Mankad loses opener
AITA seeks singles wild card for Paes
Three upsets in second round
1st academy for umpires in city
Symphony Of Fire set for an encore
Field day for favourites

 
 
MANKAD LOSES OPENER 
 
 
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, July 21 
Andreas Vinciguerra won the battle of debutants hands down. According to information received here, the 19-year-old Swede beat Harsh Mankad 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 in 81 minutes to give his country a 1-0 lead in the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie against India in Bastad today.

The start of the opening rubber was delayed an hour by rain. There was another rain-stoppage during the second set, but that didn’t hamper Vinciguerra’s smooth ride in the second and third sets.

Vinciguerra, who made a 541-spot jump in the ATP rankings last year to finish in the top-100, broke Mankad in the very first game. Games went on serve thereafter before the Swede broke again in the seventh.

Serving for the set at 5-2, Vinciguerra lost serve for the first time. The world No. 39, however, served out the set in the ninth game.

Mankad drew first blood in the second set, breaking the Swede in the opening game. But that was the only game the Indian won in that set, failing to hold serve even once.

In the third set, Mankad held serve once and was broken thrice. The match was over in a jiffy.    


 
 
AITA SEEKS SINGLES WILD CARD FOR PAES 
 
 
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, July 21 
The All India Tennis Association (AITA) has sought a wild card for Leander Paes in the men’s singles draw of the Sydney Olympics tennis event.

A total of 16 wild cards will be on offer for the 64-man draw. Fourteen will be decided by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and two will be distributed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The AITA had earlier applied for doubles wild cards for Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, but subsequently, it was announced that they (along with Prahlad Srinath) are eligible for direct entry.

In singles, though, Paes has very little chance of making the cut. His ranking, as per the entry system points, has plummeted to 200. A wild card is thus the only way for the India No. 1 to play singles in Sydney.

Last time, too, Paes had been granted a wild card to the Olympic singles. And how well he used it! The losing semi-finalist had prevailed over Brazilian Fernando Meligeni to win for his country a rare individual Olympic medal.    


 
 
THREE UPSETS IN SECOND ROUND 
 
 
FROM A CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, July 21 
Fourth seed, Prateek Sengupta of S.E. Railways English Medium High School had to bite the dust against Yanur Rahaman of Bangladesh in the second round of The Telegraph school chess championship at Alekhine Chess Club, Gorky Sadan today.

Prateek, playing White, adopted the Vienna Opening and soon built up an overwhelming position .He overlooked the loss of a piece on the 21st move and immediately resigned the next move.

In another upset, Sayan Sarkar of The Vivekananda Institution, Howrah, prevailed over Gurumayum Inao Sharma of Manipur in a marathon game.

Swagatam Sengupta of Jodhpur Park Boy’s School was held to a draw by Arpan Sarkar of the Vivekananda Institution, Howrah, to cause yet another upset of sorts.

The visually challenged player, Pradip Jha of Louis Braille Memorial School for the Sightless, Uttarpara, took his tally to 2 points by beating Souvik Chakraborty of Narmada HS

Top seed, Saptarshi Roy of Kishore Bharati, Dum Dum, won easily against Anirudha Menon of La Martiniere for Boys in a Centre counter defence.

Saptarshi won a piece early in the opening by a neat tactical trick and had little difficulty thereafter.

Fifth seed, Sayantan Dutta of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Fort William, was made to sweat it out by Souparna Ghosh of La Martiniere School for Boys, who put up a spirited defence despite being an exchange down. Sayantan, finally, won when he forced the exchange of Queens to transpose into a won ending.

Avishek Das of Jamshedpur won his game against Subhash Mondal of Baratarapur HS. Avishek is playing from the second round and has replaced Baishakhi Das who had to withdraw from the championship to attend a coaching camp in New Delhi.

TOP BOARD RESULTS

Anirudha Menon lost to Saptarshi Roy, Deep Sengupta bt Sourabh Das, Pratik Sengupta lost to Yanur Rahaman, Souparna Ghosh lost to Sayantan Dutta, Yashpal Singh Sonwani bt Abhijit Kar, Soumya Talukdar lost to Rohan Vijay Shandilya, Puneet Jaiswal bt Priyanka Das, Syed Wasim Akram lost to Gulam Mustafa Bhuiya, Somak Palit bt Minahazuddin Ahmed, Sourja Dasgupta lost to Ejaz Hussain, Ayan Lahiri bt Rahul Ghosh, Abhratanu Dutta lost to Yambem Dhanbir Singh, Samput Mallick bt Sayantan Dalal, Nilabh Upadhyay bt Tathagata Banerjee, Gurumayum Inao Sharma lost to Sayan Sarkar, Arpan Sarkar drew with Swagatam Sengupta, Lairengiam Mahesh Singh bt Banashree Banik, Prabuddha Ghosh lost to Rahul Sangma, Imran Ali lost to Syed Rownak Ehsan, Nazir Salehin bt Sriya Bhattacharjee.    


 
 
1ST ACADEMY FOR UMPIRES IN CITY 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, July 21 
Come September, and the city will have an academy for cricket umpires. The budding Dickie Birds and Venkatraghavans will, for the first time, have a place to pick up early lessons from flannelled men who have seen it all from close quarters.

Announcing details at an Umpires of CAB-organised press conference today, secretary Dr Sekhar Chowdhury said nominal fees will be charged from students at the non-residential academy.

The emphasis will be on the beginners’ course, but there will be refresher courses for national-level and state-level umpires as well. “The newcomers will be under our fold at least till they become registered CAB umpires,” said Dr Chowdhury, one of five from the state currently on BCCI’s one-day International panel.

The Umpires of CAB, registered last year but yet to be officially recognised by the CAB, hasn’t yet got an office of its own but has organised a rented hall to begin its academy activities. “There will be on-field training, theoretical lessons via video footage and a daily evaluation of students and teachers,” Dr Chowdhury informed.

The academy apart, the association is stressing on setting up a medical benefit fund for its 93 members. It is organising a fund-raiser in association with Officer’s Choice at Rabindra Sadan Friday. A cultural function will be preceded by a question-and-answer session with Ashok Malhotra, Saba Karim and Laxmi Ratan Shukla.

The association also plans to send some of its umpires to Britain, next season, to officiate league matches there. Ten of them have recently qualified as full members of the England-based Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers.    


 
 
SYMPHONY OF FIRE SET FOR AN ENCORE 
 
 
FROM WILLIAM TELL
 
Bangalore, July 21 
An impressive winner in her previous start against a good set of youngsters, Symphony Of Fire is expected win the 1,200m Royal Calcutta Turf Club Cup here tomorrow. K. P. Appu partners the Darashah-trainee.

SELECTIONS

2 pm: Formal Gold 1. Lance’s Pet 2. Silver Warakh 3.

2.30 pm: Forest Boy 1. Red Angel 2. Radcliff 3.

3 pm: Silver Touch 1. Dunhill Star 2. Al Bashir 3.

3.30 pm: Al Dente 1. Astounding Bay 2. Pride Estates 3.

4 pm: Symphony Of Fire 1. Blue Ridge 2. Devonlock 3.

4.30 pm: X-Pac 1. Surfside 2. Gold Crest 3.

5 pm: Desert Pride 1. Autarky 2. Royal Garter 3.

5.30 pm: Forestry 1. Altenburg 2. Arduous 3.

Day’s Best: Al Dente Double: Forest Boy & Symphony Of Fire.

FRIDAY’S Pune results

(With inter-state dividends)

1. Deepak Mahal Plate 1,600m: (4-6-5) Diane In Demand (Merchant) 1; The Midnight Sun 2; Atomist 3. Won by: 4; 2-1/2; (1-46.7). Tote: Win Rs 41; Place: 28; 35; Quinella: 142; Tanala: 592. Fav: Atomist (5).

2. Incence Plate, Div-II 1,000m: (6-1-7) Dendrobium (Rajendra) 1; Desert Fighter 2; Lady Mayoress 3. Won by: 5-1/2; Nk; (1-1.3). Tote: Win Rs 15; Place: 10; 20; 11; Quinella: 67; Tanala: 104. Fav: Dendrobium (6).

3. Incence Plate, Div-I 1,000m: (7-2-6) Mariazella (Rajendra) 1; Lets Party 2; Coronado 3. Won by: Nk; 1; (1-2.7). Tote: Win Rs 34; Place: 16; 14; 41; Quinella: 32; Tanala: 432. Fav: Lets Party (2).

4. Jamshid Plate 1,200m: (1-6-10) Fantasy (Rupesh) 1; Merry Millennium 2; Wild Heart 3. Won by: 1/2; 1-3/4; (1-13.1). Tote: Win Rs 23; Place: 11; 14; 24; Quinella: 28; Tanala: 158. Fav: Fantasy (1). (Note: Merry Millennium survived objection lodged by the rider of Wild Heart).

5. Loyal Manzar Trophy 1,000m: (5-7-1) Table Dancing (Appu) 1; Secret Blessing’s 2; Strength To Strength 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 2; (59.5). Tote: Win Rs 21; Place: 10; 25; 25; Quinella: 81; Tanala: 386. Fav: Table Dancing (5).

6. Great Guns Plate 1,400m: (12-11-15) Midnight Charm (Rajendra) 1; Hope 2; Great Emperor 3. Not run: Dhanadal (2). Won by: 1-1/4; 1/2; (1-28.3). Tote: Win Rs 140; Place: 32; 73; 78; Quinella: 2,732; Tanala: 58,530 (Carried over to July 23).

7. Ajaya Plate 1,100m: (5-12-11) Nothing Better (Bajrang) 1; Perfect Placement 2; Seventh Fleet 3. Won by: Hd; 5-1/2; (1-9.3). Tote: Win Rs 59; Place: 18; 19; 12; Quinella: 113; Tanala: 470. Fav: Seventh Fleet (11).

Jackpot: Rs 6,659; (C) Rs 487.

Treble: (i) Rs 80; (ii) Rs 1,713.    


 
 
FIELD DAY FOR FAVOURITES 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
 
For punters there was cause to celebrate while bookmakers had every reason to rue after the last race on Wednesday. Each of the six favourites which delivered the goods on the day was quoted at evens or more thus there were no takers for those offered at 3’s and over in the ‘ring.’ In fact, the likes of Jeweller and Almond Rock had no business going to the start beyond half-money but bookies always have their own game-plan which somehow never worked on the day.

Yes, Jeweller requires more than a six-furlong trip which the Wise Guy Cup had to offer. But the overnight rain rendering the ‘going’ on soft side worked more to the disadvantage of his main rival and the second favourite, Optimum Choice, than doing a great favour to the public choice. Jeweller, in fact, won on sufferance when Optimum Choice came to a screeching halt after a commanding lead well in to the straight. So much so, even a relatively underdone Serenader could pass the tiring leader in the final 100m.

Those who followed the morning work outs of Almond Rock in company of Quickdraw McGraw, a class II horse, never looked beyond the Richard Alford-trainee in the 1,200m Everynsky Cup. Nevertheless, Gowli made no mistake on the favourite from the start and let Almond Rock dictate his own pace up in front.

Annella, who finished second despite the weight constraint, displayed her sprinting abilities and could be soon counted upon to strike. The Javed Khan-trainee No Regret, a comfortable winner last winter, was contend to look for the place-money only.

Javed, however, meant business in the 1,200m Artaius Handicap which his ward, Winning Hand, won literally by the length of the stretch. Whatever, his margin of his victory, the five-year-old may find it hard to take the expected penalty in his strides. He beat a very poor opposition.

Richard, has a knack of manoeuvring odds. A jockey like Kishore Kumar — a maiden for over a decade — was declared to partner Alborada in the Princess Huma Handicap, thus the odds were ensured. The smarter move followed when Kumar was replaced by B. Gurang who has a marginally better track record. The horse won the race and could have added few more lengths to his shade under three-length victory had he not been squeezed for room by Mark Reuben on Prizren.

A good jockey is always an advantage. It was demonstrated by Cristopher Alford on Anolini in the feature, An Apple A Day Cup. With Manohar Singh on Scimitar creeping up besides the Vijay Singh-trainee in the final furlong, instead of losing his nerves, Cristopher managed to get an extra effort out of the favourite when it looked like a touch and go affair between the two.

Unlucky to have been crowded for room and lost a close encounter in his last start, Rheinheart went to the start as 7/2 favourite in the 1,800m Flying glance Handicap. The H.S. Bath-trained horse had the measure of Bernadine by three parts of a length because of his better fitness. The one who caught the eye was the stablemate, Heaven’s Blessing. The horse was in the field mainly to ensure fast pace but he made the first two placed horses sweat it out before allowing them to pass him.    

 

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