Sourav shines on a rainy day
Destiny gave me a Test cap: Patel
‘Sachin will gain from Sehwag’
EB fail to impress
Md. Sp. ride disputed goal
Jeev in title contention
Derby tie under lights
Sourashish for Bagan
Calcutta Racing/ Allaying justifies form
Pune Racing/ Discman for main event

 
 
SOURAV SHINES ON A RAINY DAY 
 
 
FROM LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Nottingham, Aug. 9: 
A poor shot and an equally poor decision made Sourav Ganguly’s return to Test cricket at Lord’s a nightmare. The hundred on debut and that bottle of bubbly, in 1996, quickly became distant history.

At Trent Bridge Friday (Day II of the second Test), it seemed the cookie’s flavour would be distinctly different. However, just when confirmation was around the corner, a debatable Russell Tiffin decision felled the Indian captain. The timing couldn’t have been worse.

Having struck Sourav with a short-pitched delivery before tea, Matthew Hoggard let fly another one immediately after the break. While Sourav, who tried to pull, was convinced about no contact, Tiffin must have believed the ball brushed his glove en route to Alec Stewart.

Up went the index finger and, after briefly staying put, an infuriated Sourav began the walk back. The captain, though, ought not to have remonstrated.

From the Indian standpoint, Sourav’s dismissal made it 295 for eight, effectively ending hopes of a more-than-competitive total. His gutsy 68 came in 233 minutes and off 149 deliveries (11x4). A few minutes later, rain and insufficient light ensured play didn’t go much beyond that rescheduled break.

In fact, the game didn’t resume and the day saw less than two hours play — 118 minutes, to be precise. Saturday’s forecast isn’t encouraging either.

Two days on, India’s first innings isn’t over and, being 0-1 down, all the time lost is only going to hurt Sourav. Actually, Friday’s play began 40 minutes after lunch, thanks to heavy rain both overnight and early on, in conditions ideal for England’s seam-swing attack.

Yet, Sourav (resuming on 29) set an example with discipline being the cornerstone of his effort. Even while treating the balls on merit, Sourav helped himself to majestic boundaries, through cover and square. Then, there was one which bisected non-striker Ajit Agarkar’s legs.

Agarkar, of course, came into the thick of things after V.V.S. Laxman didn’t add to the overnight 22. Laxman, however, didn’t succumb to the conditions, rather he became the latest to exit in soft manner — a thick outside edge taken by Robert Key off Andrew Flintoff.

Sourav and Agarkar added an invaluable 67 for the sixth wicket before Agarkar’s luck ran out. Caught by Mark Butcher, he became debutant Stephen Harmison’s maiden victim. Agarkar’s 34 came off 39 deliveries. Harmison struck again, at the stroke of tea, to claim 17-year-old Parthiv Patel.

While Harmison did open his account, he bowled sans rhythm. Incidentally, both wickets were with the second new ball, taken by Nasser Hussain as soon as due. Dominic Cork, recovering from a badly bruised right knee, didn’t take the field.

According to a well-placed source late Friday, the Indians have informally complained to Match Referee Clive Lloyd about the umpiring. Besides the Sourav Ganguly decision, the Indians are certain that Ajit Agarkar was taken off the half-volley.

Surgery for Gough

Meanwhile, Darren Gough, scheduled to undergo surgery on his right knee Friday, has not only been ruled out of the remainder of this Test series, but next month’s ICC Champions Trophy as well.

Gough consulted a specialist in Sheffield early this week (for the second time in a fortnight) and, on his recommendation, is undergoing arthroscopy. He has already had surgery on the same knee.

As Gough figures in the Champions Trophy squad, the England selectors will meet in the next couple of days to name a replacement. Gough, though, is expected to recover for the Ashes in Australia, later this year.

In a statement, Gough said: “It’s a setback for me and missing so much cricket is going to be a disappointment... But I know I can come back and, at least, will have 11 weeks to get ready for one last crack at the Aussies...”

Coach Duncan Fletcher pointed out it would be “frustrating” to have Gough unavailable “for such a long period.”

Fletcher saluted Gough by talking of the “great influence” the top gun had in the dressing-room.

   

 
 
DESTINY GAVE ME A TEST CAP: PATEL 
 
 
FROM LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Nottingham, Aug. 9: 
Parthiv Patel was preparing for his class XII exams when the selectors picked him in the South Africa-bound India A squad. That was a few months ago. On Thursday, Patel was preparing to watch the second Test from the reserves’ bench when told he will actually himself be in the XI.

Destiny, then, has been playing a big (and generous) hand. Indeed, the 17-year-old has become the youngest wicketkeeper in Test history. Incidentally, that the ultra shy Patel is now No.1 was conveyed by The Telegraph late Thursday evening, when he spent 15-20 minutes speaking exclusively at the Hilton.

The following are excerpts

On his background

We are a small Ahmedabad-based family. My father, Ajay, is in the construction business while mother Nisha is a housewife. My only sibling is elder sister Kinjal. I’m a Ganesh devotee.

On whether he has had a personal coach

Not exactly, but I worked very closely with Mr Yogendra Puri, till recently associated with the NIS in Gandhinagar.

On his idol

Adam Gilchrist. He’s exciting, he’s classy... In fact, he can make the team either as a wicketkeeper or as a batsman... Indeed, Gilchrist should be considered an allrounder.

On what encouraged him to specialise as a ‘keeper

Nobody prompted me... I agree most take either to batting or bowling... I just decided to do something different. I do realise, though, that mistakes get noticed more than...

On the last U-19 World Cup, in New Zealand (where he was the India captain)

I quite enjoyed it... As a ‘keeper, especially, I learnt much... The ball would swing excessively, the wind would be so strong... It was tough, but the exposure made me a better ‘keeper.

On whether he expected to be picked for the Test series in England

(Smiles) Frankly, not so soon... Itne jaldi nahin socha tha... But, then, there’s something called destiny. It’s destiny, perhaps, which gave me a Test cap here.

On who informed him about having to take Ajay Ratra’s place

The coach (John Wright) came to me, some 15 minutes before the toss, and simply said “you’re playing.” Of course, for about 10-15 minutes before that, some of my teammates had been talking of that possibility... Word, after all, was getting around that Ajay’s injury was more painful than initially thought of.

On his first reaction

I did think of my family, but that was after I’d spent some time psyching myself. The first thoughts, then, revolved around wicketkeeping. If we had fielded, there would have been very little time to mentally prepare.

On whether Sourav Ganguly’s decision to bat allowed him to get over early nerves

(Laughs) You can say that... It did give time for the debut to sink in.

On having rewritten the world record (held by Hanif Mohammed)

Have I done so? You’re the first to inform me... Feels nice... Khushi ki baat hai... What else can I say right now?

On whether he was disappointed at failing in Worcester last week, in what was a ‘trial’

Of course, I would have liked to score but, at no time, did I consciously think my performance would possibly give me a chance at Trent Bridge.

On whether he is superstitious

To the extent that if I remain not out at stumps, I’ll wear the same clothes the next day. Bas, aur kuch nahin.

On hobbies

Music... Though I travel with dozens of CDs, I’m not really particular about what I hear... I’m fond of Hindi films as well. My favourites? Aamir and Aishwarya.

Finally, on whether, at this point, he sees himself purely as someone standing-in for somebody else

(Smiles again) A tidy showing may make a difference... I hope it does.

   

 
 
‘SACHIN WILL GAIN FROM SEHWAG’ 
 
 
FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
 
Nottingham, Aug. 9: 
A Channel 4 assignment kept Sir Issac Vivian Alexander Richards busy in Durham for much of Thursday, but he managed to watch quite a bit xof Virender Sehwag’s character-packed hundred at Trent Bridge.

In town for a few hours early Friday, before driving to Birmingham for a live programme later in the day, Sir Issac had much to say about Sehwag’s second three-figure knock (a career-best 106) in Test cricket.

“If Sehwag himself, or anybody else, had doubts over his ability to score in Tests as opposed to just one-day cricket, that must now be set at rest. In fact, Sehwag’s own self-belief should grow manifold,” Sir Issac told The Telegraph, in between signing dozens of autographs and posing for the odd photograph.

[Seeing the autograph-seekers swell, Sir Issac quipped: “Where were they when I was playing? I thought I’ll only be remembered when I’m dead and gone!” The legend’s last appearance for the West Indies may have been over a decade ago but, if anything, the admirers continue to grow.]

Sir Issac added: “Obviously, Sehwag is a marvellous player but, yes, he needs to have a tighter defence. For instance, he shouldn’t have got out in the manner he did (bowled middle-stump by Craig White)... In my opinion, Sehwag played loose when, actually, he should have been looking to build on that hundred. Perhaps, he needs to be a little patient.”

In Sir Issac’s view, Sachin Tendulkar will “gain” whenever Sehwag is at the other end. “Of course, there’s a certain similarity in their game. Only, the more Sachin bats with Sehwag, the lesser will be the pressure on him. Because, after all, Sehwag too has the potential to tear apart any attack.”

Significantly, Sir Issac, now the West Indies’ chief selector, lauded Sehwag for not being overawed by Sachin. “Given Sachin’s stature, there’s always the chance other batsmen may feel ‘intimidated’... Sehwag, though, remains cool and can match Sachin stroke for stroke. The guy is quite remarkable.”

Sir Issac had something to say about Sachin as well.

“Look, Sachin is a great player and that greatness can’t evaporate with a few failures. As I told you in London, after Lord’s, he is too good to lie low for long. No matter what people may talk or write, Sachin’s achievements can’t be taken away. For now, just let him be...”

Sachin can do with such a vote of confidence.

   

 
 
EB FAIL TO IMPRESS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Aug. 9: 
Conceding two goals in the last 15 minutes had ruined a reasonably decent performance by East Bengal against SAIL Tuesday. A couple more, this time in second-half added-on time, saved the glamour team the disgrace of two successive draws as they laboured to a 2-0 win over Bhratri Sangha in Friday’s Super Division match.

The lacklustre performance won’t be remembered because what matters is points and East Bengal moved to seven after three matches. Bhratri Sangha, placed fourth last year, stayed on four points after five outings. But on Friday, for almost 90 minutes, Bhratri must have thought they had added one more.

A bright move starkly in contrast with the day’s proceedings brought the cheers back in the East Bengal camp. It came at a time when the staunchest of supporters had started the countdown to yet another stalemate.

Bhratri’s Nigerian striker Amaechi lost the ball near the left touchline from where Subhashish Roy Chowdhury sent it to Subhas Chakraborty just outside the penalty box. The junior India medio wasted no time in spotting Dipankar Roy towards the left edge of the box and the medio foxed the hitherto tight defence with a terrific turn and promptly essayed a floater for Mike Okoro.

The Nigerian timed his jump to perfection for his fourth goal in his third match in Calcutta. The goal took the steam out of Bhratri and Dipankar celebrated by disturbing the Bhratri net again a minute later.

Barring the move that fetched the first goal, the red-and-gold brigade was shockingly off-colour. The coach felt his team was far better in the 2-2 draw in the last game and he was spot-on. The Bhratri medios and defenders were playing close to each other, allowing little room to explore and exploit. Barring the odd moments in the first half, East Bengal didn’t look as if they were going to score.

With the midfield not creating anything, the East Bengal defence suggested they are yet to recover from the trauma of the last match. In the seventh minute, Anit Ghosh first picked out a rival with a clumsy pass inside the defending zone and lost the subsequent challenge. But Amaechi, the beneficiary, seemed reluctant to charge in and his shot from a distance went wide.

Two minutes later, a cross from the left created more confusion in the heart of the defence with two defenders and goalkeeper Sandip Nandy being unable to decide who would go for it. The ‘keeper finally did but hadn’t had the time to collect and fisted it forward from where Dipankar Biswas’ shot was kicked out from the goalline by Anit.

The East Bengal defence kept things tight after that but elsewhere, there was nothing to write home about. There was a slew of miss passes, no move worth mentioning and most annoyingly, the will to change things was seldom seen. With Okoro and Kulathungan muffing up the odd chances they forced, another draw looked imminent. But Bhratri relaxed vigil for a fraction of second and that was that.

TEAMS

East Bengal: Sandip Nandy; M. Suresh, Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, Anit Ghosh; Shankarlal Chakraborty, Alvito D’Cunha (Dipankar Roy, 26), Chandan Das (Tushar Rakshit, 55), Malswamtluanga (Subhas Chakraborty, 64), Surya Bikash Chakraborty; Mike Okoro, Kulathungan.

Bhratri Sangha: Raj Narayan Mukherjee; Goutam Debnath, Madhab Das, Mohammed Riyadh, Shankar Das; Ranjan Dey, Palash Karmakar, Babun Kar, Dipankar Biswas; Shyambabu Routh (Biman Mondal, 65; Prakash Kolay, 88); Amaechi.

Referee: Gopinath Pyne.

   

 
 
MD. SP. RIDE DISPUTED GOAL 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Aug. 9: 
Mohammedan Sporting maintained their clean chit in the Super Division of the Calcutta League Friday edging out Eastern Railway by a solitary goal at the Salt Lake Stadium. The goal that clinched the deal, however, came from controversial spot-kick, converted by Dipendu Biswas.

Mohammedan Sporting belly consisting of Amandeep Singh, Habeeb Adekunle and Amit Das looked far from match-fit.

But, their poor display did not cost much, because the Eastern Railway team was equally poor. They adopted an ultra-defensive approach and like most smaller teams in the Maidans, did not know what to do after conceding a goal. Yet they fell upon a chance in the 52nd minute when a Saikat Mondal pass found Swapan Das in the open, but he put the ball over the cross-piece with the goalkeeper at his mercy.

The match was also marked by some questionable supervision by referee Debjit Das. He gave Mohammedan the penalty when they did not deserve it. Amit Das was tackled from behind inside the box by Kuntal Biswas (it looked a fair tackle though), but a nice bit of play-acting by the veteran earned the glamour outfit the spot-kick.

However, the referee made it up in the 77th minute when Nabi beautifully wriggled into the rival box and was brought down by Santanu Bit. However, Seriki was booked during the match and will miss his team’s next game against Tollygunge Agragami.

Teams

Mohammedan Sporting: Prasanta Dora, Reazul Mustafa, Insan Ali, Hussain Mustafi, Amandeep Singh, Amit Das (Arunava Sarkar, 60 min), Habeeb Adekunle, Khemtang Paite (Bhuvan Joshi, 46), Rahim Nabi, Dipendu Biswas, Abdulateef Seriki (Amjad Ansari, 89).

Eastern Railway: Tapan Karmakar, Santanu Dey, Nilanjan Guha, Santanu Bit, Sanchit Dutta Bhowmick, Shubhronil Dutta, Kuntal Biswas, Samrat Roy Chowdhury, Raju Mondal (Pradyut Roy, 54), Swapan Das (Somenath Pramanik, 63), Saikat Mondal.

Referee: Debjit Das.

   

 
 
JEEV IN TITLE CONTENTION 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Aug. 9: 
Ace Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh returned a one-under 71 and was in contention for his first title on the Japanese PGA Tour at the end of the second day of the 120-million-yen Sun Chlorella Classic, being played at the par-72 Sapporo Bay Golf Club in Hokkaido, Japan.

According to information reaching here, the Hero Honda Motors-sponsored Jeev was just four strokes behind the leader Hideki Kase of Japan. Kase shot a brilliant nine-under 63 to aggregate 11-under 133. There was a three-way tie for the second place at 10-under 134 between American Christian Pena, Aussie Brendon Jones and Naomichi Ozaki of Japan.

Jeev was seven-under 137 after two rounds and tied for the 12th place along with three others. The cut was applied at two-under 142 and 66 players made it to the weekend rounds.

Jeev started from the tenth tee and was two-over with bogeys on the 12th and 14th holes. He recovered thereafter and made birdies on the 15th, 18th, first and the ninth holes, and had one more bogey — on the par-3 sixth where he made an uncharacteristic three-putt.

Scores (after 36 holes): Hideki Kase (70,63); Christian Pena (67,67), Naomichi Ozaki (67,67), Brendan Jones (66,68); Tze Chung Chen (69,66), Zhang Lian-wei (67,68), Yoshimitsu Fuzukawa (68,67); Tsuneyuki Nakajima (68,68), Tetsuji Hiratsuka (68,68), Toru Suzuki (69,67), Toru

Taniguchi (67,69); Jeev Milkha Singh (66,71), Mitsuhiro Tateyama (69,68), Richard Blackwell (68,69), Brad Andrews (65,72).

Vijay in lead

In Bangalore, Vijay Kumar returned his third straight card of two-under 70 to slide into the lead alongside Jyoti Randhawa while local lad C. Muniyappa fought his way up the leader-board with a well compiled three-under 69 after the penultimate round of the Rs 10 lakh Hero Honda Open South 2002.

While Vijay Kumar and Randhawa shared the lead with an overall score of 6-under 210 Mhow’s Mukesh Kumar and Calcutta’s Yusuf Ali occupied the tied-third position one stroke behind at five-under 211.

Muniyappa was placed fifth at four-under 212 while Delhiites Ashok Kumar and Gaurav Ghei were tied-sixth at three-under 213. Another Delhi golfer, Arjun Singh was placed eighth at level-par 216.

Muniyappa stole the show with the day’s best score of three-under 69 to be in the fifth position. “It was a very good round. I just played my normal game. I cannot say what will happen tomorrow but let’s hope for the best,” said the golfer who shot birdies on the 4th, 7th, 13th and 17th but bogeyed the 6th.

Lucknow based Vijay Kumar, who has been a changed player after winning the Indian Open 2002, had a luke-warm round by his own high standards. The 32-year old, birdied the 3rd, 4th, 11th, 13th, 14th and 16th, but was setback by a bogey on the 6th, a double bogey on the 7th and another bogey on the 18th. Randhawa on the contrary had a better day with birdies on the 1st, 3rd, 9th, 11th and 17th and bogeys on the 10th, 15th, 16th and 18th.

Meanwhile Mukesh Kumar who was in fourth position overnight, shot a 70 to brace himself for a final round assault.

Gaurav Ghei with a two-over 74 round slipped from the top position to the seventh while the other overnight leader Yusuf Ali shot a 72 to share the joint third spot. Amateur, David D Souza shot 8-over 80 to be placed 54th overall.

   

 
 
DERBY TIE UNDER LIGHTS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Aug. 9: 
The season’s first clash between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan will be played under lights. The IFA announced Friday it has scheduled the first Derby tie of 2002 on August 20. The match kicks off at 5 pm.

However, uncertainty over availability of national-team players for league engagements prevails. It was learnt that the IFA has asked AIFF to release players for club engagements from August 14-22. Officials said the matter will be discussed with the AIFF president Saturday.

Mohammedan Sporting will play their first big match of the season on August 29, against Mohun Bagan.

Expelled from bench

Kumartuli’s Ashoke Sarkar was expelled from the bench by Goutam Sadhukhan during Friday’s second division tie against Taltala Institute. Sudip Banik scored for Taltala in the 1-0 win.

Shankar Chowdhury of City AC was shown the red card in the first division group A match against Kidderpore. The match ended goalless.

   

 
 
SOURASHISH FOR BAGAN 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Aug. 9: 
Mohun Bagan have confirmed the services of Bengal off-spinner Sourashish Lahiri for the forthcoming season. The club’s cricket secretary Chandranath Chatterjee informed the deal was finalised Friday. Lahiri was with East Bengal last season.

EB sports day

East Bengal will observe August 13 as sports day — the 62nd birthday of the late club secretary Dipak (Paltu) Das. The club will present footballs to 19 district bodies and also award special prizes to one outstanding player from each of the five divisions of the local league. Mohammed Ali Qamar and Syed Rahim Nabi will be honoured.

Patterson TT

Kendriya Vidyalaya boys and Joshnamayee HS (Siliguri) girls posted victories in the Patterson Memorial inter-school table tennis competiton at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra Friday.

TODAY IN SPORT

SOCCER: CFL Super Division: Mohun Bagan vs Port Trust (Mohun Bagan); Ever-Ready vs SAIL (East Bengal); Tollygunge Agragami vs FCI (Rabindra Sarobar). 1st division group A: Milan Bithee vs Sonali Shibir (SAP I); Railway FC vs WB Police (Md. Sporting). Matches from 3:30 pm. 5th div. championship play-off quarter finals: Karbala Sporting vs National AC (YMCA); Sarada Charan AC vs Orient Club (High Court). Matches from 3 pm.

   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACING/ ALLAYING JUSTIFIES FORM 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta, Aug. 9: 
Dividends were high in spite of poor fields in Fridays race-card. As a result of this the jackpot pool paid out a fat packet of nearly Rs 50,000 on each of two successful tickets. However, Allaying, in the feature event of the afternoon, the Mysore Race Club Cup, justified her short odds. Ridden by Cristopher Alford and trained by Bharath Singh, the Excalibur’s Lake-Amalita mare had an easy measure of Harry The Horse. Cristopher would have had two winners to his name had he not got another hot-favourite, Rare Gold, pocketed in the final stages of the Selector Handicap, thus allowing a rank-outsider Sergeant Slipper win the race.

RESULTS

1. Bhishma Cup 1,800m: (3-4-1-2) No Regrets (Gowli) 1; Discomatic (A. P. Singh) 2; Argolis (Merchant) 3; Illustrious Reign (Koch) 4. Won by: 8; 4-1/4; 6-3/4; (1-59.7). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 11; 40; Quinella: 78; Shp: 48; Tanala: 199. Fav: Argolis (1). Winner trained by Javed K.

2. Zeenee Handicap 1,100m: (1-2-4-8) Scarlet Raider (Merchant) 1; Sky Command (Jayaprakash) 2; On The Bit (F. Khan) 3; Winning Hand (Saran S.) 4. Won by: SH; 2-3/4; 1-1/4; (1-12.4). Tote: Win Rs 77; Place: 24; 19; 15; Quinella: 291; Shp: 61; Tanala: 1,900. Fav: Queen’s Logic (6). Winner trained by Daniel D.

3. Mysore Race Club Cup 1,400m: (4-3-2-6) Allaying (C. Alford) 1; Harry The Horse (Rutherford) 2; Anolini (Shanker) 3; Secret Blessing’s (B. Gurang) 4. Won by: 1-1/2; 3/4; 2-3/4; (1-30.3). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 14; 17; Quinella: 24; Shp: 31; Tanala: 75. Fav: Allaying (4). Winner trained by Bharath S.

4. Great Scot Handicap 1,000m: (2-4-5-6) Wakamba Warrior (F. Khan) 1; Lively Project (Merchant) 2; Arbello (Domingo) 3; Schumacher (Yacoob) 4. Won by: Nk; 3/4; 5-1/2; (1-6.5). Tote: Win Rs 39; Place: 15; 14; Quinella: 29; Shp: 42; Tanala: 101. Fav: Lively Project (4). Winner trained by Mujeeb R.

5. Heiress Handicap 1,200m: (2-3-4-6) Asprey (M. Maseyk) 1; Heaven’s Blessing (Islam) 2; Kyalami (I. Chisty) 3; Iron Warrior (Surjeet S.) 4. Won by: SH; 2-1/2; 1-1/2; (1-22.3). Tote: Win Rs 123; Place: 33; 17; 11; Quinella: 443; Shp: 45; Tanala: 1,345. Fav: Kyalami (4). Winner trained by Rodrigues.

6. Selector Handicap 1,200m: (1-4-2-3) Sergeant Slipper (Upadhya) 1; Bul Bul (Engineer) 2; Rare Gold (C. Alford) 3; Timbavati (P. Alford) 4. Won by: 2-1/4; 1/2; 3; (1-20.6). Tote: Win Rs 242; Place: 37; 14; 11; Quinella: 375; Shp: 30; Tanala: 1,994. Fav: Rare Gold (2). Winner trained by Daniel D.

Jackpot: Rs 49,397; (C) Rs 1,467.

Treble: (i) Rs 396; (ii) Rs 2,390.

Friday’s track trials

Outer sand track

1,400m: Khublei (Surjeet) in 1-53s; (400m) 30s. Was easy.

800m: Auctioneer (Jayaprakash) in 58s; (400m) 29s.Fit. Smart Ruler (Merchant) and Peace Envoy (A. P. Singh) in 56s; (400m) 27s. Former 6 ls better. Arctic Fancy (Yasin) in 57s; (400m) 28. Fit. Secret Adversary (Merchant) in 57; (400m) 28s. Fit.

600m: Primaticcio (Asghar) and Moon Quest (Merchant) in 42s; (400m) 27s. Former a length better. Alborada (Merchant) and Grecian Prince (A. P. Singh) in 42s; (400m) 28s. Level. Immaculate (Asghar) and Midas Touch (Merchant) in 42s; (400m) 27s. Level. Among Men (Som) in 48s; (400m) 31s.

Sand track

800m: Odyssey (Tamang) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Own Legacy (Yacoob) in 1-1s; (400m) 31s. Keep The Faith (Jaiswal) 1-2s; (400m) 26s.

600m: Starina (Tamang) in 38s; (400m) 23s. Good. Pearl Dragon (Rb) in 47s; (400m) 31

   

 
 
PUNE RACING/ DISCMAN FOR MAIN EVENT 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
Pune, Aug. 9 
A comfortable winner in smart timing during the last Mumbai season, the Imtiaz Sait-trained three-year-old gelding Discman may be hard to toss in the 1,400m Imperial Heritage Plate, the main event at the Pune races on Saturday. C. Rajendra partners the Twist And Turn-Dynawish son.

SELECTIONS

1.45 pm: Stage Secret 1. Golden Gem 2. Instant Alliance 3.

2.15 pm: With Tradition 1. Chalice 2. Soundings 3.

2.45 pm: Tagged For Terror 1. Fiddle Faddle 2. Ameerat 3.

3.15 pm: Secret Obsession 1. Smart Ale 2. Idolize 3.

3.45 pm: Speculative 1. Peace March 2. Draculla 3.

4.15 pm: Litolier Glamour 1. Your The Lady 2. Moneyhoney 3.

4.45 pm: Palentino 1. Mesopotamia 2. Sugar Daddy 3.

5.15 pm: Discman 1. Thunderlite 2. Kraftwerk 3.

5.45 pm: Jaannisar 1. Blue Blood 2. Only For Don 3.

Day’s Best With Tradition

Double: Discman & Jaannisar.

   
 

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