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Evangeline bags Day-I main event
Bharath
Jockey Poirier, on Evangeline approaches the winning post to lift the Gavin Johnston Cup at the RCTC on Friday. Pictures by Kishor Roychowdhury

Calcutta: With fancied horses winning the jackpot legs, racegoers had little reason to complain about jolts given by outsiders earlier in the afternoon on Friday, the opening day of the season.

It was an equally satisfying day for those eyeing the first classic of the season, the 1000 Guineas. Both Bharath Singh’s Evangeline and Daniel David’s Brighter Future justified their credentials as the frontline contenders for the November 22 event. The two fillies claimed their respective events — the 1,400m Gavin Johnston Cup and the 1,100m Leonidas Handicap — without being seriously tested.

However, Arikara, another filly who was expected to make the cut in the Starry Flag Cup, proved no match for the lowly weighted colt Gypsy King. The colt helped Bharath notch up his third winner. Bharath had saddled Frontier Flame to victory earlier in the afternoon. Both Evangeline and Gypsy King were ridden by the visiting jockey M. Poirier, while Amyn Merchant partnered Brighter Future to victory.

RESULTS

1. Romantic Eve Handicap 1,200m: (7-3-1-6) Simply Monarch (Amil) 1; Abandoned (Asghar) 2; Adeline (Gowli) 3; Forest Ridge (Merchant) 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 2-3/4; 1/2; (1-19). Tote: Win Rs 202; Place: 40; 15; 14; Quinella: 660; Shp: 33; Tanala: 3,165. Fav: Never Mind (5). Winner trained by E. Bhungard.

2. Revival Handicap 1,400m: (1-2-4-3) Alborada (Jaiswal) 1; Thrilling Proposal (J. Christopher) 2; Amber Song (Merchant) 3; Arian (Gowli) 4. Won by: 3/4; SH; 2-3/4; (1-31.9). Tote: Win Rs 233; Place: 26; 13; 11; Quinella: 254; Shp: 29; Tanala: 1,687. Fav: Amber Song (4). Winner trained by Jaiswal.

3. Arisen Handicap 1,100m: (9-7-6-3) Frontier Flame (Rabani) 1; Bigshow (Merchant) 2; Jaannisar (Amjad) 3; Giorgio (Gowli) 4. Won by: 1-3/4; 1-3/4; 3/4; (1-9). Tote: Win Rs 29; Place: 14; 12; 28; Quinella: 37; Shp: 37; Tanala: 325. Fav: Bigshow (7). Winner trained by Bharath S.

4. Gavin Johnston Cup 1,400m: (9-8-7-12) Evangeline (Poirier) 1; Alsheim (J. Christopher) 2; Star Selection (Merchant) 3; Raring To Go (Yasin) 4. Won by: 6-1/4; 1-3/4; 2-1/4; (1-28.8). Tote: Win Rs 12; Place: 10; 20; 17; Quinella; 37; Shp: 32; Tanala: 85. Fav: Evangeline (9). Winner trained by Bharath S.

5. Starry Flag Cup 1,400m: (7-2-6-5) Gypsy King (Poirier) 1; Arikara (J. Christopher) 2; Secret Force (R. Ahmed) 3; Flying Dash (Merchant) 4. Won by: 4-3/4; 1-3/4;; 3/4; (1-29.2). Tote: Win Rs 23; Place: 12; 10; 42; Quinella: 18; Shp: 24; Tanala: 274. Fav: Akiraka (2). Winner trained by Bharath S.

6. Leonidas Handicap 1,100m: (5-1-2-7) Brighter Future (Merchant) 1; Noble Investment (Gajender) 2; Common Spirit (Jaiswal) 3; Venus (M. Reuben) 4. Won by: 7-1/4; 1-1/4; 1-1/4; (1-7.9). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 11; 210; 20; Quinella: 768; Shp: 625; Tanala: 4,411. Fav: Brighter Future (5). Winner trained by Daniel D.

7. Ootman Handicap 1,100m: (7-6-8-1) Gul (M. Reuben) 1; Gryffindor (Maseyk) 2; Mystic Forest (Merchant) 3; Tequila Shot (Surender) 4. Won by: 1/2; 1-3/4; 3/4; (1-9.6). Tote: Win Rs 32; Place: 15; 54; 22; Quinella: 285; Shp: 243; Tanala: 1,577. Fav: Gul (7). Winner trained by Javed K.

Jackpot: Rs 259; (C) Rs 33.

Treble: (i) Rs 1,212; (ii) Rs 117.


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