India pin hopes on spin duo
Sourav: I don’t wish to make the crisis bigger by saying anything
CAB falls short in first innings
Exciting finish on cards
Pre-testing of athletes on cards
Anand to train Surya, Sandipan
In The City
Calcutta Races/Allodium upsets on eventful day
Track Trials/ Smart Ruler, Royal City shine
Mysore Races/ Whatmore for Madras Cup

Leeds, Aug. 21: 
What’s predictable about Headingley is that it’s so unpredictable. Indeed, in recent years, Yorkshire’s rich-in-tradition home ground has produced the most outrageous Test results.

In 2000, England whipped the West Indies inside two days. In fact, the visitors’ second innings lasted less than 27 overs! Then, exactly a year ago, Mark Butcher authored one of the greatest innings (an unbeaten 173) to shock Australia. The then stand-in captain, Adam Gilchrist, still hasn’t come to terms with his declaration backfiring.

[Nobody in the present Indian squad, by the way, has played a Test here. Captain Sourav Ganguly did play a one-dayer for Lancashire during the 2000 season, while Sachin Tendulkar made a number of appearances during his one season with Yorkshire (1992).

“Ten years ago, the wickets would seam... But, then, that was a long time back,” he remarked.]

It’s with this backdrop that India take to the one Test they must win if hopes of claiming the four-match series don’t evaporate. Moreover, irrespective of what anybody may profess, the tamasha over the ICC-formulated Player Terms must surely have affected Sourav and Co.

Yet, there could even be a positive fallout: Without actually intending to, the Indians could make a point. But, for that, they need to raise their game a couple of notches. As Sourav told The Telegraph: “What we need is disciplined bowling... Getting the line right and consistently hitting the right length...”

For the record, the last India versus England Test at Headingley, in 1986, had seen Kapil Dev’s team win by the huge margin of 279 runs.

To talk of the present, being 0-1 down, the initiative must all be taken by India. Towards that end, much time has been devoted to the XI which will be fielded.

Though there was some discussion over who should partner Virender Sehwag, it’s confirmed that Sanjay Bangar will be the other opener.

Specialist Shiv Sundar Das came into the picture, more so as his CV looked so much better after that 250 against Essex in Chelmsford, but Bangar pipped him as he can be called upon to support Zaheer Khan and Ajit Agarkar.

Bangar’s last Test appearance was at the Queen’s Park Oval, in the West Indies. He did little and was promptly dropped. Now, he is only hours away from one more opportunity. Having been joined by wife Kashmira and son Aryan, Bangar must now be more at ease and ought not to let this chance slip.

Incidentally, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh will be featuring together for the first time this series. Harbhajan wasn’t considered at Lord’s, while Kumble was unfit for the second Test. The wicket here isn’t known to be generous towards spinners, but Sourav and coach John Wright have done well to pick the best bowlers.

“Wickets across England have turned this summer and, while the history element is always there, the ground reality can’t be ignored,” explained Sourav, adding: “In any case, to force a win, 20 wickets must be taken...”

With the quicks prone to being so very inconsistent, Sourav is banking on Kumble and Harbhajan to ensure India take to The Oval 1-1. It’s not insignificant that despite a touch of green, the Headingley wicket had cracks Wednesday afternoon, hours before the Test.

The Indian XI will see two changes from Trent Bridge. Out are Wasim Jaffer and Ashish Nehra — their replacements being Bangar and Kumble. Teenaged Parthiv Patel will again wear the big gloves, even though Ajay Ratra is fit and available for selection.

Sourav and Wright swear by commitment and character. Well, Parthiv showed both on debut, a fortnight back.

Nasser Hussain, of course, is worried about Andrew Flintoff. While the allrounder is available, he soon needs (hernia) surgery and, so, must be handled with care. “I don’t think I can bowl him for more than ten overs in a day... Whether this restriction will affect our balance is something we are discussing,” the England captain pointed out.

Typically, Hussain is “determined” to close the series in the next five days. “We’ve worked very hard right through the summer and, despite being pushed to the limit by injuries, we’ve done well to be one-up on a strong Indian team. Now...”

Assuming that Flintoff plays, England’s XI too should see two changes. Craig White, in any case, is injured. Then, Dominic Cork is expected to sit out.

It’s almost certain that Andrew Caddick, coming off yet another injury, will get a berth — not least because of his stupendous five for 14 (including four wickets in one over) during the West Indies’ annihilation here two years ago. Also making a comeback should be Alex Tudor.

The debate, really, is over Ashley Giles. If, learning from Trent Bridge, England wish to be safe than sorry, Giles will make the XI. Only, to accommodate him, England will have to omit the one-Test old Stephen Harmison.

Come to think of it, a late decision to leave out Flintoff may not exactly add to Hussain and coach Duncan Fletcher’s headache over the final composition.


INDIA: Virender Sehwag, Sanjay Bangar, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, V.V.S.Laxman, Ajit Agarkar, Anil Kumble, Parthiv Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan.

ENGLAND (likely): Michael Vaughan, Robert Key, Mark Butcher, Nasser Hussain, John Crawley, Alec Stewart, Andrew Flintoff, Alex Tudor, Andrew Caddick, Ashley Giles, Matthew Hoggard.

Umpires: Dave Orchard, Asoka de Silva.

Kaif, Mongia to return

Meanwhile, Mohammed Kaif and Dinesh Mongia, who were ‘added’ to the 16-strong Test squad after the NatWest Trophy, are leaving for home.


Leeds, Aug. 21: 
Generally, Sourav Ganguly is very forthcoming during interviews. Moreover, it helps that he is candid. But, given the present times, the India captain wasn’t exactly his usual self when he spoke to The Telegraph at the Hollins Hall Marriott Hotel late on Tuesday evening.

The following are excerpts

On the dramatic happenings of the past week

(After a pause) Yes, quite a few things have happened... But, with a Test match just hours away, I’d rather not talk of anything not directly related to our cricket in England. Clearly, I don’t wish to make the crisis any bigger... We have our viewpoint, which has already been conveyed to the Board. Eventually, I hope better sense will prevail.

On whether the past week, with endless rounds of negotiations with the Board, has left him drained

Oh, no... Actually, the issue is so sensitive that anything I now say could be interpreted in a manner in which it ought not to be... All I’ll say, then, is that we have raised something that is important. The issue couldn’t have been avoided.

On whether the Player Terms’ business has affected the build-up to Headingley

Look, all of us are aware of our responsibilities... More than anybody else, we ourselves know just how important the Test here is.

On whether, because of the happenings in the past week, the team will be under more pressure

I wouldn’t link the off-the-field happenings to what our role will be at Headingley... Nobody should think we, the players, have been out to prove a point. It’s just that we’ve identified a problem and informed the Board of our feelings.

On whether he fears fans back home could slam the cricketers for taking a money-over-country ‘line’

(Again, after a pause) Firstly, I don’t have such an apprehension... Secondly, I’d rather not go into a detailed response... As I’ve said, the issue is sensitive.

On what, from the Indian perspective, should make the difference in the Test here

Disciplined bowling... Why do plans go haywire? Well, largely because we have an inexperienced attack and, quite simply, have been hurt by Sri’s (Jawagal Srinath’s) retirement from Test cricket. The quicks need time to learn and, so, we must be patient.

On whether he asked Srinath to have a rethink a second time

No... It’s his personal decision and, then, only he knows his body best.

On the lack of consistency at the very top of the order

Virender Sehwag has been doing a good job... As for the other slot, we are looking at a change.

On fielding both Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh at Headingley

I hope we will get the desired result... Anil wasn’t fit for Trent Bridge, otherwise he would have played... At Lord’s, though, we misread the wicket... Both Anil and Harbhajan ought to have played in that first Test.

On whether, as captain, he is relieved Sachin Tendulkar returned among the runs at Trent Bridge (92 in the second innings)

People thought he was out of form, I didn’t... I’m never worried about Sachin. Having said that, he is only human and, therefore, one must be prepared for the odd failure.

On felicitating Sachin when he gets his 100th cap, at The Oval

There’s still some time and we’ll definitely do something appropriate... (Adds grinning) I also hope to reach that milestone... I’ve got some distance to cover (the Test here will be his 61st), but making 100 Test appearances is an ambition.

On the courage Parthiv Patel showed on debut

For a 17-year-old, he is amazing... He must already have inspired many to take to wicketkeeping... The boy has character.

On opposite number Nasser Hussain

I don’t wish to comment on counterparts... But, yes, England have been doing well under his leadership... Nasser has his ideas and plans...

Finally, on whether he has got over the disappointment of falling for 99 at Trent Bridge

(Smiles) The next time I’m there, I’ll make sure I don’t miss that one run.


Calcutta, Aug. 21: 
CAB XI fell 30 runs short in their first innings against Combined Districts XI in the quarter final of the Buchi Babu meet in Chennai Wednesday.

Chasing a moderate 273, CAB XI were dismissed for 243. CAB XI were handicapped by the absence of Deep Dasgupta. Dasgupta, though selected in the team, is not currently with the team due to some personal reasons. Subhamoy Das is keeping in his absence.

BRIEF SCORES: Combined Districts XI 273. CAB XI 243 (Utpal Chatterjee 48, Laxmi Ratan Shukla 40, Rohan Gavaskar 31, Subhomoy Das 24). Match to continue.

Challenger from Jan. 18

The Hero Honda NKP Salve Challenger Trophy will be played in Calcutta from January 18 to 21. The meet scheduled to be played under lights, will be a test for the players before the World Cup commences in February.

New ICC meet

The national one-day champions will play in a club championship organised by the ICC, where the best limited overs teams from different countries will take part, reports PTI from Bangalore. This was announced after the BCCI working committee meeting. The national one-day tournament will also be restructured from this season. After the zonal tournament, the top five teams in each zone would qualify for a Super League.


Calcutta, Aug. 21: 
The 15th edition of The Telegraph Schools’ chess championship is poised for an exciting finish. With four more rounds to go, nine players are bunched together at the top with six points each at the end of the seventh round.

In a tense top board encounter, top seed, Joydeep Dutta of Kumar Ashutosh Institution was held by Debaditta Sinha Biswas of Salt Lake Point School. Joydeep obtained a clear advantage from the opening as he acquired the two bishops in addition to space advantage.

But Joydeep went into a bishop ending with an extra pawn and despite all his efforts he failed to convert his advantage into a win in this meet, presented by Horlicks.

Souvik Chakraborty of Narmada High School was fortunate to scrape through with a draw versus Baishaki Das of Jamshedpur in the Samisch variation of the King’s Indian defence. Baishaki obtained a clearly superior position from the opening but allowed her opponent to escape with perpetual checks.

Asian junior girls’ bronze medallist Mary Ann Gomes of Frank Correa Academy made short work of Samput Mallick of Holy Home with black pieces in the Pelikan variation of the Sicilian Defence. Mary Ann won a piece early in the game and then broke open her opponent’s queenside for a decisive attack.

Second seed Debayan Majumdar of St James checkmated Anurag Jaiswal of Children Seminary in an unusual queen’s pawn opening.

Third seed Tanmoy Pattanayak of Mitra Institution (Main) was stretched by Kh. Sanjoy Singh of Manipur in a queen’s pawn opening, but Tanmoy won the game eventually.


Joydeep Dutta (6) drew Debaditta Sinha Biswas(6); Baisakhi Das (6) drew Souvik Chakraborty(6); Samput Mallick (5.5) lost to Mary Ann Gomes (6); Anurag Jaiswal (5) lost to Debayan Majumdar (6); Tanmoy Pattanayak (6) beat Kh. Sanjoy Singh (5); Supriya Maji (5) lost to Suman Basu (6); Saurav Chakraborti (6) beat Trailokya Nanda (5); Sourav Bose (5.5) beat Payel Guha (4.5); Amritesh Ray (5) drew with Soumya Thakurta (5); Suddhasatwa Das (5) drew with Abinash Das (5); Manish Sharma (4.5) lost to Sumit Shaw(5.5); Rajib Dhar (5.5) beat A Debanand Singh (4.5); Himanshu S Sharma (5.5) beat Ankan Modak (4.5); Arindam Das (5.5) beat Suchandra Chatterjee (4.5); Sandipan Chatterjee (5) beat Rajarshee Mukhopadhyay (4); Minazuddin Ahmed Sagar (5) beat Sriya Bhattacharya (4); Swayams Mishra (5) beat Samantak Bhadra (4); Soumya Talukdar(4) lost to A Jibananda Singh (5); Ritam Bhaumik (4.5) drew with Anu Gupta (4.5); N T R Rao (5) beat Tathagata Das (4); Thampsan Sahoo (5) beat Jeet Ganguly (4); Rohan Shah (5) beat Varun Jain (4); Souparno Ghosh (5) beat Debanjan Das (4); Arijit Sinha (4) lost to Kiran Monisha Mohanty (5); Ganesh Kisku (VC) (4) lost to Bitan Banerjee (5); Siddhartha Das (5) beat Priya Ratnam(4); Pallabi Roy (5) beat Subhas Mondal (4); Kishoara S Evana (5) beat Samrat Ghorai (4); Aditya Bhan (4) lost to Satish Kumar (5); Subhabrata Das (4) lost to Shamima Akter Liza (5); Aniruddha Menon (5) beat Writtick Chatterjee (4); Utsav Das (4) lost to Antarip Roy (5); Diptanu Das (4) lost to Indradeep Giri (4.5).


Calcutta, Aug. 21: 
The shadow cast by positive dope tests of two Indian medal-winning weightlifters at the recent Commonwealth Games has forced officialdom to take a serious view of the drugs menace.

And, if words are translated into action, athletes chosen for major international events will be tested at home before they get to board the plane for their respective destination. This welcome practice could start before the Pusan Asian Games, slated for September 29 to October 14.

The general body of the Afro-Asian Games organising committee had met last week in the capital to set new dates for the jinxed event. With Union sports minister Uma Bharti — who is the chairperson of the Games body — attending the meeting along with the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) top brass, discussions went beyond just the Afro-Asian Games.

“The IOA will identify disciplines where drug-abuse is more common and make it mandatory for those athletes to undergo tests before they leave for an international event,” informed BOA president Asoke Ghosh who attended last week’s meeting in Delhi.

Krishnan Madasamy was stripped of his three Commonwealth Games silver medals for being guilty of using a metabolite of nandrolone. Satheesh Rai, who bagged two golds and a bronze, was also reported to have tested positive for a banned drug but the Commonwealth Games Federation is yet to confirm it.

If Rai loses his three medals, India will slip from third to fourth in the final table with Canada going up a slot.

Afro-Asian date

Getting back to the real purpose of the meeting, the inaugural Afro-Asian Games have now been slotted from October 24 to November 1, 2003.

“There is no other change, same disciplines will be held including the two demonstration games kabaddi and kho-kho,” said Ghosh. It was also decided that should India win the bid to host the 2010 Commonwealth Games, IOA will put in a serious bid for the 2012 Olympics. Canada and Singapore are the other contenders for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The Games will be allotted in November 2003.


Calcutta, Aug. 21: 
Double GM norm holders, Surya Sekhar Ganguly and Sandipan Chanda of Alekhine Chess Club have been short listed by Viswanathan Anand for coaching along with five other talented Indian youngsters. Anand, it may be recalled, had expressed his desire to coach Indian youngsters a few months back. Apart from Ganguly and Chanda, the fortunate few are GM K. Sasikiran, GM P. Harikrishna, GM Abhijit Kunte, WGM Koneru Humpy, and IM R.B. Ramesh.

Anand will coach these youngsters at Chennai from August 25 to August 29. Surya and Sandipan visited the venue of the Telegraph School Chess Championship Wednesday to encourage the participants. They leave for Chennai Thursday evening. Speaking exclusively to The Telegraph on the eve of their departure, both sounded excited about their first interaction with Anand as trainees.

Surya Sekhar, however, has been lucky to get some tips from the champion earlier. Last year Anand, had given valuable advice to the students of Alekhine Chess Club, only for a day during his brief visit to the city. “I had greatly benefited by those two hours of coaching,” Surya Sekhar said.

His compatriot Sandipan was equally thrilled. “This is the first time I will be meeting Anand in person and I am looking forward to it,” he said.

Sandipan for Germany

Sandipan will also be playing against Anand’s team in October in Bundesliga, the premier German chess league. He has been signed up by the German team Solingen along with chess giants Piket, Kasimzdanov, Sadler, Nikolic andYusupov. Anand will play for the German team SC Baden Oos.


Aug. 21: 

Grass comes in the way of group A action

The CFL first division group A tie between Eastern Coalfields and Sonali Sibir was a non-starter despite both teams being present at the venue. The reason was rather strange: the grass at the SAI ground hadn’t been mowed and was too big for any footballing activity.

There were no problems with the seven other group A matches. West Bengal Police trounced Rajasthan 4-0, while Howrah Union and Milan Bithi beat Kidderpur and Peerless by identical 2-1 margins. Railway FC and CFC overcame Bata and George Telegraph by the thinnest of margins. The Police AC-Wari and City-Kalighat matches failed to produce a goal.

In third division action, Garden Reach AC rode Sheikh Abdullah’s hattrick to a 3-0 win over National SC.

Super Division

The championship leg of the Super Division league is likely to start on September 6. Mohun Bagan’s matches will be scheduled after they return from Sri Lanka where they face Saunders Club in an AFC Champions League match on September 8. The IFA authorities are determined to finish the league by September 20.

Douglas for EB

East Bengal signed in their new Brazilian defender Douglas D’Silva Wednesday. He will don the red-and-gold colours from their next match against Ever Ready Saturday.

WBCA meet

The West Bengal Chess Association-organised third all-India Fide rating tournament will be held at the Khudiram Anusilan Kendra from August 28 to September 4. GM-elect G.B. Prakash is expected to lead the 250-strong field. S. Kidambi, Lanka Ravi and Yogesh Gore are the other prominent outstation players to vie for the first prize of Rs 25,000.

Double for E. Rly

Eastern Railway notched up a double crown in the local basketball season. The railwaymen emerged unbeaten champions in the WBBA first division league championship (Calcutta Port Trust were runners-up) and also lifted the knockout crown beating Burra Bazar Yubak Sabha 68-55 in the final.

Basketball meet

Nine boys’ and nine girls’ teams will participate in the inter-school basketball championship beginning Thursday. Both finals of the Assembly of God Church School-organised meet will come off on August 29.

Rishra in final

Rishra Swimming Club edged out Calcutta Sports Association (CSA) 5-3 to enter the final of the YMCA-organised 48th Centennial waterpolo championship. Man-of-the-Match Biswajit Dey netted three for the winners, Pradip Konar and Sumitesh Bairagi got one each. For CSA, Ramprasad Naskar, Ramendranath Baidya and Hafiz Dhali got into the scoresheet. The second semis will pit ILSS against College Square Swimming Club.

Kabaddi teams

Twelve-member men’s and women’s teams will represent Bengal in the East Zone kabaddi meet beginning in Patna Friday.


Biswajit Ghosh, Ujjal Paul, Nabin Bera, Dipankar Das, S. Moshel, Sukumar Biswas, Tuhin Kamble, Amarul Islam, Jagadish Majhi, Sankar Patra, Samad Mondal, Altaf Hussain Naskar. Coach: Aparesh Sarkar.


Renuka Bose, Keya Bag, Thumur Biswas, Papia Das, Tinku Chowdhury, Mousumi Patra, Rupa Sarkhel, Soma Dey, Rina Das, Gita Saha, Tomasha Das, Putul Sarkar. Coach: M.S. Saha.

Cyclist no more

Eminent cyclist Amodh Chandra Bysack passed away at a city hospital Monday. He was 75. An office-bearer of the West Bengal Cyclists’ Association, Bysack won several road race events for the state in his prime.


FOOTBALL: Calcutta League, first division (group B): Aryan vs Victoria SC (East Bengal); Salkia Friends vs Garalgacha (Mohun Bagan); Behala Youth vs Calcutta Police (Md. Sporting). Matches from 3.30 pm. 4th division championship play-off: Rashbehari ABM vs Suburban (YMCA, 3.15 pm); Baniniketan vs Shyambazar (High Court, 3.15 pm).

RUGBY: The Famous Grouse All India & South Asia meet: Main Plate semis: Bombay Gym vs CC&FC (2.30 pm); LMOB vs Future Hope (4.15 pm). Matches at CC&FC.

WATERPOLO: YMCA Centennial meet, semi-final: ILSS vs College Square SC (College Square, 4 pm).

BASKETBALL: Inter-school meet: Opening day’s matches at AGC School (Park Street) from 7.30 am.


Calcutta, Aug. 21: 
It was yet another eventful day of racing at the RCTC raceground on Wednesday. While close finishes added to the day’s excitement, victories of wrong’un from the stables, who upstaged favourites, was a lesson for those who look for certainties in a game of uncertainties.

It was trainer Javed Khan’s lesser fancied Flossy who played spoilsport in the Pure Gold Handicap. Meant to set pace for the stable fancy Grand Lodge, the five-year-old mare kicked on score by three parts of a length to the discomfiture of his jockey Phillip Alford and her connections as well. In fact, the favourite managed to retain the second slot, thanks to S. Tamang going easy on the third placed Odyssey. Tamang was slapped a two-day suspension following a stewards’ enquiry.

Another hot-favourite, Alternator, in the day’s feature, the Orange William Cup, was ridden in a callous manner by jockey S. Shanker for whom it was a chance mount as Cristopher Alford was declared unfit to ride following a toe injury in an earlier race. In a close tussle with his yard-mate, Allodium, Shanker on Alternator surrendered the advantage virtually at the post. However, Star Selection justified her short odds in the Miss X O Lence Cup.


1. Pure Gold Handicap 1,200m: (4-1-6-2) Flossy (P. Alford) 1; Grand Lodge (Maseyk) 2; Odyssey (Tamang) 3; Calabash (Shanker) 4. Won by: 3/4; 1-1/4; 2-3/4; (1-19.1). Tote: Win Rs 44; Place: 16; 12; 27; Quinella: 43; Shp: 48; Tanala: 485. Fav: Grand Lodge (1). Winner trained by Javed K.

2. Miss X O Lence Cup 2,000m: (5-4-1-6) Star Selection (Merchant) 1; Brave Show (C. Alford) 2; Discomatic (A. P. Singh) 3; Black Mane (Kujur) 4. Won by: 6-1/4; 1; Dist; (2-10.9). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 12; 25; Quinella: 25; Shp: 36; Tanala: 93. Fav: Star Selection (5). Winner trained by Daniel D.

3. Astre d’Or Handicap 1,000m: (7-4-3-6) Dancing Rhythm (Surender) 1; April Ace (Merchant) 2; Kainat (Saran S.) 3; Castle Moon (A. P. Singh) 4. Won by: Nk; Hd; 3-1/4; (1-6). Tote: Win Rs 56; Place: 18; 14; 38; Quinella: 63; Shp: 41; Tanala: 1,178. Fav: April Ace (4). Winner trained by Bath.

4. Orange William Cup 1,400m: (3-1-4-2) Allodium (Rabani) 1; Alternator (Shanker) 2; Earl Grey (Surjeet S.) 3; Soviet Ride (Merchant) 4. Won by: SH; Dist; 9; (1-28.9). Tote: Win Rs 39; Place: 13; 10; Quinella: 15; Shp 51; Tanala: 147. Fav: Alternator (1). Winner trained by Bharath S.

5. Mica Empress Cup 1,100m: (7-8-4-9) Ispahan (Surjeet S.) 1; Abashed (Shanker) 2; Scarlet Raider (Merchant) 3; Endless Surprise (Rabani) 4. Won by: Nk; Nk; 7-1/2; (1-10.8). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 14; 16; 17; Quinella: 44; Shp: 59; Tanala: 182. Fav: Ispahan (7). Winner trained by J. Stephens.

6. Zeeba Handicap 1,100m: (3-9-10-1) Arctic Fancy (Merchant) 1; Winning Hand (Shanker) 2; Magnifico (Rabani) 3; Revolution (A. P. Singh) 4. Won by: 3/4; 2-3/4; 1-3/4; (1-12.1). Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 14; 14; 21; Quinella: 29; Shp: 40; Tanala: 148. Fav: Arctic Fancy (3). Winner trained by Daniel D.

Jackpot: Rs 4,234; (C) Rs 334.

Treble: (I) Rs 376; (ii) Rs 606.

Calcutta, Aug. 21: 
Smart Ruler, Royal City and River Melody worked well on Wednesday morning.

Outer sand track

800m: Soviet Port (Merchant) and Thunder Struck (Islam) in 59s; (400m) 29s. They were level. Smart Ruler (Merchant) and Royal City (Asghar) in 58s; (400m) 28s. They were level and they moved well. Classic Pursuit (Maseyk), Ardency (Rabani) and Mr. Bombshell (Islam) in 1-2s; (400m) 30s. The trio was level and was handy. Excellent Striker (Amil) and Grecian Prince (Merchant) in 1-0s; (400m) 28s. They were easy while finishing level.

600m: Magic Ring (Koch) in 42s; (400m) 26s. Fit. River Melody (Merchant) and Moon Mission (Asghar) in 41s; (400m) 26s. Former, caught the eye while finishing 2 ls ahead. Immaculate (Merchant) and Pearl Dragon (Upadhya) in 41; (400m) 27s. They were handy as they levelled. Alborada (Gurang) and Midas Touch (Merchant) in 44s; (400m) 28s. Latter was pushed to finish a behind. Primaticcio (Amil) and Moon Quest (Merchant) in 47s; (400m) 30s. They were level.

400m: Anokato (Upadhya) and Ardon (Yadav) in 31s. They were level.

Sand track

1,200m: Cup of Life (Shanker) in 1-29s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Cool Quest (Rutherford) in 1-28s; (400m) 26s. Fit.

1,000m: Approval (Shanker) in 1-14s; (400m) 29s. Moved well.

800m: Comedy of Errors (Rutherford) in 58s; (400m) 26s. Fit. Darth Vader (Tamang) in 1-0s; (400m) 27s.Royal Philosopher (Asghar) and Ace of Spades (Merchant) in 56s; (400m) 26s. They were level. Regency Times (Merchant) and Ballet Master (Yadav) 54s; (400m) 25s. Former was half-a-length better.

600m: Secret Adversary (A. P. Singh) and Common Spirit (Salam) in 41s; (400m) 26s. They were level.

400m: Bold Apparel (Yadav) and Simply Dashing (Yasin) in 27s. They were level.    

Mysore, Aug. 21: 
Z. Darashah’s ward Whatmore, a runner-up twice during the recent Bangalore summer meet, is expected win the 1,800 Madras Race Club Cup on Thursday here. In excellent condition, the Mischevious Music-Cold Front colt will be ridden by K. P. Appu.


1.45 pm: Worldly Pick 1. Deion 2. Vereva 3.
2.15 pm: She’s A Bird 1. Dark Shadow 2. All For You 3.
2.45 pm: Southern Mist 1. Simple And Sweet 2. Flower Dew 3.
3.15 pm: Slim Twist 1. Braid Hills 2. Golden Throne 3.
3.45 pm: Set Aside 1. Augill Castle 2. Gullane 3.
4.15 pm: Whatmore 1. Viking 2. Mr. Belvedere 3.
4.45 pm: Blush With Pride 1. Ithica 2. Busy Girl 3.
5.15 pm: Kingston Heath 1. Silver Toy 2. Belief 3.

Day’s Best: She’s A Bird

Double: Slim Twist & Set Aside

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