India crumble to Muralidharan brilliance
An achiever needs bit of arrogance: Aravinda
I simply stuck to the basics: Murali
Dhanraj Pillay plays down rift with IHF
IFA reins in George coach, official
Shibaji to meet Shubham in final
Sporting medal for Anil Ekka
Calcutta Races/ Alcalde returns triumphant
Mysore Racing/ Averoff may strike again
Mysore Racing/ Almost Heaven bags Gold Cup

Colombo, Aug. 29: 

The ever-smiling Muttiah Muralidharan won’t talk about it openly, but catch him in a relaxed mood and the Emerald Isle Wizard will let you on to his only ambition: 500 Test wickets.

At the SSC today, on Day-I of the third and final Test, Murali took another big step towards realising his goal — he returned exceptional figures of eight for 87, taking his already impressive career haul to 337.

“My second-most satisfying effort, after the one at The Oval (nine for 65, in 1998),” Murali pointed out with palpable pride. Amazingly, the off-spinner was both strike and stock bowler, sending down 34.1 overs unchanged. Murali’s spell began just when the first hour was to close and continued till the innings’ end.

Incidentally, Murali has now claimed 20 victims in this series. This afternoon, at least, he didn’t attempt anything out of the ordinary and it would be fair to say his reputation alone fetched a couple of wickets.

That Murali struck gold on a batting track, though some turn was afforded, does raise the profile of his achievement. Equally, it means very poor marks for the Indian batsmen. Perhaps, only the Indians can crash from 97 for no loss to 234 all out. The series is, of course, tied 1-1.

Being positive in a calculated manner is one thing; seeking to pass off rank unprofessionalism as being that, quite another.

Ironically, India’s terribly below-par performance (after Sourav Ganguly had done well to win the toss) came in the presence of chief selector Chandu Borde. “I can only say I’m very disappointed... There was nothing in the wicket, yet...” remarked a somewhat embarrassed Borde, speaking exclusively.

Livid was the captain, himself a victim of a horrendous leg-before decision by South Africa’s Dave Orchard. Indeed, within minutes of the team returning to the Taj Samudra, Sourav summoned the batsmen (to his suite) for both a post-mortem and a bit of tongue-lashing.

Later, talking to The Telegraph, he said: “A couple of early wickets tomorrow and even 234 could be more than just competitive... There is turn and I’m confident Bhajji (Harbhajan Singh) won’t disappoint. Believe me, there is much cricket still left...” That certainly is so, but India have meekly surrendered the initiative.

After one of the most positive starts in the post-Navjyot Singh Sidhu era, one which saw the lunch total read 91 for no loss, India lost three wickets for 31 runs in the third hour and, really, the procession never stopped.

As it turned out, culprit No.1 was highest scorer Shiv Sundar Das (59 in 134 minutes, 111 balls, 10x4), who otherwise authored a refreshingly strokeful knock. Instead of playing the waiting game against Murali, Shiv Sundar was tempted by one well tossed up and gave the charge. He ended up playing inside the off-break which spun prodigiously to clip the leg-bail.

By Murali’s own admission, he had been a trifle rattled at lunch, taken aback by the openers’ positive play. On resumption, though, Murali got those three (third-hour) wickets in 26 deliveries.

Sadagopan Ramesh, who reached the 40s for the third time in this series, again undid all the creditable work. The attempted square-drive finished in the hands of Mahela Jayawardene and India were quickly two down for 115.

Ramesh may not feel it now, but it will hurt when he ends his career. After all, in 19 Tests, he has been dismissed in the 40s as many as seven times.

Not much later, it became three for 119 when Orchard adjudged Sourav leg-before. Even though Sourav eventually didn’t offer a stroke, he was struck on the pad well outside the off-line and, moreover, the ball would have carried away from him.

Sourav briefly stood his ground and appeared to say “no way” before returning to the dressing room and watching the TV replays. Upset, he didn’t take his pads off for quite a while. Fortunately, this time, Match Referee Cammie Smith chose not to discipline Sourav. It’s possible, even he felt outraged by Orchard’s verdict.

[Relieved was manager Anant Mate, who quipped: “When my cell rang soon after stumps, I dreaded answering, thinking it would be Smith’s call informing me about a hearing... Accha hua ki kuch nahin hua...”]

Actually, to be fair to Sourav, two bad decisions in five innings is sure to test anybody’s patience.

The captain’s exit brought Mohammed Kaif to the crease and, for almost an hour, the loss of wickets was arrested. However, Kaif departed to a soft dismissal (though he felt aggrieved) and it was left to Rahul Dravid and Hemang Badani to stitch a partnership of sorts.

They added 46 for the fifth-wicket, the innings’ second highest partnership. It ended when Dravid, who looked set for a big score, was deceived by Murali and taken gleefully by Hashan Tillekeratne. He didn’t exactly get to the pitch of the delivery and turning it off his legs proved fatal.

Two balls later, Samir Dighe went plumb leg-before. Foolishly not offering a stroke, he found Murali hit his back pad. Clearly, Murali can’t be tackled in such tentative fashion and with just one innings in the series remaining, the Indians have little time to re-draw strategy.

For a while it seemed Badani, who has been backed to the hilt by Sourav and coach John Wright, would help reclaim some of the initiative — besides justifying the faith reposed. Only, after 73 minutes and some sparkling shots, even he exited. Poorly, one felt.

If heroics were expected from Harbhajan, he didn’t oblige. In fact, it’s not in order to keep banking on him for significant contributions. Zaheer Khan followed and it was left to Sairaj Bahutule, playing his second Test, and senior pro Venkatesh Prasad to collect whatever runs could be had.

Bahutule, who when young survived a car crash which killed ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh’s son Vivek, did look determined but his inexperience showed when he allowed himself to be stumped. It would have been a different story had most of the specialist batsmen produced the same determination.

“Discipline” is what Sourav has been harping on. “Minimum errors with the basics” has been Wright’s favourite mantra. After lunch, however, both went for a huge toss.

Sri Lanka had to survive six overs till stumps. That was done sans hiccups. The Sanath Jayasuriyas, though, must watch out for Harbhajan. Belatedly, but his time appears to have arrived.


Colombo, Aug. 29: 
With over 14,000 runs in international cricket (Tests and ODIs), Aravinda de Silva can walk into any team. The Sri Lankan selectors, though, remain unimpressed. For his part, Aravinda couldn’t be too bothered.

Aravinda, a former Lankan captain, spoke to The Telegraph for an hour at his in-laws’ mansion the other evening. He wasn’t bitter, but the shoddy treatment has still left its mark.

The following are excerpts

On keeping himself busy

To keep fit, I’ve been training... Then, my (trading) business has been keeping me occupied... I’m also attending computer classes to become familiar with an important tool in today’s world... Soon, I intend going into real estate as well... With some partners, I may even get involved in the power sector. So, I do remain pretty busy.

On whether he is missing big-time cricket

I probably would have, had I not been involved with so many things. Today, then, I’m not missing playing for Sri Lanka. However, should an opportunity arise, I will again consider taking guard. Frankly, though, I haven’t given the cricket part of my future much thought.

On whether he is hurt at getting what obviously has been a raw deal

(Pauses and then smiles) Being made to feel unwanted is, I feel, part of life... At least in this part of the world, it’s nothing new... To not get treated in a certain manner, despite putting in so many years for the country, reveals the kind of world we live in.

On whether it’s been easy accepting this situation

Let me put it this way: It’s not been hard because I’ve been otherwise occupied. Right now, I’m moving on in life.

On whether there is too much politics in Lankan cricket

Yes, indeed... I only hope the careers of promising players don’t get threatened. I suppose there must be a degree of politics in India and Pakistan as well.

On whether the emergence of a successful Lankan team, in the mid-Nineties, led to personality clashes (both within and outside)

That’s true of all walks of life... I mean, you will only be criticised or attacked when you are successful. It’s important for an achiever to be able to handle the pressures which go with being successful. Personally speaking, because I’ve been strong, I haven’t been affected...

On talk that there are differences between him and Sanath Jayasuriya

(Grins) There’s nothing from my side... If Sanath has a problem, I’m willing to sit face-to-face and thrash it out. If Sanath is feeling insecure, on my account, he most definitely shouldn’t.

On what he has learnt from cricket

Most importantly, the ability to judge people... The fair-weather friends and those who will be with you even when you are somewhat down... What I’ve learnt as a cricketer is bound to hold me in good stead in whatever next I do full-time.

On the opponents he respected most

Team-wise, no side is more competitive than either Australia or South Africa. But, if you ask me to pick the best team I played against, it would be the West Indies in the mid-Eighties. Individually, I had the highest regard and respect for Viv Richards. He had the confidence, had that touch of arrogance... Both are required, in the right degree of course, to become an achiever in today’s world.

On the qualities an aspiring big-league cricketer must have

Lots of confidence, a hint of arrogance... Mental toughness.

On the turning point for Lankan cricket

That 1995-96 tour of Australia, when Murali was ‘called’. It brought the team together and made us determined to win the biggest trophy up on offer in cricket: The World Cup. I was the vice-captain on that tour and, even today, remember the many sleepless nights we (others being captain Arjuna Ranatunga and manager Duleep Mendis) had over the Murali issue. Because of the time difference, we used to be up till four or five, even when we had a game beginning in a few hours. My own form suffered but, then, it couldn’t have been avoided. In any case, all of us emerged much stronger from that crisis.

On just useful can a coach be at the international level

I’m afraid he can’t do much though, yes, it helps to have one around when the going isn’t good. When it is, you don’t really need a coach.

On the disastrous 1999 World Cup campaign

(After a pause) Yes, despite being the reigning champions, we didn’t even make the Super-Six... To start with, the wrong side was picked... No sensible person would have chosen six spinners for a campaign in England in May. Yet, that was done. Then, we didn’t begin well and, really, never came to grips with the tournament. I’m convinced we should emulate the Australians and nurture solid, though necessarily not very talented, players. Infrastructure, for example, needs to be paid attention to. Every team will do well when the good players are around. The real test, however, is when they will no longer be there.

On Sachin Tendulkar, whom he has always highly respected

Look, any assessment of Sachin must take into account the pressure factor... The fact that each time he takes guard, his shoulders have the aspirations of a billion people. I’m not quite sure how many cricketers would be able to handle the pressure in the manner Sachin does. It’s a huge disappointment that he had to miss this series and I hope he recovers quickly. The sport itself is poorer when Sachin isn’t around.

On how he himself handled pressure

(Grins again) By not putting additional pressure on myself. In the initial years, I would just go for the bowling. Later, with maturity, I realised I had to strike a balance. This realisation specially came during my season with Kent (1995)... I attempted a few things, and that worked. Looking back, I would surely have gained more had that County experience come a few years earlier.

On having first been sucked into the match-fixing scandal and, then, cleared by the investigators

It did upset me quite a bit... However, I knew my conscience was clear and that any probe would exonerate me. I laid my cards on the table and mentioned that I’d once cautioned the boys. I’m sorry, but I wouldn’t like to go into details.

Finally, on how he assesses his own contribution to Lankan cricket

(Pauses again) Perhaps, I could have done more... Had that County-influenced confidence come earlier in my career, I would have served the country better. No, captaincy didn’t put extra pressure... My finest moment? Without doubt, being part of the 1996 World Cup-winning team. That I was MoM both in the semi-final and final only serves to make that more memorable. Cricketers dream of being a member of a World Cup-winning side... Even I had that dream.


Colombo, Aug.29: 
Sri Lanka’s Man of the Moment, Muttiah Muralidharan, insisted he “simply” stuck to the basics of a tight line and length. Well, that alone was good enough as he returned the best-ever figures at the SSC: Eight for 87.

Speaking to Mediapersons, after stumps on Day-I, Murali said: “I think it helped that the Indians were trying to play positively... As for my own effort, I simply stuck to the basics and found an ally in the bounce, which usually is a feature of wickets at the SSC...The wickets of the first four batsmen were the real big ones... I’m glad I got Rahul Dravid, or else he may have gone on to a century...”

“Did everyone expect a fast wicket here? Actually, no matter how hard the curators may try, quick wickets just aren’t possible in Sri Lanka... Obviously, the soil has much to do with this... To get back to today’s game, the Indian openers began positively and went for me... At the lunch break, then, I decided to play cool and wait for the mistakes. I gained in confidence after the first couple of wickets...

“Wasn’t I tired? Yes, to an extent, but I didn’t exercise the option of taking a short break. I told the captain (Sanath Jayasuriya) that I alone would take care of one end... The wicket has begun to turn and, so, we should have an interesting game...”

Later, asked by The Telegraph whether he would dedicate his feat to anybody, Murali answered, smiling: “If I have to, I’ll dedicate it to the team.”


Calcutta, Aug. 29: 
Indian hockey superstar Dhanraj Pillay’s attitude has acquired a diplomatic hue. He can now sidestep uncomfortable questions with as much ease as he can move through rival defences. Today, in the city, he put it clearly: “There exists no difference between me and the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF).

“We have qualified for the World Cup, and that should be our only aim now,” he told mediapersons after attending a function organised by the West Bengal Hockey Umpires’ Association here to commemorate the 96th birth anniversary of hockey wizard Dhyanchand.

Controversy and Pillay are not strangers. The player has been involved in matters that had Sydney Olympic Games coach K.K. Baskaran commenting adversely (without mentioning names), and that had IHF president K.P.S. Gill insist that no player, however great (naming Pillay), is larger than the federation. “He is right,” said Pillay, “nobody is greater than the federation.” Sounded too un-Pillay-like, so to say.

Pillay has always been against the IHF’s constant — and often arbitrary —chopping and changing of coaches and players. In a sort of dictatorial manner, the IHF president has thrown out players, penalised them and then brought them back. Ditto, for coaches. Gill’s dominance is such that today even Pillay refuses to be drawn into any further battles, though he does say: “I was against such constant changes since I had started playing hockey.”

Today he made it clear that he was happy Cedric D’Souza was back as coach. “He is a modern-minded coach, and with the few months left for the World Cup we should be able to put up a good show at the World Cup,” he said.

On D’Souza’s comment that it was enough just to be able to qualify, and that’s all he was looking forward to, Pillay avoided the issue of the players’ morale in this and said it was okay and it was fine that the team made it, in whatever manner. Pillay’s positive attitude towards the coach should go a long way in bringing back cohesion into the team. The relationship between him (and many in the team) and Baskaran was strained. He sidestepped a query as to whether the differences had already become glaring before the match versus Poland (in Sydney) through which India even lost a chance to go to the Champions Trophy. Pillay, incidentally, was a mere passenger in that match.

On his recent trouble with the IHF when he refused to attend a training camp in Jammu because of a Lakshar-e-Toiba threat, Pillay said he was absolutely justified. “I said you hold camp anywhere else, in Bhopal, in Patiala or any other place, I had no problem,” he said. “But if there is a life threat nagging you at the back of your head, you just cannot play.”

He felt that India have a fair chance in the ensuing World Cup and that he was looking forward to leading the country yet again. He said he was totally fit now, his injury having healed.

‘Fraud, corruption in federation’

Star defender of India’s 1975 World Cup (Kuala Lumpur) winning squad and former MP Aslam Sher Khan, who was also present at the function here, said the IHF was today “full of fraud and corruption.” Never known to mince his words, Khan — son of hockey international Ahmed Sher Khan who played under Dhyanchand’s captaincy in the 1936 gold-winning campaign at the Berlin Olympics — said: “When the international body (FIH) was bribed by multinationals who wanted to sell their Astroturf surfaces, we stood mutely, no protesting. Now that the world is playing on synthetic surfaces, a poor country like ours has surely missed the bus.”

He said that the federation has been full of “people who were far removed from hockey.” There was M.A.M. Ramasamy, who bought the IHF off for Rs 15-20 lakh, and shared the glory and glamour, but where was hockey? Even now, the dictatorship that goes on at the federation offices is to be seen to be believed.”

When asked why people like him who has raised his voice as a politician in Bhopal, did not come forward to challenge the present office bearers and take up the mantle, he said he lacked the financial muscle. “No presidential post in any major sporting body in the country today is held by anybody who has played the game at any level,” he said, adding Milkha Singh did right by refusing the Arjuna Award. “Somebody has to protest the corruption-raj.”

At the function the organisation felicitated the stalwarts of hockey and football, and also, Entally Academy, on being adjudged the best school. Pillay also inaugurated a blood donation camp and was even the first donor there.

Samar to leave India

Trade and commerce has long been shown the way out of this so-called “communist” outback of West Bengal. Now the luminaries follow. Ex-international hockey goalkeeper Samar Mukherjee will migrate to the US (New Jersey) on September 8, taking his family with him.

“Maybe I’ll try to put in some hockey camps here, but I have to leave because I want by children to have a good life,” he said. “I run a business here that is fast running out of steam because of the downtrend. I have to resuscitate it. My elder son is in Chicago on a tennis scholarship, but my younger son likes cricket. That’s a dead game, hardly even a sport.”

Mukherjee feels there is little by way of opportunity left in this country “and especially this state” for anybody wanting to make it big. He will feel a trifle bad about it all, though, he says aside.


Calcutta, Aug. 29: 
The IFA today directed George Telegraph to keep coach Raghu Nandy and official Bachchu Gupta away from the association’s activities till September 18. It means they will be barred from accompanying the team to any tournament conducted by the state body.

This step was taken following yesterday’s Super Division match between George and Mohammedan Sporting, where a linesman was beaten up and the referee was heckled by players of the former club. Further action is awaited.

The madness continued, and the Calcutta Referees’ Association (CRA) tent was allegedly raided by a band of George players, with the coach and the official leading the way. Trainee referee Subir Guha Thakurta was injured.

The IFA, after its governing body meeting today, announced that the incidents have been referred to its disciplinary committee, which will, before September 18, take action against those proved guilty. Today’s decision was taken on the basis of a complaint filed by the CRA.

IFA joint-secretary Ranjit Gupta added that George Telegraph officials have been asked to inform what action they will take against those accused. The club is likely to announce its stand tomorrow.

Till late this evening the IFA was yet to receive the official report from referee Partha Rout Ray. The referee, however, is likely to identify Goutam Naha, Supratik Aind and Biman Mondal as the main miscreants. Another report, from the CRA, is expected to name Nandy and Gupta as main culprits.

The referees, meanwhile, stuck to their threat of boycotting matches till Friday . All matches till Friday, in fact, have been cancelled.

Nandy today said he was “extremely sorry” for what he did yesterday. “I know what I and my players did was not right, and I am sorry for that. Possibly, the club will send a letter to that effect to the IFA,” he said, “but whoever will say anything to the likes of Debu Mukherjee of the IFA, the Dawood Ibrahims of the Calcutta Maidan?” he asked. He said it was a sort of “last resort action by him and the players.”

IFA wants R. Sarobar

The IFA governing body today decided they will approach the state government to grant it possession of the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium. Currently, the stadium is under the Calcutta Improvement Trust.    

Calcutta, Aug. 29: 
Shibaji Dutta will meet Shubham Chowdhury in the Ballygunge Insitute-organised table tennis tournament.

In today’s semi-finals, Shibaji beat Prithwiraj Bose 18-16, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9. Shubham eliminated Arunava Roy 13-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9. The final will be on Friday.

Veteran’s table tennis

Samarendra Chowdhury won the over-60 title at the YMCA Chowringhee-organised veterans’ table tennis meet recently.

Sadhan Dutta won the over-50 title, and Subrata Dey, the over-40 crown.

Waterpolo meet

The Kidderpore Swimming Club-oraganised South West Rotary waterpolo meet will be held from September 4-8.

Central Swimming Club, Calcutta Sports Association, Indian Life Saving Society, YMCA, Vidyasagar Swimming Centre and Kidderpore Swimming Club are the teams taking part.


Calcutta, Aug. 29: 
Anil Ekka was declared the most sporting player of the season at the Bengal Hockey Association’s (BHA) annual prize distribution function today. The CESC striker also bagged the top scorer’s award in first division group A league. CESC were champions, followed by East Bengal.

The BHA announced scholarships of Rs 1500 each for three under-14 players. These players — Suraj Soondas, Varinder Singh and Aquil Mukim — will get the amount in two equal instalments. The association also distributed hockey sticks to 30 players from various coaching centres.

In today’s Dhyanchand Memorial under-14 meet final at SAI, Behala SA emerged champions, beating Entally HA 4-2 in tie-breaker. Regulation time ended goalless.


1st division group A champion: CESC, Runners-up: East Bengal.

1st division group B champion: BSF North Bengal, Runners-up: Khalsa Blues.

2nd division champion: Behala SA, Runners-up: Wari.

3rd division champion: Kalyangarh HCC, Runners-up: Kalyangarh BM.

Kaivan Cup champion: Behala SA, Runners-up: Khalsa Model.

Lagden Shield champion: SAI Training Centre, Runners-up: Khalsa Blues.

Lakshmibilas Cup champion: SAI Training Centre, Runners-up: BSF North Bengal.

Pankaj Gupta Memorial Cup champion: Khalsa HS, Runners-up: Belgachia Manohar Academy.

BHA President’s Cup champion: Khalsa HS, Runners-up: Behala SA.

Dhyanchand Memorial under-14 meet champion: Behala SA, Runners-up: Entally HA. K.D. Ghosh.

Memorial Trophy (most sporting player in group A league): Anil Ekka (CESC). Amiya Dev Memorial Trophy (highest scorer in group A): Anil Ekka. Sidhu Dutta Memorial Trophy (fair play award in group A): BNR. Dr Dipak Banerjee Memorial Trophy (fair play award in group B): Baranagore SC.

Fair play trophy in 2nd division: Young Society.

Fair play trophy in 3rd division: CCFC.

Nutu Behari Mukherjee Memorial Cup (fair play in Pankaj Gupta meet): Khalsa Model Senior School.

Recipients of under-14 scholarships: Suraj Soondas, Varinder Singh, Aquil Mukim.


Calcutta, Aug. 29: 
The Colts Trial Stakes was a mere formality that the Bharath Singh-trained Alcalde completed at the Calcutta races today. Cristopher Alford, the jockey of the Rebounding Thrill-Nimble colt, however, made a heavy weather of the victory as he was seen going all over the course in the stretch run before handing a shade under three-length beating to his only rival Alamito — a stable-mate.

Cristopher’s other two winners, in contrast, were fluent in their effort. Alyssum in the Prince Blossom Cup and Annella in the Mica Empress Cup — both from Vijay Singh’s yard — helped the champion jockey make a clean sweep of the three trophy events in the six event-card that was ruled by favourites.


1. Prince Blossom Cup 1,400m: (1-2-3) Alyssum (C. Alford) 1; Clarice Cliff (Rabani) 2; Treasurer (Amil) 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 6-3/4; (1-29.6). Tote: Win Rs 11; Quinella: 13. Fav: Alys-sum (1). Winner trained by Vijay S.

2. Subianca Handicap 1,100m: (1-2-3-6) Flying Power (Amjad K.) 1; Lively Project (F. Khan) 2; Armila (Engineer) 3; Alumnus (Som S.) 4. Won by: Nk; Dist; Nk; (1-12.8). Tote: Win Rs 33; Place: 13; 12; 20; Quinella: 22; Tanala: 231. Fav: Lively Project (2). Winner trained by D. Karki.

3. Calcutta Colts Trial Stakes 1,400m: (1-2) Alcalde (C. Alford) 1; Alamito (Rabani) 2. Won by: 2-3/4; (1-28.5). Tote: Win Rs 11. Fav: Alcalde (1). Winner trained by Bharath S.

4. Rontgen Handicap 1,100m: (3-6-2-7) Regency Times (Connorton) 1; Tequila Shot (Shanker) 2; Storm Trooper (A. P. Singh) 3; Reactor (Islam) 4. Won by: 4-1/2; 2-1/4; 4-1/4; (1-11.7). Tote: Win Rs 15; Place: 10; 13; 18; Quinella: 18; Tanala: 79. Fav: Regency Times (3). Winner trained by Daniel D.

5. Mica Empress Cup 1,100m: (8-11-2-5) Annella (C. Alford) 1; Winning Hand (Som S). 2; Gold Buck (Sha-nker) 3; Arctic Fancy (B. Gurang) 4. Not run: Illustrious Reign (1) & Desert Force (3). Won by: 1; Hd; 1/2; (1-10.6). Tote: Win Rs 34; Place: 17; 27; 41; Quinella: 248; Tanala: 3,460. Fav: Annella (8). Winner trained by Vijay S.

6. Buchanan Handicap 1,400m: (4-1-6-5)Adeline (Connorton) 1; Double Bull (Dalpat S.) 2; Black Mane (M. Reuben) 3; Iron Warrior (Upadhya) 4. Not run: Freedom Warrior (8). Won by: 2-1/2; 3-1/4; 1-3/4; (1-30.4). Tote: Win Rs 44; Place: 15; 16; 12; Quinella: 90; Tanala: 409. Fav: Black Mane (6). Winner trained by Daniel D.

Jackpot: Rs 1,235; (C) Rs 49.

Treble: (i) Rs 40; (ii) Rs 446.

Mysore, Aug. 29: 
Back to her winning ways, the Darius Byramji-trained Averoff looks good to lift tomorrow’s main event, the 1,400m A. V. Thomas Trophy, a terms event of four-year-old and over Aslam Kader partners the Steinbeck-Kolar Gold mare.


1.15 pm: Guide 1. Beautiful Bird 2. Zulia’s 3.
1.45 pm: Anonyme 1. Dad’s Joy 2. Radcliff 3.
2.15 pm: Goebbels 1. Silver Touch 2. Abhimanyu 3.
2.45 pm: Marcus Aurelius 1. Leading Conquest 2. Fantasy Bay 3.
3.15 pm:Elusive Hero 1. Indian Native 2. Rising Wings 3.
3.45 pm: Argolis 1. Sendawar 2. Savage Heart 3.
4.15 pm: Averoff 1. Acrobat 2. Allocated 3.
4.45 pm:Saffron Finch 1. Sunspirit 2. Arduous 3.
5.15 pm: Supreme Heights 1. South Cove 2. Dream Supreme 3.

Day’s Best: Averoff

Double: Elusive Hero & Argolis

Mysore, Aug. 29 : 
The Darashah-trained Almost Heaven lifted the My- sore Race Club Gold Cup here today.


1. Alijah Plate 1,600m: (6-2-5) Carnival Crown (A. Imran) 1; Dynamic Chief 2; Biintang 3. Won by: 10; 3-1/2; (1-45.3). Tote: Win Rs 30; Place: 12; 80; 32; Forecast: 496; Quinella: 255; Tanala: 2,343 & 945. Fav: Carnival Crown (6).

2. Brave Dancer Plate, Div-II 1,100m: (8-9-7) Sunchaser (Rajesh) 1; Radical 2; Aesthete 3. Not run: Skylight (1). Won by: 1/2; 1/2; (1-9.9). Tote: Win Rs 91; Place: 16; 29; 14; Forecast: 681; Quinella: 200; Tanala: 959 & 250.Fav: Star of The Future (3).

3. Regency Stud Plate, Div-II 1,400m: (9-6-2) Arzillo (Kader) 1; Misty Charms 2; Tabreez 3. Won by: 5-1/4; Dist; (1-30.7). Tote: Win Rs 40; Place: 17; 14; 72; Forecast: 115; Quinella: 41; Tanala: 1,159 & 715. Fav: Misty Charms (6).

4. Tumkur Plate 1,400m: (6-8-9) Luxor (Shobhan) 1; Mehvish 2; Sand Lord 3. Not run: Decision Maker (7). Won by: SH; 3-1/4; (1-31.5). Tote: Win Rs 32; Place: 14; 24; 62; Forecast: 128; Quinella: 92; Tanala: 1,141 & 1,162. Fav: Splendid View (4).

5. Mysore Race Club Gold Cup 1,400m: (2-8-5) Almost Heaven (Md Shafiq) 1; Comedy of Errors 2; Acceptor 3. Won by: 2; 2-1/2; (1-29.5). Tote: Win Rs 55; Place: 17; 23; 16; Forecast: 381; Quinella: 133; Tanala: 681 & 181. Fav: Astronomer (6).

6. Star of Mysore Gold Cup 1,200m: (1-7-9) Bank of Promise (A. Imran) 1; Alisa 2; Winning Charm 3. Won by: 2; 1-3/4; (1-15.9). Tote: Win Rs 72; Place: 25; 14; 45; Forecast: 99; Quinella: 72; Tanala: 941 & 617. Fav: Alisa (7).

7. Brace Dancer Plate, Div-I 1,100m: (11-8-6) April Ace (Rajesh) 1; National Crown 2; Sound Profit 3. Won by: 3-3/4; 5; (1-10.1). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 13; 13; 95; Forecast: 41; Quinella: 21; Tanala: 584 & 411. Fav: April Ace (11).

8. Regency Stud Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (7-10-2) Fighting Brave (Prakash) 1; Extreme Contact 2; Saujas 3. Not run: Royale Incarnate (4). Won by: 3/4; 3-1/2; (1-29.7). Tote: Win Rs 24; Place: 14; 13; 24; Forecast: 37; Quinella: 30; Tanala: 150 & 83. Fav: Fighting Brave (7).

Jackpot: Rs 2,375; (C) Rs 445.

Mini jackpot: Rs 3,695.
Treble: (i) Rs 413; (ii) Rs 274.

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