Calcutta: The RCTC stewards and the ‘finish’ camera remained busy on a rather eventful Wednesday afternoon. If photo prints had to be consulted to identify winners in four of the six events, the stewards’ task was also cut out from the start of the day. Incidentally, it was horse-owner Deepak Khaitan’s lot that pushed all close verdicts to the limit.
Stewards, on the other hand, were presented with a difficult job of sorting out contrasting ordeals concerning apprentice Malcom Maseyk.
In the first case it was Maseyk’s careless riding on trainer Bharath Singh’s winner Gryffindor that cost Arian a certain berth in the winners’ enclosure. The apprentice was, therefore, handed a two race-day suspension — spanning the New year’s Day and the Derby day meets.
The apprentice had something to cheer about as the second case went grossly in his favour. Stewards enquiring into the running and riding of Afflutter (S. Shanker atop), the original winner of the Wiseman Cup, awarded the verdict to Maseyk’s even-money favourite The Flying Star — earlier placed second. Afflutter had interfered and bumped the favourite, up in the straight. Shanker was also fined Rs 2,000 for failing to keep a straight course. Nevertheless, trainer Bharath Singh had a profitable day winning the first three events and at lucrative odds, while brother Vijay’s Arcaro romped home with the afternoon’s feature event, the Elusive Pimpernel Cup.