Top players may prefer rest
EB ride Alokendu double ton
BCCI chief to consult players
Samit, Prinan smash tons
Firoz Ali keeps Nepal title
Muslim Institute in 1st div.
Calcutta Racing/ Antequera gets first call
Bangalore Racing/ Ansbach wins
Pune Racing/ Intel may bag the trophy

 
 
TOP PLAYERS MAY PREFER REST 
 
 
BY LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Calcutta, Dec. 8: 
Even if the Union government okays participation in the January 3-13 triangular in Bangladesh, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will itself almost surely have a re-think.

The tournament is set to feature India, Pakistan and hosts Bangladesh.

According to well-placed sources of The Telegraph, that some leading players may make themselves unavailable is a top factor which could influence the re-think.

Eventually, then, the BCCI may “assure” Bangladesh about undertaking a visit after the February-March 2003 World Cup.

Apparently, some of the players have already indicated to the powers-that-be they need a break after almost non-stop cricket from end-May (trip to Zimbabwe).

Indeed, there was only a six-day gap between the end of the Zimbabwe series and the visit to Sri Lanka. Then, there was less than three weeks off before the very demanding tour of South Africa. Finally, the Test series versus England began a shade over 72 hours after the team’s flight from Johannesburg touched down in Mumbai.

In fact, once the ODIs against England get underway (January 22-February 3), the Indian players will have little rest till the first half of September, when the England tour will end. First will be the home series versus Zimbabwe, then the trip to the West Indies and, thereafter, the visit to England.

And, so, the only real break for them is the four weeks from the end of the on-going Test series against England (December 23) till the start of the ODIs.

It seems the BCCI’s brass, too, is belatedly realising a heavy workload will ‘kill’ the top players. Specifically worried must be president Jagmohan Dalmiya who, since taking charge in end-September, has consistently been talking of focussing on the World Cup.

A senseless calendar, in the lead-up to the tournament, is one sure way of ensuring our players aren’t in proper shape for the longest-ever (February 9-March 23) World Cup.

Keeping them ‘fresh’ , perhaps, is also a reason why Dalmiya has been speaking of playing three and not four Tests in England.

On returning from England, India host the West Indies before travelling to New Zealand for a series of ODIs. Then, of course, comes cricket’s showpiece event.

Incidentally, while the England and Wales Cricket Board is insisting it has the BCCI’s “consent” for a four-Test series in writing, no such communication exists in the BCCI’s own files. Till now, at least, nothing has been traced.

Meanwhile, India’s itinerary in the West Indies isn’t yet confirmed. Initially, the West Indies Cricket Board suggested four Tests and seven ODIs. That, it appears, has been amended to five Tests and as many ODIs.

The picture should be clear in a fortnight.

   

 
 
EB RIDE ALOKENDU DOUBLE TON 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Dec. 8: 
East Bengal kicked off their CAB League campaign with a run-feast at Ballygunge United’s expense. The absence of the likes of Rohan Gavaskar, Nikhil Haldipur and Srikant Kalyani was not felt as Bengal-reject Alokendu Lahiri blasted a double century to guide his team to 482 for eight at stumps on Day I.

Alokendu’s 236 at the Greer ground came off just 260 balls and included 23 fours and a six. Abhijit Ganguly tormented the Ballygunge United bowlers further, smashing 15 fours and a couple of sixes in his 103-ball 116.

In other matches, Kalighat, playing on home turf, could manage no more than 286 against Aryan. Though four of their batsmen got off to a good start Kalighat failed to accumulate a substantial score. Murtaza Lodhgar (63) was the only one to get a half-century.

Eastern Railway, too, were bowled out for a moderate score. Tollygunge Agragami’s Rohit Mehra and Kunal Bajpai took four wickets each to restrict the railway team to 252. Om Prakash Tewari top-scored with 53.

Rangers and Shibpur Institute both had very good outings, coming within striking distance of pulling off victories in their respective matches on the very first day.

Rangers bowled out Young Bengal for 121 and then knocked off 62 of those runs for the loss of a single wicket. Shibpur were 58 for one after dismissing Ananda Bazar Patrika Sports Club for 148.

The day’s best bowling performance came from BNR’s Arindam Bhattacharya. He bagged six for 73 but got little support from the other end as George Telegraph piled up 317.

SUMMARISED SCORES

East Bengal 482/8 (Alokendu Lahiri 236, Abhijit Ganguly 116; Abhijit Ghosh 2/91) vs Ballygunge United.

George Telegraph 317 (Sheikh Sohail 71, Abhishek Guha 68, Krishnendu Pal 40; Arindam Bhattacharya 6/73) vs BNR.

Eastern Railway 252 (Om Prakash Tewari 53, Anand Kumar 48; Rohit Mehra 4/74, Kunal Bajpai 4/80). Tollygunge Agragami 5/0.

Kalighat 286 (Murtaza Lodhgar 63, Samiran Pal 43 n.o., Safi Ahmed 40, Mohammad Ziauddin 30; Chandra Prakash Verma 4/94, Pronab Bhattacharya 3/113) vs Aryan.

Young Bengal 121 (Moloy Roy 39 n.o.; Nasim Ali 4/32, Ram Kripal Shaw 4/40). Rangers 62/1 (Rajib Ranjan Datta 35 batting).

Aikya Sammilani 320 (Aadipta Mukherjee 76, Sourav Shukla 60; Sankar Chakraborty 3/75). Taltala 6/0.

Dakshin Kalikata Sansad 238 (Kaustav Roy 74, Sanjay Chowdhury 68; Aranya Deb Sarkar 3/55, Nayan Sur 2/39, Rathindranath Datta 2/48). Netaji Subhas Inst. 16/0.

Ananda Bazar Patrika SC 148 (Aloke Barik 66; Uttam Jash 5/69, Pulak Majumdar 4/46). Shibpur Inst. 58/1.

Wari 316/8 (Probir Mukherjee 83, Prodipto Majumdar 62 not out, Arijit Basu 39; Irfan Bari Khan 4/105).

   

 
 
BCCI CHIEF TO CONSULT PLAYERS 
 
 
BY OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Dec. 8: 
Having had a lengthy session with coach John Wright in New Delhi this morning, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya will now “seek the views” of the top, if not all, current players.

The BCCI chief also had an exclusive session with physio Andrew Leipus who, like Wright, is presently on an informally extended contract.

Dalmiya was closeted with Wright for over two hours and with Leipus for about an hour. Later, he met both together for “around 45 minutes.”

Contacted by The Telegraph in New Delhi, the BCCI chief said: “I’ve heard, at length, what the two had to say. Now, I’ll either speak to just the senior players or, if needed, involve the whole team. Their contracts, therefore, can only be renewed after that.”

According to Dalmiya, he may interact with the players during the Bangalore Test (December 19-23) or immediately after it ends.

In fact, the BCCI chief indicated he could have a “joint session” with the coach, players and the physio. “Whatever is needed, will be done,” Dalmiya pointed out.

Incidentally, the selection committee may come into the picture as well, with the BCCI chief having a session with Wright and the quintet comprising Chandu Borde, Madanlal, Shivlal Yadav, Ashok Malhotra and Sanjay Jagdale.

   

 
 
SAMIT, PRINAN SMASH TONS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Dec. 8: 
Bengal powered into a position of strength after two days of their Vijay Merchant Trophy (under-16) duel with Assam at the Eden Gardens.

Having restricted the visitors to 228 yesterday, Bengal rode twin centuries by openers Samit Mukherjee and Prinan Datta to a score of 389 for five declared.

Then, in the 10 overs possible before stumps today, they had Assam reeling at 27 for two in their second innings. Assam thus need another 134 runs to make Bengal bat again.

The home team resumed this morning at 21 without loss and it wasn’t before the total reached 250 that Assam tasted their first success. Prinan made 133 with the help of 16 boundaries. The second-wicket partnership yielded 87 as Samit (149 with 16 fours and a six) was well supported by Sougata Datta (45).

Bengal applied the closure with a lead of 161, hoping to make some inroads into the Assam second innings in the few overs left. They did just, Sourav Datta and Abdul Wali Khan picking up a scalp each.

BRIEF SCORES: Assam 228 & 27/2. Bengal 389/5 dec. (Samit Mukherjee 149, Prinan Datta 133, Sougata Datta 45; Prakash Bhagat 2/97).

   

 
 
FIROZ ALI KEEPS NEPAL TITLE 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Dec. 8: 
A late lapse of concentration could not deny Firoz Ali glory at the Surya Nepal Masters, and he won the title for the second time in his career at the Gokarna Golf Club, according to reports reaching here today.

Despite making a double bogey on the 15th and a bogey on the 17th, the 1996 winner from Calcutta had made himself sure of the title with an eagle on the 12th hole and four birdies in a final round card of two-under 70. That gave him a tally of nine-under 279 for the tournament.

Another Calcutta golfer, Uttam Singh Mundy, shot a similar final round score to take the runner-up position at five-under 283. Shiv Prakash of Kanpur had the best card of the day, a three-under 69, to finish third at four-under 284, while Delhi’s Mohammed Maqbool authored the best finish of his season with a fourth place at 285. Order of Merit leader Mukesh Kumar was fifth with 286.

Unfortunately, though Firoz started with a bogey when his second shot caught a tree-top and veered way to the left. He hit his third to less than five feet, but missed the par putt.

Mundy almost holed his second shot and made a birdie on the first to reduce the gap to two strokes. However, Firoz hit a peach of a lob wedge second shot on the second hole to three inches off the pin and then two-putted on the par-5 third to go one-under for the day.

Mundy’s challenge faded away after he hit his tee shot on the par-3 fifth on the bushy slopes of the hill on the right. He had an impossible shot from there and finished with a double bogey.

Shiv Prakash launched an initial charge with a hat-trick of birdies, but was brought to an abrupt halt with a bogey on the fifth.

Firoz parred the next eight holes, before catching fire from the 12th onwards. On the par-5 12th, he sank a six-feet putt for eagle, and then birdied the next two to pull clear of the field. Even the three dropped strokes on the next three holes failed to give him any concern.

“It feels good to win, especially after the way I blew up on the final day at last week’s ProGolf in Calcutta. I am playing really well and am in a very confident frame of mind before next week’s Servo Masters,” said Firoz, whose last victory on the Hero Honda Indian Golf Tour was in January in Pune.

Mundy pulled ahead of Shiv Prakash on the back nine with three birdies. However, Mundy will have the satisfaction of receiving a cheque of Rs 10,000 for establishing the new course record of 65. Among the amateurs, Bhandari won with a four-day aggregate of 295. Raj Pradhan came in second at 314.

RESULTS (after 72 holes): 279 _ Firoz Ali (68,67,74,70); 283 _ Uttam Singh Mundy (65,73,75,70); 284 _ Shiv Prakash (70,74,71,69,69); 285 _ Mohd Maqbool (69,71,71,74); 286 _ Mukesh Kumar (72,72,71,71); 287 _ Harmeet Kahlon (70,72,73,72), Gaurav Ghei (73,69,72,73); 288 _ Digvijay Singh (70,70,76,72); 292 _ Gaurav Diwan (73,74,74,71), Rahil Gangjee (67,76,76,73), Vijay Kumar (72,69,74,77).

   

 
 
MUSLIM INSTITUTE IN 1ST DIV. 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Dec. 8: 
Muslim Institute today booked a berth in next year’s Calcutta League first division group B competition following a 1-0 win over Kalighat MS in the second division championship play-off semi-final.

It was a Swapan Sarkar golden goal which ensured Muslim Institute promotion to first division. Anushilani, who have already earned promotion, will challenge Muslim Institute for the second division crown.

In a Super Division relegation leg match today, FCI beat BNR via a 50th-minute Surajit Chakraborty goal. FCI now have six points from three games, with a match in hand. BNR have a solitary point with two matches to play.

Floodlit tennis

Karan Dhillon and Farid Alam came thro-ugh three-setters this evening to reach the boys’ under-14 final of the Saturday Club floodlit tennis meet. Karina Ahuja qualified for the girls’ under-14 final with a straight-set win.

RESULTS: Boys’ U-14 semis: Karan Dhillon bt Arup Mallick 6-3, 4-6, 6-1; Farid Alam bt Ranjan Prasad 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. Girls’ U-14 semis: Karina Ahuja bt Moni Sewa 6-3, 6-2. Men’s handicap doubles: K. De & R. Banerjee bt T. Alam & K. Dhillon 6-2, 6-1. Ladies’ handicap singles: D. Jones bt A. Talukdar 6-1, 6-3.

University meets

Calcutta University played out a goalless draw with Rabindra Bharati in an East Zone inter-university football meet match today. In another match, Burdwan dismissed B.R. Ambedkar (Bihar) 3-0, courtesy goals from Amarjit Singh, Subhranil Datta and Surajit Ghosh. In table tennis competition last evening, Calcutta beat Ravishankar 3-0 to lift the men’s title. North Bengal bagged the women’s crown following a 3-2 verdict over Calcutta.

Bihar win big

Bihar beat MTNL Mumbai 4-0 in the all-India BS-NL football meet at SAI.

OTHER RESULTS: Karnataka bt Jharkhand 5-0; Madhya Pradesh drew 2-2 with Andhra Pradesh; Rajasthan drew 0-0 with NTR Delhi; MTNL Delhi bt Maharashtra 3-0; Haryana bt UP 1-0; Punjab bt Gujarat 1-0; Madhya Pradesh bt J & K 2-1; Maharashtra bt Haryana 2-1.

Railway kabaddi

Northern and Central emerged men’s and women’s champions in the all-India railway kabaddi championships in Dhanbad today. According to an Eastern Railway press release, ICF (Perambur) finished runners-up among the men and Western Railway among women.

Corporate golf

R.K. Pachnanda won the overall individual title in the Standard Chartered group corporate invitation golf meet held at Tollygunge Club today. He topped a field of 99 with a score of 43 stableford points. K.K. Todi was second and Suyas Borar third. K.J. Singh won the ladies’ title with a score of 36. The overall scratch prize for the best golfer today was won by Vikram Singh (32 points).

   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACING/ ANTEQUERA GETS FIRST CALL 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta, Dec. 8: 
One may look forward to a keen contest in the Calcutta 2,000 Guineas, tomorrow. If the early birds are to be believed, Antequera, Alamito and The Archer all three in the seven-horse line-up seem to have an equal chance of winning. While The Archer’s fluent win was impressive, the matching time clocked by Alamito on the same day was also praiseworthy. Antequera, on the other hand, flexes muscles for finishing behind the multi-classic winner Ansbach who also won the Bangalore 2,000 Guineas today. All said and done, it is Antequera who gets the first call in spite of his unimpressive work outs and poor looks as the Green forest-Silver Reflect son stands tall on his upcountry form. Aslam Kader partners the Vijay Singh-trainee. Read as: Horse number, last four runs, horse name, trainer, jockey, weight & draw:

1st Race at 12.35 pm

Red Chieftan Handicap 1,100m (Cl IV—Rated 22-50) — Indian jockeys only
1 0400 Discomatic [Daniel] D. Locke 60.5 5
2 0321 Common Spirit [Daniel] J. Abraham 59.5 6
3 0100 Bold Apparel [Daniel] B. Gurang 58.0 4
4 3233 Storm Centre [Rodrigues] Dalpat S. 55.0 7
5 - 144 Freedom Warrior [Vijay] S. Rajesh 53.0 3
6 3434 Crest Star [Mujeeb] Md Yasin 51.5 2
7 - - - 1 Calabash [Mujeeb] C. Alford 51.0 1
1. Freedom Warrior (5) 2. Calabash (7) 3. Common Spirit (2)
Freedom Warrior: Ignore his last run. Capable of beating the present lot. Calabash: Was hard put to beat a Class V horse. Common Spirit: Upset, if any.

2nd Race at 1.10 pm

Time Machine Cup 1,600m (Cl II ; Cl III eligibile Rt 44-94)
1 - - - 1 Amber Dancer [Daniel] N. Connorton 60.0 1
2 ---- Acceptor [D. Byramji] C. Alford 56.0 2
3 4333 Estocade [Stephens] Rutherford A. 56.0 8
4 3004 Illustrious Reign [Jaiswal] Asghar 53.5 5
5 - - 24 Alsheim [Vijay] Md Amil 53.0 4
6 - 020 No Regrets [Javed] S. Shanker 53.0 3
7 ---- Altiama [Vijay] Surender S. 52.5 7
8 - - 00 Own Legacy [Daniel] Md Yasin 51.0 9
9 - - - 0 Yukon [Asfand] F. Norton 51.0 10
10 4441 Aflicker [Bharath] S. Rabani 47.5 6
1. Acceptor (2) 2. Amber Dancer (1) 3. Altiama (7)
Acceptor: Hails from better outstation class. Working well, too. Amber Dancer: May need the run after her training setback. Altiama: May place.

3rd Race 1.50 pm

Flaming Orb Handicap 1,400m (Cl IV, Rt. 22-50) — Indian jockeys only
1 ---- Declarationoflove [R. Alford] P. Alford 60.5 3
2 4030 Santillana [Daniel] A. P. Singh 60.5 13
3 - 000 Master Bold [Vijay] Md Islam 60.0 7
4 0030 Peace Envoy [Daniel] J. Abraham 59.5 11
5 4223 Iron Warrior [Rodrigues] Dalpat S. 56.5 6
6 ---- Accrete [Vijay ] C . Alford 55.5 9
7 - - 20 As A Rule [Javed] R. Gowli 55.0 4
8 0003 Red Cordon [Daniel] I. Siddiqui 55.0 10
9 2123 Calculate [Vijay] S. Shanker 54.5 2
10 ---- Leading Conquest [D. Byramji] S. Rajesh 52.0 12
11 - - 00 Tuscaloosa [Mujeeb] S. Rabani 50.5 1
12 - - - 0 Darth Vader [R. Alford] S. Tamang 50.0 8
13 0322 Impressive Prince [Daniel] Md Yasin 49.0 5
1. Accrete (6) 2. Calculate (9) 3. As A Rule (7)
Accrete: One of the top-bracket colt of the last season. May be hard to toss. Calculate: Working well. May fight out for minor placings. As A Rule: May place.

4th Race at 2.20 pm

Nanoli Stud Juvenile Stakes 1,100m (Terms, 2-y-o only)
1 - - -0 Royal City [Daniel] J. Abraham 55.0 6
2 - - -3 Anatolia [Vijay] A. Kader 53.5 2
3 - - - 2 Callisto [Vijay] C. Alford 53.5 3
4 ---- Social Girl ex G. Fawn [Daniel] G. Upadhya 53.5 1
5 ---- Software [Stephens] R. Gowli 53.5 4
6 - - - 4 Star Selection [Daniel] N. Connorton 53.5 5
1. Callisto (3) 2. Anatolia (2) 3. Star Selection (6)
Callisto: Came from behind to overhaul Anatolia for the second slot. May win now. Anatolia: May fight for minor placings. Star Selections: May place.

5th Race at 2.55 pm

Sunbird Cup 1,600m (Cl II; Cl IV eligible —Rt. 22-72)
1 - 044 Among Men [Javed] R. Gowli 60.0 10
2 - - 03 Raring To Go [Daniel] Asghar 59.5 8
3 - - 10 Si senora [D. Byramji] C. Lemaire 58.5 6
4 - 001 Fairy Prince [Daniel] N. Connorton 57.5 1
5 1431 Laurels [Javed] N. Engineer 55.5 11
6 2124 Solo Act [R. Alford] P. Alford 55.5 4
7 - 423 Attune [Vijay] C. Alford 55.0 3
8 - - 30 Set Aside [Asfand] F. Norton 54.5 5
9 ---- At My Command [Daniel] R. Ahmed 53.5 12
10 - - 04 Soviet Dance [Daniel] J. Abraham 51.0 9
11 1132 Rescue Act [Bharath] S. Rabani 49.0 2
12 - - - 1 Arbello [Vijay] S. Rajesh 47.0 7
1. Attune (7) 2. Rescue Act (11) 3. Among Men (1)
Attune: As good a horse as Mack The Knife. A good bet. Rescue Act: Well rested since going down to Abroach. Among Men: Well prepared. Upset, if any.

6th Race at 3.25 pm

Calcutta 2000 Guineas 1,600m (Terms, 3-y-o only)
1 3211 Alamito [Bharath] C. Alford 56.0 5
2 - 224 Antequera [D. Byramji] A. Kader 56.0 2
3 - - 21 Arterial [Asfand] F. Norton 56.0 4
4 - 413 Mack The Knife [Stephens] Rutherford A. 56.0 1
5 - - - 2 Star Cavalier [Daniel] N. Connorton 56.0 7
6 - - - 1 The Archer [Stephens] C. Lemaire 56.0 6
7 - 113 Angeles [Vijay] S. Rajesh 54.5 3
1. Antequera (2) 2. The Archer (6) 3. Alamito (1)
Antequera: A good fourth to Ansbach in the Mysore Derby. May defy his poor looks. The Archer: In great heart. May extend the best. Alamito: Capable of surprising all.

7th Race at 4.00 pm

Viscol Handicap 1,400m (Cl V—Rt. 00-28) — Indian jockeys only
1 0002 Just Kidding [R. Alford] Rutherford A. 61.0 9
2 - - -4 Lucifer [Rodrigues] G. Upadhya 61.0 10
3 4000 Bay Dragon [Daniel] B. Gurang 60.5 2
4 ---- Aklovic [D. Byramji] N. Bird 60.0 6
5 2242 Finders Keepers [Jaiswal] Asghar 58.5 3
6 0022 Tsaynen Blue [Javed] E. Smith 58.5 1
7 ---- Scenic Song [Mujeeb] S. Rabani 58.0 12
8 - 000 Orchestra [Vijay] Surender S. 57.5 14
9 ---- Archery [Vijay] C. Alford 56.0 5
10 0000 Wild Is The Wind [Mujeeb] Md Amil 56.0 13
11 0000 Rare Orchid [Bharath] Md Islam 54.5 7
12 0000 Sparkling Diamond [Mujeeb] M. Maseyk 54.5 8
13 0031 Rich Dominion [Daniel] J. Abraham 53.0 4
14 0004 Noor Aliya [Mujeeb] Gajender S. 52.5 11
1. Archery (9) 2. Just Kidding (1) 3. Rich Dominion (13)
Archery: Judiciously prepared for a debut win. May strike. Just Kidding: Has run into form. May go close to the winner. Rich Dominion: May place.

Day’s Best: Accrete

Double: Acceptor & Attune

   

 
 
BANGALORE RACING/ ANSBACH WINS 
 
 
BY TITAN BOY
 
Bangalore, Dec. 8: 
Ridden by Aslam Kader, the Vijay Singh-trained multi-classic winner Ansbach claimed yet another major plum event, the Harvins Bangalore 2,000 Guineas in Bangalore, on Saturday. The winner, however, survived an objection.
(With inter-state dividends)

1. Vedavathi Cup 1,100m: (7-6-1) Orient View (Prakash) 1; Rose Garden 2; Brave Persian 3. Won by: Hd; 2; (1-9.8). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 12; 12; 24; Quinella: 18; Tanala: 112. Fav: Orient View (7).

2. Honnavar Plate 1,200m: (9-6-1) Seat of The Master (Shafiq) 1; Diamond Harbour 2; Niveditha 3. Won by: SH; 3-3/4; (1-17). Tote: Win Rs 135; Place: 39; 22; 29; Quinella: 561; Tanala: 15,643. Fav: Sun Court (10).

3. Parfait Amour Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (6-7-3) Brunswick (A. Imran) 1; Emerald Forest 2; Indigenous 3. Won by: 6-1/2; 3-1/2; (1-15.9). Tote: Win Rs 16; Place: 11; 31; 17; Quinella: 168; Tanala: 662. Fav: Brunswick (6).

4. A. R. Keshava Mudaliar Memorial Plate 1,400m: (9-10-12) Red Sand (Mrs Storai) 1; Sunspangled 2; Anchor 3. Won by: SH; 5; (1-27.6). Tote: Win Rs 52; Place: 17; 14; 24; Quinella: 56; Tanala: 439. Fav: Sunspangled (10).

5. Manasarovara Plate 1,800m: (2-4-3) Spirited Effort (Prakash) 1; Elusive Hero 2; Butter Spong 3. Won by: 3/4; 8; (1-53.1). Tote: Win Rs 15; Place: 10; 17; Quinella: 21; Tanala: 65.Fav: Spirited Effort (2).

6. Harvins Bangalore 2000 Guineas 1,600m: (11-13-1-3) Ansbach (Kader) 1; Ciel Fleuri (Marshall) 2; If Looks Could Kill (M. Narredu) 3; Taipan (Rajendra) 4. Won by: 1-1/4; 3-1/4; 3/4; (1-38.9). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 11; 44; 56; Quinella: 149; Tanala: 2,613. Fav: Ansbach (11). (Note: The winner survived objection lodged by the rider of second placed horse).

7. Mercara Plate 1,400m: (1-7-4) Altosax (F. Ismail) 1; Inxss 2; Agronomist 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 5-1/4; (1-29.3). Tote: Win Rs 16; Place: 13; 24; 14; Quinella: 110; Tanala: 347. Fav: Altosax (1).

8. Parfait Amour Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (4-7-1) Think of Us (Surjeet) 1; Special Request 2; Kisunugntly 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 4; (1-15.8). Tote: Win Rs 108; Place: 28; 16; 23; Quinella: 202; Tanala: 2,205. Fav: Flying Tribute (5).

Jackpot: Rs 1,933; (C) Rs 74.

Treble: (i) Rs 1,269; (ii) Rs 54.

   

 
 
PUNE RACING/ INTEL MAY BAG THE TROPHY 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
Pune, Dec. 8: 
With two potential runners — Intel and Safarando — trainer Dallas Todywalla holds the whip hand to win the Seth Ramnath Daga Trophy in Mumbai on Sunday. However, the former has the edge and may score.

SELECTIONS

12.30 pm: Starsky 1. Eastern Command 2. Argyle Gold 3.

1 pm: Bookie’s Delight 1. Royal Amaretto 2. Saytarra 3.

1.30 pm: Eye To Eye 1. Conflagration 2. Firecrest 3.

2 pm: Arctic Star 1. Dancing Gold 2. Winning Melody 3.

2.30 pm: Zaraius 1. Chance 2. Feeling For You 3.

3 pm: Sanquirico 1. Beau Wonder 2. Love Me Forever 3.

3.30 pm: Intel 1. Safrando 2. Star Shine 3.

4 pm: Synergize 1. Absolute Dominance 2. Sheer Silver 3.

4.30 pm: Most Attractive 1. Goblet of Fire 2. Mystic Lady 3.

Day’s Best: Sanquirico

Doble: Starsky & Eye To Eye

   
 

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