Marsh no ‘worry’ for Wright
Paes opens versus unknown Robredo
Bengal slump to 129-run defeat
Tricky draw for Norman at New Year ‘party’
Sourav presence charged me up, says Mohanty
Kaushik helps Shibpur win
New Year's Day Racing/ Artwork may down Anticipator
Mumbai Racing/ Yewall strikes

 
 
MARSH NO ‘WORRY’ FOR WRIGHT 
 
 
BY LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Calcutta, Dec. 31: 
Just days after taking charge as India coach, in mid-November, John Wright expressed a desire to watch “domestic matches”, an exercise which would expose him to players he probably otherwise wouldn’t see.

Today, speaking to The Telegraph from Christchurch, Wright declared that would perhaps be his first ‘assignment’ on returning to India “between January 10-12.”

Of course, that will be part of Wright’s “learning curve,” but it still is significant as none of his predecessors undertook something similar. And, it’s not that they were very familiar with the purely domestic-circuit cricketers.

Wright, though, will follow “protocol” and first speak to the Board mandarins and, then, liaise with the national selectors. “Only after that will my schedule be finalised,” he pointed out.

Incidentally, Wright has been keeping track of Ranji Trophy performances through the Internet.

Watching Ranji games apart, Wright will also begin fine-tuning strategy for the up-coming series (three Tests, five ODIs) against Australia.

“They are the No. 1 team, but one way of looking at the series is that it will be the best opportunity for those wanting to either get a toe-hold in the Big League or those wishing to cement their place,” Wright remarked.

A pre-series conditioning camp has already been talked about, but Wright would like “minimum disruption” of domestic cricket.

“There’s no substitute to playing out in the middle — that’s the advice I’ll give should my opinion be sought... I suppose (captain) Sourav Ganguly will be consulted before the Board finalises the duration and the number of players for the camp,” Wright stated.

But, honestly, will he himself be comfortable if the Board’s newly-appointed consultant, Geoff Marsh, is also around (contrary to a wire agency report, his presence isn’t certain) at the camp?

Wright responded diplomatically: “I’ll be comfortable either way... I’ve always maintained no one coach can possibly have all the answers. So, it will be fine with me if Geoff is around. Equally, it will be fine if he isn’t...”

As Wright is still settling down, the Board would actually do well to only invite Marsh for strategy-specific sessions.

For his part, Wright added: “Irrespective of who is there or who isn’t, the camp’s goal won’t change: To discipline the bowling and fielding. I wouldn’t like the lines to be muffed.”

Wright, who has been home for less than a fortnight (after a double-win over Zimbabwe in his maiden India assignment), said he was “happy” with even this short break as “2001 is a big year” for Indian cricket.

Zimbabwe may have been a cakewalk, but Wright is all too aware the bigger challenge lies ahead.

   

 
 
PAES OPENS VERSUS UNKNOWN ROBREDO 
 
 
FROM AMITAVA DAS GUPTA
 
Chennai, Dec. 31: 
Leander Paes’ Singles Odyssey 2001 begins with a match-up against a perfectly unknown commodity. The Indian No. 1, who has vowed to give it one more serious shot at singles, drew Tommy Robredo in the first round of the ATP Gold Flake Open beginning at the Nungambakkam Stadium here tomorrow.

“I know he’s Spanish but haven’t heard his name before,” Paes quipped after a workout this evening. “I watched him practice, looks to be a typical baseliner.”

But for his nationality, all that is known of Robredo is his age (18 years and eight months) and his win-loss record in Challengers for the year ending today (23-10). Having won more than double the number of matches he lost, the teenager obviously has something in him to suggest a decent future. He got into the main draw directly, thanks to his 131st rank in the Entry System Position.

Paes doesn’t start tomorrow, but the two other Indians in the main draw (wild card entrants Mahesh Bhupathi and Syed Fazaluddin) do begin their campaign on New Year’s Day. While Fazaluddin kicks off the Centre Court programme against Romanian Adrian Voinea, Bhupathi will be third on court for his duel with Russian Andrei Stoliarov.

The 26-year-old Voinea is a solid all-court player with a top-100 ranking in five of the last six years. He won his only ATP title last year (Bournemouth) and was a finalist once before (Palermo, 1996). The Romanian didn’t have a particularly distinguished year this time round, winning just nine of his 29 singles matches, but he should be quite a handful for Fazal.

Bhupathi’s opponent is lesser pedigreed, the 23-year-old Russian having an 8-12 career win-loss mark in singles. The Indian should be going into the match with an even chance, but the fact that he hardly played singles in 2000 will be a hindrance.

Shifting focus to Indian territory, the doubles, the Indian Express are back after a break in 2000 forced by Bhupathi’s shoulder surgery.

Three-time champions Paes and Bhupathi, seeded No. 2 behind Zimbabwe’s Black brothers Byron and Wayne, have a potentially tough first round. They take on Swedes Johann Landsberg — a big performer at the Bangalore World Doubles Championship recently with Simon Aspelin — and Andreas Vinciguerra.

There are two more Indian pairs in the draw of 16 — wild card entrants Saurav Panja-Prahlad Srinath and Uppal-Mustafa Ghouse. Panja and Srinath made the final in the last edition of this meet as wild cards before losing to Julien Boutter and Christophe Rochus.

   

 
 
BENGAL SLUMP TO 129-RUN DEFEAT 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Dec. 31: 
ORISSA 256, 249
BENGAL 117, 259

It was Shiv Sundar Das’ gift to Orissa cricket in the New Year. It was also an occasion for Debashish Mohanty to serve notice to the national selectors ahead of the Australians’ India tour.

The former India medium-pacer’s match-haul of 11 for 93 helped the visitors record a 129-run win, their maiden triumph over Bengal, at Eden Gardens today. It not only sounded their arrival as a force to reckon with on the domestic circuit, but also showed up the change in attitude the Mohantys and the Das’ have brought to the side.

Sadly, for Bengal, their appears to be no quick-fix to success. The fact that the India captain is a member of the side has failed to inspire the boys. The dressing room needs a fresh dose of vitality since confidence is at its lowest ebb.

After three matches in the zone, Orissa are at the top with 21 points. Assam have 19, Bengal 13 and Bihar 8. Unless Bengal lose outright to Bihar in their last game, they will qualify for the knockout phase as the third team from the zone. But that will hardly serve as a booster.

Devang Gandhi, who recorded a King’s pair in the match, had very little excuse to offer. “We’ve to raise the standard of our game. Our grooming is not good and as a result the maturity comes late,” he said philosophically.

The Bengal skipper also felt that the youngsters are not going through the grinding phase that is essential for success. “The Bengal cap is coming too easy for most of the guys. The performance automatically suffers,” he explained.

The Orissa skipper described the achievement as a “great team effort”. “It’s a big step for us since we’ve broken the mental shackles versus Bengal,” Das felt.

However, a bulk of the credit should go to Mohanty. He has always been at his devastating best against Bengal. Right from his debut match here in 1996, when he took nine wickets, he has given this game his best shot.

He returned figures of five for 45 in the second innings. The early damage was enough to dent the batsmen’s confidence. The 99-run stand for the ninth wicket only reduced the margin of defeat.

Sourashish Lahiri and Sourav Ganguly started in fine nick showing no signs of discomfort against the moving ball in the first hour. In the guidance of Sourav, the off-spinner was striking the ball neatly and was in no mood to surrender.

The slide started once Sourashish failed to keep his bat away from the outswinger. Devang left next ball. Mohanty pitched on the off stump and swung late and a tentative Devang had no other option but to play. Srikant Kalyani averted the hattrick.

Sourav (39 off 72 balls, 7x4) was next in line. He, too, snicked behind a Mohanty delivery. It signalled the end of whatever hopes the hosts had harboured.

Mohanty, who had an unchanged spell of 11.3 overs in the morning, bowled with passion and determination. He was moving the ball both ways, prying on the batsman’s weakness.

Deep Dasgupta (39) and Utpal Chatterjee (53 not out) only delayed the inevitable till the stroke of tea during their ninth wicket association. Deep, though, was the victim of a dubious decision, the ball never making any contact with the bat or gloves. The sound of the bat hitting the ground must have foxed the umpire.

   

 
 
TRICKY DRAW FOR NORMAN AT NEW YEAR ‘PARTY’ 
 
 
FROM AMITAVA DAS GUPTA
 
Chennai, Dec. 31: 
It’s that time of the year. The old is about to ring in the new, joy and merriment are set to conquer all sorrow, partywear has replaced the casuals and formals.

It’s also the time when sportspersons, after a gruelling year, take stock and plan for the season about to unfold. No such luxuries for tennis professionals, though. Christmas is over, so are the holidays. January 1 happens to be a Monday, so the boys better get back to office.

Rather than partying till the wee hours at a New Year’s Eve gala, Norman & Co. spent the day gearing up for the ATP Gold Flake Open at the Nungambakkam Stadium. Slotted right at the start of the year, the $400,000 event will launch the ATP Champion’s Race for the year 2001 along with tournaments in Adelaide and Doha.

The USP of the Gold Flake Open’s four previous editions had been the presence of at least one reigning Grand Slam champion. The fifth year of this immensely popular — and successful — meet will be sans such glamour but by no means is the field an impoverished one. The field of 32 has five men who finished in the top-50 in 2000 and eight in the top-100.

Leading the pack is the world No. 4 from Sweden, Magnus Norman. The 24-year-old from Filipstad who has made Monte Carlo his second home, had played once before in this meet (1997). But that was when he was a different entity altogether. He had just cracked the top-100 but didn’t show any signs of the exploits to follow.

Norman, circa 2000, is red-hot property in men’s tennis. Five titles each in the last two years have made him one of the most feared players on the circuit. Runner-up to Gustavo Kuerten at the French Open, Norman is only one of two players (with Lleyton Hewitt) to have featured in the top-10 of the ATP Champion’s Race every week in 2000.

Having won as many as 67 matches last season, Norman went winless in the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup in Lisbon. Kicking off the new year on a high will surely be on his mind when he takes the court later this week.

The Swede, though, has a tricky draw. He plays American wild card Taylor Dent in the first round and could meet defending champion Jerome Golmard in the quarters and third seed Cedric Pioline in the semis. Dent, a 19-year-old Californian, turned pro only recently but is rated highly by none other than Andre Agassi.

Seeded No. 2 is an Argentine who is a newcomer to this part of the world. Left-handed Franco Squillari may not ring many a bell among Indian fans, but fact is this 25-year-old six-footer from Buenos Aires packs quite a punch in his tennis. Ranked No. 14, Squillari won two tournaments in 2000 (Munich and Stuttgart outdoor) besides being a semi-finalist at the French Open where he lost to Norman.

Squillari is in the easier half of the draw, but his skills on the fast Plexi-Pave hardcourt surface will be tested to the hilt here. All his three career titles have been on clay which is easily his best surface. The Argentine opens against talented young Russian Mikhail Youzhny, and his likely opponents in the last-eight and last-four are sixth seed Andreas Vinciguerra and No. 4 Byron Black.

The man who should be posing the most serious challenge for Norman is a Frenchman who answers to the name of Cedric Pioline. Past his 31st birthday, the graceful strokemaker with two titles under his belt in 2000 takes on Spaniard Galo Blanco first and could run into eighth seed Jiri Vanek in the quarters.

Having lost a cracking semi-final to upstart German Markus Hantschk in the 2000 meet, Pioline would be eager to go the full distance this time around. At a time when the young guns are threatening to take over men’s tennis, Pioline is a refreshing old face in the sea of 20-year-olds.

Byron Black is another from the veterans’ brigade. The Zimbabwean has been a winner here before (1999), but the 30-year-old will need to do something special to repeat his triumph in a strong field. Ditto for Jerome Golmard. The defending champion, placed in the tougher upper half, will be hard-pressed to retain his crown.

The dangerous floaters are there at all tournaments, every week. It’s no different here this time what with Vinciguerra, Dent, Youzhny and Blanco around to test the best.

FIRST-ROUND PAIRINGS

Magnus Norman (1) vs Taylor Dent (wild card); Wayne Black vs Kristian Pless (qualifier); Syed Fazaluddin (wild card) vs Adrian Voinea; George Bastl vs Jerome Golmard (5); Cedric Pioline (5) vs Galo Blanco; Tomas Zib vs Ronald Agenor; Fernando Gonzalez vs Michal Tabara; Edwin Kempes vs Jiri Vanek (8); Markus Hantschk (7) vs David Sanchez; Leander Paes vs Tommy Robredo; Emilio Alvarez vs Nikolay Davydenko (qualifier); Lionel Roux (qualifier) vs Byron Black (4); Andreas Vinciguerra (6) vs Michel Kratochvil; Mahesh Bhupathi (wild card) vs Andrei Stoliarov; Peter Wessels vs Cyril Saulnier (qualifier); Mikhail Youzhny vs Franco Squillari (2).

   

 
 
SOURAV PRESENCE CHARGED ME UP, SAYS MOHANTY 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Dec. 31: 
Shiv Sundar Das termed it as “the best spell” he has seen in first class cricket and Devang Gandhi attributed the meek surrender to Debashish Mohanty’s fire.

The medium-pacer, who had a match-haul of 11 for 93, felt it was the presence of Sourav Ganguly at the other end that “charged” him up in this Ranji Trophy encounter.

He, however, did not bowl to a definite plan. “I wasn’t bowling too quick on this slow wicket. I bowled within my limitations and concentrated on the line and length. As the batsmen made mistakes my task became easier.

“You cannot bowl any bad ball when you’re bowling to the Souravs and the Sachins. So it was just sticking to the basics and giving the batsmen very little width,” Mohanty remarked.

He wouldn’t like to term it as his best, but reckoned it as one of his “most memorable” achievements.

Mohanty felt that the ball with which he dismissed Wrichik Mazumder yesterday was “the most satisfying”. “It squared him up as he was beaten neck and crop.”

Wrichik dropped

Wrichik Mazumder, Amitava Banerjee and Subhomoy Das have been dropped from the Bengal squad for the Ranji tie versus Bihar from Wednesday. Shiv Sagar Singh, Nikhil Haldipur and Laxmi Ratan Shukla have been included in their place.

Sourav Ganguly confirmed today he will be unavailable for the match though the 14-man squad includes his name.

Subhomoy Das and Arindam Das were not included since they will attend the Rest of India under-19 camp.

THE SQUAD: Devang Gandhi, Nikhil Haldipur, Alokendu Lahiri, Srikant Kalyani, Rohan Gavaskar, Deep Dasgupta, Utpal Chatterjee, Sourashish Lahiri, Shiv Shankar Pal, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Sanjib Sanyal, Shiv Sagar Singh, Arijit Bose.

   

 
 
KAUSHIK HELPS SHIBPUR WIN 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Dec. 31: 
Kaushik Bhattacharjee’s seven-wicket haul helped Shibpur Institute beat Mohunlal by 205 runs in the CAB senior division league today.

SUMMARISED SCORES

Mohun Bagan 412/3 decl. Ballygunge United Club 194 (Abdul Moonayem 6/95, Vishal Yadav 3/50). Mohun Bagan won by 215 runs.

Ananda Bazar Patrika 184. Mohammedan Sporting 185/5 (Prashant Khare 44, Rakesh Joshi 44; Rakesh Kumar 3/69). Md. Sp. won by 5 wkts.

BNR 341/5. George Telegraph 148 (Sk. Sohail 40; Uttam Jash 4/32). BNR won by 193 runs.

Suburban 190. Shyambazar 172 (Pratim Bose 41; Prodipta Neogi 3/49, Sourav Seal 3/42, Arup Tripathi 3/38). Suburban won by 18 runs.

CPT 286. Wari 287/2 (Arindam Das 122 n.o., Minaksha Mondal 75 n.o., Amit Sharma 56). Wari won by 8 wkts.

Barisha Sporting 195. Belgachia United 196/8 (Biplab Singh 94 n.o.; Santosh Bisoyi 4/67). Belgachia won by 2 wkts.

Shibpur Institute 400/8 decl. Mohunlal Club 195 (Mainak Dutta 46; Kaushik Bhattacharjee 7/74). Shibpur won by 205 runs.

Kumartuli 332/9 (Ayon Nandi 113, Avishek Ghosh 90; Ramkripal Shaw 4/72, Kalyan Guha 4/98). Calcutta Rangers 232/6 (Parikshit Nanda 109). Match drawn.

Tapan Memorial 327 (Debopam Sarkar 89, Tuhin Guha 68, Rajib Dutta 57, Avijit Sengupta 38; Sanjoy Das 4/105). Manoharpukur Milan Samity 208 (Arup Bhattacharjee 4/46, Sagarmoy Sen Sharma 3/31). Tapan Memorial won by 119 runs.

   

 
 
NEW YEAR'S DAY RACING/ ARTWORK MAY DOWN ANTICIPATOR 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta, Dec. 31: 
The mood seems to be upbeat at the Royal Calcutta Turf Club (RCTC) race ground. The spruced up historical structure, the decorated food stalls and colourful banners of sponsors give a festive look to the whole atmosphere. The annual bonanza of the Eveready Industries — with The Telegraph, Britannia Industries and India Automobile as co-sponsors — is set to kick off tomorrow, the New Year’s Day.

All eyes, however, will be on Anticipator and Artwork — the two horses donning Deepak Khaitans’ silks, vying for honour in the 1,600m Eveready Calcutta Gold Cup, the star attraction in an all-trophy eight-event-card.

Anticipator is aspiring to make it two-in-a-row in the Gold Cup. Artwork, on the other hand, has an unbeaten record, including her victory in the 1,000 Guineas (1999) on the city track. The Razeen-Regal Grace is burning the track and she is expected to beat her better fancied owner-mate.

The Telegraph Cup may also see a lesser fancied Khaitan-runner, Serenader, accounting for Alsheim and Best in Show. The Vijay Singh-trainee is working superbly.

Read as: Horse number, last four runs, horse name, trainer, jockey, weight & draw:

1st Race at 12.05 p.m.
Indian Automobiles Opel Trophy 1,600m (Cl IV; Cl V—Rated 00-50) I

1 - - 00 Bold Apparel [Daniel] G. Upadgya 60.5 5

2 - - - 1 Cool Quest [D. Byramji] C. Ruzaan 57.5 4
3 - 410 Alkido [Bath] C. Rajendra 56.5 1
4 - - - 0 Pneumatic Power [Daniel] Brij S. 55.0 7
5 3201 Royal Ruler [R. Alford] P. Alford 54.5 6
6 - - - 4 Actress [Vijay] C. Alford 54.5 8
7 - 000 Scavenger’s Son [Daniel] R. Gowli 52.5 2
8 1420 Airs Image [Daniel] A. Imran K. 50.0 3
1. Actress (6) 2. Alkido (3) 3. Scavenger’s Son (7)
Actress: Ignore her five-month lay off and her recent failures over sprints. On paper, as good as Aloritz. May produce her last winter’s form and win. Alkido: Returns to the mile trip after his failure over 2,000m. Scavenger’s Son: Looking fit, may place.

2nd Race at 12.40 p.m.

The Telegraph Trophy 1,200m (Cl II — Rt. 66-94) — Indian jockeys only

1 0204 No Surrender [Javed] Md Islam 60.5 9

2 - 400 Prince Obolensky [Stephens] R. Yadav 59.0 1
3 0000 Quickdraw McGraw [Karki] M. Reuben 54.5 2
4 - 400 Addab [Mujeeb] Sher S. 54.0 4
5 - 424 Best In Show [Daniel] A. Imran K. 52.5 3
6 2123 Mameena [Stephens] K. P. Appu 52.5 7
7 - 100 Princelene [Asfand] S. Rajesh 48.0 5
8 - - 20 Serenader [Vijay] Ad Amil 48.0 8
9 1110 Alsheim [Vijay] C. Rajendra 47.0 6
1. Serenader (8) 2. Best In Show (5) 3. Alsheim (9)
Serenader: Matching strides with Alyssum, a Class I horse. Ready to take the best in the field. Best In Show: Merits regard on his good second to Aloritz over a sprint. Alsheim: A sprinter used as a pace-maker in Aloritz’s Guineas. May go close.

3rd Race at 1.10 p.m.

Tez Tea Calcutta Sprinters’ Trophy1,200m (Terms,4-y-o only)Indianjockeys only

1 4114 Almond Rock [Daniel] A. Imran K. 56.0 1

2 2112 Annella [Vijay] Aslam Kader 54.5 2
3 1212 Aracruz [Bath] C. Alford 54.5 4
4 - - 11 Soviet Song [D. Byramji] C. Ruzaan 54.5 3
1. Soviet Song (4) 2. Annella (2) 3. Almond Rock (1)
Soviet Song: Was brilliant in her recent mock-race. Annella: Ignore her defeat at the hands of Satately Don who struck again. Almond Rock: May place.

4th Race at 1.50 p.m.

Britannia Cup 1,400m (Cl V—Rt. 00-28) — Indian jockeys only

1 0333 Heaven’s Blessing [Bath] A. P. Singh 61.0 2

2 0040 Global Harmony [Mujeeb] C. Ruzaan 61.0 1
3 4330 Flinders [Asfand] R. Gowli 60.5 9
4 0003 American [Karki] Rutherford A. 60.0 7
5 0231 Ballard Lady [Daniel] A. Imran K. 58.5 3
6 - - - 2 Master Bold [Vijay] C. Alford 57.5 8
7 0000 Go With The Wind [R. Alford] K. B. Gurang 56.0 5
8 - - 04 Breezealla [Jaiswal] Som S. 55.0 4
9 - 000 Double Cross [Mujeeb] Haroon K. 54.5 11
10 0000 Nearco Prince [Bath] Md Islam 53.5 6
11 ---- Madame X [Rodrigues] G. Upadhya 52.0 10
12 - - 40 Fencai [Javed] M. Reuben 48.0 12
1. Master Bold (6) 2. Ballard Lady (5) 3. Global Harmony (2)
Master Bold:Placed second in his debut-run when quietly fancied. May find the winning bracket now. Ballard Lady:Improving with each run. May go close to the winner. Global Harmony: has come down to a striking Mark. Flinders: May place.

5th Race at 2.25 p.m.

Nepal Gold Cup 2,200m (Cl I; Cl II —Rt. 66-94)

1 - 031 Illustrious Geign [Daniel] A. Imran K. 61.0 5

2 - 110 Arendal [Vijay] C. Alford 59.5 7
3 - - 02 Allosaki [Vijay] Md Amil 55.5 2
4 3303 Tanganyika [Karki] M. Reuben 53.5 1
5 1421 Jeweller [Vijay] Aslam Kader 53.5 6
6 - 004 Colonial [Asfand] S. Rajesh 48.0 4
7 - 122 Surfside [D. Byramji] C. Ruzaan 47.0 3
1. Jeweller (5) 2. Arendal (2) 3. Colonial (6)
Jeweller: Comes well in at the weight and working impressively too. The 15-week lay-off may not work to his disadvantage. Arendal: Will be there to grab the chance if Jeweller fails. Colonial: Went easy in his last start. May do better.

6th Race at 3.00 p.m.

Eveready Calcutta Gold Cup 1,600m (Terms, 4-y-o & over)

1 - - - 1 Alternator [Bath] Aslam Kader 62.5 2

2 - - - 4 Artwork [D. Byramji] S. Rajesh 59.0 6
3 - 111 Fame Star [Vijay] C. Rajendra 52.5 3
4 1123 Alyssum [Vijay] C. Alford 51.0 5
5 ---- Bank Balance [Abbas] R. Gowli 51.0 1
6 - 402 Bountiful Gesture [Darashah] K. P. Appu 46.0 4
1. Artwork (2) 2. Alternator (1) 3. Fame Star (3)
Artwork: A winner of two ‘Guineas’ last year. Relishes the city-track and her morning work outs are brilliant. Alternator:Winner of the trophy last year and aspiring score a double. May go close. Fame Star: A five-in-a-row winner. May upset.

7th Race at 3.35 p.m.

George Williamson Indian Produce Stakes 1,200m (Terms, 3-y-o only)

1 - - 13 Angeles [Vijay] C. Rajendra 56.0 8

2 - - - 2 Alcalde [Bath] K. P. Appu 52.0 6
3 ---- Ansbach [Mujeeb ] Aslam Kader 52.0 2
4 - - - 0 Rescue Act [Bath] S. Rabani 52.0 1
5 - - - 0 The Archer [Stephens] N. Connorton 52.0 3
6 ---- Alegria [Vijay] C. Alford 50.5 7
7 - - - 0 South Cove [D. Byramji] C. Ruzaan 50.5 5
8 - - - 4 Think Of Us [D. Byramji] S. Rajesh 50.5 4
1. Ansbach (3) 2. Alcalde (2) 3. South Cove (7)
Ansbach: Went well in the Soviet Song’s mock-race. May make a winning debut. Alcalde: Went down fighting to Astride in his maiden start. May go close again. South Cove: Looks improved since last run. May do better. The Archer: May place.

8th Race at 4.10 p.m.

Eveready Heavy Duty Cup 1,100m (Cl III—Rt. 44-72) — Indian jockeys only

1 ---- Crimson King [Daniel] G. Upadhya 60.0 6

2 4000 Raaz [Javed] S. Salam 59.0 12
3 - - - 2 Starina [R. Alford] Rutherford A. 57.5 14
4 - 213 Mr. Bombshell [Daniel] Som S. 57.5 15
5 2021 Ballet Master [Daniel] R. Gowli 57.0 9
6 - - - 4 Abolisher [Bath] K. P. Appu 57.0 1
7 - - - 0 Just Kidding [R. Alford] R. Yadav 56.5 3
8 - 334 Sovereign Bullet [Daniel] S. Tamang 55.5 13
9 2033 Staffordshire [Javed] M. Reuben 55.5 11
10 3000 Cavala [Asfand] C. Ruzaan 55.0 10
11 3213 Arctic Fancy [Daniel] A. Imran K. 55.0 4
12 - -11 Annalee [Vijay] C. Alford 54.0 8
13 ---- Nash Tiger [Daniel] Saran S. 53.5 7
14 0040 Remember The Day [R. Alford] Salim K. 53.0 2
15 3320 Constantine [Karki] P. Kujur 51.5 5
1. Arctic Fancy (11) 2. Annalee (12) 3. Starina (3)
Annalee: Unbeaten on the local track. Although a temperamental filly, yet she may win if she gets into her starting gate. Arctic Fancy: Ran an eye-catching third, May upset. Starina: A speedy customer. Keep an eye. Abolisher: May place.

Day’s Best: Soviet Song

Double: Actress & Master Bold
   

 
 
MUMBAI RACING/ YEWALL STRIKES 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
Mumbai, Dec. 31: 
C. Rajendra guided the S. Sunderji-trained Yewall to victory, in the P. D. Bolton Trophy in Mumbai on Sunday. The chief event, the MaharajaSir Harinsinghji Trophy was postponed due to overnight heavy rain.

RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends)

1. Girl From Ipanema Plate 1,100m: (1-2-8) Super Cop (Aaron) 1; Star Trader 2; Dhama Dham 3. Not run: 4 & 9. Won by: 4-3/4; 1-1/2; (1-8.5). Tote: Win Rs 34; Place: 15; 19; 18; Quinella: 97; Tanala; 528. Fav: Super Cop (1).

2. N. M. Irani Trophy 1,400m: (5-6-4) Chili Lady (Shroff) 1; Sunstreak 2; Bongoni 3. Won by: 5; Dist; (1-27.9). Tote: Win Rs 26; Place: 15; 17; Quinella: 44; Tanala: 413. Fav: Taipan (2).

3. H. R. Shantidas Trophy 1,800m: (6-7-2) Sunny Sez (Ruzaan) 1; Prince Of Fashion 2; Noble One 3. Not run: Horse nos. 3 & 5. Won by: 2-3/4; 5-1/2; (1-54.6 – record). Tote: Win Rs 49; Place: 28; 19; 148; Quinella: 148; Tanala: 1,247. Fav: Reflecting (8).

4. Gulamhusein Essaji Trophy 1,600m: (5-2-4) Communicator (McCullagh) 1; Amber Brown 2; Shooting Mercury 3. Not run: Horse nos.6 & 8. Tote: Win Rs 37; Place: 15; 19; 23; Quinella: 99; Tanala: 661. Fav: Bonjour Tristesse (3).

5. P. D. Bolton Trophy 1,000m: (13-9-7) Yewall (Rajendra) 1; Razalin 2; Merry Lea 3. Not run: Horse nos. 10 & 12. Won by: 3/4; Hd; (1-0.1). Tote: Win Rs 42; Place: 18; 14; 29; Quinella: 36; Tanala: 388. Fav: Razalin (9).

6. Maharaja Sir Harisinghji Trophy was postponed owing to overnight heavy rains in the city.

7. Beat The Clock Plate 1,400m: (9-1-10) Salsa Dancer (Bhati) 1; Proper Pride 2; Sunchyme 3. Not run: Horse nos. 3, 5, 8, 11 & 12. Won by: 5-1/2; 1-3/4; (1-29.7). Tote: Win Rs 40; Place: 14; 22; 14; Quinella: 106; Tanala: 1,221. Fav: Witchcraft (7).

8. Track Star Plate 1,400m: (8-9-1) Sea Minstrael (Kader) 1; Zeta Jones 2; Among Men 3. Not run: Horse nos. 2, 3, 4, 7 & 12. Won by: 2-1/4; 1; (1-26.8). Tote: Win Rs 46; Place: 17; 10; 18; Quinella: 54; Tanala: 204. Fav: Zeta Jones (9).

Jackpot: Rs 14,416; (C) Rs 1,354.

Treble: (i) Rs 541; (ii) Rs 502.
   
 

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