Calcutta: Ridden with utmost confidence by the visiting jockey Amyn Merchant, Royal City presented trainer Daniel David first of his two winners saddled on Friday. In a fast run race, the six-to-four favourite youngster stopped the clock at one minute 27 seconds as went on to claim the 1,400m Gavin Johnston Cup by a neck from Lockers Park. Merchant continued the good work in the following event, the Nero Handicap. In hot attendance of Starina and Anatolia till the distance-post, Merchant brought Star Selection into the contention to take the measure of the front runners. Trainer Vijay Singh too had his brace of winners — Artisia and Altigraph.
Jockey Saran Singh was fined Rs 3,500 and suspended for two race days following detection of alchohol in breath analyzing test.