Sachin, Dravid hold Indian fort in danger zone
There haven�t ever been many good captains, feels Mike Brearley
Vaughan: I had to calm myself
Duleep structure set to be revamped
AIFF bars players from club duty till Asian Games
Common programme sought
Pune Races/Easy win for Noble Eagle in �Million�
Outsiders had a field day
Calcutta Racing/ Track trials
Calcutta Racing/ August 14 acceptors

Nottingham, Aug. 11: 
With the Worcester Cathedral as a majestic backdrop, Sachin Tendulkar spoke about knowing exactly where he stood. That, of course, was a shade over a week ago. At Trent Bridge Sunday, he let England�s bowlers know exactly where they stood.

Indeed, when the moment of truth arrived, Sachin wasn�t found wanting. Given India�s utterly low stock in the second Test, he had to draw on his experience of 98 matches to begin the process of denying England a 2-0 lead here itself. Sachin did so in the uninhibited enthralling manner of old.

In what must rank as a marvellous counter-attacking effort, Sachin reached 56 from as many deliveries (78 minutes, 11x4) when insufficient light ended the fourth day. Well before the stipulated overs were completed, but 72 minutes after the scheduled close.

Coming good after three successive low scores, Sachin � who went past Geoffrey Boycott in the elite top scorers� list � found a perfect foil in Rahul Dravid. The vice-captain was himself unbeaten on 34 (86 minutes, 55 balls, 7x4). Having conceded that massive 260-run deficit, India are still 161 in arrears.

Monday�s first hour will set the tone for the last day.

Sachin and Dravid came together as early as the second over, by when both openers were back in the dressing room.

Virender Sehwag didn�t offer a stroke to Matthew Hoggard and, after his 106 in the first innings, fell for a duck. Pankaj Roy, Vijay Manjrekar (twice) and Dilip Vengsarkar are the others to have scored both a duck and a century in the same Test against England.

Wasim Jaffer, however, was unlucky to be adjudged leg-before (to Andrew Flintoff). He was struck around the knee roll and the leather wouldn�t have made contact with the timber. Yet, Russell Tiffin thought otherwise.

Jaffer�s dismissal made it two down for 11. A situation in which mere mortals would have succumbed to. That�s when Sachin responded.

To talk of England, if it was Michael Vaughan on Day-III, Sunday saw the home team well served by the most experienced Alec Stewart (87), Craig White (an unbeaten 94) and Hoggard. While Stewart exited before lunch, the extended second session found White and Hoggard taking centrestage.

In Ahmedabad last December, White put together 121 excellent runs to give England the advantage in that second Test. Here, the Yorkshire allrounder did a repeat, only this time remaining six short of three figures.

While the Ahmedabad Test ended in a stalemate, White�s innings (plus his record ninth-wicket partnership with Hoggard) placed England with all the aces. Moreover, by totalling an intimidating 617, England forced a huge lead. White, by the way, was around for 245 minutes and 119 deliveries (12x4, 1x6).

England�s first innings ended around 20 minutes after the rescheduled tea break. They had begun Day-IV on 341 for five.

Incidentally, there�s been much talk of Yorkshire going through a crisis. Well, the performances of Vaughan and White � even Hoggard�s � should lift the County�s rating.

Three Indians went for 100-plus runs, while Ajit Agarkar narrowly escaped that ignominy. In the context of this Test, those figures do all the speaking. The Indians� line, in particular, left much to be desired. Really, few teams are ever so generous with width.

Sadly, captain Sourav Ganguly himself ran short of ideas and it�s inexplicable why the heat wasn�t turned on Hoggard the moment he took guard. The Indians paid for underestimating him.

The first to depart was Flintoff, castled after missing the line of a Zaheer Khan beauty (with the second new ball). Two deliveries later, it was Stewart�s turn. Playing across, England�s most capped cricketer too was bowled. It�s a mystery why Zaheer didn�t alter his line earlier.

With England then seven down for 433, the Indians seemed to get back into business � belatedly, but still. As it turned out, Dominic Cork and then the White-Hoggard pair pushed them back to the precipice.

Stewart�s 87 came in 152 minutes, off 92 balls (14x4). While the former captain was among the runs, he won�t recall his innings with even a touch of nostalgia. Stewart, after all, played and missed a number of times and, early in the day, was given the benefit of doubt by third umpire Jeremy Lloyds.

Agarkar and the rest of the Indians, though, were confident Sehwag had taken him clean at third slip. As Tiffin wasn�t sure, he referred the appeal to the third umpire. After a couple of minutes, Lloyds ruled in Stewart�s favour.

While the normal TV replays suggested Stewart was out, the slow-mo exercise did encourage some doubts. Stewart, however, didn�t endear himself to many by asking the Indians if the catch was clean and, on being told �yes,� declining to walk. If he wasn�t willing to accept their word, he ought not to have sought a clarification.

Later, Stewart went on record to say it was a �there and thereabouts� case and that he didn�t walk because the third umpire had �already� been brought into the picture. At the same score (48), Stewart was dropped by Parthiv Patel. Once again, Agarkar was left cursing his luck.

Stewart and Flintoff, though, maintained the tempo especially set by Vaughan and Mark Butcher. In fact, their 97-run partnership for the sixth wicket came off exactly 100 deliveries. Thanks to them, England could add as many as 127 in the first session, even while the Indians had a lethargic overrate � 24.

Cork exited first after lunch, but the next wicket (Hoggard�s) came India�s way after the ninth-wicket pair collaborated 103 � bettering the 1972-73 best of 83 between Keith Fletcher and Norman Gifford. Taken by Dravid off Ashish Nehra, Hoggard registered a first-class best of 32.

The last to go was Stephen Harmison. Finally, Agarkar did get another wicket.


Nottingham, Aug. 11: 
A much-in-demand psychoanalyst for the past many years, Mike Brearley continues to be regarded by many as possibly being the greatest cricket captain ever. Brearley, who generally prefers keeping to himself, did, however, speak to The Telegraph for quite some time on Saturday, Day III of the Trent Bridge Test.

The following are excerpts

On whether captains have a shelf life

(Smiles) Very interesting... I hadn�t thought about it, honestly...Have never been asked and, so, certainly didn�t expect it as your first question... (After a pause) The shelf life factor can come into play, though... Complacency could set in, the captain himself may get bored or there could even be a need for a kick up his back side...Equally, the team may also get fed up. The answer, then, is yes.

On Nasser Hussain having talked of the shelf life bit while indicating he wishes to step down after the 2003 World Cup

Obviously, that cricket today is so exhausting is what must have influenced Hussain. But, if he continues to score and continues to get a battery of fast bowlers, he may... In that case, it will be a fresh lease of life and Hussain will stamp a different date on that can on the shelf.

On Hussain as captain

Most people think he�s very good and my opinion isn�t any different. Hussain is innovative, concentrates hard and is seen as being good with his players... He�s highly competitive and isn�t afraid to try new things. Hussain remains among the best ever I�ve seen.

On the captains who, in his opinion, stood/stand out

Ray Illingworth, in his own peculiar way Brian Close, Keith Fletcher, Clive Lloyd, Greg Chappell, Mark Taylor and, in the current lot, Steve... Going back in time, Richie Benaud too, though I didn�t interact with him.

On whether he had a role model captain

(Smiles again) Didn�t have one... I don�t think there have been � or are � many good captains around. Captaincy, after all, isn�t an easy job... Frankly, there are few who are not only good enough players but have the range of qualities needed in a good captain. I did, however, learn from Illingworth and Fletcher. Even Tony Grieg � from him, especially, I learnt how we should be bowling at tailenders... The line, the close-in field...

On whether continuity takes a beating by having different Test and one-day captains, as in Australia

You could even get an octogenarian to lead Australia and nothing will suffer! Ideally, there should be one national captain but, with so much cricket, it could actually come as a relief if someone wasn�t captain in one form.

On Steve Waugh as captain

I have a very high opinion... It�s not only that Australia have enjoyed so much success under him, but the manner of their winning. They keep doing the right things, look to keeping the pressure on. Also, the Australians have been innovative off the field and, clearly, Steve has had a role. For example, it�s conveyed to the entire team that cricket isn�t the be all and end all... Therefore, those who play for Australia have a wider vision. It�s a courageous step and a good one.

On would he have removed Steve as the one-day captain

No. Having said that, it should be appreciated I�m not only thousands of miles away physically, but so many miles away from the day to day happenings in Australia.

On Stephen Fleming, who is rated highly

I saw a bit of him last year and he came through as being calm, always thoughtful...He doesn�t have the greatest of talent at his disposal, but does appear to get the best out of his players. Even otherwise, New Zealand seem to make the most of very ordinary material � in the one-dayers, particularly.

On Sourav Ganguly

I know you are keen that I say something, but I haven�t seen enough to form an opinion.

On what makes a good captain

Some essentials, just like you need some obvious ingredients to bake a cake... Tactics, the ability to get the best out of individuals... You could, of course, have situations where one captain excels tactically, but can�t get the best out of every player. Equally, somebody may be getting the best out of his team, but probably isn�t good tactically... Personally, I think captaincy has much to do with making the right decisions and getting enough decisions right. And, yes, the captain must be passionate about the job and be fascinated with its many aspects � tactics and so on.

On whether it�s difficult for bowlers to be good captains

Difficult for fast bowlers and, perhaps, wicketkeepers... It�s tough on both. At the same time I wish to add that Rodney Marsh, for one, was ideal for the captaincy but didn�t get the job. Why am I saying so? Because I�ve seen first-hand the respect he had from teammates, I�ve heard him talk about the game... Plus, his excellence at his craft... Generally, either a batsman or a slow bowler-allrounder are best suited.

On whether, with the advent of coaches and technological support, captaincy has become easier

Don�t think so... Today, with laptops and more, a captain has to keep even more things in mind.

On his message to rookie captains

(Laughs) Read my book (Art of Captaincy)!

On what he emphasises when invited by the corporate sector to talk on leadership

That leadership has a dual aspect. If things are going well, then you�ve got to keep it going well... At the same time, you�ve got to be willing to be unpopular. You�ve got to be able to say things people probably wouldn�t like to hear. That�s one chunk of thought. The other is that, as captain or leader, you must learn to live with many things that could get attributed to you even though you may not necessarily have expressed those thoughts. Essentially, it�s about handling pressure and keeping an open mind. Don�t have a tunnel vision. Indeed, a good leader or captain is one who keeps thinking even in a crisis. What�s needed, really, is a curious mixture of passion and detachment.

Finally, whether his patients� register includes cricketers

There have been a few...


Nottingham, Aug 11: 
Michael Vaughan, who recorded a career best 197 (fourth Test hundred) at Trent Bridge Saturday, revealed he had to �calm� himself, at times, as he was seeing the ball �so well.�

�I was seeing and hitting so well that, at times, I had to calm myself... But, more often that not, I just went with the flow,� Vaughan, the toast of all England, remarked. Incidentally, the 197 is also his highest first class score.

Reiterating that never before had he struck so well, in international cricket, Vaughan pointed out: �I always found the gaps as well... Yes, the ball did swing, but our bowlers had swung much more. It was an opportunity to cash in and, well, I did.�

Vaughan accepted it took him �two or three minutes� to overcome the disappointment of missing a double hundred. �I felt gutted,� he recalled, quickly adding: �Of course, had someone offered me 197 at the start of the day, I would have gladly settled for it. In fact, I would have bitten off that person�s hand...�

That�s Vaughan for you.


Calcutta, Aug. 11: 
The West is probably the last zone to have won the Duleep Trophy. India�s only inter-zonal tournament (longer version of the game) which started in 1961 is set to undergo a complete structural change this season.

According to information available with The Telegraph, in a recent meeting the BCCI decided to do away with the existing format. It has been decided that 45 players from the newly-constituted top tier of the Ranji Trophy will be selected along with 30 from the second tier. Five teams selected from this pool will play a round-robin tournament.

The BCCI�s working committee is set to ratify this proposal at a meeting in Bangalore on August 21. According to sources, the players will be selected solely on merit and there will be no bar on the number of players from a particular zone or state.

�Three teams will be formed from players picked from the top tier, and two from those selected from the lower tier. Each team will include 15 players,� said a senior BCCI official. Like now, there will be no final and the team with maximum points after the round-robin league will be declared champion.

�It is the success of the Challenger Trophy that has made us think on these lines,� the official added. The Ranji Trophy structure has also been revamped, though it remains a competition between the states.

It is understood that the lack of interest among players to play for their zones has led to the change in the Duleep Trophy format.

Also, there were complaints of lobbying by players from the state with majority representation in the zonal sides.

Indications are it will be made mandatory for the top players to play in the Duleep Trophy when they are not on national duty. �The Board may take action if the senior players don�t comply,� the official said.


New Delhi, Aug. 11: 
For once the Indian football players will receive bouquets, not brickbats, on their return to India. The Bhaichung Bhutia-led squad, winner of the six-nation LG Cup, India�s first major international triumph since winning the Pesta Sukan tournament in Singapore in 1971, will return Monday noon at the Netajo Subhas international airport Calcutta, via a Thai Airways flight from Bangkok.

Announcing this, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Priya Ranjan Das Munshi said the team will be given a tumultuous welcome. The prize money of $15,000 (about Rs. 7.5 lakhs) will be shared among the players, he added.

However, the AIFF president made it clear that the squad members will not be allowed to play for their clubs till the Pusan Asian Games. From Calcutta, the players will depart to their respective homes and then assemble in Delhi on August 19 for the five-day camp before their departure for England on August 26.

India will play two matches against Jamaica on August 29 at Watford and August 31 at Wolverhampton.

It has been learnt that Constantine is keen to experiment with one or two more senior players like Khalid Jamil or Jules Alberto during the England tour. A list of 24 probables will soon be announced for the Delhi-camp.

Meanwhile, Das Munshi also indicated that following his success in Vietnam, the English coach will be given a long term contract by the AIFF.

Das Munshi added that he had received positive reports about the foreign coach from skipper Bhaichung and project director Santo Mitra. He said that in a telephonic conversation, Bhaichung had praised Constantine�s ideas and knowledge of the game. The Indian skipper also complimented the positive and attacking outlook that Constantine has instilled in the team. The Indian captain feels that Constantine has given the players self-belief which was lackving under the previous foreign coach Rustam Akhramov, said Das Munshi.

Meanwhile, India�s sub-junior (under 17 years) team will depart from here, for a ten day tour of Dusseldorf, Germany on August 16. India have qualified for the Asian under-17 final round in UAE in September and the trip to Germany aims at giving the team necessary exposure.

In Dusseldorf, India will play four matches, against a German under-20 XI, against a combined squad of non-resident Indians from England and Belgium, non-resident Indians of Germany and a second division club from Dusseldorf. The Indian team is being coached by Uzbekistan�s Islam Akhmedov and he is being assisted by former-international Prasanta Banerjee and Hering Shangpliang of Shillong.

In another development, Das Munshi said that the second division National Football League (NFL) will have only 12 teams this year and a third division will be introduced. According to Das Munshi, Mohamemdan Sporting of Calcutta will be given a chance to play in the NFL second division. He further added that clubs from the states, which do not hold their local leagues, will play in the third division.


Calcutta, Aug. 11: 
The top club coaches of Calcutta feel that Indian coach Stephen Constantine should sit with them and work out a common minimum programme that can be followed in the clubs as well as in the national team preparatory camps.

East Bengal coach Subhash Bhowmick said Constantine must get in touch with the club coaches and discuss how he wants the team to work. �Then we can follow a similar pattern in the clubs as well as the national camp,� he said.

Mohun Bagan coach Subrata Bhattacharya echoed similar views. �It is mandatory on the part of the AIFF to set a schedule that the national coach gets to meet with us. I�m absolutely open to suggestions from him.�

However, the East Bengal coach firmly maintained that under no circumstances, the club should be affected. �Indian football can never improve without the improvement of the quality of the game in the clubs. There is also no point keeping the players for long periods of time in the camps,� Bhowmick added.

He suggested that the players should be sent to short camps, without affecting their respective club schedule. �That is how soccer has taken off in Japan, and we should take the cue from them.�

Mohammedan Sporting coach Mohammed Habeeb stood right beside Bhowmick on this point. �Constantine is a new coach and he does not know the emotion of the Calcutta League or the Durand Cup. The AIFF should sit with him and make him realise the importance,� the Bade Miyan opined. �Moreover, it is the clubs who pay the players. So, the national coach should not maintain a rigid attitude about releasing the players.�

Bhattacharya, though, said: �I don�t mind losing a few tournaments for the sake of improvement of the national team.� He went to the extent of saying that he would not mind not having Bhaichung Bhutia in tournaments other than the National League. �The country is definitely top priority. Mohun Bagan, East Bengal have won enough tournaments. ,� he added.

Bhowmick sounded hopeful about the future of the Indian team. �I have seen the under-16 and under-20 teams. There are some wonderful players and after a long time, a proper pipeline has been formed. The AIFF should see to it that the good work continues.�

Habeeb and Bhattacharya feel that India should do well in the Asian Games. �The way the boys are playing, they will make it to the second stage,� Bhattacharya said.

Habeeb, however, feels that a couple of more players should be included in the squad. �Players like Rahim Nabi and Sandip Ghosh are really doing well��


Pune, Aug. 11: 
Trained by M. K. Jadhav and ridden by Y. Srinath, Noble Eagle easily claimed the Nanoli Stud Colts And Fillies Million in Pune on Snday.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Divine Light Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (5-6-2) Bigshow (M. Narredu) 1; My Red 2; Indifference 3. Won by: 3-1/4; 3/4; (1-15.9). Tote: Win Rs 24; Place: 13; 55; 13; Quinella: 274; Shp: 262; Tanala: 1,445. Fav: Bigshow (5).

2. Divine Light Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (2-3-5) Ocean Stream (Prakash) 1; Mystic Lady 2; Rigged For Revenge 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 5; (1-15.1). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 10; 14; 55; Quinella: 23; Shp: 28; Tanala: 264. Fav: Ocean Stream (2).

3. Flower Power Plate 1,600m: (6-7-5) Wine N� Song (Sunil) 1; Northern Frontier 2; Sun Charmer 3. Won by: 3; Nk; (1-43.2). Tote: Win Rs 52; Place: 17; 106; 16; Quinella: 817; Shp: 328; Tanala: 7,325. Fav: Sun Charmer (5).

4. Chief of Kagal Trophy 1,600m: (1-5-6) Star Magic (Srinath) 1; Battle Star 2; Divine Protocol 3. Won by: 8-1/2; 3/4; (1-40.1). Tote: Win Rs 32; Place: 15; 18; 61; Quinella: 70; Shp: 48; Tanala: 2,092. Fav: Aphaia (10).

5. Nanoli Stud Colts And Fillies Million 1,200m: (5-1-2) Noble Eagle (Srinath) 1; Aerospace 2; Algeciras 3. Not run: Exploding Wonder (4). Won by: 1-1/2; 3/4; (1-12.5). Tote: Win Rs 31; Place: 14; 58; 14; Quinella: 337; Shp: 167; Tanala: 1,312. Fav: Noble Eagle (5).

6 Golden Treasure Trophy 2,000m: (1-2-5) Bookie�s Delight (Srinath) 1; Great Alliance 2; Ice Touch 3. Won by: 5; 7; (2-10.3). Tote: Win Rs 39; Place: 16; 22; 14; Quinella: 130; Shp: 63; Tanala: 759. Fav: Bookie�s Delight (1).

7. Desert Rose Plate 1,200m: (12-13-3) Synergize (Shroff) 1; Queen Helen 2; Cat Ballou 3. Not run: Danger Sight (10). Won by: 3-3/4; 2-1/4; (1-15.2). Tote: Win Rs 20; Place: 12; 18; 38; Quinella: 52; Shp: 71; Tanala: 686. Fav: Synergize (12).

8. Fortune Hunter Plate 1,200m: (9-5-10) Green Star (Kamlesh) 1; Star Status 2; Don�t Look Twice 3. Won by: 3/4 2; (1-14.2). Tote: Win Rs 61; Place: 22; 14; 18; Quinella: 129; Shp: 63; Tanala: 664. Fav: Don�t Look Twice (10).

Jackpot: Rs 2,811; (C) Rs 120.

Treble: (i) Rs 196; (ii) Rs 356.


Aug. 11: 
One does not subscribe to the popular belief that fields in the local horseracing are suffering mainly because of faulty fixtures. The one question asked in the racingcircles is, how can RCTC afford to frame three race meetings in eight days? Realistically, the answer is �no� in view of the available head count of horses in the Hastings stables, that is around 250. But again, the average horse-strength has always been around six horses in each race event for many monsoon seasons, in similar crowded fixtures and with healthier bloodstock position. There is nothing to get alarmed about poor fields as the show keeps going on with outsiders popping up heads at regular intervals to make each day�s fare an exciting one.

Last Friday, and under similar circumstances, favourites took the beating.Five out of six of them failed to match their odds, excepting the hot-favourite Allaying in the Mysore Race Club Cup. But then the last victory of the Excalibur�s Lake-Amalita mare was so authoritative that a defeat for the Bharath Singh-trainee seemed to be out of question. Her victory was, in fact, equally facile, though the recorded margin of victory � one and half-a-length � may not justify the statement.

Jockey Cristopher Alford had Allaying galloping in his iron grip until the distance-post. He just needed to urge her for a �go� and nothing more. Argolis, a 5-4 favourite from trainer Daniel David�s yard, lost the 1,800m Bhishma Cup because Amyn Merchant reacted half-heartedly to his stable-mate�s, Discomatic�s, runaway tactics in a four-horse field. The race, in fact, was lost by Merchant in the first half of the slated journey when he allowed Javed Khan�s No Regrets get much closer to the leader and delaying his challenge that appeared to be meaningless.

Daniel, however, has a knack of taking his followers off guard. His lesser-fancied runners, normally, perform admirably compared to his favourites. For example, an 8-1 outsider, Scarlet Raider fought on courageously to land Merchant with the Zeenee Handicap and so did Sergeant Slipper in the hands of Ganesh Upadhya in the Selector Handicap.

Earlier on Wednesday, Daniel�s rich haul of a treble included another 8-1 April Ace and a 3-1 Adeline, combined with the victory of the hot-favourite Moon Mission in the 1,400m Calcutta Fillies Trial Stakes. The last one, in particular, was a creditable performance from a horse who was branded a scurry-specialist. Matching Daniel�s efforts, the fellow-professional Bharath Singh, too, was among winners like Aiberni, Alcalde and a rank-outsider in Classic Pursuit. It is Alcalde who merits a word or two of praise. The Rebounding Thrill-Nimble speedster humbled a better handicapped and a strongly fancied The Archer in the 1,200m Commuter Cup. It is another matter that the issue would have been a close one had Rutherford Alford waited patiently behind the front runners in stead of taking the home-turn seven-wide.


Calcutta, Aug.11: 
The following horses worked well on Saturday:

Outer sand track

1,000m: Suriyothai (A. P. Singh) and Almond Rock (Upadhya) in 1-18s; ( (400m) 30s. Former better.

800m: Prince of Fashion (Rutherford) and Darth Vader (Tamang) in 1-0s; (400m) 28s. Former 6 ls better. Mack The Knife (Rutherford) and Ispahan (F. Khan) in 58s; (400m) 29s. Level. Impressive Prince (Yasin) and Bay Dragon (Yadav) in 57s; (400m) 26s. Level. .My Opinion (A. P. Singh) and Tsavo (Amjad) in 57s; (400m) 30s. Level. Sagittarian (Dalpat) and Earl Grey (Rutherford) in 57s; (400m) 28s. Former 4 ls better. Lucifer (Upadhya) in 58s; (400m) 29s. Keep The Faith (Koch) and Magic Ring (Jaiswal) in 1-1s; (400m) 30s. Former 6 ls better.

600m: Software Classic (Rb) and Cupola (F. Khan) in 44s; (400m) 29s. Level. Kargil Soldier (P. Alford) in 45s; (400m) 29s.

Monsoon track

1,600m: Among Men (Gowli) in 1-52s; (400m) 27s. Fit.

1,200m: Acklins (Shanker) and Archery (Rb) in 1-26s; (400m) 25s. Level. Amaryllis (C. Alford) and Accredite (Shanker) in 1-27s; (400m) 27s. Former better. Rheinheart (Shanker) in 1-26s; (400m) 26s.

1,000m: Adducer (C. Alford) and Pehlvan (Rabani) in 1-9s; (400m) 26s. Former far better Actable (C. Alford) and Anacott (Shanker) in 1-7s; (400m) 26s. Former 4 ls better.

800m: Abrdige (C. Alford) and Alsheim (Shanker) in 52s; (400m) 25s. Level. Cup of Life (C. Alford) in 55s; (400m) 25s. Handy. Aldridge (C. Alford) in 54s; (400m) 26s. Fit. Flamebird (C. Alford) and Flossy (Gowli) in 53s; (400m) 24s. Level. Andrada (Domnigo) and Assailer (Amil) in 55s;. (400m) 26s. Former 8 ls better.

600m: Auctioneer (K. Kumar) in 39s; (400m) 25s. Fit.


Calcutta, Aug. 11: 
Seven horses are vying for honours in the Wednesday�s Independence Cup. First race at 2 pm.


1. Sun Lion Handicap 1,100m (Cl IV; 5-y-o & over Rt. 22-50) 2 pm: Spanish Drum�s 60; Starina 58.5; Storm Centre 56.5; Flying Scot 55.5; Auctioneer 54.5.

2. Royal Mantle Handicap 1,100m (Cl V; 3-y-o only Rt. 00-28) 2.40 pm: Assailer 60; Primaticcio 60; Anacott 59.5; Adducer 59; Actable 58.5; Dancing Rhythm 57; Moon Quest 57; Cupola 55; Pehlvan 55; Software Classic 53.

3. Independence Cup 1,400m (Cl III; Rt. 44-72) 3.15 pm: Prince of Fashion 60; Mack The Knife 58; Lucifer 56; Peace Envoy 56; Aiberni 53.5; Smart Ruler 53; Abridge 52.

4. Myall King Handicap 1,400m (Cl V; Rt. 00-28) 3.50 pm: Adams Dream 60; Royal Philosopher 60; Mahika�s Pet 59.5; Impressive Prince 57.5; Asprey 57; Bay Dragon 57; Soliel 57; Archery 54.5; Global Harmony 51.

5. Coxcomb Cup 1,400m (Cl IV; Rt. 22-50) 4.20 pm: Flamebird 60; My Opinion 59.5; Alborada 59; Darth Vader 57.5; Yukon 57; Tequila Shot 56; Rheinheart 55.

6. Zelda Handicap 1,200m (Cl III; Rt. 44-72) 4.50 pm: Alsheim 60; Excellent Striker 59; Kargil Soldier 56; Secret Adversary 54; Gra-Lemor 53.5; Bird�s Empire 52.5.

Jackpot: 2; 3; 4; 5 & 6.

Treble: (i) 1; 2 & 3; (ii) 4; 5 & 6.


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