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Since 1st March, 1999
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It was a great win: Paddu

Mumbai: Trainer Vinayak had high hopes from his stable’s first-fancy Spaniards Inn, but the one who made the entire Nanoli Stud Farm party jubilant was Noble Eagle following his Derby win on Sunday.

“A Derby win is a Derby win. Victory in the Derby is all one aspires for. Never mind if it is Noble Eagle and not Spaniards Inn,” said Vinayak late in the evening after his feet were back on the ground.

It was only ten days ago that the horse had joined his yard from M.K. Jadhav’s stable and Vinayak hardly had time to understand the real potential of the Shirkes-property.

Noble Eagle will be going to Hyderabad to for the Indian Turf Invitation Cup, a month from now. Incidentally, if Noble Eagle wins the cup, it would be a back-to-back victory for Shirkes, whose The Pelican had scored in the Bangalore edition of the Invitation Cup.

Trainer Padmanabhan took the defeat of his charge Zurbaran very sportingly. A bloodline pundit in his own right, Padmanabhan paid glowing tributes to Noble Eagle upon his style of victory. “Noble Eagle did have plenty of stamina in his bloodlines and he won like a true stayer. Moreover, the horse having performed over shorter trips looked to be very fresh in his paddock looks. It was a great win,” said Padmanabhan, who is Paddu to his friends.

Zurbaran’s next start would definitely be the Turf Invitation Cup, informed Padmanabhan but the Vijay Mallaya-camp was non-committal about the future plans of Classical Act. The new battle will, however, take place on different plains and in much more humid conditions.

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