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Super Storm stuns the field

The Bangalore challenger, Super Storm — a 30-1 rank outsider, in the betting — shocked the fancied runners on his way to winning the 71st edition of the Indian Derby, re-christened now as the McDowell Signature Premier Indian Derby, which took the canter stage at the Mahalaxmi raceground, in Mumbai, on Sunday. Jimmy Fortune partnered the Rebuttal-Cielo Vodkamartini colt, trained by Sathish Narredu and bred at the Hazara stud farm. “I was always certain about Super Storm’s victory in the Derby:” said Sathish after the horse won. “He’s a tough horse,” complimented jockey Fortune. In a very open Derby, the 6-1 course-favourite Wind Stream was second, marginally ahead of another friendless runner Hemisphere,and the joint-favourite, Machiavellianism.

Much was expected from the city challenger Snowscape after his scintillating victory in the Eveready Calcutta Derby, about three weeks ago. The horse placed a poor eleventh, as many lengths behind the winner, after being in a box-seat along the rails, and improving at the final turn. The Vijay Singh-trained horse, however, failed to produce his sizzling late run while jockey Christopher Alford tried his best on the 7-1 chance.

The race was run at a fair pace with Angel Crown and Montezuma making most of the running while the fancied runners were ridden off the pace. However, four of the three horses in the betting — in the region of 6’s and 7’s, barring Snowscape — were right behind the front runners, below the distance-post. Super Storm took over the running inside the last furlong and held on to the advantage.

RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends)

1. Royal Challenge ‘Game For Life’ Cup, Div-II 1,200m: (3-15-1) Hawaiian Princess (Dwyer) 1, Suntan Beauty 2, Zanthos 3. Not run: Allegiance (8). Won by: 4-3/4, 4-1/2; (1-11.54). Win Rs 22; (P) 12, 41, 17; (Q) 230; Shp: 120; (T) 1,223. Fav: Hawaiian Princess (3).

2. Four Seasons Cup 1,600m: (1-5-2) Falcon (Grant) 1, Circle Of Life 2, Mars 3. Won by: 1-1/2, 1/2;(1-38.2). Win Rs 60; (P) 15, 13, 12; (Q) 72; Shp: 50; (T) 311. Fav: Circle Of Life (5).

3. Vladivar Cup 1,000m: (5-7-4) Bullseye (Zervan) 1, Jimbo 2, Hawk Of The Wind 3. Won by: 3-1/2, 1-3/4; (0-57.78—course- record). Win Rs 33; (P) 14, 47,20; (Q) 178; Shp: 153; (T) 2,750. Fav: Bullseye (5).

4. Antiquity Blue ‘Fusion Of The Finest’ Cup 1,600m: (9-2-12) Winston (Zervan) 1, Papakura 2, Sun Salutation 3. Won by: 1/2, 3-1/4; (1-35.94). Win Rs 44; (P) 19, 21, 52; (Q) 95; Shp: 63; (T) 2,365. Fav: Winston (9).

5. R.N. Kanga Gold Trophy 1,600m: (5-6-4) Star Of Gibraltar (Sandesh) 1, Yuville 2, Ranthambhore 3. Won by: 1/2, Shd; (1-35.46). Win Rs 84; (P) 23, 24, 14; (Q) 341; Shp: 72; (T) 2,723. Fav: Smashing (2).

6. McDowell’s No.1 Platinum Trophy 2,400m: (9-6-1) Sophisticated (B. Sreekanth) 1, Antonius Maximus 2, Monet 3. Won by: 1-1/4, Shd; (2-32.11). Win Rs 106; (P) 28, 23, 17; (Q) 313; Shp: 65; (T) 2,855. Fav: Ice Cool (3).

7. B.K. Rattonsey Memorial Maiden Multi-Million 1,200m: (11-5-6) Trance (Fortune) 1, Little Love 2, Presidential 3. Won by: Shd, 3/4; (1-11.6). Win Rs 29; (P) 16, 29, 19; (Q) 141; Shp: 130; (T) 768. Fav: Trance (11).

8. McDowell Signature Premier Indian Derby 2,400m: (14-15-6-8) Super Storm (Jimmy Fortune) 1, Wind Stream (Martin Dwyer) 2, Hemisphere (Richard Hughes) 3, Machiavellianism (Pradip Chauhan) 4. Won by: 1-1/4, Shd, 1-1/4; (2-31.83). Win Rs 306; (P) 100, 21, 90; (Q) 755; Shp: 66; (T) 90,433. Fav: Wind Stream (12).

9. Royal Challenge ‘Game For Life’ Cup, Div-I 1,200m: (16-4-6) Stormyday (K. Kadam) 1, Cerro Negro 2, Ice Age 3. Won by: Nk, 1-1/4; (1-12.16). Win Rs 76; (P) 27, 20, 13; (Q) 280; Shp: 68; (T) 1,320. Fav: Ice Age (6).

Jackpot: Rs 1,22,429 (Carried over); (C) Rs 50,560. Treble: (i) Rs 464; (ii) Rs 5,365; (iii) Rs 6,801.