Final norm for Prakash
Prakash: I kept my nerves
Tollygunge’s job cut out
BHA League, group A from February 22
IFA plans Rs 8 lakh donation for Gujarat
CAB summons Anup Das
Calcutta Racing/ ‘Pursuit’ may take all by surprise
Calcutta Racing/ Five for Saturday’s Queen’s Cup
Mumbai Racing/ Special Recruit looks best
Elegance Trophy/ ‘Sunshine’ wins

 
 
FINAL NORM FOR PRAKASH 
 
 
BY BIPIN SHENOY
 
Calcutta, Feb. 14: 
Chennai’s G.B. Prakash collected his third and final GM norm on an eventful day in the Goodricke International Open chess tournament. Local boy Sandipan Chanda and Iranian Ehsan Ghaem Maghami earned their second GM norms, while Rajasthan’s Nasir Wajih and Filippino Datu Idelfanso confirmed IM norms.

Meanwhile, top seed Andrei Kharlov of Russia outwitted sole leader Joseph Gallagher to set the stage for an exciting finish. With two more rounds to go, five players — Chanda, Kharlov, Gallagher, Maxim Sorokin and Maghami — share the lead with 6.5 points each.

IM Prakash, who has a current Elo rating of 2453, now needs to increase his rating to 2500 to get the coveted GM title. Once he gets there, Prakash will become Indi’s sixth Grandmaster after Viswanathan Anand, Dibyendu Barua, Praveen Thipsay, Abhijit Kunte and Krishnan Sasikiran.

Prakash was well prepared in his game against Dmitri Komarov of Ukraine. In a Queen’s Indian defence Prakash won a pawn in the middle-game but had to overcome some technical difficulties to convert his material advantage into a win.

He exchanged queens and went into a rook ending where his passed ‘a’ pawn proved decisive. The Goodricke Open has proved to be a happy hunting ground for Prakash, who made all his IM norms as well as two GM norms at the Gorky Sadan.

All eyes today were on IM Chanda of Goodricke National Chess Academy, who confirmed a nine-game GM norm with a seven-move draw against GM Evgeny Vladimirov of Kazakhstan. In a Guico Piano Opening, Sandipan’s draw offer was quickly accepted by Vladimirov.

Sandipan already has a 10-game norm from last year’s Goodricke Open.

IM Maghami cofirmed a GM norm with an upset win over GM Buenavent Villamayor of The Philippines. This was Maghami’s second norm so far — he already has a nine-game GM norm which he earned in Iran last year.

“I opted for the advanced variation of French defence against Villamayor as it is the current craze after the Anand–Shirov (world championship) match. I think my move c4 in the middle game opened up the position with c4 which gave him me an active position. Villamayor was already in time pressure and did not find the right continuation,” Maghami said later.

Wajih holds Barua

Railways’ Nassir Wajih, who was already assured of an IM norm, held GM Barua in the classical variation of the Siclian Dragon. Barua, who had an advantage from the opening, failed to make good use of his space advantage and allowed Wajih to draw. “Wajih played well today, especially his move Qf5 was good after which I was hard put to find a win,” explained Barua. Idelfanso was the fifth player to earn a norm today. The Filipino, who already has an IM norm, outplayed IM Alexie Khamatgaleev to confirm a nine-game IM norm.

Pentyala Harikrishna squandered his GM norm chances to lose to GM Maxim Sorokin of Argentina in a Nimzo Indian defence.

Koneru Humpy, who needed only a draw to earn her second WGM norm, went down to IM Amon Simutowe of Zambia today. She now needs to win her next game to confirm a 10-game norm.

TOP BOARD RESULTS

Kharlov (6.5) bt Gallagher (6.5); Chanda (6.5) drew with Vladimirov (6); Maghami (6.5) beat Villamayor (5.5); Reinderman (6) drew with Rahman (6); Barua (6) drew with Wajih (6); Harikrishna (5) lost to Sorokin (6.5); R.B. Ramesh (6) bt Abhijit Kunte (5); Prakash (6) bt Komarov (5); Normunds Miezes (4.5) lost to Nelson Mariano (5.5); Chito Garma (5.5) bt Igor Rausis (4.5).

BENGAL PLAYERS

Surya Sekhar Ganguly (4.5) bt Dinesh Kumar Sharma (3.5); Shanker Roy (4.5) bt J. Ryjanova Galianina (3.5); Neelotpal Das (4) beat S. Meenakshi (3); Vishal Sareen (4) bt Saheli Dhar Barua (3); Christian Brauer (3) lost to Arghyadip Das (3.5); Oleg Boricsev (3) bt Saptarshi Roy (2); Pankaj Joshi 2.5 bt Saheli Nath (1.5).    

 
 
PRAKASH: I KEPT MY NERVES 
 
 
BY A CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Feb. 14: 
His seventh-round loss to GM Andrei Kharlov failed to throw G.B. Prakash off track. On the contrary, it helped the 28-year-old Indian IM pursue his goal with a bigger resolve.

As he continued with his inspired and audacious game, the rivals ran for cover. Two wins in the next two rounds fetched Prakash his third GM norm at the Goodricke International Open meet today.

“I didn’t lose confidence and kept my nerves after my loss to Kharlov. Though the pressure was on me to win round eight and nine, I played naturally and was not overawed by the occasion,” Prakash told The Telegraph after beating Dmitri Komarov today.

Though Prakash has completed his three GM norms, he still needs to cross the magic Elo figure of 2500 to get the Grandmaster title.

A quiet, shy person by nature, Prakash jumped into the big league after bagging his first GM norm in the Goodricke Open last year. And there has been no looking back for the talented player, who is an assistant manager at Indian Bank. His second GM norm came at the Pentamedia meet in Chennai.

Prakash had to wait nearly six years for his IM title. But his GM norms have come in a span of 12 months. “The Goodricke Open has proved to be a lucky tournament for me. I wish this tournament goes on forever,” Prakash said.

“The pressure is off, I can concentrate on increasing my Elo rating now. My rating will already go up in this meet andwith two more rounds to go, I hope to increase it further,” said Prakash.

On future plans, Prakash said he had received an invitation to play in a closed GM tournament from February 20. It should give me a good opportunity to touch the 2500 rating. Then I have the National A which is in March.”

Sandipan ends wait

A Staff Reporter adds: Sandipan Chanda finally ended the one-year wait for his second GM norm. After collecting his maiden norm at the same tournament here last year, it was a disappointing year for him as he failed to perform to potential.

“Here I was taking one game at a time, trying to do my best, and never quite thought of the norm,” said the 17-year-old.

His opening was found porous by some GMs here last year and Chanda said he is working on it apart from trying to sharpen his end-game. He did get to play enough tournaments last year where he could have got another norm but success eluded him. After finishing tenth in the National A meet, he did even miserably in the National B, coming 13th.

“I also have to calculate faster,” he opined but didn’t agree that the need to do so becomes all the more important under the new time-control which gives players less time.

   

 
 
TOLLYGUNGE’S JOB CUT OUT 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 14: 
Tollygunge Agragami, hovering near the bottom of the table, will be up against the surprise pack of the fifth National Football League, Vasco of Goa, in a seventh-round match tomorrow.

Tollygunge, who had just one point after the first three matches, have redeemed themselves somewhat with four points from the next three (a defeat, win and draw each). But more than numbers, what they should draw confidence from is the fact that all those points came from away games, including their sole win over ITI in Bangalore.

Vasco, newcomers to the elite division of Indian football, have stitched together a number of impressive shows — wins over Air India, FC Kochin and Mahindra United. They are yet to lose any match and have three draws, against Churchill Brothers, JCT and SBT, to their credit. Their tally of 12 points is close to the top. Even then, Tollygunge can fancy their chances as this will be Vasco’s first match outside Goa.

However, Tollygunge have some problems in fielding their best possible XI, with goalkeeper Prasanta Dora and attacking medio Bhabani Mohanty away on office assignments. Midfield spoiler Sandip Das is ill and side-back Napoleon Singh injured.

They are expected to field former international Hemanta Dora under the bar and use Ranjan Chowdhury and Temjen Kaibang to plug the gaps in midfield.

Coach Amal Dutta, who seldom speaks before matches these days, indicated that guarding his own fort will be his first priority. Lack of attacking resources, he thinks, reduces his chances of going all out.

In attack, he will again depend on the Nigerian duo of Emeka Achilefu and Abdulateef Seriki. The other Nigerians at his disposal are Abayomi Felix and Abdul Saliu.

Vasco’s ‘foreign policy’, incidentally, have paid rich dividends so far. Uzbek attacking medio Kasimov Awabek has already got three goals and he returns after missing out the last match against Air India.

According to coach Derek Pereira, the former Salgaocar stalwart, Brazilian goalkeeper Rogerio Ramos is his team’s real strength. They have two more from Brazil. The one called Ronaldo da Silva, however, is a defender who can play in midfield. Striker Edson Wanderley is the other one. Pereira said his team is very confident after a sound start and will go for a win tomorrow. “Even a draw won’t be bad, considering this is an away match,” he said.

His team is young, the average age being 23-24, and high on confidence. Dutta’s tactical wisdom, however, is something they have not really come across. From this point of view, the match promises to be interesting.

JCT aim for first win

JCT will look for their first win when they meet FC Kochin in their seventh match of the League tomorrow, reports PTI from Kochi. JCT, one of the few teams without foreign players, have three points from six matches while the hosts have 12 from as many matches.

JCT have been plagued with injury problems and bad luck with injuries to wingback Prabhjot Singh and Daljit Singh. Hardip Sanga and Harvinder Singh were yet to fully recover from their injuries.

On the other hand, the last two drawn matches againt ITI (1-1) and Mohun Bagan (2-2) had, however, robbed an otherwise brilliant Kochin off some vital points.

The return of Aaron Cole, after a one-match suspension for two yellow cards, however, should sharpen their frontline.

   

 
 
BHA LEAGUE, GROUP A FROM FEBRUARY 22 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 14: 
First division group A action in the BHA League begins on February 22. Port Trust and Mohammedan Sporting are the teams to play on the opening day.

East Bengal, somehow, does not feature among the teams scheduled to play till March 3. Club officials didn’t comment but indications are, they will field a team though it won’t be announced before Sunday.

Mohun Bagan, demoted to group B for not taking part in the meet last year, have not even paid their affiliation fees. The BHA, somehow, is yet to make a decision on whether or not to scratch the team.

Meanwhile, Calcutta Rangers beat Sporting Union 3-1 in BHA group B action. Allan Bell, Bradley Williams and Shawn de Rozario struck for the winners, with Shakti Singh pulling one back for Sporting Union. The other match between Rael Sports and Jagrihi fell through as the former failed to turn up.

Irina Brar beats Indumati

Calcutta: Irina Brar beat P. Indumati 7-5 in the ladies match-play golf competition at Royal Calcutta Golf Club today.

Parnita Grewal edged M. Halwasiya 5-4, while V. Agarwal went down 1-2 to P. Dey. S. Khanna overcame P. Mishra 3-1, A. Chopra defeated R. Punwani 7-6, while G. Raikhy got the better of S. Saran 5-4.

Also winning were S. Malik, 3-1 against R. Philip, and S. Balasubramanian who finished one up on S. Ratia on the 18th.

Team Rohtas wins Pro-Am

Calcutta: Rohtas Singh and his team comprising Varun Sahay, U.S. Dutt and Vikram Ghosh won the Pro-Am teams’ title in the East India Golf meet in Patna today. The winners tallied 123 points.

According to information received here, Akbar Ali and his team of K.D. Chatterjee, A.C. Verma and P.C. Shroff came second with 125.

Chaitali shoots in six

Calcutta: Chaitali Kar scored six goals in Income Tax’s 9-0 demolition of Youth Footballers in the Calcutta Women’s Football League today. Sonali Baidya, R. Khatun and L. Ghosh got the other goals. Jubak Sangha beat NPC 2-0 with goals from Sujata Mondal and Sumita Pal.

Sports for the disabled

Calcutta: About 600 participants will compete in 64 events in the 18th All-Bengal Sports meet for the Disabled at Mono Mohan Smrity Udyan in Uttarpara Sunday. The meet is organised jointly by the Louis Braille Memorial School for the Sightless and Rotaract Club of Serampore.    

 
 
IFA PLANS RS 8 LAKH DONATION FOR GUJARAT 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 14: 
The Indian Football Association (IFA) plans to contribute Rs eight lakh to the Prime Minister’s relief fund for earthquake victims in Gujarat.

It hopes to collect the amount from Saturday’s National Football League match between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.

All tickets for this matches will be priced ones with the lowest being fixed at Rs 10.

Proceeds from three other NFL games — Salgaocar vs Churchill Brothers, FC Kochin vs SBT and Mahindra United vs Air India — will also be donated to the earthquake fund.

For Saturday’s city derby, 60,000 ordinary tickets will be sold at Rs 10 each. The 15,000 tickets, distributed free to VVIPs, VIPs, and SSS and donor members in other matches, will also be have to bought.

The rival clubs, IFA and the state government, who normally share the gate money, have all agreed to forego their shares from Saturday’s match.

Lalit Memorial meet

Payel Banerjee will meet Amrita Mukherjee in the girls’ singles final of the Lalit Mitra Memorial badminton meet at Anusilan Samity. In today’s semi-finals, Payel beat Puja Dutta 11-0, 11-2, while Amrita defeated Muktabindu Basu 11-6, 11-0.

Sandipan Banerjee, who beat Asutosh Tewari 15-3, 15-4 in the mini boys’ quarter final, also reached the sub-junior final where he meets Gaurav Das.

OTHER RESULTS — Jr boys’ (semis): Gaurav Das bt Piyal Das 15-9, 15-10; Sandipan Banerjee bt Rajeet Sengupta 15-10, 15-7. Mini boys’ (quarters): Subhojit Kundu bt Souvik Kar 15-6, 15-5. Sub-jr girls’ (quarters): Bipasha Sarkar bt Dipika Haldar 11-8, 13-11; Muktabindu Basu bt Paushali Datta 11-4, 11-0. Women’s (quarters): Sudipta Roy bt Nandita Dey 11-1, 11-6.

East lose

Delhi Headquarters beat East Zone by 140 runs to emerge champions in the all India I&B ministry cricket meet today. Batting first, Delhi made 269 for four, thanks to Rajen Bhasin’s unbeaten 118. In reply, East were skittled out for 129.

BRIEF SCORES: Delhi 269/4 in 40 ovs (Rajen Bhasin 118 n.o., Kuldip Bhar 51; Amit Ghosh 3/40). East 129 in 28.5 ovs (Susanta Paul 28, Prasenjit Chakraborty 28; J.S. Verdi 3/12, R. Wasim 2/19). Delhi won by 140 runs.

   

 
 
CAB SUMMONS ANUP DAS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 14: 
Former Bengal left-arm spinner Anup Das has to appear before the CAB cricket committee Friday and present his view on charges of misbehaviour levelled against him.

Das, who plays for Tollygunge Agragami, allegedly abused umpires during a league match against Suburban.

The CAB umpires’ committee has already suspended him for three matches. The CAB cricket committee wants to listen to the player Friday before deciding on further action.

   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACING/ ‘PURSUIT’ MAY TAKE ALL BY SURPRISE 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 14: 
The dozen strong Eastern Command Cup, tomorrow’s feature event, is a teaser. At least six horses are in with a chance to win the 1,400m race. Quickdraw McGraw has taken a quick entry, while Gold Buck is likely to be favourite despite his known discomfiture over the trip. Auctioneer has been doing extremely well in his work outs but goes into the race without a race-run. If Lockers Park has become handicapper’s nightmare, Earl Grey, Classic Pursuit and Set Aside are looking fit and are sitting pretty with light-imposts. All things considered, Bharath Singh’s Classic Pursuit, with Md Islam to guide, may take all by surprise by his strong finishing power.

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

1st Race at 1.25 p.m.

Gridiron Handicap 1,100m (Cl IV—Rated 22-50) — Indian jockeys only

1 2000 Storm Trooper [Karki] Amjad K. 60.5 4
2 2131 Master Bold [Mujeeb] C. Alford 60.0 2
3 3124 Diplomatic Gesture [Bath] R. Gowli 54.5 5
4 1301 Software [Bath] S. Shanker 49.0 3
5 3300 Fliders [Asfand] M. Reuben 48.5 1

1. Diplomatic Gesture (3) 2. Software (4) 3. Master Bold (2)

Diplomatic Gesture: Well in at the weights and knocking at the door. Software: The 18 week lay off may work against her chances. Master Bold: Upset, if any.

2nd Race at 2.05 p.m.

Sacristan II Handicap 1,100m (Cl V — Rt. 00-28) — Indian jockeys only

1 - - 00 Bhuthnath [Rodrigues] Brij S. 61.0 5
2 0000 Rule With Honour [Javed] M. Reuben 59.5 7
3 0000 All Jade [P. Locke] D. Locke 59.0 4
4 4200 Floral Path [Bath] G. Singh 59.0 6
5 - 000 Alflora [Mujeeb] Md. Amil 58.5 9
6 3132 Abstone Queen [Daniel] A. Imran K. 57.0 1
7 0000 Ghunghat [Goenka] S. Nasruddin 54.5 2
8 2400 Pistol Star [Bath] S. Shanker 53.0 8
9 0000 Magic Ring [Karki] P. Kujur 49.0 3

1. Abstone Queen (6) 2. All Jade (3) 3. Alflora (5)

Abstone Queen: A failed-favourite. May make amends. All Jade: Coming on well. May be in thick of the things. Alflora: Looks improved. May make finish interesting.

3rd Race at 2.35 p.m.

Brown Wolf Handicap 1,200m (Cl V; 5-y-o & over Rt.00-28)—Indian jockeys only

1 0000 Sky Hawk [Mujeeb] Md Amil 60.0 5
2 0043 Go With The Wind [R. Alford] P. Alford 56.5 2
3 4002 Armila [P. Locke] Md Yasin 53.5 1
4 - - - 2 Remember Me [Javed] M. Reuben 53.0 4
5 4003 Arizona Star [Karki] Sher S. 49.0 3

1. Remember Me (4) 2. Go With The Wind (2) 3. Sky Hawk (1)

Remember Me: Sparingly raced but at work regularly. May not miss it. Go With The Wind: A failed-favourite. Keep an eye. Sky Hawk: May place.

4th Race at 3.10 p.m.

Eastern Command Cup 1,400m (Cl II—Rt. 66-94)

1 0343 Quickdraw McGraw [Karki] P. Kujur 60.0 10
2 4202 Gold Buck [Bath] S. Shanker 59.5 1
3 0000 Addab [Mujeeb] Sher S. 57.5 6
4 2443 Best In Show [Daniel] B. Gurang 57.5 5
5 - - 11 Auctioneer [Mujeeb] C. Alford 57.0 3
6 2231 Lovely Prospect [Daniel] A. Imran K. 56.5 2
7 3230 Double Bull [Daniel] Som S. 55.5 4
8 0113 Lockers Park [Bharath] S. Rabani 55.5 7
9 4020 Solo Act [Mujeeb] Rutherford A. 55.0 12
10 1100 Earl Grey [Darashah] N. Connorton 54.5 9
11 - 202 Classic Pursuit [Bharath] Md Islam 53.5 11
12 1300 Set Aside [Asfand] R. Gowli 53.5 8

1. Classic Pursuit (11) 2. Auctioneer (5) 3. Earl Grey (10)

Classic Pursuit: Shapes as a potential winner on his work outs with Andreyev. Auctioneer: May need this outing, though brilliant at work. Earl Grey: May upset.

5th Race at 3.40 p.m.

Lt. Gen. Jameel Mahmood Memorial Trophy 1,600m (Cl IV; Cl V eligible,Rt. 00-50)

1 4430 Wandering Warrior [D. Byramji] C. Alford 60.0 8
2 3421 American [Karki] P. Kujur 58.5 1
3 - - 41 Arco Europa [Mujeeb] A. P. Singh 58.0 6
4 0021 Consul’s Secret [Jaiswal] Som S. 53.0 4
5 0030 Scavenger’s Son [Daniel] S. Tamang 52.5 2
6 3300 Supreme Desire [Rodrigues] Brij S. 52.5 3
7 3120 Ballard Lady [Daniel] A. Imran K. 52.0 7
8 1204 Anntari [Bharath] S. Rabani 50.0 5

1. Wandering Warrior (1) 2. Anntari (8) 3. Ballard Lady (7)

Wandering Warrior: A better class and breed against what he is thrown at. Anntari: With light-impost shapes as a threat. Ballard Lady: May place.

6th Race at 4.15 p.m.

Astounding Handicap 1,100m (Cl III—Rt. 44-72)

1 4300 Amarante [Mujeeb] C. Alford 60.0 5
2 - 000 Crimson King [Daniel] B. Gurang 55.0 2
3 - 200 Starina [R. Alford] Rutherford A. 54.5 4
4 1440 Ardon [Daniel] Som S. 54.0 1
5 4404 High Life [Jaiswal] M. Reuben 54.0 6
6 2000 Pure Energy [R. Alford] K. Gurang 54.0 3
7 1040 Scarlet Raider [Daniel] A. Imran K. 53.5 7
8 0000 Citadel [Bharath] S. Rabani 53.0 9
9 4040 Sovereign Bullet [Daniel] R. Gowli 52.5 8

1. Scarlet Raider (7) 2. Starina (3) 3. Amarante (1)

Scarlet Raider: Was a close fifth behind the winner — her stable-mate. May strike her monsoon form. Starina: Blessed with speed. May upset. Amarante: May place.

Day’s Best: Abstone Queen

Double: Remember Me & Wandering Warrior
   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACING/ FIVE FOR SATURDAY’S QUEEN’S CUP 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Feb. 14: 
Five horses make the line-up for Saturday’s chief attraction, the Queen Elizabeth II Cup over 2,800m. In the seven-event card the first race starts at 1 pm.

ACCEPTANCES

1. Veritas Handicap 1,400m (Cl V; Rt. 00-28) 1 pm: Alastar 61; Global Harmony 60; Blessed Spirit 58; Heaven’s Blessing 56.5; Crest Star 56.

2. Necessity Handicap 1,100m (Cl V; Rt. 00-28) 1.35 pm: Finders Keepers 60.5; All Jade 59; Stella Blue 59; Neelanjana 56; Pneumatic Power 56; Tsaynen Blue 55.5; Piece Of Cake 55; Go India Go 51; Magic Ring 49.

3. Cros Cup 1,400m (Cl IV; Cl V; eligible, 3-y-0 only Rt. 00-50) 2.15 pm: Andrada 60; Accrete 52; Alamito 51.5; Anokato 49.5; Arterial 49; Grecian Prince 48; Maltayar 48; Secret Adversary 48; Breakfast At Tiffany 47.5; Lively Project 47.

4. Elusive Pimpernel Cup 1,400m (Cl I; Rt. 88 & over) 2.50 pm: Freedom Dancer 63; Illustrious Reign 59.5; Stately Don 57; Tsavo 56; Alyssum 55; Highland Flame 54; Mystic Hill 50; Clarice Cliff 48.

5. Queen Elizabeth II Cup 2,800m (Terms, 4-y-o & over) 3.20 pm: Colonial 60; Jeweller 60; Alvarada 56.5; Andreyev 53; Surfside 51.5.

6. Hyderabad Race Club Cup 1,400m (Cl III; Rt. 44-72) 3.55 pm: Sky Command 60; Charlene 59.5; Soviet Port 59.5; Peace Envoy 58.5; Andestine 56.5; Alborada 55; Ballet Master 54; High Life 54; Kargil Soldier 54; Pure Energy 54; Mr. Bombshell 53.5; Tajik 51.5.

7. Gudarz Handicap 1,400m (Cl IV; Rt. 22-50) 4.35 pm: Aragrove 60.5; Appeaer 58.5; Black Mane 58; Gentle Priest 57.5; Iron Warrior 56.5; Reactor 56.5; Rheinheart 55.5; Aflicker 54.5; Russian Czar 54; Glass Slipper 52.5; Stately Honour 52.5; Eau Savage 51.5; The Stud 51.5; Royal Ruler 51; Airs Image 48.5.

Jackpot: 3; 4; 5; 6 & 7.

Treble: (i) 2; 3 & 4; (ii) 5; 6 & 7.
   

 
 
MUMBAI RACING/ SPECIAL RECRUIT LOOKS BEST 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
Mumbai, Feb. 14: 
Well in at the weights, the Hormuz Antia-trained horse Special Recruit may be hard to down in the 1,100m Radhapyari Trophy at the Mumbai races on Thursday. C. Rajendra partners the Tecorno-Mogave five-year-old son.

SELECTIONS

2 pm: Royal Secret 1. Celestial Light 2. Heaven’s Feel 3.
2.30 pm: Little Princess 1. Silver Line 2. Authentic 3.
3 pm: Heart Beat 1. Fantasy Royal 2. Imperial Falcon 3.
3.30 pm: Thunder Clap 1. Kilmore Quay 2. Raise A Toast 3.
4 pm: Speed Of Light 1. Overtures 2. Bongoni 3.
4.30 pm: Special Recruit 1. Little Champ 2. Columbus 3.
5 pm: Waleshan 1. Special Crown 2. Smooth Operator 3.
5.30 pm: Style Counsel 1. Exhilarating 2. Amber Eyes 3.
6 pm: Victory March 1. L. A. Woman 2. San Vitale 3.

Day’s Best: Special Recruit

Double: Thunder Clap & Victory March
   

 
 
ELEGANCE TROPHY/ ‘SUNSHINE’ WINS 
 
 
BY OUR TURFCORRESPONDENT
 
Mumbai, Feb. 14: 
Mark Gallagher partnered the Nirad Karanjawalla-trained filly Miss Sunshine to an easy victory in the Elegance Trophy at the Mumbai races held on Wednesday.

RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends)

1. Step By Step Plate 1,400m: (8-2-7) Cats Concert (Rajendra) 1; Code Of Courage 2; Fiercely Loyal 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 1-1/4; (1-28.2). Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 14; 16; 48; Quinella: 47; Tanala: 676. Fav: Cats Concert (8).

2. Bright Princess Plate 1,100m: (2-5-8) Flying Home (Aaron) 1; Zuhaak 2; Blazing Flame 3. Not run: Rumaan (3). Won by: 2-1/4; 3; (1-9.3). Tote: Win Rs 54; Place: 22; 14; 14; Quinella: 81; Tanala: 616. Fav: Emmanuel’s Pet (1).

3. Dancing Lord Plate 1,600m: (8-1-2) Round Trip (Aaron) 1; Malada 2; Tajjub 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 1-1/2; (1-44). Tote: Win Rs 70; Place: 24; 119; 57; Quinella: 1,280; Tanala: 8,402. Fav: Touch Of Elegance (3).

4. Ripples Plate 2,000m: (3-1-4) Sedona (Rajendra) 1; Great Emperor 2; National Velvet 3. Won by: 2-3/4; 1/2; (2-9.3). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 13; 18; 13; Quinella: 70; Tanala: 256. Fav: Sedona (3).

5. Elegance Trophy 1,400m: (7-2-6) Miss Sunshine (Gallagher) 1; Secret Force 2; Hi Fidelity 3. Won by: 2-1/4; 1-3/4; (1-29.2). Tote: Win Rs 41; Place: 14; 42; 14; Quinella: 701; Tanala: 1,986. Fav: Hi Fidelity (6).

6. Aroma Plate 1,200m: (2-5-1) Safarando (Hughes) 1; Daring Don 2; Soviet Ride 3. Won by: 2; Hd; (1-14.3). Tote: Win Rs 37; Place: 16; 14; 32; Quinella: 38; Tanala: 381. Fav: Daring Don (5).

7. Mesmerise Plate 1,200m: (1-9-13) Aylesfield (Gallagher) 1; Hiccups 2; Chocolate Chip 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 4-3/4; (1-16.2). Tote: Win Rs 29; Place: 15; 39; 82; Quinella: 127; Tanala: 4,052. Fav: Aylesfield (1).

Jackpot: Rs 2,914; (C) Rs 551.

Treble: (i) Rs 706; (ii) Rs 486.
   
 

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