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Smart Ruler may win again
Daniel David

Calcutta: It may pay to follow the Daniel David-Amyn Merchant combinations in Thursdayís race-card. Of the eight events framed, the duo threatens to pick up seven, including the 1,400m RWITC Cup ó for horses in the highest class ó through their in-form four-year-old Smart Ruler.

The well-bred Razeen-Regal Star son has been a seven in-a-row winner before his progress was halted in the 2,000 Guineas in which he placed a good third behind Network and Nationalistic. Back to an open class after doing poorly in other classics, the Daniel-ward returned to the winnersí enclosure with an impressive show in the 1,600m Governorís Cup.

In the RWITC Cup there is hope for the opposition as Smart Ruler is out-handicapped. However, going by his style of victory, it may come as a surprise if Merchant is unable to drive Smart Ruler home as a winner. Read as Horse nos, last four runs, horse name, trainer, jockey, weight & draw:

1. Yerevan Cup 2,000m (Cl lI;Cl III; Rt. 44-94) 12.40 pm

1       0321       Automatic [Vijay] C. Alford       60.0       2

2       - 000       El Cid [Daniel] B. Gurang       60.0       3

3       3102       Discomatic [Daniel] Merchant       58.0       5

4       1000       Royal City [Daniel Asghar       54.5       6

5       0040       Buffalo Park [R. Alford] I. Chisty       50.5       4

6       0000       Legendary Lover [Daniel] Md Yacoob       47.0       1

1. Discomatic (3) 2. automatic (1) 3. buffalo park (5)

Discomatic: Well in at the weights. Will not go down without a fight. Automatic: Maintains form but his top weight may cause problem. Buffalo Park: May place.

2. Aureole Time Handicap 1,400m (Cl V; 6 -y-o & over Rt. 00-28) 1.10 pm Indian jockeys only

1       0044       Positive Thinker [Sanjeev] M. Maseyk       61.0       7

2       0242       Heavenís Blessing [Bath] Md Islam       59.0       3

3       4040       Simply Monarch [Bhungard] Dalpat S.       59.0       5

4       0034       Schumacher [Bhungard] Upadhya       58.0       1

5       3004       Asprey [Jaiswal] R. Chauhan       56.0       4

6       2143       Gul [Javed] Som S.       56.0       6

7       4104       Bold Apparel [Bhungard] Merchant        55.0       2

1. SCHUMACHER (4) 2. POSITIVE THINKER (1) 3. BOLD APPAREL (7)

Schumacher: Ideally placed at the weights and looking well, too. Positive Thinker: The change of stable may bring him luck. Bold Apparel: Upset, if any.

3. Grand Annual Handicap 1,600m (3-y-o only ) 1.45 pm

1       - 201       Accuser [Bharath] M. Reuben       60.0       1

2       0301       Far Hope [Daniel] Merchant       57.5       4

W       - - - -       Destinyís Trick [R. Alford] (Withdrawn)       54.5       --

4        - - 03       Davaro [Rodrigues] Dalpat S.       53.0       2

5       - - - 0       Bit Of Luck [Daniel] R. Ahmed       52.5       6

6       - 002       Followme [Bharath] R. Marshall       52.5       5

7       4040       Imperial Pearl [Daniel] Md Amil       52.0       8

8       2004       Monalisa [Daniel] A. P. Singh       52.0       7

9       - - - o       Athenia [Vijay] C. Alford       51.0       3

10       0000       My Dancer [Daniel] S. Salam       47.5        9

1. Far Hope (2) 2. Followme (6) 3. Athenia (9)

Far Hope: Won his last start easily. May score an encore. Followme: Well in at the weights. May extend the best. Athenia: She is no push-over from Vijayís yard.

4. Navy Cup 1,200m (Maiden 3-y-o only Rt. 00-28) 2.25 pm

1       - - - -       Calamus [Vijay] S. Domingo       61.0       1

2       0040       Great Ambition [Daniel] Merchant       60.0       2

3       - 000       Great View [Daniel] R. Yadav       60.0       12

4       - - 00       Harlem Heat [Javed] P. Alford       60.0       9

5       - - 00       Welsh Emperor [Daniel] B. Gurang       60.0       13

6       - - - 0       Rare Mettle [Stephens] K. Kumar       59.5       11

7       - - - 0       Rohini [Rodrigues] Dalpat S.       59.5       7

8       - - - 0       Streak [Bharath] Md Islam       59.5       5

9       - 000       Akebono [Bharath] C. Alford       59.0       10

10       - - 00       Dash For Glory [Bhungard] A. P. Singh       58.5       8

11       0300       Star Of Stars [Jaiswal] M. Reuben       58.0       6

12       - 000       Ruby Star [Jaiswal] Sridhar       57.5       4

13       - 000       Divine Sparks [Mujeeb] Gajender S.       57.0       3

1. Great Ambition (2) 2. star of stars (11) 3. Akebono (9)

Great Ambition: Merchantís pick. May justify jockeyís faith in him. Star Of Stars: Working well. Ideally cut out for sprints. Akebono: Upset, if any.

5. Bookmakersí Association Cup 1,200m (Cl IV, Rt 22-50) 2.55 pm Indian jockeys only

1       2310       Artiness [Vijay] C. Alford       61.0       1

2       2000       Prime Contender [Javed] Som S.       61.0       4

3       4001       Venus [Javed] P. Alford       60.0       5

4       4200       Sariano [Sanjeev] I. Chisty       57.5       3

5       0001       Sovereign Bullet [Rodrigues] Dalpat S.       54.0       2

6       0020       Grecian Prince [Bhungard] Merchant       53.0       6

7       0000       Yukon [Jaiswal] R. Chauhan       50.5       7

1. Artiness (1) 2. grecian Prince (6) 3. Venus (3)

Artiness: Ignore her last run. She may score despite the sharp trip. Grecian Prince: May seize the chance if the favourite fails. Venus: May place.

6. Kempion Handicap, Div-I 1,200m (Cl III; Rt. 44-72) 3.30 pm Indian jockeys only

1       0200       Common Spirit (Jaiswal] V. Jaiswal       61.0       1

2       3400       On The Bit [Stephens] Surender S.       59.5       2

3       0304       Sky Command [Mujeeb] Gajender S.       56.5       7

4       3003       Birdís Empire [Bhungard] Merchant       55.0       8

5       0010       Meadow Royale [Karki] P. Kujur       54.0       6

6       0410       Majestic Crown [Bath] M. Maseyk       53.0       5

7       4100       Jaannisar [Karki] M. Reuben       51.5       4

8       0 200       Smart Romeo [Daniel] Md Amil       48.5       3

1. Birdís Empire (4) 2. On The Bit (2) 3. sky command (3)

Birdís Empire: Went down fighting to Announcer and The Flying Star. Deserves another chance. On The Bit: If she adopts her runaway tactics, she may be hard to catch. Sky Command: Upset, if any.

7. R. W. I. T. C. Cup 1,400m (Cl I; Rt. 88 & over) 4.05 pm

1       - 214       Acceptor [Bharath] Rutherford       60.5       11

2       0012       Crowning Moment [Bharath]R. Marshall       60.0       10

3       - - - 0       Signal Tap [Daniel] R. Yadav       57.0       3

4       0021       Smart Ruler [Daniel] Merchant       56.5       1

5       0032       Arcaro [Vijay] C. Alford       55.0       9

6       - - - 0       Barrier Ridge [Daniel] Asghar       54.0       7

7       4133       Lockers Park [Bharath] M. Maseyk       54.0       8

8       - 330       Way To The Stars [Stephens] Dalpat S.       52.5       4

9       0222       Calamint [Vijay] M. Reuben       49.5       5

10       2311       Primaticcio [Daniel] S. Salam       49.5       6

11       0001       Secret Blessingís [Jaiswal]R. Chauhan       49.0       2

1. Smart Ruler (4) 2. crowning Moment (2) 3. Arcaro (5)

Smart Ruler: Impressive in his last win. May defy the handicap disadvantage. Crowning Moment: Up against a smart youngster again. May have to settle for the second slot. Arcaro: May place

8. Kempion Handicap, Div-II 1,200m (Cl III; Rt. 44-72) 4.40 pm Indian jockeys only

1       1000       Lively Project [Bhungard] Merchant       60.0       1

2       2100       My Opinion [Karki] Rutherford       58.5       5

3       0424       Kargil Soldier [Stephens] Md Islam       57.0       2

4       2100       Athinai [Vijay] Surender S.       53.5       3

5       0403       Lucifer [Rodrigues] Upadhya       53.5       4

6       - - 02       Sea Legend [Karki] P. Kujur       52.0       6

7       1401       Regal Rocket [Jaiswal] R. Chauhan       49.0       7

8       - - 01       Private Pursuit [Daniel] Md Yacoob       47.0       8

1. Lively Project (1) 2. LUCIFER (5) 3. ATHINAI (4)

Lively Project: Returns to the class in which she has performed creditably. Lucifer: Merits regards on his good third behind Regency Times. Athinai: Looking and working well. May upset.

Dayís Best: Far Hope Double: Artiness & Birdís Empire


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