Calcutta: If apprentice jockey Rutherford Alford hogged the limelight with his well earned rich double though Triumphant and Richie Rich at the RCTC Wednesday, cousin, Cristopher Alford was left to face a stewards’ inquiry for his listless riding of Assailer in the day’s opener, the Longtom Handicap. Cristopher’s handling of the half-money favourite had left many a raised eyebrows thus prompting the stewards to take an unpleasant measure against the leading jockey. A bad fifth till the final turn, when held in an iron grip, the jockey tried to take refuge behind the front-runners along the inside rails as Assailer pulled hard in the stretch-run. Switching the course on the wide when all seemed over, the Vijay Singh-trainee just about managed to place third. The enquiry will be conducted on March 21 thus allowing the jockey some breathing space. Vijay’s Announcer won the jockey, the Magnanimous Cup, his only winner on the day.
Rutherford, in contrast, was all grace as he patiently nursed his slow starter Triumphant (10-1) to post an impressive victory in the Little Bob Handicap. Timing his challenge to necessity, Rutherford inspired the top-weight Richie Rich (7-1) to come with a punishing run to humble a hoard of smart three-year-old youngsters in the 1,100m Sreepriya Handicap
1. Longtom Handicap 1,100m: (2-1-3-5) Venus (P. Alford) 1; Sea Legend (Rutherford) 2; Assailer (C. Alford) 3; Simply Monarch (Amil) 4. Won by: 1-1/2; NK; 3/4; (1-7.1). Tote: Win Rs 50; Place: 20; 44; Quinella: 254; Shp: 35; Tanala: 667. Fav: Assailer (3). Winner trained by Javed K.
2. Magnanimous Cup 1,200m: (2-5-6-3) Announcer (C. Alford) 1; The Flying Star (Maseyk) 2; Bird’s Empire (Merchant) 3; Kargil Soldier (Gowli) 4. Won by: SH; Nk; 4; (1-13.1). Tote: Win Rs 23; Place: 12; 12; 13; Quinella: 33; Shp: 36; Tanala: 86. Fav: Announcer (2). Winner trained by Vijay S.
3. Fastnet Handicap, Div-I 1,100m: (3-8-5-2/4) Pearl Dragon (Merchant) 1; Gallant Romeo (Yacoob) 2; Abridge (Rabani) 3; Flossy (Gowli) & Sky Command (Shanker) 4. Won by: 2-3/4; Hd; 1-3/4; (1-7.1). Tote: Win Rs 34; Place: 16; 93; 17; Quinella: 757; Shp: 209; Tanala: 12,350. Fav: Pearl Dragon (3). Winner trained by Daniel D.
4. Little Bob Handicap 1,400m: (3-4-9-1) Triumphant (Rutherford) 1; Suriyothai (Upadhya) 2; King’s Crest (Shanker) 3; Black Mane (M. Reuben) 4. Won by: 2-1/4; Nk; 2-1/4; (1-27). Tote: Win Rs 133; Pla-ce: 31; 24; 12; Quinella: 786; Shp: 45; Tanala: 2,595. Fav: King’s Crest (9). Winner trained by D. Karki.
5. Own Opinion Cup 1,200m: (6-3-1-5) Terrificco (Salam) 1; Adducer (Islam) 2; Dancing Phantom (Yadav) 3; Heaven’s Blessing (G. Singh) 4. Not run: Tohfa (11). Won by: 3-1/4; 3-1/4; SH; (1-14.5). Tote: Win Rs 26; Place: 15; 36; 390; Quinella: 208; Shp: 68; Tanala: 11,130. Fav: Terrificco (6). Winner trained by Daniel D.
6. Fastnet Handicap, Div-II 1,100m: (7-3-2-6) Sergeant Slipper (Merchant) 1; Starina (Rutherford) 2; Software (K. Kumar) 3; Sadaf (Maseyk) 4. Won by: 2-1/4; 1-1/4; Nk; (1-5.8). Tote: Win Rs 26; Place: 12; 20; 36; Quinella: 85; Shp: 29; Tanala: 1,134. Fav: Sergeant Slipper (7). E. Bhungard.
7. Sreepriya Handicap 1,100m: (1-2-3-4) Richie Rich (Rutherford) 1; Brighter Future (Yadav) 2; Admirer (C. Alford) 3; Starry Man (Rabani) 4. Won by: 1-1/4; 2-1/2; 2-3/4; (1-6.1). Tote: Win Rs 72; Place: 19; 16; 16; Quinella: 211; Shp: 82; Tanala: 1,403. Fav: Admirer (3). Winner trained by R. Alford.
Jackpot: Rs 16,904; (C) Rs 1,470.
Treble: (i) Rs 968; (ii) Rs 831.
Romantic Notes shines
Calcutta: Romantic Notes worked well on Wednesday morning:
Outer sand track
2,000m: Romantic Notes (C. Alfo-rd) and Inside Story (Shanker) in 2-36s; (400m) 30s. Former moved well. They were level. 1,400m: Calamus (Shanker) and Advancer (C. Alford) in 1-48s; (400m) 32s. Former far better. Idolize (C. Alford) and Anacott (Shanker) in 1-44s; (400m) 32. Former far better. 1,000m: Callisto (Domingo) in 1-18s; (400m) 30s. Easy. 600m: Software Classic (P. Alford) and Rare Mettle (K. Kumar) in 39s; (400m) 26s. They were level. Archery (Rb) in 46s; (400m) 31s.
600m: Arian (Rutherford) in 47s; (400m) 31s.