EB score 2, miss many
Soumyadeep toils, easy for Mythili
8-member team for Pyongyang meet
Youngsters shuttle their way to stardom
Mukti wins 200m gold
Akhtar Ali, Baljit Saini get Arjuna Awards
Bangalore Races/ Alameda best on form
Bangalore Races/ Easy win for Arrakis
Calcutta Races/ 7 events in Saturday’s card
Calcutta Races/ Winning Hand, Staffordshire shine

 
 
EB SCORE 2, MISS MANY 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Aug. 2: 
East Bengal today defeated a lowly Mohammedan Sporting 2-0. Despite the weak resistance, the National League champions could push in their first goal only in the 66th minute.

Following Dipendu Biswas’ first strike, Omolaja Olalekan rounded off the tally in their Super Division tie at the Salt Lake Stadium.

Mohammedan Sporting suffered their fifth consecutive loss in six outings, staying on three points from six matches and are fast approaching relegation zone. East Bengal earned a decisive third victory, giving them 11 points from five matches.

It was no credit to Mohammedan Sporting that East Bengal took so long to penetrate a defence that was prepared to crumble at the slightest provocation. It was also some hasty and tardy shooting — like in the tenth minute when Chandan Das drove a grounder off a Jackson Egygpong pass straight to goalkeeper Imran Khan — that deprived East Bengal of any early breakthrough.

Such haste also knocked off an opportunity seven minutes later when an Omolaja pass from the right to the goalmouth was tardily trapped by Dipendu and the kill-shot eluded him. Imran collected.

East Bengal were clearly the dominant team, and they barely felt the absence of their first goalkeeper Prasanta Dora (down with fever and replaced by Shibram De), and the first positive Mohammedan Sporting move into the rival defensive third came in the 25th minute. Seturaman was up the left and sent the ball into the goalmouth melee. Mohammedan Sporting new recruit, Nigerian Lawrence Enyilord was at hand but was a touch too slow.

In the 31st minute Dipendu missed again, this time of a Soumitra Chakraborty pass.

Swarup Chatterjee of East Bengal had to go out in the 47th minute for a clash with Ali Reza (booked immediately by referee Subir Mitra). He has a sprained ankle.

In the 21st minute of the second session, substitute Dipak Das ran up the middle and he centred to Falguni Dutta. Falguni sent a lob to the goalmouth and Dipendu rose to head in quickly.

Interestingly, this was the first time that Dipendu could get his head to a ball. All the times he had missed earlier he had tried to shoot — not one of his strong points.

Omolaja was hardly effective today, looking a trifle lethargic. In the 76th minute, though, he suddenly came to life and, entering the rival box with the ball, he got the better of three defenders with fine body feints. That placed him directly in line with Imran. The swift tap past Imran’s left was easy.

TEAMS

EAST BENGAL: Shibram De, Falguni Dutta, Jackson Egygpong, Anit Ghosh, Ratan Singh, Awoyemi Isiaka, Soumitra Chakraborty (Jiten Roy, 44), Chandan Das, Swarup Chatterjee (Dipak Das, 47), Dipendu Biswas (Kaustav Ghosh, 72), Omolaja Olalekan.

MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING: Imran Khan, Kanak Ranjan Das (Kobi Sarkar, 46), Insan Ali, Amit Dutta, Shaqeel Akhtar, Seturaman, Prasenjit Pal, Arunava Sarkar, Ali Reza, Amjad Hussain (Alauddin Rehman, 47; Jibon Krishna Saha, 67), Lawrence Enyilord.

Referee: Subir Mitra

Peerless SC win

Peerless SC today beat Milan Bithee 2-1 in their first division group A match at the Kishore Bharati Stadium. In another match Wari and Ever-Ready shared two goals.

Laltu Patra and Dulal Mondal scored for Peerless, while Debashis Roy reduced the margin for Milan Bithee. Naushad Hussain was the architect of both goals in the other match. He first put rivals Wari up with his suicidal goal, and then made amends to score for Ever-ready, restoring parity.

At the Sodepur ground Eastern Railway and West Bengal Police were both present but the ground being “unplayable” (according to the referee) the match could not start.

   

 
 
SOUMYADEEP TOILS, EASY FOR MYTHILI 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Aug. 2: 
Soumyadeep Roy and M.S. Mythili emerged the men’s and women’s singles champions, respectively, in contrasting styles in the Servo national ranking (East) table tennis meet at the Khudiram Anushilan Kendra today.

Top seed Soumyadeep thwarted second seed Subhajit Saha’s occasional challenges before carving out a 11-9, 13-11, 9-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-5 victory, while Mythili stopped Nandita Saha’s giant-killing run with consummate ease, 11-3, 11-7, 11-7, 11-9.

Earlier, top seeds Arunava Ganguly and Sushmita Roy played to their billing to wear the boys’ and girls’ singles crowns, respectively.

Soumyadeep and Subhajit got off to an attacking start in the men’s final, but the top seed scored over his PSCB teammate in the final moments.

Having grabbed the first two games with a couple of killer returns, Soumyadeep committed a few unenforced errors, allowing a determined Subhajit to take the third game.

Soumyadeep soon made amends, but his rival again took the fifth game 11-5 to stay in contention. Soumyadeep then went for the kill right from the beginning of the sixth game and Subhajit had no clue to the former’s smashed returns.

Mythili, on the other hand, hardly sweated for the title as a shaky Nandita appeared nowhere near her stunning elements which effected the fall of the likes of N. R Indu, Kasturi Chakraborty and Mouma Das.

“I never thought the win came so easily today. Probably this is my easiest title win,” Mythili later said.

The unheralded Bengal girl in the senior circuit also looked tired as she simply failed to reach some of Mythili’s easy returns.

Earlier, Mousumi made a mess of her three-game lead to hand over the girls’ singles title to Sushmita.

In a remarkable fightback, Sushmita levelled the score. But it was Mousumi again who took a 5-1 lead in the deciding game, lost two match points and finally went down 13-15.

RESULTS ( Singles finals)

Men: Soumyadeep Roy (PSCB) bt Subhajit Saha (PSCB) 11-9, 13-11, 9-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-5.

Women: M.S. Mythili (PSCB) bt Nandita Saha (Ben) 11-3, 11-7, 11-7, 11-9.

Boys: Arunava Ganguly (PSCB) bt Subhadip Das (Ben) 11-6, 9-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-5.

Girls: Sushmita Roy (Ben) bt Mousumi Pal 9-11, 7-11, 9-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-9, 15-13.

Sub junior boys: Soumyajit Sarkar (Ben) bt Soumya Nandy (Ben) 11-6, 11-4, 11-3, 11-8.

Sub junior girls: 11-5, 7-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-9.

   

 
 
8-MEMBER TEAM FOR PYONGYANG MEET 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Aug. 2: 
An eight-member Indian table tennis squad, for men and women, will take part in the Pyongyang international meet in North Korea from August 13 to 17. Former national champion Kamlesh Mehta will accompany the team as coach. The Indian squad leaves for the North Korea meet on August 9.

Announcing this today, the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) secretary Mool Chand Chouhan also said 21 junior paddlers will make an exposure trip to China this month.

Chouhan justified Mehta’s appointment saying that the latter was the “only competent” coach in India for the senior national team, while Manjit Dua was “not good enough” and Jayanta Pushilal was “good only for junior players.”

SQUADS: MEN: Soumyadeep Roy, Subhajit Saha, Shibaji Dutta and Bhushan Thakur.

WOMEN: Mantu Ghosh, Poulami Ghatak, N.R. Indu and Anindita Chakraborty.

Inter-institutional meet

No sooner had the national ranking (East) table tennis meet ended than the city would wake up to another meet as the all-India inter-institutional championships get underway at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra tomorrow.

The meet, organised by the Ordinance Factory Board Recreation Club as part of its bi-centenary celebrations, will feature all seasoned players who have taken part in the national ranking (East) meet, Chouhan said. The team championships will be followed by individual events.

The men’s and women’s singles champions will pocket Rs 40,000 and Rs 20,000, respectively while the runners-up will be richer by Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000.

   

 
 
YOUNGSTERS SHUTTLE THEIR WAY TO STARDOM 
 
 
BY SANJAY SHARMA
 
 
The International Badminton Federation’s (IBF) fact-finding team, headed by marketing director Andrew Ryan, was present in both the major Grand Prix events in Malaysia and Indonesian to measure the impact of the newly introduced five-games and seven-point system.

The results were mixed, without any doubt. Players, new and unknown who caused many upsets, obviously were in favour of the new system as they shot into limelight instantly. Unknowns like Ronny Augustiono and Sony D. Kuncoro of Indonesia, Bernard Joppien of Germany, Halim Hashim of Malaysia caused upsets they could not have dreamed of in the old system of 15 points.

For example, Ronny breezed past an astonishing array of luminaries in the Malaysian open. Pullela Gopichand, world champion Hendrawan and world No. 2 Chen Hong all were scalped by Augustino who eventually lost in the finals.

Hashim knocked out Olympic champion Ji Xinpeng, while rookie Joppien who is not even a regular member of the German squad, gave Germany their biggest moment in badminton when he stunned Hendrawan in the first round of Indonesian Open.

Sony Kuncoro, 17-year-old and runner-up at the ABC junior meet, whistled past world No. 10 Richard Vaughn of Wales and then gave Gopichand a run for his money before losing close five-game match in the quarters in Indonesia.

That was not all. Old timers on the verge of retiring suddenly felt since it was no longer a question of stamina, they could make a comeback. In fact 29-year-old Ong Ewe Hock authored a fairy tale ending to his Malaysian open campaign by snatching the men’s singles title — his first since 1996. Another 29-year-old, former world No. 1 and world champion in 1995, Heryanto Arbi, suddenly came charging through the qualifying rounds. He could not go the distance but announced he was back.

“I would never have attempted a comeback but for the new system. Now my type of smash and dribble game has become important once again. I will train hard and maybe play harder for a couple of years more,” said Arbi. A delighted Ong Ewe Hock said: “I could win only because the effort required now is not a long one. It is more on speed and concentration than the long drudging rallies one had to endure before. I can still be a top five player again. I won the Malaysian Open with every top player present. What stops me from winning again in another major event.”

But for stroke players like Gopichand, Hendrawan, Chen Hong, Roslin Hashim and Budi Santoso, things were not as funny. They are yet to come to terms with the new style required to play and dominate. Even at the Indonesian Open Gopichand did not do as well as expected. True he was carrying an injury sustained in Pune last month during the PSCB championships. That meant over three weeks of rest and though he forced himself to play he was always under pain.

The seven-point system was also his problem. He lost to Augustino in Malaysian and in the semi-final in Indonesia to eventual winner Marleve Mainaky, who won his first major title in over nine years. Marleve has been a constant name in the top 15 but never big enough to go past the quarters.

“I am satisfied with what I have achieved in these two events. I lost to players who played the seven points better than me. I will have to really get used to it some more. I find that for stroke players there is no cushion here at all. I do not like to hurry my game,” said Gopichand.

“I usually have three or four plans before I go in a match. Now I cannot do that. Every point becomes crucial and if you are even four points adrift, you are half a game down. That is the problem. By the time you realised what has happened, one game is over. The real fast attackers have a benefit here. I will have to change my style a bit and for that extra fitness is required. But I must get some time to rest my foot otherwise I will be drifting from tournament to tournament aimlessly.”

But rest is something of a luxury for Gopichand right now as he has stayed back in Indonesia for a week to train before the highly prestigious $300,000 Grand Prix finals. The Singapore Open follows and next comes the senior ABC at Manila.

So while Gopichand did better than what he expected because of the injury, the rest of the Indians had mixed results as usual. The new pair of Diju-Sanave Thomas did well enough to reach the pre-quarters in both events. They are new and the best bet for future of Indian badminton. They need more exposure. Diju also played well in mixed doubles to reach pre-quarters in both events.

B.R. Meenakshi failed miserably in Indonesian but almost scalped the better rated Yuli Marfuah later, losing in the final game. Meenakshi, rated 70th in the world, is another Indian hope after Aparna Popat.

Abhin Shyam Gupta, the Indian No. 2, won two rounds in both tournaments. While in Malaysian, he was outclassed by eventual winner Ong Ewe Hock, he squandered a match-point to lose to seventh seed Tam Kai Cheun. But Sachin Ratti and Chetan Anand disappointed.

There is no doubt that Indian badminton, at least at the senior level, is on an upswing. But loads of work remains to be done to maintain consistency.

Coming back to the championships, the Indonesians made a clean sweep in Jakarta. In Malaysia, the Chinese won their traditional events as expected.

   

 
 
MUKTI WINS 200M GOLD 
 
 
FROM A CORRESPONDENT
 
New Delhi, Aug. 2: 
Bengal’s Mukti Saha won a gold and silver in the 200m and 100m, respectivey, at the Malaysian Open athletics meet held from July 26-29. Mukti won the 200m in 24.74 — which is below her best. Even in 100m her timing was short of satisfactory — 12.32.

India came away with two gold and five silver medals. Rakesh Kumar won the other gold, in hammer with a throw of 59.61m.

Other Indian medal winners — Sheikh Shamsher, silver in the 400m (48.48); Amit Tyagi, silver in the shot put (16.76m); Om Narayan, silver in javelin throw (61.50m) and Satish Kumar, silver in the long jump (7.56m).

   

 
 
AKHTAR ALI, BALJIT SAINI GET ARJUNA AWARDS 
 
 
FROM A CORRESPONDENT
 
New Delhi, Aug. 2: 
Weightlifting coach Hansa Sharma became the first woman to be selected for the Dronacharya Award since its inception in 1985.

Calcutta-based tennis coach Akhtar Ali has been given the Arjuna award for life-time contribution while Pullela Gopichand got the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.

For the second successive year, no footballer was considered for the Arjuna.

A record number of six hockey players have been chosen for the Arjuna of whom Calcutta- born Baljit Singh Saini and national women’s goalkeeper Tingonleima Chanu are among the current players.

For Venkatesh Prasad, it will be a day to remember. Today he was chosen for the Sri Lanka tour and also received the Arjuna.

AWARDEES

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (Cash prize Rs. 3 lakh) — P. Gopichand.

Dronacharya (Cash prize Rs. 2.5 lakh) — Gurdial Singh Bhangu (hockey), Hansa Sharma (weightlifting), Phadke Gopal Purushottam (kho kho), S. M. Arif (badminton) and Bhupender Dhawan (powerlifting).

Arjuna (cash prize Rs. 1.5 lakh) — K.M. Beenamol (athletics), George Thomas (badminton), S. Vijaylakshmi (chess), Venkatesh Prasad (cricket), Baljeet Singh Saini and Tingonleima Chanu (hockey), Anjali Vedpathak Bhagwat and Abhinav Bindra (shooting), Sebastian Xavier and J. Abhijith (swimming), Randhir Singh and Kripal Shanker Patel (wrestling) and. Sanamacha Chanu Thingbaijam (weightlifting).

Lifetime contribution: Milkha Singh, Rachana Govil and Vijay Mala Bhanot (all athletics), Kalpana Debnath (gymnastics), R.S. Bhola, Balkishan Singh, Jalaluddin Rizvi and Madhu Yadav (all hockey), Surender Singh Kanwasi (rowing), Gurbir Singh Sandhu (shooting), Akhtar Ali (tennis), P.V. Ramana (volleyball) and Late K.D. Jadhav and Naresh Kumar (wrestling).

Physically challenged receipients:Yadvendra Vashishta (athletics), Vijay Bhalchandra Munishwar (athletics and power lifting) and Joginder Singh Bedi (athletics).

   

 
 
BANGALORE RACES/ ALAMEDA BEST ON FORM 
 
 
FROM WILLIAM TELL
 
Bangalore, Aug. 2: 
The Stayers’ Cup winner Alameda, with Aslam Kader in the saddle, is best of the eight vying for the 2,400m Governor’s Cup tomorrow, the last day of the season. In great heart, the Steinbeck-Parfait Amour son hails from trainer Darius Byramji’s yard.

SELECTIONS

10.30 am: Massive Attack 1. Astrid 2. South Cove 3.
11 am: Selena 1. Ek Ek Ek 2. Star Blitz 3.
11.30 am: Indian Rocket 1. Furia Rossa 2. Luxor 3.
12 Noon: Top The Star 1. Zoracia 2. Starjo 3.
12.30 pm: Star of Gaeity 1. Appley 2. Augill Castle 3.
1 pm: Silvanus 1. Sendawar 2. Silvano 3.
1.30 pm: Dover 1. Salt Lake 2. Steroid 3.
2.30 pm: Airtel 1. Indigenous 2. Anonyme 3.
3 pm: Dee Emm 1. Tresorie 2. Comedy of Errors 3.
3.30 pm: Starry Halo 1. Adelante 2. Crystal Delight 3.
4 pm: Alameda 1. Aerobee 2. Golden Goal 3.
4.30 pm: Count My Stride 1. Shoorveer 2. Ravish 3.
5 pm: Always Dancing 1. Millennium Flame 2. Alisa 3.
Day’s Best: Alameda
Double: Indian Rocket & Star of Gaiety
   

 
 
BANGALORE RACES/ EASY WIN FOR ARRAKIS 
 
 
BY TITAN BOY
 
Bangalore, Aug. 2: 
Ridden with supreme confidence, jockey Aslam Kader guided the Rashid Byramji-trained four-year-old gelding Arrakis to an easy victory over Resist The Force in the 1,400m K. N. Chennabasappa Memorial Cup at the Bangalore races held on Thursday, the penultimate meeting of the 24-day season.

results

(With inter-state dividends)
1. Mystic Memory Plate, Div-III 1,200m: (3-4-5) Arzillo (Kader) 1; Forest Monarch 2; Crystal Hill 3. Won by: 1; 7; (1-18.7). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 11; 12; 23; Quinella: 26; Tanala: 104. Fav: Arzillo (3).
2. Malakpet Stakes, Div-II 1,400m: (7-11-9) Goebbels (Rajesh) 1; Rusticana 2; Vertigo 3. Won by: 4-1/2; SH; (1-33.4). Tote: Win Rs 30; Place: 14; 46; 13; Quinella: 399; Tanala: 1,038. Fav: Vertigo (9).
3. Ruia Stud Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (4-8-1) Spark of Life (Surjeet) 1; Secret Halo 2; Astronomer 3. Won by: 1/2; 2-3/4; (1-17.6). Tote: Win Rs 206; Place: 48; 14; 20; Quinella: 342; Tanala: 5,915. Fav: Secret Halo (8).
4. Ministrella Plate 1,400m: (9-1-6) Rush (Appu) 1; Dancing Phantom 2; Rising Wings 3. Won by: 3/4; 3; (1-32.6). Tote: Win Rs 45; Place: 15; 12; 64; Quinella: 59; Tanala: 2,824. Fav: Dancing Phantom (1).
5. Ministerial Plate 2,200m: (2-1-6) Aveyron (Kader) 1; Dream Supreme 2; Daiimio 3. Won by: SH; Dist; (2-30.2). Tote: Win Rs 16; Place: 11; 22; 19; Quinella: 43; Tanala: 131. Fav: Aveyron (2).
6. Azhar Plate 1,200m: (11-3-4) Beverly Babe (I. Chisty) 1; Cape Fear 2; His Heirness 3. Won by: SH; 5-1/2; (1-20.4). Tote: Win Rs 415; Place: 68; 13; 56; Quinella: 533; Tanala: 19,332. Fav: Plain Truth (2).
7. Maj. Newton Davis Memorial Cup, Div-II 1,600m: (1-8-4) If Looks Could Kill (M. Narredu) 1; Ampersand 2; Arristo 3. Won by: 1/2; SH; (1-44.5). Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 13; 52; 19; Quinella:432; Tanala: 2,450. Fav: If Looks Could Kill (1).
8. Mystic Memory Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (8-7-5) Attune (Kader) 1; Shining Knight 2; Mind Your Choice 3. Won by: 3; 5-1/4; (1-19.5). Tote: Win Rs 39; Place: 13; 21; 17; Quinella: 121; Tanala: 752. Fav: Priceless Coral (10).
9. Ruia Stud Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (2-3-6) Winelight (Surjeet) 1; Flash First 2; Butter Sponge 3. Won by: 1; SH; (1-17.9). Tote: Win Rs 235; Place: 35; 13; 24; Quinella: 319; Tanala: 8,718. Fav: Flash First(3). (Note: The winner survived objection lodged by the rider of the second placed horse).
10. K. N. Chennabasappa Memorial Cup 1,400m: (1-5-9) Arrakis (Kader) 1; Resist The Force 2; Valparaiso 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 1/2; (1-31.1). Tote: Win Rs 26; Place: 16; 25; 48; Quinella: 91; Tanala: 3,045. Fav: Arrakis (1).
11. Mystic Memory Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (10-3-7) Misty Charms (Warren) 1; Autobahn 2; Little Genny 3. Won by: 3-1/2; 1-3/4; (1-18.8). Tote: Win Rs 103; Place: 30; 38; 31; Quinella: 2,429; Tanala: 27,155. Fav: Blue Gardenia (6).
12. Maj. Newton Davis Memorial Cup, Div-I 1,600m: (3-1-2) Purple Princess (Prakash) 1; Acceptor 2; Magic Mantra 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 7-1/4; (1-42.5). Tote: Win Rs 20; Place: 12; 22; 58; Quinella: 66; Tanala: 763. Fav: Purple Princess (3).
13. Malakpet Stakes, Div-I 1,400m: (1-6-8) Southern Host (Prakash) 1; Enthronement 2; Silver Touch 3. Won by: 2; 4-1/4; (1-44.1). Tote: Win Rs 20; Place: 11; 41; 20; Quinella: 138; Tanala: 674. Fav: Southern Host (1).
Jackpot: Rs 90,126; (C) Rs 27,038.
Treble: (i) Rs 4,521; (ii) Rs 1,490; (iii) Rs 483.
   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACES/ 7 EVENTS IN SATURDAY’S CARD 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Aug. 2: 
The 1,800m Portofino Cup for horses in the top brackets takes the centrestage in the Saturday’s seven-event race-card, which also includes a Class IV trophy event, the Whiplash Cup. First race starts at 1. 00 pm.

ACCEPTANCES

1. Maltese Prince Handicap 1,400m (Cl V, a handicap race for 3-y-o only; Rt. 00-28) 1 pm: Alvernia 60; Calculate 59; Rescue Act 58.5; Aventura 56.5; Maltayar 55; Grecian Prince 53.5.
2. Portofino Cup, 1,800m (Cl I, Rt. 88 & over, lower class eligible, Rt. 66-94) 1.30 pm: Treasurer 60; Arendal 58; Illustrious Reign 55; Prince Obolensky 47.
3. Clamp Handicap 1,400m (Cl V, 5-y-o & over, R t00-28) 2.10 pm: Iron Warrior 61; Nearco Prince 61; Glass Slipper 59; Royal Ruler 57.5; Double Dancer 55; Special Sovereign 55; Stella Blue 51.5; Ghunghat 47.
4. Diesel Handicap, 1,200m (Cl V, Rt 00-28) 2.40 pm: Tsaynen Blue 60; Crest Star 59; Don Vittorio 57.5; Cancun 57; Keep The Faith 53.5; Alumnus 52; Maid To Measure 52.
5. Not Much Handicap, 1,200m (Cl IV, 5-y-o & over, Rt 22-50) 3.15 pm: Santa Monica 61; Red Trident 60.5; Raaz 59.5; Tajik 57; Storm Centre 54.5; Diplomatic Gesture 53; Stately Honour 51; Floral Path 48.5.
6. Whiplash Handicap, 1,000m (Cl IV, Rt. 22-50) 3.50 pm: Ardon 60; Bold Apparel 56; The Stud 55.5; Wandering Warrior 55.5; Software 51; Regency Times 50.5; Secret Adversary 50.5.
7. Aureole Time Handicap, 1,200m (Cl III, 5-y-o and over, Rt 44-72) 4.25 pm: Quickdraw McGraw 61; Splendid Star 59.5; Crimson King 59; Sky Command 58,5; Ace Of Spades 55; Aflicker 50.5; Kargil Soldier 50.5; Little Too Much 50.5; Double Bull 48.5.
Jackpot: 3; 4; 5; 6 & 7.
Treble: (i) 2; 3 & 4; (ii) 5; 6 & 7.
   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACES/ WINNING HAND, STAFFORDSHIRE SHINE 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Aug. 2: 
Winning Hand, Staffordshire, Lockers Park and Alkido were impressive from among the following horses seen exercising today:

Outer sand track

1,400m: Flamebird (Gowli) and No Regrets (Som S.) in 1-48s; (400m) 30s. They were level and were easy.
1,000m: Double Dancer (Upadhya) and Remember Me (Rb) in 1-16s; (400m) 30s. Former was easily 2 ls better.
800m: Aldebro (A. P. Singh) in 57s; (400m) 28s. Moved well.
600m: Lady Shirely (Rb) and Adorer (Rb) in 44s; (400m) 26s. Former was 6 ls better.

Monsoon track

1,400m: Lockers Park (Islam) and Alkido (Rabani) in 1-36s; (400m) 25s. They were level and they moved well.
1,000m: Iron Warrior (Upadhya) in 1-9s; (400m) 26s. Good.
800m: Reactor (G. Singh) and Don Vittorio (Haroon) in 55s; (400m) 26s. They were level. On The Bit (F. Khan) and Ispahan (Gowli) in 52s; (400m) 24s. Former was a length better. Both are fit. Tsaynen Blue (Rb and Lightning Speed (Gowli) in 54s; (400m) 26s. They were level and they moved well. Winning Hand (Gowli) and Staffordshire (Som S.) in 52s; (400m) 25s. They were level. Note both. Aliqa (Rb) in 53s; (400m) 25s. Handy. The Stud (Upadhya) and Raaz (Som S.) in 53s; (400m) 26s. They were level. Sunset Down (Rabani) in 58s; (400m) 28s.

Sand track

800m: As A Rule (Som S.) in 1-0s; (400m) 30s. Added Asset (P. Kumar) in 1-0s; (400m) 31s. Cancun (Salam) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Beau Bruno (Locke) and Crimson King (B. Gurang) in 55s; (400m) 26s. Former 6 ls better. Regency Times (Yasin) in 53s; (400m) 24s. Moved well. Gul (Rb) in 1-3s; (400m) 31s. Secret Adversary (B. Gurang) in 53s; (400m) 24s. Fit. Glass Slipper (K. Kumar) in 56s; (400m) 24s. Easy. Peace Envoy (P. Kumar) in 57s; (400m) 27s. Illustrious Reign (Yasin) in 57s; (400m) 27s.

Noted on Wednesday outer sand track

1,400m: Anolini (Surender) and Annatto (C. Alford) 1-40s; (400m) 29s. Former was distance better. Actress (A. P. Singh) and Affliction (C. Alford) in 1-40s; (400m) 27s. They were level.
800m: Cup of Life (C. Alford) 55s; (400m) 25s.Good. Tsavo (Amjad) in 1-0s; (400m) 30s. Magnifico (Brij S.) in 1-0s; (400m) 31s. Giorgio (Rb) in 58s; (400m) 28s. Flinders (Som S.) in 59s; (400m) 29s.Melodeon (Rb) in 1-1s; (400m) 31s.

Sand track

1,400m: Freedom Warrior (C. Alford)) and Alembic (Brij S.) in 1-36s; (400m) 28s. Former was half-a-length better.
1,000m: Chivalrous (Rb) in 1-16s; (400m) 29s. Secret Adversary (B. Gurang) in 1-22s; (400m) 29s.
800m: Heaven’s Blessing (G. Singh) in 55s;(400m) 26s. Easy. Rare Gold (C. Alford) in 57s; (400m) 27s. Easy. Bird’s Empire (Yasin) and Crimson King (B. Gurang) 53s; (400m) 25s. Former was a length better. Cancun (Salam) in 59s; (400m) 26s. Armila (Engineer) in 55s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Royal Ruler (Rutherford) and Pure Passion (P. Alford) in 55s; (600m) (400m) 26s. They were level. Double Bull (P. Kumar), Mr Bombshell (Yasin) and Best In Show (B. Gurang) in 54s; (400m) 25s. They were separated by a length and 4 ls. Last named was very easy. Maltayar (B. Gurang) and Grecian Prince (Yasin) in 55s; (400m) 24s. They were level. Both impressed. Lovely Duchess (P. Alford) in 57s. (400m) 28s. Easy. Tajik (Rurtherford) in 53s; (400m) 25s. Moved well. Starina (Rutherford) in 52s; (400m) 24s. Fit. Alumnus (P. Kumar) 53s; (400m) 24s. Moved well. Ashbury (Rb) in 1-1s; (400m) 30s. Just Kidding (P. Alford) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Easy Googy Gangster (Rb) in 1-1s; (400m) 27s. Rheinheart (G. Singh) in 1-1s; (400m) 29s. Sky Command (Rutherford) in 55s; (400m) 24. Fit. Stella Blue (Bird) and Special Sovereign (P. Kumar) in 54s; (400m) 24s. They were level. Floral Path (Haroon) in 53s; (400m) 25s. Easy. Tequila Shot (G. Singh) in 53;. (400m) 25. Note. Stately Honour (Bird) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Software (G.Singh) in 52s; (400m) 24s. Good. Eau Savage (G. Singh) 56s. (400m) 27s. Easy.
400m: Cavala (Asghar) in 26s. Ardon (Gowli) in 26s
Gate Practice: From 2,000m to 1000m: Aldridge (C. Alford) and Calculus (A. P. Singh) in 1-14s. Both jumped out well. Former was a distance better. From 2,000m to 1,600m: Maid To Measure (Dalpat) and Aureate (B. Gurang) in 26s. Both jumped well. They finished level.
   
 

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