Mohun Bagan romp into final
Onus on India to put debutants Bangla to the Test
Captaincy 50-50 luck and skill: Sourav
The Kanpur episode wasn’t cricket: Row
Two more natl records tumble
Making light of her degrees of difficulty
Bengal draw with Sikkim
Calcutta Races/ Gurang stood down till Jan. 1
Calcutta Races/ Track trials

New Delhi, Nov. 9: 
Mohun Bagan 2

Displaying entertaining soccer, Mohun Bagan tactically outwitted Churchill Brothers to storm into the final of the Allwyn Durand Cup today.

R.C. Prakash scored a brace in the 24th and 35th minutes. The 25-year-old Prakash has scored 21 goals for Bagan this season, second only to the brilliant Brazilian Jose Ramirez Barreto with 25 goals. Overall this is Bagan’s 25th entry into the Durand final.

The Calcutta outfit will, however, miss the services of the hardworking Dulal Biswas in the final against Mahindra United Saturday. Biswas earned a yellow card — second in the tournament — in the closing stages of the second half today. Earlier he was booked during the goalless tie versus Salgaocar in their group 1 quarter final league match.

Coach Subrata Bhattacharya felt that Dulal’s absence will be felt but Amitava Chanda will be an adequate replacement.

Today’s win was a triumph for Subrata’s tactics. His gameplan of a lone man upfront and two withdrawn forwards bemused Churchill’s back-four. Their central defenders Ousman Hussein and Mahesh Gawli did not know whom to mark and struggled to cope with the variety of Bagan’s attacks.

Joao Dos Santos and Barreto with their wonderful touch and variety in passing along with R.C. Prakash’s speed and opportunism proved a handful for the defence of the Goa league champions. Moreover, Prakash and Barreto frequently fell back to bolster the three-man midfield. Thus Bagan who played in the 4-3-3 system were never outnumbered in the midfield.

Another key factor in Bagan’s triumph was the ploy adopted to curb the lanky Stephen Abarowei. The Bagan defence was quick to intercept all passes meant for Stephen. Basudeb Mondal, R.P. Singh and the Brazilian recruit Amouri excelled with their mobility, inter-change of position and series of passes. They never let Churchill Brothers’ midfielders Somatai Shaiza and Noel Wilson settle down.

Overall Bagan had nine shots on goal as compared to Churchill’s three tries. Francis Silveira wasted all three tries for Churchill.

Using the width of the field to good effect Bagan’s initial foray was in the eighth minute. Dulal was set free on the right and his stiff grounder was deflected by goalkeeper Edward Ansah. Basudeb snapped up the rebound and shot goalwards but again Ansah came in the way. For the next half-hour Bagan were on the rampage hitting the post once and scoring twice.

Dulal put Prakash through and the latter sneaked into a scoring position but his low shot struck the post. Then in the 24th minute, Santos’ angular through found Prakash in position and he placed past an advancing goalkeeper.

In the 35th minute, Santos sent a measured curling shot into the 18-yard box. Prakash darted in and flummoxed Gawli and Rajesh Meetei with a timely leap and his well angled header found the net. Churchill Brothers were sunk and lacked the passion to make a comeback.

In injury time Bagan missed a sitter. Substitute James Singh’s angled through saw R.P. Singh dodging past the advancing Ansah but his goalbound shot bounced and went over.


MOHUN BAGAN: Rajat Ghosh Dastidar, Dulal Biswas, Hussein Mustafi, M. Suresh, Lolendro Singh, Basudeb Mondal (James Singh 70), Amouri, R.P. Singh, R. C. Prakash, Jose Ramirez Barreto and Joao Dos Santos.

CHURCHILL BROTHERS: Edward Ansah, Rajesh Meetei, Ousman Hussein, Mahesh Gawli (Jaspreet Singh 70), Farooq Haider, Jose Colaco, Noel Wilson, Ajay Singh (Kaustav Ghosh 85), Somatai Shaiza, Stephen Abarowei and Francis Silveira.

Referee: Rizwan-ul-Haq.    

Dhaka, Nov. 9: 
Not everyone is convinced Bangladesh deserved the Test status, granted in June this year, but in the lead-up to the country’s first game tomorrow, it’s difficult not getting overwhelmed by the sheer emotional content of the occasion.

In and around the National Stadium, given a facelift for its ninth Test (second after Independence), the air has that euphoric feel. Not very surprisingly, though, few seem too concerned about how Bangladesh may actually fare against India.

Some, of course, do point out it took even India 25 Tests to post their first victory (against England, 1951-52). Also that the last entrant to the Test club, Zimbabwe in 1992-93, required 11 matches to open their account.

“Yes, I dreamt of Bangladesh playing Test cricket but never quite dreamt I would be the first captain,” acknowledged Naim-ur-Rehman, making an effort to stay calm and not get carried away.

Naim-ur candidly agreed Bangladesh had much catching-up to do (“in all departments”) with India, and the other eight Test-playing nations, and remarked his team’s agenda was to rise above the limitations. “We have no idea of Test cricket, and must quickly learn,” the captain said.

For the record, Bangladesh’s recent tour of South Africa was one huge disaster. So much so, even Invitation XIs handed out embarrassing defeats.

In one-day parlance, then, Bangladesh’s ask is real stiff. It hasn’t helped that their official coach, South African stalwart Eddie Barlow, is mostly confined to the wheelchair (after a stroke). Former player Sarwer Imran is standing-in, till somebody from overseas succeeds Barlow full-time.

Given this apparent lack of direction from seasoned hands, it’s no surprise Bangladesh struggled somewhat on the combination which will make history — dubious or not, remains to be seen. The hesitation to pack the XI with batsmen, and pray for the best while being prepared for the worst, was inexplicable.

Among the debutants, by the way, is opener Mehrab Hossain, whose pull in a Dhaka league game in February 1998, cost a helmet-less Raman Lamba his life. Mehrab’s inclusion was decided late tonight.

For a change, and a welcome one at that, there are no doubts over India wearing the favourites’ tag. Equally, the pace throughout will have to be set by India.

Indeed, India should author their first ovrseas win since the victory over Sri Lanka at the SSC, at the start of the 1993-94 season. Captain Sourav Ganguly, however, maintained: “Dhaka is part of the sub-continent” and therefore, strictly speaking, shouldn’t be treated as “overseas”.

Sourav, who will be making his debut as Test captain, added: “For me, winning in England or Australia or South Africa, for example, will be an overseas victory...” It’s a refreshing change and an indication of the standards Sourav has set.

The Indian captain emphasised he and his team were happy at getting another Test opportunity (the first since early March) and, yes, there was even more happiness at being part of history.

Incidentally, India have lost all three Tests in 2000: In Sydney, and twice at home to South Africa. In fact, owing to one reason or the other, only five (Sourav, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Jawagal Srinath and Murali Karthik) from the XI which did duty in the last Test (Bangalore), will take the field here.

Opener Shiv Sundar Das (Bangladesh, too, have a Das in their XI), wicketkeeper Syed Saba Karim — whose career almost ended at the National Stadium when, standing up, he took an Anil Kumble delivery on his right eye during the Asia Cup — and quick Zaheer Khan will, as reported in The Telegraph today, make their debut.

Returning (to the Test circuit) after a break, induced by injury/lack of form, are Sadagopan Ramesh, Ajit Agarkar and Sunil Joshi. Though Srinath featured in that Bangalore Test, his last India appearance was in Sharjah (end-March). And, so, generally speaking it’s an India-comeback for him.

Though one could argue the risk against Bangladesh is limited, Sourav is intent on reaffirming he is an aggressive captain. Towards that end, he has taken the lead in including five bowlers — three quicks and the two spinners.

Obviously, Sourav is counting on Saba Karim (who insists the Asia Cup trauma has long been forgotten) to deliver with the bat as well. For those across the border who are particular about state-wise representation, the last India wicketkeeper from Bengal was Probir Sen (late 40s onwards).

Should the big guns in the top-order play to stature — Dravid at No. 3, followed by Sachin and Sourav — Saba Karim may not be called upon to score on both fronts. Predictably, the top-order profile has Naim-ur really worried. “Our new-ball attack (spearheaded by Hasibul Hassan) has to make the most of this opportunity,” he accepted.

One would have expected an absolutely docile track to be prepared, for reasons more than one, but the outline of cracks were visible this morning itself. Also, the wicket was pretty damp. Naim-ur expects it to turn “after three days”.

Traditionally, the one-dayers at the National Stadium have produced skyscraper-totals.

Sourav himself has been a beneficiary, though he smiled and pointed out having been successful in the past was “no guarantee” he would succeed this time as well. “It’s going to be a fresh outing and I’ll be starting from scratch...”


INDIA: Sadagopan Ramesh, Shiv Sundar Das, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Syed Saba Karim, Sunil Joshi, Ajit Agarkar, Jawagal Srinath, Murali Karthik and Zaheer Khan.

BANGLADESH: Shahriar Hossain, Mehrab Hossain, Habibul Basher, Aminul Islam, Akram Khan, Naim-ur Rehman, Al-Shahriar Rokon, Khaled Masud, Mohammed Rafique, Hasibul Hossain and Bikas Ranjan Das.

Umpires: David Shepherd, Steve Bucknor.

Match Referee: Raman Subba Row.

Agreement on lights

According to Match Referee Raman Subba Row both teams have agreed to the use of floodlights, during the regular hours, should conditions make that necessary. If required, play can even be extended for a maximum of 30 minutes, he added.    

Dhaka, Nov. 9: 
Sourav Ganguly has been in the ‘hot seat’ for some time and, tomorrow, will become India’s 27th Test captain. It’s been the day he has been waiting for, ever since he got the (one-day) captaincy over a year ago.

An icon in these parts, as he is back in India, Sourav spoke to The Telegraph this afternoon. To say the 28-year-old is excited will surely be the understatement of the season.

Following are excerpts

On an eminently forgettable first tour with the Indian team (Australia, 1991-92), a hundred on Test debut (Lord’s, 1996) and, now, just hours from leading India in a Test...

(Smiles) Well, eight years ago I wasn’t even sure whether I would ever get to play Test cricket, forget think about one day leading India in a Test match... Largely, I suppose, it’s destiny... Of course, I’ve always believed God is great. Equally, I’ve also believed hard work does get rewarded. The luck element is there, too — my own luck, the luck brought by (wife) Dona...

On becoming a Test captain

It’s the ultimate... No other achievement will displace that from the No.1 position.

On what captaincy is all about

Handling the players... It’s also about the team you have and how lucky you are... To repeat, a captain is only as good as his team.

On the experience gained by leading in one-dayers

Can’t pinpoint one specific gain but, yes, I’ve learnt not to repeat mistakes... I’m learning to get out of sticky situations... I’ve learnt to handle bowlers better and, yes. I’m continuing to learn where handling the team in general is concerned.

On the man-management factor

I get along very well with all players... Haven’t had a problem with anybody.

On having thus far planned for one-dayers only and, now, plotting strategy for a Test

Oh, the demands on a captain are very different... In any case, it’s planning for five days as opposed to just seven hours... Unlike in the one-dayers, where one seeks to contain, Test cricket is all about getting batsmen out. Tactically, that’s one big difference.

On the Bangladesh-specific strategy

Even in the one-dayers, we haven’t played much against Bangladesh and, so, strategy will be flexible. Let’s see what they have to offer, on the field.

On the captain(s) he has admired

I’m my own captain and prefer leading by instinct rather than following stereotyped plans... Captaincy is largely fifty per cent luck and fifty per cent skill. (Adds after a pause) I think Allan Border and Mark Taylor were outstanding captains... Border made the Australians into world-beaters, while Taylor’s handling of the team was very good... It helped Border that the Board backed him and the team even when Australia wasn’t winning. Continuity, eventually, worked to everyone’s advantage.

On occasions when he has given instinct the back seat

(Smiles again) In the Australia game in Nairobi, for instance... I gave Robin Singh more than just a couple of overs, when Steve Waugh was batting, as I knew Steve would struggle. That was a pre-planned move.

On being a democratic captain

That’s because cricket is a team sport and all 11 matter. I see no harm in involving everybody... Somebody’s input could, the very next day, have a significant bearing.

On the general perception that he is leading a ‘clean’ team

I wouldn’t like to go into that issue (match-fixing and tainted cricketers)... All I’ll say is that we have a young team hungry for success. Give it time... In other words, have faith. Indian cricket has, in recent times, seen some rough moments. Now, perhaps, it’s time for the upswing to begin.

On whether he would himself have been more motivated had the opposition (in his debut Test as captain) been more seasoned

No. Remember, a Test hundred remains a Test hundred and a five-wicket haul here will be recorded as a five-wicket haul in a Test. All the other nine Test-playing nations have also had a debut game... I’ll only remind the boys not to get even a wee bit complacent.

Actually, at this level, there’s no room for laxity.

Finally, on whether he has himself forgotten that “bad dream” of being shot out for just 54 in the Sharjah final (against Sri Lanka)

Absolutely... What I haven’t forgotten — and probably never will — is the mini-World Cup final in Nairobi, when we lost to New Zealand with two balls remaining. That will always hurt.    

Dhaka, Nov. 9: 
Match Referee Raman Subba Row created history six years ago when he docked India two points for that pathetic crawl in the Green Park one-dayer against the West Indies. Without actually terming that match-fixing, Row left little unsaid in his report to the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The Board, in any case, banned stonewallers Manoj Prabhakar and Nayan Mongia — both of whom have just been indicted by the Central Bureau of Investigation — for two games. Inexplicably, though, there was no inquiry. Perhaps, it’s not too late to inquire into that inaction.

Today, reflecting on that infamous afternoon, Row told The Telegraph: “India, quite clearly, were playing for a draw in a one-day International... Either people had bet on Prabhakar getting a hundred (which, by the way, wasn’t applauded), on the West Indies winning or even that the West Indies would be easier opponents in the final, as opposed to the other team in the tournament (New Zealand)...”

The Andhra Pradesh-born Row, who played and managed England, added: “What happened then wasn’t cricket and, definitely, things weren’t straightforward...” Of course, he made it a point to record his “surprise” that India got those two points reinstated by the ICC, after an appeal.

Incidentally, Row was also Match Referee during the entire India versus South Africa series in India, earlier this year, and though the Delhi Police claim the one-dayers (won 3-2 by India) were fixed, Row doesn’t quite think so.

“You know, once the Hansie Cronje scandal broke, I did re-play the entire series in my mind but couldn’t convince myself into believing the results were contrived... I know Lance Klusener dropped a catch at a most crucial stage (Vadodara), somebody got run out, somebody conceded many runs... However, I personally don’t think any of it was intentional. So...” he remarked.

An old-school veteran, Row, understandably, is “distressed” and agreed the ICC ought to have taken the lead in straightening matters much earlier. “I suppose history will reach that conclusion, yes. At the same time, it’s not easy proving match-fixing, is it?” he said.

Breaking into that trademark smile, Row added: “Match Referees, nowadays, have to be that much more vigilant and report even a hint of anything which isn’t cricket... There’s little else we can do... I realise some top players have been named in your inquiry report and, honestly, I never expected things to be so widespread. That, really, is even more distressing.”

And, what of ICC president Malcolm Gray’s comment that he expected “worse”? Row’s reply was, understandably, guarded: “I reckon Mr Gray knows much more than I do. I’m afraid I can’t say anything else.”

The India-Bangladesh Test beginning tomorrow will mark another first for Row. Back in 1982, he was England’s manager when Sri Lanka played their first Test (in Colombo). This time, he will be witnessing another landmark wearing a different hat.

“It’s nice to be part of history,” Row insisted.

Asked whether he had touched on the match-fixing scandals at his pre-Test meeting with the thinktank of both teams, this evening, Row quipped: “I only indicated if they knew anything about the betting chart, they should let me know, too!”    

Calcutta, Nov. 9: 
Policewoman Richa Mishra today picked up two more titles from the 55th national aquatics championships’ penultimate day to take her tally to a whopping nine golds. Bengal retained their superiority in women’s diving as Mamoni Mondal won gold in the 1m springboard event, pushing favourite Suparna Paul to silver spot.

It was also a day when two more national records were rewritten, the first by Police’s Kailash Nath in the men’s 400m freestyle and the other by the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) team in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay.

Nath covered the distance in just 4:13.31, beating his own mark of 4:14.74, set last year. The silver went to teammate Amar Murlidharan, who also finished in record time of 4:14.43.

The SSCB team of T.A. Sujith, Martin Joseph, Rejimon and Shibu Sebastian finished in 3:42.55, ahead of the existing Railways’ 1998 mark of 3:42.70.

Richa won the first race of the day, the women’s 400m freestyle, in 4:40.91, and then picked up another gold in the 50m breast stroke in which she timed 37.52 seconds. In between, she also won a bronze, in 50m back stroke.

For Mamoni, almost 17, it was her first senior nationals gold. She has also won a bronze and a silver from the high board. Today she scored 179.90 points, where Suparna of Railways managed 174.15. They were followed by Tanya Ganguli, also of Railways, at 166.65. Bengal’s other success today was at the waterpolo pool where their men won bronze after a long gap, scraping past Police 11-10. In women’s matches, Bengal beat Kerala 7-6 and Maharashtra beat Police 3-2.

In swimming events Police men lead with 121 points, followed by Railways at 112. In the women’s section Karnataka are way ahead of the rest at 143 points. Police follow at 88.


MEN: 400m freestyle: 1. Kailash Nath (Pol) 4:13.31 seconds (NR). 2. Amar Murlidharan (Pol) 4:14.43. 3. Akbar Ali Mir (Rly) 4:18.40.

50m back stroke: 1. Mirajul Rehman (SSCB) 29.31. 2. TK Senthil Kumar (Pol) 29.57. 3. Yudhvir Singh Tokas (Pol) 29.73.

4x100m freestyle relay: 1. SSCB 3:42.55 (NR). 2. Railways 3:43.76. 3. Police 3:49.58.

WOMEN: 400M freestyle: 1. Richa Mishra (Pol) 4:40.91. 2. V. Sivaranjani (Kar) 4:42.04. 3. Chitra K. (Kar) 4:47.59.

50m back stroke: 1. Sumi Cyriac (Ker) 32.91 sec. 2. Reshma Millet (Kar) 33.46. 3. Richa Mishra (Pol) 33.58.

50m breast stroke: 1. Richa Mishra (Pol) 37.52. 2. Tejaswi Shetty (Mah) 38.12. 3. Shruti Gupta (Del) 38.38.

4x100m freestyle relay: 1. Karnataka 4:16.27. 2. Maharashtra 4:22.32. 3. Kerala 4:27.48.    

Calcutta, Nov. 9: 
There is a poster of a natty Switzerland suburb on the wall, a suburb snug at the foot of snow-capped mountains. Only, the setting is a trifle incongruous. The 8 x 12 feet low room in the shack, a chawl to be precise, holds a family of five, and thereafter it’s just a ramshackle colony, the Narkeldanga khaldhar jhoparpatti, embedded in sheer poverty.

It isn’t the best place for a poster like that, it isn’t the best setting for 16-year-old Mamoni Mondal either. Not that she can afford to choose, so what if she has just won a gold in the 1 m springboard diving event at the 55th national aquatic championships.

Mamoni’s father, Khaleque, makes the best of a vegetable vendor’s profession. He gathers, from the Sealdah footpath, a little more than his meagre daily supplies. He gathers friends, so his daughter can shine; gathers help, so his family can live proudly.

The family hails from Bongaon, but the soil was fallow, and they left for the city a decade back. Shelter was less than bargained for, but the Mondals settled down, and Khaleque adjusted his pride in selling vegetables on the footpath. He still does.

But Mamoni, the youngest of his three children (her elder brothers, Raja, 23, and Raju, 20, are both unemployed), refused to bow to the dictates of her handicaps. “I started going to a local club to learn yoga,” she recounts. And suddenly she was winning medals and laurels. She was quite a name in the immediate vicinity of her home and school (she is now in class X at Kalikata Balika Vidalaya).

Luck did play a small part too. Khaleque’s vegetable sales pitch brought him in contact with Satkari Paramanik, a senior gymnastics coach, and Paramanik helped Mamoni to the rings and the floor. She was doing pretty well there too, when she got the break into the aquatics world. She got Ashu Dutta as her coach, and the Bowbazar Bayam Samity as her club.

The rest is recent hisory.

“I feel bad that I have not been able to give her the food she needs for such tough practice sessions,” said Shukla Mondal. Tonight, the Mondals dined on rice and a simple vegetable preparation, cooked in the morning and had throughout the day. “Neither can I give her proper clothes to wear.”

Not that Mamoni is complaining. She looks comfortable in her old tracksuit bottom, frayed at the seams, while she shows off her huge collection of medals and certificates (“This is from the 1998 junior nationals, this from the year before, and these certificates I managed to laminate...”). Mother and daugher both agreed the three medals she won at this year’s nationals should be treasured separately (a gold, a silver and a bronze).

Mamoni accepts her poverty, but she is fighting, tooth and nail, and, perhaps when she looks at the poster on the wall, she knows what her aim should be. She thinks way bigger than her para people ever will.    

Calcutta, Nov. 9: 
Bengal drew their zonal under-14 three-day match with Sikkim today, reaching 97 for five at stumps in pursuit of a 173-run victory target.

Sikkim began the final day on 73 for three and were bowled out for 184. Sarnendu Pal and Abhishek Saha bagged three wickets each for the hosts.

Bengal lost some quick wickets and had to settle for a draw after losing some quick wickets.

While Bengal earned five five points, Sikkim got three.

Bengal’s next match is against Bihar, at the ECSDC ground from Tuesday.

Brief scores: Sikkim 212 and 174 (S. Pal 3/48, A. Saha 3/62). Bengal 224/9 dec. and 97/5.

AQUATICS: National meet: Final day events at Subhas Sarobar pool.    

Calcutta, Nov 9: 
Aloritz, the Razeen-Allesca three-year-old colt, carried his top-weight of 60-kg to a comfortable victory in the 1,200m Gavin Johnston Cup today. Cristopher Alford, who partnered the Vijay Singh-trainee, made sure that the margin of victory did not exceed three-parts of a length.

Earlier in the day the champion jockey nearly landed himself in a big trouble when he tried to play the same trick on a 2-10 hot-favourite Arezzo in the 1,200m Fizz Handicap. The effortless winner of the Colts Trial Stakes was somewhat lucky to have won by a whisker from Mr Bombshell, ridden by Kishor Kumar. Cristopher not only allowed the Bombshell a comfortable lead from the start he also had Arezzo well dropped out of contention in the sixth place till the home turn. Cristopher was let off with a fine of Rs 5,000 for riding an overconfident race and for the excessive use of the whip. Kishor, however, could have won the race had he not looked back on two occasions thus fumbling in the closing stages of the race when still leading by two lengths on the Daniel David-trainee.

If Kishor was lucky to escape stipes’ eyes, the stable- jockey B. Gurang was not. In the Ming Dynasty Cup, Gurang riding the Daniel-ward Stately Don literally dropped his hands when within half a length of the winner Annella — another of Vijay-Cristopher winner. Gurang was rightly suspended till January 1, 2001.

Trainer Javed Khan also pulled off a lucrative double through Double Dancer and No Regrets.


1. Fastnet Handicap 1,400m: (4-2-6-3) Soviet Port (Rabani) 1; Alborada (A. Imran) 2; Adeline (C. Alford) 3; Avionic (Amil) 4. Won by: 3/4; 2-1/2; SH; (1-31). Tote: Win Rs 13; Place: 12; 22; Quinella: 29; Tanala: 47. Fav: Soviet Port (4). Winner trained by Bharath S.

2. Fizz Handicap 1,200m: (4-6-3-8) Arezzo (C. Alford) 1; Mr. Bombshell (K. Kumar) 2; Constantine (Amjad) 3; Consul’s Secret (Khalander) 4. Won by: SH; 2-1/2; 2; (1-15.2). Tote: Win Rs 12; Place: 10; 51; 15; Quinella; 167; Tanala: 736. Fav: Arezzo (4). Winner trained by Vijay S.

3. Usher Handicap 1,200m: (2-1-5-4) Double Dancer (M. Reuben) 1; Atomist (C. Alford) 2; Arizona Star (Sher S.) 3; Magic Ring (Amjad) 4. Won by: 1-1/4; 3; 2-1/4; (1-17.2). Tote: Win Rs 59; Place: 21; 13; Quinella: 27; Tanala: 567. Fav: Atomist (1). Winner trained by Javed K.

4. Ming Dynasty Cup 1,100m: (4-1-6-2) Annella (C. Alford) 1; Stately Don (B. Gurang) 2; Staffordshire (Rabani) 3; Gambino (A. Imran) 4. Won by: 1/2; 1-1/4; SH; (1-8.4). Tote: Win Rs 21; Place: 13; 155; Quinella: 263; Tanala: 849. Fav: Annella (4). Winner trained by Vijay S.

5. Gavin Johnston Cup 1,200m: (1-6-2-7) Aloritz (C. Alford) 1; Best In Show (A. Imran) 2; Mameena (Connorton) 3; Amarante (A. P. Singh) 4. Won by: 3/4; 1-3/4; 1-3/4; (1-14.6). Tote: Win Rs 12; Place: 11; 16; 15; Quinella: 32; Tanala: 74. Fav: Aloritz (1). Winner trained by Vijay S.

6. Gabarnac Handicap 1,400m: (4-1-7-5) No Regrets (Gowli) 1; Lovely Prospect (A. Imran) 2; Splendid Star (Brij) 3; Queen’s Logic (C. Alford) 4. Won by: Nk; 4-1/2; 1-1/4; (1-27.2). Tote: Win Rs 24; Place: 12; 14; 61; Quinella: 39; Tanala: 812. Fav: No Regrets (4). Winner trained by Javed K.

Jackpot: Rs 229; (C) Rs 33.

Treble: (i) Rs 98; (ii) Rs 41.    

Calcutta, Nov. 9: 
Tsaynen Blue and The Stud were impressive during the work outs today.

Outer sand track

800m: 2yo track no. 56 (Connorton) and Hurricane Star (Rb) in 58s; (400m) 31s. Former better. Alkido (C. Alford) and Anntari (Rabani) in 57s; (400m) 29s. Former a length better. Tsaynen Blue (Upadhya) and The Stud (Connorton) in 56s; (400m) 27 2/5s. Former a length better. 2yo Nimble (C. Alford) and 2yo Victoria Rose (Rabani) in 57s; (400m) 30s. Former better.

600: 2yo track no. 54 (M. Reuben) and 2yo track no. 35 (Rabani) in 43s; (400m) 29s. Former better.

Sand track

1,000m: Sovereign Bullet (Rb) in 1-8 2/5s; (400m) 27 1/5s. Easy.

800m: Endless Surprise (Brij) in 52 2/5s; (400m) 25 2/5s. Moved well. Gul (Locke) in 53s; (400m) 26s. Easy.

On Wednesday, outer sand track

800m: Remember Me (Rb) and Raaz (M. Reuben) in 57s; (400m) 29s. Both level. Analyzer (Brij) in 53s; (400m) 26s. Moved well.

600m: Go India Go (Rb) in 40s; (400m) 26s.    


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