Bhattacharya-Chanda emerges best
Mary Ann felled on day of upsets
BCA to have polls
In The City
Calcutta Races/ 3 trophy events in Wednesday card
Pune Races/ Aldeburgh triumphs
Daniel scored a satisfying treble

Jamshedpur, Aug. 18: 
Chandrachud Bhattacharya and Somdeb Chanda emerged champions (275 penalty points) in the four-wheeler section of double-leg The Telegraph Monsoon Rally (third edition), which concluded here Saturday. The same accolades in the two-wheeler section goes to the veteran pair of Valmiki Biswas and Rajarshi Chakraborty (1,216).

The two legs were also the last of The Bengal Motor Sports Club’s (BMSC) East India Rally championship. In the overall standings Sanjay Arya and Yogesh Gupta have emerged champions as driver and navigator, respectively. While the prizes for the Monsoon Rally were given away Sunday morning at the Beldih Club here, the prize distribution for the East Indian will be held in Calcutta later this year.

Veteran Bharat Parekh and Bharat Bhusan Arora finished second among four-wheelers (305), followed by Sanjay and Yogesh (340).

Among the bikers Rana Dey and Joydeb Chowdhury (1,220) were runners-up, followed by Subhamoy Paul and Sandipan Nandy (1,530).

It was a raw crawl of around 660km, from Calcutta to Jamshedpur, and then from here to near Ranchi and back, covering transport and competition sectors, easy and extremely rough. Overall, there was that same old feeling of adrenaline gushes, of sheer adventure, of tension and sweat, yet a sensation of achievement and brotherhood. And for a change, after years, the Monsoon Rally saw rain, though a smattering of it. There were causeways worth their name, dirt tracks with both dirt and slush (especially in the second leg) and transport sectors both broken and smooth-as-silk. On second thoughts, the average speed on the tulip could easily have been upgraded in certain stretches.

There were glitches too. BMSC, the organisers, had this time decided to go in for hi-tech clocks for the control points. A Calcutta-based company had produced a set of clocks which, when charged in parallel, take in the time of the master clock in its memory and does comparisons with ‘hit’ timings automatically. Problems arose in the first leg when six of them malfunctioned, throwing navigators in a tizzy. Clocks were out five to 15 minutes and in the end readings at time controls 5, 6, 7, 17, 18 and 19 had to be nullified. The rest, of course, did do their job well.

Not that there was a great variation in route. Not much has been left undiscovered on the Monsoon Rally route, and veterans easily delve into memory stocks for solutions. What was interesting this time was the placing of some of the time controls and even some undisclosed passage controls. The road off Vidyasagar Setu, as one leaves Calcutta, has improved to such an extent, it possibly gives the rallyists a bit too much psychological comfort. The immediate landing into the history of topography nearabouts of Lodhasuli is disconcerting. The young ones falter. Parekh got a flat in the first leg but got time out of officials to finish second, behind Chandrachud. Jogendra Jasiwal and Basudev Ghosh, who finished fourth overall (347), were third.

Chandrachud was third in the second leg, so was Parekh, while Sanjay was topper. The cumulative positions actually changed hands among the top few in the fray (a field varying between 38 and 40, from dropouts and non-starters, and Jharkhand leg entrants) in the two legs. The swings were a little wide among two-wheelers, though.

Interestingly, Chandrachud’s co-criver Somdeb is the son of veteran rallyist and organiser Nani Gopal Chanda. Nanida, as all know him, was around Sunday when his son was on stage, who in turn said his father’s tips on navigation helped over the roughs.

The second leg covered stretches in Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal (Purulia district). The Dalma forest presented excellent Ghat sections, surrounded by a total of 12km of competiton stretches. The key field comprised mainly Maruti Esteems, and breakdowns were minimal. The tulip chart presented a competition track and not one that is designed to break cars. That, probably, was the reason recovery units and service teams had an easier time.

It will definitely be better, though, if there is less of the transport sector to cover. As Rajat Mazumdar, president BMSC said Sunday, the next rally could have upto 35 per cent off-roaders, compared to around 11 per cent this year. If the overall idea is to bring back special stage rallies to this area, more ‘competition sectors’ will help in keeping the rallyists in form. While time-speed-distance rallies (like this one) can attract new talent, putting them through more non-metalled surface will help in mindset homologation.

Whatever the fringe drawbacks, Sanjay Arya said he was “delighted” with the route. He said he enjoyed it, and that is even more than his top position in Eastern India.

There was a small ‘problem’ so to say — the absence of Prasanta Paul, who (with navigator Sumit Mukherjee) finished fifth overall, at the prize distribution ceremony. Rally regulations say that prizes must be received by both driver and navigator. That clause was invoked for the first time, and another veteran pair, Mitil Chakraborty and Bhavesh Dhabaria moved up from sixth to fifth.


Calcutta, Aug. 18: 
On a day of upsets, Asian Junior girls’ bronze medallist Mary Ann Gomes of Frank Correa Academy squandered a winning position under severe time pressure to go down to unrated Debananda Singh of Manipur in the third round of The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship on Sunday. The meet is presented by Horlicks.

On a day when two rounds were played, there were upsets galore as a number of seeded players bit the dust.

In a major upset, 53rd seed Sandipan Chatterjee of Sree Jain Vidyalaya for Boys upset fourth seed and Fide rated Indradeep Giri of Uttarpara Govt. High School in a thriller arising from the Sicilian defence. Sandipan now has 4 points.

Sixth seed Saurav Chakraborti of St. James’ went down to Sourav Bose of Julien Day with the white pieces. Sourav Bose won a piece in the middlegame and defended successfully against the resultant attack.

South Point’s Amritesh Roy, ranked 56th held the ninth seed, Souparno Ghosh to a draw in the fourth round.

Another title favourite, Debayan Majumdar of St. James’ stayed on course with comfortable victories in both his games to take his tally to 4 points. In the morning he disposed off Kishoara S Evana of Bangladesh and beat Manish Sharma of Jharkhand in the afternoon.

The youngest participant, four-and-half-year-old Sayan Majumder of Indira Gandhi Memorial High School beat Sagnik Biswas and now has two points from 4 rounds.

TOP BOARD RESULTS (4th Round): Kiran Monish Mohanty (3) lost to Joydeep Dutta(4); Debayan Majumdar(4) lost to Manish Sharma (3); Soumya Thakurta (2.5) drew with Tanmoy Pattanayak (3.5); Sourav Chakraborti (3) lost to Sourav Bose (4); Suman Basu (3.5) drew with Swayams Mishra (3.5); Anurag Jaiswal (3.5) drew with Baishaki Das(3.5); Debaditta S Biswas (4) beat Debananda Singh (3); Sankar Majumder(3) lost to Souvik Chakraborti(4); Arpan Sarkar (Sr.) (3) lost to Samput Mallick (4); Indradeep Giri (2.5) lost to Sandipan Chatterjee (4); Priya Ratnam (2.5) lost to Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar(3.5); Amritesh Ray (3) drew with Souparno Ghosh (3); Abinash Das (3.5) beat Himanshu S Sharma (2.5); Sumit Shaw (3.5) lost to Nazir Arifin (2.5); Mahfuzur Rahman (2.5) lost to Suddhasattwa Das (3.5); Jibananda Singh (3.5) lost to Rajib Dhar (2.5); Kh. Sanjoy Singh (3.5) beat Arindam Das (2.5); Mary Ann Gomes (3) beat Dipayan Ghosh (2.5); Shamima Akter Liza (2) lost to Soumya Talukdar (3); Sukanya Dutta (2) lost to Kishoara S Evana (3); Trailokya Nanda (3) beat Siddhartha Das (2); Supriya Maji (3) beat Mohana Sengupta (2); Chandrima Ghosh (2) lost to Ritam Bhaumik (3); Shaati Majumdar (2) lost to N.T.Rama Rao (3); Abhradip Sil (2) lost to Thampsan Sahoo (3).


Jamshedpur, Aug. 18: 
The members of the undivided Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) Sunday moved away from their earlier demand of dissolving the body and instead forced the chair to announce elections. Sensing the members’ mood, undivided BCA president Sanjay Singh declared in the annual general meeting that the elections would be held on September 8.

According to a notice issued earlier by them, a special general meeting (SGM) was to have been convened immediately after Sunday’s AGM to discuss the dissolution of the body under rule 35 of the Association’s rules and regulations. However, with the members bent on having elections, the SGM could not be convened and the AGM had to be adjourned.

Recently, 271 members of the undivided BCA had submitted a memorandum demanding dissolution. However, they changed tack and instead demanded elections at the earliest. Following this, Singh, who chaired the meeting, said the elections would be held on September 8.


Aug. 18: 

Five from Bengal for Asian aquatics

Five Bengal swimmers have been selected in the Indian team for the second Asian aquatic championships to be held in Zhuhai, China from Thursday. The team leaves Monday night.

According to information received here, the Indian team consists 27 swimmers, seven divers and 13 waterpolo players.

Mamoni Mondal, now with Railways, has been included in the diving team while Akbar Ali Mir (also with Railways) finds a berth in swimming contingent.

Sribas Sarkar, Supratik Mondal and Shankar Naskar of Bengal have made the water-polo team.

Meanwhile, the state aquatic championships will be held at Beleghata’s Subhas Sarobar from August 27-29. The meet will form the basis of selection for the state team that will take part in the national championships in Trissur from September 10-15.

Future Hope whip Hammers

Future Hope blanked Hammers 70-0 in the Famous Grouse All India and South Asia rugby championship at CC&FC Sunday. The winners had 12 tries and five conversions. In another tie, Delhi A overcame YRC 20-5. Delhi A had four tries while YRC managed only one.

LMOB (seven tries and two conversions) sailed past Orissa (one try and one conversion) 30-7 while GMP beat Sergeants Institute 25-3. GMP made most of the five tries while Sergeants Institute had to remain satisfied with one penalty.

Buchi Babu meet

Bengal open their Buchi Babu campaign against New Delhi and Districts in Chennai Tuesday. In the pre-quarter final Sunday, the Districts team beat Hyderabad by 139 runs. Bengal were last year’s finalists.

Karnataka play Indian Airlines, and New Delhi, TNCA, take on Mumbai.

Indoor cricket

The Telegraph beat Maruti by 11 runs in the inaugural corporate indoor cricket meet Sunday. The Telegraph, batting first, made 84 while Maruti managed 73.

To day in Sport

FOOTBALL: CFL, first division group A: Calcutta Customs vs Kalighat (Howrah Stadium); Sonali Shibir vs Howrah Union (Md. Sp.). Group B: Aikya Sammilani vs Calcutta Police (Tarun Sangha); Sporting Union vs Muslim Institute (Rabindra Sarobar); United Student vs Barisha SC (East Bengal); Taltala DS vs M. Milan Samity (SAI III); Bally Protiva vs Anushilani (Mohun Bagan). Matches from 3.30 pm.

RUGBY: All India & South Asia meet: Magic Bus vs TN (2 pm); Bombay Gymkhana vs Manipur (3.10 pm); Calcutta Police vs CFC (4.20 pm). Matches at CC&FC.

WATERPOLO: All Bengal 48th YMCA centennial meet: CSA vs CSC (3 pm); PYMA vs Rishra SC (4 pm). Matches at YMCA (College Square).


Calcutta, Aug. 18: 
There are three trophy events in Wednesday’s card with Orange William Cup taking the centrestage. First race at 2 pm.


1. Pure Gold Handicap 1,200m (Cl IV; Rt. 22-50) 2 pm: Grand Lodge 60; Calabash 59; Regal Rocket 58.5; Flossy 58; Adeline 55; Odyssey 54; Red Cordon 50.5.

2. Miss X 0 Lence Cup 2,000m (Cl III, Cl IV eligible; Rt. 22-72) 2.40 pm: Discomatic 60; Sovereign Bullet 53.5; Peace Envoy 52.5; Brave Show 51; Star Selection 51; Black Mane 47.5.

3. Astre D’or Handicap 1,000m (Cl V; Rt 00-28) 3.10 pm: Positive Thinker 60; Sariano 60; Kainat 59; April Ace 58.5; Arrayal 58.5; Castle Moon 58.5; Dancing Rhythm 56.5; Blushing Brave 53.5; Flinders 51.5.

4. Orange William Cup 1,400m (Terms, 4-y-o & over) 3.40 pm: Alternator 60; Soviet Ride 57.5; Allodium 55.5; Earl Grey 55.5.

5. Mica Empress Cup 1,100m (Cl II; Rt 66-94) 4.10 pm: Acute 60; Clarice Cliff 55.5; Tsavo 54.5; Scarlet Raider 53.5; Silver Patriarch 52; Illustrious Reign 51; Ispahan 51; Abashed 49; Endless Surprise 48.5.

6. Zeeba Handicap 1,100m (Cl III, 5-y-o & over Rt 44-72) 4.40 pm: Revolution 60; Gallant Romeo 59; Arctic Fancy 585.; On The Bit 58.5; Sergeant Slipper 58; Raaz 57; Reine Beau 56.5; Tajik 53.5; Winning Hand 53.5; Magnifico 48.5.

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

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

Pune. Aug. 18 
Trained by Cooji Katrak, the course-favourite Aldeburgh easily won the F. D. Wadia Trophy at the Pune races on Sunday. Malesh Narredu partnered the Indictment-Desert Song colt.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Air Supremo Plate 2,000m: (5-2-4) Golden Gem (Aadesh) 1; Essesspemess 2; Heart of Courage 3. Won by: 8-1/2; 3/4; (2-9.7). Tote: Win Rs 31; Place: 16; 35; Quinella: 86; Shp: 50; Tanala: 2,486. Fav: Zongrilla (1).

2. Amazing Bay Trophy 1,100m: (3-1-8) (Raptures (Kamlesh) 1; Keytothevaults 3. Won by: 1; 3-1/4; (1-9). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 12; 16; 28; Quinella: 43; Shp: 36; Tanala: 395. Fav: Raptures (3).

3. Timeless Beauty Plate 1,100m: (2-1-8) Vivienne (Srinath) 1; Latest News 2; Golden Dynasty 3. Not run: Crimson Rage (6). Won by: Hd; Dist; (1-8.6). Tote: Win Rs 17; Place: 12; 13; 39; Quinella: 34; Shp: 34; Tanala: 285. Fav: Vivienne (2).

4. F. D. Wadia Trophy 1,400m: (5-7-1) Aldeburgh (M. Narredu) 1; Romantic Heights 2; The Avenger 3. Won by: 4-1/2; 2-3/4; (1-26.6). Tote: Win Rs 19; Place: 12; 11; 31; Quinella: 19; Shp: 27; Tanala: 216. Fav: Aldeburgh (5).

5. Lord Ben Plate 1,400m: (2-1-4) Fantasy Star (Bhagwan) 1; Over The Ocean 2; Smart Warrior 3. Won by: 2-3/4; Hd; (1-28.3). Tote: Win Rs 46; Place: 22; 22; 29; Quinella: 143; Shp: 57; Tanala: 851. Fav: Fantasy Star (2).

6. Ticoma Plate 1,200m: (2-1-7) Blushing Minstrel (Prakash) 1; Cryptonite 2; Sunglow 3. Won by: 1/2; 1-1/2; (1-13.1). Tote: Win Rs 24; Place: 13; 149; 69; Quinella: 591; Shp: 718; Tanala: 17,254. Fav: Blushing Minstrel (2).

7. Chashm-E-Shahi Plate 1,100m: (1-10-2) The Flying Star (Shinde) 1; Prima Ballerina 2; Draculla 3. Won by: Nk; Nk; (1-9.8). Tote: Win Rs 52; Place: 19; 26; 19; Quinella: 129; Shp: 88; Tanala: 762. Fav: The Flying Star (1).

Jackpot: Rs 1,330; (C) Rs 172.

Treble: (i) Rs 101; (ii) Rs 338.

Aug. 18: 
It was party time again last Wednesday for young trainer Daniel David. On this day last week, the crafty trainer had celebrated his return to business with a treble after being on the sidelines for nearly two months for a drug-related suspension.

However, it must have been a more satisfying Wednesday than the previous one as his prime classic contender Smart Ruler successfully negotiated the chartered course raising visions of more expectations.

It was not only his victory in the 1,400m Independence Cup that made the news but also the fashion in which the well-bred son of Razeen-Regal Star sorted out a well-represented field. More importantly, it was his first run since he was castrated and jockey Amyn Merchant, too, must have been delighted to see the way the gelding stretched out on the wide outside of the field for a thumping three-length victory.

On this victory, Smart Ruler is likely to run as a firm favourite in the Colts Trial Stakes on August 28.

Equally praiseworthy was the victory of Daniel’s other three-year-old, Primaticcio, in the Royal Mantle Handicap. Set to give weight to most of his nine rivals, Primaticcio too was ridden in the Smart Ruler manner for an impressive victory. In his last outing, the Don’t Forget Me-Priceless Moments son had gone down fighting to Mahika’s Pet despite suffering from fever.

The Daniel-Merchant duo finished their day with the sensational victory of Bay Dragon in the 1,400m Myall Handicap. It was a workmanlike effort by the four-year-old horse and a well-calculated move by his rider in the stretch-run that caught jockey Shanker, on Archery, napping. Shanker was in full command of the field with a three-length lead over Bay Dragon past the distance-post.

Incidentally, the winner, a Twist And Turn-Try My Way son, is hardly known to be a reliable galloper.

The 7-4 favourite My Opinion had no peers in the seven-horse field of the 1,400m Coxcomb Cup to match his efforts. His victory came in spite of going significantly wide while negotiating the final turn, and galloping close to the far-side rails, up in the stretch. The Deepak Karki-trainee in the hands of apprentice Amarpreet Singh won from the start, frustrating all the tricks of Cristopher Alford on the second favourite Flamebird.

It was, after all, not Cristopher’s day. In the 1,200m Zelda Handicap, the champion jockey was again at a receiving end when he failed an 8-10 favourite Alshiem from Mujeeb-ur-Rehman’s yard. It was left to the six-year-old war-horse Kargil Soldier, from John Stephen’s yard, to have a very comfortable measure of the topweight who was engaged in a start-to-finish task that came to naught in the last 150m of the race.


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