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Zurbaran strikes
Padmanabhan
Zurbaran

Zurbaran fought his way to the Indian Turf Invitation Cup victory at the Hyderabad Sunday but his win on the day was much on the cards. The S. Padmanabhan-trainee had meekly surrendered to Noble Eagle who, in the Indian Derby three Sundays ago, had led from the start and tricked Zurbaran to a defeat. It was a lesson that had prompted all those close to the Peaks And Valleys-Cut of The Cloth colt to re-draw a strategy to counter Eagle’s challenge. And, it worked. The Eagle, on the day, was never allowed the luxury of long lead at any stage of the 2,400m trip as his jockey M. Dwyer preferred to breath down Eagle’s neck until he brought his ride abreast of the leader 450m from home.

Named after a 17th century Spanish painter, Francisco de Zurbaran, who was known for his direct and ruthless realism, Zurbaran appears to have inherited all those qualities. Once in the lead, he not only destroyed his Indian Derby conqueror but also the rest of 14 in the line-up. “Zurbaran was painter to the king, and he was king of painters,” was the remark once made by king Phillip IV. It is now for Padmanabhan how to re-phrase these words.

The entire Zurbaran contingent was ecstatic about the courageous victory of the horse. “It was a great win. I’m doubly delighted as he is bred by me,” said Khusru N. Dhunjibhoy, chairman RWITC, and the part-horseowner for whom it was his first ever Invitation Cup victory. Byram Jeejeebhoy, also a part-owner, felt the same. Zurbaran, however, also has a little bit of connection with the city of joy. Dhunjibhoy’s wife Deepa hails from the city and so does Sharmila, wife of Padmanabhan.

RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends)

1. Chennai Trophy 2,200m: (4-5-3) Indian Native (Eddery) 1; Profile 2; Danzero 3. Won by: 2; 1-1/4; (2-23.5). Tote: Win Rs 17; Place: 14; 47; Quinella: 89; Shp: 59; Tanala: 318. Fav: Indian Native (4).

2. Kolkata Trophy 1,200m: (2-8-3) Senor Pele (Shroff) 1; Repose 2; Bar-At-Lawn 3. Won by: 2; 1/2; (1-13.6). Tote: Win Rs 15; Place: 11; 16; 19; Quienlla: 29; Shp: 36; Tanala: 83. Fav: Senor Pele (2).

3. Japan Trophy 1,400m: (2-6-1) Grosvenor Square (Badel) 1; Regal Revolution 2; Brown Sugar 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 3/4; (1-26.7). Tote: Win Rs 21; Place: 11; 28; 16; Quinella: 87; Shp: 59; Tanala: 357. Fav: Grosvenor Square (2).

4. B. Seenaiah and Company Projects Ltd. Nagarjuna Sagar Trophy 1,400m: (4-7-9) Soviet Square (B. Shinde) 1; Lady At Peace 2; Pleasure Way 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 1/2; (1-29.3). Tote: Win Rs 49; Place: 19; 180; 102; Quinella: 2,255; Shp: 495; Tanala: 69,230 (C.o). Fav: Soviet Square (4).

5. Maj. P. K. Mehra Memorial Super Mile Cup 1,600m: (5-12-6-2) Palazzio (M. Narredu) 1; Shamaal 2; Vivid Dreams 3; Antequera 4. Won by: 2-1/2; 3/4; 1-3/4; (1-37.8 record). Tote: Win Rs 50; Place: 19; 32; 39; Quinella: 444; Shp: 70; Tanala: 4,846. Fav: Name And Fame (8).

6. Mumbai Trophy 1,400m: (8-2-7) Aware (I. Chisty) 1; Shearwalk 2; Helen Of Troy 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 6; (1-27.3). Tote: Win Rs 132; Place: Rs 26; 12; 31; Quinella: 62; Shp: 93; Tanala: 2,322. Fav: Shearwalk (2). (Note; The winner survived an objection lodged by the rider of second placed horse).

7. Indian Turf Invitation Cup 2,400m: (9-5-13-2) Zurbaran (M. Dwyer) 1; Fabulous Star (Prakash) 2; Rose Garden (Appu) 3; Amber Regent (Gallagher) 4. Won by: 1-1/4; 4; Hd; (2-28.8 record). Tote: Win Rs 80; Place: 31; 16; 61; Quinella: 122; Shp: 52; Tanala: 14,015. Fav: Fabulous Star (5).

8. Bangalore Trophy 1,200m: (15-13-4) Starry Shine (Gallagher) 1; Gracious Bay 2; Mr Bureaucrat 3. Won by: SH; 1/2; (1-14.9). Tote: Win Rs 130; Place: 39; 45; 106; Quinella: 850; Shp: 78; Tanala: 80,878. Fav: Nordic Star (5).

Jackpot: Rs 2,62,464; (C) Rs 8,377.

Treble: (i) Rs 55; (ii) Rs 227; (iii) Rs 14,548.


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