Harbhajan at it again, Steve Waugh in the way
Harbhajan has captain’s confidence: Venkat
Final day prospects: Sourav fingers crossed
It’s definitely advantage India at this stage: Mark
Bagan favourites vs Tollygunge
71-run win for Kalighat
A spirited effort, says Baljit Saini
Calcutta Racing/ Rabani becomes first victim of Maneka's wish
Mumbai Racing/ Eka set to win again

 
 
HARBHAJAN AT IT AGAIN, STEVE WAUGH IN THE WAY 
 
 
FROM INDRANIL MAJUMDAR
 
Chennai, March 21: 
Australia 391 & 241/7
India 501

His list of souvenirs is growing by the day. Harbhajan Singh, as part of his personal collection, has already tucked the balls used in each innings of the Calcutta Test into one corner of his memento box.

Skipper Sourav Ganguly presented him the one with which he got the seven wickets in the Aussies’ first innings here the other day (with official permission). He is sure to add another, once the visitors’ second innings comes to a close tomorrow.

The Punjab off-spinner, who now has 50 wickets in Tests, today grabbed his 29th of the series with the last ball of Day IV. His fourth successive five-wicket haul sent Australia into a tailspin yet again.

After conceding a 110-run first innings lead, they are 131 ahead, with three wickets standing. Steve Waugh, determination writ large on his face, is the one they are looking up to for another 70-odd runs to try and put the hosts in a spot of bother. Steve is fully aware that all previous wins would not count for much if the series here was not won and that should be cause for enough inspiration.

The Aussie skipper’s 143-minute vigil may have produced just 43 runs today but that was enough to restore some confidence in his batsmen after the Harbhajan-led Indian spinning trio threatened to run through them at one stage.

The wicket is showing signs of wear and tear with the odd ball turning and jumping from the bowler’s footmarks. “We may have the upperhand now but they are going to come back at us very hard,” said a cautious Rahul Dravid after the day’s play. “The foremost aim will be to win, but we’ll plan and play according to the situation,” he added.

The 20-year-old offie preyed on the Aussies’ minds, sticking to a steady line and employing the drifter to great effect. Nilesh Kulkarni and Sairaj Bahutule were largely made to look ineffective, though they ended up picking a wicket each.

Expecting the Harbhajan magic to do wonders, Sourav introduced him in the fourth over of the innings. The openers, however, were unnerved as they found the hard ball easy to negotiate. Both Matthew Hayden and Michael Slater were on the offensive, using their feet against the spinners and not losing an opportunity to go for the big shots.

Slater, seeking to make his last chance on this trip memorable, lifted Harbhajan for a six in his first over and then repeated the same act against Kulkarni. In between, Samir Dighe let go a stumping chance. His ’keeping has consistently turned out to be an embarrassment for the selectors what with the latter’s decision to include him ahead of Nayan Mongia.

There was no let up from Hayden either as he was severe on anything pitched short. A cross batted swipe over mid wicket earned him a six off Kulkarni but he perished in his next attempt to repeat the stroke. Zaheer Khan judged the ball well in running forward from the deep to take the catch.

Gilchrist was promoted in the batting order to keep the momentum going. It was also meant to unsettle Harbhajan. But it never worked as Gilchrist spoiled his chances by playing within the crease. Eleven balls later, he was ruled leg before to one that held its course on pitching.

Justin Langer’s agonising wait ended 74 minutes later but it remained unclear as to why he stood his ground despite the ball having clearly taken the outside edge on way to first slip.

It was time for the Waugh brothers to get into the act. Mark (57 off 139 balls, 7x4), the cool customer that he is, played the pivotal role as he allowed Steve to settle. There was nothing flashy in his approach as he merely pushed into the gaps and kept the scoreboard moving.

The class, though, was always evident in the straight drive he played off Kulkarni or the manner in which he late cut Sachin Tendulkar. The twins shared a threatening 52-run fifth wicket stand until Harbhajan got into the act, returning for the day’s final spell. His probing line had convinced his skipper to employ a backward short leg this time and it worked to their advantage.

Mark’s 142-minute vigil came to an end when his intended flick landed significantly at backward short leg’s hands. Dravid managed to cling onto his right on the second attempt.

Ricky Ponting lived dangerously for 30 minutes and was lucky to survive twice — first, Harbhajan failed to get the umpire’s nod for a caught behind and then Bahutule failed to lay his hands on a low return catch. After hitting Harbhajan for a six, he failed to keep one away from taking his gloves on way to backward short leg.

To add to the excitement, the tweaker then removed Warne with the day’s last delivery. The ball turned and hit Warne on his back pad as he offered no stroke. Umpire A.V. Jayaprakash ruled in the bowler’s favour. It surprised Warne and meant more anxiety for Steve.

   

 
 
HARBHAJAN HAS CAPTAIN’S CONFIDENCE: VENKAT 
 
 
FROM LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Chennai, March 21: 
A top-bracket off-spinner, former India captain, one-time selector, manager and Match Referee and currently ICC panel umpire. Srinivas Venkatraghavan has probably himself forgotten the number of hats he has worn. Yet, as an active player and otherwise, Venkat has had a truly distinguished career.

An icon in these parts, Venkat spoke to The Telegraph this morning (with clickcricket.com’s permission), largely on Harbhajan Singh. He also answered a clutch of other queries. Incidentally, in 57 Test appearances, Venkat collected 156 wickets.

He would, of course, had played more had his peak not coincided with Erapalli Prasanna’s.

Following are excerpts

On his impressions specific to the Harbhajan Singh of today

Bowling has much to do with confidence and, today, Harbhajan is a confident off-spinner. Most important, he has the captain’s confidence. If the captain doesn’t have much faith, no bowler will get anywhere. Obviously, Harbhajan is bowling to a plan and his line of attack is good. Wickets, therefore, will follow.

On his impressions of Harbhajan when he made his debut three years ago

Frankly, I didn’t see much of him (then). In any case, he came under a cloud soon after the debut so... His confidence must have been hit.

On whether he, too, felt Harbhajan’s action was suspect

Because he would then come totally front-on, there was that suggestion (only) he may not have been bowling fairly. Now, you would have seen, he is more side-on and, in my opinion, it’s difficult to chuck with that side-on approach.

On where Harbhajan needs to improve

He could work on the delivery which leaves the batsman. And, having done that, to get the ball to come into the batsman — from the same spot, mind you. It will give batsmen so much to think about... Harbhajan has to put in longer hours at nets as I’ve always believed it’s not merely practice which makes perfect, rather only perfect practice makes perfect.

On whether Harbhajan’s success could spark a (spin) revival of sorts

But be it in India or elsewhere, spinners will always have a place. In all forms of the game, at that.

On the Australians being specially suspect against off-spinners

Because, barring Ashley Mallet for a while, they haven’t had a truly world class off-spinner. And, because they only face quality wrist spinners (at home), they have trouble against off-spinners overseas. This, of course, is a personal view.

On the Indian selectors experimenting with too many left-arm spinners — Murali Kartik, Rahul Sanghvi, veteran Venkatapathi Raju and, now, Nilesh Kulkarni

Just not done... They should identify one class left-armer and give him confidence. Should go for a long-distance horse... Raju was good, but is now over-the-hill... This constant chopping isn’t going to help anybody, least of all left-arm spinners. What will, is giving confidence. I would have persisted with Kartik though, to be fair, I haven’t seen much of Sanghvi and Kulkarni.

On shouldn’t the Board have had a spinners’-specific policy after the retirement of the famed quartet

Well, yes... At the same time, it’s the quicks who have the better chance of delivering overseas and, so, everybody started looking to the Jawagal Srinaths. Actually, we need spinners who can bowl on all surfaces; spinners who will be patient and bide their time (in the first innings) by maintaining a tidy line and length. In the second, after the customary wear and tear, they can come into the picture in a big way.

On whether he is disappointed the Board has hardly ever utilised either his or Bishan Bedi or Prasanna’s expertise

(Smiles) But why only blame the Board? What about the emerging spinners? How often have they come to Bish, Pras or myself? How many have taken the initiative to interact with former players? Indeed, can anybody say I’ve refused to offer tips? I’ve been available; so surely have the others... As I’ve said, why blame the Board only? Now, of course, the Academy is there (in Bangalore) and we will contribute.

On the off-spinner he idolised

Mr Ghulam Ahmed... I was also fortunate to see Subhas Gupte, whom I consider the best leg-spinner ever, and Vinoo Mankad bowl. Talking to Ghulam, for instance, always made the bowler in me think. Why not have a different field? Why not bowl a slightly different line? It was one huge learning experience.

On the ideal temperament for a spinner

He must have the temperament of a quick. In other words, he’s got to be aggressive. He’s got to be the type who will keep conveying “I’ll get on top of you, I won’t allow you to dominate.” That, at least, was my temperament.

On the top contemporary spinners

Shane Warne and Saqlain Mushtaq. Warne, though, hasn’t bowled the right line in India — he should be bowling middle-off and encouraging batsmen to play in the cover region, inside-out. As for Saqlain, he is aggressive and can deliver on all surfaces. In my book, he is the complete off-spinner. Saqlain has the variation, the line and length, and consistency.

On Muttiah Muralidharan

No comments.

On the spinners’ clinic here, a couple of years ago, attended by a bunch of Australian cricketers (including Matthew Hayden)

They were brought over by Wayne Philips, who is associated with the Academy in Adelaide... Basically, it was an education-trip and the Haydens learnt the lessons well. Even now, Hayden keeps talking to me. He has worked hard and is getting the rewards. You know, no matter what the others teach and suggest, the cricketer himself has to do his own thing. As the saying goes, you can only take the horse to the water, but the horse must itself do the drinking.

Finally, on Prasanna and he being contemporaries

(Laughs) Should one of us have been born earlier or later? Of course... It just so happened that, more often than not, only one of us played while the other carried the drinks tray... Come to think of it, the reserve could have walked into any other Test XI.

   

 
 
FINAL DAY PROSPECTS: SOURAV FINGERS CROSSED 
 
 
FROM LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Chennai, March 21: 
For Steve Waugh, the Last Frontier is set to remain unconquered. Yet, Sourav Ganguly is doing nothing more than keeping fingers crossed. Of course, it comes easy for the Australian captain to give little away, not so for Sourav to control emotions.

But, then, the Indian captain is quickly learning.

“The last Test (at the Eden) taught all of us that no game is over till almost the last ball... A full day’s play remains and, so, I won’t say anything but keep fingers crossed,” Sourav told The Telegraph, as he headed for the team bus, some 45 minutes after stumps at the Chepauk.

Even if Sourav (sensibly) isn’t going overboard — nor, for that matter, the team — the mood at the amphitheatre and across Chennai was upbeat throughout Day IV. Despite the most sapping humidity, at least 30,000 packed the terraces and many stayed back to cheer till the team departed for the Taj Coromandal.

It certainly helped that Zaheer Khan, V.V.S. Laxman and Rahul Dravid brought off catches which, unless calamity strikes, win matches.

While Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh got the most deafening applause, handsome were the cheers for Sourav. It’s a sign, one supposes, of his rising stock (though, as a batsman, Sourav has been a failure). After the “hai-hais” in Mumbai and the first innings jeers in Calcutta, the applause would have been soothing.

Only, Sourav betrayed little emotion. He briefly waved, breaking into a half-smile.

Steve (and the Australians) left much later, after the Colin Millers had knocked about for what seemed an eternity but, typically, Steve wouldn’t allow the burden of avoiding defeat reflect in his body language. “Yeah, I’m fine... I’m okay... Yes, I know...” he said.

The Australian captain has survived 143 minutes and 105 deliveries of the ultimate test. Not enough and Steve knows that. It will, after all, be curtains at express speed should he be quickly dismissed or the remaining three wickets be speedily claimed.

Australia, at the moment, are just 131 in front.

Coach John Buchanan, speaking exclusively, commented: “Look, we’re neither right up there, nor are we right down... So...” That, then, will be Buchanan’s message at a team meeting planned for later this evening. Despite being on the verge of losing his first series as coach, Buchanan could still grin.

Perhaps, there’s a message in that: Being ‘tight’, as the last day of this three-Test series gets underway, will be very counterproductive. The order of the day, for the Indians, would be to relax and not make unforced errors. Also, to tactically be flexible.

It appears nobody has quite forgotten the horror story at Barbados, four years ago, when India crashed to 81 when requiring 121 to beat the West Indies and change the face of Indian cricket. Tonight, though, the team should draw inspiration from the Eden spectacular, not replay one of our worst moments.

“No. I don’t think I’ll be telling the boys anything special... I take it day-by-day. There’s still lots of cricket (left) and, really, we’ve got to keep this momentum going,” pointed out the Indian coach, John Wright, who is in the Steve Waugh-mould.

However, even if the captain and coach have caution written all over, the exuberant Harbhajan, who has already taken 29 of the 47 Australian wickets, insisted: “Jeet to 150 per cent ho jayegi.” Not only has this Jalandhar boy made the mother of all comebacks, he has taken India to the doorstep of history.

Last week, Sourav became the third captain (after Andrew Stoddart and Mike Brearley) to savour victory after conceding a first innings lead. Now, he is set to join Allan Steel and William Gilbert Grace (England captains in the 1888 series against Australia), Hansie Cronje, Salim Malik and Arjuna Ranatunga (twice) — the only others to taste success in a three-Test series after losing the first game.

Sourav may squirm at the company of some, but should still give his left arm to be there.

   

 
 
IT’S DEFINITELY ADVANTAGE INDIA AT THIS STAGE: MARK 
 
 
FROM INDRANIL MAJUMDAR
 
Chennai, March 21: 
Mark Waugh’s return to form may have come a bit too late for Australia but the flamboyant batsman has still not given up hope on his team’s chances in the deciding Test.

Mark believes the 131-run lead gained at the end of the fourth day will have to be extended substantially to put pressure on the hosts. A couple of quick wickets and it could be anybody’s game.

“It’s definitely advantage India for now because the wicket is still playing pretty well. Apart from the rough, most of the wicket is still firm. I would like another 60-70 runs tomorrow to give us a chance,” he said.

“If we can get 70 runs we do have a chance. Our fast bowlers have bowled really well and it’s possible we could get early wickets and put pressure on the middle-order. There will be men around the bat and everyone is human. We’ve got to look at that.

“A lead of 200 doesn’t say a lot but when you are batting last, there’s a bit of extra pressure there. If you can get a couple of early wickets, the game can change. Like in Calcutta, we were sure to win the Test but we lost it. The same thing could happen here in the reverse,” he hoped.

His scores of 70 and 57 along with Matthew Hayden’s 203 in this Test has helped Australia keep their chances alive. But why did he struggle during the previous two Tests?

“In the first Test, I didn’t have much of a chance to do anything — I got out first ball.

“I fell to a really good ball in the first innings in Calcutta and then in the second was out for nought. I felt I was batting really good today and I’m disappointed at playing a bad shot. I should have got a hundred here but there’s nothing I can do now but yeah, I’m feeling pretty good with my form.”

Mark praised Harbhajan Singh and rates him at the top. “At the moment he is right up there with the best spinners going around. He bowls with a lot of confidence, gets a lot of bounce and spin. He has got the straighter, the top spinner and is varying his pace very well. He is very accurate. I can’t remember the last full toss or the last long hop he bowled,” he explained.

“I think I’m getting used to him now that the Test match is finished…” he quipped.

Mark doesn’t wish to give much credit to the other bowlers. “Apart from Harbhajan, I thought there was no real danger in the Indian bowling.

He was really dangerous when he was pitching in the rough outside off stump and if you could combat that, there wouldn’t be much problems. Even Sachin bowled too many loose balls.”

   

 
 
BAGAN FAVOURITES VS TOLLYGUNGE 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, March 21: 
The Mohun Bagan players will sport a new set of jerseys when they take on Tollygunge Agragami in a National Football League tie at Salt Lake Stadium tomorrow. The traditional green-and-maroon colours will be there, but in more trendy stripes. They will also replace the white shorts with green ones, though after tomorrow’s game.

The new outfit, however, hardly makes things any different for the coach, as his team is still trailing leaders East Bengal by six points. With 25 points from 14 outings, Subrata Bhattacharya thinks the only way out is to win all the remaining matches. Tollygunge, he admitted, have a good record against his team. He ruled out taking them lightly.

Tollygunge have just 14 points from as many matches and have to collect a few more to avoid relegation. Their record at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium has been good but the wider expanse of the Salt Lake ground may make them breathe a different air.

Tomorrow, Mohun Bagan will be at full strength as Brazilian defender Amaouri da Silva will return from a one-match ban. He will replace Hussain Mustafi.

Fresh from their 6-0 drubbing of Mahindra United, Mohun Bagan are on a high. The attacking resources and a creative midfield make them clear favourites. Jose Ramirez Barreto and R.C. Prakash are in good nick, while Basudeb Mondal and Rennedy Singh looked sharp in recent outings.

Tollygunge are thinking of sacrificing one striker and have more blockers and snatchers in midfield. If they field one forward, Seriki Abdulateef may sit out as he is on a yellow card. Tollygunge want him in their next match against SBT and they can afford to field two strikers in that match, the team management feels. Emeka Achilefu, in that case, will be lone man up front tomorrow.

Their worry is a leg injury to deep defender Satish Bharti. This TFA blue has looked solid this season and Partha Sarathi Dey will move in from left-back if he does not recover. Dey’s place will then go to Biswanath Mondal.

Police problem

Police authorities have said they may not be able to deploy enough men for the April 4 match between East Bengal and FC Kochin because of Muharram on the following day. A decision in this regard is expected later.    

 
 
71-RUN WIN FOR KALIGHAT 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, March 21: 
Kalighat beat Tollygunge Agragami by 71 runs to advance to the pre-quarter finals of the CAB senior division league today.

SUMMARISED SCORES

(Championship play-off)

Kalighat 236. Tollygunge Agragami 165 (Mainak Sengupta 41, Sanjib Sanyal 4/42, Timir Chanda 3/33). Kalighat won by 71 runs.

Relegation play-off

Ballygunge United 498/5 (Samrat Sengupta 118, Sekhar Das Yadav 94 n.o., Rajesh Hela 82, Shibnath Samanta 63, Shikhar Dhawan 63; Ashok Verma 3/105) vs Taltala Institute. Excelsiors 424 (Sukomal Ganguly 167, Vikash Mansatta 86, Judhajit Mukherjee 65, Rakesh Kumar 5/109) vs ABP Sports Club.

Wills Trophy uncertain

The Wills Trophy may not be held this year. Replying to a query from CAB joint-secretary Debdas Banerjee, the BCCI informed that Bengal’s match,like the others matches, has been indefinitely deferred. The CAB official had written to the board after not receiving any information following changes in the original schedule. According to it, Bengal were supposed to meet Board President’s XI in Pune on February 8.

Malaysian eves for 5 ties

The Malaysian national women’s football team will play five exhibition games against Bengal XI during their 13-day trip beginning this week. The 29-member contingent will land here Friday and the first match will be in Siliguri Monday under lights.

The other games are in Malda (Wednesday), Basirhat (March 30), Haldia (April 1) and Salt Lake Stadium (April 3).

The IFA, joint-organisers of this series with the State Sports Council, has shortlisted 30 players. The final squad will be announced Saturday.

One for the river

The Sea Explorers’ Institute, in collaboration with the state youth service department, will observe Gangotsav off Outram Ghat on Friday and Saturday.

The event, aimed at spreading awareness on how the river can be better used, will see swimming and waterpolo events. There will also be demonstration events like rowing, kayaking, life-saving, diving and a panel discussion on methods to prevent pollution.

Bula Chowdhury will be felicitated on Saturday. About 250 from several districts are expected to take part.

Port Trust win

Port Trust beat FCI 2-1 in the BHA first division group A league today. P. Herenz and I.S. Rahal scored for Port, J.K. Kiro struck for FCI. In group B, Baranagore beat Calcutta Police 5-0.    

 
 
A SPIRITED EFFORT, SAYS BALJIT SAINI 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, March 21: 
The national hockey team returned home today after conquering Pakistan in Dhaka. The Indians edged out their traditional rivals 6-5 via the tie-breaker to lift the Prime Minister’s Gold Cup title.

There was a brief stopover in the city as most members, including Baljit Singh Saini, left for their respective hometowns straight from the airport. Saini, the former city-based midfielder, said it was a spirited effort by the young Indian team to beat Olympic semi-finalists Pakistan after trailing twice in regulation time.

Basking in the glory of yesterday’s victory, Saini said: “This is a young team and this set of players should be persisted with.”

Saini, a Punjab and Sind Bank (PSB) employee, was not sure whether he would be able to return to the city for the Beighton Cup beginning at the end of this month. PSB, the defending champions, may take part in another meet in bangalore early next month and a confirmation is expected in the next few days.

Grasscourt meet

Men’s top seed Abhishek Jagnanai overcame a 1-4 deficit in the first set to beat Manoj Sewa 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the quarter finals of the Open Grasscourt meet at High Court Club today.

OTHER RESULTS (quarter finals) — MEN: Dhruv Kumar bt Indradip Mitra 6-2, 6-2; Rupesh Roy bt Samrat Ghosh 6-2, 6-2.

WOMEN: Karina Ahuja bt Soma Banerjee 7-5, 7-6 (5); Priyanka Parekh bt Arpita Ghosh 6-0, 6-1.

   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACING/ RABANI BECOMES FIRST VICTIM OF MANEKA'S WISH 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta, March 21: 
Maneka Gandhi, the union minister for social justice and empowerment, has reason to be pleased as jockey S. Rabani was handed a two race-day suspension today for a whipping related offence.

The jockey, in the past, had been warned and fined, as well, for improper and excessive whipping of horses but his belting of Nearco Prince, today in the Dalkeith Handicap, prompted the RCTC stewards to take the extreme step. Rabani, thus becomes the first victim of Maneka wishes. The animal activist had been demanding severe punishment against whipping of horses.

In fact, she had desired whips in horseracing to be totally banned but had compromised on the use of a shock-absorbing and ‘Aircush’ type of sticks after several representations by the Turf Authorities of India. The Jockeys Association of India, are however, against the soft whips and have managed get a stay order from a Mumbai city court early this month. Racing, on the day, was, otherwise very exciting as outsiders ruled the trophy events.

RESULTS

1. Dalkeith Handicap 1,600m: (2-3-1-4) Supreme Desire (Upadhya) 1; Nearco Prince (Rabani) 2; Consul’s Secret (M. Reuben) 3; Armila (Engineer) 4. Won by: 1/2; 1-3/4; 1-1/4; (1-41). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 15; 18; Quinella: 37; Tanala: 126. Fav: Supreme Desire (2). Winner trained by Rodrigues. (Note: Third placed Ghunghat was disqualified for failing to weight- in).

2. Dashmesh And Hargobind Stud Grand Annual Handicap 1,600m: (4-5-1-3) Alamito (Rabani) 1; Arterial (Shanker) 2; Accrete (C. Alford) 3; Regency Times (A. Imran) 4. Won by: 4-1/2; Nk; 2-1/4; (1-38.4). Tote: Win Rs 119; Place: 27; 49; Quinella: 510; Tanala: 2,235. Fav: Accrete (1). Winner trained by Bharath S.

3. Cradle Of The Deep Handicap 1,100m: (1-4-2-7) Kargil Soldier (Gowli) 1; Aflicker (Islam) 2; Constantine (E. Smith) 3; Pure Passion (Rutherford) 4. Won by: 3/4; 2; Hd; (1-6.4). Tote: Win Rs 84; Place: 27; 20; 23; Quinella: 157; Tanala: 1,659.Fav: Glass Slipper (9). Winner trained by J. Stephens.

4. Deep Water Blues Handicap, Div-I 1,400m: (6-9-5-10) Alkido (C. Alford) 1; Ballet Master (Som S.) 2; Mr. Bombshell (A. Imran) 3; Spanish Drum’s (P. Kumar) 4. Won by: 1/2; 3-1/4; 1-3/4; (1-25.7). Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 15; 43; 17; Quinella: 307; Tanala: 1,392. Fav: Alkido (6). Winner trained by Bharath S.

5. Idle Rocks Handicap 1,200m: (2-7-6-4) Adeline (C. Alford) 1; Three Good (Islam) 2; Fencai (M. Reuben) 3; Pistol Star (Shanker) 4. Won by: 4-1/4; Nk; 1; (1-14.7). Tote: Win Rs 37; Place: 17; 23; 14; Quinella: 79; Tanala: 228. Fav: Fencai (6). Winner trained by Daniel D.

6. Bookmakers’ Association Cup 1,400m: (15-7-5-9) Software (Amil) 1; Madame X (Gowli) 2; Diplomatic Gesture (Shanker) 3; Pneumatic Power (Gurang) 4. Won by: 3-1/2; 2-1/4; SH; (1-27). Tote: Win Rs 1,593; Place: 297; 16; 30; Quinella: 3,536; Tanala: 46,625. Fav: Madame X (7). Winner trained by Bath.

7. Deep Water Blues Handicap, Div-II 1,400m: (5-8-2-6) Cool Quest (Gowli) 1; Alborada (A. Imran) 2; Cha-rlene (Rabani) 3; Crucible (C. Alfod) 4. Won by: 2; SH; 1-1/4; (1-25.8). Tote: Win Rs 41; Place: 14; 19; 19; Quinella: 115; Tanala: 737. Fav: Crucible (6). Winner trained by Asfand.

Jackpot: Rs 1,48,349; (C) Rs 26,179.

Treble: (i) Rs 4,239; (ii) Rs 13,786.

WEDNESDAY’S TRACK TRIALS

Outer sand track

1,400m: Automatic (Amil) and Alicyclic (C. Alford) in 1-42s; (400m) 30s. Former was a length better. Athletico (C. Alford) in 1-44s; (400m) 30s. Easy.

No Regrets (Rb) and Tsaynen Blue (M. Reuben) in 1-53s; (400m) 31s. They were level and were easy.

1,200m: Anolini (A. P. Singh) 1-27s; (400m) 29s. Moved well. Allosaki (C. Alford) in 1-41s; (400m) 31s. Fit. Flamebird (M. Reuben) in 1-27s; (400m) 28s. Good. Gold Buck (Shanker) in 1-29s; (400m) 28s. Handy. Amarante (Amil) in 1-28s; (400m) 29s. Easy. Aldebro (A. P. Singh) in 1-27s; (400m) 28s. Moved well.

1,000m: Russian Czar (Rutherford) in 1-13s; (400m) 28s. fit.

800m: Lovely Duchess (Yadav) in 55s; (400m) 28s. Good. Starina (Yadav) in 56s; (400m) 28s. Easy. Raaz (M. Reuben) in 56s; (400m) 28s. Moved well. Remember Me (Rb) in 1-3s; (400m) 32s.

Sand track

1,400m: Cup Of Life (Tamang) in 1-51s; (400m) 32s.

1,200m: Global Harmony (G. Singh) in 1-21s; (400m) 25s. Was handy.

1,000m: Rule With Honour (Rb) in 1-5s; (600m) 25s. Fit.

800m: Stately Honour (P. Kumar) in 50s; (400m) 24s. Fit.

On Tuesday, outer sand track

1,400m: Chivalrous (Rb) and Iron Warrior (Upadhya) in 1-44s; (400m) 29s. Former 2 ls better. Allosaki (Amil) in 1-48s; (400m) 33s. Easy.

1,200m: Googy Gangster (P. Kumar) in 1-34s; (400m) 32s. Cancun (Rb) in 1-35s; (400m) 32s.

800m: On The Bit (Yadav) in 55s; (400m) 28s. Handy.

Sand track

800m: Peppy Mistress (M. Reuben) in 1-0s; (400m) 30s. As A Rule (M. Reuben) in 54s; (400m) 26s.    

 
 
MUMBAI RACING/ EKA SET TO WIN AGAIN 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
Mumbai, March 21: 
Going from strength to strength, the Subhag Singh-trainee Eka is fancied to win the Radha Sigtia Trophy in Mumbai on Thursday. Aslam Kader partners the five-year-old mare by No Louder out of Clairvoyance

SELECTIONS

3 pm: Soviet Fire 1. Blazing Flame 2. Texas King 3.
3.30 pm: Criterion 1. Super Sword 2. Eminent 3.
4 pm: Cafe Au Lait 1. Shanillo 2. Waleshan 3.
4.30 pm: Jodhpur Lad 1. Armando 2. Sleepyhead 3.
5 pm: Tasmac 1. Al-Gibran 2. Blue Butterfly 3.
5.30 pm: Eka 1. Inimitable 2. Great Pasha 3.
6 pm: Maltese Flacon 1. Fire Girl 2. Right Moment 3.
6.30 pm: Crown Dream 1. Chance 2. Wagga Wagga 3.

Day’s Best: Soviet Fire

Double: Cafu Au Lait & Eka
   
 

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