One more VP post to go to polls
Bangalore St. Leger/ Appeaser romps home
Race Review/ Exciting fare despite poor fields

Calcutta, July 22: 
Samar Pal has confirmed his candidature to election for the joint-secretary�s post of the CAB in its annual general meeting on July 30. The ruling group�s candidates for these posts are Bablu Koley and Sudhir Chakraborty.

Of the four vice-presidential posts, only one has been vacated and up for election. For this the ruling group�s nominee is Debabrata Bhattacharya, against whom Barid Baran Sarkar is contesting.

However, following another nomination, filed by Cooch Behar�s Ramen Tarafdar, one more (of the three remaining vice-president) post needs to go to the polls as per CAB rules. That means these three sitting VPs will have to slug it out, and the highest polled candidates, in order, get elected.

President Jagmohan Dalmiya and treasurer Amitava Banerjee have been elected unopposed.

Fifth division soccer

Mirzapur Union beat Behala ASA 4-2 in a fifth division championship play-off match of the Calcutta Football League. In other matches, Hrishikesh Park Institute beat Sarada Charan AC 1-0, Bagmari Club pipped Old Friends Union 1-0 and Ballygunge Institute defeated Kali Memorial 2-1.    

Bangalore, July 22: 
Appeaser, the Rashid Byramji-trained gelding, rom-ped home with the 2,800m Bangalore St. Leger, at the Bangalore races held on Sunday. Aslam Kader partnered the Twist And Turn-Anelita son.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Divine Light Plate 1,400m: (10-6-9) My Treaure (Prakash) 1; Barroness Orczy 2; South Cove 3. Won by: 4; 3; (1-28.1). Tote: Win Rs 12; Place: 11; 63; 18; Quinella: 180; Tanala: 825. Fav: My Treasure (10).

2. Happy Valley Plate 2,000m: (9-7-3) Royal Hunter (Gallagher) 1; Skeena 2; Daiimio 3. Won by: 1-3/4; SH; (2-12.4). Tote: Win Rs 29; Place: 17; 25; 15; Quinella: 155; Tanala: 604. Fav: Royal Hunter (9).

3. Astronomic Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (7-4-10) Saturn Star (A. Imran) 1; Three To Count 2; Stormsky 3. Won by: Nk; Nk; (1-29.1). Tote: Win Rs 113; Place: 30; 46; 15; Quinella: 1,106; Tanala: 13,830. Fav: Stormsky (10).

4. Bangalore St. Leger 2,800m: (1-8-10-9) Appeaser (Kader) 1; Perceived Value (Prakash) 2; Mosaic (M. Narredu) 3; Anagram (C. Alford) 4. Won by: 10; 2; Dist; (3-0.5). Tote: Win Rs 21; Place: 12; 14; 28; Quinella: 21; Tanala: 295. Fav: Appeaser (1). (Note: The winner survived objection lodged by the rider of second placed horse).

5. D. M. Shivaswamy Memorial Cup 1,200m: (2-6-11) Chity Bang (A. Imran) 1; Whitehall 2; Alisa 3. Won by: 1-1/2; Nk; (1-15.6). Tote: Win Rs 158; Place: 34; 42; 19; Quinella: 605; Tanala: 6,338. Fav: Tudor King (3).

6. Byerly Stud Plate 1,800m: (3-5-4) Assertive Allies (Prakash) 1; Donna Mia 2; Acceptor 3. Won by: SH; 1-1/4; (1-55.8). Tote: Win Rs 74; Place: 32; 32; Quinella: 358; Tanala: 2,634. Fav: Strides of Fire (1).

7. Astronomic Plate, Div-II 1,400m: (2-11-6) Crystal Goblet (Imran K.) 1; Anandini 2; Acharya 3. Won by: Nk; 8; (1-28.9). Tote: Win Rs 34; Place: 17; 32; 16; Quinella: 305; Tanala: 1,519. Fav: Crystal Goblet (2).

Jackpot: Rs 1,10,681; (C) Rs 19,532.

Treble: (i) Rs 813; (ii) Rs 6,301.

Calcutta, July 22: 
A double racing programme, which is a rarity during the monsoon season, provided all the excitement despite small fields. Competition on the two racing meetings � on Wednesday and on Friday � was very tough and the two dead heats on successive days speak volumes about the fare. It is another matter that seven favourites � including a dead heat � emerged victorious from among the 12 events staged.

Punters were, however, caught on the wrong foot initially in the opening two events of each race meeting. But favourites came to their rescue as the day progressed.

If Wednesday�s fare started with On The Bit and Ardon taking punters by surprise, the Friday afternoon kicked off with the victory of Scarlet Raider, the least fancied horse in a field of five runners, followed by a lesser popular Bul Bul�s scintillating win. It was, basically, poor handling of the favourite, Ballet Master, by his jockey B. Gurang, which made it easy for Bul Bul.

Starina and Alcalde were the easiest winners of the day. In fact, victory of the two horses was well on the cards because Starina, as a failed-favourite in her previous start, had finished ahead of Flying Scot, Constantine and Stately Honour � incidentally, all winners in their subsequent outings. Bharath Singh�s ward Alcalde, too, had performed creditably against an exalted winter-company but with heavy wagering coming in the direction of his owner-mate, Alegria, the Khaitan-owned youngster found only a token support in the betting �ring.�

The other horse to attract a sizeable wagering was Anokato from Daniel David�s yard. Neither Alegria nor Anokato were, however, a worthy match for the winner who, inspite of his failure to maintain a straight course, had more than three lengths to spare to the Daniel-colt.

A heavyweight and a big handicap disadvantage clearly told upon Alegria who looked to be comfortable up-front until the distance-post before retiring from the fray.

The half-money favourite Actress, too, delivered the goods but after a minor hiccup by way of interference, rounding the home-turn and from Harry The Horse. Her victory appeared to be hard earned but the Exclusive Virtue-Simpatica filly is sure to improve after this victory.

Harvinder Singh Bath-trainee Rheinheart, in the Misty Morn Handicap, looked beaten inside the last 100m but an inspired do-or-die efforts of jockey Shanker set the 7-10 favourite in motion to force a dead heat, against Deepak Karki�s Black Mane, virtually in his last stride.

On Wedensday, Bath had, however, pulled off a solid gamble through Tequila Shot in the Malto Handicap. Backed down to 6-4, the six-year-old displayed no respect for the three youngsters in the field.

Bhatath�s 2-1 favourite Alkido won the afternoon�s feature, the Pa Bear Cup, thanks to a poorly judged race ridden by apprentice Fateh Ali Khan on a strongly fancied Added Asset from Daniel�s yard. The five-kg allow-anced apprentice clearly displayed his inexperience when he waited behind the pace-setting stable-mate, Sovereign Bullet, for an opening along the rails which never came until 100m from home. One hopes that the young boy learns from his mistake.

City race meet cancelled: Owing to paucity of runners, the stewards RCTC have decided to cancel the August 1 fixture.


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