Sourav to lead India in SA
Bagan wary of Tollygunge today
Course record by Mukesh
Bengal to send strong teams
Calcutta Races/ Grand Lodge wins trophy event
Calcutta Racing/ Controversy over MAM horses
Mysore Racing/ Joe The Pro may strike

 
 
SOURAV TO LEAD INDIA IN SA 
 
 
BY LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Calcutta, Sept. 5: 
Sourav Ganguly will lead India on the South Africa tour, beginning later this month. The selectors will formally retain him at their meeting in Mumbai, tomorrow morning.

Well-placed sources of The Telegraph confirmed late this evening that “absolutely no change” is being contemplated on the captaincy-issue.

The sources acknowledged that former Board president Raj Singh Dungarpur had, indeed, been lobbying hard for Sourav’s removal, but that the powers-that-be were firm on status quo.

“Sourav’s record as captain is pretty good but, yes, we wouldn’t like him to keep running foul of Match Referees,” remarked one of the sources.

Meanwhile, speaking exclusively, Sourav said he himself was “cool” about the captaincy. He added: “Personally, I’m confident of keeping the job. However, just how the esteemed selectors feel will only be known tomorrow.” A straight bat that.

Sourav has been India’s full-time captain since March last year. The tour to South Africa will, obviously, be his toughest assignment to date.

Significantly, there is good news in the form of V.V.S. Laxman and Ashish Nehra also being available for selection. Already in the clear are Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble and Jawagal Srinath. All five have been out of action for varying periods.

   

 
 
BAGAN WARY OF TOLLYGUNGE TODAY 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Sept. 5: 
Mohun Bagan coach Subrata Bhattacharya has asked his reserve bench to “rise to the occasion” in the face of non-availability of some key players as the IFA League frontrunners meet Tollygunge Agragami in their Super Division clash at Salt Lake Stadium tomorrow. “Our reserve bench has to perform well and take extra responsibility tomorrow. We’ll certainly miss services of some players but we are confident this will not put paid to our plans,” Subrata said today.

Rennedy Singh and Rishi Kapoor are injured while Hussain Mustafi and Sumit Sengupta are indisposed. The coach also hinted at using Jose Ramirez Barreto as a withdrawn forward with Abdulateef Seriki and R.C. Prakash upfront. Bungo Singh may join Jayanta Sen and Basudeb Mondal in the midfield.

Meanwhile, Subrata’s counterpart in Tollygunge Agragami, Amal Dutta maintained that he would not take any risk in the match and a draw would be his priority. Their Mehtab Hossain will be out of action tomorrow through two bookings.

CRA officials depose

Calcutta Referees’ Association secretary Kamal Sarkar and council members Sunil Adhikari and Bikash Mukherjee today deposed before the IFA disciplinary committee regarding the violence-marred Mohammedan Sporting-George Telegraph match last month. George coach Raghu Nandy and official Bachhu Gupta have been asked to meet the committee tomorrow. The committee is dealing with the post-match violence, in which some George officials allegedly ransacked the CRA tent and beat up a trainee referee. The committee hinted it would finish its job by September 18.

Binoy Saha fashions E. Rly win

Eastern Railway SC rode Binoy Saha’s double strike to beat City AC 2-0 in their first division group A match at Mohun Bagan ground. Eastern Railway’s Samrat Roy Chowdhury and Sanjay Dhara of the losing team were thrown out by the referee for rough play. In other group A encounters, Eastern Coalfield and Aryan Club defeated Calcutta Customs and Wari AC by identical 1-0 margins. Sheikh Hidayatullah and Gouranga Dutta were the respective matchwinners.

In a third division relegation play-off match, Kumartuli Institute edged past Uttarpara SC 2-1 at High Court ground. Kumartuli Institute’s S. Katal and Uttarpara SC’s N. Ghosh received marching orders.

Vietnam team for Shield

Meanwhile, Nam Dinh, a Vietnamese outfit, has confirmed participation in the forthcoming IFA Shield while Mohammedan Sporting will take part in the Bhutan Federation Cup, to be held from September 12 to 22.

CAB transfers

Mainak Sengupta and Subhomoy Das have switched to Mohun Bagan from Tollygunge Agragami and Shyambazar Club, respectively, in the day’s CAB transfers. In all six transfers were logged for Mohun Bagan.    

 
 
COURSE RECORD BY MUKESH 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Sept. 5: 
Mukesh Kumar today rewrote one record and equalled another, with a superb nine-under 63 opening round at the Rs10 lakh TNGF Open in Chennai, according to reports reaching here.

On the fifth leg of the Hero Honda Golf Tour, Mukesh broke Ali Sher’s course mark of eight-under 64 (achieved twice at the Hindu Open in 1996 and 1998) at the par 72 course.

The MHOW pro thus also joined Shiv Prakash (Kanpur) and Sanjay Kumar (Lucknow) as the joint-holder of the lowest individual round score on the Tour.

Shiv Prakash was the first to set the record at the TSM Open at the Aravalli Golf Club Faridabad in October last, while Sanjay equalled the record a month later at the Wills Northern Open at his home course, the Lucknow Golf Club.

Today Sanjay Kumar had a six under, which placed him at second spot, one ahead of Mysore’s Rahul Ganapathy and S. S. P. Chowrasia who each carded five-unders.

Local golfer V. Wilson returned his career-best round, a four-under 68 to occupy the tied-fifth spot with Delhi’s Ali Sher. Defending champion Rohtas Singh was tied 16th at 71, while winner of last week’s Hyundai-MGC Open, Zai Kipgen returned a 73 to tie at 33rd position.

   

 
 
BENGAL TO SEND STRONG TEAMS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Sept. 5: 
A strong Bengal squad will take part in the 41st inter-state senior athletic championships, to be held in Lucknow from September 19 to 21.

The contingent includes Sanjoy Rai and Amit Saha among men and Soma Biswas, Saraswati Dey, K. Jebeswari Debi and Mukti Saha among women.

SQUADS — MEN: Amit Saha, Sanjoy Rai, Argha Majumdar, Sk. Samser.

WOMEN: Saraswati Dey, Shukla Biswas, Banani Biswas, Sabita Biswas, Pampa Chanda, Sumana Mondal, Jyotsna Roy, Manisha Mondal, K. Jibeswari Debi, Bintaz Khatoon, Luci Deshmukh, Mukti Saha, Soma Biswas, Rina Das, L. Aruna Devi, P. Bindu, Kalpana Das, Manisha Dey, Chaitali Paul, Y. Bala Devi, Tia Das.

   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACES/ GRAND LODGE WINS TROPHY EVENT 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta, Sept. 5: 
Ridden by Mark Reuben the Javed Khan-trained five-year-old gelding Grand Lodge claimed the Douetil Memorial Cup today. The Tecorno-Nyra son, however, had to win the race again in the stewards’ room following an objection lodged by apprentice Fateh Ali Khan (Harry The Horse) on the grounds of interference. The afternoon, however, belonged to Alford cousins — Cristopher and Rutherford. While the former guided two odds on horses from Vijay Singh’s yard to victory, Rutherford notched up a rich double through the favourite Stella Blue, in the Verge Handicap, and followed it up with the victory of a friendlless Countach in the concluding event, the Casbah Handicap.

RESULTS

1. Hovercraft Cup 1,800m: (2-1) Anolini (C. Alford) 1; Arendal (Amil) 2. Won by: 3/4; (2-0.6). Tote: Win Rs 12. Fav: Anolini (2). Winner trained by Vijay S.

2. Verge Handicap 1,200m: (5-3-1-8) Stella Blue (Rutherford) 1; Heaven’s Blessing (Shanker) 2; Amistad (Islam) 3; Magic Ring (Brij S.) 4.Won by: Nk; 6-1/2; 2-1/4; (1-21). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 14; 21; 21; Quinella: 64; Tanala: 422. Fav: Stella Blue (5). Winner trained by Mujeeb R.

3. Kinkajou Handicap 1,200m: (1-3-4-2) Aherlow (C. Alford) 1; Crest Star (Yasin) 2; Albright (Amil) 3; Iron Warrior (Dalpat S.) 4. Won by: SH; 5-1/4; 2-1/2; (1-21.2). Tote: Win Rs 20; Place: 15; 24; Quinella: 47; Tanala: 100. Fav: Aherlow (1). Winner trained by Vijay S.

4. Douetil Memorial Cup 1,400m: (5-3-4-8) Grand Lodge (M. Reuben) 1; Harry The Horse (F. Khan) 2; Actress (C. Alford) 3; High Life (M. Bhagwat) 4. Won by: 1/2; 2-1/2; 5; (1-31.5). Tote: Win Rs 26; Place: 13; 29; 18; Quinella: 193; Tanala: 1,094. Fav: Grand Lodge (5). Winner trained by Javed K. (Note: The winner survived objection lodged by the rider of the second placed horse).

5. Look Round Handicap 2,000m: (4-2-1-3) Aventura (Islam) 1; Alvernia (Maseyk) 2; Nearco Prince (Rabani) 3; Keep The Faith (Kujur) 4. Won by: Hd; 4-1/4; 2-3/4; (2-20.9). Tote: Win Rs 78; Place: 32; 53; Quinella: 627; Tanala: 2,345. Fav: Keep The Faith (3). Winner trained by Bharath S.

6. Casbah Handicap 1,100m: (3-7-5-1) Countach (Rutherford) 1; Software (M. Reuben) 2; Floral Path (Shanker) 3; Raaz (Upadhya) 4. Won by: 1/2; 3/4; 1-3/4; (1-13.8). Tote: Win Rs 162; Place: 40; 18; 22; Quinella: 574; Tanala: 6,460. Fav: Wandering Warrior (2). Winner trained by Jaiswal.

Jackpot: Rs 94,169; (C) Rs 496.

Treble: (i) Rs 107; (ii) Rs 13,985.
   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACING/ CONTROVERSY OVER MAM HORSES 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Sept. 5: 
The absence of trainer Daniel David’s runners in today’s entire card was the main subject of discussion at the racecourse. Clarifying the point, the Royal Calcutta Turf Club (RCTC) officials said: “The trainer (Daniel) had submitted his entries late thus the handicapper had the right to refuse them.”

A different twist is, however, being given to the entire matter by a select racingcircle,opposed to RCTC efforts to put the local racing back to its old glory. In their view, the cold war is on between the club and Daniel’s chief patron M. A. M. Ramaswamy and it is the root cause of all dispute. The trainer is under instruction from the South to teach RCTC a lesson.

MAM had dispatched a string of 24 horses aged between four and six, early last month to race in the city. But, sources close to the racing baron have been accusing RCTC for dilly dallying the handicapping of the new arrivals on one pretext or the other. Rajan Mehrotra, handicapper and general manager, racing, was, however, furious when the matter was brought to his notice. “His (MAM’s) horses run all over the country, including in Ooty, and it takes quite sometime to verify their form and performance.”

“However, it’s almost a fortnight the entire new lot of Mr. David has been handicapped. If he is not keen on running them I can’t force him to do so,” said Mehrotra. “Yes, the trainer (Daniel) has been wanting an assurance on the scale-drop of his new arrivals, which I declined to commit,” added Mehrotra.

Mr Vineet Verma, ceo and secretary, RCTC, was however, forthright in his observation; “The problem is people’s thinking. The club has always been impartial.”

   

 
 
MYSORE RACING/ JOE THE PRO MAY STRIKE 
 
 
FROM WILLIAM TELL
 
Mysore, Sept. 5: 
The H. H. Sri Chamaraja Wadiyar Memorial Gold Cup, tomorrow’s main event, looks a very open affair. However, going by his Bangalore summer run, Joe The Pro appears to have a slight edge over the rest. The Darashah-ward will be ridden by K. P. Appu.

SELECTIONS

2.30 pm: Cotton Mary 1. Rusticana 2. Franco Leone 3.
3 pm: Mum’s The Word 1. Aegis 2. Cape Fear 3.
3.30 pm: Crown Ivory 1. Dynamic Gamble 2. Waves of Emotion 3.
4 pm: Odysseus 1. Angie 2. Carnival Craze 3.
4.30 pm: Joe The Pro 1. Soviet Song 2. Alylady 3.
5 pm: Far Excellence 1. Silvanus 2. Alassio 3.
5.30 pm: Super Green 1. Royal Caribbean 2. Star Wings 3.

Day’s Best: Far Excellence

Double: Mum’s The Word & Odysseus
   
 

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