Marauding Gilchrist wrests back initiative
Atwal grabs early lead
Gilchrist hopes to drive home the advantage
Shyambazar, Port in last 8
Politics isn’t the straight track I’m used to: Sikdar
I live and die by aggression: Slater
Calcutta Racing / TDS reduction proposed in Budget
Calcutta Racing / Arendal, Starina catch attention
Bangalore Racing / 11 for Saturday’s Sprinters Tro
Mumbai Racing / Barrier Reef posts surprise win

 
 
MARAUDING GILCHRIST WRESTS BACK INITIATIVE 
 
 
FROM LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Mumbai, Feb. 28: 
Adam Craig Gilchrist gave even mayhem a fresh dimension at the Wankhede today, boosting Australian hopes of extending their (unmatched) unbeaten Test run to 16.

The Australian vice-captain took guard on 99 for five and, for a shade under three hours, unleashed strokes rarely seen on any turner. Gilchrist already has a reputation in ODIs. This afternoon, he made his CV look even more impressive.

A little over a year ago, Gilchrist helped Australia post an incredible victory at Hobart, against Pakistan. His comrade-in-arms then was Justin Langer. Thirteen Tests on, Gilchrist found an ally in opener Matthew Hayden, a southpaw like him.

With Gilchrist blazing away as if there would be no tomorrow, and reducing the amphitheatre to his backyard, captain Sourav Ganguly and his bowlers ran out of ideas quicker than fresh strawberries and cream at Big W.

Associated in a record-erasing sixth-wicket stand of 197 (145 minutes, 32.1 overs), Gilchrist was very much the senior partner — contributing 115 of the runs — and dwarfed the opener’s otherwise sterling contribution.

So punishing was Gilchrist that the 50-100 stretch was covered in a mere 29 deliveries. The vice-captain’s second Test hundred came in 109 minutes and 84 balls (15x4, 4x6). And to think he took 16 deliveries to get off the mark.

“It was dynamic, unbelievable… The kind of shots Gilly (Gilchrist) played… At times, I just stood transfixed,” observed Hayden, mighty pleased to have been part of a partnership which will be talked about long after this season ends.

Of course, Gilchrist had two let-offs: Substitute Hemang Badani dropped him on 44 (off Harbhajan Singh) and Rahul Sanghvi made a mess on 100, when Sachin Tendulkar was the bowler.

[In the morning, Shiv Sundar Das had dropped Langer off Harbhajan, but that didn’t prove costly.]

Gilchrist eventually fell for 122 (162 minutes, 112 balls), beaten in the air by Harbhajan and stumped by Nayan Mongia, who kept superbly. His belligerence, largely, is what saw 159 being added in the scintillating session between lunch and tea.

Hayden scored 119 (283 minutes, 172 deliveries, 18x4, 1x6), also his second hundred, before being caught behind playing away from the body. He became Jawagal Srinath’s first victim.

Even before departing from Australia, captain Steve Waugh candidly stated tours to the sub-continent required “strong characters.” On the evidence of his performance here, Hayden surely qualifies as one.

Not an artiste, for sure, but definitely a superb team man. Bad luck that Hayden had to be upstaged by his vice-captain.

“From absolutely nowhere, Gilchrist took the game to… I don’t think I’ve ever seen such shots in a Test match,” remarked Sourav, who hadn’t recovered from the Gilchrist-effect (ferocious pulls, drives, the cut and sweep) even half-an-hour after the delayed stumps.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Sourav added: “At 99 for five, I thought we’ll pack them off by around 150… But, look at what happened…” In arrears by a huge 173, India ended Day-II of the first Pepsi Test on a fragile 58 for two.

To make matters worse, Srinath has a fractured right index finger, thanks to an injury while batting yesterday, and Mongia received a nasty Jason Gillespie blow on the right thumb.

That was in the nightwatchman’s role. The idea of ‘protecting’ Sachin didn’t quite work as Sachin himself had to face the last five deliveries when the injury-prone Mongia retired hurt.

According to manager Chetan Chauhan, a most gutsy cricketer in his time, the precautionary X-ray hasn’t revealed a fracture and, so, Mongia will bat. Only, he is bound to be very tentative.

Srinath, it is expected, will just bowl — as he so courageously did today — and there could be some doubt over his fitness for the second Test, which begins in Calcutta on March 11.

Seeing the depressing state of affairs, where two players have already been sent to hospitals/clinics, Sourav quipped: “I suppose, now, what our dressing room needs is an X-ray machine!”

Seriously, what the Indian dressing room needs is lots of character to see through each of the three sessions tomorrow. One slip-up and this Test will end well within the distance.

Reflecting, Sourav will perhaps regret taking off debutant Sanghvi immediately after a wicket-taking over and introducing Sachin as two left-handers (Hayden and Gilchrist) were in the middle.

Sourav got a little carried away and this move boomeranged as Sachin conceded a few runs and, by the time the left-arm spinner was re-introduced, Gilchrist had helped himself to boundaries. Also, one suspects, Sanghvi’s own confidence had taken a beating.

Yes, captains must be enthusiastic about getting things to happen, but within limits. Sourav is pretty raw as a Test captain, and will learn.

More than anything else, generally, the Indians missed the third specialist spinner (Narendra Hirwani) though, in the mood Gilchrist was in, he probably couldn’t have been stopped.

In the morning, Langer was beaten by one from Harbhajan (who initially bowled a great line and varied the pace) which spun just enough to take the edge. Rahul Dravid caught well.

Mark Waugh followed on the next ball, brilliantly taken by Sourav at leg-slip, and the off-spinner playing his first Test in about 15 months was on a hattrick. Mark misjudged the bounce.

In contemporary cricket, perhaps, no batsman has better credentials than Steve to foil a hattrick and he did so. The captain, though, fell to a questionable decision from David Shepherd and, with Ricky Ponting going exactly six balls later, the world champions were tottering at 99 for five.

That was well before lunch (170 for five) and India’s next success came shortly before tea (329 for eight). Bowling with a fractured finger, Srinath picked up two wickets, while the hardworking Harbhajan, whose Test debut was against Australia three years ago, got one more.

The plundering, however, didn’t end with Gilchrist as Shane Warne scripted a cameo (39 in 49 minutes, off 37 deliveries, 2x4, 3x6) to extend what appears to be a match-winning lead.

In the Indian second essay, Sadagopan Ramesh never looked like surviving the 30 overs which India had to face till stumps. Weighed down by awful footwork, he didn’t.

Das, rather obsessed with defending, paid the price when Gillespie surprised him with bounce. He was, in fact, the first to exit.

Dravid and Sachin are around, with Sourav and V.V.S. Laxman to follow. A tall order confronts all.

   

 
 
ATWAL GRABS EARLY LEAD 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 28: 
Living up to his top billing, Arjun Atwal fired a four-under 68 to emerge sole leader at the end of Round I in the Rs 10 lakh Wills Eastern Open at RCGC today.

Atwal was followed by Digvijay Singh, who carded a round of 70 and six players, including Basad Ali and Indrajit Bhalotia, were in third place at 71.

Vijay Kumar, fresh from his victories in the Patna and Dhaka legs of the Wills Sports Golf Tour, had a sedate par round of 72 with a double bogey on the 14th spoiling his day.

S.S.P. Chowrasia, Mukesh Kumar and Shiv Prakash, who are in the hunt for the Order of Merit honours, remained a further stroke adrift at 73 with Feroz Ali carding a disappointing 74.

   

 
 
GILCHRIST HOPES TO DRIVE HOME THE ADVANTAGE 
 
 
FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
 
Mumbai, Feb. 28: 
Vice-captain Adam Gilchrist and opener Matthew Hayden today re-wrote Australia’s sixth-wicket record against India, adding 197 at the Wankhede in quicktime.

The previous record, 151 between Barry Jarman and T. R.Veivers, in 1964-65, was at the Brabourne Stadium, just a stone’s throw from the Wankhede.

This is what Gilchrist and Hayden said, soon after stumps:

GILCHRIST: Initially, it was a matter of survival and I confess I wasn’t very comfortable. Gradually, one looked at giving the innings some momentum… Yes, I don’t think I’ve hit the ball so consistently well in any previous Test innings… I did get emotional, on getting the hundred, but that came spontaneously… I just conveyed to the dressing room that I’m fighting and that the rest, too, should do the same… My partner, of course, produced a great innings and the communication between us was excellent. That’s required if a partnership is to develop… Hopefully, we can drive home the advantage. It’s possible the Indians, too, could be on a roll. But, if that happens, we should remember one ball can change everything.

HAYDEN: Gilly recorded an unbelievable innings… Dynamic, sensational… But, then, we Australians are known for our fighting qualities and Gilly set the pace… Indeed, whatever the odds, we always offer a challenge… Today, my role became easy once Gilly took charge… It was important to cement a partnership and, as it turned out, we succeeded… That we (the Australians) score quickly gives that much more time to our bowlers… In the context of the match, yes, today’s knock will remain hugely satisfying.

   

 
 
SHYAMBAZAR, PORT IN LAST 8 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 28: 
Calcutta Port Trust and Shyambazar registered big wins to advance to the quarter finals of the CAB senior division league today.

Port Trust took the loss of two early wickets in their stride, overhauling Aryan’s total of 250 without further damage. Mithun Majumdar remained unbeaten with 111, while Soumen Singh smashed a dozen boundaries and four sixes in his 91 not out.

Shyambazar, who had made 371 for nine, bowled out Sporting Union for 245. Abhigyan Mukherjee’s 104 went in vain as Bengal pacer Shib Sankar Pal and Anirban Chatterjee bagged three wickets each.

SUMMARISED SCORES

Aryan 250. Port Trust 251/2 (Mithun Majumdar 111 not out, Soumen Singh 91 not out). Port Trust won by 8 wkts.

Shyambazar 371/9. Sporting Union 245 (Abhigyan Mukherjee 104, Subhankar Das 46; Shib Sankar Pal 3/39, Anirban Chatterjee 3/59). Shyambazar won by 126 runs.

35 more pledge eyes

Thirty five persons pledged to donate their eyes at the Asian Cricket Foundation-conducted camp at Eden Gardens, raising the total number of donors to 93.

Among those that pledged their eyes today were Bengal’s current Ranji Trophy coach Palash Nandy, selector Pronob Roy, cricketers Srimanta Banerjee, Satinder Singh, footballer Sandip Mukherjee and Justice N.K. Mitra.

   

 
 
POLITICS ISN’T THE STRAIGHT TRACK I’M USED TO: SIKDAR 
 
 
BY SUJIT BHAR
 
Calcutta, Feb. 28: 
Raja, the golden retriever, bounds out of the room and stands straight against the window grill, tail in a wag. Minutes later she walks in, husband in tow. Allowed a quick lick and a cuddly pat on the head, Raja was dismissed. Jyotirmoyee Sikdar got down to reading the letters that have started arriving.

“There are some already talking about the elections,” she says. These are pre-heady times, sort of those times when, before the Bangkok Asian Games, she knew she would make those two golds and a silver, and then before the Asian Track and Field meet, she was so confident.

Only, this track isn’t that straight a run. The golden girl of India and of Bengal is not scared of her decision to fight for the Assembly seat from Ranaghat West in the Nadia district. Not scared even if her competitor would be the sitting MLA, Shankar Singh of Congress. And not scared even if Singh has not been known to be straight. “Crooked” is possibly a modest statement that has been making the rounds.

Jyotirmoyee has been fired up by state sports and transport minister and CPI (M) leader Subhas Chakraborty, and she falls back on her upbringing in a politically motivated family to justify her decision to give it a go. “I remember when I was a kid, my father — Gurudas Sikdar, then headmaster of Debagram Primary School (also in the Nadia district) — would go to the market in the morning and then send over the stuff back with somebody, immersing himself in party work. I remember how our small house in Debagram would often be full of party workers. How my mother would crib because she had just about finished the day’s cooking and everybody was going to bed after dinner and the guys would turn up.”

That pretty much sums up the feelings of the daughter of the staunch CPI worker. Gurudas contested the Assembly post from Kaligunje Thana (also in Nadia), and even if he was not successful, he was considered an important functionary of the party.

This time it’s the CPI (M), but “so what? It’s the same Communist party, isn’t it?” she argues. The Trinamool-BJP has yet to announce a candidate, but it has been known that they did want a deal with Jyotirmoyee, though it surely did not work out. There are very basic differences. The CPI family link, and when about a couple of years back she had wanted to be into politics, Chakraborty had said it wasn’t time yet. “He knew when time would be ripe for me, and a month back top functionaries of the party (including the likes of secretary Anil Biswas) called me over to tell me.” She accepted quickly.

“They asked me if I was ready to take on a responsibility. That meant I will have to resign my railway job before I file my nomination papers.” Jyotirmoyee is currently Officer on Special Duty, Sports, with Eastern Railway and her voluntary retirement age is far off yet. “That also meant I would have to give up my Railway quarters near Narkeldanga. But I am not worried. You cannot have a job all your life, and anyway my house in the CL block (No. 242) of Salt Lake will be ready in about a month and a half and I will shift.”

Having conquered the tracks around the country and around Asia with ease, she is probably into some real mud-wrestling this time. Will the muck affect her? “My father said I should stick to the right path, that I should stand by the common people.” All that is fine with Jyotirmoyee, though one feels she is not really sure why she is going into all this.

Why would she choose the muck of the current political scenario when she could have fought for posts in the Amateur Athletic Association, West Bengal, or the Amateur Athletic Federation of India? “There is no real power in that,” she replies. That sort of dilutes her stand, maybe. That sort of casts a doubt over her real intentions. One also has the feeling that she does not really know her goals.

As she puts it again, “Politics isn’t the straight track I am used to running on. I’ll have to learn.” She will have to learn a lot.

Meanwhile, party workers have already started their graffiti on Ranaghat town walls, an early decision on the candidate giving the CPI (M) more wall space to deal with. “When the party decides, I will go over to Ranaghat and spend a couple of months there before the elections, meeting people, meeting party functionaries, taking in the administrative nitty-gritties. I will get to know many of the grievances of the people there.”

Then, she says, if she wins, she will be able to place all those grievances in the Assembly “without having to go through some minister or the other first.” She sure has many lessons in politics to learn.

Ranaghat will not be new to her either. “My uncle, Pramatha Sikdar, is a CPI(M) local committee member and also a member of the All Bengal Primary Teachers’ Association. He is a pretty popular figure there. I will get the necessary help.”

At the 1994 hustings, Shankar Singh won with 74,360 votes, over CPI(M)’s Sourendra Nath Nag (70,338). BJP’s Dilip Chatterjee had got just 7,000. This time the Trinamool-BJP combine is going to eat into the Congress vote bank, feels Jyotirmoyee, assuming that the CPI(M) support has not wilted.

And what about family and the steady salary? “Avtar (her husband) is still at his job. He is ticket collector with the South Eastern Railway.” Avtar smiles, though. “I will be by her side. I can give up my job too.” Maybe that could be too hasty a decision.

For the moment Jyotirmoyee has devoted herself to learning to be a good party worker. “I am studying the tapes of Jyoti Basu’s speeches,” she says. “You can learn how, using few words, you can say much. His speeches are excellent.”

And she has been practising her own speeches as well. “Listen to some of her tapes,” insists Avtar. “No way,” scolds Jyotirmoyee. There is a quick scan of the tapes, but somehow they remain untraced. “I’ll get them for you next time,” promises Avtar, “and you can listen.”

The trend has been set already. There was a time when the BJP recruited soccer coach Amal Dutta to contest the hustings. He lost. The Trinamool has in its ranks another footballer, Prasun Banerjee — former Indian skipper and brother of the great P.K. Banerjee. It is said that if Trinamool comes to power, Prasun will be the sports minister of the state.

Then the CPI(M) has launched Jyotirmoyee. The decision of a portfolio for her if she wins is, of course, “in the party’s hands.” But one can guess.

   

 
 
I LIVE AND DIE BY AGGRESSION: SLATER 
 
 
FROM LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Mumbai, Feb. 28: 
Michael Slater arrived in India with quite a reputation — an average of nearly 45 from 67 Tests — and though the tour hasn’t begun well, he still needs to be closely watched.

Ironically, despite his top-bracket aggressive batting, Slater hardly ever makes Australia’s one-day squad. True to his nature, the jovial Slater is confident of quickly setting that right.

Slater, who turned 31 last week, spoke to The Telegraph on the eve of the on-going first Test. Smiling, he ended the interview with a query of his own: “Hey, did you get all the quotes you wanted?”

Following are excerpts

Q: On having fallen nine times in the 90s in Test cricket

A: (Laughs) Obviously, nine more hundreds would have been much nicer... Would have taken my tally to 23. But, one way of also looking at it is that I scored 90 or more on 23 occasions.

Q: On how he himself analyses those dismissals

A: Hmmm... Think I played rash shots thrice. That wasn’t out of nervousness, but more an emotional ‘response’ to being only a shot away from a hundred. I didn’t have to play them but, then, that’s the way I am. Indeed, I live and die by aggression and my innings always have an emotional touch. The fans, I suppose, relate to that.

Q: On his aggressive style

A: I’ve always believed the bat is there for just one thing: To get runs. It’s an uncomplicated philosophy and one which is dear to me. I look to get a boundary off each ball. If that’s not possible, then a three or two or even a single. And, if I can’t even get that, then I’ll defend. It’s important for an opener, specially, to quickly get the upper hand.

Q: On whether he has ever considered tempering the aggression

A: I haven’t thought of changing my game but, with age and experience, influences do creep in. At times, nowadays, I am more controlled... I will fight out a tough period instead of simply playing a rash shot. That I’m now a senior player has also brought about more responsibility.

Q: On whether he is upset at being largely overlooked for ODIs (only 42 appearances in seven-eight years)

A: (Laughs again) Yeah. What’s going on? Why am I not getting picked? Being left out in the early years of my career, in particular, was very confusing. More recently, though, I don’t think I’ve posted enough runs in domestic (one-day) cricket. However, sooner rather than later, I’m confident of a comeback.

Q: On the one batsman who influenced him the most

A: Viv Richards... He remains my idol. Viv never took a step backwards... Had that arrogance, dominated bowlers... What more would you look for in an idol?

Q: On the one opener he admires most

A: Gordon Greenidge. He loved to cut and pull and, besides being aggressive, was technically so good. I also admired David Boon and Mark Taylor.

Q: On life as an opener

A: (Grins) When the ball is seaming around or when the wicket is bouncy, I do think I’ve been nuts... But, yes, it’s a huge challenge and the effort is not to get overwhelmed. Openers are always subjected to this test of character.

Q: On how he prepares himself on the eve of a Test/major game

A: The preparation, both physical and in the mind, is all over by the morning of the match... I’m jovial in the moments just before going out to take guard. After all, that’s not the time to sit around and pump myself up. That phase has to be over... So, I’ll joke and sing as that’s the mood I need to get into. Once out there, I’ll be positive and rely on instincts. I’ve got to trust my ability.

Q: On whether he is a bit nervous, too

A: But you’ve got to have some nerves... If someone says he isn’t nervous, then something is wrong. You do need nerves to bring the best out of you. You’ll find me jumping around, will find me hyperactive... All being means to overcome the nervousness.

Q: On having been a Jawagal Srinath-bunny (dismissed thrice in the first two Tests) during the last series in India

A: While I do respect Srinath as a bowler, I intend setting the record straight this time. I’m here to score.

Q: On having to contend with spinners in conditions which are bound to favour them

A: I realise it’s going to be a challenge... Still, footwork and speed are very much part of my game and, so, I’m suited to tackling spinners. Generally, of course, openers are more partial towards quicks.

Q: On how much of his success is due to the structure of the game in Australia

A: It has played a huge role. It’s because of the set-up that a country boy like me could be identified, enrolled in the Academy and allowed to move up from there. It’s because of the structure of our cricket that we are the players we are. To add to what I’ve said, a boy in the country has as much of a chance of getting noticed as somebody from a major city. Only, at some point in time, he will have to move out of the country.

Q: On what puts the Australian cricketers in a different league

A: We’re a confident bunch and believe in working very hard. Our approach, from ball-I, is to win and that’s definitely reflected in our game. Also, as the intra-team competition is so keen, the margin for any error is even less.

Q: On what makes a complete cricketer

A: Somebody who leaves no stone unturned to consistently get the best out of himself... Steve Waugh may not be the fittest around, but with a remarkable work ethic and enviable mental toughness, he remains a complete cricketer:

Q: On his favourite innings

A: One of my better ones, in recent times, was the 91 during innings No. 1 of the Melbourne Test on India’s last visit (1999-2000).

Q: Finally, on his interests outside cricket

A: I’m a car fanatic... I love the fast ones and own a couple of BMWs... Actually, a souped-up Honda bike, too... I unwind with music as well and Bon Jovi is a favourite.

   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACING / TDS REDUCTION PROPOSED IN BUDGET 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta, Feb. 28: 
Gains from horse racing being bracketed with the winning from lotteries, crossword puzzles etc., the 10 per cent reduction of tax deduction at source (TDS) is been welcomed in the racingcircles. The TDS which is currently charged at 40 per cent has now been proposed to be reduce in today’s union budget to 30 per cent on all winning exceeding Rs 2,500. Reacting to the the union finance ministers, Yashwant Sinha’s proposal, Vineet Verma, CEO and secretary RCTC said: “It’s good news but the the finance minister could have raised the slab for deduction to Rs 10,000.”

The TDS in horse racing, which was first introduced during Moraji Desai’s tenure as finnace minister nearly two decades ago, has seen sharp decline in totalisator collections the country wide. Regular representations by the Turf Authorities of India (TAI) in the past few year have failed to achieve desired results.

Bann on Whip: The Jockeys Association of India (JAI) The Association Vice President and a leading jockey, Pessi Shroff, addressing a press conference here last night, said he was looking into the feasibililty of challenging the Centre’s order.

   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACING / ARENDAL, STARINA CATCH ATTENTION 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Feb. 28: 
Arendal, Starina and Russian Czar were impressive when the following horses worked today:

Outer sand track

1800m: Alkido (C. Alford) in 2-24; (1,200m) 1-36s; (400m) 31s. Easy.

1,400m: Falconaire (K. Gurang) 1-50s; 34s. Easy. Allosaki (Surender) in 1-53s; (400m) 32s. Alborada (Tamang) in 1-44s; (400m) 31s. Fit. Santa Monica (Brij S.) in 1-44s; (400m) 31. Arendal (Amil) and Crucible (C. Alford) in 1-41s; (800m) 54s; (400m) 28s. Fromer was easily 2 ls better.

1,200m: Flinders (Rb) in 1-31s; (400m) 31s. Tsaynen Blue (Gowli) in 1-34s; (400m) 32s. Royal Ruler (P. Alford) in 1-28s; (400m) 29s. Moved well. Calamint (Rb), Automatic (Amil) and Alembic (C. Alford) in 1-24s; (400m) 29s.. Each was separated by necks. Cancun (Rb) in 1-33s; (400m) 31s. Classic Pursuit (Islam) in 1-33s; (400m) 31s.

800m: Storm Centre (Upadhya) and Madame X (Glowli) in 55s; (400m) 28s.. Former was 2 ls better but both moved well. Starina (Yadav) in 54s; (400m) 27s. Good. Russian Czar (Rutherford) in 54s; 27s. Fit and well.

Sand track

1,600m: Double Bull (Rb) in 2-6s; (400m) 32s.

1,200m: Illustrious Reign (Saran S.) in 1-28s; (400m) 30s.

800m: A 2-y-o John Balliol/Love Time (Engineer) in 53s; (400m) 25s. Moved well. Ace Of Spades (Brij S.) from 1,400m to 600m in 1-1s.

   

 
 
BANGALORE RACING / 11 FOR SATURDAY’S SPRINTERS TRO 
 
 
BY TITAN BOY
 
Bangalore, Feb. 28: 
Eleven horses have line-up for the 1,200m The Hindu Sprinters’ Ttophy and a dozen hopefuls for the 3,000m Usha and Mehra Stud Stayers’ Trophy, the Invitational races on Saturday. First race starts at 2 pm.

ACCEPTANCES

1. Royal Maridien Cup 1,600m (Cl II) 2. pm: Premium Point 62; Legendary Lover 55; Summer Mood 55; Celtic Bleu 52; Master Weaver 52; Stately Girl 50.5; Opera Star47.

2. Millennium Cup 1,400m (Maiden 3-y-o only) 2.30 pm: Bonzo 55; Classic Present 55; Finishing Touch 55; Future Fame 55; Impressive Prince 55; Secret Melody 55; Sign Of Success 55; Bold Theme 53.5; Distant Music 53.5; Smooth Performance 53.5 Society Queen 53.5.

3. Tamil Nadu Racehorse Owners Association Trophy 1,600m (Cl III) 3 pm: Elegent Rainbow 62; Great Momento 54; Star Report 54; Phroaje 52; Royal Empe-ror 50; Cut Ahead 48; Tropical Chief 47.

4. Apollo Challenger Cup 1,200m (Maiden 3-y-o only) 3.30 pm: Bay Dragon 55; Majestic Hunter 55; Angel Divine 53.5; Arctic Melody 53.5; Dicty Dancer 53.5; Fearless Queen 53.5; Rate Blos-som 53.5.

5. The Hindu Sprinters Trophy 1,200m (Terms, 4-y-o and over) 4.05 pm: Amusing 59; Barrier Ridge 59; Moonlight Stroll 59; So Royal 59; Starry Flag 59; StrengthTo Strength 59; Bold Chieftan 56.5; Simply Noble 56.5; Adamile 55; Symphony of Fire 55; Tempt Me Not 55.

6. Usha and Mehra Stud Stayers Trophy 3,000m (Terms, 4-y-o and over) 4.45 pm: Ace Academy 59; Alameda 59; Allodium 59; Capitulate 59; Colonial 59; Great Pasha 59; Jonty Rhodes 59; Large And Incharge 59; Mr.Anil 59; Sun Reality 59; Mighty Squaw 57.5; Knighted 54; Top Socialite 52.5.

7. Trilogy Cup 1200m (Cl IV, 5-y-o & over) 5.20 pm: Rise And Shine 63; Super Premium 59; Bottom Line 57; Sovereign Prince 57; Sir Winmor 54.5; Yuva Raj 54; Endless Impage 53; Musical Light 53; Autumn Hues 48; Majestic Style 47.

8. Chennai Bookmakers Association Trophy 1,400m (Cl VA) 5.50 pm: Sultanat 60; Ocean Pearl 57.5; Owner’s Pride 55; Star Venture 55; Royal Delight 54.5; Brave Venture 54; Dakshin Red 49; Runic Symbol 48; Celetic Venture 47; Pearl of India 47; Unaproachable 47, Valuable Boy 47.

Jackpot: 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Treble: (i) 3; 4 & 5; (ii) 6; 7 & 8.

   

 
 
MUMBAI RACING / BARRIER REEF POSTS SURPRISE WIN 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
Mumbai, Feb. 28: 
The Janardhan-trained seven-year-old Barrier Reef scored an upset victory in the 2,000m All Beauty Plate at the Mumbai races held on Wednesday. B. Prakash partnered the Irish River-Autumn Rhythm son to victory.

RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends)

1. V. P. Koregaonkar Plate, Div-I 1,000m: (11-12-6) Rosehill Gardens (Rajendra) 1; Gasconade 2; Silver Nova 3. Won by: 2-1/4; SH; (1-2.5). Tote: Win Rs 30; Place: 15; 50; 31; Quinella: 293; Tanala: 2,318. Fav: Vengeance (1).

2. Enterprising Trophy, Div-II 1,000m: (4-9-3) Super Sword (Prakash) 1; Nautilus 2; Opener 3. Won by: 3/4; 2-3/4; (1-1.6). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 11; 12; 22; Quinella: 19; Tanala: 98. Fav: Super Sword (4).

3. Erin Dust Plate, Div-II 1,100m: (4-7-9) Champagne Gold (Prakash) 1; Right Moment 2; Persian Lord 3. Won by: 2-1/2; 3-1/2; (1-7.1). Tote: Win Rs 26; Place: 12; 21; 42; Quinella: 72; Tanala: 940. Fav: Champagne Gold (4).

4. Ocean Park Plate 1,600m: (1-9-7) Mach Two (Bernard) 1; Adam’s Delight 2; Jodhpur Lad 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 1-1/4; (1-42.1). Tote: Win Rs 85; Place: 28; 138; 49; Quinella: 2,449; Tanala: 16,974. Fav: Iyanah (3).

5. Erin Dust Plate, Div-I 1,100m: (9-2-5) Special Happening (Rajendra) 1; Gold Berg 2; Dancing Dreams 3. Won by: 8-1/2; SH; (1-6.7). Tote: Win Rs 77; Place: 23; 13; 21; Quinella: 97; Tanala: 908. Fav: Gold Berg (2).

6. V. P. Koregaonkar Plate, Div-II 1,000m: (2-3-7) Prince Honey (McCullagh) 1; Great Magician 2; Majestic Crown 3. Won by: 5; Nk; (1-1.1). Tote: Win Rs 29; Place: 16; 17; 33; Quinella: 63; Tanala: 823. Fav: Prince Honey (2).

7. Glasnost Plate 1,100m: (11-3-2) Peace March (Aadesh) 1; Countach 2; Tasha Beat 3. Won by: 2-1/4; 1; (1-8.3). Tote: Win Rs 166; Place: 40; 42; 25; Quinella: 2,334; Tanala: 48,390. Fav: Teaser (1).

8. Enterprising Trophy, Div-I 1,000m: (11-7-3) Scarlet Lake (Gallagher) 1; Criterion 2; Most Attractive 3. Won by: 6-1/2; 4; (1-0.9). Tote: Win Rs 16; Place: 12; 14; 55; Quinella: 25; Tanala: 415. Fav: Scarlet Lake (11).

9. All Beauty Plate 2,000m: (3-4-6) Barrier Reef (Prakash) 1; Noble One 2; Sedona 3. Won by: 3/4; 3/4; (2-8.9). Tote: Win Rs 121; Place: 30; 21; 14; Quinella: 571; Tanala: 1,942. Fav: Sedona (6).

10. Ahmed Khairaz Plate 2,400m: (1-5-2) Saytarra (Prakash) 1; Au Revoir (Aadesh) 1; Monogram 3. Won by: 8; 1-1/4; (2-37.9). Tote: Win Rs 35; Place: 19; 15; Quinella: 35; Tanala: 708. Fav: Au Revoir (5).

Jackpot: Rs 73,862; (C) Rs 3,357.

Treble: (i) Rs 321; (ii) Rs 3,878; (iii) Rs 745.

   
 

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