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Nationalistic may come good

CALCUTTA 2000 GUINEAS

Calcutta, Dec. 7: There is no looking beyond Nationalistic in tomorrow’s star event, the 1,600m Calcutta 2,000 Guineas. The Razeen -Vision Of India three-year-old has come to the city after making his presence felt over a mile circuit and against good opposition in Bangalore and Pune.The challenge, if any, to the Errol Bhungard-trainee, may come Vijay Singh’s Network and stable-mate Smart Ruler — unbeaten in last six starts. But with Aslam Kader to guide, Nationalistic is unlikely to let down.Read as Horse nos, last four runs, horse name, trainer, jockey, weight & draw nos:

1. Robin Hood Handicap 1,100m (Cl III; Rt 44-72) 12.40 pm- Indian Jockeys only

1       0001       Excellent Striker [Bhungard] A. Kader       60.5       4

2       -----       Aherlow [Vijay] Surender S.        58.5       6

3       4030       Gallant Romeo [Bhungard] Merchant       57.0       3

4       3040       Rescue Act [Bharath] S. Rabani       51.5       2

5       - - - 3       Saladin [Stephens] Appu       51.5       1

6       - 130       Anatolia [Vijay] Shanker       48.0       5

1. Anatolia (6) 2. saladin (5) 3. excellent striker (1)

Anatolia: Played a pace-makers role in fillies’ Guineas after losing narrowly from a bad draw. Saladin: May vie for the second slot. Excellent Striker: May place.

2. Aspirant Handicap 1,400m (Cl III; Rt. 44-72) 1.10 pm - Indian Jockeys only

1       2300       Sky Command [Mujeeb] K. Kumar       61.0       5

2       0000       Crystal Moment [Bhungard] B. Gurang       60.5       2

3       1300       Kargil Soldier [Stephens] P. Alford       60.0       3

4       1000       Lucifer [Rodrigues] Upadhya        56.5       7

5       1031       Primaticcio [Bhungard] A. Kader       56.0       1

6       - - 12        Aiberni [Bharath] C. Alford       51.5       4

7       2233       Alborada [Bhungard] Merchant       49.0       6

1. Primaticcio (5) 2. aiberni (6) 3. lucifer (4)

Primaticcio: A fluent winner in previous start, may do the trick again. Aiberni: Was hard put to beat Grand Lodge during the monsoons. Lucifer: May place.

3. Aphroze Handicap 1,400m (Cl IV; Rt. 22-50) 1.50 pm Indian jockeys only

1       - 1210       The Flying Star [Javed] M. Reuben       60.0       1

2       3030       Knoxville [R. Alford] Rutherford       59.0       3

3       0200       Ace Of Spades [Bhungard] A. P. Singh       58.0       6

4       1023       Adeline [Rodrigues] Merchant       56.5       5

5       0012       Abandoned [Jaiswal] E. Smith       55.0       7

6       - - 03       Shining Jewel [Vijay] C. Alford       53.0       8

7       - 322       Rigged For Revenge [Bharath] R.Marshall       51.5       4

8       0000       Tequila Shot [Bath] Shanker       50.0       2

1. Shining Jewel (6) 2. Knoxville (2) 3. Adeline (4)

Shining Jewel: Working and looking well and may put his South India form to some use. Knoxville: Ignore his last run. May do better. Adeline: May place.

4. Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy 1,200m (Terms, 2-y-o only) 2.25 pm

1       - - - 1       Brighter Future [Bhungard] A. Kader       57.0       8

2       - - - 2       Destiny’s Trick [R. Alford] I. Chisty       55.0       3

3       -----       Far Hope [Bhungard] Upadhya       55.0       7

4       -----       Great Ambition [Bhungard] Merchant       55.0       4

5       -----       Gypsy King [Bharath] Appu       55.0       2

6       -----       Hoagy [Stephens] Rutherford       55.0       6

7       -----       Arikara [Vijay] C. Alford       53.5       1

8       -----       Loveisblind [Bharath] R. Marshall.       53.5       5

1. arikara (7) 2. brighter future (1) 3. hoagy (6)

Arikara: Apparently a better baby compared to stable -mate Accuser — trounced by Brighter Future. Brighter Future: Vying for an encore. Hoagy: May place.

5. Air Force Cup 2,000m (Cl II; Cl III Rt. 44-94) 2.55 pm

1       - - 04       Among Men [Javed] R. Gowli       60.0       1

2       4044       Illustrious Reign [Jaiswal] E. Smith       57.0       4

3       3220       Discomatic [Bhungard] Merchant       56.5       5

4       - - 11       Midnight Escape [Vijay] C. Alford       55.5       3

5       - 024       Assertive Dancer [Bhungard] Md Amil       47.0       2

1. assertive dancer (5) 2. midnight escape (4) 3. among men (1)

Assertive Dancer: One of the top-rated filly of last season. Deserves another chance. Midnight Escape: Heading for a hattrick of wins. Among Men: May place.

6. Calcutta 2000 Guineas 1,600m (Terms, 3-y-o only) 3.25 pm

1       - 101       Nationalistic [Bhungard] A. Kader       56.0       4

2       - - 40        Network [Vijay] C. Alford       56.0       6

3       2231       Royal City [Bhungard] Asghar       56.0       2

4       4040       Royal Command [Bhungard] R. Yadav       56.0       3

5       - 114       Sea Royale [Vijay] Shanker       56.0       1

6       1111       Smart Ruler [Bhungard] Merchant       56.0       5

1. nationalistic (1) 2. smart ruler (6) 3. network (2)

Nationalistic: Has crossed swords against some of the good ones in the country. Smart Ruler: May take care of the local challenge. Network: May place.

7. Bangalore Turf Club Cup 1,600m (Cl I; Cl II eligible; Rt 66 & over) 4.05 pm

1       0010       Royal Satin [R. Alford] I. Chisty       60.0       8

2       - 300       Acceptor [Bharath] S. Rabani       54.5       6

3       -----       Calorescence [Vijay] C. Alford       54.0       2

4       - 123       Way To The Stars [Stephens]K. Kumar       52.5       4

5       - - 00       Run For Glory [Stephens] Md Islam       52.0       9

6       - - 40       Crowning Moment [Bharath] R. Marshall       51.5       7

7       3043       Earl Grey [Stephens] Merchant       51.0       5

8       - - - 0       Appleby [Bharath] Shanker.       50.5       1

9       0000       Ballet Master [Bhungard] S. Salam       49.0       3

10       4432       Lockers Park [Bharath] Appu       47.5       10

1. calorescence (3) 2. acceptor (2) 3. lockers park (10)

Calorescence: Went about in pursuit of classics. Taken to win on her southern form. Acceptor: The next best in the field. Lockers Park: May place.

Day’s Best: Anatolia Double: Primaticcio & Nationalistic


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