India draw level with 64-run win
Now it’s my turn to deliver: Mongia
Bagan, EB evenly matched
‘Injury may be serious’
Tolly’s home run halted by ITI
Bhupathi move surprising: Paes
Sourav reveals the hidden card
Sporting Union relegated
Mumbai Racing/ Sonalika posts upset win
Calcutta Racing/ 7 for Wednesday’s CROS Cup

Mohali, March 10: 
India 319/6 (50 ovs)
Zimbabwe 255 (43.3)
MoM: Sourav

There is a degree of resoluteness and confidence attached to Dinesh Mongia’s character that sets him apart. He is undaunted by the circumstances and has this ability to thrive under pressure.

Sourav Ganguly used him as a trump card this evening and Mongia, who had never before bowled at this level, hastened the end of the Zimbabwe innings with his left-arm spin under lights at the PCA Stadium.

The ball was tossed to him when the Flower brothers were threatening to bloom with another useful partnership. But once Grant got run out, Mongia removed dangerman Andy — the left-hander getting an inside edge onto the stumps. Mongia didn’t look back after this.

The wickets of Douglas Marillier and Craig Wishart followed and it was left to Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh to wrap up the match. Once Marillier was conquered, who fell to a smart catch by Ajay Ratra, the hosts had little to worry.

The 64-run victory levelled the five-game series 1-1.

Being penalised only one over despite crossing the time-limit by 20 minutes while bowling, Zimbabwe stayed afloat through a record 134-run partnership for the second wicket between Alistair Campbell (62 off 75 balls, 8x4) and Travis Friend (63 off 59 balls, 7x4, 1x6).

Harbhajan Singh got a vital breakthrough by beating Friend by the turn. With the wicket offering some assistance, Sourav had to fall back on Mongia’s spin as Harbhajan and Kumble had to be preserved for the end overs.

By all means, it was Sourav’s day. He batted superbly and his captaincy was astute.

He had barely managed to limp off the team bus at Faridabad. The injury near his right knee, coupled with the depressing defeat, was weighing heavy on his mind after the game.

The next day, he didn’t seem too confident of being able to take the field here. Only determination made it possible for Sourav to prevail over the odds and his natural elegance was in full view as he slaughtered the Zimbabwe attack.

A good start is always half the work done. Sourav and Mongia put on 109 runs in the first 15 overs and the task became easier for those to follow. For a change, the middle-order did not falter.

India’s highest-ever one-day total versus Zimbabwe was achieved through some disciplined strokeplay, first by the openers and then by V.V.S. Laxman and Rahul Dravid.

Not willing to surrender even an inch of psychological advantage by his absence, Sourav (86 off 83 balls, 9x4, 3x6) showed no sign of uneasiness arising out of the injury. His running between wickets was excellent and timing and shot-selection superb.

The power that he packed in his strokes was awesome and it became increasingly difficult for the bowlers to contain the Indian skipper as the innings wore on. They tried some negative tactics by slowing down the over-rate and bowling outside leg stump.

But such tactics are of very little consequence in this form of the game and they had to pay dearly. A total of 25 wides were recorded and one Travis Friend over lasted 11 balls.

The supremely fit Zimbabweans were also sloppy on the field under pressure. A couple of catches were dropped and some misfields cost them extra runs.

The early bounce and carry in the wicket tempted Heath Streak and Friend to go for extra pace. It proved disastrous as they lost control over line and length.

The openers pounced on this opportunity while taking advantage of the field restrictions. The ball was placed over the in-field and to the no-man’s land with ease by the two left-handers.

If Mongia was a little circumspect at the start, he gained confidence in the company of Sourav. The skipper was ferocious on both sides of the wicket and often pulled the short balls to the square-leg fence.

Mongia (45 off 52 balls, 9x4), in front of his home crowd, also looked in good touch as he joined Sourav in the run-feast. A half-century was on the cards when he holed out to mid-off. He needs to curb this careless style and avoid the lapses in concentration to make it big.

Sourav seemed unnerved by all this as he added 81 for the second wicket in 85 balls with Laxman. The latter was a mere spectator to Sourav’s amazing prowess and he remained content with rotating the strike.

A deserving century went abegging when Sourav needlessly went for the second run, failing to beat Streak’s direct hit from third man. However, a repeat of the Faridabad collapse never happened.

Laxman and Dravid hung on with some intelligent placement and the occasional boundary until the slog overs. It was then that the Indian vice-captain stepped on the accelerator. After reaching fifty in 48 balls, he ensured the Indians crossed the 300-run mark. His unbeaten 66 (59 balls, 6x4) was a timely reminder of his qualities that were being doubted in some quarters.

He even attempted to deny Marillier his copyright over the back scoop. These attempts, however, fetched very little.

Indian ODI totals of 300 and more

India’s 319 for six against Zimbabwe in Mohali Sunday was their 18th ODI total of 300 or more. The following is the full list:

376/2 (50) vs New Zealand, Hyderabad, Nov. 8, 1999

373/6 (50) vs Sri Lanka, Taunton, May 26, 1999

351/3 (50) vs Kenya, Paarl, Oct. 24, 2001

329/2 (50) vs Kenya, Bristol, May 23, 1999

319/6 (50) vs Zimbabwe, Mohali, March 10, 2002

316/7 (47.5) vs Pakistan, Dhaka, Jan 18, 1998

315 (49.5) vs Australia, Bangalore, March 25, 2001

310 (49.1) vs South Africa, Nagpur, March 17, 2000

309/5 (50) vs Australia, Kochi, April 1, 1998

307/6 (50) vs Sri Lanka, Colombo (RPS), July 7, 1998

307/8 (50) vs Australia, Dhaka, Oct. 28, 1998

306/5 (50) vs Zimbabwe, Ahmedabad, Dec. 5, 2000

306 (47) vs New Zealand, Rajkot, Nov. 5, 1999

305/5 (50) vs Pakistan, Sharjah, April 15, 1996

302/7 (49.4) vs South Africa, Kochi, March 9, 2000

301/3 (50) vs Zimbabwe, Cuttack, April 9, 1998

301/6 (50) vs Zimbabwe, Rajkot, Dec. 14, 2000

300/7 (50) vs Sri Lanka, Colombo (RPS), Aug. 17, 1997

Compiled by Ravi Kant Srivastava


Mohali, March 10: 
He never harboured any childhood ambitions of turning a pro in the circuit or donning the national colours. Cricket to him was just fun at school. Also, he never went to a coaching camp or moulded his game under the tutelage of a coach during his formative days.

It was only when he began getting runs consistently on the domestic circuit that the idea of a taking up the game as a career dawned on him. Meet Dinesh Mongia, the 25-year-old jovial and affable youngster from Sector 40 in Chandigarh who is fast becoming a regular in the ODI squad.

After an unsuccessful debut for India during which he played three games, Mongia made full use of his comeback call in the series versus England at home in January. He returned a healthy average of 42.60 in the six games.

“I was quite happy with the way I batted. But there’s still a long way to go,” Mongia told The Telegraph last evening. “I had been doing well on the domestic circuit and that gave me the confidence to perform on the international stage. Things fell into place against England and success has followed,” he added.

That he has a positive attitude helps, as well as the fact that he can open as well as bat down the order. This was attested by praise from skipper Sourav Ganguly.

Mongia was very sporting about not having been able to confirm his place in the side on debut. “Life’s like that, you can’t expect to be among runs at all times.”

The only son of a closely knit middle-class family of four (his father is a retired agriculture department employee of the state government), Mongia owes all that he has schieved so far to his parents and sister. “What I am today is all because of them. My father, mother and sister have always stood by me and given me the encouragement,” he says, emotionally.

The youngster, who idolises Steve Waugh, says the current stars in the Indian team have been a big inspiration for him. “Watching Sachin, Sourav, Kumble, Srinath, Dravid play on TV was fascinating. It’s been a big motivation to be in the team with these guys.”

For Mongia, the India A captaincy for the tour of South Africa was no big surprise. “These things happen with time and success. Now it’s my turn to deliver. My dream has been to do well for my country. It’s nice that I’m going through a good patch in my life.

“The South Africa trip is a great opportunity for me. It will be a big exposure and a learning tour. I have to do well. With the World Cup coming up, I will get a first-hand experience of playing on hard and bouncy wickets which should be of immense help,” the lefthander explained.

Now that he has gained a foothold in the team, Mongia wants to ensure that he does perform well. “I wish to do well in West Indies, England and the World Cup. Cricket is my love, passion, everything in my life. I wish to live my dream to the fullest.”


Calcutta, March 10: 
If wishes were birds… And if soccer on the Maidan today had half the class and spirit of the Seventies… Then we could all write tomorrow into a fine day for watching and enjoying a good game of football, and to hell with Monday afternoon heartaches.

Listen carefully to the two coaches of the two clubs — Mohun Bagan and East Bengal — both stalwarts of those Seventies, and you could start thinking (apart from the fact that you might regret listening to them in the first place) that tomorrow, in the ‘derby’ return clash of the Tata National Football League, there will be a ‘good fight.’ Each rails about the other, flexes wishful muscle, keeps strategy (assuming he has one) a ‘secret’, and each speaks a tome. Only, if words were wishes, which in turn we have assumed could be birds.

They aren’t. And strategies can crashland, like today, when East Bengal captain Falguni Dutta ran into an accident, returning from practice on his motorcycle on the Kalyani Expressway. These setbacks are never factored into coaches’ dilemmas.

There was this motley crowd of supporters at the SAI ground, watching practice this morning. A crowd that still wants to believe!

At the risk of sounding like a confirmed pseudo-satirist, one hurries to put in perspective the respective strengths.

Mohun Bagan — and coach Subrata Bhattacharya said so — “must be only (Jose Ramirez) Barreto and Barreto and Barreto. Hey, if that’s so, why don’t you just stop Barreto, and the team stops?” Sounded like a good idea, till he also pointed out that there are ten more players in the squad! To be fair, though, R.C. Prakash has seen goals, and “then they say Basu(deb Mondal) played the halfline well, and Debjit (Ghosh) has been moving rather well of late, and (Abdulateef) Seriki has a nose for the goal.”

The “they” is a reference point, bordering on the likes of, say, Subhas Bhowmick, the East Bengal coach. There is no love lost between the two, and everybody knows. “They have good players,” says Bhattacharya. “I hear (Brazilian) Jose Carlos da Silva is a good player, Suley Musah is good, and Dipendu Biswas has goals against Mohun Bagan, and Jo Paul Ancheri is good. They are a good team.”

That’s how Bhattacharya throws the long rope. It’s a confidence trick, really, if he can reel it back in on time. And Bhattacharya feels East Bengal’s loss to JCT was just a bad day thing.

The problem is that if one feels Bhattacharya is keeping East Bengal ahead in the race tomorrow, one is wrong. Because, as he says in his next breath: “A team like Bagan cannot ever go into a match with just one point in mind. We will all go out and fight, and we will all put our heads together and deal with it.” In effect, Bhattacharya’s verbosity is pretty much a zero sum game.

For the record, Mohun Bagan will field Rajat Ghosh Dastidar under the bar tomorrow, because Bivash Ghosh, injured in the last minute of the match versus HAL, will need more time to be fit. James Singh has yet to recover from niggling injuries.

And zero is also the sum at the other end. Bhowmick is a worried man after Falguni’s accident, but it takes more to take the wind out of his sail. So, when he refers to Bhattacharya as a “great player and a coach” and that he would be “happy to win a fourth of all the trophies” Bhattacharya has won, be sure you are on that detour. “I consider Mohun Bagan, as a whole, to be a great team, not just the Barretos,” said Bhowmick.

Bhowmick wanted to separate emotion from the business of “a league soccer match tomorrow”. “One and-a-quarter months isn’t all the time you need to make a team the way you want. I’ll consider tomorrow’s an away match for East Bengal and prepare accordingly.” That probably means he will not set tomorrow a revenge day for East Bengal’s first leg loss to Mohun Bagan.

If all that gives the impression that there are surely aces up the coaches’ sleeves, think again.

Suley Musah has been a big, big plus for East Bengal since he arrived. Carlos has been shaping up well (he has also recovered from a minor injury) and the defence has not looked too lazy (“defeat to JCT was via a bad goal we conceded, though,” Bhowmick said). Dipendu Biswas will probably miss a good many before thinking ‘goal’, and now this Falguni incident has dealt a big blow.

Mohun Bagan have (whatever Bhattacharya says) Prakash and Barreto, Seriki and Barreto, Rennedy and Barreto, Debjit and Barreto, Basudeb and Barreto… A top-heavy, delicately balanced side, low on attitude and defensive solidity.

The aces just might not be there any more. Make it an equal-odds game tomorrow, because wishes are not birds, really.


MOHUN BAGAN (From): Rajat Ghosh Dastidar, Dulal Biswas, Hussain Mustafi, Amouri Da Silva, Rishi Kapoor, R.P. Singh, Basudeb Mondal, Debjit Ghosh, Rennedy Singh, Jose Ramirez Barreto, Abdulateef Seriki, R.C. Prakash, Sumit Sengupta.

EAST BENGAL (from): Sangram Mukherjee, Suley Musah, Anit Kumar Ghosh, Jackson Egygopong, Ratan Singh, Amit Das, Tushar Rakshit, Srikanta Dutta, Jiten Rai, Dipendu Bsiwas, Jose Carlos Da Silva, I M Vijayan, Jo Paul Ancheri.


Calcutta, March 10: 
Falguni Dutta’s accident, on the Barrackpore-Kalyani expressway in the Nadia district, say club sources and coach Subhas Bhowmick, could be serious, though apparently it did not look so. “But it’s an injury to the head, we will have to be extra careful.”

Late evening efforts were on to admit him to a south Calcutta clinic, awaiting an MRI scan.


Calcutta, March 10: 
The Nigerian trio of Mike Okoro, Mohammad Salisu and George Ekeh toyed with the Tollygunge Agragami defence to set up a 3-2 win for ITI in the Tata National Football League at Salt Lake Stadium today.

The Bangalore outfit led by a Salisu goal at half-time. Shashthi Duley evened scores early in the second session before Nitin Pradhan and Mike Okoro both went solo to push Tollygunge two goals in arrears. Moses Owira reduced the margin but, despite the local team’s best efforts, the equaliser remained elusive.

ITI, who beat FC Kochin in their last match, moved up to 25 points after 15 matches and are very much at the business end of the 12-team league. Tollygunge stayed on 18 points.

Tollygunge, seeking a hattrick of home wins after triumphing against HAL and Mahindra United, dominated the early exchanges. Principal hit-man Akim Abolanle pushed straight to goalkeeper L. Balaji. Hard-working medio Ashim Biswas’ hard 20-yard drive also met with the same fate.

ITI came into their own as Okoro and Ekeh discovered weak links in the rival defence. Both penetrated the right wing with piercing runs which often left Srikrishna Ghosh gasping in pursuit. And with Salisu operating down the middle, stoppers Satish Bharti and Subhasish Roy Chowdhury had their hands full as well. The introduction of Nitin Pradhan in place of Sheikh Sanjib added thrust to their forays.

Bharti completed a dismal match for Tollygunge as referee Dinesh Nair gave him marching orders for a second off-the-ball foul, a minute into stoppage time. It was almost an intentional ‘crime’ as Bharti had got away lightly the first time.

The shaky Tollygunge defence had a role in the first ITI goal. Ekeh, racing past Srikrishna, floated the ball into the danger zone. Goalkeeper Sandip Nandy, who had a miserable match, left charge but failed to grip. Salisu managed a header which made more height than distance. A half-hearted clearance got back to Salisu who, this time, hit bull’s eye with another header.


ITI: L. Balaji; Syed Hussain, Firoz, Jitesh, Amandeep Singh, Zaheer Abbas, Shamsi Reza, Sheikh Sanjib (Nitin Pradhan, 42), George Ekeh, Mike Okoro, Mohammad Salisu.

TOLLYGUNGE AGRAGAMI: Sandip Nandy, Srikrishna Ghosh (Biswanath Mondal, 75), Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, Satish Bharti, Amitava Chanda, Mehtab Hussain, Sandip Das, Moses Owira, Shashthi Duley, Ashim Biswas (Adeola Adeyeri, 81), Akim Abolanle.

Referee: Dinesh Nair.

HAL hold Salgaocar

In Margao, Salgaocar (now on 27 points) drew 0-0 with HAL (22). In Ludhiana, JCT Phagwara and FC Kochin shared a point each with a 1-1 draw. Ranjit Singh scored for JCT and Kulothungan for FCK.


Calcutta, March 10: 
The first time they split, about two years ago, Leander Paes was branded the culprit. This time, none can put the blame on the Olympic bronze-medallist for delinking the ‘Indian Express’.

It was Mahesh Bhupathi’s decision to break thye partnership after another disappointing loss last week. So, come tomorrow, the triple Grand Slam champions will form different teams on the ATP circuit.

How did this latest separation come about? “The night we lost in the first round at Delray Beach, Mahesh came up to me and said: ‘We have to find different partners,’” Paes told The Telegraph tonight. “He took me completely by surprise because I was left with less than 24 hours to find a new partner for the Indian Wells meet.”

Paes was lucky to find one, in South African John Laffnie de Jager, but that’s only a temporary arrangement. Mahesh has joined forcesd with American Jan Michael Gambill for the time being.

Their form, in the last five weeks,has been pretty ordinary. Elimination at the round-robin stage of the World Championship in Bangalore was followed by a second-round loss and two first-round exits. But that was nothing more dismal than last year when they struggled to win a match in February-March before turning it around with (claycourt) titles in Atlanta, Houston and the French Open.

“We had been losing early of late and pressure had been building on us. But the claycourt season was coming up and that’s our best surface...” Paes said, clearly disturbed, by the unexpected turn of events.

Did he foresee another reconciliation? “In the position we are in right now, it’s better for both of us to play with different partners. The environment isn’t very healthy..... We’ll see what the future holds.”


Mohali, March 10: 
Sourav Ganguly reached another milestone at the PCA stadium this evening. His 86 made him the second highest run-getter as captain after Mohammed Azharuddin, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar.

While Azhar has 5239 runs from 174 matches, Sourav now has 2536 from 59 games.

“It’s good to learn about milestones and be among runs. But winning is most important. It’s no use playing a good knock if the team loses,” said the Indian skipper after the match.

On bringing on Dinesh Mongia to bowl, Sourav said: “It was not a lucky break but a hidden agenda. I always knew he could bowl. He is a useful bowler who bowls wicket-to-wicket and that is important in ODIs.”

Asked if he had any special word for him, Sourav said: “I don’t remember telling him anything special.”

Both coach John Wright and Sourav were full of praise for Mongia. “He looks very positive. I see a hundred in him. It’s good to see a player like him contributing. He is a clever and thinking cricketer.

“This series is a good opportunity for cricketers like Mongia and Kaif. They can boost their confidence by performing here.”


Calcutta, March 10: 
It was Black Sunday for Sporting Union. Once a powerhouse of local cricket, the club today lost its relegation play-off final to Calcutta Rangers and will feature in the second division of next season’s CAB league.

Needing 261 to overhaul the Rangers total and avoid humiliation, Sporting Union were dismissed for 232.

Mohun Bagan cruised into the last four of the J.C. Mukherjee Trophy meet. Having piled up 407 for eight on Day I, thanks to centuries from Deep Dasgupta and Devang Gandhi, Mohun Bagan today dismissed Eastern Railway for 258.


(Relegation play-off final)

Calcutta Rangers 260. Sporting Union 232 (Ritesh Jain 40, Raja Venkat 36; Nasim Ali 5/73, Sunil Gupta 3/97). Rangers won by 28 runs.

Championship play-off

Rajasthan 437. Netaji Subhas Institute 313 (Aranyadeb Sarkar 127 n.o., Arindam Das 41; Tanvir Haidar 3/82). NSI won by 124 runs.

Barisha 176. Shyambazar 179/8 (Amitava Roy 34; Sudipta Mukherjee 3/53). Shyambazar won by 2 wkts.

J.C. Mukherjee meet quarters

Mohun Bagan 407/8. Eastern Railway 258 (O.P. Tewari 86, Diptendu Mahato 70; Shib Sankar Pal 3/44, Samad Akhtar 3/58). Mohun Bagan won by 149 runs.

Bank meet

Allahabad Bank beat Bank of India by 55 runs in the east zone inter-bank meet at Puri today. According to information received here, Allahabad Bank scored 150 for eight and then bowled their opponents out for 95.


Mumbai, March 10: 
In spite of her topweight of 59-kg, the Nina Lalvani-trained Sonalika scored an upset victory over the course-favourite Zephyr Bay in the 2,400m Bombay Dyeing C. N. Wadia Gold Cup at the Mumbai races held on Sunday. Malcolm Kharadi partnered the winner.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Bakhtawar Plate, 1,800m (2-5-1) Star Music (McCullagh) 1; Over The Ocean 2; Cacophony 3. Won by: 3-3/4; 2-1/4; (1-52). Tote: Win Rs 17; Place: 11; 70; Quinella: 170; Tanala: 1,188. Fav: Star Magic (2).

2. Gateway of India Plate, 1,100m (3-4-7) Say It Loud (P. Bhonsle) 1; Rhythm Divine 2; Chocolate Chip 3. Not run: Stardotcom (5). Won by: 1; 3; (1-7,4). Tote: Win Rs 41; Place: 25; 20; Quinella: 83; Tanala: 908. Fav: Triumphant (2).

3. R. J. Kolah Trophy, 1,200m (2-3-6) On The Ridge (Shroff) 1; Sheer Silver 2; Princess Sultana 3. Won by: Nk; 9-1/2; (1-13.1). Tote: Win Rs 15; Place: 11; 11; 29; Quinella: 14; Tanala: 78. Fav: On The Ridge (2).

4. Reason To Smile Plate, 1,000m (9-1-2) California Gold (Ruzaan) 1; Majestic Crown 2; King Crimson 3. Won by: Nk; 1-1/4; (1-2.1). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 17; 16; 18; Quinella: 119; Tanala: 796. Fav: Newyearseve (7).

5. Jayaramdas Patel Gold Trophy, 2,000m (7-2-1) Louis Cyphre (Galla-gher) 1; Amaron 2; Eau de Vie 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 2-1/2; (2-7.8). Tote: Win Rs 51; Place: 15; 19; 13; Quinella: 105; Tanala: 486. Fav: Eau de Vie (1).

6. Bombay Dyeing C. N. Wadia Gold Gup, 2,400m (1-2-8) Sonalika (Kharadi) 1; Zephyr Bay 2; Bookie’s Delight 3. Won by: Nk; 3/4; (2-33.6). Tote: Win Rs 279; Place: 52; 13; 29; Quinella: 312; Tanala: 7,280. Fav: Zephyr Bay (2).

7. Nadia-Mary Homi Wadia Trophy, 1,000m (1-9-4) Ciraja (P. Chauhan) 1; Rapacious 2; Sign of Class 3. Won by: 6-1/2; 2-1/4; (1-0.8). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 13; 18; 60; Quinella: 54; Tanala: 1,214. Fav: Ciraja (1).

8. Flight of Fancy Plate, 1,400m (2-7-9) Avaleur (Srinath) 1; Big Bang 2; Adams Touch 3. Not run: Sharpman (4). Won by: 3-3/4; 2-1/4; (1-27.2). Tote: Win Rs 21; Place: 15; 27; 39; Quinella: 96; Tanala: 1,043. Fav: Avaleur (2).

Jackpot: 29,273; (C) Rs 5,166.

Treble: (i) 130; (ii) 372; (iii) 960.


Calcutta, March 10: 
There are seven in the running for the CROS Cup, Wednesday’s main event. First race starts at 1.40 pm.


1. Lumination Handicap, 1.400m (Cl IV; Rt. 22-50) 1.40 pm: Classic Pursuit 60.5; Adeline 56.5; Storm Centre 56; Midas Touch 54.5; Finders Keepers 54; Sencai 53.5; Red Cordon 53; Glass Slipper 51.5.

2. Astounding Handicap, 1,400m (Cl III; Rt. 44-72) 2.20 pm: Khublei (ex-Pretty Boy Floyd) 60; Regal Rocket 58.5; Yukon 58.5; Sovereign Bullet 58; Mr Bombshell 57; Cool Quest 55.5; Raring To Go 55.5; Ace of Spades 54.5; Flamebird 54.

3. Cavalry Cup, 1,600m (Cl V; Rt 00-28) 2.50 pm: Ever So Loyal 60.5; Archery 59; Tiger Talk 58.5; Iron Warrior 57.5; Blessed Spirit 54.5; Kyalami 52.5.

4. CROS Cup, 1,100m (Cl IV; Cl V eligible, 3-y-o only; Rt 00-50) 3.20 pm: Callisto 60; Sagittarian 57; Royal City 54; Celestial Guest 51; Moon Quest 50; Primaticcio 49.5; Royal Command 49.5.

5. Midnight Cowboy Cup, 1,200m (Cl II; 66-94) 3.55 pm: Thunder Struck 60; Gold Buck 59; Abashed 58.5; Anokato 57.5; Scarlet Raider 57.5; Sky Command 57; Added Asset 56.5; Arctic Fancy 56.5; Regency Times 54.5; Illustrious Reign 54; Sanctified Star 54; Lawyer’s Love 53.5.

6. Thunderolt Handicap, 1,100m (Cl III; Rt 44-72) 4.30 pm: Calamint 61; Pearl Dragon 58.5; Zuhaak 58; Ardon 55; Declarationoflove 54.5; Venus 53; Grecian Prince 52; Jungle Cat 52; Lively Project 52; Wakamba Warrior 51.5; Calabash 51; Common Spirit 51.

Jackpot: 2; 3; 4; 5 & 6.

Treble: (i) 1; 2 & 3; (ii) 4; 5 & 6.

Saturday’s track trials, outer sand

1,800m: Touch of Silver (A. P. Singh) and Discomatic (Yasin) in 2-14s; (400m) 28s. Level.

1,600m: Alamito (Rabani) and Endless Surprise (C. Alford) in 2-0s (400m) 29s. Former far better. Ace of Spades (Rb) in 2-4s (400m) 31s.

1,400m: Madame X (Upadhya) in 1-49s; (400m) 28s. Abashed (Domingo) in 1-46s (400m) 31s. Fit. Allaying (Rabani) and Annotate (C. Alford) in 1-40s (400m) 28s. Level. Actuate (C. Alford) in 1-41s; (400m) 32s.. Good. No Regrets (Gowli) in 1-37s (400m) 28s. Note. Annella (C. Alford) in 1-39s (400m) 30s. Easy.

1,200m: Aiberni (C. Alford) in 1-28s; (400m) 27s. Good. Schumacher (A. P. Singh) and Midas Touch (Yasin) in 1-30s (400m) 29s. Level. Andrada (Gejender) and Magnifico (Domingo) in 1-28s. (400m) 28s. Former 4 ls better Angeles (Shanker) in 1-26s; (400m) 28s. Fit. Adeline (Upadhya) in 1-33s (400m) 30s.

1,000m: Wakamba Warrior (C. Alford) in 1-9s (400m) 28s. Fit. Alsheim (Domingo), Calamint (Gehjender) and Callisto (C. Alford) in 1-9s; (400m) 27s. First named 4 ls better. Royal City (A. P. Singh) and Social Girl (Connorton) in 1-12s; (400m) 28s. Former a length better.

800m: Clarice Cliff (Rabani) in 57s; (400m) 29s. Easy. Venus (Rb) in 58s; (400m) 30s. Tiger Talk (Som S.) and Fencai (Gowli) 54s; (400m) 27s. Level. Declaration-oflove (Brij S.) and Kyalami (Rutherford) in 54s; (400m) 27s. Former 4 ls better. Bay Dragon (A. P. Singh) in 1-1s; (400m) 29s. Royal Command (R. Ahmed) and Primaticco (Salam) in 1-0s; (400m)28s . Level. Raaz (Rb) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Fit. Assailer (Domingo) and Calcuttan (C. Alford) in 56s; (400m) 28s. Former 6 ls better. Sovereign Bullet (Rb) in 1-0s; (400m) 33s.

600m: Moon Quest (A. P. Singh) and Star of Ring (Yasin) in 42s; (400m) 27s. Former a length better. Pretty Boy Floyd (Engineer) in 42; (400m) 28s. Fit. Dancing Dream (Rut-herford) in 42s; (400m) 26s. Fit. Thunder Storm (Asghar) 48s; (400m) 31s.


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