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Smart Charmer lifts Independence Cup

Calcutta: Expectations were high from trainer Daniel David, on Wednesday, and the champion schooler managed three winners, including the course-favourite Smart Charmer who lifted the Independence Cup. His other winners were rank-outsiders, Terrificco and Direct Access.

However, with Daniel’s favourites failing to deliver in most of the six-event card, the ‘grand’ enclosure crowd became restive and hurled abuses, thus prompting the trainer into a verbal altercation. Daniel was, however, escorted to safety before matter got out of hand.

In the Prince Blossom Cup, the F. Rodrigues-trained Hello Brother had to fight Daniel’s lesser fancied El Cid, virtually the entire length of the stretch, before he could stake a claim at the trophy. El Cid’s 12-10 stable-favourite Another Time placed third.

Following stewards’ enquiries into the running of Meadow Royale (Som Singh up) on August 7, and Lively Project (Apprentice A. P. Singh) on Wednesday, the two jockeys were suspended for three and four race days, respectively. Meadow Royale’s trainer D. Karki was also fined Rs 5,000.

RESULTS

1.Selector Handicap 1,800m: (4-3-1-5) Blue Chip (Rabani) 1; Rheinheart (Shanker) 2; Suriyothai (Upadhya) 3; Capistrano (Surjeet) 4. Won by: 5-3/4; 1-1/4; 1; (2-0.7). Tote: Win Rs 31; Place: 21; 21; Quinella: 76; Shp: 39; Tanala: 446. Fav: Capistrano (5). Winner trained by Bharath S.

2. Great Scot Handicap 1,400m: (4-1-2-3) Terrificco (Gurang) 1; Predecessor (Merchant) 2; Splendid Quest (Upadhya) 3; Sugar Daddy (Amjad K.) 4. Won by: SH; Dist; 4-3/4; (1-32). Tote: Win Rs 69; Place: 17; 11; 81; Quinella: 65; Shp: 43; Tanala: 2,485. Fav: Predecessor (1). Winner trained by Daniel D.

3. Prince Blossom Cup 1,800m: (4-6-1-3) Hello Brother (Surjeet) 1; El Cid (Yasin) 2; Another Time (Merchant) 3; Discomatic (Gajender) 4. Won by: 3/4; 1-1/2; Hd; (2-1.9). Tote: Win Rs 42; Place: 15; 57; Quienlla: 151; Shp: 80; Tanala: 530. Fav: Another Time (1). Winner trained by Rodrigues.

4. Zeenee Handicap 1,100m: (6-9-4-3) Regal Rocket (Smith) 1; Moira (Surender) 2; Sky Command (Surjeet) 3; Regency Times (R. Ahmed) 4. Won by: 1-3/4; 2-1/4; Nk; (1-12.2). Tote: Win Rs 110; Place: 25; 19; 20; Quinella: 217; Shp: 48; Tanala: 1,975. Fav: Pearl Dragon (2). Winner trained by Jaiswal.

5. Independence Cup 1,400m: (5-6-3-8) Smart Charmer (Merchant) 1; Richie Rich (Rutherford) 2; Star Selection (A. P. Singh) 3; Accuser (C. Alford) 4. Won by: 2-1/4; 1-1/2; 3/4; (1-31.4). Tote: Win Rs 19; Place: 12; 21; 38; Quinella: 66; Shp: 58; Tanala: 1,057. Fav: Smart Charmer (5). Winner trained by Daniel D.

6. Heiress Handicap 1,200m: (5-10-8-9) Direct Access (Upadhya) 1; Rohini (Surjeet) 2; Mayan Hiss (P. Alford) 3; Magical Strike (R. Ahmed) 4. Won by: Nk; 2-1/4; 2; (1-21.7). Tote: Win Rs 246; Place: 55; 21; 24; Quienlla: 633; Shp: 36; Tanala: 25,022. Fav: Perfect Vision (13). Winner trained by Daniel D.

Jackpot: Rs 1,43,073 (Carried over); (C) Rs 1,752.

Treble: (i) Rs 848; (ii) Rs 6,980.


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