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Accuser upsets

Calcutta: Accuser, a rank outsider in the field of eight, walked away with the 2,000m Calcutta Derby Trial Stakes, the star attraction of the monsoon season and the main event in Wednesday’s race card. S. Shanker partnered the Bharath Singh-trained three-year-old.

Later in the afternoon, another of Bharath’s less fancied wards, Aiberni, also ridden by Shanker, landed the Star Of Italy Cup. Thus, the trainer was credited with a rich treble. Bharath had opened his day’s account with the victory of Frontier Flame, the winner of the Free Lancer Handicap.

Accuser, one of last winter’s top-rated colts, was ridden in a clever manner. Shanker had the Twist And Turn-Arisen colt settled behind the leaders — Imperial Pearl and Modesto — until the 600m marker, before breaking away from the field with a three-length lead which stood to his advantage in the stretch run. Although winning by a shade over a length, Accuser hardly seemed to be under pressure when the Vijay Singh hot-favourite Aretino came with a late run past the distance-post.

Significantly, the Singh brothers wrapped up five of the seven events on the cards, leaving fellow trainers Deepak Karki and the leading professional Daniel David with a win apiece. Vijay’s winners were Arikara and Alexine.

RESULTS

1. Free Lancer Handicap 1,200m: (2-1-3-4) Frontier Flame (Maseyk) 1; Splendid Quest (Merchant) 2; Tequila Shot (Shanker) 3; Adams Dream (Smith) 4. Won by: Nk; 1-1/4; 1-3/4; (1-20). Tote: Win Rs 26; Place: 14; 14; Quinella: 22; Shp: 41; Tanala: 135. Fav: Splendid Quest (1). Winner trained by Bharath S.

2. Flying Glance Handicap 1,400m: (6-2-5-3) Secret Desire (M. Reuben) 1; Bit Of Luck (Suresh) 2; She’s A Star (Chouhan) 3; Sugar Daddy (Smith) 4. Won by: 1/2; SH; Nk; (1-34). Tote: Win Rs 55; Place: 24; 31; Quinella: 175; Shp: 75; Tanala: 1,054. Fav: She’s A Star (5). Winner trained by D. Karki.

3. Jingle Handicap 1,100m: (9-5-3-6) Arikara (C. Alford) 1; Prime Contender (M. Reuben) 2; Alborada (Chouhan) 3; Blushing Queen (Merchant) 4. Won by: 2-1/4; 1-3/4; 3-3/4; (1-12.1). Tote: Win Rs 23; Place: 13; 37; 24; Quinella: 160; Shp: 168; Tanala: 1,449. Fav: Arikara (9). Winner trained by Vijay S.

4. Stoney Valley Cup 1,800m: (5-1-6-3) Alexine (C. Alford) 1; Suriyothai (Upadhya) 2; Terrificco (Merchant) 3; Flying Scot (M. Reuben) 4. Won by: 5-1/4; 2-3/4; 5; (2-1.2). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 14; 23; 18; Quinella: 94; Shp: 84; Tanala: 381. Fav: Alexine (5). Winner trained by Vijay S.

5. Calcutta Derby Trial Stakes 2,000m: (1-2-6-8) Accuser (Shanker) 1; Aretino (C. Alford) 2; Richie Rich (Rutherford) 3; Queen Of The Nile (Yadav) 4. Won by: 1-1/4; 5; 2-1/2; (2-13.4). Tote: Win Rs 130; Place: 29; 13; 14; Quinella: 100; Shp: 49; Tanala: 1,140. Fav: Aretino (2). Winner trained by Bharath S.

6. Star Of Italy Cup 1,400m: (4-8-6-2) Aiberni (Shanker) 1; Smart Charmer (Merchant) 2; Ballet Master (Yadav) 3; Way To The Stars (P. Alford) 4. Won by: 1-1/2; 3-1/4; 4-1/2; (1-31.2). Tote: Win Rs 68; Place: 15; 12; 66; Quinella: 41; Shp: 64; Tanala: 1,752. Fav: Smart Charmer (8). Winner trained by Bharath S.

7.Dorania Handicap 1,400m: (4-7-5-6) Star Selection (Merchant) 1; Say It Loud (Gowli) 2; Abridge (Islam) 3; Lucifer (Upadhya) 4. Won by: 1-1/4; Nk; Nk; (1-31.8). Tote: Win Rs 21; Place: 12; 31; 28; Quinella: 109; Shp: 57; Tanala: 722. Fav: Star Selection (4). Winner trained by Daniel D.

Jackpot: Rs 17,881; (C) Rs 3,065.

Treble: (i) Rs 262; (ii) Rs 2,286.


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