Wari oust EB, join Bagan in semi-finals
Basudeb Mondal dropped
Mahindra to miss key men
Calcutta Racing / Ansbach set to win ‘Million’
Bangalore Racing / Great Occasion for main event
Bangalore Racing / Concur wins

 
 
WARI OUST EB, JOIN BAGAN IN SEMI-FINALS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 23: 
Mohun Bagan and Wari moved into the CAB knockout semi-finals today.

In the quarter finals, Mohun Bagan defeated Barisha Sporting by 44 runs while Wari overcame East Bengal by 39 runs.

Kamalesh Singh Rajput’s four for 30 and Pradipto Majumder’s three-wicket haul enabled Wari skittle out East Bengal for 199 after setting them a target of 239.

SUMMARISED SCORES

Mohun Bagan 282/9 in 45 ovs (Madhusudhan Acharya 59, Utpal Chatterjee 75 n.o.; Sujoy Parui 4/52). Barisha Sporting 238/8 in 45 (Shome Kapoor 38). Mohun Bagan won by 38 runs.

Wari 238/6 in 45 (Saikat Mukherjee 84, Avishek Jhunjhunwala 38). East Bengal 199 in 42.5 (Alokendu Lahiri 50, Ajay Verma 44; Kamalesh Singh Rajput 4/30, Pradipto Majumder 3/46). Wari won by 39 runs.

EB awarded 4 points

East Bengal were awarded four points by the tournament committee after Burnpur United refused to play their CAB senior division league tie in Burnpur.

According to CAB joint secretary Debdas Banerjee, East Bengal had first intimated their inability to play in Burnpur, following which a replay was ordered at the same venue. But this time Burnpur refused to turn up.

The committee ruled in favour of East Bengal following a hearing from both the clubs.

BHA League

Police AC held Muslim Institute 1-1 in a BHA League group B match today. Nitin Burman put Muslim Institute ahead, Samir Prasad equalised.

Easy for Income Tax

Income Tax drubbed Bidyut Sporting 9-0 in the women’s football league today. Sonali Baidya (3), Alpana Sil (2), Sayanti Nandi (2) and Putul (2) scored. Mohun Bagan beat NPC Sports Academy 3-0 with goals from Swati Kumari, Anjana Kumari, Enakshi Biswas.

   

 
 
BASUDEB MONDAL DROPPED 
 
 
BY A CORRESPONDENT
 
New Delhi, Feb. 23: 
Basudeb Mondal, India’s skipper for the recent Sahara Cup, has been dropped from the list of 23 probables announced for the World Cup qualifying matches for April-May.

Stoppers Roberto Fernandez and Tapan Ghosh have been recalled after recovering from injuries. In the problem area of left back, veteran K. V. Dhanesh has made a comeback after the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games.

There are two newcomers in the squad. They are East Bengal’s wing back Sur Kumar Singh and State Bank of Travancore (SBT) striker M. Abdul Hakeem, who has scored four goals in eight matches so far.

Sur Kumar was among the probables for the Sahara Cup but was not chosen for the final squad. Besides Basudeb, others axed from the Sahara Cup squad are veterans Bruno Coutinho, Carlton Chapman, Syed Shabbir Pasha, James Singh, Sandip Nandy, M. Suresh and Bijen Singh.

Appeal rejected

The list of probables s released today by AIFF secretary Alberto Colaco. The appeal of national coach Sukhwinder Singh for including more players from both Mohun Bagan and East Bengal were rejected.

The AIFF has stuck to its original policy of not more than three players from each club. Four clubs, East Bengal, Mahindra United, Mohun Bagan and Salgaocar have three players each in the squad.

At least four Calcutta-based players have missed selection because of AIFF’s three-player limit policy. They are Bagan goalkeeper Sandip Nandy, defender M. Suresh and East Bengal’s forwards Bijen Singh and Dipendu Biswas. Sukhwinder has expressed his helplessness in this regard.

The pre-World Cup camp will commence at the Sports Authority of India’s Banglore complex on March 25.

Colaco confirmed that Bhaichung Bhutia’s release from Bury F. C. had been procured. However, it was still uncertain when he would reach Bangalore. The AIFF is willing to consider him even if he reaches a week after the camp commences.

Coach to pick 4 more

To avoid complacency among the probables, Sukhwinder has insisted that he be allowed to choose another four probables for the camp.

This permission has been granted and the players will be chosen on the basis of their form in the ongoing National Football League.

Sukhwinder has also made a plea for holding some practice matches before the World Cup qualifiers. AIFF president Priya Ranjan Das Munshi has said that he will try and get either Iraq or Uzbekistan to come and play two matches in early April.

THE PROBABLES

Goalkeepers: Virender Singh (Mahindra United), N. Balaji (ITI), Prasanta Dora (Tollygunge Agragami). Defenders: Sur Kumar Singh (East Bengal), Mahesh Gawli (Churchill), Deepak Mondal (East Bengal), Roberto Fernandez (Salgaocar), Tapan Ghosh (Mahindra United), K.V. Dhanesh (ITI) and Ratan Singh (East Bengal). Midfielders: Khalid Jameel (Air India), Rennedy Singh and R.C. Prakash (Mohun Bagan), Jules Alberto (Salgaocar), S. Venkatesh (Mahindra United), Noel Wilson (Churchill). Forwards: Bhaichung Bhutia (Bury FC), R.C. Prakash (Mohun Bagan), I.M. Vijayan (FC Kochin), M.A.M. Abdul Hakeem (SBT), and Alvito D’Cunha (Salgaocar).

Chief Coach: Sukhwinder Singh. Technical Director: Krishnaji Rao. Asst and goalkeeper’s coach: Brahmanand Shankhwalkar.

   

 
 
MAHINDRA TO MISS KEY MEN 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 23: 
Wednesday’s stunning win over Churchill Brothers will have left Mahindra United in the right frame of mind for Sunday’s face-off with National Football League leaders East Bengal. Coach Shabbir Ali would, however, have felt a lot better had he not been left counting his ‘missing men’.

Injuries and the suspension of skipper Aqeel Ansari has wrecked havoc in the Mahindra camp, and Shabbir is walking the tight rope in several areas. “I have just two strikers (Raman Vijayan and Manjit Singh) available, with one of them (Manjit) carrying an injury,” Shabbir said after a two-hour workout at the SAI Eastern Centre.

Mahindra arrived this morning and those that stayed back because of injuries are forwards Najib, Nitin Pradhan and Abbas Ali Rizvi, and defenders Tapan Ghosh and Bernard Oparanozie.

Aqeel has to sit out after picking up his second booking, during the Churchill match.

“Rizvi was a sensation, till he was injured at the Rovers. Our attack has lost a great deal of thrust without him,” Shabbir said.

He, however, added that he expected the team to carry the form they showed in the Churchill tie.

The Calcutta giants have their own problems, with Dipendu Biswas all but ruled out for the Sunday showdown.

The striker had to hobble out of the Vasco match after aggravating an ankle injury.

Christopher Kem, who has played much of his football for Calcutta clubs, is one of the four foreign ‘inputs’ in Mahindra. Another Nigerian Habibi Adinkule and Iranians Davoud Hossiene and Reza Nurolahi complete the quartet.

The teams have met twice this season, Mahindra winning a tie-breaker in the Durand semis but going down 1-2 in the Rovers Cup quarters.

   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACING / ANSBACH SET TO WIN ‘MILLION’ 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 23: 
Ansbach is all set to win tomorrow’s chief event, the 1,600m Kalyani Black Label Million Stakes and also nearly Rs one million in prize-money, thanks to sponsors, the UB Group. The D. Khaitan-owned horse had revealed his potential in the Indian Produce Stakes-sprint which he won the way he liked. Ansbach hails from bloodlines which have thrown winners of longer classics, thus, the mile-trip is well within his reach. Aslam Kader partners the Alnasr Alwasheek-Pass The Secret colt.

A part of the unsolved jackpot pool, amounting to over Rs 3.67 will be added to the day’s collections. The total pool may also match the winner’s stakes in the ‘Million.’

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

1st Race at 12.30pm

Partisan Handicap 1,200m (Cl V; 5-y-o & over Rated 200-28)—Indian jockeys only
1 2004 Floral Path [Bath] Md Islam 60.0 7
2 - - 21 Remember Me [Javed] R. Gowli 57.5 5
3 4333 Go With The Wind [R. Alford] Rutherford A. 55.5 2
4 0322 Armila [P. Locke] N. Engineer 54.0 1
5 0000 Ghunghat [Goenka] S. Nasruddin 53.0 8
6 4000 Pistol Star [Bath] S. Shanker 53.0 3
7 2000 Armed Alarm [Bharath] M. Reuben 51.0 6
8 0040 Go India Go [Jiswal] Som S. 50.5 4
1. Remember Me (2) 2. Go India Go (8) 3. Go With The wind (3)

2nd Race at 1.00 pm

Revelation Cup 2,000m (Cl II; Cl III, eligible — Rt. 44-94)
1 1120 Harry The Horse [Stephens] K. P. Appu 60.0 4
2 0202 Sharp Sensation [Daniel] C. Alford 59.0 5
3 2124 Aracruz [Bharath] C. Rajendra 57.5 3
4 4040 Beau Bruno [Daniel] R. Gowli 54.5 1
5 1000 Ace Of Spades [Daniel] A. Imran K. 50.0 2
1. Aracruz (3) 2. Beau Bruno (4) 3. Harry The Horse (1)

3rd Race at 1.35 pm

Red Flannel Handicap 1,100m (Cl IV, Rt. 22-50)
1 0343 Constantine [Karki] Amjad K. 60.0 2
2 0000 Aragrove [Daniel] B. Gurang 59.0 6
3 0044 Bold Apparel [Daniel] A. Imran K. 59.0 7
4 3302 Red Trident [R. Alford] N. McCullagh 58.5 3
5 0104 Hurricane Star [Stephens] R. Yadav 57.0 8
6 4240 Chivalrous [Rodrigues] G. Upadhya 56.5 9
7 1000 Alterezza [Mujeeb] C. Alford 55.5 1
8 0000 Glass Slipper [Stephens] M. Reuben 51.5 4
9 2320 Eau Savage [Bath] S. Shanker 51.0 5
1. Alterezza (7) 2. Glass Slipper (8) 3. Bold Apparel (3)

4th Race at 2.15 pm

Supernova Cup 1,200m (Cl IV— Rt. 22-50) — Indian jockeys only
1 0400 Sovereign Bullet [Daniel] R. Gowli 60.5 7
2 0000 Pure Energy [R. Alford] Rutherford A. 60.0 3
3 2010 Magnifico [Mujeeb] C. Alford 58.5 11
4 - - - 2 Aileron [Bharath] Md Islam 55.0 9
5 0000 Googy Gangster [Rodrigues] G. Upadhya 54.5 5
6 0110 Tequila Shot [Bath] S. Shanker 54.0 6
7 - - - 2 Pure Passion [R. Alford] P. Alford 53.0 1
8 0001 All Jade [P. Locke] Md Yasin 52.5 8
9 0000 Stately Honour [Mujeeb] Md Yacoob 52.5 10
10 0120 Friendly Knight [Jaiswal] Som s. 51.0 2
11 0001 Pneumatic Power [Daniel] A. Imran K. 51.0 4
1. Pneumatic Power (11) 2. Magnifico (3) 3. Pure Passion (7)

5th Race at 2.50 pm.

Up Guards Handicap, Div-I 1,200m (Cl III—Rt.44-72)
1 0200 Solo Act [Mujeeb] Md Amil 60.0 11
2 1321 Arctic Fancy [Daniel] N. Connorton 59.0 7
3 0212 Winning Hand [Javed] R. Gowli 59.0 3
4 1130 Santillana [Daniel] B. Gurang 57.5 10
5 1401 Splendid Star [Daniel] S. Tamang 55.0 1
6 - -00 Smokey Bear [Daniel] Brij S. 54.0 9
7 - - 40 Abolisher [Bharath] C. Alford 52.5 4
8 0402 Scarlet Raider [Daniel] A. Imran K. 52.5 6
9 4120 Kargil Soldier [Stephens] S. Nasruddin 50.5 2
10 0032 Spanish Drum’s [Daniel] S. Paswan 50.5 8
11 400 Ardon [Daniel] Som S. 50.0 9
1. Scarlet Raider (8) 2. Winning Hand (3) 3. Ardon (11)
Scalet Raider: Was caught napping by High Life. Deserves another chance. Winning Hand: Well in at the weights. May strike. Ardon: Upset, if any.

6th Race at 3.20 pm

Kalyani Black Label Million Stakes 1,600m (Terms, 3-y-o only)
1 - - 12 Aiberni [Bharath] C. Rajendra 56.0 2
2 - - - 1 Ansbach [Mujeeb] A. Kader 56.0 4
W - - - - Jeypore[Bath] (Not declared to start) 56.0 --
4 - 040 Rescue Act [Bharath] M. Reuben 56.0 3
5 - 031 The Archer [Stephens] N. McCullagh 56.0 1
6 - - 23 Blue Gardenia [Darashah] K. P. Appu 54.5 5
7 - - 11 Calorescence [Mujeeb] C. Alford 54.5 6
1. Ansbach (2) 2. The Archer (5) 3. Blue Gardenia (6)
Ansbach: Outclassed rivals in the Produce Stakes-sprint. May repeat the show over 1,600m. The Archer: An easy winner. May go close. Blue Gardenia: Upset, if any.

7th Race at 3.55 pm

Rostrum Handicap 1,600m (Cl V—Rt. 00-28) — Indian jockeys only
1 2403 Calculus [Asfand] Surender S. 61.0 10
2 - - - - Lovely Duchess [R. Alford] R. Yadav 61.0 9
3 0000 Flying Scot [Javed] M. Reuben 60.0 7
4 1322 Abstone Queen [Daniel] A. Imran K. 59.5 8
5 0300 Scavenger’s Son [Daniel] R. Gowli 59.5 3
6 0000 Airs Image [Daniel] S. Tamang 59.0 1
7 4000 Acaress [Asfand] Md Amil 58.5 5
8 4422 Crest Star [Goenka] Amjad K. 57.0 6
9 4003 Fibonacci [Jaiswal] S. Paswan 47.0 2
10 0304 Three Good [Bharath] Md Islam 47.0 4
1. Calculus (1) 2. Flying Scot (3) 3. Crest Star (8)

8th Race at 4.35 pm

Up Guards Handicap, Div-II 1,200m (Cl III —Rt. 44-72)
1 1124 Added Asset [Daniel] R. Gowli 60.0 1
2 - 112 Cup Of Life [Daniel] C. alford 59.5 2
3 1321 Ispahan [Stephens] Rutherford A. 59.0 7
4 0410 High Life[Jaiswal] E. Smith 57.0 9
5 - 000 Peace Envoy [Daniel] B. Gurang 54.5 4
6 0014 Sadaf[Daniel] A. Imran K. 53.5 3
7 1121 Bird’s Empire[Daniel] G. Upadhya 53.0 5
8 0002 Cavala [Asfand] Md Islam 53.0 8
9 0000 Crimson King [Daniel] S. Paswan 51.0 6
10 0013 Orbital Star [Daniel] Som S. 50.5 10
1. Sadaf (6) 2. Added Asset (1) 3. Ispahan (3)
Day’s Best: Ansbac
Double:Remember Me & Scarlet Raider
   

 
 
BANGALORE RACING / GREAT OCCASION FOR MAIN EVENT 
 
 
FROM WILLIAM TELL
 
Bangalore, Feb. 23: 
The Karan Singh-trained Great Occasion, to be ridden by R. Hughes, is fancied to win the 1,600m Governor’s Trophy here tomorrow.

SELECTIONS

2 pm: Wovoka 1. Star Splendour 2. If Looks Could Kill 3. 2.30 pm: Bacardi Star 1. Krugar Park 2. Mambo 3. 3 pm: Royal Liberator 1. Star Of Gaiety 2. Trillenniium 3.

3.30 pm: Silvanus 1. Just Do It 2. Belief 3. 4 pm: Great Occasion 1. Royal Mission 2. Amber Dancer 3. 4.30 pm: Aryawun 1. Fast Vision 2. Cape Fear 3. 5 pm: Refresher 1. Alluring Bay 2. 5.30 pm:Augill Castle 1. Trivia 2. Saffron Finch 3.

6 pm: Be My Star 1. Soldier Of Fortune 2. Breaking News 3.

Day’s Best: Aryawun

Double: Silvanus & Refresher.

   

 
 
BANGALORE RACING / CONCUR WINS 
 
 
FROM WILLIAM TELL
 
Bangalore, Feb. 23: 
Concur won the Saptarishi Cup in Bangalore on Friday.

RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends)

1. Savadatti Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (12-9-6) Discuss (Arun) 1; Rainbow Fantasy 2; Mera Ladlaa 3. Not run: Nimitz (1). Won by: 1/2; 1-3/4; (1-17.2). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 14; 30; 24; Quinella: 172; Tanala: 1,081. Fav: Magic Mantra (2).

2. Lalitmahal Plate 1,400m: (5-1-3) Zoracia (Shakti) 1; Silver Falcon 2; Reach Excellence 3. Won by: 1-1/4; NK; (1-30.6). Tote: Win Rs 21; Place: 13; 21; 24; Quinella: 72; Tanala: 530. Fav: Zoracia (5).

3. Savadatti Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (6-3-4) Spirited Effort (Hughes) 1; Hero Worship 2; Flaming Tower 3. Won by: 3/4; 3-1/2; (1-15.3). Tote: Win Rs 37; Place: 16; 134; 21; Quinella: 1,564; Tanala: 18,258. Fav: Spirtied Effort (6).

4. Thirthahalli Plate, Div-II 1,400m: (1-7-4) Sher Khan (M. Narredu) 1; Cashflo 2; Kilkemny 3. Won by: 3-1/2; 4-1/4; (1-28.5). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 12; 21; 20; Quinella: 62; Tanala: 275. Fav: Sher Khan (1).

5. Saptarishi Cup 1,400m: (3-7-4) Concur (M. Narredu) 1; Desert Gold 2; Comet Star 3. Won by: 2; 3/4; (1-27.9). Tote: Win Rs 21; Place: 11; 17 22; Quinella: 50; Tanala: 218.Fav: Concur (3).

6. N. E. Raymond Memorial Plate 1,600m: (4-7-11) Jersey Lightning (Amit) 1; Sinister Minister 2; Fereneze 3. Won by: 2; 2-1/4; (1-40.6). Tote: Win Rs 904; Place: 222; 17; 29; Quinella: 781; Tanala: 60,783. Fav: Sinister Minister (7).

7. B. A. R. I. Plate 1,400m: (12-2-11) What A Pleasure (Rajesh) 1; Musky Bird 2; Astounding Bay 3. Won by: 2-1/2; 3/4; (1-27.8). Tote: Win Rs 64; Place: 19; 43; 51; Quinella: 516; Tanala: 59,643. Fav: Priceless Ally (4).

8. Pancha Shila Trophy 1,800m: (3-6-10) Forest Ranger (Gallagher) 1; Sin-atra 2; Carnival Crown 3. Won by: 3; 3/4; (1-55.4). Tote: Win Rs 20; Place: 12; 51; 25; Quinella: 238; Tanala: 1,617. Fav: Forest Ranger (3).

9. Thirthahalli Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (6-5-1) Saturn Star (Shakti) 1; Annodomini 2; Golden Estate 3. Won by: 1-1/4; Nk; (1-29.4). Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 12; 16; 13; Quinella: 49; Tanala: 192. Fav: Golden Estate (1).

Jackpot: Rs 86,525; (C) Rs 10,816.

Treble: (i) Rs 191; (ii) Rs 1,218; (iii) Rs 256.

   
 

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