Parental guidance for Rohan
I’m probably bowling at my best now: Glenn McGrat
Ian, Sunny to sign certificates
Tolly aim for full points
Atwal equals course record at RCGC
CESC drub BSF 9-1
Aussies open with three-day rout
Calcutta Races/ Allaire, Six Speed cry off from field
Chennai Races/ Fame Star, Aloritz to carry city hopes in Sunday's mga event
Calcutta Races/ Tsavo, Tajik impress

 
 
PARENTAL GUIDANCE FOR ROHAN 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, March 1: 
It was two seasons ago that Rohan Gavaskar came close to breaking into the national squad. The only son of a legendary opener lost his way thereafter and is currently far from the selectors’ minds.

Having had a moderately successful season (playing for Bengal and East Zone) thus far, Rohan is determined to return quickly to his prolific run-scoring mode. And who better than ‘papa’ Sunil to detect faults and suggest remedies in the left-hander’s batting technique.

Gavaskar senior, in the city on a two-day trip, took time out to watch his son bat at the nets this afternoon. The East Bengal ground was the first stop, but the soggy pitch prevented any constructive activity.

They then drove to the Bournvita Academy at the Metropolitan Magistrates’ Club where a horde of trainees were in the midst of their daily session. For half an hour, ‘Sunny’ watched Rohan closely and then got into the ‘act.’ It was now the turn of Rohan and wide-eyed youngsters to watch as the Little Master demonstrated an art he mastered to perfection.

There were basically a couple of things Sunny pointed out to his son. “His head is getting too far forward when he is coming in line with the ball. He should lengthen his step a little more and alter his stance slightly,” explained the maestro who will have another session with Rohan tomorrow.

That was all Test cricket’s top century-maker was willing to talk about. Any query on Indian cricket was a strict ‘no-no.’ He didn’t, however, disappoint kids who sought tips and autographs.

   

 
 
I’M PROBABLY BOWLING AT MY BEST NOW: GLENN MCGRAT 
 
 
FROM LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Mumbai, March 1: 
Australia’s pride and the envy of the rest. That would perfectly sum up Glenn McGrath’s status on the cricket circuit.

While most quicks tend to wane once past the age of 30, McGrath, who turned 31 last month, seems to be getting better. For the batsmen, that’s real bad news. In fact, McGrath himself feels he is probably at his best now.

McGrath, who spoke to The Telegraph before the first Test, which finished within three days today, has begun the current series with five wickets. It’s a start he can’t be unhappy with.

Incidentally, McGrath’s Test haul now stands at 314 from 68 appearances. And, in 130 ODIs, he has claimed 194 wickets.

Following are excerpts

On whether, on this tour, he wants to make good the opportunity lost by having missed the 1998 visit owing to injury

(Smiles) Well, yes... The aim is to regularly get early wickets and progress from there. That I did well in the last series (in Australia, 1999-2000) has given loads of confidence.

[McGrath finished with 18 wickets in the three Tests.]

On the McGrath who toured India in 1996 and the McGrath of today

I’m the same bowler, my action hasn’t changed... But, yes, experience has made a difference. I had less than 80 Test wickets then; today I’ve got over 300... I’m probably bowling at my best.

On whether reverse-swing will be a factor

There’s a good chance it will. That’s pleasing news.

On his exceptional consistency, line and length-wise, which chokes batsmen

I don’t swing the ball a great deal, all I do is land it in the desired area. I’m accurate... The high-percentage consistency, which builds up the pressure, is largely the result of experience. With the batsmen under so much pressure, something I suppose is bound to happen.

On whether experience alone has ensured phenomenal accuracy

The natural ability element is there, too... The luck factor? No... Not at all. I work hard and, when you do so, the results are bound to be satisfying.

On whether the bigger challenge is to bowl to the Sachin Tendulkars and the Brian Laras or to be consistent with line and length

To be consistent, though it’s a fact that the best batsmen bring that much more out of you. Looking to this series, I wouldn’t say the No.1 challenge is only to bowl to Sachin. There’s Rahul Dravid, the captain himself and V.V.S.Laxman, whom all of us regard highly.

On whether he sticks to his observation in Melbourne last year (at the end of India’s tour) that “a fairer contest” vis-a-vis Sachin, whom he totally dominated, would be in India (because of the conditions)

Yes.

[Specifically, McGrath had said: “Sachin, I thought, was a little subdued... There was a lot of pressure and it showed... It was tough on Sachin and, purely in the mind, I did have that edge over him.”]

On whether he would have felt more comfortable with Brett Lee sharing the new ball

Brett’s express pace would have been handy... Still, we’ve got others who aren’t short on experience. And, so, I wouldn’t say Brett’s absence has necessarily weakened our attack.

On just how aggressive should a fast bowler be

A fast bowler has to be aggressive. If I smile, bowl half-volleys and skip around, I won’t be the bowler I am... Controlled aggression is what is always talked about, being aggressive without crossing the line.

On occasions when it seemed he crossed the line

More than appearing to ‘talk’ to the batsmen, I would have been speaking to myself... The cameras, of course, tend to make it out differently... In Nairobi (during the ICC KnockOut), for instance, Sachin was saying things to me. It wasn’t the other way around... In pressure situations, in particular, I do talk out loud to myself.

On how he handles the pressures of being the No.1 team’s numero uno strike bowler.

(Smiles) Don’t mind the pressure... It makes it more challenging, gets the best out of me.

On the quicks who, early on, caught his imagination

Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson though, initially, I was more into basketball and tennis.

[Incidentally, McGrath has interacted with Lillee not just in Australia, but India as well: During his fortnight-long stint, in 1992, at the MRF Foundation in Chennai.]

On the Academy-exposure (in Adelaide)

The turning point, for me... As I’ve always maintained, till that exposure, I neither trained properly nor would I think about the game.

Finally, his message to youngsters who idolise him

Aim to land the ball at one spot all the time. That done, the wickets will follow.

   

 
 
IAN, SUNNY TO SIGN CERTIFICATES 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, March 1: 
Cricket legends Sunil Gavaskar and Ian Chappell will sign the certficates to be awarded to those who have pledged to donate their eyes in the Asian Cricket Foundation (ACF)-conducted camp held at Eden Gardens.

Informing this today, the ACF chairman Jagmohan Dalmiya said the certificates will be handed over to the first 1000 later in the month. They will also be given a free ticket for the Eden Test match starting March 11.

Dalmiya will be the other signatory on the certificate.

Dalmiya told reporters today that he had held a discussion over telephone with Gavaskar and Chappell and both agreed to sign the certificates during the Test match in the city.

Natl rowing

Bengal rowers came first in heats of the men’s sculls event while SSCB men recorded the fastest time in pairs event in the National Open rowing championship, which started at Calcutta Rowing Club today.

Fund-raiser

Milan Sangha, Baguiati, is organising a fund-raising double-wicket meet Sunday featuring some of the state’s top sportspersons and artistes.

Announcing this at a press conference today, former Bengal captain Sambaran Banerjee said the target was to raise at least Rs 1 lakh which will be donated to victims of last year’s flood in West Bengal and the January 26 earthquake in Gujarat.

Among sportspersons expected to take part are Pronab Roy, Subroto Banerjee, Gopal Bose, Bhaskar Ganguly, Gautam Sarkar, Prasun Banerjee, Surajit Sengupta and Jyotirmoyee Sikdar. The glamourous touch will be provided by the likes of Laboni Sarkar, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta (who was present at the press conference) and Indranil Sen.

Match drwan

East Bengal drew goalless with West Bengal Income Tax in the lone IFA women’s league match at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium today. This was the first points dropped by the East Bengal eves this season.

Das’ reprieve

The punishment meted out to Tollygunge Agragami cricketer Anup Das has been reduced to a two-match suspensation for arguing with umpires “in abusive language”.

The CAB cricket sub-committee today summoned the accused cricketer to review his punishment. Das, however, told the committee that he was not informed about the punishment since he had been out of the city. He also admitted to having used a “harsh word” against the umpire and pleaded for leniency in the punishment, CAB joint secretary Debdas Banerjee said.

Considering his “confession”, the committee decided to reduce Das’ punishment to two-match suspensation from four matches initially.

IFA meeting

The general body meeting of the Indian Football Federation will be held on March 5. The match commissioner’s reports on the IFA league will be discussed at length in the meeting.

   

 
 
TOLLY AIM FOR FULL POINTS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, March 1: 
With an unimpressive forwardline and edgy midfield, Tollygunge Agragami will desperately seek a win when they take on State Bank of Travancore (SBT) in their National Football League encounter tomorrow.

And the local outfit’s craving for full points against SBT seems to be so engrossed and demanding that Tollygunge coach Amal Dutta is almost certain to reorganise his offensive zone.

With the wounds of losing 0-1 to FC Kochin in their last NFL exchange still fresh, despite dominating the proceedings, Dutta hinted at reinforcing his two-pronged upfront, manned by Abdulateef Seriki and Emeka Achilefu with another striker.

His plan for an outright win at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium tomorrow has also been boosted with the arrival of Bhabani Mohanty. Mohanty and diminutive Sasthi Duley will operate along the flanks with Abdul Wasiu Saliu having to maintain a key link between the defenders and half-line.

Defender Riazul Mustafa’s injury may, however, force him to remain on the bench.

Mantoo Ghosh, Tollygunge president, however rued that a “barren” attacking line had cost the team dearly.

“It’s not that we have been playing badly. Despite dominating in a match, we often have ended up settling for draw or even losing because our strikers have failed to deliver,” Ghosh told reporters today. He also stressed that the team will play for full points. “If we can’t win at home, we’ll simply endanger our positions in the tournament. So we are aware of the urgency and will play accordingly in the match tomorrow.

SBT, on the other hand, have, too, had their own worries. Shabir Ali and V. P. Sahi are doubtful starters while stopper Jiju Jacob may also sit out due to his strained calf muscle.

SBT coach, however, said that “playing safe” will be their strategy tomorrow.

   

 
 
ATWAL EQUALS COURSE RECORD AT RCGC 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, March 1: 
Former Indian Open champion, city lad Arjun Atwal today scorched the Royal Calcutta Golf Club course on a day when most players struggled, to tie the 1998 course record set by Edward Fryatt during the Indian Open.

This outstanding performance on the back of yesterday’s low score of the day 68 puts Arjun at 13 under par 131 in the Wills Eastern India Open and has opened up a mammoth 12 stroke lead from his nearest rival Indrajit Bhalotia, who had an even par 72 to finish at 143.

Four players including Firoz Ali, Mukesh Kumar, Shiv Shankar rasad Chowrasia and Digvijay Singh are at one over 145.

The talking point of the day was the round Arjun returned in which he fired eight birdies and an eagle and never seemed to loose his hunger on what he terms his home course. His birdies came on the second, fifth, seventh and eighth on his way out, including the eagle on the the par five fourth.

The back nine started quietly by his standards with four pars before a four-birdie barrage over the last five holes propelled his score to a magnificent 63.

The biggest movers of the day were Chini Ali and amateur Sanjeev Mehra who both had 69s. While Chini is in the top ten Sanjeev now leads top Indian amateur Rahil Ganjee by a solitary stroke.

   

 
 
CESC DRUB BSF 9-1 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, March 1: 
CESC opened their BHA first division group A league campaign with a goal deluge at CC&FC ground today. BSF (South Bengal) was the team to suffer, going down 1-9.

Lalit Singh and Surjit Singh got two field goals before Niral Bhengra converted a penalty stroke to give CESC a healthy lead at half-time. In the second half, Christopher Thomas and Sunil Soren struck a brace each, while Anil Ekka and Gurjit Singh completed the rout. J. Bhengra got BSF’s consolation goal.

SAI (Training Centre) launched their campaign with a goalless draw against BNR.

The group B tie between West Bengal Police and Police AC fell through because there were no markings at the East Bengal ground. According to Swapan Dutta, one of the umpires assigned for the game, “the ground was fit for play but there were no markings, and the groundsmen refused to do the needful.”

Ekka thwarts SAI

There was no such problem at the Mohun Bagan ground where group A champions SAI dominated but just couldn’t put the ball past BNR custodian Freddie Ekka.

The first half saw some tentative hockey as the teams tried to size up each other. The faster and fitter SAI boys had more of the possession with Stephen Kujur, Reniel Singh, Atal Tirkey and Poulus Soy combining well. They threatened to score a couple of times, but hit straight to Ekka.

BNR, relying on the experience of Rajat Minz, ventured into rival territory off and on, but the only time they looked dangerous was when they forced the only short corner of the opening half. That was duly messed up, as is the tradition in this part of the world.

SAI stepped on the accelerator after the breather, creating half-a-dozen scoring opportunities. The best of them all was Reniel Singh’s — his stinging reverse flick missing the mark narrowly and crashing into the sideboard.

And when the likes of Edmond Kerketta, Tirkey and Soy were on target, ’keeper Ekka’s acrobatic pad-work kept the ball out of harm’s way.

SAI goalkeeper Sushil Minz was tested once, too, and he came out unscathed. Anticipating Policarp Lugun’s powerful angular strike through a forest of legs, Minz stretched to his right and prevented a BNR victory.

   

 
 
AUSSIES OPEN WITH THREE-DAY ROUT 
 
 
FROM LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Mumbai, March 1: 
India 176, 219
Australia 349, 47/0
MoM: Gilchrist

Steve Waugh’s team took to the opening Test, at the Wankhede, pledging a performance which would be the appropriate tribute to Sir Don Bradman.

A shade after 3.30 pm, today, the Australians scored a perfect-10 by winning with more than two days remaining. Coincidentally, it’s around then that Sir Don’s funeral service got underway in emotionally-drained Adelaide.

No other team, perhaps, could have timed it so well.

For the Australians, of course, it was emotional here, too. It was important to begin the three-Test Pepsi series on a strong note, but the visitors did more than that and extended their record-rewriting run of consecutive Test victories to 16.

Actually, it’s tempting to declare MoM Adam Gilchrist 1; India 0, but that would be unfair to the team. Just about everyone, after all, had some role to play, Ricky ‘Punter’ Ponting being the best example.

Ponting failed to score in the first innings but, this afternoon, brought off the one catch (Sachin Tendulkar’s) which sealed India’s fate and will be remembered as an all-time classic. That epitomised the Aussie approach.

There are other examples as well, not least being that of first innings centurion Matthew Hayden, who got the winning runs off debutant Rahul Sanghvi.

Yet, one must also say the Indians did their bit to drown themselves and, frankly, the ten-wicket margin is quite flattering for Steve’s team. Sourav Ganguly and Co. gave it away on a platter and this, more than anything else, will hurt.

Steve himself acknowledged the Test “was in the balance” when India touched 150 for the loss of two wickets (about half-an-hour after lunch) and when Sachin was on song and Rahul Dravid his usual dour self.

But Sachin’s exit, with India 19 shy of erasing the first innings deficit of 173, triggered a collapse not unknown to Indian cricket and the innings folded soon after tea. Eight wickets in under 30 overs suggests the Indians learnt nothing from Gilchrist’s approach. Requiring 47 to go one-up, Hayden and Michael Slater batted as they would in the first 15 overs of an ODI and reached the target in seven overs. Overjoyed, both grabbed two stumps each as souvenirs.

Indeed, this aftternoon’s finish was a throwback to the last Test here, against South Africa in February 2000. Also India have now lost successive Tests, with over two days remaining, to Australia. It was as humiliating in Sydney, last January.

“We were outplayed and it’s up to us to come back strong in the Tests that remain… Clearly, the batsmen didn’t apply themselves and while winning won’t come easy, we can’t give up hope,” observed the Indian captain.

Thankfully, Sourav didn’t blame the wicket, though he did remark “batting wasn’t easy.” Steve, on the other hand, said: “There are two ways of looking at the wicket: That it was sub-standard (for a Test) and that it was challenging for the players. As we won. I’ll go along with the latter thought.”

While the actual defeat came today, the Indians were headed that way from Day-I itself when Steve’s gamble of the Millennium paid off and innings No.1 saw just 176 runs.

Then, yesterday, Gilchrist and Hayden quickly put behind the horrors of Australia having been reduced to 99 for five and, in the process, made India bleed even more. Their sixth-wicket partnership alone was 21 runs more than the Indian first innings.

Dravid (on six) and Sachin (no score) resumed at the overnight 58 for two and, predictably, playing out the first session was top priority. It produced 58 runs from 29 overs with a half-hour plus period when not a run was scored. That coincided with Dravid not adding to his overnight score. He eventually did after almost 50 minutes and 40 deliveries. A more positive approach, though, couldn’t have harmed.

Session No.1 also produced some non-cricket action as Slater claimed to have caught Dravid cleanly, off Damien Fleming, and remonstrated with Srinivas Venkatraghavan and, then, with the batsman after third umpire Narendra Menon rightly ruled in Dravid’s favour.

[Later, Match Referee Cammie Smith only chose to “unofficially warn” Slater. “I called the captain and manager (Stephen Bernard), as well, and told them it’s not on. However, I didn’t penalise Slater,” Smith told The Telegraph.

Steve, for his part, accepted Slater went “over the top” and commented: “The incident didn’t present a good image and we all realise that… Given another chance, I’m sure he wouldn’t react the same way.”]

Though Sachin wasn’t sparing a loose ball, besides tucking into even good ones, he really stepped on the accelerator after lunch (taken at 116 for two).

The maestro repeatedly brought the near-capacity turnout of 30,000 and more to its feet encouraging more delirious chants of “Sachin, Sachin.” That had begun well before Glenn McGrath bowled the first delivery, with even thousands who stood in queues outside lending their voice.

It made for a perfect case study of the Sachin phenomena.

In the midst of this 24-carat touch, Sachin square cut, drove through cover and straight, and found gaps just about everywhere, fuelling the hope he would go beyond his first innings 76 and, more important, put Australia under pressure.

That’s when Mark Waugh, bowling off-spin, struck. Sachin went for the pull, the ball richocheted off forward short-leg Justin Langer and Ponting, placed in the mid-wicket area, pulled off a spectacular. That was anticipation as its best. Ponting first walked, then ran and, finally, dived to doom India. Sachin’s 65 came in 154 minutes, off 107 deliveries (11x4).

In came Sourav, getting another chance to lead from the front, but an inexplicable mix-up with deputy Dravid led to his run out. In Test cricket, that’s criminal offence.

Sourav wanted to play Shane Warne on the off, but miscued to the on-side, to the left of Slater. As the shot didn’t finish where it was intended, Sourav was focussed elsewhere and didn’t realise Dravid was way down the wicket.

By the time Sourav did, time was lost and he never quite looked like making it. Still, only the captain can answer why he didn’t launch into a desperate dive, to try and beat Slater’s throw. This one act made Sourav the target of “boos” across the Wankhede.

V.V.S. Laxman followed almost immediately and, then, Dravid was bowled round his legs in attempting to paddle-sweep Warne. Few expected Ajit Agarkar to avoid a seventh consecutive duck, against Australia, and he didn’t disappoint.

Nayan Mongia resisted, for a while, but the second new ball, taken right after tea (206 for seven), completed India’s disgrace. Despite a broken finger, Jawagal Srinath insisted on batting and he did with one hand. It looked comical but, as coach John Wright pointed out, he showed the right attitude.

The second Test, in Calcutta, begins March 11. As for Srinath, it’s unclear whether or not he will be available.

   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACES/ ALLAIRE, SIX SPEED CRY OFF FROM FIELD 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta, March 1: 
Allaire and Six Speed, the two champion fillies in the country, will be notable absentees from the 2,400m Indian Turf Invitation Cup line-up on Sunday at the Madras Race Club grounds, in Chennai, which will be the hub of activities in the coming week-end. The former, a Razeen-Fly For Baby daughter, is said to suffering from tendonities. Two quick runs over the staying trips — the Indian Oaks, which she won easily and the Derby which lost as a hot-favourite — are said to have its taken toll on the Deepak Khaitan-owned filly. She is expected to retire to stud for breeding purposes. Six Speed, on the other hand, is likely to say goodbye to the Indian turf circuit. If the Bangalore reports are to be believed, the Vijay Mallya-owned filly is heading for her USA sojourn to prove her mettle there. The Placerville-Haunting Beauty daughter, who was outclassed by Allaire in the 2,400m Indian Oaks was thought to be over-raced thus was made to skip the Derby. The Invitation Cup was to be her next target.    

 
 
CHENNAI RACES/ FAME STAR, ALORITZ TO CARRY CITY HOPES IN SUNDAY'S MEGA EVENT 
 
 
FROM OUT TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Chennai, March 1: 
Twelve four-year-old horses, including three fillies, make the line-up for the all-important race in their career, the 2,400m Indian Turf Invitations Cup, the chief attraction in the eight-event Sunday’s race-card. In a field heavily dominated by the South India nominees, Calcutta’s challenge will be led by the 2,000 Guineas winner Alorizt, and the champion filly Fame Star. The Indian Derby winner and the likely 7-4 favourite, Storm Again, spearheads the Western India challenge. First race starts at 2 pm.

ACCEPTANCES

1. PGP Cup 1,200m (Cl III) 2 pm: Gallant Romeo 62; Break The Silence 59; Head Hunter 54; Ganga Divine 51; Splendid Chance 49.

2. Indo National Limited Trophy 1,200m (Terms, 3-y-o only) 2.30 pm: Hero’s Welcome 55; Nomination 55; Wise Tracker 55; Best Fortune 53.5; Egyptian Beauty 53.5; Falling Shadow 53.5; Private Audiance 53.5; Princess Of Surana 53.5; Princess Ivory 53.5; Reign Dance 53.5; Royale Girl 53.5.

3. Ghatala Cup 1,600m (Cl VA; 5-y-o & over) 3 pm: Olympic Racer 60; Mario Lanza 59; Secret Savings 58.5; Bold Aristocrat 55; Royal Garter 55; Like A Princess 53; Oracle King 53; Artania 52; Boski Dream 50; Dyanamic Girl 50; Make A Million 50; Express Lane 47; Zaryad 47; On My Own 47.

4. A. V. Thomas Super Mile Cup 1,600m (Terms, 4-y-o & over) 3.30 pm: Alternator 59; Regal Equity 59; Artwork 57.5; Averoff 57.5; Royal Court 57.5; Aerobee 56; Adjure Syndic 56; Oh My 56; Adamile 54.5; Starry Scene 54.5.

5. Guindy Lodge Cup 1,800m (Cl I) 4.05 pm: Sterling Fantasy 62; Queen’s Ransom 55.5; Endless Quest 52.5; Classic Gold 50; Classic Society 50; Rainbow Lake 50; Imperial Scholar 49; Bengal Lancer 47.5; Minoan 47.

6. Indian Turf Invitation Cup 2,400m (Terms, 4-y-o only) 4.45 pm: Aloritz 57; Altenburg 57; Appeaser 57; Hello Brother 57; Il Diablo 57; Sendawar 57; Stone Ridge 57; Storm Again 57; The Proletarian 57; Fame Star 55.5; Fantastic Belle 55.5; Perceived Value 55.5.

7. SRM Japan Trophy 1,400m (Terms, 3-y-o only) 5.20 pm: Crowned Prince 55; Cosmic Jazz 55; Flying Scotsman 55; Pearl Dragon 55; Red Radior 55; Amazing Charm 53.5; Forest Whisper 53.5; Happy Bride 53.5; Hope And Faith 53.5; Lines Of Power 53.5.

8. Le Mirage Cup 1,600m (Cl IV) 5.50 pm: Liza Lang 62; Simple Unique 62; Spanish Armada 60; Regal Patriarch 52; Rebounding Flame 48.5; Belezian 47; Covington 47; Crown Haunt 47; Dormancy 47.

Jackpot: 4; 5; 6; 7 & 8.

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

   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACES/ TSAVO, TAJIK IMPRESS 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, March 1: 
Tsavo and Tajik were impressive in today’s work outs.

Outer sand track

1,800m: Jeweller (Amil), Arco Europa (Rb) and Alvarada (Surender) in 2-22s; (400m) 32s. They were separated by 6 ls and a distance. Last named eased up at 400m.

1,600m: Supreme Desire (Upadhya) and Classic Pursuit (Dalpat) in 2-6s; (400m) 29s;. They were level.

1,400m: Beau Bruno (Upadhya) in 1- 45s; (400m) 30s. Easy. The Stud (Gowli) and No Regrets (M. Reuben) in 1-50s; (400m) 31s. They were level. Rare Gold (Rb) in 1-53s; (400m) 33s. Bold Apparel (Upadhya) in 1-51s; (400m) 32s. Giorgio (M. Reuben) in 1-41s; (400m) 30s Was pushed. Peppy Mistress (M. Reuben) and Double Dancer (Rb) in 1-44s; (400m) 30s. Former was easily a length better.

1,200m: Melodeon (Rb) in 1-36s; (600m) 51s. Easing up. Flinders (Rb) in 1-25s; (400m) 29s. Was pushed. Set Aside (Gowli) in 1-32s; (400m) 31s. Easy. Tsavo (M. Reuben) in 1-22s; (400m) 28s. Impressed. Tajik (M. Reuben) in 1-20s; (400m) 28s. Note. Aldebro (Rb) in 1-30s; (400m) 30s. Easy.

800m: Staffordshire (Gowli) 58s; (400m) 28s.

Sand track

1,400m: Rule With Honour (Rb) in 1-48s; (400m) 32s. Red Trident (K. Gurang) in 1-49s; (400m) 32s.

1,200m: Almond Rock (Upadhya) in 1-24s; (400m) 24s. Fit. Highland Flame (Som S.) in 1-28s; (400m) 30s. Pure Energy (Rutherford) in 1-28s; (400m) 30s.

800m: Special Sovereign (P. Kumar) in 50s; (400m) 23s. Good. Solo Act (P. Kumar) in 54s; (400m) 25s. Moved well. Stately Honour (Rutherford) in 53s; (400m) 25 2/ 5s. Easy.

600m: Anokato (Som S.) and Secret Adversary (Gowli) in 42s; (400m) 28s. Both were

   
 

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