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Own Vision has edge

Calcutta: It’s a toss-up between the city challenger Evangeline and the southern invader Own Vision in the 1,600m Calcutta 1000 Guineas, the first classic of the season that takes the main slot in Saturday’s eight-event card. Looks apart, the two fillies select themselves on superior credentials against the rest of the opposition.

Own Vision has the Deccan Bookmakers’ Fillies Trial Stakes under her belt, while Evangeline boasts of a runaway victory in the monsoon version of the 1,000 Guineas. However, the fact that Own Vision has matched strides against a formidable opposition in Bangalore, tilts the scales in favour of the Daniel David-trained filly. B. Prakash partners the Razeen-Treasure Land daughter.

Daniel and Prakash may also see their ward Noble Executive winning the Mayfowl Cup, a terms race over 1,400 metres. The Placerville-Academic son is being rated a much improved horse by his connections. However, the four-year-old may face stiff resistance from Bharath Singh’s Alcalde and Vijay Singh’s Calamint, who are well-placed by the terms of the race.

Accuser may be hard to toss in the 1,600m Darbhanga Cup. The monsoon Derby winner is not only enjoying handicap advantage over each of his four rivals, he is also looking quite fit.

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

1. Royal Challenge Plate 1,100m (Terms, 2-y-o only) 12.15 pm

1       - - - -       Calorific [Vijay] C. Alford       55.0       4

2       - - - -       Angelica [Bharath] Rabani       53.5       1

3       - - - 2       Bold Raider [Daniel] Merchant       53.5       3

4       - - - -       Regal Fortune [Daniel] B. Prakash       53.5       2

1. Calorific (1) 2. regal fortune (4) 3. bold raider (3)

Calorific: A far superior youngster compared to Reminiscent. May strike. Regal Fortune: Well-prepared for a debut win. Bold Raider: May place.

2. Rising Star Handicap 1,600m (Cl IV, Cl V; Rt. 00-50) 12.45 pm Indian jockeys only

1       1020       Direct Access [Daniel] Gurang       60.0       3

2       - - - -       Rock Music [Bharath] C. Alford       59.5       5

3       0304       Bay Dragon [Errol] Merchant       58.0       2

4       - 041       Magical Strike [Daniel] Salim K.       56.5       4

5       0031       King Nicholas [Daniel] Md Amil       53.0       1

1. rock music (2) 2. king nicholas (5) 3. bay dragon (3)

Rock Music: Ignore her South India form. May take the present lot in her stride. King Nicholas: May finish second on his present form Bay Dragon: May place.

3. Darbhanga Cup 1,600m (Cl II;Cl III; Rt. 40-90) 1.15 pm

1       - - 44       Discomatic [Errol] Merchant       60.5       2

2       - - 22       Hamilton [D. Byramji] M. Poirier       55.0       1

3       4000       Star Selection [Daniel] A. P. Singh       55.0       4

4       - 441       Primaticcio [Daniel] Salam       53.5       3

5       -----       Accuser [Bharath] C. Alford       52.0       5

1. Accuser (5) 2. hamilton (2) 3. discomatic (1)

Accuser: Winner of the monsoon Derby. Looking fresh, too. Hamilton: May find Accuser a hard nut to crack. Discomatic: May place.

4. Citibank Handicap 1,400m (Cl III; Rt. 40-70) 1.50 pm Indian jockeys only

1       0304       Raring To Go [Errol] R. Ahmed       60.0       2

2       3213       Richie Rich [R. Alford] R. Gowli       59.5       3

3       0000       My Opinion [Karki] Amjad K.       55.0       4

4       1003       Secret Force [Daniel] Merchant       54.0       7

5       - - 12       Thrilling Proposal [Vijay] M. Reuben       53.0       6

6       0000       Legendary Lover [Daniel] Md Yasin       51.5       5

7       - 114       Actualite [Javed] Rabani       48.5       1

1. richie rich (2) 2. actualite (7) 3. thrilling proposal (5)

Richie Rich: An easy winner of the Colts Stakes and placed in the Derby, too. Actualite: Ignore her last run. May do better. Thrilling Proposal: May place.

5. Star Flame Handicap 1,100m (Cl III; Rt. 40-70) 2.20 pm Indian jockeys only

1       4300       Sergeant Slipper [Errol] Gurang       60.0       2

2       0000       Regency Times [Daniel] B. Prakash       56.0       7

3       - 103       Ballina [Javed] M. Reuben       55.5       3

4       - - - 0       Khim [Karki] P.Kujur       53.0       4

5       1040       Great Ambition [Daniel] Merchant       50.5       5

6       - - 10       Seeker [Bharath] Rabani       50.5       1

7       4021       Bit Of Luck [Daniel] Md Amil       49.0       6

1. seeker (6) 2. regency times (2) 3. great ambition (5)

Seeker: Ignore her Independence Cup run. Possesses class to beat the lot. Regency Times: Was very impressive in his barrier trial. Great Ambition: May upset.

6. Calcutta 1000 Guineas 1,600m (Terms, 3-y-o fillies only) 2.50 pm

1       - -23       Amber Song [Daniel] Merchant       54.5       5

2       - -11       Evangeline [Bharath] M. Poirier       54.5       3

3       - -10       Own Vision [Daniel] B. Prakash       54.5       2

4       - - - -       Psychic Flame [D. Byramji] C. Alford       54.5       1

--       - - - -       Rhapsody In Blue [Stephens]withdrawn)       54.5       -

6       - 134       Striesand [Bharath] Rabani       54.5       4

1. Own Vison (3) 2. Evangeline (2) 3. psychic flame (4)

Own Vision: An easy winner of the Deccan Fillies Stakes. May strike. Evangeline: Won the monsoon Fillies Trial and on the up. Psychic Flame: May place.

7. Mayfowl Cup 1,400m (Terms, 4-y-o & over) 3.25 pm

1       - - - -       Noble Executive [Daniel] B. Prakash       60.0       7

2       - 012       Alcalde [Bharath] C. Alford       55.0       3

3       - - - 3       Alternator [Bharath] Rabani       55.0       8

4       - - - 1       Allodium [Bharath] M. Poirier       54.0       4

5       - - - 0       Acceptor [Bharath] Md Islam       53.0       2

6       - - - 0       Immaculate [Errol] Merchant       53.0       1

7       - -04       The Archer [Rodrigues] C. Ruzzan       53.0       6

8       - 411       Calamint [Vijay] M. Reuben       51.5       5

1. noble executive (1) 2. alcalde (2) 3. calamint (8)

Noble Executive: May strike on his useful South India form . Alcalde: Went well in his mock race trail. Calamint: Much improved. Upser, if any

8. Zifi Handicap 1,100m (Cl V, Rt. 00-30) 4.05 pm Indian jockeys only

1       - - - 4       Advancer [Vijay] C. Alford       61.0       4

2       - - - -       Macho Davey [Rodrigues] Surjeet       61.0       8

3       0040       Stimulated [Daniel] A. P. Singh       59.5       7

4       - 030       Mayan Hiss [Javed] P. Alford       58.5       1

5       - - 00       Thanks To All [Javed] M. Reuben       57.5       5

6       0230       Castle Moon [Karki] Amjad K.       57.0       6

7       0201       Simply Monarch [Errol] Md Amil       57.0       2

8       - 300       Software Classic [Stephens] K. Kumar       56.5       3

9       0403       Mystic Forest [Daniel] Merchant       49.5       9

1. Mayan Hiss (4) 2. advancer (1) 3. stimulated (3)

Mayan Hiss: Went easy in her last start. May surprise all. Advancer: Well-prepared for the event. May go close to the winner. Stimulated: May place.

Day’s Best: Accuser Double: Rock Music & Richie Rich


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