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Lady Luck may smile on punters
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Calcutta: Going by the law of averages lady luck may favour the RCTC punters on Wednesday, after weeks of pounding at the hands of lesser-fancied winners. To add to their comfort, some of trainer Vijay Singh’s favourites may also strike. More importantly, they may put a check to the rampant malpractice of some stables, who prefer to go easy with their fancied runners.

For instance, Vijay’s Archery in the Treasure Land Handicap, Modesto in the Vasto Handicap and Inside Story in the afternoon’s feature event, the Pa Bear Cup, are expected to push hard and make for some gripping competition, unless the opposition decides to let them have an easy passage in their respective events.

However, it is Way To The Stars who gets the first call in the main event over 1,400m. The John Stephens-trainee is the only one in the field of four who has had a run advantage and is also looking much improved. Robert Gowli partners the six-year-old by Don’t Forget Me out of Sterling Quest.

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


1. Audubon Cup 1,200m (Cl V; Rt. 00-30) 1.35 pm Indian jockeys

1       - 002       Measure Up [Daniel] B. Gurang       61.5       4

2       0022       Bright And Clear [Daniel] Merchant       61.0       1

3       0000       Great View [Daniel] Surjeet S.       58.5       3

4       0000       Dash For Glory [Bhungard] R. Ahmed       57.5       5

5       - - - 3       Actualite [Javed] M. Reuben       56.5       2

6       0000       Mystic Forest [Daniel] Md Amil       55.5       6

1. ACTUALITE (5) 2. BRIGHT aND CLEAR (2) 3. MEASURE UP (1)

Actualite: In a forward condition after her mock race trial. May win. Bright And Clear: My find the last 100m taxing. Measure Up: May place.

2. Treasure Land Handicap 1,800m (Cl III & Cl IV; Rt. 20-70) 2.10 pm

1       1000       Raring To Go [Daniel] Gajender S.       60.0       6

2       0003       Star Selection [Daniel] Merchant       59.0       4

3       1101       Regal Rocket [Jaiswal] V. Jaiswal       56.5       1

4       2212       Archery [Vijay] C. Alford       56.0       3

5       2412       Actable [Vijay] Shanker       53.5       2

6       4033       Bay Dragon [Bhungard] P. Kujur       49.5       5

1. Star Selection (2) 2. Archery (4) 3. Actable (5)

Star Selection: Ignore her last run. Looking much improved. Archery: May again try to maintain his supremacy over Star Selection. Actable: May place.

3. Vasto Handicap 1,400m (Cl IV; Rt. 20-50 ) 2.40 pm

1       1321       Richie Rich [R. Alford] Rutherford       62.0       3

2       - 121       Modesto [Vijay] C. Alford       61.0       5

3       2401       Giorgio [Rodrigues] Upadhya       57.5       6

4       -334       Finders Keepers [Jaiswal] M. Sridhar       57.0        2

5       0012       Rheinheart [Bath] A. P. Singh       53.0       7

6       0033       Direct Access [Daniel] Merchant       51.0       4

7       - 004       Welsh Emperor [Daniel] Md Yasin       50.0       1

1. direct access (6) 2. modesto (2) 3. Richie Rich (1)

Direct Access: Was ridden in a half-hearted manner in his last start. The big pull at the weights against Modesto may work to his advantage. Modesto: In a classic mould but his top-weight may prove a stopper. Richie Rich: May place.

4. Pa Bear Cup 1,400m (Cl II; Rt. 60-90) 3.10 pm

1       0000       Way To The Stars [Stephens] R. Gowli       60.0       3

2       - 044       Hello Brother [Rodrigues] Upadhya       59.5       1

3       1100       Primaticcio [Daniel] Merchant       59.0       2

4       1434       Inside Story [Vijay] C. Alford       51.0       4

1. Way To The stars (1) 2. inside story (4) 3. hello brother (2)

Way To The Stars: In a forward condition after his last run. May surprise. Inside Story: Enjoying all round pull at the weights. Hello Brother: May upset.

5. Maltese Prince Handicap 1,100m (Cl IV, 3-y-o only Rt. 20-50) 3.40 pm Indian jockeys

1       - 032       Davaro [Rodrigues] Surjeet S.       60.0       2

2       0402       Great Ambition [Daniel] Merchant       59.0       4

3       - - 00       Bit Of Luck [Daniel] R. Yadav       58.0       6

4       - 003       Onewonone [Bharath] S. Rabani       57.5       3

5       - 002       Activity [Daniel] Upadhya       57.0       5

6       - 000       Thanks To All late H.Heat [Javed]P.Alford       55.5       7

7       0400       Magical Strike [Daniel] A. P. Singh       55.0       1

1. davaro (1) 2. onewonone (4) 3. Great Ambition (2)

Davaro: Comes out best on his winter form. Onewonone: May seize the chance if the favourite fails. Great Ambition: May place.

6. Sprightly Handicap 1,100m (Cl V; Rt. 20 & below) 4.10 pm Indian jockeys

1       0244       Anacott (Vijay] Surender S.       60.0       5

2       0043       Castle Moon [Karki] E. Smith       59.0       6

3       0004       Divine Sparks [Rodrigues] Gajender S.       57.5       7

4       0032       Tequila Shot [Bath] G. Singh       57.0       4

5       3000       She’s A Star [Jaiswal] Asghar       55.0       2

6       4000       Simply Monarch [Bhungard] Surjeet S.       54.5       1

7       4001       April Ace [Bhungard] Merchant       53.5       3

1. April Ace (7) 2. Tequila Shot (4) 3. anacott (1)

April Ace: A fluent winner in her last start. Up against some 1,000m specialists and may take them in her stride. Tequila Shot: An unextended second in his last start. May do better. Anacott: May place.

Day’s Best: Davaro Double: Actualite & Star Selection


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