Calcutta: A heavy fog that engulfed the city on Thursday morning also delayed the daily track work at the RCTC race ground. The first lot of horses could test their hooves only after 9 am. The track work was suspended after an hour and resumed past 2 pm. Morning track trials normally start at 5 am. Nevertheless, Smart Ruler, Nationalistic, Primaticcio and Hello Brother were impressive in their workouts.Outer sand track
2,000m: Smart Ruler (Kader) and Royal Command (Merchant) in 2-36s; (1,000m) 1-13s; (400m) 30s. The former moved well while he finished ahead by a length but the latter had joined at 1,200m.
800m: Automatic (Shanker) and Almelo (C. Alford) in 56s; (400m) 28s. level .Midnight Escape (Shan-ker) and Archery (C. Alford) in 55s; (400m) 28s. Former a length better.
600m: Primaticcio (Merchant) and Nationalistic (Kader) in 41s; (400m) 27s. Former a length better. 400m: Romantic Notes (C. Alford) and Callisto (Shan-ker) in 28s. Former a length better.
1,400m: My Opinion (A. P. Singh) in 1-49s; (1,000m) 1-19s; (400m) 31s.
800m: Castle Moon (Kujur) in 1-0s; (400m) 31s.
Trials recorded in the afternoon
Outer sand track
1,600m: Among Man (Som S.) in 2-7s; (1,000m) 1-19s; (400m) 31s.
800m: Lucifer (Upadhya) in 55s; (400m) 28s. Fit. Hello Brother (Upadhya) in 1-1s; (400m) 28s. Saladin (Rutherford) in 57s; (400m) 30s. Illustrious reign (Smith) in 58s; (400m) 29s. Earl Grey (Rutherford) in 54s; (400m) 26s. Note. Flossy (P. Alford) in 55s; (400m) 28s. Good..
600m: Rupashree (Dalpat) and Young Senor/Aberlady (Rb) in 47s; (400m) 28s.They were level. They are two-year-olds. Concordial/Maid Of Vision (Rb) and Be Fresh/Current Affair (Jaiswal) in 50s; (400m) 31s. Former was a length better. They are two-year-olds. Heavens Blessing (G. Singh) in 44s; (400m) 28s.
800m: Sagittarian (Dalpat) in 52s; (400m) 24s. Impressed.Flinders (Rb) in 1-0s; (400m) 31s.
600m: Capistrano (Upadhya) in 41s; (400m) 27s.
Mock race after the last race on Wednesday, race track
1,200m: Strength To Strength (P. Alford) and Alabreva (M. Reuben) in 1-13s; (400m) 24s. 2/5s. Former was 4 ls better.