Kangaroos on the run at Eden
Iím much stronger now: Rahul Dravid
Bouquets of praise, deserving rhetoric
Toughest day of my career: Buchanan
Big bounty awaits Laxman, Harbhajan
Second win for Tolly
Customs ride Thapa hattrick
Calcutta Racing/ Surfside outstays opposition
Mumbai Racing/ Ally McBeal may score again

Calcutta, March 14: 
australia 445
india 171 & 589/4

Till the other day, a dramatic recovery would be likened to the rise of the Phoenix from the ashes.

In cricket, now, a parallel will be drawn with Indiaís incredible comeback in the second Pepsi Test versus Australia, at the Eden.

The recovery forced the selectors to again put off naming the XIV for Chennai. It also prompted the CAB brass to do a quick disappearing act and, thereby, avoid another round of pressure for whatever remains of ďcomplimentaries.Ē

Also, the sportís Hall of Fame has a new member: V.V.S.Laxman, who left in the shade Sunil Gavaskarís 236 not out to emerge Indiaís highest run-getter in a single Test innings.

All credit to Laxman, certainly, but few could have predicted Gavaskarís record will be toppled by this elegant Hyderabadi. Just as few would have bet on Harbhajan Singh recording Indiaís maiden Test hattrick.

Perhaps, itís for this reason alone that the Harbhajan and Laxman feats will forever have a special feel about them.

Ditto for this Test.

By stumps on Day-IV, a truly feel-good day, Laxman was 25 shy of becoming Indiaís first triple centurion and, while we all wish he gets there, any score he reaches will still remain a highpoint for Indian cricket.

But while Laxmanís has been the top contribution, Rahul Dravidís effort shouldnít go unnoticed. A cricketer with his commitment is bound to quickly get back to dominating. Dravid couldnít have timed this better.

Cricket is a team sport all right, but does rely on individuals to get the team ticking. Laxman and Dravid have confirmed this.

In fact, they frustrated Steve Waugh throughout the day and have already added 357 for the fifth-wicket.

Under pressure for the first time in quite a while, Steve used nine bowlers, including a host of part-timers: Matthew Hayden and Michael Slater; Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer.

[Intriguingly, Steve didnít bring himself on. He has, in the past, been a partnership-breaker.]

That certainly didnít reveal the Ďdepthí in the Australian attack. Rather, it made the world champions look very human: Clueless at times; fragile on occasions.

Clumsy, too, as runs were gifted via overthrows.

Cricket has so much to do with self-belief and, as Imran Khan told The Telegraph only recently, it can both quickly be acquired and lost.

The Australiansí self-belief did take a beating today, while the Indiansí soared for the only time since this series began in Mumbai late last month.

Resuming on individual scores of 109 and seven, Laxman and Dravid totalled 122 in the first session, 115 between lunch and tea and 98 in the last session.

Weary legs, as also Dravid being hit by severe cramps, did lower the strike-rate between tea and close but 335 runs on the penultimate day must rank as fantastic anywhere.

The overall pace, therefore, gives Sourav Ganguly the option of an early declaration tomorrow, but he is unlikely to gamble too much. Having saved what was a lost Test, it would undo all the good if the Australians made capital of even the slightest opening.

A moral victory usually counts for next to nothing, but itís been quite different at the Eden. All the more reason, then, to be safe than sorry. Having re-gained confidence, it would make more sense to go all out in the final Test.

In any case, one isnít sure how many are actually confident of the Indian attack knifing through Australia on a wicket which hasnít broken the way most do after four days.

More to the point, with nothing much to lose but everything to gain (in trying to close the three-Test series here itself), the Australians can quickly slip into the one-day mode...

A draw, therefore, is the most likely result.

Though there was a 36-minute phase, early on, when Laxman didnít keep the scorers busy, he was very much the senior partner. And, by Dravidís own admission, was an ďinspiration.Ē

In great nick yesterday itself, Laxman didnít have to scratch around, which Dravid did. Only briefly, though, as once he got the drives going and started picking up runs just about everywhere, it was the Dravid one enjoys watching.

Of course, Dravid himself made a dig at certain critics, when he said: ďI may not produce the most pretty innings and, not many may not like watching them, but teammates in the dressing room do appreciate them.Ē

It was to the dressing room that Dravid repeatedly pointed his bat while acknowledging cheers on reaching his ninth Test century.

Once Dravid got the rhythm going, the only time he was in discomfort (till the cramps) was when Jason Gillespie struck him on the Ďboxí.

Top billing, however, was monopolised by Laxman who played straight, knew just where his off-stump was and made a killing each time the Australians either pitched short or got the line wrong.

Never in two minds about pulling, executing the cut or driving on the up, Laxman was often the copybook model. Temperament, strokes... On the strength of just this one innings, he has everything in the right proportion.

Unbelievably, Laxman hasnít struck a six as yet. But, then, he didnít have to as he kept collecting boundaries (already an Indian record of 44) and never quite let go opportunities for ones and twos either.

Basically, Laxman was positive with a capital P and his approach rubbed off on Dravid who, having come through the uncertainty-phase, didnít want to call it a day.

Indian cricket needs this hunger.

While applauding Laxman and Dravid, though, one must spare a thought for Nayan Mongia. Slated to come at No.7, he has been padded-up for almost seven hours.

Laxman reached his maiden double century with arguably the shot of his innings: Smashing Mark Waugh through cover for four. Then, he overtook Gavaskar with a single to mid-wicket off Hayden.

Sadly, only around 50,000 were on the Eden terraces as history unfolded, but so involved was the turnout that Laxman (and Dravid) couldnít help get emotional.


Calcutta, March 14: 
If there was one day when Rahul Dravid simply had to regain form, it was today. He did and, in the process, featured in a momentous partnership with V.V.S. Laxman.

Among the most intense of cricketers on the circuit, the 28-year-old Dravid recently spoke to The Telegraph.

Following are excerpts

Q You had a great run (432 in three Test innings) against Zimbabwe and, then, came the break for over two months. Did you go into the present series thinking the momentum was gone?

A There are times when a break helps... I used the time off constructively, played some Duleep games and got runs... So, form wasnít a worry.

Q Generally, youíve been dubbed ĎMr Consistentí overseas, but Zimbabwe was a home series...

A I had pleasing knocks in England (for Kent) and, therefore, felt good at the start of the season. Of course, I had that injury in Sharjah but, fortunately, it didnít set me back a long way... As for the Zimbabwe series, I got set ó on admittedly good batting tracks ó and decided to play long innings.

Even in India, usually, you play on wickets which either provide too much turn early on or are dual-paced. The Kotla and Nagpur wickets were different. When the going is good, youíve got to capitalise and ensure that the mental discipline doesnít waver.

Q Did your five-six month stint at Kent sharpen ďmental disciplineĒ?

A I hadnít done well in the lead-up to the Country exposure: I didnít do well in Australia and I didnít have a great series against South Africa at home. So, it was an opportunity to work on my batting, get more hits in the middle... Despite the months in England, I returned refreshed.

Q Sourav, at times, found it difficult staying motivated (turning out for Lancashire)...

A Continuous cricket for five-six months can be difficult, but I landed in Canterbury with the attitude that I would (a) learn and (b) that I would enjoy myself. Indeed, I saw it as possibly a once- in-a-lifetime opportunity and it definitely helped that I played with a great bunch of guys.

At the same time, yes, it can get a bit difficult because County cricket isnít international cricket and you donít play in front of huge crowds. Generally, motivation, then, could be a problem. Fortunately, however, motivation hasnít ever been a worry with me ó whatever the status of the game. I believe I can always put my head down, out in the park, and stay focussed. I have that mental discipline.

Q This summer is out but, given a chance, will you be game for another County stint?

A (Laughs) I donít see a Ďfreeí summer for some years to come... In any case, as many factors will have to be taken into account, itís pointless saying anything much right now. Iíll cross the bridge once I get to it... But, yes, it will probably have to be something special for me to return for stint No. 2.

I couldnít have accepted the Kent offer had we not had a break (barring the Asia Cup) last summer. I was then 27, which I thought was the right age to learn and use the exposure to better my game.

Q Specifically, how did the batsman in you gain?

A Hmmm... Iím now playing a lot closer to the body, for one... Iím playing a tighter line and I reckon my shot-selection, too, has improved... Experience teaches many things and Iím a much stronger cricketer, in the mind, than I was on debut (early 1996).

Q Just how important is the on-going series for you?

A I havenít put myself under extra pressure as every Test is important, so is each series... I honestly donít think you can place any one Test as being more important than the rest. Idea, of course, is to consistently play good cricket.

Q But, surely, the motivation-level canít be the same against all teams?

A It is for me, be it Bangladesh or Australia. At the end of oneís career, though, it would be nice to look back on having performed well against the stronger teams. However, as Iíve said, such thoughts should only surface at the end of oneís innings.

Q Still, has your preparation been any different for this series?

A Iíve done the usual things... Prepared well, as I always do, readied to play hard. Itís another matter I may not do well.

Q Have you been weighed down by the fact you didnít do well in the last series against Australia (a mere 93 in three Tests in 1999-2000)?

A Wouldnít say so... We played them in their home conditions and, as always, a new series is a new series... Collectively, the Australians have landed with all the pressure on them.

Q What did you learn from that trip to Australia?

A That one has to play better, tougher cricket. If you arenít up to it, against teams such as Australia, you will be punished.

Q Five years into international cricket, what are your thoughts?

A (Smiles again) That itís all been the realisation of a dream... Though Iíve had both nice and unhappy moments, itís been a terrific journey. I just hope to be consistent so that I can continue to play with and against great cricketers.

Q But have you realised your own potential?

A Iíve given it my best shot and donít have regrets but, yes, one could always look back and say I wish I had done that differently... Iím still learning and am pretty far from the end of the learning-curve.

Q To the man on the street, you come across as more focussed than the average cricketer. Are you, yourself, conscious?

A Iím very committed and do play hard... If I may add, most of the guys Iíve played with in the Indian team have been just as committed and have worked just as hard... Basically, Iím a pretty intense person and, so, the image is on similar lines... However, Iím not conscious.

Q Not too long ago, there was talk you werenít suited for one-day cricket. Whatís your assessment?

A To some extent, only, the talk was probably called for... I agree my one-day performances havenít been in the same league as my Test knocks. At the same time, people have been prone to getting a little carried away, measuring my one-day performances with the ones in Test cricket.

I think people reacted in extremes when they spoke of my one-day record as being ďpoor.Ē There was no moderation in their assessment... Well, I can work on my one-day game and am doing so.

Q Are you, then, consciously putting in a greater effort at the one-day game?

A You could say so... Iím thinking more about it and thereís always room for improvement.

Q How much of a situation-player are you?

A A basic plan is always in place, only itís flexible. It canít be otherwise. Actually, youíve got to be pro-active when the situation arises.

Q Does failure scare you?

A Nobody likes to fail, but you canít always have things your way... Personally, I wonít have trouble accepting failure if Iíve given that hundred per cent. Iíve got to satisfy myself that my attitude was right and that I prepared earnestly.

Q Cricketers today are under more scrutiny than ever before...

A But one must understand there are responsibilities which go with being an international sportsman... One is definitely accorded certain privileges but one must also meet the obligations. I, for one, know just how much Iím indebted to cricket... That Iíve been fortunate to have been blessed with...

Q As a senior pro you must be happy with the cleansing drive launched by the Board?

A Look, Iíve always believed this game is bigger than any individual and while there may be the odd crisis, cricket itself will bounce back. The game can only grow stronger, in India specially. Iíve got lots of confidence.

Q Belatedly Indian cricket, too, has gone hi-tech. Your reaction?

A Not just other cricket teams, but other sport have gained from technological aids. The software wonít make you play better, strictly speaking, but it will definitely help you prepare better. In a crunch situation, that may make the difference. When everyone is competing for every last inch, internationally, all help is to be welcomed.

Q Who, in your book, is the complete cricketer?

A Somebody like Sachin... His hunger for runs, his desire to excel... Never diminishes. Weíve already seen that for over a decade... Also, his behaviour on and off the field is impeccable. Sachin is one of my idols and, really, thereís so much to learn (from him) on and off the field.

Q The last question: As vice-captain, youíre just one step from the Ďhot seatí arenít you?

A What the vice-captaincy means is that if Sourav isnít available, for whatever reason, the job will come to me. Nothing more... In any case, Iím neither crazy about the captaincy nor the vice-captaincy. If you do well and establish yourself as a senior, you may get additional responsibility... Iíve got that, but wonít ever read anything more into it.


Calcutta, March 14: 
Vangipurappu Laxman stood up to probably the most tangy acid test of his cricketing career, finally booking a date with history. The cricketing fraternity was on its toes to define a moment which simple adjectives cannot encompass.

The Telegraph sought reactions from former cricketers, who have been witness to some of the best moments in world cricket. How they rated it with the previous best innings theyíve seen, who they had thought could get past Sunil Gavaskarís 236 and who could now overcome Laxman.

Following are excerpts

SAMBARAN BANERJEE: It was something one could only dream of ó something out of this world. Only Vishyís 97, against Clive Lloydís side in Chennai 1974-75, could match this knock.

I thought only Sachin Tendulkar could get past Sunnyís 236. I donít think it will be possible to break this record in the next 20 years.

CHANDU BORDE: Excellent, scintillating. Different knocks should be judged in different perspectives and hence it is difficult to rate them. But his was of true class and substance and deserved to break Gavaskarís record.

CHETAN CHAUHAN: Perhaps the best innings I have ever seen. We are very superstitious ó all the time the two were playing I was sitting in a particular chair with my fingers crossed. Sourav put on a white towel and sat and I guess it worked.

TONY GREIG: I thought the match would see a result today and we would have gone for a round of golf or do something else. But Laxman has crushed all such thoughts. Itís marvellous.

DAVID HOOKES: The salient features of Laxmanís innings were the way he played Shane Warne and how subsequently he pushed the Aussies back to the wall.

I would not like to go into any comparison with Gavaskarís knock. Both played brilliant innings against menacingly strong bowling attacks.

Iíve seen many innings which actually spoke about what Test cricket should be ó patience, power, circumstances ó qualities that make a knock stand out.

Such knocks are the essence of the game, and you cannot pick one as the best. But I would definitely place the innings (of Laxman) in such class.

MADANLAL: Laxmanís innings is the best that Iíve ever seen and I pity those who have missed the opportunity to watch it. I doubt if I have ever seen anybody play this way before ó completely chanceless.

I donít want to compare his innings with Gavaskar as both are of the highest order.

ASHOK MALHOTRA: This is one of the best innings that I have ever seen. What Laxman has done adds to the glorious history that Gavaskar had scripted. But it did not come as a surprise as we have seen Laxman play many such innings in first-class cricket. Now he has done it at the international level and we are all very happy.

SANJAY MANJREKAR: The No. 3 spot is a key position and it is good to see it now being occupied by the most deserving person. You come across such innings only once in a decade as was played by Laxman today. He showed aggression which was the sole domain of the visitors so far. Itís really a great day for Indian cricket.

PRONOB ROY: Gavaskar would certainly love to see his crown is now being worn by the most deserving head in the current team. His innings is superior to that of Azharuddinís 182 (the previous highest score by an Indian at the Eden) because Azhar was a regular member of the team at that time while Laxmanís place in the team is still not certain .

However, I would rate Vishyís (Gundappa Vishwanath) innings of 222 in Madras (against England in 1981-82) as the best I have seen.

RAVI SHASTRI: The most important part of Laxmanís innings was the cool manner in which he tackled the Aussie attack, particularly Shane. When Shane came bowling round the leg, he never bothered to play shots on offside by moving his feet on the leg. Thatís amazing and a class in itself.

MANINDER SINGH: One of the best innings Iíve ever seen. You cannot compare it with Gavaskarís Madras knock, but both played under pressure. And when you thrive on pressure to such an effect, you are certainly going to be the man to create history.

CAMMIE SMITH: I have played with both Gary Sobers and Frank Worrell and have been witness to many of their innings when they were playing under such pressure situations. Laxmanís innings here today reminded me of those innings from those greats. This innings has perhaps saved the match for India.


Calcutta, March 14: 
Vangipurappu Laxman and Rahul Dravid must have left John Buchanan tearing his hair to find new means of checking the flow of runs at the Eden today.

The Australian coach was, however, not willing to show his emotions later in the afternoon. Rather, he praised both batsmen and was in his usual jovial mood.

ďYes, it has so far been the toughest day in my career,Ē admitted Buchanan.

ďIt was perhaps one of the best innings Iíve seen. He anchored it all brilliantly. Itís a great innings for any player. Three or four partnerships proved very crucial for the Indians with the last one being massive,Ē he added. He termed Dravidís effort as ďvery useful and essentialĒ for the side.

He was somewhat surprised by the Indian turnaround. ďFrankly, I didnít expect the Indians to play this well after watching them in the first innings here.Ē

Asked if he was surprised at the Indian thinktankís decision to have Laxman lower down the order prior to this innings, Buchanan sounded diplomatic. ďQuite possibly. But then itís upto the Indian selectors to decide.Ē

Buchanan is not willing to put all the blame on his bowlers. ďThe bowlers stuck to their task very well. Maybe, they could have done a little better.Ē

He is hoping for a change in fortunes tomorrow. ďItís been hard work for the players today. Hopefully, we can change things tomorrow. The players will get adequate rest and come back in a fresh frame of mind.

ďIt has been a game of fluctuating fortunes. Who knows what awaits us on the final day,Ē he said.

However, they havenít decided on whether to chase the target, if set one, in order to try and record their 17th win on-the-trot. ďLetís see what the target is,Ē he said.


Calcutta, March 14: 
The CAB today awarded V.V.S. Laxman Rs 2 lakh for the scintillating unbeaten double century he scored at the Eden Gardens. The CAB president, Jagmohan Dalmiya, also said that he would be awarded Rs 1,000 for each run that he scores beyond the 200-mark and Rs 2,000 for every run beyond 236.

The 26-year-old right-hander, remained unbeaten on 275 at stumps on the fourth day of the second Test against the formidable Australians.

Laxman, therefore, was already assured of Rs 3.14 lakh today. His booty will surely be even bigger tomorrow.

The CAB has also decided to honour the performance of young Harbhajan Singh, the first Test hattrick getter in the country, by offering him a booty of Rs 1 lakh. They also promised a sum of Rs 5 lakh to the Indian team if they are successful in recording a win tomorrow.

The state government has also announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh each to Laxman and Harbhajan.


Calcutta, March 14: 

Away from the Eden arclights Tollygunge Agragami staged a coup of sorts today, beating Salgaocar 1-0 in a 13th-round National League tie.

Nigerian medio Abdul Saliu, who plays more as a pillar in front of the deep defenders, got the goal in the 28th minute ó with a rasping 28-yard drive.

His right-footer stunned all, including the goalkeeper and perhaps even himself, as it first struck the inner edge of the horizontal and then took the fingertips of the íkeeper before bouncing inside the goalline.

Todayís defeat, their third in succession, almost erased Salgaocarís title hopes as they stayed on 19 points. Tollygunge, after their second win and first at home, moved to 14 points and also took a big step towards keeping their berth in the elite 12.

Tollygunge, who always look different at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium, managed more looks at the goal than the former champions and could have increased the margin had their strikers been better at their task.

Covering each blade of grass (there are not too many, though) in their own defending and mid-third, Amal Duttaís men repeatedly troubled the Goan giants who looked completely off-colour.

Starting with internationals Alvito DíCunha, Bruno Coutinho and Roberto Fernandes on the bench, Salgaocar hardly looked different after the induction of the first two in the second half.

The best chance for the Goans (there were two in all) came in the 33rd when Denis Cabral ran down the right and found Jules Alberto inside the box but Prasanta Dora got his body well behind the ball to collect the low left-footer.


TOLLYGUNGE AGRAGAMI: Prasanta Dora; Temjen Kibang, Debashish Pal Chowdhury, Satish Bharti, Biswanath Mondal; Ranjan Chowdhury (Mohammed Qaizer, 87), Absul Saliu, Sashthi Duley, Emeka Achilefu, Sumit Sur (Ali Reza, 62); Abdulateef Seriki.

SALGvbAOCAR: Juje Siddi; Venacio Gonzalez, Franky Barreto, Covan Lawrence, Roque Pereira; Denis Cabral (Jatin Bisht, 84), Jules Alberto, Climax Lawrence, Dharamjit Singh (Alvito DíCunha, 56); Christian Okoye, Alex Ambrose (Bruno Coutinho, 73).

Referee: Krishan Avatar (Delhi).


Calcutta, March 14: 
A.P. Thapa struck a hattrick as Calcutta Customs crushed BSF, South Bengal 5-1 in a first division (group A) match of the BHA league today. Rajinder Singh had drawn first blood before Thapaís three-in-a-row. Sanjay Bisht completed the tally. John Bhengra brought a consolation goal for BSF.

Volleyball league

Calcutta Port Trust swept past Milan Samity 25-22, 27-25, 27-25 in a crucial match of the first division (group A) league of the West Bengal Volleyball Association.

Rajasthan Club kept its unbeaten record intact by crushing Chhatra Samity 25-17, 25-14, 25-11.

In other matches, West Bengal Police tamed Bijoyee Sangha 25-19, 25-18, 19-25, 25-22 andHowrah Union got past Southern Samity 22-25, 25-15, 25-18, 27-25.


Calcutta, March 14: 
Displaying vast improvement, the Darius Byramji-trained filly Surfside outstayed the Deepak Khaitan-owned fancied trio of Andreyev, Alvarada and Andestine in the longest classic of the season, the 2,800m Calcutta St. Leger today. Ridden off the pace for a major part of the trip, jockey Chowksey Ruzaan brought the Green Forest-Nafazaka filly into the fray rounding the home-turn, and the Vijay Mallya-property faced little resistance from the fancied lot.

The Governorís Cup, too, saw the downfall of the hot-favourite, Alyssum, as Daniel Davidís much improved Stately Don came with a late run to bag the trophy.

Note: The RCTC stewards, today morning, handed over a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to the stateís chief minister towards his Gujarat relief fund.


1. Play On Handicap 1,200m: (4-7-9-5) Tsaynen Blue (Gowli) 1; Go With The Wind (Rutherford) 2; Three Good (Rabani) 3; Floral Path (G. Singh) 4. Won by: 2-3/4; Nk; 1-1/4; (1-14.3). Tote: Win Rs 15; Place: 12; 15; 14; Quinella: 45; Tanala: 95. Fav: Tsaynen Blue (4). Winner trained by Javed K.

2. Long Tom Handicap 2,000m: (11-4-7-1) Scavengerís Son (Tamang) 1; Alembic (C. Alford) 2; Flying Scot (Gowli) 3; Arco Europa (A. P. Singh) 4. Won by: 1/2; 3/4; 1-3/4; (2-7.4). Tote: Win Rs 124; Place: 40; 19; 19; Quinella: 279; Tanala: 2,446. Fav: Alembic (4). Winner trained by Daniel D.

3. Madras Race Club Cup 1,200m: (13-11-3-7) Soviet Port (Ruzaan) 1; Splendid Star (Tamang) 2; Alsheim (C. Alford) 3; Princelene (Gowli) 4. Won by: 2-1/4; SH; SH; (1-12.2). Tote: Win Rs 36; Place: 16; 148; 33; Quinella: 652; Tanala: 9,387. Fav: Sadaf (10). Winner trained by Bharath S.

4. Governorís Cup 1,600m: (2-5-1/6) Stately Don (A. Imran) 1; Alyssum (Kader) 2; Freedom Dancer (Surender) & Prince Obolensky (Rabani) 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 1-3/4; D-H; (1-37.6). Tote: Win Rs 88; Place: 16; 11; 14 (on Freedom Dancer); 10; (on Prince Obolensky); Quinella: 28; Tanala: 324. Fav: Alyssum (5). Winner trained by Daniel D.

5. Calcutta St. Leger 2,800m: (5-2-4-1) Surfside (Ruzaan) 1; Andreyev (Kader) 2; Alvarada (C. Alford) 3; Andestine (Amil) 4. Won by: 2-3/4; 2-1/4; Dist; (3-4). Tote: Win Rs 62; Place: 20; 11; Quinella: 24; Tanala: 170. Fav: Andreyev (2). Winner trained by D. Byramji.

6. Lumination Handicap 1,100m: (11-9-1-6) Sovereign Bullet (A. Imran) 1; Cavala (Islam) 2; Ispahan (Rutherford) 3; Santillana (Gurang) 4. Won by: 2-1/4; 1-1/4; Nk; (1-5.4). Tote: Win Rs 33; Place: 18; 36; 21; Quinella: 310; Tanala: 1,914. Fav: Sovereign Bullet (11). Winner trained by Daniel D.

Jackpot: Rs 2,85,880; (C) Rs 14,536.

Treble: (i) Rs 789; (ii) Rs 1,851.


Outer sand track

1,600m: Falconaire (Rb) in 2-8s; (400m) 33s. Easy.

1,400m: Allosaki (C. Alford) in 1-40s; (400m) 28s. Good. Special Sovereign (Rutherford) and Animator (C. Alford) in 1-45s; (400m) 30s. Former far better.

1,200m: Automatic (Amil) and Ascoril (C. Alford) in 1-27s; (400m) 29s. Former 4 ls better. Calamint (C. Alford) and Track no. 63 (A. P. Singh) in 1-26s; (400m) 29s. Former far better. Alcyclic (A. P. Singh) and Ancheta (C. Alford) in 1-21s; (400m) 29s. Former 2 ls better. Appyness (Amil) and Astoria (C. Alford) in 1-27s; (400m) 29s. Both were stretched out to level. Remember Me (Rb) 1-31s; (400m) 31s. Easy. Red Trident (Rb) in 1-33s; (400m) 28s.

800m: Staffordshire (Rb) in 1-0s; (400m) 30s. Pure Passion (P. Alford) in 56s; (400m) 28s. Moved well. Storm Centre (Upadhya) in 58s; (400m) 30s. Eau Savage (G. Singh) and Don Vittoria (Haroon) in 59s; (400m) 30s. Former a length better.

Sand track

1,400m: Regency Times ( A. Imran) in 1-46s; (400m) 26s. Fit. Lady Shirley (Khalander) in 1-56s; (400m) 31s.

1,000m: Privy Council (Rb) in 1-14s; (400m) 28s.

800m: Solo Act (Rutherford) in 48s; (400m) 23s. Moved well. Ghunghat (Nasruddin) in 56s; (400m) 28s. Fencai (Rb) in 57s; (400m) 29s. Rule With Honour (Amjad) in 59s; (400m) 29s. Mr. Bombshell (Som S.) in 1-0s; (400m) 27s. Ballet Master (A. Imran) in 57s; (400m) 29s. Highland Flame (Rb) in 1-2s; (400m) 29s.

Barrier trial after the last race

1,000m: Alvernia (Islam), Fibonacci (V. Jaiswal) and Kenilworth (Rabani) in 1-10s. They finished in the order named, each being separated by a length.    

Mumbai, March 14: 
A winner of two races in-a-row, the Imtiaz Sait-trained Ally McBeal is fancied to land the 1,000m Amazing Bay Trophy at the Mumbai races on Thursday. C. Rajendra partners the four-year-old filly by Placerville out of Ablaze


3 pm: Heart Beat 1. Classic Land 2. Evening In Paris 3.
3.30 pm: Code Of Courage 1. Golden Tiger 2. Bearer Bond 3.
4 pm: Blades Of Fury 1. Diplomat Rose 2. Tajjub 3.
4.30 pm: Ally McBeal 1. Special Recruit 2. Secret Blessingís 3.
5 pm: Anchors Aweigh 1. Final Cut 2. Uprising 3.
5.30 pm: Wordsworth 1. Magic Arrow 2. Timbavati 3.
6 pm: Champagne Gold 1. Meringue 2. Absolute Hit 3.
6.30 pm: Flensburg 1. L. A. Woman 2. Queenstown 3.

Dayís Best: Ally McBeal

Double: Heart Beat & Champagne Gold

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