Kumar, Mishra in summit show
Pamela Ghosh to lead Bengal
Bengal women finish third
Saliu signs for Mohun Bagan
Shyambazar win
Mumbai Racing/ Ocean Breeze may come good
Track Trials/ Set Aside shines
Race Review/ Prakash stole the thunder

Calcutta, Dec. 24: 
Ashoke Kumar and Keshav Mishra, both of Delhi, will meet in the final of the Goodricke East India amateur golf meet at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club tomorrow.

In the semi-finals today, Ashoke Kumar beat Sandip Sayal of Chennai. Kumar won on the 13th hole, 7 and 5.

In the other semi-final, Salvadurai of ONGC, who had played excellent golf on way to the last four stage, finally met his match in Mishra. Mishra birdied the seventh, 12th and 16th to win 4 and 2.

The final will be a 36-hole affair.

East India juniors

The ninth East India junior and sub-junior golf meet will be held over the RCGC course from Wednesday to December 29. The meet has attracted 97 entries for the four categories in the meet — for 15-17 years, 13-14 years, 11-12 years and under-10 years.

The youngest player in the meet will be six-year old Subham Bose from Noida. The top contenders for the title will be Harinder Gupta and Manav Jaini, the top two according the juniors’ order of merit. The local challenge will be from Ranjit Singh and Aftab Ali.


Calcutta, Dec. 24: 
Bengal has sent a squad of 19 cyclists (boys and girls) to Bikaner to take part in the 55th national track cycling championship from Wednesday to December 31. Pamela Ghosh will be skipper of the West Bengal Cyclists’ Association team.

THE SQUAD: Sombit Mahanti, Srikant sahani, Javed Hossain, Sourav Ghosh, Sounak Ghosh, Amar Shaw, Sanjib Shaw, Avishek Dutta, Arindam Chatterjee, Aloke Shaw, Arjun Chowdhury, Subhajit Pal, Chandan Gupta, Soumita Talapatra, Barnali P. Chowdhury, Krishna Mondal, Hasina Khatun, Puja Jaiswal and Pamela Ghosh.

Coach: Ruma Chatterjee and Bibhas Sarkar.

State kabaddi squads

Bengal teams (boys and girls) for the 28th junior national kabaddi championships to be held in Goa from Thursday to December 30 have been announced.

THE SQUADS: Boys: Sankar Patra (capt.), Ranjit Das, Lab Kumar Das, Ashim Ghosh, Abdul Gazi, Subhas Nasker, Rajesh Mondal, Paritosh Haldar, Biswajit Paul, Ahed Mondal, Tahipur Rahman, Prabhas Dolui.

Coach: Madhusudhan Saha.

Girls: Rupa Sarkhel (capt.), Mousumi Patra, Lalita Banerjee, Putul Sarkar, Monoroma Dey, Jhuma Paul, Dipali Ghosh, Ashima Gain, Mita Dutta, Rita Das, Rinki Debnath, Chandana Koley.

Coach: Santi Dutta.

Archery nationals

About 400 players will compete in the 22nd senior national archery meet which will be held at the Gun & Shell Factory, Cossipore, under the aegis of the Ordnance factory Sports Board from Thursday to December 30.

The meet will be divided into two parts— one conforming to international rules and the other with India’s traditional show.


Calcutta, Dec. 24: 
Maharashtra and Karnataka won top honours in the men’s and women’s sections of the 37th senior national kho-kho championship in Baramati (Maharashtra) yesterday.

Bengal finished third in the women’s event, according to information received here.

Both finals, played in front of a 25,000-odd audience, pitted Maharashtra and Karnataka, who shared the honours.

According to Kho-Kho Federation of India president Asoke Ghosh, who returned from Baramati today, a major accident was averted during the finals.

A portion of the temporary gallery caved in. Nobody, though, got seriously injured.


Calcutta, Dec. 24: 
There was some cheer for Mohun Bagan on Christmas eve. Having suffered for long with a rather suspect defence, Bagan today snapped up Abdul Wasu Saliu who has returned to the city after a stint with Muktijoddha Sansad of Bangladesh.

This signing has involved a bit of suspense and drama, what with Tollygunge Agragami having demanded the services of this deep defender. Saliu was with Tollygunge before he went off to play for the Bangladesh club.

In the process, he had carried with him the Indian Football Association token.


Calcutta, Dec. 24: 
Shyambazar Club today beat Taltala Institute by 140 runs in their two-day senior CAB league game.

Brief scores: Shyambazar Club 404/4 decl. Taltala Instt 264 (Amit Biswas 102; Sourav Sarkar 6/83).


Mumbai, Dec. 24 
A short second to The Proletarian over a mile trip, the Dallas Todywalla-trained Ocean Breeze may make amends in the hands of jockey C. Ruzaan over her favourite trip, the 1,400m to win HSBC Salver in Mumbai on Tuesday.


1.30 pm: Sanquirico 1. Avantage 2. Silver Sea 3.
2 pm: Pique 1. Sunchyme 2. Sanamji 3.
2.30 pm: Star Cutter 1. Gallantry Award 2. Jayashree 3.
3 pm: Crisscross 1. Adam’s Thunder 2. Habit 3.
3.30 pm: San Isidro 1. River Rainbow 2. Influence 3.
4 pm: Ocean Breeze 1. Acrobat 2. Machrihanish 3.
4.30 pm: Demedicie 1. Weathering 2. Sarena Pride 3.
5 pm: The Complete Man 1. Rewarding King 2. Neomi 3.
5.30 pm: Nothing Better 1. Princess Jo 2. Smooth Operator 3.

Day’s Best: Crisscross

Double: Sanquirico & Ocean Breeze

Calcutta, Dec. 24: 
Set Aside was impressive in today’s workouts.

Outer sand track

1,600m: Set Aside (Gowli) in 2-1s; (400m 30s. Moved well.

1,000m: Royal Command (A. P. Singh), Smart Ruler (Upadhya) and Aassertive Dancer (Connorton) in1-20s; (400m) 31s. They levelled.

800m: Social Butterfly (Domingo) and a 2-y-o Sir Bruce/Golden Horn (C. Alfordf) in 57s (400m) 29s. Level. Earl Grey (Rutherford) in 54s; (400m) 27s. Fit. Secret Blessing’s (A. P. Singh) in 59s; (400m) 30s.

600m: Silver Toy (Gowli) in 41s; (400m) 27s. Handy.

Sand track

800m: Soviet Song (Rb) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Fit.Declarationoflove (Rutherford) in 58s; (400m) 29s. Yukon (Engineer) in 1-0s; (400m) 30s.

400m: Gate practice (2,000m to 1,600m): Anotate (Maseyk) and Secret Away (Rabani) in 39s. Both Jumped out well. Former 4 ls better.

On Sunday, outer sand track

1,600m: Accrete (Domingo) and Anolini (C. Alford) in 1-57s; (400m) 28s. Former far better.

1,400m: Angeles (Surender) in 1-46s; (400m) 29s.

1,200m: Ancheta (C. Alford) in 1-27s; (400m) 27s. Good. Actress (C. Alford) and Acklins (Domingo) in 1-26s; (400m) 28s. Former better.

1,000m: Aklovic (Harish) in 1-12s; (400m) 30s. Pushed. Abroach (C. Alford) in 1-9s; (400m) 28s. Impressed.

Sand track

1,000m: Among Men (Som S.) in 1-5s; (400m) 27s. Handy.

On Saturday, outer sand track

1,800m: Antequera (Kader) in 2-11s; (400m) 29s. Moved well. Arterial (Engineer) in 2-11s; (400m) 29s. Fit.

1,600m: Anolini (C. Alford), Abroach (Damingo) and Accrete (Rb) in 2-4s; (400m) 30s. They were 6 ls, 4 ls apart. Own Legacy (Yasin) and Crowned Prince (Saran) in 2-0s; (400m) 32s.Former 6 ls better. Altenberg (Kader) and Leading Conquest (Harish) in 1-57s; (400m) 30s. Former far better.

1,400m: Mack The Knife (Rutherford) and Estocade (Upadhya) in 1-37s; (400m) 28s. Level. Acceptor (C. Alford) in 1-40s; (400m) 31.Good.

1,200m: Artwork (C. Alford) and Cool Quest (Harish) in 1-22s; (400m) 27s. Former was a distance better. Automatic (Amil) in 1-28s; (400m) 29s. Network (C. Alford) and Inside Story (Amil) in 1-27s; (400m) 30s. Former a length better. Midnight Escape (Rb) and Arbello (C. Alford) in 1-26s; (400m) 32s. Former was 2 ls better. Software Classic (Upadhya) and Saladin (/Rutherford) in 1-29s; (400m) 29s. Former a head better. Scenic Song (Gajender) Dictate (Yacoob) in 1-29s; (400m) 29s. Former far better

1,000m: Alcalde (C. Alford) in 1-19s; (400m) 31s. Tsavo (Amjad) and Black Mane (Kujur) in 1-13s; (400m) 30s. Former far better. Abandoned (Dalpat) and Blessed Spirit (Saran) in 1-9s; (400m) 28s. Former far better. Sky Command (Gajender) in 1-6s; (400m) 28s. Good.Dancing Rhythm (Shanker) in 1-19s; (400m) 30s. Floral Path (G. Singh) in 1-14s; (400m) 29s. Easy. Smart Ruler (Connorton) Bold Apparel (Gurang) in 1-14s; (400m) 28s. Level.

800m: Grand Lodge (Upadhya) in 54s; (400m) 27s. Note. Winning Hand (Som S.) in 57s; (400m) 30s. Scavenger’s Son (C. Alford) in 56s; (400m) 29s. Fit. Amusing (A. P. Singh) and Reine Beau (Asghar) in 1-0s; (400m) 27s. Former a length better. Rich Dominion (Yasin) in 58s; (400m) 29s. Easy.. Assertive Dancer (A. P. Singh) and Royal Command (Asghar) in 57s; (400m) 29s. Level. Aberdan (C. Alford) and Classic Pursuit (Rabani) in 55s; (400m) 28s. Former better. Master Bold (Surender) and Magnifico (Shanker) in 58s; (400m) 30s. Level. Thunder Struck (Yasin) Pretty Boy Floyd (Rutherford) in 56s; (400m) 29s. Former 4 ls better. Annella (C. Alford) in 57s; (400m) 29s. Easy. Lucifer (Upadhya) in 55s; (400m) 27s.

600m: Lockers Park (Rabani) in41s; (400m) 27s. Handy. Charlene (Rabani) in 41s; (400m) 28s. Fit.

Sand track

1,600m: Spanish Drum’s (Gurang) in 1-57s; (400m) 31s.

1,400m: Solo Act (Brij S.) in 1-44s; (400m) 30s.

1,200m: Harry The Horse (Rutherford) in 1-28s; (400m) 29s.

1,000m: Red Trident (Brij S.) in 1-12s; (400m) 29s. Appyness (Amil) and Tuscaloosa (Gajender) in 1-6s; (400m) 27s. Former 3 ls better.

800m: Flying Power (Amjad) in 50s; (400m) 24s. Good. Cupid’s Arrow (Rutherford) and Cupola (Brij S.) in 56s; (400m) 27s. Level. Bul Bul (Engineer) in 55s; (400m) 27s.Wild is The Wind (Saran) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Dancing Dreams (P. Alford) in 52s; (400m) 25s. Fit. Aureate (Locke) in 57s; (400m) 28s. Just Kidding (Brij S.) and Fly By Alibi (P. Alford) in 52s; (400m) 24s. Former far better. Declarationoflove (Tamang) in 56s; (400m) 28s.    

Calcutta, Dec. 24: 
Whatever J. Abraham’s winning records may be, the champion upcountry jockey needs to learn a trick or two from a much junior rider, Prakash Bhonsle, who made a virtual clean sweep of the eight-event card last Saturday. The measure of their talents could be gauged by the performance of Bold Chieftan who was hard-pressed to place fourth —behind Annatto, Alternator and Allodium — when partnered by Abraham in the 1,400m Mayfowl Cup.

In came Prakash in the Eveready Gold Cup and the Placerville-Shamirana gelding simply cruised home despite the arithmetic of ‘terms’ going against Daniel David’s four-year-old. The masterly touch made a world of difference. Riding alertness and judgement are the two major plus points favouring the first jockey of M.A.M. Ramaswamy and the two factors were noted in abundance as Prakash carved one victory after another to help Daniel take his day’s tally to five winners.

Had Impressive Prince not failed the talented rider by a proverbial whisker, in the day’s opener, the duo would have made history of sorts. However, it was his Oaks’ commitment on Touch of Silver that was his primary objective to visit the city. Having the 1,000 Guineas over a mile circuit already under her belt, the Serious Spender-Corviglia daughter just needed to stay the extra four furlongs, to beat the she had taken measure of when underdone. The three-year-old fulfilled the obligation, though Prakash hardly needed to do anything special but to remind his charge about overtaking the leader Calorescence nearing the distance-post. Cutting a slow pace to her advantage, Calorescence was mainly responsible for returning a poor timing of 2 minutes 43.8 seconds over a 2,400m trip. However, judged by their class and performance, much should not be expected from the fillies in the rest of the classics, as the colts are far too superior.

Prakash’s winning run begun in the Comanche Cup on Ballet Master who was closely handicapped with Ispahan, though Bharath Singh’s ‘s Allaying cornered most of the betting because of some form displayed in a plum Delhi event. Ballet Master won from the start but Rutherford Alford on Ispahan and a neglected Winning Glory added some excitement to the finish with their late runs.

Peace Envoy won the next race, the Phakos Handicap, for Prakash. More importantly, the winner, despite his topweight matched the betting in the ring with Calabash who was heading for a hat-trick of wins. But, franky speaking, it was blind support for Cristopher Alford riding the Vijay Singh-ward. Having won his last start narrowly against Daniel’s other trainee Common Spirit when grossly favoured at the weights, Calabash had no earthly chance to beat the Envoy who was a much better sprinter and was set to concede only 3 ½ kg. The results of the race proved the point, as Calabash could finish no closer than fifth and in excess of four lengths behind the winner. Nevertheless, covering good ground in the stretch-run, Mr. Bombshell was a good second.

Pearl Dragon, the next of Prakash’s winners, was rightly backed from two’s down to evens in the upper division of the Bengal Area Cup. A winner of three races last winter down South, the Wassel Reef-Belmont Lodge three-year-old was allowed to get matured over 9 months against Rare Gold who was being pushed to win his fourth race in as many weeks. The end result was obvious, though the topweighted Soviet Port made the finish exciting.


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