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Zurbaran fancied

indian turf invitation cup

The Mumbai-brigade may call the shots at the Hyderabad Sunday in the 2,400m Indian Turf Invitation Cup. “The equation has hardly chanced and those who made it to the paying slots in the Indian Derby, and, of course, the failed-favourite Classical Act, will all be there at the busy-end for their supreme test of class,” said S. Padmanabhan who’s ward Zurbaran was surprised, in the Derby, by Vinayak’s Noble Eagle, now back to his original trainer M. Jadhav. “The Mumbai contingent has travelled well and Calssical Act’s good looks pose warning of ignore-me-not-kind,” added the trainer.

Michael Eshwer, on the other hand, is on the roll. “Don’t count me out, Pal,” said the Saturday’s Sprinters and the Stayers winner. The luck factor apart, my Gisele is also the conqueror of Twin Star who placed in the Mumbai Derby. More importantly, she has improved and she is ‘Trustworthy,’ too.”

In fact, most of trainers think, this year’s Invitation Cup is a very open one. Noble Eagle, Zurbaran, Gisele, Fabulous Star, Amber Regent and Twin Star, anyone can win. But considering their present preparations and past performances, Zurbaran (with M. Dwyer in the saddle), Amber Regent and Classical Act are expected occupy the top three slots – not necessarily in the order named.


1.15 pm: Indian Native 1. Profile 2. Danzero 3.

1.45 pm: Senor Pele 1. Repose 2. Bar-At-Lawn 3.

2.15 pm: Smile Of Success 1. Brown Sugar 2. Modesto 3.

2.50 pm: Fire Spark 1. Consulate 2. Royal Shine 3.

3.25 pm: Name And Fame 1. Vivid Dreams 2. Palazzio 3.

4.05 pm: Shearwalk 1. Helen Of Troy 2. Miami vice 3.

4.45 pm: Zurbaran 1. Amber Regent 2. Classical Act 3.

5.25 pm: Nordic Star 1. Leaps And Bounds 2. Etching 3.

Day’s Best: Senor Pele Double: Indian Native & Name And Fame

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