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Javed, John may rule Day I

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Calcutta: The experienced lot, over the monsoon course, are going to be the key players on Thursday, the opening day of the season. Youngsters, unless very fit, take over once they adapt themselves to the wet conditions and the tricky monsoon race-track. The track, nevertheless, appears to be in good condition, thanks to the heavy showers.

However, the rains have nothing to do with small fields in the opening day’s card. With the horse-strength touching the 300-mark by the middle of the month, racing will definitely become competitive.

Significantly, prominent riders like C. Alford and A. Merchant would be missed during the first-half of the season as the former is under suspension and the latter nursing a chest injury sustained from a kick during trials on Wednesday morning.

It may pay to follow trainers Javed Khan and John Stephens early in the season before Daniel David and the Singh brothers – Vijay and Bharath – take over. Between them, the three schoolers share nearly two-thirds of the total horse-strength available in the Hastings stables.

In fact, Javed and John may kick off with a double apiece on the day. Javed’s Never Mind and Venus, and John’s Software and Software Classic have been showing good form during their trials. However, Vijay’s Alsh-eim,too, is working well and may win the Turf Hawk Cup.

Read as Horse nos, last four runs, horse name, trainer, jockey, weight & draw:


First Race 1.20pm

1. Hydrofoil Handicap 1,200m (Cl V; Rt.00-30) 12.20 pm Indian jockeys only

1       0000       Destiny Dance [Daniel] B. Gurang       60.0       5

2       0040       Never Mind [Javed] P. Alford       58.0       4

3       - - 14       Altigraph [Vijay] S. Shanker       57.5       3

4       1003       Sugar Daddy [Karki] Haroon Khan       57.5       2

5       0000       Bigshow [Daniel] K. Kariappa       55.0       1

1. Never Mind (2) 2. Altigraph (3) 3. Sugar Daddy (4)

Never Mind: Looking much improved and well tuned, too. Altigraph: Was sparingly raced last winter. May make finish interesting. Sugar Daddy: May place.

Second Race 1.50 pm

2. Everynsky Cup 1,200m (Cl IV; Rt. 20-50) 1.50 pm Indian jockeys only

1       - - 00       Star Cutter [R. Alford] Rutherford       61.0       5

2       3241       Actable [Vijay] S. Domingo       60.5       1

3       3040       Bay Dragon [Bhungard] K. Kariappa       57.0       3

4       0000       Smart Charmer [Daniel] R. Yadav       55.5       2

5       0003       Moon Quest [Bhungard] Md Amil       48.0       4

1. STAR CUTTER (1) 2. SMART CHARMER (4) 3. BAY DRAGON (3)

Star Cutter: A Mumbai migrant. Working well, too. Smart Charmer: Looking well. Upset, if any. Bay Dragon: May place.

Third Race 2.30 pm

3. Young Lady Handicap 1,000m (Cl III; Rt. 40-70 ) 2.30 pm

1       0314       Sergeant Slipper [Bhungard] Gurang       60.0       4

2       2003       Software [Stephens] Md Islam       60.0       7

3       0004       Legendary Lover [Daniel] R. Yadav       58.0       6

4       2040       Flossy [Javed] Som S.       57.5        1

5       0420       Gallant Romeo [Bhungard] K. Kariappa       54.5       2

6       2130       Amaryllis [Vijay] S. Shanker       53.5       3

7       0000       Secret Force [Daniel] S. Salam       52.0       5

1. software (2) 2. flossy (4) 3. gallant Romeo (5)

Software: A speed-merchant. May win despite her top-weight. Flossy: Looking equally fit. May go close to the winner. Gallant Romeo: May place.

Fourth Race 3.00 pm

4. Sweet Ellar Handicap 1,000m (Cl V; Rt. 20 & below) 3 pm Indian jockeys only

1       3200       Software Classic [Stephens] Md Islam       60.0       5

2       0003       Dancing Phantom [Daniel] Md Yasin       59.5       4

3       - - - 3       King’s Crest [Vijay] S. Shanker       57.0       6

4       4230       Heaven’s Blessing [Bath] G. Singh       56.0       7

5       1040       Bold Apparel [Bhungard] S. Salam       52.5       2

6       0200       Flinders [Jaiswal] V. Jaiswal       51.5       1

7       0400       April Ace [Bhungard] Md Amil       48.5       3

1. software classic (1) 2. king’s crest (3) 3. april ace (7)

Software Classic: Fittest of the lot. May take some beating. King’s Crest: May need this run. April Ace: Only a place possibility for her.

Fifth Race 3.30 pm

5. Turf Hawk Cup 1,200m (Cl II, Rt. 60-90) 3.30 pm

1       1021       Discomatic [Daniel] A. P. Singh       60.5       5

2       2220       Moon Mission [Daniel] Gajender S.       52.5       4

3       0032       Ballet Master [Bhungard] K. Kariappa       51.5       3

4       0014       Regency Times [Daniel] Md Yasin       51.5       1

5       4200       Alsheim [Vijay] Surender S.       51.0       2

6       2441       Kargil Soldier [Stephens] Brij S.       50.0       6

1. alsheim (5) 2. Ballet Master (3) 3. Moon Mission (2)

Alsheim: A better class horse who goes well with apprentice Surender singh. Ballet Master: May seize the chance if the former fails. Moon Mission: May place.

Sixth Race 4.00 pm

6. Contralto Handicap 1,100m (Cl IV; 5-y-o & over, Rt. 20-50) 4 pm

1       0010       Venus [Javed] R. Gowli       60.0       4

2       3324       Giorgio [Rodrigues] G. Upadhya       58.0       3

3       4302       Brave Venture [Bhungard] K. Kariappa       57.0       5

4       2000       Sariano [Sanjeev] S. Tamang       56.5       2

5       1022       Idolize [Vijay] S. Shanker       55.0       7

6       - 000       Predecessor [Daniel] S. Salam       52.0       1

7       3441       Schumacher [Bhungard] Md Amil       51.5       6

1. Venus (1) 2. brave venture (3) 3. Idolize (5)

Venus: She may strike If not bothered by her top-weight. Brave Venture: Well-prepared compared to his better-handicapped rivals. Idolize: Upset, if any.

Seventh Race 4.30 pm

7. Bright Hanovar Handicap 1,100m (Maidens 3-y-o only Rt. 00-30) 4.30 pm

1       0020       Followme [Bharath] S. Rabani       60.5       4

2       - - 00       Onewonone [Bharath] Md Islam       60.0       7

3       - 000       King Nicholas [Daniel] R. Ahmed       59.5       1

4       2444       Land Of Fantasy [Daniel] K. Kariappa       59.5       5

5       - - 00       Rare Mettle [Stephens] E. Smith       58.5       2

6       -- 00       Rohini [Rodrigues] G. Upadhya       58.5       3

7       0000       Bright And Clear [Daniel] A. P. Singh       57.5       8

8       0000       Mystic Forest [Daniel] R. Yadav       56.5       6

1. Followme (1) 2. Rare Mettle (5) 3. Rohini (6)

Followme: A well-bred filly capable of carrying her top-weight to victory. Rare Mettle: May extend the former. Rohini: May place.

Day’s Best: Never Mind Double: Software & Alsheim


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