Cautious EB take on Vasco
Nets for visitors under CC&FC lights
Firoz in lead with Virk
Bangalore Racing/ Hello Brother fancied
Mumbai Racing/ Shamaal bags �Million�
Track Trials/ Annella, Arristo shine

Calcutta, Jan. 10: 
There was no holiday on bandh for players and troop members of East Bengal and Vasco and they spent the day preparing for tomorrow�s National League, seventh-round match. Just a point separates the two and the home team is well aware of that.

After reaching ten points from five games, East Bengal fancied their chances a little too much before being grounded at home by ITI Saturday. The bitter tinge of that defeat is still fresh where it matters and the defending champions are looking at tomorrow to set things right.

They have a little, tough enemy to contend with, though. With nine points from six games and a draw against Mohun Bagan here Monday, Vasco will be confident of handling with distinction another Calcutta team at the famed Salt Lake Stadium.

The team coached by Derick Pereira does have a useful mix of Indians and foreigners preferred by most National League contenders and they have not made a bad start either. Brazilian imports have served them well in front of both goals with �keeper Rogerio Ramos and striker Rui Wanderley making useful contributions.

Uzbek Koshimov Awazbek was effective in midfield last season and Marco Pereira is the Indian to have done well there in this edition of the meet. Coach Pereira is likely to follow the same safety-first ploy, mixing it with the odd run, which was pretty effective against Mohun Bagan.

East Bengal know they will have to be perfect in their no-nonsense, minimum-flair game to pocket full points. Handy points these and losing more as they did against ITI, will be costly in the end. Coach Manoranjan Bhattacharya made clear he is expecting something similar to what he got against ITI. He is also expecting his wards to show that they have learnt from previous mistakes.

Scoring is one area his team has struggled and of late, the vaunted defence has also exposed errors. The absence of key stopper Dipak Mondal will once again be felt. Costly midfield buy Jo Paul Ancheri and the more moderate yet often-crafty Dipankar Roy are also uncertain.

However, at least on paper, East Bengal should be able withstand these and do better than what they did on Saturday. The coach can look forward to his diligent pack of Africans who continue to play pivotal roles in his scheme of things in every department apart from goalkeeping.

The last line of defence suddenly looks less dependable than what it should be. People concerned have started thinking of an alternative to Sangram Mukherjee and efforts are on to get Hemanta Dora back in shape.

Clash of giants

Margao will see a clash of giants of sorts as leaders Mahindra United lock horns with Churchill Brothers, adds PTI. Mahindra have 12 points from six ties and a win tomorrow will put Mahindra in sole lead.

Churchill have nine points from six games and know a defeat here will seriously dent their chances. They are handicapped by Mahesh Gawli�s absence.


Calcutta, Jan. 10: 
The English cricketers, who land in the city tomorrow morning, will practise under lights at the CC&FC Saturday and Sunday.

This is the first time that a visiting side will work out under lights at the club, informed CC&FC president M. J. Z. Mowla.

�In the past visiting teams like the West Indies have practised at CC&FC but never under lights. For the first two days the team will practise from 3 pm to 7.30 pm,� informed Mowla.

On Monday, however, the visitors, will practise in the morning.

The club has decided to extend full co-operation to the visiting side including use of all the facilities at the venue. �They haven�t asked for any other facility besides use of the ground till now. But if they want to use the swimming pool, for example, it will not be a problem.�

Though the club will be out of bounds for the general public, members can watch the action on all days, including the warm-up game against Bengal XI scheduled for Thursday.

�Club members can watch the proceedings from the top tier of the pavilion or along the boundaryline,� he added.

The arrangements were finalised after a meeting with the city police and the CAB.

The club also plans to throw a reception for the Englishmen. �Normally we invite all visiting sides for an evening at the club. We will extend the same to the Englishmen.�


Calcutta, Jan. 10: 
Jaiveer Virk moved into joint lead with a course record equalling effort of six-under 65 at the mid-way stage of the Hero Honda Open in Pune today. Defending champion Firoz Ali was the other leader. The duo tallied five-under 137.

Calcutta�s S.S.P. Chowrasia was two strokes behind the leaders at three-under 139, while Mukesh Kumar was placed one stroke behind Chowrasia at two-under 140.

Sanjay Kumar (Lucknow) and overnight joint leader Ali Sher (Delhi) were tied for the fifth spot at one-under 141. Sher played one-over 72 today.


Bangalore, Jan. 10: 
Going by his summer season form Hello Brother, from M. Mangalorekar�s yard with Shakti Singh in the saddle, is fancied to win the 2,000m Stayers Trial Stakes here tomorrow.


2 pm: Kingley 1. Astrocharm 2. Airworthy 3.
2.30 pm: Fantasy Bay 1. Count My Strides 2. Persian Princess 3.
3 pm: Be My Star 1. Silver Feathers 2. Hello Handsome 3.
3.30 pm: Queenstown 1. Flash First 2. Gullane 3.
4 pm: Hello Brother 1. Alameda 2. Aerobee 3.
4.30 pm: Native Red 1. Triple King 2. Shoorveer 3.
5 pm: Indian Rocket 1. Saujas 2. Kingston Heath 3.
5.30 pm: Sunchaser 1. Think of Us 2. Provate Emptions 3.

Day�s Best: Fantasy Bay

Double: Native Red & Indian Rocket

Mumbai, Jan. 10: 
The S. Kosle-trained filly Shamaal had the measure of the course-favourite, Noble Executive in the 1,400m Dashmesh And Hargobind Stud Million, the main event at the Mumbai races held on Thursday. Malcolm Kharadi partnered the Razeen-Passed So Fast daughter to victory.


1. Better Bee Plate 1,100m (2-3-5) Bud Royale (Prakash) 1; Eye To Eye 2; Handsome Lad 3. Won by: 3 3/4; 2-1/2; (1.1.5) Tote: Win Rs 8; Place: 5; 8; 15; Forecast: 54; Quinella: 27: Tanala: 143 & 89. Fav: Bud Royale (2).

2. Cornelian Plate, Div-II, 1,000m (3-4-7) Soviet Lake (Shroff) 1; Fleurissimo 2; Teaser 3. Won by: 1-1/2; SH; (1-47). Tote: Win Rs 12; Place: 6; 5; 9; Forecast: 33; Quinella: 11; Tanala: 71 & 90. Fav: Fleurissimo (4).

3. Royal Calcutta Turf Club Trophy 2,400m: (2-4-3) Knighted (Prakash) 1; Jonty Rhodes 2; Dominant Force 3. Won by: 7; 2-1/4; (2-34.4) Tote: Win Rs 6; Place: 5; 8; Forecast: 18; Quinella: 15; Tanala: 13 & 10. Fav: Knighted (2).

4. Orion Plate, Div-II, 1,100m: (8-2-10) Tio Pepe (McCullagh) 1; Lisianski 2; Whirling Dervish 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 7; (1-7.4). Tote: Win Rs 23; Place: 7; 7; 16; Forecast: 67; Quinell: 30; Tanala: 246 & 231. Fav:Sky Bound (4).

5. Dashmesh And Hargobind Stud Million 1,400m: (12-4-2)Shamaal (Kharadi) 1; Noble Executive 2; Bernstein 3. Won by: 1/2; 1; (1-26.1) Tote: Win Rs 34; Place: 8; 6; 7; Forecast: 156; Quinella: 59; Tanala: 1,488 & 895. Fav: Noble Executive (4).

6. Orion Plate, 1,100m: (1-9-2) Moira (Adesh) 1; Star Guest 2; Super Cop 3. Not run: Connoisseur (8). Won by: 3-1/4; 1/2; (1-8.2). Tote: Win Rs 24; Place: 9; 10; 10; Forecast: 170; Quinella: 63; Tanala: 608 & 187. Fav: Spearmint Rhino (6).

7. Cornelian Plate, Div-I, 1,000m: (3-5-8) Meringue (Rajendra) 1; Gold Berg 2; Snow Star 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 3-3/4; (59.1). Tote: Win Rs 42; Place: 11; 9; 8; Forecast: 530; Quinella: 375; Tanala: 1,143 & 620. Fav:Fluency (4).

8. Dr A. H. Sayed Plate, 1,600m (3-5-4) Star Music (McCullagh) 1; Kazakh 2; Celtic Son 3. Won by: 1/2; 9 1/2; (1-38.3). Tote: Win Rs 10; Place: 6; 6; 9; 12; Forecast: 33; Quinella: 24; Tanala: 126 & 69. Fav: Star Music (3).

Jackpot: Rs 19,212; (C) Rs 3,964.

Treble: (i) 261; (ii) Rs 601.

Calcutta, Jan. 11: 
Annella, Arristo and Bold Chieftan.were impressive in today�s workouts:

Outer sand track

1,600m: Wandering Warrior (Rb) in 2-0 s; (400m) 33s. Easy.

1,400m: Actuate (Amil) in 1-46s; (400m) 32s. Moved easy. Arristo (C. Alford) in 1-41s; (400m) 30s. Good.

800m: Calabah (C. Alford) in 57s; (400m) 28s. Handy. Annella (C. Alford) and Alshiem (Amil) in 54s; (400m) 27s. Former was 4 ls better. Secret Adversary (Siddiqui) in 1-0s; (400m) 31s. Easy.

600m: Crown Prince (A. P. Singh) in 45s; (400m) 29s.

Sand track

1,000m: Fly By Alibi (Brij S.) in 1-5s; (400m) 25s. Handy.

800m: Bold Chieftan (Gurang) in 51s; (400m) 24s. Impressed. Simply Monarch (Asghar) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Easy. Crimson King (Yasin) in 58s; (400m) 25s. Moved well. Dancing Dream (Rutherford) in 54s; (400m) 26s. Easy.    


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