly-deserved off-day, though the team did have a fun-workout before flying out of Melbourne this morning. The winning XI is set to remain unchanged and the option of adding Stuart MacGill (MoM at the SCG versus Pakistan on January 19) to the squad has not been exercised.

Incidentally, adding to Pakistan’s problems is the weird behaviour of the SCG wicket. The India-Australia game saw the quicks force batsmen on the backfoot; the Australia-Pakistan match found MacGill making the biggest impression.

“The wicket, on the surface, looks like the one at the MCG... But, let’s wait till tomorrow afternoon,” Intikhab remarked. Should the thinktank be convinced spinners will hold sway, it’s possible Shoaib Malik and not Younis will replace Razzaq.

The odds on that, though, are long.

Meanwhile, the print Media may have labelled the tournament a “dud series”, but tickets here were sold out weeks in advance. Yesterday, however, less than 40,000 had gone through the MCG turnstiles.    


 
 
INTIKHAB SAYS FANS MUST BE RATIONAL 
 
 
FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
 
Sydney, Feb.3 
Yesterday’s bizarre demonstration (by eunuchs) in New Delhi, which made news on all the TV networks, has become the talking point among the cricket fraternity.

And, specially curious for details, were quite a few Pakistani players.

“Thankfully, in India, it’s the Board which today is being directly attacked. In Pakistan, it’s us players who are always at the receiving end,” remarked former captain Saeed Anwar.

Coach Intikhab Alam, an elder statesman of the sport, regretted defeats are never taken sportingly, both in Pakistan and India.

“It’s nothing new in Pakistan, but it will be a sad day if the Indian players are also made a target... Indeed, I would feel sorry for players anywhere... Fans must learn to get rational, not behave in extreme manner,” he told The Telegraph.

Intikhab, who has himself witnessed highly irrational behaviour back home, added: “People must realise no team will lose on purpose... Also, they must appreciate that more often than not, the better team wins. So, give the opposition credit instead of attacking your own.”

An Australian Cricket Board (ACB) official, too, was taken aback by the New Delhi incident, supposedly a protest against India’s dismal show Down Under. “I just can’t believe it... What does it all mean?” he asked.

Well, in one word — disgraceful.    


 
 
KORCHNOI TO PLAY IN CITY CHESS MEET 
 
 
BY A CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Feb. 3 
Two-time world championship finalist Victor Korchnoi is the star attraction of the millennial edition of the Goodricke International Open Chess Championship which gets underway at Alekhine Chess Club, Gorky Sadan, Sunday. Also in fray will be current Fide world championship finalist Vladimir Akopian of Armenia.

This was disclosed today by Justice Shyamal Sen, chairman of the organising committee at a media conference.

Akopian, a former world junior champion, is seeded No. 1 with a rating of 2660.

This year’s meet, the strongest in the Asia-Australian region, has attracted 16 Grandmasters and over 25 International Masters from over 25 countries.

Korchnoi, a legend in his time, is best remembered for his controversial matches against Anatoly Karpov which were threatened with bitter altercations about flags and the alleged use of hypnosis by the players and their team.

Local star Dibyendu Barua, who first got international recognition by beating Korchnoi, will, however, be missed in the meet as he will be participating in an Internet match against Kasparov in February.

The following are the other GMs in fray: Peng Xiaomin (2659) of China , Ildar Ibragimov (2611) Gregory Kaidanov (2599) of the US, Vladimir Evgeny (2586) of Kazakastan, Maxim Sorokin (2572) of Argentina, Alexander Goloschapov (2561) of Ukraine, Viorel Iordaschescu (2560 ) of Moldova, Joszef Horvath (2557) of Hungary, Dao Thien Hai (2550) of Vietnam, Toni Najdoski (2548) of Macedonia, Bogdan Lalic (2548) of England, Leonid Yurtaev (2536) of Kyrgystan, Pavel Blatny (2512) of the Czech Republic.

The Indian challenge will be spearheaded by GM Praveen Thipsay along with double GM norm holder K. Sasikiran. Abhijit Kunte is the other GM norm aspirant with two GM norms under his belt.

India’s highest rated woman player, S Vijayalaxmi will also be seen in action in this meet. Vijayalaxmi has 3 WGM norms spanning 29 games. But the title still eludes her as Fide laws stipulate that the norms must be made in 30 games in Swiss tournaments.

The meet will also see the current world U-18 girls’ champion Arthie Ramaswamy, former world champions Koneru Humpy and P Harikrishna.

Local challengers, Surya Sekhar Ganguly and Sandipan Chanda are expected to put up good performance . Surya, particularly, is in good nick ,having won both the national B and the national junior. He also put up an impresive show in the recently-concluded Asian men’s championship in Udaipur.

The total prize fund is the equivalent of $ 10,250 with a first prize of $ 2,700.

GM Gilgerto Milos of Brazil will analyse all the major games of the last three rounds.

The games will be available at the website: www.goodrickechess.freeservers.com    


 
 
PONTING: DON’T LIKE GOING BACK IN TIME 
 
 
FROM LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Sydney, Feb. 3 
Till yesterday, Ricky Ponting largely got associated with controversies — brawls in nightclubs, discos and more. Today, he is being talked about as Australia’s next captain.

It’s a stunning change in the way Ponting, 25, is being viewed. Ponting himself has changed: He is less gregarious and, each time he takes guard, the focussed look on his face is worthy of emulation.

Clearly, in recent times, Australia have come to depend more on Ponting. As for Ponting, an outstanding batsman and brilliant fielder, he is quite enjoying this ‘new’ role.

The impression one had was that Ponting was terribly moody. But he was anything but that, both when this interview with The Telegraph was fixed (earlier in the Carlton and United Series) and, when it got underway this afternoon.

The following are excerpts:

On the most talked about happening in Australian cricket — being named stand-in vice-captain when Shane Warne was injured

(Smiles) I didn’t then think too much about it, but it was perceived as something exciting... It did come as a surprise, though... I was on the golf course, with Mark Waugh, when I got the call saying I would be the stand-in No. 2. The experience actually was fun.

On whether he has now set sights on the captaincy

I haven’t thought much about it but, yes, I do make contributions at team meetings and offer suggestions on the field... At the moment, I’m just concentrating on getting runs.

On Steve Waugh recently picking him as his successor (“Ponting’s the one most likely to succeed me”)

It’s a nice gesture... In fact, he had quite a few nice things to say after the tours of Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe as well. Such backing from the captain, in public, does boost confidence.

On how he would describe himself as a batsman

(Laughs) That’s tough... I leave it to you... All I can say is I’m aggressive.

On how he would describe himself as a person

Fun loving. Perhaps, I’m a bit aggressive as a person, too... The sort to lay an occasional bet on dogs and horses... Enjoy a round of golf (handicap of three)...

On the early influences

I began like everybody else, playing in the backyard with father and others of the family... The turning point, so to say, would really be my joining the Academy after high school. Interacting with the Rod Marshs, Ian Chappells and Dennis Lillees made a world of a difference.

On his stint at the Academy

I could only improve by interacting with and learning from great players... The exposure there, in just one year, helped me play for Tasmania at the age of 17. That, more than anything else, set me on my way.

On his idols

Coming from Tasmania, David Boon... I also looked up to Kim Hughes. I didn’t see him bat in person, but each time he was on the TV, my attention remained on the screen.

On whether his brilliance on the field is all natural ability, or the result of much sweat

A bit of it is natural... At the same time, the Australian team puts in a lot of effort, too. We’ve realised fielding is an important part of the game and even half-chances must be converted.

On reconciling to a situation where runs just don’t come by

(Laughs again) I’ve experienced that this summer itself — three ducks in a row against Pakistan (Test series) and three ducks in the one-day series... Does get hard, but my experience is the more you think about it, the harder it becomes.

Frankly, I didn’t change anything in the build-up to the Perth Test (versus Pakistan), where I broke the sequence of ducks with that 197. Of course, I had been under some pressure but also knew there wasn’t anything wrong, technically, with my batting... That I didn’t think much about the ducks, both during the pre-match nets and when I took guard, helped.

On whether he still had been desperate to get off the mark on the first ball itself

Yeah, you could say that... I collected three, in the mid-wicket area... Going back to the three ducks (one in Brisbane and, ironically, two in Hobart), as I’d hardly faced many deliveries, it couldn’t have been argued I was out of form.

On whether he admires a contemporary batsman

Steve. Everyone in the Australian team looks up to him... Steve has seen it all, the bad times and the good... He delivers, and that’s what batting is all about.

On Sachin Tendulkar

He’s the best no doubt, and everyone in world cricket has respect for him. Indeed, for our bowlers and fielders, there is no bigger challenge than getting the better of Sachin.

On the more troublesome bowlers on the circuit

Curtley Ambrose has probably been the best... Wasim Akram is there as well... In India, Anil Kumble troubled me a few times.

On whether he has actually done justice to his talent

(Pauses) Probably not early on, but the last 12 months have been different. I’m averaging close to fifty in Test cricket and over 40 in the one-dayers. Not many batsmen have something similar, so... I’ve now set a level, or standard, which I wish to maintain. Hopefully, I’ll be successful in the next 12 months as well.

Generally, though, I don’t like going back in time. I prefer ‘staying’ pretty much in the present... More than going back, I would even look at the future.

On being part of this hugely successful Australian team

Confidence has been a key element. In the past 12 months, specially, we haven’t lost too many matches and a top reason for that has been confidence. Everyone wishes to have a go the moment the baggy green is worn... Everybody wants this winning-feeling to remain.

On the back-up support, which includes psychologist Sandy Gordon

He’s not around with the team all the time, though he’s just a call away... I think it does help interacting with such pros. At the same time, it’s quite a personal thing... There’s no need, after all, for somebody to shove things down your throat all the time.

On being short-tempered

It can work both ways... A bit of aggro, however, is needed. Australian cricket has always had a few guys with temper... (Laughs and asks) You’ve been here for some weeks now, have you seen me go overboard?

Let’s say keeping my temper in check has been part of the maturing process. With time, I’m perhaps getting better with the little, little things.

Finally, on getting embroiled in controversies

(Smiles again) In the past, I was probably immature... Probably didn’t respect the fact that I’m a high-profile sportsman... But all that is history and I’m looking after myself. Today, I’m definitely more conscious about what I can, and cannot, do... Looking to tomorrow and beyond, I just hope to play good cricket. Period.    


 
 
SANJOY, TANMOYEE UP 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 3 
Sanjoy Das and Tanmoyee Nandi easily won their matches to move into the quarter finals of the Lalit Mitra memorial state ranking badminton meet at Anushilan Samity today.

Sanjoy defeated Indrajit Das 15-8, 15-3 and Tanmoyee sailed past Barnali Raha 11-2, 11-4.

Payel Banerjee will meet Sohini Chatterjee in the sub-junior girls’ final. In the semis, Sohini overcame Arijita Roy 11-5, 8-11, 11-7 and Payel beat Muktabindu Basu 11-5, 11-4.    


 
 
RECORD 1460 DONATE BLOOD 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 3 
A record number of 1,460 persons donated blood at Dr B.C. Roy Club House, Eden Gardens, today on the occasion of the foundation day of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), observed as Frank Worrell Day.

The previous record of 1,016 was established in 1988.

Simultaneous blood donation camps were also organised at various other centres in the state. While 187 donated blood at Bishnupur, Ghatal (70), Beldanga (41) and Siliguri (75) also received good response.

Among those who donated blood included ICC and CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya and former state cricketers, Raju Mukherjee, Pronab Roy and Rajesh Dani.

As in the past years, the blood donation camp was conducted with assistance from the Association of Voluntary Blood Donors, West Bengal (AVBD, WB).

The donors will be presented certificates autographed by West Indian cricket legend Sir Garfield Sobers, arguably the greatest allrounder ever.    


 
 
NO MALLYA RUNNER IN FRAY 
 
 
FROM PRAVESH GUPTA
 
Mumbai Feb. 3 
The winner of the McDowell Indian Derby Stakes, sponsored by Vijay Mallya’s UB Group, has been assured of a whopping purse of Rs 43 Lakh. But irony of fate is that the liquor moghul is not going to have a runner in the expected line-up of a dozen hopefuls for the most glamorous turf event in the country. Some of his costly purchased yearlings have broken down and most of the rest have not come up to Indian Derby expectations. Mallya was in the paddock to receive the Choudhry Million trophy and he was as cheerful as ever. Shivendra ‘Dicky’ Singh, Mallya’s racing manager, however, answered the queries one wanted an always-in-a-hurry Mallya to answer. Dicky was forthright when asked if the boss was disappointed for not having a runner in Sunday’s Derby. “You can’t have Derby winning horses year in and year out,” said Dicky.

Unless there is a last minute change of plans, the Derby line-up will certainly include Smart Chief tan, Great Investment, Congratulations, Alchemy, Secret Treasure, Priceless Ally and Ronaldo. The first two named horses, however, made the final line-up on a payment of Rs 3.2 lakh.

The most interesting thing about Sunday’s mega-event is that the RWITC staff have developed the Calcutta fever. The workers’ union is threatening to disrupt proceedings unless their demands were met. With powerful Dalit Panther leader, Namdeo Dhasal, who has the blessings of Shiv Sena supremo, Bal Thakeray, fighting for their cause, workers have nothing to worry. Arm-twisting has already started. However, the RWITC bigwigs are not unduly worried over the issue. In fact, they are treating is as a non-issue. However, the routine trips of the RWITC tensed up heavyweights to the Namdeo camp does suggest things yet to be sorted out.

The jockey-turned-trainer Karan Singh has not changed much since days he partnered Blue Ice, over two decades ago, to a facile victory in the Bangalore Fillies’ Trial Stakes. Asked about the winning chances of his horse, Smart Chieftan, in the Indian Derby, Karan did not mince words and said: “He definitely will win.” Such an the authoritative statement coming from a man training MAM Ramaswamy’s horses was too shocking. Karan was more outright when he added: “Who will beat my horse. Let the opposition decided the minor placing among themselves.” His message was loud and clear.    


 
 
SIX SPEED PICKS UP MILLION 
 
 
FROM HONKY DORY
 
Mumbai Feb. 3 
The attendance at the Mahalaxmi raceground today was much larger compared to yesterday’s thin crowd. However, favourites were hardly in obliging mood. Barring a couple of hot-fancies, the field was largely left to the second-chance horses to dominate the proceedings.

Jockey B. Prakash, nevertheless, made a merry start, reeling off four winners in-a-row, including the odds-on choice Chelsea in the opener, the 2,000m Musketeer Plate.

The 1,200m Y. M. Chaudhry Memorial Million, the feature event of the afternoon, was the race which produced the expected results. The Darius Byramji-trained Six Speed won the race from Running Star. But it was far from smooth sailing for the 8-10 favourite. Although she had two lengths to spare to Running Star at the wire, Pesi Shroff had to work hard right after the home-turn on the Vijay Mallya-owned well-bred filly. In the absence of Darius, father Rashid was here not only to lead her in but also to gauge the improved potential of the Placerville-Haunting Beauty daughter for the richest million race-event later this month, the Poonawallas Million.

RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends)

1. Musketeer Plate 2,000m: (3-1-11) Chelsea (Prakash) 1; Phalaenopsis 2; Wine ‘N’ Dine 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 2-1/4; (2-12.6). Tote: Win Rs 20; Place: 14; 13; 32; Quinella: 22; Tanala: 264. Fav: Chelsea (3).

2. W. Buckley Stakes 1,800m: (4-5-3) Fortune Favours (Prakash) 1; Royal Season 2; Noble One 3. Won by: 3/4; 3/4; (1-55.4). Tote: Win Rs 74; Place: 41; 30; Quinella: 168; Tanala: 1,463. Fav: Eastern Command (2).

3. Governor’s Trophy 2,400m: (5-4-3) Amarilo (Prakash) 1; Executive decision 2; Party Whip 3. Won by: 1/2; 1-1/2; (2-34.9). Tote: Win Rs 126; Place: 47; 19; Quinella: 294; Tanala: 3,202. Fav: Executive Decision (4).

4. KR. Ramkrishan Singh Trophy 2,400m: (4-1-7) Double Impact (Prakash) 1; Sea Saga 2; Along All 3. Won by: 4-1/2; 5; (2-35.4). Tote: Win Rs 62; Place: 17; 31; 16; Quinella: 389; Tanala: 2,960. Fav: Amorosa (6).

5. Cheerful Plate, Div-II 1,400m: (11-4-6) Winnington (Rajendra) 1; Conduction 2; Luni Junction 3. Not run: Kargil (5). Won by: 1-1/2; 2-1/4; (1-27. 4). Tote: Win Rs 23; Place: 12; 19; 43; Quinella: 53; Tanala: 672. Fav: Winnington (11).

6. Cheerful Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (3-2-8) Loaded Dice ( Johnson) 1; Asprilla 2; Majesty Of Law 3. Won by: 1-1/4; Hd; (1-27.4). Tote: Win Rs 49; Place: 21; 22; 57; Quinella: 162; Tanala: 2,250. Fav: Josh King (7). (Note: Josh King who originally finished second was disqualified following a stewards’ inquary.)

7. Benlitta Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (1-2-9) Phrawin (Jodha) 1; Anchors Aweigh 2; Silver Nova 3. Won by: 3/4; 2-1/2; (1-14.7). Tote: Win Rs 30; Place: 18; 102; 64; Quinella: 513; Tanala: 20,871. Fav: Phrawin (1).

8. Benlitta Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (9-8-1) What’s Cooking (Hamir) 1; Park Royal 2; Time To Gamble 3. Won by: 1; Hd; (1-15.1). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 17; 23; 32; Quinella: 80; Tanala: 547. Fav: What’s Cooking (9).

9. Y. M. Chaudhry Memorial Million 1,200m: (8-3-5) Six Speed (Shroff) 1; Running Star 2; Matisse 3. Won by: 2; 8-1/2; (1-12.7). Tote: Win Rs 16; Place: 11; 13; 51; Quinella: 17; Tanala: 277. Fav: Six Speed (8).

10. Nazakat Plate 1,400m: (6-4-15) Racing To Go (Rajendra) 1; Moment Of Truth 2; Mille Fiori 3. Won by: 4-1/4; 1/2; (1-27). Tote: Win Rs 102; Place: 27; 13; 37; Quinella: 108; Tanala: 1,470. Fav: Moment Of Truth (4).

11. Epic Plate 1,100m: (3-1-6) Spur Of The Moment (Shelar) 1; Fortune Cookie 2; Celestial Light 3. Not run: Double Edge (11). Won by: Nk; 2-3/4; (1-7.9). Tote: Win Rs 149; Place: 38; 15; 13; Quinella: 134; Tanala: 723. Fav: Fortune Cookie (1).

Jackpot: Rs 1,44,340; (C) Rs 1,908.

Treble: (i) Rs 19,725; (ii) Rs 946; (iii) Rs 2,158.    


 
 
SEVEN TO VIE FOR SATURDAY’S CARD 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Feb. 3 
The are seven horses in the line-up for the 1,200m Metropolitan, on Saturday race-card. First race starts at 1. 15 pm. ACCEPTANCES

1. Beauregard Cup 2,400m (Cl III, Rt. 44-72) 1.15 pm: Master Charlie 60; Acadameus 59; Allodium 58.5; Tejeni 55.5; Charlene 53.5.

2. Brown Wolf Handicap 1,400m (Cl V, Rt. 0-28) 1.55pm: Black Mane 61; Accentor 59.5; Unlimited 57.5; Diplomatic Gesture 57; Amerrico 56.5; Go India Go 56.5; Answerable 56.5; The Cigar 55; Bul Bul 54.5.

3. Veritas Handicap 1,100m (Cl V, 5-y-o & over, Rt. 0-28) 2.30 pm: Infierno 60; Swingtime 58.5; Time Of Times 50; Highland Ridge 49.5; Bold Times 49.5; Tribal Warlord 49.5; Wild Dreams 49.5.

4. Metropolitan 1,200m (Cl I, Rt. 88 & over) 3.05 pm: Alkanet 60; Successor 58; Arlington 56; Quickdraw McGraw 54.5; Acquest 53.5; Artwork 52; Pertigalete 49.

5. Kalyani Black Label Million 1,600m (Terms, 3-y-o old only) 3.40 pm: Aloritz 56; Analogy 56; Soviet Port 56; Abstone Queen 54.5; Actress 54.5; Allaying 54.5; Madame X 54.5; Tsaynen Blue 54.5.

6. Vitarba Handicap 1,100m (Cl IV, Rt. 22-50) 4.15 pm: The Epicurean 60; Volcano Top 57.5; Arizona Star 57.5; Storm Centre 57; As You Please 54.5; Auctioneer 53.5; Art Smart 50; Kinkozan 48.5.

Jackpot: 2; 3; 4; 5 & 6.

Treble: (i) 1; 2 & 3; (ii) 4; 5 & 6.

track trials

Outer sand track

2,000m: Astrajoy (Rb) and Arendal (Rb) 2-40 4/5s; (400m) 28 3/5s. Both easy.

1,600m: Allied Forces (C. Alford) in 1-58 3/5s; (400m) 27 1/5s. Handy.

1,200m: Desert Force (Rutherford) in 1-30 4/5s; (400m) 30 4/5s. Easy. Ocean Sunset (Rb) in 1-26 4/5s; (400m) 28 2/5s. Moved well.

1,000m: Winning Hand (M. Reuben) and Double Dancer (Akhtar) in 1-9 1/5s; (400m) 27 1/5s. Former too good. Auctioneer (C. Alford) in 1-14 1/5s; (400m) 29 4/5s. Easy.

800m: Celtic Blue (Merchant) and Arctic Fancy (Rutherford) in 54 1/5s; (400m) 26 4/5s. Both moved well. Too Soon To Tell (Manohar) and Rule With Honour (Rb) in 54 1/5s; (400m) 27 1/5s. Both easy. Aliqa (Akhtar) in 1-0s; (400m) 29 1/5s. Tsaynen Blue (Gowli) in 54 4/5s; (400m) 27 4/5s. Moved well. Angstrom (C. Alford) and Gentle Priest (M. Reuben) in 54 3/5s; (400m) 27 3/5s. Former 6 ls better. Madame X (Gowli) 58 2/5s; (400m) 28 1/5. Easy. Free At Last (Rb) in 55 4/5s; (400m) 27 4/5s. Good. 600m: Kargil Soldier (Kujur) and Tabasco King (Smith) in 39 2/5s; (400m) 25 2/5s. Note. Bul Bul (Yacoob) in 43s; (400m) 28s. Easy.

Sand track

800m: Arizona Star (Sher) in 57s; (400m) 24 4/5s. Easy. Gallant Heights (Gurang) in 57 4/5s; (400m) 29 4/5s. Easy.600m: Abstract (Rb) in 43 1/5s; (400m) 27 4/5s.400m: Magic Ring (Akhtar) in 25s. Easy.    

 

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