‘Poor wickets affecting English cricket’
Pakistanis high on confidence
We’re ready for South Africa, says Sourav
Usha is being jealous: Shakti
Indians can’t think beyond the Asian level: Bahadu
Nikhil, Wrichik ignored
Saraswati emerges fastest
State table tennis
Calcutta Races/Bharath may rule last day
Mysore Races/‘Emperor’ for CM’s Gold Cup

 
 
‘POOR WICKETS AFFECTING ENGLISH CRICKET’ 
 
 
FROM LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Nairobi, Oct. 10: 
The Establishment may not have always been very kind to Alec Stewart, but the former England captain remains the quintessential pro: Seeking to make the most of every opportunity and just not giving up.

The 37-year-old Stewart’s exemplary attitude has seen him collect close to 7,000 Test runs (average of 40-plus) and nearly 4,000 in one-dayers (30-plus average).

Continuing the excellent form he was in, during the summer, Stewart began the KnockOut with a Man of the Match award-winning unbeaten 87 versus Bangladesh.

A thorough gentleman, Stewart spoke to The Telegraph at some length, last evening, at the Inter-Continental. Following are excerpts

On coming off an excellent summer (two Test hundreds, including one in his 100th appearance and two centuries in his last three one-dayers)

More than the personal achievements, I’m delighted England did so well. We won everything on offer — the Test series against Zimbabwe and the West Indies and the tri-series. Beating the West Indies in a full-fledged series after over three decades will remain special. As I’ve been in English sides which have been hammered by the West Indies, it was immensely satisfying to have been in the team that defeated them.

On whether having been overlooked for the last set of one-day engagements (in South Africa) made him more determined to prove a point in the tri-series

I’m not the sort to go out and make a point or prove the selectors wrong. I know I won’t play forever and, so, like to enjoy whatever opportunities come my way. Of course, I was disappointed, but I’m the type to look ahead. I got a chance, in the summer, and performed to the best of my ability.

[Stewart’s sequence of scores in the tri-series reads: 12, 12, 12, 74 not out, 101, 100 not out and 97]

On being regarded as one who prepares thoroughly before every series

(Smiles) The preparation is three-fold: Physical, mental and technical. If one isn’t up to it physically, then the individual’s entire game suffers... It’s important to have a ‘picture’ of the opposition in your mind and, towards that end, I spend a lot of time watching video recordings.

On his 100th Test appearance (Old Trafford, versus the West Indies)

Back in 1990 when I played my first Test, had somebody predicted I would go past 100, I would probably have laughed... It’s a landmark I cherish. No matter what happens, the achievement is there to stay. As also the fact that I got a century (105 in his only innings).

On having completed a decade of Test cricket

I’ve enjoyed it; I’ve always been looking to improve... I’m certainly a better player now than I was in 1989, when I got my maiden England call-up... But, I’m not through with cricket yet. Hopefully, I’ll play for a couple of years.

On whether being both a wicketkeeper and batsman has also been a disadvantage

Well, it’s never been too demanding a role. However, my keeping wickets in Tests has affected me in the sense that I’ve had to drop to No. 5 instead of opening, something I thoroughly enjoyed doing.

On motivating himself season after season, summer after summer

It’s been easy because I love the game so much. I take immense pride in my performances, take pride in representing England. My will to succeed is huge... Keeps me going.

On whether his father, Mickey (former England cricket manager), has had the biggest influence

Indeed. He knows my game inside-out and the handful of occasions that I’ve been dropped, in the past 10-11 years, I’ve always gone to him for guidance. I also worked closely with Geoff Arnold, during the time he was Surrey coach.

On having been replaced as captain by Nasser Hussain after the 1999 World Cup (England didn’t even make the Super-Six)

I was disappointed, yes, but I accepted it and all that is now water under the bridge. We’ve all moved on... It’s on record, though, that a captain was removed (for the Test series against New Zealand) on the strength of a poor one-day performance (in the World Cup)... In the period of little over a year that I was captain, we defeated South Africa in a full (Test) series and were competitive versus Australia... But, as I’ve said, it’s all under the bridge now.

On Hussain as captain

He’s been doing a very fine job.

On the reasons for England’s inconsistency for much of the last decade

(Laughs) If I knew, I would have made sure it was otherwise! On our day, we can beat any team. Our record proves that. Equally, on other days, any team can beat us. Our record proves that as well... Today, we’re a pretty closely knit unit and, in the summer just ended, have taken the first steps towards consistency. Whether or not our strike bowlers remain fit will, by the way, always have an important bearing.

On whether he admires any one contemporary more than the others

I respect loads of them, but three stand out: Steve Waugh, who is competitive and leads from the front... Plays my type of cricket... Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara, too.

In my book, Sachin is technically the most correct batsman whereas Brian, the most destruct-ive... Incidentally, the best bowler I’ve played with or against is Shane Warne.

On whether the change in the County Championship format, operative from this summer, will actually produce better English cricketers

Look, I would like to wait for three-four years before passing judgement. But, yes, because of the promotion/relegation bit, County cricket has definitely become more competitive... The top problem with English cricket, as I see it, is the poor quality of wickets — both for matches and practice. I do believe that only good wickets will produce good cricketers. The Australians have proved that.

On keeping a low-profile despite being a quality performer for England

(Smiles again) I haven’t changed as a person, in the last 10-11 years... I see myself as a professional. As a pro, I try to make the most of my ability... Really, it’s the Media’s lookout how it wishes to portray me.

Finally, on whether he has given life after cricket a thought

I’ll stay involved with the sport. Perhaps as coach or somebody busy with the marketing side... I may even launch an innings in the Media... Cricket has been my life. I can’t get away from it, can I?    


 
 
PAKISTANIS HIGH ON CONFIDENCE 
 
 
FROM LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Nairobi, Oct. 10: 
It’s a measure of Pakistan’s confidence, going into tomorrow’s ICC KnockOut Kenya 2000 semi-final, that senior-most pro Wasim Akram is planning a safari outing on Thursday. “It will be for the entire team, after we’ve beaten New Zealand,” he pointed out, breaking into that trademark grin of his.

The New Zealand camp, on the other hand, is being weighed down even more by Chris Cairns’ left knee almost rendering him immobile. “Frankly, chances of his figuring in the XI aren’t bright,” confessed coach David Trist, while speaking to The Telegraph this afternoon.

Cairns did play yesterday’s quarter final, against Zimbabwe, but that only aggravated the problem. And now, the next 36 hours will determine whether Cairns heads for South Africa for “specialist opinion,” as Trist put it.

Trist, by the way, is “expecting” Indian fans to come and root for his team. “We could do with support, you know,” he quipped.

Should Cairns formally be ruled out of semi-final No. 1, the headstart for Pakistan will be more pronounced. After all, even if Cairns makes it with the help of cortisones, Pakistan will remain favourites.

In fact, they are already looking to Sunday’s final. “Inshallah, it will be against India... The team is hoping it works out that way,” remarked captain Moin Khan, after a relaxed three-and-half-hour workout at the Ruaraka Sports Club.

This does suggest a touch of over-confidence, but Moin insisted that’s not so. “Look, we’re aware of the KnockOut format and New Zealand have traditionally been a good one-day team. But, that doesn’t mean we should not be confident... Man-to-man we’re certainly superior, apart from the fact we’ve emerged convincing winners in all recent meetings.”

For example, Pakistan thrashed New Zealand in last year’s World Cup semi-final (Old Trafford) and, this August, defeated them in the Singapore tri-series. Incidentally, the latter win was achieved without the services of Akram, Moin and Saqlain Mushtaq. This time, then, New Zealand’s ask will in any case be stiffer.

“We’ll have to bowl very well to shake the Pakistani batting... We realise an ordinary effort won’t do,” acknowledged the debonair Stephen Fleming, New Zealand’s captain.

He added candidly: “Pakistan are a polished outfit and we do know it’s going to be real tough.”

It’s an understatement, really, as Pakistan have a clutch of matchwinners — both among bowlers and batsmen.

While Pakistan whipped Sri Lanka by nine wickets, New Zealand made the last four by disposing of Zimbabwe’s challenge. The latter match, at least, had competitive moments; Pakistan had it all too easy.

“Theek hai, easy tha. But such victories lift the side’s confidence. While I agree the middle-order didn’t get a feel of the conditions (owing to the nine-wicket win), it’s important for the overall rhythm to be right. That we did achieve, versus Lanka,” Moin maintained.

Indications are Pakistan would prefer to set a target, but even if they are chasing, whether or not Saeed Anwar (a centurion against Lanka) and young Imran Nazir get them off to a flyer will determine the general body-language.

New Zealand’s best chance of effecting a shake-up rests on quickly consuming both openers. Of course, success isn’t guaranteed, but the Inzamam-ul Haqs and Yousuf Youhanas could then be under some pressure.

Likewise, much of New Zealand’s own hopes will rest on the start by the openers — Nathan Astle and Craig Spearman. For Fleming and ODI-specialist Roger Twose to play sans pressure, the openers have to make most of the first 15 overs. Who knows, an inspired start may upset calculations in a big way...

Pakistan are set to retain the XI which won Sunday — which means both off-spinners, Saqlain and Arshad Khan, will play. “Unless conditions are vastly different, we probably won’t have a rethink,” Moin disclosed.

As good a pointer as any that senior pro Waqar Younis — stand-in captain in Singapore — will again have to sit out. He was far from enthusiastic at this morning’s nets but, then, that’s understandable.

Should Cairns have to be omitted, it is understood Scott Styris will get the nod.

Having to fill in for somebody of Cairns’ stature, though, isn’t ever going to be easy.

Least of all for Styris.

It won’t be the most comfortable of nights for Styris. Ditto for New Zealand.

TEAMS

PAKISTAN (likely): Saeed Anwar, Imran Nazir, Yousuf Youhana, Inzamam-ul Haq, Ijaz Ahmed, Moin Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Wasim Akram, Azhar Mehmood, Saqlain Mushtaq, Arshad Khan.
NEW ZEALAND (likely): Craig Spearman, Nathan Astle, Stephen Fleming, Roger Twose, Scott Styris, Craig McMillan, Chris Harris, Adam Parore, Paul Wiseman, Shayne O’Connor, Geoff Allott.

Umpires: David Shepherd, Dave Orchard.

Match Referee: Raman Subba Row.
   

 
 
WE’RE READY FOR SOUTH AFRICA, SAYS SOURAV 
 
 
FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
 
Nairobi, Oct. 10: 
Captain Sourav Ganguly had been mentally preparing for an India versus South Africa KnockOut semi-final. This evening, it was confirmed it would indeed be so.

“We’ll be ready for them, on Friday,” Sourav told The Telegraph, moments after South Africa’s emphatic eight-wicket win over England, in the last of the quarter finals.

Sourav, though, is indisposed — victim of the Nairobi-belly — and didn’t take part in this morning’s extensive nets. “I’m much better than I was late last night and early today. Hopefully, I can train tomorrow,” Sourav said.

After the workout, at the Nairobi Gymkhana itself, the team stayed back to watch part of the South African innings. Obviously, coach Aunshuman Gaekwad wanted to add to his notes. Earlier this year, after all, the coach during the India-South Africa engagements (in India and Sharjah) was Kapil Dev.

Meanwhile, South African captain Shaun Pollock had complimentary words at the post-match Media conference: “India are a quality team and the players have been brought up on wickets such as the ones here... It’s going to be an interesting semi-final and I expect the crowd to support India.”

And, what if Sachin Tendulkar launched into a Glenn McGrath-like onslaught?

“Well, we’ll be ready for whatever is thrown at us. We know the Indians are capable of going after anybody,” Pollock replied, choosing words with care.    


 
 
USHA IS BEING JEALOUS: SHAKTI 
 
 
BY ATREYO MUKHOPADHYAY
 
Calcutta, Oct. 10: 
Allegations of doping against Indian athletes are gaining momentum and a major protagonist of this view is none other than P.T. Usha. Today, another prominent Indian athlete, thrower Shakti Singh, severely criticised the Payyoli Express for being jealous and making baseless allegations.

“Usha should have upheld the cause of Indian athletes, the constraints they face, rather than undermining the efforts of those who are threatening to break her marks,” the Asian Games shot put silver-medallist told The Telegraph.

Shakti said Usha’s charges are unsubstantiated because she has never named anyone. “Why did she keep quiet all these years and start all this only after somebody broke her record,” asked the 39-year-old, adding that Usha has shown signs of jealousy.

“At least, she should have named those she thinks are cheating had she been so sure. It comes from a feeling of insecurity, that somebody is going to erase all her marks. She, in fact, should have encouraged Beenamol had she been genuinely concerned about Indian athletics,” said Shakti, whose Asian mark in shot put is yet to be ratified.

“More importantly, none of the Indians tested positive in the meets they have done well, including the recent ATF meet in Jakarta where we bagged six gold medals,” he argued.

The sad part of it all, according to Shakti, is that nobody could have championed the cause of Indian athletes more than Usha since she has seen everything from very close quarters and over a long period of time.

“She could have pointed out the problems we face in diet, training and getting hold of proper equipment. These are the adversities we keep fighting, all the time, right from the start,” he said.

Shakti, who is also a discus thrower, said athletes here don’t even know what and how to eat in order to compete at the international level. So, knowledge of latest and sophisticated drugs is a difficult proposition.

“Come on, there are many, to whom the priority is to get to eat properly, so how can you accuse them of using drugs,” asked Shakti.    


 
 
INDIANS CAN’T THINK BEYOND THE ASIAN LEVEL: BAHADU 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Oct. 10: 
If there is a school of thought that believes Indian athletes fared dismally in Sydney because they couldn’t use performance-enhancing drugs, there is one more theory which talks about attitude.

According to national chief coach Bahadur Singh, Indians don’t shine at that level because all their efforts are channelised to succeed in Asia.

“That’s what they can and do aspire for after which they lose intereset,” said Bahadur, a two-time Asian Games shot put gold-medallist who owns a silver as well.

“See, they prepare well and give off their best in the Asian meets because promotions and increments come their way once they bring back medals,” explained the veteran.

“As a result of this attitude, they can’t just think of doing well on the bigger stage,” he said.

About the Sydney debacle, the coach said the Indians peaked a little earlier than needed and the postponement of the Jakarta Asian Track and Field meet didn’t really help their cause.

“It was supposed to be held a month earlier and we were planning accordingly. We didn’t get the time to recharge our cells when we had to leave for Sydney.

“Also, once the athletes gave their 100 per cent in Jakarta, it was difficult for them to repeat that as it’s not possible to perform at your best so frequently,” explained the coach.

He refuted claims that Indian athletes are getting increasingly dependant on drugs and added they are using certain food supplements which they could not avail of earlier.

“We could not afford things like creatine and glycogen till three-four years earlier which are permitted by the international body and used by other countries,” the coach opined.    


 
 
NIKHIL, WRICHIK IGNORED 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Oct. 10: 
Opener Nikhil Haldipur does not figure among the 26 Bengal probables named today. According to CAB joint-secretary Debdas Banerjee, Haldipur has not been considered as his performance last season was not up to the mark.

Haldipur, it may be recalled, was expelled from the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore on disciplinary grounds. The officials may not say this in as many words but Haldipur’s omission may just be the CAB’s way of punishing the player.

Among others who played for Bengal last season, but have been overlooked, are leg-spinner Wrichik Mazumder, medium pacers Ranadeb Bose and Sumit Panda and batsman Charanjit Singh. A coach is yet to be named.

THE PROBABLES

Sourav Ganguly, Syed Saba Karim, Srikant Kalyani, Rohan Gavaskar, Devang Gandhi, Utpal Chatterjee, Sourasish Lahiri, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Shib Sundar Pal, Subhamoy Das, Arindam Das, Alokendu Lahiri, Pitambar Dutta, Tirtha Roy, Shabbir Ali, Sanjib Sanyal, Vishal Yadav, Sujoy Parui, Prabir Acharya, Deep Dasgupta, Sourav Shil, Sandip Haldar, Murtuza Lodhgar, Safi Ahmed, Arijit Basu, Amitava Banerjee.    

 
 
SARASWATI EMERGES FASTEST 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Oct. 10: 
Participants battled a testing sun and failed to come up with anything sensational as Day II of the 40th National Open Athletic meet got over without a single meet record being threatened.

Shakti Singh tasted silver for the second day in succession, this time in discus, and Saraswati Dey of Railways emerged fastest woman of the meet but nobody went anywhere near the existing marks.

Krishna Kumar Sharma of Police, who will represent India in the junior world meet in Chile later this month, took the men’s discus gold with a heave of 54.54 and Shakti came second at 53.60. The meet record of 57.70 belongs to Shakti, set in Bangalore in 1989.

Saraswati, a member of the 4x100 Indian relay team in Sydney, clocked 11.91. Rachita Mistry’s 1998 meet record of 11.58 stayed intact as did P.T. Usha’s national mark of 11.39. Rachita, however, has equalled that but her feat is yet to be ratified. Bengal’s Mukti Saha came third at 12.06 after a photo finish separated her from Vinita Tripahti of Railways. Bengal’s only other medal of the day, a bronze, came in men’s 4x100 relay as Rafiqul Islam, Dipankar Gayen, Sheikh Samsher and Tarit Singh Roy clocked 42.96.

RESULTS

MEN: 200m: 1. J. Clifford (Kar, 21.55); 2. Raj Pal (Har, 21.79); 3. Lijjo David Thottan (Rly, 21.82). 4x100m relay: 1. Railways (41.22); 2. Karnataka (42.29); 3. Bengal (42.96). 1500m: 1. Kuldip Kumar (Rly, 3:51.28); 2. T.M. Sanjiv (Pol, 3:51.90); 3. Gulabchand (Rly, 3:53.57). 3000m steeplechase: 1. Arun D’Souza (Rly, 9:03.93); 2. Rajesh Kumar (Ser, 9:05.45); 3. Sudhir Kumar (Ser, 9:13.07). High jump: 1. K.R. Roshan (LIC, 2.13); 2. Arumugam Pillai (Rly, 2.10); 3. Ombir Singh (Del, 2.05). Discus: 1. Krishna Kumar Sharma (Pol, 54.54); 2. Shakti Singh (Rly, 53.60); 3. Deo Kumar Roy (Bih, 52.85). Decathlon: 1. Kulviner Singh (Ser, 6766); 2. Sibimon Augusten (Ser, 6584); 3. Praddep Alok (Rly, 6579).
WOMEN: 100m: 1. Saraswati Dey (Rly, 11.91); 2. Vinita Tripathi (LIC, 12.06); 3. Mukti Saha (Ben, 12.06). 100m hurdles: Devi Dey (Rly, 14.09); 2. G.G. Promila (Rly, 14.20); 3. B. Poonam (Kar, 14.40). 800m: 1. Inderjit Kaur (Pol, 2:09.4); 2. C. Latha (TN, 2:09.30); 3. Romola Devi (Pol, 2:09.67). 10,000m: 1. Reena Das (Rly, 38:58.77); 2. Madhuri Gurnule (LIC, 39:01.48); 3. Pashotlema Devi (Man, 39:37.74). 10km walk: 1. Y. Bola Devi (Rly, 55:14.7); 2. Roni Bali (Rly, 55:51.5); 3. Pramjit Kaur (Rly, 56:38.7). Triple jump: 1. Manisha Dey (Rly, 13.22); 2. Shilpa Sequera (Kar, 12.50); 3. Kalpana Das (Rly, 12.43). Shot put: 1. Surinderjit Kaur (Pol, 15.14); 2. N. Latha (Rly, 15.04); 3. Seema Antil (Pol, 14.41).
   

 
 
STATE TABLE TENNIS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Oct. 10: 
Arup Basak and Mouma Das are the men’s and women’s singles top seeds in the 66th state table tennis meet in Haldia from October 16 to 21. Shibaji Dutta, Subhojit Saha and Subham Chowdhury are second, third and fourth seeds in men’s singles, while their respective counterparts in the women’s section are Poulami Ghatak, Anindita Chakraborty and Mantu Ghosh.    

 
 
CALCUTTA RACES/BHARATH MAY RULE LAST DAY 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta, Oct. 10: 
Whatever the outcome of the last race-meeting tomorrow, jockey Cristopher Alford and trainer Vijay Singh are home and dry with the championship honours. In the day’s card, the duo, however, will be concentrating on horses who are yet to fulfil expectations this season. Nevertheless, it may pay to follow trainer Bharath Singh who has potential winners in Allodium and Charlene. Read as: Horse number, last four runs, horse name, trainer, jockey, weight & draw:

1st Race at 1.20 pm.

Ootman Handicap 1,400m (Cl V— Rated 00-28) — Indian jockeys only

1 - - - 2 Alastar [Vijay] C. Alford 60.0 3
2 0020 Anntari [Bharath] Md Islam 56.5 4
3 - - 10 Chicarica [Jaiswal] Amjad K. 56.0 1
4 0002 Bird’s Empire [D. David] A. Merchant 55.5 2

1. chicarica (3) 2. alastar (1) 3. anntari (2)

Chicarica: Ignore last run as she pulled up lame. Give another chance. Alastar: Had a good debut run. May do better. Anntari: Off the track for long. May place.

2nd race at 2.00 pm.

Saloon Handicap 1,200m (Cl IV —Rt. 22-50) — Indian jockeys only

1 0000 Sky Hawk [Mujeeb] A. P. Singh 60.0 1
2 3020 Heaven’s Blessing [Bath] Md Islam 57.0 2
3 2002 Floral Path [Bath] Rutherford A. 57.0 8
4 2104 Alterezza [Vijay] C. Alford 55.5 7
5 0233 Avionic [Bharath] S. Rabani 54.0 5
6 1134 Time Of Times [Karki] Md Yacoob 53.0 6
7 2203 Santillana [D. David] A. Merchant 52.0 3
8 0232 Friendly Knight [Jaiswal] M. Reuben 52.0 4

1. alterezza (4) 2. santillana (7) 3. friendly knight (8)

Alterezza: Went easy in last start. Capable of doing better. Santillana: The slated sprint may prove a wee bit long. Friendly Knight: Consistent. May upset.

3rd race at 2.30 pm.

Defence Forces Cup 1,400m (Cl I — Rt. 88 & over)

1 1302 Kaizen [Bharath] S. Rabani 60.0 5
2 4003 Tanganyika [Karki] M. Reuben 58.5 2
3 1111 Allodium [Bharath] C. Alford 56.0 1
4 ---- Illustrious Reign [D. David] Brij S. 53.5 4
5 4300 Giorgio [D. David] G. Upadhya 51.5 6
6 3132 Aldebro [Vijay] A. P. Singh 47.5 3

1. allodium (3) 2. aldebro (6) 3. kaizen (1)

Allodium: Unbeaten in his last five starts. Set for a double hattrick of wins. Aldebro: Known to cut solid pace which may only help Allodium. Kaizen: May place.

4th race at 3.00 pm.

Fair Manzar Handicap 1,000m (Cl V; Rt. 00-28) — Indian jockeys only

1 2003 Arizona Star [Mujeeb] Sher S. 61.0 4
2 -040 Run Ahead [Mujeeb] Md Islam 60.5 6
3 0000 Go India Go [Jaiswal] M. Reuben 56.0 1
4 - - - 4 Adeline [D. David] C. Alford 54.5 3
5 0342 Armila [P. Locke] Md Yasin 53.5 5
6 0444 Fibonacci [Stephens] Rutherford A. 49.0 2

1. go india go (3) 2. FIBONACCI (6) 3. run ahead (2)

Go India Go: Has come down to a striking mark. May win. Fibonacci: With his bare-back and the speed may try to steal a march. Run Ahead: May Upset.

5th race at 3.35 pm.

Unknown Warrior Cup 1,400m (Cl III—Rt. 44-72)

1 0322 Sky Command [Mujeeb] Manohar S. 61.0 8
2 0241 Abstract [D. David] A. P. Singh 60.5 7
3 0004 Remember The Day [R.Alford] Rutherford A. 57.0 3
4 0100 Super Smile [Bharath] Md Islam 56.5 1
5 1210 Rheinheart [Bath] Haroon K. 54.0 5
6 0322 Charlene [Bharath] S. Rabani 54.0 4
7 3140 Black Mane [Karki] M. Reuben 52.5 6
8 3221 Bul Bul [P. Locke] N. Engineer 51.0 9
9 3012 Ballet Master [D. David] A. Merchant 48.5 10
10 0223 Artifact [Vijay] Surender S. 47.5 2

1. Charlene (6) 2. artifact (10) 3. Ballet master (9)

Charlene: Warrants support on her good second to the Fillies’ Stakes winner Allaying. Artifact: The slated trip is more to his liking. Ballet Master: May upset.

6th race at 4.10 pm

St. Quinn Handicap 1,000m (Cl IV—Rt.00-50)

1 0000 Consul’s Secret [Jaiswal] N. Bird 60.0 8
2 2442 On The Bit [Stephens] N. Connorton 58.0 5
3 1200 Work Order [Mujeeb] Surender S. 56.5 3
4 1301 Software [Bath] Md Islam 55.5 6
5 2103 Double Dancer [Javed] Manohar S. 55.5 4
6 4000 Diplomatic Gesture [Bath] Haroon K. 54.0 9
8 0034 Amistad [Bharath] C. Alford 54.0 2
9 0032 Royal Ruler [R. Alford] Salim K. 53.0 1
10 0313 Magic Ring [Karki] Md Yacoob 51.0 7

1. software (4) 2. on the bit (2) 3. work order (3)

Software: In great heart. May notch up her third win of the season. On The Bit: A good second to Arctic Fancy May go close again. Work Order: May place.
Day’s Best: Allodium Double: Charlene & Software
   

 
 
MYSORE RACES/‘EMPEROR’ FOR CM’S GOLD CUP 
 
 
FROM WILLIAM TELL
 
Mysore, Oct. 10: 
The well-prepared Padmanabhan-ward, Elusive Emperor with Rajesh in the saddle, is the pick of the eight runners vying for the 1,600m Chief Minister’s Gold Cup, tomorrow’s feature.

SELECTIONS

2.15 pm: Innerleithen 1. Lake Baikal 2. Pride Of Kings 3.
2.45 pm: Random Hearts 1. In A Flash 2. London Beauty 3.
3.15 pm: Spectacular Style 1. Winning Memories 2. Star Prospect 3.
3.45 pm: Winning Glory 1. Master Weaver 2. Solo Act 3.
4.15 pm: Elusive Emperor 1. Acrosto 2. Sea Classic 3.
4.45 pm: Red Cordon 1. Comet Star 2. Weapon Alpha 3.
5.15 pm: Breaking News 1. Time Of War 2. Kilkemny 3.
Day’s Best: Elusive Emperor Double: Winning Glory & Red Cordon
   
 

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