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Royal City claims Gavin Johnston Cup

Calcutta: Ridden with utmost confidence by the visiting jockey Amyn Merchant, Royal City presented trainer Daniel David first of his two winners saddled on Friday. In a fast run race, the six-to-four favourite youngster stopped the clock at one minute 27 seconds as went on to claim the 1,400m Gavin Johnston Cup by a neck from Lockers Park. Merchant continued the good work in the following event, the Nero Handicap. In hot attendance of Starina and Anatolia till the distance-post, Merchant brought Star Selection into the contention to take the measure of the front runners. Trainer Vijay Singh too had his brace of winners Artisia and Altigraph.

Jockey Saran Singh was fined Rs 3,500 and suspended for two race days following detection of alchohol in breath analyzing test.


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