Borde outburst makes it easier for the Aussies
Sunny tips for E.Bengal
Sourav inspects Eden track
Sohom’s 206 helps Town pile up 490/6
Divya in sculls final
Sanjay Arya claims top spot
Arjun Atwal annexes title
Chennai Races/ Storm Again likely to repeat Indian Derby performance
Chennai Races/ Symphony Of Fire surprises
Calcutta Races/ Ispahan, The Stud shine

Calcutta, March 3: 
The Australians had prepared for the “toughest tour,” yet the traditional hospitality of these parts has considerably reduced the distance between, say, Sydney and Mumbai.

Which explains why Steve Waugh, specially, is smiling more than he usually does.

First, India capitulated within three days in Test No.1. In fact, there were only two moments when India were well-placed at the Wankhede: When Australia were five down for 99 in the first innings and at 154 for two in their own second essay.

Then, no less than the selection committee chairman, Chandu Borde, has turned into an Australian ally.

[According to an agency report, Board president A.C.Muthiah, too, has been critical of the Mumbai showing (in an interview to a TV channel) and, so, the Australians will have another round of celebrations.]

Of course Sourav Ganguly and Co. were deserving losers, at the Wankhede, but Borde shouldn’t publicly berate the team (“caving in without a fight” and “unimaginative bowling” being examples) he himself chose not many days ago.

The question to be asked is: Did Borde have a session with either the captain or the team after what admittedly was an embarrassing defeat? The answer, as The Telegraph’s sources have pointed out, is “no.”

Besides making headlines, the only other Borde ‘achievement’ has been to further lower the players’ confidence. With two Tests for the Gavaskar-Border Trophy remaining, publicly, Borde must only look to bolster morale.

The players (except the captain) have already been gagged, but should officials (including the selection committee chairman) be allowed to run riot?/p>

Apart from slamming his own players — and Borde, mind you, is a former India captain — the chairman has directed his ire at the Mumbai wicket./p>

Again, the Australians must be having a good laugh as Borde’s comments have revealed the appalling lack of communication (perhaps, even indifference) between different tiers of Indian cricket.

Surely, we don’t have to be apologetic about preparing a gradual turner with no trace of green — something Sourav desired, but had to remain disappointed. If the other countries have no qualms about exercising home advantage, why should we even pretend to be different?

Also, if the Board’s two-member pitches committee (Kasturirangan and Dhiraj Parsana) and the local curators won’t coordinate with the captain and coach (in this case, John Wright), something is wrong.

Ideally, the pitches committee (and local curators) should also coordinate with the selection committee chairman. Clearly, team work has to be in evidence off the field as well.

One expects the highly-paid Board consultant, Geoff Marsh, to make the recommendations which need to be made when he finalises his “blueprint” for Indian cricket.

Incidentally, while all captains have to be prepared for accolades and brickbats, Sourav must be amazed at being rated a non-performer (by former players) after one Test defeat. Early on, Sourav didn’t get high marks after one game. Equally, he can’t be consigned to the bin after one Test.

Sourav himself accepted, at the Wankhede, that he erred in taking Rahul Sanghvi off immediately after the debutant picked up his first wicket (that of the Australian captain). As for the run out, a criminal act in any Test, Sourav has paid for it more than anybody else.

The captain has made a good move by deciding to play the Board President’s XI game in New Delhi. No amount of nets would have done what the outing should do: Offer valuable match-practice.

Meanwhile, it is understood left-arm spinner Nilesh Kulkarni, who last played for India in November 1997, against Sri Lanka in Nagpur, is likely to be in contention for the second Test, at the Eden from next Sunday.

Sanghvi, who was far from impressive in Mumbai, may have to make way.

Kulkarni, it may be recalled, had a phenomenal start, claiming Maravan Atapattu on his very first ball in Test cricket (Colombo, August 1997). That, however, remains his only wicket.

More recently, Kulkarni bowled very well for Ranji champions Mumbai in their engagement versus Australia.

It’s still unclear whether Jawagal Srinath will be fit. If he isn’t, either veteran Venkatesh Prasad will be recalled or youngster Ashish Nehra, whose only India cap was against Sri Lanka, in the Asian Test Championship (Colombo, February 1999).


Calcutta, March 3: 
Rohan Gavaskar spent yet another session under the watchful eyes of his father today, this time at the East Bengal ground

Sunil Gavaskar, who had recommended certain adjustments to the Bengal southpaw’s technique just a couple of days back, today advised some minor changes in stance

There were pieces of advice for East Bengal players as well as the batting maestro spoke about how to make training sessions more interesting and absorbing. The world record holder for maximum Test hundreds seemed to be impressed by Sourashish Lahiri and inquired whether the young off-spinner had sought tips from Erapalli Prasanna during his recent short trip to the city

Sourashish, the lone Bengal representative in the National Cricket Academy, has been overlooked for the Ranji Trophy pre-quarter final against Baroda.

East Bengal officials, meanwhile, requested the senior Gavaskar to be present during some of their matches and he said he would consider. Due to contractual obligations, there was no cricket talk with the media though the former opener said he was yet to decide whether he would be present during the second India-Australia Test beginning here on March 11.

No preparatory camp for Baroda tie

There will be no preparatory camp for Bengal’s Ranji Trophy pre-quarter final tie in Baroda. According to CAB officials, a camp can’t be called as most players will be busy with club matches. Also, the Eden will not be available.


Calcutta, March 3: 
India skipper Sourav Ganguly today visited the Eden Gardens and had a look at the pitch being prepared for the second Test beginning March 11.

The skipper was tight-lipped on his impressions about the strip, which is likely to be the centre of attention during the next few days. “It’s too early to comment,” was all he said.

Curator Prabir Mukherjee insisted the strip will be an ideal one for Test cricket with bowlers and batsmen getting equal assistance. He added that he had to make minor adjustments to his plans after the unexpected rain.

Groundsmen informed that the soil beneath the surface is still soft and a light roller is being used. The BCCI pitch inspectors, C. Kasturirangan and Dhiraj Parsana, are expected here on Monday to examine the Eden surface.

Ticket sales begin

Daily and season tickets worth Rs 13 lakh were sold from the Eden counter today, the opening day of ticket sales. The counter was open only for club members. It was also learnt that Channel 9 will cover the Eden Test with 21 cameras.


Calcutta, March 3: 
Sohom Chowdhury hit 206 to help Town post a huge 490 for six against Ballygunge United on the opening day of the two-day CAB league relegation play-off match today. Sohom’s knock was studded with 12 fours and 15 over-boundaries. He was ably supported by Subhajit Pal (116).

In the lone championship play-off tie today, Arindam Das (118) top scored in Wari’s 437 for eight against Manoharpukur Milan Samity.


Championship play-off

Wari AC 437/8 (including 32 runs as penalty) (Arindam Das 118, Avishek Jhunjhunwala 83, Aurijit Basu 65, Saikat Mukherjee 54; Sanjay Das 5/170) vs Manoharpukur Milan Samity.

Relegation play-off

Town Club 490/6 (Sohom Chowdhury 206, Subhajit Paul 116; Shekar Das Yadav 2/78) vs Ballygunge United. Match to continue.

Aikya Sammilani 318 (Saptarshi Roy 85, Tapan Behra 77; Jyotish Das 6/119). Customs Club 8/0.

Shibpur Institute 239 (Dilshad Akhtar 96 n.o., Samir Maji 57; Prasenjit Pramanik 4/90, Ram Kripal Shaw 3/83). Calcutta Rangers Club 18/1.

YMCA (College St.) 279/9 (Mainak Roy 46, Siddhartha Roy 43; Sourav Basu 40; Khagan Patra 4/88, Kunal Bajpayee 3/50). George Telegraph 15/0.


Calcutta, March 3: 
Divya Chadda edged past her Andaman rival in a close contest in the semi-final of the women’s sculls event at the 21st Dundee Open national rowing meet at the Calcutta Rowing Club, today.

Divya, current national junior and sub-junior champion, will meet Lincy Mole of Kerala in the final tomorrow.

The Bengal women, however, lost their semi-final clashes in the fours and pairs events to favourites Kerala.

In the men’s sections, SSCB are set to retain their fours and pairs titles. They will take on CERA in the finals. Karnataka, however, scored a surprise triumph over SSCB in men’s sculls to meet CERA in the final.

The day’s best timing, as well as that of the meet so far, was clocked by CERA rowers in men’s fours at 2:53:24.


Calcutta, March 3: 
The form book virtually held firm, in the Servo Kalinga Rally, co-sponsored by The Telegraph, and held between Calcutta and Puri (via Dhenkanal) over February 24 and 25. Sanjay Arya and Yogesh Gupta pipped the recent Telegraph-WagonR Jamshedpur rally champion Mitil Chakraborty and Bhavesh Dhabaria by 90 points to clinch top spot.

The rally was run in aid of the Gujarat earthquake victims, and all fund collected will be donated for the cause.

The top spot in the two-wheeler section of the Bengal Motor Sports Club-organised rally was clinched by the veteran super aficionado of rallying, Harjeet Singh Dhanjal, on his Suzuki Shogun 100cc. He and navigator Somdeb Chanda tallied 746 penalties, leading second-placed Narendra Mukherjee and Joydeb Chowdhury (1567, Yamaha RX 135).

Arya and Yogesh, in their unmodified Esteem, made few mistakes over the 946 km route and were excellent over the two jungle dirt tracks (totalling 120 km) around Lodhasuli (first leg) and Dhenkanal Govindapur (second leg) and finished with 245 penalty points.

Mitil and Bhavesh were in the lead till the Lodhasuli tracks. Mitil, in his modified (category A — engine and head etc.) Esteem jumped into the dirt and was keeping at a 110 kmph push to be able to maintain the 55kmph average expected to be adhered to over the rally route.

“It was difficult for me to react to the caution sign on the tulip when I was bouncing at that speed,” he said. “It was then, that I virtually went off a part-broken culvert and I found a wheel of my car hanging in the air. The villagers had to push it back on track. Thankfully, I was a couple of minutes ahead at that point, and the five minutes I lost finally came down to just over 180 penalties.”

Jogendra Jaiswal and Basudeb Ghosh, also in their Esteem, finished third with 620 penalties.

The fourth and fifth spots were taken by two more veteran teams — Prasanta Paul and Sumit Mukherjee and Bharath Parekh and Bharat Arora — both in the Esteems, in that order. In their unmodified but MPFI-assisted cars they logged penalties of 743 and 808.

It was interesting to see Parekh into the dirt tracks again, bringing along with him decades of rallying experience (including the famous Himalyan Rally). He has returned to rallying after a long break, but still managed a smooth ride.

The four-wheeler champion got Rs 50,000, the runners up Rs 30,000, third Rs 20,000 and the fourth and fifth Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000, respectively.

The Best Tuner Award (a cash prize of Rs 2,000) went to, as usual, Md Asgar Ali. The Lady Entrant Award went to Saswati Nag Chowdhury (Esteem).

The third spot for two-wheelers went to Somnath Saha and Debashis Ghosh (Suzuki Shogun). The top three positions got cash awards of Rs 25,000, 15,000 and 10,000, respectively, at the prize distribution ceremony this evening.

Nineteen cars and 15 two-wheelers started off from the Victoria south gate, while 14 cars and 12 two-wheelers finished the rally.

A total of Rs 2 lakh was donated to the Gujarat earthquake victims, 1.28 of which came from organisers Bengal Motor Sports Club. The rest was given by the participants.


Calcutta, March 3: 
Arjun Atwal fired four birdies for a fourth-round card of five-under par 72 on way to the winner’s title in the Wills Eastern Open golf championship at the RCGC today.

The city-based Atwal returned an overall tally of 13-under 275, six strokes ahead of practice partner Indrajit Bhalotia, who matched the eventual champion stroke for stroke for an equal final-round score.

Firoz Ali made it a 1-2-3 for the city, coming in third at three-over 291 after a fourth-round card of two-over. Vijay Kumar was fourth at 292, following his first below-par (one-under) round in the final one.

Atwal could have broken the four-round course record here but paid for a dismal third round of five over. Today, he recorded birdies on the fourth, seventh, 12th and 16th for an outward score of 33 and an inward score of 34.

Bhalotia made a good start in his final bid to catch up with the leader and birdied the first two holes. He followed it up with another on the fifth for an outward score of 34.

On his way in, he birdied the tenth and 15th and eagled the 12th. The good job was marred somewhat as he bogied the 13th and 18th holes.

Amid a clutch of professionals, amateurs Sanjeev Mehra and Rahil Gangjee put up an impressive show to finish 17th and 18th, respectively, with identical tallies of 298. Mehra finished ahead of Ga-ngjee for his better score over the last 36 holes.

The contest, in fact, was very much a one-horse race after Atwal ended Day I with four-under and opened up a three-stroke lead. He consolidated his position with a course record-equalling second round of nine-under. The win fetched Atwal Rs 1,62,000, while Bhalotia collected Rs 1,12,000.

For Atwal, it was just the build-up he needed for the Indian Open, beginning in Gurgaon on March 15. “Any win puts you in the right frame of mind but, then, I’ve always felt comfortable on that (Gurgaon) course,” Atwal, winner of the 1999 Indian Open, said.

After seven tournaments “without a break”, all he wants now is a couple of days’ rest. “I’ll practice here for a week after that,” he said, adding: “I want to work mainly on my drives.”

Was Thursday’s course record-equalling 63 the best round he’s ever played? “Well it’s certainly among my best, but I’ll put the (title-clinching) one I played on the final day in Hong Kong last year right on top,” he said. “It was a two-over, but achieved in near-hurricane conditions. It was cold, rainy and windy.”


1. Arjun Atwal (275; 68, 63, 77, 67). 2. Indrajit Bhalotia (281; 71, 72, 71, 67). 3. Firoz Ali (291; 74, 71, 72, 74). 4. Vijay Kumar (292; 72, 74, 75, 71). 5. Ali Sher (292; 74, 73, 71, 74). 6. Digvijay Singh (292; 70, 75, 73, 74).

AMATEURS: Sanjeev Mehra (298; 78, 69, 73, 78). Rahil Gangjee (298; 74, 74, 71, 79).


Chennai, March 3: 
The vastly improved Storm Again looks all set to bag the 2,400m Indian Turf Invitation Cup at the Guindy race-course in Chennai on Sunday. A runaway winner of the McDowell Indian Derby, last month, the Alnasr Alwasheek-Perchance To Dream four-year-old colt is maintaining his brilliant form as is evidenced by his work outs during the past fortnight. Pesi Shroff partners the Jaggy Dhariwal-trainee.


2 pm: Ganga Divine 1. Gallant Romeo 2. Break The Silence 3.

2.30 pm: Princess Of Ivory 1. Private Audience 2. Reign Dance 3.

3 pm: Bold Aristocrat 1. Secret Savings 2. Artania 3.

3.30 pm: Starry Scene 1. Regal Equity 2. Adamile 3.

4.05 pm: Queen’s Ransom 1. Sterling Fantasy 2. Bengal Lancer 3.

4.45 pm: Strorm Again 1. Hello Brother 2. Fame Star 3.

5.20 pm: Hope And Faith 1. Pearl Dragon 2. Cosmic Jazz 3.

5.50 pm: Regal Patriarch 1. Rebounding Flame 2. Belezian 3.

Race at 4.45 pm

Indian Turf Invitation Cup 2,400m (Terms, four-years old only)

1 - 111 Aloritz [Vijay] C. Alford 57.0 9

2 - 021 Altenburg [R. Byramji] A. Kader 57.0 8

3 - - 21 Appeaser [R. Byramji] R. Marshall 57.0 1

4 2030 Hello Brother [Mangalorkar] N. McCullagh 57.0 11

5 4021 Il Diablo [S. Singh] M. Gallagher 57.0 5

6 1220 Sendawar [Ganapathy] K. P. Appu 57.0 3

7 0120 Stone Ridge [Todywalla] A. Merchant 57.0 7

8 - 231 Storm Again [Dhariwal] P. Shroff 57.0 6

9 - - 13 The Proletarian [I. Sait] M. Narredu 57.0 12

10 1111 Fame Star [Vijay] C. Rajendra 55.5 2

11 0310 Fantastic Belle [Ganapathy] B. Prakash 55.5 4

12 1103 Perceived Value [Todywalla] R. Hughes 55.5 10

1. Storm Again (8) 2. Hello Brother (4) 3. Fame Star (10)

Day’s Best: Storm Again

Double: Ganga Divine & Starry Scene


Chennai, March 3: 
The Bangalore challenger, Symphony Of Fire, recorded a surprise victory in the super-sprint event of the year, the Sprinters’ Trophy at the Guindy race-course in Chennai on Saturday. Allowing the favourites to take charge of the running within a furlong of the start, the Z. Darashah-trained filly by Bold Russian out of Something Fabulous had a full measure of the favourite inside the last half-a-furlong. K. P. Appu partnered the winner.

The Stayers’ Trophy was picked up by the city-owner, Deepak Khaitan’s prized horse, Alameda, in a course-record timing. Aslam Kader partnered the Steinbeck-Parfait Amour son.

Jockeys, in Chennai, were permitted the use of conventional fibreglass whips following the Mumbai City Civil Court’s temporary injunction on Friday. The Jockeys Association of India had moved the court against RWITC and secretary general Turf Authorities of India (TAI), who had wanted to make the use of Aircush whip mandatory. The injunction will be vacated on March 20 when the next court hearing takes place.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Royal Meridien Cup 1,600m: (5-7-6) Master Weaver (Appu) 1; Opera Star 2; Stately Girl 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 5; (1-38.2). Tote: Win Rs 38; Place: 11; 14; 42; Quinella: 65; Tanala: 801. Fav: Master Weaver (5).

2. Millennium Cup 1,400m: (4-5-3) Future Fame (Hughes) 1; Impressive Prince 2; Finishing Touch 3. Won by: Hd; Hd; (1-29.2). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 13; 55; 15; Quinella: 314; Tanala: 1,043. Fav: Future Fame (4).

3. Tamil Nadu Race Horse Owners Association Trophy 1,600m: (5-7-6) Royal Emperor (Appu) 1; Tropical Chief 2; Cut Ahead 3. Won by: 4; 2-1/4; (1-38.8). Tote: Win Rs 47; Place: 21; 22; Quinella: 79; Tanala: 266. Fav: Tropical Chief (7).

4. Apollo Challenger Cup 1,200m: (2-4-5) Majestic Hunter (Merchant) 1; Arctic Melody 2; Dicty Dancer 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 3/4; (1-14.7). Tote: Win Rs 70; Place: 19; 29; 22; Quinella: 602; Tanala: 6,531. Fav: Angel Divine (3).

5. The Hindu Sprinters’ Trophy 1,200m: (11-9-10-8) Symphony Of Fire (Appu) 1; Simply Noble (Hughes) 2; Adamile (Kader) 3; Bold Chieftan (Prakash) 4. Won by: 1-3/4; SH; SH; (1-11.1). Tote: Win Rs 180; Place: 34; 13; 17; Quinella: 150; Tanala: 1,832. Fav: Simply Noble (9).

6. Usha And Mehra Stud Stayers’ Trophy 3,000m: (2-8-13-5) Alameda (Kader) 1; Large And Incharge (Gallagher) 2; Top Socialite (Prakash) 3; Colonial (Gowli) 4. Won by: 1; Nk; 4; (3-11.4 –– course record). Tote: Win Rs 37; Place: 16; 34; 23; Quinella: 324; Tanala: 2,707. Fav: Alameda (2).

7. Trilogy Cup 1,200m: (10-9-7) Majestic Style (Appu) 1; Autumn Hues 2; Endless Image 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 6; (1-13.3). Tote: Win Rs 53; Place: 19; 12; 25; Quinella: 42; Tanala: 426. Fav: Autumn Hues (9).

8. Chennai Bookmakers’ Association Trophy 1,400m: (12-2-8) Valuable Boy (I. Chisty) 1; Ocean Pearl 2; Runic Symbol 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 1-1/2; (1-28.1). Tote: Win Rs 202; Place: 43; 21; 21; Quinella: 489; Tanala: 4,083. Fav: Royal Delight (5). (Note: The winner survived an objection).

Jackpot: Rs 3,26,006 (Carried over); (C) Rs 13,972.

Treble: (i) Rs 1,291; (ii) Rs 3,358.


Calcutta, March 3: 
The Stud, Ispahan, Staffordshire, Clarice Cliff and Scavenger’s Son were impressive in today’s work outs.

Outer sand track

1,600m: Beau Bruno (Upadhya) Double Bull (B. Gurang) in 1-55s; (400m) 31s. Former was far superior.

1,400m: Jeweller (Amil) and Alvarada (Surender) in 1-41s; (400m) 31s. Former was a length better. Supreme Desire (P. Kumar) and Madam X (Upadhya) in 1-42s; (400m) 30s. They were level. Flinders (Rb) in 1-41s; (400m) 31s. Was urged. Surfside (M. Reuben) in 1-41s; (400m) 31s. Fit.

1,200m: Cool Quest (M. Reuben) in 1-22s; (400m) 28s. Good. Set Aside (M. Reuben) in 1-25s; (400m) 31s. Moved easy. Best In Show (B. Gurang) in 1-32s; (400m) 32s. Swash Buckler (Brij S.) in 1-32s; (400m) 32s.

1,000m: Floral Path (G. Singh) and Reactor (Shanker) in 1-12s; (400m) 31s. Former far better. The Stud (Rb) and No Regrets (M. Reuben) in 1-9s; (400m) 27s. Former 2 ls better. Tequila Shot (G. Singh) and Diplomatic Gesture (Shanker) in 1-10s; (400m) 28s. They were level. Latter was urged. Bhuthnath (Upadhya) and Tribal Warlord (Brij S.) in 1-16s; (400m) 31s. Former far better. Ispahan (Rutherford) in 1-9s; (400m) 26s. Note. Aberdan (Brij S.) and a 3-y-o Be Fresh/Misty Eyes (Rb) in 1-13s; (400m) 29s. They were level and were easy. Googy Gangster (Brij S.) and Storm Centre (Rb) in 1-11s; (400m) 29s. Former was 2 ls better. Tsaynen Blue (M. Reuben) and Raaz (Rb) in 1-10s; (400m) 31s. They were level. Royal Ruler (Rutherford) and Falconaire (P. Alford) in 1-11s; (400m) 28 3/5s. They were pushed to level. Remember Me (Rb) in 1-12s; (400m) 31s. Easy.

800m: Pure Passion (P. Alford) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Good. Alyssum (Surender) in 55s; (400m) 28s. Easy. Annatto (Amil) in 57s; (400m) 30s. Friendly Knight (K. Kumar) in 56s; (400m) 29s. Analyzer (Tamang) in 58s; (400m) 29s. Acaress (Rb) in 57s; (400m) 27s. Chicarica (V. Jaiswal) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Fit. Just Kidding (P. Alford) in 54s; (400m) 26s. Moved well. Aldebro (Rb) in 55s; (400m) 28s. Moved well. Allosaki (Surender) in 56s; (400m) 28s. Easy. Master Bold (Surender) in 59s; (400m) 30s. Staffordshire (M. Reuben) in 54s; (400m) 27s. Handy. Gold Buck (Shanker) in 58s; (400m) 30s. Easy. Addab (Sher S.) in 56s; (400m) 27s. Moved easy. Prince Obolensky (Yadav) in 58s; (400m) 30s. Clarice Cliff (M. Reuben) in 53s; (400m) 26s. Good.

Sand track

1,600m: Sharp Sensation (Rb) in 1-57s; (400m) 29s. Illustrious Reign (Upadhya) in 1-40s; (400m) 28s. Fit. Aragrove (Upadhya) in 1-35s; (400m) 28s. Moved well. Bul Bul (Engineer) in 1-46s; (400m) 28s.

1,200m: Endless Surprise (Rb) and Ashbury (Rb) in 1-23s; (400m) 26s. They were level. Lightning Speed (Engineer) in 1-26s; (400m) 26s.

1,000m: Mameena (Yadav) in 1-8s; (400m) 25s. Handy. Crest Star (Amjad) and Ghunghat (Locke) in 1-12s; (400m) 28s. They were level. Scavengers’ Son (Manohar) in 1-5s; (400m) 23s. Note. Crimson King (B. Gurang) and Mr Bombshell (Upadhya) in 1-5s; (400m) 24s. Former was 2 ls better.Bold Apparel (Som S.) and Alborada (Tamang) in 1-7s; (400m) 26s. Former was half a length better.

800m: Stately Don (Som S.) in 53s; (400m) 26s. Moved easy. Angels Venture (Saran) in 55s; (400m) 26s. Secret Adversary (Saran) and Lovely Project (Rb) in 53s; (400m) 25s. Both were level. Blessed Spirit (Som S.) and Pneumatic Power (Manohar) in 54s; (400m) 26s. Former was 5 ls better and moved impressively. Anokato (Som S.) and Regency Times (Manohar) in 54s; (400m) 24s. Former length better. Happiness (G. Singh) and Animator (Yacoob) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Former was far superior. Sheerness (Rb) in 56s; (400m) 28s. Mystic Hill (Yasin) in 53s; (400m) 25s. Moved well. Privy Council (M. Reuben) in 1-0s; (400m) 31s. No Surrender (M. Reuben) in 50s; (400m) 24s. Good. Astoria (P. Kumar) in 49s; (400m) 24s. Note. Stately Honour (P. Kumar) in 54s; (400m) 27s. Hoyo Hoyo (Rutherford) in 52s; (400m) 25s. Good. Go With The Win (K. Gurang) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Almond Rock (Saran) in 55s; (400m) 27s. All Jade (Locke) in 55s; (400m) 28s. Santa Monica (Engineer) in 54s; (400m) 26s. Santillana (B. Gurang) in 59s; (400m) 29s.

600m: Mountain Girl (Yasin) in 42s (400m) 26s.

Gate practice: From 2000m to 800m: Peppy Mistress (M. Reuben) and Double Dancer (Rb) in 1-23s. Both jumped out well.


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